Monday, August 10, 2015

Lady Maybe

GIVEAWAY
KLASSEN, JULIE
LADY MAYBE

In the new novel by the three-time Christy Award-winning author of The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, a woman’s startling secrets lead her into unexpected danger and romance in Regency England… 

One final cry…“God almighty, help us!” and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers, before all faded into darkness…

Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never seen before, and tended to by kind, unfamiliar faces. But not all has been swept away. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.

But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself to keep it.

My Review:

First thought that comes to mind is, "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive." And, oh my goodness, tangled doesn't begin to describe the state of the story threads in this plot. Klassen has a devious imagination! Enthralling and angsty and utterly astonishing. I was seriously shocked...yes, shocked...at one point. I didn't think my heart or my mind could take much more but I persevered to the end. This is the kind of read that steals your breath away and leaves you really and truly flummoxed. At least it did me -- and I enjoyed every blessed minute.

The perfect regency read --  a heroine in peril, not one but two dark and brooding heroes, and so many secrets to be solved...or discovered. Seriously spellbinding.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Lady Maybe please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 16 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

91 comments:

  1. I have been wondering if this one was any good. Thanks for the review, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. It's very intriguing, Amy. Good luck.

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  2. Seriously spellbinding? I'm in, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  3. I am looking forward to reading this one. I love Julie's stories. I am also intrigued by what "shocked" you Kav. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. I predict you will be shocked too, Loraine. Teehee. Good luck.

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  4. LOL! I love your response to Loraine and your comment about being shocked! :) Something told me this book was going to be GOOD! :) I LOVE Julie Klassen! :D

    Hugs, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. I love her too, Amada. Good luck.

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  5. That was the title of my review on Amazon, "What a Tangled Web We Weave." Great minds... lol Devious imagination is right! Great review...please don't enter me. Just wanted to read your thoughts on this wickedly delicious book.

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    1. Oh that's too funny, Diana, because I gave my review on the online sites that title. Hate coming up with titles for reviews. Gah! Glad you liked it too -- I read mixed reviews after I posted mine, some that surprised me too.

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    2. Totally with you in hating coming up with titles, Kav!! I've been known to stew on a title for an hour or more! :) You two DO have great minds!!

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    3. LOL, Noela, I too often resort to "Loved it" for a title. Gah! Why should a review have a title? What's the point. We should start a revolt.

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  6. I heard her books are good. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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    1. Julie Klassen definitely has a knack for storytelling. Good luck, Kim.

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  7. Sounds awesome! I love Julie Klassen's books!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I am spellbound by your review, Kav! If we had a bookstore nearby, I would be making a mad dash there right now for a copy of this book. Since we don't, I'll just keep my fingers crossed for a win!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Alas, most of us no longer have a bookstore nearby. Sob! Good luck, Britney.

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  9. I love Julie's books and after your review....am very anxious to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway, Kav!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Jackie. Good luck.

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  10. Great review! Please enter me!! I can't wait to read this book, and have already tried to think through the plot just after reading the cover blurb (not that that will do me much good) - Klassen is a master at weaving the unpredictable!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. And unpredictable this is. Good luck, Nicole.

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  11. I can't wait to read this one. And your review makes me want to read it even more!

    Thanks for the giveaway! : )

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Cathy. Good luck.

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  12. Oh, this sounds delicious! I love a tangled, romantic Regency and I love Julie Klassen. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Then this is the book for you. Good luck, Merry.

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  13. Your review sure has me intrigued . I know to expect the unexpected but I know I'll still be surprised ! Can't wait to read this one. It's been on my to read list for awhile !
    Deanne Patterson
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  14. Kav, you totally got my curiosity up with this one! I love historical history...throw in intrigue, suspense, romance and a shocking twist, you say?! I'm in!!! Thanks for this interview and the chance to win this book!

    nj[dot]bossman[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oops! I meant to type that I love historical fiction. See, I'm so intrigued with this book that I can't even type! lol

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    2. LOL -- I get that way when I'm trying to write a review of a book I loved so I totally understand. Good luck, agboss.

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  15. This book had me flailing all over the place! Great review :) carriemschmidt (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Flailing is a good descriptor. Good luck, Carrie.

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  16. Oh my!! Sounds like one I would have to put down on occasion just because I may not could take any more... only to die wondering what happened and thus pick it up again. :-)
    Great review by the way!! Now I certainly want to read.

    amylsmith at bledsoe DOT net

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    1. Don't you love books like that? You want to put it down to take a breather but you can't bear to leave it either. Good luck, Amy.

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  17. I love Julies's books! LattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  18. I reckon I might like to be shocked and flummoxed too, Kav! Sometimes you just have to stir the pot, lol. Awesome review as usual, certainly makes me want to read it!!

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    1. Thanks, Noela. It's a great read when an author can shock you. LOL. Good luck.

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  19. Yay! I'm so excited to read this one! It's been on my wishlist since I heard about it :) Thanks so much for the giveaway and your review!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Heidi. Good luck.

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  20. I've been reading mixed reviews of this book. I see that it's a different publisher and some reviewers have noted the increased sexual content and light spiritual depth. Did you find that to be true? Anyway, I'd still love to read anything by Julie Klassen! Thanks for the giveaway!
    garfsgirl AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. You know, that was another thing that shocked me about this book -- the reviews! I read them after I posted mine and I often find that I'm at odds with other reviewers.

      I didn't realize until I started reading that this was a different publisher -- a secular one. Honestly, I thought there was a wonderful inspirational thread in the story. It really comes to a head about two thirds of the way into the book and it's about God's grace -- accepting forgiveness in order to also accept your own worth.

      As to sexual content -- again -- I didn't find that either. In fact, I've seen more detailed content in Christian published books recently. It's more the situation that disturbed some readers, I suppose. As for that you have to look at the story as a whole, particularly understanding the dire circumstances the heroine is in.

      It's hard to comment further without posting spoilers. Lots of fodder for a great book talk after the read though. Hope this helps.

      Good luck, Lis.

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  21. Oh my yes, I want to read this book. Have read all Julie's other books and loved them. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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  22. I'm already automatically in love with this book since Julie is tops on my all time favorite author list!! She's the reason I fell in love with the Recency period :-) This one's a definite must read for me. Thank you, Kav for another great book and review!
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I love the resurgence of the Regency time period in historicals. Good luck, Trixi.

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  23. have really been wanting to read this one.. jazzymom1220 (AT) gmail (dot) com

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  24. Sounds like you really enjoyed it. I hope I will too when I get the chance to read it. Please add me in the giveaway. Thanks!
    mbaaij (at) hetnet (dot) nl

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    1. Hoping you will too. Good luck, Marian.

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  25. Wow! I really want to read this book now.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  26. I have read several of your books and have enjoyed them a lot. I enjoy historical fiction very much and find the time period in this book fascinating. Email is cathyallenrn87ATgmailDOTcom.

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  27. I have read Secret of Pembrooke by Klassen, and it was a lot like you described. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Battmam85ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. She knows how to weave a story! Good luck, Jaquelyn.

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  28. Yet another fascinating review, Kav. Now I am dying to know why had you been shocked! Gosh, i wanna be shocked too! :)

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL -- you'll just have to read for yourself. Good luck, Janka.

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  29. I've read two of Julie's other books and loved them. Would like to read this one too!

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  30. Julie's books are always a great read!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Great review! I generally love her books, just recently finished The Dancing Master. Please enter me in the giveaway: shammons at gmail dot com. Thanks!

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    1. You're entered, Stacy. Good luck.

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  32. Julie's books just seem to get better and better. Lady Maybe sounds really good. After reading your review, I'm really wanting to read it. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Glad I could pique your interest, Pam. Good luck.

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  33. I read The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and thought it was great. Lady Maybe is such a catchy title!
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  34. I'm wanting to find out more about those secrets ! !
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  35. Thank you for sharing your lovely review with us, Kav! Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors, so naturally I would be thrilled to win!! Even my mom loves her books now too. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!! - Blessings, Julianna emeraldelena[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Julianna. Good luck.

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  36. Love Julie's books. I've had my eye on this one. Thanks for your honest and fun review!

    Fingers crossed!!!

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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  37. You sure have me wanting to read this book Kav. All I have heard about Julie from other authors is how great she is.Seems so9 many look up to her. Please put my name in the drawing.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I predict you'll love her writing style, Maxie. Good luck.

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  38. I admit, I've really been looking forward to Klassen's other novel, "The Painter's Daughter" that releases in a couple of months, but wow! I'm definitely intrigued to read "Lady Maybe" now, Kav! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for the chance to win. =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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    1. Oh -- thanks for the heads up. I didn't realize another one was being released so soon. Good luck, Artist Librarian.

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  39. Wow!! So many entries/comments. I have this book on my to read list and can't wait to read it. Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors. I would be thrilled to win this one. Kay's review was very interesting. I, too, can't wait to find out just what shocked Kay in this novel. My email address is princessdebbie1_2000atyahoodotcom. Thanks for the opportunity to win (I hope) this wonderful novel.

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    1. Julie Klassen certainly has a devoted following of readers. Good luck, Debbie.

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  40. I read in an interview with Julie Klassen that this is her first book published in the non-christian market. Due to that, it is decidedly more PG-13 (Julie Klassen's comment, not mine.) That doesn't bother me at all, but I am curious as to what you thought when you read it, Kav? If I didn't already have it on my tbr, it would be after your compelling review.

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    2. I think one of the situations in the book could be considered PG-13. More mature but not graphic. And there's still a solid inspirational message -- more than I thought would be in a secular novel. Good luck, trosado.

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  41. Great review! Thank you for sharing.
    Connie
    cps1950ATgmailDOTcom

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  42. Too many comments to have a chance at winning, but I'm going to enter anyway, Kav. I deeply love Julie's writing and will read this book as soon as possible . . . Hopefully my library will have it. As always, I loved your review. You convey so many thoughts and emotions in just a few sentences. So glad we met online, Kav.

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    1. Thanks so much, Carole. It's great finding a kindred reading buddy online as well. Good luck.

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  43. WOW - what a review, what a book!! Thanks, Kav!! I haven't read any of Julie's books, this certainly looks like a fabulous one to start with. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh, wow, Bonnie, you have lots of great catching up to do. Julie Klassen is fantastic. Good luck.

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