Book Giveaway: Love’s Pursuit

Renee Ann Smith —  September 21, 2010 — 71 Comments

Have you ever been afraid to believe in God’s love?

I wrestled with this question along with the main characters of Siri Mitchell’s novel Love’s Pursuit.

Love’s Pursuit takes place in the Puritan village of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, during the 1640’s. The story starts out like any typical historical romance. First, we meet Susannah Phillips, a gently-reared girl, unaware of her own beauty. She obeys all the rules, including setting her sights on the right man to marry. Enter Daniel Holcombe, handsome soldier of the king, to shake up Susannah’s world. Daniel questions the whys and wherefores of Susannah’s chosen life and stirs her heart in a most disturbing manner.

There’s also a poignant subplot, involving a woman who keeps to the fringes of society. A cruel father named her Small-hope and convinced her that’s all she could expect out of life. Small-hope’s transformation becomes a compelling part of this novel.

It all sounds familiar, yes? But don’t assume you know where this tale is going. Love’s Pursuit is more complex than that. The author takes her richly-drawn characters on an unforgettable journey and stirs up questions in the reader’s heart along the way.

Siri Mitchell’s novel is a celebration of how—in the way of a man with a maid—God pursues us, wishing only to lavish us with His love.

Now that I’ve enjoyed reading this book, I’d like to give it away to one of you!

My First Book Giveaway

Since I’ve been wanting to do Book Giveaways on my blog, I decided try one out to see how it goes. If enough people participate, I’ll do some giveaways of Christian fiction through companies that provide those books when they’re hot off the presses. This Giveaway Contest will involve a name being randomly drawn from all those entered. This contest ends on October 5th.

Here’s how you can initially enter the contest and then add to your chances of winning:

#1 Subscribe to this blog. To do this. enter your email address in the sidebar subscription space—but you’re not done yet. An email will be sent to you. You must click on the link provided in the email to complete the subscription process. You are not subscribed until you’re verified through that email. Note: If you’re a new friend, you may have to include your email in your comment so I’ll be able to match your name to the address. Be sure to write it like this jenniebee[at]yahoo[dot]coma and not like this jenniebee@yahoo.com.

#2 Add a comment here to let me know that you are now a subscriber and would like to be entered for a chance to win this book.

#3 You can increase your chances of winning by commenting on any post on this blog. Each time you comment, I will add your name to the drawing again.

#4 You can become a follower through Google Friend Connect to enter. If you enter this way, you will need to include your email address in a comment that lets me know you are now a follower. Please type you address like this jenniebee[at]yahoo[dot]com instead of like this jenniebee@yahoo.com. This foils the plots of the auto-spammers.

#5 Get a friend to join my blog and make sure they tell me in their comment that you sent them!

Treat yourself to an excerpt from the novel:

The captain [Daniel Holcombe], still on one knee, caught me as I fell. “I place my humble person at your service.”

I could only protest his falsehood. “You are not humble!”

He chortled as he gathered me to his chest and came to his feet. “Nay, I have been graced with many things, but that particular quality does not number itself among them.”

He made as if to drop me and when I screamed, he tossed me above his head instead. And then he caught me up close against his chest again.

“You must let me go!”

“Must I?” We both watched Mary as she appeared at the ridge. He called to her to come join us.

“Truly, you must.”

“But then how would you get home?”

“You cannot carry me,” I protested.

“I cannot? I think I can. I am.” He glanced at me. “Ah, I see. You mean I should not. Are you certain?”

“’Tis not . . . seemly.”

I felt his shoulders shrug beneath my arms. “As you like. I suppose there are other ways of going about it.” He shifted me within his arms and then threw me over his shoulder. Gripping me at the chest about the knees with his arm, he let my own arms and head flop loose at his back.

Beating upon him with my fists did nothing but make him laugh. I doubted a hammer could knock a dent in that rigid back of his.

Mary was smiling long before she reached us. “A new manner of transport, Susannah? . . . I would have thought walking more comfortable, if not more prudent.”

“She has twisted her ankle.”

“And so you turned her over your shoulder?” There was a sauciness in Mary’s retort . . . she had me wishing that I were walking beside the captain, talking with him, looking into those changeable eyes, instead of being flung over his shoulder like a sack of meal.

“What else was I to do when she eschewed my arms?”

“I did not—”

But my words were jolted from me, as the captain began the descent toward home.

There are three things which are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the middle of the sea, and the way of a man with a maid. Proverbs 30:18&19

Check out Siri Mitchell’s website for details about purchasing a copy of the book.

(FYI, all views shared on this blog are strictly my own. Books to review are either provided for me by the author or ones I have purchased. I am under no obligation whatsoever to present anything but my true thoughts on any product. I receive no monetary compensation for anything written on this blog. Giveaways are void where prohibited and chances of winning are based on the number of applicants. A random winner is drawn when a book is given away.)

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

71 responses to Book Giveaway: Love’s Pursuit

  1. I would love to win this book! 🙂

  2. Deborah Davis Mitchell September 22, 2010 at 12:55 am

    This sounds interesting and want to be included in your drawing.

  3. What a lot of fun! Count me in.

  4. Wooooo!! Love giveaways…….& books! uhhm what a perfect combo! 😀

  5. Sounds like a great book just from reading the excerpt.

  6. I just subscribed and want to enter the drawing for the free book!

  7. I didn’t know I could subscribe until this~ I would also like to be entered into the drawing~

  8. Sounds great…I’d love a free book!

  9. I would love to win a free book!

  10. That sounds like an awesome book:) Count me in

  11. This is creative and fun, a book giveaway! I would definitely like to be included!

  12. Love freebies! Count me in. Mar

  13. Does being related help my chances of winning? 🙂 Marcia

  14. I have love the cover of this book since it first came out. Her face speaks volumes! And book covers usually don’t make that much difference to me. This one does. Plus I want to learn about the Puritans.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  15. I’m a subscriber by email.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  16. I’m a follower by GFC.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  17. Please enter me I love Siri Mitchell’s books!

  18. I am a follower!

  19. I am a subscriber!

  20. Carman sent me!

  21. I am a gfc follower 🙂 Thank you so much!! I read She Walks in Beauty by this author and loved it!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  22. I am a suscriber and would love to be entered to win this book, I adore Siri’s writing stlye. Thank you!

    caseymh18(@)gmail(.)com

  23. Greetings,
    I’m a new subscriber to your blog.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Wanda
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

  24. I’m a follower from GFC.
    Wanda
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

  25. I love books by Siri.
    Wanda

  26. This book sounds great and would love to enter for a chance to win! 🙂
    Thank you for doing this!

  27. Just became a subscriber. Thanks for the giveaway.

    misshoneybee(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. Love’s Pursuit sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.

  29. I’m a subscriber by email. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

  30. would love to read siri’s novel…thanks for the chance.

  31. I’d love to be entered into the giveaway! Thanks so much!! 😀

  32. I became a GFC on your site!!

    Thanks – Katie

  33. Oh I’ve seen this book before and have wanted to read it. It sounds great. Thanks for giving away a copy.

  34. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am a new subscriber.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

  35. I am a GFC follower.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

  36. I would love to read this! Found your blog via Carman 🙂

  37. This book looks phenomenal! I love reading about the Puritans: The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible! I’m so super excited to read it 🙂 Plz enter me in to win. Thank you 🙂
    randomness(dot)is(dot)awesome(at)gmail(dot)com

  38. I really enjoy Siri’s writing and I think Love’s Pursuit is the only book that I don’t have. I find a lot of great books through blogs, so I’m glad to discover yours, Renee. And I appreciate the chance to win Siri’s book.

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

    I also follow through GFC.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  39. Just found your blog and subscribed via e mail. Please enter me for this book…would love to read it. Thanks!!!
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

  40. We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/09/loves-pursuit.html

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  41. Oh! And I am also a subscriber to your blog!

    KM

  42. I’m a GFC follower and I’d love to enter!

    kate[at]parchmentgirl[dot]com

  43. Hey there!
    I just signed up with GFC!

    This book sounds great! I’m going to check out Siri’s website because I know I’ve heard of her, but I can’t think of what else she’s written?! Lol….

    This is SO cool because it’s actually set in New England. Very few books are, have you noticed? Or at least not too many Christian fiction are. I live in Vermont, so it’s always exciting to see!
    Sounds really great. Thanks for the opportunity and congratulations on your first blog giveaway!! I still haven’t done that on mine. I posted about a contest and a few people “entered” thinking I was hosting it earlier this week. LOL! Except hten it made me sad to have to tell them that I wasn’t hosting it : ( Ah well….
    Thanks again,
    Hannah
    hccelie[at]gmail[dot]com

  44. I never noticed what you said about New England and settings for Christian novels, but you’re right! Maybe you can do something about that! . . . And welcome to the contest!

    • Thanks Renee!

      Yeah I know I’m right *wink* Nah, though….it’s really sad! Steeple Hill editors always say that down south and all of those settings “just sell” for them….but I guess I don’t understand. I mean everyone always talks about how they want to go to New England and they love the open space and clean air here. I guess I don’t get how it wouldn’t or doesn’t sell when everyone says so many good things about it! Lol…you know??
      Thanks!
      Hannah

  45. I have not read any of Siri’s books but this does sound like a great story. Pls enter me in the giveaway.

    I am new email subscriber

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  46. I love reading stories based on the Bible and Siri’s book sounds like a great book.

    I also follow via GFC

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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