Friday, October 30, 2020

And the winner is... Be Your Own Heroine

 It was so nice to have Sophie Andrews and her sister Charlotte visit my blog. They cowrote a lovely book and you can read my review. The publisher  of the book, Be Your Own Heroine, generously offered a hardbound copy for one of my readers. 

And the winner of Be Your Own Heroine by Sophie and Charlotte Andrews is:


Congratulations, Denise! You will love adding this book to your library. 

I'll be emailing you shortly with the information I need.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and shared your thoughts.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Be Your Own Heroine...Sophie and Charlotte Andrews

It has been some time since I had a post on my blog. What better way to return and share some of my thoughts than with the Andrews sisters! It is a pleasure to have Sophie and Charlotte, the authors of Be Your Own Heroine, as my guests. Sophie has been a friend for many years, and I am happy to have her here, along with her sister, Charlotte. Welcome, ladies. I wish you success with your book. It is lovely that you wrote it together. I like the book cover and illustrations too! 

Before I share my thoughts with you, let me give you some background on these two lovely ladies.

Author Biography:

Sophie and Charlotte Andrews are sisters who both love to lose themselves in books. Charlotte’s passion for reading and writing began in her earliest years. She studied Latin American literature as part of her degree at Warwick University, but especially enjoys historical fiction. Younger sister Sophie appreciates many different genres – however her true love is for all things Jane Austen, an enthusiasm that was initially sparked by studying Pride and Prejudice at school. She started her blog, Laughing with Lizzie, in 2012, aged 16, and soon began to participate in Austen events and festivals around the country. As a founder member of the Jane Austen Pineapple Appreciation Society, she organizes house parties, balls and picnics and starred in the 2017 BBC documentary “My Friend Jane”. Her first book, Be More Jane, was published in 2019 by CICO Books. Sophie lives in Berkshire.

Would you like to contact them or visit Sophie's blog? The contact information is below:

Contact Links:

Laughing with Lizzie Blog

Laughing with Lizzie Facebook page

Laughing with Lizzie Instagram page

Laughing with Lizzie Twitter page

Sophie's email:


Be Your Own Heroine by Sophie and Charlotte Andrews

My thoughts and impressions:

The life lessons from literature center on six fictional characters or heroines:

1.      Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

2.      Jo March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

3.      July, The Long Song by Andrea Levy

4.      Eleanor, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

5.      Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games, a trilogy by Suzanne Collins

6.      Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings

Although I was unfamiliar with some of these heroines, each has her own section where the reader learns a little about her, her life, her strengths, and a memorable moment in her life. How did each of these leading ladies become a heroine? What made each of them? Who contributed? These are just a few of the questions covered by the Andrews sisters. They talk about family, friendships, love, and even bullying. At the end of each section, there are three bullets to stress the important lessons to be gleaned. I liked those and felt they could be beneficial to all readers.

In general, we should learn to love ourselves and know we do not have to be alone. We don’t have to be perfect, but we should strive to improve our less than desirable traits. We should be proud of who we are and where we come from. Who could not benefit from those lessons?

The simple truths found in this little book are good food for thought. The words within can be and should be an inspiration for women of all ages, especially so for those who are trying to find their path in life.

I enjoyed reading quotes from other books besides the six with the chosen heroines. These quotes were scattered throughout the sections in pertinent places. Be Your Own Heroine is interesting and a delight to read. It gave me a few things to ponder and improve. Congratulations, Sophie and Charlotte, on a job well done.


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My teenage granddaughter is living with me right now, and this is a book that would be helpful to her. I look forward to hearing her thoughts after she has read it. Would you like to read more about this book and its authors? If you do, there is one more stop on the blog tour. Be sure to visit it tomorrow, or go back and visit any you might have missed.

It is giveaway time! Yay! We all like a giveaway, and this is a book you will love having in your library. The publishers, CICO Books, are allowing me to give away one hard bound copy of the book, Be Your Own Heroine, by Sophie and Charlotte Andrews. Leave a comment below to be entered. Have you read it? What are your thoughts? Who are your heroines? Do you have a life lesson learned that you want to share? Please let us know your thoughts below. The giveaway is international and will end on the 29th of October at midnight US Central Time. Good luck to all and thank you for stopping by today!