Follower Appreciation Giveaway #2: Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

 
Welcome to the 2nd Follower Appreciation Giveaway at Passages to the Past!  

Not only is this is my way of showing all of you how grateful I am to have such amazingly smart, funny and awesome followers, but I also wanted to commemorate PTTP's 3rd Blogiversary, which I totally forgot about on June 5th (silly me).  The past three years have been so much fun and I have you all to thank for that!

For this giveaway I am offering up a brand-spanking-new copy of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman.  Foreman's non-fiction work on Georgina Cavendish, an 18th century trend-setter, fashionista and contemporary of Marie Antoinette, was the basis for the movie The Duchess, staring Kiera Knightly.  

ABOUT THE BOOK

SYNOPSIS

The winner of Britain's prestigious Whitbread Prize and a bestseller there for months, this wonderfully readable biography offers a rich, rollicking picture of late-eighteenth-century British aristocracy and the intimate story of a woman who for a time was its undisputed leader.

Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day. In 1774, at the age of seventeen, Georgiana achieved immediate celebrity by marrying one of England's richest and most influential aristocrats, the Duke of Devonshire. Launched into a world of wealth and power, she quickly became the queen of fashionable society, adored by the Prince of Wales, a dear friend of Marie-Antoinette, and leader of the most important salon of her time. Not content with the role of society hostess, she used her connections to enter politics, eventually becoming more influential than most of the men who held office.

Her good works and social exploits made her loved by the multitudes, but Georgiana's public success, like Diana's, concealed a personal life that was fraught with suffering. The Duke of Devonshire was unimpressed by his wife's legendary charms, preferring instead those of her closest friend, a woman with whom Georgiana herself was rumored to be on intimate terms. For over twenty years, the three lived together in a jealous and uneasy ménage à trois, during which time both women bore the Duke's children—as well as those of other men.

Foreman's descriptions of Georgiana's uncontrollable gambling, all- night drinking, drug taking, and love affairs with the leading politicians of the day give us fascinating insight into the lives of the British aristocracy in the era of the madness of King George III, the American and French revolutions, and the defeat of Napoleon.

A gifted young historian whom critics are already likening to Antonia Fraser, Amanda Foreman draws on a wealth of fresh research and writes colorfully and penetratingly about the fascinating Georgiana, whose struggle against her own weaknesses, whose great beauty and flamboyance, and whose determination to play a part in the affairs of the world make her a vibrant, astonishingly contemporary figure. 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

- To enter, please leave a comment below and include your email address (only comments with email addresses will be entered in the giveaway).
- Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY!
- For +5 additional entries become a follower of Passages to the Past. If you are already a follower you will automatically receive the bonus entries. 
- For +3 additional entries join the Passages to the Past FB Page.
- For +1 additional entry each, please help spread the word by blogging, posting on sidebar, tweeting or posting this giveaway on Facebook.  You can use the SHARE buttons below.
- Giveaway ends on July 15th (MY BIRTHDAY!).

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
  

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72 comments:

  1. I have always been fascinated by Georgianna and would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Please give me the 5 extra entries. I'm a Google follower.

    lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Oh, I've been wanting to read this since I saw the film with Keira Knightley!

    Also, I follow on Google Reader. :)

    courtney [dot] elizabeth [dot] foster [at] gmail [dot] com

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  3. I absolutely love this time period and find there are so many interesting people to read and learn about. Looking forward to reading this book.

    I, too, am a Google follower.

    Connie Fischer
    conniecape(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Would love to read this. I enjoyed the movie The Duchess

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  5. Am a gfc follower(Lori Thomas)

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  6. Already joined Passages to the Past FB Page(Lori Thomas)

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  7. I've never read anything by Amanda Foreman and this sounds like a good one to start with! I also really enjoy the book reviews you do.

    I follow you with Google Reader as well and just asked to join your FB page. I also just posted a link on my own FB page to this giveaway.

    eckybay3[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  8. Shared on fb (http://www.facebook.com/CrftyDuchess/posts/156128037792591)

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  9. Tweeted(https://twitter.com/#!/CrftyDuchess/status/86435570083053568)

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  10. Georgiana is sucha wonderful historical figure. I've always wanted this book. I follow you and I posted the giveaway on my sidebar on my blog. http://themusingsofabookjunkie.blogspot.com/

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  11. Thank you for opening it for all. Much appreciated.

    I am an old follower

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  12. Just became a Google follower (WoolMintons)

    Lauren.Minton@gmail.com :)

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  13. Would love to win this book. I like to dig as deep as I can into historical stuff. I'm very new to the whole thing. So every little bit helps.

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  14. This one looks like a good read about an interesting woman. I would love to win a copy!

    Whitby1734 at aol dot com

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  15. Great giveaway!! I have not read anything about Georgiana.

    I tweeted and shared on FB and posted on sidebar and have been a follower for a few years!!

    Happy Bloggaversary!

    momkelly2003(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway, and happy early birthday!

    I'm an old GFC follower.

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

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  17. She certainly led an interesting life, based on what was depicted in the movie. I've yet to read up on her.

    And happy anniversary!

    booklove at sawcatsverse dot com

    I'm a GFC follower and signed up for your FB group

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  18. Thanks for the opportunity.

    +5 GFC follower

    +3 FB fan

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  19. Well, you know I follow like a good goat.
    I am a member of your facebook page :)
    I shared on:
    twitter
    facebook
    google buzz

    thank you
    kaiminani at gmail dot com

    and happy blogoversary!

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  20. Looks like a fascinating book! I follow you and I just asked to join the FB Group.

    roseLZ18(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. All the books you highlight look awesome!
    +5 for a google follower
    Melanie Ski
    melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

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  22. Thank you for the giveaway!

    I'm a follower.

    Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

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  23. Sounds like a good read and you have been kind enough to open it to International entries so please enter me.

    Thanks.

    Carol T

    I follow via GFC

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  24. Thank you for making this open to every one. As a New Zealander I really appreciate that. I have just become a follower,your blog is so interesting.

    jtwebster.books@gmail.com

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  25. I've wanted to read this book since I saw The Duchess. Thank you for the giveaway. Your blog is my favorite - the perfect mix of news, reviews, interesting tidbits and gorgeous covers.

    I am a GFC follower and joined your FB group.

    ashley.l.mikowski@gmail.com

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower

    Margaret
    singitm@hotmail.com

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  27. This sounds really fantastic, I loved the movie.

    I am following your blog now, and also joined the FB group. Thanks! :)

    josielefay(@)yahoo.co.uk

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  28. I love reading about history and different time periods. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

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  29. I just discovered your blog in a Goodreads post and am so happy to have found you! I expect my TBR list to expand beyond control now!

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  30. +1 If I win this giveaway it will be my first Amanda Foreman read!

    +5 Already follow via gfc as mamabunny13

    +3 Already follow on fb-mamabunny shelor

    +1 Shared on fb-mamabunny shelor

    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

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  31. Ah, I heard about this book ages ago but totally forgot I wanted to get it! Enter me please!

    beth-martin AT live DOT com

    +5 I'm now a Follower.
    +1 I tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/#!/taekwondobabe/status/86785355700895744

    +3 I joined the FB group.

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  32. I have always been a huge follower of Princess Diana from the first time she "came on the scene." Her life was amazing yet way too short, however the legacy and her two wonderful sons that she left will always be with us. I have read everything I can get my hands on about her and her family. Thus, I am truly "itching" to read this novel. In addition, let me say today: Happy 50th Birthday, Diana. You will never be forgotten.

    Connie Fischer
    conniecape@aol.com

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  33. I would really love to win this book! I have been looking all over for a good novel about Georgiana!

    Long time follower

    I tweeted via twitter share buttons.

    taylor_ward11@yahoo.com

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  34. Ooh, I'd love to read this -- thanks for another great giveaway Amy!

    +5 for being a follower
    +3 for joining the FB page
    +1 for tweeting: https://twitter.com/#!/crazylilcuban/status/86845496043388928

    Jessica M.
    jmartinez0415 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  35. Hello from Argentina! and thank you for this opportunity!!!!

    My name is Veronica and my e-mail: k_ana_bolena@hotmail.com

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  36. I have always loved reading about this time period and would love to read this book. Thanks for entering me in the Giveaway!
    Wendy

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  37. I would love to win this contest. Also, I'm already a follower so I'll gladly take those 5 extra entries. :-) Thanks!!! snowflakes2hotcakes {at} gmail {dot} com

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway!

    summergal05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I've wanted to read this book for awhile but my library doesn't have it so I've put off reading it so far!

    -I'm a GFC follower
    - I just requested to join the FB group
    - I tweeted about the contest: https://twitter.com/#!/abookishaffair/status/86938191931768833

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  40. Oops, I forgot to put my email!!!

    abookishaffair(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I've been wanting to read this one, thanks for the chance to win it!

    kfehnel[at]gmail[dot]com

    old follower!

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  42. I would love to read about this controversal woman.

    + 5 follower

    + 3 Follow with Facebook

    + 1 I tweeted, my Twitter name is Carolee888


    http://t.co/aaTsK3h? Giveaway of "Duchess of Devonshire'

    + 1 I posted this giveawy on Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=1802916392

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  43. Holy cow 3 years!! Congrats!

    I would love to be entered for the giveaway.

    -I am an appreciative follower!

    -I posted in my sidebar.


    msjessicamae(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Early Birthday!!!!!
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

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  45. I follow your blog via GFC
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

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  46. I like you on FB
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

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  47. Thanks for making this giveaway international - I love that I can enter, especially since I love non-fiction historical books, especially when they detail the life of an individual. Georgianna is really interesting, and has been for me ever since I saw the film (I love Keira Knightley to bits, anyway!).

    rebelprince89@live.com

    -old follower.
    -tweeted (@rblprince89)

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  48. Thank you for including me. I would love to read about Georgiana's interesting life.

    I'm a follower.
    tiredwkids at live dot com

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  49. sounds great! can't wait to read it :D

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  50. Just loved the movie "The Duchess" and would love to read this book and find out more about the relationship between the woman...just don't know how they remained friends! Thanks for thinking of us as always Amy! Fondly, Roberta
    rlphilbr13@aol.com

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  51. Yes I'm a follower of PthP and a fan of PthP on facebook.
    Roberta
    rlphilbr13@aol.com

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  52. Just shared this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter.
    Roberta
    rlphilbr13@aol.com

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  53. Just posted this giveaway on my blog's sidebar: http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/love_shack_nonsense/

    Roberta
    rlphilbr13@aol.com

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  54. I would love to win this book !
    lynda716@hotmail.com

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  55. I have been dying to read this book since I first saw the movie! I would love to win this book.

    jenniferlladd@gmail.com

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  56. I discovered your blog on GoodReads through the Historical Fictionistas forum. So glad I did - I love good book recommendations! I'm a new follower.

    jess5021(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. I would love to read this book, her life story sounds amazing. Please count me in, thank you.

    +5 I'm a follower
    +3 I'm a fan of your FB page :)

    Bella

    Nunezbella at hotmail dotcom

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  58. I'm still disappointed in myself that I never saw the movie. I'm sure I would (and eventually will) love it. And I just became a follower

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  59. I'd love to read this book; it sounds awesome!

    +5 I'm a follower of Passages to the Past - Aik

    +3 I joined the Passages to the Past FB Page - Aik Chien

    +1 Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/89942304764334081

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  60. Another great looking historical book that I would love to win!!

    I am already a GFC follower-judy

    I sent a request to join Passages to the Past


    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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  61. Count me in.
    I was already a follower before the giveaway.

    dr.strangelove.vs.citizen.kane
    @
    gmail.com

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  62. Please enter me in the contest. I am a follower of the blog, +5, and a member of the FB group, +3.

    Thanks!

    Mindy
    thekoose@hotmail.com

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  63. Sounds a fantastic read. Please enter me.

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  64. Happy Birthday to You!
    Thanks for the giveaway~
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  65. Already a GFC follower
    #1
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  66. Already a GFC follower
    #2
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  67. Already a GFC follower
    #3
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  68. Already a GFC follower
    #4
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  69. Already a GFC follower
    #5
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  70. Joined the Passages to the Past FB Page (Cheryl S)
    #1
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  71. Joined the Passages to the Past FB Page (Cheryl S)
    #2
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  72. Joined the Passages to the Past FB Page (Cheryl S)
    #3
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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