Friday, July 03, 2015

Book Spotlight: Ana of California by Andi Teran Plus Special Giveaway!!! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

I'm so pleased to share this book and special giveaway with you. When I first heard about this book - a modern take on Anne of Green Gables, I just knew I had to read it...I loved the Anne of Green Gables series as a young girl. I just started reading this book and am really enjoying it and will be posting my review within the next few weeks. In the meantime, the publishers have a really special giveaway to offer - a copy of this new book and a copy of Anne of Green Gables - see below for details and to enter.

Title:  Ana of California  
Author: Andi Teran     
Published: June 2015, Penguin Books
Format: Paperback, 368 pages      

A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables

In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.

When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush, and Emmett Garber is skeptical that this slight city girl can be any help on his farm. His sister Abbie, however, thinks Ana might be just what they need. Ana comes to love Garber Farm, and even Emmett has to admit that her hard work is an asset. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.

Praise for Ana of California:

Debut fiction author Teran’s contemporary reimagining of Anne of Green Gables brilliantly captures the essence of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic story of a girl who will win your heart with her well-meaning imperfections. Library Journal, Starred Review

“Newcomers will find a smart-mouthed heroine, a small town populated by a cast of lovable characters, and zippy dialogue that keeps the plot trotting along. Anne of Green Gables fans will rejoice; . . . Ana’s high jinks will leave…readers smiling and asking for more.”—Kirkus

“Comparing Teran’s debut to its inspiration, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, would do Teran’s novel a disservice, as this contemporary take has a much quicker pace and a unique protagonist…Readers will appreciate the references to music, books, and art, and the way sharedartistic interests can bring people together.” —Publishers Weekly

“What is so memorable about this novel is the reminder that happiness is a choice, a courageous and daring opportunity to express love for the things we value. At the outset we learn that Ana Cortez is an orphan, but as we live with her during one particular summer on Garber Farm we witness the creation of family before our eyes, and admire the passion, humility and valor of one of the most tender-hearted characters in literature today—a jewel of a book.” —Mario Alberto Zambrano, author of LoterĂ­a

“Andi Teran’s first novel is vivid and fully realized, an entire universe expertly condensed into the pages you hold in your hands. Ana herself is a complicated delight, and by the end of the book I wanted to scoop her up into my arms.” —Emma Straub, New York Times bestselling author


Thanks to
the publisher, I have a very special giveaway to offer. One reader can win a copy of Andy Tehran's Ana of California and a copy of L.M. Montgomery's  Anne of Green Gables.   To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form by July 10th.

Form closed

This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends July 10th.

Good Luck!!! 


  1. I am so excited for this book and I'm on the waiting list at the library. I'm glad you like it so far. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing, Kristin! This sounds like a great story!

  3. I am embarrassed to admit that I have never read Anne of Green Gables. I love the premise of this new take on the story. If I win I'll have the chance to read both :)


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