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Source: Review copy from CICO Books

Be Your Own Heroine by Sophie and Charlotte Andrews is an inspirational book perfect for bookworms of all ages. The Andrews sisters detail six strong female characters from literature — Lizzy Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, July from Andrea Levy’s The Long Song, Eleanor Oliphant from Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant, Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, and Hermione Granger from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series — along with their strengths and memorable moments. They describe the important characteristics of literary heroines and, most importantly, what we can learn from them.

After reading and adoring Sophie Andrews’ first book, Be More Jane, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read Be Your Own Heroine, and I wasn’t disappointed. Just like Be More Jane, Be Your Own Heroine is full of vibrant illustrations. The Andrews’ love of literature shines through, and while I share Sophie’s love for Jane Austen, it was nice to see heroines from other beloved novels included in the book.

The life lessons detailed within these pages should resonate with readers of all ages, but I do look forward to sharing the book with my 20-year-old daughter when she comes home from college on break. These are lessons I want to reinforce for her, and given that she shares my love of reading, I think she’ll enjoy the literary references. These lessons also were important for me to remember at my age, reminding me, for instance, that heroines know how to stand up for themselves, learn to love themselves, and aren’t perfect.

Be Your Own Heroine would be the perfect gift for the voracious reader in your life, and also as treat for yourself.

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About Be Your Own Heroine

Having brought you the wisdom of Austen in Be More Jane, eager reader Sophie Andrews joins forces with her sister Charlotte and turns her attention to what can be learned from the heroines of other stories from past and present. Whatever your taste in authors, there will be strong female characters you can relate to, from Jo March, the tiger-sister in Little Women, to Eleanor Oliphant, the socially bemused heroine of Gail Honeyman’s prize-winning first novel. There are spirited young women such as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series; and then there are the survivors – July in The Long Song and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Sophie and Charlotte show how these six inspirational young women can inspire you and guide you through life’s challenges. Whether you are faced with hard times at home, in love, or at work, these characters have something to teach you.

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About the Authors

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 organises 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.

Connect with Sophie Andrews: Laughing with Lizzie blog | Laughing with Lizzie Facebook page | Laughing with Lizzie Instagram page | Laughing with Lizzie Twitter page

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Giveaway

CICO Books is generously offering a copy of Be Your Own Heroine to one lucky reader. This giveaway is open to readers from the U.S. and U.K. only, and will run through Sunday, October 25, 2020. To enter, please leave a comment with your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced in the comments section of this post. Good luck!

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