Historical Fiction Giveaway – Jennifer Chiaverini

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Publisher Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the fascinating life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—Lord Byron’s daughter, the world’s first computer programmer, and a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have been too long unsung.

The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada’s father, who was infamously “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” Ada’s mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination—or worse yet, passion or poetry—is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes.

When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage—brilliant, charming, and occasionally curmudgeonly—will shape her destiny. Intrigued by the prototype of his first calculating machine, the Difference Engine, and enthralled by the plans for his even more advanced Analytical Engine, Ada resolves to help Babbage realize his extraordinary vision, unique in her understanding of how his invention could transform the world. All the while, she passionately studies mathematics—ignoring skeptics who consider it an unusual, even unhealthy pursuit for a woman—falls in love, discovers the shocking secrets behind her parents’ estrangement, and comes to terms with the unquenchable fire of her imagination.

In Enchantress of NumbersNew York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing—a young woman who stepped out of her father’s shadow to achieve her own laurels and champion the new technology that would shape the future.

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ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS sounds like a gem, and Chiaverini will be visiting A Likely Story Bookstore in Sykesville, MD on December 10th to talk about this fascinating woman from history.

The publisher has offered one copy of the book for a giveaway. For a chance to win, simply comment below with your favorite Chiaverini novel or awesome woman from history, and share on social media. The winner will be selected on Friday, December 8th. Good luck!

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5 thoughts on “Historical Fiction Giveaway – Jennifer Chiaverini

  1. Marilyn Edmondson says:

    I have read all her previous books and didn’t know there was a new one. I’d love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

  2. Bonnie K. says:

    I’ve read her book, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading this latest of hers. I didn’t know about Ada. We need more herstories.

  3. Melissa Crytzer Fry says:

    Embarrassed to say that I have not read one of her books, but this one sounds fascinating (as do the others)! Awesome woman from history: I’m going to have to go with the ‘unknown’ faces of women who were pioneers, women who kept farms alive while their husbands fought in the Civil War, who did the same during WWII, women today who wear multiple hats and juggle motherhood/work/passion. So many brave faces unacknowledged!

  4. Ravin Maurice says:

    I have never read one of her books, but I would love to! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    And I have always been fascinated by Rose Bertin, who was one of Marie Antoinette’s dressmakers. I would love to read a book about her!
    And I am going to check out Mrs Lincoln’s Dressmaker now! 😊

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