Friday, 6 May 2016

Giveaway #555 : Win a Mills & Boon adult colouring book - closed - winner Susie Wilkinson


Adult colouring is hugely popular at the moment, with many fans extolling its stress-busting virtues, and Mills & Boon, the UK's most popular publisher of romantic fiction, has got in on the action, launching its first ever colouring book, 'The Art of Romance'.


The book features 47 cover illustrations to colour in, each one dated, with accompanying year-by-year facts, quotes and memories to give social history and context. 


It's a fascinating look at the history of romance and women's place in society through the years. During the war years, for example, one novel was called Frail Amazon, a title that would probably irk modern feminists but I could imagine that at the time, when women were forced to put their femininity aside and take on the roles of the men who had gone off to fight, reading about a fragile woman in need of protection would be appealing.


Certain covers made me snigger because their innocent titles could be misconstrued in the modern world where sexual innuendoes and double entendres are so ingrained !


You get a real feel for the social etiquette, changing fashions and stereotypical roles of both sexes throughout the years, from the 1900's to the present day.


Certain historical events get a mention, from the austere war years, the birth of a royal baby and the swinging sixties to the rise of the rom-com in the noughties.


As well as being a relaxing trip back in time to your happy days colouring as a child, the romantic covers will allow you to step back in time, discovering what romance was like when your grandparents and parents met or even reliving your own teenage romances and first kiss !


 The Art of Romance is available in all good bookshops and from www.millsandboon.co.uk.



I have a copy of the book to give away to one lucky Madhouse Family Reviews reader. For your chance to win, fill in your entries using the Rafflecopter widget below : 



UK only. Closing date : 20/5/16

T & C's : Entries close at midnight on the closing date. Winners will be selected with a random number generator and announced on facebook, twitter and in the giveaway post subject line. Please note, you will be contacted by email and/or twitter and if I haven't heard from you after 28 days, I'll have to pick another winner. Prizes will be sent out by the companies or their PR directly to winners. Madhouse Family Reviews cannot be held responsible for any prizes that go astray !

You may also like to enter my other giveaways :

Giveaway #551 : Win Peter Rabbit - The Tale of the Great Breakout dvd - closing date 9/5

82 comments:

  1. The Regency era :)

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  2. I love Georgian fiction with all the lavish settings

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  3. The Regency era would be a good setting.

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  4. My absolute favourite is Pride and Prejudice early 19th century

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  5. The Elizabethan era appeals to me.

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  6. The Early 19th Century when Mr Darcy was about!

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  7. The Victorian era- ladies dressed so beautifully and gentlemen were just that!

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  8. I think the late 19th century

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  9. Elizabethan period as they always dressed well

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  10. Elizabethan period as they always dressed well

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  11. I think 1920s, I,ve seen black and white photos of my gran she looks so pretty and smartly dressed, pull any chap

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  12. Early 20th century before TV, phones etc when people still wrote love letters

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  13. victorian times with all the beautiful dresses

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  14. Great prize, good luck everyone!

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  15. I do like the Victorian era especially the gowns

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  16. Paula Readings11 May 2016 at 11:27

    Georgian period.

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  17. I have entered competition, as I do enjoy colouring in. I find colouring in relaxing.

    Rachel craig

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  18. I know this sounds weired, but the end of the world, but they survive in a remote cottage

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  19. I love a historical drama, set in a fancy manor house! x

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  20. Definitely the 50s it all looked so innocent

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  21. The Victorian era for me too, thank you for the chance. xx

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  22. Ive entered and love the 1920s

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  23. I would personally have to say the victorian era

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  24. Pam Francis Gregory12 May 2016 at 16:42

    I love the Viking era

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  25. The 60s, centred arounfd the music.

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  26. I think the early Victorian era is seen as the most romantic by us Brits as most of our romantic literature was written back then, but I'm sure it wasn't that romantic for the average man and woman on the street - only for those in the 'big' houses? ;)

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  27. i think the hippy 60s @leabana1

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  28. The Elizabethan era with the beautiful dresses

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  29. Oo, er. I'm afraid I don't like romantic novels at all but I could read something modern set in an interesting place.

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  30. The Elizabethan era

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  31. I think the 40s/50s after the war

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  32. I'd have to say something modern

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  33. The Victorian era always seems so romantic to me x

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  34. great giveaway thank you. would love to be in the edwardian era

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  35. My choice would be the Victorian era

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  36. The nineteenth century - oh Mr Darcy :)

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  37. The 1920s era - great gatsby style!

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  38. Love the Edwardian Era x

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  39. Medieval times!

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  40. 1920s seems very romantic to me <3

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  41. Definitely the 19th Century.... Pride and Prejudice has a lot to answer for!

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  42. 19th Century. Love the skirts

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  43. The Medieval era - all knights and horses... Lovely :)

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  44. I've never thought about it! I'll go for the 30's cos I've enjoyed the dramas set around then.

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