Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2nd Annual British Blooms and Books Giveaway!




Hello, gentle reader, and welcome to the second annual British Blooms and Books giveaway! This week, we’d like to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. After enjoying this post, please visit each of the other five authors’ blogs (links provided below) and, after a bit of reading fun, follow one simple instruction and then leave a comment on each blog. You’ll be entered to win a fabulous, British Blooms and Books prize. (US winners only, please, due to shipping the petit fours.) Enjoy, and thank you for stopping by!

There's nothing quite like an English garden. On my tour of the Cotswolds and Cornwall (with a brief stop in Devonshire) last autumn, my family enjoyed little more than being set free to explore the beautiful grounds of the houses we toured, or frolicking about the rugged cliffs of Land's End.

We saw the stunning terraced gardens of St. Michael's Mount, in Cornwall, from above.


We saw the most perfect rose, still wet with rain, in the gardens of a manor house that had once been an abbey, in the Cotswolds.


We wandered the paths of Knightshayes's expansive gardens in Devonshire.


But for all the beauty and appeal of a formal flowerbed, of carefully plotted and potted and planted gardens, sometimes it's the wild that appeals most to us. Sometimes it's the accidental beauty, or the little bits that God positioned just so for us. Perhaps it's the purple heather or the yellow-sprigged gorse or the white wildflowers growing beside a cliff...


Or perhaps it's something as simple as a dandelion--a little burst of yellow blooming where it shouldn't. A little ray of sunshine, too often overlooked or dismissed as a nuisance.

In A Lady Unrivaled, Ella is quite determined not to be charmed by the scowling Lord Cayton, who has broken too many hearts before--fortuitous, because Cayton is quite determined not to do any charming. But when an impromptu walk through the gardens of Ralin Castle, still not quite in bloom, lead them out to the gardener's shed, they happen upon one of those weeds that the gardener would no doubt obliterate.

Just a dandelion. Nothing special. But when Cayton's toddler daughter shows delight with the spot of yellow, Cayton picks two of them. Gives one to his daughter and hands the other to Ella.

An admission that sometimes, as Ella had just insisted, you can find a reason to smile even when you shouldn't. That sometimes, even when there are clouds overhead, you can find a little patch of sunshine.

Sometimes, what the world dismisses can be the most treasured beauty of all.



Ella's optimism is perhaps what makes her A Lady Unrivaled . . . and Cayton's moods can't ever stand long against her. I hope you have a chance to read more about this unlikely couple, and the other adventures they have in a Cotswolds garden--not to mention the dangers and adventure they face as they work together to trap a villain haunting both their families. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR MY NEWSLETTER (current subscribers, you've already done this step!) and comment below for a chance to win A Lady Unrivaled as well as the other amazing books in the giveaway, plus a sweet set of tea hat petit fours to enjoy while you read!




Giveaway Rules:
Photo from Divine Delights
One grand prize winner who comments on each of the six authors’ blogs and agrees to the one boldfaced condition posted at the end of each post will win a signed copy of each of the books plus delivery of six English hat petit fours to enjoy while you read! Name will be drawn via random.org

Finished? Well done! Please visit these other fabulous authors of England-set historicals to see what flowers mean to them and their heroines.



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150 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway! If I didn't already own 4 of the six books I would enter the giveaway!

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    1. Enter anyway, Samantha! ;-) Treats, and duplicates can be given as gifts, LOL.

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  2. I am signed up for your newsletter. I hope you have a fabulous day! :D

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  3. Already signed up! I love Ella and her story with Cayton. What I love most about her is her determination to be positive in the face of his pessimism. Just lent my copy of A Lady Unrivaled to one of my coworkers.

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  4. This sounds like an amazing book, I would love to read it!!

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    1. It's Katie Seehusen, I just saw that it only says my first name and I just signed up for your newsletter, can't wait to hear more about your books.

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  5. Love your writing, and I'm already a subscriber to your newsletter.

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  6. Already a subscriber, and plan to read your books soon!

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  7. I am already a subscriber. Love the cover and look forward to reading this book!

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  8. Would love to win A Lady Unrivaled!

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  9. I signed up. Hi, Roseanna, I'm on your team!! Loved this book. Would like to savor it again. ALL of them!

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  10. already a subscriber loved this book!

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  11. Beverly Duell-MooreMay 23, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Great given! I thought I was already signed up for your emails. But, when I checked I wasn't. I am now signed up.

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  12. I am already subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. Beverly Duell-MooreMay 23, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Signed for your newsletter now.

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  14. I can't wait to read A Lady Unraveled! The way you weave your words and the devotional-like thoughts you share are very impactful, and I look forward to reading them whenever they arrive.

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  15. Subscribed! :) A Lady Unraveled sounds quite interesting.

    --Angela

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  16. I'm already signed up for your newsletter. I love your books!

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  17. "A Lady Unrivaled" is on my TBR list!
    I've already signed up for your newsletter. :)

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  18. I'm already signed up. Just finished The Reluctant Duchess last week and bought A Lady Unrivaled to start this week! The friend who recommended the series to me said the third book is her favorite--and I loved the first and second so much that I'm excited to read one that's even better!

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  19. I love books that are full of optimism. I try to find the rainbow in the middle of the tornadoes, so this would be a great book to read!

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  20. I've wanted to read your books for the longest time. This summer I intend to sit myself down and read, read, and read!

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  21. I'm signed up under ewe_r_merritt at yahoo dot com. Some of these make me sign in under google to comment. Love your books! Rachael Merritt

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  22. Signed up to receive your newsletter. Would love to receive a copy of your book, A Lady Unrivaled.

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  23. I love your books! They are delightful!!!

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  24. I signed up and I'm looking forward to reading this book.

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  25. I am already signed up and am very grateful for the generous giveaway!

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  26. I'm signed up for your newsletter. I love your books, and the other books in the giveaway look and sound so wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  27. Having spent some time pulling dandelions in a garden last week, I'm not ready to look at them as gorgeous flowers just yet, lol. Have you seen their tap roots? Holy smokes! 😂

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  28. I'm already subscribed to your newsletter and I'm looking forward to reading this series!

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  29. I will try to put your books on hold, as I am always looking for new authors and great books. also I also I am looking forward to the giveaway.

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  30. I'm already on your newsletter list. All these books sound amazing. I love most any flowers. When I see one breaking through the cracks in the sidewalk it almost makes me want to cry. We should all be so determined!

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  31. Subscribed..waiting to read

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  32. Subscribed..waiting to read

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  33. Cornwall is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your trip with us! ~ RAC

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  34. J'nell CiesielskiMay 23, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Need this one to complete my collection!

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  35. Can't wait to read this book!

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  36. Just signed up for the newsletter. The book sounds very intriguing.

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  37. I already subscribe. Thank you for this lovely giveaway.

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  38. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I would love to read this story. I am a new reader of your books. It's so fun to find a new author and then go on a reading bing! This book sounds great! I just signed up for your newsletter. Jeanne Crea

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  39. Ohhhhhhh this book looks soooooo good...I love Christian fiction.
    I am a subscriber...thank you.

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  40. I've signed up. We plan to visit the Cotswolds this fall. My husband has an aunt that lives in Cheltenham so we hope to see her.

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  41. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway, and the beautiful pictures of the Cotswolds and Cornwall. I signed up for your newsletter!

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  42. Already a subscriber to your newsletter! I love the sound of this book!

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  43. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! I'm already signed up for your newsletter! I LOVED this story! The whole series was amazing!

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  44. Eva Delisle-NicholsMay 23, 2017 at 7:45 PM

    I am in the middle of The Reluctant Duchess and I'm looking forward to reading about Ella and Cayton. I quite enjoy your books! Thank you!

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  45. I love taking pictures of flowers with a little bit of water on them.

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  46. I've actually never read any of your books but am now exited too as I'm always looking for the next entertaining read. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  47. Already signed up. Beautiful pictures.

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  48. I already subscribed to your newsletter. I loved reading your books! Elzine

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  49. I'm already subscribed! =D this is SO cool!

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  50. Enjoy your books - signed up for your newsletter. Thank you

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  51. I am already a subscriber--thanks for the giveaway! I loved A Lady Unrivaled and an autographed copy would be fantastic!

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  52. Would love to win to read these lovely stories! -Anna Hargis

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  53. So fun! Can't wait to read this one whether I win or not!

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  54. I'm subscribed for your newsletter. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  55. Thank you! I have subscribed to your newsletter and look forward to hearing from you.

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  56. already a subscriber, I'd love to read this!

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  57. Pictures of your trip are fantastic. Love that rose. We went to England several times a few years ago and it is a lovely place to visit. Your book sounds great! Can't wait to read it. I signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for the fun giveaway.

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  58. Love the pictures! I love English gardens and cottages... it sounds like your books may transport us there!! The little girl I watch loves to pick dandelions too! I signed up for your newsletter.

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  59. Those pictures are amazing! And the book sounds very interesting too!

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  60. Thanks for giving one of your books to this giveaway!

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  61. I love this giveaway. My husband is from England and I love reading books from there.

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  62. I've already read this series, but would love a copy of this book for my home library!

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  63. Already signed up. Loved reading about the gardens.

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  64. WONDERFUL GIVEAWAY

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  65. I am already signed up, will I still be registered for the giveaway? I hope so!

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  66. I am already subscribed to your newsletter. What a great giveaway this is. I have enjoyed all the information!

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  67. I love the description of this book! I am one of those people who hates it when someone refers to wildflowers as weeds. I have often wondered how it makes God feel when we dismiss some of His creations (be they flowers or people) as being less than. Everything and everyone plays a part.

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    1. I've had the same thought! I actually blogged about it a few months ago, using the tumbleweed as an example http://roseannamwhite.blogspot.com/2016/07/thoughtful-about-faith-like-tumbleweed.html

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    2. I, too, agree with your sentiments! It is such an expression of love when the little ones come in with a handful of dandelions and a big smile on their face to give mommy some flowers! I find it precious and very thoughtful.

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  68. I love English gardens. I'd love to read your book.

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  69. Hi Roseanna, I'm testing this out because a few people have left me comments on Facebook saying they could not post on your blog. I'll give it a try and see if my comment goes through. Thanks! Carrie

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  70. I am already a subscriber and I have enjoyed all your previous books. Can't wait to get my hands on this one.

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  71. Thank you for the contest!

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  72. Thanx for the giveaway!!!!! I have subscribed to your newsletter. I would love to read your book!!!!!

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  73. I have subscribed to your newletter. Your book looks intriguing. Thanks for participating.

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  74. I've read most of your books and have loved them all! Just signed up for your newsletter.

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  75. What a great collection of books! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  76. What a fantastic giveaway! I thoroughly enjoy your books, and I am now (finally) signed up for your emails.

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  77. I love the simpleness of your exploration of the Cotswolds and Cornwall. What you noticed is exactly what I would have too, especially the rose in the rain and the dandelion near the cliff. Thank you for allowing me to explore through your words. Blessings, Leslie S. Lowe

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  78. Now I want to read your books more than ever! :) I love that picture of the rocky coast - looks like a scene from Poldark! Signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  79. I am subscribed to your newsletter. I loved this series!

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  80. I'm already subscribed to your newsletter. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. I enjoy looking at gardens.

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  81. subscribed

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  82. Just signed up for your newsletter! The Ladies of the Manor series is the best trilogy I've read in awhile. I'm anxious to read the rest of your books!

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  83. I just signed up for your newsletter! I can't wait to read this book!

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  84. I have already signed up and can't wait to read this. Thanks.

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  85. I love the part about the accidental beauty that God has just for us. And I love the rose. Would love to have one in my garden.

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  86. Your book is my favorite! Keep writing!

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  87. Hannah-rose RussellMay 25, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Excited about this giveaway!

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  88. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

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  89. I love books mixing romance, history, and intrigue 😊

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  90. I love A Lady Unrivaled.My daughter was so kind to share her book with me.

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  91. Love this series! Just signed up for your newsletter and looking forward to your future writing. I also love following you Pinterest page and its relations to your writing.

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  92. Already subscribed.

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  93. I love English gardens and look forward to reading this book with a bit of mystery to it.

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  94. I joined your newsletter list ad thank you

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  95. Love your books !

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  96. Oh, must enter. A Lady Unrivaled has many of my favorite thins ~ English Gardens, mystery, surprises, the Cotswolds ... Thanks for the opportunity. Mary Kay

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  97. I just love that picture of the cliff/ocean! (Already a subscriber)

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  98. What wonderful pics Roseanna. The view from St. Michael's Mount? Wow. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  99. At the risk of commenting too many times, I'm going to publish this one as well. I commented on the signup for your newsletter page but even after refreshing the page, I don't see it.

    So, I am thrilled to enter for these books. I read daily when going to bed to unwind from the day. I love that they are clean, wholesome books also.

    Thank you for your part in this giveaway! Much appreciated!

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  100. I am already a subscriber. Thank you

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  101. I have A Lady Unrivaled on my wish list, and I'm already a newsletter subscriber. Thank you for the delightful books that you write.

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  102. I so enjoy your books. I have not read A Lady Unrivaled but am looking forward to it.

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  103. Just signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for the information on the flowers. Anxiously waiting for your devotional

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  104. Love this contest....love your books!!! Signing in as anonymous but my name is Margie....

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  105. I'm already a subscriber to your newsletter. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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    1. I removed this comment because I posted it using my phone and it auto-corrected the words and the spelling was horrifying :) My comment was updated below.

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  107. I am already a subscriber but I did want to let you know how much I LOVED The Ladies of the Manor Series. It was definitely one of the best series I have ever read :)

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  108. I love weeds too! Buttercups are so pretty growing in our neighbors cow pasture in NC but annoying to the cattleman. I'm already a subscriber. :)

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  109. I already subscribe! And your books are so good. I love them all!

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  110. So sweet that a dandelion plays an important role in A Lady Unrivaled! Eager to read your novel.

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  111. Great giveaway, thank you!

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  112. I am already signed up for your newsletter!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  113. already subscribe to newsletter! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  114. I'm trying to my flower beds like an English cottage garden. Not there yet, but I'm trying.

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  115. I loved this book!! So good!!! Kdkitz@yahoo.com

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  116. I love this giveaway. So many books!

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  117. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  118. very excited to find this book!

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  119. I signed up fro your newsletter. Such beautiful flowers.

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  120. I would love to take a tour of gardens throughout Europe. That would be heavenly! I'm already a subscriber! Absolutely love your writing. Loved The Lost Heiress. Just got The Reluctant Duchess and can't wait to read your next book!

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  121. Signed up for your newsletter!

    I love your photos of your trip. I hope to visit England with my family someday.
    Dianna

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  122. I signed up for your newsletter. Thanks.

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  123. I already signed up. I enjoyed the pictures of the roses. Blessings

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  124. Signed up! I'm looking forward to reading these books... adding them to my to-be-read pile. :)

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  125. Thanks for the giveaway and the beautiful photos! Can't wait for all the flowers to be in full bloom!

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  126. I signed up for your newsletter. I was already friends with you on Facebook. You have an open invitation to be interviewed on my blog with each new book release.

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  127. Your book look inserting. I signed up for your newsletter.

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  128. Subscribed! This segment makes me so excited! :D

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  129. I've already been on your newsletter list. Love your books!

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  130. Look forward to reading this story. I have signed up for your newsletter.

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  131. I am already a subscriber. Thank you for participating in this giveaway!!! :)

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  132. Already a subscriber. Love this giveaway and love your books!!

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  133. I'm subscribed; thanks for the giveaway!

    CutePolarBear

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  134. I'm excited to see a new author that I will be trying/reading books from! Julie Classen told me to come here !

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  135. I agree...sometimes it's the untouched by human hands that is the most beautiful.

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