Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt - Stop #7



Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’re just joining us, the hunt begins at www.LisaBergren.com, with Stop #1. If you complete the loop of 26 stops, writing down the clue on each author’s site, you can enter to win all 25 books as well as Amazon gift cards, an iPad and more! 

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Suzanne Woods Fisher! Suzanne is an amazing author of bonnet and historical fiction, and it's a true honor to welcome her to my blog today. She'll be chatting about her latest release, The Light before Day. I have this one sitting on my shelf now!

Here's her official bio: Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including THE LIGHT BEFORE DAY, book 3 in the Nantucket Legacy. She is also the author of several bestselling nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.


Here’s the summary of her latest book:


After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. But the inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when they should marry and whom. As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will's conditions, they'll be faced with obstacles on every side--and it may be that their grandmother will have the last word after all.

You can purchase her book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, or your local bookstore. 



And here’s her EXCLUSIVE content that you’ll only find in this hunt!


Friendship Steps

A few days ago, the doorbell rang while I was at my desk, working on the computer. The dogs barked and barked, but not expecting anyone, not knowing who was ringing the bell, I ignored it and kept writing. Finally, my friend texted that she was outside and knew I was home because the dogs were out and could I please just come to the door?

I bolted to greet her, more than a little embarrassed. Later, I pondered why it’s become a habit for me to ignore the doorbell. Part of the reason is that I work at home and I need to safeguard my time. (I have some chatty neighbors.) Another reason: a doorbell ringing often means a package is dropped off. No need to rush to the door.

But as valid as those excuses may be, there’s more to my not-answering-the-door than that. Dropping by someone’s home doesn’t happen much anymore. Blame the increased pace of busy lives, or the ease of communicating via technology—it’s easier to tap or text than to sit down for coffee. But I wonder if we’re losing something here: a welcoming hospitality, an openness to others, a flexibility toward interruptions. An attitude that people matter. Friends matter even more.


On Nantucket Island, houses in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries were built with “friendship steps.” Streets were narrow, so the short steps led down both sides from the house’s threshold. During those centuries, the island’s dominant religion was Quaker, so they are often referred to as Quaker friendship steps.


This little island, the world’s wealthiest port in the beginning of the 19th century, centered around the booming whaling industry. It was said that all of London was illumined by the oil of Nantucket whales. Men sailed off to sea for years at a time, so Nantucket women, known for their strength of character and grit, ran the town in their absence. Women had to depend on each other, day in and day out, for company and commerce, for safety and socializing. The double-sided steps in front of a house were to ease the coming and going of friends—a metaphor for a warm welcome, at all times. Friendship in Nantucket meant everything.   


After writing a historical series based on Nantucket women, I’ve thought quite a bit about those wise ladies. Do I make enough time for my friends? Have I become so focused on my to-do list that I have sent a message to not bother me, that I’m too busy? I wonder.



A recent study from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management found that a lack of deep friendships was a chief regret of people at the end of their lives, far more than any regrets about work. Their research also found that having meaningful friendships are getting harder, not easier. The reason? Not enough time.

While that might not be surprising news, it’s a good reminder to prioritize friendships and keep them well nourished. To drop everything and answer the door when a friend (or chatty neighbor) stops by.  



Thanks for stopping by on the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THIS CLUE:

Secret Word: five 



Got it down?? Great! Your next stop is #8, on Suzanne’s site. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found on Lisa Bergren’s website.




And now, a special giveaway! Since I'm celebrating the release of the final book in the Shadows Over England trilogy, I'm offering a signed copy of the whole set to one lucky winner!


147 comments:

  1. Why does it say starting soon when it's already started? I'd like to enter for a chance to win the books.

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  2. would also love a chance to win your books, but the giveaway widget isn't up yet :(

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  3. Fantastic series with a bit different take on the typical heroes/heroines!

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  4. Have loved all your books I have read! Would love to win this trilogy!

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  5. Loved the first book. Can't wait to read the others.

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  6. Love your books! Would love to win!

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  7. I'd love to check out these books!

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  8. The covers of your books are so gorgeous, Roseanna!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Anna Niepke

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  9. Interested in checking out your books!

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  10. I love reading trilogy's and this sounds like a good read.

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  11. What a sweet giveaway! Thanks for the chance. Now, I’m off to keep scavenging!!
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. Love your covers they're beautiful.

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  13. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  14. Somehow I was already entered when I logged in. Odd. Anyway, I LOVE THIS SERIES and I would be unbelievably thrilled if I won. I know that's not for you to control, but just letting you know. If I don't win, I will be buying the series one day.

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    1. Me too! Not sure how I was already registered (unless it's automatic if you already subscribe?), but I agree on all counts. :)

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  15. I've read the books on eBook and I have the first in paperback and I would love to own the second and third in paperback!

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  16. I loved the first two books in the Shadows Over England series. I can't wait to read this third one about Barclay!

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  17. I would love to win this series! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  18. Would love to read your books. You are new to me as an author.

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  19. I've read a few of your books and LOVED them! I'm definitely going to have to check your Shadows Over England series!

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  20. Thanks for the opportunity to enter a wonderful giveaway! Would love to win a print book!

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  21. I've never read any of Suzanne's books, though I love yours and have read most of them, Roseanna! My favorite is The Reluctant Duchess.

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  22. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity. I have not had the chance to read any of the Shadows over England series and would love to!

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  23. All of your books are so hard to put down. ❤Thank you for taking us on some incredible journeys!! I'm excited to read Barclay's story next.

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  24. I look forward to reading your books. Thank you for the chance!

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  25. Nantuckett looks like a place I'd love to visit.

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    1. Oh, put it on your bucket list, Kim Bakos! It's wonderful. Warmly, Suzanne

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  26. Still haven't found the clue on #9 Otherwise, having fun.

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  27. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I loved the first two of the 'Shadows Over England' series, and I can't wait to read #3!

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  28. Thank you for this truly remarkable chance!

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  29. Already a subscriber but I can't wait to read your newest book. It's on my tbr list.

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  30. Roseanna, I am a subscriber and although the era in which these books are written is not my usual period, I have read all three and loved them. I have a bit of a crush on Barclay Pearce. LOL I would love to win this series and read it over and over. Thanks for the chance to win the series and good luck everyone.

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  31. I love the covers of the Shadows Over England series.

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  32. I would love to win this set of books!

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  33. I love Rosanna's novels. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. Love your books! Be read several

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  35. I meant to say that I’ve read several ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  36. Oh, that is so neat about the friendship steps! I've read one of the books in the series, so if I were to win, I would give that one to my sister, who also loves to read, and then we could both read the entire series.

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  37. Talking about your fabulous books at our homeschool co-op the other day! Have a great weekend.

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  38. I lived in England for four years! My husband was stationed there. Would love to read your books!Loved the information from Suzanne Fisher about the friendship steps. I think we all need to make more time for friends.
    Grave Winn

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  39. needahugfromadog@yahoo.com
    Grace Winn edits for above comment!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“š

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  40. Your Shadows Over England series has such pretty covers. Thanx for the giveaway!

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  41. Would love to win this series.

    What is your favorite movie, why?
    moma3homeschool(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  42. Such an interesting post. I love historical fiction for this very reason - finding out details and facts that rarely show up in hisstory class. And the comments Suzanne made about meaningful friendships and our fast-paced lives is very thought-provoking. Thanks to you both for participating in the scavenger hunt, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I'm so excited for this scavenger hunt where I got to learn about you!

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  44. My Goodreads group has been gushing over this trilogy, so I would really love to win! :)

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  45. Just finished the last series and loved it. Can't wait till the next one! :)

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  46. A Fantastic Series. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win.

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  47. tahnk you for the give way and then i love to read

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  48. I recently purchased your Nantucket Legacy series for our church library, and am looking forward to reading it myself.

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    1. Thank you so much, Pam Graber! What a wonderful and generous thing to do for others. Warmly, Suzanne

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  49. Thanks for the chance to won!!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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  50. I'd love to read your books! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  51. Always enjoy this scavenger hunt!

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  52. Your books are amazing, Roseanna! And thanks for the scavenger hunt!

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  53. Thanks for participating in the hunt. I love them and look forward to them every year.

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  54. You are a favorite of mine and my mother in law. I would love a gift of your trilogy!

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  55. Thanks for being a part of this! I’ve read a few of your books and loved them!

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  56. I love historical fiction and your books are just outstanding, Roseanna. Thanks for the chance to win the this trilogy!

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  57. Such a fun giveaway! Would love to read this series!

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  58. Thank you for the chance! Nice to e-meet you!

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  59. Love your books--thank you for a chance to win!

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  60. I loved looking through the entries for the Hour Unspent coloring contest. What a fun idea!

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  61. I love Christian Historical Fiction. Crossing my fingers...

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  62. Thanks for the giveaway! I've enjoyed a couple of your books. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

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  63. I’m a huge history buff, and I had no idea why steps were built this way! Thank you for sharing this piece of info, and for reminding me of the importance of friendships!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed learning about the Friendship Steps, Karen! Warmly, Suzanne

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  64. I'm in the middle of the Shadows Over England series right now and so looking forward to the final book!

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  65. Looking forward to reading your books.

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  66. I love this series! I've been looking forward to the third book for a while. And I love your covers!

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  67. Your books are such a favorite! Just read An Hour Unspent last week.

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  68. thanks for the giveaway-love to win

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  69. Looking forward to reading this series. Here's to hoping I am the lucky winner.

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  70. Thanks for the giveaway! And I loved the "friendship stairs"!!!

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  71. Thank you for the opportunity! <3

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  72. Have not read any of your books, but they look interesting!

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  73. Love this! Both of your new books sound really good!

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  74. Great post! I love the idea of steps that welcome friends!

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    1. I like how you worded that, Hannah: steps that welcome friends! Warmly, Suzanne

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  75. Thank you so much for the chance to win! I love discovering new authors!

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  76. I've loved every book of yours I've read so far.

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  77. Love this post and the idea of friendship steps! I also tend to ignore the doorbell because I'm working, but I have one friend who will just drop by. I need to do that more.

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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  78. Thanks so much for the great giveaway! Would love to read this trilogy

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  79. Thank you for the giveaway. Your books look great!

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  80. Love the architecture lesson! Makes me want to go see Nantucket!

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  81. I love great Christian fiction!

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  82. Thanks for participating in this

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  83. Thank you for the chance to win some awesome books.

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  84. I'm enjoying An Hour Unspent. ☺ I would love to win the set so I can read the rest of the trilogy! (Lee-Ann B)

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  85. Thanks for the chance to win! I've wanting to check out this series!

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  86. I am currently reading your Ladies of the Manor series, would love to win the series listed above! I also want to check out the rest of your books. Thanks for the fun scavenger hunt!

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  87. Thanks for sharing! I'm off to check out your books!

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  88. I loved learning about the friendship steps. Thanks for the encouragement to make relationships more of a priority.

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    1. Thanks for reading the story, Elissa! Warmly, Suzanne

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  89. I have always wanted to visit Nantucket. Until then reading a series set there will have to be the next best thing.

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    1. Sometimes...books are even better than the real thing, Pat Scholl! But Nantucket...it's pretty extraordinary. Add it to your bucket list! Warmly, Suzanne

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  90. Relationships are so important in life. I only have a couple I cherish. We take adventures together. Maybe we can plan one in Nantucket!

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    1. I hope you do get to Nantucket one day, Koala! It's a very special place. Warmly, Suzanne

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  91. First time doing the Scavenger hunt...HOW have I missed this?

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  92. I would love to win this triology! Your books are always great!

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  93. I would love to win your books!! I bought a new bookcase and they would polloi great in it. Thank you!!

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  94. Listening to "A Name Unknown" right now and loving itt!

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  95. Love a chance to win, but the rafflecopter is not working.

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  96. I haven't read any of your books yet, but you are now on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  97. I am super excited about your giveaway, I have been wanting to read them! Best wishes on November 7th!!๐Ÿ’•

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  98. Amazing giveaway!!!! Thank you!!!!๐Ÿ˜Ž♥️๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŽŠ

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  99. I love Nantucket whaling! Cape Cod is my home, so much rich history. Go Massachusetts!

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    1. My dad was born on Cape Cod, raised in Buzzards Bay. Love that whole area! Lots of family history and memories for me.

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  100. Couldn't miss out on the hunt, so glad that you and Suzanne are in this years! So exciting and I can hardly wait to read the books both of you write. I have been a fan of Suzannes for years and I am so glad to meet you Roseanna!
    Blessings
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Sending you a big cyber hug, Linda Marie Finn! XO Suzanne

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  101. Thanks for the giveaway! Such a fun scavenger hunt!

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  102. Cant wait to read your books and Thank you for the chance to win.

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  103. I don’t Twitter.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carol Smith
    penelope223(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  104. Can't wait to read these. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  105. You are a new author to me, looking forward to reading your books. Thank You for the chance.

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  106. I loved A Song Unheard. It stayed with me for a long time.

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  107. Would love to read these lovely books.

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  108. You are a new author to me. However, I’ve seen your books many times. A Song Unheard has always drawn me in since I first saw the cover and read the synopsis! I think it sounds so intriguing! Thank you for participating in the Scavenger Hunt & for this opportunity! (lg.hudson@yahoo.com)

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  109. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  110. I've been wanting to read this series for a while!! Sounds amazing.

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  111. Such lovely covers! and the fascinating titles have me intrigued!!

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  112. I've read books 1 and 2, looking forward to reading Barclay's story in book 3!! :)

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  113. I love historical reads set in England, my mother's birth place. I tend to read many set during the war years, and your books look like something I'd want to read. Thank you for the chance to win them. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading the Shadows Over England series. My sister got me one of the books, not realizing it was the second in the series. I haven't read it yet since I don't have the first one, but I plan to read it soon.

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  114. I really love this Shadows Over England series! Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt! :)

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  115. These scavenger hunts are so fun! I’m also looking forward to reading the new series ๐Ÿ˜

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  116. love these scavenger hunts!

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  117. Thanks for the chance to win your books!

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  118. Hi Roseanna! Thanks for the chance to win some of your books!

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  119. As a bibliophile, history nerd, hopeless romantic, and librarian-in-training, I LOVED "A Name Unknown"! Thank you, Roseanna - can't wait to read the rest of the series! P.S. SPOILER ALERT for the readers - Peter and Rosemary's first kiss seriously gave me all the feels!! ๐Ÿ˜

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