Friday, May 18, 2018

Reader's Choice - Cross-That-Off-My-Wish-List Friday!

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Alas, I didn't quite make it to the end of the week. I'm stalled on book # 5 --- happily so as it happens. The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon is the kind of book you have to savor. Must not be read quickly and the thought of trying to assemble my thoughts into something coherent...well, that's not going to happen tonight. So....I'm pushing that review and giveaway to next week - look for it Monday. And I won't do a retro read this Saturday. :-( But it's a three day weekend coming up so I should be able to catch up as I rest up!

BUT DO NOT DESPAIR!!!

Today is Cross-That-Off-My-Wish-List Friday!!!!!

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And that means you get to request the book you'd like to win if your name is drawn. One from that lovely long wishlist I know we all have. Must be Christian Fiction but can be any genre or publication date through to this month. And because I know it's impossible to pick just one go ahead and pick two titles. Just state them in two separate comments below or email them to me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca (you can put both titles in one email.) Use Friday's Giveaway as the subject line so it grabs my attention.

Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 20 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

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And a note for my cheer squad:

Not wanting to brag or anything, but I might just be able to touch my hands to the floor now! And yes, that's HUGE since I could only reach my knees before with a lot of awkward slowness while hanging on to something. 

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For the first time in EIGHT years I can lift my heels off the floor and press into the balls of my feet!!!! Yes, I'm sitting down but my feet can bend!!!!! Chair yoga rocks!!!!!


132 comments:

  1. Woohoo! There is a lot of cheering and happy dancing going on in Virginia over your progress this week! I have heard chair yoga is very good!
    You go ahead and take that break you need and savor The Esther Paradigm, what a fabulous place to stop and regroup! Karim and Hannah's story really touched me on several levels. No spoilers, but I reviewed it if you want to know more,
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3U215E9GA4I8V/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B0755RV7CR

    So if we are picking books for a surprise readers choice pick I'm going with Roseanna White's A Name Unheard.
    Thank you and keep up the good work!!!

    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. oops! I got the title mixed up with book two, lol.
      That's A Name Unknown :-)

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  2. I also want to read book two in this series, I've heard such good things about both!

    A Song Unheard/Roseanna White

    Have a great three day weekend Kav!
    Is your boot camp more than one week?
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. Awesome review, Tracey. Loved the quotes you shared. There's so many amazing aspects to this story. Wouldn't it make a great book club book?! I've finished now, still savoring and experiencing a bit of end-of-book melancholy but The Lost Castle is helping to bring my spirits up again. :)

      And yes, 'boot camp' lasts another week. It started a week and a half ago. First few days were orientation and assessment and then kapow!!!

      Love Roseanna White! Good luck, Tracey.

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    2. On my goodness I read The Lostle Castle, my first Kristy Cambron book! So good! If you go to her website you can see the beautiful cover of the next book in the series, Castle on the Rise, out next year. And you are going to love that it's set in Ireland!

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    3. EEEEEEEEKKKKK! Ireland!!! And that cover is awesome. Can't wait! Again, with the inside scoop reporting, Tracey! You rock!

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  3. Your cheer squad appreciates the update and this member needs to investigate chair yoga. We all enjoy hearing from you and appreciate the fellowship on the blog and your insightful reviews....but only what you can do at a comfortable pace and remain a rewarding and fun activity for you.

    Surprise readers' choice - Together Forever by Jody Hedlund, the second in the Orphan Train series. Thanks!

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  4. I was also wondering more about the boot camp, assuming probably 10 days to 2 weeks?

    Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

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    1. Yes -- two weeks and a bit. I'm half way through. Great choices, CC. I want to read both of them too. Good luck!

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  5. 1. A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

    Keep healing! (as if you'd want or intend to do otherwise . . . we say such odd things sometimes.) But I'm glad you're seeing progress--that's huge!

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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  6. 2. When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Thanks, Rachael! Looks like Historical is the favourite genre of the day. :) Good luck!

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  7. Congrats on the accomplishment, Kav!! Keep it up!

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    1. Thanks, Freda. I promise I won't slack off this weekend...even if there is a royal wedding in the works!

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  8. Good Morning, Kav,

    I'm so glad that you're feeling better!

    'The Theory of Happily Ever After' by Kristin Billerbeck

    dandtdearing {at} roadrunner {dot} com

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  9. #2 'Miracle in a Dry Season' by Sarah Loudin Thomas

    dandtdearing {at} roadrunner {dot} com

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    1. I LOVED Miracle in a Dry Season! Good luck, Tammi!

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  10. WOO HOO….so happy to hear your good news! You go Kav!
    I will list a book I have been sooo anxious to read: Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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  11. And another: Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com


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    1. Thanks, Jackie! Two great authors...we are sooooo blessed with Christian Fiction! Good luck!

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  12. Where shadows meet by colleen coble. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  13. Out of the ashes by tracie Peterson and Kimberly woodhouse. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Two great wishlist titles! Good luck, Kim.

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  14. What exciting progress! Best wishes for continued improvement!

    Storm Front by Susan May Warren

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  15. A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. I soooooo want to find out Ty's story!!!! And I loved A Table at the Window. Good luck, Heidi.

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  16. Great accomplishment!

    I would pick Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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  17. My second book would be one by Jaime Jo Wright. I've had my eye on her for a while!

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. Oooohhh -- thanks for the Carolyn Miller reminder. Love her and this new release is high on my list. Is the Jaime Jo Wright book The House on Foster Hill? I think that's the only one she has out so far. Good luck, Diane.

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  18. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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  19. All This Time by Melissa Tagg

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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  20. Yay for so much improvement! Thank you for sharing that excitement with us. :)
    As for books, well I realized I need to finish the series for Dani Pettrey - so I would pick Sabotaged
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  21. For my second pick it would be Dani Pettrey and Silenced
    Thank you!
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Oh goodness, yes, you must finish that Dani Pettrey series!!!! Good luck, Susan.

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  22. Sounds like you have made a Lot of progress. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! It's tiny steps but at least they are all forward ones!

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  23. Together Forever by Jody Hedlund
    leliamae54(At)aol(dot)com

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    1. Miracle In A Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas
      Thank you. Blessings

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    2. Two of my fave authors. Good luck, Lucy.

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  24. This is such a surprise to be able to pick your own book. I would love to win IF I RUN, by Terri Blackstock. This book is on my wish list. Thank you.

    cenya2{at}Hotmail{dot}com
    I hope everyone enjoys the long weeklong.

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  25. Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris is also on my wish list. Thank you.

    cenya2@hotmail{dot}com

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    1. Ohhh...think these are the first suspense books of the day. And you definitely have to read the If I Run series! Good luck, Marjorie.

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    2. Thank you. I am enjoying the wedding today, it is so wonderful.

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  26. One of the books on my list of "gosh-I-want-this-so-bad-but-I'll-buy-it-later" books (I'm trying to not spend money on books right now-- it's seriously difficult! :( ) is.....

    "All This Time" by Melissa Tagg

    Thanks for the chance to win it! And congratulations on your progress!! :D

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  27. Another book on that list is...

    "Troubled Waters" by Susan May Warren

    sleepy_bookworm_aery [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. I have never succeeded at resisting buying books. Not sure if I should compliment you on trying. lol Hope you have a good library close by. Good luck, Aerykah.

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  28. A Light In the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  29. A Chance at Forever - Melissa Jagears

    mindyhoung AT msn DOT com

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    1. Excellent choices, Mindy. Good luck.

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  30. So glad you are seeing improvement, Kav! Praying for continued relief & healing for you!!
    ~Alison Boss

    What fun to have Reader's Choice! Whoop!

    Book Choice #1: Bride of a Distant Isle (The Daughters of Hampshire Book #2) by Sandra Byrd

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Alison. And Reader's Choice is always fun, isn't it? Good luck.

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    2. Oops! Dinner delayed me listing my Book Choice #2. It's 4 people down. Sorry about that, Kav. It was:

      A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

      nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. So glad you're making progress!!


    1. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. 2. Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

      pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    2. Thanks, Pam. Good luck!

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  32. YAY, Kav!!! Great to hear your good news!!!

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  33. I'm really glad you are making progress. My first wish selection is Falling For You by Becky Wade.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  34. 2. A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I'm dying to read that Becky Wade one too. Good luck, Pam.

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  35. Book Choice #2: A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That story is as delightful as the cover. :-) Good luck, agboss.

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  36. King by R. J. Larson.
    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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    1. That's a new title and author for me. Good luck, Elly.

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    2. It's the third in a trilogy, "Books of the Infinite". The first two are entitled "Prophet" and "Judge". They are HILARIOUS!!

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing your praise reports. I'm so happy for you. Especially in the light of the trial being discontinued. And, of course, thank you for sharing your love of Christian fiction. Always.

    My first choice is:

    1.) A Holy Passion by Alicia G. Ruggieri

    tlhcoupon(at)homtail(dot)com

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  38. Second choice:

    2.) A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

    tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Terrill. Yes, I was really floundering trying to figure out how to progress without direction but this is giving me lots of info and helping me figure out what is going to work for me going forward.

      Not familiar with A Holy Passion or Alicia Ruggieri -- will have to check her out. Good luck, Terrill!

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    2. Alicia Ruggieri is an indie author and her previous series was wonderful. Check out the few reviews on Goodreads for this book by a couple fellow authors. They're very thorough and insightful.

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  39. Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren.

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    1. Love that series!!! Good luck, Elly.

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  40. Only two?? Geeze...lol! Okay, I'll try to narrow it down :-)

    #1 If I Live by Terri Blackstock (to complete my set)

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  41. #2 Falling for You by Becky Wade (because I can't get over how gorgeous that cover is!)


    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com
    Of course you know I have WAY more on my wish list...haha!

    So wonderful to hear your progress Kav, such awesomesauce news! Your cheer squad will continue to shake our pom-poms and make a lot of noise for you!!

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    1. Trixi, you will love Falling for You! I went in the bathroom and bawled so hubby wouldn't see me. I mean who sobs over a book? Oh yeah, we all do here! lol

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    2. Yay -- hope to achieve more to credit that pompom shaking. lol But, Trixi, you haven't read If I Live yet???????? Aaaaaaaggghhhhh! Good luck!

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    3. Diana!!! You're teasing us with that snippet about Falling For You. Must read that soon.

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    4. I did the same thing, Diana....just finished that book last night! Squeee

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    5. Jackie, we're truly book soulmates! lol So Kav and Trixi, here's your warning to keep plenty of tissues on hand for this one!

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    6. Diana, thanks for the heads up on keeping a box of Kleenex on hand for Becky Wade's book. Just so you know, my husband has been known to cry over a book (or movie). He's such a softie while I'm the stoic one :-) So I know when a book makes me cry real tears,it's a good one!

      Kav, I have not yet read Terri's 'If I Live' series because I've heard there's a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of each book. So while I hate waiting MONTHS for each one to release, I had decided to wait so I could binge read the whole thing. I feel it's time for a good binge read, it's been too long since I've been able to! Same thing with Julie Klassen's 'Ladies of Ivy Cottage'; once I order and get the third one (December, ugh!) My nose will be stuck in them. Yes, it takes massive amounts of self-control, discipline & patience :-) Thankfully, I have a massive pile of books to read in the meantime...lol!

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    7. Trixi, I'm sure my hubby has shed some tears over a movie, but he's too manly (he thinks) to ever let me see them. And after being married 45 years I know better than to look and see if he's crying. lol It's nice to have a sensitive husband, I think, and actually makes them more macho IMO!

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  42. The Road Home by Beverly Lewis. #1
    Great news to hear that you are making strides to feeling better! I've never heard of hair yoga.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  43. The Wish by Beverly Lewis.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Chair yoga is transforming. Everyone's been saying I need to do yoga because it's so beneficial to body, mind and spirit but since my pain is in my feet and legs plus I can't get down on the floor I never thought it would be possible. So this is yoga adapted for people like me who can sit in a chair while doing some gentle but still challenging stretches. And I found a DVD at my library so I can continue at home. Woot! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  44. Well, this is fun!

    #1) Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. And what a fantastic choice! Awesomesauce book!!! Good luck, Diana.

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  45. CONGRATULATIONS, KAV! I'm so excited for you!

    A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  46. The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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  47. YIPPEE - celebration time! As a member of your cheer squad, I see a big wave happening in your cheering section. <3 Progress to some may be small, but to those that it’s happening to it’s very monumental. Keep up the yoga and the progress.

    “A Gift of Grace” (Kauffman Amish Bakery #1) by Amy Clipston from 2009.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  48. “The Keeper” (Stoney Ridge Seasons #1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher from 2012.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Ooohhh - my very first crowd wave! lol Thanks, Kay. Good luck!

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  49. And please, please, pleeeeaaasseee!!! I'm not above groveling!

    #2) Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham

    Rah rah sis boom bah! Cheering you on, gf! Awesomesauce progress! The Egyptians said the Israelites would only make it to the Red Sea. But God said, Really? Watch me!
    HE has the last word, my friend, and miracles are His specialty! I need one, too, so we'll keep cheering one another on in prayer. <3

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    1. Just the Way You Are is definitely a book worthy of groveling. :-) And thanks for the cheering through prayer. Right back at you, friend. Good luck.

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    2. Thanks for the prayers, Kav!!

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  50. Congratulations on your progress! We will continue to pray for you!
    Choice #1 : An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Hunter
    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  51. Choice #2: The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright.

    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    Thanks for the chances to Win!

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    1. Thanks, Paula. Great reading choices! Good luck.

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  52. So glad to hear about your progress, Kav. That's wonderful!

    First on my list is The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz.

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  53. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  54. Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble
    (I have the original, Abomination, but the new release of it is pretty.)

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  55. Where Shadows Meet by Colleen Coble

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like you're a Colleen Coble fan. :) Good luck, Rose.

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  56. 1. Their Daring Hearts
    by Sharlene MacLaren

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  57. 2. The First Gift
    by Ruth Logan Herne

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I need to read some current Sharlene MacLaren. I loved her depression era series. And you can't go wrong with Ruth Logan Herne! Good luck, Melody.

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  58. 1. A Stray Drop of Blood by Roseanna M. White

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  59. 2. A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  60. Hi Kav, Congratulations on your wonderful new skills! It is hard to pick to favorites to want-to-read! My first pick will be Lisa Wingate's Before We Were Yours. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. "two" favorites ~ oops, excited!! Kathleen

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  61. Book 2 Selection: Collision of the Heart
    by Laurie Alice Eakes
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Good luck, Kathleen! Glad you could narrow down your choices. lol

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    2. I looked over my to-reads for over an hour! lol

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    3. Ha! That's like me when I'm going to place an order. I change it about ten times before I finally click send. lol But is sure is a fun way to pass an hour...or two.

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  62. so glad to hear of your progress. WOOHOO
    will continue to pray for you.
    how fun with this give a way. thanks.
    #1 Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  63. #2 A Most Noble Heir by Susan Ann Mason
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. Thank you so much, Lori. Love your choices. Good luck.

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  64. I am so thrilled with your wonderful news, Kav...you go girl!!!! The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  65. Together Forever by Jody Hedlund. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  66. Hi Kav! Great news and a great accomplishment. Keep it up!

    #1 choice - When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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  67. My #2 choice is - The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron.

    essings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Oohhh - I'm reading The Lost Castle right now so if you don't win it hear look for it next week. Good luck, Cindy.

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  68. What great fun, let me pull up my Amazon wish list!

    #1 The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  69. Choice #2 The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. Woohoo, Kav! That's great progress.

    #1 The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

    whthomas13 AT yahoo DOT com

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  71. #2 No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

    Thanks for the chance to win, Kav!

    whthomas13 AT yahoo DOT com

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  72. I've been thinking of you! Glad you have improvement!!

    #1 Falling for you by. Becky Wade

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  73. Honeysuckle dreams by denise hunter

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