14 February 2012

Three Laura Frantz Valentine's Day Treats


The Frontiersman's Daughter in Dutch!!!


And we have a review of The Colonel's Lady by Marian Baay!! And we have giveaways!






The Colonel’s Lady

Reviewed by Marian Baay

5 stars *****

I've been impatiently waiting for the release of The Colonel's Lady. As I became to love Laura's previous books I was sure that I would not be disappointed with this book!

Roxanna Rowan is traveling from Virginia to Kentucke to visit her father who serves as an officer under Colonel McLinn. When she arrives at Fort Endeavor she learns that her father was recently killed. She can't return and has no other options than to stay in her father's cabin.


Colonel Cassius McLinn was with Roxanna's father when he died and promised him to take care of Roxie.

While reading how their lives come together I imagined living in the Fort with them. I could smell the odors, hear the people talking and shouting, hear the bullets whistling, feel the winter cold and... feel the chemistry between the colonel and his lady *sigh*. I was really there and witnessed it all. Few authors can make me feel like I'm actually in the story.


This was a great read! Very well done, Laura!



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Laura Frantz is giving away a box of chocolates to one of our visitors today!!!

And we are giving away one of her books, your choice!





89 comments:

  1. Loved that review, Marian, and the *sigh*...too cute!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you, Carrie, Teresa, Laura Frantz, and all of our wonderful and supportive friends here on OTT-WGH!

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  2. Ohhh YAY, I can finally try for a giveaway of a Laura Frantz book from this side of the ocean because of the eBook possibility. I have wanted to read this one of soooo LONG!!! My email is jruth418(at)live(dot)com

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  3. A great book and sweet chocolates, love the combination, sure would love to win this, thanks for sharing...
    Happy Valentine's Day from Ga
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  4. Wow! Another great giveaway! It would be wonderful to receive a good book by Laura Frantz and chocolates to boot!! (Be still my heart!)

    Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  5. Thank you for posting and for the opportunity to win one of her books. Laura Frantz writes so beautifully.

    arieljo12@ hotmail dot com

    -Janella

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  6. Historical fictions are so much fun because, although the characters are not real, it's conceivable that a story such as this could have actually happened. I have no doubt that if we could somehow see into the past, into the lives of every ordinary individual, we would find thousands of stories so fascinating as to have never even been thought of by the greatest of today's fiction authors.

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  7. Happy Valentine's Day to all, especially my dear Laura!

    All of Laura's books are on my lifetime keeper shelf. I have reviewed them and blogged about them, and I look forward to her upcoming releases. There are not enough review stars in the sky to describe the worth and wonderfulness of the writing of Laura Frantz!

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  8. DIANA - Happy Valentine's Day! I pray TERESA is feeling better today! And THANK You to MARIAN BAAY for this review!

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  9. LAURA FRANTZ is three hours behind our time zone. MARIAN is six hours ahead. JANELL, we have E-books available as an option for EVERY author this Valentine's Day week, including the lovely Laura's books!!!

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  10. PAULA & JUDY, You think like we do, LOL!!! We are so PLEASED that Laura's book is now out in the Dutch version! And we are just tickled that she is giving away chocolates to one of our visitors! We are doing this as two separate giveaways, though, so the book winner might have to buy their own chocolate, lol!

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  11. GRACE, we agree with you! Laura is an author who other writers all agree is so very talented and writes beautifully! And I pray she will find more and more readers who become forever fans!

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  12. GARY, that was a deep comment. Thank you. Readers, here is a link to Gary's blog, which looks very thought-provoking http://garyeugenehowell.com/

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  13. Happy Valentine's Day to Carrie, Diana, and Marian and everyone who has stopped by today! So glad you are my friends!

    Great review Marian!

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  14. I have not had the chance to read any of Laura's books, but they sounds so good. I know I have one on my kindle when it was free awhile back. Though I really really really want to read the Colonel's Lady!

    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

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  15. I couldn't agree with Virginia C more! Laura's books are amazing and I own every single one of them and they are definitely ones that I know I will read again and again over the years! I can't wait for LR to come out!! Since I own them all I won't enter this competition but whoever wins this one is one lucky person:)

    Eva

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  16. Just wanted to say I love Laura and her books! I don't need to be included in drawing(I have all her wonderful works), just stopped in to say hi!

    Stacie

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  17. Laura, just bought my first book by you, The Colonel's Lady. Can't wait to read it.

    Joan

    goangaz@aol.com

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  18. Jen, you are in for a real treat! Laura is an amazing author!

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  19. Stacie and Eva, you can still be entered for the chocolate!! :)

    Joan, you have to read The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little! I loved those books...actually TFD was my favorite book ever!

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  20. Happy Valentine's Day! Wow, the Dutch cover is beautiful. I think the heroine looks a bit like Catherine Heigel. I'm hearing so many wonderful things about your writing, Laura, I look forward to reading my first book by you.

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  21. Happy Valentine's Day, Lisa! You are in for a wonderful treat. Laura is the only author I ever took the time to write a handwritten letter to; I was so impressed with her first book and our computer had bit the dust. I just had to let her know how I felt about it, and it was well worth my time...it was quite a lengthy letter (haha)! I've never regretted doing that, for not only is she a brilliant author, but one of the sweetest ladies I've ever met!

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  22. Courting Morrow Little is the best book I read in 2011!!! Hands down.

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  23. Wow! So many comments so early on the day!
    Okay, it's end of the afternoon in the Netherlands, but most of the commenters are from the US I guess. So nice that you all stopped by to say hi. :)

    Happy Valentines day to you all!

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  24. The Colonel's Lady was the best novel on the West that I've ever read. Would love to win one of her other books.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  25. OH MY WORD! All these precious comments! My Valentine's Day is made!! Skip the chocolate - I'll take these gracious words any day:) Diana, Carrie, and Marian - you all make any day special and this is no exception. And thanks, Marian, for such a wonderful review! Knowing how you enjoyed TFD, I was a wee bit nervous when you began TCL so am thrilled you enjoyed the story. I treasure the pics of you with that book!

    Janell, SO good to see you here:) My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and their work so it's wonderful when you pop up and remind me to keep at it!

    Paula, Welcome here - would love to send a book and chocolates your way:) They're a stellar combo. I just polished off some chocolate covered cherries myself though I am trying to watch that expanding waist of mine. Am seriously thinking of investing in some stays;)

    Judy, Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It's great to see new and familiar faces and I'm really blessed when I meet new readers (and chocolate lovers). Have a happy heart day!

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  26. Janella (Grace) - Oh, you said the magic words - writes beautifully. A million thanks for that. From the time I was a little girl I've always felt that writing was beautiful, or should be:) Bless you so much for that. And a heartfelt thanks for stopping here!

    Gary, I agree! Your enjoyment of history/fiction shines through! I've often wished I could just go back in time to the 18th-century for just a day or so and experience what I try to create on the page. Oh my! I'm feeling a tangent coming on and could write a novella about that! Bless you for stopping here. Love meeting new reading friends!

    Dear Virginia, I know I've said it before but you have such a way with words. And you're a fabulous cook!! I can't wait till LR appears in your mailbox, my friend. You're such a dear friend and reader. I thank the Lord for you so often. And then you bless me here today!

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  27. Happy Valentine's Day! Laura's books are AMAZING and it's always such a long wait between books...or at least it seems that way to me LOL! I don't have time to read books over again but I've read Courting Morrow Little at least 3 times since it's release and I'm eagerly awaiting Love's Reckoning. I'd love to be entered for the chocolate. Thank you so much.

    XOXO~ Renee C.
    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Teresa, Hope you're feeling better today - thanks for being here and joining in the Valentine fun! The more the merrier, I say!

    Jen, Thanks so much for wanting to take a gamble on a new author! I've read that readers tend to stay with ones they know so it's always a blessing when someone ventures and wants to read. I hope you enjoy TCL if you read it. It was such a joy to write!

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  29. Eva, I'm so touched by your kind words! And to think you've read them all and want to read them again - such a compliment to this author!! More than anything, you took time to come by and leave such thoughtful comments even when you have the books. That means so much. I just turned the galleys in for Love's Reckoning yesterday and the cover will be out any day now so am excited to share that with you and hope you like it. Bless you so much!

    Stacie, Oh, YAY! I read your comments from yesterday when Julie guested and am still smiling about the "book candy." Surely the best kind of candy! You've been in my thoughts and prayers so much lately. Hope all is well and you're ready for spring, my friend!

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  30. Joan, Many thanks to you for buying TCL - hope it blesses you and gives you a Kentucky escape:) It was hard leaving my state and venturing into Pennsylvania for Love's Reckoning but am now so happy I made the leap! Happy Valentine's Day to you - and thanks so much for taking time here today!

    Lisa, Likewise, I've been hearing wonderful things about yours! A little bird told me your book was shipped even earlier than planned so I can't wait to get it in hand any day now:) And I'm looking so forward to posting about it on my blog/site. You're right - she does look like Catherine H! Love that!

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  31. Charity, OH, love those words!! You've met Red Shirt and Morrow then:) That book will always have a special place in my heart. I so enjoyed writing about married love the way God intended. And I miss those characters very much! Thanks so much for being so kind and for stopping here. You bless me!

    Linda, You spoil me! What an honor to have you say that about TCL. I must admit I was quite smitten with Colonel McLinn after he redeemed himself in the end. And I've even taken up knitting in the last month in honor of Roxanna:) So thrilled you want to keep reading my books. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

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  32. RENEE, YAY!! It's YOU:) You pop up just when I need you;) Since you're such a voracious reader and reviewer, I'm always thrilled when my books make any list of yours. That cover for LR is sure being elusive!! Oh my... Anyway, would love to send some chocolates to PA:) You're a keeper, my friend!

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  33. chocolates and a good book who can resist. thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  34. Hi apple blossom, Love the blog tag:) Thanks for entering and hope you win - wish we had a book and chocolates for everyone:)

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  35. You are so right, Diana. Laura is very sweet. Thank you, Laura, for the kind words. Gosh, with all these wonderful comments about your books, I'm going to have such a hard time deciding which one to start with!

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  36. I've never had the pleasure of reading one of Laura's books but I've had my sights set on The Colonel's Lady for a while now. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. I haven't gotten my hands on Ms. Frantz's books yet, but everyone keeps telling me they are must reads!

    Is that an officially released Dutch translation? I've seen a couple of Spanish versions of Christian fiction, but rarely anything else. Is there a reason why they chose Dutch?

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  38. Yes Lady DragonKeeper, Laura's book releases in Dutch this week! The reason why they chose Dutch is me! ;)
    I'm from the Netherlands and I'm reading and recommending books for the Dutch publisher. When I read this book I really LOVED it and recommended it for translation.

    Laura's books are a must read! The Frontiersmans Daughter is my favorite book ever!

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  39. Liz and Lisa, thanks for stopping by. I hope you get the chance to read one of Laura's books soon. Maybe you win it today! :)

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  40. apple blossom and Renee, so good to see you here! So far I only read Laura's books once, but I plan to read The Frontiersmans Daughter in Dutch soon.
    I hope you'll the book or chocolates!

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  41. LAURA!! I see I haven't greet you properly!!
    Welcome and happy valentines day to you! Thanks for writing such awesome books! I'm sooo looking forward to Love's Reckoning! But first of course De pioniersdochter later this week! That reminds me... I have to borrow my dad's camera to take another pic of myself and a Laura Frantz book. :))

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  42. Laura Frantz is a new author to me, chocolates and a free book, what a great way to discover a new author!

    Patty

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  43. You are so cute, Marian! I love reading your responses! :) Happy Valentine's Day to you, dear friend!

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  44. Hi Laura, it's me again, one of your book lovers, seems so appropriate on this day to tell you how much I love your book :)
    Happy Valentine's day with a lot of our heavenly Father's love and a lot of love from al your fans!
    Thanks Marian for pointing out Laura's book!
    I hope to read an other book from your hand soon.
    Big hugs and kisses from Holland.

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  45. Oh, so happy to see Marian here and Diana again:) You ladies are THE BEST:) A special welcome to Liz R and Patty and Lady Dragon Keeper! So fun to meet new folks.

    Lisa, I would start backwards if I were you:) Maybe read TCL first? These readers here might disagree but my first book is not really a romance but more historical fiction. My hero doesn't even come in until page 200 or something! Romance readers, please forgive me for that! I've had many say it's their favorite of the 3 though. Bless you for being so kind.

    Diana, I agree - Marian has the warmest, funnest (I know that isn't a word but it should be!) comments! And then there's you, my friend!

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  46. Hey Mirjam! So glad to see you managed to make an account!

    Mirjam is my book friend from the Netherlands. We're talking about books for the last seven years or so and we never get tired of it! :)

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  47. Thank you for your kind words, Laura. You're always giving a hearty welcome and warm comments. I do not only love your books, but I also love your personality and your comments!

    Diana is always so sweet and polite. I love to read your comments and reviews, my dear friend!

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  48. Marian die kun je in je zak stoppen! Sorry had to tell her in Dutch that she received the nices complements ( I know that is not a correct word either haha)
    And I must agree Marian you are the best!
    Lady DragonKeeper, I must agree Laura's book The frontiers daughter is a very good book, haven't read her other books yet but they are on my list.
    y"all have fun reading her books.

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  49. Mirjam, ik zit me soms rot te zweten hoe ik iets fatsoenlijk in het Engels moet zeggen. Ik begrijp dus niks van die complimenten, maar wel leuk om te horen natuurlijk. :)

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  50. Thank you, Marian, and Laura! But my hubby would say "sweet and polite?"...you have her mixed up with another Diana! lol Especially when I have raging "horror"mones as my funny sis in law calls them! haha

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  51. No, I can't believe what you're telling me about those raging "horror"mones!!
    I really think you're sweet and polite in your messages! Then I think we have to meet some day... LOL

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  52. haha, Marian, gaat je goed af hoor zie nix wat ik zelf beter zou kunnen.
    :)

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  53. LAURA!!! They put a different girl on the cover of the Dutch version, didn't they??? The original model looked like Yvette Mimeiux to me, so that's really funny!!

    The day I discovered Laura Frantz was a day my faith in Christian romance SOARED to the sky because you are simply one of my all-time faves, my friend, and I thank God you are writing books!! Uh, but not fast enough to suit me or your readers, I'm sure!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  54. I loved all three of Laura's books. I have the first two (I read them several times) and I would love to have my own copy of The Colonel's Lady! Thanks so much!

    Mary
    bradyml[at]comcast[dot]net

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  55. MARIAN, The Frontiersman's Daughter is still my favorite book, too, which is one of the reasons we get along so well, because I am not nice and polite like DIANA, LOL!!! I am SO glad the Dutch people are going to have their own translation of this awesome book!

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  56. This is why people shouldn't rely on Google translate:

    Marian supposedly said - Miriam, I'm rotten to me sometimes how I sweat something decent to say in English. So I understand nothing of such compliments, but nice to hear that course. :)

    Miriam said: hahaha, Marian, are you properly hear nix see what I could do better.

    So, you can see Marian clearly writes her comments better than Google translate ever could, lol! I love having Marian contribute reviews.

    Thomas Umstaadt at his workshop said that if she comes on as a contributor we can say we have an "international blog" LOL!!!

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  57. MARY, We will enter you in the giveaway! Thanks for coming by the blog! Laura is an amazing writer.

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  58. Oh Mirjam!
    So wonderful to see you here and big HUGS to you, too! I see we were posting at the same time earlier so your comment snuck by me:) I'm so thrilled to think of you enjoying my books and wanting to read the next. I can't wait to share the cover with you all!! When Revell sent it to me a couple of weeks ago I was beside myself:) With JOY - though it might have gone the other way - lol! Love your comments and the "y'all" as that makes me feel I'm back home in Kentucky. Bless you so much and thanks for being here!!

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  59. LAURA, Have you had a great Valentine's Day? Any time you are ready, you can pick someone for the chocolate. I will draw for your book in the morning and post it over here, okay?

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  60. Julie, We'll just engage in some mutual gushing here, my passionate friend:) Recently I asked - rather Revell asked, too - if Julie would be willing to endorse my next book and I must admit, given her way with words and family dynamics and passionate plots, I'm a bit "skeered" of what she might think! But Julie, you are always so gracious and kind about my work. I'll never forget you hosting me, a newbie nobody, on Seekerville a couple of years ago. And for being such a faithful friend. They just don't make 'em like you, truly!! It's a privilege to even share the same release date this September:) Counting down with you... And thanks so much for being here today!!

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  61. LAURA, somewhere they showed your book pre-order for July. Maybe Amazon. Did they move it up? I love JULIE's posts on Seekerville!

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  62. Mary, I'm so touched you've read my books more than once. That says so much. And I'd love for you to have your own copy of TCL! I love giveaways but always am a bit sad as I want to gift everyone!! Thanks so much for being here and making Valentine's Day a loving, lovely experience:)

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  63. I was going to try to google it too, Carrie! Thank you for saving me the trouble. I think something was somehow lost in the translation, however. lol

    Marian, it is good that my "horror"mones don't rage too often. What you see is what you get with me most of the time. MOST of the time. haha

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  64. Have to go to Bible study in a few minutes and wanted to thank Carrie, Diana, and Marian for being the hostesses with the mostests;) This blog is a blessing in so many ways! I'll check back in later!

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  65. Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I would love to win a copy of Laura's book - by the comments here sounds like I have missed out on a great author. And chocolate, oh my!
    Sharon
    smoore at tcq dot net

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  66. I have not read any of Laura's books, but have been wanting to! Please enter me.
    thanks!!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  67. I love Laura's books!! I'm still desperately searching for Love's Reckoning's cover!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  68. Sharon, Welcome - so good to meet you here:) Chocolate and books are a win-win combo, that's for sure! Thanks for taking time to stop as I love meeting new people. Happy Valentine's Day!

    Jackie, HUGE thanks for wanting to meet Lael, Morrow, and Roxanna:) Bless you and hope you had a happy heart day today!

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  69. HI Marissa! Thanks so much for being here - and please don't stop looking for that cover! I'm absolutely ferhoodled as they say as to why it's sooo slooowwww this time. But I hope it will be worth the wait! Bless you for hunting faithfully - it should turn up any day:) And thanks a million for being a reading friend!

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  70. LOL CARRIE!!

    I think now you can understand why sometimes I'm sweating overhere to write the right comments AND reviews. I can't literally translate Dutch to English, because then you get something like the Google translator did. Even the order of words in a sentence is different.

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  71. Love Laura's books! Every one is so refreshing and enjoyable!

    psagens [at] gmail [dot] com

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  72. SANDY, us, too!!! Thanks for coming by!

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  73. SHARON, you have been selected using random.org as the winner of your first Laura Frantz book! After you have read her book it won't be your last! CONGRATS!!!

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  74. haha,Carrie that is really fun to read the google translation it does strange things to slang words :)

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  75. Hey Congrats Sharon,
    Enjoy the book and chocolates, I would go for the frontiersman's daughter as it being the first book you'll be reading from Laura :)

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  76. MIRJAM, yes I think the translation does some weird stuff! Oh and SHARON gets the book. LAURA still has to draw for the CHOCOLATE!!! She is doing that giveaway!

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  77. Congrats, Sharon! You are in for a delightful reading experience! Marian, you do a wonderful job, and your English is quite admirable, I must say.

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  79. I would love to have The Colonel's Lady

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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  80. Thanks Diana. I think my English is better than Google translate.

    Congrats to Sharon for winning!!

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  81. What a great review! Thanks!

    snowboundintheup (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  82. Hey Naomi, nice to see you here!!

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  83. Hello to Naomi and Wfnren! I'm off to draw a name for the chocolates. HUGE congrats on the book winner:) Praying you enjoy the story very much. Be back in a minute...

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  84. Sandy, Oh, so happy to see you here:) Love these early morning readers. Bless you for your kind comments!

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  85. And the winner of the Valentine's chocolates is....drum roll...

    RENEE AKA STEELER GIRL!!!!

    Congrats, Renee - may you have some sweet book time with chocolates in hand;)

    A heartfelt thanks to all of you who stopped by. I'll be doing giveaways of Love's Reckoning on this site and also my own blog when the book is released so please return for that! Bless you all!

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  86. CONGRATS RENEE! Thanks again, Laura!!!

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  87. Oh what I won??!! How cool!!!!!!! THANK YOU ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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  88. I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day! Count me in for the drawing please :)
    With fingers crossed,
    Tiffany

    kohlert@mail.gvsu.edu

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  89. I can't tell if this drawing is closed for the book or not. Thought I'd say hi anyway.
    I love the depth in Laura's books. The plots/characters/twists and everything play around in my head constantly. They are so well written I just can't say enough.
    Jennie
    hisprincess117[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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