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On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
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A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
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Targets in Ties
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With a Name like Love
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Lovin Giveaway Hop and Review of Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Welcome to the Summer Lovin Giveaway Hop! 
This hop is sponsered by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
and co-hosted by Tifferz Book Review

 I will be giving away some of the books that I have been lovin reading this summer and summer's in the past. I will have 2 separate giveaways: one for those of you in the USA and the other for International Readers. 

For the USA giveaway I will be giving away either:
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Set in nineteenth-century England, Edenbrooke is the story of Marianne Daventry, who is sent to Bath by her father after the untimely death of her mother. When an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a wealth country estate for the summer, it seems like a dream come true. But helping her sister snag the handsome heir of Edenbrooke proves to be more than Marianne bargained for, and before long, Marianne s relaxing summer in the country turns into an adventure full of romance and intrigue.

About the Author:

Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children. You can find her online at

My Review:
I LOVED this book! It has one of my favorite romances I have read in a long time! The characters, Marianne and Philip's relationship, reminds me a lot of Mr.Darcy's and Elizabeth's from Pride and Prejudice; except the male protagonist is a lot nicer. His sense of humor drew me to him from the very beginning. I read this book in less than 12 hours. This is fast when you take into account I was also doing laundry, cleaning house, blogging and taking care of my kids. I love a romance with sexual tension (without the sex), intrigue, strong and well written characters, and a beautiful setting as Edenbrooke. This book is Historical Fiction at it's best! I can promise you, once you read this book, you will be recommending it to all of your friends. I am giving it 5 stars on goodreads.
Dangerous Favor by Joyce DiPastena (Read my review here)

Her father has been accused of stealing from the king, an allegation that has reduced her family to poverty. She has one chance to find and marry a man who can help her prove her father's innocence. Lord Therri, heir to a rich barony, has the wealth and connections Mathilde needs to delve into the mysteries of her father's past. Furthermore, Therri embodies all her romantic dreams.

Etienne, the younger son of a disgraced family, has neither wealth nor connections, but is smitten with Mathilde at a glance. She finds the knight intriguing, but believes he is only out to seduce her. While she seeks for a way to win Therri's attention, Etienne tricks her into granting him her favor, an embroidered white ribbon, for a tournament, setting in motion a dangerous chain reaction of events. Can Etienne save Mathilde from a nightmare from her past and prove himself the true hero of her dreams?

  For Internationall Readers I am offering 3 things you can
choose from at the Book Depository:
-Pride and Prejudice (One of my all time favorites!)
 -The Notebook 
-The Princess Bride

Enter using the correct Rafflecoptor form below. Thanks for coming to my blog. What good books have you been reading this Summer? I would love any recommendations.

USA Giveaway
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International Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

While you are here, go and enter another giveaway I have going on at my blog. Enter to win a copy of Two For Eternity by Carl Alves. Click here to enter.

Here is a list of all of the blogs participating in the hop. Go visit them!

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  1. I would like to win Edenbrooke! Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I'd pick Edenbrooke. Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. I'd love to win Dangerous Favor! Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I would like to get The Notebook or The princess Bride.

  5. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Thanks so much! US giveaway for Edenbrooke:)

  6. I want to win Pride and Prejudice :)

  7. I'm international and would like to win Pride and Prejudice. :] Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. INT giveaway, if I win I´d choose Princess Bride

  9. INT please! Ooo that's hard. Either P&P or the Notebook please! Thank you

  10. Definitely would choose Edenbrooke! It sounds great and the cover is so pretty!

  11. I am entering the USA giveaway and I would love to read Edenbrooke.
    thank you for the giveaway!
    mel brock

  12. I'm entering INT giveaway and I'd like to win The Princess Bride.

  13. Hi, I'm entering the international giveaway, and if I win I´d choose Princess Bride

  14. i'm entering INT giveaway,,and i would choose princess bride..
    thanks for the chance ^^

  15. Hi... I'm entering the International Giveaway... and I'd love to choose Princess Bride if I win.. ^^

    Thank's for the Giveaway... ^^

  16. INT entry. I would like to win The Princess Bride.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  17. international entry i'll choose either P&P or the notebook

  18. I would love to win The Princess Bride.
    International entry

  19. I'm INT!
    All 3 books looks amazing. I'd choose The Princess Bride I think :3

  20. USA.
    I would love Edenbrooke!

  21. I'd love to win The Princess Bride, thanks for the giveaway! I'm international

  22. I'd love to win Edenbrooke. I'm a US entry. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  23. I'm entering the INT giveaway, and I'd like to read The Pricess Bride, thanks! :)

  24. I'm U.S. entry and would love Edenbrooke

    Jolene A

  25. I'm entering the INT giveaway, and I'd like to read The Pricess Bride, thanks! :)

  26. I'm a US contry and I'd choose Edenbrooke. GFC- Kylie C

  27. I am from the US and would like to be entered for Edenbrooke. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC: Megan (Celtic_Girl)

  28. Edenbrooke! US
    Thanks for a fantabulous giveaway!

  29. (US) I want a copy of both Edenrooke and Dangerous Favor!!! Hmmm... probably Dangerous Favor.
    Thanks for the great giveaway Sheila!

  30. GFC Seyma S.

  31. GFC Seyma S.
    The NOtebook

  32. GFC: Veronika
    I would like to win The Notebook!

  33. Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    GFC name : sweety

    I'd like to win : The Princess Bride

    entering : INT drawing

    Rafflecopter name - Rosemarie D

  34. I would love Edenbrooke.
    I'm entering the US contest.

  35. That is really hard as I liked both books! I will have to say Edenbrooke

  36. Both books look great, but I would have to go with Edenbrooke b/c it's been on my TBR list longer. :)

  37. Based on your review, I'd love to win Edenbrooke! (paperback/USA)

  38. I am entering the International giveaway and I would love The Princess Bride.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

  39. I entered the US giveaway and I would love to get Edenbrooke.
    Lmackesy @

  40. INT giveaway: The Princess Bride because I really want to read that book.

  41. INT giveaway: I'd love to win The Princess Bride, because I've heard good things about it! Thanks for the chance to win! :D

    iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

  42. dangerous favor for me if I win, only entering the one (not into those other books) I am US, and email is Concisereviews AT Gmail DOT com

  43. USA
    I would like Edenbrooke.

  44. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. :)

  45. Edenbrooke!!! US
    Thanks for the giveaway!


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