British Blooms and Books Giveaway

British Blooms and Books Giveaway

Hello, gentle reader, and welcome to the first 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!

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Rose Red
rosesMy boyfriend had secretly purchased 50 long-stemmed red roses. The catch? They were affordable only because the stems were thoroughly studded with thorns. Undaunted, he sat up all night, a bucket of prickly beauties before him, a pruner in one hand, and a John Wayne movie on the TV. The following day was my birthday. The man who’d shorn all those roses so I could have a fragrant treasure, without pain, is now my husband. Since then, red roses have held unmatched importance in my own personal flower language.
The English, of course, are known for their roses. They have long cultivated old varieties and hybrid new ones, for example, the Diana, Princess of Wales. Roses are so common and popular in English culture that “she’s an English rose” is a noted phrase used to describe Englishwomen.
bride-of-a-distant-isle-smallIn my book, Bride of a Distant Isle, the heroine, Annabelle, is part Maltese, part English, and has dark hair. I chose the rose, Dark Lady, to represent her because the red rose is Annabel’s favorite. Here’s an excerpt from the book:
“Would you care to dance?” he asked.

I toyed with the idea of letting my Maltese half answer, saying, ‘I have been waiting for an hour or more for you to propose this very thing’, but my English heritage won. “I would be delighted.” I touched the velvety roses in the vase as we stood. “Red roses are my favorite flower.”

He led me to the dance floor as the orchestra began to play. “Why red roses?”

I smirked. Some playfulness must be allowed, after all. “A lady must keep some things secret.”

“A challenge, Miss Ashton, and one I gladly accept!” One hand reached round my back, and the other led the dance.

I hope you’ll read the book to see how Captain Dell’Acqua answered the challenge, and to find out if he won our Dark Lady’s heart. Please sign up for my newsletter (if you’re already signed up, just let me know in the comments). Then, comment below letting us know what you like best about books set in Britain, and easy-peasy, you’ll be entered in the sweepstakes to win the grand prize!

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hatsOne 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.
Melanie Dickerson’s Post
Kristi Ann Hunter’s Post
Julie Klassen’s Post
Carrie Turansky’s Post
Roseanna White’s Post

172 Comments On This Topic
  1. Linda Horin
    on May 24th at 12:11 pm

    I am already subscribed. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Becky Smith
    on May 24th at 12:33 pm

    What I love most about books set in Britain is reading about what they eat, what they wear, what the country looks like, how they talk… It’s fun to see country though the author’s eyes!

  3. Melanie Backus
    on May 24th at 12:39 pm

    I love roses! Thank you for your post and great giveaway opportunity.

  4. Haley
    on May 24th at 12:51 pm

    I just subscribed!!!!!

  5. Haley
    on May 24th at 12:53 pm

    Woops!!! I accidentally hit post before I was ready! 😉
    I love historical fiction because it is so awesome to read. Yeah, I know, bad answer. It is just so different from fiction set in America.
    I think my favorite part is the dresses. 😉

  6. Katie Seehusen
    on May 24th at 12:53 pm

    I just went to London last month and it was one of the best vacations I have had. I love the history and how old everything is 🙂 I’m a big tea drinker and I think high tea should be done everywhere. I also love reading about balls, I think dancing (ballroom) isn’t done enough. We should definitely dance more.

  7. Julie
    on May 24th at 12:54 pm

    I love the mannerisms and etiquette that is displayed in British books. I also love the settings most of the time.

  8. Anne Rightelr
    on May 24th at 1:02 pm

    It is just such a different lifestyle and it’s fun to read about life in Britain. Signed up for your newsletter and here’s hoping…

  9. Stacey Cochran
    on May 24th at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love the culture in books set in Britain. I love reading about the different mannerisms and traditions that they have. I also love reading about the scenery. British novels are among my favorite!

  10. Dianna Auton
    on May 24th at 1:22 pm

    I signed up for your newsletter. I love the setting itself and I guess because its different from where we live.

  11. Katherine Good
    on May 24th at 1:29 pm

    I just subscribed! I love the descriptions of another place. I really want to go to England someday, but until then, I will do so in my imagination.

  12. Lucy Reynolds
    on May 24th at 1:31 pm

    I signed up for your newsletter, Sandra. I love reading about Britian, as my ancestors are from there. Thank you and have a blessed day.

  13. Renee
    on May 24th at 2:19 pm

    What a romantic gesture! <3

  14. Nina Rowan
    on May 24th at 2:21 pm

    I’ve been an Anglophile forever. I just love the history and the manners in books set in Britain.

  15. Elizabeth Litton
    on May 24th at 2:34 pm

    I’ve signed up for your newsletter! I love the formality of the British and just all the history you find in a book set in Britain!

  16. Patricia
    on May 24th at 2:35 pm

    Love your stories!

  17. Rachael K
    on May 24th at 2:43 pm

    I like that there’s a different mentality to the books, almost something fairy tale-ish–the country might be fighting Napoleon in the east and America in the west, but tea will be served precisely at 5, and good manners will be enforced. It’s a stodgy stability one can count on, even when the real world is in turmoil.

  18. Christina
    on May 24th at 2:48 pm

    I love books set in Britian because something deep in my soul calls for it. I love to dive into the world that makes our own nation seem so very young.

  19. Kathryn
    on May 24th at 2:49 pm

    Wonderful giveaway!

  20. Crystal Rovnyak
    on May 24th at 2:52 pm

    I have already signed up for the newsletter.
    I love most about the setting is the simple fact that it is SO different than American settings. The style of words alone get me every time.

  21. Melissa
    on May 24th at 2:59 pm

    I’m already signed up for your newsletter. I love the way Brittons speak. The language is so much more special than British English

  22. Jennifer Torres
    on May 24th at 3:00 pm

    What an amazing contest. .. all of the Authors are fantastic

    • Jennifer Torres
      on May 24th at 3:02 pm

      Oh, I just subscribed to your newsletter 🙂

  23. Bev
    on May 24th at 3:02 pm

    Love the give away!

  24. Cindi
    on May 24th at 3:16 pm

    I think I love the tea parties the most.

  25. Terri Harr
    on May 24th at 3:33 pm

    I signed up. I love books set abroad because I have never been there and love to visit them the only way I can right now, through books.

  26. Dawnelle Anderson
    on May 24th at 3:34 pm

    I love the imagery when authors explain Britain and their countryside

  27. Rachael Merritt
    on May 24th at 3:45 pm

    The book sounds amazing. You are a “new to me” author which I always enjoy finding. 🙂 I signed up for your newsletter also

  28. Debbie Clatterbuck
    on May 24th at 3:47 pm

    I love historical fiction set in any country because of the factual information used in the settings and with the characters. I wish I had been born in that era. Who knows, maybe I was. 🙂 I signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  29. Rebecca Dewey
    on May 24th at 3:49 pm

    I love British fiction! I am not sure why. Lol! I just read your book and loved it. I am also already on your newsletter list.

  30. Jeanne Bishop
    on May 24th at 3:55 pm

    I love the history of Britain most of all.

  31. Christina
    on May 24th at 4:01 pm

    Hi Sandra,
    I just signed up for your newsletter. I think I love books set in England is because there is just something romantic about the country. It makes me think of Jane Austen and the beauty of the different places she described like the Lake District, Bath, etc. I visited Oxford a while ago and it is just so full of history and beauty. I want to go back and visit some of the gardens and more historical places. When I went my friends and I stayed in London, which was beautiful in its own way.

  32. Deborah O'Carroll
    on May 24th at 4:02 pm

    I subscribed. What a lovely giveaway! 🙂
    And… ooh, boy, I don’t even know what I like best about books set in England… I’ve just always had a love for and fascination for anything British Isles related! <3

    Best,
    Deborah O'Carroll

  33. Amy Putney
    on May 24th at 4:12 pm

    I’m already a subscriber! I can’t wait to read this book!

  34. Kathleen Kelly
    on May 24th at 4:16 pm

    Such a great selection of books. I have loved historical fiction since I read my first book by Nora
    Lofts back in the day….a long long time ago…lol. Seriously, thank you Sandra for some of the finest reading I have had in the last few years! Keep on writing!

  35. Valerie S.
    on May 24th at 4:27 pm

    I love a British accent and apply it (in my head, of course!) to text when reading novels set in England. The manners, customs, attire, and food and drink are all delightful as well. Thanks for being part of this wonderful give-away.

  36. Joan Arning
    on May 24th at 4:29 pm

    I subscribed. I like the “properness” of old England!

  37. Loraine N.
    on May 24th at 4:31 pm

    You husband is such a sweet guy! To go through all that work to give you a beautiful gift? Wow. The red rose is so pretty too.

    I am a subscriber. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Cathy Moore
    on May 24th at 4:32 pm

    I love everything English. Their courtly ways, the way they talk. Everything.

  39. Annie Wilkinson
    on May 24th at 4:39 pm

    My favorite thing about books set in Britain is the landscapes. 🙂

  40. Cheryl Baranski
    on May 24th at 4:57 pm

    I am a subscriber. I so love historical fiction.

  41. Vicki G
    on May 24th at 5:01 pm

    Already a subscriber! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

  42. Nicole Wilson
    on May 24th at 5:01 pm

    Subscribed!!!

  43. Bekah M.
    on May 24th at 5:05 pm

    I just like the history and all the traditions, style, customs…everything, really! And being able to visit a different time and place through a book is the best thing of all! 🙂 Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

  44. Heidi Robbins
    on May 24th at 5:10 pm

    I love reading books set in Britain so I can imagine visiting there 🙂
    Signed up for your newsletter!

  45. Nancy Griggs
    on May 24th at 5:11 pm

    Roses smell bso good!

  46. Jackie Respass
    on May 24th at 5:12 pm

    It’s where I’m from!! As a transplant I love reading about bygone times and beautiful, somewhat familiar settings. I read Bride of a Distant Isle with my book club. It was truly a favorite, so much intrigue and unexpected plot twists! Thank you Sandra.
    What could be better than reading any of the fabulous books above and munching on a petit four 💕

  47. Julie Jobe
    on May 24th at 5:18 pm

    Already signed up! 🙂 This is a great giveaway! Those little hat petit fours are just flat out awesome, not to mention all the incredible books! Thanks for the chance to win!

  48. Breeze Henke
    on May 24th at 5:39 pm

    I’m on the newsletter 🙂
    Books in old Britan transport to a whole new (old) world that I love! The dress & speech… The rules & regulations…

  49. Ruth Jessen
    on May 24th at 5:55 pm

    Love the story you shared about the roses – traditional floral language aside they do take on our own dialects through life. ☺️

  50. Claudia Thompson
    on May 24th at 6:06 pm

    Love to read…love flowers…love British settings/literature…would make wonderful gift..oh, love petit fours too!

  51. Connie Scruggs
    on May 24th at 6:07 pm

    I am already a newsletter subsciber.
    I love historical fiction set in England because I enjoy learning about the culture and fashion

  52. Barb
    on May 24th at 6:16 pm

    I’m already subscribed to the newsletter. I can’t remember when my love affair with all things English began, but it is still going strong. I think my favorite books are the ones that take place in the British Isles.

  53. Hannah
    on May 24th at 6:27 pm

    I’m already signed up to your newsletter :)))

  54. Donna B
    on May 24th at 6:32 pm

    I love reading about all of the differences in their lifestyles. All of the proper ways and high tea time. I would love to visit England someday!

  55. Donna B
    on May 24th at 6:38 pm

    I’m already subscribed to your newsletter.

  56. Rebekah Allison
    on May 24th at 6:40 pm

    What I love best about books set in Britian is that I would love to visit there. Books take me there until I may go in person.

  57. Nancy Luebke
    on May 24th at 6:49 pm

    I just signed up. I enjoyed your little rose story. I also enjoy historical romances. I like the way the British talk and their figure of speech.

  58. Tina Turpin
    on May 24th at 6:53 pm

    I love that they always seem to be so at ease and not in a hurry to go about their day. It feels very peaceful to me. 🙂

  59. Tristan
    on May 24th at 7:10 pm

    I’ve always loved courtly, romantic stories set in Britain and medieval times from the earliest fairy tales as a child to wonderful books published today.

  60. Lily
    on May 24th at 7:19 pm

    I love the history that surrounds this time period.

  61. J'nell Ciesielski
    on May 24th at 7:21 pm

    Signed up for the newsletter. I love roses, but I’m terrified to grow them myself.

  62. emilee douglas
    on May 24th at 7:22 pm

    I can’t wait to read this! Great giveaway!

  63. Beth
    on May 24th at 7:40 pm

    Already subscribed!

    I just love the elegance of the times, the gowns, the dancing! Although the societal restrictions, I could do without! 😉

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Beth

  64. Jordann
    on May 24th at 7:46 pm

    Subscribed to your newsletter! I don’t know if I can pick what I love most about books set in England. I just simply love everything about it. From the fashion and balls to the castles and courts to just the way they talk… I love it all 🙂

  65. Gail Johnson
    on May 24th at 7:47 pm

    Already enjoying the newsletter. Loved the story. Who wouldn’t love a man who de-thorned as rose?!

  66. Dana Michael
    on May 24th at 8:21 pm

    I am already a subscriber to your newsletter. 🙂 I’ve never been to England, but I would love to see where Jane Austin lived and see the sites from my favorite British Authors, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Bronte’ Sister’s.

  67. Mary B.
    on May 24th at 8:33 pm

    I have just subscribed. Thank you for a chance to win.

  68. Victoria Rodabough
    on May 24th at 8:33 pm

    I really hope I win!! I’ve already subscribed!!!

  69. Kirsten Rinehart
    on May 24th at 8:39 pm

    I love romances novels that take place in different places cause you get a little taste of the culture of that place. I am subscribed to your mailing list.

  70. Debora Wilder
    on May 24th at 10:08 pm

    I’m already subscribed to your newsletter. I enjoy the rich history and elegant manners included in historical books set in England.

  71. Michele
    on May 24th at 10:15 pm

    One aspect of reading English books that I find delightful: It’s fun to learn about the different counties, and the local landmarks and gardens within them. The north and south of England can seem vastly different!

  72. Pam Kanies
    on May 24th at 10:17 pm

    I’m signed up! Hmmm just the English country side, the tea, the carriages , matching horses, the dresses , the hats, the etiquette, the roses , the wiid flowers oh and the marvelous accent!

  73. Winnie Thomas
    on May 24th at 10:21 pm

    I’m signed up for your newsletter. Your book looks and sounds wonderful! Thanks for the fun giveaway.

  74. Clarissa Griswold
    on May 24th at 10:28 pm

    I love the location and the time periods.

  75. Sonnetta Jones
    on May 24th at 10:57 pm

    I love the courtship, dancing and fashion. I miss the times when men treasured women- opening doors, planning activities and bringing flowers for dates

  76. Susan Heim
    on May 24th at 11:35 pm

    I’m already a subscriber!
    I love books set in Britain because the Brits have such a long and interesting history. I first became interested in reading historical fiction as a teen when I got introduced to Victoria Holt’s books. She was English, and her books were set in England, and I’ve been enamored of those types of books ever since!

  77. Jeanne Miro
    on May 24th at 11:37 pm

    Hi Sandra!
    I’m been drawn to books set in Britain since the summer before I was in High School. I had gone down to the beach but it started to rain so I ran to the library which was close by and decided to scan the books to find something to read until the rain stopped. I ended up checking out some books that were about famous people and the ones I picked up ending up being about Queens, Kings, as well as others in their Courts. I fell in love with them and by the end of the summer had read all similar books at our small library

    Since then I never stopped reading and ended up looking for information on my ancestors who had lived in England (as well as some who had ended up in Scotland).

    My favorite presents to give to friends and family members are sending them a book (or book gift cards if they have a Kindle). Both my sons had started reading books in the 3 and 4th grade that were on the level of being in High School and their sons and daughters are following in their footsteps! (Even my 4 year old grandson has a Kindle of his own ! ),

  78. Michaela
    on May 24th at 11:40 pm

    I subscribed! I love the settings and the culture. 🙂

  79. Patricia Finnegan
    on May 25th at 12:54 am

    I like best that it takes place in one of my favorite country. It is like I am traveling to England without leaving my home.

  80. Pam K.
    on May 25th at 12:55 am

    I’m already signed up for your newsletter.
    I’m not quite sure why I’m drawn to books set in historical England. Perhaps since it seems so different than my modern day life. Bride of a Distant Isle is a fantastic book.

  81. Patricia Finnegan
    on May 25th at 12:55 am

    I am subscribed to newletter

  82. Trisha
    on May 25th at 12:57 am

    I have subscribed. I enjoy reading books set in Great Brittain because I enjoy the history & culture

  83. Patty Rude
    on May 25th at 1:19 am

    I signed up for your newsletter!

    I enjoy books set in Britain because we owe much of our heritage as American to them.

  84. Betty Strohecker
    on May 25th at 1:22 am

    I just subscribed. Your book sounds very interesting and the giveaway is amazing. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I love learning so much about the British culture and history as I read. I think I could very well live in Regency England.

  85. MarshaJ
    on May 25th at 1:24 am

    British history has always been fascinating to me, so I adore reading fiction set in that location. Regency is my favorite time period.

  86. Kori Gammon
    on May 25th at 1:40 am

    I signed up and can’t wait to win some books

  87. Dianne Casey
    on May 25th at 1:57 am

    Subscribed. What beautiful red roses, how sweet of your boyfriend (now) husband to remove all the thorns. Not too many guys would do that. Great article and giveaway. Looking forward to reading your book.

  88. Katie C
    on May 25th at 2:02 am

    I love books set in England because that is where I grew up! I already receive your emails and the coffin scene was great!

  89. Kim Potter
    on May 25th at 2:08 am

    Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

  90. Emily W
    on May 25th at 2:11 am

    I have already subscribed! I enjoy reading historical British books the most. It’s always interesting to learn about an era (and place) outside your own.

  91. Mallori
    on May 25th at 2:14 am

    It’s hard for me to pinpoint what I like best about books set in Britain. Part of it is a different culture and part of it is a simpler time (in the case of historicals), but I think there’s more to it as well. Something exotic, romantic. The chance to (momentarily) leave behind all of our current American problems.

    I just subscribed.

  92. Susan
    on May 25th at 2:48 am

    I love all things British. Woyld love to win!

  93. Andrea Byers
    on May 25th at 2:51 am

    I really enjoy books set overseas and the old stone homes or castles. Signed up for your newsletter.

  94. Trixi
    on May 25th at 3:19 am

    What do I like best about books set in Britain? Reading the British phrases & actually hearing the accent in my head! I do so adore those 🙂

    I’m already a subscriber as well Sandra!

  95. Linda Hutchins
    on May 25th at 3:25 am

    I just subscribed to your newsletter. I don’t ever tire of British historical fiction – it’s like a vacation to another place and time. Someday I hope to visit there!

  96. Vicky D
    on May 25th at 4:47 am

    I subscribed! Like reading books set in Britain because I have always wanted to go there.

  97. Rachel Koppleberger
    on May 25th at 11:57 am

    I’m already a subscriber. I love reading about other places and ‘seeing’ the landscape, clothing, and flora.

  98. Faith Potts
    on May 25th at 12:19 pm

    Subscribed! 🙂 Lots of lovely books in this.
    I enjoy reading about the British culture and the Victorian era. 🙂

  99. Grace Perez
    on May 25th at 12:24 pm

    I’m already falling in love with the characters! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read such a story so beautifully written.

  100. Steph J
    on May 25th at 12:43 pm

    I subscribed! I like reading books set in Britain because I would love to visit there and love learning about other places.

  101. Rebecca Tellez
    on May 25th at 4:29 pm

    Just subscribed and am looking forward to reading more from you. I like stories set in Britain and other countries because I have a desire to know about places I will never get to visit except through books and I think they all seem to reflect a gentler time.

  102. Elizabeth Dennison
    on May 25th at 4:49 pm

    Already Subscribed,
    i truly love historical reads, i love reading about history.

  103. Elizabeth Van Tassel
    on May 25th at 4:53 pm

    I love your newsletter and am subscribed! Anything that helps me reminisce about Britain is most welcome and revives wonderful memories of past summer study abroad programs. Always helps with beautiful moments and future dreams.

  104. Alison Nichols
    on May 25th at 4:59 pm

    I just subscribed (I still have to confirm though)

    What I love most about books set in Britain (Regency Era) is learning about the society rules and structure. I love how everyone (mostly) is very polite… plus, who doesn’t love the outfits?

  105. Debbie Nissen
    on May 25th at 7:54 pm

    I guess I really can’t enter this one because I don’t actually live in the US, and although I have an address in the US (my mother’s), she is here with us for the next 3 months. We are Americans and have lived in the UK for 11 years (going back in August, but that would be too late). Just wanted to say that what I love best about books set in England is simply because I’ve lived in England for several years and have visited so many historical places. Regency England is my favorite setting. I look forward to next year’s British Blooms and Books giveaway, as I’ll be back in the US then.

  106. Tess
    on May 25th at 8:35 pm

    i LOVE your books!

  107. Tess
    on May 25th at 8:35 pm

    These books are amazing!

  108. Celine
    on May 25th at 8:53 pm

    Just signed up! I suppose the thing I like most about books set in Britain is all of the history surrounding it, and the rich culture. There’s the high society and also the back streets, and it’s thrilling to see all of the points of view!

  109. Amy
    on May 25th at 9:55 pm

    I subscribed and my favorite part of English stories are the balls, teas, and the courting process.

  110. Beth Erin
    on May 25th at 11:32 pm

    I am subscribed! I enjoy reading about the Brits because I have English ancestors.

  111. Kassidy Keeley
    on May 26th at 12:04 am

    I always have wanted to live there so I love to read books about that area!! really would love to win this book!! 😆

  112. Ora Dee Rocks
    on May 26th at 12:20 am

    Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.

  113. Lynn
    on May 26th at 3:02 am

    Just Subscribed. I love being able to travel through time as I read books based in another era. I especially love the customs that were prominent in historic England.

  114. Karen
    on May 26th at 3:12 am

    I have ancestors from England, Scotland, and Ireland, so I find any story about those areas fascinating! It’s easier to take in details when they’re set in a delightful work of fiction! 😉

  115. Abbie
    on May 26th at 5:07 am

    I just signed up for your newsletter. I’ve always wanted to visit the British Isles, so I’ll enjoy the books

  116. carylkane
    on May 26th at 1:35 pm

    Hello Sandra! I am so excited that you are part of this lovely tour. Thank you for the giveaway. I already subscribe to your newsletter. 🙂

  117. Lexi Moore
    on May 26th at 2:24 pm

    I love the giveaway, and cannot wait to read the rest! I just signed up for your newsletter, and cannot wait to read more of your books!

  118. Beth Gillihan
    on May 26th at 2:53 pm

    I am already a subscriber. I love the balls and dresses.

  119. Bree NarnianWarHorse
    on May 26th at 9:12 pm

    Just subscribed! I very much love the era surrounding the Regency, and particularly researching and learning the dances of the day. 🙂

  120. Rebecca F.
    on May 27th at 1:24 am

    I am already a subscriber. What I love about books set in Britain is the culture and history over there. I’ve visited over there once and would love to go back!

  121. Susan Lusher
    on May 27th at 1:25 am

    I enjoy hearing about the English countryside and of course, that includes the wonderful English gardens. I subscribed and appreciate the opportunity to WIN!

  122. Rachel
    on May 27th at 1:30 am

    I like British aristocracy, the fashion, and of course the accents

  123. Alicia Clingman
    on May 27th at 2:45 am

    Signed up! I love England in general! I lived there a little bit 🙂 I love the rolling green hills and the cobble stone sidewalks and street.

  124. JANNETTE HALL
    on May 27th at 3:05 am

    Ijust subscribed.i would love to read this book.

  125. Diana Guz
    on May 27th at 4:11 am

    I love the elegant, old feel of novels set in England. It’s such a diverse place, with so much history! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  126. Laura Waltz
    on May 27th at 12:12 pm

    Just subscibed. I have yet to read anything written by you, so I am excited to add you to my need to read list! What a romantic gesture by your husband with the roses. That is so sweet!

    E-mail subscriber now, and what I love about having Britain as a setting in a book is the scenery and how proper everyone seems to be. Plus it probably seems dreamier because I have never been there! 🙂

  127. Janine Mendenhall
    on May 27th at 1:44 pm

    I love the manners.

  128. Shaun Renee Paulsen
    on May 27th at 5:31 pm

    I have never read one of your books. The Bride of a Distant Isle sounds like a good book to add to my personal library.

  129. Judy Jordan
    on May 27th at 5:31 pm

    I have a relative living in Britain. I like to read books set in Britain because it is a way to learn more about her country and feel connected to her.

  130. Kara meggers
    on May 27th at 6:50 pm

    I never did like reading till growing up…but finally in my 20s I took a chance on Beverly Lewis, and fell in love with reading….I even got to meet her, and then it was a challenge finding another author to also fall in love with, and that’s when I discovered Julie klassen…and now I’m addicted to her!! I sure am glad I’ve discovered the love if reading!!! and am now anxious to find new authors to fall in love with

  131. Adrienne Everitt
    on May 27th at 6:55 pm

    Just subscribed now. As for books set in Britain…well, there’s just something captivating about the whole culture, with the expected roles and rules, and seeing how the characters interact within (and sometimes outside of) the expectations.

  132. Polly
    on May 27th at 8:56 pm

    I’m already a subscriber to your newsletter.
    I think what I like best about British fiction is learning their history.

  133. Anna
    on May 27th at 9:43 pm

    I’m already subscribed! And I love British historical books, I love learning more about the culture and how they lived back then.

  134. Linda Finn
    on May 27th at 11:35 pm

    I subscribed, I guess I would have to say there are more manners… character !!!
    Blessings
    Linda Bradt Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

  135. Melissa M.
    on May 28th at 1:01 am

    I subscribed to your newsletter.
    I like to read about England because, well, there was so much interesting history there, plus it’s a lovely place with old buildings. 😉

  136. Judy Hoffman
    on May 28th at 1:41 am

    I’m already signed up! I Love the culture England, especially from the 18th to 20th centuries. They have this incredible outward strength but can be extremely vulnerable under their prickly exterior. Their rules of society, what was appropriate and what was not, are always so intriguing.

  137. Kathleen A.
    on May 28th at 2:06 am

    Just subscribed!

  138. Carolsue
    on May 28th at 7:00 am

    Already subscribed. I’d love to win these books — they sound right up my alley!

  139. Connie Saunders
    on May 28th at 2:42 pm

    I am already a subscriber.
    I ‘ve never traveled so I enjoy reading about the culture of this country.

  140. Kate
    on May 28th at 2:54 pm

    You have been an author I’ve returned to since my teen years with your teen series! Excited to discover your English books!

    My favorite thing about reading Regency/Britisg romances is how kind the gentlemen are to their ladies. There was an expectation that men treat ladies with gentleness and careful thought because ladies were considered fragile and beautiful, like rare jewels or delicate flowers 😉

    Thanks for joining the giveaway!

  141. BJMarley
    on May 28th at 3:00 pm

    I love books set in Britain because I have to imagine the setting.

    I just subscribed.

  142. Bree Herron
    on May 28th at 3:17 pm

    I love books set in the UK and Britian for the history and eloquence that the stories hold. American historicals have a roughness with usually, grace mixed with grit. I love that I can feel swept away into a Britsh book and feel as regal as the queen.

  143. Abigail Cozariuc
    on May 28th at 4:18 pm

    All subscribed! I absolutely love the mannerisms in books set in the UK! Everyone is just so polite and witty!

  144. Amanda
    on May 28th at 4:25 pm

    I love all things British in books!

  145. Brianna
    on May 28th at 4:25 pm

    I have subscribed. I have not yet ready any of your books yet, but perhaps that will soon change :). Thanks for the opportunity!

  146. ARC
    on May 28th at 4:27 pm

    Sometimes It only takes one paragraph to be hooked by a book. I have a new book to read. 😉 Subscribed!

  147. Andrea Stephens
    on May 28th at 4:36 pm

    I just signed up for your newsletter. I love your story about the roses. My husband of 33 years now, sent me a dozen red roses after our first date, he also sent my mother a dozen yellow roses. We were married three and a half months later. He was being transferred out of state and I wanted to go with him. We were young but through good & bad, rich & poor, health and much sickness, I have not regretted my decision.

  148. Liza
    on May 28th at 4:38 pm

    I just subscribed! My favorite thing about books set in Britain is how sophisticated the settings feel, they always seem so exotic and mysterious to girl who has never left the U.S.

  149. Diana
    on May 28th at 4:42 pm

    I just subscribed! Thanks for the giveaway.

  150. Megan Wilson
    on May 28th at 4:43 pm

    What a sweet story about the roses! 😀 Thanks for the giveaway, I am already a subscriber.

  151. Justina Wilson
    on May 28th at 4:48 pm

    I have always since a small child loved anything British! Maybe cause of family but love their humor, and would love High Tea Parties! I feel I could fit in wonderfully!

  152. Rosalie
    on May 28th at 5:02 pm

    I have not read your books before. I am eager to read your books that take place in Britain. I just love books that take place in Britain as well as movies and television series like Downton Abbey! I love all the books part of this giveaway. It would be awesome to read just one of them. Of course if I read one then I would want to read them all. Thank you for this giveaway as well as the other authors that joined.

  153. Liz Riggs
    on May 28th at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’ve read a few of these books already and they’re wonderful. I can’t wait to get started on the others!

  154. Tabitha
    on May 28th at 8:48 pm

    I just subscribed! What I love most about books set in Britain is probably the fashion and how everything is so proper.

  155. Nicole Wetherington
    on May 28th at 9:38 pm

    I love to learn about new places!

  156. Alannie Marshall
    on May 28th at 9:41 pm

    The thing I like best about books set in Britain is the manners and overall gentility. It was a simpler and romantic time and place.

    Alannie Marshall

  157. Gen Ricci
    on May 28th at 11:05 pm

    I haven’t read this particular book yet, but I absolutely love books set in Britain. They remind me of the classics and I have quite a soft spot for them.

  158. Rosie Ricci
    on May 28th at 11:17 pm

    I am subscribed! I love England in general and reading books about it is very relaxing for me, especially if they show any similarities to the classics.

  159. Sherri P.S.
    on May 28th at 11:57 pm

    I believe I like the idea of being encouraged to visit each of these authors blogs. I’m discovering new books (and author’s) whom I wasn’t aware of before. Sandra Byrd, you are one of them. I need to get out to my bookstores more often I see!

  160. Cynthia St. Germain
    on May 29th at 12:56 am

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. I have signed up for your giveaway

  161. Carol Alscheff
    on May 29th at 2:26 am

    I signed up for your newsletter. I like just about everything about books set in Britain. History, culture, setting. I like historical fiction.

  162. bn100
    on May 29th at 2:35 am

    signed up

  163. Cyndi
    on May 29th at 3:14 am

    I’m subscribed. I love books set in England because it’s probably the only way I’ll ever get there. LOL. And I love all time periods! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Cyndi
      on May 29th at 3:16 am

      And btw, I loved this book!!! 😃

  164. Leslie
    on May 29th at 4:20 am

    I love the style, the country and the Ton.

  165. Jennifer
    on May 29th at 5:09 am

    Thanx for the giveaway. I subscribed. I love. British history and historical novels.

  166. Amber
    on May 29th at 5:31 am

    Subscribed! =) Sounds intriguing! I’ve always felt heroines ought to be affected by flowers–particularly roses, as cliche’ as it may seem. =)

  167. Sheila
    on May 29th at 11:09 pm

    I am signed up for your newsletter and I must have English relatives. I love time for tea and castles and barons and …………

  168. Kathy Davis
    on May 30th at 6:22 pm

    I am subscribed to your blog, and I pinned the contest on my Pinterest board. Thanks for the chance. 🙂 My fingers, and toes are crossed. I like the British countryside (or how I picture it in my mind), and the gardens.

  169. Hannah Tani
    on May 31st at 2:19 am

    I subscribed! Thanks so much for the giveaway it is so awesome!!

  170. sandra
    on Jun 1st at 10:42 pm

    Thank you so much for joining in the fun, everyone! Our winner this year is Terri Harr. Don’t despair if you didn’t win – we’ll do this giveaway every spring to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show. Happy Summer!!