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Grave Expectations on Dickens’ Dune By Anna Celeste Burke: Review/Giveaway

IN THE August 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Grave Expectations on Dickens’ Dune (you can choose ebook or print), and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

With a View of the Sea and Murder!
Miriam Webster, she’s aware of the dictionary joke, is a widow whose husband left her to struggle with money issues, however, the silver lining was her moving to Seaview Cottages, an active adult community on the picturesque central coast of California often referred to as the American Riviera. Her husband had already purchased a residence, and with her not-quite-fifty-five dilemma managed, she makes the Hemingway Cottage her own. The community is cleverly designed in circles of cottages christened with names of artists, writers, and personalities from theater and movies, and populated with an eclectic group of senior citizens, singles to couples, level-headed to quirky and, of course, a few four-legged companions or rescuers, how ever it turns out. Her brief time at Seaview has provided several marvelous friends and a possible romance, but it’s the suspicious deaths that facilitated her founding the G.O.L.D. team (Grand Old Lady Detectives).

Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery series
A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff (2018)
The Murder of Shakespeare’s Ghost (March 2019)
Grave Expectations on Dickens’ Dune (May, 2019)
A Fairway to Arms at Hemingway Hills (Coming soon)

Grave Expectations on Dickens’ Dune earns 5/5 Cold Case Conundrums…Clever and Engaging!

mysteryCuriosity has said to have “killed the cat,” so, why not take a dog with you! Miriam and her Dalmatian Domino (case-in-point for Burke’s cleverness) goes exploring on the dunes, which aren’t really dunes, to see if she can locate the hidden grave of Allen Rogow, ex-husband of current client of the G.O.L.D team Judith Rogow. In the early 80s, after returning from Vietnam, Judith’s ex-husband disappeared, but a recent deathbed confession revealing he may have been murdered and buried somewhere on Dickens’ Dune makes this cold case…hot! Hence, Miriam’s ill-conceived trek out on the dunes, and the suspicious man watching her, footsteps on the rocks, and Domino’s uneasiness has given her great pause about this investigation. What has she gotten into? They learn Allen had made a promise to take to his grave a secret, a promise he kept, but what personal perils are still lurking now that Allen’s death is being closely scrutinized.

“Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.”
—A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
—Ch. 17 Grave Expectations on Dickens’s Dune by Anna Celeste Burke

I am a big fan of Anna Celeste Burke’s writing style and creativity, so I’m in for any book she pens. But, this Seaview Cottage Mystery series may have become an all-time top favorite. I am greatly entertained by her writing style from the first-person perspective of Miriam Webster sharing her insights and inner feelings along with descriptive language of the setting and characters, humor, and dialogue that does well to illustrate the various personalities. But, more importantly, it’s her clever mystery, contemporary themes, wonderful mature characters, a bit of romance, and incorporating links to Charles Dickens’ work with quotes always having a direct meaning that kept me totally engaged. A war? The government? The mob? Who can be trusted? It was only the lateness of the hour that forced me to put down this page-turner. Newbies can easily join in with book three and using the brief bios in the Cast of Character list keeps everyone informed, but the first two books are so clever, you don’t want to miss them. Check out my KRL review for those books at KRL March 30, 2019 issue Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery Series.

Fresh tomato pie on grey wooden background

Extra! Extra! Charles Dickens would have been deliciously inspired by these easy-to-follow recipes in the book: Midge’s favorite Amish Tomato Pie (Intriguing…Gotta try this!), Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Earl Grey Doughnuts with Brown Butter Glaze, Rainbow Antipasto Pasta Salad, Barramudi with Pineapple Citrus Salsa, and my absolute favorite…Crème Brülée.

Coming Soon! Book four, A Fairway to Arms at Hemingway Hills, has the G.O.L.D. team compelled to check into the trouble at The Blue Haven Resort and Spa. A mishap on the golf course at the exclusive Hemingway Hills Country Club reveals a dead body, a heist, and a cache of arms.

Be a Big Anna Celeste Burke Fan!
“Snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food…California style!”
Anna Celeste Burke is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of five series that are personal favorites. Her engaging five-book Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series will add book six, A Dead Nephew, this year. The three-book Corsario Cove Mystery will also add one more, Radical Regatta, as a standalone in November, but it will be part of a limited edition Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes releasing on July 23. Her seven-book Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series is a top favorite (I love Georgie!), and along with the three-book Seaview Cottages Cozy Mystery series, she started a fun Calla Lily Mystery series with Lily’s Homecoming: Under Fire released this past January, book two A Tangle in the Vines to release in September, and Fall’s Killer Vintage is highly anticipated.

Facebook – Anna Celeste Burke
Website – Desert Cities Mystery/Anna Celeste Burke
Twitter – aburke59

To enter to win an ebook or print copy of Grave Expectations on Dickens’ Dune, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, with the subject line “dune,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 31, 2019. Only US entries. If entering via comment please include your email address. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so we have it if you win, it will not be used for any other purpose). BE SURE TO MENTION IF YOU WANT PRINT OR EBOOK. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Also check our our new mystery podcast! A new episode goes up this week.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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1 Carol Knudtson August 24, 2019 at 7:19am

This sounds like a wonderful series and thank you for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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2 Carol Knudtson August 24, 2019 at 7:21am

I forgot to say that I would like a print book if I am lucky enough to be the winner.

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3 Glen Davis August 24, 2019 at 9:51am

Sounds interesting. Count me in! Print book please!

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4 nancy wolfe
Twitter: @ring094
August 24, 2019 at 11:06am

Great review! I love this series from Anna Celeste Burke and looking forward to the next installment. Thank you for the giveaway.

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5 Becky Richardson August 24, 2019 at 11:41am

I would love to read this book!

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6 Becky Richardson August 24, 2019 at 11:41am

This sounds wonderful!

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7 Donamae August 24, 2019 at 4:10pm

Sounds interesting I’d love to read it soon. Thank you for the chance print books are my favorite

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8 Donamae August 24, 2019 at 4:10pm

Sounds interesting I’d love to read it soon. Thank you for the chance print books are my favorite to read

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9 Anne August 24, 2019 at 5:17pm

Grave Expectations sounds captivating and intriguing. Thanks. A print book would be lovely.

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10 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
August 24, 2019 at 5:35pm

Looks like a fun read. I would like a print copy if I am chosen. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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11 Alicia August 24, 2019 at 6:08pm

New series for me. Sounds like a fun book and the recipes sound good too. Would like a print copy.
kozo8989@hotmail.com

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12 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
August 24, 2019 at 10:59pm

I love the cover and the storyline. I’d love to add this book to my collection of fun reads.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne: Where the heck did summer go? Here are my September titles for your edification and pleasure!My Profile

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13 Dianne Casey August 25, 2019 at 9:32am

This is a new series to me. Looking forward to reading. Would like a print copy.
diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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14 Robin Coxon August 25, 2019 at 12:57pm

Anna Celeste Burke always ensures her readers have a good read. I’m looking forward to reading this latest. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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15 Jaime Minter August 25, 2019 at 4:40pm

I’d love to win a print copy. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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16 Annette N August 26, 2019 at 1:39pm

This sounds so terrific. I want it for the tomato pie recipe alone. Thanks for the introduction to this book.

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17 marylouh August 27, 2019 at 5:13pm

Sounds like a fun place to live.
Love that the cottages have
names. I would like a
print copy, please.
thanks for the offer.
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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18 Anna Celeste Burke
Twitter: @aburke59
August 29, 2019 at 9:52am

This is absolutely wonderful–I am so grateful that you featured Grave Expectations on Dickens’ Dune. It’s fun series to write and set in a gorgeous part of the California central coast. Your kind words about the book are a blessing! I can’t wait to write the next book in the series–A Fairway to Arms in Hemingway Hills. Thank you KRL and thank you Kathleen for the cleverly written post. xx

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19 renee mirsky
Twitter: @aerokorngal
August 29, 2019 at 1:48pm

Looks and sounds great. Would love a print copy!

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20 Patricia B. Hawes August 29, 2019 at 1:50pm

Print copy,please.

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21 Karen Green
Twitter: @karengreen1121
August 29, 2019 at 1:50pm

This book sounds like a wonderful read and so much fun. I would love to live in a cottage with a name. A print copy would be great. Thanks for the chance. karengreen1121 (at) gmail (dot) com

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22 Ericka V Southworth August 29, 2019 at 1:52pm

I came across this series and loved it. I can’t remember where but it had to be either BookBud or Amazon. I would love to have a e-book.

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23 Dana Pyle August 29, 2019 at 1:53pm

Thanks for the opportunity.

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24 Deb Simmering
Twitter: @grandmax4
August 29, 2019 at 1:53pm

Have never read any of your books, but they really sound great. Can’t wait to read them.

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25 katie cunningham
Twitter: @zoorat
August 29, 2019 at 1:54pm

I’ve read all the books in the series so far and am looking forward to this book, too.

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26 Margo Sue
Twitter: @MargoSue
August 29, 2019 at 2:02pm

ON my TBR read column. Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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27 Faith Creech August 29, 2019 at 2:06pm

Tanks so much for the chance to win! I would love to read this book!

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28 Liz Sherratt August 29, 2019 at 2:08pm

Would love a print copy. Thanks.

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29 Ivy Pittman-Outen
Twitter: @letitbesaid
August 29, 2019 at 2:10pm

Sounds like a fun read.

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30 Angie August 29, 2019 at 2:19pm

I would love to win an ebook please! Thank you for the chance. ajhager@hotmail.com

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31 Tina Myers
Twitter: @teena3940
August 29, 2019 at 2:24pm

Love the cover on your book. Would love to read it. Thank you!!

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32 judy August 29, 2019 at 2:26pm

Receipe list has my mouth watering. Just an added bonus. I have read some of her books and all are easily 4 and 5 stars.
Please enter me for a print book. Such a rare treat these days.

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33 Teresa Williams August 29, 2019 at 2:33pm

It sounds great.Look forward to reading ?it
Thanks for the giveaway.

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34 Teresa Williams August 29, 2019 at 2:33pm

It sounds great.Look forward to reading ?it
Thanks for the giveaway.

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35 Nanci Katz August 29, 2019 at 2:38pm

What a wonderful prize that is!
I would love to live in a place like this.
I would love a printed copy, but would be just as happy with an “E Book’
nancikatz(at)aol(dot)com

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36 Lynda Walls
Twitter: @lj4walls
August 29, 2019 at 2:41pm

I would like a print copy please and information the realtor in charge of these cottages ??

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37 Kathleen Walsh
Twitter: @quackers50
August 29, 2019 at 3:00pm

THanking you for the contest and this interesting article! quackers502000@yahoo.com

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38 Linda Bass
Twitter: @hotcha1
August 29, 2019 at 3:01pm

LOVE LOVE COZIES!!

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39 Linda Bass
Twitter: @hotcha1
August 29, 2019 at 3:03pm

I WOULD LOVE TO REVIEW IT AND I LOVE LOVE COZIES!!

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40 Carol Bowen August 29, 2019 at 3:04pm

Sounds like a really good read. I would love to have a print copy of I win.

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41 Patti Smith August 29, 2019 at 3:16pm

This sounds like a great series. Cannot wait to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.

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42 Patti Smith August 29, 2019 at 3:19pm

Sounds like a great series. Cannot wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.
patti(dot)s@comcast(dot)net

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43 nancy wolfe
Twitter: @ring094
August 29, 2019 at 3:29pm

I love this series so much. The setting is wonderful and the G.O.L.D gang always makes me smile. Also, I love that there are animals included in the story line. Can’t wait to read the next one.

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44 lori byrd August 29, 2019 at 3:40pm

This sounds like a great read. I’d love to win. labyrd@msn.com print please if I win. thank you

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45 Sharon Whaley August 29, 2019 at 4:28pm

Sounds good. I would love to read this book
jwhaley4(at)aol(dot)com

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46 Valerie Rogers August 29, 2019 at 4:34pm

Sounds like a great book!
Thanks for the chance!

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47 Linda Herold
Twitter: @1957
August 29, 2019 at 4:40pm

I am a fan of this author and would love to win a print copy! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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48 Sherrie Wood August 29, 2019 at 4:43pm

I love the way you did the introduction. Sounds like a good story for the series.

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49 Marcia Kennedy August 29, 2019 at 4:48pm

Love her books! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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50 Cheryl Mayo
Twitter: @2dog1catmom
August 29, 2019 at 4:54pm

Sounds like a book I’d love to own. I’d like a print copy if I win. Thanks.
magnoliaheart(at)outlook(dot)com

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51 Charleen Pruett August 29, 2019 at 5:31pm

I would love to win the book, it sounds good. I would like an ebook if I win. charlfarm@gmail.com

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52 Katie August 29, 2019 at 5:38pm

Thanks for the review and giveaway

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53 Linda Semler August 29, 2019 at 5:38pm

Would love a copy. New job author for me. YES!!

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54 Cheryl Arcemont August 29, 2019 at 5:43pm

I have the eBook but would love the print copy. I miss the feel of “real” books! This is a great series – thank you for the giveaway.
teddi1961(at)arcemont(dot)com

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55 Darcy Bronersky August 29, 2019 at 6:04pm

Dune

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56 Jane Starcher August 29, 2019 at 6:23pm

Me! Pick me! 😉
janestarcher(at)gmail(dot)com

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57 Sonja Brow
Twitter: @TigerofMu
August 29, 2019 at 6:33pm

I am looking forward to reading this. I liked her facebook page and have requested the book at my library.

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58 Judy Weaver August 29, 2019 at 6:33pm

This book sounds great. Thanks for the chance. jawdance@yahoo.com I would like an ebook please.

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59 Lori Smanski
Twitter: @lsmanski
August 29, 2019 at 6:35pm

Print please
Oh but this sounds like a book that would be hard to put down. A new to me author and I would love to give a try.

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60 Darcy Bronersky August 29, 2019 at 6:39pm

E-book

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61 Charity Treat August 29, 2019 at 7:05pm

I would love to win!!
treat.charity@gmail.com

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62 Charity Treat August 29, 2019 at 7:06pm

I would love to win a print copy!!
treat.charity@gmail.com

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63 Katrina Edwards August 29, 2019 at 8:41pm

I would love a print copy.
kkat(dot)edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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64 Katrina Edwards August 29, 2019 at 8:42pm

I would love to have a print copy.
kkat(dot)edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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65 Pat McCray August 29, 2019 at 8:46pm

I love her books and have been a fan this author for a long time – it is so hard to put her books down – would love a book from her would be awesome. mpmccray@tds.net

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66 Marlene Ezell August 30, 2019 at 4:54am

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win a print copy.
ezellmarlene(at)gmail(dot)com

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67 Mary
Twitter: @Sailormarymoon
August 30, 2019 at 5:23am

Sounds great!

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68 Lisa Garrett
Twitter: @32583
August 30, 2019 at 5:26am

I would love a print copy! (And that tomato pie sure looks good. )

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69 Debra K Guyette August 30, 2019 at 5:38am

Thanks for the chance. The books sounds wonderful

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70 Kay Burke August 30, 2019 at 6:39am

Would love to win a print copy please & also going to investigate further the tomato pie recipe!

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71 Nina Sutherland August 30, 2019 at 7:24am

Would love to win! Thank you for the chance!!

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72 Ilene Harris
Twitter: @Ilene Harris
August 30, 2019 at 8:21am

I would love to read a print book.

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73 Cathy August 30, 2019 at 8:57am

Sounds like a fun series! I would take either print or ebook. Thanks for the chance! cgstratman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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74 Susie Shively August 30, 2019 at 9:20am

I would love to win, prefer print, but if not ebook ok. Love your books. Tks for the chance…susie s.

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75 Susie Shively August 30, 2019 at 9:23am
76 MelodyJ August 30, 2019 at 9:40am

I like the title. I would like a print copy if I win.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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77 SARAH TAYLOR August 30, 2019 at 11:06am

I would love to win a print book please Thank you for the chance SARAHTAYLOR601973(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

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78 Taylor R. Williams August 30, 2019 at 1:26pm

Such a cute cover – you know it will be a great book – thanks for the chance to win – trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

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79 linda m cox August 30, 2019 at 2:49pm

sound like a wonderful book can’t wait to read print please

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80 Marilyn August 30, 2019 at 2:49pm

Love the series and range of characters always a good read .

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81 Donamae September 1, 2019 at 3:30pm

I would love to live there. Sounds so interesting and fun to read. Thanks for the chance The recipe sounds delicious.

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82 Donamae September 1, 2019 at 3:31pm

I would love to live there. Sounds so interesting and fun to read. Thanks for the chance The recipe sounds delicious. I want to make it soon.

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83 Deb Simmering
Twitter: @grandmax4
September 2, 2019 at 4:19pm

Have not read this author, but this book sounds great.

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84 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
September 13, 2019 at 8:42am

We have a winner!

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