happy-birthday-to-me giveaway!

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In honor of the 55 times I’ve traveled around the sun, I’m giving away a set of the Women of Lancaster County series that I co-authored with Mindy Starns Clark. The first book in the series is The Amish Midwife, perfect for a birthday celebration, lol! It’s also a book that was super fun to write, plus it won a Christy Award.

Leave a comment below about your favorite birthday celebration to enter-to-win! I’ll choose a winner (using random.org) on May 25!

 

226 Comments

  1. Linda Critcher
    May 18, 2017

    Would love to win this set! Love Amish related books! Thanks for this opportunity! Love your books!

    • Wendy Orlowski
      May 19, 2017

      Getting older is a wonderful thing. I am 62 and loving my family friends and time with them.i would love to read your books. I am an avid reader of amish books .

    • sandy kirk
      May 19, 2017

      great writer; would be honored to win

  2. Anne L. Rightler
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was my 50th when our first daughter had all the family gather (her 4 siblings and my parents–even flying one of the siblings back home) and gave me a surprise package of grandmother items! Our first grandbaby who is now almost 17. A wonderful memory. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Anne L. Rightler
    May 18, 2017

    And a happy birthday to you too!

  4. ANDREA WOODARD
    May 18, 2017

    Would love to win these books.
    Hope your Birthday is very happy, and that all your Birthday dreams and hopes come true. Have a fantastic day! Wow to be 55 again.

  5. Judy
    May 18, 2017

    I love reading your books. Just spent celebrating my two grandchildren ‘s birthdays. They are 10 and 7 years old. Hope I am a winner.

  6. Bonnie Howard
    May 18, 2017

    Each year is a blessing, and any celebration with family and friends is special. I’ve survived each one!! Happy Birthday to you!

  7. KAREN
    May 18, 2017

    I am sorry I never had a special Birthday but I do remember celebrating my son’s birthday we were on our own an he turned one on April 2, 1970 an I had just him an me an I baked his cake.

    • Patricia mccurry
      May 19, 2017

      Karen I hope this year may be one that has a special Birthday for you.everyone needs a special Birthday at least once and I will pray that you get one.your comment almost made me cry.have a blessed night ms Patricia mcurry

  8. Sharon H.
    May 18, 2017

    My tenth birthday was a combination birthday party and farewell party as we were moving 500 miles away. It was a bittersweet moment.

  9. Terrill Rosado
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie! I’m thrilled and maybe a little jealous of your enjoyment with becoming a year older. I turned 47 last month and have yet to completely embrace not being 30 anymore.

  10. Janet Langille
    May 18, 2017

    Have a happy and blessed birthday.

  11. Robin in NC
    May 18, 2017

    Happy 55th Birthday Leslie! Thanks for sharing your gift with us!

  12. Shirley Cochran
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday to you! Your age is nothing but a number of times the earth has revolved around the sun and anything over 50 is a blessing in my opinion! I hit 64 in April and am grateful for each and every year. Have a wonderful double handful year and I wish you many more.

  13. Cynthia St. Germain
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday to You!!! You are a wonderful author and would love to win the sent and read each of them. Thank you and God Bless

  14. Kay Garrett
    May 18, 2017

    Age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying you. So enjoy the rest of your birthdays knowing you have been a blessing to those around you. Happy Birthday! May you have health and happiness in all the years between your birthdays.

    My favorite birthday celebration of mine would have to be when I turned 16. Mostly because I could finally drive on my own. I’d had my driver’s license since I was 14 (yes they did that legally back in the day) but couldn’t drive without a licensed driver in with me. Every birthday we were made to feel special but I can really remember that one from my favorite Hungarian Coffee Cake down special supper I asked for. The one I remember the most that wasn’t mine had to of been when our daughter turned 13. Don’t know what brain cells were absent at that time, but we agreed to a houseful of girls slumber party. All went well and everyone had a ball (us included) but don’t know that I would highly recommend that to anyone that wished to save their sanity or eardrums.

    Thank you so much for the chance to win such an amazing prize.

  15. Elizabeth Dennison
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday, I hope you have a fun filled day!!!

  16. Beverly Duell-Moore
    May 18, 2017

    Oh, I loved this series! I’ve read each one at least three times!

  17. June H
    May 18, 2017

    What a beautiful birthday gift you are giving someone! Thank you! I would love to win…. my birthday is May 31 and I will get to celebrate 58! I thank God for each year He has granted me the privilege of enjoying. I used to grip at the boys for wanting me to celebrate after loosing my husband 14 years ago, but not anymore. I am thankful for each person I have in my life. My favorite birthday must have been when I turned 50 and my oldest son and his wife made the trip to see me as a surprise.

  18. Paula Jeffers
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday, live your books

  19. June Wells
    May 18, 2017

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. Love a good Amish story.

  20. Leona Reed
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was a surprise birthday party for my mother. There is 30 years difference from the oldest to the youngest in our family’ This was the one and only time all 10 of my siblings and I were together so was very special for my mom.

  21. Sally A. Peckham
    May 18, 2017

    Happy birthday! I’ll be celebrating my 52nd next month. I love reading about the Amish.

  22. Sharon Miller
    May 18, 2017

    Happy birthday! My favorite celebrations are when I can be with my family. Ooa few years ago my siblings took us to a Chinese buffet and we had so much fun. Laughter and good food is a superb combo!

  23. Linda McFarland
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday! Lovely tribute to your Dad. My mom is 90 and still lives alone. I am so proud of her and am planning a visit to spend quality time with her. Thanks for letting me celebrate with you and for such an awesome selection of books to win! Blessings, Linda

  24. Charis Zdrojewski
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was when I finally turned 18.

  25. Lisa Powley
    May 18, 2017

    I love reading your books! It would
    be Wonderful to win some.

    Hope you have a Wonderful Birthday!!!

  26. Connie Lynch
    May 18, 2017

    Happy birthday may your day be.blessed

  27. Stephanie H.
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie! I hope you have an awesome year 🙂

    My favorite birthday celebrations are those spent with my husband and daughter every year.

  28. CutePolarBear
    May 18, 2017

    I would love to enter! I think my favorite birthday to date was my ninth; I received my Life of Faith doll Violet. 🙂

    CutePolarBear

  29. Mary W
    May 18, 2017

    May you have a blessed birthday. These would be an interesting read since our faith is based on the Anabaptists leaving Switzerland too. I’ve always wondered if our roots weren’t somehow linked since we have a lot of the same traditions. Thank you for this opportunity to win them.

  30. Susan Johnson
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday! I am a May baby also. I just like to celebrate with my family.

  31. THAT IS SO CUTE! “A Handful”

    Happy Birthday Leslie! 🙂

    Hugs, Amada

  32. Elaine Shorb
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Leslie Gould!!
    I hope that you are having a wonderful day!!

  33. Donna Tyler
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Leslie. I love your books and purchase them for my mom and me. Would love to win a set to donate to my local library.

  34. Adele Goodeyon
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday. Love your books!

  35. Wanda
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday! Love your books.

  36. Dawn Crawford
    May 18, 2017

    I don’t have birthday celebration because my birthday is 4 days after Christmas and my sisters in 2 days later. So after she was born I had to share my cake and birthday in between her birthday and mine. Another downside with it being so close to Christmas my presents were both Christmas and birthday.

  37. Eileen Tarpy
    May 18, 2017

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  38. Martha T.
    May 18, 2017

    Happy birthday!
    I have enjoyed all of my birthdays,so I don’t have a favorite.

  39. Jill Oosterhof
    May 18, 2017

    A Happy 55th Birthday to you. Can’t say I have a favorite as I’m 66. Just Lucky To Still Be Alive. I can’t wait to read all of these books but will have to wait until my Library gets them in. My income doesn’t allow any extra spending.

  40. Lucy Reynolds
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was my mom giving me a surprise sweet 16 birthday party. That was many years ago. Haha
    Praying your birthday is blessed.

  41. Melody
    May 18, 2017

    Happy birthday! I would love to win your books! Amish fiction is my favorite books to read. Love your books!

  42. Dorothy
    May 18, 2017

    So sweet of you to be Giving to Celebrate Your Birthday!
    I so Love this series…. such a favorite of mine!
    I believe my favorite birthday was when I obeyed the Gospel
    and was baptized into Jesus Christ … What a wonderful
    Day and the beginning of a Forever walk with
    The Lord!
    Have a Happy Birthday !
    Dorothy

  43. Gina Brown
    May 18, 2017

    One of my most special birthday celebrations was for my 22nd. My parents took me to stay at my aunt & uncles cottage at the beach. My boyfriend at the time & his two sons came down that Sat. to eat cake with us. Who would have known that today I am married to him, am a step-mom to his sons, as well as a grandma of 4 granddaughters & 1 grandson! Ain’t God good!

  44. Christine
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday And thank you for the giveaway opportunity

  45. Mary Hart
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite Birthday celebration was the 70th birthday party that my daughters gave. My brother from Minnesota just happened to be in town, along with another brother & sister & assorted other relatives. A really good day!

  46. Barbara H
    May 18, 2017

    Here’s wishing you a happy 55 Birthday…..Funny but i will be 56 on the 29th of the month lol……so we are almost the same age lol….Hope yours is a good one.

  47. Joann Hunsicker
    May 18, 2017

    As farmers my husband and I hauled many loads of hay and straw to PA Amish country ( Lancaster area) Enjoyed spending time with the people and love to read these stories to bring back good memories since my husband passed away. Would really enjoy these books. Thank You.

  48. Mary E Bell
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie.
    Would LOVE to win these books. Enjoy your writings!
    God’s Blessings.
    Thank you kindly.

  49. Ruth Hufford
    May 18, 2017

    Hi Leslie! My favorite birthday (and Happy Birthday to you too!) was last year when my husband and I visited our dear friends in Hermitage, PA, and my family and friends in Buffalo, NY. In PA, we went to Amish Country (New Wilmington and Volant which was wonderful. Anyway, I had a birthday celebration wherever we went which lasted about 3 weeks! Can’t remember a time when I was so happy surrounded by family and friends during my birthday month (July)! Sincerely,
    Ruth Hufford

  50. Kathy Faberge
    May 18, 2017

    I like all my birthdays – celebrating with family is joyful!

  51. Vickie
    May 18, 2017

    Hope you had a wonderful Birthday! (With many, many more to follow)

    Since my interest has been in the Amish area, most of the books I had read recently are Lancaster series books. I love them and hope to win your giveaway

  52. Denise S,
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday and my condolences to the loss of your dad..I have enjoyed all of your books, thanks for the giveaway.

  53. Dorie
    May 18, 2017

    Most of my birthdays have brought some kind of trial in my life but I have 2 birthdays that stand out. The first when I turned 22 and in the hospital for surgery on a ruptured disc, so I don’t remember my 22nd birthday at all. The second was when I turned 40. My youngest at the time was 13 when I found out I was pregnant! What a birthday present he was!
    You now get to take advantage of senior discounts at some places at the age of 55. Enjoy!

  54. Maryann
    May 18, 2017

    Birthday blessings to you Leslie. I enjoy spending my birthday with my family and having a nice meal and cake too.

  55. Lisa Cullett
    May 18, 2017

    I had never really thought about each year representing another trip around the sun. Love that concept! Years ago my husband and I started a family tradition of calling relatives on their birthdays, singing totally off key and as silly as possible.When they threw me a surprise birthday on my 55th “revolution”, the family returned the favor… 40-some people singing opera-style, totally off key. Such cacophony, but such fun! I hope your song is sweet and your birthday joy-filled. P.S. I would so enjoy winning your books!

  56. Jennifer
    May 18, 2017

    As a parent I find birthday parties to be exhausting, expensive, and stressful. As a kid I used to enjoy my parents inviting our large extended family over for a meal to celebrate my birthday. I have great memories of us all together laughing and eating.

  57. Marilyn Brown
    May 18, 2017

    IHappy Birthday Leslie. I love to read your books, i am a little bit older than you (80),but I still love to read. Thanks for sharing you birthday with us.

  58. Beverly M.
    May 18, 2017

    I’m half way thru this series, very interesting. I’m glad to have this opportunity to win the series. Happy birthday, it’s just a number .

  59. Elizabeth
    May 18, 2017

    How very lovely…Happy Birthday

  60. Dee S
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday to YOU!!
    Just happy to have a happy blessed birthday each year 🙂

  61. Brenda W
    May 18, 2017

    I would love to win these books. I like reading about Amish life.
    Happy 55th Birthday!
    I think one of my favorite birthdays was when I was going through a rough time and I was out of town to celebate by going to a mall and a nice restaurant. I was so amazed that a stranger paid for my lunch. I never found out which stranger. Thankful.

  62. Elizabeth M. Fithian
    May 18, 2017

    My best friend of almost 36 years just gave me a birthday party for my 50th birthday and I was able to share with her nephew who just turned 14. Him and I share the same birthday! And we where both born in the same city and the same hospital

  63. Dianne Casey
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday and many more! Love your books and reading about the Amish way of life. Thanks for the chance.

  64. Donna Griffin
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite birthday was when I got a doll I had been wanting from my favorite aunt… I was maybe 6yrs old

  65. Megan Parsons
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a blessed day. My favorite thing for my birthday is doing something fun with my husband and kids. I love spending time with them!

  66. Mardell Grayhek
    May 18, 2017

    I would enjoy this series! I have read the Amish Sweethearts Series so I bet these are great!

  67. Wilma Blevins
    May 18, 2017

    Love to win!!!!! Happy birthday!!!

  68. Vicky
    May 18, 2017

    Love your books – love to read – please make my day and pick me!!!!

  69. Connie
    May 18, 2017

    I love going on a vacation for my Birthday. Been wanting to read these!!!

  70. Lisa Vibbert
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie !!!! I love reading your books . I would love to win !!! Thanks for the opportunity

  71. Kim Bakos
    May 18, 2017

    I think my best birthday celebration was when I was little and got tickets to see a Broadway show. My parents said “Good things come in small packages, just like you!”

  72. Judith A
    May 18, 2017

    You have offered to me my very special genre – Amish Books!!! I would dearly love to win these books and they will go wonderful with my Amish book collection. Happy birthday to you! Judy F

  73. Deena Hays
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite B-Day celebration memory was my 16th Bday. I went to Trisha yearwood/Kenny Rogers concert and very close is last year my 40 second my husband took me to see Crystal Gayle and we stayed in a suite. Happy Birthday. Love your books.

  74. Nancy Horn
    May 18, 2017

    I would so enjoy this series. Everything I have read of your works, so far, have been sooooOOO good! Thanks for sharing your talents with us all!

  75. Lori DeBusk
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday. May you have a Blessed day.

  76. Debbie Rhoades
    May 18, 2017

    Happy happy Birthday, Leslie! I love reading your stories. May the next year of your life being lots of God’s blessings.

  77. Connie Saunders
    May 18, 2017

    Hi Leslie. I am almost 12 years your Senior so I have had a few more celebrations than you. My birthdays are usually blow key. My best friend did surprise me on my 17th Birthday with a party and I was sure again for my 50th but most of the time I have just enjoyed being with my family. I am proud and thankful to be looking forward to my 67th Birthday in November. My most memorable Birthday? Probably when I turned 64. I had retired Jan. 1st of that year and on Feb. 27th I became a grandmother for the first time! So, I was enjoying being home and having time to snuggle with my then 7 month old when I celebrated my birthday in Nov. 4. Oh, by the way, I also knew that I would be having total hip replacement on Dec. 1 so I was also preparing for Christmas.
    Happy Birthday Leslie. Enjoy!

    • Connie Saunders
      May 18, 2017

      Hate, hate, hate auto correct! My birthdays are LOW key!

  78. Una Ireland
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday! My husband and I just celebrated our 31 wedding anniversary yesterday!

  79. Patti Jo Moore
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Leslie! 🙂 Praying the coming year is filled with special blessings for you.
    I am so very sorry about your Dad’s passing, and understand how difficult this is. My Daddy has been gone for 10 years and I still miss him so very much. But as you said, I take comfort in knowing he’s in Heaven with my precious Mama and so many other loved ones who are there. Sending a hug from Georgia.

  80. vera wilson
    May 18, 2017

    I love the Amish stories. Happy Birthday to you!!

    • Vera Wilson
      May 18, 2017

      Most years just rather forget my birthday. Mom was buried on my birthday, so kinda brings back bad memories.

  81. Judy Tulloch
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie! Oh to be 55 again… I will be 3/4 of a century old in 2 months… I guess I shouldn’t say 3/4 of a century. lol. That really sounds old. Tho 75 isn’t much better. I have books 2, 3 and 4 on my Kindle. I best get book 1! I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday!

  82. Connie Tillman
    May 18, 2017

    my bday is july 29 – and last year (2016) we moved from Cleveland, Ohio to SE Alabama – It’s the best decision we ever made it will forever be a birthday memory/celebration

    Happy bday!

  83. Janice C
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday.. I will be hitting the big 6 0 next month.. I would love to win.. Thank you.

  84. Betty Strohecker
    May 18, 2017

    Any birthday I get to spend with my family is special. My mother and I had birthdays two days apart, so we always celebrated together. She’s been gone for 13 years, so I’m remembering those birthdays. Miss you , Mom!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. Nancy Brown
    May 18, 2017

    My best birthday memory was when I was a little girl, and my parents had pony rides at my party. I had a dress on with crinoline petticoats, too, and shiny new shoes. It was such fun!

  86. Shawnna Griffin
    May 18, 2017

    hey girl- Happy Birthday! My birthday is coming up fast June 8- I’ll be the big 40! I have always loved birthdays being with family and having cake -yummy!

  87. Cindy
    May 18, 2017

    My youngest child was due on my birthday. She arrived 5 days before my birthday. She was a wonderful birthday present.

  88. Leslie Waters
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration is eating dinner with my family.

  89. Sharon Young
    May 18, 2017

    I can’t help wondering about my own heritage. My mother’s father was the son of an Irishman who came to America and married a Pennsylvania Dutch woman. I am not even certain what her name was and have no way of finding out her maiden name. But I have the fair complexion and red hair of my grandfather and his father, and so does my son. Lucky genes 🙂

  90. Sharon Miller
    May 18, 2017

    Our oldest son is adopted and this is an appealing topic for me. I’d love to win!

  91. Carol Wiley
    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Leslie! My favorite birthday celebration is when family is all together. I love going out to eat someplace on my birthday. This year I signed up for all the freebies I could find and my husband and I spent a week or two going around getting all the free food, from ice cream cones to a full steak dinner. 🙂

  92. Lane Hill House
    May 18, 2017

    My favorite birthday is the one coming up ~ May 30th!
    When I was a little girl we would have a Decoration Day parade in our small town and carry little flags. I just knew the parade was for me.
    One memory I have is when my husband and I were planting our garden and a friend of ours came out of our house to ask how many scoops of coffee for the big coffee pot. I thought that was odd, but he came and went often and I didn’t think much of it. When we went in there was a whole room full of friends in our living room jumping out to say surprise. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  93. Marsha Saenz-Jones
    May 19, 2017

    Happy, happy birthday! My favorite birthday celebration was a party I threw for my father-in-laws 80th birthday. We did an Amazing Race event through several cities. It took a lot of planning, but it was an unforgettable experience.

  94. Jackie McNutt
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie!
    My late husband and I shared the same birth date , but he was 3 years older than me for 46 years, so the last one we had together was special to me.
    Thank You for the giveaway

  95. Debi Smith
    May 19, 2017

    Celebrating my Son’s birthday at The Pottery Co.

  96. Debora Wilder
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday was the year my son got back from his tour with the Army in Iraq. He got back to his base on Halloween. My birthday was in December. He made arrangements to come home for Christmas. I was told he was getting in the day after my birthday. To my surprise he and my husband schemed together and he got home the day before my birthday so he could spend my special day with me.

  97. Nyla Kay Wilkerson
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday! I love my birthday but the older I get the less I celebrate. My 16th was great because of money for a car.

  98. Jane Squires
    May 19, 2017

    Wish I could go back to 55′ 67 and falling apart. Just got woke up with stuff hitting house.

  99. Karen Hinkle
    May 19, 2017

    I’d love to win this set as well. I’m a few years away from being a double handful : ) Have an awesome birthday!

  100. dawn
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday! This looks like and awesome series. Love love Amish books!

  101. Susan Campbell
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday. What a great giveaway.

  102. Syble Ditzler
    May 19, 2017

    Friends and family surprised me with a surprise 40th birthday party at my house. One of my friends came over and casually walked around and was picking up things. I had been sewing and had pinned a guide sheet to the curtain to keep up with it! I knew when she unpinned it and folded it up that something was up! It was a fun evening. Looking forward to reading more of your books.

  103. Georgia Perrong
    May 19, 2017

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Would love to win your books as my birthday was last month!!!
    Many blessings to you for a wonderful year as you write more books!

  104. gloria baldwin
    May 19, 2017

    hope you have a wonderful birthday…we all enjoy your books ..thanks for sharing with us.

  105. Rebecca
    May 19, 2017

    Happy, happy birthday! My favorite birthday celebration was on my 25th birthday. My husband and I were in Walt Disney World for our honeymoon and we spent the entire day in the Magic Kingdom – from rope drop until after midnight at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It was truly a magical (and exhausting!) day!

  106. Ute Needham
    May 19, 2017

    Wish you a very Happy Birthday ❤
    I love all your books that is what I read all the time and I
    Got my girlfriend starte too on them
    Yes I would love to win on of your books thank you

  107. Perrianne Askew
    May 19, 2017

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY…….we are both double nickel! And of course I would love to win the books. Thank you!

  108. Barb Wilson
    May 19, 2017

    My Birthday was May 14th. I love it when my Birthday is also Mother’s day. Spring is a wonderful time to celebrate! Have a Wonderful day.

  109. Tina Dewe
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday was my 40th, when my friend (whose 40th birthday was just two days before mine) and I, along with our husbands, went on a cruise. It was our first time and it made turning 40 something to celebrate instead of dread. It was so much fun, we went again for our 50th. They were both amazing.

    My other friends and I call turning 55 double nickels. So, Happy Double Nickel Birthday to you! May you have fun celebrating!

  110. Pam Mowrer
    May 19, 2017

    My most memorable birthday was ten years ago. My husband took me to Las Vegas. General Motors had a road course set up where you could take 2 laps for $10.00 and drive a Corvette and a Cadillac or a Buick, each for one lap. When I went to get in the Corvette, I mentioned that I had never even sat in a Corvette let alone drove one. After the first lap, he said why don’t you take another one. He was asking me about my trip and I told him that “Today is my birthday”, so he told me to take another lap. (3 laps total!!!!) My husband was watching with his mouth hanging open. When I parked the vette, the man asked me which other car I wanted to drive. I was shocked, I figured the 3 laps in the vette was going to be it. I picked the cadillac so my husband hopped in the backseat and away I went. When that lap was finished the man asked if I wanted to drive the Buick. I said “Of course”. So I got 5 laps for my money instead of 3. By the way it was my 55th birthday and I will be 65 this July and I have never been in a vette since.

  111. Amy
    May 19, 2017

    That’s an easy one! My husband took me away for a weekend at a restored and updated (it’s both!) Civil War-era cabin for a weekend during a crazy, busy season at school for my birthday. He packed, planned, cleaned up, and surprised me with the whole thing. We spent the weekend with our little girl, only a baby at the time, snuggled in front of the fireplace, eating the simple meals he prepared, playing games together, reading!, and napping under beautiful quilts. It was definitely my favorite birthday.

    Happy birthday! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  112. Robin L. Coxon
    May 19, 2017

    Birthday greetings to you. I always enjoyed my birthday prior to my marriage because my mother would make my favorite meal and always a delicious cake. All of my family would be there to help me celebrate. Family is my most precious thing to have in my life.

  113. Jennifer Rumberger
    May 19, 2017

    I’m a newer fan of Amish fiction, so would love to win this set! A favorite birthday memory for me is the surprise party my husband planned for a “special” birthday. I was completely surprised and loved seeing friends I hadn’t seen for a long time.

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing it with your readers! 🙂

  114. Patricia
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday is all of them if my family is home with me to celebrate. Family is everything.

  115. Melody B
    May 19, 2017

    Happy birthday!

    I can’t think of a favorite birthday celebration, but every birthday spent with friends and family is a good one!

    Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  116. LuCinda LaMay
    May 19, 2017

    I wish you the Happiest of Birthdays! May you be able to continue writing your stories for all of us to read.

  117. Cecilia Lynn
    May 19, 2017

    A favorite birthday celebration is ice cream cake and new books!!! Happy birthday to you!

  118. Ruth Swartz
    May 19, 2017

    Well Happy B-Day and I would love to win all tho books havnt read anyone of them,thank 4 the entry

  119. Betty
    May 19, 2017

    My birthday is May 17, so very close to yours!

    I would love to win your books!

  120. Lela W.
    May 19, 2017

    Well first off, Happy Birthday, I hope you have a happy day! My favorite holiday celebration is Christmas with my family. We always have such a blast together.

  121. Trish
    May 19, 2017

    When I turned 40 my family had a surprise over the hill party !!
    Lots of family and friends ❤️
    Now I like to let the grandkids help blow out candles and eat cake !!

  122. Fern
    May 19, 2017

    My best was when I turned 40. Familky and friends surprised me at a local restaurant.

  123. Sue Allen
    May 19, 2017

    Wednesday I celebrated my 79th trip around the sun. 🙂 My favorite birthday celebration was about 5 years ago when several of my friends who picked me up and we drove 90 miles to a cross stitch shop in Houston for shopping followed by lunch. Instead of a specific gift, I was given shopping money and did we ever have fun.

  124. Patti Davis Wisnowski
    May 19, 2017

    On my 60th birthday..3 nights of dinners..one with each child and their family…memories are made of this♡

  125. Fay Grace
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was when I turned 50 and my family gave me a wonderful surprise party. What a fun time we all had. I haven’t read any of your books yet and wining this set would be a great way to start. Thanks for the chance!

  126. Ronda Ferry
    May 19, 2017

    Going to grandmas house to have birthday dinner. Sure miss those days.

  127. Gilda
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie! My favorite birthday was when I turned 10 or 11. It had snowed and for some reason my father put the the Coca Colas out in the snow to keep cold. Best Coke I ever had.

  128. Denise Rohde
    May 19, 2017

    Best birthday celebration is any one where I get books!!!

  129. Kim Trivett
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite Birthday Celebration was the day my kids were born, those were the happiest days of my life.

  130. D Pound
    May 19, 2017

    Love Amish inspired books!

  131. Connie R.
    May 19, 2017

    I’d LOVE to win this set of books! One of my favorite birthday celebrations is spending the night(or a couple) in a beachfront hotel. I’d never splurged to do it until a couple of years ago. The only bad part about that is that I’m unable to afford to host my kids and grandkids there, which would then make it perfect!

  132. Lana Haldeman
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday was when my husband and I bought a house in 2002. After we moved in it was so close to my birthday he had a surprise party for me and open house too. So I got to see lots of people for my birthday and they got to tour our new house. I
    would love to win this set of books. As my most favorite books to read are Amish books. God Bless you Leslie and hope you have an awesomely wonderful birthday!!!!

  133. Marie Becker
    May 19, 2017

    Just having a birthday, no matter what your age, is a blessing. What I used to think of as “old” is young to me now! My favorite birthdays include a new book!

  134. Patty wright
    May 19, 2017

    I love Amish books

  135. Alva Kennedy
    May 19, 2017

    Happy 55th birthday to you!
    I had a memorable birthday last year
    celebrating my 55th birthday &
    retirement after working 35 years!

  136. Teresa Stafford
    May 19, 2017

    My 9th birthday was my favorite I didn’t know it then my Mom had put it on lay a way and had to pay on it quiet some time before she was able to pay for it so knowing that made it special . I would love to win these books im in the process of collecting all Amish books from every author

  137. Sara White
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday to you. I will be celebrating my 40th birthday in August and would love to win this set of books. I love to spend time with family and friends on my birthday doing something fun.

  138. kelly waugh
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday to you ! Last year for my birthday my mom & my sisters & I went to Arthur, IL., for the Mennonite Relief Sale and spent the weekend in Amish country. It was wonderful.

  139. Barbara Lima
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday! I live in an Amish neighborhood, I would love these Amish books!

  140. Julia
    May 19, 2017

    First off HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I enjoy reading Amish books and would like to read these too. Wish me lyck

  141. Melissa Alexander
    May 19, 2017

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Your giving instead of receiving. The Lord bless you & keep you!!! May HE use you for HIS purposes.

  142. Deb Pavlock
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday was my 40th, when my husband surprised me with a hot air baloon ride and surprise party.

  143. Candy Crowe Williamson
    May 19, 2017

    I would love to win this opportunity to read this set of books. What a wonderful way for you to celebrate your birthday ! Happy Birthday !

  144. Barbara
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday! Leslie hope you have a bless day

  145. Barb Collver
    May 19, 2017

    I have to say that my biggest – AND most important to this day – is my last one – #80 for me last June 22. Our children (4) and grandchildren (12) and great-grandchildren (4) threw a BIG party with all our friends & other family to celebrate my 80th. There were people from MI (home / here), MA, CA, TX, KY, IN and FL. ALL immediate family, were here (except one grandson his wife & baby)
    We have a large family picture from that event.
    **btw, I enjoy your books – haven’t read this series yet**

  146. Kristina Kohler
    May 19, 2017

    First Happy Birthday! Receiving a Amish Book for my Birthday. And a Spa Day.

  147. Susan
    May 19, 2017

    God’s Blessings. I love reading your books. Favorites get read and read again. They also get passed around with family and friends. Favorite birthday seems to come each year with that gift
    of another year from God.

  148. Lea Ann Crouch
    May 19, 2017

    I would love to win. I only read Amish books

  149. Betty T. Griffin
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was my 50th when my daughter surprised me with a huge party. She had everything BLACK that you could imagine having but my birthday cake which was white because my favorite cake is coconut. I will never forget that day. I love reading all about the Amish!! Looking forward to reading this series.

  150. Barbara Ell
    May 19, 2017

    My children and grandchildren threw a surprise birthday party for me on my 60th birthday. It was so fun and I got to see many old friends.

  151. Elaine Rieder
    May 19, 2017

    Love all of your books. To win would be such an honor.

  152. Joyce Miller
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday! Celebrate you and your special talent!
    Would love these books!

  153. Myrtle Thorn
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie. I hope you have a super day.
    Thank you for this wonderful chance to add these books to one of your reader’s bookshelf.

  154. Paula
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday was the 1 st year my 5 children were all adults. They surprized me with a basket of favorite bath fragrances with new towels. Then a favorite basket of favorite snacks and a favorite movie on dvd.

  155. Joan
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday. I love receiving books on my birthday. love your books.
    joan

  156. Marion
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday was when my twin sister and I would wake up to find a bouquet of gladiolas on the table . Our father would go out early in the morning and would buy them before the rest of the family was awake.
    Marion

  157. Marilyn
    May 19, 2017

    As my sister said above about the flowers , when we reached our teens the flowers were replaced with corsages with different themes for each year.
    Marilyn
    Marilyn

  158. Jan S.
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday! And, thank you so much for this opportunity receive some of your books!

  159. Jonna Marsh
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was several years ago. I was playing for a small Spanish church’s services. On my birthday, they gave me a surprise party with lots of authentic foods and sweet gifts!

  160. Betty Elsner
    May 19, 2017

    I love your books! Happy Birthday!

  161. Leslie Gould
    May 19, 2017

    I’m loving all of these comments! Thank you so much for your stories, kind words about my books, and birthday wishes! 🙂

  162. Karen G.
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday was the year I turned 55. I was a state worker and with 34 years of service, I was eligible for retirement. My birthday was in February, I retired in November to complete my full 34 years. I love being retired. Happy Birthday, Leslie!!

  163. K. Thomas
    May 19, 2017

    Happy birthday! I will be celebrating a milestone birthday myself very soon. My 40th is coming up in June. I love Amish books–these look great!

  164. Patricia mccurry
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie.I have read these books and love them and would love to win them.My best Birthday would have to be my 54th my oldest son Gene and his wife Susan chose to get married on my birthday in 1995 they said it was special to them so its been a special Birthday /anniversary for 22 years noe

    • Leslie Gould
      May 23, 2017

      Aww, Patricia, that’s so sweet! What a wonderful birthday!

  165. Linda
    May 19, 2017

    These are the only books you have written I haven’t read! Would love to win!!!!

    Happy Birthday, too.

  166. Linda McFarland
    May 19, 2017

    Happy Birthday ….would be beyond thrilled to win these set of books…..I am a big fan of reading Amish fiction….and would pass them on to others when I had finished reading them…..have a blessed day and thanks again for writing such wonderful book….may Gods richest blessing be with you….:)

  167. Jane Verdino
    May 19, 2017

    Hi Leslie,
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the books you’ve written! Historical fiction has been my favorite for a long time. Love reading Amish stories, their simple lifestyle and strong religious beliefs make tjem a people of real principle. Thank you for giving us such excellent fiction to enjoy!!

  168. Faye Simer
    May 19, 2017

    Happy belated birthday to you ! Hope you had a blessed day!I’ll be 75 my next birthday in July and I never get tired of a good Amish book.Congrats to whomever wins .

  169. Regina P. Hampshire
    May 19, 2017

    Hope your birthday was great! My favorite birthday was when my wonderful husband took me out for dinner. What I didn’t know was it was a surprise and he invited all our friends. It was such a shock.

  170. Carol Alscheff
    May 19, 2017

    Happy birthday! Thank you for giving others gifts. I would love to win your books.

  171. Diane Silk
    May 19, 2017

    Happy birthday! All of my birthdays,were the same just my family. Never had a party with friends over. My 16th birthday was the only memorable one because we were moving to California from Massachusetts and the police wasn’t allowing any cars traveling on the roads in Alberque New Mexico due to black ice on the road so I had my 16th birthday at the hotel we were staying in and gave all the other patrons a slice of my cake that was eating in the diner attached to the motel.

  172. Marlene
    May 19, 2017

    I am 29 years old and love your amish books !!!! Would love to win this giveaway !!!❤️

  173. Judy maharrey
    May 19, 2017

    My favorite birthday gift was a beach trip. I love the ocean, and could watch it for hours. My son and daughter gave me a surprise trip! I had so much fun

  174. Lisa Foster
    May 20, 2017

    Husband surprised me for a cruise to Hawaii for my birthday. It was awesome as I got to see Pearl Harbour, Polynesian Cultural Center, etc.
    However, I am looking forward to Sunday the 21st. My grandmother is turning 100 and is doing great in Idaho.

  175. Franny trimble
    May 20, 2017

    Each new irthday becomes my favorite. Each one a blessing. Retired librarian here. Love, love, love ❤️ Amish fiction

  176. Tina Bolyard
    May 20, 2017

    Happy Birthday. I don’t have a favorite love them all. God Bless and thanks for all the great reads.

  177. Theresa N
    May 20, 2017

    Happy Borthday!! My favorite birthday celebration was when I was 12 and all my friends stayed over. Now days I love it when someone else does the cooking.

  178. Deanna Hager
    May 20, 2017

    Happy wonderful birthday!! I would love nothing more than to win these books. I love everything Amish. A few years back My sister, daughters and I went MN Amish County for a mini vacay and have wanted to go back ever since. I loved it. They have such and interesting lifestyle.

  179. Susan Atkinson
    May 20, 2017

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your books. Just finished Amish Promises and should be on to book 2 in this series soon!

  180. Lisa
    May 20, 2017

    I would love to win this series. I love reading books about the amish.

  181. Loreen Evans
    May 20, 2017

    Happy birthday to you, jah! I love birthdays even if I am 2 yrs older. I like to take the day off and do what i feel like….no work, no housework!! Then i get an icecream cake and share with hubby and dogs!! Enjoy your day yougie.

  182. Cheryn Cutting
    May 20, 2017

    Happy Birthday!! I love going out to dinner with my family.

  183. Carla
    May 20, 2017

    Happy Birthday to you! Every birthday I am blessed to have from the Lord , I consider to be my favorite!

  184. Virginia Campbell
    May 20, 2017

    Happy Birthday!!! Only 55? I’ve got you beat—My 59th “trip” starts in July ; ) My best birthday treat was a full Thanksgiving dinner in July! It was quite a surprise, and it was one of the best birthdays ever! Thanksgiving foods are my favorite, and in the heat of a very small kitchen–with fans going full blast–I shared a wonderful meal with family and friends. Golden memories!!!

  185. Pat
    May 20, 2017

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  186. Pat
    May 20, 2017

    Happy happy birthday! Love these books!

  187. Betty Howard
    May 20, 2017

    A birthday I won’t easily forget is a surprise birthday for my 80th. Thought I was just going out to eat wit immediate family. Instead there were more people which really surprised me.

  188. Debbie Hazelton
    May 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday Leslie! My favorite birthday is whenever my husband, sons and wives, and my grandkids can all be together. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your books.

  189. emilee douglas
    May 21, 2017

    Today is my birthday. It is always special to be thought of and sent birthday wishes. I love celebrating my 3 kid’s birthdays. When you are a mom, it is more fun to celebrate your children’s than your own.

  190. Vickie
    May 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday…each year that I get to celebrate my birthday is the best one.

  191. Becky Tarver
    May 21, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was my sister’s and my Sweet Sixteen. We dressed up in formals, went to the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN, went on a carriage ride, and took pictures throughout the entire night! The theme was sweets and candies with the entire family.

    • Leslie Gould
      May 23, 2017

      Love this! What a great memory! 🙂

  192. Carla Riffle
    May 21, 2017

    My birthday is in may too happy birthday to you !! I really enjoy reading books on the Amish.

  193. Brenda Barnes
    May 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday to you! You are now double nickels! I love reading Amish stories, would love to win these books. Thanks!

  194. Patti Gallagher
    May 21, 2017

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday celebration happened last year. It happened 2 weeks after my birthday so it was a true surprise. I went into a local hotel to pick up my sister for brunch. She wasn’t in her room so when I inquired at the front desk, they told me to try the pool or maybe their restaurant in case she went to get a cup of coffee. She wasn’t at the pool so I went to the hotel restaurant and was greeted by my entire family. I was totally shocked, surprised, and thrilled!

  195. Nancy Jo Horton
    May 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Leslie. Hope you had a blessed day to celebrate.
    My birthday party that I remember most is when my parents surprised me with a party, I was 29 and expecting my third child. My sister celebrates her birthday one day before me. (she is 6 yrs. younger). They told me it was a surprise for her.

  196. C. J.
    May 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday…55 is a great number! I would LOVE to trade ages with you ~
    Have had so many wonderful birthdays, and only remember one especially well. Think I was probably 30 or40 something, and met my sisters family with 3 teen nephews for dinner at Pietro’s in Salem.

    • Leslie Gould
      May 23, 2017

      Aww, I’ve been to Pietro’s in Salem for a nephew’s birthday. Thank you for stirring up my memory! 🙂

  197. Julie Dahl
    May 21, 2017

    One of my favorite birthday parties was a surprise party for my husband’s 30th. His parents, brother, sister and sister-in-law came from 500 miles away the day before the party and surprised him. He went out for breakfast with his dad and brother the next day. When they came back, we had a bunch of his co-workers and friends in our garage along with a hot tub I rented and had set up in there. We opened the garage door and people popped out of there and he was very surprised.

  198. Barbara Taylor
    May 22, 2017

    MaybGod continue to bless you with your talent. Happy Birthday

  199. Linda Ortiz
    May 22, 2017

    Happy 55th Birthday! May God grant you many more wonderful Birthdays!!!

  200. Linda. Cencelewski
    May 22, 2017

    Happy Birthday!!! I love Amish books. Thank you for a chance to win.

  201. Pauline Milne
    May 22, 2017

    Today may not be my birthday, but I was born in May. Always say May babies are special. Happy Birthday and I wish you many more happy and healthy ones.

  202. Jan Hvizdos
    May 22, 2017

    Happy birthday Leslie! I wish you every happiness and many more milestone birthdays.

  203. Sabrina Templin
    May 22, 2017

    I think my favorite was when I was 7 and my party was at Burger King…lol HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 😀

  204. pATRICIA bOND
    May 22, 2017

    HAPPY BIRHDAY LESLIE! HOPE YOU HAVE MANY MORE

  205. Crissy Y Shamion
    May 22, 2017

    My favorite birthday celebration was when I turned 18, when my horse stepped off the trailer!

  206. Shirley Chapel
    May 22, 2017

    I’m a Christmas b a by , my birthday being on December 15th. Every year the Christmas tree went up on December 15th. My. Birthday. It was a special thing to look forward to. The tree going up. How I loved the scent of the live tree. The ornaments and the lights. A child’s delight and on my birthday too. Not only that mom would back a cake with chocolate icing. My favorite. I never had a birthday party while I was young growing up but I never gave that much thought. I loved my birthday and decorating on that day for Christmas.

  207. Doris
    May 23, 2017

    I was born onOctober 31. Some of my favourite birthdays were when my grandchildren came to celebrate with me.

  208. Leslie Gould
    May 23, 2017

    Thank you for all of these great comments! I’m enjoying each one and wish I had time to comment on all of them. I didn’t have so much writing to do this week, I would! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  209. Barb mobley
    May 23, 2017

    I’m a twin and always shared our bday til my sister moved to Costa Rica because of the economy and wanted to retire comfortably. So if i eon these books i would share them with her.

  210. Barb Mobley
    May 23, 2017

    Sorry I forgot to wish you birthday blessing, Leslie!

  211. Susan S.
    May 23, 2017

    I hope your birthday was wonderful. I have enjoyed reading your books, PLEASE never stop writing. I’m fascinated with the Amish lifestyle, so love reading about their everyday lives and love stories.

  212. Janeen Breyman
    May 23, 2017

    This set would be a great addition to my Amish library!

  213. Heather Ratliff
    May 24, 2017

    I usually spend my birthday celebrating with extended family–my husband and daughters and my parents and sister. It’s nice to be surrounded by those who love me!

  214. Vicky D
    May 24, 2017

    Happy birthday!
    My favorite birthday was when my son, who lived out of state surprised me with a visit.

  215. Leslie Gould
    May 25, 2017

    This contest is now closed. We have a winner! I’ll publish the name in the next blog entry. Thank you to all who entered. I loved reading your comments!

  216. Vonda Myets
    May 25, 2017

    Happy Birthday! !! I love reading your books, would love to win them!

  217. jean dixon
    May 26, 2017

    my favorite birthday was when i was carrying my son Happy Birthday!!