On choosing a hospital setting for My Daughter’s Legacy + enter-to-win 3 books & 1 Huguenot cross!

When Mindy Starns Clark and I first started brainstorming My Daughter’s Legacy, the third and final novel in our Cousins of the Dove series, we knew Therese Jennings, the main character in the historical thread, and her friend Polly Talbot attended school in Richmond, Virginia prior to the beginning of the Civil War. Then, toward the end of the war, we knew they worked in a Confederate hospital as nurses.

I began researching nursing in the South during the Civil War and stumbled across Richmond’s Wartime Hospitals. As I devoured the book I came across an entry for General Hospital #4, which–before the war–was the Baptist Female Institute, on Tenth Street between Clay and Marshall! (Pictured below.)51fjKZMX12L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_

Civil War hospitalIt took me half a second to decide that was the building where Therese and Polly went to school—and then worked as nurses.

That was the bright side of my research into nursing and Confederate hospitals during the Civil War. It was a dismal business, all the way around. Altogether, 620,000 soldiers died during the war from combat, accidents, starvation, and disease. By the end of the war 12,000 surgeons had served in the Union Army, compared to only 3,000 in the Confederate Army. The South also had far fewer supplies due to the blockades.

At the beginning of the war, nursing was considered a man’s job or that of older matrons. By the end of the war, because of a huge shortage of nurses, even young women were allowed to work in the hospitals.

In our story, Polly is naturally gifted as a nurse, but Therese struggles with her tasks. However, as the story progresses, she realizes she has far more strength than she first believed.

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Nurses are some of my favorite people. My husband worked as an ICU nurse for years and then transferred to the tech and management side of medicine. He also served in the US Army Medical Corp for 30 years, including commanding a field hospital in Afghanistan. He’s always my go-to guy for anything that has to do with medicine in my writing. (He’s pictured above with three of our four kids.)

Our oldest daughter, Hana (pictured above), is also a nurse. She takes after her Daddy and has a natural gift. I thought of her when I wrote the character of Polly.

So whom did I pattern Therese after? Myself, lol. Well, at least I hope I could rise to the occasion and care for someone who was severely injured. But, I do have to say, that I really enjoy reading, researching, and writing about medical topics.

Leave a comment below to enter-to-win a set of The Cousins of the Dove series and a Huguenot cross! In your comment, let me know if you have a medical background, have been or are a caregiver, or like me, would rather read (or write) about the subject. I’ll choose and announce a winner on July 1st, the release date of My Daughter’s Legacy!

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124 Comments

  1. Cecilia
    Jun 23, 2017

    I havr a masters in healthcare administration so not a hands on professional caregiver but behind the scenes. I have been a caregiver for a great aunt with Alzheimers, my grandmother and grandfather, and my husband when he was injured.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jun 25, 2017

      Thank you for the work you do, Cecilia. Every job in healthcare is so important! (Plus the caregiving you’ve given too.)

  2. Tammy varner
    Jun 23, 2017

    I first would like to thank each and everyone nurse / caregiver that helps care for the hurt, sick, elder ect. Without you all there would be no hope for the sick , hurt, elder. I am not a nurse or caregiver but so appreciate you all. And I love reading novels that ivolve your line of work.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jun 25, 2017

      I’m with you, Tammy! I’m so thankful for nurses and caregivers!

  3. Melody Bis
    Jun 23, 2017

    I don’t have a medical background, and frankly, I’m not sure I could handle working as a nurse or doctor. However, I like learning on the subject of medicine. I also enjoy watching TV shows that take place in hospitals.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jun 25, 2017

      Yes, I agree, Melody about learning about medicine and watching shows too. Very fascinating!

  4. Anne L. Rightler
    Jun 23, 2017

    I am an old RN (since 1971!!) I have a Masters degree in nursing, worked a number of years in Med-Surg, 17 years in ICU and then went in to house supervision for the last 15+ years of my career. Retired now. Was a primary caregiver for my mom for the last 5 years of her life as she went thru dementia. And am still ‘cleaning heinies’ for my grandchildren!

    • Leslie Gould
      Jun 25, 2017

      Yay, Anne! I love it that you worked as a nurse for so long. Bless you!

  5. Heather Ratliff
    Jun 23, 2017

    I have no medical background, but enjoy reading what others are talented enough to write.

  6. Connie Saunders
    Jun 23, 2017

    I helped my mother before her death this past Feb. but my health care knowledge is limited to reading about doctors, nurses and treatments. Thank you for this giveaway!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail (dot) com

  7. Heather Navarro
    Jun 23, 2017

    I took off from work and school to take care of my father in law when he was in the last stages of cancer. I am not a nurse or doctor and had the help of hospice.

  8. Mary Koester
    Jun 24, 2017

    No medical background here. I definitely prefer to read about it. I had a grgrgrgrandmother that was a healer and did midwifery. I’ve often thought of writing a novel based on her story. Very interesting lady! Your books definitely sound interesting. I just finished Kate Breslin’s latest WWI novel that has interesting medical personnel involved in the storyline.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 1, 2017

      That would be a fascinating story!

  9. Christa M.
    Jun 24, 2017

    I do not have a medical background, but I do appreciate and am so very thankful for everything that those in the medical field do. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  10. Evangeline
    Jun 24, 2017

    I don’t have any medical knowledge, but I am blessed to have a grandson who is a PA. and two granddaughters preparing to be a nurse! I love your books. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Joye
    Jun 24, 2017

    I faint at the sight of blood so no medical degrees or background.

  12. Carolyn
    Jun 24, 2017

    I am not or never have been a nurse. Would rather read about them than be one ! But one aunt and two sisters filled that spot! I love to read your books.

  13. Robin in NC
    Jun 24, 2017

    I don’t have any medical background, but I have been my husbands caretaker for the past 21 years after he had a stroke. I love to read! Thanks for the chances to win!

  14. Nancy Griggs
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have worked in a hospital in the admitting department. I have been a hospice volunteer. But mostly I love to read.

  15. Alice Railton
    Jun 24, 2017

    I do not have any medical background but admire all those who have taken care of my family’s needs in the past. My mother-in-law lived with us the last two years of her life and there were things I had to learn to help with her care. Now I have a daughter-in-law who is a MD which comes in handy whenever I have a question. I am an avid reader and especially enjoy historical novels which deal with the medical world.

  16. Erin Laramore
    Jun 24, 2017

    While I have a lot of friends in the medical field, I personally would much rather read about it!

  17. Patricia D. Neumann
    Jun 24, 2017

    I wa a registered Medical Technologist (a position that is of limited lab work and more of a manager of a laboratory now), but when I worked, I did labtests, crossmatched blood. did bacteriology, chemistries, learned how to prepare tissue from biopsies for the pathologists. I really enjoyed my work!

  18. Bonnie Howard
    Jun 24, 2017

    I am a nurse, and have also been a caregiver, so I enjoy reading stories of other’s similar experiences. It’s a gift to care for others.

  19. Rachel Lepree
    Jun 24, 2017

    I do not have a medical background but appreciate every person who works in the medical field – you are awesome.

  20. Elizabeth Litton
    Jun 24, 2017

    My older sister is an RN, but me? Well, I don’t faint at the sight of blood and I am certified in First Aid/CPR/AED; however, I’d much rather read a well-written book with medical subjects! 🙂

  21. Barbara Wenner
    Jun 24, 2017

    I took care of my mom when she was not able to do anything. As she had a stroke ,I like to read thanks for a chance to win

  22. Mary Ellen Bell
    Jun 24, 2017

    I am not a care giver or have a medical background. I do love to read, especially older day stories and Christian/Amish stories as well. I am disabled and my son is my care giver. He is only 20 yrs old and is my world. Not sure what I would do without him. My daughter is a CNA. She has a real knack/compassion for especially elderly and babies. She is such a blessing. And will be giving me my first grandchild in mid September. A baby boy it will be. Mi am so blessed. Thank you for your beautiful writings. I love when I get so lost in the book.

  23. Paula
    Jun 24, 2017

    I don’t have any medical schooling but I have several friends who are nurses. I applaud them for their work and dedication. I did a stint in the pharmacy as a tech at Walgreens. It was interesting work but it was as a backup helper. when they needed it ( my regular job was head of Photo). I enjoy reading about nurses especially during the Civil War. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Kat
    Jun 24, 2017

    No medical background….but, I do care for six furry family members..if cats count? I love your books and thanks for this contest!

  25. Stephanie H.
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have no medical background and I would rather write or read instead.

  26. Jill
    Jun 24, 2017

    My heart is always crushed whenever I discover more about the horrific medical treatment of Civil War soldiers that was necessary due to the conditions of the situation and the times. As for me, I did care for my 90 year-old mother through a broken arm injury which could not be set and included me setting her up with a bone ultrasound treatment twice a day. One of my sons has been an emergency room tech and for over 20 years a professional EMT and an Army flight medic on medevac helicopters. Personally, I cannot even watch medically-themed tv shows!

  27. Carla
    Jun 24, 2017

    I do not have any medical training other than what any mother has to take care of their children’s ailments. I think a person has to be called to work as a medical professional. My parents took care of my Grandmother until she needed more than what they were qualified to give and was moved into a nursing home. I’m looking forward to reading this series. Thank you for continuing to give your readers wonderful books to read!

  28. Janet
    Jun 24, 2017

    Love your books. Love to read medical and historical books.

  29. Emogene N Oliver
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have no medical background. I did help to look after our mother after she had TIA and, along with age, needed care. I like to read stories about nurses, doctors, etc. The description you have shared sounds like a real good read. I enjoy both yours and Mindy’s books. I would like to be a winner for these books. Thanks.

  30. Elsie
    Jun 24, 2017

    No, I do not have a medical background and have not been a care giver to an older person.I have been a kindergarten teacher and a pre – K teacher. I am a mother of 4 grown children in which I had to deal with a lot of different medical issues. My fourth pregnancy was difficult and I was in out of the hospital. I have been to hospitals since then. For the most part I have had very good care. My current doctor has a male LVN who I like very much. He is very caring and helpful. I love to read all types of Christian fiction.

  31. Jolene Bettencourt
    Jun 24, 2017

    I definitely have no medical background. Anyone who can demonstrate the sustained compassion it takes to serve those who are at their lowest is always an inspiration to me. I would love to be able to read this series, the Civil War is a fascinating time in our history.

  32. Kailey B.
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have no medical background. Recently I read about the nurses during the Civil War. Those women were simply amazing.

  33. Nyla Wilkerson
    Jun 24, 2017

    I don’t have a medical background other than being a mother, grandmother, and wife! Does that count a little?

  34. Judy Witt
    Jun 24, 2017

    I appreciate the chance of being able to get these books. I have read a lot of your other books and have always enjoyed each one. I am currently the care giver for my mother who is 87. She has dementia and has some other medical issues as well. My mother seems to know me but no one else in the family. I don’t have any official medical training but am greatful for anyone who does.

  35. marlene
    Jun 24, 2017

    I’m not in heath care but I have good friends that are. Health care workers are amazing people

  36. Rita Wray
    Jun 24, 2017

    I don’t have a medical background but I do love to read the stories that talented authors write.

  37. Lori D
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have no medical background but I don’t mind doing research on different medical terms or diseases. I also enjoy reading about difference subject matter. It is easier to read when you know the author and already enjoy their books.

  38. Gail Hollingsworth
    Jun 24, 2017

    I’ve worked for over 35 yrs in the medical field. Hospital and doctor’ offices.
    Now I’m caregiver for my 82 yr old mother in my home. It’s very hard being a “parent” to your parent, especially when they are very critical.

  39. Lillian Crouse
    Jun 24, 2017

    I am my husband’s caregiver. I have been doing it for 13 years. I love knowing that I can help him in any way he needs. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  40. Rita Navarre
    Jun 24, 2017

    I do not have a medical background, but I enjoy reading books on that subject

  41. Jill Miller
    Jun 24, 2017

    I’d rather read about it

  42. MELISSA A.
    Jun 24, 2017

    I know the GREAT PHYSICIAN and HE has done miracles in the lives of those I have prayed for. HE is wonderful, marvelous, faithful & true!!!! No one heals like HE DOES!!!! Need HELP???? Cry out to GOD!!!

  43. Laura Wilson
    Jun 24, 2017

    I am like you in that I would rather read about medical things rather than do it myself as I get very faint around any bodily fluids. I did help a kid from an orphanage once by hold his hand while the doctor took out a cyst from his head (that had been caused by his dad hitting him with a board – thus the reason he was in the orphanage). I managed to stay with him until it was all over but once he went into the recovery I had to go outside as I was about to faint. Many blessings on all those who are able to do this kind of work day in and day out.

  44. Dotty
    Jun 24, 2017

    My parents both thought I would become a nurse … but that did not happen. I was always tending to my dads splinters and small injuries as well as the pets ….
    Later in life my husband and kids received my care, but that is the extent of my nursing.
    . I am looking forward to reading your new series ….. I really like to have the whole series in my hands before I begin to read as I do not like to wait in between books.
    How nice it would be to win!

  45. Lisa Cullett
    Jun 24, 2017

    Even though there are many relatives in our family who are in the medical field, I have never had a desire to follow suit. As a mom of four kids, I was forced to deal with a lot of medical issues and was always surprised when I handled emergencies without falling apart. Like you, by God’s grace, I would hope I would step up to the plate when necessary. Thanks for the opportunity to win your books!

  46. Jackie McNutt
    Jun 24, 2017

    I am not a professional in any medical field.
    I have been a caretaker for my 81 year old father before he passed away from dementia and complications of diabetes for over 2 years.
    I also was main caretaker of my late husband who had cancer and in hospice for over a year.
    I was blessed by the privilege of caring for them both

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Bless you, Jackie. That’s a lot of caregiving. I’d say you’re a professional now.

  47. ANDREA WOODARD
    Jun 24, 2017

    I am not a nurse, nor am I in the medical profession, but I have met many, many nurses and I respect them for all the work they do. Nurses do a lot and many are really good and caring, but there are some out there that are only doing it for the money. I pray for all nurses.

  48. Cheryn Cutting
    Jun 24, 2017

    I would love to win these books. My daughter is going to school to be a nurse.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Best wishes to your daughter! It’s a great profession.

  49. Amy
    Jun 24, 2017

    I don’t have a medical background, but I was a caregiver for my mom when she was very sick for a year.

  50. jane mccarthy
    Jun 24, 2017

    I’m a dog health care provider and have provided end stage care for copd and lung cancer patients. I do understand that those in the medical care field live with a lot of stress in their lives.

  51. Betty Elsner
    Jun 24, 2017

    I was a CNA for 20 years, and now I am caregiver for my adult daughter with Down Syndrome, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

    • Nancy
      Jun 24, 2017

      my prayers are with you

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Betty, we had the best caregivers for my father when he had Alzheimer’s. I’m praying for you and your daughter.

  52. Cynthia St. Germain
    Jun 24, 2017

    I had a aunt who was a nurse for over 50 years, she started at a time when women didn’t become nurses or they did until they married. She started her career in NY and finally retired in after working for 40 years in NM. I learned many things from that beautiful woman. Caring was one of them. And to read how the nurses of the south were mostly untrained women trying to help made this very interesting. Thank you for all your wonderful writing.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Thank you for your comment, Cynthia! Fascinating!

  53. Patty
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have never really thought of being a doctor or a nurse. I can’t think of any medical professionals right off in my immediate family. I think my Dad does have a cousin who is a nurse…

  54. June H
    Jun 24, 2017

    For a few short years I was a certified CNA before injuring my back while working. My next step in medical was to care for my husband for many years following his open heart surgery and other medical problems that developed. I cared for him until just after our 25th wedding anniversary when he passed away when his heart gave out. I am now remarried and helping my new hubby with his healthcare and medical retirement from work. God has blessed me many times over! Thank you for the giveaways!

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Thank you for your comment, June, and for your loving heart!

  55. Kay Garrett
    Jun 24, 2017

    Although I’ve need been in the medical profession, I think I’ve gotten plenty of hands on experience. My husband and I were full time 24/7 caregivers for my Mom. She came to live with use the last 5 years of her life after a nasty cancer surgery and with Alzheimer. The last 18 months she was total bed ridden. Although we had hospice care, which in our area isn’t much help, we were the ones to do everything for Mom from feeding, bathing, and tending to all needs. We did it all with no reservations, great love and really won’t have had it any other way. We had promised both my parents if there was any way possible that neither of them would have to go to a nursing home. We kept that promise and we now 3 years after Mom’s passing, we live with no regrets. Now mind you at the time it was hard – very hard. With no one else to help, it meant that hubby and I hadn’t so much as went to the store together in over 4 years because one of had to stay with Mom. I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of my amazing husband. He said it was HIS Mom too and he did everything for her including taking early retirement because it became too much of a struggle for me during the daytime with my own medical problems. I thank God every day for him!

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Kay, what a beautiful story. Your mom was truly blessed by both you and your husband.

  56. Lisa B Redecop
    Jun 24, 2017

    I do not have any medical history but I love to read about it. I would love to read this series. I don’t know if this giveaway is open to canadian residents but I’ll enter anyway and if it’s not then that’s ok too.

  57. Martha T.
    Jun 24, 2017

    My father was a doctor.There are 4 nurses ina my family!

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      🙂

  58. Cindy Duez
    Jun 24, 2017

    I don’t have a medical background although I admire the hard work and dedication of those in the health care profession. I enjoy reading books featuring medical issues.

  59. Mary Lou Kwiatkowski
    Jun 24, 2017

    I was an LPN and then an RN. I also was a caregiver to my dad for many years. I love ANYTHING medical, especially books related to ANYTHING medical and they are not always easy to find. I would so love to win this contest and thank you!

    • Nancy
      Jun 24, 2017

      Is your brother Phil? Of Unshackled and PGM?

  60. Shirley Cochran
    Jun 24, 2017

    No medical background but I had seven surgeries in six months, spent time in hospitals, step down hospital, and rehab centers enough to know I would not be able to work in the field!

  61. Felicia Briski
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have been a nurse for 42 years. I’ve worked in hospitals, a doctor’s office, at a Health Maintenance Organization in charge of the allergy department and am working as a hospice nurse most recently. I enjoy hospice nursing immensely. It is wonderful to be able to bring knowledge, compassion, understanding and comfort to my patients and their families at their most vulnerable time. I look forward to reading your most recent book and am sure I will enjoy it, partly due to your writing style and partly due to the story line. It sounds quite intriguing. I love the obvious depth of research that you perform for your writing. It makes the storyline rich. God Bless your family and your future endeavors. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    • Nancy
      Jun 24, 2017

      My dad was in Hospice right before he died. For about 3 or 4 days.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Felicia, thank you for your long nursing career! You are one of my heroes! And thank you for your kind words about my writing. 🙂

  62. Sarah Anderson
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have no medical background. I have 2 friends who are in endocrinology and OB-GYN. My mom wanted to be a nurse but things didn’t work out as she’d have liked them to for various reasons. I enjoy reading fiction medical stories as I gain a little bit more of medical knowledge through them. I also am fascinated with medical procedures the how’s and why’s behind them, how things are fixed and what the inside of bodies look like. I could never work in the medical field though because some things just are too difficult to deal with and see. God certainly has equipped others to deal with things differently!

  63. Nancy
    Jun 24, 2017

    I helped take care of my dad before he died on the 5th of this month. My older daughter is a nurse. My younger daughter is dying of liver disease. I must be in shock or something, to write all this, but …….
    Before that, my husband had 3 eye operations to restore his sight.
    I’m a born again Christian. I have hope and strength in the Lord my Saviour, Jesus Christ.
    I appreciate all that the nurses of today do, and I too, enjoy reading about the 1700-1900 eras of life, medicine, and how people lived.

    I’d love to receive the 3 book set. But, if someone more deserving needs it, then let them have it. I have plenty of books in my TBR stack. God bless you.
    Romans 10:9-13
    John 3:16-21

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Nancy, I’m so sorry about your dad and what your daughter is going through too. 🙁 You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  64. Felicia Briski
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have been a nurse for 42 years. I’ve worked in hospitals, a doctor’s office, at a Health Maintenance Organization in charge of the allergy department as well as doing health screenings and allergy clinics. My favorite and most rewarding though challenging job was working in hospice care. It was wonderful to be able to bring knowledge, compassion, understanding and comfort to my patients and their families at their most vulnerable time. I look forward to reading your most recent book and am sure I will enjoy it, partly due to your writing style and partly due to the story line and subject matter. It sounds quite intriguing. I love the obvious depth of research that you do for your writing. It makes the storyline rich. God Bless your family and your future endeavors. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  65. Wendy Newcomb
    Jun 24, 2017

    Not a real medical background but I have worked in a drug store, a doctor’s office and I did take a class on Medical Terminology. I am a caregiver to my husband of 46 years who has had 3 heart attacks, one ending in a 5-way bypass, and 3 back surgeries and has a drop foot as a result of the first back surgery. He was able to continue working after all of the heart attacks but the first back surgery left him disabled and not there are little things he can not do for himself and that is where I come in.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  66. Jackie Hoch
    Jun 24, 2017

    I do not have any medical background. Love to read about it though. I took care of my mother-in-law after she had a stroke.

  67. Mare Wagenbach
    Jun 24, 2017

    I have been a nurse’s aide for years starting as a teenager and then later in life I went and got my certification. I love caring for people. I babysit quite a lot and have a close bond with many children. I think I am just naturally a warm, caring person and love to share that part of myself wherever I can.

    • Mare Wagenbach
      Jul 1, 2017

      I did take care of mom for two weeks before she died when she had a stroke that paralyzed her so that she couldn’t swallow. It was a difficult thing to do but I’m glad I had that time with her.

      • Leslie Gould
        Jul 3, 2017

        Mare, bless you for caring for children and for your mom. Thank you so much for sharing your comments.

  68. Pauline Barlow
    Jun 24, 2017

    I enjoy reading medical stories and watch such stories on TV.
    I have a sister who was a nurse. Another sister helped in the office of her husband who was a doctor in a small New England town.

  69. Rebecca Booth
    Jun 24, 2017

    I don’t have a medical background, but I did take care of my mother-in-law for ten years with Alzheimer! I do have kin that are nurses and lab technicians. I have always love reading books with medical stories(

  70. RENAE CAREY
    Jun 25, 2017

    I was a medical transcriptionist for a number of years. I enjoy reading fictional stories that include some type of medical theme or setting. I remember as a kid I enjoyed reading the story of Florence Nightingale, which prompted me to want to become a nurse when I grew up but I ended up in transcription, which fit me well. I’m drawn to book characters that have compassion for the hurting and want to help bring healing to them.

  71. Beverly M.
    Jun 25, 2017

    I am a medical coder and end of life caregiver for family and friends. Reading has been my escape when work takes a toll on me, and refreshes me for the next shift.

  72. Mary Preston
    Jun 25, 2017

    Before I retired I was a Mothercraft Nurse working Children’s and Maternity.

  73. Becky Lee
    Jun 25, 2017

    I took care of my grandmother for 11 years until her death at 99. Now I’m living with my mom. I hate to say I’m her caretaker because she can take care of her physical needs but she has some dementia so I handle most of the cooking & cleaning & yard work.

  74. GY
    Jun 25, 2017

    Good afternoon, I do not have a medical background but I have been a care giver. Shortly after my youngest daughter was born my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. We moved her in with us and my husband and I assisted Hospice who taught us so much about caring for the termally ill and the process of grieving. While our oldest daughter was in college, she took a part time job delivery pizza to help pay for school books. One day while she was on a delivery she was hit head on by a young boy who stole his mother’s car. My daughter had to have many surgeries and required a great deal of care. Then when my youngest son was in college he tore his ACL. After his surgery we brought him home and helped during his recovery. I have not read this series but it is next on my list. Thank you so much for your dedication to writing quality fiction. Thank you

  75. Sandra B
    Jun 25, 2017

    I too would like to thank all the nurses, doctors and home care providers out there. I have been in the home care profession for the last 12-14 years. The last couple I was helping, was moved to a assisted living facility and died that year within 5 months of each other. I decided at that point to retire, it was becoming too hard emotionally. I am now the care giver for my husband. We found out three months ago he has stage four cancer. I am so thankful we have the Lord and wonderful Christian family and friends helping us walk this walk.

  76. Karen
    Jun 25, 2017

    I am on the other side of the health care provider side as the one to whom care is given. At age 37, I was declared disabled due to many surgeries on my my spine due to Accute Adult Scoliosis. Now, I am 53 and thankfully, I am very much able to live at home but unfortunately I live in severe chronic pain. My husband takes good care of me. Our grown children and one grandson are the delight of my heart. I do get tired on needing others help but very grateful when they do help me. By the way, my first spinal surgery was done at Walter Reed Army Medicall Center near Washington D.C. They treated many soliders that fought in the Civil War in that hospital. It was almost eerie being a patient there but also an honor.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Karen, I’m so sorry about your chronic pain. That’s great you have a caring husband and family to help you.

      I did research on Walter Reed for my book, Amish Sweethearts. It’s a contemporary story. However, I’m currently researching another Civil War story. I’ll have to do some historical research into Walter Reed too.

  77. Renee Jackson
    Jun 25, 2017

    I don’t have a degree in the medical field, but I do so admire them. I would much rather read about it. I would love to have this set – so thank you for the opportunity!

  78. patricia Perry
    Jun 25, 2017

    I have limited medical knowledge. I took care of my father while he was sick with pancreatic cancer. I then started working for hospice and private sitting for the dying. Thank you for all you do.

  79. Rebecca
    Jun 25, 2017

    While I have no medical background, I certainly enjoy learning more about it by reading!

  80. Lindsi
    Jun 25, 2017

    I considered becoming a doctor but realized quickly that it wasn’t for me. Still, I have always had huge respect for all those in the medical profession, especially nurses.
    Thanks for hosting this contest!
    God Bless,
    Lindsi

  81. Abbie Peterson
    Jun 25, 2017

    I am a RN and my experience is in community health including parish nursing… as much as I love nursing I would not want to have been a nurse during the civil war, how difficult that would have been to serve in that time. I, however, do look forward to reading your book.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Thank you, Abbie, for your work as a nurse. I’m with you–being a nurse back then would have been horrific.

  82. Vivian Furbay
    Jun 25, 2017

    The Huegonot cross is very pretty. I would love to win that and the set of books.

  83. Melissa M.
    Jun 25, 2017

    I’d love to read this series–we have some Huegonot ancestry, too!

    No, I don’t have any medical background, and I’d much rather not be involved in administering nursing, but would if I really had to (have a time or two in the past).

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Ooh, I’d be fascinated to hear about your Huguenot heritage! 🙂

  84. LaDonna Shielee
    Jun 25, 2017

    I have read all your other books, but not this series. After I read them, I donate them to my church library for others to enjoy. I would love to be able to add these.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Thank you so much, LaDonna, for reading and donating! I really appreciate it!

  85. Frances Cavallo
    Jun 26, 2017

    I have been a home health aide…certified…CHHA…for over 25 years…plus I have worked in the medical field before! I have worked in five different states! I really have always loved doing this…it never seemed like a job…and there have been many times…when I have done this for long periods of time…with no monetary gain…but just because I care for other people…one lady was from Canada…had an elderly sister…who was in her 90’s as well…and so my children and I “adopted” her like a Grandmother…I used to take her everywhere with us…vacations…dinners…parties…and more…eventually she got very sick mentally…with Alzheimer’s…Dementia…got violent towards me…and she was put in a nursing home…and I could not see her anymore! I also have personal experience…with illnesses and injuries…with myself and my family…so I have learned a lot from life in general! I always wanted to be a doctor…when I was growing up…but gave up those dreams for my husband…and children after…but that is why I became a caregiver…my job…is a personal one…I go into a person’s home…am very trusted…and I care for them on a very personal level…it is very difficult…to not develop feelings for people that you care for daily…and for long periods of time too…I love all your books…and it would be an honor and a true blessing to be able to have some more of your books!!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to share…get some of your books…win giveaways…meet other people who enjoy your books as well…and read your books!!! You are a wonderful author…I truly enjoy your books…thanks so very much again…God Bless You and Your Family!!! Have a wonderful, Blessed Day!!! Good Luck and God Bless Everyone…who is on here making comments too!!!

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      Frances, thank you so much for your care for others! You are one of my heroes! And thank you for your kind words about my books too. 🙂

  86. Pat Harmer
    Jun 26, 2017

    I have never been a caregiver of a very seriously ill person, but I do care for my 86 year old cousin. And it has been a delightful experience. She is very active and there are times when I can not keep up with her. But I have read many books pertaining to or consisting of stories of caregivers. And they are definitely God’s angels.

  87. Janice Moore
    Jun 26, 2017

    I do admire caring and knowledgeabl nurses since they are among some of the most compassionate and helpful people I know. I considered that as a vocation, but chemistry scared me away! I landed in a very satisfying health care field.

  88. Shelia Hall
    Jun 26, 2017

    yes pattern after your best qualities

  89. Olivia Petty
    Jun 27, 2017

    Love to read!!!
    I have no medical background……..except what is needed to make grandsons’ hurts better…………lots of love and a bandage.

  90. Joan
    Jun 27, 2017

    I have no medical background. However i was a caregiver to my mother. I loved the first two books in the series.
    Joan

  91. Marilyn
    Jun 27, 2017

    I can’t stand the sight of blood. Once I fainted after someone talked about it. I did become a caregiver for my mother.
    Marilyn

  92. Marion
    Jun 27, 2017

    I along with my sisters were caregivers for our mother. The first two books were very enjoyable. My maternal ancestors were Huguenots,so I would love to win the cross.
    Marion

  93. Hannah Kilpatrick
    Jun 27, 2017

    I wanted to go into the medical field when I was younger but through doing job shadowing and working in a doctor’s office for 2 years, I learned that I don’t being around sick people and I don’t have the stomach for it. I am now a biology teacher but I still love watching medical dramas and reading interesting articles about medical advancements.

    • Leslie Gould
      Jul 3, 2017

      I love your comment, Hannah! Thank you for sharing!

  94. Cheryl Husome
    Jun 28, 2017

    Would love to read these stories! Love reading about the Civil War Era!

    • Cheryl Husome
      Jun 29, 2017

      Comment

  95. Joan Arning
    Jun 30, 2017

    I admire anyone who works in health care. It’s NOT my calling!

  96. Leslie Gould
    Jul 2, 2017

    I’m loving all of these comments! Thank you to all who have entered! Medical people are my heroes! They can do what I can’t, although I love writing about it! I’m on a research trip and am having a hard time getting online on my laptop to choose the winner of this contest, so I’m extending the deadline until tomorrow!

  97. Leslie Gould
    Jul 3, 2017

    This contest is now closed! I’ll announce the winner in the next post!

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