Giveaway: 10 copies of A Plain Leaving

A Plain Leaving, my 26th novel, has officially released!

I’m especially excited that it’s a dual-time story, with both a contemporary thread and a historical thread that are woven together.

When the modern day character, Jessica, learns the Revolutionary War-era story of her ancestor Ruby, she realizes it echoes her own and comes to a life-changing decision. (Researching what life was like in 1777 for the Amish was fascinating!)

To celebrate the release, I’m giving away 10 copies of A Plain Leaving! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me one thing you’ve learned from a relative or ancestor. Or an intersesting fact about someone in your family tree. 

I’ll choose the 10 winners, using random.org, on October 19th!

Thank you for entering!

Leslie

 

 

 

199 Comments

  1. Charis Zdrojewski
    Oct 6, 2017

    So excited to read it!

  2. Rachel Lepree
    Oct 6, 2017

    I can’t wait to read it.

  3. amy guillaume linderman
    Oct 6, 2017

    i learned that a great great great uncle was in the circus and killed his lover

  4. Anne Rightler
    Oct 6, 2017

    This will be a silly thing but it was something I learned from my grandmother. When I was just beginning to wear nylons (many moons ago!) she saw me struggling and gave me some suggestions as to how to put them on more easily! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. Can’t wait to read it.

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 11, 2017

      I love this, Anne! I remember how tricky that was as a girl!

  5. Kelly Tyree
    Oct 6, 2017

    I am so excited to read this book! I love your books.

  6. Elaine Shorb
    Oct 6, 2017

    My brother did the ancestry on my paternal side many years ago. I never have read it, though. Maybe, I need to ask my brother for his copy so that I can read it. (Only 2 copies in the family.)
    On my mother’s side of the family, my uncle has the time that he spent in the Army, during WW2, written. He has told me stories about that. Very interesting!

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 11, 2017

      Elaine, I’m so glad your uncle wrote down his WW II stories. It’s so important that we remember those!

  7. myrtle thorn
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned embroidery from my mom.

  8. Julie Dahl
    Oct 6, 2017

    I’d love to win this book.

  9. Annie E Adams
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned that my Grandmother, whom I’m named after, was a person that helped to dress people in a funeral home!

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Oh, Annie, I find that really interesting!

  10. Debbie Whitmer
    Oct 6, 2017

    My mom still lives on the farm my great grandfather started 112 years ago.

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Hi, Debbie! I love family farms! What a gift!

  11. Donna Durnell
    Oct 6, 2017

    Hubby is trying to trace my paternal ancestory to prove my family was in the Oklahoma / Indian territory before statehood, and then after.
    I knew I had relatives that had come from Oklahoma, but it wasn’t until we actually moved here (courtesy of the US Air Force), that I relized how much of my family on BOTH sides have OK roots. I’m Home!!

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Donna, that’s wonderful that you’ve found “home.” Fascinating that both sides of your family are from Oklahoma!

  12. Julie Fields
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned to cook from my grandmothers.

  13. Patti Bond
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned to bake from my Dad It was something he enjoyed

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Aww, that’s really sweet! 🙂

  14. Nancy Gilkerson
    Oct 6, 2017

    I have a relative in the Guinness book for biking. Really enjoy your books!

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Thank you for reading! (Am wondering if you bike too?)

  15. Elaine Rieder
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned a lot from my aunt. She always answered my questions.

  16. Karla Hanns
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned to knit from one grandma and to crochet from the other grandma!

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      I learned to crochet from one of my grandmothers. Although I don’t do it anymore, but I would like to learn again sometime in the future!

  17. Lori
    Oct 6, 2017

    My great great great grandfather was hanged for stealing a horse

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Oh, wow, Lori! There’s a story there for sure!

  18. Steph J.
    Oct 6, 2017

    My mom’s cousin worked on the ancestors all tge way back to the 1500’s.

  19. Diann DeVore
    Oct 6, 2017

    My mom taught me to sew. My uncle taught me to crochet. Both I still enjoy doing and able to bless many along the way.

  20. Kathy Faberge
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned I’m related to the Conner Prairie branch of the Conner family of Indiana. Some stayed in SE Michigan while the others went back to Indiana.

  21. Dawn Blynn
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned from my dad that you should have a sense of humor, laugh, make silly faces and live life. Travel taking day trips on a Sunday drive.
    I just learned that during his time in the military during WW2, he took up theater. Who knew? He was truly an amazing dad.
    It was one year on October 4th since he left this earth to return home to the Lord. He will always be in my memories as I pass down to my nephew, his love of spending time with his family.

  22. Candy VanOcker
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned my dads ancesters owned a castle in Germany until it was taken away during WWII.

  23. LINDA Critcher
    Oct 6, 2017

    To always trust the Lord to answer our prayers! Sometimes He says yes, sometimes no, & sometimes He says wait!!! But He will answer! Would love to win! Thx

  24. Mary McCoy
    Oct 6, 2017

    Learned that hard work does pay.

  25. Diane Wallace
    Oct 6, 2017

    I was taught wood carving by my dad (animals and flowers)❤️
    He was a master when it came to woodworking

  26. Shannon Tourne
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned that no matter how hard I try, I will never make biscuits as good as my grandmother’s. Her recipe consisted of a dab of this, and a pinch of that. She was the best cook, and the best person, that I have ever known.

  27. Judy Kramer
    Oct 6, 2017

    What I learned from my Mother is that we can live without certain things in life but to always Love our family. I would love to read this book and Thank You for writing them !

  28. Ann Austin
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned that my Grand Daddy’s grandfather in Ireland was one of the men responsible for compiling the KjV Bible published in the 1860’s before the family came to America. My Aunt had his copy.

  29. Karen S
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned cooking skills from my grandmother. So excited to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Michelle Proper
    Oct 6, 2017

    My Grandmother taught me how to cook & bake and my favorite saying from her is: It’s not what you have to say, it’s how you say it.

  31. Ola Daniel
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned how to make Moravian ginger cookies at Christmastime with my maternal Grandmother. Although we children never had the patience to roll the dough thin enough to make them thin and crisp as she did. Most of the time she rolled out the dough and then we would press the cookie cutters in the dough and transfer the cookies to the cookie sheet for baking. (Some never made it to the sheet as we ate them raw if she wasn’t looking!)

  32. Marietta Foor
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned how to crochet from my mother when my first child was born and have been crocheting ever since. Have made all my children, grandchildren, niece’s, nephew’s and great niece’s and nephew’s blankets along with many for friends for presents.

  33. Betty Hallett
    Oct 6, 2017

    Someone told me to always be honest and true to everyone and you will have a wonderful life. Thank you for the chance to win.

  34. Patti Gallagher
    Oct 6, 2017

    Growing up, my family lived on my Mennonite grandparents farm. My grandmother and mother patiently taught me how to be a good PA Dutch cook. It is something I am very thankful for today! They also taught me to love quilting the way they did!

  35. Ronda Ferry
    Oct 6, 2017

    Looks like a great book. Can’t wait to read it.

  36. Rita Navarre
    Oct 6, 2017

    I am related to Father Marquette. thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Diane Burns
    Oct 6, 2017

    One of my uncles told me, “First children can arrive any time. All the rest take 9 mos. I have to laugh, any time I think of this – and it gives me insight into how people in a previous generation dealt with things – love and humor 🙂

  38. Michelle Corning
    Oct 6, 2017

    Both of my Grandparents met during WW 2. They all stayed married both sides into their 90’s. One side is now passed away. My Dad’s parents are still here with us, they married about 2 weeks after meeting.

  39. Emma S.
    Oct 6, 2017

    My mom taught me how to cook & bake. I am looking forward to reading A Plain Leaving. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I enjoy reading your books.

  40. Debbie Hazelton
    Oct 6, 2017

    We learned that a relative was a convicted horse thief. Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Maryann
    Oct 6, 2017

    While going through my grandma’s things I found a picture of a soldier from the Civil War. She told me her first husband’s relative fought for the North. That was all she remembered. I do wish I still had the picture but she gave it to my cousin. I would love to do some research one day.

  42. Barbara Lima
    Oct 6, 2017

    My Grandma Kay was a STRONG woman, she taught me to be strong and independent, and this was in the early 60’s!

  43. Joy Richard
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned to sew and do crafts from my mother. Still enjoy doing both very much today!

  44. Jean
    Oct 6, 2017

    I love your books and would love to win this one. My mother’s family ( Beckett ) can be traced back to Thomas A Beckett in England. In Salem, MA there is an historic house where an ancestor (sea captaun) Retire Beckett lived. It is now open to the public. I have a picture somewhere of myself in front of that bouse.

  45. Sandy Thayer
    Oct 6, 2017

    I am a relative a Devil Anse Hatfield and I have enjoyed stories I have heard about my “famous” relative!

  46. Shelia Hall
    Oct 6, 2017

    My great grandmother on my father’s side was a full-fledged Cherekee princess

  47. Phyllis S
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned the true meaning of living for the Lord from my grandmother and to love my family completely from my parents. I love your books…keep them coming.

  48. Gail Hollingsworth
    Oct 6, 2017

    My father in law served in the Navy during WWII. He was involved in DDay on Omaha Beach.

  49. Virginia Winfield
    Oct 6, 2017

    I had a relative killed by a train and the paper had a full article about how mangled he was in the end.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

  50. Linda Boyd
    Oct 6, 2017

    re you a new author? I would love to read your books

  51. Karen G.
    Oct 6, 2017

    My mother’s mother’s family was from Scotland. I love Scotland even though I’ve never been there.

  52. Shelley B
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned handcraft skills like sewing, embroidery, and quilting from my mother and grandmother. That side of my family is Amish related. My grandmother grew up Amish. On my father’s side, I am related to Sir Francis Drake, the English sea captain and explorer.

  53. Delores King
    Oct 6, 2017

    I would like to win one of the copies!

  54. Sheryl Warren
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned stories of our history from my grandparents, MY great grandma was native american

  55. Patty
    Oct 6, 2017

    My grandmother taught me how to make peanut butter fudge over twenty-six years ago. I always picture her standing there stirring & explaining how to do it ecerytime I make a batch.

  56. Kristina Kohler
    Oct 6, 2017

    I Have learn a lot from my Mother growing up. She taught me to be grateful for what I was bless with. She taught me about being selfless and being a servant in helping others.

  57. Jackie Tessnair
    Oct 6, 2017

    One thing I learned from an old friend was to sit back..keep your eyes open and pay attention and you will see people s true colors.

  58. Shannon van roekel
    Oct 6, 2017

    Looks fantastic

  59. Vickie
    Oct 6, 2017

    I believe my love of gardening came from my grandfather. My father in law taught me the fundamentals. Such a nice giveaway!

  60. Brenda Parker
    Oct 6, 2017

    I live about a hour from the Amish in Ohio and I love going there and seeing how peaceful and quiet it is. I have never read any of your books but I would love to. I have many books of Amish and enjoy them so much.

  61. Joan Kurth
    Oct 6, 2017

    My grandma had 15 children and lived to be 91. I think that is pretty awesome.

  62. Pamela Pavkov
    Oct 6, 2017

    I love all uour books. If i win and already have the book i either donate it to our public librsry or a senior citizen home.

  63. Lori Parrish
    Oct 6, 2017

    I just love the cover in this book! I can’t wait to read it!

  64. Carol Wiley
    Oct 6, 2017

    When I first learned that I had an ancestor that came to America on the Mayflower I assumed it was to escape religious persecution. LOL Turns out my ancestor was Stephen Hopkins, who was in trouble a lot. At one point he was charged with treason and talked his way out of the death sentence and then he sold spirits when it was not legal to do so. It makes for a very interesting family background.

  65. Patricia B. Hawes
    Oct 6, 2017

    I NEED this book.

  66. dawn
    Oct 6, 2017

    Can’t wait to read. Love Amish books.

  67. Ola Norman
    Oct 6, 2017

    Both my grandmothers and a great grandmother were quilters.

  68. Deana Dicj
    Oct 6, 2017

    My granddad taught me I could do anything I set my mind to. He came by covered wagon and homestead his land. He gave me lots of advice and a big influence in my life .

  69. Renee Angstrom
    Oct 6, 2017

    I would love a copy of your book! My grandmother taught me to be a strong woman. She was widowed with two young children still at home. She had heart problems, but still worked hard and provided for her kids. She was an amazing woman!

  70. Kim Vizzini
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned that my grand mother had 8 siblings she never told anyone about.

  71. Kathy Burdette
    Oct 6, 2017

    I can’t wait to read it!!

  72. Patty Neuspickel
    Oct 6, 2017

    My Dad taught me to take one day at a time and that this day too shall pass……

  73. Tracie Nolan
    Oct 6, 2017

    I learned to cook from my Dad. Can’t wait to read this book, I love books written with 2 stories set differently!

  74. Sonja
    Oct 6, 2017

    Looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this!

  75. Cindy Batdorf
    Oct 7, 2017

    Someone in my maternal grandfather’s family went through the Johnstown Flood, I have a men’s shaving dresser that survived. The same grandfather was a spotter of planes in Pa. during the Second World War. I have his spotter cards, we have his gun and a picture of him in full uniform.

    My paternal grandfather’s family was “farmed out” to other families to keep them from being put in an orphanage. We still have contact with one cousin from Wellsboro, PA.

    I have learned that family is so very important and the stories they share mean so much. My heritage is so important to me because it is a part of who I am and those that come after me.

  76. Martha Peace
    Oct 7, 2017

    Love your books,would love to win

  77. Donna Irvin
    Oct 7, 2017

    My grandmother’s Uncle Ted,.who I met as a teenager was a Lutheran Pastor, did Missionary work, and wrote a book called We Found Them Waiting ” . He died at age 99 in 2004. I have a copy of the book.

  78. Lisa Littlefield
    Oct 7, 2017

    This book sounds aweaome. I can’t wait to read it.

  79. Amy
    Oct 7, 2017

    An ancestor of mine was a Hessian during the Revolution who was paid to fight for the British but then so loved it here that he stayed in PA and farmed. I also recently learned that my great-grandfather lost an arm fighting in WWII. I’m trying to find out more info about him.

    Love your books!

  80. Wanda Osburn
    Oct 7, 2017

    My Grandpa was born in 1887 in the hills of Southwest Missouri. This was the era of “The Baldknobbers” which was a vigilante group originally organized to help protect widows and orphans and also abused families, however their organization and good intentions turned very bad and the last of the group were hanged publicly on “the square” in Ozark MO in 1889. Grandpa had an uncle that secretly rode with the band. There is a lot of reading of the group on record.

  81. Susan
    Oct 7, 2017

    What a beautiful giveaway.

  82. Tiffany
    Oct 7, 2017

    Probably the greatest thing I learned from my parents and grandparents is my love for the Lord, to be faithful to his house, and to use my talents for him.
    Can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  83. lisa Phillips
    Oct 7, 2017

    I learned a lot about farming and flowers from my paternal grandparents. My brother , myself and several cousins helped in the garden , snapping beans and canning. All to be sold at the farmers market. I miss the simpler times. Who knew I would miss picking n the garden. A lit of life lessons and love.

  84. Meredith Van Tamelen
    Oct 7, 2017

    I love the Amish stories, I hope to read this one. I remember my grandfather working in his garden and telling about the different plants, he was a school teacher and his family came from Lancaster in England, I’m not sure. He was a man of many talents, who painted pictures, loved to go to his cabin he built on a lake, to fish and loved to teach children.

  85. Ruth Swartz
    Oct 7, 2017

    My grandpa was kill by a big truck when I was a child and the polices need found out who did it.Love to win your new book,thank for letting me entry

  86. Vicky D
    Oct 7, 2017

    My grandparents had an old fashion general store!

  87. Maxie Anderson
    Oct 8, 2017

    Hi Leslie. I sure would be happy to win your book to add to the ones I have. My mother first raised me to know how to accept the Lord as my Savoiur. Then she raised me to know how to be a good wife, and mother. I married at one week after being 16 and because of what she taught me, Had no trouble with knowing how to cook and keep house. GOD couldn’t have given me a better Mother. Maxie

  88. vera wilson
    Oct 8, 2017

    Love to cook, & have a recipe that was passed down from my Grandmother for a chocolate pie.

  89. Earla Yetter
    Oct 8, 2017

    Love to read. I really enjoy read about the amish. I have several amish friends.

  90. Cheryl Furman
    Oct 8, 2017

    I learned about God’s free gift of salvation from my wonderful parents.
    Love dual time stories. Thanks Leslie!

  91. Cynthia St. Germain
    Oct 8, 2017

    Crocheting from my grandmother & knitting from my aunt.

  92. Mardell Grayhek
    Oct 8, 2017

    I would love to win a copy of this! My grandmother taught me Teneriffe Embroidery. She embroidered a lot of gingham combining cross stitches and this special embroidery. I still have many items she made as gifts. It will be 30 years on Halloween since she passed away. I miss her inimitable spirit. She was wonderful.

  93. Cathy Hollingsworth Crawford
    Oct 9, 2017

    VALENTINE HOLLINGSWORTH – first of our family in the US, came over with William Penn in 1682! Upon arriving in the U.S. he was given nearly 1000 acres which he named “New Wark” which later became Newark, Delaware (not NJ). Our ancestor named the city! Pretty cool.

  94. Jean
    Oct 9, 2017

    I learned that we were Quakers when they first came to America!!
    I love your books!!!

  95. Wendy mcgrath
    Oct 9, 2017

    My grandfather taught me to always have integrity and to work hard. He wanted me to love the Lord with all my heart, mind, and strength.

  96. Renee J
    Oct 9, 2017

    Here’s hoping I might win, can’t wait to read! Thank you!

  97. Leslie Gould
    Oct 9, 2017

    I’m loving all of these comments about your families! Thank you!

  98. Juanita Cook
    Oct 10, 2017

    Can’t wait to read it

  99. Pat Thompson
    Oct 11, 2017

    I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  100. Anne
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned genealogy from my dads uncle. Has helped with joining different organizations.

  101. Juli Jacobs
    Oct 11, 2017

    26th novel? That’s doubly exciting!!! A new novel and I had no clue you authored so many books! That means I have lots of your books ahead of me and since you’re my favorite author that’s really exciting!!!! Keep an coming!

  102. Bonnie Howard
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned to sew, from my grandmother. And, my love of nature and animals from my other grandmother. I love the stories of the past, and I would love to read this book!

  103. Grace
    Oct 11, 2017

    I have learned to cook and clean from my mother. One of my Great-Grandfathers came to the US, then went to his homeland and brought 60 people back with him.

  104. Linda C
    Oct 11, 2017

    My husband has taught me that from God’s Word, we find that God’s grace will be sufficient no matter the Dibler! He will make a way for His chidren! Just be patient and remain true & faithful! Live your books

  105. Perrianne Askew
    Oct 11, 2017

    Both of my grandfathers came from large farming families. Both had 10 children, but only 9 lived to adulthood. I recently really enjoyed a time split book, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  106. Barb Fry
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned respect for religious belief from my ancestors who came with the anabaptists from Switzerland to Pennsylvania. They were not Amish but Brethren.

  107. Paula Jeffers
    Oct 11, 2017

    How to crochet and quilt from my grandmother and aunt.

  108. Cindy Duez
    Oct 11, 2017

    I think the most important thing I learned from my parents was to be generous with my time and to volunteer in my church and in the community. My grandmother taught me to embroider. Even when her joints ached from arthritis, she still continued to quilt and crochet. She said it kept her from “stiffening up” and I know she delighted in giving her lovely quilts and afghans as gifts.

  109. Lori Smanski
    Oct 11, 2017

    I have only read one book that had two different time lines and it was great. I look forward to reading your book. I learned about God and being a prayer warrior from my mom. She was the godliest woman I had the privilege to know. And if I am half the woman she was, I count myself extremely blessed. One cool fact, on my moms side, one of her relatives was a sharp shooter in the civil war.

  110. Lucy Reynolds
    Oct 11, 2017

    My grandmothers and my mom were all wonderful cooks and passed it on to me. I love dual time line books, so appreciate the chance very much. Have a blessed and happy day.

  111. Pauline Huhn
    Oct 11, 2017

    Leslie, I am so grateful for Christian authors as youself.
    I enjoy all of your books and am more than ready for each new ine as they vecime available. Nothing is more relaxing to me than to sit on my frint porch and relax with you newest movel.
    Thank you for good clean reading.
    Pauline Huhn

  112. lisa Phillips
    Oct 11, 2017

    I love your books. I have enjoyed Amish books since I checked them out at the church library. 6 years ago.

  113. Pauline Huhn
    Oct 11, 2017

    Leslue,
    I learned from my Mother that hard work makes you string and provides an honest, clean living. I learned to share with others and be content with food and clean clothing.

  114. Kellie Littlefield
    Oct 11, 2017

    My grandma taught me how to make mashed potatoes. She has a very specific way of doing it that I could never pull off without her advice and guidance! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win your newest release!!

  115. Darlene Holley
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned how to crochet from my Grandmother. She made such beautiful things.

  116. Kim G
    Oct 11, 2017

    Love dual time lines!! My grandma, by example, taught me how to be a grandma.

  117. Leilani
    Oct 11, 2017

    I can not wait to read this new book

  118. Kay Garrett
    Oct 11, 2017

    The most important thing I’ve learned from my parents is to never give up – to keep my faith in God, pray and go forth.

    Another thing I learned is how to cook and bake from my Mom. She is gone to her heavenly home now but I can always feel her close when I’m creating in the kitchen especially when cooking handed down, tried and true recipes from my youth.

    I’d love read A Plain Leaving. It would be awesome to be one of the fortunate ones selected. Thanks for the chance!

  119. Connie Saunders
    Oct 11, 2017

    My grandmother taught me the joy of singing, the satisfaction of cooking from scratch and sewing for myself and my daughter and the importance of encouragement and faith in God!
    I am a geek also! Thanks for your giveaway.

  120. Carolyn Davis
    Oct 11, 2017

    My eldest sister learned one of our ancestors was one of the ladies that were hanged for being ‘witches’ in Salem, MA.

  121. Kimberlee S
    Oct 11, 2017

    Interesting fact: One of my relatives did a great deal of genealogy research, and it turns out I had great-great-great uncles named: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! (True story.)

  122. Linda
    Oct 11, 2017

    I live on land that was homesteaded in the 1800’s.
    I love reading dual books. It’s like reading two books in one.

  123. Sharon
    Oct 11, 2017

    One of the first in our family to come to America owned slaves, but became a Christian and freed them, along with giving them compensation.

  124. Joan
    Oct 11, 2017

    i learned from my great aunt that my paternal great grandfather was born in Holland and died at sea. Love your books.
    Joan

  125. MS Barb
    Oct 11, 2017

    My maternal, Norwegian grandmother enjoyed hand embroidery & I have several dresser scarves she embroidered! I also enjoy hand embroidery. Thanks for an opportunity to win!

  126. Marilyn
    Oct 11, 2017

    Through genealogy i discovered my five times maternal grandfather was a Captain in the Revolutionary War and fought at Bunker Hill and Concord. Captain Ebenezer Winship

  127. Marion
    Oct 11, 2017

    I just discovered that my great great great grandfather was a Captain not a colonel in the war of 1812. Captain Peter Coutant. Our maternal side is directly descended from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.
    Marion

  128. Teri DiVincenzo
    Oct 11, 2017

    So excited about the new book! I love history too, so imagine my surprise when I realized that on 3 sides, I have “cranky German farmers”, but the 4th side I’ve traced back to the Mayflower & beyond! I may even have ties to the very first Scottish king…trying to find more records to prove that though. My cranky German farmers didn’t give up though, so neither will I!
    Trdivincenzo (at) gmail (dot) com

  129. Patty
    Oct 11, 2017

    My maternal grandfather lived to be 106! He wrote a book on his interpretation of the book of Revelation… very smart man!

  130. Judith A
    Oct 11, 2017

    Oh but I want to win this so badly. Can’t wait to read it.

  131. Myus Barbara
    Oct 11, 2017

    I have been reading more books in the last 6 years, starting out with aThe Quilters Daughter. I bought a copy of it to give to my sister because she was quilting and I wanted to take a gift to her when I visited. She and I spent our time quilting together. She so inspired me I got into it when I went home. Also bought my own book and after reading it, bought several Amish related novels of which wee by Mindy and you. Since the, have a copy of My Brothers Crown, My Sisters Prayer. Looking forward to getting My Daughters Legacy. as soon as am able to. Love your stories. Have a few with Mindy too.
    God bless you and keep writing. Thanks

  132. Tina Rice
    Oct 11, 2017

    Congratulations on your book, A Plain Leaving, Leslie! It sounds very interesting.

    I love doing genealogy and have done a bit on both sides of my family, including a little of my husbands. After doing it off and on for many years, I got my younger brother interested in it (who left us for his heavenly home this past April) and he found a lot of information as well about our families history. One thing we learned is that my mother’s younger sister’s husband is actually a distant relative to my dad! We never knew that until we dug into our family history.

    Blessings, Tina

  133. Alice Railton
    Oct 11, 2017

    I love historical and Amish stories. This sounds like a nice combination of both.

  134. Evangeline
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned to play the piano from my mom, and my dad said he could always tell my mood by the way I played! I love your books and would be delighted to win a copy of this one. Thank you.

  135. Amber
    Oct 11, 2017

    My paternal great-grandma told lots of great stories about her time growing up in rural Southern Indiana in the early 1900’s. I have some of her stories recorded, but wish I had the opportunity to just sit with her again and record even more — she passed away 15 years ago. Though only in my 30’s, I’ve always had a longing for a simpler time and love to hear stories of life “way back when.” Not to say that life was “simple” then…just more focused on the simple things (family, faith, etc.) and less outside distractions. My favorite books to read are historical fiction and Amish fiction, so I can’t wait to read this series!

  136. Leela
    Oct 11, 2017

    Most of my family is from Italy.

  137. Theresa N
    Oct 11, 2017

    I do a lot of genealogy research, so I know a lot about my ancestors. One story I found interesting was a grandmother who moved with her 11 children to another state after my grandfather was killed in the Revolutionary War. Quite the under taking for a woman alone, where she then bought 450 acres and farmed.

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 11, 2017

      Oh, wow, Theresa, what an incredible story. Thank you for sharing it!

  138. Shirley Chapel
    Oct 11, 2017

    Hi Leslie. First let me say thank you for this most generous giveaway.
    Interesting bit of information from my mother’s side of the family. Ancestors from about 150 years ago moved to Canada from Ireland. There is an old rocking chair that they bought to Canada from Ireland when they made the move. It has been handed down from generation to generation. Today it is with my brother and his wife.

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 11, 2017

      Hi, Shirley! Thank you so much for stopping by! I love the story of the rocking chair in your family. Wouldn’t that make a great focal part of a story?!

  139. Jan Hall
    Oct 11, 2017

    My dad has taught me by example to try to bring a smile to everyone I come in contact with and to be content in all situations.

  140. Robin in NC
    Oct 11, 2017

    My grandma taught me how to sew! She still had a Singer sewing machine that was powered by foot peddle, not electricity. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this giveaway!

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      My grandmother had a similar sewing machine! Although I didn’t learn to sew on it, but it was certainly fascinating!

  141. Dotty S
    Oct 11, 2017

    Thank You so much for your books with clean stories and uplifting reading ! I have learned a lot from reading them.
    My grandmother was always ready to tell me stories from
    the “old Days” … I would
    sit on her lap and she would tell me of her life on the farm… She also taught me to crochet and my mom taught me to embroder …
    My first quilting project was to finish a baby quilt Nana started for me when I was born… never finished until I did it for myself at the age of 52… That started a love of quilting.
    Looking forward to this new book … winning it would be a joy!
    Blessings
    Dotty S

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Aww, Dotty, I love this! And that you finished the quilt!

  142. Renae Carey
    Oct 11, 2017

    I’ve heard the story for years from my grandmother about my great-grandmother who was the oldest of 16 children back in Norway. My G.-Grandmother was a teenager and her mother (my Great, G.-grandmother) was sick and dying. My G-Grandmother went out to the barn and was praying to the Lord, beside herself, for her mother to be healed and not leave her with all the younger siblings to take care of. My G-Grandmother was visited by an Angel in the barn while she was praying, who told her not to fear and that God had heard her prayers—He would heal her mother. So her mother got up off the bed and was healed and well again because God is faithful and heard her prayers! What an amazing testimony! Thanks Leslie for your books—it’s fun to read something interesting and encouraging that’s also clean!
    Blessings, Renae

  143. Leslie Gould
    Oct 11, 2017

    Judy Wright (via email)

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 11, 2017

      Renae, what a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it with me. 🙂 And thank you for reading my books.

  144. Carla Toppass
    Oct 11, 2017

    Our family has just started delving into our family history/genealogy so we haven’t discovered very much just yet. I’m looking forward to reading this new book that flips between two times.

  145. wilma
    Oct 11, 2017

    sounds like a good read

  146. Barbara Wenner
    Oct 11, 2017

    I enjoy reading Amish books been reading them 7 years now.love your books.thank you for a chance to win.

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Thank you for reading, Barbara!

  147. Susan Zollmann
    Oct 11, 2017

    George Washington was the first cousin of my ancestor on my mother’s side 7 generations back from me & I have the full printed genealogy to prove it. That’s an auspicious lineage, jah? 🙂

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Yes! That is quite the family line!

  148. Ruth Hahn
    Oct 11, 2017

    So excited to read this book.

  149. Helen Lane
    Oct 11, 2017

    I Love reading Amish Books. My Mom was from Ireland and her parents came to the United states In 1902.

  150. Susan Fletcher
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned how to crochet from my 2 grandmothers. I remember those special times, and it makes me smile. How much they must have loved me – and how much I loved them!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Susan–what great memories to have! What wonderful grandmothers!

  151. Michelle Conti
    Oct 11, 2017

    I was excited to find that I have Amish ancestors in my family tree 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win!

    • Leslie Gould
      Oct 14, 2017

      Michelle, that’s fascinating! I definitely have Mennonite and perhaps Amish. 🙂 I need to do more digging.

  152. Pauline Barlow
    Oct 11, 2017

    I enjoy reading books about the Amish and would like to read “A Plain Leaving”. My mother taught me to sew, an older sister taught me to cook and my grandmother taught me that I am blessed with a loving family.

  153. Stephanie H.
    Oct 11, 2017

    I have been doing my family tree for many years now and I have learned that many of my ancestors were from Lancaster, PA and were Quakers.

  154. Linda McFarland
    Oct 11, 2017

    Love dual-time stories. Sounds like a great read and I love the cover! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  155. Donita Corman
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned from relatives that I have Choctaw Indian in the bloodline . The book looks interesting and I hope to read it soon

  156. Nancy Luebke
    Oct 11, 2017

    My mother share the joy of singing, and she servived 4 years in a TB hospital, right after she lost her first intended at Pearl Harbor. And My father was a pow in Germany in WWII. They were both around 29 when they got married. I have 5 big family trees full of info and pictures of family. Of it all, the pictures are the most precious of items I have

  157. Joan Kurth
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned that a great great grandfather was a stowaway coming to America from Norway.

  158. Kathy Jacob
    Oct 11, 2017

    I have ancestors that came over on the Mayflower.

  159. Kathleen
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned how to sew from my Mother.

  160. Hannah Kilpatrick
    Oct 11, 2017

    I learned to cook from both my grandmothers and learned to sew from my maternal grandmother.

  161. Darla Lasnetski
    Oct 11, 2017

    My grandmother shared with me her love for Jesus and that he is the Savior.

  162. Mary Preston
    Oct 11, 2017

    My mother taught me how to cook. I’d be doing homework on the kitchen table while she prepared dinner.

  163. Beverly M.
    Oct 11, 2017

    What an interesting concept for a novel, combining Amish past and present! Will enjoy reading this. Thank you for opportunity to win this book.

  164. Wendy Orlowski
    Oct 11, 2017

    Hi i learned about dolls and collecting them from my great aunt when i was a little girl. Now i collect them and show them to my granddaughters. I am very excited to read yournew book!

  165. Kristie
    Oct 12, 2017

    I learned to knit from my mom and grandma 🙂

  166. Susan Campbell
    Oct 12, 2017

    I can’t wait to read this book. I wish I knew how to knit.

  167. kathi H
    Oct 12, 2017

    I love reading your books and always look for your new books. I used to knit a lot but unfortunately I have severe arthritis in my hands. so my passion now is reading. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your books.

  168. Janet Estridge
    Oct 12, 2017

    I learned that my Great Grandfather was a Baptist minister and that my Great Uncle was a doctor. This was back in the 1800’s.

  169. Tiffani Caudle
    Oct 12, 2017

    Can’t wait to read Plain Leaving.
    Love all your wonderful books.
    Thank you!

  170. Betty Elsner
    Oct 12, 2017

    I can’t wait to read your new book!

  171. Jackie Hoch
    Oct 12, 2017

    I learned several things from both my grandparents. From my grandfather to lay hardwood floors. From my grandmother to treat others as you want them to treat you. And we always went to the funeral home when there was some one there even if we didn’t know them so they would at least have some one visit. Once we had a family traveling through town who got killed and there was no one there but us. I felt so sorry for them , from then on I have visited the cemeteries just to say a few words. Everyone should have someone for them
    I also enjoy all your books and look forward to the next one.

  172. Rebecca
    Oct 12, 2017

    My paternal grandmother’s father was adopted in Italy in the 1800s. As the family story goes, he was left as an infant on the doormat of the family that raised him. Since he was not one of their own by blood, they gave him the last name Paramatto, meaning “from the mat,” as that was where they found him. For this reason, we are unable to trace that branch of our family tree back any further than my great grandfather.

    The book sounds so interesting – thank you for the giveaway opportunity! Good luck, everyone!

  173. Joy
    Oct 12, 2017

    I love your books!

  174. Heidi Janelle
    Oct 12, 2017

    To chase what I love, my passions, God.

  175. Penny
    Oct 13, 2017

    I’ve enjoyed Leslie’s books!!

  176. Debbie Rhoades
    Oct 13, 2017

    My great grandmother was an Irish immigrant and my great grandfather was a judge in Arkansas. Thank you for the chance to win!

  177. Christine
    Oct 13, 2017

    I learned about the three Geary brothers that came over from Ireland (the original homestead is still owned by the Geary family-my maternal grandmother’s uncles)

  178. Sonja Nishimoto
    Oct 14, 2017

    I’m a genealogist and so know a lot about my German and Polish ancestry. Although none were Amish, many including as close as my own parents and myself, were refugees from East Germany and further back I had many religious refugees during the Reformation in Germany. It is unbelievable what types of things went on in their lives. I’m so grateful for the way they always adhered to how the Spirit guided them through their lives.

  179. Lisa Garrity
    Oct 15, 2017

    I’ve always looked up to my great grandmother Mathilde. She was a German living in Poland with young children, including my grandmother, while my great grandfather was stationed in Russia during WWII. Heavily pregnant yet with an unwavering faith in Christ, she fled with her children back to Germany to escape the Russians. She’s a model for me that even when things get really tough to never give up and to always put God first in everything. She is one person I would love to meet someday in Heaven as she died before I was born.

  180. Judith Walter
    Oct 16, 2017

    I found a whole cemetery full of my ancestors and took pictures of all the he a stone’s and not one of them came out. Went back another time and they came out on same camera. They were checking me out.

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