Literary First Love – Julie Kibler

Today’s post by this month’s featured author, Julie Kibler | @Julie Kibler

UPDATE: the winners for this giveaway are Susan Coster and Sandy Nawrot. They have been notified by email. Thanks to everyone who entered! And don’t forget to visit again soon.

Those of you reading CALLING ME HOME this month will understand the symbolism of the thimble. But Julie decided she didn’t just want you to read about it, she wanted to share one with you. Which is why she’s giving away two of these thimble necklaces today. One for a reader and one for a member of  our Blog Network. All Blog Network members are automatically entered. And any readers who would like to toss their name in the hat can simply leave a comment on this post.

The first word I clearly remember reading on my own, without prodding from an adult, my fingers running across each letter, was Heidi  —  the title on the colorful cardboard sleeve of a read-aloud record album. I must have read other words before that. I was four or five, and I was an early reader, but for some reason, that experience remains vivid and fills me with nostalgia and the memory of listening to the story.

This doesn’t surprise me. Throughout my childhood, I was drawn to nostalgic stories about girls who were marginalized but remained or became strong.  I was a painfully shy, often lonely girl. We moved a lot. I attended seven different schools. We never seemed to have quite enough money to make ends meet, and my brother and I were frequently ridiculed or bullied by the kids who had lived in our neighborhoods their whole lives. Being a preacher’s daughter often made things worse. Strong female characters who chased their dreams in spite of seemingly insurmountable barriers resonated with me. I lived vicariously through my fictional friends when my own life felt out of control.

They were orphans — Heidi, Pollyanna, Anne Shirley, Sara Crewe, Mary Lennox, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase‘s Sylvia Green.

They were poor and/or living on the edges of society  —  Laura Ingalls Wilder, Francie Nolan, Anne Frank,  The Borrowers’ Arietty Clock,  Blue Willow‘s Janey Larkin, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March.

They were just plain different  —  Cress Delehanty, Velvet Brown, Ramona the Pest, Caddie Woodlawn.

Or they were all three  —  Pippi Longstocking.

I grew up, married, and had babies. I divorced and lived five years as a single mom before remarrying. Now I’m following a career path I dreamed about for as long as I can remember—author.

And I’m not a bit surprised that I’m drawn to writing nostalgic stories about characters who are marginalized, yet resilient, characters who attempt to build happy lives and strong families in spite of their circumstances. In Calling Me Home, Isabelle is a young girl who falls in love despite all the naysayers. Dorrie is a single mom who would do anything for her children when they’re in trouble, yet believes she must handle her brokenness alone.

In spite of our differences, I am all of them. And they are me.

What characters did you relate to as a child? What characters did you want to be?

 

 

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About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

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105 Responses to Literary First Love – Julie Kibler

  1. Jennie @ Daystarz Books February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    My fave childhood reads were the Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair series. In the first I was all the girl characters that got to adventure to all those amazing worlds that stopped by the top of the Faraway Tree. I guess I enjoyed escapism even at a young age.

    Love the thimble necklace – very cute!

  2. Maggie Mellbom February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win this necklace. Hoping to order this book soon.

  3. Linda February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Spent so much of my childhood reading too……and was also a quiet child whose ‘shyness’ was mocked and highlighted by those around me……as a mom to 2, now adult children , I am thrilled to say that they too have always been voracious readers….and what a joy it is now to share stories of our favourite authors and what we are currently reading :)
    As I enjoy quilting also, and would enjoy this special necklace…….thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Billie February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I didn’t really read girl books …. I picked up my Dad’s Edgar Rice Burrough’s books…yep, TARZAN…
    Maybe that was why my dad told my future husband when he asked for my hand in marriage…”Good, someone else can take her to the emergency room!!”

  5. Janet February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    The character that resonated theist with me as a young reader was Nancy Drew. I don’t know if I read all the books of the series, but I tried! Turns out I am just as analytical as Nancy!!

  6. Donna P February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I have had a thimble collection for years snd never thought of making one of them a necklace! This is beautiful! I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  7. Robin February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I have always loved reading and one of my 3 kids shares my love. It is wonderful. I just wished all 3 loved reading.

    The necklace is beautiful. I would love to win it.

  8. Jeannie S February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Great memories of reading girl books growing up, countless hours in the library.
    Love the thimble necklace.

  9. Susan Ashton February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I think my favorite 2 books as a child were by Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden and The Little Princess. I loved the concept of having my own secret world that no one else knew about, where everything was safe and beautiful. The thimble necklace is beautiful, it reminds me of my mom sewing our clothes as a child.

  10. josey bozzo February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Would have loved to read more as a child, but I did not have as many books in my house as I would have liked. Many of the characters I relate to are from adulthood:
    Lizzy Bennett, Scarlet Ohara. Although I did read Pippi Longstocking and Nancy Drew.

  11. Paula Dolin February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I also loved The Secret Garden but was also drawn to magical stories like Peter Pan. The necklace is so cute! Thanks for a chance to win.

  12. Heather Marsten February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I loved the books you mention, and The Secret Garden. Two characters who also impacted me were Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz – I first saw it as a movie and could not understand why she would ever want to go back home – I lived in a home filled with abuse, so if I had gone to Oz, I would have stayed there.

    Then, in the book The Count of Monte Cristo, I fell in love with Valentine and Haydee – these two women were loved by the Count. Valentine was going to be poisoned by her family, but the count gave her drops on the tongue that made her appear dead, only to be revived after her funeral. She was then reunited with her lover. Haydee was a slave who was rescued by the Count. I wanted do much to be rescued by him.

    Books were so special to me for they helped transport me away from reality. I can’t tell you the number of times I hid under my covers with a flashlight to read.

  13. Nancy Pate February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love this post. Julie, you named all my kindred spirits especially Anne Shirley and Frankie Nolan. And, of course, Jo and Laura, et al, plus Meg from A Wrinkle in Time.
    Some people look down on nostalgia as sentimental tripe. Nonsense. Long live the persistence of memory!

  14. Carol Grayshock February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I was a childhood continous reader, loved the series books. I love this necklace, because I’m a ‘quilter’ as well as a reader now, it’s just perfect, thanks for the chance to win one.

  15. Suzy M February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve always loved to read. My favorite character was Nancy Drew. I remember checking out all the books in the series from the library and reading them as fast as I could. The books had mystery, adventure and friendship.

  16. Jeanne S. February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I have a couple of my Grandmother’s thimbles (not enough to call it a collection), but I do treasure them–the necklace is beautiful!

  17. Katie in Colorado February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I thoroughly enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne Shirley, & Nancy Drew although I don’t recall wanting to be them. The thimble necklace is darling and reminds me of my Grandma who collected thimbles in her travels.

  18. Kristine E. February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I was a HUGE Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew fan. Always hunting for mystery.

  19. Mary Quackenbush February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Names of books/characters that you mentioned in your post and those commented on brought back such happy memories, especially Nancy Drew and Francie Nolan. Above all, though, were the horse books! Walter Farley’s books were my favorites, and I have to say I wanted to BE the Black Stallion and the Island Stallion. I’m sure when I was running around horse-style, which was often, I thought I WAS them! The little thimble necklace is very cute, so I’d love it if you’d drop my name in your hat. Thanks!

  20. Ariel February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I grew up on Little House on the Prairie and then Nancy Drew. Beautiful necklace!

  21. Louise Jolly February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Wow,what a “special” opportunity to have the chance to win this necklace! That would be absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

    Thanks for the chance.

    Cheers to everyone!

  22. Donna Tant February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    My favorite book was the Bible. My parents were always at work and when they were home they didn’t want to talk about things with me or my 4 younger siblings. So I found my guidance in the Bible. I kept it under my mattress and constantly referred to it. I went to Church alone and sat with my friend and her family. Turns out, God is a pretty good parent!

  23. Becky S February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I have a small collection of thimbles, and the most precious is one that was my Grandmother’s. It still has the tape inside that she used to make it fit her finger.

    I always made weekly trips to the library. It was a grand day when I was old enough to walk the 8 or so blocks by myself!

  24. Kathy February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I never read the “Anne of Green Gables” series until I was over 20 years old but the theme resonated with me of how a young girl could overcome her difficulties with a spirited outlook. I read lots of books growing up and all revolved around horses and animals. Now that I’m all grown up, I relish relationship stories. The thimble necklace would be a wonderful gift. This necklace would be symbolic of my love of crafts.

  25. Cammi Hevener February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I always loved “Joe” in Little Women .. She has that little bit of “tomboy” edge to her and I think I did too .. I loved the outdoors .. climbing trees, playing in the barn, running thru the pastures .. I thought she was the greatest when I first saw the movie and read the book!

  26. Eyrline Morgan February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    As a grade school student, I loved the Nancy Drew books. I was also enamored by musicians who made good despite hardships, such as Bach. I was an early reader and learned to spell “encyclopedia” in an early grade. That was my “claim to fame” with my playmates.

  27. Susan G. February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Another great read! I loved books growing up, working in the school library as a young girl. I read mystery books and the characters were brave and had lived amazing lives. Maybe I wanted to live like they did…finding secret doors and hidden passageways in big old houses! I still love big old houses. :) And someday I will find a secret door in one of them… :)

  28. Brooke February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    That is a neat necklace. I just started…on page 17 so I have only caught a glimps of the thimble…love what I am reading. Thanks for this neat giveaway!

    Brooke

  29. Kim February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I spent a large part of my childhood reading for an escape also. My favorite book was “A Wrinkle in Time” and I was Meg from the story. I wanted to be strong and smart like her! I also loved the Little House books and wanted to be both Mary and Laura!
    The necklace is beautiful and reminds me of spending time with my grandmother.

  30. Anita February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I was an early reader too, Dick and Jane books were the beginning of my reading, and I knew I was the Sally in all the stories, blonde, curly haired and mischievous, it had to be me, right? My parents bought me lots of books and then I discovered the library and the book mobile. I devoured anything I could get my hands on. Covers were less of a draw then, mid-1960′s the books were mostly just cloth covers with titles. I didn’t care. When I received my own Disney Classics set I fell in love with Pollyanna, her orphaned story and yet loving the orphan kids was so sweet to me.

  31. Katherine Jones February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Oooh. I loved the symbolism of that thimble in Calling Me Home. What a terrific prize idea. Someone will get a lovely gift to cherish, and to remember a fantastic book by. Thanks, Julie!

  32. Terry February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Please pick me! :-) I was a voracious reader as a young girl and was inspired my Dad who read everything in sight. We had a rule that you couldn’t give a book as a present before he opened his others because he would start reading the book and nothing else for the night. I still have the thimbles that my grandma used to sew with. My favorite book as a young girl were Black Beauty and Little Women.

  33. Ann Ellison February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win the necklace.

  34. Julie Kibler February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the comments so far! Lots of great stories here! I have a necklace like this–found it online on Etsy last year and thought it was PERFECT. Since then, the crafter, Mrs Gibson, made me one for a giveaway on my own blog, and now two for this! Her jewelry is GORGEOUS! Take a look here! http://www.etsy.com/shop/MrsGibson

  35. jo anne franzenburg February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Beautiful necklace! I want it!

  36. Jennifer Yarbrough February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Growing up I wasn’t much of a reader, then my grandfather let me read one of his murder mysteries and I was hooked. It was a Peroit book and I fell in love with reading from then on. He was a retired solider and retired police officer and I wanted to be like him so reading these books made me feel like I was on my way. Since then I have read everything under the sun including Calling Me Home and I do understand the symbolism of the necklace and I would be honored and would LOVE to win it! I will keep my fingers crossed!!!

  37. Emil Lewis February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    What a beautifully symbolic piece! Congrats on the book! Thanks for sharing your story with the world!

  38. Jamie Breed February 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved Heidi and Little Women as a young girl. Then I later fell in love with autobiographies or biographies, and I still enjoy reading about people’s lives today. Thanks for the opportunity to win the necklace, Julie. You were amazing at your book launching last night. So proud of you, and I love Calling Me Home!!

  39. Annee C February 14, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve been an avid reader and library lover all my life… Grew up on Bobbsey Twinsand Nancy Drew…my first ” real” book to own was a hard copy of “Swiss Family Robinson” given to me by my older brother… Still have it 50 yrs later!!!…and love to take my granddaughters to library weekly! Would love to win!!!

  40. rhonda February 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Reading my favorite. Hobby from childhood till today.from the bobbsey twins Nancy drew little women.loved each one.

  41. Julie Porter February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Just finished the book and LOVED it so much. (Except I still can’t breathe after crying so hard.) As a child, I loved Heidi, Five Little Peppers, Little Women… and in high school was blown away by A Patch of Blue. Hmmmm….

  42. Chris February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    What a beautiful necklace! It makes me want to read the book that much more. I plan to hit the bookstore this weekend!!

  43. Michelle Hyzer February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This is so beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity.

  44. Janie Watts February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    My first reads were horse stories such as “Misty of Chincoteague” and “The Black Stallion” series. Very soon I discovered my older sister’s cache of books and read “Gone With the Wind” and “Lady Chatterly’s Lover.” I escaped into other worlds that carried me through an awkward adolesence. I was immediately drawn into “Calling Me Home” and I am enjoying the journey. I can’t wait to hear about the thimble.

  45. Carol February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I have always LOVED to read. I loved Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking when I was young. In High School I loved John Steinbeck. Biggest fear… I will run out of books to read!

  46. brooke February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Just ordered on my Kindle as the library here has just ordered it and there’s already 2 holds on it. Looking forward to starting….

    The characters I always enjoyed were Anne of Green Gables or Little House. Like the historic eras.

  47. Linda February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I really don’t have a favorite book growing up but I enjoyed my grandmother telling us stories from her past. I treasure all her stories and have told them to my daughter.

    The thimble looks lovely and I hope I get to win it. If not, where can I order one? Thanks for including me in the drawing.

  48. Theresa N February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved the Trixie Belden mysteries.

  49. Suzi February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I love the premise of this book. I will definitely put it on my “to read” list.
    As a child growing up in an orphanage… books became my best friends. I still love to read and I belong to a book club… Will discuss this book as our next read. The thimble necklace is pretty neat..excited to find out more about its symbolism.

  50. Karen S. February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Awesome book!!!

  51. Marcia February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved reading Nancy Drew books and wanted to solve mysteries with my friends just like she did!

  52. Diane February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I am definitely putting this on my To Read list – which is already quite long…. this sounds intriguing though, both because of the time period it takes place in and because of the main story plot.

    Crossing my fingers about winning the necklace, but either way (win the necklace or discover a new book); or both! we are all winners in this contest!

  53. Jeri February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I, too, loved Nancy Drew mysteries. I thought it would be so cool to be as smart as Nancy and to have all the experiences she enjoyed. I still love mysteries!

  54. Michelle Walsh February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved reading the Nancy Drew mysteries and then when I finished, I read my brother’s Hardy Boy series. The library was my favorite place and still is today!
    The neacklace is lovely, it reminds me of my
    grandmother! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

  55. Gayle February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve read the book and loved it!

    I saw myself as Jo March in Little Women.

  56. Barbara February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to reading the book!

  57. Bonnie February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Loved the books by Maude Lovelace…..smart independant girls even in the 1940s!

  58. Susan C. February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Although I was not a child when I read it, but studying to be a middle school teacher, I absolutely LOVED Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. That gal sure had gumption ~ something we all need. And, you won’t believe this, but I actually have a thimble collection ~ yes ~ and would love to win the most awesome necklace I have ever seen!

  59. Patty C February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved the Nancy Drew series, any mystery in fact. Looking forward to enjoying this book.
    THe necklace is stunning!

  60. Jill D. February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I have this book on my Kindle waiting to read it! I think I’ll start! When reading as a child, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder or Trixie Belden–pioneer or amateur detective!

  61. Becky February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and wanted so badly to be Laura!

  62. rhonda February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Loved reading Nancy drew!!

  63. Zoe February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win the necklace and add the book to my library!

  64. Elizabeth February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to hearing Julie speak in Houston soon!

  65. Courtney February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh my goodness….I have been an avid reader my whole life and have read countless books, so there is just no way to pick one character that I related to or wanted to be. (Although as a young teenager I sure thought the baby-sitters club girls were the bee’s knees!)

  66. karenk February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    loved the nancy drew series ;)

  67. Lisa February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved the Little House on the Prairie books. I wanted to be Laura! I also remember my mom reading me and my sisters the entire series of Anne of Green Gables. I would sneak and read ahead because I loved her character so much. I loved Little Women as well and read every single Nancy Drew book! Every Saturday was library day for our family and it was the best day of the week for me!

  68. Jan February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    What a lovely necklace! The book sounds great too! Can’t wait!

  69. Tammy February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    How exciting to learn if a new book to curl up with!

  70. Lorilee Mundfrom February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    This is such a unique necklace. I would love to win it! Thank you.

  71. Cyndee Phelps February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I saw the movie “Gone with the Wind” and fell in love with the south, so I rushed to the library to get the book. Imagine my surprise to find so much more of the story that was left out of the movie. Now I try to read the book first!

  72. Carol February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win the necklace as it is my anniversary. I grew up reading a variety of mystery books and would have to say I always thought of myself as the one trying to solve the mystery whether it was a male or female character.

  73. jayne February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I loved the Heidi books, I think there were 4 of them, and was captivated by the lives contained in these stories. I also loved Louisa May Alcott’s “An Old Fashioned Girl” and so many others.

  74. Blanchediane February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    My imagination was wild. I was who ever the character. I loved to read! I like the redemption of the characters. The characters who were like Hedi, The Bobsi twins, Nancy Drew. I also liked Bioand AutoBio Characters. I would love to wear this Pretty Necklace as I read.

  75. Connie R. February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I always wanted to be either Trixie Belden or Nancy Drew. thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Judith Bowman February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    As an experiment, I am reading the book aloud to my husband who, I am happy to say, is enjoying it. I read many books aloud to him, but this is definitely different from Hillenbrand, Grisham,
    O’Reilly. However, since he wept during many parts of Rivers’Redeemed, it was worth a try.

    Speaking of Nancy Drew…I was thrilled to find (even squealed with delight) an old
    copy of one of her mysteries at a book sale.

    Must add… I am grateful for She Reads. Thank you, ladies.

  77. Jeanne February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love the story behind the story. It helps me to feel almost as if I’m a part of the story too. As a child I would read anything I could grt my hands on but was always drawn to strong, independent girls/women who also had good strong friendships with boys/men.

  78. Dian February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love the symbolism of the thimble, a time gone by for sure.

  79. Nita Birnbaum February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    The book sounds wonderful, and the necklace is lovely.

  80. Jan Hall February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I read everything I could get my hands on. I mostly wanted to read about girls who found their prince to come rescue them

  81. Holly February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    What a facinating story. I can’t wait to read it.

  82. Heather Marsten February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Trixie Belden was my favorite mystery solving protagonist. I also loved Cherry Ames, Student Nurse.

    Never knew they symbolism of thimbles.

    HM@hvc.rr.com

  83. Deb February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I just love the idea that we can get info regarding great reading material! There is so much garbage out there that I choose not to expose to my mind! Thank you for your blog and reading suggestions!

  84. Glenda February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I enjoy She Reads and thankful for wonderful books like Calling me home. Thank you for the giveaway too!

  85. Janet R February 16, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I too loved Nancy Drew and the Laura Uncalled Wilder books, but I also remember seeking out all the Phyllis Whitney books too. LOVE the necklace – I have my grandmother’s and mother’s thimbles in a printer’s tray along with others I’ve collected from travels…

  86. Susan Stephens February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh yes Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys were the ticket!! I even got teased in school because on occasion–my maiden name is Drew. How many times did I hear “Oh, do you know Nancy? Luckily, I had a sense of humor and would always quip “Well, yes, yes I do!”

  87. vickiemunton February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to read it!
    The thimble necklace is perfect, and a sure conversation starter that will promote the book! Great idea!

  88. Jan Faught February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Growing up on a farm as an only child the characters in books became my friends. Nancy Drew seemed so exotic because there were no mysteries to solve on the farm (or unknown people). And still to this day I become attached to many characters in books. They take me away to places that I cannot travel to. As a quilter, as was my mother and mother-in-law, the thimble has a wonderful place in my heart.

  89. Mary Beth February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Would you be surprised to know that I saw myself as Beth in Little Women?

  90. Roxanne February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I discovered The Hobbit in 8th grade. I wanted to have adventures like Bilbo Baggins.

  91. Fran February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I am very picky about what I read…I can’t wait to read this one.

  92. Lucy Wilson February 17, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Recently had someone talk about having lost their sense of romance and asked what she could read to regain that. Your writings sound perfect to answer that question. My mama sewed and I’d love to have the thimble necklace to wear in her remembrance.

  93. Julie February 17, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    This reminds me of an old family story a second cousin and I were discussing yesterday. It is said that a relative in the Civil War was thought to be dead, but truly he was in prison. Many years later he got out,andwalked back to Neb. and to his old home where he saw children playing. He inquired of one and discovered his wife had remarried and begun a new life, so he walked on. The child told her mom about the visit and she ran to the road, but the man whom she believed to be her first husband was nowhere in sight. She never heard of, or saw him again.

  94. Kathy February 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved the Nancy Drew books. I Can’t wait to read your book.

  95. Kathy S February 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I as intrigued by the description of Julie’s book, immediately ordered it, and plan to read it on the way to Florida. Looking forward to the story.

  96. Cheryl Duchaine February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Love the necklace (anything that is old-fashioned is my favorite) and plan on reading the book as soon as I can.

  97. Janet Estridge February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Hope I’m not too late to enter the giveaway.
    Thanks!

  98. Peggy February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Not only was I a preacher’s daughter, but I am a preacher’s wife — I can definitely relate to the little girl who had big dreams while living in a fish bowl. My escape was to read of far away places and become the main character. I am definitely marking this blog and will be back often

  99. Sabrina February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love to read…always have and it is normally fiction titles related to being a Christian, Amish, romance, historicals, suspense…I just LOVE to read!!!

  100. Nancy February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I love nostalgic or historical novels. Can’t wait to read this!

  101. Lorie February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I have definitely added this book to my stack of must-reads that lay on the floor by my desk, each one just waiting for it’s chance to be picked up and devoured. This story is very intriguing to me as at this very moment a dear family member is in a “forbidden” love. Maybe this will be one I’ll also share with her. Thank you for writing it.

  102. Stephanie February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    The necklace looks beautiful. Can’t wait to read this book

  103. Sharon Colbert February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I loved all 4 Heidi books still have them and Anni Oakley. The Hobbit was great too. I am Deslexic so it takes a great book to get me to read it. This one looks worth checking out. I do alot of crafts sence I have troulbe reading I love sewing so the thimble would have two meanings for me. Thank you for writting the story.

  104. Pam February 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    So glad I stopped to read my She Reads newsletter. “Calling Me Home” is truly an intriguing title and story line. I love it when I open my mail and find another great book anxious to meet me.

  105. Christie March 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I cannot wait to read this book! I love heroines whose lives are imperfect enough to be mysterious!

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