GIVEAWAY: “Kathleen Shoop, Dancin’ in the Rain”

And our winner is  … Rhonda Bowdy (see winners’ post here).

For a chance to win all three books in Kathleen Shoop’s “Endless Love Series,” tell me what your favorite book was in 2015 in the comments below. I’ll toss your name into a hat and draw a lucky winner sometime mid-April.


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    My favorite book for 2015 was the biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Totally Awesome. What an amazing woman who dedicated her life to bring about much needed change.

  2. Bobbie calgaro says:

    Brian Selznick has written several wonderful children’s books tha translate very well to adults. They are a mix of pencil drawings that tell a story as well as prose. Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret are two of my favorite all time books. I just got his new one The Marvels and I can’t wait to start reading it.

  3. Leisa Joan says:

    I read all the time, so hard to remember a favorite…I started the Outlander series, after watching the shows on tv. Also enjoyed Girl on a Train.

  4. Krista says:

    I would have to say my favorite book from 2015 was Divergent. I love action books and this one kept me drawn in the entire time. My plan for 2016 is to read at least the next book in the series. The movies are also just as good.

  5. Teri Schneider says:

    I read Pride and Prejudice and totally fell in love with the characters. Then my husband brought home the DVD just last week and said “Have we ever watched this one?” Lol! Can’t get enough of that era. Such class and gentile behavior from the characters. Felt like talking like them the rest of the day 🙂

  6. Linda says:

    Hard to say what my one favorite book is, but I definitely love the Elm Creek Quilt series written by Jennifer Chaverini. The last one I read in the series is “The Giving Quilt”, and it is about a group of quilters who meet in Elm Creek every year the week after Thanksgiving to make quilts to donate to the Linus Project. It is a retreat that they call “Quiltsgiving.” Ms. Chaverini is great at telling the stories of the quilters who attend the retreats at Elm Creek.

  7. jaylyn morehouse says:

    Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up.

  8. Patty Neuspickel says:

    The Road Home

  9. Denise says:

    My favorite. That is a difficult pick but I would have to say Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon.

  10. Sandi King says:

    I am reading two series of books; one is Tales From Grace Chapel Inn and the other is Miracles of Marble Cove from Guideposts. These stories are written by different authors but follow the storyline and each of them have recipes in the back of each book. In Tales From Grace Chapel Inn one of the sisters is a professional chef; in the other series, Miracles of Marble Cove, one of the characters is a baker. These books are very enjoyable.

  11. Connie Hawkins says:

    I reread To Kill a Mockingbird and then Harper Lee’s sequel Go Set A Watchman

  12. Brenda Wheeler says:

    Oh my, how to pick a favorite book. The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow was heart wrenching, but happy. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom was thought provoking. Bootstrapper Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm was encouraging. A Dinner of Herbs by Catherine Cookson was just plain wonderful. Half Broke Horses was inspiring. Loaned the book out and can’t remember the author. The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter was lots of fun. Love to read Mary Higgins Clark, Janette Oke, Al and JoAnn Lacy among many others.

  13. Alida Lane says:

    Where has this magazine been all my life? I will be a new subscriber. ……I love it all. My favorite book last year was The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher.

  14. Tracey Fisher says:

    I am a part time librarian, so it is almost impossible to pick just one favorite. But the most recent would be ” War Room”. It was so inspiring.

  15. Peggy Fitzgerald says:

    Lost December by Richard Paul Evans

  16. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    I constantly have a book with me. I love to read. I read so many books in 2015. Love to read Debbie Macomber. Just finished Danielle Steele’s “A Good Woman “. It was great.

  17. Melia Himich says:

    The best book I read in 2015 was a Christmas gift from my mother. It was the recently published book by Ann Romney about her life with MS and her husband Mitt Romney. Since I was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago, I am always on the lookout for inspiring books by other people who live with this disease. I was not disappointed and would recommend this book to anyone who is affected by this.

  18. Susan Simons says:

    My favorite book that I have read in 2015 was Maid to Match. It was written by DeeAnne Gist and is a historical novel that takes place in Asheville, North Carolina in 1898. It is about a family that is separated by the poverty within their family. Two young children are placed in a foster home where they are mistreated. The oldest son in this family goes to work as a carpenter as part of the servants in a wealthy family’s home. The oldest daughter of this poor family also becomes the “Lady’s maid” in the same family. The son is working hard so that he can hopefully free the two youngest children from their terrible environment. The book shows the miracles that work in
    each of the older children as they become part of the wealthy family. The family they serve are also blessed by their benevolence as they make a way possible for these children to re-unite with their older siblings. It is a very joyous and heart warming story.

  19. JOANN SCHILLO says:

    I am now reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaleo Hosseini. He also wrote The Kite Runner.
    The books are about how it is when living in a place where life is a struggle to survive.
    He writes of stunningly heroic characters whose spirits grasp the dimmest rays of hope. There it is a struggle to survive in the backdrop of recent history.

  20. Jana Blackwood says:

    My favorite book from 2015 is The Girl on the Train.

  21. Tywana Lambert says:

    My favorite book of 2015 was published by Jan Karen ” Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” .

  22. Kathy O'Hara says:

    My favorite read last year was Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene. It is the first book in a series about a Jewish violinist in Austria in the late 1930s and how the Nazis are beginning to impact life in that lovely little country. Love, laughter, terror, hope and music are all part of the pages. The best part about this book? There are 5 more in the series….whee!

  23. Christina says:

    I love to read! If only there was more time in a day for it. Right now I take advantage of putting my 5 year old to be, first I sit and read to him and then I dive into my books. 🙂
    2015 my favorite reads have been a series by Olivia Newport, Avenue of dreams! I am currently on the 3rd book in the series and almost done.

  24. Mary Trenerry says:

    I’m a retired librarian who foolishly thought there would be more time to read after retirement!
    Ha ha, the problem is there are so very many great books. My 2015 favorite was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

  25. Rhonda Bowdy says:

    Thank you so much. Can’t wait to start reading. Thanks again.

  26. Kelly Higginbotham says:

    Well, I have read so many that it is hard to say. I loved them all. When I read a book I’m Right There in The Book. I can see what the people look like in my mind. I can picture everything around them. I can picture being right there in the wedding, In the little towns walking the streets with them. I can picture us in the coffee shops are sewing and yarn shops. Reading books are endless. I can feel my shoulders go up and stay when it gets scary or they are closing in on the bad person. Then I’m like girl pull your self together it’s only a book. Then I relax until the next exciting part. I didn’t have a fav. in last year because all books are wonderful.

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