British Blooms and Books Giveaway

 In Catching the Wind, England Trip

Hello, gentle reader, and welcome to the second annual British Blooms and Books giveaway! This week, we’d like to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. After enjoying this post, please visit each of the other five authors’ blogs (links provided below) and, after a bit of reading fun, follow one simple instruction and then leave a comment on each blog. You’ll be entered to win a fabulous, British Blooms and Books prize. (US winners only, please, due to shipping the petit fours.) Enjoy, and thank you for stopping by!

Note from Melanie

A pink-and-white magnolia blossom flutters out of a girl’s hand, its petals dancing in the wind.

In Catching the Wind, my latest novel, these petals represent the longing in this story. The desire of a German girl named Brigitte, lost during World War II, to bloom and grow in the strange country called England. And the determination of a boy named Dietmar to find her.

Catching the Wind is a novel that slips between past and present, a story that takes readers on a journey between hiding places in Germany, England, and the United States as Dietmar searches for his friend.

The magnolia tree is common in Great Britain today, but it would have been rare during the 1940s. In Brigitte’s mind, she can dream and pray under the canopy of a magnolia’s waxy leaves, like Cinderella once did with her wishing tree, and bury secrets underneath it like her father used to do.

The beauty of the magnolia speaks to Brigitte’s lonely heart and the heart of Quenby Vaughn, the journalist hired seventy years after the war to find her. Before Quenby discovers what happened to this lost woman, she finds Brigitte’s magnolia tree near an old English garden, the pink stars bursting from its branches, a galaxy of blossoms transforming the forgotten garden into a place that whispers the promise of new life. And the letter buried among the roots of this tree sends Quenby on a journey that will change her life.

When I visited England, the castle and cottage gardens with their glorious flowers and wisteria-draped stone walls all seemed to whisper a promise of beauty and new life. And this story about Brigitte and her stalwart tree, I hope, will whisper the stirrings of a faithful wind that brings loved ones back together again.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my latest novel. To enter the giveaway drawing, please sign up for my newsletter here and leave a comment to let us know what you like best about books set in Britain. If you’re already signed up for my newsletter, please let me know in the comments.

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Giveaway Rules:

One grand prize winner who comments on each of the six authors’ blogs below and agrees to the boldfaced condition posted at the end of each post will win a signed copy of each of the books plus delivery of six English hat petit fours to enjoy while you read! Name will be drawn via

Thanks again for stopping by! Please visit these other fabulous authors of England-set historicals to see what flowers mean to them and their heroines:

Sandra Byrd’s Post 

Melanie Dickerson’s Post 

Julie Klassen’s Post

Carrie Turansky’s Post

Roseanna White’s Post




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  • Lisa Brown

    I enjoy reading about the areas and cities, the people and culture; so much more exciting.

    • Karis

      I have never read one of your books and was brought over by Julie klassen and Melanie dickerson but after reading the summary I definitely want to read cathching the wind. I also sighned up for your newsletter!

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    I am signed up for your newsletter. One of the things I like best about books set in Britain is the quaint quality that shines through. The timelessness.

  • Katie Seehusen

    I love book set in Britain because of the history, words that are used, the manners, the royalty and of course the tea 🙂 It’s just a different place and is so interesting to me.

  • Jessica Dowell

    What I love most about books set in Britain is the refinement and old-world feel. I love the reserved way of talking while knowing there is so much going on underneath, and I love the enchanting settings.

  • Jeanne

    I love the settings of the beautiful rural areas of Britain.

  • Becky Smith

    I’m sad to say that I have not yet read any of your books! I will have to plan to read one soon.

  • Joan Arning

    English gardens ARE beautiful!

  • Beth Gillihan

    I love reading the history of England. I am a newsletter subscriber. Sounds like a great read.

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    I am signed up for your newsletter. I like the English gardens . The bygone eras seemed more civilized in England. Love the dresses.

  • Susan

    It’s like traveling through a book! This book sounds wonderful!

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  • Beverly Duell-Moore

    Oh, I can’t wait to “Catching the Wind”!

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  • Bree M

    I love historical fiction, and many of the well-written historical novels take place in England, so it can’t help but feel like the right setting for reading!

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    I love the English country-side, with all of it’s old world charm.

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    I love the beauty and culture of the place and time. I look forward to reading this breathtaking story.

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    The story sounds so very interesting and puts my mind to wandering about what could have beens and things hidden long ago.

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    Books set in Britain are fun in that I love learning some of their expressions and words that are different from ours. Of course even here in the USA, we in the south have different phrases and words from others in the country!

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    I am already signed up for your newsletter and I do love a good historical novel!!! It is so much fun to read and imagine myself in another place in time. Through books, I have traveled the world and even beyond the stars!!!

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  • Diana

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  • Rachel

    Can’t wait to read this book!


    I LOVE your stories, especially the ones where you go between the past and the present like this one. You write beautifully and from the heart. I cannot wait to read your latest story in “Catching the Wind”! I subscribed to your newsletter and like you on facebook. Thank you for being part of this fun giveaway!


    I forgot to add that I love the stories set in Britain because of the setting. Either the moors, the countryside or London, it’s a beautiful place!

  • Caryl Kane

    I signed up for your newsletter. I enjoy stories set in Britain because the culture is so different than the States. Also, Britain is beautiful.

  • Judy Welbaum

    I signed up for your newsletter…I love books in this era….and this time in history….
    Love Christian reading and flowers is my passion.

  • Vivian Furbay

    The book Catching the Wind sounds very interesting and I would love to win each book in the giveaway.

  • Arletta

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  • Julie Jobe

    I love regency novels and seeing how people might have maneuvered in such a society with all the rules and such. I signed up for your newsletter.

  • Megan Potter

    I love seeing how people lived back then, learning about all the history. Its nice to read books set in a different country then where I live, and very interesting. Learning about their manners and everything. I signed up for your newsletter

  • Susan Heim

    I like books set in England because I love the history of the country, and I first started to love historical fiction through the books of Victoria Holt, a British novelist.

  • Emily Tuckett

    A book such as this is a good friend–if a selfish friend who whisks you away to another world and doesn’t let you do your dishes.

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    The castles, tea and the idea of courtship.

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  • Sara Johns

    Melanie, I absolutely adore your books. They’re always unique and never fail to grab my attention from the very first word. Thank you! As for what I love about your books that are set in the U.K. Who doesn’t love English culture? It’s so different from our own and makes for a wonderful story. It would be impossible to pick just one detail.


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  • Betty Strohecker

    I love the British lifestyle. I’m an avid fan of historical fiction.

  • Polaris Northstar

    I signed up for the newsletter, but I don’t think I could pick just one think I like best about books set in Britain 🙂

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    I am looking forward to reading your books!

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    I signed up for your newsletter, not sure why I hadn’t already done so! Thanks for the giveaway. I like historical books set in England because it takes me to another time and place, allowing me to explore without leaving home (even though I would like to go one day!).

  • Kirsta Silvey

    This sounds great! It sounds a little different than recent books I’ve read, which is exciting! And I signed up for your newsletter.

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    Would love to win to read these lovely stories! -Anna Hargis

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    What I love best about books in Britain is the history, landscape, manors and high society of yesteryears. -Anna Hargis

  • Pam Graber

    I love the house/mansion/castle descriptions when a book is set in England.

  • Rosalyn

    I’ve never been to Great Britain, but hope to visit someday… so I especially enjoy reading stories set there.

  • Connie Scruggs

    I love reading historical books set in Britain because I just find the culture fascinating. I love the manners and the propriety.

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    I’ve signed up for your email. I enjoy reading books about Merry Old England – I like the language, historical info and I always come away wanting to read more 😉

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  • Amy

    I’m a little obsessed with Britain and love everything about it. I love reading books in this setting so I can learn more about the culture. By the way, I love the cover on this book! It’s beautiful!

  • Rachel

    I like books set in the 1800s (and around there) in Britain because of the language and traditions.

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  • Lara

    Your story sounds wonderful!

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    I signed up for your newsletter and love your descriptions of the trees and flowers in England. It makes me want to close my eyes, breathe in, and imagine myself there!

  • Una ireland

    I love reading books about England because my husband was born there.

  • Heather

    I love reading about the countryside, hopefully someday I’ll get to visit!

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    I signed up for your newsletter. I love reading about the historical buildings and the people.

  • Lisa Cullett

    There’s something about castles, antiques, and formal gardens that draws my heart. Maybe it’s my European roots, maybe it’s just a desire for a gentler, simpler time. I love getting lost in these kind of books. Thank you for the chance to win! And I did sign up to receive your newsletter.

  • Joan

    England is so elegant and picturesque. Catching the Wind sounds like a wonderful story!

  • Lori Thomas

    Like the settings and history. Newsletter subscriber. Thx for the chance!!

  • Charlotte

    I have liked books set in England for a very long time. I like the settings and the romances.

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  • Julie

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  • Tina

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  • Sarah Anderson

    I enjoy the gardens and the descriptions of the mansions/estates/upper class housing.

  • Linda Horin

    I signed up for your newsletter. I have always loved British history. It calls to my heritage on my father’s side, I believe. Would love to read your book!

  • Teresa Henderson

    Sounds like a book I could really enjoy!

  • Laurie Iglesias

    I’m an Anglophile. I love so many things about Britain (wildflower gardens, tearooms, mysteries, thatched roof cottages, dialect, etc.), that reading books set there helps me to envision so many of the things I love. The vivid descriptions take me there in my mind’s eye.

  • Julie Waldvogel

    I love the culture and simplicity of life back in time in Britain. I signed up for your newsletter.

  • Susan Carroll

    Ah, the English gardens, how beautiful they must have seemed to a refugee from a terrible war. This story tugs at my heart strings, and how I long to see this couple reunited.

  • Olivia Petty

    GREATLY looking forward to reading this book!!!

  • Penny J.

    What I enjoy the most about books set in Britain is the history that comes with it. Britain has a wonderful history full of inspiration, and it is great to see the culture of their past come to life on the pages of a book. I also look forward to reading this book.

  • Jennifer

    I love learning history as I read!

  • Jennifer Hibdon

    Thanx for the giveaway!!! I am a subscriber to your newsletter. I am looking forward to reading Catching the Wind. I love factual historicals with a faith message.

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    What a great opportunity to receive informative newsletters and register for a give-a-way!
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    Sounds like an intriguing story! I really enjoy WWII novels. I signed up for your newsletter. Thanks,


  • Katie Anderson

    I haven’t read any of your books yet but I plan to soon…I have one or two on my kindle waiting for me. I love historical fiction–I have since I was young. I just signed up for your newsletter as well.

  • Dawn Hogue

    What a great collection of books! Thanks for the giveaway! I love reading about locations that are different than where I live; gives me a greater appreciation for the world!

  • Anna Deaton

    It is hard to say what I love best about stories set in Great Britain. I love the history and culture of the British, and the beautiful scenery of the countryside and old homes. WWII is one of my favorite time periods to read about the culture and the great courage of the British people. I have signed up for your newsletter, and plan to read this book whether or not I win the giveaway.

  • Laurel

    Just signed up for your newsletter and I was excited to learn more about your writing! Thank you for the chance to win! 🙂

  • Linda Hutchins

    I signed up for your newsletter. I enjoy books set in England because I feel like I am traveling there. This books sounds so good – thanks!

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  • Sandy Murphy

    I LOVE historical fiction, in Britain or early America. Look forward to receiving your blog posts.

  • Mary Lynch

    I love the flowers in stories. I love the flowers in your post. I would love to read your books. I love christian historical fiction – American and British.

  • Candy Briggs

    I enjoy the quaint customs and rules they live by. In some ways so different from the states.

  • Valerie Lee

    Love this giveaway, thanks!

  • Valerie Lee

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  • Karen

    Looking forward to reading the whole book!

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    Really excited about this giveaway 🙂

  • Gretchen Bauder

    Beautiful cover and pics! I always enjoy function novels with a historical setting. Looking forward to reading!

  • Jen Waugh

    Catching the Wind looks so intriguing! I love books set in Britain because it helps transport you to the location. You can see its beauty without being able to be there yourself. Looking forward to reading!

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    Signed up for your news letter. I love your books. You six ladies are some of my most read and favorite authors.

  • Ashley

    I haven’t read any of yours yet. Enjoy the blog posts, however.

  • Rachel Dodson

    I Love reading about Britain because it involves WW2 and i love reading about WW2

  • Michelle Fidler

    I love English mysteries and like tea and British words. I enjoy stories set in London and historical ones set in the Victorian or Regency eras.

  • Stephanie H.

    I’m captivated not only by the cover of your book, but to the story as well. I believe I will enjoy reading it very much.

  • Erika

    I love the descriptions of the land, culture, and language.

  • Loraine Nunley

    I think what I like about books set in England is that there is an old world historical feeling to them. Even the contemporary novels have that feel to them. Perhaps it is because the US is relatively new compared to England.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoyed learning about your latest book Melanie.

  • Mary Kay Moody

    Catching the Wind sounds lovely and powerful. I love symbolism in stories, and am eager to read this one. it’s going on my Pinterest “Books i Want to Read” board, as well as on Goodreads. Thanks for the opportunity to win it! blessings,
    Mary Kay

  • Brittany H

    I love (historical) novels set in England because they usually include grand estates and all manner of fanciness.

  • Cynthia St. Germain

    I love reading books about England because it is such a different climate than where I live

  • Suzanne Sellner

    I’m looking forward to reading Catching the Wind, which I have ordered. I LOVE WWII stories. I just subscribed to your newsletter.

  • Donna B

    I signed up for your newsletter. I love reading about their gardens and tea time.

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    I have just subscribed to your newsletter and I am so excited about it because your books look fantastic! I love reading about how they live because it seems like a totally different world. I also LOVE if the character lives in or visits a castle with hidden passage way or a grand estate. There is too much to list about why I like that style/genre of books 🙂

  • Anne Payne

    I loved this story!!! I would have given it 10 stars, if I could. 🙂
    Now that’s a dream trip, for sure! Such beautiful photos.
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  • Kathryn Voss

    I signed up! And I love books set in Britain. Maybe it’s the accents, the beautiful countryside, or just a world different form my own…I love it all!

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    I love everything about books set in Britain – the customs, history, locales, food, accents (that I hear in my head!), etc. Thanks for participating in this generous giveaway. :o)

  • Holly

    What a great giveaway! Thank you!

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    I just signed up for your newsletter! I love the regency era books so much because I’m a history, vintage kinda girl and I love anything English! I would love to go to England one day and read my books over there!

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    Ever since reading Pride and Prejudice when I was 15, British novels and novels about Britain have been my favorite.

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    I signed up and I love the castles!

  • Emily Miller

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! This story sounds very interesting.

  • Leona Olson

    I signed up for your newsletter. Anything about Stonehenge and Avebury. I have been to both. Gardens in England are so beautiful. Magnolia tree surprised me.

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    Signed up for your newsletter! I love the elegance and the romance of the period.

  • Melissa Lake

    I love British English. Like a lot! So books set there make me happy to read the language.

  • Laura W.

    I subscribed, and also, what is there not to love about books set in Britain?! The setting always seems dreamy, and people are just more proper/polite. Love the WWII aspect of this book though, it sounds really interesting!

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    I just subscribed to your newsletter. I love to travel through reading, especially to England. Having had the opportunity to visit the beautiful country some years ago, a book can easily transport me there. I love the beautiful countryside and small towns.

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  • Susan

    I love the setting of England. There is something about the old houses and lush gardens that make it a great escape while reading. And I’m intrigued by all stories that take place during World War II.

  • Kathy

    The best part of books set in Britain is all the social rules that make for interesting plots

  • Lisa

    As a gardener, I’m interested how the magnolia theme is woven throughout the story, possibly as some sort of symbolism? Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Dianna

    I love how books set in Britain make me think of the beautiful countryside. I imagine cottage gardens, stone walls with cascading flowers, and picket fences.
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  • Sonya Smothers

    The way it seems time slows down and things are a little bit easier I guess is what I tend to like about the British books. I’m signed up for your newsletter. Thanks. Sonya.

  • Bethany

    The gowns, the culture and the difference of an era does not change people 🙂

  • Lucy Reynolds

    I signed up. I love reading about the gardens. Thank you for the chance. Blessings

  • Tami

    I love the fact that when I read books set in England, I hear them with a British accent. lol

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    subscribed I like how they’re more formal

  • MH

    Loved this book! I received an electronic ARC so a paperback would be lovely to give away to a friend who’d enjoy the book.

    I just subscribed to your newsletter. Can’t believe I hadn’t done so previously since I really enjoy your books!

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    Signed up for your newsletter, and books set in Britain are among my favorites because I have been steeped in British history most of my life.

  • Karen

    Thanks for a chance to win. I am putting Catching the Wind on my trl.

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  • Laure

    I love books set in the British countryside. Reading the descriptons can transport you to another era and an old world countryside. signed up for your newsletter.

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  • Candy

    I love books set in England, especially during the regency period. Ah, the romance of it all.

  • Karen

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    I enjoy reading about different places, puts me in that place. I subscribed to your newsletter.

  • Beverly Duell-Moore

    I can’t wait to read Catching the Wind! It sounds soooooooo good!

  • Crystal Balzer

    I enjoy reading books about Britain (and other European places) because I’ve never been! It is fun to imagine how it looks and how it must have been like long ago as well.

  • laura mccullough

    Books set in England? They make me feel like an English lady. They make me smile. And they remind me that deep inside my heart, I’m definitely an English princess. 🙂

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  • Juanita Decuir

    I hope I made the giveaway in time, I had a difficult time in locating where to post, then trying to prove am not a robot only to find that I needed to recover my webpage…glad I tried again.

  • Mary E. Massey

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  • Sarah See

    This book sounds intriguing! It would be delightful to read while I’m recuperating from surgery.

  • Theresa N

    I think I just enjoy a reminder of ages past.

  • Karis

    I love the dresses, and the etiquette of old England I am also fascinated by history and how things were done. I just signed up to your newsletter!

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