Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #16




Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’re just joining us, the hunt begins at with Stop #1. If you complete the loop of 26 stops, writing down the clue on each author’s site, you can enter to win all 25 books as well as Amazon gift cards, an iPad and more!

It’s an absolute pleasure to introduce my incredibly talented friend Leslie Gould. Not only has she inspired and encouraged me in my writing, I love reading the many stories that God has given her. She captures the heart of her characters—both past and present—beautifully and captivates readers with their journey.

Leslie’s Story

Leslie Gould is the best-selling, award-winning author of thirty novels. She loves traveling, exploring, and researching as she writes both Amish and historical fiction. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon and are the revolving-door parents of four adult children. Visit her at

Leslie’s Latest Book

A Simple Singing: Marie Bachmann is certain she’s nearly arrived at the Amish life she’s always envisioned. But as she hears the Civil War story of a brave ancestor, her thoughts and desires begin to change. When she’s faced with an uncertain future, she must choose whether to find her own courage—or do what’s most predictable and safe.

You can purchase A Simple Singing from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, Baker Publishing, or your local bookstore,

The Amish During the Civil War by Leslie Gould

In my dual-time Amish novel, A Simple Singing, the historical thread takes place during the Civil War. What if, I thought as I first plotted the story, a young Amish woman ended up in Gettysburg after the battle and worked as a nurse in a Union hospital?

The Civil War was one of the most tragic periods in American history. Over 620,000 soldiers, along with 100,000 civilians, died—as many as in all other US conflicts combined. Nearly everyone in the country was impacted in one way or another.

Even the non-resistant Amish and other Anabaptist groups.

Amish men who were of conscription age, who didn’t join the army, had to pay commutation fees. Surprisingly, there were some who did fight and others who joined up, but couldn’t bring themselves to actually harm others. A citizen of Virginia and a member of the Mennonite Church, Christian Good, was conscripted into his state militia. According to the account in Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War, by James O. Lehman and Steven M. Nolt, Christian couldn’t bring himself to discharge his rifle. After he failed to shoot Union soldiers he defended himself to his captain, saying, “They’re people; we don’t shoot people.”[/vc_column_text]

American women were also pulled into the work of the Civil War in large numbers. Many grew and distributed food, others formed societies to provide uniforms and socks for soldiers, some worked as cooks, and others even as spies. Many became nurses for the very first time.

In my research, I found there were Amish families in Pennsylvania who participated in the Underground Railroad. I also found numerous accounts of Anabaptist women hiding supplies from both Confederate and Union soldiers. Exact details, however, of Plain women during the war are few. But in my imagination, my Amish protagonist—Annie Bachmann—reluctantly ends up as a nurse in Gettysburg, doing what the Lord leads her to do even though she’s overwhelmed by the devastation all around her. She works with other female nurses, who were well documented by Civil War historians, and learns to care for the injured and ill soldiers. By the end of the novel, she returns to the battlefield for Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and realizes how she grew by facing the tragedy around her.

Annie’s story gives a glimpse into the Amish community during the Civil War—a time that highlighted, like no other, how different their beliefs are from most other Americans.

Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN this clue—SHARE—to register for the grand prize.

Melanie’s Note: Speaking of prizes, I’m giving away a package of Austrian cookies and a copy of my latest novel, Hidden Among the Stars— set in a castle on one of Austria’s alpine lakes—to one reader in the USA.

To register for this prize, sign up for my newsletter here or, if you’re already a subscriber, please leave a comment below about a country or town you’d like to visit one day.

Thanks for stopping by on this hunt! Your next stop is #17, Leslie Gould’s site. 

If you get lost along the way, a complete list of all the Scavenger Hunt links can be found on Lisa Bergren’s website.

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      Thanks so much, Debbie! I love all of the villages outside London!! And Oxford. Sigh… 🙂

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      Thanks so much, Pat! Incredibly grateful for your reviews!!

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    How funny that Austria is where I want to visit, and is also the setting of your book. My grandparents came here in the 30’s from there and I’d love to visit the villages they are from.

    • Melanie Dobson

      It is a beautiful place, Kim! I hope you are able to go one day.

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    I would love to travel back to my roots. I’m French (been there several times), English (been there a couple of times), Scottish (never been there), and Welsh (never been there) with a sprinkle of Norwegian added in (never been there). So, I’d like to visit the aforementioned countries to which I’ve never traveled–perhaps with repeat visits to ones I have.

  • Donna Patterson

    I have been blessed to visit more than forty countries, most recently Australia and New Zealand, and will be adding four or five more including Israel in 2019. I would love to visit Argentina and Chile sometime soon. Chateau of Secrets remains my favorite of your books thus far. I requested Hidden Among the Stars at our public library and they have it on order!?

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks, Donna! My dream is to go to New Zealand one day. I hope you enjoy Hidden Among the Stars!! 🙂

  • Laura

    I really want to do a European River boat cruise to stop at as many castles as I can

  • Faith Creech

    I would like to visit Switzerland and Austria.

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    • Brandi

      And I meant to say New Zealand ??

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      P.S. Ireland!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks so much, Kathleen! This book was 15 years in the making. So fun for me to finally have it published!! Blessings to you,

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  • Arletta

    I want to visit Halstatt! I went to Salzburg last year and it is absolutely stunning. Your pictures are lovely and just make me long to explore more of Austria.

    • Melanie Dobson

      I hope you are able to go back to Austria, Arletta! We loved Salsburg too, but Hallstatt and the Lake District holds a special place in our hearts.

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    I’d love to visit Israel someday!

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    • Melanie Dobson

      I had to look that one up. 🙂 Now I want to go too!!


    I would love to go to Ireland to see where my mothers family came from

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    Just subscribed. Thanks for the giveaway! My list is long, but basically anywhere that is 1) gorgeous landscape and 2) historical. (which could probably be 1,000 or more places, haha)

  • Karen

    I already won a copy of Hidden Among the Stars so I’m not entering the contest. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing the story behind Leslie’s book. I don’t normally read much Amish fiction, but having lived in Pennsylvania, I’m extremely curious to learn more about the Anabaptists’ role in the Civil War!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thank you, Karen! All of Leslie’s stories are really intriguing! I hope you enjoy this one about the Civil War.

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    • Melanie Dobson

      I hope you are able to go, Kim! It sounds like the trip of a lifetime!!

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    I signed up for your newsletter and wanted you to know that I was at the Corvallis conference and met you. Thanks for your participation in this hunt!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Hi Patricia! I loved my time at the Corvallis conference!! It was very nice to meet you and so many wonderful librarians. Thank you!

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    • Melanie Dobson

      I was able to spend a week on Mackinac Island to research one of my novels, and it was magical! I hope you are able to go one day!!

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    I am already subscribed to your newsletter and love your books. In fact, I am currently reading Hidden Among the Stars and will love sharing it with others if I should win a copy.

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  • Trixi

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    Subscribed. Would love to go to Israel to walk where Jesus walked.

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    I signed up for your newsletter…

    Hawaii is on my bucket list!

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    I’ve subscribed to your newsletter. I’ve recently finished Hidden Among the Stars – couldn’t put it down! It was so interesting and beautifully written!

    • Melanie Dobson

      Thanks, Linda! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!!

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  • I’m not much for actual traveling I prefer to go on bookabouts 😉 And I would actual LOVE to go on a bookabout Austria! 🙂 I’ve ALWAYS love Sound of Music and would truly LOVE to read more about that area!

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    So great to meet you ! I would love to visit Linden TN so I can see my grandbabies! I subscribed also!
    Your book sounds so great !
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

  • Debora Wilder

    I subscribed to your newsletter. I have always wanted to go to England.

  • Erin Laramore

    I’m already a subscriber! I would love to visit Israel someday. See the places where Jesus walked and taught and performed miracles.

  • Amanda T

    subscribed! Enjoy reading your books!I would love to visit Greece someday!

  • Beth Gillihan

    Would love to go to Ireland

  • Kristina Gorun

    I would love to visit Ireland and/or Scotland and see all the beautiful landscapes I see in so many pictures. and the castles 😉

  • LindaB

    Thank you for being a part of this scavenger hunt (and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity).

  • Rosalyn

    I’d really like to visit Ireland!

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    I just subscribed. I’ve read your book Love Finds you on Mackinac Island and loved it. I love Mackinac Island and go there at least three times a year. Fortunately for me I live only about half an hour away. LOL! I have several of your books on my TBR. Thank you for participating in the scavenger hunt.

    • Sherry Moe

      Oops I forgot to mention that I would love to visit England.

  • Carol Smith

    Subscribed. I would love to visit Ireland.
    Your books sound very interesting.

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    I want to go to England and see the Royal family.

  • Lisa Hudson

    I would love to go back to Austria again some day! I had the opportunity to go while I was in College (1978) but it was January & it was all covered in snow. It was certainly beautiful for this girl from the Deep South to see & experience but I’d like to see it in the Spring or Summer!

  • Lisa Hudson

    Forgot to say I’m already a subscriber!

  • Anna D.

    I just subscribed! I also enjoyed reading the inspiration for your latest novel on Jody Hedlund’s website. Austria is a place I would love to visit – those mountains! And The Sound of Music is one of my favorite movies :). I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  • Shantae

    I think I already subscribe but I did it again just to be safe :). And I would like visit Italy someday

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    I subscribed to your newsletter! I would love to visit Ireland, Israel, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina!

  • Jeanne Bishop

    I would like to visit Edinburgh.

  • Karen Hadley

    Ireland and Scotland

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    I subscribed. I would love to go to London, England and Paris, France.

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    I just subscribed. I am looking forward to reading your book! My dream is to visit New Zealand.

  • Angie Carroll

    I would love to go to Iwakuni Japan because that is where I was born and I have not been back since.

  • Natalya Lakhno

    Alaska, it’s so beautiful!

  • Lisa

    I would love to visit Greece.

  • Christine Marriott

    I would love to visit New Zealand! Thanks for the opportunity to win a book! 🙂

  • Deborah Rolman

    I just subscribed. I would like to go to Ireland or on an Alaskan cruise.

  • Sarah Stewart

    Just signed up to mailing list. I’d like to visit Ireland or England.

  • Sue Boggs

    I think I’m already subscribed but I subscribed again just to be sure! I answered Jody Hedlund’s website with countries I’d like to go to, so I’ll answer your site with a US city I’d like to see: Knoxville, TN because my many-great grandparents were from there.

  • Evelyn Smith

    Have enjoyed your books for years.

  • B. Jester

    Hi Melanie! I am a new subscriber and the place I want to visit the most is Switzerland. A lot of my ancestors came from there and I woild love to see what it is like in person.

  • Debbie Nissen

    I just subscribed. There are SO many countries I want to visit! I’d love to visit New Zealand, Japan, Peru, northern Italy, and so many more.

  • Laura W.

    Subscribed and Ireland is my dream country to visit someday with my husband!

  • Cheryl Hart

    I’ve been to Europe several times, but haven’t visited England yet!

  • Kate

    I would love to visit Paris, France.

  • Beth Erin

    I’d love to visit Prince Edward Island someday (in honor of my dear friend Anne Shirley, of course)

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