Monday, September 17, 2018

The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection with Kathleen L Maher ends 9/24th PLUS RAFFLECOPTER!



Please welcome Kathleen L. Maher back to my blog! I'm so excited to have Kathy back and this time with her Christmas novella collection by Barbour!

I’m baaaaack! LOL

Thank you so much for having me on your blog again, Debbie Lynne. You are seriously the most gracious hostess ever. It’s got to be the whole Southern hospitality thing. Us New Yorkers? We’re like “first you’re a guest and then you’re a pest.” At least that’s what my old high school friend would say. Wait! Do I detect a pattern in my life….?
Anyway, I digress. Today, I am celebrating my Christmas novella here with you all. Up here in New York, it isn’t snowing quite yet. But Hobby Lobby has had Christmas decorations, trees and ribbon up since July, so I’m guessing it’s okay to talk about IT. ‘Cause there’s what, only like 75 shopping days left, or something, right? Oh, I guess it’s exactly 99. Whew! Is that all?

So, I am feeling like the luckiest person alive. I got to dream up a Victorian Christmas romance story and get paid for it! By Barbour Books, no less. (I’m just making up for lost time, since our lovely and talented hostess was in a Christmas collection years ago. Guidepost’s Cup of Christmas Cheer. Loved her story, too. “The Letter.” You should read it!)

In this collection, The Victorian Christmas Brides, are nine Christmas stories set in Victorian England or with English characters in America during the Victorian age. Mine is the latter. It is called “Love Brick by Brick” because the British gentleman hero Rufus Sedgwick III is rebuilding their family’s ancestral home in the states for his ailing mother when circumstances force them to move.

The heroine in the story, SarahAnn Winnifred, is a
young lady who grew up an orphan, struggling to overcome her disadvantage through hard work. She is studying to be a doctor, apprenticed by Dr. Rachel Gleason, a real-life historical figure who did in fact apprentice young ladies into the medical profession, after she was only the fourth woman in the US to become a practicing MD. SarahAnn longs for family and a home of her own for the holidays, both for her and the orphans she still serves. Will all her Christmas dreams come true?






Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher 
1857 Elmira, New York 
SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love. Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Christmas-Brides-Collection-Christmases/dp/1683227190












The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher 1860-1864 Shenandoah Valley, and Elmira, NY The crusading daughter of a Washington politician comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horsemen from Virginia, the twins would defend their livelihood from her meddling kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies. Can the very girl who divided bosom brothers unite them again? Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Abolitionists-Daughter-Kathleen-L-Maher/dp/1718026242
The Abolitionist’s Daughter book trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp28ZTOWHo





About Kathleen:
Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. She has a novella releasing with BARBOUR in the 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, New York. Her debut historical, Bachelor Buttons, blends her Irish heritage and love of the American Civil War. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest for her Civil War story, releasing this summer under a new title The Abolitionist’s Daughter. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo of rescued animals.

Follow Kathleen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KLMaherAuthor/ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mahereenie and on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/kathleenlmaher



Thanks so much once again for having me today, Debbie Lynne. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away a copy of Victorian Christmas Brides Collection or The Abolitionist’s Daughter to one lucky commenter. Winner’s choice of format, (ebook or print--US residents only.) To enter, please answer the following question: If you could celebrate Christmas in any place or time period, where would it be and why? Please be sure to leave your email in your entry so you can be notified if random.org selects your entry.

GIVEAWAY:
In addition, I am hosting a rafflecopter to be drawn at the conclusion of my blog tour just before Thanksgiving, with several prizes, including a $50 Amazon gift card, a print copy of each of my books, and a Christmas goodie basket. Be sure to follow each stop on the tour to increase your chances of winning! (US residents only.) 


CLICK FOR RAFFLECOPTER

Kathy's next stop on her blog tour/promo hop is on the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/connectingreadersandauthors/ 
where she will be hosting a two hour party, talking about her two books, and offering lots of fun and giveaways.
Be sure to jpoin the group if you're not already a member, and be sure to tell the administrator, Becky Hrivnak, that Kathy sent you.


Good luck!

71 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I hope your readers don’t get tired of my face. Hee hee thank you once again DebbieLynne for being a lovely hostess for my giveaway and launch of this gorgeous Christmas book.. I look forward to chatting with your readers this week.

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    1. We could never get tired of your sweet face Sis. I think I would take my whole family back to the victorian era and deck the house and tree with find style, white lace, mauve and pink roses, pink and white beads and candles around the house or lanterns and greenery!!! Pinecones and well just anything that said victorian to me !!! I do this now with turquoise and silver !!! I would load lots of presents under the tree and have beautiful stockings hanging that were satin and lace for the ladies and girls and perhaps velvet and satin for the men folk with each having their names on it. I would have spiced hot cider and egg nog for sure and lots of cookies and treats!!!
      Linda Marie
      Faithful Acres Books
      www.faithfulacresbodysoulspirit.wordpress.com
      faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    2. Linda, you have wonderful ideas! That sounds like a beautiful Christmas wish, and I hope you get to do many of these things this year.

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  2. Probably 1900's since there wasn't so much to interrupt people with celebrating such as cell phone's.

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    1. Kim, I like your answer. I am guilty of this myself. Phones are little pocket idols. Does make one think…

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  3. Hey, Good Morning Debbie and Kathy.We have more rain on the way this week here in PA, there's really been an abundance of it this Summer. That's ok, I just hope it doesn't mean an abundance of snow this upcoming Winter. I would love to celebrate a Christmas in the 1860's. I love reading historical and would love to experience it. Such a beautiful cover and the novellas sounds delightful I can not wait to read it!

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    1. Thank you Deanne. I’m right on the border of Pennsylvania in southern Tier New York. I bet we get the same weather patterns! It’s been a very rainy summer, and something tells me Winter is going to be interesting…

      Thanks for coming by and entering

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  4. I would go back to when I was a kid, same place but I had many more relatives like 2 Uncles and 4 grandparents still alive. Things were great back then.

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    1. Family makes such a difference at Christmas time, doesn’t it Robert? I miss my mother every year now. But we try to make Merry with those we still have.
      Thanks for coming by and entering to win!

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  5. I shared on Facebook. (Audrey Stewart / jozywails@gmail.com) https://www.facebook.com/audrey.stewart.140/posts/1838362736251131?__xts__[0]=68.ARA-F6dZLEJcD6w6aGxejUccFK56o2YpG9d5QgWttd7nZ2udzfjoePi9ZbdwzV2Ldg2bnLhg1Hj_wkfw7RmZn1smD7aSWu5hZf5apYnh4qlco2xEPoCxC1iPsdob5cdS4ym2GZz-Z4HQfmgVJmyMubV82PBXqnOgjXKTMKPs7ciqQDF3m5EFJA&__tn__=-R

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  6. Hello ladies, I would like to celebrate Christmas with our family nestled in a house on Kennebunk Beach, curled up beside a hearth with crackling fire.

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    1. Oh my goodness Mary Alice, I am so down with that! Sounds incredible. Maybe someday we shall :-)

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  7. Kathy so glad to have you here again this week! I can't think of anyone I'd rather have here for 3 weeks than you!

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    1. Haha! Here I am! LOL seriously, you are the bestest.

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  8. oh this is such a wonderful post. thanks for sharing today. oh my, if i could celebrate Christmas anywhere i think i would love to celebrate in Jerusalem. i have wanted to go for a while. and then if i could go back in time, i would love to go on the day Jesus was born. how awesome would that be? I would to read both books, but I think i would start with The Abolitionist’s Daughter
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. Lori I love the way you think. That would be amazing to see the angels tell the shepherds of his birth, and to see the baby born to save the world.
      That would be amazing to see the angels tell the shepherds of his birth, and to see the baby born to save the world.
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    2. Now you've got me thinking. A quick google search reveals that the first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on Dec 25th was in the year 336. I wonder how or if it was celebrated any earlier than this. The idea of celebrating it in it's purest form is intriguing to me.

      However, the traditional American Christmas I would most like to revisit would be one from my childhood. When all of my grandparents were still living and holidays were simple and carefree.

      geaneymail at gmail

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    3. Isn’t it interesting Amanda, how we can put ourselves back in time and smell the smells and see the details of our grandparents houses? There’s something about grandma’s house that stays with us. I’m right there too. My grandma lived near New York City, and we got to go in and watch the Thanksgiving day parade along Central Park West. Wonderful memories.

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  9. I think Norway in the 1950's as I am half Norwegian and I was born in the early 50's. It would be kind on cool to see what Christmas would be like if I was born there.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Wendy, that’s a fascinating thought. You probably have cousins or relatives still there I imagine. Norwegian Christmas sounds beautiful.

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  10. Hi Kathy and Debbie Lynne--Debbie Lynne, I hope all is well with you and your horses. I've been praying for you. Kathy, I just started The Abolition's Daughter, which I love, so far. To answer the question, I guess I would go back to the early 1900's and see how my grandparents celebrated Christmas. I wish I knew more about their lives, when they were growing up. Thanks for the give-away and blessings to you both.

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    1. Thank you so much Kay. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the story.

      I wish I had paid more attention to my mother and grandmother tell stories of their childhoods. I do remember some details. It sounded like my grandmother may have had a hard childhood. She talked about only getting an orange in her Christmas stocking if she were lucky. My mother grew up during World War II when chocolate Was very scarce. She remembers getting a gift of a chocolate boy (they didn’t shape them into Santa Claus then) and her mother ate it LOL
      Thank you for sharing it good luck in the contest Kay.

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  11. Goodness! That's a tough question. The very first Christmas? A beautiful Victorian Age Christmas? A Christmas from my youth, when everything was still magical & all my relatives were still alive? My son's second or third Christmas? Christmas with my grandkids? Sorry, I can't decide. :) Your books look wonderful, thanks for sharing ladies!

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    1. Robin I’m with you. I want all of it together at once. Maybe in heaven :-) good luck in the contest

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  12. The books sound amazing!! I would LOVE to read them!! 😍😍

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    1. Thank you Paty. I appreciate you coming by. Good luck in the drawing – – I hope DebbieLynne knows your contact info because I do not :-)

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  13. I don't know that I would want to go back, yet. My children are young right now. I enjoy watching them sing carols, & get excited about giving to others. They celebrate Christ's birth & the gift it was to us with their enthusiastic joy:-)

    seniorlamb1806@yahoo.com

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    1. Aw, Laura, Enjoy these years while they are young. They grow up so quickly!

      Good luck in the contest my friend

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  14. OH MAN THAT'S HARD! I sure do love just being with my family here. There are places that it's fun to dream about and "visit" in books, but I think in the end as long as I have a safe warm place for my family and animals to celebrate together I'm good! :)

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chaveATyahooDOTcom

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    1. I love your way of thinking. Yes, being together, warm, safe and our pets too! We are very blessed in every season.

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  15. I don't think any particular time period would matter. I just would love to be able to have Christmas with my whole family and then my husband's whole family. We are so very alone here in Minnesota I think it would just be a real treat!

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    1. I pray that you have special guests this Christmas to bring you cheer. Betti you are a blessing to all of us. 😘

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  16. I would love to celebrate Christmas in Armenia with our new found family (Or them here to be with all of us here.) (cousins)! The family of my grandfather's brother had been lost for over 50 years! We found them in Armenia last year. And, the Armenians celebrate Christmas on January 6th. What fun to have all my family there!

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    1. My sister was born on January 6 and my mother always talked about the feast of the epiphany, and how many Orthodox believers celebrate Christmas then. How wonderful a tradition. I’m so glad you found your relatives.
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  17. I'd like to go back to times when families could be together and Christmas was simpler. Maybe the 1950's to the 1970's? Not sure on time frame. annby(at)centurylink(dot)net

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    1. I was born in 1970 and I remember some wonderful Christmases when I was young, even though we were very poor. You are right, it was simpler and traditions meant so much.

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  18. This collection sounds lovely--thanks for the chance to win a copy! I think I'd love to experience a Regency Christmas in England. Danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.

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    1. I’m so glad you came by Lynda. The Regency Period is a lovely one.

      Good luck on the drawing for this beautiful collection!

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  19. For Christmas and for Christmas only, I wouldn't mind ANY era in a log cabin in the mountains or by a lake with a crackling fire and my whole family, maybe with snow swirling outside...not a blizzard but just enough to be festive and the kids able to go sliding. I say for Christmas only because my vision includes snow, and I'm not a fan, despite having grown up in Vermont. bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

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    1. A Vermonter that doesn’t love snow? LOL that’s OK, I’m a New Yorker and I like it for the first three months… But by April I’m done LOL

      I love your ideas. I’m dying to take my grandkids sledding this year.
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  20. I would love to go on a European Christmas tour someday!

    alander87(at)allcom(dot)net

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    1. Oh, Abby do you need a sidekick? I could carry your luggage :-) seriously that sounds very romantic and beautiful and historic.

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  21. I have enjoyed reading The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection! You have a beautiful story in it!

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    1. Aw, Joy thank you! I appreciate you reading it. So glad you’re enjoying the stories.

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  22. Hmmm, I think I would love to go back to the Victorian time and be on Mackinac Island. :) I think it would be a beautiful place to spend Christmas with all the gents and ladies in their finery.

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    1. Oops my email is somi19ad (at) aol (dot) com

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    2. Now you have me wondering if Carrie Pagels has done a Christmas romance set in the Grand Hotel? Interesting...

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  23. I'd like to celebrate Christmas in the Victorian era in the English countryside.

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. That sounds delightful. Horse drawn sleigh rides and a warm cozy fireside after. Yes I can agree that would be a beautiful way to spend the holidays.

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  24. If I were to go back it would be when my kids were little. Those Christmases were a lot of work but they were also so much fun. Just something about the innocence of kids that is just so inspiring.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. My youngest just left for college and I hear you loud and clear, missing when they were all little. They made Christmas so much fun with their anticipation and wonder. Thank God for grandchildren to begin all over

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  25. I would love to experience a Christmas on the Frontier. I've never seen snow on Christmas (We live in AZ) and that would be a dream come true to look out my window on Christmas and see snow out there. But also back in the day everyone appreciated things so much more. It was so simple, but they were really happy with what they got. Home made gifts, family time. . . I would love it.
    thank you so much for this chance to win!

    meganpotter00(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Megan. Wonderful thoughts. Snow on Christmas is almost magical and you’d think me living up here in NY it would be a given. But we’ve had many without snow.
      Handmade gifts are treasures!
      Thank you for sharing. Best of luck in the drawing

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  26. I would like to spend Christmas in the past when a lot of my family was still living. Our family Christmases have been small and just us for many years. Now our one son just got married so the circle is slowly getting bigger again.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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    1. Merry, it is such a joy when the grandchildren start arriving. We miss those who are gone, but there’s nothing like new faces gathered around the tree, filled with anticipation and wonder.

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  27. I would like to view a Christmas with my family before I was born. They lived in a log home and I have seen a photo of my two brothers on the stair steps with one holding a puppy and the other a kitten. Love lived there! Our mother died when I was almost six while recovering in a hospital after a surgery. God's plan for me included Psalm 139 wanting me to know I was never alone. Blessings and love! Thank you for offering your stories ~ I would like the Barbour Collection. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Kathleen, I’m sorry you lost your mom so young. What an awesome thing it would be to glimpse our family like this, before we were born. I’m the youngest in my family and I have always loved hearing stories from the past. Somehow I felt I was there.

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  28. Hi Kathleen, I am thrilled to read more about your books. You asked an interesting question about spending Christmas in a diffwrdif place and time period. I wouldn't choose a different place but I would choose a time when both of my parents were still alive. I wouldn't necessarily want to go back in time because my dad died before my four year old granddaughter was born and I would want her there also.
    Thanks for a great post.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Can you just imagine what heaven will be like when our loved ones are all together at once? What a wonderful hope.

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  29. I would go back to being a child with all my siblings and parents enjoying being family. I love your story in The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection. Thank you.

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    1. It’s funny—I was just watching a slide show someone put together on Facebook showing Christmas decorations from the 70’s. It brought me back to my childhood. Such nostalgia!
      Thank you for sharing and your kind words about the novella collection!

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  30. Anywhere? Hmmm, I’d have to say wherever my family is. Sounds cliche, but it’s really not Christmas without them. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. Hi Nancy, I so agree with you. Family makes Christmas no matter where. Thanks for coming by!

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  31. I just love having my family around me at Christmas! It's okay if that's at some exciting place just so we're together.
    Thanks Kathleen for your lovely books!

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  32. I would celebrate Christmas in Victorian England because of the many beautiful decorations they had for Christmas. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Hi Paula, you are so right. Those Victorians sure knew how to decorate!

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  33. And now for the drawing… Since so many people showed up to celebrate with me I decided to add an extra prize of an eCopy of The Abolitionist’s Daughter.
    The winner of the print signed copy winners choice book goes to
    KayM!!
    Congratulations Kay! I will contact you soon

    And the winner of the bonus prize is
    Laura Meyer!

    I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who came by this week. Your comments and kindness are a blessing. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas.

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