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The Wicked Duke Giveaway!
May 25th, 2016

kindlefireblueWinner of the giveaway is Carol L. Congratulations, Carol!


To celebrate the release of The Wicked Duke on May 31, I am giving away, to one reader, TWO gifts. One is a 7” Kindle Fire, 8 gb, wifi capable. The other is a Vera Bradley mini hipster cross body purse in the Baroque pattern.

To enter, all you have to do is comment on the following question (see full rules at the end of this post):

In The Wicked Duke, Marianne’s better sense tells her that there is a big unanswered WHY? regarding the duke’s offer of marriage. Have you ever been in a situation like that, where events were unfolding in your life and you suspected you did not know the whole story?


No purchase required to enter. Due to the varied laws of other countries, entry is limited to residents of the USA (sorry!) Giveaway ends at 12:00 noon, EST, on June 4. Winner will be contacted by email. If giveaway is not claimed by June 10, another winner will be chosen. Winner’s posting name will be posted here, at the top of this post, once prize is claimed. Only the prizes listed can fulfill the giveaway—there will be no cash alternative. Entrants must be 18 years or older on the date of entry. Void where prohibited by law.




462 Responses to “The Wicked Duke Giveaway!”

  1. Dionicia Parker says:

    Can’t wait to read this new book. 🙂

    • Mary M says:

      Before I married my husband (Then boyfriend) stopped calling and coming around much. I would call his house and his room mate would act funny. I would say is Matt around and he would hesitate and act funny and give me a funny answer. SO one day i asked him why and he gave me the answer well bee working a lot. But I could tell he had not. Then it became clear the day he asked me to marry him. He was building me a doll house (i wanted one as a kid but my parents could not afford one) and used the doll house to ask me to marry him.

    • Carole Brown says:

      I love the fist two books and can’t wait to read the third.

    • Carole Coonrod says:

      I’m looking forward to the book. I’ve read and enjoyed the two stories about his brother and expect this third brother’s story will be equally enjoyable.

  2. Caroline Lennek says:

    The only situations that I have found myself in where events unfolded without knowing why were all job interviews where I did not get the position. It infuriated me that employers would not offer feedback as to why one was not selected. When I found myself in a position to hire prospective employees, I always offered feedback to the unsuccessful candidates and suggestions as to what I think they could have done better.

    • Clydia DeFreese says:

      Thank you for the sweepstakes. The world is so full of problems and situations. I commend you for offering light situations.

  3. Robbie Bauldree says:

    Thank you for this chance to win this beautiful bag. I enjoy reading your books very much.

  4. Colleen C. says:

    What a beautiful prize! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂 As for not getting the whole story… that has happened quite a bit for me… especially around my family… some family members are good at keeping details to themselves.

  5. Sharla Long says:

    Too many times in my life have I been left wondering WHY?! Many times my family will do things and I or another sibling will fall victim and frequently I am left wondering “why?” So many ulterior motives that hurt the people that are not even fully involved! Hopefully Marianne’s WHY works out better than mine have! Looking forward to The Wicked Duke and thank you for the chance!

  6. Chris says:

    I have always believed their several versions of why is going depending on whom you speak. His version, her version and the actual truth.

  7. Chris says:

    I have always believed their several versions of why is going depending on whom you speak. His version, her version and the actual truth.

  8. jcp says:

    yes but sometimes it’s best not to know the whole story.

  9. Crystal Broyles says:

    Yes, I have. I always get an uneasy feeling if it seems there are details that I am not aware of. Thank you for the great giveaway.

  10. Randi says:

    I Can’t wait to read your new book!

  11. Betty Olsen says:

    The only situations that I didn’t know why is basically family related. For some reason it was always me asking “why”. Thank you for this chance and the books sounds awesome!

  12. Marsha Burns says:

    Yes all the time.

  13. Sarah Williams says:

    Certainly the Duke of Aylesbury has some juicy secrets! Counting down to Tuesday…

  14. Suzanne says:

    My family is very good at leaving out details – very private, especially about illnesses. As a young adult, I realized lots of messages were unsaid. We do not ask for help, even when we need it. It can be hard to read between the lines. As I have gotten older, I have learned to give aid without being requested to do so. I love your work – please keep writing!

  15. Angie Fournier says:

    Yes, i have! I can’t wait to read this!

  16. Charlene Whitehouse says:

    Yes all the time. It seems to be a reacquiring thing in my family.

  17. Maureen says:

    Yes, there are so many times I felt something out of the ordinary might be occurring. Hmmm… ask questions or let it be…

  18. KJ Coker says:

    So excited for the new book and excellent giveaway

  19. bethany whitling says:

    Yes I have had that problem on occasion were you where not sure of the whole story,and then when you are told the whole story if you really believe what you heard…I guess you have to make your best judgement call and hope your not wrong..

  20. kandice says:

    Very enticing excerpt!! Can’t wait…

  21. Julie Chuba says:

    Ha! I think of a big “Why?” when someone dances around an issue, usually leading up to asking me for a big favor, or to volunteer for something they don’t want to do!

  22. Debbie says:

    All the time when I worked at a theme park! Oh and being a mother, that comes with the territory 😉 Please and thank you

  23. Leslie says:

    Yes. I was invited to someone’s home under the pretense of a luncheon. Turns out, the hostess wanted to recruit people to sell cosmetics. I not a good candidate since I wear very little makeup and am not a people person.

  24. Bobbi LaLone says:

    This has happened at work more than once. I am usually the last person to learn what the facts of the story were on matters that had a direct impact on me. Looking forward to reading “The Wicked Duke”!

  25. Vickie Shaw says:

    One time long ago, I felt like things were not all out in the open. but in the last 30 odd years not really.

  26. Terri Pullara says:

    Of course, I have 2 teenagers, so sometimes I don’t get the whole story until after the fact!

  27. Susan Shearer says:

    I need a new book to read and this one looks just like the one!

  28. Amanda A says:

    I think there have been many times in my life where I did not know the “why,” but it may have turned out better because of not knowing.

  29. Josette says:

    I never know the whole story about what my kids are doing. They are young adults now, so I know they’re entitled to their own lives, but it still bothers me that they keep me in the dark, especially the two that still live at home!

  30. Erika Gray says:

    Yes. So frustrating in real life but, so much fun in your books. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed them all!

  31. Angie Frawley says:

    Yes!!!!… the hubby is good with surpruses and he is always leaving clues to make me “assume” something totally wrong!

  32. Nancy Tuttle says:

    In all interactive relationships I anticipate the unknown. Then the interesting work begins…what will I discover that will delight, amaze, or appall about the other party or myself?

  33. Jacquie says:

    I can’t say that I have. I feel like I usually know the whole story but I may be kidding myself.

  34. Angela says:

    Yes, and the full story is usually unpleasant.

  35. Melanie says:

    I always feel like events in my life are unfolding without my knowing the whole story!

  36. Silver James says:

    Why is a constant factor in my life. Even when there’s no reason to do, I’m always looking “behind the curtain.”

    Your new Duke has totally captivated me (based on the snippet in your newsletter), and now I want to know “Why?” 😀

  37. Tiffany Upperman says:

    I have questioned the big Why several times in my life. Most were health related.

  38. Marian Pankey says:

    I am one of your avid readers. My most recent why moment involved my current employment and how a difficult change in position was warranted. Suffice it to say that I am now grateful for the change and now am in a position where I’ve become quite comfortable in saying no.

  39. April Baker says:

    Yes I have and I sometimes wish they unfolded in the right way!!

  40. Connie Williamson says:

    I always want to know the whole story and believe me, that’s not always a good thing. I’ve been married 4 times, and sometimes I should have just left it alone and unanswered. ?

  41. steve levy says:

    Many times in my life it has become obvious that I do not know all that is going on. I firmly believe that only God knows – but is not telling me.

  42. Sarah says:

    I continually ask this question at my school, where every decision our administrators make is suspect, even sneaky. It doesn’t help that none of them were ever teachers themselves. At least summer (and lots of reading time!) will be here soon!

  43. Michelle says:

    No I have never been in a situation like this.
    Not yet anyway.

  44. Amy Jardon says:

    I ponder WHY several times a day on various topics. Mostly it’s about health issues and ‘why me’.

  45. Charlet Riffle says:

    Thank you for a chance to win. Your books have been some of my favorites for a very long time. I use to only read Historicals and always looked forward to your new books.

  46. Marianna says:

    Yes. Last June my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Then in July I found out that we were expecting twin girls. He passed away 3 weeks before they were born. I’m still trying to figure out the whole story…

  47. Danielle Russell says:

    When someone seems to have an issue with me and I have not said or done anything to them to warrant such a reaction. It usually ends up being a case of misunderstanding.
    Thanks for this opportunity.

  48. Cindy says:

    Love your books!

  49. Shannon says:

    What a wonderful prize. As to the question, yes. I’ve been in several situations where the whole story would have been warranted.

  50. Vickie says:

    I am counting down the days, can’t wait. This has been a great series.

  51. Derek says:

    I’ve been in this position before, very recently actually. I had to go with my gut and trust a certain person over another when I didn’t the entire situation. I am glad I went with my gut as it turned out the person I trusted more was in fact telling me the truth!

  52. Sheila Jacobson says:

    Yes. I remember in High School dating a guy who seemed like good date material; but there was something off. I found out later, after I stopped going out with him, that he was a twin and they were taking turns being my date. Apparently, this was their fun thing to do. Since they were a little older and from a different area of town and school, I had no idea.
    After that, I trusted my gut feelings a lot more.

  53. Alicia Day says:

    Yes. I have had co-workers treat me nicely one day and do something nasty the next. I wonder if someone gave them misinformation about me or if they are trying to improve their position. Have to just do your best and not worry too much about other’s motives. Thanks.

  54. Barb says:

    I’ve often been in that situation, but somehow it always works out, just as it does for Madeline’s characters. I love reading about them.

  55. cindy tuttle says:

    I think I know the whole story only I should know by now I don’t! I found that when I needed to know the ‘why’, of why did it happen?, that it is and will always be unanswered, hope I will find out the ‘why’ in Heaven.

  56. Vickie says:

    Most of the time I don’t know the whole story, sometimes it matters but there have been times that my loyalty lies with just one person and I don’t have to know.

  57. Diane DeLuna says:

    I always worry when someone gives me some news that’s too good to be true. Waiting for the other shoe to drop!

  58. Pansy Petal says:

    Yes! 😀 I love that bag and look forward to reading The Wicked Duke. Thank you.

  59. Donna Enochs says:

    I felt over my head when I went back to college at 50 years old and was the oldest one in my classes. I was always second guessing myself with so many younger students who seemed to have unlimited energy and time. I held on and graduated and have been thankful ever since. I would be honored to win the giveaway of a kindle and hipster. Thank you for offering.

  60. Michelle Ross says:

    I would love to win. My mom use to enter all contest and win all the time, before she had her stroke. I would love to win for her. I love reading your books but have had to slow down now that I have to take more care of her. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  61. Linda Poindexter says:

    I did this alot when I was younger, not so much now that I’m older, life experience seeems to make it easier to see whats coming I think.

  62. Julie says:

    All the time, usually when someone leaves out info. Sometimes in my family, one person will forget to tell another, because they told someone else twice.

  63. Laurie Foulk says:

    Sometimes I get those feelings that I am not being told the whole truth when it comes to friends who aren’t true friends, or sometimes it’s family keeping secrets!

  64. Dee Foster says:

    Absolutely! You learn to go with the flow until all is revealed or drive yourself crazy worrying about it.

  65. Benita says:

    Why is often the unanswered question. We are taught to examine, understand and accept with and without scientific explanation. Still situations continue to present themselves and we are unable to understand the reasons.

  66. Laura Stember says:

    I knew something was going on with my now ex-husband about 6 months before he asked for a divorce, but I thought it was his seasonal depression setting in. I sensed something was wrong, I was just wrong about what it was. I hate that feeling.

  67. DeAnn Brierley says:

    The last situation whete I felt that way was at work. So many changes in the company. ..everyone reporting different things and me not knowing who or what to believe. I’m so excited about the new book!!

  68. Jan Goodard says:

    Quite a while ago when I was in high school, a younger boy kept talking to me, supposedly he interested in my sister. He wanted me to get them together, however once she showed interest he seemed to lose his in her, but he still hung around me. I wondered what’s up. As it turned out, he wanted to be close to my sister to be close to me. He was three years younger and I had a steady boyfriend. He finally realized he had no chance and gave up. I felt really sorry for my sister since she actually liked him.

  69. Judy Bozarth says:

    Yep, there have been many times when I’ve just had that gut feeling that there’s a backstory here that I’m not privy to. As I’ve gotten older I have more courage to insinuate that I have a feeling that there’s more to this story than is being told – and then wait to hear the other side of the story. Sometimes you get the answer and sometimes you don’t…..but I think if the given the opportunity the person holding back is just waiting for that door to open.

  70. Ann Marie Amaral says:

    I am currently in that type of situation in work, where there may be events unfolding that could have an effect on me and I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I’m hoping it will all work out for the best. In the meantime I look forward to fun events like new books to read and author contests to win cool prizes. Thank you for a light at the end of the tunnel

  71. Bonnie D says:

    I’ve been on both sides of the Why? Sometimes its just not the best situation and sharing with others could cause more issues. Keep it to yourself unless there is a reason others need to know and it directly impacts them.

  72. Jo Jones says:

    I think we have all had moments like that. Just an FYI, I got an email saying that I would get a ARC for review. It never arrived. Will read after release and review.

  73. J Hanson says:

    Yes! to the question.

    and, I do love your stories.

  74. Tracey Rice says:

    This book looks so good! 🙂

  75. Sarah T says:

    I’ve been in that situation on multiple occasions. And I’ve had to keep things from people to avoid making a bigger deal out of it, but somehow, not telling them made everything worse.

    I can’t wait to read your work!

    Thank you for the chance. I’ve never had a kindl fire before!

  76. Kathy Hatfield says:

    Yes, all the time. I attribute it to the Scot in me. Book is preordered but still may be in the stores before my Nook.

  77. Debi Deason says:

    Being a person who likes trying new things and taking that “next step” into the unknown, I have often found myself in situations where I didn’t have all the information about the events unfolding that I wanted to (or even should) have had! I will say, though, that I would rather live that way than to be in a rut where I know exactly where I will be and what I will be doing a week, month or year from now!

  78. jackie says:

    I can’t wait to read this book.I can never understand why my family can never agree
    on dinner.

  79. Diana Crow says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Love your books!

  80. Loved the way you described the glove removal…. Wish we were more glove-oriented in this 21st century of ours!

  81. Marsha Paul says:

    Oh yes! I have been in that situation!

  82. Kathy W. says:

    Appearances shouldn’t matter but a shaggy beard or clean shaven makes all the difference in the world!

  83. I dislike not knowing the ‘WHY’ to something. That happened not to long ago with my sister. She suddenly changed her mind about something, that she was dead set against before. She still hasn’t ‘spilled’ the why of it. Life can be full of why’s, and sometimes we just have to accept we may never know other’s reasons. Drives me crazy! 🙂

    I love the covers of your books… seductive, with a little danger. Covers are what make me open a book to start with.

    My husband laughs at my cross body bags, but I like them because they’re hands free. Thank you for this giveaway.

  84. Michelle says:

    Yes, there have been a few times where the whole story of the situation isn’t completely out in the open. However, I only wish it was as intriguing as the storylines you share with all of us! Thanks for doing this giveaway.

  85. Carol Daigle says:

    Yes, situations have occurred in my life and I have wondered why. I love the purse and would love to be a winner. Thank you for the chance.

  86. Heather says:

    Thank you for this opportunity.

    I think that family are the bast at keeping the “why?” answers secret. There have been many times in my life that I asked why and I was never given a definitive answer.

  87. Jill Bucey says:

    There are many situations where I question the motive behind the offer/opportunity. The problems arise when I ignore my own intuition because I don’t want to believe that the other person would be ‘that type’ of person.

  88. Becca Z says:

    I was offered a promotion to General Manager by the President of a company where I was Office Manager, and I accepted it and it worked out, but I always wondered why the President didn’t give the job to one of his 2 children or the Operations Manager who had worked there much longer. The President wasn’t the sharing type and he never came right out and said here is why I think you are best qualified or whatever.

  89. STACY S says:

    There have been lots of times. But sometimes it’s best to not know. Looking forward to reading the new book.

  90. Life is not only about wanting to know the “WHY” to something, but the journey in discovering the events that lead up to finding the answer to “WHY” and how to improve upon them. Take Heart! Answers will come! Have a Great One!

  91. Karen L. says:

    I’m excited and sad to be reading the final book in this Wicked trilogy. Also looking forward to the next story to be told.

  92. Cathy Thomas says:

    I frequently have been left wondering why things did or did not happen in relationships. You rarely have the benefit of anyone’s perspective but your own.
    I’m looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the opportunity in this giveaway.

  93. Jennifer Prescott says:

    Yes, there have definitely been times in my life where I feel I don’t have all the information. Those times make me incredibly nervous! Looking forward to reading the new book!! Brightest Blessings!!

  94. Christie A. says:

    Yes I have, especially involving family. I have also realized sometimes it is better not to ask why.

  95. Jen L says:

    The last years of my dad’s life he would call me with memories. Almost always it was something I did wrong years before. It was so confusing and painful. Turns out those were the things he could remember. What I was missing was that he was in the last stages of dementia. He relished anything he could remember. 🙁

  96. Kimberley Coover says:

    I love this series! Congratulations and thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  97. Helen says:

    There have been situations where I knew that I didn’t have the whole story about something that was going on. In some instances the whole story would have a whole different outlook.

  98. Jackie O. says:

    Thank you for the snippet of “The Wicked Duke” I have to get this book! Also thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest. It is a great giveaway! Have a wonderful day 🙂

  99. Vania Nunes says:

    Sometimes I think I don’t know the whole history all the time LOL But seriously, that already happened to me and I was sad when I knew about everything. It’s ashamed to be used by others, especially people you thought were our friend.
    Thanks for giveaway!!

  100. Toni Tuve says:

    Yes i have been in those situations, dont like them at all haha, wish real life could be like the stories we read sometimes

  101. Sherry says:

    Yes. I have found myself in situations where I do not know the whole story. However, I’m slightly paranoid, so you may want to take that with a grain of salt. Lol

  102. Kindle Jo says:

    Lately two of my coworkers have been extremely nasty towards me. I was told by a different coworker the “why” of it. Turns out, they are mad because the looked me up in the system and discovered that I’m higher grade than they are. Though neither of them applied for a promotion or the position I took. Sometimes it’s better to not know the “why” of how people are treating you the way they do.

  103. Debbie Fuller says:

    The only time I recall ever asking “Why?” In a situation was when someone asked me out when they had never shown any interest before.

  104. Linda Ruco says:

    I have oftened wondered WHY then the person’s causing me to wonder asks me to do them a favor or please volenteer for something they promised to do but now have changed there mind.

  105. peggy sperides says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. I’ve learned not to judge to quickly because you rarely get the whole story the first time around in any situation. A lesson I keep having to work on.

  106. Margaret Dingfelder says:

    I have a relative who lives another life outside our home. I frequently wonder if what she says is true, but then I feel disloyal and trust her. Love ALL your work.

  107. Julie says:

    I wonder why plans go awry when I try so hard to think ahead and consider multiple possible outcomes. Sometimes it seems that the one thing I never imagined is what happens. Why? In spite of what I thought were well thought out intentions and plans, I’m unexpectedly surprised. In this case, I’d like to be surprised by winning the book! Thanks!

  108. Gram says:

    I may have been, but it would be too many years ago to remember and probably a situation that has long since been resolved.

  109. Connie Reynolds says:

    No. I think I’m the author of my own life.

  110. Melissa Baer says:

    Yes. With kids and doctors, usually. Everything has always worked out, but there were many times I felt I didn’t wlquite have the “big picture.”

  111. Sonia Minkel says:

    Miss Madeline,
    I so enjoy your books. They transport me while I am reading, and take me completely into the world of imagination.
    Thank you for the contest.
    As far as the situation of not knowing why, I think it was when I was released from a position, and no one would give me the reason I was being released. Just something about a directive from the corporate office. Sounded pretty fishy to me then and still does today.
    Best of luck to all!

  112. Jadeen A Johnson says:

    When I was young my high school senior sister, up and decided to run away. I just couldn’t understand why she would do it.

  113. Janiec says:

    Can’t wait for its release. Thanks for the chance.

    • Janiec says:

      Forgot to add that no I can’t think of having felt there was this big secret behind the situation.

  114. Christina Freas says:

    At my job, my employer likes to tell you changes are coming and then leave you hanging, to speculate what they might be, they give you just enough info, so everyone can start making up scenarios on what they think will happen. I try my best to stay
    Positive, look forward knowing we’ll find out only when they are ready, but it does become difficult. This company loves there intrigue. Awesome giveaway, beautiful hand bag.

  115. Pat Wilson says:

    I carry small purses, so to win this would be great.

  116. Lynn says:

    I seem to feel that way more days than not!!

  117. Mary Kokora says:

    Yes,and waiting for an answer I found I was right

  118. Rachel Larson says:

    When I meet my husband it was a one night stand that after I so wanted him (well to be honest I wanted him before ) anyway after the next days I waited to see if he was going to say anything but he didn’t … So I was left to wonder why .. Monday morning on our way to school I was dreading it as I got out of the car he handed me a note that said he liked me and he wanted to see where God would lead us.. As it turned out God lead us to 21 years of marriage and 2 daughters

  119. MaryEllen says:

    Escaping thru a book is a total joy.

  120. Kate Sparks says:

    Hasn’t happened to me. But I agree with the comment about job interviews…

  121. Deborah says:

    I think when you deal with older family members, the unknown is always present.

  122. Carol L says:

    Having 7 kids there was always a Why. And as for my family, there were always situations that were obvious and caused. A why. But in the last 20 years not so much. I’m looking forward to read The Wicked Duke. Suchan awesome series.
    Carol L

  123. Jane Nelson says:

    I can’t think of anytime thats happened to me except surprise paties. Hahaha!

    Great giveaway! The pouch is gorgeous. Thank you for the chance.

  124. Kim says:

    I found a magnet in an indie bookstore that reads, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” That’s what I keep in mind every time something is happening that I can’t make sense of or that is completely out of my control.

  125. Belinda says:

    Sometimes it seems that details are missing when a person tells you that her or his version is the correct one. Gossip is usually not true anyway.

  126. Mclg says:

    We may not know why right now, but eventually everything will fall into place.

  127. Alice Busch says:

    Many times I have wondered WHY something did or did not happen. I have come to accept that things happen according to God’s plan.

  128. Judy Keating says:

    Hi Madeline:
    As to your question, yes I have been in similar circumstance.
    Please enter me in give away,
    A MH fan,
    Judy Keating

  129. Bev burak says:

    Yes, when I meet my husband the first time…

  130. jeri dickinson says:

    I agree with the interview thing I wish they would call and say sorry we did take someone else instead of leaving you hanging and wondering and saying they really liked you but decided on someone else okay buy why, what did they have and if they leave soon how about a second chance

  131. KayM says:

    Yes, I’ve felt this way in my past frequently. Often family situations where there are things alluded to, but never discussed in regards to distant family history. Lovely contest, thank you for the opportunity.

  132. Sue C says:

    Yes. It seems to happen alot lately.

  133. jeanette thomas says:

    I have often wondered why when my husband was living please enter me in your give away

  134. Bonnie James says:

    Yes, and often when I find out why, I ask again WHY?!!!

  135. Barbara Knighton says:

    Job interviews!

  136. Janet Rau says:

    I am learning to trust my first gut instinct. First impressions are important! Reading is traveling between the covers of a book. ?

  137. Jennifer Disario says:

    Yes! Unfortunately it would happen around my family. My father remarried a woman (she is my age) with 3 children. She has been manipulative and her life needs drama or she is incomplete. Which is why now that I am an adult, married with children, I no longer can spend time with my father if I want peace. She does not “allow” him to visit with us unless she can join. I will not allow my childrens’ lives to be stressful like mine was when I was younger.
    The new book is on my To-Read list and I am so excited thinking of it! This contest is the BEST! I love Kindles and Vera Bradley designs are both fun and beautiful.

  138. While the male mind-process boggles my mind, I would have to say women often think there is more to it than there really is. Men want things simply because they do.. Does that make sense? My husband’s thought process is simply, what do I want, to do, hunger for, to possess. I often think, around, about the why.

  139. Cynthia Thomason says:

    Yes it has and I;m still trying to figure out the why.
    Adding this to my to be read list.. Thank you for a chance at awesome prizes,

  140. Gina Fann says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway

  141. Caroline Buanteo says:

    The last three years so much has happened and I always ask myself WHY ME? Especially when it comes to family you think your doing something right by being truthful and they want nothing to do with you. So life for you must go on.

  142. Michelle Mcgrath says:

    car salesmen a usually involved when i have that feeling.

  143. Jaci says:

    Loved the Duke of Sin…all three books in the series were amazing…check out my review at

  144. Connie Fischer says:

    I can probably turn this around and say that one time I had to be the one leaving out part of the story. My husband, sons, and I had just moved to Paris for my husband’s job. When we left, we knew my Mom and his Dad were fighting cancer but we thought they were doing well. Several months after we moved, I got a call from my sister saying Mom was not expected to live so I flew back home. She lingered for several weeks. In the meantime, my father-in-law died and my husband flew home for his funeral. We told my Mom that he was back in the U.S. for a meeting. We did not tell her that his Dad had died. We said he was doing well. As I had been gone from my little boys for six weeks, I had to tell Mom goodbye and fly home. The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. She passed away six weeks later and I flew back for her funeral. Therefore, I was the one who “left out” the truth because I could not burden her with it.

    Thank you for such lovely gifts to your readers. Your books have pride of place on my bookshelf and I look forward to reading your upcoming novels.

    Congratulations and all the best.

  145. Dianne Lee says:

    After I had been dating a guy for a few weeks some of my male friends said he was more or less telling them to stay away from me. We hadn’t been together that long and had barely kissed a few times so I couldn’t figure out what was going on. We had nothing in common and I didn’t appreciate his attitude toward my friends so I decided to break up with him. Before I could breakup with him he proposed to me and said he didn’t believe in love but wanted to get married. His idea of HEA was certainly not the same as mine.

  146. Cindy Scheffler says:

    Yea it always happens when family is involved. Thanks for the chance to win some wonderful books and cool prizes.

  147. Yes, I found myself in that situation once. Events were unfolding and I was virtually oblivious to the whole story. It was a real mess, and those who were trying to protect me by not disclosing the events to me made a big mistake because they’d lost my trust for a time. It took many years to get the incident sorted out, but those who were trying to keep me in the dark, to protect me, learned that honesty and being forthcoming is the best policy in my book.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I love Vera Bradley!! Isn’t great being able to wash those bags??!!

  148. DeeAnn S says:

    This has happened to me several times. The occasion that is uppermost in my mind has to do with a person I was engaged to marry that wasn’t completely truthful with me about his past. Thankfully, it caught up to him before we were married.

  149. Melinda B says:

    Hmmm. Good question! What is going on that I don’t know about? or that the characters don’t know about? Often in life we make decisions without all the facts. The story is what we do in the process of gaining more facts and how the facts change or confirm out actions.
    Love your books and I”m looking forward to reading this one.

  150. Marianne Casale says:

    Every day when I come to work. I become so engrossed with my oncology patients that half the time I never realize that 3 of the nurses are expecting, someone else got engaged and someone took another position. Things are always happening that I have no ideal about.

  151. Sandra says:

    Not knowing the WHY happens quite a bit in the theatre community that we are heavily involved with. You’d think communication would be stronger with theatre people, but … *shrug* LOL

    Thank you for this opportunity to enter such a lovely giveaway!!

  152. Ashley Morris says:

    Not too often, but I did get that frequently with one of my college roommates. That semester was an experience and a half, let me tell you.

  153. Tara says:

    My career is out of my hands lol. Why get a master’s degree when no one is hiring? My life is a joke.

  154. Susan C says:

    They say that life is always greener on the other side but in love, it is not. I was dying to marry my husband and have stayed with him, sadly, for nearly 43 years. I look at my 22 year old self and say, WHY WHY WHY everyday of my life. I’d also like to say I am a huge fan of Vera Bradley items and Baroque is one of my favorite patterns. What an amazing giveaway and book/s!

  155. Pat Elliott says:

    Fortunately, I don’t believe I have ever been in a situation that I didn’t fully understand what was going on…or maybe I just was too blind to see what the situation was. Thanks for the opportunity to win a really great price package

  156. Linda Henderson says:

    One of my brothers is frequently known for telling you to do one thing when he knew that wasn’t what needed to be done. He enjoys taking all the glory for anything.

  157. Desiree Senechal says:

    I was working for a non-profit organization in the office of the assistant treasurer. When he decided to pursue a different career path, our two supervisors came to me and asked me what it was that I did in the office. They asked me to put together a presentation and that they would take me to lunch to discuss it. I was anxious, thinking I was going to get the ax, but provided them with a lengthy list of duties I performed. To my complete surprise, they offered me the assistant treasurer position! A great opportunity for me which I did accept.

  158. CelineB says:

    I have definitely felt this way before. Thanks for the giveaway!

  159. Barbara Leonard says:

    I’ve been in that situation many times. My boss changed things around the office for apparently no reason, when the truth was that he was getting divorced. My husband does stuff all of the time that baffle me, but later I find he had a good reason.

  160. Sue Dittmar says:

    I loved the excerpt that was posted. The tension between the 2 of them makes one want to read the book.
    Thank you for all the writing you do. Quite lovely.

  161. Latarsha Charles says:

    Yes, sometimes everything lines up, but I was given the opportunity to take 2 different jobs but one just seemed a little to good to be true. Turns out they really only needed a temp to cover for a maternity leave. Glad I didn’t choose that one!

  162. Lisa R says:

    Not knowing the whole story usually happens with family members and at work. I’d prefer the whole truth.

    Great giveaway. Looking forward to spending time with another of your fabulous heroes. =)

  163. Elaine says:

    Isn’t life often like this? We have to pray about it, trust our intuition and discernment and make a decision. There is no wrong decision, we adjust to the results of what transpires.

    Love your books and thank you for a great contest!

  164. Joye I says:

    I am the kind of person that usually doesn’t question Why? I just go ahead and accept it and move on. Too many Why worries can bring one down.

    Your new book sounds really good.

  165. Jim says:

    Yes, and the oldest one I can remember is more than 47 years old and I still do not know the “why”.

  166. alisha woods says:

    Yes, things keep happening and looking good example I am a certified teacher and graduated in 2008 with teaching certificate, also have child dev degree. Have really positive and great interviews then no job. I don’t understand why. Have great references.

  167. Michelle Reno says:

    Yes, and it did not end well

  168. brenda miller says:

    Thanks! I am the person who always wants to know why!

  169. Jill says:

    Thank you for the chance to win. Unfortunately or luckily, nothing like that has happened to me.

  170. Cathy Lykens says:

    Oh, I have often found myself with a lot of work and responsibilities when I thought I was just granting a simple favor…but I am a “Tigger” not an “Eeyore”, always wanting to help others. I am a very busy person as a result.

  171. Robin Hewlett says:

    Yes, all the time! Can’t wait to read the latest book!

  172. Betsy Pauzauskie says:

    Most events unfolding in my life where I suspected I didn’t know the whole story involved family members. The circumstances usually concerned differences in beliefs. Some people are more open & others more secretive. Some see everything as black or white. Fortunately everything has worked out nicely over time.

  173. Bonnie Raymond says:

    I can’t say that I’ve ever been in that situation or maybe I’m just quick to figure things out. I would love to win these prizes.

  174. Heather Strand says:

    I can’t really say that I have. Lol. Thank you for the amazing giveaway! Can’t wait to read your new book! ?

  175. Shelly Garnett says:

    yes but I find that it is best to just let it all come out because it does all come out in the end.

  176. Gigi Hicks says:

    Yes, I have encountered family issues with a big ‘why’ that is not answered until everything falls apart even though I felt something was wrong. It was a very stressful time. i am so glad things like that that don’t happen much.

  177. ZaBeth Marsh says:

    Love your books. Great giveaway! Nice way to travel with all your books

  178. berlinda mcbee says:

    Went to a friends party and everyone there was much younger than I, and the first thing that came to mind was; why did I talk myself into coming.

  179. Judy Weaver says:

    This is an awesome giveaway!!

  180. Sonia Lowry says:

    There was a time when my cousin who is six months younger than I am was sick. In fact dying and was not contact until the last day of her life. Everyone else knew what was happening but I was not informed because I was the closest cousin to her like a sister really. My family feared my reaction and from what I was told my cousin who was also my best friend could not handle what ever my action would be. To say I was furious with everyone was a serious understatement.

  181. Pamela Wood says:

    I have been in that situation, many times! Love the books!

  182. Dawn says:

    Usually when I feel a big Why? about events it is not a pleasant time. They tend to be negative experiences. To get through them I faith that everything will work out as it should according to God’s bigger plan. That doesn’t mean that I enjoy the process just that I can rest assured that I have God’s strength to do so. That enables me to try to look for the positives along the way and definitely after the event. While the process itself is not pleasant there are usually many many positive outcomes and benefits. I’m usually a better more compassionate and understanding person from having gone through a Why? event.

  183. Laural Barker says:

    There is always a question of why this is happening right now and why not 2 years ago. Like buying a new house.

  184. Lorena Keech says:

    I’ve never faced anything like that in my personal life. But I’ve certainly been in work situations where I knew the story we were being given was not the whole story.

  185. Fay Williquette says:

    At my age I have been in that situation many times, and it still happens.

  186. Earlene Gillespie says:

    There have been a few moments in my life where I have felt I was not getting the whole story and some have been pleasant surprises and some not so pleasant. You live and learn I suppose

  187. Connie Sahn says:

    My biggest “why” is – I have so many specialists, “why” can’t any of them come up with a diagnosis for me so I can move on with my life? Thanks for the giveaway – something positive to look forward to having a chance to win a nice prize.

  188. Kathy Setter says:

    I am one of those people that always wants all the details, so when I don’t get them I get frustrated. In my older age I am learning to be more patient… I am excited to read The Wicked Duke!

  189. clynsg says:

    I think most people have been in that situation at some time of their life, even though they might not actually realize it. I know it has happened to me, both in my working career and in my family life. It might be just a miscommunication, secrets, or really something more unfriendly, but it does happen.

  190. Jolynn Rood says:

    Just a month ago today. Our 22 yr. old daughter, Just left a note & moved out.There was no prior argument, No idea Why she would just leave like that.

  191. jerilynn rodriguez says:

    Lol…I’m the last to know whats going on around me. I want to know everything about whats going on and I get partial or no answer…frustrating to say the least.

  192. Ali says:

    I encounter those types of situations everyday. I blame
    wicked and diobolical minds that are always concocting schemes!!!!!! I love it! It creates an interesting and challenging life.

  193. sharon says:

    Usually at work since other departments expect me to know what their procedures are.

  194. Linda Golubski says:

    Having raised four daughters, there was always an untold story that would come to light later. I learned to take everything with a grain of salt and to wait for the story to unfold!! So strange that this body bag is the gift. I have a friend who has this exact bag, and I fell in love with it. Have been looking for one ever since! Hope to win.

  195. Amy says:

    It seems everyday that I find out new things about my partner that I did not know. He and I have been together 15 years now. Course he would probably say the same thing about me.

    Thank you for the chance to win one of the amazing prizes.

  196. Lily says:

    Have you ever been in a situation like that, where events were unfolding in your life and you suspected you did not know the whole story?

    Absolutely. I believe most people have felt like this at times, especially in the workplace. I don’t have any particular story to tell, but I’ve definitely suspected that I haven’t been told the entire story many times.

  197. I’m looking forward to reading the Wicked Duke. I always pre-order your books as soon as you post the titles. Thank you.

  198. Donna Vasser says:

    Yes! A great part of my life has been the big question WHY?

  199. Pamela Beech says:

    I think that happens more than we know. But you have to go on faith sometimes. As they say- There are two sides to every story.I love all of your books.

  200. Eileen Aberman-Wells says:

    Yes, interviewing for jobs that changed from the original posting. Also, picking out my first apartment because my parents took over & I let them since I was only 21.

  201. Patti says:

    Just as Marianne is determined to find out the duke’s secrets and expose them, sometimes in real life we’re better off not knowing the whole story because it could hurt innocent people. And, yes, I know that for a fact. My son is going through a nasty divorce and the mudslinging is hurtful to all involved, especially their children.

  202. Sandy X says:

    Yes, right now at work. I’m waiting for a reply on how to get something completed but I have no answer for it. I went to the person that my paper asked me and I got redirect to someone else and that person redirect me to a different person.

  203. Cheryl Yost says:

    I love both the reader and the bag. My reader is the 1st edition of the kindle and really needs an upgrade. These would be the most enjoyable gifts. I love hands free bags the only way to go. Thank you for doing this lovely giveaway.

  204. Amber Terry says:

    I honestly can’t think of a time when I felt that way! But that’s not to say it couldn’t happen in the future…

    Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  205. Kathryn Riley says:

    What a fantastic giveaway!!

  206. Erna Arnesen says:

    I am going to start reading this series! Sounds fun.

  207. Denise George says:

    YES, I often feel like I need to be a detective to get the whole story. I work in a service oriented field and dealing with different personalities – do you ever get the true whole story?

  208. Rita Sheppard says:

    The only time I was in that kind of situation was when my now husband proposed to me. He was a good looking guy and very popular with the ladies. I was a very naive 18 year old girl with no experience with men and wondered “why me?” I took me a while to believe he was really in love with me.

  209. susan beamon says:

    Waiting for the book. Love the cover.

  210. gwyn beams says:

    would love to win,i keep putting off buying kindle just to see if i can win one.on limited incomeAND I’M CHEAP’

  211. Robin in NC says:

    I think things are always unfolding in our lives, that we don’t know the whole story behind them. Sometimes, we never know the whole story. Thanks for sharing the excerpt & the giveaway!

  212. Susan Wright says:

    Why’s to unfolding events? My life has been so bland that I use books to live in another time/century/lifestyle. There hasn’t been an event that comes to mind that had me asking questions.

  213. Jenny Scheldberg says:

    I think I’m pretty good at picking up on when something or someone isn’t quite right. Thankfully, I never had that feeling with my husband. Definitely dated a bunch of jerks before him so I knew the feeling well and was always right. Always go with your gut.

  214. Dean Young says:

    I don’t remember an incident where I was not aware of what was happening and why.
    I am looking forward to this book coming out and reading it. “)

  215. Deidre says:

    yes, Where you hear what you would like but the actions don’t match the words so your left second guessing yourself and asking WHY?

  216. Caro says:

    Definitely, I’m always wondering Why! when someone says one thing, then does something that completely contradicts that. Big hint, it’s family. You know they aren’t telling all or even partial truth but they won’t say why and you end up getting the brunt of it or involved one way or the other. I don’t understand how that cannot be seen (or cared about) by the other person.

  217. I love having the opportunity to win this. Recently, being back in the single life at an age nearing 60 I find comfort that men like those within these books might exist. So far, they seem few and far between in real life, unfortunately. So, I live vicariously.

  218. Barbara Maietta says:

    I was divorced and working at a car dealership and our telephone operator, for some unknown reason, was fired. She went to work for a nearby dealership. We were friends and one day she called me and said that I should meet her boss, who was also divorced. While I was telling her that I didn’t want to meet him, she was connecting me to his phone. We were married 3 years later. Thanks for the giveaway!

  219. Sheila Melo says:

    Yes. I recently had the situation when someone wanted me to take a side in a dispute but I could tell there was more to know.

  220. Gail Fernandez says:

    Yes, I have been in that kind of situation before. Thanks for the chance to win.

  221. Julie-ann Ford says:

    Not really. I am a retired police officer so I usually try to get all the facts. Thank you for the chance.

  222. Laura says:

    The situation I can recall is when someone pursued me when I was much younger. Knowing he had been in a long term relationship I was wondering why all of s sudden he was available. Why did he make the decision. Was he in rebound chest was true story.

  223. Jane Sprando says:

    Several times in my life I have wondered why something happened — or didn’t. The worst one is when a close friend stopped doing things with me with no explanation.

  224. Linda George says:

    I have had a few friends who no longer keep in touch and really do not know what has happened.

  225. Holly V. says:

    Sometimes having an answer leads to more questions. Not every story needs a ending.Some questions left unanswered, make a person think, ponder and create new questions from the what ifs.

  226. Tricia Tieken says:

    I believe just about everyone can relate to this. One of those, for me, was why I never got promoted at this company I had been with for five years. I had excellence performance reviews and the right experience and education, but nothing ever came of it. Then, one day, we were told that there were going to be restructuring the department. That is always code word for layoffs. Well, that made me very sad. I didn’t know why this was happening now. I was scared. So scared that I applied for a job at another company two days later. A month and a half goes by, and I get a call from that company. Long story short, I got the job with that new company, and I’m still there and I love it. God knew the why and everything behind it, but I didn’t. But I did know He had my best interest at heart.

  227. Lynn Rettig says:

    Frequently!! More than once in job interviews, but those got figured out pretty quickly as age discrimination, but those times involving my family I’m still trying to figure out, even years after the fact.

  228. Carol Woodruff says:

    No, I never have. Maybe I don’t look deeply enough into things.

  229. Denise Schenk says:

    love your books.

  230. Denise K. says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter. Good Luck everyone! And yes, I am as curious as a cat and usually have lots of questions that are have many layered answers.

  231. Elaine Folger says:

    Yes, I have had the experience of not knowing the whole story. I am one of those people who always wants to know all circumstances before I make a decision, so it makes my decision making really tough!

  232. Jane Levine says:

    I’m 67.i really can’t remember if that ever happened to me

  233. Lisa Pantano says:

    Before I got married I dated the same man for a very long time. 8 years by my admission. 22 years according to him. He was my high school sweetheart. He would have loved to get married earlier but I was the one who wasn’t giving him all of the information. I knew that my family wasn’t approving of our relationship. I knew my mother thought it was a mistake. I just laughed it off when he would ask because I didn’t want to hurt him. I finally gave in. I stood up to my family and we got engaged and married two years later. I did eventually tell him why I refused to get married earlier, and he just laughed it off.

  234. Angie Garn says:

    Oh, yes. When I was going through my divorce, my now ex-husband acted funny when questioned about missing money out of our joint accounts. Come to find out, he had a hot little honey on the side that he bought a house for! Needless to say, he had to sell that house to pay his and my lawyer fees and give me my settlement.

  235. Karen Hawk says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. This looks like a wonderful read!

  236. Doreena Silva says:

    OMG all the time!!! Life has 3 sides to every story & lucky is the person that gets the truth out of all sides!

  237. Mary Pancake says:

    It seems there are facts left out of the stories I hear from a lot of people. It makes them sound better and important.

  238. Suzett Allman says:

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  239. Deanna LeBrun says:

    Yes, there have been several times important (and unimportant) things have happened and I found later I didn’t have all the details. The one I felt most like a romance novel about was my boyfriend’s grandfather objecting to our relationship. He said felt his 23 year old ‘boy’ was too young to get serious. I thought he felt I wasn’t good enough. We never found out the whole story. We will be together 30 years this coming March.

  240. Lena Lee says:

    Can’t wait to read The Wicked Duke.

  241. lori byrd says:

    I feel like this at work all the time. Most of the time it gets resolved but sure is frustrating.

  242. Elizabeth says:

    In the previous century I was a member of the First Virginia Regiment, a recreated Revolutionary War regiment. Someone purchased both regular and spicy hot sausage. I know some members don’t like spicy foods so I carefully cooked patties and then separated the two kinds when hot with my clean fingers (where’s the spatula when you need it?). One of ladies watched me separate the hot from the plain and then said, “Well I know I won’t be eating any sausage.” She couldn’t tell me I should use a tool to touch the cooked, hot food out in the woods? …sigh…

  243. Shreya M says:

    My significant other is a typical stoic male. He keeps his sleepless nights to himself. I think we worry about money and our little one equally. Often we are trying to protect our loved ones from undue suffering when we keep mum. Maybe sharing might alleviate some of the burden.

  244. Deb Diem says:

    I never notice things until they jump up and slap me in the face. lol

  245. Rosemary S says:

    Unfortunately yes. It was called marriage!

  246. Gail Hurt says:

    I think we have all had this problem in our lives at sometime. I know that I have with family several times. The thing is you never get all of the truth about it. You just seem to get bits and pieces of the truth.

  247. Sharon Guagliardo says:

    Our son lived 1500 miles away from us and he wasn’t answering or returning our phone calls all of a sudden. His fiance answered one time and said he wasn’t home and that she would have him call, and he never did. After this happened for quite a while, and we were getting quite worried, we decided to fly out and see what was going on, combining a checkup and a vacation. We found that he and his fiance were having difficulties with her seeing someone else, and she had not told him we were calling and wanted to hear from him. Fortunately thing were resolved, and he never let that happen again.

  248. Tammie Sisco says:

    After reading the short intro I’m very excited to read this book.

  249. Debra Nicholson says:

    I wish I could give you a nice story on your question, but I can’t.

  250. sharon miller says:

    I was in a situation, when being married for 6 years and my husband was a ITT guy for a large company and he traveled frequently. I had no reason to distrust him, because he was a wonderful and kind husband and father to our children. I started to receive phone calls when he was away, from women, asking to speak with “Steven”. Many were late night calls that had me in a panic, thinking there had been an accident with my husband. I finally spoke with one of the women, and asked her if they had a romantic relationship, and she told me it was much more. I asked her if she knew he was married, with 3 children and she was floored. I also told her many other women were calling to speak to him. She gave me her email and sent a picture of my husband with her. Man was not my husband in the picture. A co-worker was using my husband as a go between with other woman. He was also married. I sent the pictures to his wife, and hubby took a desk job.

  251. Lavern Lindberg says:

    A few interviews I’ve been on it seemed like there was something about the position they weren’t telling me.

  252. Greg Johnson says:

    Yes – and it was sorta awkward!

  253. Sharon Price says:

    Since discovering your first book I make it a point to haunt my local indie book seller when time for the next to be published.

  254. Karen Murray says:

    I was at a job interview for a position as a legal assistant when suddenly the attorney interviewing me looked at the address on my résumé. I live in a gated, over 55 community with a golf course, which he recognized. Suddenly he asks if I golf, I tell him that I do not but my husband does. From there I lost all control of this interview and he was more interested in my husband’s handicap.

  255. Lauren Jamison says:

    Thank you for such an awesome giveaway! The first situation that comes to mind concerns my younger sister. When my sister was 6, she is 18 now, she had a major seizure out of nowhere. My family was definitely scared but felt better when her doctor said she was okay and it was just a random experience. I was very skeptical at the time because there was a feeling in my gut that she was not okay. It turns out that I was right because shortly after that experience she had more seizures. She was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 6 and still has them to today. The situation taught me to trust my intuitions.

  256. Natasha Persaud says:

    I have been in those kinds of situations a lot of times before… I always get the sense of deja vu. I have a tendency to get myself in them. Unfortunately majority of the time I just end up disappointed trying to figure them out

  257. Kathy says:

    I experience the why? everyday at my work. Our supervisors are always keeping secrets and only telling half the story whenever there will be any changes in the work place.

  258. Sara Edmonds says:

    Those time I felt I didn’t have the whole story were always ones were I didn’t listen to my gut but felt I had to continue- in the end I found ways to back out and as I grew older I listened to my gut before I got myself into a sticky situation.

  259. MsElle3 says:

    Yes, I have been in a situation where I suspected that there was more going on than what I was being told. Like a lamb led to the slaughter has a deeper meaning for me now. The tagline in my head: “Run Forest, run. So glad that I did.:)

  260. Sharon Extine says:

    Yes, I’ve been in a situation where I wasn’t told everything. If you wait long enough the whole truth will come out. Thanks for the giveaway. Love your books.

  261. Cynthia aka Artemis says:

    Aha – the ulterior motive! One of the best tools in a writers tool box. Well, my husband does try, bless his heart! Sometimes he succeeds. 😉 But it is always with a good surprise.

  262. Amy Medeiros says:

    Yes I get into those kinda situations alot at work when a patron won’t give me the whole story lol

  263. Patricia Timberlake-Turk says:

    Yes, when my husband was having an affair. I could not figure out his change of affection toward me; more loving; until I saw him with his girlfriend.

    I love books with twist and turns. It keeps me turning/flipping pages till I’ve read the whole book. Those are the best book to get into.

  264. Christina Fox says:

    Yes I have

  265. I’ve never had a marriage proposal, so I will make up a scenario. The old Duke has died and his will states that in order for the incoming Duke to receive the family money to run the family estates he must find away to meet me an convince me to marry him within 30 days.

  266. Lynn Bruce says:

    Yes. I have had several instances where I did not know everything that was going on and I think that happens a lot particularly in work situations.

  267. Sandy M says:

    I have been in a situation like that, and it did not turn out well! Found out people lied and did things for their own selfish reasons. Thus, life ended up going in a totally unpredictable and very surprising direction. Not what I would have chosen to happen, but sometimes the reins just aren’t in your hands!

  268. Sherry Seiler says:

    Can’t wait to read it and I love the cover.

  269. Christina Riggs says:

    I was blindsided by several men. And now I ask a whole lot of questions. Learned my lesson.

  270. Dianad says:

    Unfortunately I had 15 years where I knew things werent adding up but I trust too easily. It wasnt till I got divorced that I started hearing all the details of different events and realized just how much I should have questioned.

  271. Patricia Addison says:

    I have often wondered how I got so lucky to have my husband. Unfortunately I only had him for 32 years – but they were great! (Love your books)

  272. Dawn A says:

    I never understood why my first real boyfriend dumped me. He broke my teenage heart and he never explained why.

  273. GladysMP says:

    Yes, I once dated a guy who never seemed to say everything he had in mind when discussing something. It was rather puzzling.

  274. Tamara Blackwell says:

    Yes, unfortunately, I have experienced that and it is always disheartening to know people you thought you could trust are keeping you in the dark.

  275. ML says:

    This happens all the time, particularly professionally. You always feel like you don’t have the whole picture!

  276. Amy Higgins says:

    Yes, I always try to second guess myself by asking “Why?” Instead, I should be asking, “Why not?”

  277. Cindy Barnett says:

    I ask why all the time. I hate that question because you never really have an answer.

  278. Judy Gerhart says:

    I never had this experience or situation.

  279. Sarah N says:

    I very frequently ask that question of myself when talking to my children. While they are at school all day I know more is going on then what they tell me… but puzzling it out takes time. Sometimes months. Sometimes I never do hear all of the story.

  280. Vanessa says:

    Interesting question….looking back over the years, I would have to answer yes. Sometimes we are unaware of someone’s motives or reasons for their behavior at a given time. Perhaps age and wisdom help give us perspective and better understanding of situations. Thank you for the contest and the chance to enter. Congratulations on the upcoming release of The Wicked Duke.

  281. Tabathia B says:

    Yes, I have. When we weren’t invited to a family vacation trip and I thought there was malice behind it but after talking to everyone involved I found out that it was just a case of my kids work schedule not working into trip timeline everyone was talking about

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  282. Sandra Watts says:

    Yes, that has happened to me. At the time it did not look like it was for the good but it did end up being so in the end.

  283. Laura says:

    Yes there are many times in my life that I have wondered why something was happening but I usually know in my gut if it will end happily or not so much. Thank you for the contest and I am so excited to read another one of your books! I love them all!

  284. Mildred Mayo says:

    I volunteer at the church every Tues. and Sat.morning.

    One Tues. I was surprised by a party in honor of my birthday which was 2 weeks away. When I said “why, it’s 2 weeks away” I was told they knew I would have a good excuse and not come to avoid a celebration.
    Thank you for the chance.

  285. I often wonder how many of us have had a fantasy about moving to the UK and meeting a wonderfully wicked man of our own; Earl, Duke or Marquess. It doesn’t really matter if they manned-up as they always do in your engrossing stories. Not to mention the added perk of going to balls and wearing fabulous gowns and jewelry. Sigh! My passport is ready! Thank you for weaving tales worth fantasizing about.

  286. Annette Lind says:

    When I thought I was going to get a teaching position then it was given to someone else because their position had been eliminated.

  287. Nicole Dixon says:

    Yes, and I married him anyway. One of my better decisions.

  288. Jean says:

    Love all of your books and look forward to the next release….

  289. DEBIJOT says:

    I have a boy and a girl that are two years apart. I feel I never get the whole story – each one has their own version.

  290. Tana Lewis says:

    Can’t wait to read about this One Wicked Duke. Love how you have worked hi into the other stories and how he knows so much more than any one thinks he does.

  291. Gracie says:

    Yes, I have been in a situation with friends! When one of them does not keep in touch , usually talk/see a daily basis I know something is up & when I do talk to them 2 different stories. It’s always a bad feeling.

  292. ERIN RODRIGUEZ says:

    When I was 21 I was engaged to be married to a man I had dated for 3 years. I got all the way to the altar the day of the wedding and my fiancee didn’t show. We had had the rehearsal dinner the night before and he had even played golf with the men in the wedding party the day of but decided not to make it to the church. The the question “why?” haunted me for weeks. I was devastated. I had believed myself madly in love with this man. This event in my life left me a little bit broken and wary of love. But as I began to live my life again as a separate entity, I started to think about my future. I finished school and met a man who had his own love scars. Little did I know that it was our wounds and insecurities that made us perfect for each other. I may never know my ex-fiancee’s reasons for not showing up, indeed I doubt he could articulate the reasons, but 17 years of marriage and 7 children later I know why. I was meant for more. Life is not always easy but the love my husband and I share makes it worth it. I know my life purpose is to raise and love my large boisterous family.

  293. Katharine Heintschel says:

    Great Giveaway!

  294. Jeri says:

    Yes, I have unfortunately. But eventually the answers were found out.

  295. Cheryl English says:

    Sometimes I trust people way to much. I will give them a chance to prove themselves. After that I move on.

  296. Nicole Peterson says:

    I know I’ve been there but nothing specific comes to mind. I tend to be pretty optimistic and try to find the brighter side of these situations. Can’t wait for the release date!

  297. Jackie Wisherd says:

    I can’t think of a time when I was in a situation like the one you described. I enjoy reading your books.

  298. Martine says:

    When I was 24 living alone in NYC away from home for the first time, I walked my then one year old Chow Chow and a man wearing a trench coat stopped in front of me on the grass in front of a 60 floor high rise. So, I walked around him. He followed me for three blocks. Then he yelled something and I turned, he opened his trench coat and jerked off since he was naked. My dog jumped on him and bit his penis. He was hospitalized and I was sued for his medical costs. That was unexpected.

  299. Amber says:

    Yes, it’s just a feeling you get. Like something isn’t adding up.

  300. No not yet and hope not to!

  301. Lana Zetouna says:

    I’ve been in situations where events were unfolding in my life and I did not know the whole story. At the end, I learned to trust my intuition and stay on course no matter what.

    Thank you

  302. Lori voigt says:

    This happens a lot in life. There are times when you never find out the whole story. After being married 28 years, there have been too many times I wished I did not find out the whole story. When I read, I can remove myself from my life for a brief moment and travel to another time, another place, another person. Reading is my “yoga”, “meditation”, and “relaxation”. My drug of choice. I love your books and your writing style. Thanks.

  303. Robin says:

    These days I feel like I’m always a step behind as my teenaged son’s social life has ballooned! ? Ever since he got his driver’s license last November, I feel like I’m playing catch-up to keep up with where he is, who he’s with, where he’s going next, what time he’ll be home, etc. Wow….that sounds exhausting!! ? I know it will get better as he gets a little more mileage under his belt (it did with his sister….she’s away at college now), but for now I’ll keep trying to keep up!

  304. Cyndi Lockhart says:

    Both the gift and the book are GORGEOUS!! I want both and will have at least one!

  305. Sara Robinson says:

    I always wonder why something is happening. Most times, it is work related. My family doesn’t surprise me much anymore and I gave up wondering why a long time ago.

  306. Lana Baker says:

    This has happened to me more than once. Most notably, I *knew* there was a reason my daughter was born, and it was my job to raise her happy and healthy. I don’t know what that reason is, even now that she’s almost 23, but I still believe she’s going to do something important.

  307. Barbara Elness says:

    Oh yes, and it is such a relief to find out the whole story, even if it isn’t what I want to hear. I’d rather know the truth than have that feeling that all is not as it seems.

  308. Monique B. says:

    Yes, of course. I had a feeling I was only getting half of the truth so I confronted the person head on.

  309. Megan Johnson says:

    I think my time in the military was full of Why’s. There was never any given answer other than this is just how it is, or “because f*** you that’s why.” I pretty much stopped asking, unless it was for educational purposes.

  310. Michele H says:

    It’s happened to me a few times, mostly with information being withheld for “my own good” by my mother or older siblings. However, lately I feel like it happens every single time I talk with my boss. I never get the whole story! LOL

  311. Gloria Cash-Procell says:

    Early in my teaching career, I was interviewed by both the principal and the superintendent of a district. They said I was their first choice for an opening, and then I never heard from them again. I always wondered Why. I’m sure your character will eventually find out the answer to her Why. I’m anxious to read and find out.

  312. Janice Hickman says:

    I have never been in that position myself. Love all your books and look forward to this one.

  313. Courtney says:

    Yes I’ve been in that situation! My husband suddenly stopped wanting to kiss me. This lasted for YEARS…like 4-5 years. I kept thinking he was tired of me, cheating on me, something was wrong. I felt I knew he was hiding something from me, but he would never fess up and would always deny that anything was wrong…until one day he finally confessed that he needed to see a dentist. It turns out he had horrible tooth decay and finally couldn’t take the pain anymore! One root canal, one extraction, and four fillings later, we are happily smooching again!

  314. Abbey Gingrich says:

    Yes very much with my last so called boyfriend. He was a scam artist and a lier. I keep finding my stuff that was hidden. He took stuff. He throw my belonging in the trash. I thought for a long time it was me when it was him. Guess I should have listened better to the people who really loved me.

  315. Kirsten says:

    My first marriage was like that every day. He was abusive and every day brought new problems.

  316. Kathy Auten says:


  317. Lisa Cowell says:

    My late husband started pushing me to marry him within a couple of days of meeting me. I could never figure out why he was in such a hurry, and I managed to put him off for the 6 months it took to crochet my wedding dress. Only a few hours after we were married, it was obvious something was wrong, but I figured it was just a normal part of being married. Two weeks later he announced that everything he had told me about himself was just to get me to marry him, and for some reason he thought I had money. When he found out that there really was no money, he became nasty, sold off all my pensions, life insurance and furniture, then started running up credit cards he had taken out in my name, buying cars and signing my name on the loans, etc. He never made any attempt to work, was abusive and violent and died leaving me several hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, which I am still paying off 15 years later. Apparently, the reason he wanted to marry so quickly is he was having trouble just being pleasant to me and remembering all the lies he had told me.

  318. I am really looking forward to this book. Keep ’em coming.

  319. Cathy Phillips says:

    Yes, I have with family.

  320. Thornley, Douglas says:

    Yes my girl friend would always act very strange near the same time of the year. There other things that she would react to that I did not understand. Later I found out that her father had killed himself when she and her sister were very young.

  321. Dorothy H says:

    Yes I HAVE! I never believed that my Pony just “disappeared” from the people that my morher loaned her too! I believe that she either died or my mother sold her and didn’t want to tell me!?!that was in the late 60’s, and I still think about my beloved ” June”! Good luck everyone! Awesome giveaway!

  322. Rhonda Burkhardt says:

    I’ve been in situations I had no control or choice in matters but I’ve always known why. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome prize.

  323. Gretchen says:

    Sometimes yes but very rarely happens

  324. Jeanna Massman says:

    I know there have been times when things in my life seemed out of my control but luckily, life seems to always move on.

  325. Jacki Rollins says:

    Yes, and I felt like something was going on, ignored that gut feeling and found out I shouldn’t have ignored it! I have found that every time I ignore my “gut feeling” or dismiss it I end up regretting it!

  326. I was once trying to decide about two men I was involved with, as to which I really liked best. Some co-workers took me to see a physic! I was initially put off, but in the end, having the woman point out that I already knew which one I wanted put me on the right track. She told me things about these two men she could never have known,as she had not even known my name before I got there. We were happily married for 20 years! Unfortunately, he is gone now, but I know I made the right choice–unconventional as the process was!!

  327. Regina Elliott says:

    I was in a similar situation when I was in my early 20’s I had recently been in a relationship that didn’t work out but we are still friends and had friends together ,I had a BBQ and invited my friends and one so called friend brought the girl that caused my breakup just to start trouble and I was the last to know she was coming and she wasn’t told it was my party so I did what any girl would do I started talking to her and that night we became the best of friends and 30 yrs later still bff’s

  328. Lori Shore says:

    When I was 19 I got pregnant and after much debating and thought, I made the decision to place my baby for adoption. It wasn’t an easy decision but one that was made in the best interest for her since I felt unequipped to care for her by myself. The day that I signed the papers and left the hospital without her was one of the most heartbreaking days of my entire life. I kept in touch with the adoptive mom, through the adoption agency, for the first two years of her life. We spoke about trying to find each other once she turned 18. Throughout the years my mom and I would talk about it and she always seemed sure that somehow she would be in my life again and I hoped but was never as sure as my mom. A year before my beautiful baby girl turned 18b my mom finally let me in on a big secret that she had been keeping for a very long time . . . She had figured out who had adopted the baby when she was about 6 months old, even though the adoption had been a closed one! I wrote a letter to her adoptive parents and mailed it on her 18th birthday. We have met and are involved in each other’s lives and I’m so grateful for the experience.

  329. Tamara Weitz says:

    I have been lucky enough not to be in that situation. Thanks for a the chance at an awesome giveaway!

  330. Diana Tidlund says:

    yep and it turned out to be both good and bad at the same time…. turned out I was right to be nervous and weary when I found out husband at the time was cheating on me with 12 women at least….. ended up being a good thing cause I divorced his sorry ass and took the kids…. then ended up falling for my best friend who was there through my divorce.. we have now been together for 24 years and he adopted my kids….so i’d do it all over again if it meant ending up with hubby now!

  331. Esther Malloy says:

    I have always been reluctant to answer a question without the “whole story”. As I get older it is easier to wait until I have the answers I need before making a decision.

  332. Katie Browne says:

    I always want to know the whole story. I don’t always get an answer I want, but at least I’m not blindsided.

  333. Melissa Caberto says:

    The first one that comes to mind involves my sister. Our entire family went to what we thought was her wedding “reception”. They said they were getting married earlier in the day and didn’t want anyone to attend. Well at the reception they informed everyone that they had been married for a year. They said they wanted to let his kids know first. Let me just say there was a mixture of hurt feelings and happiness for them.

  334. rachel collings says:

    I can’t think of a time when I didn’t feel like I had the whole story. Ulterior motives aren’t a popular things in my very small circle of friends.

  335. Becky Lax says:

    This new book does make my ‘must read’ list.
    And a new Kindle would be just the thing to read it on. Would love to win this.

  336. Tonja says:

    Book looks good, of course I have been in situations where I am left wondering why and not having the full story

  337. Elizabeth L. says:

    There have been many times in my life where there were unanswered questions. The true question is whether to pursue them. I am a person who would rather have the entire truth of it. I may not like the answer but I can live with it, whatever it might be.

  338. Debra Patton says:

    I think time eventually reveals the WHY, but not always. It’s better to move on then dwell on the question.

  339. amy compton says:

    I have children so of course events unfold before me and I don’t feel like I have the whole story. Sounds like another awesome story!

  340. Ashley says:

    I can’t wait to have stuffed mushrooms while reading. Thanks for the hot entertainment!


  341. Kathy H. says:

    Many times there has been the question Why, its what I choose to do with it, most of the time I seek first the Kingdom for answers,knowing HIS best is for me, when I don’t it is an unnecessary stress. Thank you for the opportunity.

  342. Ann Meneguzzi says:

    It is not an uncommon situation. Socially people often do not disclose what is behind what is said publicly.
    To protect themselves and to avoid confrontation complete truth is not offered.

  343. michele bauer says:

    sounds great for a beach read

  344. cheryl c. says:

    Yes, but fortunately, never in a big way.

  345. Nancy Jones says:

    I would like to get the whole story, however, it doesn’t always happen.

  346. Kathy Gumina says:

    I’d love to win the prize it would be my biggest

  347. Judy Maggio says:

    Yes, before I got married…and I should have waited to learn the whole story.

  348. Cynthia C Nunez says:

    Haven’t been in that situation.
    Thank you for the chance!!!!

  349. Lillian Batson says:

    Yes and it involved my old boyfriend. When everything came out, I ended up heartbroken.

  350. Liz the librarian says:

    Am really looking forward to the Wicked Duke.

  351. Eleanor says:

    I loved the first two books, really looking forward to this one as well.

  352. Kathy K says:

    We had a family business that because of economics merged with another company. We ended up losing our company and our jobs. I knew something was going on but was still blindsided.

  353. lucille papaleo says:

    Sometimes the mystery in love and romance is anticipating the underlying motivation. Do we really want to know? Love your romances!!!

  354. Pat L says:

    Yes to the question. I love all of your books!!

  355. Mkuether says:

    Been waiting for this book in the series. Can’t wait to read it! As for feeling like I’m not getting the whole story? I have a husband and 4 sons. I know I never got the whole story on a lot of things!

  356. JeanMP says:

    Have never been in that situation. Looking forward to this book.

  357. Anneliese says:

    I suspect in new relationships one often feels like there is more to the story than you originally get. This is not necessarily a bad thing. But often it arouses suspicion, nonetheless.

  358. Melanie Reed says:

    When I was pregnant with my twins, I had to go in for an ultrasound. The tech told me I was having twins but she looked concerned. When I asked if everything was ok, she responded with yes. Then she said that she was going to get the doctor. Since I had an older child, I knew that this was not normal but didn’t know what was going on. What happened was that they spotted the fact that one of my twins had Spina Bifida and she wanted to show the doctor first and have him explain what was going on. It is an uncomfortable position to be in, knowing that something is going on but not what it is.

  359. Kim says:

    No; I try to find out why if something feels off.

  360. Saundra K. Warren says:

    No Thank Goodness!!

  361. Linda H says:

    At the time when I was a child, I wondered why my father wasn’t around all the time. Later I learned why. He hurt many people by his selfish actions.

  362. Jennifer Nick says:

    Yes! I’m actually going through that right now, although I suspect not in a good way…

  363. Nancy O. says:

    Hasn’t everyone wondered why? at some point in their life. Love your books.

  364. Bonita Lee says:

    Mostly at work. Some people love the drama. I love your books.

  365. Christine T says:

    Sometimes all you can ask is Why? Hopefully you get an answer that makes sense.

  366. Susan Heim says:

    This happens all the time at work. Decisions are made. Rules are set in place. But we’re never really given the whole story as to why it is happening. We get the feeling there was a triggering event, but it’s rarely shared. We just have to trust that there’s a good reason for the new rule or procedure.

  367. Rosetta says:

    Yes, I am dealing with just this situation in my life presently. I hope mine turns out to be a good solution.

  368. mTheresa Henry says:

    Thank you for offering this giveaway. I have been reading your wonderful love stories for several years. My favorite is “His Wicked Reputation” This story just proves that it takes the love of a good woman to change a man into someone worthy of love and loyalty. Sad to say that my situation came about when I met my husband. I feel in love and married him but I always felt that he had not told everything about his past. After 3 months of marriage, he just happened to let it slip that he had been married before and divorced. Well it was a very long time before I could trust him again.

  369. jessfox says:

    Oh yes. Not as far as in a romantic aituation. I am 33 and have been with my husband for 17 years. The only thing he really shades the truth about is how much money he spent at the motorcycle shop, and secretly paying the kids t do his share of the chores. There was one time when we first starting dating that he got very distant, moved two states away with his mother, then showed back up two weeks later and asked me to marry him. He said he needed the space to be sure.

  370. Carla says:

    Yes, I have and it ended in disaster. I love your books. Can’t wait for the next one to come out.

  371. Sharon says:

    I try to keep aware of my surroundings and friends and family, I would not want to be set-up for a downfall, from someone I trusted. I always try to treat people like I want to be treated !

  372. Brian P Lane says:

    Yes, my third wife was in a hurry to marry and like an idiot I married her only to find out she just wanted someone to fix up her house. I started to and then stopped. Funny, everything stopped!

  373. theresa says:

    Why? My escape from reality. My son was killed in a car wreck several years ago & I have found that reading your books is a wonderful escape from the reality I live in.

  374. April says:

    I prefer to have the whole story. I may not like it but at least I won’t be surprised. Thanks for the chance. Love the bag ?

  375. Janie McGaugh says:

    There have been a number of times I had to prompt and prompt to get the whole story, especially with my grandson. I couldn’t give you any specific examples, though.

  376. Lori H says:

    Yes 🙂

  377. Susanne says:

    In 1947 I was three years old blond, blue-eyed and the first grandchild in my parent’s families. Everyone adored me. Everyone that is except for my father’s grandmother. Orphaned at age 10 my father’s closest relative was his grandmother, then dying of endometrial cancer. I remember how I relished running in the yard hearing the birds, the insects, the trees. I felt so alive and joyous. But Nana, as I called her, hated me. I felt it as surely as I felt the warm sun on my body. She despised me. She gave me hateful looks, she yelled at me to get away. Why? No one would tell me. They said she was just sick and in pain.

    I was grown with children of my own before I found out the true reason Nana hated me. She believed I was not my Father’s child. My parents married quickly at age 18 so my Father could enlist in the Navy and fight the Japanese. Mother got pregnant the first month they were wed even thought they saw little of each other as he was in Navy Training.

    The irony is that once I grew up I looked just like Nana. I even got endometrial cancer though it was caught so early I never got ill. But at least now I know why.

  378. Noemi Studie says:

    I’m so excited for this book!!

  379. Robin Myers says:

    To answer your question, I have been in situations where I am certain that I am receiving only partial stories. It is difficult to be in those situations. Love your contests. Thanks for the opportunities.

  380. Janice Hougland says:

    Wow! So many comments! It’s great everyone likes your books, madeline. 🙂 The first instance I can think of about something happening in my life that I didn’t understand or know how it came about: When I met my hubby 36 years ago it was while visiting a church I had never attended to hear a girlfriend sing a solo in the Easter Cantata. I did not fill out a guest register because I didn’t want anyone contacting me. I was still reeling from a divorce four years before when my two children were toddlers and I had been shunned by the church I had attended with my first husband because a “divorce was always the fault of the wife.” So I was leery of signing any guestbook. But the service was lovely, the sermon inspiring, and my girlfriend’s solo were healing. And it was Communion Sunday which somehow made me feel good. But about two weeks later I got a call from the pastor of the church and I agreed to a visit from him. I found out from my girlfriend that the pastor had asked him who I was and she gave him my phone number. It was a nice visit and I told him I honestly did not know if I would attend his church again or not. He accepted that with humor and grace. However, a month later he called me again and asked if I would like to attend a singalong concert of The Messiah. I was incredulous and asked him why he would invite me to a concert. He said he wanted to get to know me better. I asked him if this was a “date.” He said, “Yes, is that a problem?” And then I asked if he was single, and he said, “Yes, is that a problem?” I was speechless. A pastor asking me for a date. I told him I would like to just meet him for coffee somewhere first. We did and I asked him the most incredible question. I asked, “Do you have any vices?” He laughed hugely and grinned and said, “Why, I do smoke a pipe now and then and enjoy a glass of wine too.” And then I laughed too. We had three more coffee dates and then we went to the concert. I found out all he wanted was to get to know me and he was scared to call me that first time because of his position in the church. He realized it would be a total surprise to me that he was a pastor. And the rest is history. Thanks for your interesting question, Madeline. 🙂

  381. Lois Imel says:

    Wow, Madeline, you have a lot of readers who enjoy your books as I do. Yes, I have had a lot of WHY? from my sister. She always has an underlining agenda, but; she won’t disclose it to you until she is ready. Have had over 40yrs of this & frankly I need to speak up & tell her that it really bothers me.

  382. This is the story of my life. I am totally clueless.

  383. Yes, I have been in situations like that a few times with family members. It’s not a good place to be. The Wicked Duke sounds fantastic! Thank you for sharing more about it in your newsletter and sharing this incredible giveaway.

  384. Tracy Stach says:

    I’m really look forward to this book! thank you for such an awesome giveaway! Love me some Vera!

  385. I was so young and stupid, I was clueless…

  386. Beth T. says:

    When I worked in Human Resources, there were times when we would be trying to help an employee through a difficult situation and it would be clear that a piece of the puzzle was missing–missing to us, that is–but no one would fill us in. It made it harder, sometimes impossible, to make things better for the person in our company, whom we cared about, and left me feeling helpless and a little bit confused.

  387. Brenda Leon says:

    No, I have not had that sort of experience. I am a low-key person and lead a dull, uneventful life. I try to always be in control and on top of things. As a mother of five children, all adults now, I had to be.

  388. Brandon says:

    My last attempt at having a relationship the guy really didn’t tell me everything about himself. As the relationship went further and we even became engaged the real “him” came out. And I probably wouldn’t have stayed as long as I did if I had known some things about him and how bad some things about him were. Now I’m single again and hopefully will get to know a guy much better before it goes too far.

  389. Kathleen Thompsom says:

    Love your books. Can’t wait for this next book. Many times through my life I’ve had situations where things happened with little or no reason. You don’t get to be my age and not have things happen. With nine siblings I can only shake my head. I’m the youngest and my brothers and sisters think I should know everything and have answers to their problems. Not so. I thought it was the other way around. Thanks for the giveaway. Even if I don’t win.

  390. Cynthia P says:

    No, I don’t think so. Maybe I’ve been lucky, but I seem to have a feel for when this happens to others. Anyway, thanks for the chance. I love your books! Put me down for the kindle if I win.

  391. EC says:

    I’m pretty sure I had encountered such situations before. One situation involved migration, and another involved a medical emergency. In hindsight, one understands, but during those moments, not so much.

  392. Mary Smith says:

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  393. Tanya Guthrie says:

    I remember having that feeling, but it was never anything major to where I remember the instances.

  394. Vicki Wurgler says:

    one situation I felt uneasy, my boyfriend and girlfriend started drawing away from me. and I found out they had been dating for months

  395. jennifer stone says:

    I have been in this kind of situation before I met the love of my life that I have now been married to for 16 years. It caused trust issues for sure but my husband was patient and proved he is not like that. Thank you so much for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway!

  396. Martha Ann says:

    The first situation that popped into my head (where I wondered WHY,) was a happy occasion.

    Six years ago, we were asked to be the godparents of Annabelle Jane (born July 2010). We were NOT related to them at all. Merely good friends.

    Since my husband and I were closer in age to their parents, I blurted, “Don’t you want to ask someone younger?”

    “No,” they said. “We want you! She will have tons of relatives (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) to love on her…but you both have strong faith. We prayed about it and chose you to be there for her.”

    I burst into tears. Then we said yes. The question of WHY got answered! (which was very nice for me).

  397. Joanne Huff says:

    Life is full of Whys? Why do certain people come into your life? Why did that person get mad at me? I didn’t do it. Why did that person get the advancement instead of me? I am much better than them. Why was I in a certain place at a particular time? I could go on and on….

  398. Theresa Cole says:

    I have, but it was always more of a “if it sounds too good to be true, it’s too good to be true” kind of thing. 🙂

  399. Veronica says:

    We don’t always need the whole story. Sometimes it’s ok to let the past be the past. Things are always changing

  400. Veronica says:

    We don’t always need the whole story. Sometimes it’s ok to let the past be the past. Things are always changing

  401. Tina says:

    Congratulations on your new book. Looks like its going to be a great read! Thank you

  402. Tina says:

    Yes I have. It just happened to me last month. It’s not a good feeling either.. Congratulations!!

  403. Jennifer says:

    I have been in such situations many times. I always try to think there are other issues involved that I may not know about, but will possibly later come to light. If they don’t, that’s OK, too. I love all your books and can’t wait for this next one!

  404. Sherry S. says:

    Yes I have more than once.

  405. Sasha Payne says:

    Recently I was in that situation where I could tell a family member was ill and needed help but she did not want to accept her situation. I just did what I could to help and slowly got her more help when her health continued to decline. I let her remain in her comfort zone but made sure she was safe.

  406. Linda Ortiz says:

    Yes, I have been in one or more situations like that….especially, one I will never forget. I was trying to avoid this guy (which later became my husband) and a friend told me we where going to go somewhere special for my birthday. When I step outside there was him standing next to a limousine. I was stunned….after that I decided I should give the guy a chance. That was 25 years ago….still going strong with 3 kids. 🙂

  407. Molly R. Moody says:

    Too many times to count, usually when I was being laid off from a job so the manager could hire a friend.

  408. Rachel B says:

    I feel that way all the time in my job, since I’m always interviewing people. There’s always something more going on!

  409. Lesia Chambliss says:

    Oh yeah. I’ve been sucked in to doing something for a family member like this, usually something I’ve would’ve said no to. It’s why I became suspicious at family gatherings, and dreaded going to them.

  410. angela danko says:

    Not that I can recall at this time. Thank you for your wonderful books!

  411. Cynde says:

    These are wonderful prizes!!

  412. Marissa says:

    All. The. Time. It seems I’m always the last person to know absolutely anything, even when it directly concerns me, and I’m constantly feeling out of the loop. (And the bag is adorable! I love it!)

  413. Lee says:

    Nobody writes romance like Madeline Hunter does. Every book is a present to myself! I’ve been in EXACTLY the situation she’s talking about. And I was as nosy then as I am to find out what happens in her book! LOL

  414. Thea says:

    Vera Bradley! that’s one stompin’ purse. I collect what vintage I find. She ranks only second to you in my pantheon. Recently reconnected with your books, and now I have “convert fever.” As for the question, hey, in another life (working), I was a court reporter. Never knew what was going on, I just recorded. Oh, the good times!

  415. Karina Angeles says:

    Loved the excerpt. I can’t wait to read the book.

  416. Janet says:

    Put this book on my long TBB list. It sounds great.

  417. Lynn Hogan says:

    Totally. Many times. Seems like I’m always in a weird position. Lol.

  418. marylou anderson says:

    Did I tell you Madeline is my grand niece’s middle name?
    Jane Madeline; b’day on July 21–she’ll be 2!
    we all think that combo is so pretty– like your characters.
    Your characters are ALL pretty multifaceted–unlike mine…I need to work harder to accomplish better characters.
    “Events spiraling out of control” will have me turning pages: sometimes WE aren’t in charge of the events in our lives; and when that happens. we ought to go along for the ride to see what happens……….can’t wait to read this.

  419. Sandra Stipins says:

    Thinking back it was always my sister’s exhusband where you always felt there was more to the story and time proved this true.

  420. Cheryl Timmons says:

    At work – someone who never talked to me before came into my cube and started asking about a project I was assigned to. No idea why, this person was not involved with the project… Turned out my co-workers were setting up a surprise “baby shower” when I finally got custody of my niece and this person volunteered to keep me out of the way! So surprised.

  421. Julie Parrish says:

    Ive never been in that type of situation but Ive seen it happen to others. There usually seems to be “more to the story’ but sometimes we never find out what that is.

  422. Julia David says:

    There must have been at least one time. Right now I can’t remember when that was or what was going on. I have seen other people go through that.

  423. Melissa Lawrence says:

    I would love to win this pretty bag and Kindle.

  424. bn100 says:

    can’t think of any

  425. Every day of my life.

  426. Kimberly M. says:

    Most definitely I have been in that situation more than once. I try to evaluate each situation before responding or reacting. Some turned out good and others not so well. I am very cautious now.

  427. Mary O-K says:

    The “more to the story” does seem to happen a lot in work situations. A convincing offer to become the nurse manager of a unit at a competing hospital “we need someone with your experience…” didn’t mention that a brand-new unit was filled with vipers– a group that hated each other. Yep– too good to be true and I should have been more willing to ask “WHY???” more often.

  428. LynneMarie says:

    Yes, last year something happened involving a friendship where the person suddenly changed plans and lied about the reason.I know that there’s a lot more to the story, but no one involved seems to want to tell the truth.

  429. Sandra M says:

    Very similar situation at work. I had been asked to participate on several special projects over the years that management made sound so great. I finally realized these were all the projects no one else wanted to do, but they were sure I would get them done. I finally wised up and asked for a large raise (and I got it!)

  430. Drema Hartwell says:

    Yes I have been in situations were I have asked why several times. I like all the information before I make a decision so I am waiting for several things to happen before I make a decision

  431. Charlene Fraley says:

    With family, there is always several versions being talked about. Lovely prizes! Thank you ?

  432. Kelli says:

    Haha! Yes, the years of my Saturn Return were like this. I realized that there had been lots of illusions. And nothing was what I thought it to be. 🙂

  433. Glenda says:

    Just about every day since my kids were born. HaHa, just kidding, only since they hit middle school.

  434. Denise C says:

    Actually I think my experience is more in the opposite direction. There are usually some “why”s behind events that I had no clue about or to think to ask about.

  435. LeAnn A says:

    Not a situation I’ve experienced thankfully!

  436. Joanne Bechtold says:

    Sometimes when something seems too good to be true, it is! While I have not personally had this happen, I am friends with a couple of people who experienced this. Beware and research before jumping in!

  437. Krysten Mich says:

    I’m usually very suspicious of anything and everything, but no specific event jumps out from my memory 🙂

  438. Jessica Nathan says:

    Can’t wait to read!

  439. Livia Nowlin says:

    I’m so glad I finally got to meet you at the RT Booklovers Convention last month. Congrats on the last novel in the Wicked trilogy! I’ve never had a specific situation where I felt I didn’t have all the information. However, I have found out later I’d been lied to when researching info before making a decision on what university program to do for my 2nd degree. Karma is a real thing though because the recruiting professor who lied to me had some really awful health issues happen to him when I found out he’d lied. True story!

  440. Janet Nelson says:

    I have many “Why?” moments in my life. Sometimes I have had to learn to wait for another to explain their reasons, a lesson in patience. Other times I have had to just accept another’s reasoning for their actions. Then there is the wonderous WHY ME? that I rhetorically ask when I think of the many blessings and friends that grace my life.

    Thank you for your writings and the care you exhibit for your readers.

  441. Rebecca Sipat says:

    I may have been in that situation though cannot remember when.

  442. Cindy lee says:

    Yes. At each time it seems the donor die question is unanswerable. But we usually make the right choice

  443. Karen W. says:

    I believe we’ve all been in that kind of situation before. Asking why? Or being swept away with events that we don’t choose but have to deal with.

  444. Christal M. says:

    I worked for a boss once who barely showed up for more than 2-3 days a week. I found out later he was investigated for fraud too.

  445. Karen says:

    Looking forward to reading the new novel.

  446. infinitieh says:

    I do have a bit of a suspicious nature so I have wondered “why” in some circumstances, but luckily nothing bad.

  447. Tina Hairston says:

    Absolutely! At my former company, I worked a position that was phased out, the company saying they had no need for my job title anymore so I transferred to another department only to find out within 3 months, the position was re-created and I wasn’t asked to do it again but I was asked a LOT of questions about how it was done since no one else knew all aspects, smh.

  448. Pat Viglione says:

    I have been in that situation. I had an in-law who committed identity fraud against my husband and myself. We started getting phone calls from loan companies telling us that we were late making our payments. What? We had no loans other than our home mortgage. My husband’s nephew never had money and was always asking him to loan him money, and my husband was kindhearted and did loan him money. When we started getting the phone calls my husband confronted him about it and he admitted that he took out three loans in both of our names and could not pay them. He was a gambler and always lost. We ended up paying all of the loans and our credit was trashed for years. My husband never had him prosecuted so he got away with it.

  449. Denis Riles says:

    The only time i have been in that situation is when my ex- husband asked me for the divorce, because he never explained why. Even now i am unaware of the why. The difference is i don’t care anymore ? because now it doesn’t make any difference. What matters is that there’s life after the death of a marriage…and I’m enjoying mine ?

  450. Jackie Wilson says:

    I can not remember ever being in such a situation. However, I can’t wait to read the book so I can just what you are referring to! What is he hiding?

  451. Lois Karmel says:

    It’s amazing how many fraudsters there are in this world. I think they get a ‘high’ getting over someone, but don’t think about the ‘low’ if they get caught.

  452. Leigh Hilson says:

    Yes all of the time with my husband and my grown-up son like i only know half of what is happening or going on

  453. Cassandra D says:

    I would love to win this giveaway.

  454. TinaMarie says:

    Wonderful giveaway, I’m crossing my figures I get lucky enough to win.


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