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B&B Historical TwistI used to do word search puzzles all the time. Lately not so much. But last week my husband gave me one he found in a book our daughter had given him: Rivers of Brazil. This reflects the fact that my father was from Brazil. (It’s my mother’s line that traces back to early Amish settlers.) But I’m only familiar with the broad strokes of Brazilian geography, so a whole puzzle of rivers was a challenge!

So if you wonder what put me in mind to create a challenge for you, now you know!

The third book in my Amish Turns of Time series just released. Brightest and Best is about the reasons the Amish run many of their own schools now, with students leaving school at the end of eighth grade. In the list below, I’ve mixed the names of characters from Brightest and Best in with names of characters from Wonderful Lonesome and Meek and Mild.

How many characters can you identify from the first two books so you’ll know who you’re meeting in the third? Can you pick out the new names?

Willem                                                         Yonnie

Ruthanna                                                    Gertie

Ella                                                               Fannie

Little Abe                                                    Abbie

Gideon                                                         Sadie

Andrew                                                        Rudy

James                                                           Margaret

Clara                                                             Jake

 To celebrate the release of Brightest and Best, I’m giving away a full set of the three books in this series to one lucky winner. To enter, leave a comment and tell us which of my books was the first one you read.

I’ll draw the winner on August 15.

P.S. Five copies of Brightest and Best are also up for grabs in a Goodreads drawing until August 8.

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40 Comments

  1. Amy Bateman on the August 3, 2015 remarked #

    The first Olivia Newport book I read was Accidentally Amish.

  2. Sonja on the August 3, 2015 remarked #

    I haven’t read your books yet, Olivia, but would love to read this. I read your interview at Amish Wisdom and it drew me right in. I love reading and reviewing, especially Amish books and this one I will be watching out for!

  3. Clare Weisenfluh on the August 4, 2015 remarked #

    The first book by Olivia Newport that I ever read was Accidentally Amish, and I absolutely loved it!

  4. bn100 on the August 4, 2015 remarked #

    The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

  5. Laurie Bergh on the August 4, 2015 remarked #

    In Plain View I believe was the first one I read.

  6. Mackenzie Carol on the August 4, 2015 remarked #

    I haven’t yet read any of your novels, although I have been excited to read this series, and just got a copy of Accidentally Amish that I know I will be reading soon!

  7. Dana Michael on the August 4, 2015 remarked #

    Olivia, I am a new reader of yours. In fact, I just finished the book Accidentally Amish. Loved it and read almost all of it on Sunday but had to go to sleep and finished it yesterday. So, with that said, You have a new fan!

  8. Teresa Kerr on the August 5, 2015 remarked #

    Oh my, would I ever love to win this! I have not read any of your books yet. I’m new to reading Amish books and absolutely love them. I can’t wait to look you up and get some of your books!

  9. Mrs Alberta P Kliem on the August 5, 2015 remarked #

    Plain View was my first and now I am hooked on your books

  10. Gerri Moore on the August 5, 2015 remarked #

    Olivia, please forgive me, but I have not read any of your books. Reading about the comments you wrote, well, I will definitely be looking for your books to buy. They sound so interesting.

  11. Sally on the August 5, 2015 remarked #

    I have not read any of your books yet, but hope to soon!

  12. Heidi Robbins on the August 6, 2015 remarked #

    The first book of yours I read was The Invention of Sarah Cummings. I haven’t read any of your Amish books yet!

  13. Samantha B on the August 7, 2015 remarked #

    Unfortunately, I haven’t read any of your books yet, but I would like to start with Wonderful Lonesome 🙂

  14. Laura Cynthia Chambers on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    I haven’t read any of your books yet, but I would dearly love to.

  15. Dana Michael on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    Wow! What a great giveaway. I am a new reader of yours. Just finished Accidentally Amish!

  16. Debbie Carney (Carnes) on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    The first book by you that I read was, Accidentally Amish . Love your books , fingers crossed on winning this 🙂

  17. Deborah Hazelton on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    The first book I read of Olivia’s was Wonderful Lonesome. I loved it. Thanks for a chance to win.

  18. kim amundsen on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    Kind of out of order but Taken for English was the first book of yours I read and loved it.

  19. Pauline Osborne on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    Not sure about first book, have read several and want to read more. might have been “The pursuit of Lucy Banning” your names were many that I recognised but hope to get to know new ones in the new book.
    You are a wonderful writer.
    thanks for sharing

  20. Deana Dick on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    The first book I read by Olivia Newport was Accidently Amish.

  21. April Mann on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    Westward Christmas Brides is the 1st book I have read.

  22. Marilyn Ridgway on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    The first book I read by Olivia Newport was Accidentally Amish. I really enjoyed it. I’m currently reading Wonderful Lonesome and oh my what faith and determination you gave Abbie! Thanks for the contest. What a treasure for the winner to have the complete series.

  23. Emma on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    The first book I read by Olivia Newport was Accidentally Amish .Valley of Choice
    book 1.Thanks for a chance to win.

  24. Marilyn Brown on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    You are a new author to me and I can’t wait to start reading your books.

  25. Marilyn Brown on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    You are a new author to me and I can’t wait to start reading your books.

  26. Melody B on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    I haven’t had the chance to read one of your books yet… But I would LOVE to read your Amish Turns of Time series. It sounds really interesting. Lots of thanks for this giveaway! 🙂

  27. Connie R. on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    I haven’t read one of your books yet and I think we ought to change that!

  28. JACKIE MCNUTT on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    The very first book was Accidentally Amish, I have also read In Plain View. Thank you for giveaway.

  29. Teresa Sheroke on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    I have not read these yet, but I would love to!!

  30. Ronda Ferry on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    You are a new author to me I’m looking forward to reading your books.

  31. Joan Kurth on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    I haven’t read any of the Turns of Time Series but I have several of your other books. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  32. Robin in NC on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    MEEK and MILD…I loved it!

  33. Jasmine A. on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    The very first one I read was Taken For English which I really enjoyed.

    Congrats on the new release!

    Blessings!
    Jasmine

  34. Susan Brown on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    I have not had the pleasure yet of reading any of your books but I look forward to it very soon. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  35. Laurel on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    Wonderful Lonesome!

  36. Rachel Koppleberger on the August 13, 2015 remarked #

    I don’t think I have read any of your books, but I’d love to.

  37. Vanda Human on the August 14, 2015 remarked #

    The first book I read was Accidentally Amish, loved it.

  38. Charlotte Litton on the August 14, 2015 remarked #

    Olivia, you are a new author to me. I’d love to win one of your books.

  39. Patti Bond on the August 14, 2015 remarked #

    The first book I read of yours, Olivia was Accidently Amish, and them I was hooked. I just love them Thank you for the opportunity to win

  40. Casey Westling on the August 16, 2015 remarked #

    Just finished the Valley of Choice series and would definitely love to hear more about the Amish families in Colorado. Pretty please?

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