Olivia Newport Charlotte Farrow coverThis is Day 3 of a week-long celebration of the release of In Plain View.

The winner of Day 1 was Kat Apel. The winner of Day 2 was amyc in the comments.

Today’s featured giveaway is The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, which is book 2 in the Avenue of Dreams series.

Each day I’m asking a question. Leave an answer in the comments to enter the day’s drawing.

Here’s today’s question:

• How do you think your life would have been different if you had been born into different financial circumstances than you were?

P.S The Avenue of Dreams series will finish with the September release of The Invention of Sarah Cummings. Stay tuned!

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  1. Kathleen E. Harrison on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    I study the Elizabethan Days, I believe in the 1800’s, when in grade 9, 38 yrs. ago. I would have loved to be in Royalty back then as their lives were easy compared to the paupers but alas I am sure I would have been a pauper, not easy at all. I would have had a much more difficult life. I live much better than a pauper & I like it that way. Thank you God! I would have loved to have some of those lovely Royalty clothes though.

  2. amyc on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    I see how my grandparents lived during the depression and it seems like the family was so close to one another. Helping each other to survive. Still finding time to be together and having a Good time. Seems like those family times are dwindling.

  3. Marguerite Beal on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    I have always like history. For a while I was always reading about Royals. My brother once told me he had a dream I had once lived in a Castle – BUT I was the maid. Says it all. Thank you.

  4. Dianne Noland on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    If I were born into a wealthy environment, I don’t think I would have the values that I have now. I can imagine myself in the employ as a maid however in the 1800s. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of your books!

  5. Lindy Enlow on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    I believe that had I grown up wealthy I wouldn’t appreciate what I do have. I think I have better morals than I would have had and a closer walk with Jesus. I have the things hat make me rich.
    Just not monetarily. What i have is so much more important.

  6. Jessica L. on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    It’s hard to say. I’d like to think that if I’d been born wealthy that I would have done all the right things with my money. All I can say is that I’m thankful that God knows what He’s doing, I was born exactly when and where I was supposed to be.

  7. Sue Harrison on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    Having experienced being extremely poor (not enough to eat sometimes) and quite wealthy (million dollar book advance) I must say that I’m not at all wise with money. I don’t waste it on myself. I give it away to people who shouldn’t have it. A hard lesson to learn. I’m guessing if I had been born wealthy, I might have done a better job saving and investing, but I’m pretty gullible, so it might not have made a difference, except I wouldn’t have had those few “almost starving” days.

  8. Rebecca Maney on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    I would loved to have lived a simple life in “Mayberry”; where you could walk everywhere and know your neighbors and friendsfor a lifetime. I have been blessed with everything that I need, but I admit having the money for “wants” every once in awhile, could have its advantages. I hope “more” would make me “more” generous.

  9. Maggie on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    It’s easy to say that I’d be the same, rich or poor, but I think that I’d have a hard time dealing with either extreme. I can easily imagine pinching the pennies until they scream, eating beans and chicken necks, but I cannot imagine being so poor I don’t have enough to eat…

  10. Lisa Medeiros on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    That’s a hard one to answer, right now I am either rich nor poor… I hope I wouldn’t be spoiled if I was rich and I hope I would still trusting God to provide if I was poor!

  11. Mandie on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    I think we totally take for granted what we have these days. Living at another time regardless of how wealthy would pale to today. I think they had to rely a lot more on God especially if they were poor or lived in a rural area away from neighbors. It would be fun to go back and be an aristocrat of the day. Going to the balls, backyard parties, and being able to decorate in those period pieces.

  12. Bethany on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    I was born into a middle class family. Even though there wasn’t always money for extra “wants” we *always* had our needs, along with a few wants, and I can honestly say it’s not lessened my quality of life at all. My family has taught me that quality of life has absolutely nothing to do with financial status, for which I’m very grateful. I am actually glad I was not born in a super rich family, because then it would be easier to fall prey to allowing stuff to be more important than family. So while being rich has it’s pro’s I’m glad God allowed me to be born in a middle class family. 🙂

  13. Carrie Daws on the May 29, 2013 remarked #

    I look at some who are poorer and I wonder about their seeming lack of motivation, be it within their family or society. I wonder if I had been raised differently, would I be motivated to be more than I think I can be? And yet, I don’t know that I have a better answer if I had been born with substantially more. Perhaps then things would have been too easy, and the drive to improve upon yesterday still would not be there. Interesting question!

  14. Olivia on the May 30, 2013 remarked #

    Thanks, everyone, for these awesome reflections. Congratulations to Mandie for winning the drawing for Day 3.

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