Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
• The hunt BEGINS on 3/18 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
• Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
• There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/21 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
• Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!
My name’s Roseanna White, and when I’m not momming, homeschooling, designing book covers, and managing WhiteFire Publishing with my hubby, I’m writing novels. Usually historical romance. Many of my books are set in England of the 1910s, but today I’m excited to be sharing about a Civil War-era novel that I actually wrote about 9 years ago, but which just released in January, Dreams of Savannah. Here’s a bit about it:
Cordelia Owens is known all over Savannah for her whimsy and her storytelling. When her sweetheart, Phin, goes missing during some of the first action of the war, her stories keep hope alive in the hearts of his mother and sister. But Phin, a casualty of betrayal that nearly costs him his life, begins to fear that if ever he makes it home to the young woman he loves, he won’t be the kind of hero she’s always wanted–not anymore. Both Delia and Phin are forced to face unwelcome truths about the lives they always thought they understood and the people who move so silently through them. They begin to dream of a new sort of future…but reaching it will take courage far greater than any even Delia could have imagined.
Well I don’t know about you, but when I look at that cover, my main thought is, “Ooooooo, a hoop dress!” I grew up watching Gone with the Wind, and it was the fashion that had me going back to it time and time again. I always loved those enormous gowns, the satin, the lace, the silk, the petticoats…ah, yes. I’ve learned a lot over the years about what actually went into wearing one of these creations on a daily basis…and I’ve also actually worn one a few times. In fact, I wore a dark-pink variation of the one on the cover to a high school Valentine’s dance, and a gold one to my junior prom! (Why yes, ahem. I was totally the cool kid. *Cough, cough.)
When dressing, the first order of business for a Victorian lady would have been a chemise and bloomers–basically a tank top/cami in a lightweight cotton and then knee-length pants and stockings. Then she would have put on her corset. Despite the reputation corsets have, very few women practiced “tight-lacing” like we see in the aforementioned famous movie. Most simply used it to hold everything where it belonged and add structure to their gowns. Next would have come the hoop itself–made up of concentric circles usually made from a thin metal, sewn into a skirt. These fold down into a circle for easy(ish) storage. Over the hoop would have gone multiple layers of petticoats. Why multiples? Because it was unseemly for the hoops to be visible through the final skirt. Only at that point would a woman have slipped the actual dress on. Often they would layer all the skirts/dress on the floor in the proper order, step into the center, and pull ’em all up at once.
My personal experience with the dresses (I also wore one to junior prom) taught me a valuable lesson about how to sit in a hoop skirt. Namely, you have to lift the skirts and make sure you’re positioning your bottom between the hoops. Because if you happen to sit on a hoop instead, that whole skirt will flip up like a bell! (For the record, I made this discovery in my own bedroom, LOL.) So there you have it. How to dress like a Civil War era lady. 😉
If you could wear the clothing from any one historical era, which would you choose?
Here’s the Stop #10 Basics:
If you’re interested, you can order Dreams of Savannah on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook or get a signed copy from my shop!
Clue to Write Down: with
Link to Stop #11, the Next Stop on the Loop: Cathy Gohlke’s site!
In addition to the big giveaway, I’m offering this mug (also available in my store here) to a recipient with a US address!
Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
I love the mug–it’s perfect for readers who enjoy tea or coffee while reading like I do. Your books sound so good and I have them on my Goodreads TBR.
It’s interesting to learn about other writers and how they get their information on the story details
I love your coffee mugs and totes you sell and I can’t wait to read your book that is releasing soon.
I love the Cinderella look of your cover!
I absolutely love your mug!
I love your beautiful gold dress!
I just sent a request to join your reader group on Facebook! 💖
Hoop skirts make me chuckle because I’ve heard the stories of girls who didn’t sit in them correctly. How embarrassing! Your book sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.
I sure love scavenger hunts, the mug is an added bonus. Sure wish I win sometime.
Thanks for the extra giveaway!!
I love all your books! Thanks for the opportunity to win a personalized mug!
Always love these scavenger hunts. Roseanna is a favorite author.
My library hold for Dreams of Savannah should be in any day now!
This is a fun distraction from thinking about moving. Thank you!!!
What a fun mug!!! I’ve read & own all of your books, so I love that your prize is something I use everyday!! 😊
Can’t wait to read your books! Love the mug.
I love this mug! It’s perfect for my daughter who loves to read. Fun scavenger hunt!
I first found you a few years ago on the scavenger hunt. So glad I did! Since then, I’ve read most of your books! Looking forward to the next ones!
I love the mug!
Love the mug! These hunts are such fun!!!
Love the mug!
This is such a fun hunt and I’m loving that mug!
Love the mug!! And I loved the lesson on hoop skirts and dresses!
I love your books!
My favorite historical period dress would probably renaissance or victorian, but I can find something I like from almost any era. 🙂
Love the mug!! It’s been fun jumping through the scavenger hunt.
Great gift. Would love it while I’m reading.
Roseanna, thanks for being a part of this fun scavenger hunt, and thanks for explaining how a lady would get into a hoop dress, oh my! Looking forward to reading Dreams of Savannah!
Love your books and your tee shirts!
I also wore a hoop skirt to my prom 🙂 And made a dress for a costume party that was based on Princess Diana’s wedding dress, also with a hoop skirt.
A perfect mug for a book lover!
I honestly don’t know what I’d pick. I love renaissance era dresses, they’re so regal, but I also love the victorian styles too. Also, I love all the books of yours that I’ve read! I think my favorite would be A Name Unknown (I may or may not have worn out my copy lol), but I literally shrieked when I found out that you’d written a novel for the Love Finds You series! I can’t wait to read Dreams of Savannah, it looks awesome!
I would were styles from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s all the time! Best era of fashion in my opinion! (But who doesn’t love a hoop skirt?)
This mug is beautiful!!!
I would probably want to dress in the Regency era. I mean, at least I’d hopefully have someone help me into everything. hahaha I’d need to be one of the ton so I could have assistants.
I do enjoy your books! Thank you!
Well, I definitely wouldn’t pick this era of clothing! Ha! Not a chance 🙂 I’m a big fan of jeans and practicality so would probably go with today (yes, very adventurous, I know). But if it was just for a night, I’d totally pick one of those gorgeous ballgowns from the Victorian era. They’re stunning! Thanks for the fun post!
I would love to wear the clothes of the 1920s – 30s.
I love how greatly clothing has changed through the eras. My favorite to actually wear would be 1930s & 1940s. It’s my favorite time period to watch & read about. I’m excited to read your newest release soon!! 🥰📚☕
Love the mug!
Love the scavenger hunt’s. Thanks for participating and chance to win your gifts.
The cover is beautiful! I have always wanted to wear a beautiful dress like that, but I don’t think I would want to do everyday, seems like a lot of hassle.
It’s a great giveaway. Thank you for being in the scavenger hunt.
Love the mug!
I love that mug. Thanks for sharing
I think I would rather wear clothing from the Art Deco Era (1920s).
I don’t know which era I’d choose but I’m pretty sure it would have to be one with less “fussy” clothing. I’d be the girl with my skirt flipped in the air in those hoops, no matter how much I practiced sitting…
You are one of my “buy, sight unseen” authors!
Perfect mug for coffee or tea and a good book!
Love the mug. Thanks for the chance!
I love regency clothing – the empire waists and long flowing skirts
Ahh those old dresses are soooo cool!!!
This mug is adorable!
I look forward to reading this book! Can’t wait! (Love the mug too!)
I like the mug. Thank you for the extra giveaway.
thank you for the chance
I am a long time fan of Roseanna M. White. I love all her books.
The cover is beautiful and so are the dresses.
Thank you for the chance to win! I always wondered how they got into those hoop skirts.
I like the mug!! For historical era clothing, I would probably pick Civil War, Regency, or the 1920’s. I wouldn’t like wearing a corset, though. Ugh!
Thanks for joining the Scavenger Hunt.
Thanks for the wonderful stories.
I love this mug. Such a nice reading companion.
I love hoop skirts! Love the clothing in Gone With the Wind!
i love the victorian era when i was kid my aunt mother work in clothing place and she used to use us for the measure on the dress but vitoria is making them back to 1800 era
That mug is so cute!! 🙂
Thank you for your extra giveaway and participating in the scavenger hunt!
I love the mug!
These scavenger hunts are always so much fun. Thanks for being a participating author!
I’d love to wear a hoop dress for a special occasion some day! That’s amazing that you’ve got personal experience! Thanks for helping make this a fun scavenger hunt! I’ve never done one before but it’s a great way to add to-be-read books to my list!
Such a cute mug! Thanks for the chance to win!
Love the mug! Coffee is a must each morning before heading into my classroom!
Thank you for your participation in the Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. It is very exciting to “meet” new authors which is always a bonus of any multiple author giveaway. Thank you!
Looking forward to reading your newest release!
Dress from historic era? Since I do my own ironing, and I like to dress myself, I’d select the 1950s. The regency and Victorian gowns do look lovely though. Please not flapper.
Ro, Your novels are exquisite masterpieces! Love the mug!
I am reading your newest book right now and loving it! I am a HUGE historical fiction fan!
As an 18th century reenactor, I find myself quite comfortable in chemise and stays under my colonial petticoats, shortgowns and aprons. We are part of the Scottish 42nd Royal Regiment of Foot (Graham’s Company) as they had served in North America during the French & Indian War (1756-1763). My persona is of a married woman accompanying the regiment and serving as cook, washerwoman and nurse. My husband is one of the troops who foolishly(?) signed the 30-year enlistment register.
Thanks for the great works and all you do. God Bless You.
I live in the south and love the history of the south (good and bad) ! Love the mug!
Thanks for the chance to win a coffee mug. It is beautiful!
It would have to be after corsets and hoop shirts went out of style
My school did a production of Little Women and I actually got to wear a hoop skirt in it. My drama teacher made me practice sitting in it too so there wouldn’t be an incident on stage LOL. My mom and I both really enjoyed Dreams of Savannah, and we can’t wait for your next book!
I think the Civil Era clothes is what I would wear, all those beautiful gowns. Your book sounds like a very good read and I love, love the book cover, it is beautiful. Have a Great weekend and stay safe.
I would want to wear the ball gowns with the corsets but not for the whole day. I am trying to imagine if I can wear it for even 5 minutes
Dreams of Savannah sounds so good, and the cover is gorgeous!
I love the mug & many other items in your store! I live in the Deep South of Mississippi & for the life of me, I cannot FATHOM surviving a Summer in the multiple layers of a Hoop Dress!! I love the dresses of the WWII era – The Greatest Generation. However, since I do live in the aforementioned Deep South where we experience Summer for almost 10 months of the year, I’m pretty satisfied in shorts & T-Shirts! Thanks for participating in the Scavenger Hunt!
Thank you so much for this contest and the chance to get your wonderful book!
I love Civil War romances and this sounds great!
Enjoying the hunt. Thanks for the giveaway
Beautiful mug expressing my sentiments exactly! As for historical clothes, I really love the Victorian and early Edwardian era. My favorite author is L.M. Montgomery, whose stories mainly take place around those eras, so I’ve always loved imagining the clothes the women wore. Although Civil War-era hoopskirts and corsets are always interesting as well!
I think I would like to wear a dress from the 1930s, flapper-style. Such a fun era, or at least it seemed like it. Love the mug!
I love the mug. It perfectly describes my mood when I’m in my nest of pillows on my bed, reading.
Love the mug! I always thought it was a lot harder to put on a hoop dress.
Thank you for sharing your experience wearing a Victorian dress. I have always wanted to wear one of those dresses.
Thank you for the chance to win that fantastic mug.
The mug is gorgeous! Looking forward to checking out your books!
I love your books and can’t wait to read the latest!
Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I would love to try a hoop dress once. I love the mug. Thanks so much.
I love the fashion of the Civil War era, but wouldn’t want to wear it daily. I look forward to win I get a chance to read your new release!
Love all your books!
Excited to check out your books! Thanks for the fun post!
P.s. the subscribe to e-mails link wasn’t working for me—might have just been an issue on my end but wanted to say something in case it’s happening for others!
Thanks for offering great giveaways–Best Wishes for all releases!!!
That mug would be awesome to win!
Loving this scavenger hunt! Thanks, y’all, for putting it on!!!
I could always use more bookish mugs!
Cute mug! Great for us readers! Looking forward to checking out all your books! Thanks for being part of this hunt!
Reading is definitely my happy place… especially with a cup of coffee! I enjoyed the first of the codebreaks books and just now saw there are two more! So excited!
These hunts are fun to travel. I’ve done several but haven’t been fortunate to win.
Thank you for the chance!
I haven’t worn a hoop but grew up in the full skirt and cancan era! Neat mug!
Thanks for the fun!
Pretty dress! I really enjoyed Dreams of Savannah
I always enjoy your books. Thanks for being a part of this tour!
Pretty mug! Your books like like something I would enjoy.
I love reading your books! The characters are all so wonderful and the books are so well researched. Thank you for sharing your writing talents with the world!
I also had a Scarlett O’Hara dress for my high school prom! I love Victorian and Edwardian clothes best.
I love that you have photo evidence of those dresses! LOL!
I wore a brocade Elizabethan dress to a mock United Nations event in middle school. That was the one and only time a hoop skirt was on this body. So grateful to live in 2021 when sweats are perfectly acceptable clothing at the grocery store.
I would love to win this mug it is so cute.
I love your books, thanks for the giveaway oppurtunity.
Oh my goodness! I’m so grateful everyday to have been born in modern times so I can wear pants! haha
Thanks for the scavenger hunt. I enjoy your writing.
So excited for the giveaway!! Thanks for being generous!
Love the mug. Great giveaway for us book lovers.
What a great giveaway! You have such cute stuff in your store!
Love your books! The mug is awesome — two for one (books and tea!). I could not get the first category to work, but the others did fine.
I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who was at least mildly obsessed with hoop skirts! I think I’d rather like the dresses of the Edwardian era though, (I’m an Anne fan as well) but I love the idea of that level of dedication to one’s wardrobe!
Love Roseanne so much and am thrilled to participate in this scavenger hunt!
I love the mug. Thanks for the chance.
Enjoyed reading your post!!!
Thank you for your great giveaway!!!!
I love the mug and your books!
Love the mug and enjoy the hunt. I’ll dress in the current era!
I adore the cover of your new book! I’ve never worn a hoop skirt before, but I too love the big, puffy dresses and wore a beautiful pink, lacy number to my junior prom too!
love the mug and can’t wait to read the next book.
What a fun giveaway! Thanks!
I really like your mug! Thanks for the giveaway!
Thanks for the giveaway!
The mug looks great! I like receiving your newsletters.
I can’t wait to read Dreaming of Savannah. It sounds so interesting and I have read several of Roseanna’s books and they have all been interesting and wonderful reads. Keep ’em coming Roseanna. Can’t get enough of your books.
Thanks for the chance! I love mugs!
Thank you for sharing your time and your talent. God bless you.
God bless you. Thank you for sharing your time and your talent.
I love a book bases in Savannah and I love Civil War stories after having been an avid reader of all the books written by Eugenia Price. I look forward to your new book.
I’ve done WWII fashion for a reenactment (which was SO much fun), but I’m still dreaming of hoop skirts and bonnets. lol
I am so enjoying this Scavenger Hunt. Although I am familiar with most of these authors, I have found one or two (or more) new ones.
And I love the mug you are offering as your own giveaway.
I think the 1930s would be fun! 🙂
Thank you for having me to your cool site