#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

When Linda Comes Limping Home Again, Hurrah, Hurrah…

Yes, limping.  While I had an unbelievably wonderful time in Gettysburg, I managed to become a battlefield casualty by spraining an ankle on the morning (yes, the morning) of Day 2.  We were visiting the North Carolina monument, and I was bragging about how the Laels were from N.C. and, you guessed it, I tripped over a teeny, tiny rock, put my left foot out to catch my balance, and felt a powerful wrench in the muscle.  It was almost as though the famous ghosts of the battleground were offering their opinion of a Yankee claiming to have Confederate roots.  :)  From then on, I was gimpy, but I wasn’t about to let anything slow me down.

It will take several blogs to tell you about the experience and the wonderful people I met.  For today, I’ll tell you about the Guide of Guides, Gary Roche, and his wonderful wife, Marsha.  I had met them briefly on my visit to Debbie Macomber’s Florida home last winter (thank you AGAIN, Deb!) but on this trip, we became good friends.  Gary knows the battle of Gettysburg backwards, forwards, and sideways, partly because he’s a major Civil War buff, and partly because his illustrious great-great grandfather, Patrick DeLacy (www.patrickdelacy.com), received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle.  Gary gives a wonderful presentation on the history of the Medal of Honor, and Jenni and I both enjoyed it to the max.  Follow the above link and you’ll be able to meet Gary virtually and access a lot of fascinating information.

More on the trip next time.

My ankle is still sore but much, much better.  I’m wearing a brace and using ice.  Yorkie Bernice does not see personal injury as an excuse for not taking her out for walks.  :)  It’s probably good for me to move around, but you can bet, I’m careful to stick to flat ground.

Now that I’m back in the saddle, so to speak, we’ll be running the weekly contest again.  Two winners will be chosen at the end of the week, and announced on the blog next Monday.  Each will receive an autographed copy of THE MARRIAGE SEASON, which is now available everywhere, I’m happy to say.  All you have to do is comment, and you’re entered.


87 comments to “When Linda Comes Limping Home Again, Hurrah, Hurrah…”

  1. LaurA Pinciotto
      · June 1st, 2015 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better. I did something like that on the first day of vacation in Boston except I broke my middle toe and there is nothing anyone can do for that except limp around.

  2. DONNA
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Glad you feeling better & enjoyed your trip

  3. Tammy Lio
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon

  4. Gloria
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:07 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re back, sorry you got hurt, and glad you’re doing OK and had a great time.

    Take care of yourself, Linda!

  5. Pam paterakis
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:09 pm · Link

    You have to be careful around those battlefiel ghosts! I usually get hurt visiting the Antetim (know spelled wrong) battlefield when I visit my family.

  6. gloria bare
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:09 pm · Link

    I am glad you had a good time here in Pa. I live about 7 miles from Gettysburg. Just wish I could have gotten off work and got a chance to meet you there. I did see you last year in Boonsboro, Md., and it would have been nice to see you again in my neck of the woods. I do hope you had a real good time here. I know you are writing a book about the Civil War and can’t wait for it to come out.

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Well it sounds like you had a grand old time, even if you did have an accident. I’m glad that you and Jenni enjoyed your trip. I got the new book Marriage Season, but with grandson playing baseball, I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I hope to start on it tomorrow, no game….until Wednesday.

  8. Sharon Louise Rackham
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    So very sorry you have suffered an injury to your ankle! Please get better soon.

    I am just finishing THE MARRIAGE CHARM and have loved it best so far! I love Melody and Spence and their lovely and spunky love affair and how their friends are such sweet matchmakers!

    I look forward to Bex and Tate !!!!!!!!!


    Sharon Rackham
    An Avid Fan of your Books :-D

  9. Teresa
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    thank goodness you are doing well – do not enter me, already purchase and thoroughly enjoyed the Marriage Season!!

  10. Debbie Koziel
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Looking forward to hearing about your trip to Gettysburg!

  11. Diane
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:24 pm · Link

    Love your books. You have a fascinating mind to come up with each plot you have for a new book.

  12. Lois Rotella
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:24 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, glad to hear that you had a nice time in Gettysburg. Sorry to hear about your ankle. Hope it heals quickly. It is hard when it is the leg or ankle. Have a good week.

  13. Patricia Taylor
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Oh, the dreaded foot pain! How I know all about that. Last week I took my mother to her doctor’s appointment and somehow stepped wrong on my right foot. The outside of my foot has been in pain ever since. I’m back to wearing compression socks which helps but the pain is still there. The only real exercise that I enjoy is walking so I’m having to give it up for awhile.

  14. Amy
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    I know your pain with the ankle issue! I really messed my ankle up 2 years ago right before my daughter’s 4 baby showers began! I didn’t have insurance at the time so I didn’t go to the doctor and it was awful!! It took me around 3 months before I was close to back to normal. Hope you fare better than I did! Take Care!

  15. Linda
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Thank you for the wonderful view of your trip to Gettysburg. I look forward to hearing more and looking at the link you recommended. I am so sorry that you hurt yourself. I understand perfectly!! I’m 66 and I trip over everything, I fall off ladders yet I still keep working. God Bless you. Hope you get better soon

  16. Meaux Hathaway
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Great Timing….I am on page 174 as I write. Tate is every fan’s dream and wish. We already like Bex. My favorite page so far is 144……..

    This can not be the end of “The Brides of Bliss County, Please.

    I have your collection and though I share it’s still my collection.

  17. gretchen maine
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    I am fairly new (within a year) to your wonderful books. I have purchased a lot of them and love them all. Can’t wait for the new one!!

    Also know all about the ankle bit. When I was 13, I barrel raced a crazy half-arab and never got hurt on him. My little sister got a pogo stick and of course I had to try it out. I stayed on two jumps and got bucked off and sprained my ankle enough for an emergency room visit. It was a real bad sprain that finished my showing for the summer. To this day I still can’t wear heels because of it and I’m 67!!

    gretchen maine
    waterville, ny

    • Rhonda Dickinson
        · June 1st, 2015 at 3:40 pm · Link

      Sounds like you had a great trip. So sorry about the sprained ankle. Not the kind of souvenir you want to come home with. :wink:

  18. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    I always love your books. I read them over and over. I have most of them on my kindle so I take you everywhere!

    Hope the ankle heals quickly and correctly.

    Sorry the Yorkie is not more patient with her human companion.

  19. Virginia H
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:46 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear you springed your ankle, sounds like something I would do. Hope it gets better soon. Glad you had a good trip though.

  20. Renae Konset
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:51 pm · Link

    I’m sorry you hurt yourself- I know you otherwise had an interesting time. Now time for some rest!! Welcome home and we have missed you!! Godspeed – Xox

  21. Lynn
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a awful good time! Lol
    Glad you are on the mend!

  22. Alison
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great trip! Take care of your ankle.

  23. Billiesue Sanders
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:52 pm · Link

    I am enjoying reading about your trip to Gettysburg. I haven’t been there since 1980 when we took our kids, ages 4 and 14.
    More recently (winter 2014), we took our grandchildren, ages 4 and 7, to the Perryville Battlefield in Kentucky on a bitterly cold day in February. The kids loved exploring the fields and climbing the cannons.
    There was Swann’s truck driver parked there with the motor running trying to steal a few moments of privacy to call his girl friend! The kids thought that was a hoot!
    Get well, Linda! Billiesue

  24. Laurie H
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Been to Gettysburg myself a few times, as I’m married to a military historian. Does this little adventure indicate a new time and locale for a story or, dare we hope, series?

  25. April Mc Vey
      · June 1st, 2015 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Read and love this book!

  26. Katte Sparks
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:00 pm · Link

    My parents took us to Gettysburg and Washington DC for our spring vacation in the 60’s. Certainly fueled my interest in history!

  27. Mary Ann Fuhs
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Glad you can still walk the dog.

  28. Wanda beach
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:05 pm · Link

    I hope you heal quicker than I am. I broke my ankle when I had my heart episode and it’s still not healed that was 4 months ago. good luck Linda and God Bless. I hope I get to pick up the last book in the marriage season I’ve been waiting for it and you dud a great job with that series thank you!

  29. Lisa Murray
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Hope your ankles doing better. Welcome home!

  30. Kay M
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:11 pm · Link

    Gettysburg is on my bucket list! :)

  31. Diana Eagen
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:16 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about your injury, Linda. So glad you had such a wonderful time. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. I enjoyed reading The Marriage Season. Blessings.

  32. DonnaC
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:23 pm · Link

    So good to hear you had a wonderful time! I’m looking forward to reading The Marriage Season, have a great week!

  33. Millie Swank
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Linda so glad you had a wonderful trip, but am sorry you hurt yourself. Good to know you didn’t let it slow you down.

  34. VBeverly Evanger
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:43 pm · Link

    oh man, i hate when that happens. please take care kiddo.

  35. Emma
      · June 1st, 2015 at 4:51 pm · Link

    THE MARRIAGE SEASON is a wonderful book. I am looking forward to reading Christmas in Mustang Creek.Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.Have a wonderful week.

  36. Melaine
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:01 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear of your ankle injury so early into your trip. But, glad to hear you are on the mend.

    I pre-ordered your latest book on Bliss County series and it arrived two days ago. I’m enjoying it very much, and like always, I’m through it much faster than I want to be.

    Love, love, love your books!

  37. Kathryn Smith
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:03 pm · Link

    I love The Marriage Season. I will be finishing it tonight at work. I can’t wait to see what your next series will be!

  38. Julie Abrams
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, excluding the injury of course! Definite wishes for a speedy and thorough recovery! Love your books by the way!

  39. Leanna
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:07 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great trip if you leave out the ankle injury. Hope it heals fast!

  40. Fran F
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:16 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about your sprained ankle. Glad to hear you were able to “tough it out” for the rest of your visit to Gettysburg. Hope you recover quickly.

  41. Crystal Carney
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:20 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear of your sprained ankle, hope you heal fast & watch what you eat as you are not moving around as you usual do, gotta watch that weight !!!!!

  42. Roberta Giordano
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:25 pm · Link

    Hope your ankle heels quickly.

  43. kathy parsons
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:30 pm · Link

    awe Linda so sorry u sprained your ankle man u are batting a thousand, remember u were under the whether and then u had jury duty now this, I think we need to have A LOT of PRAYERS SENT UP FOR U TO HAVE BETTER DAYS, BLESS YOUR HEART… I live in Greensboro North Carolina,well I am grateful u r home safe and sound and am sending you lots of love hugs and prayers, xoxox :wink:

  44. Pamela Devereux
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your ankle. I enjoyed the link. Love reading about American history.

  45. Sue Kauffman
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:36 pm · Link

    We visited Gettysburg back when the kids were knee high to a grasshopper. Now that they’re all grown and gone, I’d like to spend a weekend there again, soaking in all that history…without anyone saying: “Moooommmmm I gotta go to the bathroom!!” :wink: :wink: :wink:

  46. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Hope you’re better soon!

    And The Marriage Season is my next audible listen. Woo Hoo! Love your stories.

    Be well.

  47. pat Dennis
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Hope you mend quickly

  48. margy hawkins
      · June 1st, 2015 at 5:58 pm · Link

    I just bought The Marriage Season and can’t wait to start reading it!! I love everything you write!! I’m sorry you hurt your ankle but glad that you were able to enjoy your trip. Take care and baby your ankle!!

  49. Cheryl Verkon
      · June 1st, 2015 at 6:01 pm · Link

    I am sorry to hear you got injured so early in the trip but im glad you had a good time. I’ve never been to Gettysburg but am planning on taking my daughter when shes a little older.

  50. Mary Goodman
      · June 1st, 2015 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your ankle hope it gets better soon

  51. Carol Luciano
      · June 1st, 2015 at 6:50 pm · Link

    Your trip sounds like you had a wonderful time with the exception of the sprained ankle. Hope it heals quickly. I’m planning on a trip to Gettysburg myself. Thanks for the post and welcome home. :-D
    Carol L

  52. roz goodenough
      · June 1st, 2015 at 7:15 pm · Link

    So sorry about you ankle Linda! As mishaps go I believe this is better than some. I’m glad nothing was broken. And welcome home.

  53. Patricia Stout
      · June 1st, 2015 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Hope you get to feeling better.

  54. Ann Bartholomew
      · June 1st, 2015 at 7:38 pm · Link

    I’m glad you learned lots but sorry you were not at your best during the visit. It’s good to have you back at home and blogging again! The Marriage Season is great. :!:

  55. Gwenda Underwood
      · June 1st, 2015 at 8:14 pm · Link

    So sorry about ankle!!

  56. Jane Montgomery
      · June 1st, 2015 at 8:25 pm · Link

    I was born and raised in Gettysburg! I had cannons in my backyard and all the neighborhood kids used to play on them. I haven’t lived there for 35 years, moved 60 miles away, but still have family and friends living there. We visit often. Sorry you injured yourself. I love all your books, and have been reading them for years.

  57. Patricia Hann
      · June 1st, 2015 at 8:35 pm · Link

    You were in my neck of the woods. I live right outside of Philadelphia Pa. I am hoping to be able to take my kids to the Civil War battle fields someday. But for now I will live thru your travels. I am hoping your ankle feels better soon.

  58. Jeri Housholder
      · June 1st, 2015 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Great book. Loved it!

  59. Tammy
      · June 1st, 2015 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Looking forward to your future posts about your trip! Glad you had a great time!

  60. Patricia Hann
      · June 1st, 2015 at 8:51 pm · Link

    I did not realize I miss a whole bunch of your post. I am glad to be able to go back and read them. My dad, who was 2 months shy of his 88 bday to the day, passed away recently. o I have fell behind in a lot of stuff. So I am now reading up and hope to order your new books soon as well as several others. One word of advise that we hear all to often appreciate your parents. The last year of my dads life I would take him to doctors, stores, and etc. How I wish I had that time again.

  61. Diane Sallans
      · June 1st, 2015 at 8:53 pm · Link

    Ouch! rest that ankle!
    I enjoyed the FB posts on your Gettysburg visit – looking forward to the next blog posts about it.

  62. therese lopez
      · June 1st, 2015 at 9:20 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better real soon. Take care of yourself and have a good week.

  63. Evelyn Baldwin
      · June 1st, 2015 at 9:36 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda for your great post. Your books are noted a lot here! I am and was born a North Carolinian!

  64. Ida C.
      · June 1st, 2015 at 9:42 pm · Link

    Glad to see you in my inbox – miss you when you’re not there. Sorry about the ankle, but glad to hear you still had a good time. Looking forward to hearing the rest of your adventure and travels. This is how I do a lot of my traveling these days. Take care.

  65. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · June 1st, 2015 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Hope all goes well with the ankle….Would love to win…Thank you.

  66. midge watkins
      · June 1st, 2015 at 11:05 pm · Link

    I’ve missed you and thought of lots of things you might be
    engaged in back at Gettysburg. Spraining wasn’t one of them!
    Get better soon. I picked up a copy of “The Marriage Season”
    yesterday and can’t wait to finish the book I’m reading now so
    I can start it. Looking forward to your travel blogs. Take care.

  67. Denise Dragonetti
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 12:01 am · Link

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. Sorry about your injury.

  68. Sheila Douglass
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 12:53 am · Link

    Glad you got to enjoy your trip. Sorry that your injury happened. Praying that you get well soon!!!

  69. Charlotte Litton
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 2:52 am · Link

    Linda, that sounds like something I would do. Thank goodness you didn’t break your ankle. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery.

  70. Terri Shortell
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 5:11 am · Link

    Sorry to hear about your injury. Hope you feel better soon. I’m excited to read about your adventures during your trip.

  71. Patti
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 5:55 am · Link

    Have you read The Faith Club? I just bought it as a Kindle bargain. It sounds interesting. I hope you are feeling better soon. I just finished The Marriage Season. Thanks for all you do!

  72. Niki Davis
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 7:12 am · Link

    I have spent some time at Gettysburg myself in last few years. Even took a riding tour with General Lee guiding. That is one battle that has always been very poignant to me. I just don’t understand some of the strategies used that day. I do understand that was a lesson being taught to the South that maybe we weren’t so invincible. I read the book called ‘The Killer Angels’ by Michael Shaara just days before my first visit and it brought that battle even closer to home. I have always known that the War of Northern Aggression was always referred to as ‘brother against brother; father against son’. Never really felt that until I read some historical romances from that time – the author brought that point home.

    Enough of that. Hope you ankle gets better soon and thanks for the website – I will be checking it out as I am a civil war buff myself.

    Have a blessed day!


  73. sue grace
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 7:38 am · Link

    your books are wonderful, I read all of them, and I wait for the next book. THANK YOU

  74. Rose Marie Moran
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 8:13 am · Link

    Sure hope your ankle mends soon. Hard not to move as fast as usual.

  75. Jo-Ann Baker
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 8:16 am · Link

    Hi . Linda, Great book finished in one day. Enjoyed the story as always. You have a wonderful way with telling a great read.
    Glad your doing better after your trip to Gettysburg. Sounds like you had a great time!
    Thanks again and waiting now for the next story :)

  76. Pamela K Wooten-Oram
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 10:38 am · Link

    I can’t wait to read your new book ‘The Marriage Season’!

  77. Nancy Rieks
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 10:46 am · Link

    Sorry about your ankle but glad you had a good time anyway…

  78. lillian anderson
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 12:59 pm · Link

    I hope your ankle gets better and that nothing was broken. take care when you go walking. its no fun when you hurt. I have a question – how can I get some of the books that I am missing? I would like to get them .

  79. Dotty Weis
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 1:25 pm · Link

    Yes I would like the book

  80. Brenda LaFone
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 1:31 pm · Link

    I hope your ankle heals fast.a Sprin heal slower than a break sometimes.

  81. 70dlilly
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 2:28 pm · Link

    So, sorry you injured your ankle on your trip. You are lucky that you can walk around. I’m on crutches with a hair-line fracture in my right foot. I will be staying put in a comfortable chair for a while. I plan to re-read a lot of books. I just finished The Marriage Season. All I can say is WOW! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait until the next one on the men. Hope your ankle heals fast.

  82. Diane Blaser
      · June 2nd, 2015 at 2:41 pm · Link

    I’m glad you finally got to see Gettysburg Linda! My husband and daughter and I were there about ten years ago and just standing on the hallowed ground gave me goosebumps! I’m sorry to hear that you came home limping like a Civil War soldier but I’m happy to hear that recovery is in progress! I love your books and I love your blogs! Have a wonderful week!

  83. Valdi M
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 12:42 am · Link

    I have already bought and read your Marriage Seasons book but I would love to have an autograped copy…Glad your ankle is better.

  84. Joy N
      · June 3rd, 2015 at 5:25 pm · Link

    Got the newest book, read all day and then the next morning finished it. I say it’s the best of the three!! I think because Bex is a real go-getter and didn’t wince at all about 3 boys all at once. What a trouper. Glad to hear your ankle is better…and trip sounded like a lot of fun…seeing all those neat historical places.

  85. Dixie hadley
      · June 4th, 2015 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Due to the death of a very dear friend we were out of town for 10 days. I am back and trying to catch up on all of your wonderful news. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the three newest additions(I hope they are the newest ones) I loved hearing all about your ‘research” for you new book. I can hardly wait for it to be available.
    In spite of our sad time due to the loss of our dear friend there has been some good news and joy. I do hope you won’t mind if I share a bit of my good news. My first publish children’s book, The Adventure’s of Charlie Chevy and Franklin Ford, is selling very well and has only been available since the end of April :-). My second book, Opal Rose,Princess for a Day, will be available by the end of July. I never dreamed writing and publishing could/would be so exciting . It is my hope that children will grin ,giggle and grow as a result of these stories. Have a wonderful week end and I hope you r ankle gets better real soon.

  86. Dona Kutska
      · June 7th, 2015 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Yay! A contest! Sorry to hear about your ankle!

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