Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Shhhh, Don't Tell & #Giveaway


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By Shelby McDonald
from Peg Cochran’s Farmer’s Daughter Series

You wouldn’t believe how fast news spreads around our small town of Lovett! We don’t need twitter or Facebook or even a daily newspaper to get the word out—the minute something happens, any number of people are on it.

Take Doreen at the police station.  She works as a secretary but you can imagine she picks up plenty of news just by keeping her ears open. 

Then there’s Mrs. Willoughby at St. Andrews.  Of course she’s the first to hear about weddings and baptisms, but I’m convinced she keeps her ear to Reverend Mather’s closed door when he has someone come in to be counseled.  How else would she have been the first to know that the Dalton’s marriage was on the rocks?

Our own Bert is pretty swift with the gossip, too.  She’s known just about everybody in town forever and seems to meet at least a dozen people every time she ventures out of the house.  And somehow she always gets them to spill the beans to her. Of course she does have the kind of face that invites confidences if you know what I mean.

How about where you live? Does news travel fast? Are there certain people who always seem to be in the know?


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53 comments:

  1. I do have a friend that tells me everything

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  2. In rural America, news always travels fast. Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  3. I loved the first book in this series. I can't wait to read this one. Rootseller55 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. In our small SW Michigan communities under 1000 residents news probably travels fast. Inour larger communities news travels fast through corporations and schools. Would love to win your book. On our weekly Michigan back roads trips, hubby and I enjoy exploring small towns with their unique museums and diners!

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  5. News doesn't travel fast in Kitchener Ontario. But in my townhouse complex, the property manager is the BIGGEST gossip and knows EVERYTHING! LOL!!

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  6. I have one neighbor who knows everyone on our street and pretty much everything about them.
    Sadly, she is moving next month. I don't know what I'll do for information then.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  7. I don't know my neighbors here so no.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  8. News travels fast thanks to social media ha

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  9. News definitely travels fast in my neighborhood. I also have that one neighbor that seems to know everything and is a great source for finding out what's going on. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  10. News travels fast in my small town too. It is often inaccurate, but still gets spread around. Can't wait to read this.

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  11. Oh yes! Small town America!
    skforrest1957(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Small town girl here. Nees travels fast but we are also bvry quick to help each other. Love my small town. Angela G drwgsmom@yahoo.com

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  13. News does travel fast in our small community and there is one person who seems to know everything.
    cecilialyoung(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Mostly everyone in our neighborhood and town keep to themselves, so no one really knows what is going on with each other. Urban living for sure!
    mstypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Maryann

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  15. I live in a rural area, and there's one lady who somehow knows everything about everybody. bobwiesmann at gmail dot com.

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  16. News travel fast in my office. It's similar to a small town.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. News travels fast in my neighborhood.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  18. I live in a college town and with facebook nothing goes unnoticed! Ashleylianeb(at)yahoo.com

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  19. I live in the suburbs of Chicago and news travels fast in our neighborhood. It seems like certain people must watch the neighborhood 24/7 so they can report the latest news.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Work can be a regular Peyton Place! I'm usually the last to know...but gossip does fly fast and furious and the antics are pretty amazing!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  22. Never have a clue. When curious, I ask my blind friend. She always knows. Bobbipad at gmail dot com

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  23. Small town girl here...news travels faster than anything!

    brookeb811 at gmail.com

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  24. I am a small town girl, but I haven't noticed news traveling fast around here.
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  25. We just moved to a very small town in the Ozarks and yes news seems to travel very fast. By mouth beats print or phone any day. :)
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  26. News, (especially bad) seems to spread really fast in a small town. There is usually one or two that seem to stay in the know all the time and if you ever want to find out something, just call them. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  27. Growing up that used to be the case. I grew up in a very small town where everyone went to school together and knew each other for many years! I would love to win a book by this author!!

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  28. My mother in law is the worst lol. parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  29. I'm never in the know.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  30. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(com)

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  31. Sometimes it does. Not as much as it used to. When I worked at the library, I really found out things fast. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  32. Oh yeah...I live in a senior community where the majority of the folks just love to gossip. Thanks for the chance to win in your give-a-way! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot{com

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    Would you mind checking out my book reviews blog at El's Book Reviews and possibly give it a follow? Super excited to read your posts!

    - El

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  34. Yes we live in a rural area but even though we do there is always someone who is the one that is on the loud speaker passing everyones stuff to the next . My husband installs underground pipeline and they always joke stuff like that comes faster down the pipeline then anything else they scuttlebut more than girls i tell you. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  35. My neighbor is a busy-body who knows everything. Love talking to her. Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway.
    babemomara@att.net

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  36. I know one particular woman who knows everyone's business and is very happy to share with everyone else.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  37. At work, yes, at home not so much!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Small towns are famous for gossip. I lived in a small neighborhood as a child and it wasn't uncommon for the phone lines to be busy for hours on end because of rumors and gossip taking place. Thank you for hosting Peg Cochran on your blog today. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. We live in a very quiet neighborhood so people are more private and don't know each other. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  40. Yes, news travels very fast in our small town and it often gets changed, much like the game we used to play where the original message is never like the end message. And yes, I have known a lady who knew all of the news!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. When I lived in different cities the neighbors would say hello and that was the extent of learning about their lives. The same thing takes place where I live now. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Yes yes yes even when it shouldn't be
    Thanks for the giveaway
    ofhp@att.net

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  43. I live in a somewhat big city, so gossip or 'people in the know' tend to be more specialized. Want to know what's going on behind the scenes at my apt. complex? Go talk to the maintenance guy! Want to know what's going on at school? Go talk to the secretary! Want to know what's going on in my family? Come talk to me! My favorite busy body who seems to know all is...Google! I love to find out all the 'scuttlebutt' by using Google!
    kat8762(at)aol(dot)com

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  44. At work news travels at light speed, it's ridiculous. But in town it's too big to know. It's not a big city, but definitely not a small town.
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  45. We hear news at church, during coffee hour. It is always something good or news about a person having an illness that we can help or a need that we can address. That is Good News shared!
    Librarylady80(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. Goodness Me! when you live in a 55+ community, news and gossip travels at the speed of light, maybe even faster! Merry
    Northstarvance@Gmail.com

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  47. A quiet neighborhood with no busybodies nor gossips. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Small town life is quite conducive to news spreading quickly. LOL doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. where we live, I used to know what the kids had been doing before they came in at curfew. I find even now, news spreads very quickly

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  50. Mrs. Underwood knew everything but then she owned the local beauty shop as it was called then. Thanks for the chance to enter.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  51. People don't really talk like that round here. There's no gossiping at all.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  52. Word definitely travels fast where I live. There are also those certain people who seem to know (or think they do) everything.

    Thanks so much for the chance!

    jackielizn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I live quite a ways from any neighbors so news doesn't travel very fast at all.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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