Unlocking the Past Reading Challenge

2022 Unlocking the Past Reading Challenge

Around the World

Welcome to the 2022 Unlocking the Past Reading Challenge! I’ve made this page so it is easy for you to find the information without digging through old posts.

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Due to the high cost of the 2021 Reading Challenge, I’ve changed up how I’ll do 2022 prizes in order to make it where this can be a long-term thing. Instead of receiving a copy of the reviewed book, winners will get a chance to pick from my stack of new and gently used Christian Fiction books which will have new additions every month. I’ll keep a list of those choices on the Unlocking the Past Webpage beginning in January after the first challenge is over. At the beginning of January 2023, those who have participated in any of the monthly challenges will get entered to win a Grand Prize Reader Basket. The prizes may change, but at the moment, the prize will include a copy of Counterfeit Love by Crystal Caudill (me), Everyday Love by Katie Orr (A Focused15 Study), a book recommended by me, reader socks, tea, and a bookmark.


Participation Requirements

Books no longer HAVE to be historical, but I will push them as a preference. With the Around the World theme, some areas are just going to be really hard to find with a historical focus, plus I’m hoping this will allow more readers to be involved.

In order to be entered to win books each month and the grand prize at the end of the month, you will still be required to comment on what you read on that month’s Reading Challenge Review post from the last day of the month. I will still use Rafflecopter to randomly select the winner. Extra entries can only be earned for that month and are only available through the Rafflecopter link. HOWEVER, if someone comments that they joined the reading challenge because of your invite, I will add three extra entries for the end of the year prize manually for each person who mentions you.

Comments for the monthly drawing must be made by midnight EST of the 8th of the month. Any comments made after that point will still get you an entry to the end of the year drawing, but will not go toward the monthly drawing.

Suggested Reading Posts

I will once again be adding monthly suggested reading posts on the first of each month. My suggestions will be a mix of historical and contemporary, with a heavier focus on historical when possible. These suggestions will not necessarily be ones that I have personally read but have been found on Among the Reads, the Inspirational Historical Fiction Index, and my connections in the author world.


The giveaway portion is open to all eligible members of society according to their country’s and state’s laws and it is up to you know whether you are legally able to enter. Print copies are only eligible to winners eligible for media mail in the 50 states of the USA. Any winner outside of the United States (or readers within the USA who prefer an e-book) will get to choose a Christian Fiction e-book that is on sale for $5 or under on Amazon. If the winner of the grand prize is outside of the United States, they will receive an e-copy of Counterfeit Love, three additional e-books, and a snail mail letter with bookmarks. This giveaway is not associated with anyone but me, Crystal Caudill, and all winners will be randomly drawn by a third-party app like Rafflecopter (monthly) or https://miniwebtool.com/random-name-picker/ (end of the year).

2022 Monthly Themes ~Around the World ~

January – Africa – Angie P.

February – Asia – Mishael W.

March – Caribbean – Lisa M. 

April – Eastern Europe – Charity H.

May – Europe – Megan L. 

June – Mediterranean – Paula S. 

July – Middle East – Karen W.

August – N. American – Karla H.

September – Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, all the little islands around there – Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Fiji, etc)

October – S. America

November – Bucket List Country

December – Christmas in Any Country

2022 Giveaway Titles

A Bride So Fair by Carol Cox

The Bull Rider’s Homecoming by Allie Pleiter

Cave of Secrets by Shannon Redmon 

A Deep Divide #1 by Kimberley Woodhouse

Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett

Everglades Escape by Kathleen Tailer

Falling for the Lawman by Ruth Logan Herne

A Fatal Harvest by Rachel Phillips (Hardcover)

Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

A Lineage of Grace, Special Edition: 5 Volumes in 1 by Francine Rivers

Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

Safe in His Arms by Colleen Coble

Shadow Among the Sheaves by Naomi Stephens 

The Soldier and the Single Mom by Lee Tobin McClain

A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano

That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake

Treacherous Mountain Investigation by Stephanie M. Gammon

To Disguise the Truth by Jen Turano (Book #3)

Ladies of Intrigue by Michelle Griep (3 Novellas)

Side by Side by Jana Kelley

A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund (#3)

To Find Her Place by Susan Anne Mason

Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

Tainted by Morgan L. Busse (MP3 – book 1)

Awakened by Morgan L. Busse (MP3 – book 2)



2021 Challenge: American History

January – Colonial Period (1600s to 1760s)

February – American Revolution & War of 1812 (1760’s to 1815)

March – Westward Expansion (1815 to 1860s – Pioneers, Oregon Trail, Gold Rushes)

April – Civil War

May – Wild West (1860s to 1890s)

June – Gilded Age (1870s to 1900)

July – Progressive Era (1890s to 1920s)

August – WWI

September – Roaring 20s and/or Great Depression (1920s to1941)

October – WWII

November – Contemporary

December – Pick Your Favorite Time American Time Period

2021 Winners Circle

January – Kathy A. – Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz

February – Alisa W. – The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

March – Renee P. – Trail of Fear by Sara R. Turnquist

April – Phyllis R. – The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

May – Winnie T. – The Bounty Hunter’s Bargain by Lucette Nel

June – Megan L. – The White City by Grace Hitchcock

July – Paula S. – Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

August – Colleen H. – Until June by Barbara Britton

September – Carissa M. – When Silence Sings by Sarah Loudin Thomas

October – Courtney G. – The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander

November – Deb H. – The Secret Keepers of Old Grocery Depot by Amanda Cox

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