Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Quilting and the Amish! What could make a better story!!

"The Amish Quilter"
By Mindy Starns Clark
     Leslie Gould


A gifted young quilter... a successful artist... the life-changing revelation that threatens to tear them apart...
Linda Mueller lives an orderly, uneventful existence, content to divide her time between creating the beautiful quilts for which she is known and working at an Englisch fabric shop.
Idealistic to a fault, Linda has never found a man worth marrying—until she meets Isaac Mast, a newcomer to Lancaster County and a talented painter. As they bond over their respective crafts, Linda is drawn to Isaac's kind ways, humble spirit, and intriguing personality, and soon the seams of her carefully-constructed world begin to loosen.
With Isaac's help, she explores the story of her late grandmother, also a gifted artist. But when an astonishing truth comes to light, Linda faces a grave decision, one that could destroy any hope of a future with Isaac. Will their dreams of a life together completely unravel? Or can she find some way to stitch them back together again?

My Thoughts:

These two authors are quilters of words!! Together they stitch the words together to develop a fantastic story of a wonderful young lady who manages to use her talents alongside a talented painter to  find romance while keeping to the very strict rules of the Amish.  If you know anything about  the Amish faith, you realize that  being proud of one's talents is greatly frowned upon. Painting and creating are not talents that are encouraged. However, both Linda and Isaac manage to create within the confines of the community. These two main characters  are so realistic and well described that you immediately become engrossed in their lives. Isaac is a kind soul who strives to help Linda solve some very strange mysteries.  The Amish are not exempt from problems and challenges as this story shows us. 

The plot flows easily between the past and the present keeping the reader involved until the last page of the book is read. There are many unexpected twists and turns .  These two authors managed to show  that Amish lives are far from perfect. They went below the surface to show us how individuals can still follow their faith while living their dreams. Difficult but not impossible.

 This book is definitely worthy of five stars!!  Not your typical girl meets guy love story!!  Don't miss this adventure. 

This book was received as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own./

Vannetta Chapman Writes Another Winning Novel in "The Amish Bishop Mysteries"!

  "Who the Bishop Knows"
      By Vannetta Chapman      


What You Don't See Might Hurt You
Every year, residents of the small Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado, look forward to the Ski Hi Stampede, the state's oldest professional rodeo. The rodeo is always good, clean entertainment for the hardworking farmers of the San Luis Valley. But this year, the Stampede turns deadly for one Amish man. Did rodeo fans see an unfortunate accident? Or something more sinister?

Amish bishop Henry Lapp is known far and wide for his uncanny ability to draw and remember the smallest details of anything he's seen, skills that have served him well in past investigations. He was at the rodeo that day. The problem? He didn't see Jeremiah Schwartz's death.

With a murderer on the loose and members of his community being threatened, Henry must act fast. But can he solve a crime he didn't see? This time around, Henry will have to rely on his keen sense of human character and observation, skills he's honed in his role as bishop, if he hopes to crack the case.

Who the Bishop Knows is a story of accepting our talents, putting one another first, and trusting that God will care for His children.
My Thoughts:   This is the third and final book in a fantastic series of Amish mysteries. This book could easily be read as a standalone as the author gives enough background information that the reader easily becomes caught up in the action. I had read the other two and loved each of them! However, I believe that this last one is THE BEST!  If you want to read something different from the  everyday kind of Amish fiction that is on the market, look no further. This book grabs your attention in the first chapter and maintains it until you have read the last page. 

Vannetta has the ability to describe her characters in such a detailed, realistic way that you easily identify with each of them. Henry Lapp has a concern for the community that is admirable. He is such a kind, loving man, compassionate and patient,  who has a unique gift that he uses only when it is needed! After all, he is Amish, he must not show off or be proud. Emma endeared herself to me very quickly. This couple, in their so called golden years are striving to find future together, however, obstacles seem to crop up to challenge each effort. Each of the characters comes with their own backgrounds of difficulties. Excellent development of character was evident throughout this tale. 

The plot was full of unexpected twists and turns. I had a very difficult time putting this book down to deal with everyday reality. The tension builds as the plot thickens. The author even uses some humour to lighten tense situations. The theme of keeping one's eyes on the Lord is underlying every event. Henry has to struggle to keep his faith strong in the most difficult times. A great example to all of us. 

I was very sad to say goodbye to these characters and their lives in this last book of the series. But, I must say, that I am also very eager to see what adventures Vannetta decides to write about in her next new book!

A five star book!!

This book was received as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


Friday, May 18, 2018

A Fabulous New Book by Rachel J. Good! Make sure that you enter the author's giveaway!

                 "The Amish Teacher's Gift"
                      By Rachel J. Good

About the Book:

Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.
With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. Yet with no time to court and a family secret holding her back, how can she allow herself to fall in love?

Click here to purchased your copy!
My Thoughts: 

The first impression I had, upon beginning to read this book, was that it was unique in its characters and their difficulties. It is not often that an author chooses to tackle a sensitive subject such as special needs children and even more rare to find them in Amish fiction. Rachel Good writes an informative, touching tale about a classroom and the very special children and teacher that warm your heart to the very core. As a former teacher, I am always interested in how others are able to challenge and succeed with these high needs children. I found myself thinking of former students and their challenges. What could I have done differently??? 

The characters are extremely well described and so realistic that you at once identify with them and walk alongside them on their unique, rocky road toward success. What on earth is success??  Well, the author does a superior job of relating how each individual in this story meets their potential through the works of a sensitive, loving teacher. 

Within this masterpiece is also a wonderful love story, one that differs from the norm. Yes, the challenges and obstacles may vary, but love does win when God's plan is carried out. 

Is the plot interesting? To that question, I have to answer yes. There are many unexpected roadblocks in this book. This is not a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, rather, it makes you pause in your busy life and reflect. How can each of us make a difference in another's life? Does one being different 
really matter?? Each of us has a very special place in God's plan. 

Thank you , Rachel Good, for reminding me!! What a fantastic read!!
This book was received as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

About the Author:
Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities.
Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friends series, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. In addition, she has stories in the anthologies Springs of Love and Love’s Thankful Heart.
She’d love to have you visit her website, or connect with her on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter, and Bookbub. Rachel also enjoys meeting readers and will be doing talks and booksignings around the country this year. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter: .

Guest Post from Rachel J. Good

Heart-Tugging Research
Sometimes as an author, stories call to you and beg you to write them. This story first tugged at my heart after I spent time with an Amish friend’s special needs child. I thought about writing a book to show how the Amish treat each child as a gift from God. After meeting a hearing-impaired teen girl with Down’s syndrome and seeing how she was encouraged to live up to her potential, the idea grew stronger. This girl later became Martha in the book.
Then at an auction, I watched a young Down’s syndrome boy help the auctioneer by delivering the goods to the bidders. His straw hat tilted a little crookedly, but with a broad smile on his face, he carefully matched items with the correct bidder. He looked so proud of himself and proud to be able to do such an important job. I sat there at the auction and jotted notes for the novel.
Once I knew the topic of the novel, I began my research by visiting Amish schools for special needs, attending auctions to support them, and touring the Community Care Center, where Amish and Mennonite children and adults with special needs get amazing help. The young man in the wheelchair who showed us around was an awesome guide. We peeked into an exercise room, a therapy room, a craft room, several classrooms, a cafeteria, and my favorite—a multi-sensory environment. This room with dark walls lit only by a small row of twinkling Christmas lights had a ball pit (with the plastic balls like some fast food restaurants have in their play areas), a plush recliner, blankets, headphones, and a hammock. Autistic children at the center found this room a great calming atmosphere. I knew this room had to have a place in the book.
I visited a teacher who taught autistic children and learned a lot about programs, therapies, and teaching techniques. After learning the cutting edge techniques she used, I was surprised to realize that the Amish had adopted quite a few of them for their classrooms. I chose a hearing-impaired boy for the hero’s son because I had a nephew with hearing problems, so I could incorporate some of the struggles he had into the story.
I wanted this series to be about the healing power of love, so each book will deal with a different type of healing. When something touches my heart like this, I always pray it will touch the readers’ hearts too.

Blog Stops

Carpe Diem, May 8
Mary Hake, May 15
Artistic Nobody, May 18 (Spotlight)
margaret kazmierczak, May 18 (Interview)
Quiet Quilter, May 19
Bigreadersite, May 20
Simple Harvest Reads, May 20 (Spotlight)
Vicky Sluiter, May 21


To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize package of a tote, an autographed copy of The Amish Teacher’s Gift, and an autographed copy of Hearts Reunited!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Fabulous Thought Provoking Read!!!

                   "Loving Brock"
                 By Joan Deneve             
Genre: Contemporary Christian Women’s Fiction & Romance
Release Date: April, 2018
For years, Brock Whitfield served God with joy and contentment at the mission hospital he founded in Angola.
When Joy Stockman joined their team as a surgical assistant, he found a woman whose zeal for God and heart for people equaled and in many ways surpassed his own. Before he knew it, his admiration and respect for her blossomed into love. After years of serving alone, Brock began to hope that God was giving him another chance to love and be loved in return.
A crisis arose within the family causing Brock to put his personal plans on hold. As he prayed for guidance, Brock’s faith and obedience were put to the ultimate test as God brings the perfect person into his life and then asks him to give her up.
About the Author:   
Joan Deneve enjoys being a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author, but her favorite role and defining title is that of Christian. Joan teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Christ and equip them to become all God wants them to be.
Joan shares her life with Rene’, her husband of forty years. Together they reside in Prattville, Alabama, a quaint city with southern charm and hospitality.
Joan loves to laugh and spend quality time with family and friends.

My Thoughts:

This is the third in this author's series entitled "The Redeemed Side of Broken". However, it can be read as a stand alone and thoroughly enjoyed. I had not read the previous two, but upon reading this book, I will definitely go back and read the others! The best word to express my thoughts is "Wow"! A fabulous, inspirational book overflowing with the true meaning of Christianity. The underlying theme throughout was how we need to follow God regardless of all else going on in our lives. Whatever happens when we follow His plans , will leave us happy and satisfied, even though the path to get there may be filled with trials and deep tribulations.

The main characters were unique in today's fiction. They were mature adults beginning their sixties. Both Joy and Brock were described in a vivid , realistic way that immediately pulled you into their story. I could feel their every hurt , desire and challenge. They were mature Christians who each had a past, one that neither was proud of. But, with the Lord's help, they were able to fight their demons to become victorious in their faith. The depth of this faith is something that I greatly admired !

The plot is fast paced with unexpected shocks around every corner. The reader is kept on the edge of her seat, as these tense situations arise. I have to say that I became angry at all that God was throwing at these two wonderful people and had the old question, "Why does God allow these terrible things happen to good Christians?" Well, this book explained it well.... tough situations and battles within make us stronger in our faith.

This novel is definitely a winner in Inspirational Fiction! I was left in deep thought , searching my soul and examining my life. Could I ever have this depth of faith?

A five star book!

This book was received as a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, May 4
Remembrancy, May 7
Carpe Diem, May 10
Bigreadersite, May 12
Artistic Nobody, May 13 (Spotlight)
Reading is my SuperPower, May 13 (Interview)
margaret kazmierczak, May 15 (Interview)
Henry Happens, May 16
Quiet Quilter, May 16


To celebrate her tour, Joan is giving away a grand prize of the entire The Redeemed Side of Broken Series, African blend coffee, coffee mug, a magnet from Angola, and a personalized message from the author on a special card from Angola!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Friday, April 27, 2018

CelebrateLit Presents Caryl McAdoo' Scavenger Hunt!


By Caryl McAdoo

Series: Red River Romances, Book 1, contemporary Christian romances set in Northeast Texas

Blurb: Can the orphaned preacher and the heartbroken rodeo queen navigate the path to true love with a lie and an ex-beau blocking their way?
Learning of Faith Johnson’s rash promise to her father, New Hope Baptist’s interim preacher Asa Davidson shows up to apply for the position—of husband. The cowgirl was only trying to give her dying father hope promising to marry the first thirty-something-year-old Christian virgin to ask. Who’d ever dream one existed in all of Texas, much less Red River County? But sure enough, one comes a’courting the very next day thanks to the Lord and Daddy’s baby sister, loud mouth Aunt Iris. Faith’s appalled, but a promise is a promise. She only needs to figure a way out.
Originally, Asa sees matrimony as a career move. He hopes a godly, local wife will seal the deal for a permanent call. Then asked right out about that very thing, he lies. Sparks fly when her past love and the preacher meet up, but as the days pass, she finds herself admiring the man and his relationship to God more and more. He’s a hard worker and wonderful, fun companion. Maybe she could learn to love him. But what if New Hope doesn’t call him? She loves it right where she’s at. Plus what about her dying father? And there’s that untruth between them….
And to make things even harder, her ex comes to Christ through it all!

Excerpt :
A black sedan rolled across the main entrance cattle guard. Faith sat a little taller in the saddle. Shame it wasn’t a new truck pulling a full Featherlight horse trailer, but hey, any new business would be a Godsend. Instead of coming to the barn though, the car stayed right and went up to the house. New nurse, maybe?
Whatever. The gelding needed at least another fifteen minutes. She worked him hard—several times around with a right front lead, turn around the other way on a left lead, backed him one complete lap—then took him into the wash stall. She’d never known a horse who loved baths better than the beautiful paint, and so intelligent, almost too smart for his britches. Definitely one she wouldn’t mind calling her own.
Halfway to having him brushed out, the barn’s man-door opened.
“Miss Johnson?”
She looked over the gelding’s back. The form of a man stood in the doorway silhouetted by the late afternoon sun. Tall with broad shoulders, he filled the opening. She couldn’t see if he looked like money or not, but hey, even poor guys needed their horses trained. “Yessiree, that’d be me. How can I help you?”
“I came about the position.”
“You’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not hiring.”
The guy stepped in and closed the door, his face still dark and undistinguishable. “That isn’t what your aunt Iris said.”
“Bless Auntie’s heart, I don’t know what she’s thinking, but she’s just wrong. I’m not hiring. Sorry you came all this way for nothing.”
Her eyes started adjusting, and the man, maybe a few years older than her, came into view. A sort of good-looking type in a townie kind of way, but… “Maybe you need to come tell her yourself, Miss Johnson.”
Oh no, the place was a wreck. Faith needed to get in the house and stop the old dear. “Auntie’s here?” The perfectionist would have herself a heart attack for sure.
“Yes, ma’am. She rode out with me.” A sly grin etched the man’s face.
Dear Lord, what was going on? She didn’t have time for this. Faith grabbed another brush and tossed it to him. “Here, make yourself useful.”
“Sure. What do I do?”
“Brush that side.”
She moved the soft bristles a bit faster. Why, oh why, hadn’t she taken a little time and cleaned up this morning? A mental walk-through horrified her all the more. The armload of dirty laundry on the window bench in the living room. She’d been on the way to the utility room when her daddy needed help.
She didn’t even want to think about the kitchen’s condition.
And how long had it been since she swept? The dirty baseboards with webs and dog hair and who knew what else… And oh no, she left all her papers scattered all the way around her swivel rocker from looking at the bills and trying to figure out exactly how she was going to get them all paid.
Bless God! Just what she needed. Why this person brought her house-crazy-keeping aunt all the way up to Negley, especially unannounced, proved more than a little irritating. This is a test, this is only a test, she assured herself.
“Brush only in the direction his hair grows.”
“Yes, ma’am.”
She worked down each leg to the hooves with her mind racing a minute mile for the reason her daddy’s sister might have told this fellow there was a job opening. She’d love some help if she could afford it, but… In not quite half the regular time, the gelding rested in his stall, hayed, grained, and happy.
Sliding the paint’s door closed, she practiced what she wanted to say then latched the stall and faced the intruder. “Okay look, I don’t know who you are, but hey, I’d appreciate the truth. Why are you here? Really.”
“Sorry, ma’am.” He extended his hand. “Name’s Asa Davidson.”
Closing the couple of steps between them, she one-shaked the offering then nodded toward the door. “How is it you know Aunt Iris anyway?”
“Met her at church. I’m the new interim pastor out at New Hope Baptist.” He stepped out into the late afternoon sun. Better looking than she first thought, but dear Lord, the man really needed to get himself a pair of Wranglers and some boots. Slacks and loafers would not do, leastwise not in these parts. He stuck out like a newborn white Charolais calf.
She walked beside him toward the house. “So, exactly what is this job Auntie is talking about? Did she tell you?” She looked over and grinned. “I’m already saved, a blood-bought, Bible-thumping child of the King.”
“That makes you a princess.”
“Yessiree, bless God. So if you’re not here to share the Good News, Pastor, what was it she told you I needed?”
“A husband.”
She stopped in her tracks, practically paralyzed. Tried to swallow, but couldn’t. He took two steps more then turned back, smiling.
“Did you just say husband?”
“Yes, ma’am. Miss Iris said you told your father yesterday that you’d marry if an eligible bachelor asked you.” He shrugged. “So what do you think?”

Caryl McAdoo is an amazin author who always delivers a positive, uplifting message in each book that she writes. Her characters show a depth that exceed the ability of most authors. They are described in a very realistic way enabling the reader to immediately identify with them and their trials in lfe.

The plot is full of action and keeps the reader fully engaged until the last page of the book is read. I know that I am now hooked on this author's books!! Can hardly wait to read more!!

This book was a gift. A positive review was not required. 

About the Author:

Bio: Christian, Simon & Schuster, hybrid author Caryl McAdoo is currently writing three series, all from a perspective of faith: her historical Texas Romances; the contemporary Red River Romances; and The Generations, her Biblical fiction. The novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her, and she paints. In 2008, she and her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying each story gives God glory, she hopes it will also minister 

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