Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Fantastic Book by Amy Clipston!! Be sure to enter the giveaway!!

"The Beloved Hope Chest" 
      By Amy Clipston

About the Book:

Genre: Amish
Release Date: May 9, 2017
In the final instalment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.
Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.
But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?
Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.
My Thoughts:  
Warning! Before reading this book, place a box of tissues by your side!! They will definitely be needed!!!

As the last book in the "Amish Heirloom" Series, it leaves us wanting MORE from this excellent author!! Amy writes in her unique style that definitely appeals to our inner souls. I was left with some very deep thoughts, tomorrows are NEVER promised , we should appreciate each day for what it is, loving those around us.  You just never know what the future will bring. 

This is Mattie's story. If you have read the previous books in this series, you will know of whom I speak. She is a dear Christian, caring and loving. However, she has secrets that have remained hidden in the hope chest for a very long time. The characters in this novel are near and dear to my heart. They are described in a detailed, realistic manner that has the reader walking alongside them in the rocky path of life. I easily identified with them as I felt their every heartache, challenge, fear and joy! My heart ached for Mattie as her secrets were made known. 

The plot moves quickly with the perfect number of twists and turns, keeping the reader engaged from the first to the last page. My emotions were running amok as I travelled this difficult journey of grief, redemption and the desire and ability to once again love . Not an easy path!! As I stumbled my way through this plot of hidden secrets, revealed in love for Mattie's daughters, I felt her deep pain at having this secrets come to the surface. However, as a mother, I also could understand her willingness to do ANYTHING for her daughters! As painful as it was, what a sacrifice this mother made!!

I am upset that this series has ended! But, I am impatiently waiting to see what the author comes up with next!!  Amy Clipston's books just keep getting better and better. 

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

About the Author  

AMY CLIPSTON is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. She has sold more than 1 million books, and her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.comFacebook: AmyClipstonBooks and Twitter: @AmyClipston

Guest post from Amy Clipston

I am thrilled to share the The Beloved Hope Chest, which is the final installment of my Amish Home series.
In The Beloved Hope Chest, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of. Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past. But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades? Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.
This book is very close to my heart since it is the last in my Amish Heirloom series. I’ve grown to love the Fisher family, and writing Mattie and Leroy’s story was bittersweet. This is a very emotional story, and I poured my heart and soul into it. I hope you enjoy this book since it reveals all of the mysteries that have been placed throughout the series.

Blog Stops

May 13: Just Commonly
May 16: A Greater Yes
May 17: Quiet Quilter
May 18: Splashes of Joy
May 19: Pause for Tales
May 19: Book by Book
May 21: Bigreadersite
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Everyone Deserves a Second Chance, Don't they??? Be sure to enter the author's giveaway!!

"A Second Chance"
By Alexis A. Goring

Book: A Second Chance
Author: Alexis A. Goring
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Jan 25, 2017
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.
Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.
Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.

My Thoughts:

As Alexis is a new author to me, I was looking forward to  getting a look at one of her creations.  "A Second Chance" is a sweet romantic story. It is an easy to read story, slow paced  but overall,  enjoyable . The overall theme of the book was how God provides us with a second chance, even when we feel at our lowest and aren't satisfied with what has taken place in the past.  God has the one ability that no one else has.... He can turn something that we believe is a horrible situation into something rewarding and valuable. Traci  , the main character dealt with this, making her easy with whom to identify. We all need to put our trust in God, not just in good times. Marc sounds like a great guy, one who I would like to know. What woman doesn' t love a kind, handsome guy who is trustworthy and thoughtful?? 
The plot moves slowly causing me to be a bit impatient to find out what this book was all about, however, I did enjoy the romantic tale. I would have preferred a bit more action and some additional twists and turns. As I say this, it is also a novel worth reading, reminding us of our need to let go of past mistakes and trust God enough to know that He can and WILL make a happier future for us, if we allow Him free rein with our lives. 

This book was received as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.
About the Author:
Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.

Guest Post from Alexis Goring

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

God has good plans for every single person living here on Earth. It’s important to remember to trust Him because no matter how bleak a situation looks, hope is always on the horizon when God’s in the picture…and the good news is that no matter what God is always in the picture.
I thought that it would be a good idea to explore the theme of Jeremiah 29:11 through a fictional story about characters who are in need of a second chance in life and love. So I create Traci and Marc and wrote their story, A Second Chance.
Traci and Marc are entry-level journalists therefore they struggle with the industry’s tough system of paying your dues and they know the conflicts firsthand about struggling to pay your bills because of that system.
But it’s not just the bills that weigh heavily on their hearts. Traci and Marc are facing battles that are unique to their individual life stories but common to people in the real world.
When the reader meets Traci, they see that she is bitter and cynical because she was left at the altar. Her fiancé ran off with her Maid of Honor and left Traci with a mile-high stack of bills to pay for their wedding that never happened. So when Traci’s Mom shows up on her doorstep with an inheritance letter that stipulates Traci must be married before receiving her inheritance from her late grandfather, Traci is closer to destroying the letter and being a bachelorette for life than she is about husband hunting.
When the reader meets Marc, they see that he is smitten with Traci at first sight. But they soon learn that he has trust issues because of his previous romantic relationships with women who would dump him because he was “too nice.” However, his niceness is of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina who is struggling to raise her children in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death. Naturally, Marc wants to help his sister. So he volunteers to babysit her kids and take them out of the house so that she can meet her book deadlines. Gina is a bestselling romance novelist.
All of these main characters go on their own faith journey with God. Some resist His love at first (like Traci), some draw back because of broken trust (like Marc) and some heal slowly from pain (like Gina) but they all realize how much they need God in their life.
Faith elements are a woven lightly throughout this story but also go deep as the characters work toward wholeness and restoration.
If anything, this is a story about how the Creator of the Universe (God) loves humankind and desires to restore broken hearts, homes and lives.
I hope that you will enjoy reading this book!
God bless your heart.
Alexis A. Goring

Blog Stops

May 9: A Greater Yes
May 10: Quiet Quilter
May 11: Remembrancy
May 14: Carpe Diem


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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Another Fantastic Short Story by Popular Author , Beth Wiseman!!

"The Shell Collector's Daughter"

         By Beth Wiseman


From bestselling and award-winning author Beth Wiseman comes the latest addition to her popular Surf's Up series. Each Surf’s Up novella takes the reader to a beach locale, weaving romance and adventure into a soul-soothing journey of hope. Carianna's story is a heartwarming tale which follows one woman's journey as she navigates the many types of love God gifts to us. “People tell me that I’m special. I don’t see it that way. I’m just different.” ~ Carianna Marie Sparks Carianna isn’t like other twenty-six-year-old women. She’s never been on a date, never experienced the euphoria of a first kiss, and certainly never been in love. Can a man’s heart speak to hers in a way that she can understand? And if so, will any man believe that she sings with the angels and has tea with God? Will they see the star dust twinkling in her eyes or hear the secret whispers of the ocean in a sea shell? Dominic is grieving the death of his mother, so he welcomes a job opportunity that takes him to a beach community near the Texas coast. But what begins as a distraction and change of scenery shifts into a healing journey filled with discovery. Amidst his heartache, Dominic finds love in a beautiful and unexpected way when he meets Carianna—the shell collector’s daughter. But can Dominic convince Carianna’s father to lift his protective wings and allow Carianna to soar into the life that God meant for her? And will Carianna hear Dominic’s heart speaking to hers in a way that she understands? Other books in this series: A Tide Worth Turning, Message In A Bottle, and Christmas by the Sea.

My Thoughts:

Everyone who knows me well, realises that Beth Wiseman is one of my all time favorite authors!! Her unique talent of drawing the reader into the story and becoming part of it, is evident in every one of her creations, this one being no exception. This novella is number four in the "Surfs Up" Series. Each of these novellas carry a special message that lives on in your thoughts, long after completing the book.

The description of the setting, a beautiful beach, drew me immediately. It is not  a place that I go often but when I do, I always think of the majesty of God. His ability to create this little bit of heaven is amazing! As I read the story, I was able to sit on the beach with the main character, Carianna, studying the seashells and finding unique and valuable treasures on her doorstep. The realistic and detailed description of the characters had me involved in the plot from beginning to end. Carianna's ablility to talk to God and hear that still, quiet voice had me deep in thought about my own life. Do I take the time I need, to hear Him when He speaks?? Do I see the good in others as she did??  What a great example of Christian, she is!
Domenic was such a fine, young man, who quickly appealed to my sense of romance. 

The plot was very different from most stories. It was one of a sweet romance as well as showing us how one can grow one's faith. This delightful romance develops , as Domenic embraces the faith of Carianna. 

What a marvellous and different read!! Light, however, thought provoking!!! 

Ok, Beth!! I dare you to outdo this creation!! This was outstanding!!

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Exciting New Amish Mystery Series by Vannetta Chapman!!

     "What the Bishop Saw"
       By Vannetta Chapman

When I see that one of my favorite authors has a new series coming out, I am on pins and needles until I can get my hands on the book!!! Our household was full of smiles and excitement this past week, when our mail carrier delivered a very special package! I must admit that I was the one who was excited, my husband, maybe not so much, as he realises that when I have a good book in my hands, housework and meals are forgotten. The world passes me by as I escape reality and become part of a very different community.

'What the Bishop Saw" is the first in Vannetta's new series, "The Amish Bishop Mysteries". This first book grabbed my attention immediately and had me walking alongside the characters throughout their adventures.  The setting is San Luis Valley, Colorado . A fire blazes, totally out of control , leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. The Bishop, Henry Lapp, rushes to the scene and discovers disturbing news. The fire was NOT an accident. Someone wanted to kill Vernon Frey. The mystery begins, who on earth wants to kill this somewhat nasty recluse? The problem is very simple.... there are few people who liked this man, many wanted to get him out of this peaceful community. 

The police point a finger at an individual who Henry knows is innocent, without a doubt. Then comes a real shock!! Henry has an extremely rare talent, which he has refused to use for years, that could help solve the mystery. However, Henry has not acknowledged or used this ability for a very long time and really does not want it to come to people's attention again. Will his neighbor, Emma, be able to convince him to follow God's leading, even if it is not his heart's desire????

Could the clue to solving the case be locked up in Henry's innermost memories?? Can he overcome his fear of using his special talent??

The characters  were described in such a detailed, realistic manner, that  they were all easy with whom to identify. It didn't take long before I was walking beside my new friends, feeling their every fear, worry, challenge. Many emotions went on deep within me, as I was amazed at the depth of the friendships and the power of God's grace. 
The plot moves swiftly with unexpected twists and turns at every turn of the page. Just when I thought that I had answers to the mystery, another event would occur that would have me totally confused. Sitting on the edge of my chair, with my heart pounding, I just had to finish this book as quickly as possible. I could not put it down.

Vannetta has a unique talent of capturing one's interest upon reading the first page with her unusual events occurring in a quiet Amish Community. Not what we expect of the Plain People who do not accept violence in any situation. This author makes us realise that the Amish are just like you and I. They have the same problems and challenges. Their world is not one without difficulties. 

This book definitely has earned five stars. Don't miss it!! It was just released and is available at 

I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series!! Vannetta has written another winning novel!!

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Two Authors Combine Their Talents to Write a Winning novel!! Be sure to enter the Giveaway!!

"A Spring of Weddings"
By:  Toni Shiloh  and
     Melissa Wardwell
    Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2017
A Proxy Wedding
Carly James values loyalty and friendship above all, so when her best friend calls asking her to be a proxy bride, she says, ‘yes.’ How hard can it be to say ‘I do’ so that her best friend can be with the one she loves? Only, Carly never counted on the feelings that began to swirl around with the proxy groom.
Damien Nichols likes life lined up from A to Z, but when his best friend calls in a favor, disorder begins to reign. Instead of taking a quick flight to the proxy wedding, he must take a road trip with the proxy bride. Carly’s free-spirit attitude bumps heads with his meticulous approach to life. As Damien discovers the woman underneath the carefree façade, his emotions become involved.
Will love become real at A Proxy Wedding?

Hope Beyond Savannah
Lily Allman and Nikotemo (Nik) Lagatuo were the poster children for the term “opposites attract.” He was an evangelist and CEO for a non-profit from Samoa who grew up in a large loving family. She was a blond bombshell with a funky style and no family to call her own. Two of the most unlikely people meet in the most unlikely of places, but God had a plan when He brought them together. They never let their differences deter them from the love they had for each other, but when Nik’s mother comes to the States for the wedding, the idea of wedded bliss is shaken. Can prejudices be over looked, insecurities overcome, and hope for a better future be restored so that these two can have all that was promised?
My Thoughts:
When you think of springtime, don't you always think of approaching weddings?? I sure do!! This wonderful season makes me think of new life, new beginnings, new relationships. 
Before reading Toni Shiloh's story, entitled "A Proxy Wedding", I did not realise that this ceremony even existed. This work of fiction was a whole new learning experience for me. Toni 's story exhibited her unique talent of dealing with the unusual in a realistic way, that had me living alongside the characters as they fought their way through the many challenges and bumps in the road. I could feel every emotion as the characters struggled to be good friends while a budding, but not desired, romance developed. Although the characters fought against the growing attraction, God had another plan!  It just shows how very different personalities can be attracted to one another  and be a very positive experience. 
Melissa Wardwell has been another favorite author of mine for a while now. Her story, "Hope Beyond Savannah" was rich in the realistic description of the heritage of the characters. The blending of two very different backgrounds was informative and showed us how God is at work to make us all one with another. A mixed marriage is not unusual these days, however, not all people deal with it in a positive manner. The characters came alive in my mind as the plot thickened. I walked beside them in their difficult times as well as chuckled in their good ones!! Nik's mother, I have to admit, was humorous while being the kind of mother in law that everyone dreads and fears!! There were the perfect number of twists and turns in the plot to make one keep reading past bedtime!
 Both of these authors did a superior job of writing novellas that were unique in content and presentation!! Well done, ladies!!
This book was gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own. 

Make sure to click here to preorder your copy!
About the Authors:
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

Melissa Wardwell was born and raised in a small mid-Michigan community living there still with her Husband and three children. She enjoys taking pictures, reading, and leisurely rides with her husband on their motorcycle. All her stories revolve around women who are mothers. Single mothers, widowed mothers, young mothers, married mothers, and even women who have a mother’s heart but no children of her own.
Her hope is that each story touches your heart, gives you hope, or just gives you a moment away from the chaos of life.

Guest posts from Toni & Melissa

A Proxy Wedding
By Toni Shiloh
Spring is here! I love it because I always think of new beginnings as the flowers bud and then bloom. The trials and tribulation of the winter season are no longer on my mind. My hope that the winter season would not linger begins to become visible as new life takes shape on the bare trees. The seeds I planted in faith of God’s faithfulness sprout up in hope and promise.
When I sat down to write A Proxy Wedding, I had to imagine spring time, because the dreary, overcast skies outside my window were a constant reminder that I was in a season of sickness. One person would get sick, then the next, and the next. By the time the last person got sick, the round would start over. Visits to the doctor were made. Miserable kids were constantly whining in their discomfort.
It. Was. Rough.
It made perfect sense for me to throw my characters into a new situation. One that would make the stretch, take them out their comfort zone, and search for God’s goodness. I wanted to give them a hint of goodness and throw in a trial or two so they could make the decision that sometimes, risk is worth it. Just as we all react differently to new situations, so did my characters.
Carly was intent on making lemonade from her lemons. She tries to get the handsome broker, Damien, to see the importance of smelling roses and lingering over new adventures. Of course, Damien wasn’t partial to the frivolity. He’s so intent on becoming a success that he had no time to slow down.
In order for them to see God’s handiwork in their lives, I had to remind them that they were not products of their past. That in God, they’re a new creation with new opportunities available to them.
I hope you enjoy A Proxy Wedding. May you think of the Father’s love as you take time to stop and smell the roses.
Hope Beyond Savannah
By Melissa Wardwell
I hope you enjoy this story of love, acceptance and new beginnings. It was a joy to write because there is much more to it than the hope of marriage. It is about the blending of two families who are from two completely different cultures. Researching the island traditions, beliefs, and customs was not only fun, but enlightening. Being able to return to my background in bridal as well as the most beautiful city in the United States was just an added bonus.
With Nik and his family being from another country, I gave you a glossary of words and phrases used so you knew what was being said. I found the language to be rather beautiful and to not include it would take away from who these people are. I also give a small explanation as to what Rock-a- billy is. Lily is a funky chick who dresses in a fun and exciting way. When I saw this couple in my head, I knew it would be quite the uncommon match. As you will soon see, they fit together quite nicely.
My point in using a bi-racial couple for this story was based on what we have been seeing in the news lately. It is unlike anything I have ever done but after talking to friends in similar relationships, I knew I had to step out on this limb. I think it is time we begin to look at people through the eyes of God and not man, then we would see how beautiful we all are. It doesn’t matter what color our skin is or what our past contains, we are all God’s creation and we are beautifully and wonderfully made.

Blog Stops

April 25: Lighthouse Academy
April 28: Mary Hake
April 29: The Power of Words (Spotlight)
May 1: Quiet Quilter
May 4: A Greater Yes
May 5: Carpe Diem
May 7: God is Love
May 8: Autism mom

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