25 Book Reviews

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

A Great New Read from Popular Author, Vannetta Chapman!!

 An Amish Baby for Christmas


By Vannetta Chapman                   


Synopsis:

With a baby on the way…

can this struggling widow save her home?

In danger of losing her farm after her husband’s death, Abigail Yutzy needs help—even if she can’t afford it. At her bishop's insistence, property manager Thomas Albrecht pitches in to aid the pregnant widow. With his troubled past and her shattered heart, their arrangement must stay business only. But their uneasy holiday alliance might just heal both their hearts

My Thoughts:

Vannetta has once again created a meaningful, heartwarming tale in The Amish fiction genre, Book 8 in the Indiana Amish Brides Series. This book will keep the reader deeply involved with all of the main characters. Abigal tugs at your heartstrings as she struggles as a young widow and mother to be. Along with there  challenges of being left alone, Abigail discovers that her husband has left her finances in a dire state. How can the future ever be bright?? Along comes Thomas, a property manager, who decides he must help this dear lady .Thomas is also fighting his own battles within.  Both characters are so vividly described that one can easily identify with each one. I found myself walking alongside them in their journey , feeling every hurt and joy.


The plot moves quickly with many ups and downs, unexpected events popping up. This book is a quick read but full of action, causing one to examine what is really important in life. 

This is a charming Christmas story that one can enjoy , while sitting near a flaming fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate. 

Five stars for this great novel!


This book was received from NetGalley . The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own


Saturday, September 25, 2021

A New Beth Wiseman Novel !! FANTASTIC!

 "A Season of Change"    

   By Beth Wiseman




Synopsis:

Finding peace means letting go of the past—and embracing the change that is to come. 

Sisters Esther and Lizzie have a new employee, Rose Petersheim, to help them tend to The Peony Inn. But their old matchmaking ways have stayed the same. The sisters focus their efforts on the lovely twenty-five-year-old Rose. Though Rose is witty and outspoken, her nervous chattering makes her the best match for someone calm and good at listening. Someone like Benjamin—the handsome handyman who recently moved to town. 

But when Esther receives an anonymous love letter and flowers, Rose’s love life is no longer the only one capturing the sisters’ attention. As they sleuth around searching for Esther’s secret admirer, they uncover that their grumpy renter, Gus, has a secret of his own that could bring about a difficult change in all their lives. And their continued meddling in Rose’s affairs reveals she, too, is hiding something—an old wound that could threaten her future happiness. 

As Rose, Lizzie, Esther, and Gus struggle to release the weight of their pasts, they discover that although people are complicated, love doesn’t need to be. 

This charming third installment of the Amish Inn series from bestselling author Beth Wiseman is a picture of loss and healing in which forgiveness will prove to be the greatest act of love.



My Thoughts:


This book is the third in Beth Wiseman's "The Amish Inn" series , reconnecting readers with the Peony Inn and its quirky, humorous owners, Lizzie and Esther as well as the cranky old man, Gus and Rose, the young woman who is never short of words! What a delightful read!! This novel is Amish fiction at its best! Beth's unique style of storytelling grabs the reader and immediately pulls one into the lives of these dear folks allowing us to experience their adventures alongside them.  The characters are so realistically and well described that one easily identifies with each of them. 


The plot is fast moving with unexpected surprises constantly cropping up. I could not put this book down once I started to read!! Humor  had me laughing out loud at times, while other situations had me near tears. The message of forgiveness and redemption comes through loud and clear throughout this story. It was certainly a roller coaster ride as I followed Rose and Benjamin's developing romance as well as that of two dear older individua


Definitely, a five star book!! This author has done it again, written another winning novel!!


I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.












Thursday, September 23, 2021

“Dead Set” , another fabulous read by Vannetta Chapman !!!


                                “  Dead Set” 

             By Vannetta Chapman

Synopsis: 

t was supposed to be a simple remodel.

She didn’t plan on finding buried treasure…or looking down the barrel of a gun.

Agatha Lapp is elated when Channel 4 News decides to run a feature story on Amish businesses. The extra publicity should guarantee even more success for her Plain and Simple B&B, especially after she’s finished with the remodel. The cameras are rolling live when Agatha raises the rubber mallet and punches the first hole in her living room wall. That’s when things get complicated…

Hidden inside the wall is a diamond-studded belt buckle stolen twenty years earlier. The police return the buckle to the owners and refuse to re-open the case. The public is convinced more stolen goods are hidden at Agatha’s. When overzealous treasure hunters break into the B&B and a dead body is found half a mile down the road, Agatha knows she needs to take this investigation into her own hands.

With the help of a retired detective and her best friend, Agatha sets out to solve the mystery of the Lost Texas Treasures and find a killer. Their chase leads them through the Texas Hill Country to the famed YO Ranch where Agatha finds herself looking down the barrel of a gun. Suddenly, she’s no longer worried about a remodel. She just wants to live through this showdown.






My Thoughts:

I have to admit when the release of a new book by a favourite author is announced, the excitement builds and builds. THEN ... I am given the opportunity to get an advance copy and review the book!!  What more can an avid reader want?  Vannetta Chapman is an author who never fails to excel in her unique storytelling style! Dead Set is no  exception!  If you want to read a novel that immediately pulls you into the lives of quirky, complicated characters, this is a read that you don't want to miss!! This is the third book of  the series, "Agatha's Amish B and B " cozy mysteries, although it can easily be read as a standalone. I did feel that after reading the first two, I was revisiting old friends. 

The characters are exceptionally well developed thus making them  quickly become your new friends.  Agatha was a favourite of mine. This woman might be Amish however she is certainly a unique member of the Plain People. Her adventures are one of a kind!! I was pulled right into her live and walked alongside her through her challenges, fears and joys. 

The plot moves quickly with unexpected surprises throughout!  Just when you think you have the mystery figured out, another complication arises that shocks the reader! 

I absolutely loved this novel. Definitely, a five star book!! Admittedly, I lost a night's sleep as once I started reading, I could NOT put this book down!!

This book was received from the author as a gift. The opinions expressed are honest and my own,. 

Friday, June 11, 2021

BEWARE!! Once you begin this book, you will not be able to put it down until you have read the last page!!!!


“An Unlikely Match"
                                By Beth Wiseman  

Synopsis:

When sparks fly between a good Amish girl and a hunky member of the Hollywood elite, even matchmaking innkeepers Esther and Lizzie know better than to fan the flames. 

Evelyn Schrock has dismissed the attempts of every young man in her small Amish community to court her. She’s willing to wait for a suitor who shares her curiosities about life and faith. 

The only reason Jayce Clarkson is in Amish country hefting equipment for his famous father’s movie production company is for the paycheck. The homestyle cooking at the Peony Inn is a perk though, as is his friendship with Evelyn Schrock. If Jayce can endure his dad’s put-downs for a month, he’ll finally be in a position to make a fresh start—somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and the shadow of his checkered past. 

To matchmakers Esther and Lizzie, the widowed sisters who operate the inn, Jayce seems like a good man stuck in a life he doesn’t want. But the boy isn’t Amish, and that leaves far too much room for broken hearts. Despite that, Jayce and Evelyn start to realize that they can’t deny their growing attraction. Any path forward seems impossible, and they will have to learn what the future will look like when they leave their fate in Gott’s hands. 


MyThoughts:

Beth Wiseman is a master storyteller, as once again proven in her newest book, "An Unlikely Match", Book Two in "The Amish Inn Series", taking place at The Peony Inn in Indiana.  This novel is classed as Amish Fiction, however it is far from the norm for this genre! The Amish meet Hollywood.... just how different is that!! If you are looking for just the regular  Amish genre of girl meets boy then this book is not for you! 

Beth has used her unique talent of including the most unexpected events and subjects in a way that captures the reader’s interest and makes you at once become part of the characters’ lives! All of the characters are descibed so vividly and realistically that you easily identify with them. This author has a special talent in adding humour in her stories with the many unusual, quirky personalities . I have to say that I loved both Esther and Lizzie, who took the problems of the world in their rather inept hands. 


The plot moved quickly with many twists and turns, keeping the reader totally engaged. How can an Amish girl be so attracted to a handsome, rich Englischer? Would it ever work?? Can Lizzie and Esther influence the final decision?? 

This book is one that I will be rereading again and again. Definitely a five star book!! 


This book was supplied by NetGalley. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.



 



Wednesday, November 11, 2020

A Great Read!! Be sure that you enter the giveaway!


Synopsis:

It all started with a hike…

Cady Jackson’s vacation plans were simple. Go to Yellowstone National Park, enjoy the scenery, take lots of pictures. She and her cousin, Ashley, have grown up in a strict, conservative Christian family in upstate New York. Cady has never been encouraged to spread her wings. This trip is an opportunity to do so. Only, she doesn’t know how much her life is about to change when she has an unfortunate encounter in the middle of nowhere. Why would God take a personal interest in someone like her? Grant McClintoch generally loves his job as a ranger in the oldest national park in the country. That it includes rescuing stranded visitors to the park is unfortunate. He has been trying to rebuild his life after it had nearly been destroyed. Grant doesn’t realize that God isn’t done with him yet when he stumbles onto an injured hiker.

But can he place his past in God’s capable hands where it belongs?    


 

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My Thoughts:

As this author was new to me, I was not sure whether this novel would be to my liking. I am pleased to say that I will be reading creations by her again!! 
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute that was spent in Yellowstone National Park! Yes, I was so engrossed that  my life became quickly entwined with all of the wonderful characters. 

The characters were so detailed and realistically described that they quickly became my new best friends. They met with many of the same challenges as you and I. Temptations were in abundance. I kept wondering how strong their faith was. Would they succeed in following the Lord???

The setting was perfect for this story. What a truly interesting place to be!! The descriptions had me living there, even if it was only for a short time. 

The plot moved at a good pace with unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader glued to the page. You just have to find out what will happen next!!

I am eagerly awaiting the next book in Anne's series, " For Better or For Worse"! So glad to have found another great author to provide me with an escape from reality!!

This book was received from the author. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.




About the Author

Anne Perreault was born and raised in Germany. By the time she was 14 years old, her family moved to Dubai, UAE. While living in this exotic place, she traveled extensively to various countries around the world. After graduating from an American boarding school in Austria, she attended college in England, where she met her husband. She graduated from New England College with a degree in biology, and settled down in Connecticut. Anne became a horseback riding instructor as well as a certified therapeutic riding instructor. She and a group of friends started a therapeutic riding center in Bristol, CT. During that time, Anne also received a masters degree in secondary education and began to homeschool her three children. While raising their three children, she began to write an inspirational story primarily for her daughter. Anne, her husband, and two of their grown children now reside in Southern Vermont, where they are building their home. Besides writing, Anne enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, grown children, and grand-dogger.

 

More from Anne

Desire of the Heart…

This book is so special to me. I had been pondering what to write a few years back and the thought came to me that I should base my next character on some of the adorable quirkiness of my beautiful daughter, a young woman filled with integrity and strength. Except, when you first meet her, you might think she’s too naïve or too sweet. She has a fire in her and a passion. And then I watched a TV show and one of the character’s were named Cady. I knew I had my main character. My daughter loves to  travel, and a few years ago, she and her cousin traveled to Scotland together. It was kind of like fiction came to live right then and there. I had already paired Cady up with her cousin, a young woman who is the complete opposite to Cady. Of course, in real life, my daughter and her cousin are incredibly similar to each other and are both such amazing young women of God.

Her counterpart came about because I was looking for someone with strength and also with great integrity, but someone who was wounded by life. I also realized that I wanted to set the story in a national park. I’ve always enjoyed nature and wanted my main character to be working in some capacity with nature. Grant naturally became a park ranger. It fit his personality so well, I secretly rubbed my hands together in glee.

Setting the story at Yellowstone allowed me to research that beautiful part of the country. I have always been a wildlife enthusiast. My oldest son loves wolves and has studied them all his life. I wanted to include wolves in the story… enough said. I fell completely in love with the park and I will one day travel there and stand where Grant and Cady did.

Blog Stops

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Inklings and notions, November 5

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 6

Pause for Tales, November 6

Older & Smarter?, November 7

deb’s Book Review, November 7

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 8

Through the Lens of Scripture, November 9

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 9

Artistic Nobody, November 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

21st Century Keeper at Home, November 10

Quiet Quilter, November 11

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 13

Just Your Average reviews, November 13

Spoken from the Heart, November 14

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Anne is giving away the grand prize package of a bookmark and a signed copy of Desire of the Heart!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

A great New Read from Kate Lloyd!

                            “Stage Fright”




Synopsis:

Jessica Nash loves to sing but is paralyzed every time she gets on stage. After blowing an excruciating audition, she wonders if she should give up on her dream. She’s already committed to a week-long choral tour of England with her church choir, though, and as a single mom with a limited income, this might be her only chance to travel.  

The trip gets off to a rocky start when Jessica has to sit next to Martin, a once-famous British tenor whose career plummeted in a scandal, on the flight to London. Is it her imagination, or does he seem to aim his bitterness toward womankind specifically at her? And to make things worse, once they arrive Jessica discovers she has to room with the choir’s thorny lead soprano.

When Nick, their handsome tour guide, takes a special interest in showing Jessica the sights, things finally seem to be falling into place. She starts to relax and let herself be wooed against the backdrop of the charming English countryside. But is she ready to give him as much as he’s asking for?

Things aren’t as simple as they seem. Almost every person on the tour, it seems, is hiding a secret, and before her English holiday is over Jessica will find herself stretched and tested in every direction—including the soloist’s place center stage.

My Thoughts:

 Katr has once again written a book that grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go!! Her characters are so well described that you easily identify with them and become a part of their lives. I  felt Jessica's pain as she was so nervous . I , myself, can teach a group of thirty eight year olds but don't put me in front of even a snall group of adults. As Jessica experienced the queasy stomach, the shaking legs  take over and  the words just wont come out. As  a single mother , Jesscia had challenges that at times overwhelmed her. Her chance to be a success as a singer in her church choir presented her with a goal that she was determined to achieve. 

The plot moves quickly and keeps your interest as you are experiencing a possible new romance and  a goal achieved by a deserving young woman. The unexpected events that crop up kept me up long past my bedtime. Although it is a quick read, it was full of meaning and emotion. 



Well done, Kate!! A  fast but great read!!

This book was received from the publisher. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Another Fantastic Book by Shelley Shepard Gray! Book 2 of the "Dance With Me" Series!

                     "Take the Lead"
                 By Shelley Shepard Gray
                            
                          Synopsis:


Growing up in foster care, Officer Traci Lucky had a rough start to life, but things are looking up now that she’s found a place in Bridgeport with two sisters she never knew she had. One night while on the job Traci finds Gwen, a pregnant teen caught up in a dangerous world of drugs, and takes her straight to the hospital. There Traci encounters the oh-so-charming Dr. Matt Rossi, who surprises Traci with his compassion—and his movie-star good looks.
A busy ob-gyn with a huge, meddling Italian family, Matt Rossi hasn’t had much time for love in his life. All that changes when he meets the beautiful Officer Lucky. He’s intrigued by her strength and the kind heart she tries to hide beneath her tough exterior.
When Matt confides that he needs to learn to waltz for his brother’s wedding, Traci reveals that her sister happens to be a ballroom dance teacher. Next thing they know, Matt and Traci are juggling busy careers, helping young Gwen with her pregnancy and personal safety, and learning to waltz together. But when Gwen’s escalating problems threaten to put all of them in danger, they wonder if they’ll ever find time for a little romance too.
Shelley Shepard Gray takes us back to Bridgeport, Ohio, a town where family comes in all different shapes and sizes, love has no limits, and community means everyone deserves a little help when they’re lost.

My Thoughts:

“Take the Lead” is the second book in Shelley’s Bridgeport collection, once again encountering three sisters who recently found each other! None of them knew that the others existed! That alone, grabs my attention immediately This book centers on one of my favorite sisters, the second sister in this triiogy .  A little tough on the exterior but a caring, loving individual who takes a young pregnant girl under her wing , without hesitating.  

The characters are all described in such a realisitc detailed way what the reader is caught up in the lives of each of them. I particularly loved Traci. She put on such a tough act as a police officer, however really was such a softy,  wanting to solve the problems of the world. A decelopng romance interrupts Traci's well planned out life. Matt is the doctor who everyone dreans of, kind and loving. The two other sisters are also very different from one another. It was very easy to  fall into their lives and walk alongside them as they struggle with many cnallenges. 

The plot moves quickly with constant action and is filled with unexpected events, successful in grabbing one's attention and NOT letting go. This book was one that I could not put down! It didn't matter that the house needed cleaning and meals needed to be prepared! I was so involved in the lives of my three best friends that the world passed me by. 

Shelley has done a superior job at dealing with addiction, new loves, an unexpected, somewhat unwanted child, and new family members dealing with all of this! This super storyteller used her unique style of writing to totally engage readers of any age!! Well done, Shelley!!

This is a five star book! \
Don't miss it.

This book was given  to me by the publishers. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest nd my own. 

A Great New Read from Popular Author, Vannetta Chapman!!

  An Amish Baby for Christmas By Vannetta Chapman                    Synopsis: With a baby on the way… can this struggling widow save her ho...