Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Beginning Author!! Evidence of more good things to come!

        "New Beginnings"
            By Pamela Jo

Synopsis:

Upon her return from her best friend Charlie's wedding, Victoria found that the beautiful city of Chicago had never seemed emptier and neither had her soul. She realized she was surrounded by all the people in the world and she still felt lonely. Deciding to take her friend Charlie’s advice and make a change in her life, she packed her bags and moved to the west coast of Florida. Little did she know that the young Amish girl that she met on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico would begin a spiral of emotional changes for both of them.

My Thoughts:  I must admit that I am always a bit leery when asked to review a book by an author that is making a debut. What if I don't enjoy the book? What if it is poorly written?? Do I want to be the one to discourage someone just starting out? Yuck!! I do NOT want to be the one to cause an up and coming author to stop writing!!  All of these feelings ran through my mind, upon reading the request of Pamela Jo. I had loved a book that she coauthored with popular author , Sarah Price, so just maybe I can do this!!

"New Beginnings" is the first in a series, entitled "The Sands of Time". I discovered very quickly that I did not need to worry at all about reviewing this book. It started out well, easy to read and enjoyable. The only negative comment I have, is, it just didn't last long enough. I was reassured by the author that this story would continue in the next book in the series. 

The characters are realistically and well described. It did take me a few pages before I figured out who was who, but I then found the main character , Victoria , someone with whom I could identify. The desire to find oneself and be happy with who you are runs throughout the story. Victoria does just that, as does her young Amish friend. 

The plot evolves quickly and smoothly. There are some twists and turns that keep the reader's attention. At times, I was completely surprised by the direction that the storyline took.

The setting is one that is well described and fitting for this theme of finding oneself, being thankful and following God's plan. The sunny beaches of Florida called to me as they were described. I could feel the sand on my toes and hear the sounds of the waves hitting the shores. I felt the hope and peacefulness that accompanies a day at the beach. 

This book is an easy , enjoyable read, different in nature from the usual Amish fiction genre. I am looking forward to the next in the series!! Get writing , Pamela Jo!!

This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

An Unlikely Pair!! She sells priceless antiques, he sell livestock by the pound!!

"At Love's Bidding"
By Regina Jennings

This author certainly chose a very different setting for her historical romance, a Boston auction house! Not a place that is generally used for this type of book. The main character, Miranda Wimplegate, is helping her Grandfather in his business, at a Boston antique auction house, creating a catalogue of the items that are to be bid on. This is usually done so that buyers are able to get a background on what they are looking at  and know the proper value of the items. 

Miranda makes an mistake- one that is very disturbing and serious!! She has accidentally sold a very influential, powerful family's prized portrait to an anonymous  bidder. This family has the ability to ruin the family auction business! Desperate to appease these individuals, the portrait is tracked to the Missouri Ozarks! However, buying it back is not as easy as it appears!! An outlandish offer is made to buy the local auction house and ALL of its holdings so that they can get their hands on the one important item, the painting. THEN, the shocking news is discovered!! Their purchase was NOT the auction house that they thought, it was a cattle auction! What on earth will  they do with such a thing??? Neither Miranda or her Grandfather have any idea what to do with such a business!!

Entering the scene is handsome, very annoyed Wyatt Ballentine who is extremely annoyed to discover that his bosses don't know a thing about running the business that he has singlehandedly  kept afloat. Miranda and Grandfather are faced with more cattle than they have wanted to see, but NO painting!!  This situation goes from bad to worse, as an unlikely partnership is formed to attempt to save everyone from failure.

Regina Jennings writes in a style that is uniquely her's alone. She makes use of humor in serious situations to ease the tensions. Her characters have quirky characteristics that make them appealing to the reader. They are described in a way that makes them easy with whom to identify. I must say that I laughed aloud at some of the situations they found themselves in. 

The plot moves quickly with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader glued to the page. There are unexpected complications around every corner. Although the events are disturbing, upsetting and could change lives , they are described in Regina's unique way of having you tense and giggling at the same time. An unlikely and unwanted romance develops in spite of two individuals who want nothing to do with it. 

For those who love historical romance, this is a definite MUST read!! For those who don't particularly like this genre, try it!! I, for one, don't always find this genre appealing, however  the humor and setting of this book make it unusual and extremely different !

A five star book!!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Another Great Mennonite Mystery/Suspense By Nancy Mehl

"Rising Darkness"
  By Nancy Mehl 

Synopsis:

Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. After a rough childhood, her teenage poor choices harmed others, leaving her with no choice but to change her life. Her entry-level writing job at a newspaper puts her in the right place at the right time to overhear office gossip about a prisoner who has information on a decades-old unsolved crime. While the other reporters write off the tip as the ravings of an angry criminal, Sophie can't ignore it because she knows the name of this prisoner from her old life. 

Upon learning from the man that one of the other suspects is hiding out in the Missouri town of Sanctuary, she takes on a false identity to investigate and meets the young pastor of a local church--the very man she'd loved as a troubled teenager. As she gets closer to finding the suspect, will the truth of her own past come out before she discovers the identity of the criminal--or the very person she's seeking puts a fatal stop to her investigation?

My Thoughts:

This is the third in Nancy Mehl's series, entitled "Finding Sanctuary". Although it can be read as a stand alone, I would highly recommend the reading of the previous two in the series. It gives the reader a greater understanding of this very unique community and the type of people who reside there. All three of these books are full of intrigue, mystery and suspense and yes, even romance.

This book is one that makes the reader think. It is a story of learning to trust, allowing the past to remain there, not determining our future.  God holds us  in His hands and as difficult as it may be, we must turn to Him and let him carry out His plan for us. 

The setting of this book is unique and very different. It is a small community that is occupied by many of the Mennonite faith. There are mysteries that seem to be hidden in many of the residents' pasts and that where they stay- in the past! Seemingly forgotten! Sanctuary is  a town that appears to be oh so peaceful, but is it really what it seems??

The characters are realistic and well described, such that you easily identify with them and feel their every challenge and fear. I trembled along with Sophie as she met with frightening memories of her past. Can she turn to God and let Him deal with her regrets and shames?? Or, will she let these memories form her future?? It is up to her!!

The plot is full of twists and turns that keep the reader intrigued from beginning to end. Mysterious events keep one on the edge of their seat as the feeling of suspense mounts and grows!! Romance is present, intricately woven into this tale. 

Nancy Mehl's talent at building the tension and suspense is outstanding. Her unique writing style keeps readers totally engaged in the plot. 

A five star book!! I highly recommend this book to all readers!! Take a chance, try something different!!

This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

About the Author:

Nancy Mehl is the author of twenty-one books, including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggle, Watson. Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.


What Could Be Better Than Four Amish Novellas By Favorite Author, Beth Wiseman?!

            "An Amish Year"
            By Beth Wiseman

Synopsis:


Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.
Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.
A Love for Irma Rose
The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer?  Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice.   
Patchwork Perfect
Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever.  Will Eli be able to change her mind?
When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.

My Thoughts:

I must admit that when I hear that a new Beth Wiseman book is going to  be released, I feel great anticipation and have the expectation that this book will be the best yet!!  I am NEVER disappointed! This collection of novellas was certainly no exception. It met every one of my criteria for a well written book! Although, novellas are not my favorites, as they seem too short and don't  satisfy my yearning for a complete story, Beth managed to create one that was so full of hope, love and faith that the stories engaged me from beginning to end. The Amish recipes that are added, are just the icing on the cake!

The characters are so realistically described that you easily identify with them and live their trials, challenges and joys right along side them. Beth uses her unique talent of inserting little quirky, humorous qualities into these folks that make them appealing to all readers. When you start to give them advice, you realize that the story must be exceptionally well written!!  

The plots are full of unexpected twists and turns that keep a reader intrigued  until the last page is read. I must admit that I still wanted each story to keep going! That is evidence that this is ONE GREAT READ!  As the novellas moved through the seasons, each one flowed smoothly into the next. 

My favorite one, if I had to choose , would be "A Love For Irma Rose, as she was a character in a previous Beth Wiseman book. She had become a near and dear friend to me and I had wanted to know more about her. This short story met my need to find out .

Beth Wiseman is a talented author who continues to surprise us with very different, unique books in the Amish fiction genre. Magnificent books exemplifying her talent in leaving within us , feelings of love, hope and peace.

This book was supplied by the author, in exchange for a fair and honest review.




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Collection of Novellas That Warm The Soul!!

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"The Amish Christmas Sleigh"
          By Kelly Long
             Amy Lillard
            Molly Jebber


About this book:

A SLEIGH RIDE ON ICE MOUNTAIN
Kelly Long 
For solitary toy-maker Sebastian Christner, hiring Kate Zook as his new housekeeper is simply the right thing to do. Now she can support her special-needs brother. But one taste of her independent spirit is showing him undreamed-of holiday joy—and making him long to give her a home for always . . .

A MAMM FOR CHRISTMAS
Amy Lillard
Bernice Yoder has far too much to do to entertain holiday dreams. Even if she can help Jess Schmucker outwit his three mischievous young daughters, it’s impossible to imagine the handsome widower can see her as anything but a scolding schoolteacher. He never guesses how a magical Christmas Eve will open his eyes to love or how Der Herr will awaken their faith and hope.

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS BLESSING
Molly Jebber
As much as Charity Lantz’s children need a father, the young widow isn’t sure her new neighbor Luke Fisher can ever be the right choice. They’re having more disagreements than snowflakes in December. Besides, he’s never given a sign he wants to be more than friends. Can Gott show them a way past their misunderstandings to a forever love?

My Thoughts:

I must admit that I do LOVE the Christmas season and all of the feelings that arise within me at this time of year.  Joy, faith, the invaluable gift that was given to us all make me feel the happiness that reigns throughout this holiday. Commercialism may have taken over through the media, however, deep within, the true meaning of Christmas overcomes all.

I also must admit that novellas are not my favorite books to read. There is always a desire to read more left behind!! This book, I am happy to say , was the exception ! Each story involved a Christmas sleigh and carried this common theme smoothly and left me happy and satisfied. Each of these authors is a talented writer who uses her own unique writing methods resulting in a great Christmas read. For those of us who love the Amish fiction genre, this book simply warms our hearts and souls. 

Love, romance, happiness is evident in each novella. My faith in human nature was strengthened as I read of desired love, when you least expect it. Following God's plan is so important, as each story unravelled. Unexpected blessings abound when we let God lead.  

The characters are all described so realistically and in such detail, that the reader becomes totally immersed in their lives, challenges, trials and yes, their joys too. Many have little quirks that appeal to our sense of humor, making it easy to become their best friends. 

The plots are well developed and keep the reader engrossed from beginning to end. The common theme of the sleigh connected the stories in a unique and different way. Although each novella had its own events, the common thread keeps you connected throughout. 

The true meaning of Christmas shines through all authors' writings, reminding us of God's love and compassion, supplying us with exactly what we need, when we need it!!

I highly recommend this book to all readers. Definitely deserving of five stars!!

This book was supplied by the author, Molly Jebber, in exchange for a fair and honest review.


About the Author
Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.
Kelly Long is the author of the acclaimed Amish Patch of Heaven series and has been a finalist for the coveted Carol Award from the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her novel Lily’s Wedding Quilt was a 2011 Goodreads Favorite Book of the Year.  Born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania, she’s been married for nearly twenty-five years and has five children. Please visit her at kellylongbooks.com.

Amy Lillard won the 2013 Carol Award for her first Amish romance Saving Gideon. She was also a Maggie Awards finalist. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Visit her at amywritesromance.com


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Monday, December 14, 2015

A Touching Christmas Novella!

"A Shenandoah Family Christmas"
   
      By Lisa Belcastro

Book Information:
Where is Christmas?Ebook - A Shenandoah Family Christmas
Disease, freezing temperatures, and the Revolutionary War bring bitter reality to the Reed home in December 1777. Captain Benjamin Reed is ordered to sail a supply shipment south to General George Washington. Days beforeShenandoah’s scheduled departure, Ben’s first mate succumbs to smallpox.
Rebecca Reed had never feared the dreaded disease until her one-year-old daughter Felicity breaks out in the telltale rash. In the cold, dark days of Advent, Rebecca, Ben, and the Reed family wait in prayerful hope as Felicity fights for her life and they wonder who could be next.
With the rest of the family at risk, they decide to obtain the forbidden cowpox vaccine. Ben’s brother Jonah, his uncle Isaiah, and Shenandoah’s cook Adam Greene venture off in search of the outlawed vaccine. A blizzard hits. A tree crashes. Jonah crumbles to the ground. A woman with the face of an angel aids Jonah, but is it too late? And where are Adam and Isaiah?

As the death toll rises throughout the Colonies, the Reed family prays for more than one Christmas miracle.
My Thoughts about this novella:

This novella was one that made me think of the cliche, "the reason for the season".  It may be a short story, however, the true meaning of Christmas, is exemplified in a unique, thoughtful manner,  lingering deep within the reader long after completing the book. Lisa Belcastro continues her Winds of Change series with this Christmas novella, involving once again the members of the  Roberts family. 

The characters are well described in a realistic manner, so that the reader can easily identify with them  from the first page of the book. The family is celebrating Christmas in a way very different from what you and I experience. Lisa has a special talent in being able to show us the true beauty and meaning of this special day, in the most inspirational manner. There is a depth of love within this family that we all desire to attain. As they celebrate the birth of our Saviour, the characters exemplify an intense unconditional love of all . It is a difficult life that the family is living but one that shows us how important it is to value one another in good times and in hard situations. 
The plot moves quickly with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader entranced.  
This is definitely one that I highly recommend to all readers! It will remind you of God' unconditional love for every one of us and how we can follow Him by following His example. 

This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. 


About the Author Author pic
Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard.  She loves time with her family and friends, running, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, chocolate, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat, Ben, who keeps her company while she creates fictional lives for the numerous characters living inside her head.
Lisa runs as an ambassador for TEAM 413 (www.team413.org), and has completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in all fifty states.
Lisa’s stories are set on the Vineyard amidst the magnificence of the ocean, the beauty of sandy beaches, rolling hills, and ancient cliffs, as well as the people and events that make the Island so very unique.

When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, training to run the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in January 2016, walking the beach looking for sea glass, or enjoying a great meal while she pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style Magazine.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Back with my old friends, Anna and Felty!! Enter to win the six books in this series by Jennifer Beckstrand!

     "Huckleberry Hearts"
   By Jennifer Beckstrand

Synopsis:

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren. And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be. 
Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without —she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love…

My Thoughts:

Being the sixth in this series (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) of Jennifer Beckstrand's books, one may have the thought, "Oh no not ANOTHER one!" , however this is FAR from the truth. I have absolutely loved every single book.

Each one seems to be better than the last, if that is possible!  I only had one big problem with this story!! I could not put the book down, once I had started to read. The world passed me by as I met with my old friends, Anna and Felty. The house remained dusty, meals just had to wait. A late bedtime was impossible to avoid. The first chapter captured my attention and I remained engrossed to the very last page. 

The characters are each realistically described in such detail that you are able to identify with them immediately. Each one has some little quirks that make them who they are. I caught myself giggling aloud as this elderly couple continued in their roles as matchmakers. Lovable, comical, yet serious and dedicated to making each single person as happy as they are! Falling in love with these two is hard not to do! They are the grandparents everyone wishes they had. Cassie and Zach just don't stand a chance with these two loved ones planning their future.


The plot moves quickly with just enough twists and turns to keep one caught up in the action. You just never know what or when the next bump in the road will arise.  No romance ever seems to go smoothly, even when life is being planned by two experienced matchmakers who are doing their best to follow God's plan! Well, sometimes they do get carried away!!

Will Cassie allow herself to led into a romance planned by others?  Will Zach be successful in his courting plan??

This is definitely a five star book!!  FANTASTIC!!

Provided by the author and Celebrate Lit, in exchange for a fair and honest review. 


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jennifer beckstrand
Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.
Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten..

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Find your way to peace and purpose with this new book!

"Making it Home"
By Emily T. Wierenga

Synopsis:
For women who have grown up in the tension between third-wave feminism and Martha Stewart, it can be a struggle to define and embrace the meaning of home. There is constant pressure to do things a certain way, and sometimes intense criticism from those who think you're doing it wrong. But what if home isn't really about whether or not you homeschool or have a career? What if it's more about who you are than what you do?

A self-proclaimed "former subversive," Emily T. Wierenga has learned the art of making a home and the joy of settling down. Emily takes readers on an unconventional journey through marriage, miscarriage, foster parenting, and the daily struggle of longing to be known, inviting them into a quest for identity in the midst of life's daily interruptions. Through soul-stirring writing, she helps women understand that homemaking is much more than old-fashioned tradition; rather, it's a timeless art requiring mind, body, and spirit.

My Thoughts:

Emily has used her talent as a "self help"  author to have us travel along beside her as she journeys through the ups and downs of life, from 2011 to 2014. As a busy mother and wife, she also works as an author. Sounds easy, doesn't it??? But the everyday trials of life are definitely not easy for most of us.  

The author, in her earlier years, experienced an eating disorder. She had a very rocky relationship with her father. After surviving that battle, she so wants to succeed in her role as wife and mother, as well as an author, but each day seems to get harder.  She realistically describes her daily problems with self esteem in a way with which we all can relate.  Life does not go along without challenges and hardships. It is how we deal with it that moulds us and makes who we are. We can choose to do it the hard way or follow God's path. To do that, we must form a relationship with Him, studying His word and praying . 
This memoir is certainly meaningful, however I did find it difficult to stay focused at times. For me, it was a slow read as I made my way through the book. It is well written , I must admit and could be very useful for some individuals. I did have some theological issues. 

All in all, it is a well written memoir. 


This book was supplied by Baker Publishing  and Graff Martin Communications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now available from your local bookseller.




Thursday, November 26, 2015

"Miracles are made of love"


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       "Change of Heart"
         By Molly Jebber

Synopsis:  

A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance to discover love's true way home…Ohio, 1899. Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith's strict rules—until her fiancé jilted her before their entire community. She's never been away from home, but the bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt's wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman.

With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances. 

Review:
As this author was new to me, I was not sure how much I was going to enjoy this book. As well, as much as I love the Amish genre, this story was classed as historical Amish. Historical romances are definitely NOT my favorite, however I must say that I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed in this tale, not one bit!  By Chapter Two, my attention was captured and I was totally engrossed in the plot to the very last page. 

The characters were well described in a realistic manner, making them easy with whom to identify . Becca became a good friend who endeared herself to me. I wanted to jump into the storyline at times and give her a big hug and tell her that everything would work out. Her fears, challenges, worries, as well as her joys. became mine. Matt was the perfect gentleman and I easily pictured him as the story unfolded. I must admit that I became very angry at Matt's mother for her cruelty to others and her superior attitude to all. When you become disgusted enough to want to shake a person, you realize that this must be an exceptional book!! I really forgot they were fictional characters!  These quirks and characteristics made the story come alive. 

The plot was well developed and differed from the norm in Amish fiction. No girl meets guy,fall in  love, get married, lives happily every after!  The constant twists and turns kept me glued to the page as I attempted to guess the next event. Surprises and shocking events existed around every corner. The author dealt with some sensitive subject matter in an understanding and realistic manner. Leaving the Amish is not a topic that many authors attempt to tackle within a romance, but Molly did so with dignity and grace. 

Molly Jebber did a great job of relating the story and making it come alive. The time period was described in excellent detail so that the reader had an excellent understanding of what was acceptable and why society had the attitudes that were exemplified in the many social events.

Five stars for this wonderful story!! Eagerly awaiting another book by this author!

I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

About the Author:

"Change of Heart" is the first book in a keepsake pocket quilt series. Available now. In each book, someone will receive a letter tucked in a small pocket sewn on the quilt at just the right time. The second book, "Grace's Forgiveness" is available for preorder now and will be in stores and ebook January 29, 2016. I'm writing the third book now. "An Amish Christmas Sleigh" is releasing September 30th! 

A bit about me . . . .

I was raised in a small town in Ohio. If you had blinked twice, you would've missed it. It's grown by leaps and bounds. I've always found the Amish life interesting. I've enjoyed the many times I've visited their communities and learned about their lifestyle. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun. The greatest reward I've experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who've been encouraging and supportive.

Visit my website at http://www.mollyjebber.com and sign up for my newsletter for members only contests, giveaways and where I'll be speaking! 


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Oh my!! Love is just so confusing!!!

"Every Girl Gets Confused"
    By Janice Thompson

"How can she choose between the love she thought she lost and the love she stumbled upon in the aftermath??"

As I had read Janice's first book in the series, "Brides With Style" entitled "Every Bride Needs a Groom"  , I was delighted to find this new book in my mailbox. It appeared light and easy to read! I had loved the first book so much that I really wondered if this one could possibly match up to my preset standards and expectations.  To my surprise, I became totally engrossed in the story upon beginning chapter one.  
I would say that this book is romantic comedy at its best!! 

Katie Fisher and Brady James appear to be a match made in heaven!! Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to guarantee them a happily ever after along with angelic choirs. Katie's "almost" fiance, Casey, is back in Fairfield, prepared to rekindle their former relationship. One that was not all that successful in earlier years!  Katie's parents are ecstatic at the thought! They want nothing more than their daughter to come home from the big city of Dallas and be close to them once again. 

What Casey doesn't count on, is his former love, entranced by a handsome young man, in the big city where Katie has made her new home. Can Katie bear to leave Brady behind?  Will she ever be able to wear the beautiful wedding gown that she had won??

Janice has a unique style in her first person storytelling. She is able to write in a humorous fashion while developing her characters in a realistic, believable way. Each has his/her own little quirky ways that appeal to one's funny bone!! I must admit that even amongst serious situations, I would be caught up in giggles, being able to picture as well as feel the characters caught in this somewhat tangled web of complications of life. There is a more serious underlying theme throughout the book. Even when times are bad, God has a plan  that is consistent. We only have to allow him to guide us in the right direction. The characters fumble their way through the challenges while knowing that God can meet one's every need. 

The plot is well developed with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader captivated from beginning to end. Grief and some delicate subjects are dealt with in a light, sensitive manner. God's mercy and the gift of second chances are observed throughout this romantic tale. No one is exempt from hard times, it is how one reacts and responds that is important. Do we give God the chance to display His ever faithfulness and power??

This book can be read as a stand alone, however, I found that I enjoyed it  more as I felt as if I was once again meeting up with old friends that I had already met. I was just catching up on their lives! They had become part of me!!  
I highly recommend this book! A five star!!

As well as giving you a laugh, it will also leave you with a long lasting thought. There are second chances that only God can provide.  It is up to us to grab them!!

This book was supplied by Revell  in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now available from your local bookseller.




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Being Released on Dec. 8th!!

                                          
          "An Amish Year"

          By Beth Wiseman


This collection of novellas by award winning author, Beth Wiseman , will be released on December 8th! Preorder your copy NOW!!


A year of four sweet romances  !!


Order the "Daughters of the Promise"  Series EBook  now for only $7.99 . Read this series and be ready for a very special Facebook Chat on Nov. 17th , taking place on Beth's Fans of Beth Wiseman Page!! 

For those who have already read these fabulous books, I challenge you to reread them in preparation for this Facebook Party!!  Get in touch with Irma Rose and Jonas once again!! FUN! FUN!  Don't miss out on this opportunity to chat with this wonderful author , as well as meet others who also enjoy her books!

Monday, November 9, 2015

A Brand New Series by Popular Author, Amy Clipston!!

"The Forgotten Recipe"
      By Amy Clipston 

I am always excited upon hearing that a great author has begun a new series! Since Amy writes Amish fiction, one of my favorite genres, I knew I was in for a good read!  "The Forgotten Recipe" is the first in the collection entitled, "Amish Heirloom ".  Excitement reigned in our household upon finding this new book in my mailbox!  I found myself totally engrossed in this tale as it allowed me to escape the real world for an entire day. 

"After losing her fiance in a tragic accident , Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother's hope chest- and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase an
old fashioned raspberry pie".  (From back cover of book)

Seth Lapp is a handsome, kind, hard working man who loves his fiance, Veronica with all his heart. Veronica feels extremely thankful that she is to marry her best friend in the world. 

Then, the unthinkable happens!! An accident on the job, steals Seth away from her. Her grief overcomes her. Veronica is sure that she will never be loved that way again. Upon discovering a batch of old, forgotten  recipes, she opens a bake stand where she sells her Mammi's raspberry pies. A young gentleman, a stranger to her, quickly becomes a regular customer and just happens to make her heart go pitter patter, against her better judgement.

This handsome man, Jason, just happened to have been with Seth when he died, a memory that will haunt him forever. The last thing he expected to happen, being attracted to the grieving fiance, occurred when he went to offer his condolences. He neither wanted or expected to be so attracted to her All of a sudden , raspberry pies become part of his regular diet!  He is pulled to Veronica's stand every week, but.... for more than the raspberry pie. 

Veronica feels the pull toward a new love despite her effort to ignore the attraction. The problem begins when Jason can't bring himself to tell her that he was present when Seth died. Can he bring himself to tell her?  In  order to become closer to her , he must reveal this hidden and distressful fact . Will his secret put a hold or a stop to the growing romance??? Can God help these two young folks accept the second chance that He is offering???

The characters in this book are described so realistically  that you immediately become part of of them and their story. I found Veronica someone with whom I could easily identify. At times, I felt I wanted to give her big hug, other times, a bit of push toward her second chance!

The plot is one that grabbed me from the first page!  This is a different kind of Amish story, one that is somewhat different from what we consider the norm. The story moves steadily and increases in tension as the romance progresses. Unexpected twists and turns appear when you least expect them. The quiet faith of the Amish shine through the problems and challenges of the characters. 

My only complaint.... the book ended TOO soon!! I wanted to keep reading and reading and.....  Now, I am anxiously awaiting Book 2 in this new series!! 

A five star book!! Don't miss this winning novel!!

This book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Delightful Story for the Christmas Season

"The Christmas Joy Ride"
    By Melody Carlson

 Whenever a book is offered to me for review purposed, by this author, I must admit that I jump at the chance. Her books are easy reads with a deep meaning that always remain long after I have finished reading the book. The themes of her books hit a spot deep in my soul that make me think and hopefully become a better person.

Synopsis:

Miranda did not put adventure on her Christmas list, but thanks to her eighty-five-year-old neighbor Joy, that's exactly what she's getting this year. When Joy tells Miranda that she plans to drive an old RV decked out in Christmas decorations from their Chicago neighborhood to her new retirement digs in Phoenix--in the dead of winter, no less--the much younger Miranda insists that Joy cannot make such a trip by herself. Besides, a crazy trip with Joy would be more interesting than another Christmas home alone. Unemployed and facing foreclosure, Miranda feels she has nothing to lose by packing a bag and heading off to Route 66. But Joy has a hidden agenda for their Christmas joyride--and a hidden problem that could derail the whole venture.

No one captures the heartwarming fun of the Christmas season quite like Melody Carlson. Fasten your seat belt, because it's going to be an exciting ride!

My Review:
This book is truly one that exhibits the true meaning of Christmas!  It is one that at one moment has you chuckling, then at the next moment, in tears . Christmas joy is the theme throughout the tale,   however the author has shown this in an unusual way. We most often think of family and friends at this time of year, but Melody shows us how an individual can change the lives of strangers!!  

The characters in this Christmas story are unique, realistically described , as well as somewhat quirky. Joy is an elderly lady easily endeared to you, but also a mystery to your usual expectations of a person that age She has the most giving heart that one can imagine and her dreams are those that all of us should take heed of. I must admit that she made me examine my life and how I could positively affect others through good works. I was able to identify easily with Miranda , who at times, was totally overwhelmed and confuse by her elderly friend. I easily identifies with both of these ladies, good hearted souls who were full of love and Christmas cheer

The plot moved quickly with just enough surprising twists and turn to keep the reader glued to the page.
I just could not put this book down until I reached the end. This book was truly inspirational and uplifting, giving the reader a meaningful message. What can we do for others to make their Christmas dreams come true?? 'Is this not what Christmas is all about??

Definitely a five star book!!

This book was provided by Revell in exchange for a fair and honest review.