Thursday, September 20, 2018

A New Captivating Tale by Leslie Gould!

                                 "A Simple Singing"    

        By Leslie Gould

Synopsis:

For years Marie Bachmann thought of herself as the "good" daughter. She was the most loving to their mother, the most dedicated to their Amish way of life. But when a Mennonite farmhand, Gordon Martin, shows interest in her she can't help but be flattered--until her mother sends her off to Florida. While there, Marie begins spending time with bad-boy Eli Jacob, the bishop's son from back home. 

When Gordon shows up in Florida to volunteer in a homeless shelter, her life becomes even more complicated. At the same time her aunt begins telling her of a Civil War-era ancestor and the woman's uncommon bravery . . . a story that begins to work at Marie's heart.

Marie hopes returning home may simplify life, but Eli soon follows. As Marie grapples with whether she should court Eli or leave the church for Gordon, the story of Annie Bachmann shines a light on what God has for Marie's future.





About the Author:

Leslie Gould is the best-selling and award-winning author of thirty novels. She loves traveling, research, Shakespeare's plays, and church history. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon and are the parents of four children. http://www.lesliegould.com/





My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this second book in The Sisters of Lancaster County series! It can easily be read as a stand alone, however, as a fan of this author, I would never want to miss any of her new novels!!

Although this story revolves around the developing romance of Marie and Gordon , Leslie's novel has two intertwining plots. There is an easy transition between the two , one which took place during the Civil War, the other present day. I was immediately drawn into the lives of both Marie living in 2013 and Annie in 1863! Two very different historical times, but so many challenges and roadblocks in their lives were similar. The theme running throughout was that all we do and say should revolve around our faith in God. He has given us each a special talent that we need to use only to praise and glorify Him.

The characters were so realistically described, that I easily connected with them. I travelled alongside them in their rather rocky road of life. Being able to identify with a character is my goal when reading a book! I sure had no problems with this intense tale!

The plots move quickly with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader totally engaged from start to finish. 

Definitely a five star book!! Can hardly wait for the next one.

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fantastic News! Charlotte Hubbard has provided us with another great read!!!

         "A Simple Christmas"
          By Charlotte Hubbard

Synopsis: (from back cover)


The rustic beauty of a country Christmas fills the Simple Gifts crafts shop, while the Amish residents of Willow Ridge pull together in uncertain times—and in the face of an unexpected homecoming.

Nora Hooley’s shop is abuzz with preparations for the holiday open house, and Rosalyn Riehl is handcrafting wreaths from evergreen boughs, pinecones, and other natural materials. The work is a welcome diversion for the only unmarried daughter of Cornelius Riehl: her gruff dat has been receiving envelopes marked Past Due, leaving dutiful Rosalyn to manage the household’s inexplicably shrinking budget. Then another distraction swaggers into Simple Gifts—blue-jeaned and leather-jacketed, with a reputation that precedes him.

Marcus Hooley hightailed it to Willow Ridge on a wing and a prayer—not that he’s the praying type. He rejected his Amish roots long ago. But behind the bad-boy attitude is a gifted horse trainer who’s counting on some bent-but-not-broken family ties to throw him a lifeline. He can’t erase his past, but a sparking attraction with strong, spirited Rosalyn holds the promise of a second chance . . . and of shedding light on shadowy secrets to build a bright tomorrow.

My Thoughts:

Charlotte has once again created a novel that kept me engrossed from beginning to end!! Never, has this author disappointed me with her creative writing style, and her ability to involve readers immediately into the lives of the dear folks of Willow Ridge, some of whom we have already encountered in the previous two books of the Simple Gifts Series, "A Simple Vow" and "A Simple 
Wish".

Rosalyn is a  twenty eight year old single Amish woman who has convinced herself that she will likely never get the chance to marry and have a family. After her mother passed away, her father experienced a severe period of grief that seemed to change his whole personality and desire to stay true to the Amish faith, although he tended to do a satisfactory job of pretending to do so. He led a life that was very different from the faith of Plain People , while giving  a false impression to the community. Difficult family issues were dealt with that we don't imagine taking place in an Amish home. I quickly became totally one with Rosalyn, feeling her every desire, hurt and challenge. The "bad boy"  enters the story with a bang!  Marcus was a rebellious man who had totally rejected his Amish roots and become a true Englischer. I grew to love him as he developed in his  relationships and faith. These characters are so well described that identifying with them is not an option!

The plot was full of unexpected twists and turns. Just when I thought I had the full understanding of what was going to happen, there would be another surprising block in life's journey. Charlotte Hubbard has succeeded in writing a book that focuses on the Plain Community experiencing challenges that we have never imagined. She does this with empathy and understanding. 

DEFINITELY a five star book!! I highly recommend to all fans of the Amish genre. Those who have never enjoyed this genre would be impressed. It is a novel that differs from the norm in Amish fiction. Now, I am eagerly awaiting the next book by this fabulous author!

I received an advanced copy of this book. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Another FANTASTIC Book from Popular Author, Wanda Brunstetter! Enter the author's Giveaway!


                       "The Hope Jar"
                   By Wanda Brunstetter

About the Book:


Genre: Amish Fiction
Release date: August 7, 2018
A Brand-New Series from New York Times Best Selling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?
Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.
Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?
My Thoughts:

This is the first in a new series entitled "The Prayer Jars" by the gifted storyteller, Wanda Brunstetter. I must admit that I do love Wanda's writings, as they always reflect the Amish faith and community with clarity, making them not only realistic, but so believable. This novel brings together the Amish and Englisch world in a unique style that is evident in all of this author's books. It is indeed a story of faith and  love,  that is not without the difficulties that can occur when relationships develop in unlike worlds. 

The characters are so realistically and well described, that the reader immediately becomes drawn into their lives. Lies and deception abound , as these dear ones show us the power of hope and love. Although Michelle deceives this elderly couple, who love her as a granddaughter, she also presents them with hope, resulting in her developing  faith in God. The Lapps have encountered more than their share of pain and loss, however still have love to give, that can only be shared by their deep beliefs and power from Above . 

The plot moves steadily with just enough twists and turns to keep one totally engrossed. I could not put this book down until I read the last chapter!! As the story develops, Michelle overcomes her many hurts and challenges in life. Although she lives a life of deceit for a time, the good that comes out of it overcomes the evilness that could result. The hope jar that is present throughout the story, truly portrays how lives can be changed in surprising and unbelievable ways. 

This book is a real winner, in my opinion! Dealing with sensitive issues, combining two very different lifestyles, the forgiveness and hope that results , are subjects that will remain with me for a very long time. 

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

Click here to purchase your copy!
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren

Make your own Prayer Jar!

Want to make your own prayer jar to pass along to future generations? CLICK HERE to download a printable template you can use to write your sentiments on. Simply cut out each strip of paper when you’re finished and put them in the jar of your choice.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, August 14
The Avid Reader, August 14
Just Commonly, August 15
Genesis 5020, August 16
Mary Hake, August 16
Bigreadersite, August 16
Lighthouse Academy, August 17
Splashes of Joy, August 20
SusanLovesBooks, August 20
Cafinated Reads, August 23
Quiet quilter, August 23
Carpe Diem, August 24
Texas Book-aholic, August 26

Giveaway!! Enter to win!!

To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon Gift Card, jar-shaped notepad, and a copy of The Hope Jar (with an autographed book plate inside).
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Three Amish Novellas by Popular Authors! Make sure that you enter the fabulous giveaway!!



                 "Plain Everyday Heroes"

          By Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good,
               Thomas Nye

About the Book:



Genre: Christian Amish
Release Date: July 4, 2018
Playing with Fire
Arie Zimmerman has been in love with Noah Behr from almost the moment they met, but after a devastating wildfire destroys the community, everything changes. Noah questions how a loving Gott could allow such things to happen. As Arie and her family struggle to rebuild their home and lives, Noah escapes to California to fight another off-season wildfire—and maybe find Gott in the process.
When Noah returns, he promises Arie the prize money if she will help him with a chili cook-off to fund the fire department. Of course, in order to spend more time with the girl he loves, he’s also willing to pitch in unloading the new furniture and animals her daed bought at an auction. He’ll even help Arie slice and dice vegetables if he can taste test the recipes.
More than just the kitchen heats up as they spend time together. But will Noah find a still missing Gott in the process and discover there’s more to life than what he initially believed?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
An Unlikely Hero
Mysteries intrigue secondhand shop owner Benuel Miller. Although strangers may think a blind man would be easy to cheat, those who know Benuel realize he’s honed his other senses to pick up clues his eyes don’t see, making him a savvy business owner. When a stranger enters Benuel’s secondhand shop, the man is shocked by Benuel’s accurate assessment and unsolicited advice. Wary, he hopes Benuel won’t find out his true intentions, but the shopkeeper is already on the case.
Later, Mari and her twin sister, Frannie, stop in Benuel’s shop with Frannie’s three-year-old son, and Benuel senses trouble. His hunches have never led him astray, but is he misreading something here? He can’t help being drawn to Mari, yet is she as sweet and loving as she seems? Or is she hiding a deep, dark secret?
One explosive night when tragedy strikes, Benuel risks his life to find out the truth. Can he unmask the stranger from his shop to foil a sinister plot? And will what he discovers destroy his only chance for love?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Racing the Slow Girls
A recipe for fast-paced, comical, Amish adventure— Ingredients: Three fun-loving teenage boys on bicycles. Mix in an adorable little girl on a pony, a few spunky teenage girls, and a hint of romance. Directions: Place the characters in a beautiful setting, such as Holmes Co. Ohio. Roll in the boys on bikes. Stir up a few harsh words spoken carelessly. Add plenty of retaliation by the girls. Place in the heat of a family emergency until everyone is completely undone. Sit back and enjoy an Amish adventure with a cup 0f coffee.

My Thoughts:

This delightful collection of novellas deals with the "unsung" heroes in the Amish community. They are all ordinary people, varying ages and positions, who each accomplishes something that is extraordinarily out of their regular expectations. They each become a hero in their unique way. We don't often hear stories of this kind! Regular people like you and I , who go out of their way to succeed at a special deed. 

The characters are all well described and had very realistic personalities. They had strengths and weaknesses! All in all, they each charm the reader in their own way. Readers can learn from the way in which each deals with very different life lessons. 

I particularly enjoyed the light romance and charming people that became my close friends as I read their tales. Humor surprisingly appears just when needed. Light moments are always an important part of dealing with hard times. 

This is a book that I would highly recommend to those who want an easy to read short story. Each novella stands alone thus makes excellent bedtime reading. 

Well done , authors! Waiting eagerly for your next creation!

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


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About the Authors

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty
Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Rachel J. Good is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming—, Love & Promises, and two books in theHearts of Amish Country series—as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. Visit Rachel at her website: www.racheljgood.com.
Sisters & Friends
Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance,from an Amish friend.
and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased

Arie’s habanero chili

1 lb stew meat: venison, or beef
1/4 cup bacon bits
1/2 Onion, diced
Green pepper, diced
2 cans of habanero Rotel
1 can tomato sauce
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1/2 cup sliced jalapenos
1 TSP cayenne pepper
3 TB chili powder
2 TB beef bouillon
1 TSP paprika
1 TSP pepper
2 TB garlic
salt to taste
Saute onion and pepper, set aside. Sear stew meat in hot pan until brown. Do not over cook. Add meat and other ingredients to pot and simmer until done. Add water if necessary. Serve with cornbread. Approximately 7 servings
Recipe compliments of Michael Hilton (Laura’s son)

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, July 11
Quiet Quilter, July 13
Carpe Diem, July 16
Splashes of Joy, July 18
Bigreadersite , July 19

Giveaway

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To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit is giving away
Grand prize: a $25 Amazon gift card
1st – 4th place: eBook copy of Plain Everyday Heroes!!
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Suspense! Mystery! All within an Amish novel! What more could you want??

           "Her Fear"
By Shelley Shepard Gray
Synopsis:
In New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest novel of suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, an EMT falls for a woman with ties to an Amish community where people are dying similar, suspicious deaths.
Sadie Detweiler never imagined she’d move to Kentucky, yet here she is: a pregnant, unmarried Amish girl banished by unforgiving parents to live with kin she barely knows. The men are gruff and her cousins are secretive. Worst of all, elderly matriarch Verba becomes mysteriously ill shortly after Sadie moves in. When EMT Noah Freeman arrives, Sadie immediately notices he’s unlike any other Amish man she’s met. Noah is warm, confident, and has an easy way with practically everyone in the community, both Amish and English. Though Sadie is drawn to him, she has little hope he will reciprocate her feelings once he learns she’s with child.
Noah can’t understand how a girl as sweet and lovely as Sadie ended up sleeping on a cot in Verba Stauffer’s kitchen. He also senses Sadie is terrified of something. Concerned, he checks up on her. Eventually they strike up a friendship and soon their attraction is undeniable. When Verba later dies at the hospital and her death is followed by two others, Noah’s boss wants him to dig around the Amish community for clues. He agrees—for Sadie’s sake—because only the truth will keep her safe and by his side.



My Thoughts:

This is the fifth of the Amish of Hart County Series and in my opinion , the best yet!!  As I have read each book in this series, I have been impressed with this author's ability to draw one into the lives of the characters in the stories to the extent of feeling their every fear, hurt and challenge. Her Fear is no exception!! The characters are described in such a vivid , detailed way that the reader immediately finds herself walking alongside them in their rocky road of life .  The somewhat delicate subjects of unplanned pregnancy, abuse, bootlegging, as well as abandonment, are dealt with in a respectful, caring  manner. Shelley  has done her research well. The reactions of the community are those that are often somewhat surprising to us, as we just don't expect this quiet faith to encounter these problems. Well, guess what? We are all human and God puts us all in challenging positions at one time or another. The real test is how we handle it. 

The plot moves quickly with surprising twists and turns in the most unexpected places. I was totally engaged from the first to the last page of this book. My inability to put it down was evidence of the power it held over my emotions. The love of family and community is what makes us who we are, but it certainly is not an easy road. Love can be found in many different ways, as this story shows. Strong family ties can help hurts heal and make the future brighter. 

Fantastic read!!  A unique  novel in the Amish Fiction genre! Don't miss it!!! Being released on July 27th. 



This book was supplied by the author and publisher. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author:      
                                         
Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook.



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Marvellous Collection of Amish Novellas by Beth Wiseman Just Released!! Don't Miss it!!

"Amish Celebrations"    

    By Beth Wiseman

Synopsis:


The Gift of Sisters
Hannah and Rachel are fraternal twins approaching their sixteenth birthday—a time when they will be allowed to spread their wings and enjoy their rumschpringe. The sisters couldn’t be more different: Hannah is outgoing and beautiful, while Rachel is shy and withdrawn. And when newcomer Abraham Stoltzfus arrives in Lancaster County, both women fall head over heels for him, each fighting for his affections in their own ways and driving the sisters to turn on each other. Who will Abraham choose? And will Hannah and Rachel reunite after a devastating heartbreak?
A New Beginning
Rebecca and Noah are in love and about to be baptized. But when Noah decides to enjoy one last night of his rumschpringe a few weeks before the ceremony, he does something that causes Rebecca to reconsider his proposal. As Rebecca and Noah navigate the turn in their relationship, Rebecca must learn to forgive Noah or abandon her dreams of marrying him. If Noah won’t forgive himself in time for the baptism, his guilt could cause him to run from his love for Rebecca and leave his community behind.
A Perfect Plan (previously published in An Amish Wedding)
Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester pops the question on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. But everything begins to fall apart as Chester works to build a house for his new bride, only to have one disaster after another occur. Can true love take this couple through the challenges that threaten their union, or will they begin to doubt that they are on the right path, the one God has chosen for them?
A Christmas Miracle
Mary is twenty-seven years old and already has five young children. Married to her husband at age eighteen, she wasn’t quite prepared for motherhood, and exhaustion and frustration are sending her into a downhill spiral as the holidays approach. Too proud and ashamed to ask for help, Mary’s situation begins to take a toll on her marriage. But when an elderly man in a red suit and his sidekick elf befriend Mary, showering her with wisdom and advice, she must choose to accept help, learn to cope with her situation, and ultimately find the true meaning of Christmas.


My Thoughts:

I must say that when I see Beth Wiseman's name on the cover of a new book, I just have to grab it and I KNOW that it will be one that keeps me totally engrossed from beginning to end!  This new collection of Amish novellas is no exception! Admittedly, novellas are not always as enjoyable to me as a full length novel. However, Beth's creative writing talent kept me totally captivated. I absolutely loved this book!! 

Beth's unique and strong storytelling gift is evident in the description of the characters in each novella. The characters are described in such a detailed realistic way that one can easily identify with each of them. Just because they are Plain People does not exempt them from the trials of daily life. I quickly became drawn into each of the main character's lives. When they hurt, I hurt! This is an important part of my personal  opinion of what makes a great book! Escaping reality for a short while , living the life journey of another individual, is my greatest desire when immersed in a new novel.

Each story had a strong plot with plenty of action and just the right amount of unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader engrossed from beginning to end. This collection is perfect for those who wish a short read before retiring for the night. Reading one novella took just about the right amount of time before I was ready for sleep. Mind you, as usual, I had a very difficult time putting the book down!! Beth has such a talent in storytelling that I find her books rather "addictive"!

This is definitely a five star book!!  Don't miss it! A marvellous, magnificent read!!

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




About the Author:


Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold two million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published thirteen novels and thirteen novellas to date.

As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary--Need You Now--released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary--The House that Love Built--which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed. Beth continued to spread her wings when she released The Promise in October 2014. Inspired by actual events, The Promise follows Beth's characters all the way to Pakistan. Beth was involved in the real-life rescue when her friend was held captive in Pakistan. Beth is currently working on book #2 in her new Amish Secrets series, tentatively titled Jacob's Ladder. Book #1--Her Brother's Keeper--recently released and was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Reviews Magazine.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. You can find Beth at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where she interacts with readers and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bethwiseman.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Courtney Walsh writes another winning novel! Enter the author's giveaway!


                      "Just Let Go"
                  By Courtney Walsh

About the Book:


Release Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.
Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press.

Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.
My Thoughts:

This book is the second in the Harbor Pointe series. I have to admit that I was attracted to this novel upon looking at the beautiful cover. It spoke to me in a most emphatic demand to pick the book up and read it immediately!! Courtney writes in a beautiful style that appeals to the reader. The setting, characters and plot all are described in such a realistic way that one becomes part of this small town upon reading the first chapter. The rocky road of life became mine! I walked alongside the characters as they met obstacles, challenges and yes, even heartache. This small town became my place of residence for a short while, a unique yet typical atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else
- this can be good or can be horrible!

Quinn and Grady quickly became my best friends. They were described in a believable fashion , faults and weaknesses included. "Just Let Go" describes family life accurately, troubles and messiness abound. It is so hard to find healing while attempting to let go of hurts that have become part of your soul. Only God can heal , as Grady and Quinn discover. Peace is sought but the path to find it, is full of bumps and bruises. 

The plot is full of unexpected actions and complications. Is the road to happiness ever easy?? Not until we let God take control!! I was engrossed from the first to the last page! This heartwarming story made me stop and think! Can I let go of the past so that the future is full of happiness? Life will never be free from complications, after all, we are human, but God provides with the strength to fight the battles and wins!

Don't miss this excellent read! This novel is a MUST READ book!

This book was provided by the author and CelebrateLit. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.

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About the author:
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. She has written two more books in the Sweethaven series, as well as two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives in Illinois with her husband and three children. Visit her online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.










Blog Stops

By The Book, June 26
Among the Reads, June 27
Splashes of Joy, June 27
God is Love, June 28
Genesis 5020, June 28
Carpe Diem, June 29
Radiant Light, June 30
Quiet Quilter, July 1
C Jane Read, July 1
Baker kella, July 2
Remembrancy, July 3
amandainpa, July 3
Vicky Sluiter, July 5
Bigreadersite, July 8

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Courtney Walsh is giving away a grand prize of a library of Courtney Walsh’s books and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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A New Captivating Tale by Leslie Gould!

                                 "A Simple Singing"             By Leslie Gould Synopsis: For years Marie Bachmann though...