25 Book Reviews

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A Fantastic Day for Amish Fiction Readers! It is Release Day for Molly Jebber's new book, "Ellie's Redemption"!

                               "Ellie's Redemption"
                     By Molly Jebber

About the Book:

  Genre: Christian fiction, Amish
Release date: January 29, 2019
1912, Charm, Ohio
Ellie Graber is determined to restore her bad reputation in Charm, Ohio. She regrets leaving Amish life and the danger and heartache she caused her family and friends. Ellie loves working with Liza, and her best friend and cousin, Hannah, at Liza’s Amish Charm Bakery, attends church, and obeys Amish law, but the gossip about her past life won’t stop. Joel Wenger’s deep blue eyes tell her he cares for her, but she suspects his parents have warned him to stay away from her. Joel wants to trust Ellie’s changed but his sister, Maryann, who left Amish life broke their hearts. Will Joel ignore his parents and friends, face their anger and ridicule, and give her a chance?
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 My Thoughts:

Happy Release Day to one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction, Molly Jebber!!  Congratulations on writing another fantastic book!!  I have to admit.... I have NEVER been disappointed by a novel by this author.  Once again, she has written a book that will hold your interest from beginning to end, appealing to every emotion you possess. I am almost afraid to admit this,... but I think that this is the BEST one yet! But then again, what will the future hold for this talented lady?

"Ellie's Redemption" is the second in  the historical Amish fiction series entitled  "Amish Charm Bakery". It can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand alone, however, I highly recommend you read the first book, "Liza's Second Chance", as book two revisits familiar characters. I had the great feeling of reuniting with old friends and wanting to catch up on their lives. There are also new character to get to know and love. All of the characters are so realistically and well described that the reader quickly becomes totally involved in their lives. What a complicated world Ellie encounters when attempting to redeem herself  in her old Amish life! The community gossips are at work  giving Ellie a difficult time trying to prove herself very different from the "old" Ellie. Reputations are certainly hard to change!! A successful romance seems impossible with  these negative thoughts popping up at every moment.  I admired Ellie's determination to succeed as well as Joel's kindness and strength in the toughest circumstances. 

The main theme of forgiveness  of self and others comes through loud and clear throughout the steady paced plot. The reader comes to realise that the Amish community is not without the problems similar to what you and I face. Even in a strong Christian community there will be those that cause us grief. The whole solution is to trust our Lord and follow His plans, not listen to human advice and opinions. 

Is the relationship between Ellie and Joel doomed??? Will the gossips win????

Don't miss this great read!!  A fabulous book!! Can hardly wait for Molly's next creation!

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

About the Author:

Molly Jebber writes Amish Historical Romance. Her latest release, ELLIE’S REDEMPTION, is the second book in her Amish Charm Bakery Series. Molly’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today’s HEA, and Romantic Times. Her books have received widespread media attention throughout the US. Her books are sold in print and Ebook throughout the US and United Kingdom. She’s a touring speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, other women’s organizations, and she offers presentations on writing and the Amish. She says the most rewarding part about writing stories is meeting wonderful readers who become friends through social media and at her speaking events. Please visit her website: http://www.mollyjebber.com for a full list of her books (and options stores to buy them), speaking events and recipes.
She loves God, her family, and friends. She says yes to swimming, the beach, golf, and time with her family and friends, and no to coconut, onions, and skydiving!                        

Guest Post from Molly

Hi Friends!
Ellie likes newcomer Joel, and he’s the first Amish man to show interest since her return to Charm. She’s afraid when he learns of her rebellious past and the danger she brought to her family before turning her life around, he’ll end their courtship. Joel is frustrated his sister left Amish life before his family moved to Charm. He chooses not to tell Ellie about her, until he has no choice. What does the future hold for Ellie and Joel when their secrets are revealed?
Along with the story of Ellie’s Redemption are recipes!
Here’s one just for you!

Ellie’s Surprise Cookies
1 cup shortening 2 cups rolled oats (quick cook)
1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon soda
1 ¼ cup brown sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon cinnamon 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
2 eggs 2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt

Sift dry ingredients. Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Stir in dry ingredients. Add oatmeal, vanilla and chocolate chips. Dough will be crumbly. Spoon a teaspoon of dough at a time on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, January 29
Carpe Diem, January 29
Lighthouse Academy, January 30
Bigreadersite, February 2
Mary Hake, February 2
Maureen’s Musings, February 2
EmpowerMoms, February 3
Inklings and NotionsFebruary 4
Robin is Bookish, February 5
Texas Book-aholic, February 6
SusanLovesBooks, February 7
Henry Happens, February 9
Bibliophile Reviews, February 10
Vicky Sluiter, February 11


To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away a grand prize that includes an Amish doll, a handmade lap quilt (can be used as wall hanging), an Apple Pie recipe tea towel, a Blessings journal, a handmade quilted potholder, a $10 Amazon Card, Ellie’s Redemption Print Book, a mug, a 2019 Planner, pad and pen set, and a bookmark!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/da8b/ellie-s-redemption-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Don't Miss This FANTASTIC New Novel by Popular Author, Barbara Cameron!

                               "Loving A Summer Dad"
                                  By Barbara Cameron     


Cassie returns to Silver Springs, the small, quaint Florida town where she and her brother and divorced father used to spend their summers. Once, she was in love with Jackson but her father said that they were too young. So Cassie went off to college and eventually married another man and got divorced. And Jackson stayed in Silver Springs, became a successful horse rancher and married and divorced. Now the two of them meet, and their love is even stronger than it was before. But it’s the worst possible time for their relationship. They have this one summer. Will it be enough?    

My Thoughts:

 I must say that this cover attracted me from the start!! It is colorful, appealing and makes one want to find out what this book  is all about!! A "summer dad"??? What is that???  I just had to find out! 

Then to my surprise, I look at the author..... Barbara Cameron!! But wait..... she writes my favorite genre, Amish Fiction!! Now, I am completely confused!! This sure is NOT an Amish story!! Barbara Cameron has branched out and is now beginning a new series entitled, "Dads In Love" and this is the first.  Admittedly, I was a bit leery, I do love her Amish tales, but would I enjoy this one as much?  This novel was NOT a disappointment. The reader is immediately able to identify with these realistic, vividly described characters. When reading, I want to escape everyday life . Every emotion they experienced was shared with me and I found both Cassie and Jackson easy with whom to identify.  

The plot moves steadily with just enough twists and turns to keep one totally engaged from the first to the last page. Complications and roadblocks kept cropping up unexpectedly. 

I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Christian fiction . I am SO glad that Barbara Cameron has branched out, perhaps. out of her comfort zone, but ending up with a true winner! Don't miss this book!! 

About the Author:

CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of almost 40 books which include fiction and non-fiction. Barbara Cameron also sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and she is the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Two novellas won the 2nd & 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW). She makes her home in Florida.
Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 18:20 (KJV): For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
This book was provided by the author. The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. 

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