My review of ” A Grand Design” by Amber Stockton | Quilts of Love #20

A Grand Design

I LOVE this book! LOVE IT!

What a wonderful idea! What a beautiful story. What wonderful interactions between characters and environment and memories of the past!

And Amber’s descriptions of Mackinac Island make me want to hop on a plane today!

This is a wonderful addition to the Quilts of Love line of books and a story that anyone who enjoys a good romance with a few bumps along the way – is sure to enjoy!

 

I really enjoyed how well Amber wrote about Alyssa’s views on life and love. Too often we read about a jaded character who is completely hopeless and it doesn’t quite ring true when they finally are presented with love but Alyssa is simply someone who has had a rough time of it and she’s not sure what she even wants romance-wise.

I also love how well Amber blends God into the story. She makes Him approachable in a way that people today will find much easier to connect with than the harsh, angry God that so many people want to paint Him as.

Amber’s writing never gets “preachy” – she just shows the reader that God is very much a part of the lives of our characters.

Wonderfully done!

And I, for one, will be seeking out more of Amber Stockton’s books!

 

4 Stars

 

A brief synopsis from the Quilts of Love website about A Grand Design:

A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

 

 

You can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   ABINGDON PUBLISHERS   QUILTS OF LOVE WEBSITE   AMBER’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS   ITUNES   BOOKSAMILLION

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
from the Litfuse Publicity review program.

Happy Reading

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NEW FROM QUILTS OF LOVE: A GRAND DESIGN BY AMBER STOCKTON | KINDLE HDX GIVEAWAY, FACEBOOK PARTY, AND BLOG TOUR

Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Grand Design by Amber Stockton. Who hasn’t struggled to let painful memories go and move into God’s healing? You’ll be sure to love this heartfelt and encouraging tale set on historic Mackinac Island.

Celebrate August’s release by entering to win a Kindle from Quilts of Love.

Quilts of Love Kindle HDX Giveaway, Amber Stockton, A Grand Design

One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 16th. Winner will be announced at the “Fall into Fall” Facebook party with Amber Stockton and Robin Caroll. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips and tricks, prizes, and more!

 

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A Grand Design, Amber Stockton

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New From Quilts of Love || A Grand Design

A getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs—if only she can let go of her past.

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

Find our more and purchase a copy at the Quilts of Love website.

Amber Stockton

{MORE ABOUT AMBER STOCKTON}

Amber Stockton is an award‑winning author, a national speaker, and a direct‑sales brand partner with Nerium International. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and an Aussie/retriever mix named Roxie. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards. Find out why readers love her by visiting her website AmberStockton.com.

Find out more about Amber athttp://amberstockton.com.

 

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An advance look at “Swept Away” – a new Quilts of Love story | A collaboration between Laura V. Hilton and newcomer Cindy Loven

I love having the inside track on so many Fantastic books!20140722-131957.jpg

 

I admit, I have only read a couple of Laura V. hilton’s books and I did not know what to expect from this collaboration.

I was not disappointed!

This is a wonderful story and a terrific meeting of two clearly talented authors!

You can see little touches from each author all throughout.

In a recent interview HERE, Laura made a point of saying that Cindy took the lead with all of the quilting descriptions but they blend together so seamlessly you would never know the book wasn’t written by one author.

I’d say that counts as a triumph for this duo!

Dare we hope for a possibility of more books in the future…

I would read them!

And I am excited to see what Cindy comes up with in the near future!

 

4 Stars

 

Here is what Abingdon has to say about “Swept Away”:

Sara doesn’t think she wants love. But her grandmother has other plans.

Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don’t always go as planned.

Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past—and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane’s grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employer’s granddaughter.

Still, it doesn’t take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn’t what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her life—and her heart—forever.

 

You can find more information about the book from these popular sites:

GOODREADS   ABINGDON   QUILTS OF LOVE   LAURA’S WEBSITE   CINDY’S BOOK BLOG

And it is available for pre-order already at the following sites:

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS   BOOKSAMILLION

 

I received this book free from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

 

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GOD BLESS!

 

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My review of “A Plain Man” by Mary Ellis

20140722-131948.jpgRecently I read Mary Ellis’s Civil War romance “The Quaker and the Rebel” and was immediately hooked on Civil War romances!

If I were not already a fan of Amish fiction, “A Plain Man” would make me one. It’s no wonder Mary Ellis is such a popular author!

WOW!

Mary Ellis is one of those authors that simply refuses to take the easy way – she refuses to steer clear of touchy subjects, instead meeting them head-on with wit and wisdom – showing us God’s love in a world very much in need of it!

She refuses to write simple characters, instead presenting us with REAL people – with flaws and weaknesses and real, true emotion!

And she refuses to give us an easy course, instead showing that the way of life is not always easy. Sometimes we stumble, sometimes we fall – but God is always there to pick us back up!

AMAZING!

Now, of course, I’m determined to go hunt down every single book she’s written so I can read and enjoy them all!

Some authors are content to tell a story – Mary Ellis will make you experience… EVERYTHING!

Don’t miss this book! And don’t miss her others either! Her Amish fiction is JUST as wonderful as her Civil War fiction! I know it seems a little backward that I would say it that way since she wrote Amish first… but to be fair, I started with the Civil War so…

 

5star

 

And here is what Harvest House has to say about “A Plain Man”:

 

Bestselling author Mary Ellis offers an engaging new standalone Amish romance about a prodigal seeking to find his way home.

Though Caleb Beachy lived in the Englisch world for some years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he decides to return to the Amish lifestyle, he moves back home and goes to work for his father. Soon these two strong-willed men find themselves at odds. Caleb discovers there’s more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than merely driving a horse and buggy and giving up Levis.

Josie Yoder was just a girl when he left. All grown up now, she gives Caleb hope for the future. She soothes his frayed temper and is determined to remind him that while his faith may have wavered, God never left his side. Caleb is tempted to return Josie’s feelings, but the choices he made while away are a heavy burden on his conscience. Will past mistakes end up destroying their fledgling romance? Or will she be able to break through the wall around his heart?

A Plain Man is more than just a sweet romance centered in Amish beliefs. It’s the ever-fresh story of a wounded heart finding joy, health, and healing in God’s infinite grace.

 

And you can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   HARVEST HOUSE PUBLISHERS   MARY’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS   LIFEWAY   ITUNES   BOOKSAMILLION

 

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
from the Harvest House Publishers review program.

 

Happy Reading

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GOD BLESS!

 

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A review of Sarah Sundin’s “In Perfect Time”

One word describes this book:

WOW!

Just… WOW!

From page 1, you will be hooked! I’ve never been a fan of WWII era books but this one has made me into one!

Sarah Sundin will take hold of your heartstrings even while she’s got you on the seat of your pants – just waiting for an explosion!

I’m no WWII buff but the scenes read spot-on to me and the descriptions are wonderful. It’s like you can hear the engines drowning out everything around you! Or the salty sea air…

And the characters… ooh the characters!

There are whole worlds underneath the exterior of our Lt. Kay Jobson. She is a woman in control… or is she?

And Lt. Roger Cooper is just as complex and complicated! They say opposites attract but similar personalities rub each other the wrong way.

And oh how the sparks do fly!

Now of course, I’m dying to get books 1 & 2 so I can read more of this amazing series!

And I hope to see many more wonderful books from Sarah Sundin! You have made a fan out of me!

5star

 

A brief synopsis from Revell Books:

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

 

And you can find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   REVELL/BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP   SARAH’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS   LIFEWAY   ITUNES   BOOKSAMILLION

 

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
from the Revell Reads blogger program.

 

Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

 

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I got an early look at “The Snow Globe” by Laura V. Hilton!

 

OK… Before you go running off to Amazon, let me warn you that this is a review of a book which is only available for pre-order… right now.

However, I highly recommend that you go pre-order it as soon as you possibly can (like right after you read this awesome review)! It is a WONDERFUL book!

Laura V. Hilton shows that it doesn’t matter whether you’re Amish or English – love and attraction can take you by surprise and turn your whole world upside down!

The Snow Globe is book 1 of Laura V. Hilton’s new series: The Amish of Jamesport and I’m already looking forward to the next one!

This is not just a story that only readers of Amish fiction will enjoy. The clever wit and family dynamics will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good, clean romance.

Sparks fly from the very start of this intriguing romantic adventure!

Esther Beachy wants nothing to do with Viktor Petersheim and Viktor could not be more annoyed with his grandmother’s choice of a caretaker. He has returned home to discover a woman in his house – a woman he does not want to be attracted to… but God has other plans. And so do Reuben and Anna Petersheim.

One thing is for sure, we are in for a wonderfully unpredictable experience and I am certain you will be looking forward to the next book as much as I am!

Of course that is one bad thing about getting an advance look – I have to wait that much longer for the next book… unless Laura lets me get an advance look at it too. *fingers crossed*

 

5star

 

Here is more about “The Snow Globe” from Whitaker House:

A Compassionate Young Woman

Esther Beachy enjoys working for an elderly woman who is wheelchair bound. Her client, Anna Petersheim, is pleasant and tells captivating stories. Plus, her home is quiet and far more peaceful than Esther’s, with so many siblings. She only dreads the day when Anna’s grandson, Viktor, will return from the river to take over the farm. She and Viktor were classmates years ago, and he’d been an obnoxious flirt who paid attention to every girl but her.

A Toughened Riverboat Captain

A seasoned riverboat captain, Viktor Petersheim has seen his share of trials. He left the Amish after the death of his parents and siblings in a house fire for which he still feels responsible. Now, after years of working on the Mississippi River, he returns home to claim the farm he inherited from his grandparents and, hopefully, to repair some of the damaged relationships and broken hearts he left in his wake.

Love off the River

When Viktor arrives home, it doesn’t take long for him and Esther to realize their mutual attraction. Even so, their relationship remains as tumultuous as a shaken snow globe, like the one Esther finds at a garage sale and gives to Viktor’s grandmother as a token of affection. Viktor isn’t the only man with an eye on Esther, and soon it looks as if she’s ready to make a future with someone else. Will the two go their separate ways again? Or will the hand of God work something beautiful out of their angst and agitation

 

 

You can find more information about the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   WHITAKER HOUSE   LAURA’S WEBSITE

It is available for pre-order at the following retailers!

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author
in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

Happy Reading

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GOD BLESS!

 

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A look at the new series by Nancy I Sanders.

Good morning! I am reviewing a new book from Zonderkidz today: Get to Know King David

This book is part of an intriguing new series by Nancy I. Sanders. Thus far there are 4 books available but with so many wonderful characters to chose from, we will most likely see more to come!

not only does it give children interesting facts to mull over, but it also follows the Common Core Standards.

The author did a great job with the beautiful color maps and photos, along with scripture references and lots of fun facts.

For very young children, I think this book would be exciting to read and it is very… easy… to read.

Hopefully children will connect with the way Nancy tells a story about King David.

And the word bank makes learning about King David interesting… and fun!

The chapters are very descriptive – and the timeline is full of interesting information.

Children should find this book an easy read and an entertaining way to learn about the life of one of their favorite Biblical characters!

 

Here is a bit more about the book from ZonderKidz:

 A Shepherd and A King David lived an adventurous life. He protected his family’s sheep from lions and bears. He fought a giant with just a sling and stone. He even spent years hiding from men who were trying to kill him. And eventually, David became a great king. But David was also a man of God. Learn more about this hero from the Bible and his exciting place in history. Discover what it was like to grow up in ancient Israel and then be a king of God’s people. King David—part of the Get to Know series—will teach you everything you need to know about an imperfect young man whom God used to do great things! Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5

 

You can also find more information and/or buy the book from these popular sites.

GOODREADS   ZONDERKIDZ   NANCY’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CHRISTIANBOOKS   ITUNES

Disclaimer: I received the book free from the BookLook Blogger program
in exchange for an honest review.

 

Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

 

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