“A Lady at Willowgrove Hall” by Sarah E. Ladd

This is the first book by Sarah Ladd that I’ve read and I’m kicking myself. I’m usually so vigilant about reading a series in order but I wasn’t sure this would be a book I enjoy so I just went ahead and read this one without tracking down the first two…

Now I’m wishing I had taken the extra time. Of course, I can always read it again after I find the first two. YAY!

This is a book that has completely and absolutely restored my faith in Historical romance!

Once upon a time, I was an avid reader of Historical romances and I cringed every time the ladies outfits and behavior were described because – while I LOVE reading about the adventure and the brave characters who fell madly in love – I knew there were SOOOO many details that were just terribly wrong.

Not so with this one! No, the characters are not perfect – even in historical times, no one was perfect. But they are so very much more accurate and I rejoice because my inner historian is finally calm and I can actually ENJOY the story!

And yes, I have to go back and read books 1 and 2 so I can read this one AGAIN!

BRAVO Sarah!

 

More from Thomas Nelson about A Lady at Willowgrove Hall:

Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own—one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?

 

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“Hope Crossing” | Ada’s House trilogy Omnibus by Cindy Woodsmall

 

 

Fair Warning: If you have the Ada’s House Trilogy, this book will seem eerily familiar to you.

And the irony is this: We have all three of these books already but having them all in one was just too good to pass up!

 

Like all of Cindy Woodsmall’s books, the Ada’s House trilogy (aka Hope Crossing) is wonderful!

The Hope of Refuge
I must admit that if this had been one of the first Amish fiction stories I had read, I might have put it down and never read another one.

But then, I was more than a little bit of a book snob in the beginning – blame it on the fact that the very first Amish fiction novel I read being AWESOME!

The first book of Cindy Woodsmall’s I read – A Season for Tending – spoiled me even further.

Fortunately I soon learned that the plain people are more like us “English” than most people realize and I began to calm down and enjoy the wonderful stories!
The Bridge of Peace
Even in her own community, being a tiny bit different has always set her apart. It’s a tough place to be – especially for a young Amish woman.

The more I read of this series, the more I LOVE! Cindy Woodsmall is a GENIUS!

The Harvest of Grace
Another wonderful story to round out this fantastic trilogy! Cindy has a particular talent for writing unique stories that pull you right in!

Her characters are so real, you feel like they are all your own friends, neighbors and family!

 

All together, a GREAT trilogy! And a fantastic way to have them all in one place! Thank You Waterbrook Multnomah!

 

WELL DONE CINDY!

 

More from Waterbrook Multnomah about Hope Crossing:

Hope Crossing…where Ada’s House stands as a haven for weary souls looking for kindness, faith, and second chances.
 
The Hope of Refuge
Two very different women are pulled by their strongest desires. Deborah Mast joined the Amish church and longs to marry her fiancé, but he is changing. Cara Moore is forced to look into a life that was meant to be hers. Will Ada’s House help them realize their hearts’ desires or will it force them to accept what life has done to each of them?

The Bridge of Peace
Living out her passion for teaching, Lena Kauffman’s work is suddenly interrupted by a series of pranks and accidents targeted toward her and her students. When tragedy strikes her dear friend Grey Graber’s family on school property, the school board begins to blame her for the trouble. As grief and confusion take their toll on Grey and Lena’s friendship, they are both forced to face a new reality that may offer the peace and love they each long for.

The Harvest of Grace
Fleeing a terrible mistake, Sylvia Fisher dedicates herself to saving the failing Blank farm. When prodigal son Aaron returns, he is surprised by this unusual farmhand who opposes all his plans. Will Aaron and Sylvia’s unflinching efforts toward opposite futures mask the bigger picture—a path to forgiveness, grace, and the promise of love?

This three-in-one collection includes the entirety of the best-selling Ada’s House trilogy, now at a new low price! – See more at: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=248566#sthash.hrhfr5ov.dpuf

 

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The Bachelor | Plain City Peace – Book 2 |Stephanie Reed

 


The Bachelor is the 2nd book in Stephanie Reed’s Plain City Peace series.

In book 1 – The Bargain, we were introduced to the characters and their complex situations.

In book 2 we’ve taken the next step in that relationship and we become even more involved with these beloved characters.

The Bargain introduced to us the idea that the “Amish” way is not the only path to heaven and at the time it was a radical idea that really shook up our main character.

In book 2, we explore this subject even deeper and it brings so many questions to bear – questions that can probably never be answered to our satisfaction…

Betsie is facing confusion, not only about her parents but about her feelings about two certain young men.

Such confusion certainly explains why the plain people work so hard to limit their exposure to the outside world.

Since that wasn’t exactly an option for Betsie, she is left with her confusion and frustration and some pretty big decisions that may forever change the course of her life… and perhaps even the lives around her.

Stephanie Reed will capture your attention and have you positively desperate for the final installment of this trilogy.

 

A bit more from Kregel about The Bachelor:

In this sequel to The Bargain, Betsie Troyer is back home in her Amish community where she knows she belongs, free from the confusing Englisher way of life. She and Charley Yoder have made promises to each other, and her life is back on track–until Gerald Sullivan shows up with his young daughter, asking for Betsie’s help. He’s on his way to find his estranged wife, and begs Betsie to take young Sheila in.

When she agrees, Betsie’s carefully planned life is shaken up again. Sheila’s newfound faith is troubling to Charley–and his attraction to another girl is beginning to be a problem. But how can Betsie confront him when she is still trying to confront her own feelings about Sheila’s brother, Michael? Keeping the peace between the Amish man she’s always loved, a twelve-year-old Englisher girl, and a draft-dodging hippie is more than she ever thought she’d have to deal with in her simple, orderly life. Still, Betsie is convinced she can keep things from falling apart completely.

Then during her best friend’s wedding, tragedy strikes and her world is upended. She has to make a decision: does she love Charley or Michael . . . or is she craving a deeper love that only God can give?

The compelling second novel of the Plain City Peace series, The Bachelor deftly weaves together the strands of a solid, simpler time with the turmoil of an era of change, revealing the strengths of both in its powerful narrative.

WOW! WOW! WOW! Can life get any more confusing…?

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The Bargain | Plain City Peace – Book 1 | Stephanie Reed

 

The Bargain - Stephanie Reed

A side of the Amish I’d never “seen” before…

WOW! Stephanie Reed is an AMAZING writer!

Reading The Bargain, It feels as if I’ve been transported to the 70s!

Since I was born in 1979, I didn’t really have the chance to experience them. Thanks to movies and television, I’ve had a glimpse but there’s something different about reading a book written about the era. It gives you an immersion that movies simply can not accomplish.

And this book shows the Amish as I have never seen them – as many readers of popular Amish fiction probably have not. Why – because most Amish fiction is written about the plain people of today…

Even the few historical books written about the plain people, up to now, have focused on the time they put down roots in this country or even when they were on their way here from across the ocean.

Stephanie Reed gives us a glimpse into an era of our country that marked great change for everyone – from a perspective that has certainly not been covered before (to my knowledge anyway).

I applaud her skill – it’s clear she did her research! I am in awe of her writing – not only is an incredibly difficult subject to tackle, but she’s done it from an angle that offers little or no precedence. And I am in love with her characters! Betsie and Sheila and Michael and Charley… Oh if get started, I’ll never stop! They’re wonderful! Just read it!

And how exciting that the 2nd book is out as well! I’m so thrilled I don’t have to wait to read it.

Of course I’ll have to wait for the third book so… if you hear a wail of agony in a day or so… that’s just me – I’ve finished the second one and I’m lamenting the long wait until The Bride – book 3 in the Plain City Peace series – coming winter 2016!

 

A bit more from Kregel about The Bargain:

It’s 1971, and Betsie Troyer’s peaceful and predictable life is about to become anything but.

When their parents flee the Amish, nineteen-year-old Betsie and her seventeen-year-old sister Sadie are distraught. Under the dubious guidance of a doting aunt, the girls struggle to keep the secret, praying their parents will return before anyone learns the truth—a truth that may end all hopes of Betsie’s marriage to Charley Yoder.

Worse still, Betsie must learn a trade while she boards with a dysfunctional Englisher family: Sheila, a twelve-year-old desperately searching for a friend and in dire need of her mother; the free-spirited mother, who runs off to “find herself” on the stage; the angry father whose structured life crumbles; and Michael, a troubled college dropout nearly killed in the Kent State Massacre.

Thrust into the English world, Betsie must grapple with the realities of war and miniskirts, pot parties and police brutality, protests and desertion. Can she help the Sullivan family and find peace in her new surroundings, or must she forget the bargain she made and seek refuge back in Plain City with protective and reliable Charley?

WOW! Right…?

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“The Faces of Cancer” by Sarah Price

“The Faces of Cancer” is a story of the hard journey of a very courageous woman.

Sarah Price has been down a similar road as many other women in this world – and she has penned a tome of encouragement and hope for those still to come.

She shares her experiences along a difficult path with us; using humor and an upbeat outlook that amazes me.

I’ve not been through cancer of any kind personally but I can not imagine that I would be able to handle it as well as Sarah has.

Although a big part of the book is Sarah’s message – that with God, anything is possible!

An excellent read – whether you’re facing a similar diagnosis, you’ve already been through the same thing or know someone who has, or even if you’ve never had any association with cancer at all.

 

4 Stars

 

And here is what Amazon has to say about The Faces of Cancer:

In May 2013, best-selling author of Amish fiction, Sarah Price, learned that she had breast cancer. From hearing “we caught it early” to almost having Stage 3 breast cancer that had spread throughout her lymph nodes, Sarah Price fought it with humor and acceptance, her faith in God’s plan stronger than her fear of cancer. After multiple complications (that are still on-going), she wrote this to help inspire others who are dealing with cancer, whether as the patient or as the family/friend providing support.

Mixed with Scripture and prayer, this story is about one woman’s struggle to balance her cancer diagnosis with the concern from family and her thousands of friends on social media who read and love her books. Readers will finish this book and know that God gives us what we can handle and, if you look at situations with a Sarah Price attitude, you will find that nothing can be too heavy for our shoulders.

APPROXIMATELY 160 pages

Enjoy and God bless.

Proceeds from this book will be donated to the TJ Martell Foundation the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

 

 

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SARAHS WEBSITE   AMAZON

 

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“An Amish Buggy Ride” by Sarah Price

 

Well, this is certainly not the typical Amish romance – fraught with tragedy and tension.

I’m not even sure it can be classified as the typical Amish story…

In my own personal experience, the plain folks don’t tend to feel quite so sorry for themselves when confronted by such a difficult situation – but they are people just like us and equally at risk for the anger and emotions that come with this particular hardship.

It makes me wonder though… Sarah Price speaks out quite vocally about staying upbeat and powering through her own struggles with illness.

Is it possible she is drawing from an experience that led to her current attitude or is she simply that fantastic an author that she can fake the depth of bitterness that drives David after his accident?

It’s quite a puzzle – one you will most likely ponder as well, when you read the heart-wrenching scenes that take place before and after one snowy night that leaves mourning and devastation in it’s wake.

 

4 Stars

 

And here is what Amazon has to say about An Amish Buggy Ride:

Quiet and soft-spoken, Kate Zook is the responsible eldest daughter in an Amish family and prides herself on fulfilling her role. Then, one fateful snowy night, she uncharacteristically speaks her mind—and unwittingly plays a part in a horrible accident.

Wracked by guilt over her role in the tragedy that left her brother David injured, Kate devotes herself to his care, going so far as to take on his chores in the fields. Even so, her brother’s resentment toward her grows, and David torments Kate, making her increasingly isolated life even more difficult.

Though Kate’s parents have emotionally withdrawn, someone outside the home takes an interest in Kate and notes her clear grief. Samuel, a local boy, has recently returned from a wild rumschpringe—the Amish term for exploring the wider world—and recommitted to his community. Intrigued by Kate’s gentle yet loyal ways, he begins to fall in love with her. But tensions rise as he refuses to put up with David’s rage. As Kate’s heart begins to stir and cry out for happiness, she must rely on faith to find forgiveness or risk losing out on love.

 

 

 

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“A Simple Charity” by Rosalind Lauer | Book 3 in the Lancaster Crossroads series | Stop #14 of my Salute to Christmas Reads!

OK, this book totally works in my Salute to Christmas Reads! Which is AWESOME! …mostly because the book is awesome and I want to give it as much attention as I possibly can!

 

A Simple Charity by Rosalind Lauer

WOW!

I didn’t think Rosalind Lauer could get any better! But it seems like every book of hers I read is even better than the last one!

With the first three books Rosalind wrote; A Simple Winter, A Simple Spring and A Simple Autumn – Rosalind introduced us to the wonderful community of Halfway and I didn’t get the chance to freak about it because I didn’t actually discover her wonderful books until the second series had already started.

I did start by reading the first series and then I was blessed to be able to go right into the next… until I had to wait for this one – A Simple Charity.

And now I’m freaking out because I don’t want it to end!

I’m hoping that either Rosalind has more planned for this series or else she’s going to start another series but with these same characters! They’re too amazing to let go of!

And Rosalind Lauer has a particular talent for blending the Amish community with the English community that makes her books so much more appealing. For those of us who don’t necessarily want to make such a drastic change, it’s exciting to think that we could just move into the community and live alongside the plain people.

It’s certainly on my own wish list!

Of course it’s also tricky because I have fallen completely and totally in love with THESE people and THIS community! It’s just too well-written! Rosalind makes her characters so real, I feel like I could go to Halfway and meet them all!

Oh well… I’ll just have to be content with them in my imagination.

In the meantime, you can find more about this book HERE on the book page at Random House

And here is a little sneak peek from Random House

OF ALL THE GIFTS THAT LAST,
THE GREATEST IS CHARITY.

Although she is still in her twenties, Fanny Lapp has known a lifetime of love and heartache. Twice widowed, she has a home to maintain, a renovation in the works, and a family to raise—all without a husband. Fortunately, in the Amish community, help is never far away. To ease Fanny’s burdens, the bishop sends Zed Miller to the Lapp house. Fanny is drawn to kind, handsome Zed, who suffers from sins of the past. But to everything there is a season, and Fanny cannot act on her feelings while mourning her husband.

Newly returned to his Amish roots after many years in the outside world, Zed knows he must prove himself to earn acceptance from his community. Without a second thought, he picks up a hammer and sets to work helping Fanny fulfill her dream of turning an old carriage house into a women’s childbirth center. Soon Zed finds himself a part of Fanny’s daily chores, sharing her laughter and sorrow. Knowing that time flows like a river, running slow and steady, Zed plans to wait on his love. But when their secret is discovered, how deep will the disapproval of their community run?

A reminder that the greatest gifts come from the heart, A Simple Charity shines like the sun with the blessings of everyday miracles.

 

 

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