A look back | The Quaker and the Rebel – Book 1 in Mary Ellis’ series – “Civil War Heroines!”

The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary Ellis“The Quaker and the Rebel”by Mary Ellis is such an excellent read!

I highly recommend it!

What a story!

If you read my previous post, you know I was never a fan of war romances… WWII, WWI or Civil war… until I read Romance on the River – the FREE eBook novella that introduced this series.

And here I sit, a converted FAN! And I can not wait to review the next book… and the next… and I hope there will be MORE coming soon!

I was going to rewrite my review because that’s what I usually do when I look back but no matter how I look at it, I can’t do better than I already have.

This book will make you laugh, make you cry and it will give you an entirely new outlook on the Civil war era!

Reading about the outcome of so many tragic battles and the stealth, determination and dedication needed to help abused slaves escape to freedom in a dry history book simply can not give you the same impact as reading about your heroine’s reaction to the horror and danger associated with the very same things in a work of fiction.

Mary Ellis gives us all of that – first through the eyes of a staunch Quaker who is disturbed by the Southern lack of understanding as to why owning another human being is wrong, and then through the eyes of a gentile southern gentleman who is trying to do everything he can to help his precious south move into the future with as little bloodshed as possible.

It is an adventure that won’t soon be forgotten and it has given me an entirely new outlook on this portion of our country’s troubled past. I will never look at another Civil War battlefield the same way again, I can assure you!

Not only that… the book is extremely well-written. You can hear the skirts swish, the hooves pound and even feel the pain of corset stays. The experiences are written with such emotion attached, as well as descriptive language. And, while it is not described in the ugliest terms, nothing about the tragedy and hardship about this particular time on our bloody history is glossed over.

Mary Ellis has made a fan out of me!

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5star

 

And here’s a bit more about this wonderful book from Harvest House:

Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?

 

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GOD BLESS!

 

 

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A look back | Romance on the River – a FREE prequel in Mary Ellis’ series – “Civil War Heroines!”

Romance on the River

I said it before and I’ll say it again…

Mary Ellis is a genius!

This eBook was JUST enough to get me excited about a book that I had not previously intended to read.

had never been a fan of Civil War era romance, or for anything about the Civil War era, in fact… until I read Mary’s ebook – Romance on the River

After reading this tantalizing tome, I simply had to read the book that followed!

It doesn’t matter how short the story is, it is expertly written! Mary gives you just enough information to make you want to move right on to The Quaker and the Rebel!

I am thrilled that more and more authors realize how much their readers enjoy these extra looks into the story! They can’t possibly put absolutely everything into the main book or each one would be 1,000 pages and readers just don’t have the patience for that.

Which is what makes these extra stories so perfect – it gives us a bonus story that otherwise we would miss.

And it doesn’t hurt that it makes some readers who wouldn’t otherwise consider the book – excited to read it!

So… don’t miss it – especially since it’s FREE!

You can download this short prequel on a number of eBook retailer sites and I have linked as many of them as I could find. Nearly all of them support an app or a reading program that will work on your e-reader, tablet, phone or even your computer.

Happy hunting!

 

5star

 

A peek inside from GoodReads:

This short story prequel by bestselling author Mary Ellis provides an early glimpse into the life of Quaker Emily Harrison. Laced with humor and a sweet love story, this bonus material also contains the first chapter of Emily’s continuing journey in The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of the Civil War Heroines series.

Summer 1861—Emily Harrison is finding life a bit overwhelming. Alone on her family’s farm, she must take on the roles of both housekeeper and farmer. She cares for the garden, makes plans for planting the fields, and milks the cows, all the while creating havoc in the home her mother used to keep immaculate. That is in addition to providing a safe house as part of the Underground Railroad.

In the midst of this whirlpool of swirling tasks, she is getting ready to greet very important dinner guests—the love of her life and her pastor and his wife. Will Matthew finally propose? What news does Reverend Ames bring that turns Emily’s world upside down? How does the new war between the North and South impact her life? And…will the goose be cooked in time

 

Intrigued yet?

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And for Mary Ellis’ website, click HERE

 

 

Happy Reading

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GOD BLESS!

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The Beekeeper’s Son by Kelly Irvin | The Amish of Bee County

 

 

I have been so excited about this book and I can hardly believe I finally got my hands on it!


I have to admit… the first thing that came to mind when I read the blurb on the back cover was “Beauty and the Beast”!

No really – you read it and tell me it doesn’t make that story pop into your head.

It just goes to show… not even the Amish are immune to being singled out for their looks.

Be warned – you won’t want to put this book down. If you pick it up, do so when you have a good opening of space to sit back and enjoy the story!

And you are going to enjoy the story! Aside from the fact that Kelly Irvin is an amazing writer, it’s a fantastic story!

Kelly has presented this wonderful story that would be more expected in a contemporary book… but it is so very believable – and that is a tremendous accomplishment when you consider the Amish are known for being oblivious to things as superficial as looks.

Read it! Love it! Share it!

A funny little note (and nothing whatsoever to do with the story but I just can’t help including it… especially since the story is at least somewhat about outward appearances)- the digital designer in me found it a little funny to see that someone goofed a little when they re-sized the Bee County logo to go on the spine… but that’s probably something no one but me would even see. LOL!

 

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More from Zondervan about The Beekeeper’s Son:

Sometimes it takes a barren landscape to see the beauty of God’s creation.

Phineas King knows better than to expect anything but shock and pity wherever he shows his face. Horribly scarred from the tragic accident that claimed his mother’s life, he chooses to keep his distance from everyone, focusing his time and energy on the bees his family raises. If no one sees him, no one can judge him. So why does he start finding excuses to seek out Deborah Lantz, the beautiful new arrival in town?

Deborah can’t get out of Bee County, Texas, soon enough. Once her mother and younger siblings are settled, she is on the first bus out of this dusty town. She is only waiting on the letter from Aaron, asking her to return to lush Tennessee to be his fraa. But that letter never comes. As she spends time getting to know Phineas—hoping to uncover the man beneath the scars—she begins to realize that she no longer minds that Aaron hasn’t sent for her.

As both Deborah and Phineas try to come to terms with lives that haven’t turned out the way they imagined, they discover that perhaps Gott’s plans for them are more extraordinary than they could have dreamed. But they need to let go of their own past sorrows and disappointments to find the joy and beauty that lies just ahead for them both.

 

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An early look at “The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” by Melanie Dickerson

I LOVE being a book reviewer!

Thomas Nelson has made an excellent choice with Melanie’s newest story and they’ve made this fan a very happy reader!

I could hardly wait to get my hands on this one and once I did, I couldn’t read it fast enough!

Melanie Dickerson tells – or I should say retells – fairy tales better than anyone else I’ve ever read!

Once you start reading, you won’t be able to put it down either. Not only are the stories fascinating, the characters are exceptionally crafted and the fairy tale elements are perfectly sprinkled in to make this just as wonderful as anything you will have read by Grimm or Perrault!

In this case, Melanie has taken two stories and woven them together to create a rich tapestry of danger, deception and daring-do!

I refuse to give away even a shred of this magnificent story but I will tell you that Melanie’s talent has taken the extra step required to move from the YA market to a book that will appeal to Adults just as much… maybe even more than Melanie’s young adult audience.

I will say this though… do NOT think you know what’s coming with this story! Melanie will not only have you swooning with her romance, she’ll have you on the edge of your seat with the danger Odette faces. And you will NEVER see the end coming!

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5star

 

More about The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest from Thomas Nelson:

Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold  on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?

 

Click the links below to find more info and or to buy the book

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HAPPY READING!

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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…?

And you can click the links below to find out more/buy the book!

GOODREADS   KREGEL   STEPHANIE REED’S FACEBOOK PAGE

AMAZON   CHRISTIANBOOK   BARNES & NOBLE

 

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

 

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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…?

And you can click the links below to find out more/buy the book!

GOODREADS   KREGEL   STEPHANIE REED’S FACEBOOK PAGE

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GOD BLESS

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(CLOSED) Who wants to win a book!

 

I was gifted a copy of this book at the recent ACFW conference! What a GREAT perk! I was not required to review it but I love to review books so I’m going to!

First I will say; this book is nothing like any other I have ever read… ever!

WOW!

I thought I was reading about a much earlier time period but party lines and going after the vote is so much more familiar to me than most of the historicals I’ve picked up recently… (Yes, it also makes me feel old to admit that.)

Even having a gift with languages, I don’t think I could have kept up with this story so easily if Lauraine Snelling were not such a great story-teller!

What a wonderful idea for a story!

And what a wonderful author Lauraine Snelling is!

No other author I know of pulls off making the story about more than just the main characters quite so well (well maybe one other but I won’t name-bomb Lauraine’s review – if you wanna know, send me a message and I’ll tell you)

Suffice to say, this is a book worth reading and I know I’m excited for #2!

How about you?

4 Stars

I’ve tortured you enough… If you want to know more about the book, keep scrolling. Otherwise, you can look just below for info on the Giveaway!

The Giveaway is now closed!

THANK YOU to everyone who entered.

  • Giveaway ran from 10/24 – 11/7
  • Contest is only open to residents of the U.S.
  • Only one bonus entry per person per day allowed
  • Two winners were chosen by random selection on 11/7
  • Winner were announced by 11/8 and notified by e-mail
  • By entering, you are agreeing to all Terms and Conditions

And if you didn’t win, Here is a bit more about the book from Bethany House… 

Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Returns Again to Her Popular Red River Valley Setting

Trygve Knutson is devoted to his family and his community. With his job on the construction crew, he is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Though he loves his home, he sometimes dreams of other horizons–especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She’s been promised a position in the Chicago women’s hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.

When a family emergency calls Miriam home sooner than planned, will she find a way to return? If not, will it mean losing Trygve–and her chance at love–for good?

And here is some info about where you can buy the book (if you don’t win)

GOODREADS   BETHANY HOUSE   LAURAINE’S WEBSITE

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Shelley Shepard Gray has been holding out on us! | My thoughts on her new novel: “Secrets of Sloane House”

Granted I’ve only been reading Shelley Shepard Gray’s books for a little over a year but I feel certain that I did not know she had this in her.

I’m not a huge fan of mystery or suspense but when it’s Shelley Shepard Gray, it HAS TO BE worth reading! So I gave it a try and WOW!

Or I suppose I should say… Shelley Gray.

Secrets of Sloane House is an OUTSTANDING read!

Aw man… now I’m going to have to go read her Amish suspense series aren’t I…

I’m just kidding! After reading Secrets of Sloane House…
I really WANT TO!

I don’t know if she was intrigued by Historical mysteries before she wrote Amish or if writing about the buggies and bonnets crowd that drew her to this genre as well but I am not surprised in the least that this book is written so well!

I will say that I truly hope she continues to WOW us with her wonderful Amish romances but I am certainly not opposed to seeing more books of this type too!

I understand there us another “Chicago World’s Fair” coming soon and I find myself very excited about that one now too!

Not many authors can paint a picture like Shelley Shepard Gray. She is one author who will undoubtedly do very well – no matter what genre she is writing!

An author to keep your eyes on!

 

5star

 

And here is a bit more about the book from Zondervan:

One woman’s search for the truth of her sister’s disappearance leads her to deceit and danger in 1893 Chicago.

Rosalind Perry has left her family’s rural farm in Wisconsin to work as a housemaid at Sloane House, one of the most elegant mansions in Gilded Age Chicago. However, Rosalind is not there just to earn a living and support her family—she’s at Sloane House determined to discover the truth about her sister’s mysterious disappearance.

Reid Armstrong is the handsome heir to a silver fortune. However, his family is on the periphery of Chicago’s elite because their wealth comes from “new money” obtained from successful mining. Marriage to Veronica Sloane would secure his family’s position in society—the lifelong dream of his ailing father.

When Reid begins to realize that Rosalind’s life may be in danger, he stops thinking of marriage prospects and concentrates on helping Rosalind. Dark things are afoot in Chicago and, he fears, in Sloane House. If he’s not vigilant, Rosalind could pay the price.

Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.

 

You can find even more at the links below – including how to purchase your own copy!

GOODREADS   ZONDERVAN   SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY’S WEBSITE

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I LOVE finding New authors!!! | Do not miss Marta Perry’s NEW book: “The Forgiven” | Book 1 in her new “Keepers of the Promise” series!

What a WONDERFUL story! A page in and I was HOOKED! WOW!

Thank goodness we have every book of her Pleasant Valley novels! I won’t have to hunt them down to read them all. Of course we don’t have every book of hers but I’m going to be on the lookout!

And so should you!

Marta Perry is a masterful storyteller and she will pull you right in!

Wonderful story! Intriguing history! Excellent characters!

Just an all-around GREAT book!

Now I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on the next one! LOL!

Susan Meissner nailed it when she said “Skillfully weaves the past and the present in a heart-stirring tale.”

DO NOT miss this book and do not miss any of her others! As delightful an author as Marta Perry is, I can not imagine even one of her books not being just as fantastic a read!

And it’s not just the writing I love. The very idea of someone storing up memories from the family’s past to share – well, not enough of us do that. And even among the ones who do, not enough of them get around to bringing the rest of the family in on their history.

And making the focus of the story an Amish family – perfect! Who better to show holding on to their precious family history!

READ IT!

5star

 

A bit more about the story from Penguin:

When three women, all cousins, are given the task of sorting through the treasures of several generations of their Amish family, they each discover a story from the past that provides insights and inspiration for their own lives.

Central Pennsylvania, current day. Rebecca Fisher gladly accepted her husband Paul’s dreams as her own, but now that he has passed away, she’s struggling to raise two children and keep her home. Renting her stable to carpenter Matthew Byler offers a partial solution—even though Matthew has a troubled history, having sometimes failed to embrace Amish beliefs. As Matthew seeks to prove himself, Rebecca realizes how dependent she has become on others. Where can she find the courage to grow and change?

Lancaster County, 1941. As war threatens, Anna Esch pours her experiences into her diary. Her world seems to crumble as neighbors turn against the Amish and her love, Jacob, is sent to a camp far away for refusing to fight. She can’t know, as she grows from a girl into a woman during a time of trouble and grief, that one day another Amish woman will gain strength from the words she writes and will learn that she, too, can become a keeper of the promise.

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

 

You can find more about the book (and how to purchase it) by clicking the links below:

GOODREADS   PENGUIN/BERKLEY BOOKS   MARTA’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   CBD   BARNES N NOBLE   LIFEWAY   ITUNES

 

I was blessed to be able to review an ARC of this book – provided by the author.

Any opinions are my own and 100% true!

Happy Reading

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GOD BLESS!

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“Spirit of the Red Candle” by Betty Slade

Spirit of the Red Candle is a unique story – written in a well-researched voice.

There is so little about this particular woman in our beloved Bible, it must have taken painstaking research of the period and in-depth translations of the original texts to find enough information to do the story justice.

This is book one in The Scarlet Triangle series and Betty Slade has certainly found a good place to begin.

The exploration of our beloved Biblical persons has become quite popular lately and Betty picked a woman that many people have been intrigued by but were afraid to let anyone know.

I find it fascinating how well Betty has captured the supposed life events that would have led Mary Magdalene to become the woman we are familiar with.

I believe this is one of the reasons that Jesus spoke in parables and stories. He knew we needed that simple connection to truly understand his words and the meanings behind them.

Perhaps this is why I enjoy the New Testament more than the old. The writing, even aside from Jesus’ teachings, take on the more easily followed steps of a familiar tale or bedtime story.

I pray Betty finds many more “characters” to write about. It will certainly open up an entirely new way to look at the beloved Biblical persons we understand so little about.

 

4 Stars

 

Here is a bit more about the book from GoodReads:

In 2009, Betty Slade painted an oil of Mary Magdalene titled “Mary, Do not cling to Me.” She said that the eyes in this portrait haunted her and she felt Mary Magdalene had something to say.”I saw her pain and her yearning to tell me about her redemption. From a life snatched away in childhood to an unbearable demon possessed existence, she buried her inner self. She flaunted her pride and lost her dignity. When she came to herself she turned from the seduction of lies, blew out the red candle, and wrapped her soul in the promise of redemption.”

Mary Magdalene struggled with many of our present day issues. The answer she found was in plain sight. Love is the fulfillment of every soul and it comes in the morning light begging to be let in. History will do as it wishes. It confuses truth, compounds guilt, and shackles reality, but love is stronger than history.

Spirit of the Red Candle: Journal of Mary Magdalene is the first in The Scarlet Triangle Series. Mary Magdalene yearns to be free from the seven demons clutching her soul. Her journal chronicles her life in Magdala and her struggles to break free from demon possession. Mary Magdalene’s life unfolds from bondage into belonging.

From the Journal of Mary Magdalene:
The red stain of the pomegranate on our lips will linger through the night, but his words have been etched in my heart. I will travel with him. I will taste the strange new fruits from the lands he will show me. The chill of the wind cooled our mounting passion but not before I captured his heart.

 

Compelling isn’t it…

 

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Introducing Rachel D. Muller and her DEBUT novel: “Letters From Grace”

First of all I would like to say that I congratulate Rachel Muller for making the decision to go Indie!

We live in an ever-changing world and the literature we love has to be able to flow and change with that world… and only the best writers know just how essential it is to be flexible!

Rachel Muller has written the novel of her heart. I know how that feels and I even feel as if I’ve been on part of this adventure with her.

I’ve watched as she blogged and hinted at the contents of this novel. I’ve read posts about her journey as an author and I applauded her decision to go Indie when the circumstances were not precisely what she wanted for her work.

Maybe authors today are making the choice to become independent because they want more control over their own work. They want to be the one who makes the tough decisions and I find that incredibly brave!

To read this work is to be transported to our own little piece of history.

Rachel did an incredible job researching her favorite period in history. I know I’ve enjoyed reading about where that research has taken her.

Letters From Grace is the first book in what is meant to be a series and I’m excited to see what is coming next!

Fair warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. The subject matter touches on one of the most difficult times in our country’s history and, though it does that very well, it is a difficult period to read about for many people.

But then war is never easy to read about…

The important part is that Rachel brings us this story, pulling us into a time long gone – reminding us why it is important to remember, why it is important to teach our children to remember.

I don’t know about you but I was never all that interested in history. If only all the events in history were put into novel form… I know I would enjoy it a lot more!

 

4 Stars

 

Here is a bit more about the book from GoodReads:

Is loving a man in uniform worth the risk?

Scarred from the death of her fiancé in World War II, Grace Campbell must learn to love again. Lieutenant Luke Brady could make falling in love easy…except he’s going to war. There’s one thing that can keep a thread tied between them—letters.

But the suave Dr. William Keller enchants Grace with his charm and proposes marriage. She must choose between them.

Will she settle for comfort and safety or risk losing everything on the Normandy beaches?

 

You can find even more about the book and how to purchase it by clicking the links below!

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You can also read a bit more about Rachel’s Publishing journey HERE

and enter for a chance to win a copy of her book!

 

HAPPY READING!

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(CLOSED) Who wants to WIN a copy of HIDDEN by Vannetta Chapman?

The contest is now closed.

THANK YOU to everyone who entered.

 

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I reviewed Hidden yesterday but here’s a bit more about Hidden anyway:

HIDDEN by Vannetta Chapman
Home is where our story begins …

DANA JACOBS would rather forget the night of tragedy and violence that marred her childhood. She is now supervisor in charge of the Department of Homeland Security in Taos, New Mexico. Her team is prepared to handle any threat—biological, chemical, conventional, cyber, even nuclear. BENJAMIN MARSHALL is newly assigned to Dana’s office. Straight from a six year military deployment, he is not what Dana wants or needs.

Ben knows God has a reason for putting him in this place at this time—to help Dana. When a local school is threatened, they open a case which leads them on a chase through the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest, pursuing a man filled with a bitterness Dana can understand. But her anger is different. It’s justified, it remains hidden inside, and it hurts no one.

Can Dana face her own mortality? And when she does, can she truly understand what it means to forgive and to be forgiven?

 

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A NEW novel in a NEW genre by Vannetta Chapman! Don’t miss it!

HIDDEN by Vannetta Chapman

 

Hidden is a prime example of why Vannetta Chapman is such a fantastic author!

It doesn’t matter what she writes…

She is talented!

It won’t take more than a sentence to have you hooked. It won’t take more than a page before you’re pulled into the lives of these characters and then you simply can not put the book down.

I want so badly to tell you all about it but I can’t spoil it for you! It’s just too good!

This book is headed for the bestseller list!

And I can’t wait for book 2 now!

This is not the book you expect from Vannetta Chapman, but it is a masterful story and a true blessing!

From the wonderful depth of story, you would think Vannetta spent twenty years working with Homeland security. She even uses the slang such an agency would use and it is so flawlessly inserted, you may not even notice it at first…

This is also one of those books that you know to expect a romance at some point; there are so many natural roadblocks. It is amazing to me that Vannetta is so skilled a writer to be able to move things around and set things up… and you never see it coming… and you never know what to expect!

And you don’t have to step outside your comfort zone a bit. Even if this is not the typical genre for you, it is worth every minute of your time!

Just all-around a GREAT book!

Don’t miss it!

 

5star

 

Here is a bit more about Hidden:

Home is where our story begins …

DANA JACOBS would rather forget the night of tragedy and violence that marred her childhood. She is now supervisor in charge of the Department of Homeland Security in Taos, New Mexico. Her team is prepared to handle any threat—biological, chemical, conventional, cyber, even nuclear. BENJAMIN MARSHALL is newly assigned to Dana’s office. Straight from a six year military deployment, he is not what Dana wants or needs.

Ben knows God has a reason for putting him in this place at this time—to help Dana. When a local school is threatened, they open a case which leads them on a chase through the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest, pursuing a man filled with a bitterness Dana can understand. But her anger is different. It’s justified, it remains hidden inside, and it hurts no one.

Can Dana face her own mortality? And when she does, can she truly understand what it means to forgive and to be forgiven?

“A lovely romance between a complicated woman and a big hearted man, tension that builds steadily to a fever pitch, and a story of faith rediscovered make Hidden an engaging read.” ~Kelly Irvin, bestselling author of the New Hope Amish series

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First in a new series | “Rumspringa’s Hope” by Beth Shriver

 

Beth Shriver has written a very unique book with “Rumspringa’s Hope”

Typically when you read a book about the Amish, Rumspringa is part of it but not the focus.

Even with stories where the main conflict hinges on that mysterious time in an Amish teens life, we only get a glimpse of what goes on during that oh so secret period.

 

And that is exactly why we “Englisch” are so fascinated by it, why we have reality TV shows that imitate it, why we read about it in almost every Amish book on the market… because it is intriguing to us and yes… because it is such a mystery.

And that is only part of the reason this  book will be a hit!

Beth Shriver has focused almost entirely on what goes on during the Amish rumspringa… at least as far as her own characters go.

It is like getting a glimpse at a forbidden world and I know I will not be the only one to keep reading out of sheer curiosity!

It’s also exciting to see that this is book 1 of the new series! Readers love series!

Admit it – you know you do!

What fun is it to get attached to characters when you only to get to connect with them in one book? It’s not and that is why most authors of Amish fiction are smart to make their books into series – because they know their readers LOVE THEM!

 

Here is what Realms has to say about “Rumspringa’s Hope”:

Although promised to the widowed neighbor Zeb, Emma is considering leaving her Amish community to watch over her younger brother Mark when he leaves for Philadelphia to explore the outside world during his Rumspringa.

There, she reconnects with her former beau Caleb, who protects the Amish teens, introducing them to his life evangelizing and helping the homeless. Unbeknownst to Emma, Caleb is glad for the opportunity to spend time with her and hopes to win her back.

Struck by the power of evangelism and outreach, Emma begins to feel a draw to Caleb’s way of life. When she doesn’t return home when she promised, Zeb goes to the city to find her, forcing Emma to choose in which of their two worlds she really belongs.

 

 

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

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“A White Christmas in Webster County” by Laura V. Hilton releases September 15th! | Advance Review AND Giveaway! (CLOSED)

 

A White Christmas in Webster County

OK… WOW!

There should be a warning label on this book:

WARNING: DO NOT PICK UP THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING IMPORTANT TO DO!

Seriously… if you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down unless someone makes you.

Laura V. Hilton is putting out some positively amazing books lately! Not to say that her previous books weren’t great but to be honest, I didn’t get pulled into them like I did with A White Christmas in Webster County and The Snow Globe – I was blessed to review an advanced copy of this wonderful book which is scheduled for release in November of this year.

A White Christmas in Webster County is actually scheduled for release September 15th so this is a bit of an early look at it too!

 

The story is wonderful and original to boot. This is definitely not a story you see over and over, and it certainly isn’t a plot you would ever expect to see in an Amish Fiction story but it works, it really works!

Wonderful to realize that, while their faith may differ somewhat from ours and they certainly live their lives more plain, the Amish are not so different as we might think! I know I related to Mercy in a lot of ways.

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see what’s next from Laura!

Don’t miss a single book!

 

5star

 

Here is more about “A White Christmas in Webster County” from Whitaker House:

A Mother’s Helper
Mercy Lapp is ready for a fresh start. Having lost her beloved fiancé in a fishing accident during his rumschpringe, she escapes the painful memories by moving from her community in Shipshewana, Indiana, to Seymour, Missouri, where she takes a job as a mother’s helper. She isn’t exactly shy, but she’s hesitant to get involved with the youth in the community because she isn’t going to stay. She especially doesn’t want a new romance.

An Adventurous Hero
Abner Hilty is excited to see his twin brother, Abram, for the first time in years. The two fled their hometown of Shipshewana when their witness of a murder put their lives in danger, Abner heading to Montana to work on a ranch and hunt big game, Abram meeting a girl in Missouri, marrying, and settling down there. Abner decides to spend the holidays with them in Seymour, but he has every intention of returning to Montana, maybe even for good.

An Unexpected Snowstorm
At a chance encounter, Abner is immediately drawn to Mercy, and even more so when he realizes that they’ve met before, back in Shipshewana. Initially alarmed, Mercy soon warms to his attentions, even though she keeps him at arm’s length. She also branches out and begins attending youth functions, forming new friendships that are solidified during a rare snowstorm. Just when Mercy and Abner are beginning to think about a long-term relationship, Mercy gets a phone call that changes everything. The information would have been welcome months ago, but now that she knows Abner, she’s torn, and she will have to do some serious soul-searching to decide how to act on it.

 

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Deborah Raney – Masterful Author of the family drama!

 

Oh my word.

I never had a family like the Whitmans but Thanks to Deborah Raney, I can imagine that I have.

Family drama is exhausting…

I had no idea Deborah Raney had such a long list of best-selling titles to her name but I can see why.

NO ONE writes Family Drama in a CLEAN, DECENT way, than Deborah Raney.

WOW!

It only took a page – 1 page for me to get sucked right into this book and it was exceptionally difficult to put down, even with two kiddos wanting my constant attention.

Ironically, it has shown me that while I had more the upbringing Chase experienced (minus the mom running off), the family I am raising now is much more on par with the Whitmans – only I just have the two kids.

Oh well. They’re still young. Maybe some day…

It’s no wonder Deborah Raney has had so many Best-sellers and has such a large following! She paints a vivid picture of everything from the newly-remodeled Inn to the Rain-drenched streets of New York.

Her characters are vibrant and REAL, and their story is so true-to-life it’s astonishing!

I absolutely love how she weaves God into the story. There’s nothing preachy about it. It’s just how true followers of Christ live their lives, with God at the heart of it all!

All told, an excellent read!

 

4 Stars

 

Here is what Abingdon Press has to say about Home to Chicory Lane:

Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.

Audrey Whitman’s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri.

Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey’s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she’s pulling makes it clear she’s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn’s husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her?

One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

 

 

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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.

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An Amish retelling of a beloved Jane Austin classic | “First Impressions” by Sarah Price

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OK. I’ll admit it. I almost put this book down and I might not have even picked it back up – had it not been for mom.

She picked it up and would not give it back until she finished it.

Then she handed it to me and told me I had to read it! So of course I did!

And yes… it may have a bit of a slow start but give it a chance. It won’t take any time until you are pulled right in to the story.

And WHAT a story!

I never could have expected such a powerful story with so many little surprises and some absolutely priceless laugh-out-loud moments.

Realms was a genius to snap up Sarah Price when they had the chance!

This series is going to be amazing – I can tell!

And while I’ve never been much of a fan of the original stories by Jane Austin, I can tell I’m going to LOVE these! But then… the Amish aspect brings so much to it and Sarah’s writing is positively wonderful!

Whether you enjoy Amish fiction or not, if you enjoy a good romance with fun quirky characters and a solid moral – you will LOVE this book!

 

And here is what Realms has to say about “First Impressions”:

Will pride and prejudice keep the Blank sisters from finding love?

With five daughters and no sons, Daed and Maem Blank are anxious to find their girls suitors who might eventually take over their family farm. When news arrives that Charles Beachey, the son of a prominent Amish farmer, will be returning from Ohio with his cousin Frederick, they are hopeful that the young men might be good matches for their daughters.

The oldest daughter, Jane, starts courting Charles, a well-mannered and very respectful young man, but her younger sister Lizzie is not interested in either courtship or Frederick. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him, finding him full of pride and disdain for her family’s way of life. But in a community and culture where pride is scorned, Lizzie must learn that first impressions can be dangerous and people are not always who they seem to be.

This Amish retelling of the popular Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice is a beautiful take on the power of love to overcome class boundaries and prejudices that will win your heart.

 

 

 

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As a southern belle myself, I really should not have resisted for so long… “The Quaker and the Rebel” by Mary Ellis | A masterpiece!

The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary EllisOh my word. Never before has a book changed my mind so strongly on any particular subject than     “The Quaker and the Rebel”by Mary Ellis!

What a story!

I have never been a fan of war romances… WWII, WWI or Civil war – but here I sit, a converted FAN! And I can not wait until the next book.

 

This book will make you laugh, make you cry and it will give you an entirely new outlook on the Civil war era!

Reading about the outcome of so many tragic battles and the stealth need to help abused slaves escape to freedom in a dry history book simply can not give you the same impact as reading about your heroine’s reaction to the horror and danger associated with the very same things.

Mary Ellis gives us all of that – first through the eyes of a staunch Quaker who is disturbed by the Southern lack of understanding as to why owning another human being is wrong, and then through the eyes of a gentile southern gentleman who is trying to do everything he can to help his precious south move into the future with as little bloodshed as possible.

It is an adventure that won’t soon be forgotten and it has given me an entirely new outlook on this portion of our country’s troubled past. I will never look at another Civil War battlefield the same way again, I can assure you!

Not only that… the book is extremely well-written. You can hear the skirts swish, the hooves pound and even feel the pain of corset stays. The experiences are written with such emotion attached, as well as descriptive language. And, while it is not described in the ugliest terms, nothing about the tragedy and hardship about this particular time on our bloody history is glossed over.

Mary Ellis has made a fan out of me – a new reader who is eagerly awaiting her next book and wondering if I dare read anyone else’s books, for fear that they may not be in the same ballpark. I suppose I have no other choice, at least until her next book arrives in stores. I shall have to haunt the local library and find anything else that I can and hope it is equally appealing.

Until then, I leave you with this…

 

5star

And a bit more about this wonderful book from Harvest House:

Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison’s life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents’ work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor’s family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor’s handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle’s newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems—rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily’s antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?

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Don’t miss this FREE prequel in Mary Ellis’ NEW series – “Civil War Heroines!

Romance on the River

Mary Ellis is a genius!

This eBook whetted my appetite for the full story in a way that was very surprising indeed.

I have never been a fan of Civil War era romance, or for anything about the Civil War era, in fact.

But after reading this tantalizing tome, I simply had to read the book that it gave me just a peek into!

And it does not matter how short the story may be, it was expertly written – giving the reader just enough information without spoiling anything about the novel to come.

In point of fact, it gives us a glimpse into the start of Miss Harrison’s journey that makes “The Quaker and the Rebel” that much more appealing.

Don’t miss it – especially since it’s FREE!

You can download this short prequel on a number of eBook retailer sites and I have linked as many of them as I could find. Nearly all of them support an app or a reading program that will work on your e-reader, tablet, phone or even your computer.

Happy hunting!

 

5star

 

A peek inside from GoodReads:

This short story prequel by bestselling author Mary Ellis provides an early glimpse into the life of Quaker Emily Harrison. Laced with humor and a sweet love story, this bonus material also contains the first chapter of Emily’s continuing journey in The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of the Civil War Heroines series.

Summer 1861—Emily Harrison is finding life a bit overwhelming. Alone on her family’s farm, she must take on the roles of both housekeeper and farmer. She cares for the garden, makes plans for planting the fields, and milks the cows, all the while creating havoc in the home her mother used to keep immaculate. That is in addition to providing a safe house as part of the Underground Railroad.

In the midst of this whirlpool of swirling tasks, she is getting ready to greet very important dinner guests—the love of her life and her pastor and his wife. Will Matthew finally propose? What news does Reverend Ames bring that turns Emily’s world upside down? How does the new war between the North and South impact her life? And…will the goose be cooked in time

 

Intrigued yet?

To “purchase” the FREE eBook, click HERE for ChristianBooks, HERE for Lifeway, HERE for Amazon, HERE for Barnes and Noble, HERE for Google Books and HERE for iTunes.

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Under The Heavens | Amish Horses series Book 1 | Thomas Nye

Under the Heavens by Thomas NyeDon’t be fooled by the cover.

This book is not nearly as dark and foreboding as the cover makes it seem. I know it gave me more than a little pause…

After reading it, I realize the story is not particularly my taste but it is a very intriguing concept.

Thomas Nye has taken his love of horses and his fascination with Amish culture and shaped it into a story that will definitely surprise you.

To be completely honest, I am more than a little frightened of horses due to a rough experience in my younger years and that may have affected my view just a little.

But if I can read it, with my issues, anyone can! Anyone who would enjoy a story about looking at Amish culture through the eyes of a somewhat angry young man who lives “fancy”, that is.

And all the information about horses – well, any horse lover would just eat it up.

3 Stars

A bit more from Crosslink Publishing about the book:

Lenny happened to notice his blurry reflection on the windowpane. He knew it was his image; nevertheless, he couldn’t recognize his own face. Those almond-shaped eyes and dark-brown hair belonged to him, yet, inside, he felt disconnected from his past, having never known his own father. Grandpa had insisted, “Leonard, needs to come spend a summer at the home-place …

A teenage boy, struggling with his identity, reluctantly leaves his modern, city-life behind and enters the slow-paced, mysterious world of the Amish. Grandpa teaches Lenny to farm with draft horses, a tranquil experience that seeps into his soul, changing his perspective. A neighbor girl appears while he is working in the fields, weaving a romance in the fabric of his summer.

Lenny discovers that everyday on an Amish farm is an adventure. Thunderstorms rumble above, as a fragile relationship, between an Amish family and their non-Amish visitor, begins to unravel. Daybreak in a cow pasture, plowing with horses, enchanting moonlit buggy rides, and picturesque sunsets are all part of life, Under the Heavens.

Click HERE to visit the book page at Crosslink Publishing

HERE for GoodReads

Click HERE for the author’s website and HERE for his Facebook page

 

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

 

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honest review from the BookCrash reviewer program.

 

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My review of “Huckleberry Hill” | Book 1 in A FANTASTIC NEW series from Jennifer Beckstrand!

Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer BeckstrandThe quote on the cover says it all. Jennifer Beckstrand is a delightful voice in the storm of tragedy that typically occupies the pages of Amish fiction novels.

“Huckleberry Hill” is full of unexpected twists and laugh-out-loud mishaps. The characters are delightful and most definitely one-of-a-kind. The plot is well thought out and intriguing.

I won’t spoil it for you but watch for a
running joke about pie… PRICELESS!

I would never have expected such a delightfully fun story about a pair of matchmaking grandparents.

WHO COULD!

But it is a delightfully fun adventure where the main characters get into all sorts of trouble. I want to say Lia, Moses and Rachel are my favorites but the truth is, Anna and Felty clearly steal the show.

They make me miss my grandfather so much – they’re that real.

Jennifer Beckstrand is an amazingly talented writer who brings you right into the story with her descriptions of the characters and their surroundings!

THANK YOU Jennifer for sharing this exceptional story with us! I’ve just received Huckleberry Summer and my review will appear shortly since I’m certain I won’t be able to put it down! The third book – Huckleberry Christmas is slotted for release in October.

Be sure to check back here SOON for a special interview with Jennifer Beckstrand AND for an opportunity to WIN your own copy of “Huckleberry Summer”!

 

5star

 

More from Kensington about Huckleberry Hill:

With their thirteen children grown, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next adventure. That means trying their hands at matchmaking–because what could be more fun than igniting love when it’s right–and undoing mismatches when they’re wrong. Now Huckleberry Hill just might turn out to be the most romantic spot in Wisconsin. . .

 

Lia Shetler is resigned to being a spinster. She’s too tall and sturdy to ever be marriageable–so says her overbearing dat. Instead, she’s helping her pretty, spoiled sister Rachel secure the perfect husband–the Helmuths’ grandson, Moses Zimmerman. But the more Lia sees of Moses’ gently teasing ways and quiet understanding, the more she wishes he could be hers alone. . .

 

Moses knew his grandparents couldn’t resist trying to find him a wife. But he never expected it would be the graceful, sensible Lia–a woman who is tall enough to look him in the eye, and honest enough to make him question a promise holding him to his past. Now both will need the kind of miracles only faith and courage can bring to finally reach for a lifetime of happiness. . .

 

Click HERE for Jennifer’s author page on Kensington

Click HERE for the book page on GoodReads

And click HERE for Jennifer’s website!

 

GOD BLESS!

AND

HAPPY READING!

I was provided this book free through Jennifer’s street team in exchange for an HONEST review!

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RUMSPRINGA’S HOPE | Kindle Giveaway from Beth Shriver

Don’t miss the first book, Rumspringa’s Hope, in Beth Shriver‘s new Spirit of the Amish series.
Beth is celebrating the series launch with a Kindle Fire Giveaway!

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Rumspringa’s Hope by Beth Shriver

Enter today, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 22nd. Winner will be announced June 23rd on Beth’s blog.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Beth’s blog on June 23rd to see if you won.

GIVEAWAY (CLOSED) | “A Season of Change” by Lynette Sowell


The giveaway has ended. 

THANK YOU to everyone who entered and GOD BLESS!

“A Season of Change” by Lynette Sowell released on the 20th of May.

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Now for those pesky rules –

  • One entry per person!
  • No spam please.
  • The contest ended June 9th at midnight CDT!
  • My contest is not run by rafflecopter or random.org or any other site. The form above will e-mail me when someone enters and I will be drawing the winner’s name out of a hat (actually my daughter has informed me that she wants to do the drawing part).
  • The winner was notified by e-mail and announced here on my blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

And read the book – whether you win or not. It’s wonderful!

 

A Season of ChangeA bit more about the book from Abingdon Press:

An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.

Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.

Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret—that she was once Amish.

When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways—and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

Click HERE for more info from Abingdon Press.

Click HERE for more info from Christianbook.

HERE for more from GoodReads. HERE for Amazon.

And click HERE for Lynette Sowel’s blog!

 

HAPPY READING! 

And

GOD BLESS!

“A Season Of Change” by Lynette Sowell | MY Review!

A Season of ChangeWhat an intriguing new series.

This is actually the first book I have read by Lynette Sowell and I am simply amazed at her tremendous talent.

This is a wonderfully well-written book and I am excited that there are two more planned in this exceptional new series.

I know it really has no bearing on the story but I’m always thinking about how the writer imparts the actual Amish culture and I feel like the cover has a lot to do with that and I really love how you can see the face of the young woman who is not Amish and when you look below at the three who clearly are, you don’t see their faces.

I think that’s a sign of good research and an author wanting to stay true to the beliefs of the people they’re writing about.

I LOVE the cover!

I also love the story inside the cover. The characters are wonderful and likeable and real. The story is not one that we seem to see a lot of. It’s original and interesting and it grabs our hearts and pulls us right in.

And it’s always interesting to watch the path or discovery that comes with finding a secret about your past. It brings that intrigue and the mystery into a story that typically would not have any.

I believe this is a book that will be enjoyed not just by lovers of Amish fiction but by anyone who enjoys a good story about a couple with tremendous obstacles in front of them. It’s also a wonderful story for anyone who enjoys a wholesome story of healing and discovery.

God Bless Lynette Sowell! I hope there are many more books to come.

5starI wish I could give it more than 5 stars!

 

A bit more about the book from Abingdon Press:

An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places.

Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.

Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret—that she was once Amish.

When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways—and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

Click HERE for the book page on Abingdon’s website.

Click HERE for the page on ChristianBook.com and HERE for GoodReads

 

Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

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

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