“The Love Letters” – A Wonderful NEW Stand alone novel by Beverly Lewis

 

Has Beverly Lewis ever written a book that wasn’t just AWESOME…

I don’t think so!

Beverly Lewis have written another amazing book – one that I will read and re-read for years to come.

Beverly Lewis has an amazing talent for tackling tough subjects.

She tells us a phenomenal story about something that is very much an every-day type occurrence – but she does it in such a way that takes that ordinary story to the extraordinary.

What begins as a favor to her parents, turns into something else entirely when Marlena must care for her sister’s child while she is in the hospital.

All the little twists and turns and inside-outs you would never expect from what sounds simple at the start, are what make Beverly Lewis such a masterful storyteller!

READ IT! You won’t be sorry!

 

5star

 

What Baker Publishing has to say about “Love Letters” 

Marlena needed time to let things sink in. It was beyond her how all this could possibly work out–adding the care of an infant to her daily routine. Fortunately, it would just be until Luella returned home from the hospital and was stronger.

No more than a couple weeks, surely…

Marlena Wenger’s life takes an unexpected turn on the day she learns she must care for her estranged sister’s baby. Spending the summer in Brownstown, Pennsylvania, to assist her Mennonite grandmother, and miles from Marlena’s Old Order Amish beau, she feels out of her element in nearly every respect. Yet Marlena determines to do her best and stay focused on her future, even as those hopes become drastically altered.

 

 

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

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“Where Trust Lies” by Janette Oke | Book 2 – Return to The Canadian West

 

I was THRILLED when I discovered Janette Oke was writing the first book in this series – Where Courage Calls!

      My review is HERE

Anyone who watched the wonderful movie Hallmark put out a few years ago knows that – while it was supposed to be based on her first book in the Canadian West series – it was done a bit differently.

I’ll admit that it’s an intriguing idea – but true fans of Janette Oke’s work were more than a little surprised… or at least I was.

Then Janette and her daughter Laurel decided to write a novel about the adventures of the character from Hallmark’s movie – and IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER!

It bore certain resemblances to the film but, true to Janette’s staggering talent, it was SO MUCH BETTER!

Where Trust Lies is no different in that way!

Janette Oke is a tremendous writer and it’s clear her daughter has inherited that talent as well!

Since I don’t watch the series (we haven’t had cable for several years) I know nothing about whether or not this story lines up with what is going on but Bethany House proclaims it as a companion to the series so there must be some similar events going on there.

I refuse to give anything away but I have to commend Janette on her ability to write such emotional scenes. Who will Beth choose… What will Beth choose? Even in an age where trains cross so much more of the country, there is much that remains untamed and wild.

You will agonize right along with Beth as she tries to decide between her family and her students and friend back West – not to mention a certain Mountie who has stolen her heart…

 

How would you decide? I’m not sure I could…

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She loves her friends and students in the West, but family obligations have called her home. Where does she truly belong?

After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday–a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be more challenging than she expected.

There’s one special thing to look forward to–letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying good-bye to her family once again–and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined?

Then comes a great test of Beth’s faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs?

A companion story to Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart TV series!

I would also encourage you to read the books in the original Canadian West series! Bethany House has bundled them in eBook format:
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Your chance to WIN “Beyond All Dreams” by Elizabeth Camden AND a Kindle Fire!

I missed out on getting to review this book so I’ll admit… I’m hoping to win a copy.
But in the meantime… I want to help all my lovely, devoted followers to have a chance too!

Travel back in time to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress inElizabeth Camden’s newest release, Beyond All Dreams. From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

Elizabeth is celebrating the release of Beyond All Dreams with a Kindle giveaway and Facebook party on February 17.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • One copy of Beyond All Dreams

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/17. Winner will be announced at Elizabeth’s 2/17 Beyond All Dreams Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Elizabeth and historical fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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RSVP TODAY AND SPREAD THE WORD—TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY VIA FACEBOOK, TWITTER, OR PINTEREST AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE 17TH!

 

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Beyond All Dreams (Bethany House, January 2015)

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Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

Learn more and purchase a copy at Elizabeth’s website.

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Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden is the author of six books and a RITA and Christy Award winner. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida.

Find out more about Elizabeth athttp://elizabethcamden.com.

 

 

Dislaimer: I am in no way being compensated for this advertisement. And the giveaway is sponsored by Bethany House and Litfuse Group!

(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)

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CLICK HERE to learn more about Lauraine Snelling’s Seasons of Grace Sweepstakes!

GOOD MORNING!

 

Have you read any books by Lauraine Snelling?

If the answer was No, you should change that!

And here is one chance!

In bestselling author Lauraine Snelling’s new novel, To Everything A Season, the tight-knit town of Blessing, North Dakota faces change and challenge at every turn.

In the middle of the maelstrom is young Trygve Knutson.  He’s devoted to his family and his community, but he sometimes dreams of other horizons–especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing with one goal: to complete her training as a nurse, and get back to Chicago to support her siblings and her ailing mother.  But the town of Blessing has a way of drawing in the most reluctant visitor, and soon Miriam’s attachment to Trygve and his family has her questioning her entire future.

 

To celebrate the release of this heart-warming novel, Bethany House and author Lauraine Snelling are pleased to present the SEASONS OF GRACE Sweepstakes.  This sweepstakes features three special prizes, each closely connected to the book:  One prize to sweep you back into history, one prize to enable you to give to someone else, and one prize to help you celebrate a little of the story’s romance, in your own home.

 

About the Sweepstakes
How do you enter…

 

 

Seasons of Grace Grand Prize
RED RIVER RAILWAY ADVENTURE

The year is 1905, and for the citizens of the small Midwestern town of Blessing, North Dakota, few sounds are more exciting than the whistle of an inbound train.

In To Everything A Season, new visitors, old friends, and important supplies are transported to town on these rails, and the arrival platform is a place of warm greetings and new beginnings.

Our Grand Prize winner will have the chance to experience some of the same warmth and excitement with an authentic taste of the golden age of railroad travel:

A $200 value Scenic Steam Train Ride for Two (Location and dates available nationwide and will be specific to the winner’s state).

 

Seasons of Grace Second Prize
DINNER DELIVERY FROM INGEBORG

In the story, the inventive Ingeborg Bjorklund is well-known for her cooking, bread baking, and cheese making, and now she’s pondering another new idea to help her hometown: a delivery service!

Like the hard-working people in Blessing, many of our friends and family members carry heavy workloads and health burdens, and could use a helping hand and a comforting meal.

While we may not be able to deliver Ingeborg’s cooking, our Second Prize winner will win the next best thing, to be used for themselves, or as a gift to brighten the day of a friend facing chemo, a military spouse, a lonely senior citizen, or other worthy recipient:

$175 meal delivery gift card for MagicKitchen.com – Provide a full Thanksgiving meal for 6, or an extended selection of meals for 1 or 2. Gluten free, low sodium, and dialysis-friendly meals available.

 

Seasons of Grace Third Prize
STEAL AWAY DATE NIGHT PACK

The peaceful farming community of Blessing faces an unexpected threat when robbers target banks and businesses in towns nearby. As the town comes together to find a solution to the thieving problem, Ingeborg notices another kind of stealing going on: the new nurse in town, Miriam Hastings, has completely stolen the heart of her nephew, Trygve.

Soon Trygve and the dark-haired nurse with the sad eyes are regulars at the Blessing Soda Shop, sharing thoughts and dreams over Rebecca Valders’ famous fizzy concoctions.

Our Third Prize winner can share their own thoughts and dreams, and enjoy a taste of Blessing’s Soda Shop at home, with the Steal Away Date Night Pack.

This $100 value package includes: The UnGame Couples Edition, the Soda Stream Fountain Jet Home Soda Starter Kit, and the Homemade Soda Recipe Book.

How to Enter

 

 

Entering is easy!

Click HERE and complete the quick form at the bottom of the page!

By entering your e-mail address, you agree that author Lauraine Snelling may contact you for sweepstakes winner announcements and occasional newsletters.

Sweepstakes Eligibility:
Only persons residing in the United States who are at least 18 years of age or older may enter.

Sweepstakes Starts:
October 14, 2014 @ 12:01 AM (PST)

Sweepstakes Ends:
November 3, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (PST)

Winners will be selected on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 and announced on the LauraineSnelling.comweb site.

The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller | Giveaway, Live Webcast Author Event, and Blog Tour

Don’t miss Judith Miller‘s latest novel, The Brickmaker’s Bride. CBA Retailers + Resources raves, “. . . a wonderful story about faith and love throughout life’s trials.”

Judith is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and  a “Refined by Love” Facebook author event on November 4th.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller

Enter today but hurry, the giveaway ends on November 4th.

Winner will be announced at the Refined by Love Facebook Author Event. Connect with Judith for a fascinating evening centered around her new Civil War-era series. She’ll be hosting a book club discussion, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at the next book in the Refined by Love series, and much more!

So grab your copy of The Brickmaker’s Bride and join Judith and friends on the evening of November 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

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Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 4th!

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The Brickmaker’s Bride

Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia

Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it’s Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he’ll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Judith’s website.

Judith Miller

{More About Judith Miller}

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas

Find out more about Judith at http://judithmccoymiller.com

The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller | A Wonderful read!

The Brickmaker’s Bride is the first book I have read by Judith Miller but it will not be the last! 

Judith Miller has a way with words that draws you right into the story and I don’t mind telling you that I was not at all certain I would enjoy this book.

I’m so glad my fears were unfounded!

I was intrigued immediately. I was charmed by the honest Ewan and inspired by the fiery Laura.

Together, they weave a story that I never would have expected.

Judith Miller has written a story that not many others would have even thought of!

She has taken a commonplace business and used it to show us how the Civil War affected an entire community.

And what a GREAT job she has done with it!

I only recently discovered my love of Civil War fiction and I am excited to add Judith Miller’s book to my growing collection! And I hope to find even more of hers to add as well!

Don’t miss this book! It’s a wonderful story with delightful characters who have a strong faith in God that clearly drives their lives!

Amazing!

I’m so thrilled to find so many wonderful new books about this era and others being published by Christian publishing companies.

It’s wonderful!

 

5star

 

Here is a bit more about the book from Bethany House Publishers:

In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it’s Ewan’s job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he’ll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?

 

 

And you can click on the links below to find out more about the book and/or how to purchase it!

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Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas | The first novel in the Appalachian Blessings series

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WOW!

As I sit here, tears streaming down my face, I am simply amazed at how wonderful this story is. I simply can not believe this is the first novel Sarah Loudin Thomas has written.

I tend to be cautious of non-Amish fiction lately but this book gets a solid two thumbs up and 5 stars!

What a wonderful story! The depth of emotion, the strength of character, the beautiful miracles that God sends this sleepy little town. There are not enough words for how much this story has touched my heart.

Sarah Loudin Thomas is an exceptionally gifted author and I believe God has given her a little something extra special – just like her wonderful characters!

I grew up in the south (I know West Virginia isn’t exactly the “south” but it’s close enough I think) and I have lived in small towns just like Wise – yes, even in the last 30 years. There are still small towns like Wise all over the south – especially in Appalachia. Sarah’s descriptions were spot-on and her portrayal of the townspeople’s reactions rang absolutely true. I’ve never been a huge fan of history but there’s something about those mountains that has inspired me to learn as much as possible about life there. So I speak the truth when I say this sounds absolutely right.

This story will touch your heart, even while it makes you mad. And there are more than a few times it will make you laugh out loud!

It’s just all around a GREAT story!

5star

 

Here is more about “Miracle in a Dry Season” from Bethany House

In a Drought, It’s the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope

It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor…until he meets Perla. She’s everything he’s sought in a woman, but he can’t get past the sense that she’s hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla’s unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

 

 

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

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

 

Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

 

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“Child of Mine” – A Beautiful collaboration between Beverly and David Lewis.

Child of Mine by Beverly and David Lewis

This is the first collaboration between David and Beverly Lewis I have read and I have to say I am very excited to read their others!

WOW!

 

This is most definitely the best book I’ve read this year – maybe even in the last few years. No offense intended to all of the other books I’ve read this year.

David and Beverly Lewis have written an amazing book – one that I will read and re-read for years to come.

In fact the first thing I did when I finished, before I even stopped crying, was hand it to mom – telling her she HAS to read it NEXT!

I was going to say that the only negative thing I have to say about this book is that from the very beginning of the book I felt a strong sense of foreboding – but after reading the book, I am convinced it was simply the exceptional writing of this unbeatable pair. They don’t just pull you into the story, they drag you right into their characters’ skin! And with this delicate topic, there is plenty of worry making it’s way through the people with fill these pages with their lives.

Yes. They’re that real!

And it is a true testament to their skill that the book does not real like it was written by two different people. It is as seamlessly smooth a partnership as I have ever seen between two people – another reason I am excited to read their other works as well… if for no other reason than to compare them to the solo books they’ve also written.

And this story is unlike any other story I have ever read – Amish or not!

There is nothing, positively nothing predictable about this book. Even when you are completely certain you have it all figured out… you’ll find out you’re wrong. I know I did. I was sure I knew what was coming and I could not have been more wrong.

But oh… to be wrong.

This story is a beautiful example of God’s plans and how far-reaching and inter-woven they are. These two wonderful authors weave together a story that involves so many people and so many different sub-plots and the end result is one you could never imagine… but when all is said and done, you can see the harmony of each little piece that came together and blended into the breathtaking tapestry that shows us just how much God loves each one of us!

And what a blessing!

READ IT! You won’t be sorry!

 

5star

 

What Baker Publishing has to say about “Child of Mine” :

From Bestselling Authors David & Beverly Lewis

Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents’ lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.

Eight excruciating years ago, Kelly Maines’s baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile.

Can this be, at long last, Kelly’s beloved daughter?

 

 

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

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through
Baker Publishing’s book review program 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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Leslie Gould – Flirting with Shakespeare (Review of Minding Molly | The Courtships of Lancaster County)

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I must say I never thought I would see an Amish story styled after a Shakespearean play but Leslie Gould has written three of them. I don’t know if she has any more planned but they seem to be fairly popular so I wouldn’t be surprised.

I am reviewing Minding Molly but the questions/answers/opinions really apply to all three books so it’s kind of one and the same.

Did Leslie Gould accomplish what she set out to do? Yes, I believe she did. They read very much like the plays of Shakespeare’s that they were styled after. The characters follow suit and the story went along the same lines… minus the extreme tragedy that typically befalls Shakespeare’s characters in the end. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of tragedy filling all three.

How was the writing? It was good. Leslie Gould is a skilled writer. You’d have to be to take a Shakespearean tragedy and style it into a modern day Amish story and she definitely succeeds there. It’s a bit difficult to get attached to some of her characters but we have to remember who they’re patterned after. And I have to say, I find it a little difficult to accept that boys and girls who are brought up Amish would behave in the ways some of them did but again, remember who the characters are written to behave as…

 Now the really tough question…

Did I enjoy the book(s)? No, I really didn’t. When I think back to it, in high school I didn’t really enjoy the work of Shakespeare so much as I enjoyed the positive attention I received from my classmates because I understood his work.

Will I give Leslie Gould’s work another chance? Yes. Especially if she writes a typical Amish novel – I definitely would.

I suppose the point is that I am not the person I was twenty years ago. I’m not even the same person I was five years ago so my taste in literature has changed dramatically and I tend to steer clear of a lot of what is “popular”. That would probably include these books and any others in the series that comes along.

However, I enjoyed her collaboration with Mindy Starns Clark on The Women of Lancaster County series so I’m not writing her off at all.

Is this the book/series for you? That’s a question you have to answer for yourself. Check out the synopsis below, read some other reviews, see if your local library has it to borrow. And, if you just LOVE Shakespeare, I’d say yes, it is the book/series for you so you should give it a try. And I always say you should start at the beginning so start with Courting Cate and go from there to Adoring Addie and then finish up with Minding Molly. 

3 Stars

A brief rundown on Minding Molly from Bethany House:

Molly Zook Has Everything Planned Just Right.
Or So She Thinks!

Molly Zook’s always liked being in control, so she’s struggling with her mother’s wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He’s from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He’s tall and muscular and confident–Molly has never met anyone like him and she’s sure he feels the same about her.

Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly’s best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place…but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead! Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?

To find more info on this title and read an excerpt, click HERE And if you click where it says Courtships of Lancaster County – it will take you to a page where you can check out the rest of the series.

To find more reviews from ChristianBook.com, click HERE or from GoodReads, click HERE
And click HERE to visit Leslie Gould’s website.

GOD BLESS

and

HAPPY READING!

Disclaimer: I received Minding Molly free in exchange for an honest review from the Bethany House reviewer program.

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“Chasing Hope” by Kathryn Cushman

Let me just say, this was not at all what I expected. And it’s not at all my normal read. But I was pleasantly surprised.

Chasing HopeMy review is going to be a bit incomplete because apparently titles expire when you get them through NetGalley.

I wish I had realized that before I agreed to review the book but there’s nothing I can do about it now.

And I’m not someone who says they’ll do something and then backs down over a bit of difficulty. So here we go.

Before I go into too many details, a few words from Bethany House

A Touching Story of Two Unlikely Friends.
The Power of Trust.
The Struggle of Pain.
And How, Sometimes, Following God Can Lead You to the Most Unexpected Places.

A talented runner determined to make the Olympics, Sabrina Rice had her dreams shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she’s forged a new vision for her future that has nothing to do with running, which she’s buried deep, intent on forgetting…

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world class potential, and it’s all the more painful that it belongs to a troublemaking teen. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina realizes she’s Brandy’s best hope to salvage a life about to spiral out of control forever.

The story may not have been one I would have chosen but it is a good one. It’s a story of dealing with depression and disappointment. It’s a story of dealing with a heart-breaking situation that’s rubbed in your nose (for lack of a better description).

It’s a story of hope and healing, of helping out someone who needs help only you can provide. A story of finding yourself on a different path and dealing with it.

The first book of Kathryn Cushman’s that I read was “Almost Amish” – and I wasn’t entirely sure I would like this book. Having read it, I can’t honestly say I’ll read it over and over again (especially since the document on my reader expired… I really can’t) but it’s a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading an inspirational story of healing a life that has taken a turn no one but God saw coming.

HERE is the link to this book’s page on the Baker Publishing Group Website.
If you want to check out the book page on GoodReads, click HERE.
And click HERE to visit Kathryn Cuchman’s website.