Book Review | The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston

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I am LOVING this new series by Amy Clipston.

It seems everywhere I look lately, there’s another story about something that spans time . . . family . . . even strangers – to bring people together.

Amy Clipston has a singular talent for writing a wide array of exceptional romance stories . . . from the forbidden to the sweet & simple.

The Courtship Basket is one such romance. Our story focuses on a special basket that brings a happy ever after to at least one couple – maybe more . . .

 

I can’t wait to read her next book!

I received this book free for an honest review.

Review ©JCMorrows 2016

More about “The Courtship Basket” from Goodreads:

Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Rachel is determined to keep her mind off the pain, and she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship. The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

You can learn more about Amy Clipston and her novels HERE!

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BOOK REVIEW | A Sweet Misfortune – Book 2 of Maggie Brendan’s Virtues and Vices of the Old West series

 

If you loved The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan do not miss A Sweet Misfortune – book 2 in this exceptional series. 

Yes, the cover is another winner! The wistfulness on the heroine’s face will draw you in and have you picking up the book.

From there, you’ll read the back cover copy – and you won’t want to put it down.

Of course, you’ll want to buy the book first… and then start reading, because once you open the book, you won’t want to close it!

I know I didn’t!

And I can hardly wait for the next installment!

I LOVE reading about these spunky women who don’t take any guff from the men around them who think so much of themselves.

Maggie Brendan is an exceptionally talented author who weaves an intriguing story around vibrant characters smack dab in the middle of an intricate setting! And don’t forget about that irresistible friction between our hero and heroine! What romance would be complete without it…

BRAVO Maggie! Another winner!

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Review © JCMorrows 2016

5star

 

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

Rachel Matthews isn’t one to rely on others to take care of her.

Destitute and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money–even if she’s forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel’s brother sends a friend–the widely admired cattle baron John McIntyre–to rescue her, then sets off to earn enough money to buy back the family ranch. But when months pass without her brother’s return, Rachel isn’t sure she can take one more day in John McIntyre’s home–especially once she discovers that he’s the one who holds the deed to her family’s ranch.

Sparks fly between this spunky, independent heroine and the ruggedly handsome hero as they navigate the snarled terrain of pride, greed, faith, and love in Maggie Brendan’s delightful series set in the Old West.Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award.

 

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Book 4 in Amy Clipston’s Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series releases TODAY!

A Simple Prayer is the long awaited 4th novel in Amy Clipston’s “The Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel” series and it releases TODAY! Yes, I got an early look! I LOVE being a book reviewer!

A Simple Prayer by Amy CLipston

This has been one of my absolute favorite series!

In A Hopeful Heart, Hannah met Trey… and had to face a very hard decision.

In A Mother’s Secret, single mother, Carolyn (not something you typically read in an Amish novel by the way) the love of her life… it just takes some time to figure that out.

Their story is continued in “An Amish Cradle” – in Amy’s novella: “A Son for Always” by the way…

In A Dream of Home, we meet our most unlikely couple and we get to watch them go through such an unexpected courtship. It’s so very exciting!

The final book in this series is every bit as wonderful as the other three…

And what a powerful story.

Amy has a particular talent for writing characters who are so beautifully flawed. I’m not just talking about Linda Zook either…

You’re not going to want to put this book down!

Come watch the sparks fly between Linda Zook and Aaron Ebersol. You won’t want to miss a second of the show.

And those aren’t the only sparks in this story – There is quite a bit of friction between Aaron and his brother Solomon as well.

You won’t regret it!

Happy Reading!

Review © JCMorrows 2015

5star

 

Here is what Zondervan has to say about A Simple Prayer:

Life has taken much from Linda Zook. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

Linda Zook, 32, works part-time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, she was raised by her unwilling Uncle Reuben. Linda longs to be worthy of someone, but the life-long effects of her injuries and her upbringing under the care of her embittered uncle have destroyed her self-worth.

Aaron Ebersol, 32, left the Amish community 17 years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. He d written too many unanswered letters to his mother and found himself incapable of putting down any roots in his new home in Missouri. Success in work could not replace the family that denied Aaron, even after all of these years.

Aaron hastily returns to the Amish community of Paradise, PA, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. He soon encounters Linda, working there part-time, and they begin to develop a friendship.

Aaron’s return allows him to reconnect with his family as he jumps into home improvement projects, hoping to make his parents house more accessible to his handicapped mother. But before long, he is enraged to learn that his brother, Solomon, had hidden all of Aaron’s letters to their mother.

Linda and Aaron must each learn to forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them. And Aaron must also show Linda that she is worthy of his love.

 

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

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“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.

 

 

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expressed are my own.

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GOD BLESS!

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“The Wood’s Edge” by Lori Benton

AMAZING!

 

Simply amazing!

Lori Benton excels at writing fiction taken from REAL events! It is a singular talent that God has blessed her with and the world is a richer place for having her work out in it.

What is even more amazing is that, Lori and other authors like her have drawn me in to the past and taught me so much that I never learned in school.

No dry textbook this… No, this is a living, breathing, vibrant story that will hold you entranced until the very last page!

Don’t miss it! And don’t miss her other books!

Lori has quite a long list of amazing books to her name and I’m certain her fans will demand many more to come!

I hope you’ll give this wonderful book a chance. I’m certain you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

 

Review ©JCMorrows 2015

 

 

Here is a brief synopsis from WaterBrook/Multnomah:

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

In the meantime, you can click the links below to find more info on this last book:

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A LOOK BACK at “Princess Ever After” by Rachel Hauck | Royal Weddings series #2 | Review Marathon!

"Princess Ever After" by Rachel Hauck

THIS COVER IS PERFECT! It just screams Princess! to me.

I LOVE IT!

And the story is just as perfect!

I said it before when I reviewed the book, and I’ll say it again! (and if you really want to read that review, click HERE)

Rachel Hauck is an AMAZING author!

In “Once Upon A Prince”, we read all about Suzanna giving herself over to God – to do with as He chose.

That aspect of faith is a bit more of a struggle for the characters in “Princess Ever After” but they do finally manage to “let go and let God” and the story is so much better for it!

BRAVO to Rachel Hauck for her fantastic story telling! God has truly blessed her!

The continuing story Rachel Hauck has written is definitely one of my favorite series!

The characters will grab your heart right away and will not let go! The story is so intense, you won’t want to put the book down for even a minute. And the message… well it’s absolutely amazing!

I can hardly wait to share my thoughts about the next book in the series! Oh my word! Make sure you pop back over tomorrow for my review.

And DON’T MISS any books in this terrific series!

 

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Review © JCMorrows 2015

5star

While you wait, here’s a bit more about Princess Ever After from GoodReads:

Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She’s happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a restoration shop.

But an unexpected visitor and the discovery of a fairytale, drawn by her great-grandma, causes Regina to wonder if she might be destined for something more.

Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, must convince the strong-willed Southerner, Miss Beswick, that she is his country’s long-lost princess. Failure could destroy his reputation and change his nation forever.

As Regina and Tanner face the challenges before them, neither are prepared for love to invade their hearts and change every thing they believe about themselves.

However, when a royal opponent nearly destroys Regina’s future, she must lean into God and trust He has sovereignly brought her to her true and final destiny.

You can find reviews and links to purchase this fabulous series by clicking the links below!

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A LOOK BACK at “A March Bride” by Rachel Hauck | Royal Weddings series #1.5 | Review marathon!


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Well, I have to admit – reading over my initial review was a bit… odd.

Anyone who read it the first time around – knows that.

For anyone who has not read it, you can click HERE if you’re curious.

OK… now, having said that – I’m going to try to do the review justice again.

If you read my review yesterday, you know I came late to this wonderful series and it seems like I had to wait forever to read the next chapter in Nathaniel and Susanna’s romance!”

I was also tickled to find out that this wonderful story will be available in March of this year in a PAPER book with two other wonderful stories in the Year of Weddings series!

Now on to my review…

I am reminded yet again that Rachel Hauck is a GREAT writer! WOW!

You could not have pried the tablet out of my hand! while I was reading A March Bride

Every trial, every misstep, every twist and turn of this amazing story shows you that Rachel Hauck is in tune with precisely how God’s plans work!

We think our own stumbling blocks are just that. And sometimes… maybe… they are – because we have to stumble to look up.

Each trial you have in your own life, whether it is part of God’s plan or not, will help get you on your way to the destination God has in mind for you, and I LOVE that Rachel has that in mind when she’s writing these stories.

In fact, God is central to her novels in a way unlike most others you will read. It’s AMAZING! God has truly gifted Rachel Hauck with such an amazing gift!

The only complaint I have about this book is that there wasn’t more of it!

Whether you enjoyed Once Upon A Prince or not, A March Bride is a MUST READ! – Tweet this!

 

Now onto the next story in this amazing series!

Review © JCMorrows 2015

5star

Here’s a bit more about A March Bride from Zondervan:

Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign that their love is not meant to be.

Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, Susanna’s heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her.

Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own—right down to her very identity.

When she travels home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won’t return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.

A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

 

You can find reviews and links to purchase this fabulous series by clicking the links below!

A March Bride – GOODREADS   ZONDERVAN   RACHEL’S WEBSITE

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Spring Brides Compilation – GOODREADS   ZONDERVAN

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It’s RELEASE DAY! | The Trouble With Patience – Book 1 of Maggie Brendan’s NEW series – Virtues and Vices of the Old West

I reviewed this book almost two weeks ago now and I am still amazed at just how great a read it was!

Be sure to check out Maggie’s other books too! I know I will be!

Patience Cavanaugh is precisely how I picture a Texas woman from the novel’s era. Maybe even from any era…

The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan is a MUST READ!

From the amazingly eye-catching cover to the absolutely unforgettable characters – this novel is one you’ll be thrilled to add to your library.

This is my first book by Maggie Brendan and it has most definitely sparked my interest. I can hardly wait to go and find more fantastic books by this talented author!

Maggie Brendan weaves an intriguing story around realistic characters while still filling the pages with intricate details and story tidbits that make this a very real story!

There is hardship… yes – No Wild West story would be complete without it. There is also quite a bit of friction between our hero and heroine – again, what romance would be complete without it…

Virtues and Vices of the Old West – a PERFECT name for this series in my opinion.

BRAVO Maggie!

A Texas women, a dilapidated boardinghouse, a small-town Sheriff – a recipe for romance…?Tweet this!

 

Patience Cavanaugh has lost faith in love – can Jedediah Jones change her mind?Tweet this!

 

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© JCMorrows 2015

5star

 

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I was blessed to receive a review copy of this book.
The opinion stated is my own.

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GOD BLESS!

 

 

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The Trouble With Patience – Book 1 of Maggie Brendan’s NEW series – Virtues and Vices of the Old West

Patience Cavanaugh is precisely how I picture a Texas woman from the novel’s era. Maybe even from any era…

The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan is a MUST READ!

From the amazingly eye-catching cover to the absolutely unforgettable characters – this novel is one you’ll be thrilled to add to your library.

This is my first book by Maggie Brendan and it has most definitely sparked my interest. I can hardly wait to go and find more fantastic books by this talented author!

Maggie Brendan weaves an intriguing story around realistic characters while still filling the pages with intricate details and story tidbits that make this a very real story!

There is hardship… yes – No Wild West story would be complete without it. There is also quite a bit of friction between our hero and heroine – again, what romance would be complete without it…

Virtues and Vices of the Old West – a PERFECT name for this series in my opinion.

As I said with the last historical fiction novel I reviewed – If only we’d had these kind of books in high school… I would certainly remember more about that time in history. Thank goodness we have such amazing writers who research so very thoroughly and then sprinkle in those facts among their fictional story!

BRAVO Maggie!

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Patience Cavanaugh has lost faith in love – can Jedediah Jones change her mind?Tweet this!

 

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© JCMorrows 2015

5star

 

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

“Maggie Brendan deftly captures the flavor of the Old West in a sweet love story filled with suspense and well-developed, interesting characters that will surely capture the hearts of readers.”–Kathleen Morgan, author of the Brides of Culdee Creek series

Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience’s desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this “hanging lawman,” Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye–and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

“Maggie Brendan has created a wealth of memorable characters in this heartwarming story. Romance, mystery, and an intriguing plot all add up to a winning combination that’s sure to delight readers.”–Margaret Brownley, bestselling author of Gunpowder Tea and Petticoat Detective

“Brendan is a master at tender love stories that tug at your heart while touching the soul, providing rich historical detail and tension that races the pulse.”–Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of the Heart of the West and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2014 Book Buyers Best Award (OCC/RWA) for inspirational fiction and the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a finalist for the 2013 Published Maggie Award of Excellence and the 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award.

 

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

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I was blessed to receive a review copy of this book.
The opinion stated is my own.

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GOD BLESS!

 

 

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Review | The Last Heiress – Stand Alone Novel in Mary Ellis’ series – “Civil War Heroines!”

I have been so excited to get my hands on “The Last Heiress”by Mary Ellis!

 

And may I just say… this one is different!

Mary Ellis made a fan out of me with the very first story in this series… ironically enough a FREEBIE novella – and I’ve been hooked ever since!

In the first two novels of this series, we see women who had lost everything because of the war – money, home, family…

The Last Heiress is somewhat the opposite. Amanda Dunn is what the name implies – an heiress. She is every inch the lady and she is in America for one reason and one reason only.

She could never have expected what happened and once she finds herself in the inconvenient position of having fallen for someone who is most certainly not the kind of man she might have expected – she has some choices to make.

Those decisions are made even more difficult by her well-meaning family and the man in question himself.

Not only has Mary written another terrific story, she has introduced even more about the Civil war era that I don’t remember from history class!

Oh if only we’d had these kind of books in high school…

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5star

 

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

Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow’s Hope) presents The Last Heiress, a new romantic standalone that intertwines the lives of a British manufacturing heiress and an American merchant caught in the turbulent time of the War Between the States.

Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to somehow restore shipments of cotton for her family’s textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes.

Amanda’s family across the sea deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovey and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.

As the War Between the States heats up, Nate’s brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate begins to think about joining up—not in support of slavery but to watch his brother’s back. Yet will this potentially life-changing decision put the union between him and Amanda she so wishes for in jeopardy?

 

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

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Happy Reading

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GOD BLESS!

 

 

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Review | The Lady and the Officer – Book 2 in Mary Ellis’ series – “Civil War Heroines!”

“The Lady and the Officer”by Mary Ellis is quite an excellent read!

I highly recommend it!

What a story!

This story is so different from The Quaker and the Rebel and yet… so much the same. 

THIS time, we are seeing the war from the eyes of a well-to-do “Yankee” instead of a quietly rebellious Quaker.

However, both stories have our heroine living with staunch southern supporters and it is an intriguing conundrum to say the least.

I highly commend Mary Ellis for being able to switch viewpoints so drastically and write each so convincingly!

WOW!

I knew Mary was a terrific writer after reading the two previous books but this story has shown me a new depth to that talent and I am in awe!

Ironically, seeing this series from so many perspectives has me wondering where my own loyalties would have lain had I been living in the time. I always thought I knew but reading about these heroines and their ideals – and the men they fall for… and their ideals – has me wondering.

And that is the best kind of book – one that gets under your skin and into your heart and REALLY makes you think!

From Quakers to Spies – The Lady and the Officer by Mary Ellis!Tweet this!

 

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© JCMorrows 2015

5star

 

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

Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow’s Hope) presents The Lady and the Officer, Book 2 of her new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women and the men who love them.

Serving for a brief time as a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederate Home Guard. But even though Maddy makes her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a soldier from the North.

However, Colonel Haywood has never forgotten the beautiful nurse, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. But while rubbing elbows with army officers and cavalry generals and war department officials in her aunt and uncle’s palatial home, Maddy overhears plans for a Confederate attack in northern Virginia. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends?

Maddy’s heart is pulled between wanting to be loyal to those who care for her and wanting to help the man she believes is on the right side of the conflict. Two men love her. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring a devastation of their own?

 

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

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Happy Reading

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GOD BLESS!

 

 

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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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Book 3 in Amy Clipston’s YA series! | Miles From Nowhere – an EARLY look!

I’ll be honest with you. I was worried about this book.

I mean… I read YA but it’s almost always fairy tales or Amish fiction – and I was concerned that I would not be able to connect with this story.

I was wrong.

WOW! I identified with Chelsea in so many ways, ways I never expected. Even reading the back of the book, I didn’t really “get it”. Until I started reading the book that is.

This book will appeal to young adults because they are either going through the very things Chelsea is dealing with in her life or they’ve watched a friend go through it.

It will appeal to adults because we will be reminded of our youth. It’s like a doorway we can look through to our own past. Amy has somehow managed to capture that and it’s amazing.

I mean, I knew she was a great writer but I don’t think I realized how great until I read this story. And it makes me want to go back and read her other young adult stories.

I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give the story away but I can remember how easy it is to be distracted by an exciting boy. This story brings back the memories of my teen years in sharp clarity.

A MUST read!

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5star

 

Here is what Zondervan has to say about Miles From Nowhere:

Chelsea Morris has always been responsible, dependable, and focused on her dreams of fashion design—a dream that will officially begin come fall, when she leaves for college in New York City. And as she settles into her role as the lead designer for the local summer stock theater group, she decides to make the most of her last summer in North Carolina. But with her best friend Emily busy working late and spending time with Zander, and tensions with Chelsea’s boyfriend, Todd, running high, the summer she envisioned seems to be falling flat.

Then Dylan joins the latest summer production. There’s something about the college boy that makes her feel free and alive, and soon she’s broken up with Todd, and is sneaking out late to meet Dylan at parties and breaking rules at the playhouse. But before she knows it, her exciting nights are interfering with her job, her role on the play, as well as her relationship with Emily and with her parents. Worse, Chelsea finds herself feeling more and more estranged from God.

As the summer becomes wilder than she ever dreamed, Chelsea must decide if her heart is leading her in the right direction after all.

 

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Just when I think Jennifer’s books could not get any better! Oh my word… | “Huckleberry Spring” By Jennifer Beckstrand!

 

OH MY WORD!

OK… right up front I have to be honest with you. My plans for reading this book were a bit derailed when my devious mother told me someone dies in the book.

She is such a rat! She just loves to needle me when she gets to read a book first and she loves dropping bombshells with absolutely no explanation!

Anyway, coupled with the emotional turmoil that was currently going on among the pages, I thought I might just be better off stopping right where I was.

But boy oh boy… am I glad I didn’t!

DO NOT LET ANYTHING stop you from reading this book!

I always say the current book is the best I’ve read yet and it’s always true! Each one of Jennifer’s books get better and better and better!

This book is by far and away the best I’ve read yet!

And one of the best things about Jennifer’s books is that I always want to go back and read from the beginning so I get to read all my favorite parts and then breeze right into the new story as if there were no agonizing months in between waiting for it to release!

And I don’t mind telling you that I had some reservations about this story when I read the sneak peek.

Surgery… poor Felty. That man really will do anything for his sweet Anna!

Only Jennifer Beckstrand could write such a story and make it so wonderful! Only Jennifer could write such a heart-breaking story and make it so wonderful! Only Jennifer could come up with such a roundabout story of gut-wrenching pain and redemption and weave romance through the entire thing!

WOW! WOW! WOW!

And, as usual, I can hardly wait to start the next one! Especially since I read the sneak peek!

 

This book needs 10 stars! Can I give it 10 stars…

 

 

More from Kensington about Huckleberry Spring:

Nothing gives Anna and Felty Helmuth greater satisfaction than seeing their grandchildren happily married–except for planning their next matchmaking venture. And as springtime comes to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the air is filled with promise. . .

Ever since the Helmuths’ grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins. She can put her heartache aside to help Ben’s Mammi with her own pumpkin patch. At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi. . .

Gardening side by side with pretty, nurturing Emma is a sweet kind of torture for Ben. She could have her pick of suitors who can offer what he can’t, and he cares too much to burden her with his secret. Leaving once more is the only option. Yet Emma’s courage is daring him to accept the grace that flourishes here, and the love that has been calling him back to Huckleberry Hill. . .

 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A bit more from Kregel about The Bachelor:

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

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

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

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

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

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“The Faces of Cancer” by Sarah Price

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

4 Stars

 

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

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

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

APPROXIMATELY 160 pages

Enjoy and God bless.

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

 

 

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“An Amish Buggy Ride” by Sarah Price

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

4 Stars

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

A Simple Charity by Rosalind Lauer

WOW!

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s certainly on my own wish list!

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

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

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

And here is a little sneak peek from Random House

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

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

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

 

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Just in time for the holiday shopping… My review of “The Amish Blacksmith” by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner

 

Another wonderful series by two talented authors!

This series began with “The Amish Groom” … and Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner have done a marvelous job with this next installment –
“The Amish Blacksmith”.

It’s not often we get to see a series that features Men as the main character. It is a whole new take on a very popular genre and I feel like Susan and Mindy have just nailed it!

It is enlightening to see the differences in how men approach the same situations as we are usually reading about from a woman’s perspective.

But Mindy and Susan have found the way to do it right and the fans agree that this is a hit!

Don’t miss the first book in the series; “The Amish Groom” and don’t miss the next book – coming in 2015; “The Amish Clockmaker”!

And be sure to check out other books by Mindy and Susan too!

 

5star

 

Here is what Harvest House has to say about “The Amish Blacksmith”:

 

New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Blacksmith (Book 2 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.

Apprenticed blacksmith Jake Miller is skeptical of Priscilla Kinsinger’s innate ability to soothe troubled horses, especially when he has own ideas on how to calm them. Six years earlier, Priscilla’s mother died in an awful accident at home, and Priscilla’s grief over losing her mother was so intense that she was sent to live with relatives in Indiana. She has just returned to Lancaster County.

Not that her homecoming matters to Jake, who is interested in courting lighthearted Amanda Shetler. But Jake’s boss is Priscilla’s uncle, and when the man asks Jake to help his niece reconnect with community life, he has no choice but to do just that. Surprisingly, he finds himself slowly drawn to the beautiful but emotionally wounded Priscilla.

Jake then determines to prove to her that it’s not her fault her mother died, but what he discovers will challenge everything they both believe about the depth of love and the breadth of forgiveness.

 

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My review of “An Amish Christmas Quilt” by Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long and Jennifer Beckstrand | Stop #3 of my Salute to Christmas Reads!

 

WHAT could be better than three stories in one by three AMAZING Authors!

The answer is NOTHING!

Three terrific authors, three fantastic stories!

 

I have not read all of the stories in Charlotte Hubbard/Naomi King’s Amish series but this story makes me want to!

WOW!

GREAT writing, interesting characters, intriguing story!

What else could you ask for…

Oh yeah, ROMANCE!

I have to admit, I read some not so Christian romances years and years ago and I never would have expected to be able to truly get caught up in the romance of a book that is so very straight-laced (and if anyone fits that category, it’s the Amish)

But I’m thrilled to discover how wrong I was!

In fact, the best thing about these wonderful stories is that you get to focus entirely on the romantic aspects without getting caught up in all the worldly nonsense.

Charlotte Hubbard does this really well but she also brings in aspects that those of us who are NOT Amish deal with every day – such as step-parents and what they deal with, how a woman who has just lost her husband gets along, and the way a man can get wrapped up in a situation without even fully realizing what he had gotten into.

 

This will actually be the first story of Kelly Long’s that I’ve ever read.

Who knew the Amish could feud?

Again, Kelly introduces us to situations that are distinctly Amish but that we as English can associate with too!

Kelly pulls us right into the story about two young people in love. It’s not quite Romeo and Juliet because the Amish would never go to such lengths but the story is much the same – feuding fathers, forbidden love, sneaking about – which is actually how most communities go about courting anyway, and the like.

It’s not a story you’ll want to miss and I’m not about to spoil it for you. It’s actually really tricky to review because it’s so easy to go on about how great it is but if I get too much into that, I’m going to end up giving something away and I won’t do that. It’s too good to ruin it for you!

But I will say this, it’s WELL-WORTH reading!

And don’t miss Kelly’s next book: The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain!

 

Yes, I’ve saved the best (in my own personal opinion) for last…

Jennifer Beckstrand returns once again to Bonduel, Wisconsin, entertaining us with her colorful characters and the ridiculous things they get into!

No one writes about the Amish the way Jennifer does. No other stories makes me laugh out loud the way hers do and not one other book…or family… makes me wish more that I were actually Amish.

Anna and Felty are at it again…

We actually get a look at Anna and Felty’s daughter in this one and her affection for her wild and wacky parents is just as deep as you always imagined it would be.

And it’s not at all a surprise that Gideon’s father doesn’t quite understand his wife’s slightly odd parents and their ideas.

I always say the one I’ve just read is my new favorite and I hold steady to that… except to make one small amendment: Whichever book of Jennifer Beckstrand’s that I am reading at the moment is my absolute favorite! They’re just that good!

I can hardly wait for the next one!

 

 

More from Kensington about An Amish Christmas Quilt:

With all the warmth of a cozy quilt, three authors stitch together Amish tales of hearts joined, friendships patched, and the bright joys of Christmas tradition . . .

A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant
Charlotte Hubbard

Seth Brenneman didn’t expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kauffman and her two children. . .or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts–and work a miracle for a lifetime?

A Christmas On Ice Mountain
Kelly Long

Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp’s secret wish to marry is a gift their feuding fathers definitely won’t accept. And trying to settle their dats’ long-standing quarrel is making their holiday anything but merry. Can rediscovering the joys and friendships of Christmas past finally turn their families’ futures bright?

A Perfect Amish Christmas
Jennifer Beckstrand

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico. But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing–falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she’s having a party. There’s just one complication–Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas–and true love–will change her mind, and her future . . .

 

 

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GOD BLESS!

AND

HAPPY READING!

 

I was provided this book free through Jennifer’s street team in exchange for an HONEST review!
(not hard to be honest about how AMAZING her books are!)

 

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Book 3 in Amy Clipston’s Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel is FINALLY HERE!

A Dream of Home is the 3rd novel in Amy Clipston’s “The Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel” series It is scheduled to be released November 4, 2014. Yes, I got an early look! I LOVE being a book reviewer!

OK… now about the story.

I have to admit that I fell madly in love with Emma in A Mother’s Secret and I was nearly heart-broken when things did not go the way she planned…

So of course, I was excited to see her return in
A Dream of Home.

I have never been a combat nurse but there are a few things in my past that occasionally come back to haunt me so I feel a sort of kinship with Madeline Miller.

It also helps that Amy Clipston writes her nightmares so well that you truly feel like you’re right there, experiencing it with her.

I did not feel a kinship to Saul Beiler however.

Actually, when I was reading book 2: A Mother’s Secret, he nearly knocked Barbie off the pedestal of most disliked characters. He was just so rude and abrupt and… well, annoying.

I NEVER could have imagined that Saul would be remotely interested in a REAL relationship. I was sure he was just one of those controlling and angry men who hide behind their religious convictions.

BOY was I wrong!

I love that Amy Clipston occasionally throws you a crazy curve ball! It keeps her books interesting in a way that not many authors think of.

And I am NOT giving anything away about the story!

You’ll just have to read it for yourself! Trust me when I say that it is WORTH a read!

And keep watching! Amy has ANOTHER book coming in this series. It’s slotted to release next year.

And I’m sure A Simple Prayer will be just as fantastic as the first three in the series!

Happy Reading!

 

5star

 

Here is what Zondervan has to say about A Dream of Home:

Moving to Pennsylvania wasn’t in Madeleine’s original plans. She should still be in California and should have married her pilot fiance a year ago-but death has a way of changing everything.

Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and working as a maid at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isn’t exactly a widow . . . but she sure feels like one.

Saul Beiler isn’t exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His eleven-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn’t know that her mother fled the Amish community-and married another man-but she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door.

Madeline’s numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeline grows about the humble, strong, man raising her on his own.

But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they-and everybody else-have to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she’s been dreaming of all along?

 

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

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Sad… the Lone Star Brides series is coming to an end with “A Matter of Heart” by Tracie Peterson

A Matter of HeartThis is the third book in Tracie Peterson‘s Lone Star Brides series.

I have now read all three of them now and let me just say…

WOW!

Each story is better than the last – not always how it works.

A Matter of Heart is another great read!

Such powerful emotions, such great stories, such strong characters – and how she comes up with so many different ones who are similar in some ways but still so very different… well, it’s only one of the things that makes her such an amazing author!

Unlike my experience with the first book in this series; I didn’t even bother to read any of the other silly reviews for this book.

And I do believe that Tracie’s sales speak for themselves!

I have a whole new outlook on Texas and I have to say that…even though I absolutely detest heat, I just have to see it someday soon!

Of course it won’t be the same… but worth it all the same, I’m sure!

Once again I am thrilled to say that God is interwoven into the story in a perfect way! So many Christian fiction books are either too preachy or there’s not nearly enough of God in the story for it to truly work as a Christian fiction novel.

And I know I’ve said it before but it has to be said again. It’s so much more believable for me as far as history goes because… Historically speaking… people were more religious. So it’s more believable, more accurate and it’s more interesting!

The book is a new favorite of mine and I’m sad to see that it’s the last one. Although I’m hopeful she has more series in the works already!

5star

Here is a bit more about A Matter of Heart from Bethany House:

Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.

Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with ambitions that match Jessica’s dreams. His warm, attentive manner and thoughtful gifts make her feel special.

Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But after learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he’s drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes.

If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?

 

Click below to find out more about the book and/or buy it!

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The opinions I have
expressed are my own.

Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

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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!

GOODREADS   BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS   JUDITH MILLER’S WEBSITE

AMAZON   CHRISTIANBOOKS   BARNES & NOBLE

I was given the opportunity to review this book free by Litfuse in exchange for an honest review!

Happy Reading

and

GOD Bless!

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They just keep getting better! | My review of “Huckleberry Christmas” | Book 3 in A WONDERFUL series from Jennifer Beckstrand!

WARNING!

This book is hazardous to any other plans you may have! Once picked up, it is nearly impossible to put down.

I had plans to edit 10 pages today but as yet, I’ve not edited even one. I simply could not put down Huckleberry Christmas once I picked it up!

And I am very glad of it!

I woke from a horrific nightmare this morning (very rare for me these days) and the matchmaking schemes of Anna and Felty were precisely what I needed to distract myself from the yuck!

It never takes more than a paragraph to find myself firmly planted in the story and never more than a page or two before I’m laughing and giggling at the antics of grandparents I truly wish were my very own!

And if those stubborn grandchildren of theirs would stop resisting Anna and Felty… well, the stories would not be nearly so interesting!

Jennifer Beckstrand certainly has found the perfect home in Bonduel, Wisconsin and I – for one – never want to leave!

Every single story is a fast-paced, fun romp through misadventure, misunderstandings and mishaps!

No one writes about Love the way Jennifer does. No one makes me laugh out loud the way she does and no one makes me wish more deeply that I were actually Amish.

Where else but in an Amish community, could you possibly find grandparents as wonderful, young women as feisty and young men as chivalrous!

Anna and Felty are the absolute best of the entire family! They are the ones who pull me into the stories and they are the ones that keep me reading! The youngsters they’re matching up are great fun and their community is so very wonderful but it’s the deep, heart-felt love that Anna and Felty have for each other that really holds me tight there in Wisconsin and makes me want to walk right into the pages!

I can hardly wait to start the next one!

 

 

More from Kensington about Huckleberry Christmas:

Now that they’ve happily married off two of their grandchildren, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking challenge. What better way to celebrate the most heartwarming of seasons–and make Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the place for unexpected love. . .

A difficult marriage has left the Helmuths’ widowed great-granddaughter, Beth, finished with wedlock. She’s content to live with them and make a life for herself and her toddler son. But once she turns down handsome Tyler Yoder’s proposal, it seems only fair to encourage him to find a suitable wife. Trouble is, his gentleness and generous ways are showing her how joyous a real meeting of hearts can be. . .

After a failed courtship, Tyler thought the best he could hope for in a wife was mere companionship. But spirited Beth is the one he longs to protect, and hold close. Earning her trust is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. And soon, both will discover that forgiveness and understanding are gifts that only rekindled faith–along with the happiest of holidays–can bring.

 

 

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

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AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   ITUNES

 

GOD BLESS!

AND

HAPPY READING!

 

I was provided this book free through Jennifer’s street team in exchange for an HONEST review!
(not hard to be honest about how AMAZING her books are!)

 

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“The Legend of the Candy Cane” by Lori Walburg

Not at all what I was expecting…

When I read the word “hardcover”, I assumed it was a regular hardcover book but what arrived in the mail was a board book.

Imagine my surprise…

Regardless of my surprise, my children LOVE it! Even though it is simple enough for a very young child to enjoy, my children (who are 8 and 11) are enchanted with the beautiful story inside!

My daughter has claimed it for her very own. She took it OFF of my shelf and proudly carried it to her own, where she gave it a place of honor.

My son is not quite as possessive of it but he stood over her shoulder as she read and did not once have a comment about it being a “baby” book – which is his usual comment about any book his sister who is three years younger, picks up to read.

Not that I can blame him… since he is reading on a high school level already.

But I think it says a lot about how wonderful the story within!

I am actually excited! Now, instead of donating the book, we have what will become an heirloom!

Exciting!

And no… we don’t have any other board books we will be able to pass on, none of them survived my own children. I’m so very thankful they are both learning to appreciate books now – being cautious with them and cherishing their favorites.

And The Legend of the Candy Cane is clearly already a favorite!

Here is a bit more about the book from Zondervan:

One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town.

Who is he? Why has he come?

The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer.

When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?

Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas—for many Christmases to come.

Click HERE to visit the book page on Thomas Nelson

 

 

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

GOODREADS   ZONDERVAN PUBLISHERS

AMAZON   BARNES & NOBLE   CBD   GOOGLE BOOKS

FAIR WARNING: Some of the above links are NOT for the Board book.
If you want the board book, just look for the cover you see above in my review…

However, this AMAZON link is a board book with an older cover.

 

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

 

Happy Reading

And

GOD BLESS!

 

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