Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Abraham by Jennifer Beckstrand - Review of the second book in The Petersheim Brothers series

Knows as "The Peanut Butter Brothers" for their Wisconsin
family business, hardworking Andres, Abraham, and Austin
Petersheim have their plates too full for romance---until their
little siblings decide to play matchmaker . . .

With their house full to bursting since Mammi and Dawdi moved back in, the Petersheim twins know the only to get their bedroom back is to get their older brothers married off. But Abraham is so shy, he'll barely speak to girls. Still, they've noticed how he looks at Emma Wengerd at church. Emma is so talkative, Abraham's quiet ways wouldn't matter a bit. Soon, the boys have hatched a scheme that sends Abraham right to Emma's door---and her chicken coop . . .

Abraham doubts that pretty, popular Emma would be interested in him. Yet when he finds himself by her side, having to straighten out the twins' mischief---more than once---he can't help imagining a future with her. And the more time they spend together, the more Abraham realizes that perhaps no matter how many boys buzz around Emma, with faith, it's only the right one that counts . . .

Oh my, poor Abraham, just when he thinks he's making progress it all goes backwards and he becomes even more determined to become a bachelor. You have to read to find out if the twins can work their way out of the cellar Now the long wait until June for the next book in the series, "Austin"! Yes, another great story by this author, you can't go wrong with her books.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Andrew by Jennifer Beckstrand - Review of the first book in The Petersheim Brothers series

Andrew, Abraham, and Austin Petersheim's family business
has earned them the nickname The Peanut Butter Brothers.
But if their matchmaking younger siblings have their way, all
three may soon bear another title: husband . . .

Handsome, hardworking, and godly, Andrew Petersheim has always been sure of his place in his Wisconsin Amish community. He'll be a welcome catch for the local girl show finally captures his heart. Mary Coblenz certainly isn't that girl. Two years after "jumping the fence" for the Englischer world, she's returned, unmarried and pregnant, Yet instead of hiding in shame as others in the community expect, she's working at the Honeybee Farm, ignoring the gossips--and winning over Andrew's eight-year-old twin brothers . . .

For all Andrew's certainty about right and wrong, it seems he has a lot to learn from Mary's courage, grace, and resilience. She's changing his notions about forgiveness and love, but will she in turn accept the challenge of starting over and choose to stay---with him?

The twins in this series have picked up where, in antics not the storyline, Grandma Annie left off in the Huckleberry Hill series, I'm already hooked on this series! This author is one of the BEST, she pulls you in, makes you giggle, touches your heart and keeps you wanting more. I thought I'd read every one of her books but I found one I missed so will have to get it to finish that series.

I am quickly moving on to read "Abraham" as I got the first two books in this series for Christmas. "Andrew" will not be out until June, JUNE, I have to wait until JUNE to finish the series!!

Very highly recommended and a must read!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Refuge by Ann H Gabhart - Review


Can the power of love and the bond of family
triumph in a community that cannot accept either?

With the threat of a cholera epidemic at their heels, Darcie and Walter Goodwin join the Shakers, whose villages seem immune to the disease. It's meant to be temporary, but when Walter is killed in a riverboat accident, destitute Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique--and lonely-- position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness?

The Shakers lead interesting lives, not sure I could do it. The author does a great job of explaining their ways and telling the story that I really enjoy reading about the Shakers. This story is has you pulling for Darcie to find a way to be able to be a mother to her baby and not just a sister. Will seeing the birth of a child and what the mother goes through change any of their minds and let her keep the baby in her room? I can recommend this book as a good read so grab a copy and enjoy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Amish Country Amnesia by Meghan Carver - Review


His past is a mystery to everyone...
except for the men trying to kill him

When a snowmobile accident leaves a man injured and with no memory, Amish widow Sarah Burkholder and her young daughter rescue him. Even as Sarah's feelings for him grow, they discover unknown assailants are after him---and Sarah and her little girl for helping him. But if he can remember who he is, he might just save all their lives.

It took me a short time to really get into this book but then the action moved right along. There is a twist to the story and the amnesia doesn't help, but will it help the injured man. A good book, grab a copy and enjoy.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford - Review


 He lives by the law.
She's running for her life.

After forensic accountant Beth Greenwood uncovers a money-laundering scheme tying her company to the organization that murdered her mentor, she knows she needs to go into hiding. With ruthless killers in pursuit, she's forced to rely on homeland security agent Corbin Ross's protection--even as his investigation suggests Beth is complicit in embezzlement. Can their uneasy alliance develop into something deeper--and keep them alive?


The author pulls you in almost immediately, and keeps things moving along. I read this quickly as I wanted to find out how Beth and Corbin were being tracked and would Beth be able to prove that she was a whistle-blower and not involved in the crime.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Wish by Patricia Davids - Review of the first book in The Amish of Cedar Grove (also listed as 'Amish Cedar Grove' series some places)

Second chances come at the most unexpected times...

Widow Laura Beth Yoder longs for a family of her own. So much so that she's preparing to leave the sleepy Amish town she calls home to find love. But a terrible storm washes out the creek, forcing her to wade in and save the life of an English man and his adorable infant son. As they recover at the farm, the baby brings sunshine and joy, while the handsome outsider is filled with shadows...and secrets.

Joshua King owes his life and his son's to Laura Beth. Still, lingering at her farm is out of the question. He must fulfill a promise he made to his estranged wife on her deathbed: to deliver their son to his Amish in-laws. With his dark past, Joshua has no other choice. But his plans never took this sweet and surprising Amish widow into account. She just might be his second chance at happiness...and love.

My oh my, MEN! Why are they so stubborn and bull headed?!?! You will be so touched by this story, yet so upset with Joshua, you will want to give him a piece of your mind. Another winning book by this great writer, grab a copy and ENJOY!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Kansas Crossroads Boxed Set #1, includes A New Beginning, A Free Heart, The Dark and the Dawn, A Clean Slate & A Clear Hope by Amelia C Adams - Review of the first five stories in this series

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A New Beginning:

Handsome heir Adam Brody sees nothing but possibilities in the sprawling old building he's just purchased. He will transform it into a hotel to meet the needs of those traveling by railroad.

Left a widow with a small daughter, Elizabeth Caldwell must find work. When she sees an advertisement inquiring about young women to work in a hotel, she decides to apply. However, the hotel owner specifically requested single ladies, so she must hide her former marital status, and her child, if she wishes to get the job.

With cloudy pasts to overcome, both Adam and Elizabeth want to believe in a bright future. Will they find the strength they need in each other, or will their differences keep them apart?

A Free Heart:

Harriet Martin left her plantation home in Atlanta and came to Kansas with one thought on her
mind--finding the mother of the man she was supposed to marry. She will never find peace or be able to move or until she knows that Jane, a former slave, is safe and happy.

Tom White wants nothing more than to be his own man--traveling where he will, taking whatever jobs come his way, moving on again when he gets feeling itchy. Now working at the Brody Hotel, he starts to put down roots for the first time since he was forced to leave his home at the age of fifteen.

Both stubborn, independent, and free spirited, Harriet and Tom have more in common than either one wants to admit. By the same twist of fate, they each have exactly what the other needs--if destiny will
allow them to find the happiness they've been seeking.

The Dark and the Dawn:

Jeanette Peterson and her sister, Abigail, are running from a dark past and hiding from an ever darker future. When they happen upon the Brody Hotel in Topeka, Kansas, they're given a chance at a whole new life, one where they can choose who they want to become. When Jeanette assists the town doctor with a difficult case, she realizes she has a calling and a passion to become a nurse.

Dr Phillip Wayment is a set-in-his-ways bachelor, more than happy to run his medical practice alone. When Jeanette asks him to mentor her, he's hesitant at first, not wanting some woman underfoot. But as they work together, he comes to realize how valuable she is to his career. . . and to him. Will the secrets from her past ruin what they've built?

A Clean Slate:

Olivia Markham is a socialite from New York City who came to Topeka with one goal--to marry Adam Brody. But Adam has married someone else, and Olivia has nowhere to go. Taking a job at the Brody Hotel requires her to swallow her pride, but sh has no choice in the matter. Now she must learn to wear cotton dresses--cotton, when she should be wearing silk.

Pastor Robert Osbourne has taken of the huge responsibility of overseeing the spiritual welfare of a large congregation, and at times, he feels overwhelmed. He preaches on Sunday morning, but by Monday night, everything he's said has been diluted by the alcohol at the saloons. He wonders if he's doing any good for the people at all.

Olivia doesn't see a need for God in her life. Robert can't imagine living without Him. Can they find a way to overlook their differences and realize that love doesn't have to make sense to be real?

A Clear Hope:

As a daughter, an older sister, and not a hotel waitress, Abigail Peterson is used to taking care of everyone around her. When a stranger collapses on the train platform and is brought to the Brody Hotel to recover, Abigail steps in to nurse her back to health.

Deputy Marshal Gabriel Hanks has seen a lot of violence, and he works every day to fight it. A man has been murdered, and it's Gabe's job to prosecute the guilty. When that quest puts him at odds with the girl he's growing to love, he has to choose between justice, mercy, and his heart.

I found each one of these short stories very good. The author pulls you back into that time period and clearly shows the emotions and hard times each main character has gone through.