Thursday, October 18, 2018

First Love Forever Romance Collection by Erica Vetsch, Susanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey, Marcia Gruver, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Martha Rogers, Lorna Seilstad, Connie Stevens and Jennifer Uhlarik - Review




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You Never Forget Your
First Love

Coming face to face with a lost love can be awkward when the heartstrings are still holding on to the "what ifs." In settings from 1861 to 1910, nine couples are thrown back on the same path by life's changes and challenges. Can love rekindle despite the separation of time and space?

First Things First by Susanne Dietze
A most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey
Weeping Willow by Marcia Gruver
His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels
After the Ball by Martrha Rogers
Lighter Than Air by Lorna Seilstad
In Due Season by Connie Stevens
Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik
Prescription for Love by Erica Vetsch

Travel back to a gentler time in American history, and meet nine couples who never forgot how their hearts were once bound by love.


MY  REVIEW
I know I've said it before, but I love the collections books. Each story is a quick read and there are always some of my favorite authors, I then get introduced to some new authors as well. I enjoyed all of the stories, of course some some more than others but once I got into the stories that I wasn't enjoying at first, I found they were enjoyable reads also. Grab a copy and see if you enjoy it too!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

An Amish Homecoming by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray and Kathleen Fuller - Review




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No Place Like Home BY AMY CLIPSTON
Estranged daughter Eva Dienner has been staying with her in=laws, the Riehls, since her husband was killed in a fire, but now she wants to her son t meet his maternal grandparents. Upon her return,m Eva finds that the man her parents always intended fore her is living in their daadihaus and running the dairy farm for them for free, despite her suspicions of him taking advantage of her family. Eva knows she should put the past behind her, but is she ready to move into the future?

When Love Returns BY BETH WISEMAN
Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn't face her stern parents' reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused him--until he meets Sarah's daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Sarah and Abram must find a way to face the truth of their past so they can rekindle their first love.

The Courage to Love BY SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY
After the death of her Englisch husband, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for helping them around the house. But when Mary Ruth and Henry's son Marcus comes around, he isn't pleased with the woman they've taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren't always what they seem.

What Love Built BY KATHLEEN FULLER
Independent and headstrong, Carolyn is determined to forge ahead with the opening of her bakery, a lifelong dream, in the Birch Creek home she left ten years ago. But she's in over her head and needs help with the cleaning, shopping, and deliveries. Carpenter Atlee Shetler is visiting Birch Creek to escape the memories of his late wife. He takes a job renovating the new bakery and finds the project--and its owner--to be much more than he bargained for. Both Carolyn and Atlee must face pains of the past if they want to have the bright future God has planned for them

All stories include discussion questions


MY  REVIEW
Four very touching stories and I thoroughly enjoyed each one. These are all some of my favorite authors and they did not fail here. There was one "When Love Return" that had my eyes tearing up many time throughout the story. Every one of these stories shows how hard it is to go back home after a very painful decision to leave, they each show much faith and strength. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Amish Christmas Abduction by Dana R Lynn - Review of the third book in the Amish Country Justice series




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KIDNAPPED IN AMISH COUNTRY
After catching a glimpse of something she wasn't supposed to see days before Christmas, Irene Martello is run off the road and barely survives. More shocking is the backseat whimper of an Amish toddler stowaway and the familiar sight of their rescuer--the man who'd let her down years earlier. Police chief Paul Kennedy fears Irene stumbled onto a kidnapping ring with two dangerous agendas; retrieving the girl and silencing the witness for good. Only Paul can keep them safe for the holidays. Guarding Irene means risking his heart--and his secret--but to save the child and the woman he never stopped loving, it's a risk he has to take.


MY  REVIEW
WOW! Talk about action, being shot at, murder, it's all in here and makes for a fast paced story. A very good addition to the series. I have really enjoyed all three of the books that I've read in the series so far. The books 'could' be read as stand alone but I do like that I've read them in order. Looking forward to reading "Amish Country Ambush" when I get a copy and "Amish Christmas Emergency" when it comes out in November.

Prudie's Mountain Man by Elaine Manders - Review of the third book in the Annex Mail-Order Brides series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
Clean, Christian romance novella about a Victorian era, western mail-order bride.

Annex graduate, Prudie Walsh has lost her home and family merchandising business. She answers a mail-order bride ad for one reason only--Erich Stafford's dry-goods store.

Scarred by a cougar attack as a child, Erich has spent his entire adult life living as a hermit in the Wyoming mountains. After inheriting a dry-goods store in the nearby frontier town of Bent Fork, he leaves his mountain cabin and eagerly awaits his mail-order bride, a woman who will be the perfect helpmate in his new business.

He soon realizes the beautiful, ambitious Prudie carries scars of her own. It will take a lot of patience and faith to turn their business arrangement into a real marriage.

Prequels to the long historical novel series, "Under Cerulean Skies", the Annex Mail-Order Brides novella series follows three courageous young women who find love through the mail.


MY  REVIEW
This final book in the 'prequel' series was just as good as the first two, a story of patience and faith. Would be best if you read the three books in order. Great short story, series.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Ramee's Fugitive Cowboy by Elaine Manders - Review of the second book in the Annex Mail-Order Brides series




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Clean, Christian romance novella about a Victorian era, western mail-order bride.

While attending the Harvard Annex, Ramee Abbott gains acclaim as a dress designer and attracts the interest of a textile tycoon. She doesn't recognize how despicable he is until he sells her designs as his own and gives her an ultimatum--marry him immediately or face social ruin. Trouble is, he knows too much about her. She has to leave town fast.

After scanning the ads for mail-order brides, she chooses Josh Volker, a cowboy who's purchased a ranch near Sacramento, California.

Although Josh has recently turned his life around and become a Christian, a bad reputation hounds him. No decent woman will marry him, and after years of drifting, he wants a wife to help him build his new ranch.

He didn't expect a prospective bride to show up so soon, certainly not one as pretty and talented as Ramee. Or as desperate. He suspects she has secrets of her own.

Prequels to the long historical novel series Under Cerulean Skies, the Annex Mail-Order Brides novella series follows three courageous young women who find love through the mail.


MY  REVIEW
Ramee does have a past life but it wasn't really 'her' life that she's kept hidden. A refreshing story about two people who have found Christ and move ahead, will they be right for each other though and why is someone trying to shoot Josh, or are they trying to shoot Ramee? Grab a copy and find out.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Plain Retribution by Dana R Lynn - Review of the second book in the Amish Country Justice series




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Ten years ago while on rumspringa, Rebecca Miller and her friends were kidnapped and held captive...and now, living in the English world, she's nearly abducted again. One by one her friends who once helped send their abductor to jail are targeted, and she is next...unless police officer Miles Olsen can stop a killer. Deaf since birth, the only person on the force that Rebecca can communicate with is Miles, and he needs this case to redeem himself of past mistakes. When the relentless killer tracks them deep into the heart of Amish country, protecting Rebecca must be Miles's sole focus. Because a mistake this time will cost something worth more to him than his job---the woman he's falling for.


MY  REVIEW
A great book with a lot of action, this predator just will not give up and doesn't care who he hurts as long as he gets his target. Yes, a must read! Now onto the next book in the series, "Amish Christmas Abduction".

Friday, September 21, 2018

Adela's Prairie Suitor by Elaine Manders - Review of the first book in the Annex Mail-Order Brides series




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(copied from Amazon.com)

A clean, Christian romance novella about a Victorian era, western mail-order bride.

Most of the ladies attending the Harvard Annex hope to attain a quality education and advance the status of women--except Adela Mason. All she wants if marriage and a home of her own.

After corresponding with Byron Calhoun, A Kansas farmer, for several months, she's convinced he's the man God has chosen for her. She accepts his invitation to visit the farm so he can "court her properly."

Byron finds Adela as sweet and charming as her letters have indicated, but will she marry him when she finds out he's in danger of losing the farm? Worse, how can he even convince sweet Adela to stay when his ex-fiance and mother are doing everything they can run off?

Prequels to the long historical novel series, "Intrigue Under Western Skies", the Annex Mail-Order Brides novella series follows three courageous young women who find love through the mail.


MY  REVIEW
Just how far do you think a mother will go to keep her son from marrying the woman he loves? You will find out in this short story and it is pretty interesting. There are two more books in this Annex series, which I just 'went' and purchased, then I will check out the "Intrigue Under Western Skies" series. Yes, it was really good!!!