Sunday, August 17, 2014

Taming the Texas Rancher by Rhonda Gibson - Review

Though he'd never planned to wed, Daniel Westland must marry and produce a grandchild before his brother does in order to inherit the family ranch. Leave it to him to pick a mail-order bride who insists on being courted! Yet every time Daniel wonders if Hannah Young is even suited to rugged living, the petite schoolteacher her gumption.

What ma;n sends away for a bride but doesn't really want to get married? Hanna came to Granite, Texas, hoping to find love and security, and she can't settle for less than a true partnership.  If the brooding, handsome rancher can just learn to trust in Hannah, their future could be as filled with promise as this bountiful land.

As I am reading the books in this 'series', as I'm calling it, each one seems to get better than the last. I really enjoy Rhonda's books. This mail-order bride book does take a different story line than most I've read and I found it quite interesting. Another book I can happily suggest for others to read.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Groom by Arrangement by Rhonda Gibson - Review

Eliza Kelly thought her humiliation was complete when she identified the wrong train passenger as her mail-order groom. She was only trying to tell Jackson Hart that the madcap scheme was not her idea. But now the stormy-eyed blacksmith has decided to stay, rumors are flying. And Jackson does the gallant thing--he offers the lovely widow a marriage of convenience.

Though he came to New Mexico to find his father, Jackson wonders if Eliza'smistake was his good fortune. Between caring for an orphaned youngster and protecting Eliza, Jackson feels whole again. If only he can persuade Eliza to marry him, her reputation will be saver...and so will their long-buried dreams of forging a real family.

Another enjoyable book starts out by putting Eliza in a difficult situation and just continues when the marshal asks Jackson to take her back to Cottonwood Springs. I like the way Rhonda has them handle their 'problem' and she has written an ending that puts you on the edge of your seat for a short time. The truth that Jackson discovers will tear at your heart too.

Although these books are listed as novels and not a series I would suggest reading "The Marshal's Promise", "Groom by Arrangement", and looking ahead, "Taming the Texas Rancher" and "His Chosen Bride" in this order as they all deal with people from Cottonwood Springs. Thank you Rhonda for your mail-order bride books.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Marshal's Promise by Rhonda Gibson - Review

Mail-order bride Rebecca Ramsey arrives in the New Mexico territory full of dreams--but they're shattered when she discovers her intended husband ha been killed. If it weren't for U.S. marshal Seth Billings's housekeeping job offer, she'd have nowhere to go. Rebecca loves tending to Seth's home, but the strong and silent lawman is harder to figure out. What secret is he hiding?

Caring for Jesse Cole's would-be bride is the least Seth can do. If it weren't for him, the young man would still be alive. Seth had promised to look after Rebecca--and to keep her safe from Jesse's enemies. Now if only he can keep his heart safe, as well....

You have to feel sorry for a woman when her stepmother accepts her little sister but forces you to accept the offer to be a mail-order bride and sends you cross country on your own. I was impressed with the way Rebecca handled the hand that was dealt to her even after her arrival in Cottonwood Springs. This was a touch and go story that held my interest throughout. I'm looking forward to reading "Groom by Arrangement" next.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Becca Fisher Amish Romance 40 Story Set by Becca Fisher - Review

This collection features 40 Amish Romance stories by Becca Fisher including:

The Amish Wedding Series
Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break up. She's found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

The Chasing Heaven Series
Hanna Bieler's wedding is more than just cause fore celebration. It gets her sisters wondering when they will get married who they'll fall in love with, or whether God has other plans for them entirely. But it becomes clear that although the Amish are simple people, their love lives are anything but.

The Let Love In Series
When Jenna loses her husband in a horrible accident, she never thinks she can love again. But she suddenly finds herself a single Amish mother and knows that her children need a father figure in their lives. So when a handsome stranger rides into town a year later and takes a liking to Jenna, she has to decide if she can ever let love in again, or risk losing a man that could bring her happiness.

The If I Stayed Series
Hannah and Sadie Miller have always been desperate to explore the world. So when rumspringa comes, they want to go to the big city. But are the sisters willing to risk losing everything that's important to them when their parents insist that they stay in Lancaster?

The Amish Christmas Series
Joshua Zook and Sadie Miller have been dancing around their feelings for months. But just as Joshua works up the nerve to admit how much he cares for Sadie, he realizes that he may be too late to win Sadie's heart.

I enjoyed Becca's short stories and the quick wit that she used in most of them. It was interesting how members of the same family decided what they wanted to do for rumspringa and how it was dealt with when one wanted to go experience the Englisher life. I was impressed that she mentioned the "Broken Amish" and how the Amish felt about that show. The only problem I had was that there were too many stories to read all at once, they just seemed to be pretty repetitive after reading so many all at one time. I think it would be better to read maybe five or ten stories and take a break with some other books, then go back and read five or ten more, etc.

I got this book in .pdf format for my Kindle from Becca Fisher for an honest review. Since this was a .pdf format I used the book blurb from Amazon, where it is available to purchase for $2.99 (right now) for your Kindle. About half way through I was looking for something on my Kindle and noticed that I had purchased "Becca Fisher Amish Romance 45 Book Boxed Set", well I compared the two by writing the titles down for each book and could not make heads or tails of the two. The 40 story set (the .pdf format) didn't have that many titles listed, it was short 11 the nearest I could tell and the 45 book boxed set had 26 stories that matched the other 'book', not in the same order, and I could only find 40 books. Granted the 'missing' 5 could be included in the "Beachy Amish Romance Boxed Set" included in the set of 45. I would like to read the 5 additional books but don't now what to read.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Heart's Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher - Review

Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver's already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared's secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the alter and stole the last remnant of her father's fortune. And Jared's in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family--even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.

The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wan't theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicions arise, putting Silver and Jared at odd when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven't dared voice: What happens next?

I started out feeling sorry for Silver, for more reasons than one, then admired her for her fearlessness to go after what belonged to her family at all cost. Jared's reason for becoming a bounty hunter was heart wrenching and I liked how he allowed Silver to travel with him, he felt he didn't have a choice, even though he knew he shouldn't. Robin kept me on the edge of my seat at times, sometimes I found myself thinking she shouldn't to do that, she has to do something, he told her not to, DARN, I can't tell you if she did or not, you'll have to read the book! The book moves right along even though there wasn't much talkig to each other except for one giving orders and the other taking orders, or does she?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Unforgivable Secret by J.E.B. Spredemann - Review of the first book in the Amish Secrets series

Hannah has a good life. A beautiful home, a loving husband and a wonderful Amish community are only a few of her daily blessings. But she has carried a heavy burden for years:  a secret that no one must know. When tragedy strikes, her secret threatens to be revealed jeopardizing everything she's ever loved. Will Hannah be able to face her greatest fear and find God's purpose for her life?

This is the first book that I've read by J.E.B. Spredemann and I really enjoyed it. This story really tugs at your heart and will bring tears to your eyes. She shows how you can turn your life around from the lowest point to feeling like you are one of the most blessed. Hannah goes through many bumps in the road and this story shows how those bumps, hills, and mountains can make you stronger if you just have faith in God. There is a second book in this series "A Secret Encounter", I'm sure I'll be reading it. I read this on my Kindle but both books are available in paperback also.

Forever Amish by Kate Lloyd - Review of the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy

Sally Bingham needs some time away to sort through the changes in her life and to rethink her upcoming marriage. Despite her ailing father's hesitations, she drives to Lancaster County for a weekend away. But her best-laid plans leave her in a near collision with a bishop's buggy and in the home of a mysterious Amish woman named Lizzie. Lizzie introduces her to a different perspective on life, a charming farmhand named Armin--and opens a Pandora's box that will forever change Sally's life.

The last book in the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, "Forever Amish" introduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This story of forgiveness, legacies, and th ties that bind through generations.

Another great book to end this series. Have you ever been in a position of trusting that one special person in your life to always be honest with you, then you find out they have done nothing but lie to you about the one question you repeatedly asked them, for your whole life? Kate has concluded this series of finding yourself in a completely different lifestyle than you were raised and having to make the hardest decision of your life, where do you belong, wonderfully. If you like a good Amish story with a twist, you have it in this book, this series. I am looking for more great stories from Kate.