Saturday, June 8, 2019

Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower - Review of the second book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series




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Too many sweets spoil the murder . . .

Harvest, Ohio, is a long way from New York City, where Bailey King left a coveted job as a head chocolatier to take over Swissmen Sweets, her Amish grandparents' candy shop. Now, while caring for her recently widowed grandmother, she plans to honor her grandfather's memory by entering the annual Amish Confectionery Competition. But between lavender blueberry fudge and chocolate cherry ganache truffles, Bailey may have bitten off more than she can chew when the search for a missing pot-bellied pig turns up a body suffering from sugar overload--the fatal kind . . .

A candy maker from a neighboring town who wanted Englischer Bailey disqualified for being an outsider, Josephine Weaver died from an allergy to an essential licorice ingredient. The suspects include: Josephine's niece, a young woman going through her rumspringa, or running around time, and Bailey herself. Now it falls to Bailey, who's sweet on the local sheriff's deputy, to clear their names and entice a killer with a cast-iron stomach for cold-blooded murder . . .

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MY  REVIEW
This book will make you hungry if you love sweets! If only the murder of one of the candy makers didn't have to happen, but then we wouldn't have a mystery would we. Amanda does an excellent job of keeping the real culprit hidden till the very end.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Never Vie for a Viscount by Regina Scott - Review of the fourth book in the Fortune's Brides series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
The perky Lydia Villers is determined to leave behind her life as a social butterfly and do what she's always dreams of doing, pursue a career in natural philosophy. A shame the only scientist available to assist her is the one man she had once hoped towed.

The brilliant Frederick, Viscount Worthington, Worth to his friends, has been betrayed too many times, including by the bubbly beauty who now wants to work at his side. How can he believe Lydia's intentions are true this time? After all, someone is intent of sabotaging his efforts to create the perfect hot air balloon. But with the help of Miss Thorn and her beloved cat Fortune, the enthusiastic young lady and the wary lord might just discover that only together do they make the perfect chemistry.

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to Never Envy an Earl, Fortune's Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.


MY  REVIEW
I don't read a lot of Regency books but I am enjoying this series by Regina. Gotta love Fortune, lol. Due to a mix-up I read this out of order and still enjoyed the book but this series is much better if read in order. I hope you enjoy the series as much as I do if you choose to read it.

This Homeward Journey by Misty M Beller - Review of the third book in the Heart of the Mountains series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
Adrien Lockman is through with the political unrest and bloodshed in his home country of France, so he sets off to the Canadian territory's mountain frontier, in search of a place where a man can live his own life in peace. The last thing he expects to find is a woman, half-starved and half-frozen in a shack nestled among the towering peaks of the great Rocky Mountains.

Mary Standish thought she'd finally found a place where she was accepted, trapping with her husband for the Hudson Bay Company. But when he dies after a gruesome grizzly fight, she determines to carry on their work. After all, life in these remote mountains is better than enduring the scorn and snubs of "civilized" folk. When she's forced to face a winter harder than any she's endured yet, her stubbornness may just be the death of her. Until a stranger appears at her ramshackle door.

Adrien had planned to explore the mountain country all winter before he settles down to build a farm in the spring, but he can't leave this woman to die in the elements. Even though she seems desperate for him to go. As Mary regains strength, she's torn between wanting to save her dignity, and craving the respect of this man who's slipped past her defenses. As the winter worsens, the truth becomes all too real--the only way they'll survive is together.


MY  REVIEW
Yet another great book from MIsty!! I think I have enjoyed every one of her books that I've read and can only say once you start reading a book/series you won't want to quit until you have read all so you can move onto a new one.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Room on the Porch Swing by Amy Clipston - Review of the second book in the Amish Homestead Novel series




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When tragedy strikes, can two young Amish people find the hope that lies on the other side?

Laura Riehl is no stranger to heartache. Less than a year after her mother's death, Laura finds herself burying another loved one: her best friend, Savilla, who has dies after a brief and sudden illness. Laura feels heartbroken and alone, but her pain is nothing compared to that of Allen, the husband Savilla has left behind. He now faces a life so different from the one he imagined--plus a baby to car for on his own.

When Laura offers to help Allen with baby Mollie, he jumps at the opportunity until a permanent solution can be found. She'd do anything to lend a hand to Allen and to honor her best friend's memory. Rudy, Laura's boyfriend, is initially supportive of her plan, but the more time Laura spends with Allen, the more jealous and frustrated Rudy seems to become.

As Laura and Allen face hardships together, their friendship takes a surprising yet comforting turn--and she discovers an attraction she's never felt with Rudy. Would falling for Allen betray the people she cares about most, or would denying those feelings betray her heart? This latest installment in the Amish Homestead series returns us to Lancaster County, home of the beloved Riehls, where a family's strength--and advice from a new friend--may help Laura find God's direction.


MY  REVIEW
Yes, Amy has pulled me in once again and made me feel so sorry for these families. She lets you know how faith, family and friends can help you through the difficult path of life. I can recommend this as a great read!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

An Amish Reunion by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin - Review




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Their True Home by Amy Clipston
When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now he family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey's father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?

A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman
Ruth and Gideon Beiler experienced one of life's most tragic events. Unable to get past their grief, the couple abandoned their Amish faith and went in different directions, though neither could bear to formally dissolve the marriage. When their loved ones reach out to them to come home for a family reunion, Ruth has reason to believe that Gideon won't be there. Gideon also thinks that Ruth has declined the invitation. Family and friends are rooting for them to reunite, but will it all be enough for Ruth and Gideon to get past their grief and recapture a time when they were in love and had a bright future ahead of them?

A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller
Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek's resident octogenarian matchmaker, is surprised when Richard, a man from her Englisch past, arrives in Birch Creek for a visit. While he and Cevilla take several walks down memory lane, they wonder what the future holds for them at this stage of life--friendship, or the possibility of something else?

Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin
At eighteen Hanna Kauffman made a terrible mistake. Her parents and members of her Jamesport Amish community say they've forgiven her. But she feels their eyes following her everywhere she goes with eighteen-month-old Evie. Thaddeus, Evie's father, escaped this fate by running away from Jamesport. Now that Thaddeus is gone, Hannah's old friend Philip is stepping up to be by her side. He has waited patiently for Hannah to realize just how much he cares for her. But when Thaddeus returns after two years, Hannah can't deny the love she feels for him. Does the fact that Phillip has waited patiently for her all this time mean that she owes him something? Can she trust either one of them? Can she trust herself? She has repented and been forgiven by the One who is most important--her heavenly Father. But is she willing to risk making more mistakes by opening herself up to love?


MY  REVIEW
I am so glad I got this book. It was wonderful being able to read a continuation to a couple of series I have read, one by Amy Clipston's Amish Homestead series and Kelly Irvin's Every Amish Season series. I had most recently read the latest book in Kelly's series and really enjoyed finding out what happened to Hannah.

Beth Wiseman's story tore my heart apart, what a hard thing for Ruth and Gideon to endure. And Kathleens story was quite different and touching.

This whole book was amazing, the authors did a wonderful job of filling you with emotional feelings, you can't put the book down. A definite five star book!!!

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.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Never Kneel to a Knight by Regina Scott - Review of the fifth book in the Fortune's Brides seroes




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(copied from Amazon.com)
When the thoroughly poised Charlotte Worthington requests that Miss Thorn and her cat Fortune find her a position, she never dreams the savvy employment agency owner would reunity her with Mathew Bateman, her brother's former bodyguard. Matthew is about to be knighted for an act of valor. Yet how can Charlotte maintain her calm, cool demeanor as their sponsor when she harbors a secret love for him?

Matthew Bateman cannot forget the beauty who is miles out of his league. Once a boxer called the Beast of Birmingham, Matthew would like nothing better than to be worthy of Charlotte's hand. As old enemies and new ones attempt to bring him low, can Matthew prove to Charlotte that their love is meant to be?

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to Never Vie for a Viscount Fortune's Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.



MY  REVIEW
Regina has done such a great job with this book, this series. Once you start reading you find yourself reading faster and not wanting to put the book down. I can highly recommend this book/series as I normally don't read a lot of Regency books but these have been great.

I was given a copy of this e-book for an honest opinion and I have given that.

Monday, April 1, 2019

This Wilderness Journey by Misty M Beller - Review of the second book in the Heart of the Mountains series




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Joseph Malcom has spent his life protecting those in need, but now that his sister is safely settled with her new family in the Canadian Rockies, his help is no longer required. That is, until he's asked to safely retrieve the priest's cousin to help minister to the local Indian tribe. But his passenger is not at all who he expects.

After the death of her mother, Monti Bergeron has nothing to keep her in Montreal. While the prospect of ministering to the Indians out West is daunting, she looks forward to assisting her beloved cousin in his mission work. The life of a nun may be just what she needs to heal her grief, serving her Heavenly Father and fellow mankind, especially if no more pesky suitors are around to ask for her hand in marriage. But the man who's been sent to guide her through the mountains might make her second-guess her plans before she even begins.

As Monti settles into her ministry, Joseph finds his wandering feet drawn back to the Indian camp. Monti's focus on God is more unsettling than he'd like to admit. Add to that her beauty which tests his willpower at every turn, and she's made it crystal clear she doesn't want a husband. But when his  determination to keep distance between them puts Monti in danger, protecting her might require something Joseph might not be able to give.


MY  REVIEW
I really enjoy Misty's books and am really enjoying reading them all, I'm sure you will too once you start reading them. I don't often 'pre-order' books but I do hers. She has a writing style that keeps you coming back for more,. So far I see seven books in this series and I have already pre-ordered the seventh book. I just wish I could read as fast as she writes, but unfortunately I don't as well as having so many books in my TBR pile, I just can't keep up, BUT I will not miss out on any.