Monday, June 1, 2020

Belle by Sarah Price - Review of the first book in the Amish Fairytale series

In author Sarah Price's fresh and inspirational retelling of a beloved classic, a 
dutiful young Amish woman agrees to marry a notorious recluse for her family's
sake--but the consequences are more than either bargained for . . .

To most townsfolk, he's known simply as The Beast. Annabelle Beiler has little interest in gossip, but she's heard about Adam Herschberger's scars and his gruff, solitary ways. Though he sounds like a character from one of Belle's treasured books, the man is real and, it turns out, just as unreasonable as the rumors claim. When a buggy accident wipes out the last of her daed's money, forcing him to sell their farm, Adam buys it. The he offers Belle a deal--marry him, and her family can keep their home.

Everyone is shocked by Belle's decision, but she's determined to be a good fraa, cleaning Adam's rundown house and tending the overgrown garden. Breaking through her new husband's icy reserve will be another matter. Belle's courage and strength are abundant, but it will take true faith to guide Adam back to the heart of his Amish community--and to the loving marriage they both deserve.

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Sarah Price did a wonderful job of bringing a fairytale to life in an Amish community. Grab a copy and see if you agree, this is the first in a series of three stories.

Ilsa by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the third book in the Pendleton Petticoats series

(copied from Amazon)
Do you love sweet historical romances?
  Ilsa will instantly draw you into a happy ever after! 

One of the most talented seamstresses of her time, Ilsa Thorsen could sell her creations anywhere in the world, but she ends up on her sister's ranch in the western town of Pendleton, Oregon. Disgusted with the dust, smells and nearly every aspect of rural life, Ilsa wonders how she'll survive, particularly with the arrogant Tony Campanelli constantly underfoot.

Enterprising and hardworking, Tony Campanelli embraces life in the small community of Pendleton with his sister and their friends, especially since Ilsa Thorsen moves to town. The uptight seamstress just needs to learn to have some fun and Tony's convinced he's the man for the job.

I haven't read one of Shanna Hatfield's books in quite some time and oh how I have missed them. I'm so glad I pulled this one of of my TBR pile/list.

Shanna does a wonderful job of pulling you right into the story from the very beginning and never lets you out. I can highly recommend this book, and the series, if you enjoy a good Christian Historical Fiction story. I will suggest you start at the beginning of the series though.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Amish Front Porch Stories by Wanda # Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter & Richelle Brunstetter - Review


Come & sit awhile as you enjoy
set in Amish Country

Amish communities are known for having an atmosphere of peace and quiet, perfect for front-porch sitting with a good book. Join New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, as they share 18 heartwarming stories from Amish Country.

These fictional short stories include journeys we can all relate to as we seek how to live with love, joy, peace, patience, and other Fruits of the Spirit. Meet Anna, who struggles to show love to a cantankerous neighbor; Laura, who endures infertility; Nora, whose pride threatens to consume her life; and others who strive to walk in their faith daily.

These stories are sure to warm your heart and brighten your day.

These are very short stories but what good reading material you will find on these pages. If at least one, if not several, of them don't touch on your of own life at some point in time, then you must really be blessed. It may just be the way you think about things/people, how you react to certain situations, how you deal with health problems, etc. Stories about being willing to accept help and having faith.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Mail-Order Standoff by Angela Breidenbach, Margaret Brownley, Susan Page Davis and Vickie McDonough - Review


Mail-Order Brides Get Cold Feet
Marriage plans are put on hold in the Old West when four mail-order brides have second thoughts. How will their grooms win their trust?

Right on Time by Angela Breidenbach
Could two people be less suited than an English gentleman and a western gal who is used to giving the orders? From the wild Montana Territory to the refined Kentucky horse farms, can Timothy prove worthy of Tara's heart?

Pistol-Packin' Bride by Margaret Btownley
Attorney Ben Heywood didn't expect to get shot on his wedding day---and certainly not by his mail-order bride.

The Bride Who Declined by Susan Page Davis
Rachel Paxton turns down a mail-order proposal, but a few months later she learns the man she rejected has dies---and left his ranch to her in his will.

Twice the Trouble by Vickie McDonough
When Connor McLoughlin and his cousin Brian order a pair of mail-order brides, they think they're getting two sweet Irish lasses. But what they get is a stagecoach load of shenanigans.

Four short stories that will make you giggle throughout this book. I do enjoy the novella collections but these were all on the comical side, so yes, I will recommend this book as a must read.

The Amish Candymaker by Laura V Hilton - Review of the second book in The Amish of Mackinac County series

Agnes Zook finds herself on her own in a small Amish community in Mackinac County after a tragedy kills her family. Most of the Amish call her "off in den Kopf" (strange) since she's starting her own business and forging her own way in the community instead of relying on the bishop to take care of her. Since she's viewed as non-submissive and too-forward for an Amish woman, she's not courted by young men in the area.

Isaac Mast is on the verge of leaving the Amish church. He's become a sought-after auctioneer and has a thriving business, but he feels confined by the strict rules. When his brother is severely injured in a wild fire, Isaac receives a letter from his sister-in-law, begging him to come to Mackinac County to help out while his brother is hospitalized. Isaac agrees but is unsure how to manage their young children when he has weekend auctions he's expected to attend.

Agnes may be he answer to a prayer. Sparks fly when she and Isaac meet. But could their differences help them form a deeper connection to their faith...and each other?

Both of the main characters in this book have quite different personalities from most of the Amish stories I have read, but quite interesting. Laura Hilton always does a great job of writing stories that hold my interest. I would recommend this book as a fun read as you try to keep up with where Agnes and Isaac.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Rancher Takes a Cook by Misty M Beller - Review of the first book in the Texas Rancher Trilogy

A Christian Historical Romance Novel

When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart's only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch. Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher's son, Jacob O'Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna's well-controlled plans.

When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God's capable hands...and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who's stolen her heart?

I can't believe I am just reading this, somehow I missed this series by Misty M. Beller and OHHH, what a mistake that was! As with all of her books that I've read, it is a 'hard to put down' story. You won't go wrong by grabbing a copy!!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Courtships and Carriages by Janet Syas Nitsick - Review of the first book in the Great Plains series

Courtships and Carriages, a sweet Christian romance, returns readers to the Midwest in 1892, where men who drove fancy carriages like debonair Nolan Brandford could make ladies' hearts flutter, such as Gwen Ward's. Her heart raced every time she saw him, especially when these rides included secret rendezvous, pretty flowers and stolen kisses. ...

Her decision could be an easy one if only her dear-childhood friend, Russ Knudson, a kindhearted, humble man, a man who works with his hands -- a farmer -- was not also vying for her hand. He may not be as refined as Nolan, but his feelings were just as sincere and Gwen's love for him ran deep. And, if only Nolan was not the son of the corrupt mayor and her father, the publisher of a local paper, was not investigating that corruption.

The answer is in her court in Courtships and Carriages which includes intrigue and suspense when a trunk full of mayoral electoral ballots comes up missing.

This was  a nice quick read. The author, new to me, did keep you guessing about what Gwen would do. Her mother and heart pushing her in one direction, her father and loyalty leading her the other way and her brother pushing her one way but willing to support her in whatever she chooses to do.