Monday, October 19, 2020

Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower - Review of the fifth book in An Amish Candy Shop Mystery series



Caught in a sticky situation . . .

With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio's Amish Country's most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don't mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone's shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn't sunstroke . . 

Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend's hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff's deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake---or the killer whips up another deadly surprise?


Another great cozy from Amanda! This one keeps you on your toes, trying to keep everyone's 'secret' straight isn't as hard as it sounds, but is everyone telling Bailey their 'secret' telling the full story, and are some  connected in ways you'd never think? Better grab a copy and get started on figuring this one out.

Oh, and do NOT read if you are hungry! The treats in this story sound absolutely YUMMY!!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Toxic Toffee by Amanda Flower - Review of the fourth book in An Amish Candy Shop Mystery


Bailey King's in New York wrapping us a six-week shoot on her first cable TV show, Bailey's Amish Sweets when she gets a call from her Ohio town's resident busybody. With Easter around the corner, Bailey's been recruited to create a giant toffee bunny for the weeklong springtime festival that will also feature live white rabbits. But back home in Harvest, death becomes the main attraction when Stephen Raber keels over from an apparent heart attack---with Bailey and Raber's pet bunny as witnesses.

Except it wasn't Raber's heart that suddenly gave out---a lethal dose of lily of the valley was mixed into a tasty piece of toffee. Who'd want to poison a jovial rabbit farmer who reminded Bailey of an Amish Santa Claus? To solve the murder, she and her sheriff deputy boyfriend Aiden must uncover a twenty-year-old secret. She'll need to pull a rabbit out of a hat to keep a healthy distance from toxic people, including one venomous killer . . .


Another cozy that will entertain you as well as make you hungry for chocolate! A good mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. Oh, and the recipe for Charlotte's Toffee Pieces is included! On to the next book in the series, Marshmallow Malice.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Love's Mountain Quest by Misty M Beller - Review of the second book in the Hearts of Montana series

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Young widow Joanna Watson is struggling to make a new home for her five-year-old son, Samuel, in the little mountain town of Settler's Fort. When she returns home from work to find Samuel and the woman watching him missing, with no lawman in town, she enlists a man she prays has enough experience in this rugged country to help.

Isaac Bowen wants nothing more than a quiet, invisible life in these mountains, far away from the bad decisions of his past. But he has a strong suspicion of who's behind the kidnapping, and if he's right, he knows all too well the evil they're chasing.

As they press on against the elements, Joanna fights to hold on to hope, while Isaac knows a reckoning is coming. They find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

I can just never say enough about Misty Beller's books! She keeps you so interested that it's hard to put down and find myself repeating myself on reviews. You get pulled in and want to be there to help during difficult times and enjoy the faith the main characters have.

I sooooo enjoy Misty Bellers books, I even pre-order them for the Kindle, one of only two or three authors I do that for and one of the few I read on my Kindle as I do prefer paperbacks.

His Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review of the sixth book in the Amish of Hart County series



It's set to be a white Christmas in Hart County, and Grace King is pet-sitting with only a difficult dachshund for company. Just as she starts to miss the bustle of her large Amish family, Grace runs into a familiar face. Living right next door is John Michael Miller. He's a fireman now, but five ears ago he had courted her older sister, then broke her heart. Seeing hi again stirs Grace's anger, but also reminds her of deeper feelings she's tried to deny.

John Michael's complicated attraction to Grace still remains. He had walked away all those years ago when he realized he was falling in love with the wrong sister. Now, as suspicious fires are set in their community, Grace dismisses his warnings, and John Michael vows to keep an eye on her. But he can't help wondering if he's reconnected with Grace, only to risk losing her again.

Now all John Michael wants for Christmas is to keep Grace safe, in the hopes that they can have a future together.

A good story to end the series, talks a little about the past, helping old friends, and the future. And oh yeah, with a good touch of mystery included. Grab a copy and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review of the fourth book in The Amish of Hart County series


New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings us another compelling suspense story in her THE AMISH OF HART COUNTY series, this one featuring an undercover English DEA agent who will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.

Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother's illness can return him to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he's finally found.

Alice shouldn't like---or want---Calvin. He's English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can't help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he's worth of her, she's torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.

When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can't help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she's lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

This was a great addition to this series and shows another side of the Amish life. They have 'problems' the same as the English do, they do handle things differently and seldom reach out to 'us' for help but sometimes it is necessary. Great book!

Monday, September 7, 2020

The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review of the third book in The Amish of Hart County series

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her THE AMISH OF HART COUNTY series

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that cause her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help being resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kindhearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, while Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.

I thought I knew who the guilty person was, but I was wrong, close but wrong. Grab a copy and enjoy the mystery.

Friday, September 4, 2020

His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review of the second book in The Amish of Hart County series


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her AMISH OF HART COUNTY series--a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay...

Neeta is on of the few people on Hart County who doesn't believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta's is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta's sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?


This is quite the mystery to be happening to Amish women. Another good suspense by Shelley Shepard Gray. The books in this series are on the shorter side but very enjoyable.