Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wild Horses by Linda Byler - Review of the first book in Sadie's Montana series




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When the Miller family moved from Ohio to Montana, Sadie had to leave her beloved horse, the palomino named Paris. Still, she likes the Montana snows and her job at Aspen East Ranch serving the ranch hands.

Unexpectedly, Ezra appears, the man who seems to be perfect in every way and fully intends to marry Sadie. But does she love him back? And who is this fascinating Mark who helps to rescue a dying horse and shows up at the Amish hymn-sing though he is English?

Now Sadie's own close-knit family is falling apart. Will Dat let Mam seek professional help? Will Mam be willing?

Sadie finds some refuge in Nevaeh, a black and white paint. But when a dreadful accident involving wild horses occurs, Sadie must move forward into the unknown future.


MY  REVIEW
I got this book when I first saw it, but had so many books on my TBR pile, and kept acquiring more, sadly it took me a long time to get to it. I finally grabbed it and it is a beautiful story if you love horses, enjoying a great Amish book is an added bonus. Sadie is a horse whisperer, but her Dat does not like horses, so that is part of the story. But horse lovers beware you will be pulled into this series and want to read more. Great story, don't put off getting this book or reading it! Thank you Linda.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

An Amish Christmas Love by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin - Review


A charming novella collection of sweet holiday stories,
each celebrating love in all its forms, from four of your favorite Amish authors!

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Winter Kisses BY BETH WISEMAN
Three generations of Stoltzfus women are living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, are widows. Each woman is nursing a broken or lonely heart until three men rent the daadi haus for a month, and the women find themselves with potential suitors. Secrets are revealed and hearts are opened, but will all the women find love?

The Christmas Cat by AMY CLIPSTON
Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don't normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma's house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry's favorite wingchair. But the cat isn't the only Christmas visitor; a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.

Home for Christmas BY RUTH REID
When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

Snow Angels BY KELLY IRVIN
As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn't give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He's found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery; Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly's prayers for a Christmas love be answered?


MY REVIEW
I always look for the novella collection books as there are such a variety of stories and writing styles by great authors. These are some of my favorite authors and enjoyed all of the stories, one was a little slow for me but that isn't saying it wasn't a good story as it was in the end. There is some great reading here so grab a copy and find out for yourself.

I was given this book by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an hones review.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Brightest and Best by Olivia Newport - Review of the third book in the Amish Turns of Time series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long-held educational values. Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittner and becoming a mother to his children. In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground that seems to have slipped away. Margaret Simpson, an English schoolteacher, wonders if she is losing her last chance a love. As the local authorities draw lines in the sand, Margaret puts romance at risk one final time. All eyes turn to Ella to make a sacrifice and accept a challenge that can bring unity to the Amish and understanding to the English.



MY  REVIEW
If you like stories about people putting their lives on hold for the benefit of others you will enjoy this book. Olivia does a great job of writing and keeping you glued to the story she is telling. I have enjoyed the first three books in this series and there are two more waiting for me to read!!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mail-Order Marriage Promise by Regina Scott - Review of the seventh book in the Frontier Bachelors series




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Wanted: Husband and Father

Stunned that his sister ordered him a mail-order bride, John Wallin insists he's not the husband Dottie Tyrrell needs. The scholarly logger knows Dottie will make the perfect wife===for some other man. Yet he's compelled to invite the lovely widow and her infant son to stay with his family...but only until she can find her own way.

Dreams of true love are for other women. Betrayed by her baby's father, Dottie just wants a safe home for her precious child. But who could resist a man with John's quiet strength? When her secret past brings danger to their door, they may yet find this mail-order mix-up to be the perfect mistake...


MY  REVIEW
WOW!!!!! That's all I can say, WOW!!! Regina did a wonderful job with this story, I didn't want to put the book down especially the last half! I have really enjoyed this series and will highly recommend it to anyone who likes/loves historical fiction, mail-order bride stories, and stories that show how a strong faith can pull you through the rough mountains of life.

I was given this book by Regina Scott for an honest review and that is what I have given here.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller - Review of the second book in an Amish Letters series




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A letter brings him back TO HIS AMISH FAMILY. BUT IT WILL TAKE SOMEONE TRULY EXTRAORDINARY TO MAKE HIM STAY.

Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don't go as planned, Roman's prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has dies and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn't plan to stay for long.

Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional---strange, even---Leanna is happy. Especially since Roman Raber moved away., and she no longer has to work with him. Her unique outlook on life has meant she's never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn't mind. She is content being single.

But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing to help them form a deeper connection to their community and to each other. The question remains: will this strengthening bond be enough to make Roman stay for good?


MY  REVIEW
Kathleen has shared yet another touching story. I really enjoyed this story and how both Roman and Leanna, somewhat considered outcasts, deal with life and seem to unknowingly help each other. I will say that with this series it will help you if you read the books in order. Kathleen does a great job of keeping you involved in the stories she tells, grab a copy of this book and enjoy!

Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid - Review of the first book in the Amish Mercies series




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Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents' restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community and the romantic attentions of er longtime friend, Gideon

When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.

But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into questions.

Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?


MY  REVIEW
I read the first 'short' chapter and when I saw that the second chapter was 15 years later, I thought, "Oh no, I hate these books that jump back and forth like this". Well, it didn't take long for me to get pulled into this story, even with the back and forth! I have enjoyed many of Ruth's books and I enjoyed this one as well. What a tale to tell and Ruth did it well. Grab a copy and while waiting for more in the series maybe read some of her other books to bide the time, great author.

I was given a copy of this book by BookLook Bloggers for an honest review and that is what I've done, given my honest opinion of this book.

Buried by C. J. Carmichael - Review of the first book in the Twisted Cedar Mysteries series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
In the coastal town of Twisted Cedars, Oregon an ugly secret from the past has been festering for over thirty years when five librarians were targeted by a serial killer. Now an anonymous e-mailer wants true crime writer Dougal Lachlan to tell the story. To uncover the truth Dougal enlists the help of local Twisted Cedar librarian Charlotte Hammond.

Since the disappearance of her older sister, Daisy, eight years ago, Charlotte has led a quiet, sheltered life. But as Dougal's investigation proceeds she realizes there is no safe zone. Not even in libraries. And especially not in Twisted Cedars.


MY  REVIEW
I came across this book as a free Kindle book, now I may be on the hook for the next two in the series! C. J. did a wonderful job on this story, I had a hard time putting it down. If you like a good mystery then I would recommend you grab a copy of this, as I see it, it is still free on Amazon (no guarantees though as they change that 'price' often and quickly sometimes), but be prepared to want to read more books by this author!