Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin - Review of the second book in the Every Amish Season series

(copied from Amazon.com)
Jennie Troyer knows it's time to remarry. Can she overcome a painful secret and open her heart to love?

It's been four years since Jennie's husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it's time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don't know is that grief isn't holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.

Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie's farm whenever he's in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.

Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him--guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father's death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again--and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?

In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God's plan for the future--and find peace beneath the summer sun.

As with all of Kelly's other books I've read this was a very good read. She pulls you into the world of abusive that can happen in Amish communities just as it does in the English ones, the struggle to 'not' blame yourself for everything that happens to you and finding the strength and faith to move on with your life and let yourself be happy again. I am really enjoying this series and would suggest that you read the books in order. Now onto the third book "Through the Autumn Air", can't wait!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

a Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman - Review of the second book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series

There's more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms, and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben, brother of Deborah's best friend's fiancee is in jail as the suspect!

Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn't commit. So, with her English friend, Callie--fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop--Deborah sets out to uncover the truth. But the mystery deepens when an elderly man seeks Callie's help in finding his long-lost daughter, missing since the days of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes.

An old man who has lost his past. A young man who may lose his future. Once again Deborah and Callie find themselves trying to piece together a crazy quilt of lives and events--one that can bring unexpected touches of God's grace and resolve the tragedy that has shaken this quiet Amish community.

Oh my, two mysteries in one, and what does one have to do with the other??? You will have to read the book to find out! This is a great addition to the series and a very good read. You really do need to read the series in order, and you won't be disappointed with either book that I've read so far. I had both of these in paperback, which I prefer, but will have to read the last one, "Material Witness" on my Kindle, so looking forward to reading it!

Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman - Review of the first book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series

Not your usual Amish buggy ride!
Deborah Yoder needs to sell her quilts. Callie Harper has reluctantly inherited her aunt's quilting store. Deborah is Amish, tall, and hearty, the married mother of five. Callie is English,petite, young, and single. They form an unlikely partnership when Deborah reveals her plan to auction her quilts ... online ... in a town where few residents even have electricity.

In the tiny community of Shipshewana, what could be more implausible?

A murder.

And when circumstances and a relentless detective point to a surprising prime suspect, Deborah and Callie set aside their differences and work together in an attempt to solve the mystery and catch a killer.

In Falling to Pieces, the first in a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman blends the best components of Amish fiction with a great who-done-it twist. You'll be glad she did.

Two women, an auction, a dead body, and one friendship quilt. Shipshewana will never be the same.

I have had this book for a while, as well as the second one, as I love Vannetta's books I thought I had already read them, but NOPE, I hadn't!!! Well I am sorry I waited so long to get around to them, better yet I thought I'd already posted my review, but NOPE to that too! This was a great example of the Englisch and Amish living together and becoming great friends and able to work together whether it be in normal everyday life or when things pop up to bring a little 'thrill' into life. Thrill as in solving a very serious, as in deadly, mystery. Yep, another winner for Vannetta.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Never Envy an Earl by Regina Scott - Review of the third book in the Fortune's Brides series

(copied from Amazon.com)
The saucy Yvette de Maupassant is used to danger. She's spent the last 10 years spying for England in Napoleon's court. Now that her work has been discovered, she must hide, and what better place than the remote wooded estate of the Earl of Carrolton? Her friend Miss Thorn and that delightful cat Fortune place her in a position where she can pretend to be companion to the earl's sickly mother. Yet one look at the earl has Yvette rethinking why she wants to stay.

Gregory, Earl of Carrolton, is used to power. So why does one moment in the company of his mother and spinster sister leave him feeling powerless? And why does the look in a certain Frenchwoman's eyes leave him weak at the knees? As danger draws closer, Gregory and Yvette must work together to protect her, his family, and the future of England, as they discover the greatest danger and delight is falling in love.

The sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to Never Borrow a Baronet, Fortune's Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.

Another great story in this series. Regina has the Regency genre growing on me. This book has more 'danger', and of course the love that grows in the background, than the previous two do. I don't think you would be disappointed with this series, yes, you should read the books in order to get the full enjoyment.

I was given an e-copy of this book for an honest review.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid - Review of the second book in the Amish Mercies series

He lost her once to a rash decision.
He will not lose her again.

On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expection her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin's bakery---anything to flee the source of her shame.

Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He's determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.

Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road---and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah's friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost---no matter the cost.

Ruth once again has given us an exceptional story of love, faith and determination. Have you ever had someone you love disappear? If so, of it is happens in the future, regardless of how they disappear, through their own actions or a catastrophic action/accident, just how long would you keep looking? How long would you have the faith that 'they' will return or be found?  I don't know if I have an answer, I would ask myself if it depends on the circumstance 'causing' the disappearance. Are they hiding, not wanting to return or is something else going on. An interesting story, ENJOY!

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.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Never Borrow a Baronet by Regina Scott - Review of the second book in the Fortune's Brides series

(copied from Amazon.com)
After caring for a crotchety countess. Patience Ramsey wants a more purposeful position. So, when Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency offers her the post of assistant to amateur apothecary Augusta Orwell, Patience jumps at the chance. Then her new employer introduces her at an Easter house party as the bride-to-be of her nephew Sir Harold Orwell. Miss Thorn's cat Fortune may approve of Sir Harry, but Patience has no interest in borrowing the handsome baronet. She's had her heart trampled on by false promises before.

Sir Harry has enough on his hands trying to restore the family name while spying for the English against the French. But the pretty Patience could cover for him when he must ply his trade during the house party, so he convinces her to agree to the charade. As Harry's work brings danger closer, he begins to realize Patience embodies everything he could want in a wife. Can he convince her to overlook the scandals surrounding him and exchange their false engagement for a true love?

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to "Never Doubt a Duke", Fortune's Brids: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.

Regina never fails to impress me with her writing. This is a nice story about not wanting to fall in love, a little espionage, and mystery. I don't think you'll be disappointed with this good, clean, book. Oh yes, I think it would be best to read the series in order to get the full enjoyment of this one.

I was given an e-copy of this book for an honest review.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Murder On The Menu: A Humorous Romantic Cozy Mystery by Zanna Mackenzie - Review of the first book in A Recipe For Disaster Cozy Mystery Book series

(copied from Amazon.com)
A dead celebrity chef boss. A sexy spy living next door. Lizzie's in big trouble...

Waitress Lizzie's horrible and much hated celebrity chef boss is dead; stabbed with a knife in his own restaurant kitchen. When the police discover she was officially the last person to see him alive, they put Lizzie right at the top of their suspect list.

Now, panicked and fighting to clear er name, she's forced to team up with her handsome and intriguing new neighbor, Jack Mathis. Okay, so Jack claims he's a former special agent on suspension from his investigative duties for reasons unknown, but Lizzie doesn't have time to ask questions.

Can she save herself from getting arrested and manage to resist Jack's considerable charms and gorgeous smile? Will they solve the mystery and track down the murderer before it's too late? Will Lizzie have to put her dreams of making cakes she can sell at the village store on hold as she languishes in a prison cell?

I had a lot going on when I started this so it took me a while to get into the story, but when I did it was really good. I will read more in the series so I would recommend this as a good cozy to grab and take a break.