Saturday, January 14, 2017

The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection by Margaret Brownley, Mary Connealy, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Susan Page Davis, Miralee Ferrell, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Amy Lillard, Vickie McDonough, Davalynn Spencer and Michelle Ule - Review




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(copied from Amazon.com)
Christmas is the time for love--and weddings--and twelve historical women are on their way to the altar, whether they know it or not. In Nineteenth Century settings across the heartland of America, readers will experience heartfelt gifts, old-fashioned Christmas traditions, sweet romance, and inspiring faith from twelve acclaimed Christian authors, including Mary Connealy, Margaret Brownley, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Michele Ule, Amy Lillard, Miralee Ferrell, Susan Page Davis, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Davalynn Spencer, and Vickie McDonough.


MY  REVIEW
Put some of my of my favorite authors and some new authors together and what do you get? Twelve, yes twelve, wonderful short Christmas stories sure to bring a smile to your face. There is some great writing in this book so it is a winner in 'my book'.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Plain Secrets by Kit Wilkinson - Review




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After years on the Philadelphia Police Force, Elijah Miller thought he'd left his Amish past behind. But when the murder of a young Amish girl starts to raise suspicions, Eli has no choice but to investigate. He'll do his duty, even if it means facing the father who won't speak to him--and the woman who rejected him. Hannah Nolt is just as beautiful as Eli remembers, and this time, running away from his feelings for her is no longer an option. Because Hannah's in danger, and needs protection only Eli can provide.

MY  REVIEW
I really enjoyed this book, Kit did a great job of telling this story and not letting you know everything until the very end. Just try and figure out who, what and why, I couldn't do it. She does feed you bits of information here and there, just enough so you think you 'might' know the answers. Highly recommended if you like mysteries and/or Amish books.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Saddle Maker's Son by Kelly Irvin - Review of the third book in The Amish of Bee County series



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Rebekah isn't like her sister who left the Amish faith, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close knit Amish community makes her feel as if she's been judged and found lacking. The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have.

Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can't erase the past that accompanies his every thought.

A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy.

In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek.

MY  REVIEW
This story is quite different, I think anyway, than most Amish books as it involves lost illegal immigrant children who were sent by their grandmother to find their father. It was a moving book and shows how far the Amish will go to be helpful for 'anyone'. This has been a good series, it is better to read the three books in order, so enjoy!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Cooke Brothers (Prairie Brides, Books 1-3) by Kit Morgan - Review of the first three books in the Prairie Brides series



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(copied from Amazon.com)
The first three books in the Prairie Bride Series are a great introduction to Clear Creek! One of the wackiest towns in the old west, and home of The Cooke Brothers! Three Englishmen taming the Oregon Territory with their fists, their guns, and impeccable manners!

His Prairie Princess: Harrison Cooke went to get his mail, discovered it was stolen, and set out after it. But he just wanted to retrieve his mail, not rescue a damsel in distress! Sadie Jones never dreamed the stage would be robbed and she herself taken along with the rest of the loot! After all, being kidnapped was the last thing on her mind that morning. Unfortunately it was the foremost thing that afternoon.

Her Prairie Knight: Colin Cooke saw Belle Dunnigan for the first time and thought he'd seen an angel! Until she walked into the arms of her aunt, Mrs Irene Dunnigan! The self-righteous, cantankerous owner of the mercantile ruled with an iron fist and hated everyone, especially the Cooke family! What a pity Belle was so attracted to Colin Cooke, the one man her aunt hated most of all.

His Prairie Duchess: Duncan Cooke was slated to become the next Duke of Stantham! Problem was he had to get married in the next thirty-eight days or lose it all. Worse, there wasn't a single female around the Clear Creek for hundreds of miles. Except one ...  Cozette Duprie lived life disguised as a boy for so long, she had no idea how to be a girl. And if her father had any ideas of marrying her off, who on earth would want her? No one. For how could any man want a wife who couldn't utter a word?


MY  REVIEW
An enjoyable read with some interesting characters, I think you will like the Cooke family and the towns people. The stories have a lot of action and could even make you giggle once in a while. Worth the time to check it out.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sagebrush Christmas by Birdie L Etchison - Review



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(copied from Amazon.com)
Following a desperate letter from her sister, Jessida Wilcox travels from her cozy home in Kansas to Pell's Valley, Oregon, where she is surrounded by sagebrush, bitter winds, and blizzards--and heartbreak as she finds Abby dead and her baby orphaned. Cal Rutledge, the cowboy who buried Abby and saved teh baby's life, is drawn to the spirited Jess. She is turning the sleepy town upside down with talk of a Christmas program, a church, a school, and most important, a fight for custody of the baby. But does Jess have room in her ambitions for a simple cowboy? Is the Lord's plan for Cal and Jess to share a sagebrush Christmas, then part ways? Or could he have a life in store for them that surpasses all they thought the desert could provide? Fall in love with this inspiring love story and our entire collection of Christian romance novels from Heartsong Presents!

MY  REVIEW
This was a wonderful Christmas story, I have not read anything by Birdie (that I can remember anyway) but I have read man Heartsong Presents books and they are short but great stories. I would say if you enjoy Christian or Historical fiction you will enjoy this one.

Oh, and no I did not misspell 'Jessida', this is the way it is spelled throughout the book, it threw me the first time but it was spelled that way continuously, so I got used to it, shook my head each time and giggled as I started to read it subconsciously with a 'c'.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas At Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard -Review of the second book in the Promise Lodge series


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As Promise Lodge's first wedding arrives, the evidence of a community building a foundation for the future is a cause for celebration. But the bishop's narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn't sit well with the Bender sisters, the town's courageous founders, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren't the most important of God's gifts--even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship.

Amos hasn't given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He'll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path--and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.


MY  REVIEW
A very good book with a lot going on, I could hardly put this down. Charlotte has done a great job of writing a book that starts out with a , 'REALLY?' sermon, and then brings it all together. It is a shocking sermon because it kind of goes against the reason the sisters and Amos started, and have planned for, Promise Lodge. Highly recommended by 'ME'.

The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston - Review of the third book in An Amish Heirloom series


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Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father's shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hostettler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.

Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand. Christopher's heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind--he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love.  When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.

When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.

Emily finishes the quilt, in spite of her pain. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his heart?


MY  REVIEW
Yes! I really enjoyed this book and Amy did not fail to bring a few tears to my eyes. This is yet another wonderful story and I don't know how I'm going to wait till May for the next book in this series. I can easily recommend this book, this series, and very good reads for the Amish booklover.

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