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

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston - Review of the second book in An Amish Heirloom series


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(copied from Amazon.com)
Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel fisher is devastated when the young man she's loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined to keep her mind off the pain, she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel's class and she learn that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents' old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks to by, John's grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can't deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.

The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?


MY  REVIEW
I received "The Cherished Quilt" (the third book in this series) as a gift and since I'd read the first book, "The Forgotten Recipe", I knew that I had to read this series in order. So, yes, I purchased this one for my Kindle so I could read it immediately, lol. I was not sorry, except for the fact that I had not gotten it sooner, Amy really pulls at the heartstrings for this story. I loved the story and I think you will find yourself shedding a few tears for Rachel and/or Mike. As I said, you really should read this series in order and I'm anxiously looking forward to reading the next book. I also see that there will be a fourth book, "The Beloved Hope Chest" due out May 17, 2017. Each one of the first two, and I'm guessing the third one too, seem to be 'attached' to the Hope Chest, so I am guessing we will get the story to pull these all together in a heartbreaking love story that has got to be fantastic and possibly a real tear jerker, can't wait! ! !

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sourdough Creek by Caroline Fyffe



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(copied from Amazon.com)
Clarksville, Nevada Territory, June 1851
Cassie Angel is used to taking care of herself. With a spirit adventure, and a need to stay safe, she departs a dying Nevada town for the golden opportunities that await in California--along with a new life. When charming Sam Ridgeway shows up, claiming to know her uncle, and offers her protection in her travels, she has no idea there is an ulterior motive involved.

(copied from Barnes & Noble)
Western Historical Romance set in 1851 Nevada Territory/California
Sam Ridgeway is on a mission. He's determined to find the deed to his gold claim, along with the low-down, thieving bum who stole it from his saddlebag. Arvid Angel would pay!

Cassie Angel has a plan. She and her little sister will sneak out of Broken Branch before being left alone in the dying town with despicable Sherman brothers. Thank goodness she now has a place to flee to. On his last visit, her Uncle Arvid stashed a deed to a gold claim in her dresser drawer. Even though it means traveling to California, she's set on trying her hand at gold panning-just like thousands of others flooding to that still-wild state. Unfortunately, before she and her sister are able to depart, Klem Sherman shows up looking for trouble. Just when Cassie thinks she is lost, a tall, good-looking cowboy appears and comes to her rescue.

MY  REVIEW
Yes, another great story by Caroline. I liked this book from the beginning and throughout. Do you trust a stranger or a relative, even though the relative has a questionable reputation himself? You'll have to read and see what Cassie finds out to be true and all she goes through to find that truth. Highly recommended by 'ME'.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Like A Bee To Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand - Review of the third book in The Honeybee Sisters series



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Shy, skittish Rose Christner is more comfortable tending to the beehives on the family farm and keeping her aunt's unruly cats in line than attending social gatherings with the rest of the die youngie. A childhood trauma and secret shame keep her heart under lock and key, and Rose just can't accept the sweet attention she's receiving from a handsome neighbor. But the more she shies away from Josiah Yoder, the more their families sneakily plot to bring them together. And when a vandal who's been plaguing the Honeybee Farm starts targeting Rose, Josiah's steadfast protection--and patience--just may lead her into his waiting arms...


MY  REVIEW
I have enjoyed this series from the beginning and fear it has come to an end! Rose, the youngest and the most affected, protected, scared, and forgiving has a lot to deal with emotionally. Is it brought on by herself, events of the past and present or just her personality? Guess you'll have to read and find out, then find out if she can move on and leave any or all of these events and emotions in the past. Did I say I LOVE Jennifer's books? Well, I do!!!!!

Plains of Promise by Colleen Coble - Review of the second book in the Wyoming series



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(copied from Amazon.com)
When Emma Croftner's "husband" is killed, she realizes he was already married to someone else. The house and life she thought she had belongs to someone else. She joins the Campbell's at Fort Laramie and must learn to trust God with her security. and only kind Lt. Isaac Liddle can break through the wall she's erected against ever loving again.


MY  REVIEW
Yes, another great book by Colleen. She writes about forgiveness and strength to go on with your life when it seems there is no future. When you make a promise, thinking you will never have to honor that promise, what happens when honoring it will change your plans for your future. What would you do?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Where Leads the Heart by Colleen Coble - Review of the first book in the Wyoming series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
The Civil War has taken the one thing Sarah Montgomery values most, her fiance, Rand Campbell. Only after she agrees to marry another man does she realize Rand is not dead after all. Set against the backdrop of fort Laramie, this exiting story of love lost and gained will take you to that dangerous time of the Sioux Indian Wars.

MY  REVIEW
A very good historical love story with ups and downs, I was near tears at the beginning even. I love Colleen's books and have already started on the second book in this series, "Plains of Promise". When I look at one website and it lists four books in this series, but on another they were listed as separate novels in 1997, 1999, and 2000. So I guess you can decide if you want to read them in order or not. You will enjoy them either way I think!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review of the fourth book in the Charmed Amish Life series



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Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Having just returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi tries to fit into his old life only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

When Julia, Levi's young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, he finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a task Levi takes seriously. Soon enough, his friendship with Julia grows into attraction, but Levi can't help harboring doubts. There's something about Julia that doesn't ring quite true . . .

Like Levi, Julia Kemp has survived her fair share of hardships--but only by hiding the truth of her past. Then she meets Levi and, for the first time, she feels hopeful. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret and eventually ... perhaps even sharing her life with him.

Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together in order to find the healing, support, and love they so desperately desire.


MY  REVIEW
At first when reading this book I was thinking it hit close to home for some women I know and have known, it happens too often in life, Julia was smart enough and strong enough to get herself out of a bad situation sooner than later. Tears did come to my eyes while reading, I won't tell you when or where, you will have to see if you have the same emotions. A very good read for Christmas, for anytime as far as that goes. Grab a copy!

The Precious Amish Baby by Faith Crawford-Mail Order Bride: Inspirational Romance: (Clean Christian Historical Baby Romance) - Review



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(copied from Amazon.com)
A Pregnant young widow, her daughter and an Amish farmer looking for a bride. Will they find love?

In the year 1895, Mary Ruth Stoltz is pregnant with her second child by her husband Eli. After Eli's sudden death, she moves in with the Bishop and his wife, members of the Amish community that Eli belonged to.

When no suitable man is found in the community for Mary Ruth to marry, the Bishop informs Mary Ruth that a widower in a community a day's journey away, is looking for a mail order bride and that she will be going to meet him. If the match is good, she will stay to have her baby and be a mother to his five children, as well as her young daughter and newborn.

The move to the new community proves to be easier than the pregnancy itself. Will Mary Ruth find the happiness and healing she needs from her new family, as well as providing what they need from her? Only time will tell.

NOTE: This book includes bonus stories!
1. A Baby in Montana
2. Devoted to the Rancher's Baby
3. My Secret Amish Baby
4. The Billionaire Widow's Baby
5. Amish Love for the Secret Baby

"The Precious Amish Baby" is a 16,000-word stand-alone story in a series about young, adventurous mail order brides, set against the background of Amish communities. Other parts of the series:

Devoted to the Rancher's Baby
My Sister's Baby
My Secret Amish Baby
A Baby at the Doctors Ranch

The books are clean and all have a HEA, so no cliffhangers.



MY  REVIEW
These were short stories, I would categorize it as a 'collection of novella's'. I found them each one enjoyable and no two were alike at all. If you like Amish, mail-order bride and/or historical stories you will like this book, a pretty quick read.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Preacher's Bride Collection by DiAnn Mills, Colleen L. Reece, Kimberly Comeaux, Kristy Dykes, Darlene Franklin and Sally Laity - Review


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It Takes and Extra Special Woman to Be a Preacher's Bride
Six men are dedicated to proclaiming God's Word--and six women wonder if they're cut out to support that calling. Being a helpmate to a pastor is no easy task. They must step out in a special kind of faith and love to become preachers' brides....

In this exclusive collection, readers will delight in six old-fashioned romance stories.

Remember Me by Kimberley Comeaux
Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy by Kristy Dykes
Miss Bliss and the Bear by Darlene Franklin
A Bride for the Preacher by Sally Laity
Renegade Husband by DiAnn Mills
Silence in the Sage by Colleen L. Reece

Spanning a variety of historical times and places, these stories will capture, inspire, and entertain readers--and remind them of God's unique way of weaving great joy and blessing into the lives of those who love Him and follow His will.



MY  REVIEW
I always enjoy the 'collections' books because they usually have stories by authors I really like and most of the time you find at least one and many two or three new authors you like. This book did not fail me in that area and as usual I enjoyed the stories also. There were at least a couple that took me a 'while' (as long as a while can be in a short story, lol) to get into but the stories ended up being very good. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction, historical christian fiction or mail-order bride books should find that they will like this book.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thorns of Rosewood by G. M. Barlean - Review of the first book in the Rosewood series



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(copied from Amazon.com)
Gloria Larsen knows only three things about her birth mother: she was over forty, she lived in Rosewood, Nebraska, and she was accused of murder in 1974.

When Gloria is offered a job as a newspaper editor in the small town, she jumps at the opportunity to discover the identity of her birth mother. Digging into the past, she finds a story of the disappearance of a judge's wife and four friends accused of murder. Gloria tracks the now-elderly women to an assisted-living facility. This is Gloria's chance to write the story of a lifetime and finally know her heritage. Even if she can't learn the truth of her origins, she must find out what really happened to Naomi Waterman Talbot.

MY  REVIEW
Sit down, get a good grip, and hang on!!! You are going on one wild ride! This is a first book for me written by G. M. Barlean but I am DEFINITELY in line for more. Gina does a wonderful job of weaving this story and makes you want to keep reading, forget about sleep, housework, cooking meals, etc., just get through this book. There are some very interesting characters, the thorns, mystery and loyalty to friends. Oh, and you know how there is always that one girl who thinks she's the Queen of the school and even her 'friends' in her little 'elite clique' don't like her, well she's in this story too! Highly recommended by me.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sofia's Tune by Cindy Thomson - Review of the third book in the Ellis Island series



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(copied from Amazon.com)
In Sofia's Tune, we meet Sofia Falcone, a young woman who has been living in New York only a short time when she is stunned to discover a family secret, one that soon sends her beloved mother into a mental institution. Scrambling to keep her job and care for her mother, Sofia is convinced confronting the past will heal all wounds, but her old world Italian family wants to keep the past in the past.

During this time, she encounters Antonio, a Vaudeville pianist with a street-smart dog, seeking to discover why his father was mysteriously killed. Their crossed paths uncover a frightening underworld in Little Italy. Bringing the truth to light may cost Sofia's mother's sanity, Antonio's career, and the livelihoods of countless immigrants. Change is on the horizon, but it may not bring what they expect.


MY  REVIEW
I think this has been the best book in the series, and oh what sad stories! I was pulled into this book right from the beginning. Cindy did a wonderful job and if you are not touched by the lives of Sofia and Antonio, especially Sofia's, then I don't know what will pull at your heartstrings. Grab a copy and get ready for a very good story with a touch of mystery to it.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Texas Twilight by Caroline Fyffe - Review of the second book in the McCutcheon Family series


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(copied from Amazon.com)
Texas Badlands, 1886
Fresh out of medical school, John McCutcheon finds his stagecoach under attack by brutal outlaws. With the help of a feisty acquaintance, Lily Anthony, he manages to fend off the assault. Lily is attracted to the charming cowboy-doctor, with his chiseled good looks and teasing ways, then heartbroken to learn he's engaged to be married.

Once settled in Rio Wells, Texas, John tries to ignore the fact that his cousin has taken a shine to Lily. When a bounty hunter shows up looking for a priceless jewel that Lily has found stashed away in her aunt's belongings, Lily fears her dreams of owning her own shop--and of finding true love--are about to go up in flames...or, could that just be the glow of a beautiful...Texas Twilight?


MY  REVIEW
Caroline had my interest in this story right from the beginning. A lot of action, great story and surprises. I can highly recommend this if you enjoy historical fiction with a few twists and turns in the romance area.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser - Review


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(copied from Amazon.com)
Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress. Wide-eyed with the possibilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there's more for her than a life of service. Annie chooses to risk everything, taps into courage she never knew she had, and goes off on her own, finding employment in the sewing department at Macy's. While at Macy's Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God's leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer--a pattern artist of the highest degree. As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.


MY  REVIEW
When I started this book I had trouble getting into the story, but not for long, then I found the story of a very strong woman who left home because she could not take living with her parents any longer. This led to quite an adventure, crossing the ocean, standing up for herself by stepping out on her own in a strange country, and following a dream of living a better life than she came from. The milestones she gets to take because of her 'unknown' ability are amazing and you will be intrigued with her story also. What a great book, different than a lot I read. Grab a copy and enjoy, my recommendation!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley  <http://www.netgalley.com/> book review program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Convenient Christmas Wedding by Regina Scott - Review of the fifth book in the Frontier Bachelors series


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Proposing a marriage of convenience to a rugged logger is the boldest move of Nora Underhill's sheltered life. In return for Simon Wallin's protection from her overbearing family, the unassuming seamstress offers prime frontier farmland. But their paper marriage changes when Nora's greedy brother tries to draw her back into a life of drudgery. Her only option: move to Simon's farm, and into the center of his loving, unruly family.

Years of shouldering responsibility have left Simon cynical and reserved. But little by little, Nora's warmth opens his shuttered heart to joy. With their marriage claim under threat, can this practical arrangement blossom over the holidays...and become a love for all seasons?


MY  REVEIW
Very good read, held my interest throughout and, Regina did not let me down with this story. I had a hard time putting this book down. Nora and Simon were raised so completely different and how many times in those days does a woman 'propose' to a man, to a man she didn't really know even. Yes, an interesting storyline and I loved how they dealt with all the family 'interference', from both families. This has been a great series, does it continue, I hope so!

Thank you to Regina Scott 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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble - Review of the first book in the Lonestar series


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(copied from Amazon.com)
Though tragedy has wrecked her life, Allie Siders holds on to the hope that her five-year-old daughter, Betsy, will speak again. But with a stalker out for revenge, all Allie can think about now is their safety. She must sever all ties and abandon life as she knows it. She heads to the peaceful Bluebird Ranch, nestled deep in Texas hill country, and to the only person who can help them.

The ranch is a sanctuary for abused horses, and also for troubled youths: the perfect place for Betsy to grow and recover. Ranch owner Elijah DeAngelo eagerly welcomes the duo. But Rick Bailey--the ranch foreman and DeAngelo's right hand man--hasn't decided to let his guard down . . . yet.

Promises made long ago soon force Rick and Allie to work together to escape danger. Will they discover love along the way?


MY  REVIEW
Be ready to be pulled into this story while reading the prologue! What a road you will be traveling, fear, determination and hope will be some of them. I have read some of Colleen's books before and really enjoyed them, this one is no different and she shows that you can move on with your life even while facing the fear of death to your loved ones and possible yourself. By the way, I never did figure out who was causing the fear or why until it is revealed. A must read!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad - Review of the first book in The Gregory Sisters series




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(Copied from Amazon.com)
Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn't include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won't be easy. "Hello Girls" must conduct themselves according to strict--and often bewildering--rules. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank's eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents' home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity.

When one of Hannah's friends finds himself on the wrong side of a jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling in love?


MY  REVIEW
An excellent book for historical fiction lovers. I've been pleased with every Lorna Seilstad book that I've read and this one was no different. She has an excellent writing style and keeps you reading late into the night. Great characters and a wonderful story. Grab a copy and get ready to be pulled in!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Amish Heiress by Patrick E Craig - Review of the first book in The Paradise Chronicles series




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Rachel Hershberger's life in Paradise, Pennsylvania is far from happy. Her papa struggles with a terrible event from the past, and his emotional instability has created an irreparable breach between them. Rachel's one desire is to leave the Amish way of life and Paradise forever. Then her prayers are answered. Rachel discovers that the strange, key-shaped birthmark above her heart identifies her as the heir to a vast fortune left by her Englischer grandfather, Robert St. Clair. If Rachel will marry a suitable descendant of the St. Clair family, she will inherit an enormous sum of money. But Rachel does not know that behind the scenes is her long-dead grandfather's sister-in-law, Augusta St. Clair, a vicious woman who will do anything to keep the fortune in her own hands. As the deceptions and intrigues of the St. Clair family bind er in their web, Rachel realizes that she has made a terrible mistake. But has her change of heart come too late?


MY  REVIEW
There is a lot going on in this book and oh what a story! Also, you don't usually have this kind of anger within a family or danger when it is an Amish story, so, if you like danger you will love this book. It seems like the danger is lurking in many corners, oh and the double crossing of the characters, then it all comes to a head. Will Rachel survive, will other vital characters survive? I guess you'll have to read the book and find out. This is well worth the money and time to read, grab the book and enjoy!

I would suggest that you read The Apple Creek Dreams series first, the story will make more sense to you. Patrick does some explaining in spots throughout in regards to the first series but I am really glad I read the other series first.

Love Bears All Tings by Beth Wiseman - Review of the second book in the Amish Secrets series




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Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. but when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she's forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Soon she is entangled in a we of deception--and this time, she isn't the only one keeping secrets.

Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancee's betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlotte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before.

Charlotte begins building a friendship with Daniel that she'll need to lean on when more surprises surface from her past and she once again finds herself torn between two worlds. Will Charlotte's friends in the Amish community be able to show her the power of redemption and lead her home? And can she help young Jacob realize that God offers second chances at happiness when she isn't even sure herself?


MY  REVIEW
Yes, yes, yes, this is a must read book! Beth did a wonderful job of pulling me in and not letting me go, I even wanted more. It is a tear at your heart novel. This is a great series and comes highly recommended by 'ME'.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Southern Peach Pie and a Dead Guy by A. Gardner - Review of the first book in the Poppy Peters Mystery series




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(taken from Amazon.com)
After an injury derails Poppy Peters' ballet career, she gathers the courage to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and attend Calle Pastry Academy in a small-town Georgia. Poppy has her work cut out for her not only fitting in with her charming (and not-so-charming) Southern classmates but also proving her worth to her teachers after her first publicly humiliating attempt a making the school's famous peach pie. But Poppy's pastry problems to from bad to worse when she's suddenly accused of stealing expensive black truffles, and her attempt to clear her name goes awry...resulting in the missing truffles and track down a killer, all while honing her baking skills to compete in the school's dessert competition for a coveted pastry internship in Paris. Can Poppy prove she's one tough cookie? Or is her life about to crumble?

**Recipes included**


MY  REVIEW
This book had a slow start for me, it just could not hold my interest for some reason. I liked the story but at first it reminded me of being in school again, like junior high or high school. It picked up a little but I still did not have a problem putting the book down to do other things. Maybe it was me and I was not in the mood for a cozy mystery at this time, I don't know. I will probably try another book in the series to see how it goes, but that has to be down the road as I have some other commitments right now.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Plain Truth by Debby Giusti - Review of the tenth book in the Military Investigations series




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When widowed doctor Ella Jacobsen is attacked and left for dead in her children's clinic, the peace she's found in Georgia's Amish country is shattered. Someone is after something in her clinic and wants her out of the way...but what are they looking for? Ella knows only that her life is in the hands of army special agent Zach Swain. Zach can't resist the vulnerable but headstrong Ella, who stares down danger to care for the people she loves. With one look, the loner soldier goes from investigator to protector. To save Ella, he must uncover the secrets that swirl around the idyllic community. And he needs to do it fast, because Ella is running out of time.


MY  REVIEW
I have read several books by Debby and have been pleased with each one. This was a great story about the Englisch and how they are trying to help Amish children with a disorder that is not often found in Englisch children. Debby kept me very interested in this story of Ella's survival so I can highly recommend this as a great book.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Bee In Her Bonnet by Jennifer Beckstrand - Review of the second book in The Honeybee Sisters




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Their bees produce the most delectable honey in all of Wisconsin. and the three Christner girls are fondly known as The Honeybee Sister throughout their peaceful Amish community--where their spirited sweetness is attracting any number of hopeful suitors...

Lively, determined, and independent, Poppy Christner isn't about to let some vandal keep making mischief on her family's farm. She's been outrunning boys and standing up for picked-on children ever since she wa a girl--no matter how much her prideful, arrogant schoolmate Luke Bontrager insulted her. So Poppy certainly doesn't need his interference now, especially since he's made it plain he prefers demure, ladylike companions. In fact, if Luke doesn't stop helping her find the culprit--and growing humble and remorseful--she'll be forced to notice how handsome his change-of-heart is making him. And that could mean falling in love--maybe for a lifetime...


MY  REVIEW
Once again I am repeating myself here, I love Jennifer's books! She did not fail me yet again. This author has such a way with words that you just can't put the book down, unless you get so tired you fall asleep and drop it, lol. I didn't find myself with as many giggles in this story but Aunt B, Bitsy, is still a character to reckon with and according to her never feed a man because he'll keep coming back. She put her life on hold to raise the three Christner girls and someone is out to get them, but which one Bitsy or one of the girls. I have not figured it out yet, I have some ideas, but still guessing so will be watching for "Like a Bee to Honey" to be released August 30, 2016 and see if I get an answer with that book!

I started reading Jennifer's book with "Huckleberry Hill" and have read every one of her books since, even pre-ordered some which I 'never' have done before! I do have to go back and pick up her first series Forever in Apple Lake so read.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Until I Love Again by Jerry S. Eicher - Review of the second book in The St. Lawrence County Amish series




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Susanna Miller's freedom during her rumspringa goes a bit further than she wants her family to know. A birthday sign innocently placed on a gas station billboard condemns Susanna as she realizes her relationship with the charming Joey Macalister, an Englisha man, has become far too close.

Her daett is not pleased, but what he hasn't told her is that he himself has regrets about events from his own rumspringa. Widower Ernest Helmuth knows Ralph Miller's secret, but he has said nothing as of yet. He plans on having Susanna as his bride no matter what.

with her baptism approaching, Susanna knows that the time is running out to make her choice: stay with her family or hope she can find love in the Englisha world. With Ernest Helmuth watching, that decision might not be hers to make.

Is Susanna's faith strong enough to make the right choice!


MY  REVIEW
OH MY, OH MY, OH MY! It has been a while since I've read one of Jerry's books and boy have I been missing out. Susanna's story made my heart bleed! Why would she be blamed for a sin that was not even committed by her? Not only does her family treat her differently but the community even seems to reject her, except for a man she does not love. Will her faith be enough for her to stay? This is a MUST read, one you will not want to put down until you discover which direction her life goes.

Thank you to Harvest House Publishers and Jerry S. Eicher 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

Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy Boxed Set (3 Books in 1) by Patricia McLinn - Review, includes Almost a Bride, Match Made in Wyoming and My Heart Remembers


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(taken from Amazon.com)

Wyoming Wildflowers Trilogy
Book 1 -- Almost a Bride (Indian Paintbrush)
Book 2 -- Match Made in Wyoming (Fireweed)
Book 3 -- My Heart Remembers (Bur Marigold)
Wildflowers have to be strong and resilient to bloom amid the rudded beauty of Wyoming -- and so do the women

ALMOST A BRIDE
Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as long as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she's returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family's ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.

Matty's up to something -- Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he'll provide it. Doing what's best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can't resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-do's -- a kiss as fiery as the flame-red Indian Paintbrush that's always reminded him of Matty.

Maybe -- just maybe -- his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.


MATCH MADE IN WYOMING
When fire ravages Wyoming land, Fireweed is among the first plants to return, brightening the blighted area with the joy of its blooms. Can Taylor Anne Larsen pull off a similar miracle for the pain-ravaged heart and disbelieving soul of ranch foreman Cal Ruskoff? Armed with the same grace and grit as the wildflower Fireweed, Taylor also has allies -- a matchmaking friend, the Wyoming winter, high-octane mutual attraction, and a rescued puppy who slips past Cal's defenses.

Cal might give in to passion temporarily, but from behind the wall he's built around his past and his secrets, he's certain Taylor is all that he can't let himself have. And he'll use all his weapons to keep her out.


MY HEART REMEMBERS
Lisa Currick was once as bright and open as the sunny Bur Marigold wildflower of her native Wyoming. That's how New York City Detective Shane Garrison has remembered her since she figured in his first investigation eight years ago. But when he arrives in her hometown determined to resolve the final element of that case, he discovers the girl he's remembered has become a very different woman


MY  REVIEW
I must say that I have not read anything by Patricia before and I really did enjoy the storyline. She did a great job of pulling me in. That being said there is nothing in the 'back of the book blurb' to mention how much sex is involved in her writing, I normally don't read books with a lot of sex. If the story was not so interesting I would not have finished the trilogy, so that tells you that she has a way with words. So depending on what you like, you may love this book or you may really enjoy the story and go as fast as you can over the sexual scenes. I am giving this three stars because of the sexual content, the stories deserve four to five stars I think.

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller - Review of the third book in An Amish of Birch Creek series




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Abigail Schrock knows God can make all things new, but does that include her broken heart?

It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can't help but feel that if she'd only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail's two sisters have found love, and all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry.

Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community--his good loks have always gotten him far. Which is why he's baffled by the call he's received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away.

Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she ma discover a love powerful enough to restore her hope in a promising future.

MY  REVIEW
A great book with a several women with a strong faith and a lot a patience with how their lives are progressing. One has relied on her faith for over 15 years, some are just beginning their journey. Two men are learning to listen to God and the women they love. Yes, this was a wonderful book with quite a bit going on, making it hard to put down. I can highly recommend this as an enjoyable book to read and maybe even learn a little about faith as you do so.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sweet As Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand - Review of the first book in The Honeybee Sisters series




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Smart, kind, and good-hearted, the three Christner girls are affectionately known as The Honeybee Sisters in the beloved Wisconsin Amish community where, under the care of their aunt, they've grown into skilled beekeepers--and lovely, sought-after young women...

Though she has blossomed into a beauty, Lily Christner doesn't really believe it. Deep down, she still feels like a lonely, gawky teenager. Maybe that's why she's all but promised herself to Paul Glick, the one boy who never teased her in her awkward girlhood--unlike Dan Kanagy, whose creative name-calling left her in tears many a time. Now he's back in town after two years away--and being surprisingly sweet, suspiciously attentive--and making Lily unsettlingly yet deliciously nervous. It seems Dan wants Lily's forgiveness--and her heart. But can he convince her--not to mention her protective schwesters and aendi--that despite the past, her future lies with him?...


MY  REVIEW
A favorite author, a new series, and already looking forward to the next book! This was a delightful book and has just a touch of mystery and a few giggles. Jennifer never fails to pull my into her books and anxiously looking for more! Aendi Bitsy, also know as "B", is the character in this series that keeps things interesting, lol. Thank you Jennifer for another great book and I highly recommend it as a great read!

The Rails to Love Romance Collection by Amanda Cabot, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Lisa Carter, Ramona K Cecil, Lynn A Coleman, Susanne Dietre, Connie Stevens & Liz Tolsma - Review



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(taken from NetGalley.com)
Journey the Transcontinental Railroad along with nine unlikely couples who encounter all the danger and disappointments of traveling the rails in the late 1800's. From sight-seeing excursions to transports toward new lives, from orphan trains to circus trains, can romances develop into blazing love in a world of cold, hard steel?


MY  REVIEW
Great stories and some great authors that are among my favorites, plus some authors that are new to me. I love the collection books because you get such a variety of short stories and different writing styles. Of course there are some you like more than others but I've never been disappointed in any that I've read, and I have read several. This book is worth taking a look at to add to your wish list, tbr pile, etc., I don't think you will be disappointed either.

This book is due out on October 1, 2016 and you can pre-order it today on Amazon for $7.57, regular price will be $14.99.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley  <http://www.netgalley.com/> book review program. 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Rancher of Convenience by Regina Scott - Review of the third book in the Lone Star Cowboy League




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Sweet mail-order bride Nancy Bennett can't believe it when her husband is exposed as a cattle rustler--and killed. And when the banker holding the ranch's mortgage questions whether she can run the ranch on her own, the pregnant widow has nowhere to turn. Until steady foreman Hank Snowden proposes marriage...

Racked with grief about his role in Lucas Bennett's death, Hank resolves to do right by theman's wife and child. So it's natural for him to step in as Nancy's newly minted husband. But the marriage of convenience may become more than a mere obligation...if only Hank and his bride can brave the first steps toward elusive true love.


MY  REVIEW
I have enjoyed many of Regina's books and this one was just as enjoyable. I loved the story line and how she told the story. You get pulled into the book and want to read quickly. There are a few twists to keep you interested. I can recommend this as a good read if you like Inspirational Historical Romance books.

I was given this book by Regina as a member of her review team for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer - Review of the first book in the Ladies of Harper's Station




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She Trusts Him for the Job,
But Can She Trust Him With Her Heart?

Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a women's colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.

Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he's always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.

As the danger intensifies, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper's Station must choose safety or whether to risk everything to fight for their future.


MY  REVIEW
Karen is one of my favorite authors and with this book, she reminds me why. Have you ever heard of an all woman town in historical times, I hadn't, and it makes a great story. All I can say is, if you haven't read any of Karen's work, give this book a try. I'm guessing who the next book will feature so I'm anxious to see if I'm right!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Plain Threats by Alison Stone - Review




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Rebecca Fisher's life was turned upside down when her husband was accused of murder and died in prison. Now, more than a year later, someone is reminding the Amish widow that all hasn't been forgiven. But Rebecca isn't about to pay for the sins of someone else's past. So when the threats escalate and her rebellious stepson starts keeping secrets, Rebecca turns to former army ranger Jake Burke for help. She knows the Englisher is an honorable man, but being around him rattles her traditional community. Before long, Rebecca senses Jake is the only person she can trust with her safety...and wit her fragile heat.


MY  REVIEW
For me, I had a hard time getting into this book, I think because there was talk about drugs. I know it is a part of our lives and we all have, or know, someone close that has a problem with them. Putting that aside I kept reading and was soon interested in what the ending would be. A good read and the mystery is there!

Married in Sugarcreek - A Simple Amish Romance Boxed Set by Anna Fisher, Emma Palmer and Bethany King - Review




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(copied from Amazon.com)

1) The Lonely Deacon
Living a loveless life was easy for Mark... until he met Miriam.

42-year-old Deacon Mark Miller was living a good but lonely life as the well-respected deacon of his Sugarcreek community. Being unmarried had always allowed him to focus on his work, and for 12 years, that had been enough. But through an unexpected turn of events, two completely different women are about to enter into his life, and for better or for worse, they will change his life forever.

Experience the romance, the hard decision-making, and the life of an Amish deacon in The Lonely Deacon - A Simple Amish Romance,and find out if Mark will notice true love when he sees it, or if he's destined to remain as the lonely deacon.

2) Blind Sight
How do you move forward after an accident destroys your entire life?

Four years after the accident that left Beth Price blind, she has finally been able to find peace in her life. But, when Jeremy Adler, the boy who helped cause the accident returns to Sugarcreek after almost four years, Beth's ability to forgive and move forward is put to the test.

Live the romance, the heartache, and life through the eyes of a blind Amish girl in Blind Sight - A Simple Amish Romance, and find out if Beth and Jeremy are meant to be, or if the pain of the past is too much to allow them to move forward.

3) The Sugarcreek Fishing Club
When you've been alone your entire life, how do you find love?

Elizabeth Troyer is content with her life? She fishes alone, she reads alone, and she has her family to rely on. But on her 21st birthday, she's thrust into joining a club for her rumspringa. She decides to join the Sugarcreek Fishing Club - a club filled with all boys, whose members seem bent on not letting her join, with the exception of their leader: Mark Fisher, who is drawn to Elizabeth.

Can Elizabeth overcome the odds of being accepted by an all-boys club? Will her community accept her fishing alone with boys? And will anything develop between her and Mark along the way? Experience the joy of the Sugarcreek Fishing Club, and see where Elizabeth's journey takes her!


MY  REVIEW
I found all three of these stories very enjoyable and with a twist from the normal Amish stories. When I picked this set to read I had not read anything by any of the authors, I love it when I find new authors to follow. I can say that I would recommend this set of books to those that enjoy reading Amish stories.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Plain Pursuit by Alison Stone - Review




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When her brother is killed in a small Amish town, Anna Quinn discovers she's an unwelcome outsider. But the FBI agent investigating the case is right at home--because Eli Miller was born and raised in Apple Creek's Plain community. Eli left his Amish faith behind long ago, but his heart is rooted in a local cold case he can't forget--a mystery with strange connections to Anna's loss. Desperate to uncover the truth, Anna and Eli are faced with stony silences and secrets...secrets that someone wants to keep buried in the past.


MY  REVIEW
What a heart wrenching story Alison is telling here. The things a brother will put himself through for a sister are visible here. By the end, I was getting more and more anxious, and in more fear for Anna, that I wasn't able to put the book down until I found out what happened. Oh yes, a must read for mystery and/or Amish readers.

Monday, July 4, 2016

A Dark Amish Night by Jenny Moews - Review




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(copied from Amazon.com)
Hannah's whole world collapses when her husband, Eric, is found dead with her young son inside their buggy nearby. Sheriff Quinn Ramsey searches for a killer in a town full of secrets and lies while he deals with his own dark past. A budding romance threatens to consume and destroy both their lives. Can Quinn find Eric's killer before Hannah is cast out of the only community she has ever known and save her son before the killer strikes again? Find out in this thrill-ride mystery romance.


MY  REVIEW
Jenny is a new author, not only for me but I think this is her first book as I can't find anything else she's written. With that being said, I was really impressed with this book. It was a good mystery with a lot of twists, turns and secrets. I do hope to see some more books written by her. My only problem, and I don't blame this all on the author, are the errors you have to overlook. Like misspellings, added words, etc. This is not the only e-book I've had this problem with so I am blaming it on the auto-correct as far as spelling and grammar go. The story was great though!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Corsets and Cuffs by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the third book in the Baker City Brides series




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(copied from Amazon.com)

Sheriff Tully Barrett never knew trouble had such a pretty face.
Brianna Dumont never knew the law could be so handsome and hardheaded.
Pampered and privileged, Brianna Dumont escapes the life she's always known in an effort to clear her father's good name. She arrives in Baker City, Oregon, intent on selling her father's shares in a mine. Only the mine is a bust, her father's partner is a crusty ol' coot who hates women, and the sheriff in town is determined to keep her behind bars.

With good friends around him, a small ranch of his own, and a fulfilling job as sheriff, Tully Barrett loves his life. Then an exasperating woman shows up, making demands and driving him crazy. No matter how hard he tries to ignore her brains and beauty, she works her way under his skin.

Corsets and Cuffs captures the fun-loving banter of two strong-willed characters determined not to fall in love in this sweet historical romance.


MY  REVIEW
Oh my get out the tissues! I was laughing so hard at one point the tears were gathering in my eyes and I had a hard time reading what "Fred" did. Oh, and then waiting for the Sheriff to find out, hahaha. I know I say this each time but I love Shanna's books, this is the funniest one so far I think. There is not much more to be said than if you have not read any of her books, PLEASE, keep her in mind when you are looking for a new author. I have enjoyed every one of her books that I've read so far and plan to read many more.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Amish Firefighter by Laura V Hilton - Review of the first book in the Amish Firefighter series




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A Beautiful Young Woman Banished from Home
Abigail Stutzman thought it was bad enough being dropped at the nearest bus station and sent to live several states away with some relatives she'd never even heard of, much less met. But now, just a week after her arrival in Jamesport, Missouri, she finds herself at the scene of a barn fire. An intentional barn fire. And all fingers are pointed at her. She's desperate to prove her innocence and protect her reputation, but nobody's making that easy. And God certainly doesn't seem wiling to help.

A Brave Firefighter with an Agenda of His Own
Sam Miller is in the process of turning over a new leaf. Determined to atone for the follies of his past, he is a volunteer firefighter, and EMT, and a paramedic-in-training. With suspicious barn fires escalating, and his family being among the victims, no one is more determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice than Sam.

A Kindled Flame Neither One Could Have Anticipated
When their paths first cross at the site of a barn burning, the emotional intensity rivals the warmth of the flames. Soon, they must decide whether this fire is one they should feed or fight. And they'll discover that the truth can prove more dangerous than a blazing inferno.


MY  REVIEW
Laura captured my attention with this involved story about family secrets, unbelieving when the truth first comes out, and the effects on generations to follow. The old saying, "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!", sure does fit this book well. Another MUST read from Laura!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Caterina by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the second book in the Pendleton Petticoats series




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(taken from  Amazon.com)
On the run from the Italian mafia in New York City, feisty Caterina Campanelli travels across the country to the small town of Pendleton, Oregon, trying to hid her past while she decides what to do about her uncertain future. Seeking comfort in her cooking, she battles her attraction to one of the town's most handsome men.


MY  REVIEW
Oh yes, another book that kept baiting me to not put it down. Shanna had me waiting for the shoe to drop, when it finally does you find out it's from the wrong pair, so to speak. Will the correct shoe ever drop? I can't say enough how much I enjoy Shanna's writing, and oh yes there are giggles in this book too.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Journey's End by Renee Ryan - Review of the first book in the Gilded Promises series




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(taken from Amazon.com)
Having grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth--century London, Caroline St. James is used to fighting to survive.

So when her beloved mother--abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family--suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong. With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother's suffering:  Caroline's grandfather. To settle the family score, Caroline infiltrates her grandfather's privileged world, hoping to sabotage his business from the inside. But as she sets her plot in motion, she meets Jackson Montgomery, a virtuous man who is struggling to recover from a family scandal of his own. As their friendship grows and Caroline begins to piece together the motives that led her family to turn its back, she is forced to make a decision: Should she risk everything in the name of justice? Or can she look toward the future and let love and forgiveness guide her instead?


MY  REVIEW
What a great book this was, Renee did a wonderful job of keeping me interested in the story. There is bitterness to overcome. If what she is told is true, who committed the crime, and why? If not why was she lied to? Oh yes, intriguing isn't it! You need to 'grab' this book as it is a great read. I hope to see more in this series.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard - Review of the first book in the Promise Lodge series




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It's a better life, a fresh start--and a heaven-sent second chance. Founded by three Amish sisters determined to put misfortune behind them, Promise Lodge is a colony where faith's abiding promise can be fulfilled--and love can make all things new...

Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. she's also hoping the change will help her son Noah's heart to heal after his broken engagement. But his former fiancee, Deborah, is looking for a fresh start too. Filled with regret, and cast out by her dat for a reason she can't yet reveal, Deborah can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness.

Deborah is the last person Noah expected to show up at Promise Lodge. But with her cruel words still ringing in his head, he's reluctant to accept her apology--even if the Old Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ's most important commandment: love one another.  But one thing is certain--his mother and aunts, and their beloved Preacher Amos, will do their best to help him get there.


MY  REVIEW
This is quite a different story involving the Amish but what an interesting one it is. There are some different personalities that come to Promise Lodge to see if they'd be interested in moving there and these will keep you reading and wondering. I have read some of Charlotte's other books and find this just as good as those. I can recommend this as great book with a very interesting story.

Thimbles And Thistles by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the second book in the Baker City Brides series




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(taken from Amazon.com)
Stubborn, mule-headed, independent woman! She's take that as a compliment... Maggie Dalton has no need for a man in her life. Widowed more than ten years, she's built a successful business and managed quite well on her own in the bustling town of Baker City, Oregon. Aggravated by her inability to block thoughts of the handsome lumber mill owner from her mind, she renews her determination to resist his attempts at friendship. Full of Scottish charm and mischief, Ian MacGregor could claim any available woman in Baker City as his own, except the enchanting dress shop owner who continues to ignore him. Not one to give up on what he wants, Ian vows to win Maggie's heart or leave the town he's come to love.


MY  REVIEW
Oh what a fix Maggie is in, lol, not only one man wants her but another is making moves in that direction also. Now what? Yep, Shanna had me giggling again. I did feel that this story moved a little slower but it didn't take away from the entertainment. Another book I would recommend as a good, fun and entertaining read. Keep them coming Shanna, I'll keep reading them!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Crumpets And Cowpies by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the first book of the Baker City Brides series




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(taken from Amazon.com)
Detestable! Arrogant! Insufferable!
He'd been called worse...

Rancher Thane Jordan reluctantly travels to England to settle his brother's estate only to find he's inherited much more than he could possibly have imagined.

Lady Jemma Bryan has no desire to spend a single minute in Thane Jordan's intolerable presence much less live under the same roof with the handsome, arrogant American. Forced to choose between poverty or marriage to the man, she travels across an ocean and America to build a future on his ranch in Oregon.

MY  REVIEW
Oh my, oh my, oh my! ! ! What a great read this was. A bit emotional, a little anger and giggling, and even some laughing out loud. I have found this with each one of Shanna's books that I've read. What she does with words entertains me to no end. A definite book to add to your wish list or TBR pile!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid - Review of the second book in an Amish Wonder series




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Muscle weakness has left Grace Wagler with a broken body--and her childhood best friend has left her with a broken heart. She can hold her own in the timber camp (and do everything else the other women in Badger Creek can do), but in an Amish district where women outnumber men three to one, marriage is an unlikely prospect for a girl with bad legs.

Ben Eicher just arrived in Michigan from Pinecraft, Florida. When his most recent shenanigans proved too much for his daed's patience, Ben was sent to the Upper Peninsula to work in the lumber camp--and he's neither proud of his behavior nor thrilled about his new home.

But when Ben meets Grace, the struggling young woman quickly piques his curiosity. Of course, the last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her. Tired of physical pain and romantic dead ends, Grace is ready to leave Badger Creek for the muscle specialist in Ohio, even if it contradicts her father's wishes . . .and Ben's.

Meanwhile, two dangerous men have found their way into the district. It isn't long before their unsavory plans ensnare Grace and Ben in a chase that will not only endanger their lives . . .but test their love.


MY  REVIEW
It has been so long since I read the first book in this series, I had to go back and read my own review! This one is just as good as I said that one was. Ruth does a great job of telling a story and this one deals with physical problems as well as emotional. I don't think anyone that has had to deal with a disability of some kind, yourself , a family member or close friend. This was an enjoyable book and I am looking forward to the third book in the series, "A Dream of Miracles".

the Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer - Review of the short story in between book one and two in the Worthy Pursuit series




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(taken from Amazon.com)
Marietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father's rule about hands not fraternizing with his daughter has kept him out of reach. She believed patience would prove a virtue in winning him over--until now. He is leaving. Starting up his own spread. To have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or lose him forever. Fans of A Worthy Pursuit will enjoy seeing these characters again!


MY  REVIEW
Wow, it seemed like I was done with this book right after I started it. It is a fast read and what a tricky woman Marietta thinks she is, he dad didn't think so though! Yes, I had to read this before I could even do the review for A Worthy Pursuit, lol. You can also get a 'copy' of this story in the book, With This Ring?, an omnibus of novels with three other great authors and the stories they wrote! Another great book by Karen that I can recommend. (I read this as a stand alone book on my Kindle, not in the omnibus.)

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer - Review of the first book in the Worthy Pursuit series




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(taken from Amazon.com)
Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the orphaned girl entrusted to her care. Charlotte promised Lily's mother she'd keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

Wen Miss Atherton produces documentation that shows her to be Lily's legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is she villain or victim?

Then a new danger forces Charlotte to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone vows to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides,he's ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte's heart.


MY REVIEW
Yes, I really like Karen's books and I really like this one as well. When she writes a story she just pulls you right in and doesn't let you go, you don't want to put the book down. This comes highly recommended from me.