Thursday, March 23, 2017

Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller - Review of the first book in the Amish Letters series




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"Dear Mr. Chupp"---WITH THOSE THREE WORDS, A PEN-PAL RELATIONSHIP IS IGNITED AND TWO LIVES ARE CHANGED FOREVER.

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn't proud to claim. He's worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his Amish faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can't help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

phoebe, too, looks forward to every one of Jalon's letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn't have much to look forward to. Then Jalon suggests they meet, and she panics---although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn't been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt's doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he'll forgive her for holding back the truth.

In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something---or Someone---bigger than either of them could ever pen.


MY  REVIEW
What a great way to start a new series, with a wonderful story about changing your life around and having the faith to live that life, learning to share your deepest regrets and leaning on someone else by sharing those past mistakes. Oh YES, I will be watching for the second book to come out! Oh no, I just looked and that won't be until AUGUST!!!! Come on Kathleen, that long, lol, that is a long wait, but I know it will be worth it.



BookLook Bloggers sent me this book in return for my honest review, which I have given.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Amish Wanderer by Laura V Hilton - Review




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Desperate for a Ticket Out
Bethany Weiss is ready to leave town. Tongues haven't stopped clacking in Jamesport, MO since her daed, the bishop, was admitted to a mental hospital after hurting their small Amish community. But her sharpest wounds Bethany hides from prying eyes, quietly biding her time until she can take a chance at a new life--away from Jamesport and away from God.

Searching for a Home
Silas Beiler was kicked out of his own family's home. Dogged by a rough childhood and a family who blames him for each new disaster, he begins hitchhiking across the country, sleeping in barns where he can, working for food when possible--headed for Pennsylvania, in the hope of some stability.

A Memory of Lemonade
When Bethany spies a man asleep in the hayloft, she first fears the return of an unwelcome suitor. But when it is Silas who turns and speaks, the memories flood back: a happy summer six years ago full of lemonade, long wals, and budding courtship. Now, however, those months of bliss seem naive and idyllic. Will their old love overcome ew pain? Or will hurt and rejection continue to haunt their path?


MY  REVIEW
This turned out to be a very interesting story about two Amish families and what we, as 'Englischers' would think is rare in the Amish community. It took me a while to really get into the story BUT it was not the book, it was what I had to deal with in my own life during this time. Once I was able to really take a little time to read, without falling asleep, lol, I didn't want to put it down. Thank you Laura for another winning story.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Lone Star Romance Collection by Cathy Marie Hake & Kimberley Comeaux




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(copied from Amazon.com)
Enjoy two series of romances under one cover from authors Kimberley Comeaux and Cathy Marie Hake. First head to Springton, Texas, where two Texas belles--a pretty outcast and a shy nurse--find rattlesnakes easier to lasso than the hearts of the men they desire. Then join the Gregor brothers from Scotland--doctor, cobbler, lawman--as they settle in the Wild West, seeking wives to help them live out a legacy of faith that their father rooted in them. Watch as God's love unfolds a grand design into each life.

MY  REVIEW
Five very good stories. These authors did not fail to keep me interested in the lives of these characters. Great stories about faith and how each one handles hardships that are dealt to them. Grab a copy and enjoy!



I received a e-copy of this book from NetGalley.com to review. I have given my honest opinion of this book.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Brides of Iowa by Connie Stevens - (see note at the end of this review) a book in the 50 States of Love series




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Love Prevails on the Prairies

In the heartland of Iowa, three women find healing and hope through the love God brings to their lives

Tessa feels completely abandoned when her abusive father leaves her in Willow Creek, Iowa, with nothing. Maybe she really is worthless---so worthless even God doesn't care about her. But then a kind man named Gideon comes to her rescue. Will God use Gideon to heal Tessa's shattered heart?

Pearl has no hopes for romantic love again. She's getting on in years and assumes she'll remain a widow the rest of her days. But then Hubert comes to town. Just when he's convinced Pearl to dream again, his estranged son arrives. Will the son's anger and scorn undo Hubert's and Pearl's plans?

Tillie knows Everett has healed physically from his disfiguring scars sustained in a fire, but he has a long way to go in healing emotionally. As their friendship grows into something more, does Tillie dare hope for love with Everett? How can she convince him his scars represent something beautiful to her?

MY  REVIEW
What enjoyable stories by Connie. The devastating events pull you in and tug at your heart making it hard to put the book down. I can highly recommend this as a good read if you like Christian Historical books,

NOTE: WHEN I TRIED TO DO MY REVIEW ON AMAZON IT WOULD NOT COME UP USING THIS TITLE, IT CAME UP UNDER "WILLOW CREEK BRIDES" AND EVEN SHOWED A DIFFERENT COVER, THEN WHEN YOU CLICK ON THAT IT GOES TO A PAGE WITH THE TITLE AND COVER I AM SHOWING HERE. THIS IS THE WAY IT WAS AS OF 2-12-2017, THE OTHER SITES I POSTED THE REVIEW ON, CBD.COM, BOOKSAMILLION.COM AND BN.COM IT CAME UP AS 'THIS' TITLE.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Collision of The Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes - Review, this was published as "The Professor's Heart"




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Mia Roper isn't a typical nineteenth-century woman. Refusing to pass up the hard-won opportunity to prove herself as a journalist, she left Hillsdale, Michigan, hoping in vain that Ayden Goswell would follow her to Boston.

When the train bringing her back for her first major story crashes in a snowstorm outside town, Mia is stranded. Not even the survival of a fellow passenger, a toddler, can ease her heart's sudden ache at seeing Ayden, now a history professor at the local college, courting someone else.

Ayden's never gotten over the fact that the most fascinating woman he ever met chose her career over marriage . . . and he let her go. But marrying the department director's daughter could at least guarantee him a permanent job. It's a satisfactory arrangement, yet his kind, pretty bride-to-be has one simple flaw: she's not Mia.

As soon as the trains are running, Mia will be leaving again, unless she and Ayden can reconcile ambition and love--and take a leap of faith together.


MY  REVIEW
I have read several of Laurie's books and usually really enjoy them but for some reason I had a hard time getting into this one. I was so looking forward to reading it too as I love the cover as well as the author. It may not be a fair review as I had/have a lot going on in my life right now and it is hard to enjoy anything so PLEASE take a chance on this book, the story is good but with all I have going on maybe the book was too busy for me right now. Maybe I will read it again when, and if, things calm down for me. Like I say I normally really enjoy Laurie's books, so it is probably just me right now.

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller - Review of the first book in the Refined by Love series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?


MY  REVIEW
A great story that shows how faith can get you through anything. I have enjoyed Judith's books in the past and this can be added to my list of books that I really liked. Judith does a wonderful job of pulling you into the story, maybe wanting to slap someone really hard, many times even, oh yes, you have to read to see how cruel one person can be.

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.