Monday, December 11, 2017

Mary's Christmas Goodbye (also known as Coming Home for Christmas) by Linda Byler - Review of one of the books in the Amish Romance series

Mary Stoltzfus, splashed with freckles, is thirty years old and unmarried. In her Amish world, that qualifies her to be called an old maid. She is living her quiet schoolteacher life in the Lancaster County Amish community when she gets a surprising invitation in the mail. Would she come to Montana to teach? Before long, Mary is on Amtrak, "just to take care of her curiosity," she explains to her mother.

She arrives at a desolate station and meets Arthur Bontrager, who soon raises her old buried question as to why no man has ever been her match. Who is the young woman in the photo at Arthur's house? And why does Mary suddenly care? Does she really belong back in Lancaster?

A great short book for Christmas, I have read a few of Linda's books now and enjoyed each one. I think there are a lot of people who know how Mary feels, never pretty enough, not interesting enough to overcome your shortcomings, yet seem to be content with your life and unconsciously push people away but still have a lot of friends with people who look up to you at the same time.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

With You Always by Jody Hedlund - Review of the first book in the Orphan Train series

Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime
Cost Them the Love of their Lives?

One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850's New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York children's Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society's orphan trains is not all that it seems.

Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possess everything except the ability to step out from his brother's shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire,  Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.

Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn't be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they've been working toward.

Oh Jody, you never fail me when I choose to read one of your books!!! I loved this story as it showed what strength and faith, even when they thought they'd lost it, women had/have in such hard times. The farther along I got in Elise's story the more I hated having to put the book down. I am so anxious to read the next two books, yes, two, I see there is one coming out in May of 2018 and I'm 'sure' there will be at least one more, that is the one I'm really waiting for.

I highly recommend this book, this series, to historical fiction lovers. I will suggest that you read the prequel, "An Awakened Heart" first, then this one as we wait for the next one, "Together Forever" in the series.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

His Frontier Christmas Family by Regina Scott - Review of the sixth book in the Frontier Bachelors series

After taking guardianship of his late friend's siblings and baby daughter, minister Levi Wallin hopes to atone for is troubled past on the gold fields. But it won't be easy to convince the children's wary elder sister to trust him. The more he learns about her, though, the more he believes Callie Murphy's prickly manner masks a vulnerable he's starting to wish he was worthy of.

Every man in Callie's life chose chasing gold over responsibilities. Levi---and the large, loving Wallin family---might just be different. But she can tell he's hiding something from her, and she refuses to risk her heart with secrets between them. Even as they grow closer, will their pasts keep them from claiming this unexpected new beginning?

To continue on with the Wallin family, the story is just as good as the previous ones in this series. Regina kept me interested and wanting to read late into the night! The Wallin family is one welcoming, loving family and forgiving family, willing to help anyone. Truly a wonderful Christmas story about hardship, learning from your mistakes and forgiveness. You don't have to read the series in order but you will enjoy the books more if you do.

I received this book from the author with a request for an honest review. I have stated my honest opinion of this book.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund - Review of the prequel to the Orphan Train series

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Trying to heal the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendleton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Ministering to one of the most deprived parts of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine is convinced more can be done to help them.

Guy Bedell has been serving at the chapel and pouring his heart out for the vision for reaching out to the community, can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him--plans that may include this feisty socialite?

What a touching story, so glad I found this lead into the Orphan Train series!Christine missed out on so much as an only child to wealthy parents, yes you read that right but you will have to read the story to find out what I'm talking about! Even as an adult she is paying the consequences of her wealthy father. Yep, you better grab a copy then delve into the series. I read the first chapter in the first book then ran across this prequel (that's what I'm calling it, on other sites it's called An Orphan Train Novella, not actually listed as one of the books in the series. I chose to read this first and so glad I did, it was truly moving! Now on to the first book in the series, "With You Always".

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Return to Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand - Review of the seventh book in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series

When it comes to matchmaking, Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's unstoppable octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never seem to run out of opportunities---or grandchildren...

Reuben Helmuth is plenty bitter, John King, his best friend---or so her thought---is engaged to the girl Reuben loved. humiliated, Reuben flees from Ohio to his grandparents' home on Huckleberry Hill, where he knows he'll find comfort. He's enjoying wallowing in his misery---until John's sister, Fern, shows up. She won't stop pestering Reuben about forgiveness---or trying to help him find love again. Yet Fern's efforts only reawaken Reuben's long-buried feelings---for her...

With her brother too ashamed to face Reuben, it's fallen to Fern to help mend fences. But as she and the Helmuths do all they can---even organizing a knitting club event filled with eligible girls---it ma take one more challenge to inspire Reuben to forget his heartache, recognize his own blunders, and embrace the true love that's right in front of him...

WOW! I normally find a lot to chuckle about in this series, there were some 'slight' chuckles but Jennifer also made me a little weepy in spots with this one! Oh yeah, if this doesn't pull at your heartstrings, you have no heart. I just can not express how much I love this series and I highly recommend each book, the series, every time I write a review. You will LOVE it!!! Oh, and did I mention there is a new one, number eight in the series, coming out in December this year? Watch for "A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill" around December 26, 2017.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Home All Along by Beth Wiseman - Review of the third book in an Amish Secrets series

Home. It's the thing Charlotte has always wanted most.
Will she finally find it among the Amish of Lancaster County?

Charlotte has spent much of her life trying to figure out where she belongs. After enduring an abusive childhood, she sets out on a journey her brother once took, landing her in an Amish community. Despite her outsider attitudes and her reluctance to accept the Amish way of life, the community embraces her. A quiet, handsome man named Daniel reveals his feelings for Charlotte, but she struggles to commit to him. Despite her desire for home and family, painful memories and fear threaten to destroy the peace Charlotte desperately seeks.

Just when Charlotte finally believes she is ready to bid farewell to her former life, a long lost relative resurfaces and throws Charlotte's life into chaos. When an illness erupts in Daniel's family and a shunned aunt and a prodigal son return, circumstances leave Daniel and Charlotte second-guessing the future they'd hoped to share.

Charlotte wants to believe that despite her heartbreak, god is leading her towards her true destiny. But how can she trust her choices amid so much personal calamity?

Home All Along is a soul-searching novel about a woman leaving the life she has known in search of love, faith, and a place to finally call home.

Once you pick this book up to read, you will NOT want to put it down. Beth really puts you right in the middle of this story with so much grief, love, and faith, you will think you are right there in the middle and wonder which character you are and how you would handle it all. I will very highly recommend this as a must read, not only this book but the first two in the series also, "Her Brothers Keeper" and "Love Bears All Things". Also you will enjoy it so much more if you read them in order. WOW!!!!!

I was provided a copy of this book by BookLook Bloggers in return for an honest review. The above review are my true feelings.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

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

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

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

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

Wanted: Husband and Father

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review of the first book in the Amish of Hart County series

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series--The Amish of Hart county--with this suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker.

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she's getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky...if only she wasn't too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone--even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she'll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called "The Recluse" confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he's misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God's gifts, and wonders if the will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, the realize that there's always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.

What a great story Shelley has told here, she pulls you in and keeps you on your toes as you continue to read, not wanting to put it down. I am so looking forward to the next one in the series, "His Guilt", due out on July 4th with two more to follow. I am so recommending this book to my friends!

Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson - Review of the second book in A Down South Cafe Mystery series



It's Independence Day in Winter Garden, Virginia, and the residents are gearing up for their annual celebration. The Down South Cafe is open and flourishing and Amy Flowers is busy making pies and cakes for the holiday. The only thorn in her side is Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln, who is trying to buy the cafe so he can tear it down and build a bed-and-breakfast on the site.

When George collapses while eating at the Down South Cafe, everybody assumes it's a heart attack--until the autopsy declares it to be poisoning. Now, it's up to Amy to prove her innocence before her liberty is lost.


I have not read the first book in this series, "The Calamity Cafe", yet but I will have to get a copy and do so. This was a good read, I will say that I thought I had the 'murderer' figured out before the end, and for once I was right, lol. Grab a copy for yourself and enjoy! OH, and there is a third book, "Honey-Baked Homicide", coming out in December so keep your eye out for that one too, I am.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The American Dream Romance Collection by DiAnn Mills, Jane Kirkpatrick, Kristy Dykes, Laurie Alice Eakes, Carla Olson Gade, Lisa Karon Richardson, Ann E Schrock, Amber Stockton & Jennifer Hudson Taylor - Review

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Meet the faithful dreamers who helped build the foundation of the new American nation--from four brothers in Colonial Connecticut determined to make something of their lives, to a colony of Quakers in North Carolina resolute in their faith, to settlers in the northwest frontier staking their claim in hostile territory. Watch as nine romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

Love the collections books, some favorite authors and some new authors! Some of the stories go together and some are stand alone stories which makes it more fun. I was touched by one of the stories that deals with Hemophilia, as my grandson has Severe Hemophilia A, before they knew much about the 'bleeding' disorder. Yes, he informed me that it is NOT a disease but a disorder! I can recommend this as a good read.

Plain Sanctuary by Alison Stone - Review

Returning to her Amish hometown to open a bed-and-breakfast, Heather Miller thinks she's finally safe from her violent ex-husband---until he escapes from prison. Now with her ex determined to hurt her, she must rely on US Marshal Zachary Walker for safety. For Zach, this mission isn't only his duty--it's personal. The escaped convict killed his sister, and Heather was instrumental inputting the man behind bars. But with Zach's natural protective instincts toward Heather turning into something deeper, he must keep his emotional distance. He can't be distracted, because the danger that lies in wait is as evil as it is unexpected ...and a lapse in judgment could prove deadly.

I was not disappointed in this story by Alison, I have read several of her books and have enjoyed each one. Heather and Zach's story just shows you never now where tragic events can lead, sometimes good results and sometimes bad, which will this be? Grab a copy and enjoy!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bobbins And Boots by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the fourth book in the Baker City Brides series

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How does an act of kindness result in. . . marriage?
One carefree cowboy is about to find out in this sweet historical romance!
Born dirt-poor into a life of hardship, Allie Tillman seizes the opportunity to better her situation by answering an advertisement for a mail-order bride in the West. Upon her arrival in Baker City, -Oregon, she discovers her intended is a low-down, lying thief. Determined to avoid a life of drudgery with him, she grasps at the one thing that will keep him from forcing her to be his wife -- marrying another man.

Good-natured cowboy Ben Amick had no idea a simple trip into town would completely change his life. When he happens upon a mail-order bride desperate to avoid marrying her fiance, Ben does the first thing that pops into his head and weds her. Willingly, he gives her the protection of his name and his arms, never expecting her to capture his heart.

Humorous, heartfelt, and awash in sweet romance, Bobbins and Boots captures the tender and tumultuous emotions of falling in love.

Yes! Another winner by Shanna. Once I start reading one of her books I just can't seem to put them down until I am finished, she just pulls you straight into the story and won't let go. Allie's story pulls at your heart and just when she is having a blessed life, it all blows up. Believe me when I say you will love this series, be sure to read them in order though,

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jammed by Deany Ray - Review of the first book in A Charlie Cooper Mystery series

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Charlie Cooper Profile:
-Underpaid precinct secretary at the Boston Police
-Grew up in Springston, 90 miles from Boston -- but still not far enough
-Weekend plans: toffee caramel ice cream, crime shows and the Laundromat
-No friends, no pets, no hobbies
-Special gifts: tripping over her own feet
-Finding Mr. Right: negative
-Healthy diet: cookies and all things sweet

At age twenty-nine, Charlie Cooper's life is not exactly a hit. Working as a precinct secretary at the Boston Police answering phones, making appointments and writing up crime reports means she might not be on the fast track to her ultimate dream job.

And her living situation? She is the proud inhabitant of the most minuscule "master suite" she can afford to pay, where she can brush her teeth, get her clothes out of the dresser drawer and turn on the hallway light without getting out of bed.

But when a job opportunity arises, she's ready to take the bull by the horns and prove she is more than just a fast typist. Sure, she has to bite the bullet by returning to her hometown and living with her wacky family, but this is only the cover for her real assignment: finding clues involving a real big drug case.

What starts out to be just harmless snooping turns into a pile of dead bodies, slashed tires and threatening notes. But Charlie is determined to solve the case and catch the killer before he catches her.

Throw in two fearless waitresses and a hot fry cook who is not what he seems and you've got the perfect mix of a fast-paced and exciting mystery.

A cute cozy mystery with a few comical characters to add to the story. This was a good mystery with just the right touch of humor. A nice story to pass the time away, grab a copy and enjoy.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston - Review of the fourth book in the Amish Heirloom series

When Mattie packed er hope chest, she put away the heartache of her past. But as her daughters begin to unpack it, she discovers a healing more powerful than she ever hoped for.

Mattie Fisher's three daughters know that she's been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they've discovered a new clue about their mother's past.

But there's a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she's not sure she's ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded teh last few happy decades?

Mattie's story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best tings preserved in a hope chest, it's a story of love and redemption born out of heartache---and it's past time to share it.

Oh what a tearjerker Amy has written this time. I had to make myself put it down at times, read LATE into the night so I could finish it today. This has been a very touching series. How many times have we blamed ourselves for things that happened but we know in our hearts we could not do anything different to change the outcome? Our lives are in God's hands, he will test us but he will see us through, if we can just hear him and follow where he leads us.

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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Bride's Matchmaking Triplets by Regina Scott - Review of one of the books in the Lone Star Cowboy League: Multiple Blessings

When mail-order bride Elizabeth Dumont's intended weds another, her only option is to take a job as nanny to abandoned triplet babies. Though she longs to provide a real home for her three precious charges, as a single woman she can't adopt. Until her onetime sweetheart, minister Brandon Stillwater, offers a match of convenience...

It's only for the triplets' sake---that's what Brandon tells himself. Insecurities once drove him and Elizabeth apart, and now small-town rumors have made them man and wife. And though Brandon doesn't want to risk his heart this time, he's not sure he can resist the feelings that are once again starting to bloom for Elizabeth. But can he convince her that this sweet surprise family is more than just convenient?

This is almost like two stories in one the story of Elizabeth and Brandon then the story of the triplets. I enjoyed reading this book as Regina always seems to do a great job with her writing skills. How often have you listened to gossip and judged a person by that gossip? Well, this is one thing Elizabeth had to deal with in a small town where the whole town hears, and 'knows', it all. Grab a copy when it comes out in June, you won't be sorry!

I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion/review. These are my true feelings on what I read.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin - Review of the first book in the Every Amish Season series

After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers . . . It promises a new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she's burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast-even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb's death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy's beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

Kelly did not let me down on this book, I enjoyed it as much as all of her other books I have read. Bess's story is one of much sorrow and fighting against herself to keep her faith. I think almost every one of us has probably felt let down at one time or another and fought to keep moving forward, not only in regards to our faith but sometimes people in our life. Thank you for this lovely story Kelly!

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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


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.

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.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Amish Wanderer by Laura V Hilton - Review


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?

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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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.

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 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


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?

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,


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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

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.

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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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?

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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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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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?

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.