Monday, April 19, 2021

Marnie by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the fourth book in the Pendleton Petticoats series

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Only one man's love
Will redeem her past. . .

Condemned to a future of shame and regret, Marnie Jones battles to keep going one day at a time. Divested of hope, she's all but given up when a handsome stranger arrives in town. Desperate for the marshal to ride out of Pendleton, Marnie fears he'll rekindle the embers of her broken dreams into a roaring flame before he leaves.

Married to his career, US Marshal Lars Thorsen avoids relationships of any kind. Spending his days transporting prisoners, guarding political figures, and chasing down fugitives, he doesn't have room in his life for feelings or emotions. Especially not the tender, protective feelings stirred by the woman who wants him or the two orphans who need him.

It's been a while since I've read a book in this series and once I started this one I hated myself for waiting so long. I loved this series since the first book and none of them have failed to keep my interest. I hate to stop reading even for appointments or sleep, lol. 

I will say that you really should read this series in order and I don't think you will be disappointed. I only have five books left in the series, unless she writes more. Shanna Hatfield is an author that I follow diligently, yes, she's that good!


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Courting Can Be Killer by Amanda Flower - Review of the second book in the Amish Matchmaker Mystery series

Between minding a pair of rambunctious goats, meetings with her
quilting circle, and matchmaking, Millie Fisher has plenty to keep
her busy through her golden years. But the witty widow always
makes time to solve the odd murder . . .

Some Amish men don't know what's good for them. That's what Millie Fisher told herself when young Ben Baughman set his heart on marrying Tess Lieb. With Tess's father refusing to give his blessing and Tess's ex-boyfriend being a wet blanket, the hapless couple was bound to buttheads mroe than Millie's Boer Goats. But when Ben tragically dies in a mysterious fire, Millie wonders if someone in her hometown of Harvest, Ohio, wanted Ben out of the wedding picture altogether ...

With the help of her quilting buddies, and her outspoken Englischer friend Lois, Millie is determined to patch together all the clues without even dropping a stitch. She only hopes it won't be the death of her ...

This one was hard to figure out, I kind of had an idea towards the end but wasn't positive. Just wait until you find out the truth and why the murder happened. Great job Amanda Flower. And now we have to wait until November 30, 2021 for the next mystery, WOW! Well I guess you don't want too many murder mysteries in Amish country so I'll give you that, give them some 'normal' time for a while, lol.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda Flower - Review of the First book in the Amish Matchmaker Mystery series


When widowed Millie Fisher moves back to her childhood home of Harvest, Ohio, she notices one thing right away--the young Amish are bungling their courtships and marrying the wrong people! A quiltmaker by trade, Millie has nevertheless stitched together a few lives in her time, with truly romantic results. Her first mission? Her own Niece, widowed gardener Edith Hochstetler, recently engaged to rude, greedy Zeke Miller. Anyone can see he's not right for such a gentle young woman--except Edith herself.

Pleased when she convinces the bride-to-be to leave her betrothed before the wedding, Millie is later panicked to find Zeke in Edith's greenhouse--as dead as a tulip in the middle of winter. To keep her niece out of prison--and to protect her own reputation--Millie will have to piece together a patchwork of clues to find a killer, before she becomes the next name on his list. . .

This must have been a good book as I read it quickly and the author keeps you guessing until the very end who the real murderer is, and why! Now on to the next book in the series, "Courting Can Be Killer"! Grab a copy and enjoy.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

A Welcome at Our Door by Amy Clipston - Review of the 4th book in An Amish Homestead Novel

After a devastating loss, Cindy Riehl is still searching for peace.
Will she find it in the community she calls home--
or will love send her down a new path?

Over the last few years, Cindy Riehl--the youngest of the Riehl children--has watched her siblings find love and happiness in Lancaster County. But as her family has settled down and grown, Cindy has continued to grieve her mother, whose death left an enormous hole in her heart. Since that haunting day, Cindy has struggled to find peace and wonders if the community is the place for her--and if her faith in God will ever feel the same as it once did.

When a handsome and kind Englisher named Drew crosses Cindy's path one surprising day, the two of them become fast and easy friends. Drew dreams of starting a family after some losses of his own, and before long, he and Cindy discover that their feelings for each other are romantic. As they spend more time together--often in secret--Cindy is drawn further and further away from the Amish community and the family she loves. In time, she is faced with a difficult choice that threatens to upend her world.

Will Cindy find contentment and love, and will she ever find restored comfort in God and her beloved community? In this final installment of the Amish Homestead series, we return to the charming town of Bird0in0Hand for a story of healing family, and God's perfect provision.

The author pulls you right in to this story, starting with the loss of family she soon has you upset, then it goes back and forth from crying, to anger until you come to the very teary section. Be sure you have some tissues handy. What a way to end a series!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Bartered Bride Romance Collection by Cathy Marie Hake, Kelly Eileen Hake, JoAnn A Grote, Amy Rognlie, Janelle Burnham Schneider, Lynette Sowell and Pamela Kaye Tracy

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Treasure this beautiful collection packed with all of the angst of romance founded upon practical arrangements. Four sisters travel in answer to an ad before even corresponding with potential husbands. Two women bend to the will of their parents in taking husbands. A widow commits to a stranger in name only. And two women on the Oregon Trail hitch their lives to men they've just met. Will love blossom for convenience sake?

Nine very entertaining stories, four of them deal with sisters so it is kind of like a longer story but very good. I enjoyed this book very much.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble - Review of the second book in the Pelican Harbor series


Police Chief Jane Hardy is still reeling from the scandal that rocked her small-town department just as she took over for her retired father--the man who wrecked her life with one little lie. Now she's finally been reunited with her presumed-dead fifteen-year-old son, Will, and his father, documentarian Reid Dixon. 

When a murder aboard the oil platform Zeus exposes an environmental terrorist's plot to flood Mobile Bay with crude oil, Jane and Reid must put their feelings for each other behind them and work together to prevent the rig from being sabotaged.

The the terrorist puts her son Will's life on the line. Protecting him could be the common ground they need . . . but then ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Jane and Reid for good.


OH MY GOODNESS!!! If you like a good mystery with lots of twists and turns, this is your book, you may even be surprised at who turns out to be the 'real' hero. I enjoyed the first book and am waiting for the third one to come out in April. This is a series you should read in order.


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Jeb's Wife by Patricia Johns - Review

Patricia Johns' sensitive storytelling brings depth and 
heart to this tender story of second chances, as an
Amish woman embarks on marriage with the 
gruff farmer next door...

Once, Leah Riehl prayed for a husband. The man she loved chose another, wanting the children that Leah can't provide. But she's found a measure of peace, keeping house for her brother, Simon, and teaching in a nearby town. Now though, Simon's debts to an Englisher gambling ring have left Leah with a desperate dilemma---and a surprising offer from her scarred, reclusive neighbor. Jebadiah King needs to marry in order to claim his family farm. A union, for appearances only, will help them both.

Jeb knows his scars make him a less than ideal husband, but he can be a useful one. It's the least that Leah deserves. But despite the promises he made to himself, Jeb can't help longing for his lively, warmhearted new wife. His first marriage brought heartbreak, but Leah's gentle smiles spark hope again. Are they willing to take the leap that love requires---and open themselves to all the challenges and joy a true marriage could bring?


What an inspiring story! Two people who have been hurt by past relationships coming together to save a a mans life, can they make it work? Would you take less than perfect to save another, if so would you be able to life the rest of your life honoring the agreement you made in a hurry?