Monday, August 21, 2017

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




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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...


MY  REVIEW
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




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A letter brings him back TO HIS AMISH FAMILY. BUT IT WILL TAKE SOMEONE TRULY EXTRAORDINARY TO MAKE HIM STAY.

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?


MY  REVIEW
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




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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?


MY  REVIEW
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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(copied from Amazon.com)
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.


MY  REVIEW
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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(copied from Amazon.com)
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.


MY  REVIEW
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




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SMALL-TOWN SOUTHERN CHEF AMY FLOWERS CAN'T TAKE HER FREEDOM FOR GRANTED WHEN SHE'S SERVED UP AS A MURDER SUSPECT....

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.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS SOUTHERN RECIPES!


MY  REVIEW
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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(copied from Amazon.com)
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.

MY  REVIEW
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.