Month: September 2009

Sep 28
Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman

Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman

Another wunderbaar Daughters of the Promise novel by Beth Wiseman! Truly an inspiring read! This story brings us right back to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and into the lives of Amish widow Sadie Fisher and Englischer Kade Saunders. Sadie leads a very simple widow’s life, selling Amish made goods to her tourist customers. But she’s not so sure God wants her to be without a family. That’s when wealthy Englischer Kade Saunders shows up for an extended stay renting her cottage. Kade has money….and lots of it. But he doesn’t have the one thing money can’t buy…LOVE. He also has an autistic son that he has suddenly gained sole custody of. He didn’t intend on having feelings for the woman who he’s renting his cottage from…after all, she has Ordnung to follow. But he can’t help the way he feels as he sees his son forming a strong bond with the cottage owner. Sadie loves his son but she must follow the rules of the Amish ways. Kade knows they’re from two very different worlds. Can God have the improbable in store for these two very different souls by promising them forever? Find out in this plain and simply AMAZING book… Read more »

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Sep 27
Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman

Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman

I really love the plain and simple stories like that of The Daughters of Promise Series. They really bring the Amish life right to the readers! This is the second book in The Daughters of the Promise Series, and it brings us into the life of Lillian Stoltzfus’ friend, Carley. Carley does not know or trust in God and gave running after her dreams long ago. But then she comes to visit Lillian and things start changing her way of thinking! Especially when she meets the shunned Dr. Noah. Dr. Noah was shunned from the Amish community and is forbidden to help Carley’s friends. But with the boy growing sicker, he’s determined to do anything to save his life. He’s also determined to pursuit the beautiful Englischer friend as he’s falling for her! Can Carley accept the God everyone around her is talking about, the same one she doesn’t know or trust? What will happen when she’s pursued by a strong love?? As with my opinion of Beth Wiseman’s Plain Perfect, this novel will draw you in to be part of the story! Still the Karen Kingsbury of Amish fiction, Beth’s novels just get better and better! I truly enjoyed… Read more »

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Sep 26
When Love Blooms by Robin Lee Hatcher

When Love Blooms by Robin Lee Hatcher

A timeless, inspirational love story by an author whose many books have won many awards! When Love Blooms takes us to Boise, Idaho where a young woman named Emily was summoned by her brother-in-law to come to see her ailing sister and nephew, where she helped nurse them back to health. After they are well, she no longer feels needed. So what was she to do? Return to her former job or stay on in Boise? Where was God calling her to go? Then an ad in the local paper seemed to be the answer to her prayers. She meets with the owner of the ad, a dying woman in search of someone just right to take of her two young children and her husband after she’s gone. Is Emily the right woman for the job? Can this be Emily’s chance to make a difference in the world and change one man’s heart? He’s just lost his wife. She’s a governess to his daughters. His deceased wife picked her just for him. But can he let love bloom in his heart for her? Find out in this wondrous story from Robin Lee Hatcher! I’m certainly glad I did and I… Read more »

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Sep 25
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Giveaway

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Giveaway

WOW! Another wonderful giveaway here at my blog!Thanks to Valerie over at Hachette Books I have TWO copies for TWO lucky people!!! *Stay tuned at the bottom of this blog for rules of entry!* About the book: Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters addressed ominously to ‘My dear and unfortunate successor’. Her discovery plunges her into a world she never dreamed of — a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an evil hidden in the depths of history. An adventure of monumental proportions, blending fact and fantasy, history and the present with an assurance that is almost unbearably suspensful, THE HISTORIAN is utterly unforgettable.                                                                 About the Author: Elizabeth Kostova (née Johnson) was born in New London, Connecticut in 1964, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan where she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. The Historian took her ten years to write, and was inspired by the vampire stories told to her by her father, a professor of urban planning, during… Read more »

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Sep 24
Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach

Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach

This is the first novel that I have read of Rita Gerlach’s. And I will say that this book is worth reading a thousand times over! Set in the 1700’s, this story brings you straight into the American Revolution era of fancy dresses and men in suits with longer hair and to where a young man is struggling between staying in America, the land he bled for, or traveling to England to reunite with his sister. He chooses to seek his sister out, only to find he’s arrived in the middle of a tragedy~the death of his nephew. During this untimely tragedy, he meets a young woman who’s free will and gentleness captures his heart. But there’s just one problem~someone wants the home of the young man’s grandfather, and the woman who stole his heart! Now, the question is, will their love be stronger than the plots against them? Find out in this MAGNIFICENT, timeless love story!! I never heard of Rita Gerlach before, but I came across her name and was fortunately blessed to obtain a copy of Surrender the Wind. This is not normally the style of stories I read, but Ms. Gerlach’s wonderfully written story quickly captured… Read more »

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Sep 24
The James Miracle by Jason F. Wright

The James Miracle by Jason F. Wright

Dedicated to his wife, Jason F. Wright’s very first novel is OUTSTANDING! As with The Wednesday Letters, I read this story in one day! A love that’s stale. One little boy’s faith. A wooden sailboat. And a lesson~learning story that will have your water works running and leave your trash can full of tissues! Sam had a near perfect life. Holly did, too. They started out in a wondrous marriage as most couples do. Their most prized and highly treasured accomplishment: their one and only son, James, who had a love for sailboats and was determined to make one wooden boat float. He was the only reason they came home at night. They were buried in their work and their glowing love was dimming. Then a random Thursday happened. Sam lost his job, and just three Thursdays later, an event happened that would change all their lives, drastically. Their faith and love is tested as the fate of their only son’s life lies in God’s hands. What will happen to Sam and Holly? Will they remember the faith one little boy had and believe in miracles? What will happen to James? But more importantly, what’s the lesson behind this story?… Read more »

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Sep 24
Seaside Letters: A Nantucket Love Story by Denise Hunter

Seaside Letters: A Nantucket Love Story by Denise Hunter

I have never read a novel by Denise Hunter before but I will say that I am certainly glad that I read this one and can’t wait to read more! This story is a bit of a mystery story. Not your normal mystery thriller, with killers and lawyers and cops, but a quirky, romantic, inspirational novel about a young waitress at a seaside cafe who has a secret: she’s fallen hard for one of her regular customers but he’s tied up in his past. So she resorts to sending him anonymous emails to tell him of her feelings.The man she’s falling for needs her help in uncovering a mystery and when he finds out she’s a research assistant for a mystery author, he hires her for the job: finding out the mysterious writer of the emails, a woman he’s fallen in love with. If she turns him down, someone else will help him uncover the mystery of finding her. Will she be able to work side by side with him until he figures out the mystery emailer is her or will he realize it on his own that the woman he fell for was right beside him all along? I… Read more »

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Sep 23
The Bible Salesman Contest and Reading Group Guide

The Bible Salesman Contest and Reading Group Guide

Okay followers and friends of followers! I have my very first giveaway for 5 copies of The Bible Salesman thanks to Valerie over at Hachette Book Group! About the author: Clyde Edgerton was born in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of eight previous novels, including, Walking Across Egypt and Lunch at the Piccadilly. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. Edgerton teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is a member of the Fellowship of Souther Writers. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Kristina, and their children. About the book: Preston Clearwater has been a criminal since stealing two chain saws and 1,600 pairs of aviator sunglasses from the army during the Second World War. Back on the road in postwar North Carolina, now a member of a car-theft ring, he picks up hitchhiking Henry Dampier, an innocent twenty-year-old Bible salesman. Clearwater immediately recognizes Henry as smart but gullible, just the associate he needs–one who will believe Clearwater is working undercover for the F.B.I.; one who will drive the cars Clearwater steals as Clearwater follows along in his own car at a… Read more »

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Sep 22
Springwater Seasons:Jessica by Linda Lael Miller

Springwater Seasons:Jessica by Linda Lael Miller

A fifth installment of Springwater Seasons, Jessica is another romantic, historical novel you won’t want to miss! Once again, Ms. Miller brings characters from the past stories back, and with them comes new characters and new events that will take you right in the past~horses, stagecoaches,saloons and all! She came to Springwater, to help her ailing brother run the local paper, only to find it in dire financial trouble, her brother dead, and her nieces orphaned. She’s terribly outspoken and not afraid to give criticism when it’s due, even if the one she’s criticizing is the town’s mayor! As mayor of Springwater, he’s unsure how to handle her ways. He can’t even tolerate her! But then an event leaves them stranded~alone~ together, with feelings they never could have imagined possible! Will she finally by the wife she always thought she couldn’t be? And will the mayor finally tolerate the outspoken criticizer enough to fall in love? Grab a copy of Jessica, sit back, unwind, and travel back in time to find out! I enjoyed this book as a continuation of Springwater Seasons, but it’s good enough to be read as a stand alone novel! Two thumbs up for Linda Lael… Read more »

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