Author: Cafinated Reads

May 28
Review: The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter

Review: The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter

My Thoughts In trademark fashion, Wanda Brunstetter, along with Jean Brunstetter, has created another captivating Amish novel. It’s a fantastic start to a new series, and kept me hooked until the end. The blended writing style of these two talented ladies was a refreshing experience!  Thelma and Elma’s characters stole my heart completely! Their characters are unique! They are identical twins, but they are older, in their 30s. That’s unusual in books like these but I loved that twist to the story! They are twins, yet so different. These sweet ladies really kept me smiling! Their devotion to their grandparents, God and to each other was really wonderful. The mishaps of their lives, the possibility of being old maids and never finding love, the quirkiness woven into the story, all of it kept me engrossed in the story. Watching one lopsided yummy cake change that, well it was not what I was expecting but was also refreshing.  I loved Joseph and Delbert’s characters, too. They really livened up the story!  This is definitely  a book worth 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. It’s going to the top of my list of 2017 top reads. If you love yummy cakes, quirky… Read more »

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May 27
Review: Friends, Partners, and Lovers (What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work) by Kevin A. Thompson

Review: Friends, Partners, and Lovers (What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work) by Kevin A. Thompson

My Thoughts:  I’m married to my best friend. That’s what I tell people who don’t know me and want to know who my husband is. He’s my best friend. When we met, I was leery of another relationship. My first marriage was not the greatest. Too many bad things happening. I didn’t trust any guy. But, my husband patiently persisted and one day I took a leap of Faith after praying hard, and 4 years later we are still married. Do we fight? Oh Lord, do we ever! But, one thing  I can say is we stay friends through it all. We work our problems out. We seek advice if we need it. We never give up.  Kevin A. Thompson is an author I’d not heard of before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book, especially with it being a non fiction book. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! He takes three key aspects to making a marriage work and tells us why they work. It’s definitely something I have taken to heart and really want to work on with my husband! The way Mr. Thompson describes these aspects really make me reflect on… Read more »

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May 26
#FirstLineFridays: The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter

#FirstLineFridays: The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter

It’s time for First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. So today my First Line Friday will be from The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter Here is the first line from The Farmer’s Market Mishap:  A bone-chilling wind lashed at the trees, scattering bits of debris across the yard.  I just finished this book and it was really good! Here’s more about the book: The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter Expected Publish Date: June 1, 2017 Return to Amish Country in Topeka, Indiana, and the Hochstetler twin sisters who are pulled apart by life s changes. Elma is living alone for the first time in her life after Thelma married. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love. Will she remain alone while Thelma moves on to build a family? Find out in this brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter. Purhase on Amazon  My fellow bloggers are also joining the fun… Read more »

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May 25
Review: The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston + GIVEAWAY

Review: The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston + GIVEAWAY

My Thoughts Amy Clipston has always been a favorite of mine. Her books are always tenderly written, drawing me to the heart of each story. The characters she creates always become like family, leaving me with all their emotions. The Beloved Hope Chest was no exception!  The Beloved Hope Chest is the final Amish Heirloom book, making it an even more emotional book for me. I’m not ready to say goodbye yet! But, that said, this conclusion was a beautiful one. The story that captivated me instantly isn’t one I’ll soon forget.  Mattie, Leroy, and all the sweet loving characters in this book, stole my heart for good. They are simple, as Amish are, yet extremely complex. The emotions they share jump off the pages, cocooning the reader in warmth and grace, and sometimes sorrow. I loved that!  This book is in my top 10 reads of 2017. Amy has taken a story of grief and heartache and turned it into a story filled with longing, hope, faith and understanding. It is the 4th and final book in the series, and while I recommend readers to read all four books (they are all great!), it is easy to read this… Read more »

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May 24
Waiting On Wednesday 5-24-2017

Waiting On Wednesday 5-24-2017

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray Expected Publication: July 2017 Pre-Order: Amazon New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County series—a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves. Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay… Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her. Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of… Read more »

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May 23
Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish . I’m new to this so bear with me. Let’s see what you come up with in YOUR lists too! Happy Reading 🙂 Today’s TTT is about Summer Reads. I’m choosing to list my top 10 books that I want to read this summer. The Cottage At Firefly Lake by Jen Guilfoy Love Story by Karen Kingsbury His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter Morning Glory by Sarah Jio Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen A Name Unknown by Roseanna White Harper’s Wish by Cerella Sechrist Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand I am highly anxious to read these all….they come with high recommendations from lots of people! I hope that you will join us in Top Ten Tuesday for more great postings each week!

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May 23
BookLookBlogger Review: This Life I Live by Rory Feek

BookLookBlogger Review: This Life I Live by Rory Feek

My Thoughts I didn’t just love this book. I loved this book. It’s moving. This book isn’t just a biography of Rory Feek’s life. It’s the story of a true love, that will last beyond death. A love that is strong and unbreakable no matter the circumstance. It is a book that left me smiling, and left me with tears. This is a book that will be with me forever and I will turn to it many times over.  As a woman who is married to her best friend, I couldn’t imagine going through what Rory did with Joey. I wouldn’t be able to stay strong and move on. It would be too heart shattering, in my opinion. But, through reading Rory’s story, I know I can do it. I know I can remember the good things, the fun times, the inspiring moments that my best friend left me with. Rory’s story is filled with hope and faith. The way he talks about Joey is incredibly moving and I loved feeling a part of his life, if just for a little bit.  Reading this book, however, opened new feelings for me! I followed this story closely, especially since my husband… Read more »

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May 22
Goddess Fish Promotions Blog Tour Review: Annie’s Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker

Goddess Fish Promotions Blog Tour Review: Annie’s Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker

Excerpt The small brown freckle under Annie’s right eye that he’d teased her about as a kid had developed into something of a beauty mark. It belonged there. To Levi’s dismay, his pulse picked up speed. He wanted more time with her. She was of Rumspringa age, so she could do non-Amish things. But that would only be for a couple of years, not forever. Behind them, Aunt Abigail followed in a separate buggy with Aidan and Elijah. As Levi glanced back at Jake, the kid responded with a big grin. To Levi’s surprise, an unexpected appreciation for the ambience in the buggy, often referred to as the fiberglass box, welled in his chest. He sat back as the horses stepped it up.   Automatically, Levi looked down. There wasn’t a trace of dirt on the beautiful navy velvet cushion that softened the hard bench. He remembered when his mother had used a lint brush to clean their buggy. On the sides were two small viewing windows and one in the back. A blue homemade quilt was rolled up and slightly draped over the backseat. He’d forgotten what it was like being in a means of transportation with no seat… Read more »

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May 22
PUYB Blog Tour Review: Mystery at Manatee Key by Nancy Stewart

PUYB Blog Tour Review: Mystery at Manatee Key by Nancy Stewart

My Thoughts If you have a young reader in your life, this is a book just for them! Nancy Stewart is a talent author and has created a book that is filled with colorful illustrations that really catch the eye, and two sweet girls that I loved to read about.  This book is super quick to read, and filled with a touch of mystery for the young sleuths who read this book. Bella and Britt are two sweet girls and they are in for an adventure as they encounter a  manatee and all the whirlwind that comes with the encounter. They find a smuggling ring and they’re out to save the day.  This is definitely a 4 star worthy children’s book that I enjoyed reading for myself. I am going back to look for more in this fun series, and will be on the look out for more work by this incredibly talented author! 

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