Author: Cafinated Reads

Feb 20
Review of A Widow’s Hope by Mary Ellis

Review of A Widow’s Hope by Mary Ellis

About the Book:A bright new voice shares a tender love story set in the rolling green fields of Ohio Amish country. After the death of her husband, Hannah Brown is determined to make a new life with her sister’s family. But when she sells her farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and moves with her sheep to Ohio, the wool unexpectedly starts to fly. Her deacon brother–in–law finds just about everything about Hannah vexing. When his widower brother shows interest in the young and beautiful widow, the deacon turns to prayer for guidance. Hannah thought she could never love again, until she meets the strong, gentle farmer. Unfortunately, Seth Miller’s only interest is in Hannah’s sheep. He is content in his bachelor state and slow to recognize his daughter’s need for a new mother. Yet God offers Seth the perfect solution to their problems if he could only open his heart again…and love. About the Author: Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish Community, Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country. They… Read more »

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Feb 19
Review of Michal:Wives of King David, book 1 by Jill Eileen Smith

Review of Michal:Wives of King David, book 1 by Jill Eileen Smith

About the Book:Can their epic search for true love survive a father’s fury? The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father’s mercy in the prison that is King Saul’s palace. Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever? Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and daring desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes you on an emotional journey as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as the first wife of King David. About the Author:Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David’s wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and lives with her family in southeast Michigan. My… Read more »

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Feb 19
Revell Blog Tour Review: Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson

Revell Blog Tour Review: Anything But Normal by Melody Carlson

About the Book:She thought she’d left the summer behind . . . This year should be the best of Sophie Ramsay’s life. She’s friends with all the right people, she’s a shoo-in for editor of the school newspaper, and she’s managed to turn the head of one of the hottest guys in school. But something’s not quite right. Sophie has a secret–one she won’t be able to keep under wraps for much longer About the Author:Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Notes from a Spinning Planet series and Finding Alice, which is in production as a Lifetime Television movie. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon. Visit Melody’s website at www.melodycarlson.com. My Review:I highly enjoyed reading this book and think that alot of young… Read more »

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Feb 18
Thank you Shelly, for the Splash!!!

Thank you Shelly, for the Splash!!!

I just received this cool new award from Shelly @ The Attic Girl. Thank you, Shelly!!! Here are the rules: -Put the logo on your blog/post.-Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.-Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.-Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash Award. I am passing this award onto: Michelle @ Michelle V’s Blog(Life in Review) Cathy @ Word Vessel Vicki @ Reading at the Beach Tammy @ Tammy’s Book Parlor Emily/Elyssa @ Daughters of the King Thanks again to Shelly for this cool award!!

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Feb 18
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Home to Heather Creek:All Things Hidden by Tricia Goyer

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Home to Heather Creek:All Things Hidden by Tricia Goyer

About the Book:The past is brought to light… Charlotte is cleaning out the basement of Bedford Community Church when she comes across a tattered and yellowed newspaper article. The clipping, published more than a century ago, implicates her great-great-grandfather in the loss of funds intended to help finish building the church. Charlotte has heard stories about the incident through the years, but now it seems the past has come back to haunt her. Is it just her imagination or are people treating her differently now that they think she’s descended from a crook? Will Charlotte be able to clear her family’s name once and for all? Meanwhile, Sam is spending time with a new girl in town-and is keeping secrets from his grandparents about where they go. Christopher is trying to get an article published in the local paper, and Emily reluctantly partners with a foreign exchange student on a class project and eventually comes to see that they’re not that different after all. As old secrets are brought to light, the whole family is reminded that the truth is often more complicated than it seems. Come home to Heather Creek. Get to know Charlotte Stevenson, who is raising her… Read more »

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Feb 17
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Life Lessons of a Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Life Lessons of a Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett

About the Book:A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. In this book, Lew tells the stories of his work with these horses and the lessons each one has taught him. Sometimes heartbreaking and often uplifting, Lew has condensed his lifetime of learning into messages for the Christian life. Today, Lew shares these messages with more than 50,000 people each year through horse training presentations at Miracle Mountain Ranch and nationally through his Sermon on the Mount Ministry. The author’s engaging style and adroit mixture of well-tested anecdotes and thoughtful instruction make this a winning read-and not just for horse lovers. About the Author:A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. Dr. Lew Sterrett (Ph. D) had little idea that his boyhood interest in horses would open doors internationally for speaking and training. During his years in 4-H, he savored many opportunities to train and show horses and earn national recognition. As a student leader at Penn State University he… Read more »

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Feb 17
Review of Amish Snow by Roger Rheinheimer

Review of Amish Snow by Roger Rheinheimer

About the Book:At the tender age of sixteen, Amish youngsters can choose to partake of the world’s pleasures during their infamous Rumspringa (literally, “running around”); fast cars, drugs and wild sex. About half of these naive, sheltered kids recklessly fling themselves into this church-sanctioned wildness, but almost ninety percent give it up and rejoin the comfort and security of the rigid Amish way of life. The rest never look back. The vast majority of Amish are hard-working, God-fearing, family-loving citizens. But within the closed Amish community there are abusers, virtually unknown to the outside world. In this Über-Religious, ‘husband-is-the-head-of-everything’ secretive sect, they usually go unchallenged and unpunished. Fifteen-year-old Ezra Neuenschwander finally reaches his breaking point. He strikes back at his violent, alcoholic father, knocking him down to the ground, an unforgivable sin. Ezra flees to Philadelphia on the midnight bus, totally unprepared for the chaotic streets of 1964 Philadelphia. Smart, young, now ex-Amish, he must learn fast or perish. About the Author:Roger spent the first eighteen years of his life in northern Indiana. His father was the only doctor for a small town of 1200, and had a hitching rail on a side street by his office for the Amish… Read more »

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Feb 16
8th Confession Winners!!!

8th Confession Winners!!!

The 4 lucky people who will be getting a copy of the 8th Confession are…… Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 8            Mark!!! 4            scottsgal!!! 19         I Heart Book Gossip!!! 9            Michelle!!! Congratulations to these lucky four! I have emailed them and they will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw a new winner(s)!

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Feb 16
Review of Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania by Cerella D. Sechrist

Review of Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania by Cerella D. Sechrist

*Bonus entry for the giveaway of an autographed copy: Leave another comment to this post of my review!*About the Book:Sadie Spencer has learned that in life, as well as in food, sour balances sweet. Returning to her hometown of Hershey with a five-year-old daughter, she manages to rise from the ashes following the death of her husband, the passing of her mother, and the dissolution of her career as a TV chef. With the help and encouragement of her best friend, Jasper, she opens a restaurant and looks forward to savoring the sweet side of life. That is, until a handsome Russian entrepreneur arrives in town, apparently intent on opening up his own restaurant in direct competition to hers. Sadie becomes obsessed with honing the one skill she’s never had—creating desserts—to keep up with her adversary, and in the process, she finds a love that’s simply icing on the cake. About the Author:Cerella D. Sechrist is the author of nonfiction devotionals, several full-length dramas, and a historical short story. This is her first novel. Cerella makes her home in York, Pennsylvania. My Review:This book was absolutely delicious! I loved everything about this book: it’s cover, it’s characters, it’s themes….all of… Read more »

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Feb 16
Blog Tour Review: Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monniger

Blog Tour Review: Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monniger

About the Book:From the day Cobb and Mary meet kayaking on Maine’s Allagash River and fall deeply in love, the two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river’s treacherous rapids. But rivers do not let go so easily…and neither does their love. So when Mary’s life takes the cruelest turn, she vows to face those rough waters on her own terms and asks Cobb to promise, when the time comes, to help her return to their beloved river for one final journey. Set against the rugged wilderness of Maine, the exotic islands of Indonesia, the sweeping panoramas of Yellowstone National Park, and the tranquil villages of rural New England, Eternal on the Water is at once heartbreaking and uplifting — a timeless, beautifully rendered story of true love’s power. About the Author: Joseph Monninger has published several award-winning YA novels and three books of nonfiction, including the memoir Home Waters, and has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He lives and teaches in New Hampshire, where he also runs a dog sled team. My Review:I loved this book. It is a raw, emotional love story. As it is described, it… Read more »

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