Author: Cafinated Reads

Aug 21
Book Review: The Promise Of A Letter by Kathleen Fuller

Book Review: The Promise Of A Letter by Kathleen Fuller

My Thoughts After reading Written In Love, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book 2. I finally did and let me tell you what. I absolutely adored it! Book 2 is wonderfully written and instantly captivating, just like book 1. Ms. Fuller once again takes us to Birch Creek where her readers get to fall in love all over again with past, and new characters.  Roman and Leanna’s characters really gripped me! I loved them both for different reasons. Roman’s character really pulled at my heart, perhaps because I always felt like I couldn’t please anyone know matter what I did. Watching him and seeing how he reacts to the letter from his grandmother, really tugged at my soul. I loved him! And sweet Leanna. Bless her. She’s so different from your typical Amish women and I loved that about her! Ms. Fuller truly did a good thing with her character. Seeing Roman and Leanna together, following them through this story, was a wonderful time.  This book is so full of messages of God’s understanding and forgiving grace. I loved that. I felt His presence while taking this journey with Leanna and Roman and I couldn’t wait to… Read more »

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Aug 20
Book Review: The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter

Book Review: The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter

My Thoughts How to write a review without giving spoilers, when there is so much I want to say!? I will say that, if you don’t know by now, Wanda Brunstetter is one of my absolute favorite Amish novelists. She never fails to hook me with her books and keep me entertained the entire way through. And, The Blessing, book 2 in her Amish Cooking Class series is no exception! I was hooked from the beginning and held captive til the very end. True talent!  The Blessing picks up where book 1, The Seekers, left off. Heidi and Lyle Troyer are adopting a baby but a sad circumstance leaves Heidi heartbroken and once again teaching a class to occupy her mind. She, once again, opens her home to strangers and the fun begins! Each new character brings something special to the story and I loved watching Heidi interact with them. The messages thrown into the story and watching the characters realize what those messages were, was truly refreshing!  This book is deserving of so much more than 5 stars! Mrs. Brunstetter has created another wonderful novel that every Amish fiction fan (and those that are new to the genre!) will… Read more »

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Aug 19
Review: Eygpt’s Sister by Angela Hunt

Review: Eygpt’s Sister by Angela Hunt

My Thoughts First, I just have to say how gorgeous this cover is! If I hadn’t been intrigued by the synopsis, I would have grabbed it up for the cover alone. Second, if you are not already a fan of Angela Hunt, then you will be after reading this amazingly chiseled novel. She is absolutely talented and truly captured my soul with this new novel. This is Biblical fiction at it’s finest!  I am a lover of Historical fiction and this book fits the bill for best of 2017 so far! Reading about Cleopatra and Chava really moved me. I’ve heard of Cleopatra, of course, but never really read a book that centered around her time. So, getting to know Chava, the young woman waiting to take her place at the Queen’s side and Cleopatra, and all that was Alexandra, was truly an event I don’t want to forget. The detail that Ms. Hunt adds to this novel is breath taking and I won’t soon forget the feel of being in the heart of the story.  If you want a novel that will whisk you away to a time in history that isn’t often written about, then I suggest this… Read more »

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Aug 19
S&G Publishing Blog Tour Review: A Mother For Leah by Rachel Miller

S&G Publishing Blog Tour Review: A Mother For Leah by Rachel Miller

My Thoughts I was super excited to partake in this blog tour and read this new Amish novel by a new to me author. It sounded like an intriguing read. However, upon receiving it and reading it, I found it to be a little slack in the gripping department. It was a bit of a slow start and took me a few tries to get into the book. But, that said, once I did get past the first several chapters, I was pleased to be able to enjoy the story line and make friends with the characters!  The characters within this story all look forward to one thing: moving on. This story consists of two widowed souls who, after a time, are ready to seek God’s will and new love. I’ve suffered the loss of my mother so I really felt for Leah! Though I’m older, I still often feel I need my mother here with me, so I can see why a mother was needed for Leah. And as a remarried woman, I can see the struggles that Samuel had with wanting to introduce his new frau to his family. In the end, I did like the story. The… Read more »

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Aug 18
Kregel Blog Tour Review: The Soldier Who Killed A King by David Kitz

Kregel Blog Tour Review: The Soldier Who Killed A King by David Kitz

My Thoughts When it comes to fiction books that are centered around Biblical times, it takes a really good author to hook me into the story line. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading my Bible, however, not every author can create a story that brings the Biblical portion off the book pages and to the reader like a movie screen. David Kitz, however, truly hooked me with this book, and took me a first-class whirlwind ride through history.  I absolutely felt every emotion of this book, watching, most often on the edge of my seat, as Christ was cruxified. This book really brings to life the Biblical and the historical detail. As I watched the Roman Centurion who was tasked with awful task, I found myself with tears in my eyes, both for him, and for Christ. It was a heartwrenching, gut twisting, thought provoking story of sacrifice and pain.  This book……anything less than a 5 star review would be a disgrace. The style of which David Kitz wrote this novel is stunning and captivating. This book is definitely not for everyone though. If you are a reader of Biblical fiction, if you want to see what happened during… Read more »

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Aug 17
LitFuse Blog Tour Giveaway: Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

LitFuse Blog Tour Giveaway: Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES? Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child’s dream come true! Parents! David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!). The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST.  Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants. {THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE} Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God’s redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God’s miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God’s promise for the world is… Read more »

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Aug 15
TLC Blog Tour Spotlight & Excerpt: Ascension Of Larks by Rachel Linden

TLC Blog Tour Spotlight & Excerpt: Ascension Of Larks by Rachel Linden

I have the pleasure of sharing an excerpt with you. Please visist the excerpt by going to here: Ascension Of Larks Excerpt . Enjoy! Tour Stops Monday, July 31st: By the Book Tuesday, August 1st: Book by Book Wednesday, August 2nd: Reviews from the Heart Thursday, August 3rd: Steph the Bookworm Monday, August 7th: Books a la Mode – author guest post Tuesday, August 8th: Suzy Approved Wednesday, August 9th: From the TBR Pile Thursday, August 10th: Reading is My SuperPower Monday, August 14th: Cheryl’s Book Nook Tuesday, August 15th: Cafinated Reads – author guest post Thursday, August 17th: Fiction Aficionado Monday, August 21st: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom Thursday, August 24th: Just Commonly Monday, August 28th: Jathan & Heather – author guest post

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Aug 12
CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

CelebrateLit Blog Tour Review: The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Click here to purchase your copy. About the Book Book title: The Return Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher Release date: Sept 1, 2017 Genre: Amish In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans—but then she never had to. Not until the night she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she’s developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances. Greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far? Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.My Thoughts If you want a book that is filled with timeless plot lines, amazing characters, and rich historical detail, then I suggest you look at the truly… Read more »

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Aug 09
Book Review: Bibleman: Say Goodbye To The Grand Duchess Of Greed

Book Review: Bibleman: Say Goodbye To The Grand Duchess Of Greed

My Thoughts This will be short review as this book is just a simple 32 pages. But, it will be a good review! When my children were younger (they are teens now!), they adored watching Bibleman. They even had the chance to meet Bibleman in person at a live event at a local church. They were so excited about that and Bibleman was filled with such Godly messages and themes for young children. So, when the opportunity to review this book arose, I jumped on the chance. I wasn’t disappointed! This fantabulous children’s book is filled with a wonderful message from God above! It is a book that teaches young ones about the meaning of greed and how it can hurt other’s without you realizing it. The way Bibleman swoops in and helps deliver the messages from the Bible, really brought back the memories for this mama! This book, with all it’s colorful pages and wonderful Bible messages is one I truly recommend to all who have young children. A 5 star, church library, family reading time, captivating childrens book, for sure! 

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Aug 08
Book Review: To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

Book Review: To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

My Thoughts I have been a fan of Tamera Alexander’s ever since I read her book, Inheritance. She captivated me with that book and I would read anything of hers blindly! I was super excited to take part in being able to review this newest release, the  third book in her Belle Meade Plantation series. Let me tell you what! I had so much fun reading this book. I loved the detail she incorporated into the story and the characters she created owned me while I read this book! It did not take me long to read it, I was that engrossed in it.  I love historical novels set around during, beginning and end of the Civil War. Ms. Alexander created this particular story post- Civil War and really made me feel a part of the time period. I could picture the clothing perfectly as the characters wore them, and the scenery was vivid in my mind.  I adored Alexandra and Sylas’ characters! Both were seeking a path in life that was their own and no one elses. Watching Alexander break away from her controlling father and seek a love that her heart wanted, was incredibly wonderful! Having dealt with… Read more »

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