Category: Book Reviews

Jun 05
Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Love Among The Lilacs by Jenna Victoria

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour Review: Love Among The Lilacs by Jenna Victoria

Click here to purchase your copy. About the Book Book title: Love Among the Lilacs Author: Jenna Victoria Release date: April 4, 2017 Genre: Sweet romance Bookkeeper Mollie Wright knows about living on the streets, and her purchase of sweet Lilac Cottage is a dream come true. She is determined to stay and fight when a legal error puts her ownership at risk. Attorney Sean Grady never wanted his great-aunts to sell their cottage in Westchester County, New York, so when a paperwork snafu puts the deal on hold, he moves swiftly to evict the pretty, feisty squatter. Mollie finds unexpected allies in Grady Cove neighbors and a member of Sean’s own family but knows the clock is ticking. Will a theft and her past secrets force a showdown to heartache, or will Mollie and Sean discover home is truly where your heart is? My Thoughts Fantabulous (yes that is a Cafinated Reads word!)! I really loved this story! I don’t know whether it’s Ms. Victoria’s writing style, or the fact that I have a not so perfect past and am also named Molly (spelling doesn’t count!), that really spoke to me with this book, but I devoured it, cover… Read more »

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Jun 04
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Great Chattanooga Bicycle Race by Mike H. Mizrahi

My Thoughts I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. The author is new to me and his writing style is refreshing! The characters within the book really spoke to me and came alive as I followed young Anne and Peter throughout this story. I felt as if I was the one in the middle of it all. I love when a book does that to me. This book is filled with life lessons of having faith, hope, perseverance and relying on the Lord above.  Young Anne, bless her. I could see a lot of my own stubborn self in her! She’s a sweet soul and wouldn’t take being told no she couldn’t do something for an answer! She was going to do it and that was that. A woman in the south riding a man’s contraption! Unheard of, but not for Anne! She was going to ride and not be stopped. It was interesting seeing the events of that played out, especially knowing that in today’s society women can do just about anything they want to.  I loved Peter’s character, too. Watching him interact with Anne and the other characters was captivating. He struggled so… Read more »

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Jun 02
Armchair BEA Day #3: Delving Into Diversity and Dining With The Author

Armchair BEA Day #3: Delving Into Diversity and Dining With The Author

Welcome to day 3 of the Armchair BEA!! It’s so fun and exciting to see what topics and activities are in store for us each day.  Today we are going to talk about two topics. I’m not sure how long my responses will be, but I’ll try to keep them fairly short so you can move on and enjoy the other participants’ responses!   Delving Into Diversity:Book Expo sparked quite the controversy a couple years ago regarding diversity in books and authors. Where are we now? OR, let’s take a different direction and explore the diversity of the format of a book. Do we judge a book by its cover and/or content (e.g.,, audio, digital, graphic, etc.)? Or, combine the two topics and discuss diversity found in alternative content (e.g., representation in graphic novels). Get creative and maybe even controversial! Dining With the Authors:Every year at Book Expo, children and adult authors are featured during breakfast. Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? What would your meal be? What would you discuss?   Delving Into Diversity……..of book formats. I don’t generally listen to audio books so I most definitely… Read more »

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Jun 01
Armchair BEA Day #2: What Do Readers Want? Let’s Collaborate And Listen

Armchair BEA Day #2: What Do Readers Want? Let’s Collaborate And Listen

Welcome to day 2 of the Armchair BEA!! I love this and can’t wait to keep on keeping on each year they have it. Today we are going to talk about two topics. I’m not sure how long my responses will be, but I’ll try to keep them fairly short so you can move on and enjoy the other participants’ responses! What Do Readers Want?: What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? Well, as a reader, I know what I want. I want an author to think of themselves as the reader while they write the book. I want a book to be filled with not only great writing, but characters that speak to me, that steal not just my heart, but my entire soul, too. The plot lines need to be written in a way that won’t leave me turning back the pages to try and keep up. It needs to flow smoothly and captivate me. I rate books like that with a 4, or a 5 star rating and really sing it’s praises.If there… Read more »

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May 31
Armchair Book Expo Day #1: Introductions

Armchair Book Expo Day #1: Introductions

So, this year, I’m participating in Armchair Book Expo. I love that it happens and have always wanted to go to the actual Book Expo, but sadly, I’ve never had the chance. What better way than to join in the fun virtually from the comfort of my own chair, with my mason jar of sweet iced tea and a book!  Today’s daily topic is introductions! I’ll be introducing myself by answering a few questions.  I’m Molly. I enjoy reading outside on the porch, or curled up inside under a blanket. I love good ol’ iced cold sweet tea in a mason jar. I’m a mama of two teen boys (well, one will be 13 in two weeks so close enough!), and married to my fire fighting husband. I’ve been reading since I was a young girl, and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon!  I love mason jars, cows, Amish and books!  My favorite authors are Karen Kingsbury, Wanda Brunstetter, Julie Lessman and Sarah Jio. Those four authors can always pull me out of any book funk!  My current read is  My blog/social media sites are  Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+

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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 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 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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