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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Feb 16
FIRST Wild Card Tour & Review: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet

FIRST Wild Card Tour & Review: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Jeffrey Overstreet and the book: Raven’s Ladder WaterBrook Press (February 16, 2010) ***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey Overstreet is the skilled author of Auralia’s Colors, twice-nominated for a Christy Award, and Cyndere’s Midnight. His award-winning film reviews have appeared in Image, Books and Culture, Paste, and Christianity Today, and his “moviegoer’s memoir” Through a Screen Darkly is a popular exploration of faith and film in the U.S. and Europe. His website––LookingCloser.org––draws many thousands of readers each month…. Read more »

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Feb 16
FIRST Wild Card Tour & Review: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet

FIRST Wild Card Tour & Review: Raven’s Ladder by Jeffrey Overstreet

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Jeffrey Overstreet and the book: Raven’s Ladder WaterBrook Press (February 16, 2010) ***Special thanks to Staci Carmichael of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeffrey Overstreet is the skilled author of Auralia’s Colors, twice-nominated for a Christy Award, and Cyndere’s Midnight. His award-winning film reviews have appeared in Image, Books and Culture, Paste, and Christianity Today, and his “moviegoer’s memoir” Through a Screen Darkly is a popular exploration of faith and film in the U.S. and Europe. His website––LookingCloser.org––draws many thousands of readers each month…. Read more »

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Feb 16
The Valentine’s Winners have been drawn!!

The Valentine’s Winners have been drawn!!

And the two lucky winners are…… Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 45        Carman!!! 4          Michelle!!! Thank you to all who entered!! Please know that I appreciate all of you who follow my blogs and I will have another special giveaway like this in the future!!! Congratulations to the winners….they have been notified and will have 48 hours to reply or I will draw a new winner(s)!

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Feb 15
CFBA Tour & Review of Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon by Miralee Ferrell

CFBA Tour & Review of Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon by Miralee Ferrell

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon Summerside Press (January 1, 2010)by Miralee Ferrell ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In October 2007 Kregel Publications published The Other Daughter with excellent reviews. The Romantic Times Review magazine gave it Four out of Four, with a very strong review. Two different major motion picture studios are currently considering the book as a possible family movie, and my second book in the series, Finding Jeena releases April 30th. Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA is my first historical romance, with my current release, Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon, my second. Both contain mystery elements as well as romance. Miralee Ferrell lives in Washington with Allen, her husband of more than 37 years, ans has two grown children. She serves on staff at her local church ans is actively involved in ministry to women. ABOUT THE BOOK Against a backdrop of thievery and murder in Bridal Veil Falls, Oregon, a historic logging community, a schoolteacher is torn between the memories of a distant love and the man who could be her future. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey had given her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night… Read more »

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Feb 15
CFBA Tour & Review of Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon by Miralee Ferrell

CFBA Tour & Review of Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon by Miralee Ferrell

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon Summerside Press (January 1, 2010)by Miralee Ferrell ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In October 2007 Kregel Publications published The Other Daughter with excellent reviews. The Romantic Times Review magazine gave it Four out of Four, with a very strong review. Two different major motion picture studios are currently considering the book as a possible family movie, and my second book in the series, Finding Jeena releases April 30th. Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA is my first historical romance, with my current release, Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon, my second. Both contain mystery elements as well as romance. Miralee Ferrell lives in Washington with Allen, her husband of more than 37 years, ans has two grown children. She serves on staff at her local church ans is actively involved in ministry to women. ABOUT THE BOOK Against a backdrop of thievery and murder in Bridal Veil Falls, Oregon, a historic logging community, a schoolteacher is torn between the memories of a distant love and the man who could be her future. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey had given her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night… Read more »

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Feb 15
Interview (and giveaway!) with LFY in Hershey, Pennsylvania author, Cerella D. Sechrit

Interview (and giveaway!) with LFY in Hershey, Pennsylvania author, Cerella D. Sechrit

Today I am super excited to be hosting an interview with a debut author, Cerella D. Sechrist and her book, Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which sounds absolutely YUMMY! Hi, Cerella! Welcome to my blog, Book Reviews by Buuklvr81, where I LOVE to spread the word of wonderful reading and books like yours! I’m excited to have your here today! Let’s start off with some questions about your new LFY book from Summerside Press. BL:Tell us a bit about this new book, LFY in Hershey, PA (which BTW is a FABULOUSLY FATTENING place that I LOVE to go to!). LOL! To minimize the guilt, I prefer to call it the “sweetest place on earth.” Otherwise, it’s like calling a cruise ship a ‘floating buffet’. (Neither one is a lie, but it’s all in the marketing!) It’s the most delightful little town, though, isn’t it? =) Love Finds You in Hershey is about Sadie, a single mom and restaurateur in the town of Hershey. She’s experienced a lot of hard knocks already in her twenty-nine years (her husband died in a car accident when their daughter was only several months old; her mother died of cancer a couple of years… Read more »

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