Jun 02
#FirstLineFridays: Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly

#FirstLineFridays: Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly

Welcome to 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 Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly.  Here is the first line:  Emma Cotton stood before the majesty of the Eiffel Tower, marveling at the workmanship required to chisel a replica of the French landmark out of a huge block of ice right in the town square of cozy Mystic Harbor, Massachusetts.  Really intriguing if you ask me!! Here’s more about the book: Innocent Until Proven Quilty by Donna Kelly Published: January 2014 Beantown is the backdrop when Emma Cotton and Kelly Grace, the owners of Cotton & Grace quilt design shop in Mystic Harbor, Mass., take on the next suspect who may have been involved in the death of their friend Rose. Vanessa Nelson, now an assistant curator at a prestigious Boston art museum, was one of the last to see Rose alive. Now Vanessa is in trouble with the museum, accused of stealing an exquisite painting and dismissed from her position. She seems like the kind of… 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 30
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish . Today’s TTT is about our most anticipated books releasing the second half of 2017. This one is going to be hard because I generally like to read alllllllll the pretties! But, here goes! A Name Unknown by Roseanna White The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda Brunstetter The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson The Queen Of Sheba by Jill Eileen Smith Egypt’s Sister by Angela Hunt The Proving by Beverly Lewis My Heart Belongs On Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels My Heart Belongs In The Shenandoah Valley by Andrea Boeshaar I am highly anxious to read these all, especially the My Heart Belongs series….I loved the Love Finds You In series and I think these will be just as awesome!. I don’t think they can release fast enough for me! I hope that you will join us in Top Ten Tuesday for more great postings each week by visiting the topics here!

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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 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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