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Jun 05
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Driver Confessional by David Winters

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Driver Confessional by David Winters

My Thoughts I must be honest and say that when I chose to review this book, I wasn’t exactly sure if I would like it. I mean, I’m eclectic reader when it comes to Christian books….contemporary, thriller, suspense, historical, chick lit. You name, I’ll try it. However, I just wasn’t sure with this one. But, when I sat down to read it, I was quite surprised at the intensity of the story and the way it pulled me in! An up and down, in and out, twisty thrill ride that I won’t soon forget!   David Winters takes his readers on a whirlwind ride (quite literally, since the main character, Antonio, is a Buber driver!) and delivers us to a spot that will leave us wondering what just happened and how can we get more of it. His characters are complex and well rounded, perfect for their roles in the book. This book really had me thinking about what kinds of things really do get talked about in a taxi cab or paid driver. I can’t imagine it’s easy to feel safe all the time!  I  really liked Antonio and getting to know him. Mr. Winters made Antonio’s character superbly… 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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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 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 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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May 22
PUYB Blog Tour Review: Mystery at Manatee Key by Nancy Stewart

PUYB Blog Tour Review: Mystery at Manatee Key by Nancy Stewart

My Thoughts If you have a young reader in your life, this is a book just for them! Nancy Stewart is a talent author and has created a book that is filled with colorful illustrations that really catch the eye, and two sweet girls that I loved to read about.  This book is super quick to read, and filled with a touch of mystery for the young sleuths who read this book. Bella and Britt are two sweet girls and they are in for an adventure as they encounter a  manatee and all the whirlwind that comes with the encounter. They find a smuggling ring and they’re out to save the day.  This is definitely a 4 star worthy children’s book that I enjoyed reading for myself. I am going back to look for more in this fun series, and will be on the look out for more work by this incredibly talented author! 

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May 18
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas by Deron Spoo

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas by Deron Spoo

My Thoughts If you are looking for a closer walk with God, then please, look no further than this book. It is a book that is well written, and well organized. The aspects of this book are wonderful and really leave the reader thinking things through. Each page is different, each page helping you to understand a little more about God and what you need to do to truly listen to Him, to hear Him out, and make yourself a better person for Him. The way The Good Book is laid out makes it easy to follow. I understand things a little differently now, in a good way, of course. Mr. Spoo has created a wonderful book, filled with truth and information that will be with the reader long after they finish.  This book has verses from the Bible with each chapter and leaves it open for a great discussion and break down of the Bible! This is a definitely worthy of beyond 5 stars.  It’s a great companion to the Bible and and will make a great addition to any Bible study or library collection. Don’t miss out on this great book!  To find out more about this awesome LitFuse Blog… Read more »

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May 15
Revell Reads Review: Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

Revell Reads Review: Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan

My Thoughts I absolutely love Maggie Brendan and her books. She creates wonderful stories filled with beautiful characters, lots of quirks, and a plot line that will pull you in instantly. Trusting Grace is the third book in this series, but the first one that I have read. I’m so glad that I did! Grace, Robert and the children were all wonderful characters. They came to life instantly, pulling me in, capturing my heart. The interaction between Grace and Robert and Grace and the children left me smiling. The sparks that fly between Grace and Robert are endearing and I loved watching Robert come to terms with the way he feels about Grace.  This is a story of anger, love, letting go and moving on. A story of learning to trust again. God works His way into the story line, leaving the reader with messages of hope and faith in the end.  If you love a story that will not only warm your heart, but is filled with captivating characters, history, and hope, then look no further than this beautifully woven novel. This is worth 4 star praises and recommendations to all Christian fiction lovers. Ms. Brendan will leave you wanting… Read more »

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May 10
Revell Reads Review: What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander

Revell Reads Review: What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander

My Thoughts:  A story of redemption, second chances and characters that weasel their way into your heart to stay, Ms. Alexander’s What Hope Remembers is fantastically done. I instantly transported to Misty Willow(which, in my mind, wasn’t hard to do since I live in Willow Spring!) and settle right in for the long haul of Amy and Gabe’s story. I loved watching the story unfold and felt like I was among family.  Amy, Gabe and Aunt Tess are my favorites! I loved Gabe and Aunt Tess’ characters the most! They really fit well in the story. Amy’s character was also a great fit. I loved the way Ms. Alexander chiseled her and her flaws. Watching them come to terms with their past, present and their future really took my breath away, in a good way, of course! Gabe’s not so perfect past really opened my heart to him. I can’t imagine going through what he went through, and the mama bear in me wanted to wrap him up in a big old hug!  From start to finish, you’ll be completely wrapped up and taken on a whirl wind ride of hope! It is the third book in the series, yet… Read more »

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May 01
Review: Beyond Justice by Cara Putnam

Review: Beyond Justice by Cara Putnam

My Thoughts:  I absolutely love Cara Putman and her whirlwind rides she gives us with each new book. Beyond Justice is a wonderful addition to her work! From the first page, Ms. Putnam had me, hook-line-sinker, right in the middle of an intense story that she filled with soul stealing characters and a roller coaster ride!  Ms. Putman weaves a story filled with not just wonderfully created characters, but edge-of-seat, heart-pounding suspense with a dash of romance, and a whole lot of seeking out God. I was biting my nails, pulling my hair, sliding to the edge of my seat…..well, let’s just say I could not sit still through this entire book. Just when I would think I had it all figured out, praying to God I had it right, Ms. Putnam would throw in a new page turner and bam. I’m swept right back up in to the roller coaster.  This is definitely a 4 star book. Anything less would be a disgrace to this amazing suspense novel! Ms. Putnam’s Beyond Justice is definitely one I recommend if you are looking for the perfect blend of everything rolled into one. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in… Read more »

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