Genre: Amish

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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
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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Jul 21
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray

My Thoughts Ms. Gray is back with another hit in the Amish Of Hart County series! She never fails to grip me wholly and keep me in the center of the story. This book, just like Her Secret, was an instant gripper for me. Once again, the characters were captivating for me. I loved Mark and Waneta both. Mark’s character really tugged at me the most. I can’t imagine the pain that he endured through life. The things he dealt with in life, you don’t imagine being a part of an Amish novel, but it was and it really made it that much more gripping. Oh to be there! I would go in mama mode on him and hug him big! Waneta’s character, well, she was a little too judgy at times, but seeing God work on her, really made me love her that much more. This book is intriguing, emotional, and gripping. It is not a sweet Amish romance, but it is a wonderful Amish novel in a series that will steal your heart, just the same. You will go through the roller coaster ride of ups and downs as you fall in love with each character, as you… Read more »

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Jul 17
Goddess Fish Promotions VBT: Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard

Goddess Fish Promotions VBT: Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard

Excerpt When Rosetta sat down at the eck table beside Truman, the light in his eyes made her hold her breath. “Honey-girl, if your new bishop allows us to marry, when do you want to tie the knot?” he murmured as he grasped her hand. “I fell head-over- heels for you the moment I met you last summer, making dinner in that big kitchen—” “Jah, the way to a man’s heart has always been through his stomach,” Rosetta teased. Her heart was hammering in her chest, and she suddenly felt like a tongue-tied teenager. It still surprised her, the way Truman made over her and waxed so romantic, considering he was somewhat younger than she was. Truman smiled. “I have no fears of going hungry after we marry,” he murmured, rubbing his thumb over her hand. “But my clock’s ticking. I’m thirty and I want a family—and I can’t wait to watch you grow big with our children, Rosetta.” Rosetta held her breath. She, too, had dreamed of mothering a large family, but the years after losing her first fiancé and then caring for her aging parents had slipped by. Even though God granted children to women who were older… Read more »

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Jul 07
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: A Letter From Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: A Letter From Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd

My Thoughts When I first read the title of this book, I thought I would be reading another Amish novel from a talented author. However, after sitting down and opening the first pages of the book, I quickly realized it wasn’t your normal Amish fiction. This book was truly well written and kept me hooked from start to finish. I loved the sisters and visiting the country side of Lancaster County!  I loved getting to know the sisters! Angela and Rose,sisters who long to reconnect their relationship, really kept me captivated through out this story. I enjoyed following them to Lancaster County to visit sweet Aunt Sylvia, their Mennonite aunt, watching them change and grow in their relationship and learning to accept what God has in store for them, instead of what they had in store for themselves.  This story of faith, hope and longing is beautifully written and highly captivating. If you want your normal Amish fiction novel, that will be solely about the Amish, then this isn’t the book for you. If you are looking for a 4 star, wonderfully chiseled contemporary story filled with heart capturing characters and a whirlwind plot line, that keeps you hanging on… Read more »

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Jun 30
Revell Reads Blog Tour Review: Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler

Revell Reads Blog Tour Review: Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler

My Thoughts I will be honest and say that I wasn’t quite sure if I would like this novel or not. The blurb sounded interesting enough, but it was my first Jan Drexler novel and I hadn’t had the pleasure of reading the first books in this series. But, sitting down, opening the pages, I got lost in the historical detail and wonderful Amish lifestyle.  I loved Naomi’s character, and her love for little Davey. The way she took took to him an he to her, really pulled at my heart. When Cap enters the picture, I loved the way their story played out. I was in love with their little group! But, as with any well written story, there is always a character I dislike and in this one I didn’t like Shem. His conniving ways really threw me off of his character.  Overall, this was a 3.5 star book that I would encourage all Amish and historical lovers to try. It’s a story filled with God’s love and grace, a story of hope and forgiveness, and a story of longing. Ms. Drexler is a talented author and I’ll be looking forward to reading more of her work!

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Jun 17
BookTrib Blog Tour Review: Their Pretend Amish Courtship by Patricia Davids

BookTrib Blog Tour Review: Their Pretend Amish Courtship by Patricia Davids

Patricia Davids’ Movie Star Cast What writer doesn’t dream of seeing their favorite actor and actress playing the hero and heroine of their novel in a movie? I like movies but I love books because a well-written book takes you inside the mind and emotions of the character. You feel what they feel. Great actors can portray those emotions but for me an important part of the story is missing when a book is turned into a movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have one of my books on the big screen. Yes, please! So, who do I want to see playing Fannie Erb and Noah Bowman? I’d want Karen Gillan to play Fannie. Karen has the red hair, the spunk, and the infectious smile that comes to mind when I think of Fannie. She is a very talented actress and I think she could bring an honest depth to the role. I have no idea if she rides horses or can drive a buggy. That would be a must-have skill to play Fannie’s role. Who should play Noah? That requires a little more thought. After careful consideration, and the joy of browsing through dozens of photos and… Read more »

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Jun 11
Review: An Amish Summer by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Irvin

Review: An Amish Summer by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Irvin

My Thoughts These lovely ladies have once again brought their fans a collection of stories that will forever be with them. Each story is unique and filled with God’s grace and love. Each story has characters that are perfectly chiseled for their roles and will become friends with the one holding the book. I love when a collection of stories can do that! I loved each of these stories as they flowed perfectly and wrapped me up and kept me captive. But, the one I’ll focus on in this review is Ms. Fuller’s story, Lakeside Love. This story is wonderfully written! As someone who didn’t always fit in with the crowd, and always had friends slightly skinner, and slightly prettier, I can relate fully with Esther. Watching her story unfold felt like my story! I loved watching Esther and Rhett get to know each other, and I had a love/hate relationship with Judah, which, to me, was perfect.  These characters in Ms. Fuller’s story (and the other 3 stories!) all competed to own my heart. In the end, after seeing God’s love and grace at work among the Amish, they all owned it. Each character had a small piece of… 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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