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Jun 13
TLC Book Tours Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl + GIVEAWAY

TLC Book Tours Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl + GIVEAWAY

My Thoughts As a long time fan of Nancy Mehl’s and just finishing Fatal Frost from the library, I couldn’t wait to dive into this beauty. I was definitely not disappointed! She is a seasoned author who knows just what to bring her readers.  I loved the edge of your seat suspense in this novel. From page one, I was wrapped up in Kate’s story. She was chiseled perfectly and really came to life while I followed her on this whirl wind journey. Her journey was not an easy one, that’s for sure. In the witness protection program, she has dealt with so much in her life already. But, when she finds out she may have to retestify against the attacker that left her in the wfieitness program to begin with, the story line intensifies and I was pulled even deeper into the story.  Tony Deluca’s character was also well chiseled and I loved watching him trying to get a grip on his feelings for Kate once again. The sparks between were evident and when the plot turns to a whole new surprise, those feelings might have to be on the back burner in order to save Kate, and himself,… 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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Jun 06
Blogging For Books Review: Peace In The Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

Blogging For Books Review: Peace In The Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

My Thoughts Ms. Herne has done yet again. She has captivated me, heart and soul, with this 3rd installment of her Double S Ranch series. As with the other, I loved it! Her writing style, once again, sucks me to the heart of the story and grips me completely, not letting me go until the very last page is turned. I’m a lover of cowboys so this book hits the spot for that. This book really hit home with me on so many levels. From the pain of losing a parent to the pain and struggle of dealing with a loved one who’s sick, I connected with the characters hard. Lucy and Trey’s characters dealt with so much. From heartache to love and second chances, these characters were beautifully chiseled. Trey’s feelings for Lucy, Lucy’s struggle with trying to overcome her past, and the steadfast faith that both characters have are a wonderful part of the story. This story of building trust, of characters forgiving not just each other but themselves, of perseverance and patience, will keep you up long into the night. Each page turn pulls you further in, making you want more and more. When you reach the… 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 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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