As an Amish fiction lover, I couldn’t wait to read this anthology! These 4 authors are absolutely amazing and I have been a fan of their work for many years. These four stories are beautifully written and so full of wonderful characters and messages. Each page turn brought more inspiration and by the end of the book, I was sitting there reflecting, thinking about my own life and the simple things we tend to take for granted. I loved all four stories, but Beth Wiseman’s story, A Cup Half Full, really stuck with me. Sarah’s disability and her doubts and fears and having trouble accepting God’s will really is something I’ve dealt with. Beth Wiseman’s attention to Amish simplicity during trying times and weaving God’s understanding grace into the story really was a wonderful experience. This book is worthy of 5 stars and highest recommendations. If you love wonderfully written stories, faith inspired plot lines and authors who love their readers, then this is a book just for you. I can’t wait for another beautifully written anthology by highly talented authors!
Tag: Christian Fiction
This was an enjoyable read! I’m very pleased to have had the chance to read this new book by a very talented author. From start to finish of this well written novel, I was hooked. Every page turn brought something new and captivating to the story and I loved that. I loved Willow. I could see a lot of myself in her. She’s a sweet character and was created perfectly for her role in the story. And the fact that she’s got a “crush” on her sister’s boyfriend??? Loved that!!!! Sam’s character was a bit complex and I loved everything about him. His protectiveness over Willow, his protectiveness of the other characters in the story, really made me fall hard for him. This is definitely a book worth 4 stars that I will have on my keeper shelf for a long time to come. I’ll be recommending it to all my book loving friends that love a book filled with twists, humor and characters that steal your heart. While this was book 2 in a series, the events and characters were well written and didn’t leave me confused and wondering what happened. It’s easily read as a stand alone. Well… Read more »
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Heart to HealLove Inspired (July 15, 2014)byAllie PleiterABOUT THE AUTHOR: Enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and nonfiction. An avid knitter, harp player and non-reformed chocoholic, she spends her days writing books, doing laundry, running carpools and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie grew up in Connecticut, holds a BS in speech from Northwestern University and currently lives in suburban Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing eight years ago has blossomed into a career that includes numerous public speaking engagements, two books on parenting; Becoming a Chief Home Officer and Facing Every Mom’s Fears and now novels for Steeple Hill Books. She is the mother of two children and, most recently, a Havanese dog named Bella. ABOUT THE BOOK The Courage To Hope. Guidance counselor Heather Browning is desperate. She needs a mentor to help Simon, a disabled student who is struggling at Gordon Falls High School. Unfortunately, hotshot Max Jones is her only option. Confrontational and cavalier, Max uses his flashy persona to hide the bitterness he’s felt since his life-changing accident. Perpetually cautious, Heather finds Max’s bad-boy bravado as intriguing… Read more »
My Thoughts: As with all Ms. Kingsbury’s books, I look forward to each one. I was highly anxious to read this one. It’s kind of like American Idol meets County Music meets The Queen Of Christian Fiction. And it truly was. Opening the beginning of this book, I was instantly hooked. I became the characters and the story over took my life. Ms. Kingsbury has blended faith, hope, love, and the need to seek self worth and created a story that will make you smile, laugh, and cry all in one sitting. Zach’s character was amazing. I loved reading his story. He was so strong in his faith and was so sure that everything would work out. And Reese. Bless her. I wanted hug her more times than I can count! She has struggles that I wanted to take from her! This is an amazing 5 star worthy book and another hit by the fabulous Queen Of Christian Fiction! If you love a moving story with powerful messages, then this one is definitely a homerun for just that! I am a long time fan of Ms. Kingsbury, and I am looking forward to her next hit! Bring it on Ms…. Read more »
My Thoughts: Love, family and…..food. What more could I ask for in a book? Nothing really, as I love all these combined! Ms. Lodge became an author I enjoyed way back when I read her Amish novels. I loved her work. She makes you smile, and really connects you with her characters. When I saw this book available for review, I was so excited to try it. I wanted to see Ms. Lodge at work once again and see how a non-Amish novel by her would be. The results? AMAZING! I loved it. Ms. Lodge combines the love, secrets, family and lots of good sounding recipes into a novel filled with faith, hope, determination and characters that will sweep you off your feet. A long distance relationship isn’t easy but Juliette decides to give it a go and through long awaited moments, Ms. Lodge creates a story of a life time with Juliette and Neil. This book read like a movie playing out for me. I loved it. If you want a timeless love story filled with yumminess and twists of family secrets, longing for love and embracing your faith, then this 5 star book is definitely for you! Ms…. Read more »
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Amish GroomHarvest House Publishers (April 1, 2014)byMindy Starns Clark and Susan MeissnerABOUT THE AUTHORS: Mindy Starns Clark Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of the inspirational Million Dollar Mysteries, the Smart Chick Mysteries, and three standalone mysteries, as well as the nonfiction books The House That Cleans Itself and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. Her novels include A Penny for Your Thoughts, Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels, A Dime a Dozen, A Quarter for a Kiss, The Buck Stops Here, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder, Elementary, My Dear Watkins, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon, plus other books! Mindy is also the author of numerous plays and musicals which have been performed all over the United States. She has written textbooks, articles, short stories, and more than 75 computer software manuals. A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite. Susan Meissner is a multi-published author,… Read more »
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Promise in PiecesAbingdon Press (April 15, 2014)byEmily T. WierengaABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Word from the Author: I’m Emily, and I’m honored and humbled to meet you, friend. We’re all stumbling along on this journey and you can approach me about anything okay? I’m an open book, with dog-eared pages and a worn cover. I’m mama to two boys, ages two and four, and married to a farm-boy-turned-math-teacher. We live in a small Dutch hamlet with three churches, one Co-Op and no stop lights. There are a lot of fields out here, there’s a lot of space and sky for breathing and running and writing. We foster two boys in addition to our own two, and before I had kids, I took care of my Mum who had brain cancer. She fought back and has recovered, all glory to God, and my pastor-father still holds her hand while they go for daily walks. I battled anorexia nervosa as a child, and then again as a newly married woman, and I write a lot about body image now and have a passion for women to learn to love themselves. My husband and I have battled… Read more »
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingLip ReadingDavid C. Cook (March 1, 2014)byHarry KrausABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Word from Harry: I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife’s urging: “Now doesn’t seem the right time for this dream.” My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I’d written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn’t until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but… Read more »
My Thoughts: It’s been quite some time since I read a Karen Kingsbury book, so this was quite the refreshing read. She definitely did not disappoint me. It’s a quick, short read, so my review will be a quick, short review. The Beginning is a wonderful story about letting go of the past, moving on to the future, and understanding that sometimes God’s way, while it may not be our way, is the best to start a new beginning-a new chapter in your life. While the story is captivating and amazing, somehow, Ms. Kingsbury always seems to make me feel as though the story was written specifically for me. This is one of those times, with the powerful messages she incorporates. I can’t give this short story anything less than 4.5 stars. Her characters are beautiful, her story line is moving and the emotions that roll off the pages, well, simply put, they become a part of you. I am looking forward to reading the follow up novel to this story, The Bridge. I’m ready for more of the bookstore and all it’s people inside! Another home run from Ms. Kingsbury!
My Thoughts: Sweet Saints above, Ms. Lessman has done it again!!! Next to Karen Kingsbury, she is absolutely positively my absolute favorite Christian Fiction author. I love her work! Her characters (my favorite is Katie from A Hope Undaunted!) steal you away to their time and place and sweep you into their mix for a time. I laugh, I cry, I smile through all her books and her characters……well, they are chiseled absolutely perfectly for their stories! Oh my! Cassidy was absolute a breath of fresh air! I loved the phrases she used through out the story. Ms. Lessman used phrases my granddaddy used to use before he passed away years ago, it brought back so many memories for me! And her heart, bless her, she just wanted to let go of her broken engagement from a gold digger and move on with becoming a teacher in a new place. I laughed at her and wanted to wrap her up and squeeze her tight! And Jamie McKenna……oh sweet lawdy, I loved him! Can we say *drool*??? That is one fine man….err, um. Yes, back to my review. Jamie is a wonderful man and I saw it from the start! He… Read more »