Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Betsy had been so determined to get back to the world she belonged in that it never once occurred to her that she might not belong in it any longer...
-The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher




Hey Readers, I have a new book for you to check out,  The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an Amish Historical Fiction story set in ( and around) Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the year 1762. This story is unlike any Amish fiction that I have ever read before. I recommend this book if you:


  • Have read any of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, 
  • Have read the first two books in the Amish Beginnings series
  • Like to read Amish Historical Fiction with a twist, 
  • Want to read a heartwarming story of acceptance and trying to find peace in the midst of chaos, 
  • Want to read a interesting story of a girl's survival after being kidnapped by Indians. 
  • Want to read a deeply layered novel that was inspired by true events during the tumultuous days of the prerevolutionary Pennsylvania.
Well, Here is the story: 

The Return is the story of Betsy Zook, A beautiful Amish girl who never has questioned her family's lifestyle or the love of her intended, Hans Bauer.  That is she didn't until that fateful night the Indians attacked her family and their neighbors. Taken captive after witnessing the horrible deaths of her parents and fearing for her siblings, Betsy only has her faith and the knowledge that one of her brothers also survived to keep her going. After Betsy endures the horrible and brutal walk to her fate, She finds that they took her and the other captives to replace family and friends who were killed by "white men". As she settles into her new life, she starts to get into the rhythm of Indian life and realizes how strict her life was before.  Not in a bad way, just different, Indian life was a bit more laid back and she was blessed to be treated as one of them and not as a servant or a slave. 

Meanwhile back in Lancaster County... 
Tessa Bauer has been in love with Hans since forever so she was horribly disappointed when he only seemed to pay attention to Betsy Zook. But now that she heard the news that Betsy was taken during a Indian attack, she feels like maybe now he will notice her.  No, she is not that mean to be happy about the situation that Betsy was in but she did get a glimmer of hope that now Hans will see that he was meant to be with her. The only issue is that Hans seems to have completely put his focus on finding Betsy and taking revenge on all Indians as retribution. Unfortunately Tessa can see that his need for revenge was literally eating him alive, But she figures if she comforts him, eventually he will see how much she cares for him and stop focusing on it so much. Finally she finds something they both have in common. They both want to see this mysterious black stallion that has been wondering around their farm.  As they work together trying to get the Stallion to trust them, Tessa senses that Hans is finally accepting and noticing her. As their relationship starts to build, Tessa begins to wonder if Hans would finally ask to marry her or if she would always be cast in Betsy's shadow. 

Back at the Indian Village...
Betsy has become fully immersed in the Indian way of life and though it was not a hard life , she missed her family dreadfully and she missed living the way she was brought up. A Indian man about her age named Askuwheteau ( or Caleb, You will have to read the story to see why an Indian would have a Amish/Christian name)  tries to help her to see the joy and peace of Indian life but when he sees that she is still troubled, He plans an escape to first take her to her brother and then back to her people.

If Betsy ever makes it back to her Amish friends, back to the world she came from... Will it be the same as it was before or will she find that she no longer belongs in that world?
And if she makes it back, Will Hans and Tessa have taken their relationship too far or will she make it back in time to get back to the relationship with Hans that she once had?



So what did I think? 
So this is book three of the Amish Beginnings series and even though I did read the previous book in the series, I would say that it could also be read as a standalone. Though it did have some violence ( Nothing horribly graphic, but there was mention of blood shed - especially when describing the Indian attack) the story is so intriguing that it grabs you at the beginning and does not let go until the very end. The characters are well thought out and the story is very well written. Like I mentioned before, this was not like any Amish book I have ever read before and I really enjoyed reading it.  My only issue was that the ending did not seem to be complete ( probably so she could write another book for the series ) Overall it is a great book with a intriguing plot ( slight bit of violence) I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 stars **** 



If you want to check out this series or any of Suzanne's other books, Here is the link: 





Happy Reading :) 


  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.






Friday, August 18, 2017

The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

"Our someday has already begun. I see promise of dawn every day when the sun touches the tops of the big trees, the smoke rises from the chimney... and the cows bellows that we should hurry... "
- Rune Carlson , The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling



Hey Readers, I have another wonderful book for you to check out.  My latest "Must Read" is  by Lauraine Snelling. The Promise of Dawn is a historical fiction story that is set in the untamed land of Minnesota in the early 1900s. I would recommend this book if you:

  • Have read any of this author's other writings ( she has written over 45 books for adults and several series for youth) 
  • Like to read books by Lori Copeland and Tracie Peterson.
  • Would like to read a sweet story about love, hope and one family's journey toward their dream. 
  • Just want to read a great book :)

So here is the story:

The Promise of Dawn is the story of Rune and Signe Carlson who live in Norway with their three young boys Bjorn, Leif and Knute.  All of them loved Norway but there were not many opportunities for the boys to learn and eventually find jobs. So when a letter from Signe's cousins in Amerika  ( America) arrived asking for help in exchange for passage to Minnesota, They decide to make the journey to the new world in hopes of a better life for them and their children. The journey was long and especially hard for Signe because she found out a few days before their ship left port that she was pregnant. Finally arriving in Minnesota, they discover that the life they had pictured for themselves was very different from reality. Signe's cousins Einar and Gerd are both mean and cruel,  Einar only cares about how many trees they can cut down and how much work they can get finished and Gerd refuses to get out of bed because she is sick and assumes that Signe will do EVERYTHING around the house.  They do not even have beds to sleep in or a house to themselves! They are given the one room attic to live in and nothing to sleep on.  It takes some time but finally Signe accepts that God brought them here and that He has a plan for them so she decides to have patience with Gerd and help her to get stronger but its hard to help someone who does not want your help. After working for Einar and Gerd for several months, They are worn down to the bone. One of the boys broke their arm and Einar still expected him to work!  Then when Rune and Signe wanted to enroll the boys in school, Einar yells at them  stating that he paid their passage and that they have to work for him until it is paid off or he will have the sheriff arrest all of them.  Signe is sure they have worked enough to pay off what they were given but will they be able to prove it to the sheriff if Einar follows though with his threat?

When all seems lost, Their dreams appear to be impossible... Will they cling to the promise of dawn?


So what did I think? 
Well  The Promise of Dawn is the first book in Lauraine Snelling's new series  Under Northern Skies and it did not disappoint. Although the book has several Norwegian words within the story, it was not hard to read or understand ( It just took a few pages to get used to it) I love the amount of detail the author put in the story, describing the house, the farm and the surrounding lands. I did find that though the plot and story line were interesting that the story seemed to slow down a bit towards the middle of the book but then picked right back up to end the story perfectly. Overall I think this is a fantastic beginning to a new series and I definitely will check out book 2 when it comes out.
 I give the book 4 out of 5 stars****


If you want to check out any of this author's other books or would like to look at this series, Here is the link:
http://www.laurainesnelling.com/html/books.html


Happy Reading :)


  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.


Monday, July 31, 2017

On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

How can Natalie go back to the place that she tried so hard to get away from? 







Hey Readers, I have another fantastic book for you to check out, My latest addition to my "Must Read" list is On Loves Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson. So this is book three of the Prince Edward Island Dreams series and it is a Contemporary Romance set in beautiful Prince Edward Island ,Canada.  I would recommend this book if you:

  • Like to watch Hallmark movies, 
  • Are looking for a sweet romance novel,
  • Like to read books by Jody Hedlund and/or Becky Wade,
  • Have read the first two books in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. 
  • Just want to check out a new book. 

So here is the story, 
On Loves Gentle Shore is the story of Natalie O'Ryan who is getting married and just found out that her fiance planned their wedding at her childhood home of Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Unfortunately she did not leave the island on good terms.  She had a rough childhood and her family was always the "talk of the town" . So she ran away without telling anyone, not even her best friend Justin Kane and now fifteen years later she has to face everyone that she left. 

Justin Kane was shocked when he found out his old friend Natalie was coming back to the Island and he did not want to see her. Not after she broke his heart when he was seventeen by disappearing off the face of the earth. They had made plans together, When they were older, they were going to go to Nashville and he was going to record music and she would be finally be away from the Island but then she disappeared and his Dad died and he got stuck working on their Dairy Farm.  But when he sees her at the local cafe, he is shocked at how beautiful and grown up she looked and yet she looked just like he remembered. Natalie was equally shocked to see Justin but did not know what to say to him so she decided to do what she did fifteen years before... She ran away. Unfortunately the place where they were going to have the reception became unavailable so the only place on the Island that she could have her wedding reception would be a barn on Justin's property. Natalie decides that the barn will work as long as she does not have to talk to or work with Justin because it hurts too much. But when her fiance has to leave the island due to issues with his company, She is given no choice but to work with Justin. But as they worked together, They both start to remember why they were such good friends and questions start to circle in Natalie's mind. Did her fiance really love who she really was or did he fall in love with the girl she pretended to be? As the wedding draws near Justin struggles with his feelings.  Now that his anger with Natalie has subsided,  How can he help his best friend get married to someone else when he is in love with her?


What did I think?
So as I mentioned before, This is book three of the Prince Edward Island Series but it definitely could be read as a stand alone.  The author presents such a beautiful story that it grabs you from the first page and does not let go until the end. Though the end was a bit predictable ( kind of like a Hallmark movie) I thoroughly enjoyed the journey getting there. I love the way the Author describes the Island, especially the view from the lighthouse. When you read it, you can almost feel the breeze and hear the waves hitting the rocks near the shore.  I loved the side story of forgiveness, love and redemption that was weaved in through out the story, especially between Natalie and her father. Overall I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. *****


If you would like to check out this book or the previous books in the series, ( The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet)  here is the link: 
http://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com/books/



Happy Reading :) 


  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.






Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White





She's out to steal his name, Will he steal her heart instead?










Hey Readers, I am so excited to share this book with you because it was written by one of my favorite authors, Roseanna M. White and it has definitely earned a place on my "Must Read List".  A Name Unknown is Historical Fiction story set in Europe around the start of World War 1. I would recommend this book if you:


  • have read any of Roseanna M. White's books, 
  • have read books by Kristi Ann Hunter and/or Sarah E Ladd,
  • want to read an interesting story about a thief who set out to steal a name,
  • want to start a new series.


So here is the story.
A Name Unknown is the story of Rosemary Gresham, An orphan who has been living on the streets in London for years. The only way she could find to support herself and her "family' (a band of orphan kids who all look out for each other) was to become a thief. So after years and years, Rosemary and her siblings had become very good at what they did, so good in fact that Rosemary attracted the attention of Mr. V.  (An unknown client who stays in the shadows and knows a creepy amount of information about Rosemary and her siblings) When Mr. V. approached Rosemary with an offer that she could not refuse, she quickly agrees to his terms. The job seems easy; all she has to do is prove that Peter Holstein is loyal to Germany and not to Britain... She just has to steal his name.
Peter Holstein is tired of people judging him. Just because his last name is German, does not mean that he is not loyal to Britain, but because he avoids people and prefers living isolated, People have labeled him an enemy to his country. He was told that he needed to find some documents that proved that he was a British subject or he would be relocated for the duration of the war. When a “Librarian” named Rosemary Gresham approaches him looking for a job, he knew that God had sent her to help him. So he hires her immediately. Surely with her help, they should be able to find the papers that he was sure was hidden in   “The Cave” (The Cave was his library, and he called it that because it was so full of books that it was actually one of the darkest rooms in the house) As Rosemary starts the daunting task of going through the library and sorting it, She is beyond frustrated that she cannot seem to find anything but old books and pieces of paper that Mr. Holstein writes gibberish on. But as time passes and Rosemary gets to know Peter, she finds that Peter is different than any Gentlemen she has ever met and though he may be strange and a hermit, she knows that he is good and is not the traitor people believe him to be. The problem was that Mr. V. hired her to prove that Peter was a traitor and to bring him evidence, but if she does not produce the evidence he requested, will Mr. V. harm her family or have them arrested?
 But if she found evidence that she could use, could she live with herself if she were to present Peter as the traitor he is not?



So What Did I Think?
This is the first book in the Shadows Over England series and I am so excited about this series. The plot was intriguing with heartfelt struggles, bits of humor and  of course a hint of romance. I loved the characters, Peter who is the perfect gentlemen, always looking out for others but sometimes living in another world and Rosemary who is a thief who struggles between what she has to do and what her family has always done and believing that God knew her name and could love her even though she was a thief.  Her biggest struggle was the decision  to turn in her friend or potentially end up in jail. Though the book was long ( 426 pages to be exact) it never dragged or seemed boring. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Historical Fiction. Overall I give it 5 out of 5 stars*****



Hey, Don't forget to check out Mrs White's other fantastic books, especially the Ladies of the Manor series ( one of my FAVORITE series) . Here is the link:
http://www.roseannamwhite.com/books


Happy Reading :)


  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard



Crime Does 
Not Take a Vacation...







Hey Readers,
I bring you another book that was recently added to my "Must Read " list, Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard. It is the exciting conclusion of the Serena Jones Mystery series and this one is set in the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • Want to read a intriguing mystery with a hint of romance and a touch of humor.
  • like to read books by Lisa Harris and/or Nancy Mehl (This book has a bit more humor then books by Lisa H. or Nancy M. but still the story lines are similar )
  • Have read the first two books in the series, A Fool and his Monet and Another Day, Another Dali
  • Just want to read a good story. 


So first I know the title is weird but the story is not,  I have seen this type of "play on words" with all of the books in this series (  and I think it is very clever )

 Anyway here is the story...
FBI Special Agent Serena Jones and her family decide to spend their annual summer vacation with a family friend at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. But when they arrive they discover that their friend had been in an accident and was killed. The police believe it was a hiking accident, but Serena believes it may have involved foul play.  But as Serena starts to look into the “accident” it quickly becomes evident that someone does not want her investigating. Within hours of her investigation someone tries to run her and her father over. Serena quickly gets the message... Her friends death was an accident and she was to keep her nosy self out of it, but there are too many things that just don’t add up, Where was her cousin Ben? Why did he lie about not being in town  when he returned before the accident ? Is he in trouble or is he the trouble?

As Serena attempts to find answers, She has another problem thrown on her plate. Her friend Nate and her partner Tanner have both come to her rescue, The issue is she did not need saving, Especially from these two who are fighting for her attention.  Now not only is she missing her vacation to ensure justice for her friend but she has to keep her two best friends from attacking each other!
All of the leads they have found, seems to say that this was part of an Antiquities smuggling ring, but was their friend trying to stop it or was he part of it?

It appears that the trouble they stumbled in, may be a lot bigger then they thought, Will they be able to stay the course and solve the case before anyone else gets hurt?


What Did I think? 
So as I mentioned before, this is book 3 in the Serena Jones Mystery series and I LOVED it. Even though it is part of a series, It also could be read as a standalone but it is even better if you have read the first two books. It is written in the first person and it is so well written that it is like Serena is telling the story to you.  I love the fun, kind-of clueless romance that Serena finds herself thrown in and then ( finally) She has to chose between her two best friends. There was very mild violence ( very, very little) and nothing graphic.  The plot started at the first page  and with several twists and turns, did not stop until the very last page. Overall  I loved the book and was sad to discover that this is the final book in the series. But I am hopeful of starting another amazing new series by this author. Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars *****


If you want to check out this book or any of Sandra Orchards other fantastic books, here is the link:
http://sandraorchard.com/my-books/



Happy Reading :)


  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.






Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Heart On The Line by Karen Witemeyer


When Danger Arrives, Its More Than Just Her Heart On The Line...









Hey Readers, I have a wonderful new book for you to check out by one of my favorite authors, Karen Witemeyer!  Her latest book, Heart on the Line is a Historical Romance novel set in the fictional western town of Harper's Station TX.
I would recommend this book if you:

  • Would like to read a heartfelt romance story with just the right touch of humor.
  • Like to read books by Mary Connealy and Regina Jennings.
  • Have read any of the previous books in the Ladies of Harper's Station series.
  • Want to read a great book that captures your attention with the prologue and does not let go until the very last page. 

So here is the story, 
Grace Mallory is hiding in plain sight. She came to Harper's Station to hide from the man who killed her father because he knows that she was given the evidence of his crime. She has finally settled in this small town but is worried that she will bring danger to her friends.  She finds a bit of comfort in doing her job as a telegraph operator because it has been her passion for years. She enjoys talking with people clear across the country but she really looks forward to her conversations with her friend Mr. A.  She does not know anything about him except that he is from Denison TX, has a sister and a young nephew and he is not married.  It may sound strange but she has become very good friends with her anonymous friend.

Amos Bledsoe was not the husband every girl was looking for, Well at least in his city. He is a skinny telegraph operator who prefers to riding a bicycle instead of riding a horse and likes to dress in a suit instead of jeans and boots. He has tried to talk to several young ladies but they all have snubbed him or made fun of his habits. The only girl he enjoys conversing with is his mysterious friend on the telegraph line, Miss G. (Grace) from Harper's Station. The only problem is that he does not know anything about her. He does not know if she is married, widowed, single, ugly, pretty, young or old. During one of their conversations,  Miss G. receives an urgent message that seems to suggest that she is in danger.  He offers to help but she does not respond. After much prayer, he immediately travels to Harper's Station to rescue this damsel in distress and is shocked when he finally meets her and she is so much more then he expected. 

Grace is amazed that her friend Mr. A.  ( now he will be known as Amos) came all the way from Denison to protect her.  She is touched by how much he cares about her when he has never actually met her and is now worried about the danger he put himself in.  She enlists his help going over the evidence to see if he can discover what her father had found. While they are investigating, a Pinkerton Agent comes to town stating that he is the agent who was meeting her father on the day he died. Both Grace and Amos are suspicious of this newcomer because his stories are not lining up. Is he really who he says he is? 

As the residents of Harper's Station pull together to protect Grace, will they be able fight this evil that has been haunting their friend and killed her father?
Now that Amos knows the extent of the danger Grace is in, will he choose to go back home or fight to save her? 

What did I think? 
So this is book two of the Ladies of Harper's Station series but it could also be read as a stand alone. I LOVED everything about this book; The cover is absolutely beautiful and I love the Morse code detail around the title. The characters are fantastic, especially Grace, Amos and Helen . The plot has a touch of suspense and the perfect amount of humor and romance. I loved that when Grace confronts the villain she uses scripture, not only to remind herself of God's promises but to remind the villain who was ultimately in control.  Overall I think this might be the best book Karen Witemeyer has written so far and I would give it more then this but it is the most I can give. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars*****


If you would like to check out this book or any of her amazing books- Here is the link;
http://www.karenwitemeyer.com/books.html






Happy Reading :)


  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson

When an incredible secret comes to light, Both Catherine and Tom will face a choice: Grip their dreams tighter or step forward in faith...






Hey Readers, I have a wonderful new book for you to check out.  Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson is a Historical Romance story set in Key West and in New Orleans in the 1800's. I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like Historical Mystery with a dash of romance. 
  • Like to read books by Jamie Carie and Kathleen Y'Barbo.
  • Have read the first 2 books in the  Keys of Promise series. 
  • Want to read a great book,

So here is the story. 
Freedom's Price is the story of Catherine Hayes, a young Englishwoman who has lost her parents and now has lost her home. Realizing that there is nothing left for her in England; she decides to cross the ocean in search for her mother's relatives in America. ( Her mother was from Louisiana ) She is able to secure passage on the Justinian with her friend (and captain's wife ) Mrs. Durning to Jamaica, but before they are able to arrive in Jamaica, the ship is caught in a horrible storm. The wind and waves blew hard against the ship but they were able to withstand the severity of the storm with only damage to the mainmast. The issue was that because they were demasted, they were going to have to accept the offer of Wrecker and pilot Tom Worthington to pilot the ship across the reef and into the harbor at Key west safely. Catherine is immediately intrigued by Tom - with his pirate-like ways and his impish grin, but she does not have time to get to know him because she has to find her family...

Tom's gaze found Catherine's as soon as he boarded the Justinian. He is immediately impressed by her wit and courage but is troubled when he finds out that she means to go to New Orleans unaccompanied. When he discovers that she is looking for a person from her past by the name of  "DeMornay"  who has a large scar on one side of his face, He is shocked! Tom is also looking for someone from his past who may have played a part in his father's death. The man was known as "Mornez" and he also was said to have a large scar on one side of his face.  It cannot be coincidence that the names are so similar and that both people have the same scar on his face so Tom comes up with a plan to escort her, but it may cost him his job.. After much debate, Catherine allows Tom to escort her and when they arrive in New Orleans Catherine is glad she did not go on the trip alone. When  they arrived at her family plantation Chêne Noir  they are shocked by the condition of the place. With rumors surrounding the plantation and the dark activities that happen there, Will they encounter more than they bargained for?   Will Tom let go of his need for revenge to save the girl he has fallen in love with?
It appears that darkness and evil surround the plantation and it's activities, But the real danger started when they were allowed inside...
       
So what did I think?
First this is book 3 in the Keys of Promise series but I read it as a stand alone and enjoyed it immensely. The book was intriguing from the beginning and just kept going until the very last page. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more of them, ( starting with the first 2 books in the series) There is a bit of suspense at the end but no graphic violence. I enjoyed the witty conversations between Tom and Catherine, and the mystery regarding the plantation. During the middle of the book, you can almost sense the danger that Catherine is in but it is not until the very end that you see the full extent of it. Overall, I loved the book and I rate it 5 out of 5 stars *****

Hey Readers, If you want to check this book or the beginning of the series, here is the link: http://www.christineelizabethjohnson.com/keys-of-promise-.html



Happy Reading :)


  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.





Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler


When the future is threatened by the past, can Naomi trust herself to make the right choice?






Hey Readers, I have another amazing book I just finished that I need to tell you about.
My newest "Must Read" is Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler and it was a heartfelt story that you must read if:

  • You have read any books by Suzanne Woods Fisher or Jan Drexler  :)
  • You like Amish Fiction
  • You want to read a heartfelt story of love, loss and faith
  • You are just looking for a great story.

So here is the story, 
Naomi’s hope is the story of Cap Stoltzfus who had just arrived to the Indiana Amish community.  He is a bit intrigued about his new neighbors Naomi Schrock and her son Davey. Cap having lost his wife and son several years ago, immediately takes a liking to Davey because his son would have been about his age. When he discovers that Davey’s mom Naomi is single, it just gives him another reason to hang out with his new neighbors.

Naomi tried not to think about Cap, with his golden brown eyes. Not that it really matters though, She knows that she is not pretty and that no one would ever want her especially since she is slightly cross-eyed.  But she has come to the realization that she was meant to be single... At least she has Davey. When a new Preacher arrives and becomes part of their community, She immediately dislikes him but she is not sure why.  She knows that Cap does not trust him because they grew up together and he was a bully when he was younger, but maybe there is more to it. The more Naomi and Cap watch the new Preacher, the more worried they are because it appears that he has a hidden agenda.
Cap is excited that Naomi seems to be warming up to him. It hurts him to see how guarded and over-protective she is with Davey. She finally opens up to him and tells him how she adopted Davey when she found him after the rest of his family were killed in a horrible tragedy.  Everything appears to be going well within the community and between Naomi and Cap when suddenly, The Church is divided. It appears that the people from one side of the county were convinced that they should not have to travel to go to church, when Naomi’s side just had a few miles to walk to get there.
 Then a family comes claiming they are Davey’s living relatives on his mother’s side and that they have been looking everywhere for him.  Naomi is torn between letting her son go with this family that claims to be his relatives or forcing him to stay with her. She does not want to be selfish and has left the choice up to him, but will Davey go with this family? Will Cap be able to comfort Naomi either way?

When everything around them is going wrong, will they be able to hold on their faith, knowing God is always watching out for them?


What did I think?
So this is book 3 of the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series but it definitely could be read as a stand-alone. This book is the classic case of Do not judge a book by its cover, the cover does not look very exciting but even though the plot is simple it is intriguing as well and made the book hard to put down. The author does a great job writing the story from both Cap and Naomi’s point of view. The book is filled with everything; romance, faith, love and a tiny bit of suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and overall would rate the book, 5 out of 5 stars*****




If you would like to check out the first two books in the series or other books by this author , Here is the link:   http://www.jandrexler.com/books.html


Happy Reading :)


  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.





Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Divide by Jolina Petersheim


Leora wrestles with the decision between having faith and taking action, Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?





Hey Readers,
I have a new book to add to your "Must Read List".
It is an interesting, thought provoking new book called The Divide by Jolina Petersheim.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like Post Apocalyptic stories  
  • Wanted to read a book with suspense, romance and faith.
  • Read the first book,  The Alliance
  • Want to read a Mennonite story that is unlike ANY Amish/Mennonite story you have ever read.


So let me tell you a bit about the story.
The Divide by Jolina Petersheim  is the gripping conclusion of the Alliance. It is the story of  Leora Ebersole  a young Mennonite girl  who is living in a very difficult time.  There was an EMP attack that destroyed anything that ran on electricity and has left the world in chaos. The Mennonites were not as affected by the attack because they lived off the land and there lives did not revolve around electronics ( such as cars, cell phones, refrigerators, stoves, grocery stores, etc..) But when the people on the outside ( Englischers) discovered that they had food, they raided and attacked the Mennonite community, The Mennonites were given a choice, fight or run. Because the Mennonites are against any violence, they decided to leave their homes and find a new place to live.
 *WARNING*  Possible Spoiler alert if you have not read the first book, because this book begins where the last book left off.
It has been 6 months since they left their homes and already they are facing extreme hardships. Winter is upon them and they do not have enough food.  They are finding it harder to keep their faith but they know that God will take care of them and sustain them. Then tragedy strikes the community.  Several members have gotten sick and died. Leora is really having a hard time accepting that this is what God wants for her and her family and many times she second guesses their decision to run.  But everyday she gets up and helps were she can and then goes to the front gate  to see if her Englischer friend Moses Hughes has returned but she fears that he is dead.  When her Grandmother dies, she is devastated and decides to go with her brother and venture outside the community to see what's left of their home.  When they arrive , They are heartbroken when they see what is left, The Englischers had burned their home down and trashed their fields. The only good thing that came out of her trip was that she discovered that Moses had been severely injured, But was alive and was a part of a militia camp several miles away.  Leora is torn between searching for Moses ( whom she fell in love with) or returning to the community. After a couple of minutes, they decide to go back to the community but before they can get home, they are met with opposition when a solider with the ARC (The Agricultural Resurgence Commission) tries to take them to a work camp. Forced to make a horrible decision, Leora decides to use violence to guarantee hers and her brothers freedom. When she gets back to the Community, she tries to pretend that nothing happened but her actions weigh heavy on her heart.  As the days continue and several more of the members die due to the sickness,  Leora is having a even harder time holding onto her faith and the things she was taught since she was born. Surely, God does not want them living like this, But what should she do?
Should she go and find Moses? Should she stay and marry her friend Jabil, who has asked for her hand and has patiently waited for her?
But then they discover an even greater threat, The ARC are convinced that the Mennonites are the key to learning to live off the land and want to capture them and make them work at a work camp. Can Leora, Moses and the Community protect its members without violence or will they perish by the hand of the enemy?

You will have to read the book to find out! ( I can't give away everything that happens in the story)


So what did I think? 
First this is a continuation of the story started in The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim and I would not recommend reading this book as a stand alone because you should know what happened before so that you will be able to understand the events that occur during this book, I still like the characters, how they have to stick together in order to survive and how even though at times, both Leora and Moses question and wrestle with their faith, they did not give into the lie that God did not care about them.
 I also liked way the Author describes the scenery and landscapes in the book.  But what I did not like was all the violence and bloodshed in the book. No it was not graphic but it was more then I wanted to read about. I do understand that we cannot be naive and if an event like this happened, that there would be violence but still, I did not enjoy reading those parts. Overall, It was a great conclusion to an interesting story.  I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. ****


If you would like more info on this book or the first book in the series, Here is the link:
http://www.jolinapetersheim.com/books/







Happy Reading :)


I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson


 "God appreciates justice even more then we do, so it makes sense that He'd be interested in helping us find it." - David Marshal, Threads of Suspicion




 Hey Readers,
I have a new book for you to check out called Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson. It is a interesting book showing the difficulties and trials that go into solving a crime, Especially one that has gone cold.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like any other books by Dee Henderson
  • Like to watch Police TV shows such as CSI or Conviction
  • Like to play the game of clue or solve mysteries with lots of twists and turns
  • want to read a new book =)



So Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson is the story of Lieutenant Evie Blackwell who has just joined the newly formed Missing Persons Task Force. Their job was to investigate cold cases where a missing person was never found and hopefully find the person or bring closure to their families. Because this Task Force was set up by the Governor, The political stakes are high so this team will have to quickly show results.  Evie is given the case of Jenna Greenhill, a college student who disappeared after attending a concert about ten years ago. Evie begins her investigation by looking into events before and after Jenna’s disappearance but nothing stands out. It appears that Jenna went to a Triple M concert with some friends of hers and then went home and was reported missing by her best friend three days after. As she looks at the reports, everything shows that Jenna was a sweet college girl who was liked by everyone but as Evie looks deeper than the reports, she finds people in Jenna’s circle that disliked her, who said that she was a two-faced cheater who liked to get what she could not have.  So which was it? She could not be both, Could she?   
Evie decides to look at it from a different angle; Maybe Jenna was taken by someone who has done this before. The crime seemed to be flawless, no clues anywhere, so it was definitely pre-meditated. Since it occurred after a concert, could it be someone who liked music? Could it have been someone jealous of Jenna’s musical talents?  As Evie digs deeper into her theory that Jenna's disappearance was connected to the concert, she discovers that there were a couple of other disappearances in the surrounding states that all occurred after a Triple M concert.    Could they be looking at a serial killer? If so why has he or she not struck in years?
As Evie pulls the threads of the case hoping to unravel the mystery behind Jenna’s disappearance, will she be able to find out who did it and protect the next girl?                            


What did I think? 
First this is book 2 in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case Series but I read it as a stand alone. The cover is kind of creepy and you find out what exactly is pictured but the story itself is not creepy at all.  The overall plot is good and it is very interesting how they go about solving a case that seems to have gone cold with no leads. The middle of the book seemed to lag a bit in the middle but being realistic, When solving a crime or a puzzle there are times when it seems like nothing is happening, so I guess it just made it more realistic. There is nothing graphic about the crimes except they do find a body. I liked Evie's partner David and his Girlfriend/fiancé Maggie but I was disappointed at the outcome of Evie and Rob's relationship. Overall it was a good book, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.***


If you want to find more info on this book or any of her other books, Just click on the link below. http://www.deehenderson.com/






Happy Reading :)


  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan



For Widow Grace Bidwell it appears that her dreams of having a family will never come true...





Hey Readers,

I have a wonderful new "Must Read" called Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan for you. It is a story of trust, hope and love set in the beautiful Montana mountains. I would recommend this book if:
  • You like a heart warming love story, 
  • You like to watch Hallmark movies. ( because this story is one that I could see being a Hallmark Movie)
  • You like a story that has a sweet ending that will leave you smiling. 
  • You have read books 1 and/or 2 of the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series
  • You just want to read a new book :)  

So Trusting Grace by Maggie Brendan is the story of Grace Bidwell, A widow who is struggling to manage her late husband's farm and care for her sick father. As the time approaches for her to have her crops  planted, She decides that she needs to hire help or she may lose the crop this year. Like an answer to prayer, God sends Robert Frasier to her town and he is desperate for a job. Virginia Harrison (Grace's best friend)  points him to Grace's potato farm and he is immediately hired.
Robert is very weary of any female because his late wife had kept a huge secret from him until the day she died, So though he is extremely grateful to Grace for giving him the job, He is staying far away from her. He just needs to earn enough money to buy a place for him and his children so that they do not have to continue living inside their wagon. When Grace discovers that Robert has children and that they were camped on her property, She is ecstatic!  She has always prayed for children and it appeared that God had sent three of them for her to take care of. Robert is pleased to see Grace interact with the children since they have all harbored bitter and angry feelings toward him and the world since their mother died.  But now Robert is extremely frustrated,  He promised himself that he would never trust another woman again but it appears that Grace is slowly finding a place in his heart. As the harvest approaches, Will Robert stay now that most of the work around the farm is done? Will he be able to overcome the feelings of mistrust and pride and find love again?



So What did I think? 
So this is book 3 of the Virtues and Vices of the Old West Series and though it is part of a series, it definitely can be read as a standalone.  I read the second book in the series, A Sweet Misfortune last year and this one was just as good! I love the relationship that Grace has with her father because you don't see good loving relationships between the children/child and their parents often, whether it's in books or on TV. The story started great on page 1 and though it was sort of predictable, it stayed interesting with some twists along the way until the very last page.  I love the look of the cover ( I would love to have her dress) and the title is very clever. Overall I think that it is a sweet story of learning to trust again and letting go of the past. I give it 5 out of 5 stars! *****



If you wanted to check out this book or the series, Here is the link :)
http://www.maggiebrendan.com/


Happy Reading :)


  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal


 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
 Philippians 4:6 NIV




 Hello Readers,
I have a special treat for you.
Do you remember when I wrote about the coloring book Gratitude, A Prayer and Praise Coloring book?
Well here is the second book in the series!
                                                                                                                     
 This is another "Must have" coloring book if :
  • You like pictures with a lot of "in depth" details. 
  • You want a journal that gives you a thought and space for you to write your  thoughts.
  • You like to color anything. 


So here is a preview of the book,  Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal

First thing I wanted you see was the beautiful hard cover that is not only gorgeous but also practical!  Because it is a hard cover, you do not need a table to color on! You can color in bed, on the couch, on the floor, etc...



So on this next picture, you can see a journal page encouraging you to write a list of people and blessings and then on the right side of the book, they have a partially colored ( it comes that way, I have not colored this page... yet ) page with gifts that compliment the journal page.


The picture shown below is one of my FAVORITE pages, it is not a coloring page, but it is a stunning beach scene journal page.
On the left side of the page is a prayer to the Lord that is based on 1 Samuel 3:10 .


This next page was colored by my Mom, ( Didn't she do a great job :) The clocks are very detailed and I LOVE that they are all different. This page is a great reminder that Life is Short, We have to make the most of what God has given us. Oh, and looking at the different clocks remind me that God has made us all unique.




 What Did I Think ?
So, I like this coloring book, Though the pictures are bit more modern then what I normally would color,  (which would be landscapes or just basic coloring pages) but it is not extreme. I thoroughly enjoyed the journal pages especially the one with the beach scene. I asked several of my friends to give me their opinion on the book  and this is what they said..
  • My Mom she said "it was a bit modern, but was nice to color".  
  • My friend in her twenties said " It's a beautiful coloring book, I LOVE the pictures! I am going to have to buy me one.
  • My Best Friend who is almost twenty said " I love how some of the pages are half colored because it helps you decide which colors to use to finish the rest of the page! " ( She is an artist and is VERY picky with her colors) 
  • My Best Buddy who is 11 just shrugged her shoulders and said " It's OK, I like a few of the pictures.


I would recommend this book to anyone ( probably not a child  unless they like this kind of book)  who likes to color or write because it has areas for both. It also would make a great gift  
Overall I give this Coloring book 4 out of 5 Stars****






If you liked the pictures you saw and would like to check out the book, Here is the link for more information:
https://www.tyndale.com/p/tranquility/9781496421791



Happy Coloring :)  


I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.