Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: Ties That Bind (The Amish of Summer Grove #1) by Cindy Woodsmall




Blurb (From Amazon):

Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.

Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish. 

Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.


My Review:

Ties That Bind is the first book from The Amish of Summer Grove series. I have to say this is one of the best Amish novels I have read so far. I was captivated from the start all the way to the end. There are several different story lines throughout the book and quite a cliffhanger on the last page, making me want to immediately pick up the second book of the series, Fraying at the Edge. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
Highly recommended!
100 stars.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: My Daughter's Legacy (Cousins of the Dove #3) by Mindy Starnes Clark / Leslie Gould




My Daughter's Legacy is the final book from the Cousins of the Dove series. In this installment, Therese is living in Confederate Virginia in 1864. She is fighting against her family over their beliefs of being slave owners. I was fascinated with this story and was hoping she was able to overcome everything she endured to do what was right.

Fast forwarding 150 years, brings the reader to recovering drug addict, Nicole, who is working at a horse therapy facility. I have personally volunteered at these facilities and know how well the horses can help heal. These scenes were definitely true to life and I enjoyed them. There is, also, a murder that needs to be solved, bringing some mystery and suspense to the story.


It was interesting how Therese and Nicole's stories evolved and I was not expecting how it all ended. This is most definitely the best book of the series.


4 stars.


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Beneath Copper Falls (Rock Harbor #6) by Colleen Coble




Beneath Copper Falls is the sixth installment from the Rock Harbor series by Colleen Coble. Dana looks to find a new life in Rock Harbor. Her first day working as a dispatcher, she received a disturbing call from her friend, Allyson. Dana sends a deputy to help but it is too late and Allyson is found dead. To Dana's disbelief, the death is ruled an accident. With the help of two friends, Bree and Boone, she investigates further, where all three finds themselves in danger.

I loved Beneath Copper Falls. I instantly felt a connection to Dana from the start. I knew what she was going through and admired her strength to move on to new beginnings. The mystery and suspense of the story continued to keep me from putting the book down. So many twists and turns that made my head spin.

This book is a reminder why I love Colleen Coble books. I would give this book 5+ stars.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck







The Writing Desk is another must read by Rachel Hauck. Tenley Roth debut novel was a great success and a best seller. However, she is having a hard time coming up with another successful book to follow up with. And the publisher is not helping her at all putting pressure on her with a deadline. She unexpectedly receives a call from her mother who is sick and needs help. Tenley packs up and goes to Florida to be with her. This is where she meets several people from the present and the past that may change everything she thought possible.

The Writing Desk has got to be my favorite book by Rachel Hauck to date. I love these time slip novels and I was definitely not disappointed with this one. It was quite intriguing how Tenley and Birdie’s lives intertwined and connected to one another, even though they lived over 100 years apart. I did not want to put the book down and was sad to see it end.

I would give the book 100 stars if I could.

Highly recommended.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels





My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring is a fabulous addition to Barbour Publishing's My Heart Belongs line. It is summer 1895 and Heiress Maude Welling disguises herself and works as a maid at the island's Grand Hotel. Journalist, Ben Steffens, comes to town and goes undercover as a wealthy businessman, trying to investigate a future story about gold digging men pursuing heiresses. Maude and Ben meet and begin to fall for one another. What will happen when the truth comes out about who they truly are?

Carrie Fancett Pagels has written a winner with My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring. I love how she used the beautiful setting at Mackinac Island in the story. The descriptions of the island and hotel we're so vivid, that I felt like I was transported back in time. I just love the character of Maude, how she was so determined to become her own person and knew what she wanted. I was not sure how I felt about Ben in the beginning, but he grew on me by midway. A wonderful story of forgiveness, faith, and inspiration.

Highly recommended.

5+ stars. 


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: Abiding Mercy (Amish Mercies #1) by Ruth Reid




Abiding Mercy is about 16-year-old Amish girl, Faith. She loves her community and her family, working at her family's restaurant. She is looking forward to being baptized into the church and one day getting married. But with a buggy accident involving her parents, a sister who was curious about the English, and a newspaper article that changes her world, how much heartache can she take?

Oh my goodness! Abiding Mercy is a fabulous piece of Amish Fiction. I found the story to be unique and quite refreshing to read a little bit of a different Amish story. I felt connection to Faith from the beginning. She endures so much heartache in such a short time. I cannot wait to read the second installment in the Amish Mercies series.

Highly highly recommend.
 
5 plus stars.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale




The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories is another keeper for me by Celeste Fletcher McHale. Jacey is shocked to see the man officiating her best friend's wedding to be Colin. She and Colin were trapped on a rooftop with another woman and her children during a horrific flood a year earlier. After being rescued, they were all separated and lost contact. Jacey had believed Colin to be the man of her dreams but just knew she would never see him again. That is, until she discovers him at the wedding!

The story is realistically written. The scenes where it is known that Jacey suffers from PTSD because of the disaster were spot on. I just cannot tell into words how much I love love love this book. I only intended to sit down a few minutes to start it, but did not get back up until I was done. I laughed and I cried so much throughout. Such a beautiful, sweet, inspiring, unique, refreshing and realistic read. I highly recommend this book!.

I do want to caution the Christian Fiction readers. Though the book is marketed as Christian Fiction, it does have some very mild language that some readers may find offensive.  

100 stars.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Review: The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies





The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies is set during the 1920s in Ceylon, which is now referred to as Sri Lanka. Gwen leaves the comfort of her home in London for Ceylon and marries a widowed and wealthy tea plantation owner, Laurence. Being in a totally new environment, surrounded by new people, dealing with a difficult sister-in-law, and a mysterious and secretive husband, she quickly realizes this life will not be like what she's used to. Will she ever be happy with this life?

I have to say I have completely conflicting thoughts about The Tea Planter's Wife. One minute I wanted to turn the page to see what is going to happen and the next minute I wonder if this story is ever going to end. There were times I felt like putting it down and not finishing the book. But I pushed myself to continue and am glad I did. The plot has mysterious and suspenseful elements to it, with secrets finally coming out in the very end. This makes the book worth reading but I wished many scenes were cut out to make the story flow better for me.

I would give this book 3 stars.

I received the book from the Blogging for Books program. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: The Beloved Hope Chest (Amish Heirloom #4) by Amy Clipston




The Beloved Hope Chest is the fourth installment from Amy Clipston's Amish Heirloom series. In this final book of the series, a reader will find the heartbreaking story of Mattie Fisher. Mattie endures great loss when she loses her husband while she is carrying his baby. Grieving terribly and lonely, she receives a proposal from her childhood friend, Leroy. She accepts and they soon marry. The two faces more struggles they could ever imagine.

The Beloved Hope Chest is one of the most emotional Amish reads I have ever read. One of the losses the characters endure, I was able to relate to and I quickly needed to grab the tissues. Amy Clipston perfectly writes how true the emotions a person with experience during those times. In addition to the emotional parts, there are others that were tender and sweet. A wonderful story of how to continue to keep the faith in God and learn to forgive, letting go, and moving on.

Highly recommended

5+ stars.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: The Separatists (The Newsmakers #3) by Lis Wiehl





The Separatists is book 3 from the Newsmakers series by Lis Wiehl. Reporter Erica Sparks finds herself in Bismarck, North Dakota covering the recall of the state's governor. Erica meets Mary Bellamy, she is wanting the state to have more freedom and thinks the governor should be removed. Erica believes there is more to this woman's motive. Will the state succeed from the union and will there be many lives in danger to make it happen?

The Separatists is a fabulous thriller. I found the plot to be unique and it really made me think if the events could possibly really happen. The book is action-packed and fast-paced, making it hard for me to put it down. So many twists and turns, I never knew what would happen next. This is probably be the best book in the series. Lis Wiehl is truly an amazing author.

I would most definitely recommend this book!

Five stars

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3) by Sarah E Ladd





A Stranger at Fellsworth is the third book from Sarah E Ladd's series, Treasures of Surrey. After dealing with the loss of her father, his fortune dwindling, a break up with her fiancé, and a narcissistic brother, Annabelle Thorley is no stranger to heartbreak. She has found herself not belonging in her own home and requests Owen Locke to help her run away to her aunt and uncle's home, Fellsworth. He agrees and the two goes to places they never thought possible. 

I believe A Stranger at Fellsworth is my favorite from the Treasures of Surrey series. I felt a connection to Annabelle from the start. I was able to understand and relate to her heartache. Owen is the perfect hero and I enjoyed how he and Annabelle met in the beginning. Fellsworth is the beautiful setting that a reader loves to dream about. The story is full of intrigue, delight, danger, action, suspense, and romance. Everything I love in a book. Wonderful story!

Highly highly recommended.

5 plus star.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings #1) by Jennifer Delamere




The Captain's Daughter is the first installment to Jennifer Delamere's new series, London Beginnings. After having experienced hard times, Rosalyn Bernay is lead to a theater to work and dreams to one day of becoming a star on stage. While recovering from a wound received during his time in the army, Nate Moran, takes a position at the same theater where Rosalyn is working. He is bitter about his life and hopes to escape back to the Army after he heals. That is, until he meets Roslyn!

I thought Captain's Daughter to be a pretty good historical fiction. I enjoyed Rosalyn and  love how she has been able to overcome her hardships and continue to follow her dreams. The story is sweet, delightful, and entertaining, that includes faith and inspiration. There is a powerful message that all can learn from.

I recommend this book and would give it four out of five stars.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: So Pure a Heart (Daughters of His Kingdown #4) by Amber Lynn Perry




So Pure a Heart is book four from Amber Lynn Perry's Daughters of His Kingdom series. In this installment, once a couple, Joseph and Hannah meet up again and find themselves working together as spies for the Patriots during the Revolutionary War. I found this book to be rich in historical detail, full of intrigue, suspense, danger, faith, love, and action. Of course, I love this book! What more does a reader want in a novel? 

So Pure a Heart reminds me once again why Amber Lynn Perry is among my favorite authors. If a reader loves writings by Laura Frantz, Jody Hedlund, and MaryLu Tyndall, then they will love this book and series. Highly highly recommended.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin




High As the Heavens is the third and newest release by Kate Breslin. It is 1917 in German occupied Brussels, where Evelyn Marche works as a nurse, waitress and a spy! When she tends to the injured of a British plane crash, she recognizes the pilot, Simon Forrester. She discovers he, too, is a spy and now a German Prisoner of War. She puts herself in danger and decides to hide him from the enemy. What happens next is more than they are both prepared for.  Will their secrets be revealed? Can they survive?

I really liked High As the Heavens . I enjoyed that it is actually set during World War One, which I do not find that many good reads during that time. I felt a connection to Evelyn from the start and found her to be a great heroine. There were a few scenes that seem to slow down a bit but it quickly picked back up. The danger Evelyn and Simon endured kept me on the edge of my seat and I wanted to keep turning the pages just to see what would happen next.


I give this book four and a half stars and would most definitely recommend it.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper's Station #2) by Karen Witemeyer




Heart On the Line is book two from the Ladies of Harper's Station series. Grace Mallory has to go into hiding when she realizes her murdered father hold secrets of one of the town's prominent families. She leaves town and finds herself in Harper's Station and begins working as a telegraph operator. She communicates with another telegraph operator who lives miles away. Amos Bledsoe and Grace have a bond even though they have never actually met or spoken to one another, only through telegraph. When Amos finds out Grace's life is in danger, he immediately travels to Harper's Station to help. What will happen when he arrives? Can he save her? Will she welcome him to town and his help?

I have to say Heart On the Line is by far my new favorite by Karen Witemeyer. There are quite a few scenes that I found myself laughing out loud and others that brought tears to my eyes. I thought the whole book to be quite fun and entertaining, delightful and romantic, with adventure, action, suspense, and mystery.

If a reader is looking for a story that is well written, has great characters, and are full of faith and inspiration, then Heart On the Line is most definitely a read for them.

I highly recommend this sweet, clean, and wonderful Christian historical fiction.

100 stars.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Blog Tour (Review, Excerpt, Plus Giveaway): Sword of the Matchmaker by Debby Lynne Costello


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Blurb:
Penelope Beatty made up her mind long ago she would live and die a Scottish warrior not a wife. But when nearly all her clan is killed and she is betrayed, she loathes doing the unthinkable, but must seek the help of an Englishman who owed her father his life.

Thomas Godfrey never married, but when a Scottish warrior lass shows up needing his aid, he finds her both annoying and irresistible. But the last thing he wants is to marry a woman who fights alongside him. If he was going to marry—which he isn’t—it would be to a soft, submissive woman. But when the Lady Brithwin meets the Scottish lass, she’s sure she’s found the perfect match for Thomas and nothing is going to stop her from seeing a summer wedding.

Sword of Forgiveness blurb:
After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

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Bio:
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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Excerpt:
Good morning, Brithwin. It’s good to have you with us today. Since you played a large part in Thomas and Penelope’s relationship I thought it might be fun to get your insight on the new couple. So I’m just going to jump in and ask you some questions.
After all these years what made you decide that Thomas needed a wife now?
I am just returning the favor he did for me and Royce. (She grins) You do remember that he decided who I should marry and not only that but sent a message to the king informing him the marriage was welcome. That was not really true, although Thomas argues that it was very welcome in his eyes and did nothing wrong. And though I did have a choice as to whether I married Royce or not, Thomas was a father figure to me, always looking out for me when my ‘father’ was alive, so his influence was great on me. Yes, I did have a choice in the marriage in lots of ways, but it dinna feel that way because Thomas reminded me I had my people to think about as well as other things. But in all seriousness, the reason I decided I’d like to see Thomas find a wife is that after marrying Royce (and once we got through those early rough months) I saw how he completed me. I thought I was happy being under no man, but
Royce’s love makes me happy and Thomas sacrificed his early years looking out for me, I want him to have someone to love and that loves him. He deserves to be happy.
What made you think Penelope was the one?
I dinna know that in the beginning. What I did see was Thomas’s reaction to her. I’d never seen his eyes light up like they did when Penelope was around. He might have pretended there was no interest in her but I saw beyond his denial.
Knowing that she was a female warrior for a Scottish clan, and knowing how much strife has been between your country and hers, what made you think the two could overcome those obstacles?
I will admit that the warrior part was a concern. I ken my Master-at- Arms and he is no’ in favor of women fighting on the battlefield. He would never have allowed a woman here at Hawkwood to fight beside the men. And Penelope was no’ too fond of us English to be sure, but in my heart I ken if Royce and I could overcome all the things we faced—me being accused of murdering his family, him believing I was behind his family’s murders, and not liking each other—that Thomas and Penelope could somehow see past their differences.
You seemed to trust Penelope from the moment you met her. Why is that?
There were several reasons I felt I could. But more than anything it was the pain I saw in her when she spoke of losing her clan. No one could feign the hurt I saw in her. And then there was also the desire to help the few that were left. I understand that need to care for those we are responsible for. That need to help goes vera deep and one who understands it can see it in others.
Why do you think Thomas will make a good husband for Penelope?
Thomas is a good man. No’ too many men would give up so much of their life and risk the wrath of their lord to look after a child—be her protector. But Thomas did. He kept me safe and alive. The man has a vera large heart. He’s also a strong leader and will take care of Penelope. She will need a man who
is strong because she will not be easily intimidated.
Why do you think Penelope would be a good wife for Thomas?
Weel, Penelope was devoted to her father. She gave up her hopes of marriage to fulfill what he desired. That, my friend, is a woman who loves with her whole heart. I ken if she could love my Thomas like she loved her father, he could no’ find a better woman to marry. She would stand beside him always. (Brithwin giggles) Although I dinna think he will be any too happy when it is on the battlefield!
Thank you for coming on and visiting with us today, Brithwin. It’s good to see you again.
’Tis truly my pleasure. As many of you ken I love to talk so if you have any questions for me, Please feel free to ask me.

MY REVIEW:
Sword of the Matchmaker is a wonderful short Medieval Era story. Penelope Beatty's desire is to be a fighter for her beautiful Scottish homeland and intends to never marry to do so. Tragedy strikes and she has no choice but to turn to an Englishman, Thomas Godfrey, for help. Thomas is the Master at Arms at Hawkwood Castle. Thomas is not sure what to think of this Scottish warrior, but Lady Brithwin, the lady of the castle, has decided Penelope and Thomas are a perfect match. How will these two deal with the lady playing matchmaker?
I have to say that I love Sword of the Matchmaker. I was hooked from the start, seeing the strength and the determination of Penelope My heart just ached for her when she did not know where to turn. That is, until she meets Thomas. I just love catching up with Lady Brithwin - the main character from Debbie Lynn Costello's Sword of Forgiveness. She is still that lovable character and it was fun to see her try to get Penelope and Thomas together. I hope to see these characters in another book in the near future. 
5+ stars.


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