Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Grace and the Preacher By Kim Vogel Sawyer

At the age of twenty-four, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires, but has only met through his letters.

Theophil Garrison is on the run from a past and a label he’s desperate to escape. Ten years ago, his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now their sentence is complete, but the plan for vengeance has only just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, a chance encounter could provide Theo with the escape he needs. 

But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?

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KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

As a huge Sawyer fan, I have never read one of her books that have not touched me and left me wanting more. Grace and the Preacher was so enjoyable and left me wanting more. I am so excited for this new book. The characters were so real to me and the story was very endearing. A book about God's grace, well we all need to read this one.
I can't wait for Sawyers next book.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
 I received  this book from the publisher for review. A favorable was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Amish Weddings By Leslie Gould

Gould's Series Concludes in Love and Marriage
Gregarious Rose Lehman, who's always the life of the Amish youth singings, is determined to marry the bishop's son, Reuben Byler--until the handsome Army buddy of her future brother-in-law shows up in Lancaster County. In comparison to Trevor, Reuben seems downright boring. Trevor shares Rose's sense of fun and adventure, and her easygoing disposition.

When her sister Lila's buggy is rear-ended and Lila is horribly injured, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she's ever experienced. Everyone is so concerned about Lila that no one realizes Rose is sneaking out with Trevor. Except for Reuben. But in his usual passive way, he doesn't confront her, nor does he address the situation with her Dat or anyone else in the district. Rose appreciates Reuben's discretion, but she also resents it. Part of her relishes the freedom she's found with Trevor, but the other part of her wishes Reuben would "fight" for her, as much as any Amish man would. Too late, she realizes the foolish choice she's made. Has she ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn't seen yet?

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Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including two Lancaster Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Oregon. Learn more at www.lesliegould.com.

This is book three in the Neighbors of Lancaster County. Gould reading all night, she out did herself with this one. This can be read as a stand alone and enjoyed but I recommend the whole series. 
I could not get enough of these characters. Rose and Lila have been so much fun getting to know. Gould wants you to know that no one is perfect and that forgiveness is a must.
Oh you will never see the weddings coming in this one. I loved them!
I have to say I loved the ending, I did not see it coming but I was a happy girl.
I gave this book 4 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
 I received  this book from the publisher for review. A favorable was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Moonbow Night By Laura Frantz

From the beloved author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little comes a new Kentucky novel...On the vast, uncharted Kentucky frontier of the 1770s, Temperance Tucker has learned to be fleet of foot, accurate with her rifle, and silent about the past. But her family secrets complicate her growing attraction to a handsome Virginia land surveyor with a harsh history of his own. Will the hurts and hardships of the past prevent them from a fulfilling future?

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Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.
Being from the Kentucky area I was super excited to read this book. Frantz paints the perfect picture of the wilderness and scenery that makes you feel part of the setting she is writing about.  I love Tempe, she is the perfect strong willed character that carries this story very well. You  have a wonderful romance that develops the entire book that will take your breath away. The author slowly develops a bond between Tempe and Sion. Each chapter begins with a quote from someone that lived in the era of the book. This is a great novel of love, loss, courage, and the strength to trust God and continue life.
I gave this book 4 stars and highly recommend it to Historical Christian fiction  lovers.
I received  this book from the publisher for review. A favorable was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Summer on Sunset Ridge By Sharlene MacLaren

Brought up on a Quaker farm near Philadelphia at the brink of the Civil War, plainspoken Rebecca Albright is expected to be charitable, peace-loving, and submissive. However, those traits don't always come naturally to the feisty abolitionist. Spirited and spunky, Rebecca's chief ambition is to aid the Underground Railroad no matter the cost - until her path collides with slave-catcher Sheriff Clay Dalton who's grimly fighting battles of his own. When tensions between the North and South escalate, the two find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be and to determine whether their newfound friendship can stand up to a myriad of conflicts.

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Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating with an education degree in 1971, she taught second grade for two years then accepted an invitation to travel internationally for a year with a singing ensemble. In 1975, she married her childhood sweetheart. Together they raised two lovely, wonderful daughters, both of whom are now happily married and enjoying their own families. Retired in 2003 from 31-years of teaching, "Shar" loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family, in particular, her wonderful, adorable grandchildren!

All of the Amish books out there, everyone who loves them is sure to love this new book about Quakers.
It will have you reading well into the night. I could not put it down until I read the very last page.
MacLaren is one you are going to want to add to your book shelf.
The Characters were easy to love and the rich history was very well told.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Do You Know What I know? By Becky Melby

When a phone call from the obstetrician’s office goes to the wrong person . . .
Elizabeth Schmidt can’t figure out why her husband doesn’t seem excited about the news she’s sure he heard. Is he unhappy? Or is James cheating on her?
Pastor Jay Davidson is in shock. Bethany Schmidt, the woman he’s in love with, is pregnant. Should he walk away, or is God asking him to play the part of Joseph in real life and not just in the church Christmas program?
Bethany can’t figure out why Jay is acting so weird. Has he figured out one of the two secrets she’s keeping until after Christmas?
Can a ponytailed itinerant carpenter with a pet chicken help unravel the confusion?
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Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 44 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at www.beckymelby.com or Facebook.
I was a little disappointed, this book was not long enough for me. I have decided that I do not think great authors should write novellas. Melby has some others books I will be reading those.
I liked the plot and the characters in Do you Know What I Know? It was a really good read and in my opinion it is not just a book to read at Christmas. Get this book for under the  tree for the reader in your life.   It will make a great read into the new year.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
I received this book to review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Of Stillness and Storm By Michele Phoenix

“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”
It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing. 
At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.
Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.
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Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle is a consultant, writer and speaker with an international perspective. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own venture advocating for Third Culture Kids under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to TCKs. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, anything French and buttery and paths to healing.
  This was a very thought provoking read. A story of family and missions. In true Phoenix style you will be turning pages until the very end.
This is s different book then I usually read. But I'm sure glad that I read it. I must warn this was a emotional read.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend giving it a try.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Choosing Real By Bekah Jane Pogue GIVEAWAY!

Are you ready to release your control of needing to be everything for everyone? . . . The invitation is yours. In Choosing REAL, author Bekah Pogue walks with you into life’s unplanned circumstances--specifically frantic schedules, pain and transition, feelings of unworthiness, loneliness, and tension. . .  And she'll remind you that it is in these very moments that God invites you to notice, respond, and even celebrate how He shows up in every little detail.
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An "everyday Jane," Bekah Jane Pogue is an author, speaker and heart-felt encourager.

Her debut book, Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned, releases December 1, 2016. Bekah loves communicating, whether in small groups or large conferences, as if you were sitting on her couch and catching up as old friends. She loves coaching new writers in their journey.

Bekah attended Azusa Pacific University, where she received a degree in Liberal Studies, with a Spanish emphasis.

You can find her at the beach, reading, baking, rearranging furniture or flea-marketing. She and her husband, Bryan, have been married a dozen years and have two energetic boys. They reside at the Pogue Cottage in Southern CA, where dance parties are a regular occurrence.

If you’re looking for vulnerability, down with talking about hard things and desiring real join Bekah at www.BekahPogue.com.
Do you have bad days? Are you imperfect? This is a book that you are going to cherish and reread time and again.
The wisdom that Pogue shares with us readers is fantastic and worth out time to read and take in.
I found this book is Real and author Pogue is very Real.
I really got a lot from this book and I plan on sharing it with many friends.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book.
 This book  is full of hope, perfect for this time of year. It would make a wonderful gift for the reader in your life.
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