Thursday, September 18, 2014

The River By Beverly Lewis




She looked once more at the dreaded river. Since Anna's death, it had been such a barrier . . . a place and a moment she could not seem to move past.             A line I can't move beyond...
The River

Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.
Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?

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I've had my nose in a book, for as long as I remember. When I was about 9 years old, I started writing my own stories. By sixth grade, I'd hand-written a 66-page semi-autobiographical book titled, "She Shall Have Music."

After I was married and our three children were in middle school, I began submitting articles and short fiction to various magazines.

My first book (Holly's First Love) was published in May 1993, the start of a 14-book series for pre-teen girls. Soon after, my first chapter book was published for 7-10-year-old readers ("Big Bad Beans") which later became part of my 24-book series, The Cul-de-Sac Kids. I wrote another long-running series for girls, titled "SummerHill Secrets," which was set very close to Neffsville, PA, where I grew up--near the heart of Amish country.

But it was the story of my grandmother Ada Buchwalter's shunning by her ultra-strict father and subsequently her old order Mennonite community that nudged me toward writing adult fiction. THE SHUNNING was published in 1997 by Bethany House Publishers, and along with its sequels, has touched a nerve in millions of readers intrigued by the Plain tradition of Lancaster County, PA. The Hallmark Movie Channel will air the movie, "Beverly Lewis's The Confession" on January 19, 2013--the sequel to "The Shunning" movie.


When I'm between writing deadlines, I enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains with my husband. Cooking from scratch, playing Mozart at the piano, and making family memory albums, as well as traveling to meet my devoted readers during book tours, are some of my very favorite things. I also adore reading biographies and memoirs, as well as classic literature.
 
The Queen of Amish Fiction, in my opinion Mrs. Lewis got the whole Amish fiction craze started, has done it again in her latest she has hit the ball out of the park.
I was very pleased that this story was fresh and not like most of the Amish books out there floating around. We need some different Amish fiction stories instead of the same old stories, well you get the with The River.
I loved the characters and the plot was just as good.
I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Andi Under Pressure By Amanda Flower




Twelve-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs and her new best friend Colin Carter couldn’t be more excited to attend the prestigious science camp at the local university in Killdeer, Ohio. Unfortunately, Discovery Camp’s curriculum appears to include much more than just chemistry and biology. From day one, the university is plagued by a series of pranks—missing markers, loose crickets, and stolen scales. Campus security blames the mysterious janitor Polk, but even though Andi agrees he’s acting suspicious, she can’t believe the gentle old man would do anything illegal. Then one prank goes too far and their chemistry professor is injured by an explosion in the lab, upping the stakes of the investigation. Andi and Colin must unravel the secrets behind the chemistry department and Polk’s dark past before danger closes the camp for good.

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Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she'd found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and her children's mystery, Andi Unexpected, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best Children's/YA Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan. Visit her at www.amandaflower.com

 This is one of the best detective stories since Nancy Drew for young adults.
I have really enjoyed this series, I love a good mystery. Young adults can learn life lessons while reading this fun mystery.
I gave this book 5 stars. I recommend this book for young readers.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NIV Once a day Bible for Women GIVEAWAY




With this NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Women, you can read through the Bible in a year. . . or at your own pace. Now you can practice the spiritual discipline of daily Bible reading at your own pace. Want a reading plan that will take you through the Bible in a year? You got it—and check boxes too. Don’t want the guilt of falling behind in your daily reading? You won’t—each daily reading is numbered, not dated, allowing the flexibility you need as you strive to engage God’s Word every day. Looking for a Bible with insights about what you as a woman most need to hear? These are included as well in the intuitive, hopeful devotional thoughts located at the end of each daily reading. The NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Women organizes the clear, accessible New International Version Bible into 365 daily readings. Each day’s reading includes a portion of Scripture from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and a Psalm or a Proverb, followed by an encouraging devotional thought specifically written for women.

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First let me say this is not a Bible that you can carry to church, the cover is not very durable. It will however last at home as a Bible to read each day and you could always put a Bible cover over it.
It is not what I expected but it is very helpful to read the Bible in a year.
It has Scripture reading each day from the Old Testament and the New Testament as well as Something from Psalms or Proverbs and  a short devotional as well each day.
The writing is a little to small for me.
I gave this Bible 4 stars. I think it would make a nice gift to give a women who is a new Christian.
I was given a copy of this Bible by the publisher for my honest review.
 
 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Beyond I Do By Jennifer Slattery




MYMarriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.
Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancĂ©. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

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Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, "Beyond I Do", releases in August. She also writes Christian Living articles for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' it to the Streets', a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.

This is Jennifer's debut novel and it sure does not read like a debut. It is very well written and I love that God's hand is all over every page.
I fell in love with Ainsley and Chris. I did not however like Richard.
I really loved how the story ends. This is such a  good first novel.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Joyful By Shelley Shepard Gray



A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book in her Return to Sugarcreek series.
Randall Beiler is doing his best to put his family and the farm’s needs first, even forsaking love. But though he tries, Randall knows he needs help caring for his younger siblings and keeping the house together.
When his brother offers pretty Elizabeth Nolt a job taking care of the house and cooking for the family, Randall is furious—and guilty about the way he once broke Elizabeth’s heart. But when he learns that Elizabeth and her grandmother are struggling to make ends meet, he knows the offer, no matter how painful, is the right thing for everyone.
Elizabeth wants to refuse—to stay far away from the man who hurt her—but she needs the money. Though she vows to protect her heart, spending time in the Beiler household makes Elizabeth realize that, while she’s older and wiser, her love for Randall still burns strong.
Randal, too, seems to want something more. But does he want Elizabeth because he truly loves her—or because he needs a housekeeper? If Randall sincerely wants something more, he must find a way to show Elizabeth—or risk losing his chance at love forever.
Joyful includes a P.S. section with a letter from the author, discussion questions, and a teaser from her next book.

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Shelley Shepard Gray lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. A busy wife and mother of two, she spends her days writing and keeping track of her two teenagers. Her two dogs keep her company when she writes in her basement.

Shelley enjoys writing about the Amish and visits Amish communities in Adams and Holmes counties several times a year. When not spending time with her family or writing, she serves on several committees in her church.

She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.

Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website, www.shelleyshepardgray.com to find out her latest news...or become her friend on FaceBook
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I was thrilled to return to Sugarcreek in Shelley's latest masterpiece.
Once you open up this book and start reading you will not move until you have read the very last page.
This book captured my attention from page one.
Looking for a great romance,then this is your book!
I gave this book 5 stars and recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Driftwood Tides By Gina Holmes



He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore.When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.




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Gina Holmes is a Barnes and Noble and Amazon bestseller, and her novels regularly appear on CBA and ECPA bestseller's lists. She is a Carol, Inspirational Reader's Choice and INSPY winner and two-time Christy & ECPA finalist. Her third novel, Wings of Glass has been named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal.

Holmes is a practicing Registered Nurse, a wife to the love of her life, mom to two boys and stepmom to 3 daughters. She and her family make their home among the Blue Ridge Mountains in South-Western Virginia.

You can find her at: www.ginaholmes.com or on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorginaholmes
 
WoW, what a fantastic book! I read it as soon as Gina mailed it to me. I could not wait to dive into this book. I read it in one sitting, you will NOT be able to put this book down.
I loved this heartfelt read and it is emotional and talks about a hard subject  but the author sure knows how to touch the very heart of the reader.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book. I can't wait to see what Gina writes next!
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thief of Glory By Sigmund Brouwer



A boy coming of age in a time of war…the love that inspires him to survive. For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.
Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.
When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

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Whether writing youth or adult fiction, Sigmund Brouwer is a best-selling author of more than 40 fast-paced novels. He loves going to schools to get kids excited about reading, reaching roughly 80,000 students a year through his Rock&Roll Literacy Show.
Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee.

This book has the most fantastic characters and the author gives the very best descriptions I have read in a long time the realism is unbelievable. 
 Any fan of World War II books is going to flip over this one, it is so well written.
A haunting tale that is not to be missed by historical fans.
I gave this book 5 stars. I would recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.