Monday, August 3, 2015

Goodbye, Magnolia By Krista Noorman



Wedding photography is Maggie's passion. The art of capturing a moment forever in time is magical to her, and she's worked hard to become the best of the best. Week after week, she works with couples as they plan their happily ever afters, but she hasn't been so lucky in love. Behind the camera, it's easy to hide from the pain and rejection of her past. The life she has made for herself is safe and predictable, until the owner of a rival photography studio sets up shop in her small town and comes to her with an unexpected proposal. Suddenly, everything she has worked so hard to build is threatened and her simple, controlled life is thrown into chaos. As she travels the state of Michigan photographing weddings, she struggles to keep her business afloat and the wall around her heart intact. But along the way, she learns more about loyalty and love than she ever imagined.

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Krista Noorman is the author of the young adult novel, The Truth About Drew, and the contemporary romance, Goodbye, Magnolia. Most of her life has been spent scribbling away in journals, honing her writing skills, while documenting her every day life. But it wasn't until she took part in National Novel Writing Month that she found her true calling and turned her pen (or rather her computer keyboard) to fiction.

Krista studied music education at Cornerstone University. After college, she turned to her love of photography and spent nearly a decade running her own wedding photography business. She is constantly inspired by books and movies, enjoys beautiful instagram feeds, and loves a great cup of coffee. Krista makes her home in a small town in western Michigan with her husband, Jacob, and their two children.

She writes about life, family, faith and whatever else comes to mind at bykrista.com.

A fun read, I had a little bit of trouble connecting with the characters. But over all I loved the story and the photography descriptions were wonderful.
I liked the romance that took place as well as the happy ending of the story I'm sure you will enjoy it as well.
With all of that being said this was a self published  and I have to say it was very well executed someone took their time with editing and that makes a huge difference in my book.
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you will give this new author a try.
I was asked to review this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Brightest and Best By Olivia Newport


The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long-held educational values. Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittner and becoming a mother to his children. In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground that seems to have slipped away. Margaret Simpson, an English schoolteacher, wonders if she is losing her last chance at love. As the local authorities draw lines in the sand, Margaret puts romance at risk one final time. All eyes turn to Ella to make a sacrifice and accept a challenge that can bring unity to the Amish and understanding to the English.

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Olivia Newport's novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. She chases joy in Colorado, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books.

Written with such grace, a romance not soon forgotten. Newport has a way of writing about the Amish that makes one think she just might be Amish not English.
I loved the storyline as well as the characters. you can not put this book down once you get started.
I had to know if they were going to rebuild the school house and if not what the reason for not rebuilding was. I was so into this book.
I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.
I gave this book 5 stars and recommend it. It is book three in the Amish Turns of Time series I would recommend the whole series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Finding Your Way Back to God DVD By Dave Ferguson & Jon Ferguson GIVEAWAY!



Perfect for individual or group studyThe Finding Your Way Back to God DVD and the companion Participant’s Guide explore the idea that we all want to find our way home – and back to God.  In each ten-minute video on the five-part DVD, Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson guide you through a life awakening inspiring you to follow the path God has laid out for returning to him.  The participant’s guide offers Bible investigation, life application questions, and prayer exercises help you take positive action on your desire to find God.

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DAVE FERGUSON is founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, a multi-site missional community considered one of the most influential churches in America. He and his wife, Sue, have three children.
JON FERGUSON is founding pastor of Community Christian Church, a teaching pastor for their Chicago network, and movement architect for NewThing, an international church-planting movement. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children. Brothers Dave and Jon are the co-authors of three books on church leadership.

The Bible study in itself is different. It is not a traditional hold your Bible and study the Scripture. The study did quote the story of the prodigal son, However, it did not give you the book of the Bible they were quoting. The prodigal son story is quoted and briefly explained throughout the five week study. There were other scriptures paraphrased but again no books of the Bible, chapter, or verse was mentioned. The only reason I knew it was Bible scripture is because I knew what they were quoting. 
   There are testimonials  from different people in each of the five week study . They talk about how they were living before they came to know Christ. There are other stories  where they share about different things that happen to them and God guiding their way. I would call this Bible study more of a testimonials than a study. With that said I believe it would  help someone you are witnessing to guide them to Jesus or a new convert may find this encouraging. The stories told start out with how bad they were living before Christ and many people need to hear God forgives all people from all walks of life no matter how bad you are.
I gave this  Bible study 3 stars for Bible study and 4 stars for testimonies.
I was given a copy of this DVD by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lorie's Heart By Amy Lillard



Welcome back to Wells Landing, Oklahoma, the tranquil Amish community where still waters run deep and a brave young woman sets out to discover her faith, her family, and herself… Lorie Kauffman is grief-stricken when her father passes away unexpectedly. But her heartache quickly turns to bewilderment when she discovers he’d been leading two lives—one of simplicity and hard work in Wells Landing, and one fraught with painful ordeals in Tulsa. As she starts digging into her family’s past, Lorie finds herself torn between the Amish world and the Englisch world—and she’s no longer certain where she belongs… Lorie knows that if she leaves Wells Landing, she may never be able to return. But what if her destiny lies in the outside world—the world her father knew so well? Change is never easy, but with a bit of courage and the help of a handsome and kind-hearted Englischer, she just may find the peace, acceptance, and love she’s been longing for…

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I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son-a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels-not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I love to write inspirational romances. The two go hand-in-hand for me.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies-(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.

Author Amy Lillard has done it again.
Book three in the A Wells Landing Romance series is a must read and if you are like me and like Secrets then you are going to love this book. There are SECRETS in this book. 
This is a story that takes you back and forth in the English and Amish worlds. I liked that. 
I have enjoyed all three of these books and if you are like me and love a good Amish book then you are going to be so happy that you picked up a copy of Lorie's Heart. I even liked how it ended.
This engaging book could very well be read as a stand alone, but why would you want to miss the first two books in this series.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Midnight on the Mississippi By Mary Ellis



Midnight on the Mississippi begins the new Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These complex crime dramas follow an investigator's quest to make the world a better place...solving one case at a time.
New Orleans--Hunter Galen, a stock and securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, may be involved in embezzling their clients' money, but he's reluctant to jeopardize their friendship based on suspicion alone. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.
Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker's murder, recover the missing millions from the client accounts, and establish herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen Investments, Hunter's fiancee, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn't trust the ostentatious woman with an agenda longer than the Mississippi River. Ashley seems to be hiding something, but is Nicki's growing attraction to Hunter--a suspected murderer--her true reason for disliking Ashley?
As they encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and murder, Nicki and Hunter's only option is to turn to God as they search for answers, elude lethal danger, and perhaps discover love along the way.

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Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community and recently completed several historical romances set during the Civil War. The Last Heiress is her latest release. She is currently working on a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, for Harvest House Publishers. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Her debut book was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award. Living in Harmony, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction while Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award. 

I was ready for a great suspense book and boy did I get it with Mary's latest. She not only can write Amish fiction but she is an out of this world suspense writer.
Such a twist and a little bit of romance to boot. Not one mystery is solved in this book but two mysteries get solved!
I never put this book down until the very last page I had to know who killed James, and Nicki's daddy. You never saw this coming.
You are going to LOVE this new series if you are a fan of mysteries.
I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Promise of Grace By Lynette Sowell



Rochelle Keim has lived in Pinecraft for almost twenty years among her Mennonite brethren and the Amish of Sarasota. Unlike the snowbirds who visit Pinecraft from the north, Rochelle is a year-round resident of the unique Plain community. She’s quiet, content, and keenly adept at keeping her past firmly tucked away. Feeling unsettled as she nears her fortieth birthday, she decides to return to nursing school, a dream she gave up long ago during a painful time she dares not remember. Her past decides to make itself present when Silas Fry, Rochelle’s former love, moves to Pinecraft. Silas spent the past two decades working as a missionary pilot, but that all changed with the sudden loss of his wife, Belinda—Rochelle’s childhood best friend. Now both Rochelle and Silas are on a collision course with their past, and the reunited couple must decide if they’re trying to resurrect a dead romance, or if the two very different people whose paths have crossed can make a new life together.

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Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of twenty titles for Barbour, Heartsong Presents, and Abingdon Press. Her work has finaled and won ACFW's Carol Award and has appeared on the ECPA best-seller list. When Lynette's not writing, she spends her time chasing down news stories for her local newspaper. Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband, C.J., a zany Aussie-blue heeler mix, and a duo of cats who have them well-trained. She loves reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip.
You can find Lynette at her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/lynettesowellauthor
 
 
This was by far my favorite of the three books I have read in the Seasons of  Pinecraft series so far.
Rochelle and Silas were so easy to love. I love how the whole story played out.
Some of the past Characters make an appearance in this book and it was good to get to spend time with them again.
I never wanted to see this book end but from what I can tell there will be another book, I need a little bit of closure.
I of course loving this series so much, I gave this book 5 stars. And I recommend this book as well as the whole series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lazarus Awakening By Joanna Weaver Bible Study on DVD


Journey to the Tomb of Lazarus…and Hear Jesus Call Your Name  
Mary worshiped. Martha served. But what did Lazarus do to experience Jesus’s lavish love?
 
Filmed in the Holy Land, this DVD companion to Joanna Weaver’s book Lazarus Awakening explores the incredible truth that Jesus loves us apart from our works or our worthiness. He wants to call us out of our tombs and into friendship with Him.
 
Designed for use with the book and companion study guide, this three-disc DVD Bible study is formatted for both individual and group use, with content suitable for both men and women.
·         In-depth Bible study: Features eight 15- to 17-minute video sessions.
·         Bonus “Israel Moment” videos explore the life of Christ and the Holy Land.
·         Designed for use with the study guide and book.
·         Leader’s guide, promotional material, and retreat format included.

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Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, which has sold more than one million copies. Her other best-selling books include Having a Mary Spirit,  Lazarus Awakening, At the Feet of Jesus, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring.  Joanna and her pastor husband, John, have three children. Visit her website at www.JoannaWeaverBooks.com.

I really enjoyed this Bible study, I did the study with my best friend and I have to say I loved that it was filmed in Israel, It has some great views of the Holy Land.
The author really loves Mary, Marta, and Lazarus, she had a really good time teaching us the study you could see it on her face in each lesson. She made each lesson fun.
Joanna has the scripture in the study guide and it comes across the screen as well but I had my Bible with me and used it as well.
It is not hard to follow along with, the lessons are about 15 minutes and the homework takes about that long as well. It is so worth the 30 minutes it takes for each lesson you really learn a lot in that short time.
Each week there is a verse to memorize and it goes with the next weeks lesson.
There is plenty of room to take notes in the study guide as well.
I gave this Bible study 4 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it, do it in a small group or just with your best friend.
I was given a copy of this study by the publisher for my honest review.