Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Just Show Up by Jill Buteyn and Kara Tippetts

Kara Tippetts’s story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer. It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara’s story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing “God with us” through fierce and beautiful friendship.

In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

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The late Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of Falling for Texas, an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children. Connect with her on social media and at Jill-Lynn.com

I have no words for this book, I am not sure how to write a review that will do it justice. WoW comes to mind.
As does the comment ," we all have hard in our lives or we have a friend that has hard in their life. This was such an emotional and hard read.
I love the two authors part their while hearts in this book.
Very sad to type this but Kara Tippets is no longer with us she has gone on to be with Jesus, knowing that a head of time will change a lot as you are reading this book.
Author Jill really tells us how to Just Show Up. I love that about her writing, don't ask how you can help Do something. Just show up.
I read this book in a few hours, I laughed, I cried, and I really was part of the community.
I must tell you if you only read one book this year make it Just Show Up.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Saving Laurel Springs By Lin Stepp

In a heartwarming novel set amid the lush splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp reunites two kindred spirits in a charming story of first love and surprising second chances. . .

See ya later--and love you forever, Rhea Dean. Those are the words Rhea's childhood sweetheart, Carter Layman, used to say whenever they parted. Not that she places much stock in words anymore. After all, Carter drove off to college in California, promising to make a fortune to help save their families' vacation resort. Instead he stayed there and married someone else. It fell to Rhea to keep Laurel Springs going and she's done just that, working long hours on the camp grounds, buoyed by the beauty of her Smokies home.

Now a widower with a young son, Carter has achieved huge success as a games developer. But he always planned to return to the spring-fed lake and the soaring mountains, to the covered bridge where he and Rhea made wishes and traded kisses. He's coming home to turn Laurel Springs into the place they planned to build together. And as he reveals the truth about his past, Rhea must decide whether to trust in the man--and the dreams--she's never forgotten.

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Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. She is on faculty at both Tusculum College and King University, where she teaches psychology and research. Her business background includes over 20 years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing. But closest to her heart is her beloved series of contemporary novels set in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Visit her on the web at linstepp.com.

Set in the Great Smoky Mountains a really good story of love and forgiveness.
I have a little trouble getting into the book in the beginning  but it started to get more descriptive and colorful and I enjoyed it.
I have read Lin's books in the past and her style of writing  is one that is easy reading and you can get caught up in.
Pick up a copy of her latest and enjoy her story of forgiveness and love.
 I gave this book 4 stars. 
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Imposter By Suzanne Woods Fisher

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. Those plans started to crumble when her father moved the family to Stoney Ridge, then completely collapsed when John decided to marry someone else. Katrina is devastated. How could she have felt so loved, yet been so deceived?

As she struggles to face a future without him, a widow asks for her help to start a new business and Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose. What she doesn't need is attention from Andy Miller, a farm hand who arrives at the widow's farm just when help is most needed--and who always seems to say the right thing, and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy
for real, or too good to be true? Deceived once before, Katrina is determined to keep her feelings in check. 

When a cascade of events is set in motion by some surprising information, the little Amish church is turned upside down. Soon, everyone has a stake in the outcome, and the community struggles to find the best response to an imposter in their midst. Can they forgive even the most deceitful deeds?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher introduces her loyal fans to a brand-new series set in their favorite town--Stoney Ridge. As always, Fisher delivers endearing characters and plot twists that keep readers turning page after page after page.

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In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she went on to sign contracts with Revell Books for twenty plus books.

Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

                                              A MUST READ!
My all time favorite character was Preacher David, a preacher I wish I had. He was so easy to love and you just wanted to get to know him better with every page. His family was not perfect and made mistakes but he stuck by their side and showed the Gods grace and mercy.
I am a huge fan of Fisher, I have read and own everyone of her books and this one did not disappoint.
Do not miss this first book in The Bishop's Family series. It's one that you will not put down until the very last page.
Fisher is a fantastic voice in Amish Fiction and you won't want to miss this book.
I gave this book 5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Bishop's Son By Kelly Irvin

Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith?
Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come courting, the next he seems to be putting distance between them.
Jesse may be the bishop’s son, but his faith has been wavering of late. If he is so unsure, is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide?
Then there’s Will, Jesse’s cousin. He has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires?
Leila knows she can choose Will and be secure in her own future. But when her heart speaks, it’s Jesse’s name she hears. When will God make His will known to her? Could leaving everything she knows—even her own faith—be a part of God’s plan?

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Kelly Irvin is the author of The Beekeeper’s Son, the critically acclaimed first novel of the Amish of Bee County series. Kelly is also the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-seven years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Website: kellyirvin.com, Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin, Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author.
Ready to go back to Bee County Texas ? It was nice to get to reminisce with some old characters from book one in the series in this book. As well as get to meet new ones.
It was one of the books that could be a stand alone but you won't want to miss book one The Beekeeper's Son.
Looking for a good Amish love story, you might have found it.
I liked the characters old and new. In this 4 star book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Amish Christmas Sleigh

For solitary toy-maker Sebastian Christner, hiring Kate Zook as his new housekeeper is simply the right thing to do. Now she can support her special-needs brother. But one taste of her independent spirit is showing him undreamed-of holiday joy—and making him long to give her a home for always . . .
Amy Lillard
Bernice Yoder has far too much to do to entertain holiday dreams. Even if she can help Jess Schmucker outwit his three mischievous young daughters, it's impossible to imagine the handsome widower can see her as anything but a scolding schoolteacher. He never guesses how a magical Christmas Eve will open his eyes to love or how Der Herr will awaken their faith and hope.
Molly Jebber
As much as Charity Lantz's children need a father, the young widow isn’t sure her new neighbor Luke Fisher can ever be the right choice. They’re having more disagreements than snowflakes in December. Besides, he's never given a sign he wants to be more than friends. Can Gott show them a way past their misunderstandings to a forever love?

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Kelly Long is the author of the acclaimed Amish Patch of Heaven series and has been a finalist for the coveted Carol Award from the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her novel Lily's Wedding Quilt was a 2011 Goodreads Favorite Book of the Year.  Born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania, she’s been married for nearly twenty-five years and has five children. Please visit her at kellylongbooks.com.
Amy Lillard won the 2013 Carol Award for her first Amish romance Saving Gideon. She was also a Maggie Awards finalist. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Visit her at amywritesromance.com
Molly Jebber enjoys writing stories about Amish history and their culture. She’s a Women’s Christian Connection motivational speaker and enjoys meeting new people. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would've missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who've been encouraging and supportive.

I have been so ready for some romantic Christmas stories. That's exactly what you get in this book three romantic novellas. Get cozy and enjoy this one.
My favorite from the three was A Mamm for Christmas it is the second novella in the book. I never put it down.
Must say they were all really good. They will get you in the mood for the holidays. All three are easy fun reads.
You are sure to love the sleigh theme in all three stories which makes it so much fun to read them all.
I gave this book 4 stars and I want to tell you this would make a great gift to put under your Christmas tree for your best friend and that family member who loves to read.
I was given a copy for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cold as Ice by M.K. Gilroy

“Detective Kristen Conner is no stranger to bad guys, big crime, and heart-pounding danger. In Cold As Ice she packs some serious heat!” John Valeri, HARTFORD EXAMINER WHEN THE RED MAFYIA WANTS YOU DEAD . . . THERE’S NO PLACE TO HIDE! What can go wrong on a run on in Central Park on your last day of vacation? Even if it is brutally cold? Everyone told Detective Kristen Conner to stay inside, which guaranteed she would go outside—and stumble onto a gang murder that puts her in the cross-hairs of a Russian “Red Mafyia” hit man. Back in Chicago, murder strikes closer to home. Just down the street from where her mom lives, a popular schoolteacher, solid citizen, and great guy—he shovels snow for widows and volunteers to work with underprivileged kids—is found dead. It was supposed to look like an accident, but crime scene investigators discover more than one killing blow to the back of his head. When Detective Kristen Conner lands the case, she knows from day one who the key suspect is. That’s simple. The person most likely to kill you is someone close . . . someone you know and love. But his wife? The nice lady down the street she knew when she was a kid? How could that be possible? Kristen is about to discover there is more violence beneath the surface of the working-class neighborhood she grew up in than she ever dreamed possible. She’s also about to discover that when the Red Mafyia wants you dead, there is no place to hide. You better be ready to fight. Mix in her on-again, off-again relationship with FBI Agent Austin Reynolds, and Kristen Conner is once again swept into a world of danger, intrigue, and a confusing love life.

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Mark "M.K." Gilroy is a 30-plus-year publishing veteran, having worked in just about every area of the industry, from his first job as a sports writer for a local newspaper while in college to proof reader, occasional box packer, vice president of editorial and marketing, publisher, and everything in between.
When not writing Detective Kristen Conner novels, he creates projects for publishers, retailers, ministries, and businesses as a freelance publisher.
Gilroy's debut novel, CUTS LIKE A KNIFE, quickly garnered critical acclaim and is a tribute to his love for character-driven mysteries and thrillers. His second novel featuring Detective Kristen Conner, EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE, has received similar accolades.
Gilroy's education includes the BA in Biblical Literature and Speech Communications, the M.Div, and the MBA.
Gilroy is the father of six children. He resides with his wife Amy in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Do you like a little mystery, some action and a little bit of romance? If you said yes this might be the book for you. It keep me on the edge of my seat.
This being the third book in the Kristen Conner Mystery series  it can be a stand alone. You will not be lost at any point.
This is a book full of twists and turns. We all love that in a great mystery. I like to keep guessing who done it.
I did however read some words that I personally felt should not be in a Christian book. And there were some editing (typos) issues but they were not so bad that they kept me from the story itself.
Over all I did not want to put the book down. Great suspense novel. For the mystery lover.
I gave this book 4 stars. Give this series a try.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Monday, September 28, 2015

I have a friend in NEED!

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See the picture above, this is a wonderful friend of mine. I lost my mother at the very young age of 14 years old and this wonderful friend was by my side for all of my mother's illness. We were best friends. We lost contact for many years and we were reunited after many years. Well to say the least Traci to has had cancer and was healed and is now cancer free. But do to the chemo and the medicine that she has been on and the medicine that she can no longer take she is unable to walk and is now in a wheel chair.
 She is in need of a lift to get to the store and the Doctors office and she just needs her freedom back.
The lift is $3000 and the labor to have it installed is almost $1000. She lives on disability and does not have the money for the lift, living on a fixed income is not easy in this day and time.
I am pleading with you to PLEASE pray for her and I am asking you to search your heart and help her out any amount will help her get to her goal of $4000.
Share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You never know who will see it and help her out.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. 
The link below is where you can donate and share on social media.
Let's post this everyday until she meets her goal.

                                                                     THANK YOU!