Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Changing Season By Steven Manchester

This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy: one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He'd fill the hours playing with Jimmy – his canine best buddy – going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they'd do before Billy left. But that was before the accident that shook the entire town. It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck. And it was before Vicki. This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn't truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.

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Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin' Chair, Pressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island as well as the novel Goodnight, Brian. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning, and BET's Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester's short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

I would sum this book up as a coming of age book with good life lessons.
Steven Manachester wrote a fascinating book with The Changing Season. The characters are ones that you can love and really relate to. The book tackles many topics and struggles that Billy a young man encountered after his much anticipated high school graduation. This was an emotional read with some of the challenges that Billy faced. I could not get enough of Billy and his loyal companion Jimmy (his dog). This is a young adult book that would be great for someone preparing to graduate. Life lessons are great to read about.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Keeper of the Stars By Robin Lee Hatcher

Forgiveness is the only cure for heartbreak. But can Penny forgive the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death?
When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain—but that’s exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.
Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad’s sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.
Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader's Choice, and many other industry awards, Robin is also a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She is the author of 75+ novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

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I loved this book it was excellent, I never put it down. I have to say the whole series was fantastic. Hatcher is one of the best voices in contemporary romances.
I was just not sure about Penny in the beginning but I fell in love with her and was so country music singer Trevor came into her life at just the right time. I love the forgiveness in this book.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book as well as the whole Kings Meadow series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould

Can These Two Friends from Opposite Worlds Find Love?
They've been best friends for years, but as high school ends, Zane Beck can't help but look at his Amish neighbor, Lila Lehman, with different eyes. Her controlling father sees only one future for Lila, though, and arranges for her to be courted by an upstanding young Amish man. When Zane sees the two together, his plans for the future crumble, and he impulsively enlists in the Army, following in his father's footsteps.
However, the passing of years and the distance between them isn't enough to halt their now hidden feelings for each other. If being together used to be difficult, it's now impossible, especially with the Amish opposed to war. Zane's service takes a dramatic turn when he's sent to Afghanistan. Being on the front line and the reality of taking a life has him questioning whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences--both his and hers. With Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?

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Leslie Gould is the bestselling author of The Courtships of Lancaster County series, and coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife. 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 family in Portland, Oregon.

First if you have not read Amish Promises the first book in the Neighbors of Lancaster County run and get your copy. Amish Sweethearts  can be read alone but I assure you, you don't want to. I loved going back and sitting down with my friends Lila and Zane this time was a difficult time, I was so unsure about them and I was sitting on the edge of my seat rooting for them the whole time. 
You are going to really enjoy this story, when you come to the end I am sure that u will see there is bound to be another book in this series, At least I pray that there is.
I gave this book five stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book to you.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Step by Step By Candace Calvert

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point―“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.
While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.
When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?

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Often called the author of "medical hope opera," Candace Calvert is an ER nurse who landed on the other side of the stethoscope after the equestrian accident that broke her neck and convinced her love, laughter--and faith--are the very best medicines of all.

Her popular medical drama series (Mercy Hospital, Grace Medical and Crisis Team) offer readers a chance to "scrub in" on the exciting world of emergency medicine, along with charismatic characters, pulse-pounding action, tender romance, humor, suspense--and an encouraging prescription for hope. Think "Grey's Anatomy finds its soul"!

A native northern Californian, mother of two and proud grandmother to eight, Candace is a passionate "foodie," equally at home with a whisk in her hand as she is penning stories. Folks who follow her on Twitter and Facebook will find photo-embellished recipes,funny insights into the writing life, snippets of upcoming work, and a chance at book giveaways. Please visit her website at: Candace Calvert -

Step By Step is the second book in the Crisis Team series. This book does not disappoint. Step By Step is a step up from the first book of the series. I really enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down once I started reading it. I loved the characters Taylor and Seth. They were developed very well and I loved the romantic tension between the two. The book also deals with forgiveness and healing after loss. You will enjoy this book when you read it. If the medical field is something that is intriguing to you then you will love it even more.
 I gave this book 4 stars and recommend this it to everyone.
I was given this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Whatever is Lovely Adult Coloring book!

Color your way to peace and worship.We live in such a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this cover is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture.
When we create, we echo the heart of our Creative God who designed everything and gave us the capacity to recognize beauty.   So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way.

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Color your way to peace!
A Christian  coloring book for adults to reflect and relax with in your down time. Just what I wanted. I love that adult coloring books are so popular, even better when you have scripture and inspiration. I loved all of the pictures and the time of reflection.
This is the perfect gift and make sure that you pick up a copy for your self.
We all need a little bit of peace in our busy lives.
I gave this adult coloring book 5 stars. I HIGHLY recommend picking up a copy of this coloring book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Son's Vow By Shelly Shepard Gray GIVEAWAY!

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.
Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.
Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.
Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.
As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

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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.

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This is an amazing read! A MUST READ!
I loved the happiness and Joy that was part of the ending of this book. I love it when people pull together for each other and look out for those they love. This had the best well rounded characters and the story as not like all the Amish books out there you will read something that I bet you have never read about in Amish books. I wish that I could share this book with everyone I know.
Love trumps everything. You are going to be glued to this book from page one. 
I gave this book 5 stars. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read book two in the Charmed Amish Life series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Grace's Forgiveness By Molly Jebber GIVEAWAY!

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .
Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .
Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

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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.

You don't want to miss this one!
Grace’s Forgiveness is book two in the A Keepsake Pocket Quilt series. You are going to really enjoy this one.
God sees us all as the same. But in this book your are going to see that people see with their eyes not their heart. Grace has a birth mark on her face and people are just ugly to her. I wanted to scream when I was reading how mean they were to her.
Then trouble comes to Mark, you have to read this book to see what's going on with Mark.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend you reading the series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.