Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Home for Lydia By Vannetta Chapman

A Home for Lydia, the second book in a new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, centers again on the Plain community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.
Aaron Troyer simply wants to farm like his father and grandfather before him. But instead he finds himself overseeing the family's small group of guest cabins nestled along the banks of Pebble Creek. That also means he must work with the cabins' housekeeper, Lydia Fisher.
Lydia is the most outspoken Amish woman Aaron has ever met, and she has strong opinions about how the guest cabins are to be run. She also desperately needs this job. Though sparks fly between boss and employee at first, when the cabins are robbed, nothing is more important to Aaron than making sure Lydia is safe.
Together they work to make the vacation property profitable, but can they find out the identity of the culprit before more damage is done? And is Lydia's dream of a home of her own more than just a wish and a prayer?
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Vannetta Chapman writes fiction full of GRACE. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

A Home for Lydia book two in the Pebble Creek Amish series is a must read. If you have not read book one in the series this one does read easy by itself.
I really enjoyed this book as always with all of Vannetta's wonderful literary works.
It has twists and a little romance to keep you turning the pages.
I just love reading about the Amish and their simple lives.
I recommend this book and I gave it 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

revealing Heaven By John Price

Can Christians Trust Tales from Heaven? Yes!
Millions have read the testimonies of those who have been to heaven and returned. But what do these stories mean for Christians? How do they fit with what the Bible teaches? What do they say about who goes to heaven? After hearing over two hundred accounts of near-death experiences, the Reverend John W. Price narrates the stories of these eyewitnesses and now makes a case not only for why Christians can trust near-death accounts but for why we should treat these amazing stories as precious gifts from God.

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Reverend John W. Price has been a priest of the Episcopal Church since 1965. He serves as a spiritual director and was a chaplain at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston. He also is a member of the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation, which has the largest near-death experience website in the world.

Have you read Heaven is for Real or Proof of Heaven, like I have? Well it may have left you wondering what the Bible says about these near death experiences. Author John Price has finally wrote a book telling us what the Bible says about this.
This is a must read for sure if you are interested in heaven and near death experiences.
It is a very inspirational book, hard to put down. John gives explanations in a very informative way.
I for one hope that when I get to heaven I do not have to come back here.
I give this book 4 stars and I highly recommend this read. I hope that all of my friends pick up a copy of this book. You will NOT be sorry.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Sky Beneath My Feet By Lisa Samson Giveaway!

Beth's husband won't be joining the family on vacation at the beach this year. He's not even joining them in the house. Instead, Rick has holed up alone in the backyard shed. Nobody knows exactly what he's up to. Maybe he's immersing himself in prayer. Maybe he's lost his mind. Maybe he's even the modern-day prophet or the saint the neighborhood artist imagines him to be. But while "St. Rick" waits for an epiphany, Beth will have to figure out what to do with herself and their teenage sons, possibly for the rest of her life.
What happens next is both uproarious and bittersweet: a peace march turns violent, her son is caught with drugs, and she embarks on an ambitious road trip that turns into something nearly surreal. Will Beth rediscover the idealistic woman she used to be, once upon a time? Can her marriage survive Rick's backyard vigil? Will anything ever be the same? And should it be?
Truthful, comic, heartbreaking, and magical in the very best sense of the word, The Sky Beneath My Feet gently tears the veil off our egos and expectations to reveal the throbbing, redemptive, and achingly beautiful life beyond and within us.
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The Christy-award winning author of Christianity Today’s Novel of the Year Quaker SummerLisa Samson has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “most powerful voices in Christian fiction." She lives in Kentucky with her husband and three kids.

Lisa will knock your socks of with this fun read.
You will soon find the main character Beth to be your best friend. Her life is turned upside down and she is having to run the house by herself while her husband runs in the back yard and lives in the shed. Yes I said  lives in the shed.
This  book was so predictable, right up my ally. I don't want to read a book where I know everything that is going to happen.
I recommend this book to those who love a fun read.
I gave this book 4 stars
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher

Sunday, February 24, 2013

You're Made for a God-Sized Dream By Holley Gerth

Hello, you . . .
The one looking for more purpose and listening for God's plan.
Here's what that restlessness is really all about: there's a God-sized dream knocking on the door of your heart.
Before you think that sounds too big, let me assure you, God-sized dreams aren't really about size at all. They're about the desires God places within you that perfectly fit your heart.
God-sized dreams are an essential part of who you're created to be and what you're called to do. They lead to more meaning, joy, and connection with the One who gave them to you.
In the busyness of life, it's easy to ignore them or let fear shut them out.
But this is your moment.
Now is your time.
The "more" your heart is longing for has been there all along.
Let's open the door to all God has for you together.
With this life-changing message, Holley Gerth invites you to discover the dreams God has given you--and then dare to pursue them. She takes you by the heart and says, "Yes! You can do this!" and guides you forward with a loving hand. Along the way, she provides insightful questions and offers action plans that will help you take the next steps toward making the deepest desires of your heart a reality.
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Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You're Already Amazing and You're Made for a God-Sized Dream. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Hang out with her at

You can do this, anything your heart desires, What if you really did believe that? This book is a blueprint to help achieve your deepest dreams.
 I hope all of my friends will read this book. Holley writes this book so that it reads easy and you soak up every word and can't wait to turn the page to see what else she has to say about dreaming big.
Holley has a go deeper guide at the end of each chapter and a Dream it. Do it. page that you are just going to love.
I liked all of the light bulbs that went off as I was reading each page.
It is surely a life changing book. Your dream is is not bigger then God.
You need to pick up a copy of this book and make sure to get a copy for a dear friend.
I recommend this book. I gave it 4 stars

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Amish Childhood By Jerry Eicher GIVEAWAY!

Bestselling fiction author Jerry S. Eicher (nearly half a million books sold) turns his pen to a moving memoir of his life growing up Amish.
Jerry's mother was nineteen years old and nine months married when he was born. She had received Grandfather Stoll's permission for the wedding because she agreed to help out on the farm the following year. However, with Jerry on the way, those plans failed.
Jerry recounts his first two years of school in the Amish community of Aylmer, Ontario and his parents' decision to move to Honduras.  Life in that beautiful Central American country is seen through an Amish boy's eyes--and then the dark days when the community failed and the family returned to America, much to young Jerry's regret. Jerry also tells of his struggle as a stutterer and his eventual conversion to Christ and the reasons for his departure from the childhood faith he knew.
Here is a must-read for not just Jerry's fiction fans, but also for readers curious about Amish life.
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Jerry Eicher's bestselling Amish fiction (more than 450,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah's Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he's been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

This is a autobiography like no other.  WoW can Jerry tell a story!
I love how touching and honest his story is and did I mention that there is some humor in it also.
You do NOT want to miss this book by Jerry!
Of course it was a 5 star book!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Silence of Winter By Wanda Brunstetter Giveaway!

Join Meredith and Luke Stoltzfus, an Amish couple who are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. In The Silence of Winter, part two of The Discovery--A Lancaster County Saga, Meredith anxiously waits to hear that Luke has arrived safely in Indiana for a new job opportunity. . .but Luke s call never comes. Instead, Meredith receives news that tears her heart to shreds and leaves her just barely living and only for the sake of the little one growing within her. How will Meredith ever go on without Luke?
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Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 50 books with more than 5 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.
Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.
All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit:

They say time heals all wounds, I not so sure about that.  Are you?
Wanda has done it again wrote another fantastic book and left me hanging.
The verdict is still out on these small eight chapter books  Wanda is writing, I have a very hard time with patience so having to wait for the rest of the story is very hard for me.
Once you open this fast read you are sucked in and then before you know it, you are on the last page.
We will have to wait now for book three in he Lancaster County Saga to see if time does heal all wounds.
Before you know it The Hope of Spring book three will be here.
Of course this is a 5 star must read book.
I was given a copy by the publisher.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dreaming of a Father's Love By Sharon Lavy Giveaway!

Sara Brubaker was two years old when a German Baptist couple adopted her. She has become a beautiful woman, and works as a secretary for Alexander's. Now she's torn between wanting to live in the normal world of fun and fashion, or joining the Dunkards to truly belong with her adoptive family. Birdie Alexander thinks if she works at the family business hard enough and long enough she will gain her father's love. Can she learn a thing or two from the German Baptist secretary? Irene West is Birdie's lifelong Sunday school friend. Irene misses having a father figure around, and is very boy crazy, which causes Birdie to struggle with the friendship and Irene to struggle with life. Will Birdie overcome her self-righteous nature before it's too late—for Irene?
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Sharon A Lavy lives with her husband in SW Ohio. When not reading, writing, or sewing for her family, she enjoys traveling with her husband in the small plane they call Charley. She is best known in the novel writing community, as that German Baptist lady. In the Old German Baptist community she’s a dressmaker, a pattern maker, and the sister who writes. And in her own mind she’s a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, but above all a child of God. ~~ Her greatest desire is to be a woman after God’s own heart~~ Sharon has a heart for hurting women, and writes women’s fiction. Because when~~it’s all said and done~~It’s all about relationships. If you enjoyed reading this book, would you be so kind as to post an honest review? WordServe client since 2012 Member: ACFW, RWA, FH&L Website/Blog:

This is Sharon's first book and one that readers who enjoy the simple life will surly enjoy.
It is set in the early 1970's. Sharon gives great insight into the Old German Baptist Brethren church community in the Ohio area.
We all dream of the love of our father, but this read  has some twists in it that you just don't see coming,
I think that my Amish fans will enjoys this read.
I was given a copy of this book by the author

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Katie Opens Her Heart By Jerry Eicher GIVEAWAY!

Bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher (nearly half a million copies sold) returns with the first book in another of his delightful and compelling series.
Here is the touching story of an awakening young Amish girl, Katie Raber, who finds she wants more from life than to be known as simply "Emma Raber's daughter."
Emma has refused to remarry since Katie's daett died soon after she was born. And in an effort to keep Katie home, Emma has forbidden her from participating in the rumspringa tradition.
When widower Jesse Mast calls for Mamm's hand in marriage, Katie hopes to move into a new phase of life and leave the old "Emma Raber's daughter" behind.  But Emma is having none of it, and Katie must consider abandoning all hope of ever changing her mamm's bitterness or of ever having popular Ben Yoder notice her.  Out of sheer frustration, she begins attending nearby Mennonite youth gatherings.
Sparks fly when Jesse's children object fiercely to the attentions their daett is paying to Emma Raber. And widowed Ruth Hochstetler makes her own move for Jesse Mast's hand.
Book one in the Emma Raber's Daughter series.
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Jerry Eicher's bestselling Amish fiction (more than 450,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah's Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he's been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

Jerry is my favorite male Amish author. He has never wrote a book that I did not love.
He can tell an Amish love story like no other.
He never writes the same thing like most Amish authors do. His stories tug at the heart strings and really have a unique twist, now maybe that is because of his Amish background but who better to tell you a story about the Amish than an ex-amish gentlemen himself.
 If you have not read a book by Jerry now is a good time to pick up a copy. This is the first book in his new series Emma Raber's Daughter.
I highly recommend this 5 star book.
I was given a copy by the publisher

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Picture Perfect By Janice H. Thompson Giveaway!

Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she's dealing with now. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers--a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.

With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller.
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Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and the Backstage Pass series. She lives in Texas all alone.

This the first book I have read by Janice.
I want to start by saying that I have  heard great things about this author, how most of her books all full of humor. And fun easy reads. So I was thinking that was what I was going to be reading.  A fun, easy, fast read.
While the read was cute it just felt like a first draft as if she rushed to write it.
The characters seemed way to cookie cutter to me, maybe it was just me.
So I well leave you with this, this book was not my cup of tea. I give it 3 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates By Debora Coty Giveaway!

Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates is tailored to your everyday fears—financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what-ifs—both real and imagined. In an age of uncertainty, inspirational humorist Deb Coty promises peace and hope for a better future. You’ll come away refreshed, renewed, and ready to conquer your worries!
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The title of this book should have been little book of wisdom. This is a book all women should read, more so if you have low self esteem and if you worry a lot then maybe you should have two copies of this book.
I really loved the fact that the author has put  scripture in each chapter and questions to get you to think about and where you are in that situation.
This a very good book to share with the women in your life!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love Comes to Paradise By Mary Ellis Giveaway!

Love Comes to Paradise is the second book in bestselling author Mary Ellis's New Beginnings series. It's about fresh starts...and how faith in God and His perfect plans provide the peace and joy all long for.
Nora King believes she is a woman in love. When Elam Detweiler leaves the ultraconservative Amish district of Harmony, Maine, and moves to Paradise, Missouri, Nora follows soon after. But does she love the man or the independence and freethinking he represents? Although she finds good work in her new town, Nora can't seem to capture Elam's Englisch-leaning heart, no matter how hard she tries.
And then, unexpectedly, Lewis Miller comes from Harmony to offer Nora what every woman needs--a lifetime of unconditional love. As Lewis attempts to claim her heart, Elam's interest piques. Will Nora come to her senses before Elam's thoughtless choices ruin her reputation beyond repair?

Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community, Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer's markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community.

She and her husband now live close to the largest population of Amish in the country--a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, meet Amish families, and enjoy a simpler way of life.

Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. But her favorite pasttime is snorkeling, which she seldom gets to do living in Ohio. She is a former middle school teacher and a former saleswoman for the world's best chocolate company. Now she writes full-time and wonders why her house is still dusty and her garden has so many weeds. She is currently working on the New Beginnings series. Book 1-Living in Harmony is set in Maine and released in August. Book 2-Love Comes to Paradise is set in Missouri and will release in Feb 2013. Book 3-A Little Bit of Paradise is set in Kentucky and will release in July of 2013.

Boy, Can Mary write an amazing Amish story. I can not get enough of her story telling. But then again I have always been a sucker for a great romance.
Book one in her new series The New Beginnings is fantastic and another hard to put down read.
I firmly believe God will put people in your life for a reason and in this must read book Nora must choose the right  person to share her life with. I love happy endings.
You must read this book to find out if in fact Nora makes the right choice.
I give this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Travel Guide to Heaven By Anthony Destefano Giveaway!

A recent Newsweek poll reports that 76 percent of Americans believe in heaven. Yet even avid believers have difficulty conjuring up more than vague images of halos, harps, and wispy angels in flowing robes. Anthony DeStefano knew there had to be a more complete, meaningful, and comforting vision of what heaven is like, and A Travel Guide to Heaven is the entertaining and enlightening result.

Using the Bible as his guide, the author notes that heaven is not only a spiritual place, but also a physical place, a fabulous “luxury resort” more sumptuous than any on Earth. The residents are real, their bodies transformed into their most perfect selves—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. By making a spiritual subject immensely physical, the book provides a picture of amazing places to visit, things to do, luxuries for pampering—not to mention deep, abiding joy.

Combining the clarity and logic of C. S. Lewis with a terrific sense of fun and adventure, DeStefano creates a brilliant, reassuring portrait of heaven, a place that has intrigued and puzzled humankind throughout history. With its clear view of the afterlife, A Travel Guide to Heaven might best be compared to James Van Praagh's Talking to Heaven or Betty J. Eadie's Embraced by the Light in its tremendous message of comfort and reassurance.

Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of "A Travel Guide to Heaven," "Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To," "Angels All Around Us," and the children's books, "This Little Prayer of Mine," "Little Star," "The Donkey that No One Could Ride," and gift book, "I Just Can't Take it Anymore." He has received many prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture. In 2013, two new children's books by DeStefano will be published: "A Travel Guide to Heaven- For Kids!" and "The Sheep that No One Could Find."

This is the third book by Anthony that I have read. It was the first one that he wrote. I want to tell you it was just as good as the first two. Anthony has a way of explaining Heaven like no one I have every seen.
I really did enjoy this look at heaven, and I know you blog readers will as well.
Let me tell you, take your time when you are reading this book, ponder on what you are reading. I am sure that you will have a whole new outlook on Heaven when you get done with this book.
I give this book 4 stars, And I recommend it.

I was given a copy of this book by the author

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fast Food Vindication By Lisa Tillinger Johansen Giveaway!

For years, dozens of books, documentaries, and magazine articles have targeted the fast food industry as the cause for many of society’s ills, ranging from the obesity epidemic to the proliferation of dead-end jobs. Now, hospital dietitian Lisa Johansen makes the bold case that the fast food industry is actually a positive force in society. Johansen takes the reader from the industry’s scrappy, entrepreneurial beginnings to its emergence as a global business generating hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Far from a blight on society, the fast food industry has distinguished itself by providing a product that meets high standards of quality and safety, often healthier than meals served at home and in sit-down restaurants. The myth of the “McJob” is debunked by true-life cases of corporate titans who succeeded by virtue of the fast-food chains’ practice of promoting from within. And, relying on her years of counseling patients at one of the nation’s largest health networks, Johansen shows the reader just how easily fast food can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. Lively and informative, FAST FOOD VINDICATION destroys the media myths and paints the true picture of an industry that touches the lives of millions.
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LISA TILLINGER JOHANSEN spent seven years as a real estate manager for McDonald’s Corporation before enrolling at California State University Los Angeles and earning a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Science. Now a Registered Dietitian at Kaiser Permanente, Johan sen teaches nutrition classes and counsels patients on a wide range of health issues. She lives in Southern California.

This was a first for me, the verdict is still out. This goes against everything we were ever told growing up!
Is it worth the read yes! It has a lot of really good info in it but I just don't think that a lot of it is true to what I have learned over the years.
Lisa knows her stuff and she has backed up a lot of the information with statistics.
Why not pick up a copy and make your own decision.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Beyond the Bluegrass By Golda Harvey Giveaway!

15 Year Nightmare of Abduction, Rape and Torture...Beyond the Bluegrass is a true story about a young woman who grew up in the backwoods of Kentucky. At sixteen years old, Golda wanted a better life and decided to leave her hometown to get a job to earn money for college. What Golda didn't know was that the path she was taking her to a place where she would be kidnapped. The police in Kentucky turned a blind eye and nobody seemed to search for her, nobody seemed to want to help even though she desperately tried to get away. Beaten and battered, she escaped, but then Golda was re-captured and forced back into submission as the man threatened to murder her family. Golda couldn't put anyone else at risk, especially her children and continued to suffer physical, sexual, and psychological abuse for years on end, hoping that she could get away once and for all. She ignored the pain, the gnawing inside her stomach, instead choosing to protect the ones she loved from pain and death. Beyond the Bluegrass depicts a woman's struggle with hope and her desire for freedom. After years of being subject to abuse, she wasn't sure if she would survive or make it out alive. For Golda, freedom would most certainly mean death. Golda's story changed from one of being a victim to being a survivor. Her story is an unflinching and honest tale of the battle with a captor and her struggle to survive.
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I only give honest reviews, and I try my best not to hurt the author. My opinions are about the book not the author.
This book was so hard to read not because of the content but because of the poor writing, I really think that Ms. Harvey needs a good editor, the story jumps around and it is not telling the whole story.
I was left not knowing how she dealt with everything , how did how kids deal with it all. Why did she go to jail? I did not get anything from the book, all of the unanswered questions, left me hanging, I did not care for it.
On the up side if a good editor gets a hold of this book, it may be a huge hit.
I was given a copy of this book by the author

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Legends of the Lake By Philip Nork GIVEAWAY!

Age 13+ Grandparents and Great-Grandparents are the foundation of a family. Come read about “Gramps and Nana”, their family and a very special summer cottage tucked away in rural Wisconsin. This is a story about nature, fun and relaxation … but it also tells about the special relationship a boy of divorce has with his great-grandparents. Share the legends or myths he heard while growing up every summer at this special retreat. Be there when Nana teaches him many valuable life lessons that he uses his entire life. Share in the happiness and the sorrow of one family as they truly experience the love they have for each other. Legends of the Lake is a lazy Sunday drive through time, involving generational memories and shares the joy and sorrows of one family, a summer at a time. Family vacations can bring back a lot of memories. This story lets you follow the summers vacations of one family. Come feel like a part of the family enjoying the lake, fires, fresh lemonade, and learning from life experiences with the characters. The memories of youth, once you are older, leave you wishing you could go back. This truly is a book to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. It's a quaint story about a family, the Krons, and their generational memories starting with the great grandparents and ending with the last generation's character. It begins in the earlier 1900's and concludes in 1984, describing their colorful life details and traditions, ending with the main character coming back on his 50th birthday to relish the lasting memories of his past. This book is one of the ones that give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Philip Nork was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. After moving to Nevada and accepting a job which left him on the road way too often, he started having dreams...dreams about the women of his life and how they impacted him. After jotting down these "memories" and being able to mold them all into a manuscript that not only told an "interesting and unique story," but left a heartwarming message at the end, he decided to publish this real-life fiction piece to see what would happen. Would people connect with his journey of self-discovery?
They obviously have since Phil now has 4 reality fiction books and 1 poetry book available. They all center around divorce, how a child reacts to that divorce and the people around him who help him become a whole person again.

This is the third book that I have read by Philip. It was not my favorite one but it was good.
I for one would love to have a cabin on a lake. I could just sit out by the water and read all day.
I love how Philip tells a story. I love the grandfather in the story,I like books about families. If you do to then this just might be a book for you.
i was given a copy of this book by the author

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Goldeneyes By Delia Latham Giveaway!

A man's eyes are the windows to his soul . if he has one. Deep in the darkness of a Depression-era night, a man addicted to alcohol sells something precious to obtain it. His vile action impacts the lives of two entire families, and it will be over two decades before the horrible wrong begins to be made right again. Two young women - strangers to each other - unknowingly enmeshed in a Pandora's Box of secrets that could prevent them from finding happiness with the men they love. Two adoring mothers who know more than they are willing to say. A newsman with a story he cannot tell. What is their connection, and who is the golden-eyed stranger who moves in the shadows of their broken lives?
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Born and raised in a place called Weedpatch, Delia Latham moved from California to Oklahoma in 2008, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her simple country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. The author enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website ( or send an e-mail to

This was the first book by Delia, that I have read, I really did enjoy it. It is a fast read, you can read it in one sitting.
If you enjoy stories about love and faith then you are sure to like this one.
Written with real raw emotion and characters that I don't think you will soon forget.
If you are like me and Delia is a new author, why not give this book a shot. You may enjoy it.

I was given a copy of this book by the author

Monday, February 4, 2013

My Baby's Feet By Sheila Luck

Choice, Death, and the Aftermath
Fearfully and desperately wanting to hide my mistakes and deny the unwanted, but not totally unexpected ramifications of my earlier choices, I chose what seemed to be the easiest answer. I chose death, and then I moved into the aftermath of my choice. I, for a lifetime and beyond, will live in the aftermath of my choice. Although there is recovery, through forgiveness, there are lasting ramifications. No one told me that the ramifications of my choice would last forever. No one told me what my choice would do to my heart. No one told me that my choice was, in fact, a death sentence for my baby.
Are you, or someone you know, facing an unwanted pregnancy? Are you wondering if "choice" is the answer, the easiest solution?
After the "choice" comes the aftermath. A living choice not only gives life to a baby, but results in an aftermath of life. Abortion results in an aftermath forever shrouded in death, death of a baby, perhaps death of your own baby. For those struggling with the aftermath of abortion, you and your loved ones can find forgiveness.
This book is for:
• Teenage moms wrestling with choice and an unplanned pregnancy
• Loved ones who are seeking resolution after abortion
• Anyone who needs hope and healing after abortion
This book is a great tool for teen pregnancy educators, pregnancy center advisors, and those seeking to learn more about the emotional struggles, post abortion. It is written out of love and understanding by a woman who thought her choice was the best answer. Whether or not you are a Christian, you will be inspired by the author's incredible faith, without which it would have been impossible to write this book.
Through my story, I pray that you will know that a living choice is the only real choice.
Join me in my story of running from my mistakes, hiding my choice, and slogging through the aftermath. Come with me as I discover a new truth about an old choice. Join me as I struggle with guilt and heartfelt shame, knowing the new truth. Observe the aftermath.
What choice would you have made? What choice would you recommend?
About the author
Sheila and her husband Wayne have been blessed with two beautiful daughters. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Elizabeth Ministry International and Wisconsin Right to Life. In 2010, Sheila received a certificate in equipping from The Masters Institute.
Sheila began her career following college working as an engineer for IBM. After three years, she resigned to attend law school at Marquette University Law School, graduating in 1985. In 2003, after nearly twenty years of being employed full-time as an attorney, Sheila retired and accepted God's call to begin writing Christian books and speaking for a variety of Christian organizations and schools. Sheila's current books include three Bible studies:
• The Challenge of Change: Careers, Callings and Work-Life Crossroads
• My Secret Loss: Finding Life after Abortion

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wings of Glass By Gina Holmes

From the best-selling author of Crossing Oceans comes a heartrending yet uplifting story of friendship and redemption. On the cusp of adulthood, eighteen-year-old Penny Carson is swept off her feet by a handsome farmhand with a confident swagger. Though Trent Taylor seems like Prince Charming and offers an escape from her one-stop-sign town, Penny's happily-ever-after lasts no longer than their breakneck courtship. Before the ink even dries on their marriage certificate, he hits her for the first time. It isn't the last, yet the bruises that can't be seen are the most painful of all.

When Trent is injured in a welding accident and his paycheck stops, he has no choice but to finally allow Penny to take a job cleaning houses. Here she meets two women from very different worlds who will teach her to live and laugh again, and lend her their backbones just long enough for her to find her own.
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Gina Holmes is a Senior Publicist with Silver Seas PR (, the President and founder of popular literary site, Novel Rocket, and award-winning author of Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain, and Wings of Glass. She resides with her husband and children in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose. To learn more about her, visit or

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I have to tell you I have read Gina's first two books they were good. Well Crossing Oceans was one of the best books I have ever read. When I got my copy of Wings of Glass I just was not sure that Gina could top Crossing Oceans, Well she did.
This is such a moving book.  A book full of hope. My heart went out to  Penny, I have lived that life and I just felt her pain.
This was a very emotional read for me, but I never put it down. Gina pulled me in and I am happy to say it is my new favorite book by her.
I loved the end, it turned out just like I was hoping it would.
I give this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Another Second Chance... God's Story By Troy Lewis

How a stranger's kidney saved my life ...And my brothers too!

Troy played Jesus Christ in a local passion drama for 9 years. He successfully coached girls fastpitch softball for 7 years. He and his wife had two beautiful girls.

But in January of 2010, after being blindsided with the news of kidney failure, the man from Ohio came to the realization that life as he knew it was over... He began a race against time, struggling at every turn, taking detours that didn't make sense, and facing roadblocks that tested his faith. When things looked absolutely hopeless, Hope showed up in a miraculous way!

Troy thought it was a brother's love that would save him, but it was a Father's love that saved them both. A thousand miles away a stranger felt a call to courageously give with nothing expected in return, not knowing that he had the rarest of kidneys.

Troy couldn't have imagined what God had in store for all who were part of this story. Hollywood couldn't have scripted it. He humbly encourages everyone reading this book to believe that, no matter what we are facing in life, we can experience the revelation of what God has in store for our lives.

This book will speak to anyone facing challenges larger than themselves, whether it's job loss, financial ruin, family pain, or your own battle with illness. Miracles still happen and there is always "Another Second Chance".
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Troy Lewis is a recent walking miracle (transplant reipient), speaker, and author. He loves sharing "Wow God stories" to inspire and encourage others. He resides in Northwest Ohio with his lovely wife Stephanie and two beautiful daughters Corrine and Allison. To learn more about Troy and his story, go to

Let me start this review off by saying most of you know me personally and know that I have been very sick with my kidneys for years. This book could not have come at a better time for me. The Lord knew that I needed to read this now.
My best friend found Troy on line and she said you have to read this book it is just what you need right now. Well with out further a do, she sent a message to Troy asking him to send me a copy to read and review. And he gladly mailed a copy right out to me.
The day I got Troy's book in the mail I also got 5 more books to review so I set out reading them and never thought about Troys book until I went to the book shelf picked it up  the next in line to be reviewed  and it was Another Second Chance and I started reading it. I was in awe of this awe inspiring book. It touched me so deep. This book is such an inspiration to me that I will read it over and over again.
I cried so many times  reading this book, happy tears, tears of joy. I feel like Troy AKA Jesus ( you will get this after you read the book) was meant to be a part of my life even if just through his book.
I want all of you who love me and are a part of my life to read this book as soon as you can. You will get to look into my world a little by reading this book. If you read no other book this year PLEASE READ THIS ONE.
I am crying so hard as I  am sitting here  typing to  you all. Most of you know I don't like  long reviews but I felt those of you who loved me would really like to know how I felt about this book.
I am sure that you will see God on every page just as I did!
You will even get to meet Jay who by the way is Troy's angel.
 I highly recommend this book. I give this book 5 stars two times it is such a great book.
I was given a copy of this book by the author. THANK YOU TROY! 
Who knows maybe I will get my Second Chance

Friday, February 1, 2013

Miriam's Quilt By Jennifer Beckstrand

Miriam Bontrager has loved Ephraim for as long as she can remember. But when scandal rocks Miriam’s family, Ephraim decides that she is not worthy of him. Heartbroken, Miriam vows to never again trust anyone with her affections. But will she surrender her heart when a man of simple faith and gentle ways shows her how to love again?

Seth Lambright has always found Miriam Bontrager pretty, but she’s also too stuck-up to pay him any notice. That is, until she comes to his stable after Ephraim’s devastating rejection. Spending time with Seth’s horses gives Miriam comfort and helps her mend, but her presence nudges Seth dangerously close falling in love. Unable to ignore the way she tugs at his heart, will he risk everything to show her that there is more to love than the pain of bitter memories?
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I grew up with a steady diet of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. After all that literary immersion, I naturally decided to get a degree in mathematics, which came in handy when one of my six children needed help with homework.

After my fourth daughter was born, I started writing. By juggling diaper changes, soccer games, music lessons, laundry, and two more children, I finished my first manuscript--a Western--in just under fourteen years. (Because all my children have finally entered the public school system, and I can now write a book in significantly less time.) I sent my manuscript to an agent, who asked me to try my hand at writing Amish fiction. After much research and travel, I fell in love with the people and the genre.

My goal is to write uplifting, inspiring stories with happy endings and hopeful messages. If my books make readers want to give themselves a big hug or jump up and down for joy, I've done my job.

I am a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers and am represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

There are three Amish romances in the Forever After in Apple Lake Series (Summer side/Guideposts). Kate's Song and Rebecca's Rose are now available. Miriam's Quilt is scheduled for release in spring of 2013. Kate's Song was the #1 Romantic Religious Fiction download in the Free Kindle Store, and Rebecca's Rose is currently in the top 100 Religious Fiction books on

Kate's Song was my favorite book by Jennifer, Wait here it comes until I read Miriam's Quilt.
Ladies you are about to meet the perfect God fearing man that we all want to fall in love with, in this book.
I would love to really meet a man like Seth in real life. Seth is a character that you will never forget he is so forgiving and caring.
I never put this book down once I opened it up and started reading it.
Let me tell you if you have NOT read the Forever in Apple Lake series you need to go pick up all three books, and turn off your phone and get off Facebook and enjoy these books this weekend.
I give Miriam's Quilt 5 stars two times.
I was given a copy of this book by the author. THANK YOU SO MUCH Jennifer