Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beyond the Attic Door By Tracy Del Campo

The year is 1925, and the nation is at odds as the "trial of the century" approaches. Mr. John Scopes, a schoolteacher, has been arrested for teaching evolution. Creationists and evolutionists are debating the existence of God and the authority of the Bible. Many believe religion may be doomed. Meanwhile, eleven-year-old Lulu and her seven-year-old brother, Buddy, are visiting their grandmother in the Missouri countryside. On a dark and stormy night, they sneak into the attic workshop of their uncle, a brilliant scientist and inventor, and suddenly find themselves on a harrowing journey through time. Join Lulu and Buddy on this incredible adventure filled with history, humor, and hair-raising excitement, as they discover the meaning of faith: Beyond the Attic Door.

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Tracy Del Campo was born and raised near St. Louis, Missouri. Her faith, humor, and love of history influence her writing. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband, Robert, and two children.

What an adventures story. I enjoyed it and young adults are sure to love it as well.
It I very well written and easy to read.
Young adults will love the time travel.
You won't be disappointed, pick up a copy for the young adult in your life.
I gave this book 5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A White Chritmas in Webster County By Laura V. Hilton

Mother's Helper/ Mercy Lapp is ready for a fresh start. Having lost her beloved fianc? in a fishing accident during his rumschpringe, she escapes the painful memories by moving from her community in Shipshewana, Indiana, to Seymour, Missouri, where she takes a job as a mother's helper. She isn't exactly shy, but she's hesitant to get involved with the youth in the community because she isn't going to stay. She especially doesn't want a new romance. p centerbiAn Adventurous Hero/center/b/i Abner Hilty is excited to see his twin brother, Abram, for the first time in years. The two fled their hometown of Shipshewana when their witness of a murder put their lives in danger, Abner heading to Montana to work on a ranch and hunt big game, Abram meeting a girl in Missouri, marrying, and settling down there. Abner decides to spend the holidays with them in Seymour, but he has every intention of returning to Montana, maybe even for good. p centerbiAn Unexpected Snowstorm/center/b/i At a chance encounter, Abner is immediately drawn to Mercy, and even more so when he realizes that they've met before, back in Shipshewana. Initially alarmed, Mercy soon warms to his attentions, even though she keeps him at arm's length. She also branches out and begins attending youth functions, forming new friendships that are solidified during a rare snowstorm. Just when Mercy and Abner are beginning to think about a long-term relationship, Mercy gets a phone call that changes everything. The information would have been welcome months ago, but now that she knows Abner, she's torn, and she will have to do some serious soul-searching to decide how to act on it.

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Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor's wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport, releasing in November 2014 (The Snow Globe), June 2015 (The Postcard), and November 2015 (The Birdhouse). A Christmas Amish book, A White Christmas in Webster County, will release in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

You know when an author names three of the characters , Patience, Joy, and Mercy that the book is going to be fantastic! I could not put this book down, it grabbed me from page one.
I did not however like the characters Joy or Paul.  I was  however so happy at the ending. I pulled for Mercy and Abner every step of the way.
This is a very well written Amish fiction book. You are going to love your tip to Webster County and be very sad to leave.
I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend this book.
WARNING: Loss of sleep! You will be up reading into the night you can not put this book down.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Scared Year By Michael Yankoski

Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian motivational speaker, Michael Yankoski was determined to stop merely talking about living a life of faithand start experiencing it. The result was a year of focused engagement with spiritual practices--both ancient and modern--that fundamentally reshaped and revived his life.

By contemplating apples for an hour before tasting them (attentiveness), eating on just $2.00 a day (simplicity), or writing letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new vitality and depth through the intentional life.

Guided by the voice of Father Solomon--a local monk--Yankoski's Sacred Year slowly transforms his life. Both entertaining and profound, his story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching--perhaps for the first time--for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.

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Michael Yankoski is a writer, aspiring theologian, and urban homesteader who dreams of becoming a competent woodworker, musician, and sailor.
He graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA; received his MA in theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia; is a (novitiate) Oblate of St. Benedict, and has authored four books.
Michael grew up in Colorado, feels at home on the Pacific Coast, and currently resides in Indiana, where he and his wife are pursuing PhDs at the University of Notre Dame.

Web: www.MichaelYankoski.com
Facebook: fb.com/myankoski
Twitter: @michaelyankoski

Are you ready to examine your self? This book is such a fantastic tool to help with just that.
If you are not ready to chew on some hard meat you may way to pass this book up. It is very well written and has a ton of insight on every page.
You will build your faith in this faith based book and it is worth every page you read.
I gave this book 5 stars and recommend it. A very life transforming book, that you will want to read more than once.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Buried Beneath the Words By Betel Arnold

Words! Words! Words! Words all over the place... We don't always realize how powerful words are, or how we've come to accept the words other people have used to describe us. Accusing, blaming, and degrading words are the worst of all. After hearing those words over and over again, we begin to feel the weight of them threatening to crush the very life out of us. Buried Beneath the Words cleverly shares a true life story about the different ways someone can end up buried beneath the weight of negative words. Then it shares a Christian course for how God's word can revive us. By putting the advice given within these pages into practice, you will experience an awakening of the real you -- the you that has been buried way too long.

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Betel Arnold is co-creator of Simply Talking, a local TV show that addresses issues from daily life as well as the deeper questions brought about by personal tragedies. Betel co-produces and co-hosts the show while working as an inspirational speaker. She is especially committed to helping women become all that God has called them to be. Betel is the proud mother of four children, a stepmom, and resides with her loving husband in Western Mass. For more information go to: www.betelarnold.com

Do you think you are not good enough for God to love you? If you said yes then this book is for you.
Author Betel Arnold has such a way with words and she was wonderful enough to share her own issues with us in this very well written book.
I think this is a book that everyone should read and it would be very helpful for those that are struggling with hurtful words from others to help them move past that hurt and open their eyes and hearts to Gods love.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love Darlene Schacht

Messy Beautiful Love delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.
Love gets messy. 
Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.
Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer. 
When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience.
Messy Beautiful Love is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.

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Darlene Schacht is the original founder of Christian Women Online Magazine and The Internet CafĂ© Devotions and writes the popular blog Time-Warp Wife. She is coauthor of Candace Cameron Bure’s New York Time’s best-selling book, Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. Darlene has been married to Michael Schacht for more than 25 years. They have four children.

Marriage is all about God, and you will come to find that out in the wonderfully written book. Where Author Schacht puts it all out on the line and pens a this book with her heart on her sleeve and her whole heart.
I think this book should be read by every married couple and those getting married should own a copy as well and it should be read once a year every year.
Without God in the center of your marriage it will not work, This is a MUST read book. The divorce rate would be much different if this was in every ones home and was read by all couples.
I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The River By Beverly Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Andi Under Pressure By Amanda Flower

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

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

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NIV Once a day Bible for Women GIVEAWAY

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

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Beyond I Do By Jennifer Slattery

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Joyful By Shelley Shepard Gray

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Driftwood Tides By Gina Holmes

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thief of Glory By Sigmund Brouwer

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

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

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

Monday, September 8, 2014

Finding Love at Home By Jerry Eicher

From bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher, here's another charming book about life among the Plain People.
All Debbie Watson wanted to do was join the Amish and live a simpler life. But when she moved in with her Amish neighbors, the Beiler family, she had no idea the turmoil that lay ahead.
As this final book in The Beiler Sisters series opens, Debbie is poised to marry Alvin Knepp, the Amish farmer she's loved all along. Ida Beiler is recovering from the tragic loss of her husband-to-be in a farming accident, while her younger sister, Lois, is still running away from her faith.
Debbie takes it all in stride as she brings calm to the sorrowing Beiler family while finding happiness with the young man of her dreams.
Book 3 in The Beiler Sisters series

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Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

Oh my are fans of Jerry's are in for a treat. This last book in the Beiler Sisters series has a plot twist you never see coming. Unlike most Amish fiction books these days this one was very unpredictable and very much worth the read. I hated to see the series end. This is my favorite so far.
I could not put it down, it was fantastic. You will not be disappointed that's for sure.
I gave this book 5 stars and highly recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Seeing Your Face Again By Jerry Eicher

Debbie Watson is a new convert to the Amish faith and still learning the plain ways of the community in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. She has already attracted two suitors: the insecure but lovable farmer, Alvin Knepp, and the brash Paul Wagler who reminds Debbie of the boyfriend she happily left behind in the Englisha world. When Alvin leaves the community for the big city, Debbie is crushed. Though her heart is with Alvin, she considers Paul's continued interest in her. Should she simply give in and marry Paul....or wait to see if Alvin comes home?

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Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

I love The Beiler Sister series so much I was so happy to get book two and crack it open. I read it in one sitting. I could not put it down.  I love the way Jerry writes about the Englisha and Amish living together and how they interact with each other. The ending had me chumping at the bit to find out what happens next. So I am on to the next book in this series, I am  going to read Finding Love at Home.
I gave Seeing your Face Again 5 stars and I highly recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Honor By Lyn Cote

When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, she is forced to leave her Maryland plantation—and the slaves she hoped to free—and seek refuge with a distant relative. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to local glass artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn to Honor, but he has been unwilling to open his heart to anyone since scarlet fever took his hearing as a child.
A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor’s genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors of frontier life with Samuel. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she becomes increasingly—though secretly—involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together as man and wife?
Set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of three brave heroines, fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family, and the heart.

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In 1997, Lyn Cote's first book, Never Alone, was chosen for the "new" Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over thirty-five novels published. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, and her book Her Patchwork Family was a finalist for the Carol Award in 2010 and Her Healing Ways won in 2011. These are two of the highest awards in the romance genre.

Lyn's brand "Strong Women, Brave Stories," always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://BooksbyLynCote.com

Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Drop by and "friend or follow" her. Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love.

Historical fiction fans are sure to love this before the civil war book.
I did not want it to end. Author Lyn Cote has a way with words her that places you right there in the pages of the book. Lyn writes and Gods love shines on every page.
You are going to fall in love with the  main character Honor. I love that we get to go to the Quaker community in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. This book is such a treat. You don't want to miss it!
I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What Your Heart needs for the Hard Days By Holley Gerth

In this uplifting book, Holley Gerth invites readers to sit down with her to be filled with the strength, peace, and joy that come from God's promises to us. Each of the 52 devotions based on the Psalms will help weary women remember that God is good and we're all in this together. Whether it's a bad hair day or a broken heart, Holley offers hope and encouragement to get us through whatever life brings.
Women need that kind of encouragement because we all have hard days--days that make us want to give up, retreat inside ourselves, and drown our sorrows in a pint of ice cream. And while we may crave all sorts of things to ease the pain we feel in our hearts, what we really need is truth. We need to be confident in God's character and his promises. We need to remember--and celebrate--who he made us to be. And we need exactly the kind of encouragement Holley Gerth loves to offer.

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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, You're Made for a God-Sized Dream, Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream, and You're Going to Be Okay. She's also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South.
Learn more at www.holleygerth.com.

What a fantastic gift book to encourage a friend or loved one. I loved this little gem of a book.
52 very encouraging devotionals for when you are feeling empty inside or if you're discouraged. There is a place at the end of each devotional to write your thoughts and there is great scripture in each daily devotional. 
I plan to give this book as gifts to those I love.
I gave this book 5 stars. I highly recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

All's fair in Love and Cupcakes By Betsy St. Amant

Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.
Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.
But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.
As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.
The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

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Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing. Visit her website at www.betsystamant.com Facebook: BetsySt.Amant Twitter: @betsystamant

This was a really hard book to read. I struggled with every page. It was way to predictable and the romance was not to my liking. It some places I thought maybe it was going to turn around but I got fooled. It has some potential but, I am so sad to say it was a 2.5 star book. That is just my opinion. I am so sorry I did not care for this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.