Sunday, May 31, 2015

Drawing Fire By Janice Cantore



One case from her past defines homicide detective Abby Hart.With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, Abby’s best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. When Abby discovers that the most recent victim is related to the governor, she’s anxious to talk to him about a cold case that’s personal to her―one Luke is interested in as well.As she learns more about the restaurant fire that took her parents’ lives years ago, Abby discovers why Luke is so invested in finding the ones responsible. The more they uncover, though, the more questions they have. Can Abby find peace without having all the answers?

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A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training. During the course of her career in uniform Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called "Cop and Christ", and another for the monthly magazine "Today's Christian Woman".

With retirement Janice began to write longer pieces and several novels were born. Janice is excited and honored to now be a part of the Tyndale Publishing House family. Accused, the first installment in her new suspense offering, The Pacific Coast Justice Series, was released February 1, 2012 and kicked off a brand new chapter in her writing career. In addition to suspense and action, her books feature strong female leads. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep you engrossed and leave you inspired.

This was my first book I have read by Cantore, but it will not be my last.
Storyline was great as was the characters, the characters are real and you just want to stay in the pages for ever.
The book did however need to be longer I hated to see it end.
Suspense's  are so good when written by someone who knows what they are doing.
I gave this book 4.5 stars. I can't wait for book two in this series now.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hutterite Diaries By Linda Maendel



What would it be like to share all your possessions and live in Christian community? In Hutterite Diaries, Linda Maendel offers a rare glimpse into the daily routines and communal faith of her people, the Hutterian Brethren. From stories of working together to bring in the fall potato harvest to laugh-out-loud tales of sisterly love laced with revenge, Maendel invites readers into her Bruderhof, or colony, nestled on the prairie of western Canada. Here children and adults work, play, eat, and worship together, crafting a community of goods and living out an alternative to the individualism and consumerism of mainstream society.Because few outsiders know anything about the Hutterites, a Plain Christian group related to the Amish and Mennonites, this book offer a rare-glimpse into Hutterite life.

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Linda Maendel is a Hutterite author, blogger, and teacher who lives in Elm River Colony outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

I am well aware of the Amish but not the Hutterites so this was a fun read for me.
Linda takes you in to a day and life of the Hutterite life. She talks about their clothes how they eat their meals all together the whole community males on one side of the room and females on the other side of the room.
She tell some stories about her family and the way they have their weddings.
It was a fun read and a leaning experience.
 I gave this book 4 stars. Don't expect an Amish story. Hutterites are different from the Amish and so is this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, May 29, 2015

A Blessing for Miriam By Jerry Eicher



In the second book of bestselling author Jerry S. Eicher's new Land of Promise series, Miriam Yoder is looking forward to her wedding day with Wayne Yutzy. But when beautiful Esther Swartz arrives to care for her ailing grandmother, Miriam is wary of Wayne's past relationship with Esther.
When storms rip through the small Amish community in Oklahoma, Miriam's daett arrives to help in the rebuilding efforts. Under pressure from Miriam's daett the relationship with Wayne is upended, leaving Miriam to wonder if she must now build her new life as a single Amish woman.
Book two in the Land of Promise 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.

I was so sad by this second book in the Land of Promise series. I did not see half the stuff coming my way as I was reading never before has an Amish genre writer written anything like this. I was hit hard.
It is not what you expect to read in one of Jerry's books.
Oh but you will not be able to put the book down just take some tissues with you where ever you go to read it.
I really dislike Miriam's father he is always sticking his nose where he has no business sticking it.
Miriam is so easy to love as is her Aunt and Uncle. When tragedy stuck Miriam and her family she was still my favorite character and I could not stop reading I had to find out what was going to happen next.
I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Huckleberry Harvest By Jennifer Beckstrand



Anna and Felty Helmuth’s zest for matchmaking is unstoppable—and with grown-up grandchild number three on her way to their home in lovely Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, what better reason to put their talents to work once more?...
When Mandy Helmuth hears that her best friend Kristina’s heart has been broken, she decides to visit her grandparents and cheer her up. Mandy never liked Noah Mischler anyway, with his rough exterior and outspoken ways. Unfortunately, she can’t avoid him—especially after he saves her life…
If he weren’t helping Felty with home repairs, Noah would be more than happy to stay away from uppity Mandy Helmuth. Of course, then he wouldn’t have been able to rescue her—and she wouldn’t have had the chance to discover the real Noah beneath the tough persona—the one she falls in love with…

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Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer has been nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.
Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and three adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten.

Books by Jennifer Beckstrand
Forever Apple in Apple Lake Series:
Kate's Song
Rebecca's Rose
Miriam's Quilt

The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Series:
Huckleberry Hill
Huckleberry Summer
Huckleberry Christmas
Huckleberry Spring
Huckleberry Harvest
Huckleberry Hearts


The Matchmakers are at it again,  Oh How I just love them!
You are going to be so excited to go back to Huckleberry Hill this was such a great storyline some drama and some tough issues.
Don't miss this one and all the drama and challenges in this one are you just might be sorry.
I gave this book 5 stars and recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Proposal At Siesta Key By Shelley Shepard Gray


A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.
But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own. 
Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.
But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael's time in Pinecraft will be over and he'll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she'll never have the courage to do? 
 
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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 just LOVED this book. But then again I love all of Shelly's books.
This has been my absolute favorite one so far.
The storyline was fantastic.
Penny and Michael are the best characters this series could ever ask for. They are very loveable and I hated to see this book end.
I never put this book down once I started reading it.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book as a matter of fact the whole series.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Miriam's Secret By Jerry Eicher



Bestselling author Jerry S. Eicher (more than 600,000 books sold) brings new characters and surprising challenges to lovers of Amish fiction in the Land of Promise series.
In this first book, Miriam Yoder has a secret. Her compassionate care for Amos Bland during his last days resulted in her receiving a large inheritance. When Ivan Mast indicates his intentions at romance, Miriam suspects he's discovered her hidden wealth and has plans that aren't inspired by his love for her.
Seeking a fresh start where no one knows her, Miriam accepts a teaching position in faraway Oklahoma where she meets Wayne Yutzy, a local greenhouse employee. His interest in her seems genuine and when he proposes, Miriam accepts. Happiness surely awaits the newly engaged couple....or does it?
Book one in the Land of Promise 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.

Who has ever read a book by Jerry and not loved it, none of the avid readers I know. He was Amish himself so he knows what he's writing about.
You have NEVER read an Amish Book with the secret Miriam's carrying around.
You are going to fall in love with Wayne and Miriam you will root for them just as I did I'm sure.
I love the twists in the story, the storyline was fresh and fun.
Shirley was one you have to wonder about she is one of those characters you love to hate and hate to love. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book in the series A Blessing for Miriam.
This series Land of Promise is one you don't want to miss.
I gave this book 5 stars read it in one night. I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

As Waters Gone By By Cynthia Ruchti


Emmalyn Ross never thought a person could feel this alone. Sustaining a marriage with a man who’s not by her side is no easy task, especially since her husband currently resides behind impenetrable prison walls. His actions stole her heart’s desire and gave their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out. What didn’t fall apart that night fell apart in the intervening years.

Now, on a self-imposed exile to Madeline Island—one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior—Emmalyn starts rehabbing an old hunting cottage they’d purchased when life made sense. Restoring it may put a roof over her head, but a home needs more than a roof and walls, just as a marriage needs more than vows and a license. With only a handful of months before her husband is released, Emmalyn must figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again. And his silence isn’t helping.
 
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Taking multi-tasking to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective), Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of recent releases "All My Belongings" (novel), "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (novel), and "Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices" (nonfiction). She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 42 years, loves on her three kids and five grandchildren, recently retired from 33 years of writing and producing a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, is past president of the 2,700-member American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW's Professional Relations Liaison, all while working on more book projects in addition to the eight already on the shelves. The year 2010 saw the release of her debut novel--"They Almost Always Come Home" by Abingdon Press (a Carol Award finalist)--and a Christmas collection novella, "The Heart's Harbor" in A Door County Christmas, a Family Fiction Reader's Choice, by Barbour Publishing. "His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not," released Nov 1, 2011. Another novella collection--"Cedar Creek Seasons" (Barbour) released in spring of 2012. "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (April 2013) was followed by "All My Belongings" (2014, also from Abingdon Press). Her books have recently been honored with two Selah Awards, two Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and awards from CAN Golden Scrolls and AWSA Golden Scrolls. She tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through writing and speaking, but she gave up knitting, counted cross-stitch, sewing her own clothes, naps, and dusting baseboards a long time ago. You can find her at www.cynthiaruchti.com, at www.facebook.com/cynthiaruchtireaderpage, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.
 
 
I'm Cynthia's number one fan, to date I have read all of her books and loved them everyone.
As Waters Gone By was such an emotional read but it was a deep read one where when you're done reading it you are still thinking about the characters and left wanting more.
Job 11:16 was the bases for the title, it's okay go look the scripture up.
You are going to be so happy that you bought a copy of this book.
A great book of hope, please don't miss this book. When you step inside this book you will NEVER want to leave.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Love's Rescue By Christine Johnson GIVEAWAY!



When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her crippled brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O'Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the upright man he appears to be.
As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to do her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.
From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws readers into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy south. Readers will cheer for Elizabeth and Rourke as they battle the odds and the elements to secure their future.

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A small-town Michigan girl, Christine Johnson has lived in every corner of the state's Lower Peninsula. After trying her hand at music and art, she returned to her first love--story. She holds degrees in English and library studies and works part-time as a librarian. She feels blessed to write for Love Inspired and doubly blessed that two of her manuscripts were finalists for Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® award.

When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to hike, kayak, and explore God's majestic creation. She and her husband split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. Christine enjoys hearing from readers through her web site at http://www.christineelizabethjohnson.com.

I struggled with this one for a bit. I would love the main character Elizabeth then I would dislike her, I teetered back and forth until the very end.
I would like to have gotten to know some of the characters better. There just wasn't enough details for me with some of them.
I did however like the romance and the rich history in this story.
Maybe I will get to know Elizabeth's brother Charlie in book two of the Keys of Promise series.
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Once Upon a Summertime By Melody Carlson




                                                                     A MUST READ

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it's a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises--not the least of which is Sean O'Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position!Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining, this romp through the storied streets of New York City will enchant readers. Melody Carlson has created characters so charming that readers will long to meet them in the lobby of the stunning Rothsberg Hotel.

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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than 6.5 million. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at www.melodycarlson.com.
 
 
I hated to see this book end, I held on to every word.
This was a fun read but it was just to short I did not want it to end.
I was  pulling for Anna And Sean every page of the way.
I just love the whole story and everyone of the characters I can't wait for book two in the series Follow your heart.
You will read Once Upon a Summertime in one sitting you will NOT be able to put this book down.
I gave this book 5 stars two times and I HIGHLY recommend this one!
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media and the publisher. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I Tried Until I Almost Died By Sandra McCollom



                                                                 A MUST READ

Tired of trying to measure up? Trade your anxiety and frustration for rest and relaxation.
Many of us believe that in order to please God, we have to be perfect. It’s an easy lie to buy into. In a culture that emphasizes accomplishment and ever-higher goals, we feel driven to do more, achieve more, be more. And we get caught up in the unforgiving treadmill of self-imposed rules, believing that we should, we need to, we must.   The result? Anger, frustration, and anxiety that keep us far away from the life of peace that Jesus promised.   For years, Sandra McCollom lived in this trap. Finally worn out from striving for perfection but constantly feeling like a failure, one day she prayed in desperation, begging God for help. God answered Sandra by setting her on a life-changing journey to discover the riches of His grace.   In I Tried Until I Almost Died, Sandra shares how she left behind her burden of anxiety and fear and shows you how to experience for yourself the freedom of trusting solely in the perfecting power of God’s grace.

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Sandra McCollom has a passion to see others enter into the life of rest that Jesus offers. She lives in the St. Louis area with Steve, her husband of more than twenty years, and their twin daughters. Sandra thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family as well as reading, writing, CrossFit training, and homeschooling her girls. Visit her website at www.SandraMccollom.com.

Do you suffer with anxiety and or depression? This book has your name all over it if you said yes!
Some great advice in this book and I loved Sandra's friend Amy's story I could relate to it so much. Lots of great stories that we all can relate to.
This is a tool that needs to be everyone book shelf.  I bet most everyone can relate to most of this book.
The scripture is all laid out in the book and easy to read and understand.
I HIGHLY recommend this book. I gave it 5 stars. I can think of three friends right off the top of my head I plan on giving copies to.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

They almost Always Come Home By Cynthia Ruchti



Finalist - 2011 Carol Award and 2010 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award
When Libby’s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died . . . and if Greg hadn’t been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husband’s disappearance…if for no other reason than to free her to move on. What the trio discovers in the search upends Libby’s presumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.
 
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Taking multi-tasking to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective), Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of recent releases "All My Belongings" (novel), "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (novel), and "Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices" (nonfiction). She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 42 years, loves on her three kids and five grandchildren, recently retired from 33 years of writing and producing a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, is past president of the 2,700-member American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW's Professional Relations Liaison, all while working on more book projects in addition to the eight already on the shelves. The year 2010 saw the release of her debut novel--"They Almost Always Come Home" by Abingdon Press (a Carol Award finalist)--and a Christmas collection novella, "The Heart's Harbor" in A Door County Christmas, a Family Fiction Reader's Choice, by Barbour Publishing. "His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not," released Nov 1, 2011. Another novella collection--"Cedar Creek Seasons" (Barbour) released in spring of 2012. "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (April 2013) was followed by "All My Belongings" (2014, also from Abingdon Press). Her books have recently been honored with two Selah Awards, two Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and awards from CAN Golden Scrolls and AWSA Golden Scrolls. She tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through writing and speaking, but she gave up knitting, counted cross-stitch, sewing her own clothes, naps, and dusting baseboards a long time ago. You can find her at www.cynthiaruchti.com, at www.facebook.com/cynthiaruchtireaderpage, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.
 
 I have said this before but I think I will say it again I'm Cynthia's biggest fan.
I am not so sure that Cynthia wrote this book, it has her name on the cover but it just does not sound like her voice.
I had a very hard time getting into the book and the writing was sluggish to say the least, I stuck with it and read the whole book I just has to know where Greg was and why he had left his wife Libby. But it did get better towards the end.
If you to are a fan of Cynthia's and have not read this book please get a copy read it stick with it until you get to the end, then let me know what you think of it.
I gave this book 3.5 stars but I'm glad I read it all.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cottonmouth and the End By C.S. Fritz


Join Frederick Cottonmouth as he steps out of our world and into another in order to complete his mission. In this dramatic conclusion to young Freddie's story, he will face great challenges and conflicts. How will Freddie react when he comes face-to-face with true darkness?

Parents and their children will savor this creative story that has the artistic sense of Where the Wild Things Are, the heart of Narnia, and the redemptive themes of sacrifice and friendship.
 
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Casey "C.S." Fritz grew up on a farm in Oregon, where he milked cows and had a pet pig. To escape the endless chores of milking cows and watering tomatoes...Casey would draw.

As a young child, Casey's family moved to Arizona. It was there beneath the fiery gaze of the Southwestern sun, that he spent most of his life. Graduating school, marrying the love of his life and having two wild kids. It was also there that C.S. Fritz's work began to take traction with local galleries and art publications.

In 2011 the Fritz family went west to the great city of Los Angeles. It is here that Casey operates as one of the lead pastors at Collective Church, while drawing monsters in his spare time.
 
I have really enjoyed this series. The illustrations are outstanding and the author really used his talents with the light and dark in the book it starts out black pages with white writing then as the story goes on the pages become white with black writing, ingenuous if you ask me.
This is a great children's series , don't miss this last one it can be a stand alone.
I gave this book 5 stars. I recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

In Firefly Valley By Amanda Cabot



Marisa St. George is devastated when she is a victim of downsizing and has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it's a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow's End resort. The only silver lining is Blake Kendall, a new guest who is making her believe in love at first sight. But will her dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers who he really is?

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With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled "All About Thermometers," were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she's sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she's not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and - of course - reading.
 
Book two in the Texas Crossroads series was just as good as book one. A super light fun read.
Blake and Marisa are loveable and real characters and you will not soon forget them.
I was so happy to return to Rainbow's End, I can't wait to see what Cabot has in store for us next.
I love the whole aspect of second chances. This was a super fun summer read.
I gave this book 5 stars. I recommend this summer read.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Amish Promises By Leslie Gould



Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet
When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they're looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can't imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys. Eve Lehman has run her brother's household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim's a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she's drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they've quieted down until Joel's single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve's attention--a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.

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Leslie Gould is the author of the bestselling 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.
 
This is a fantastic start to a series. I love the whole story of Englishers and Amish being neighbors and all the struggles they have to endure.
Gould has stepped outside the box on this one, it is not your everyday Amish fiction, you are sure to find this series a fresh voice in the Amish genre.
I did not like the character Tim but I really enjoyed Eve and Charlie's story, they were so easy to connect with. I learned to love Tim towards the end.
I enjoyed the kids in the story, about how they took up with each other so much. 
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I highly recommend it. This is a book Binge book, you can not put it down.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Heart's Danger By Colleen Coble



On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.
Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand’s new fiancĂ©e wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.
Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell—the man whose love she craves—and Croftner—the man whose lies have cost her everything.
Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?

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USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater InnRosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

This book three in Coble first series it took ten years to be published. I have read the first two in the series well let me first say I am a fan of Coble's with that being said I'm finding that I'm losing interest in the story, there are six books in this series and only one comes out each month they are very short books about 95-100 pages. I don't like having to wait for the whole story.
If you are super busy and don't have a lot of time to read this series is perfect for you.
If you like romantic suspense you are sure to enjoy this series by Coble/
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy by the publisher for my honest review.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

West For The Black Hills By Peter Leavell



Philip Anderson keeps his past close to the vest. Not many people in Mitchell, a small town in the Dakota Territory, would understand him living with the Sioux Indians who rescued him as a boy. Haunted by the murder of his parents as they traveled West in their covered wagon, he knows it wasn't Indians who killed them, and his many unanswered questions about that night still torment him. His only desire is to live quietly on his homestead and raise Arabian horses. Until he meets Anna, a beautiful young woman with secrets of her own. Is it his eery and unusual wolf eyes that draw Anna to him? Falling in love was not part of his plan. Can Philip open his heart and tell her how he feels before it's too late? With Anna a pawn in the corrupt schemes brewing in Mitchell, Philip is forced to become a reluctant gunslinger even as his inner battle gets in the way. Will Philip's uncannily trained horses and unsurpassed sharpshooting skills help him free Anna and find out what really happened to his family out there in the wilderness?

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Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history, was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest, and 2013 Christian Retailing's Best award for First-Time Author. Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. For entertainment, he reads historical books, where he finds ideas for new novels. Whenever he has a chance, he takes his wife and two homeschooled children on crazy but fun research trips. Learn more about Peter's books, research, and family adventures at www.peterleavell.com.

I liked Gideon's Call Leavell's first book but let me say I'm not a western fan normally. So because I liked the first book this author wrote I had to read this one. I did find it to be entertaining and very well written.
A little touch of romance and the western feel was not all that bad to me. I like the Christian aspect that comes across in the story.
This book is very rich in history from page one.
I would say that this is a 4 star book and western lovers will enjoy this book. This is just book one in the Dakota Sunrise series keep a look out for book two.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.