Thursday, October 29, 2015

When God Calls us to Dangerous Places By Kate McCord

"Perhaps that’s the greatest reason why He calls us to dangerous places: so that we will know His astonishing, sacrificial, life-restoring love.”
Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places is about what is lost and what is gained when we follow God at any cost.
Soon after 9/11, Kate McCord left the corporate world and followed God to Afghanistan—sometimes into the reach of death. Alive but not unscathed, she has suffered the loss of many things: comfort, safety, even dear friends and fellow sojourners.
But Kate realizes that those who go are not the only ones who suffer. Those who love those who go also suffer. This book is for them, too.
Weaving together Scripture, her story, and stories of both those who go and those who send, Kate considers why God calls us to dangerous places and what it means for all involved.
It means dependence. It means loss. It means a firmer hold on hope. It can mean death, trauma, and heavy sorrow. But it can also mean joy unimaginable. Through suffering, we come closer to the heart of God.
Written with the weight of glory in the shadow of loss, Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places will inspire Christians to count the cost—and pay it.

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KATE MCCORD worked in Afghanistan for nine years after the fall of the Taliban. During her years in country, she worked as a humanitarian aid worker, delivering projects to benefit the people of Afghanistan. She also learned the local language and developed deep and lasting friendships with local Afghans. After evacuating from her home in Afghanistan, Ms. McCord transitioned into a mentoring, training, consulting and coaching role to other workers serving in the region. Prior to moving to Afghanistan, Ms. McCord worked in the international corporate community as a business process and strategy consultant.Currently, she serves Christ through writing, speaking, mentoring, and conducting workshops and seminars. She is the author of In the Land of Blue Burqas and Farewell Four Waters, both published by Moody Publishers.

This book immediately caught my attention. This isn't your traditional spiritual book. You don't get a list of why God calls us to dangerous places that you would expect. McCord teaches throughout the book by sharing her experiences when she was in Afghanistan. It is a well written and thought out book. Many of us don't even think twice when our local church pushes giving to over seas missions. The book will kindle many things in you. If it doesn't give you a longing to serve God in a deeper and richer way, it will kindle a need to support people who put there own lives on the line to further the Gospel of Christ. I really enjoyed the book from cover to cover. She asks five questions at the end of each chapter that will provoke thought as you search for the answer.
I give this book 4 stars. I highly recommend reading this book. 
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Season to Wed Three Winter Love Stories

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.
Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk
Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.
Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town. After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce . . . or a real wedding of her own.
A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck
Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.
Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade. But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts.
Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt
Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it’s served up on a silver platter?
Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career. Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.
But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.

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Rachel Hauck is an award winning, bestselling author. Her book, The Wedding Dress, was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times, and Once Upon A Prince was a Christy Award finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and two pets and writes from her ivory tower. Visit her online at, Facebook: rachelhauck, and Twitter: @RachelHauck.

Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue. She’s a USA Today bestselling author and has earned RT Top Picks, spots #1 and #4 on her debut publisher’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books list, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final, and other awards. Cheryl loves readers! Join her newsletter at Facebook: CherylWyattAuthor Twitter: @cherylwyatt

Award-winning author Cindy Kirk started writing after taking a class at a local community college. But her interest in the written word started years earlier when she was in her teens.
Cindy confides, "From the time I was a little girl, I thought everyone made up different endings to books, movies and television shows. Instead of counting sheep to go to sleep at night, I made up stories. Only later did I discover not everyone does this. 
I wrote my first book when I was fourteen. It was what would now be considered a young adult romance novel. It was about a girl who was attracted to an older boy (I think he was eighteen) who didn't know she was alive. I made the mistake of letting a teacher read it. Though she said it was good, I could tell by her expression she didn't like it. I threw the pages away and, although I wrote in my diary at sixteen 'I don't know what I'd do if I can't be a writer,' it would be years before I'd attempt to write another novel."
Unlike some writers, Cindy wasn't interested in shorter works of fiction. Once she began writing again, she jumped feet first into book length fiction. She loves reading and writing romance because she believes in the power of love and in happily ever after. An incurable romantic, Cindy loves seeing her characters grow and learn from their mistakes and, in the process, achieve a happy ending.
With over forty published novels under her belt, Cindy has written everything from inspirational romance (romance with a faith element) for Harlequin's Love Inspired and Harper Collins Christian publishing, sexy contemporaries for Harper Collins and books for Harlequin's Special Edition line which fall somewhere in between. She's now writing a series set in Door County for Montlake Romance.
These stories, which take place in the fictional community of Good Hope, Wisconsin, are a perfect fit for someone who enjoys writing emotionally satisfying stories about real people in the context of home and family.
Cindy hopes that once you read her books you'll be able to tell she is an eternal optimist, one who truly believes in the power of love. She invites you to kick off your shoes, pick up one of her books and get to know her.
She and her high school sweetheart husband live on an acreage in Nebraska with their two dogs.

WoW! All three of these novellas were fabulous. They don't link together but they were so good. I never put the book down.
This a five star book two times and one that book lovers should not miss. This book is so full of feel good emotions you can't put it down.
My favorite character was from Serving up a Sweet Heart the last novella in the book by Cheryl Wyatt. I of course love to cook and Meadow is a cater and the kitchen needs some help after the ceiling caves in so the contractor that helps her out was a mean guy in high school but after the Lord gets a hold of him he is a dream come true for most women. You are going to love this one I'm sure.
This would make the reader in your life very happy, Put under their Christmas tree.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Reason to Stay By Kellie Coates Gilbert

As the host of her own television news show, Faith Marin works to expose the truth for her viewers. But in her personal life, she's anchored her world with firm boundaries in order to hide a family history she'd like to forget. Her pro bass fisherman husband Geary's life is an open book, and unfortunately his busybody family doesn't know the meaning of boundaries. Deception and crippling differences soon derail their tender relationship, leading Faith to believe her only option is to end the marriage. But while Faith considers whether divorce is the only answer to their issues, tragedy strikes and her heartrending decision is interrupted. With her life in the balance, Faith finds that the one she has been shutting out may be the very one she cannot bear to lose.
Kellie Coates Gilbert takes readers on an emotional roller coaster as she weaves themes of unexpected trial, self-discovery, and forgiveness in this profoundly honest portrait of the tensions that can break a marriage--and the ultimate healing power of love.

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As a former legal professional, Kellie Coates Gilbert spent nearly twenty-five years working in courtrooms and behind the scenes of some of the largest and most well-known cases in America. She was one of the lead paralegals in the Jack-in-the-Box litigation, where uncooked hamburger resulted in the deaths of several toddlers and made many more critically ill, which is now the subplot of her recently released WHERE RIVERS PART, the second novel in a collection of contemporary women's fiction stories all set in Texas. Her books not only explore the heart issues that matter most to women, but often allow readers an inside peek into her former legal world.

Kellie currently makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a very spoiled 2.7 lb. Yorkie named Emmie Sweetpea.

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I gave this book 4 stars, I recommend this book as well as the other books in the Texas Gold series. They are all really stand alone books ,they are all set in Texas.
A Reason to Stay was a book that I thought was not full of perfect characters that made me like it even more. Geary was such a mommies boy and he was all about his family even after he got married to Faith.
Faith was an independent working women so this made the story worth reading in my opinion.
The story was mainly about Faith coming to grips with her past.  I loved the whole premise.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Cooking By Giada De Laurentiis

Best-selling cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis is picking up where Feel Good Food left off. Filled with even more fresh recipes and day-to-day living strategies, the Food Network superstar shares her year-round approach to living a healthy and happy lifestyle.
     Giada De Laurentiis, one of the most recognizable faces on the Food Network lineup, invites readers to get to know her as never before. The celebrity chef is back with nearly 200 new recipes and helpful advice on everything from hosting a potluck or open house to what to pack along for lunch every day. Drawing on the time-saving tips and healthy eating strategies that keep her functioning at the highest possible level in her roles as working mom, restaurateur, and tv personality, she has assembled a year-round roadmap to vibrant good health and delicious eating. Readers will be inspired to try new ingredients, new wellness practices, and create a wholesome balance between peak nutrition - and the occasional decadent indulgence. Featuring her New Year's cleanse, homemade Christmas gifts, and ideas for every holiday, special occasion, and casual weekend in between, this is Giada’s 365-approach to cooking up a happy life.

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GIADA DE LAURENTIIS is the Emmy Award-winning star of Food Network's Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, and Giada in Paradise; a judge on Food Network Star; a contributing correspondent for NBC's Today show; and the author of seven New York Times bestselling books. She attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant before starting her own catering company, GDL Foods. Born in Rome, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her daughter, Jade.

I must say first that this cookbook by Giada is phenomenal. She did an awesome job putting it together. The book is packed with delicious meals, sides, snacks, and desserts. The pictures of each dish are mouth watering. She tells you if the recipes are vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. It  is also packed with helpful tips. There are a great deal of good things that other cookbooks leave out. For example she tells you what things you should stock up on in your pantry. I cooked two of the recipes for my family. 
The first one was called Skinny Chicken Parm.The dish wasn't hard to make and the ingredients were already in my pantry. Everyone loved it at dinner time and I thought that they were going riot for more when they wanted seconds. 
Giada also thought of our four legged family member when she added Peanut Butter Dog Bone Treats. My little four legged babies loves the treats at the gourmet Stores. Now, I don't have to pay for the expensive treats now that I know how to make them at home. 
The second recipe I used was Citrus Lavender Hand Scrub. It smells so good and is good when used to exfoliate. I will use this cookbook years to come. 
I give this book 5 stars two times. I was given this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Christmas Joy Ride By Melody Carlson

Miranda did not put adventure on her Christmas list, but thanks to her eighty-five-year-old neighbor Joy, that's exactly what she's getting this year. When Joy tells Miranda that she plans to drive an old RV decked out in Christmas decorations from their Chicago neighborhood to her new retirement digs in Phoenix--in the dead of winter, no less--the much younger Miranda insists that Joy cannot make such a trip by herself. Besides, a crazy trip with Joy would be more interesting than another Christmas home alone. Unemployed and facing foreclosure, Miranda feels she has nothing to lose by packing a bag and heading off to Route 66. But Joy has a hidden agenda for their Christmas joyride--and a hidden problem that could derail the whole venture.
No one captures the heartwarming fun of the Christmas season quite like Melody Carlson. Fasten your seat belt, because it's going to be an exciting ride!

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No one captures the heartwarming fun of the Christmas season quite like Melody Carlson. Fasten your seat belt, because it's going to be an exciting ride! Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than two hundred books with combined sales of more than six million. She is the author of the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington's, and The Christmas Cat. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. Learn more at 

 Ready to bring some Christmas Joy to your life? That's exactly what you get when you open this book up.
I read this book in one sitting, I never put it down once I sat down with it.
Of course I have read every book Carlson has written and LOVED them all.
This book was fantastic and I loved Joy and everything she set up along route 66. It is truly a book about Christmas and what Christmas is all about.
You are going to love the set up with Miranda and her new friends Emily and Emily's dad.
I just loved this book and it has me in the mood for Christmas.
This is a 5 star book and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Friday, October 23, 2015

An Endless Christmas By Cynthia Ruchti 2 Book Giveaway!

Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead
of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love
looks different than either imagined.
Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it
were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend,
Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very
wrong when she says, “no.” Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow,
and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just
enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

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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, at, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.
                                                 A MUST READ!!!
I read this book in just a couple of hours and I loved every page.
I was so worried about Micah and Katie but it was all good in the end.
Wish I could spend a Christmas with this family, they were the perfect family we all wish we had.
Just wanted to jump in the pages of this book and never leave.
I gave this book 5 stars but because it was way to short for me and I loved it so much from page one, I wish that is was longer. Based on how short is was. I was left wanting MORE. Cynthia needs to write an Endless book, she is so very talented.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

One More Step By Rachel Wojo

Overcoming obstacles—one step at a time. Life often sends hard things our way: illness, financial struggles, broken relationships, and so many kinds of loss. Sometimes we can’t imagine a way forward. 
How do we keep going when everything is going wrong?
Rachel Wojo has learned that hope rises to greet us when we find the strength to take One. More. Step.
Like you, Rachel has faced experiences that crushed her dreams of the perfect life: a failing marriage, a daughter’s heartbreaking diagnosis, and more. In this book she transparently shares her pain and empathizes with yours, then points you to the path of God’s Word, where you’ll find hope to carry you forward. One More Step gives you permission to ache freely—and helps you believe that life won’t always be this hard. No matter the circumstances you face, through these pages you’ll learn to…
·         run to God’s Word when discouragement strikes
·         replace feelings of despair with the truth of Scripture
·         persevere through out-of-control circumstances and gain a more intimate relationship with Jesus
Rachel identifies the reasons you may tempted to quit and shows you where to find the courage to keep going, one step at a time.
You’re not alone. So don’t give up. God won’t let you down. That’s a promise.
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RACHEL “WOJO” WOJNAROWSKI is a speaker, blogger, wife, and busy mother. In addition to two previous books, she has also written a popular six-week daily Bible reading plan for children, now used by more than 4 million people worldwide. Rachel loves reading, running, and teaching God’s Word. She and her family live in Ohio.
If you ever feel like giving up, this is the book for you! There is great scripture in this book. Have your Bible close by while reading it. This would a great small group Bible study.
Rachel tells you her story, well her testimony if you will, a story that you can connect with.
Rachel shares her wisdom with us in this 5 star book. She shows us how to cope and lets us know that God is always there by our side.
I loved this book from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book and if you have a friend are loved one going through something difficult right now pick them up a copy as well. It's one of those books that you will go back and reread over and over.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Amish Christmas At North Star

Rebekah’s babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, love, and the wonder of Christmas.
Guiding Star
by Katie Ganshert

Curiosity gets the best of Englisher Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?
Mourning Star
by Amanda Flower

Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac Yoder.  Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jacob, an angry Englisher, or someone else?
In the Stars
by Cindy Woodsmall

Kore Detweiler has nursed his broken heart, avoiding North Star after Savilla Beiler suddenly rejected his love.  But when he is called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.
Star of Grace
by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

Andy Danner left North Star to work in construction in a new Amish settlement in Louisiana. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas, and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in an old widower’s life.

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CINDY WOODSMALL is a best-selling author of several works of Amish fiction and a non-fiction book. MINDY STARNS CLARK is a bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Her daughter EMILY CLARK is an MFA student. AMANDA FLOWER authored the Amish Quilt Shop mysteries as Isabella Alan and received an Agatha Award nomination for Maid of Murder. Christy Award winner KATIE GANSHERT is the author of A Broken Kind of Beautiful, three other novels and two novellas.

Get cozy and grab your quilt and hot cocoa for this one.
This was such a treat to read. I liked all four novellas but I have to say my favorite by far was Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert. The stories all link together and you just want to keep on reading, they are put together so well.
You are sure to love the stories of family and love in each of these novella's.
 The Clark's did not disappoint either they really can write, they make a great writing team.
I have to say that Ganshert should write an Amish fiction novel next she really is talented.
This is a must read Christmas book it will get you in the mood for the holidays.
This is a 5 star book. I highly recommend this one. It would sure make a great gift to go under someone's tree.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Promise to Keep By Elizabeth Younts GIVEAWAY!

World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.

When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.
As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.

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Elizabeth Byler Younts is an Air Force officer's wife and a homeschooling mom with two young daughters, currently living in central Pennsylvania. Elizabeth was Amish as a child and after her parents left the church she still grew up among her Amish family and continues to speak Pennsylvania Dutch. Elizabeth is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

Elizabeth's first book SEASONS: A REAL STORY OF AN AMISH GIRL, her Amish grandmother's memoir, was an #1 Amazon Bestseller and winner of a BRAG Medallion. PROMISE TO RETURN, her first novel in the Promise of Sunrise series through Howard Books (Simon & Schuster), is a finalist for a 2014 RITA Award. Through her love for storytelling and her Amish heritage, Elizabeth shares with readers worldwide authentic stories filled with little known Amish history, faith, and romance.

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This was a bit different from the normal  Amish book. It is a bit of Historical Fiction and Amish mixed.
I was intrigued by it just the same. I loved the different issues in this story, a deaf child, and gambling.
This was the first book I have read by new author Younts, but it will not be the last. 
This is a very easy read in fact you will read it in one sitting, its just that entertaining. It seems that we are ready for something new in the Amish genre and you get it with this book.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Murder at the Courthouse By A.H. Gabhart

After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried--after all the man was a stranger--until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.

As Michael works to solve the case it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs.

Bringing with her a knack for creating settings you want to visit and an uncanny ability to bring characters to life, A. H. Gabhart pens a whodunit that will keep readers guessing.

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A. H. Gabhart is Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of many novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, several popular Shaker novels such as The Outsider, The Believer, and The Innocent, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. Ann grew up in a small rural town in Kentucky much like Hidden Springs, but Ann is happy to report nobody was ever murdered on her hometown's courthouse steps. Ann and her husband still live on a farm near that same little town in Kentucky. Learn more at

I have read all of Ann Gabhart's books. I think “Murder At The Courthouse” is the best out of them all. You will fall in love with Michael the main character. You are going to want to climb inside the book and help Michael solve the case. I loved every minute of reading this book. Ann did such a good job writing each page. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who did it. The author keeps you guessing and when you think you have figured it out, you find out you didn't. She adds humor from some of the characters and character interactions that doesn't take away from the story but makes each character seem so real. She even added a little romance to boot. I can't wait to read the next one in the series. I gave this book 5 stars two times. I highly recommend this book. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Intertwined By Jennifer Slattery

Abandoned by hubby for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator finds herself in an altercation with a doctor. Now she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, they soon discover their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance....or is it? This could this be where life begins again.

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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 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.

I want to tell you all something right now, This is a MUST read. I loved this story so much. It had romance, it had loss but is was so full of raw emotion and written so well that you could vividly see each page play out in front of you.
This should be a hallmark movie, it is just that good.
I was so happy at the ending, I really hated seeing it come to an end.
Tammy and Nick are two characters you are going to love. Nick teaches us to keep fighting  for what is right and to never give up.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Christmas Cradle By Charlotte Hubbard

For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night. Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she's starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate. And she isn't sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home.

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support. Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true . . .

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Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.

My long awaited copy of The Christmas Cradle book number six in the Seasons of the Heart finally arrived. I read it as soon as I got it. I was so excited. I have loved every book in this series.
The whole series is so heart warming and exciting to read.
I LOVED the characters so much, I really loved the unexpected ending. This being the last book in this series makes me so sad. But fear not there is a new series coming our way next March.
Hubbard is such a loving writer she always writes so you can feel love coming from each page.
The recipes at the end of the book and there are many of them 10 to be exact all look so good I can't wait to try them out on my friends.
I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it. This book is a keeper for my personal book shelf.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Splendor of Ordinary Days By Jeff High

Readers of Jan Karon’s Mitford series and Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country series will fall in love with Jeff High’s funny, heartfelt Watervalley series.

The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennesse, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict…
After a rocky start as Watervalley’s only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans’ emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley.

At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting “Keep Out” notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.  
As Luke struggles to understand Luther’s past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life’s toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice.

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After growing up in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing. He is a three time winner, in poetry and fiction, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in cardiac surgery.

This is book three in the Watervalley Series.
Keep in mind when reading my review, I thought it was a Christian book because the tour was done thru a media outlet that usually does only Christian books. So I was very surprised by the content of this book.
The book has a very slow start. There were more than a few chapters before a plot was clearly developed. I had trouble getting into the book at first. There was also more than a few words in this book that I think should never be in a christian book. The author also wrote about alcohol consumption a few times. With that said the character development was very good. I think everyone has people in there life similar to each character that was in this story. I also like the fact that the book takes place in Mennonite country.
I give this book 3 stars. 
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.