Friday, April 29, 2016

Close to You By Kara Isaac 5 Books to Giveaway!

A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

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Kara Isaac is a romantic comedy writer who lives in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy, Close To You, is about a disillusioned academic-turned-tour-guide and an entrepreneur who knows nothing about Tolkien who fall in love on a Tolkien themed tour of New Zealand. When she's not working her day job as a public servant, chasing around a ninja preschooler and his feisty toddler sister, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand. She loves to connect with readers on her website, on Facebook at Kara Isaac - Writer and Twitter @KaraIsaac
Close to You is a well written novel. I could not believe that Close to You is Isaac's debut book. It always excites me when I have a chance to review a fresh new author. Isaac did not disappoint. The story was a fun romance that made me smile as I read. The story shows how a relationship with God should play a significate roll in our life. I love how the relationship with Allie and Jackson started with them disliking one another. I was hoping that they would wind up together before the book ended. This book is an excellent Contemporary Christian Romance. I really enjoyed reading it and I am sure you will also.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Longing in Me By Sheila Walsh

Do your desires have you going around in circles? You may be looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places.
You vowed you’d never repeat the same mistakes—yet you find yourself right where you started. What is it that keeps drawing you back into the same old traps? The fact is, your longings are built from the blueprint of your needs: for protection, for love, for God. And those needs aren’t going anywhere.
Sheila speaks candidly about the trials in her life, including the heartache of her first marriage, and intertwines her story with the biblical saga of King David. As both Sheila’s and David’s stories make clear, some cravings are misguided, but they all stem from the same hunger—and they will haunt you until that hunger gets satisfied properly.
If you keep reaching out to the wrong people at the wrong times in your own life, The Longing in Me will help you understand that your cravings are not the problem. It’s where they lead you that makes all the difference.

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Sheila Walsh is an author, speaker and Bible teacher who has sold over 4 million books. Her heart is to show what happens when your real life meets the Word of God. She is the author of the #1 best-selling line of Christian books for little girls, "Gigi, God's Little Princess." Sheila is the creator of Children of Faith and the Gnoo Zoo, a ministry to children that communicates God's love for them. She is the author of several books for women including "Honestly," "Gifts for Your Soul," "Living Fearlessly," and "The Best Devotions of Sheila Walsh", "The Shelter of God's Promises" and her latest book, "God Loves Broken People and those who pretend they're not." As an accomplished musician, Sheila has recently released the CD "Beauty From Ashes." Sheila, her husband, Barry and their son, Christian live in Dallas, Texas.

This book has the capability to transform your life if you will let it.
We are have a longing in us. Sheila spells it out and uses the Bible to teach us God is for us 100 percent and God loves us and welcomes us just as we are.
He will never turn away from us He will never be to busy for us He will stop listening to us and He will never chose to be with someone else rather that us. He is with you right now just as He is with me.
Shelia has written a much needed book for us as Christians today.
I love the stories that Sheila shares through out this book and how transparent she is.
What I would give to get to spend the day just talking to her.
I LOVED this book I gave it 5 stars two times, And I plan to read it many more times. It will stay on my bookshelf.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sister Dear By Laura McNeill

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start.  But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

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Laura McNeil is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.   

This was the first book I have read by this author, I will be reading more.
Sister Dear is a good mystery. McNeill grabbed my attention from the very first page and never let it go. This book has it all secrets, deceit, betrayal, revenge, jealousy and murder. The characters were introduced and well developed. The story is taking place in the present, However, there quite a few flashbacks within the book. When a flashback takes place McNeill has a label in the chapter to let the reader know that it is a flashblack. I was never lost wondering if I was in the present or the past when I was reading. The author did a good  job letting the reader know where they were in the story. 
 I gave this book 4 stars. Mystery lovers might enjoy this one.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Face to Face By Jayme Hull

An indispensable resource on what everyone needs: a mentor
Whether you have a mentor, can’t seem to find one, or haven’t even thought to look, Jayme Hull walks you through every aspect of this critical relationship, including:
  • Its purpose, value, and benefits
  • Marks of a healthy mentoring relationship
  • Initiating, navigating, and even ending a mentorship
  • Becoming a mentor to others
Packed with stories and anecdotes from Jayme’s experience as both a mentor and mentee—plus sprinklings of wisdom on balance, purpose, and change—Face to Face speaks to the heart of young Christian women eager to grow. In her warm, personable style, Jayme offers expert advice on how to journey well with someone further along.

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In the world we live now with cell phones becoming everyone's lifeline and texting, face to face conversations and relationships become less the normal. Face to Face tells why personal relationships and face to face relationships are important. The Author also covers how to be an effective mentor. This book is a good read for anyone who is contemplating on becoming a mentor. Hull gives great insight on the topic of mentoring. I believe our youth today really need people to really step up and show guidance through life.The author also tells of the importance of having a mentor in your life as well. She shares stories from her personal experiences. Through insight and wisdom she guides us through the book. The end of every chapter there are insightful questions that help start us on the mentoring quest. 
I gave this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Soldier Love Story on DVD

A young boy's letter to a soldier serving overseas forever changes lives. Through a series of letters, Jared Marshall and Sgt. Vince Carerra bond over a love of baseball. Jared reveals his loneliness and estrangement from his dad after his parents divorce.

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Soldier Love Story on DVD is a very good movie. It is a great movie for any family movie night. If you are looking for a Christian DVD to add to our library this will make a great addition. The movie is a great romance that is good and clean. The relationship between the soldier (Vince) and little boy (Jared) is very heart warming. Jared, however, is my favorite character. Jared does everything in his power to make sure his single mother finds love with Vince. Enough can not be said of how the movie incorporates God and faith into the movie. Soldier Love Story is a touching movie with some tear jerking moments. 
I give this movie 5 stars
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Guilding the Waters By Cathy Richmond

Wade Hampton Alexander spiffed up his resort hoping investors will build a fashionable new hotel. He surely doesn't need some city girl, even a glowing specimen of womanhood, casting aspersions on his spring water. Delighted with Miss Easterly's investigation, President Roosevelt commissions Wade as her bodyguard on her travels through Virginia. Who will win… her stubbornness or his heart?

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I was busy raising a family, working as an occupational therapist, and trying to remember where I hid the chocolate, when a song sparked a story within me. The journey to publication has been long, but full of blessings - especially encouraging words from readers! I'd love to hear from you! Email me from my website or stop by my Facebook page Blessings!
Gilding The Water is a lovely novel that is wonderful charming romance with a little wit added in. Every time I took a break from reading to do my daily Chores I found myself wandering back to the book to see what would be the next thing to happen. The book was a very good read that at times had me laughing out loud. You can tell that the author did her research before writing the novel. The characters in the book were well rounded and very well developed.
I gave this book 4 stars. Check this one out. Let me knowhow you like it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Country Cooking From A Redneck Kitchen By Francine Bryson

Few people know that national pie champion Francine Bryson got her start on the cooking contest circuit at age sixteen with a savory stuffed pork loin—that won first place. In Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen, Francine invites you into her home to share recipes for everything that graces her Southern table: chicken dinners, savory pies, Sunday suppers to serve the preacher, make-and-take casseroles, dips and other redneck whatnots, backyard barbecue favorites—and, of course, three chapters devoted to her celebrated baked goods, including her most-requested holiday sweets. Feeding people is what Francine loves to do, and here are simple instructions for 125 dishes with 60 color photographs to help you to bring her Southern charm to your table.

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FRANCINE BRYSON is the author of the bestselling Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen, a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award finalist and Okra Pick. She has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was the runner-up and crowd favorite on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. Bryson, a member of the American Pie Council, lives with her husband in Pickens, South Carolina.

I have been cooking from this cookbook for the past few days, it is marvelous. I have all the ingredients in my pantry.  The flavors are out of this world.
Now this is not a low calorie cookbook it's southern food so its not fat free.
If you love to cook and bake with ingredients that you already have on hand then this is your cookbook.
The pictures in this cookbook are great there are not a lot of them but those that are in the book are great.
Easy to do cooking. Great tasting.
I gave this cookbook 4 stars. I highly recommend this cookbook.
I was given a copy of this cookbook by the publisher for my honest review.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Flight of Arrows By Lori Benton 4 Book Giveaway!

Hearts are Divided Loyalties Will Be Tested
The Fates of Two Families Hang in the Balance
Twenty years past, in 1757, a young Redcoat, Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn boy—the lighter-skinned of Oneida twins— during the devastating fall of Fort William Henry and raised him as his own.
No one connected to Reginald escaped unscathed from this crime. Not his adopted daughter Anna. Not Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son back. Not Two Hawks, William’s twin brother separated since birth, living in the shadow of his absence and hoping to build a future with Anna. Nor Lydia, who longs for Reginald to be free from his self-imposed emotional prison and embrace God’s forgiveness— and her love.
Now William, whose identity has been shattered after discovering the truth of his birth, hides in the ranks of an increasingly aggressive British army. The Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals, aided by Oneida warriors including Two Hawks, rally to defend it. As the Revolutionary War penetrates the Mohawk Valley, two families separated by culture, united by love and faith, must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks of their enemies.
Book 2 in the Pathfinder Series

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Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace.

Lori's debut novel, Burning Sky, earned the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.

Four (4) books fell of the truck and I am giving them away to  four people who leave a comment below and share this review on Facebook , twitter or instagram.

Lori Benton is good at what she does which is writing historical fiction novels. While reading you can feel the amount of research she did before writing the story. The character development carries from the first book. There are events in each character's lives that is life changing. This is a Christian story that has an untold theme of faith and forgiveness with a little bit of clean romance. The book is the second in a series, however, it can be read as a stand alone book. 
I give this book 4 stars. If you like historical reads give this one a try.
I was given a copy of this book by Wynn Wynn Media for my honest review. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Song of Silence By Cynthia Ruchti

Charlie and Lucy Tuttle are committed to each other for life, but that life isn’t turning out quite like they expected. Charlie retired early, but Lucy planned to continue in her position as a music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school indefinitely. And then the day came when she was forced to retire. Lucy was devoted to the program her father started years ago and now she can only watch as it disintegrates before her eyes. The longer she is separated from the passion of her heart, the more the music fades from her life and she wonders if her faith’s song is fading too. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through award-winning novels, novellas, devotionals, nonfiction, and through speaking events for women and writers. She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 43 years and loves on her three kids and five grandchildren. Cynthia 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 fifteen already on the shelves. Her books have been honored with two Selah Awards, three Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and awards from CAN Golden Scrolls and AWSA Golden Scrolls, as well as finalist and top honors in awards programs such as ACFW's Carol Awards, ForeWord Book Reviews Book of the Year, RT Reviews Book of the Year, Family Fiction's Book of the Year, Cascade Awards Book of the Year, and Inspirational Readers' Choice, among others. You can connect with her at, at, at, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.

Loving music like I do and sharing it with my best friend, this book was fantastic.What an emotional read, but I did not expect anything different for Ruchti. I hung on ever word and I loved Lucy and was in her corner until the very last page.
I love the characters so much, they were so real to me.
Working with special needs kids would be like a dream for me. This book had it all.
I finished this book as soon as I opened it up and started reading it. This would make a fantastic book club read.
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.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cold Shot By Dani Pettrey

Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet--until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern--a young social justice lawyer missing since spring--and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

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Dani Pettrey is the bestselling author of the Alaskan Courage series and winner of the 2014 Daphne du Maurier award for Inspirational Novel, the 2014 Christian Retailing's Best Award for Suspense, and the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel. She and her husband reside in the DC Metro area. She can be found online at

Cold shot is the perfect mix of mystery and romance combined in one book. The characters are well rounded but mostly the story is about two main characters Griffen and Finley. The author writes about the characters in such a way you feel invested in them and want to help. Pettery is so good at creating characters that you love.  Finley is my favorite character because is is a strong and independent female character. I love books that have a strong female lead. I think books should have positive characters that a younger person can look up to. The story captured my attention and I had to keep reading and finish the book. It was so good I couldn't wait to read what happened next, but I hated to see the book come to an end. The best part of the book is the message of God's grace. I really enjoyed this book. I think any fan of romance and mystery will love it as well.
I gave this book 4 stars, I recommend it!
I was given a copy of this book by Side Door Communications for my honest review. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Oscar the Extraordinary Hummingbird By Lisa Smith

Faith filled lessons permeate the book, gently woven from Lisa's experiences. The title story of a gravely injured hummingbird that God dropped into her life demonstrates trust, obedience, the love of the Creator, and finding blessings in brokenness...while pointing to the hand of God around us. “
"Ask the beasts. . . and the birds of the heavens. . .Or speak to the earth. . .and let the fish of the sea declare to you. . .the Lord. . .in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?"” Job 12:7-10

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A long-time Bible student with a passion to help people grasp the depths of God's love, Lisa has been called "the parable teacher". Using stories of everyday life and Creation, she weaves gentle stories of inspiration, hope, and love with the common theme of seeing the hand of God at work.

So many refreshing stories to bless you each day.
This was really a sweet read and I enjoyed the lessons and the clean stories that Smith shares.
This is a book to read each morning on your quite time.
l am surprised that I enjoyed the lessons learned as much as I did. Its a book everyone should read  you just might increase your faith, and enjoy it and share it with those book lovers in your life.
I gave this book 4 stars and I think you will enjoy this little book.
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Simple Pleasures By Marianne Jantzi

Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family s life and Amish community. The mother of four young children, Jantzi writes about her daily routines and heartfelt faith with equal measures of wit and warmth. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, gardening, and helping to manage the family store take up most hours in her day, but Jantzi finds time to pen columns for the Connection, a magazine beloved by Amish and Mennonite readers. Never sugarcoating the frustrations of motherhood, Jantzi tells it like it is, broken washing machine and bickering children and all. But through her busy days, Jantzi finds strength in simple pleasures of family, fellowship with her Amish community, and quiet time with God.
Hear straight from Amish people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes A Day in the Life of the Author and the author s answers to FAQs about the Amish.

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Marianne Jantzi is an Amish writer and homemaker. Formerly a teacher in an Amish school, Jantzi now educates and inspires through her Northern Reflections column for the Connection. She and her husband have four young children and run a shoe store in the Milverton Amish community of Ontario.

Look at that cover don't you just love it!
This book was a little  hard for me to get into for some reason. Its a series of short very short stories about friends coming to visit, the authors kids and husband. Its allover the place.
The stories were a great way to get to know this Amish lady and her family. She was for the most part an open book with her stories. I loved her kids from the start.
It does have some good recipes in the back of the book the Amish can sure cook!
I gave this book 3.5 stars for the choppy writing but I gave it 4 stars for the effort of the stories that were told.
Marianne is a true Amish mother with a huge heart.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Atonement By Beverly Lewis

A Must-Have Novel from the #1 Name in Amish Fiction
The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, who years ago stopped attending the activities for courting-age young people in her hometown of Bird-in-Hand. Now twenty-five and solidly past the age of Amish courtship, Lucy has given up any hope of marriage, instead focusing her efforts on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard Lucy strives, she feels uncertain that she'll ever find redemption.

Dale Wyeth has a deep mistrust of modern-day "advances" and the dependency they create. The young Englisher's interest in living off the grid is fueled further when he meets Christian Flaud, Lucy's father. Dale appreciates the self-sufficient ways of the Old Order Amish, and Christian invites him to learn more about them by staying at the family farm.
As Christian and Dale grow closer, developing a father-son rapport, Lucy begins to question what Dale's being there might mean for her. Could God be testing her? Or is it possible that even the most unworthy heart--and two people from very different walks of life--can somehow find a new beginning?

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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.

My passion for Amish-related stories continues to keep me up at night, and I'm presently editing the 2nd book (The Bridesmaid) in my new series: "Home to Hickory Hollow," due out September 11, 2012.
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.

I fell in love with this story. Such secrets  and true, real , character's. It was so easy to fall into the book.
I never saw the ending coming. It is not a predictable Amish book.
New fresh story from Lewis. Easy and fun read.
Lucy was running from the Lord and she was trying to make things right by works and her selflessness was so refreshing.
I have to say Lucy was my favorite character.
I gave this book 4 stars and I enjoyed it so much. I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Dream of Miracles By Ruth Reid

Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.
Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.
Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.
When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

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Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid Twitter: @authorruthreid

This is book three in the Amish Wonders series, You must read them all three. They can be read as stand alones.
This was the most different Amish book I have ever read. That being said I never put the book down until the very last page.
Child Protective Services being called was not what you would have thought was going to put a twist in this story.
That was the hard part of the story. The romance was sweet. The characters are relatable and easy to relate too.
I can't wait for the next book by Ruth Reid to hit the shelves.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
I was given acopy of this book by the publisher for my honest review. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Man Who Told Us The Truth By Will Davis Jr.

Trying to discover where ultimate truth really begins and ends—if it even exists—can be brutal work. Getting support from someone who has struggled with the same issues is invaluable.
In A Man Who Told Us the Truth, author Will Davis Jr. wrestles with questions of truth and spiritual realities, offering a bridge between spiritually inquisitive people and the person of Jesus Christ.
Written in a language that seekers and the nonreligious will understand, this remarkable book asks the hard questions about faith and invites the reader to give Jesus a fair hearing.
With chapters such has “Let's Talk about Truth,” “The God I Want to Believe (The Truth about God),” and “False Summits (The Truth about Religion),” this powerful tool tackles difficult topics including love, death, heaven, evil, God, and the nature of truth itself.
In the vein of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis and Letters from a Skeptic by Greg Boyd, this book is for anyone who has ever gazed up into a star-filled sky and wondered what it all means.

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Will Davis Jr. is the founding and senior pastor of Austin Christian Fellowship in Austin, Texas, where he and his wife Susie have served since 1993.
He is the author of several books, including Pray Big, 10 Things Jesus Never Said: And Why You Should Stop Believing Them, and Enough: Finding More by Living with Less.
Learn more about Will and Austin Christian Fellowship by visiting and

This book should not be compared to C.S. Lewis by any means.
I have to be honest, I had trouble getting into this book. The first chapter did not capture my attention. In a way it drug out through the entire chapter. I found that while reading my mind would wander away from the book. There is really good information within the book. It explains how to answer questions that friends may have about our faith. It is more of a in your face type read and I have trouble with that type of writing. 
I gave this book 3.5 stars.
I was given a copy of this book by Shelton Media for my honest review.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Covered Bridge Charm By Dianne Christner

Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman—unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle—but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly's plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam's hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize.

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Dianne Christner lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Her Mennonite background brings authenticity to her new contemporary series about the plain people. Before this, she had several historical fictions published. Dianne is a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers of the West, and National Association of Professional Women. She invites you to visit her website and blog.

Covered Bridges Charm is an outstanding read. Christner is so good at writing a story with characters you fall in love with. But my favorite character in the story was Adam. I loved what he did with initials that were carved in the old bridge in the story. It is a heart warming story that I did not want to come to an end. The story is a little different but it's a good different. There are several stories going on at the same time in the book that you have to keep sorted.
I gave this book 4 stars. I recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the Author for my honest review.