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The Return By Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Return

About the Author       

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing and The Newcomer in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Suzanne is celebrating the release of The Return with a special giveaway! (Click here for the giveaway!)

Four winners will receive one of the prizes below:

  • An Amish Gift Basket and a copy of The Return
  • Amish popcorn sampler and a copy of The Return
  • The Amish Beginning 3 book set series

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

Enter today, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 14. The winner will be announced August 15 on Suzanne’s blog.

Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans, but then she never had to. Not until the night when she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. During her captivity, Betsy faces brutality and hardship, but also unexpected kindness. She draws strength from native Caleb, who encourages her to find God in all circumstances. She finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the intense new feelings this compelling man awakens within her.

Handsome and complex, Hans is greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity and turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. Eagerly, Tessa responds, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. When Betsy is finally restored to the Amish, have things gone too far between Hans and Tessa?

Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women.

 In Book 3 of An Amish Beginnings Series, Author Suzanne Woods Fisher continues following the Amish community on the Pennsylvania frontier. I read this as a stand-alone and was able to follow it okay, so don’t hesitate to read it even if you haven’t read Books 1 and 2.

The Return gives a lot of historical background to the settling of Amish communities in the early days of America. I found this information fascinating, and while it helped to explain many things but did not detract from the story line in any way.

With mystery, intrigue, and romance, this book will appeal to many readers. I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

The Promise of Dawn By Lauraine Snelling

The Promise of Dawn

Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Launches New Immigrant Series

When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn’t an easy life, it wasn’t as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

 I have been reading Author Lauraine Snelling’s immigrant books since the beginning. This book in her newest series is incredible! If you enjoyed her other books you will love this one. It’s a page turner and I found myself saying just one more chapter. I wanted to find out what happened but wasn’t in a rush to end the story.

Full of twists and turns, we once again follow a Norwegian family who has immigrated to the United States. This book depicts the work ethic of these people. I couldn’t have done half of what they did. Snelling does a great job of helping the reader to see the conditions they lived in as well as depicting the area in which they settled.

The characters are well developed, as is the story line. I’m looking forward to book 2!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

The Blessing By Wanda Brunstetter

The Blessing

Return to the Troyer farm where Heidi welcomes six new cooking class students who experience the healing hand of God.

Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi’s table.

During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students—though, this time Heidi’s own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment.

I highly recommend this book! Although this is the second book in the Amish Cooking Class series, it can be read as a stand alone.

I enjoyed returning to Walnut Creek, Ohio! The characters are engaging and well developed, as you would expect from author Wanda Brunstetter. With several new characters, we also get an update on the characters from book 1.

Heartwarming and hopeful, people are faced with life’s trials and not everything goes as smoothly as you would expect. Yet they grow and come together to help each other. Through it all the reader is encouraged to trust God with everything. I’m looking forward to book 3!!

And of course there are some great recipes at the end of the book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

The Fruitcake Challenge by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Fruitcake Challenge

When new lumberjack, Tom Jeffries, tells the camp cook, Jo Christy, that he’ll marry her if she can make a fruitcake, “as good as the one my mother makes,” she rises to the occasion. After all, he’s the handsomest, smartest, and strongest axman her camp-boss father has ever had in his camp—and the cockiest. And she intends to bring this lumberjack down a notch or three by refusing his proposal. The fruitcake wars are on! All the shanty boys and Jo’s cooking helpers chip in with their recipes but Jo finds she’ll have to enlist more help—and begins corresponding with Tom’s mother.

Step back in time to 1890, in beautiful Northern Michigan, near the sapphire straits of Mackinac, when the white pines were “white gold” and lumber camps were a way of life. Jo is ready to find another life outside of the camps and plans that don’t include any shanty boys. But will a lumberjack keep her in the very place she’s sworn to leave?

 I love this book!  Partly because I live in Michigan and partly because I enjoyed the history that author Carrie Fancett Pagels incorporated into the story. And it was just a great book! I mean, who doesn’t like to read about fruitcakes and lumberjacks at Christmas. As always, Pagels doesn’t disappoint.

A heartwarming novella, you’ll find yourself pulling for Tom and Jo. Even when they are pushing each other away. There’s a lot of fun that involves the fruitcake challenge, along with mischief and spunk.  You’ll smell the pine of the trees, hear the laughter of the people in the camp, and be so glad you made the journey to Northern Michigan!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

The Billboard Bride By Monica Mynk

The Billboard Bride

Melanie Turner’s taking stubborn to new heights…

When she discovers her fiance’s infidelity mere minutes before their wedding, Melanie snatches Daddy’s shotgun and climbs a billboard on the farm neighboring the church. As family and friends plead with her, she grows more determined. She’s not coming down until that sorry Stephen climbs up and apologizes. No matter how long it takes. Problem is, Stephen’s not coming, which leaves Kyle Casey in a real bind.

His grandfather left him in charge of the farm, and he’s struggling with the responsibility. And as a permanently suspended ex-pro baseball player, he doesn’t need the publicity her melodrama’s sure to bring. His mind changes when the preacher of the church convinces him that helping Melanie is the right thing to do. While the hours turn into days, he sits with her on the
cramped billboard deck, enjoying her company far more than he should. As they both discover they’ve spent their lives focused too much on self, can this washed-up pro athlete and spoiled-rotten tomboy find a path to peace and renewal?

 What a cute book! If you want something light and fun I highly recommend this. I had trouble putting it down.

With quirky characters that sometimes make you want to shake them, each has a lesson to be learned. Author Monica Mynk does a fantastic job of tying all the quirkiness together for a great ending.

I definitely look forward to reading more from this author!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

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