Reviews

The Creeper by Teresa Posey Carey

48345549._SX318_Even The Creeper loses things from time to time. How will he recover what he seeks? Find out in rhyme!What begins as a determined search for something important becomes a treasure hunt full of clues and a valuable lesson in searching for that which is lost.Delightful illustrations and endearing rhymes tell a story that teaches subtle lessons in perseverance and diligence.

 

With fun illustrations, the children in your life are going to love this rhyming book. Everybody loses things, including The Creeper. Author Teresa Posey Carey has an entertaining way of traveling with The Creeper to find what was lost. 

Just who is The Creeper? He certainly wasn’t who I thought! And then ending the story with a scripture passage to tie it all together is the cherry on top.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to sharing it with my grandsons.

 

The Amish Marriage Bargain by Marie E. Bast

Amish MarriageWill a baby girl bring them together at last?

She’ll do anything for her niece…Even marry the man who broke her heart.

Nothing can keep May Bender in her Amish hometown—except caring for her baby niece. But the bishop insists that May also marry her widowed brother-in-law, Thad Hochstedler—the beau who jilted her to wed her sister. Can May risk her heart long enough to learn the real reason for Thad’s first marriage…and possibly rediscover their love?

 

Amish marriage of convenience stories are common but this one has angles that make it different from the rest.

Author Marie Bast deals with jealousy, anger, and even hatred in her story about May and Thad. You wonder if there’s any hope for them. Especially with Thad’s mean, meddling mother. Why the bishop allowed her behavior we’ll never know. Yet the characters learn to rely on God, and how to walk out forgiveness giving this book a heartwarming plot. 

The characters are written very well. You can understand why they feel and think the way they do, making this story quite believable. And baby Leah is adorable! If you enjoy Amish fiction then grab a copy of this one.

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

 

Abraham by Jennifer Beckstrand

AbrahamKnown as “The Peanut Butter Brothers” for their Wisconsin family business, hardworking Andrew, Abraham, and Austin Petersheim have their plates too full for romance—until their little siblings decide to play matchmaker . . . 

With their house full to bursting since Mammi and Dawdi moved back in, the Petersheim twins know the only way to get their bedroom back is to get their older brothers married off. But Abraham is so shy, he’ll barely speak to girls. Still, they’ve noticed how he looks at Emma Wengerd at church. Emma is so talkative, Abraham’s quiet ways wouldn’t matter a bit. Soon, the boys have hatched a scheme that sends Abraham right to Emma’s 

door—and her chicken coop . . .

Abraham doubts that pretty, popular Emma would be interested in him. Yet when he finds himself by her side, having to straighten out the twins’ mischief—more than once—he can’t help imagining a future with her. And the more time they spend together, the more Abraham realizes that perhaps no matter how many boys buzz around Emma, with faith, it’s only the right one that counts . . .

I loved this book! Author Jennifer Beckstrand’s second book in The Petersheim Brothers series kept me laughing. With well developed characters you’ll love, this was a heartwarming story of second chances.

Abraham’s twin brothers are incorrigible and adorable and they caused a large part of the laughter throughout the book. Nobody wants to sleep with spiders, so nine year olds make great matchmakers, don’t they? It was good to see the characters of Emma and Abraham develop and grow as the story went on. But I don’t want to give anything away so please, if you enjoy Amish fiction, grab a copy of this one. And if you haven’t read Book 1, Andrew, you’ll want that too. I can’t wait for Book 3! 

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

 

Priceless; A Devotional Cookbook by Vickie Burns

PricelessA Devotional Cookbook Based on Proverbs 31 is a Bible study and cookbook combined. The author, Vickie Burns, takes the reader verse by verse through Proverbs 31, showing them how precious and loved they are. At the end of each day’s study, meal suggestions and recipes are provided to fill their homes with tantalizing aromas and great food. Even young children can help with meal preparation so they learn that dinner doesn’t just magically appear on the table.

For women who’ve read Proverbs 31 and felt inadequate, like they could not possibly live up to God’s description of the perfect woman, Priceless reveals that they have more in common with her than they ever imagined.

“Today’s busy mom rarely finds time to steal a few moments of peace and quiet to spend with the Lord each day,” Vickie says. “On top of that, she most likely does not take the time to flip through endless sections of cookbooks to plan a unique evening meal. Priceless encourages women to view their tasks as God’s call to an abundant life, empowers them by providing a daily word from Proverbs 31, and eases their minds by providing a full menu for the evening meal each day.”

This book is different from any other I’ve read. A cookbook that’s a devotional based on Proverbs 31, I really enjoyed it and look forward to trying the recipes that author Vickie Burns included. Each chapter also includes a reflection and an application, as well as a place to write out your thoughts.

Burns helps women to understand that they are indeed priceless, just as the woman in Proverbs 31. You know, the one that many of us don’t like. You’ll view her differently after you read this unique book. I recommend getting a copy!

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

 

The Amish Wedding Promise by Laura V Hilton

51bq5qHhb-L._SY346_Could this bride’s wedding disaster be a blessing in disguise?

Grace Lantz always imagined her wedding day would be a blissfully happy occasion. But after a tornado swept through town, she finds herself relieved that the ceremony is delayed. After all, her groom-to-be hasn’t even bothered to check on her. Instead, it’s the handsome volunteer Zeke Bontrager who selflessly offers Grace his strong shoulders to lean on.

Zeke came to Hidden Springs to assist a community in need. He didn’t expect to meet his soul mate. Determined to ignore his feelings, Zeke promises to help reunite kind, beautiful Grace with her groom. But after spending time together, Grace confesses that she might not want to marry her fiancé after all. Can Zeke convince her that her true love is standing right in front of her? And can she find the courage to follow her heart?

Goodness, this book went in a way I never expected and kept me reading to see what would happen to who next.

Author Laura Hilton’s story is a great balance of humor and seriousness. It never felt like a light fluffy book, nor did it stay heavy for long, even though some difficult topics were discussed. The characters were very well written and life like, and I really enjoyed getting to know them.

Heartwarming, with lots of brothers and wedding food, I highly recommend it!

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

 

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