Previous – 2017

I’ll Push You; A Journey of 500 Miles By Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck

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“Two best friends, 500 miles, one wheelchair, and the challenge of a lifetime.

Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were best man in each other’s weddings. When Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there, helping to feed and care for him in ways he’d never imagined. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin.

So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”

I’ll Push You is the real-life story of this incredible journey. A travel adventure full of love, humor, and spiritual truth, it exemplifies what every friendship is meant to be and shows what it means to never find yourself alone. You’ll discover how love and faith can push past all limits—and make us the best versions of ourselves.”

 This book is truly a must read for everyone. One of the best books I’ve read this year! Yes, it’s the story of two friends traveling the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I’ve seen documentaries of the Camino, so could have some slight understanding of what was ahead for these men. But it’s so much more!

I’ll Push You takes the reader on a personal journey with Gray and Skeesuck. They share their intimate thoughts, fears, and failures with us. To see their unconditional love for each other as best friends is truly a gift.

Author Patrick Gray shares the raw feelings he has when he views himself as a father and husband. I won’t go into that because I don’t want to spoil the story he tells but it definitely made me look at my life as a wife and mother.

Needing help with everything physical, Author Justin Skeesuck teaches us how to depend on others with grace and even with humor.

A powerful story of community, do yourself a favor and read this story. It will change your outlook on life.

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

 

Finding Love: A Maple Run Novel By Toni Shiloh

Finding Love

“Delaney Jones has finally started to pick up the pieces of her shattered life after the death of her husband, Parker. Just as she adjusts to a new normal, in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. When she finally makes the decision to trust him, the world deals her a heavy blow.

Sergeant First Class Luke Robinson can’t get over his part in the death of Delaney’s husband. Hoping to assuage his guilt, he offers to lend a hand. He never counted on the feelings she evokes with just a smile. Will his secrets widen the gulf, or will he finally find absolution?”

First, let me say that although this is Book 2 in the Maple Run series, I haven’t read Book 1 but was able to understand what was going on just fine. What it did was make me curious about Book 1.

Yes, this is a contemporary romance story but it’s more than that. This is a sweet story about finding love, overcoming fear, forgiving one’s self, and growing in God. With solid characters that are vulnerable, real, and sometimes funny, Author Toni Shiloh isn’t afraid to take on a relationship that is inter-racial, and she does it with style.

Because Luke is military, as is Delaney, Shiloh gives us insight into military life and went deep into the fears that can go with it. I truly appreciated seeing this side of life. I’m not from a military family so I learned some things along the way.

I highly recommend Finding Love and I hope it makes you hungry for maple, too!

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

 

Rebecca’s Bouquet Lisa Jones Baker

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“The last thing Rebecca Sommer dreamed her plan to wed would bring is a heart-wrenching choice. She thought she and her betrothed, William, would spend the rest of their lives in Illinois’ heartland, raising a family in their close-knit Amish hometown. But when he must travel far out of state to save his ailing father’s business, Rebecca braves her relatives’ disapproval—and her own fears—to go work by his side. And though she finds herself ever more in love with the dedicated, resourceful man he proves to be, William’s growing interest in English ways may be the one challenge even her steadfast faith can’t meet…

William knows he couldn’t ask for a more loyal wife-to-be. And the bravery that helps Rebecca tackle every obstacle makes her even more admirable. He simply won’t ask her to sacrifice her deepest beliefs, no matter how right they are for each other. But the patience and care that crafted Rebecca’s hope chest is somehow showing them there’s more than one way prayers can be answered—and hearts brought together forever…”

First book in the Hope Chest of Dreams series, Author Lisa Jones Baker does a great job of showing that adults can stay true to their beliefs, even when helping people who believe differently than they do. We see the human side of William and Rebecca as they struggle with decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.

A clean romance with a bit of a mystery thrown into the story, the outcome was not at all what I expected. You’ll keep turning the pages to find out who done it!

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

 

#truth By Josh McDowell

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“This daily devotional from Josh McDowell unpacks spiritual truths that will inspire, challenge, and fuel your soul every day of the year–from January 1 to December 31.
Practical and relevant, each month of devotional readings shares a common theme—

January: THE TRUTH THAT GOD EXISTS
February: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD’S WORD
March: THE TRUTH ABOUT ORIGINAL SIN
April: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD BECOMING HUMAN
May: THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST’S ATONEMENT FOR SIN
June: THE TRUTH ABOUT JUSTIFICATION THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
July: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIVING THE TRANSFORMED LIFE
August: THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS’ BODILY RESURRECTION
September: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRINITY
October: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD’S KINGDOM
November: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CHURCH
December: THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST’S RETURN.

Truth Is. . . 365 Youth Devotions Connecting Life and Faith will lead you to understand the truths of God and how living them out is beneficial in your everyday life.”

A daily devotional for teens, this book is laid out with one devotion per day, each a page in length. The topics are set one per month, with a daily devotional based on that topic each day of the month. Each day is a situation that may be faced in life and includes scripture to go with it, the truth of the situation, and a prayer that can be used.

Author Josh McDowell does a great job of connecting with teens and speaking straight to them. This book would be a great gift for the young person in your life!

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

 

A Name Unknown By Roseanna M. White

A Name Unknown

“Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family’s German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?”

If you appreciate fiction based around The Great War, then you’ll want to read A Name Unknown. Solid primary characters, as well as well-rounded secondary characters, give this book depth as does Author Roseanna White’s knowledge of history. I learned some new things about the time period, and that’s always enjoyable. I will admit the story started out slow for me, but stick with it. You’ll be glad you did!

Character Rosemary Gresham, headstrong and intelligent, grows and changes as the story progresses. And what about Peter? Is he as he appears to the locals? You’ll have to read it to find out!

The Christian message is woven throughout this clean story without coming across as preachy. With mystery, romance, and suspense, this book would appeal to a wide variety of book lovers, so I encourage you to read this first book in the Shadows Over England series.

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

 

His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County By Shelley Shepard Gray

His Guilt

“New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County series—a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…

Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty.  But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?”

Although this is Book 2 in the Amish of Hart County Series, His Guilt is a stand-alone. I haven’t read Book 1 and had absolutely no problem understanding Book 2. That said, Wow. Author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers with this story. If you enjoy non-traditional Amish stories, who-dun-its, or suspense, you need to read this!

Gray brings in the history of the Horse Cave, Kentucky, which I found interesting as I have never been there and didn’t realize it was an actual place. She also isn’t afraid to address the subject of both drug and domestic abuse, and the stigma that goes with them. Through it all, God is reaching out with forgiveness and mercy.

Lots of twists, turns, and suspense will leave you wondering who to believe and who to trust. I highly recommend this book!

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

 

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca’s Plight  by Susanne Dietze

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“Looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach, mail-order bride Rebecca Rice is pleased to marry her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham, until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore—proceeded by the title Deputy.

Is it possible to marry the wrong man?

When the newlyweds realize they’ve married the wrong partners with similar names, an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own, not to mention Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad wasn’t the right husband for her all along. . . .”

What a fun, clean book! Author Susanne Dietze does a great job of letting you into the lives of her characters. Mayhem ensues when mail-order bridge Rebecca lands in Ruby City and marries the man of her dreams. Or so she thinks.

With a lot of twists and turns, the story will keep you turning the pages to see how things are going to work out. Personalities are well developed, and the story is light and charming. Old fashioned manners are practiced, and the main characters learn to trust God with their lives.

If you enjoy western fiction mixed with romance you will enjoy your visit to Ruby City.

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

 

Free to Lean; Making Peace With Your Lopsided Self By Joselyn Green

Free to Lean

“Do you feel like you have a lopsided life? Good. You’re normal! Instead of constantly trying to “fix” our lives by achieving some perfect balance that doesn’t exist, let’s dump the guilt and admit that we need to lean into God. His perfect plan for us includes seasons of life when we may be more focused on caring for our children or our elderly parents, working for pay, or volunteering at church. Free to Lean gives you permission to recognize the season you’re in and live in harmony with it.”

Balance can be such a struggle for us as women. Many of us work full time. Care for a home and family. Volunteer. Run kids to soccer practice. Take the dog to the vet. So many good things pulling on our time but yet we’re afraid to say “no”. Guilt piles up and life is affected.

Author Joselyn Green shows us that it’s okay to say “no”. But more than that, it’s okay to lean. Lean into God and embrace the season you’re in right now. With refreshing honesty about her life, we discover that we’re not alone. You’ll feel welcomed and invited to join her in this lopsided life. You’ll laugh, and maybe cry, as truth sinks in.

I used this as a devotional and so much of it has been highlighted so I can go back and reread what struck me the most. Such as the fact that “our purpose is not our identity.” Refreshing! I strongly encourage you to read Free to Lean. It really will be life changing.

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

 

Gladden the Heart By Olivia Newport

 Gladden the Heart

“When you have experienced the Holy Ghost as I have, you would see that it is difficult to turn back.”

“When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the staid customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive question: What is a genuine spiritual experience?

The question turns personal when Susanna’s beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna’s intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.

Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of a controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith..  Now they must grapple with whether love is possible…even if they come to different conclusions.

When Noah goes missing at a time of day when he often preaches while asleep, circumstances thrust community members with divergent opinions into a crisis that demands they recognize the humanity they share regardless of beliefs.  But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?”

Author Olivia Newport puts a new spin on the Amish community in this book with tent revivals and sleeping preachers. Can the Amish really have a genuine spiritual experience? With her knowledge of Amish history, Newport delves into this.

Strong, well-developed characters make this book even more interesting. There is some romance but to me it was more historical than anything and I enjoyed learning several new things!

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

 

A Letter from Lancaster County By Kate Lloyd

A Letter from Lancaster County

“Two Sisters Get a Second Chance at Life and Love

Angela
Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.

Rose
Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?

When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.

Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.”

The first book in the Lancaster Discoveries series, Author Kate Lloyd bounces the story between two sisters, Angela and Rose. Seen from each perspective, the reader realizes that life is like that. Two people can see the same situation but from entirely different viewpoints.

Kate isn’t afraid to address such things at temptation and forgiveness, but does it very well; she doesn’t just write what people may want to hear but gives the truth.

Tension and second chances, this is a book worth reading if you enjoy Christian fiction that encompasses both the English and Mennonite world.

Learn more about the book, author Kate Lloyd, and enter a sweet giveaway! Click here for information!

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

 

 

With You Always By Jody Hedlund

With You Always

 

“When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She’s had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children’s Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn’t want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.

The son of one of New York City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother’s shadow and is determined to win his father’s challenge. He doesn’t plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.”

If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll enjoy Book 1 in Author Jody Hedlund’s Orphan Train series. I learned several things I had never heard about, including women being moved west to help settle new towns along the rail line by becoming seamstresses, cooks, etc.

Hedlund does a very good job of portraying the tough time of the late 1800s, especially for immigrants, while showing that there is always hope and that God is always present. There were a couple of surprising twists in this story and it doesn’t wrap up neatly at the end, as most books do, leaving some things open for Book 2. I can’t wait to read that one! A page turner, I highly recommend With You Always.

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

 

The Lies We Believe By T.K. Chapin

The Lies We Believe

:A daughter, a cult, a secret.

When Ron Fields heard the news his only daughter Emily had joined the new age cult Lighthouse, he was devastated. Ron decides to keep quiet on his feelings about his daughter’s choice, a decision which changes his life forever…

The lies we tell are often thought to be innocent…
…but the lies we believe can sometimes be deadly.

From the best-selling Christian suspense author T.K. Chapin comes a story that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.”

Author T.K. Chapin hit a home run with this one! Full of twists and turns, you won’t know who to trust! At one point I thought I had it figured out. Boy, was I wrong! Lots of suspense and drama, with a bit of romance, I will say that as a parent this was a little tough to read. It could be anyone’s family.

A story of God’s faithfulness, love and mercy, this is a great read if you enjoy clean suspense that keeps you turning “just one more page”!

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

 

In His Eyes By Stephenia H. McGee

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“Her heart sought shelter. Her soul found home.

Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer’s widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child.

Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conquer.”

 If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll love this newest book by Author Stephenia H. McGee. Post civil war south, Stephenia doesn’t dodge the uncomfortable issues of the time.

A wonderful portrayal of God’s mercy, character Ella Whitaker shows His heart for those considered “less than” in society. We see that all people are worthy and loved by the Father. In His Eyes we all have value.

The characters are well developed and you’ll feel as if you know them personally as they grow both personally and spiritually. The setting is described in such a fabulous way; you’ll be able to see the homes, the town, etc. Add this book to your To Be Read list. You’ll be glad you did!

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

 

An Amish Summer – 4 Novellas

An Amish Summer

A new novella collection of sweet, summer romances from some of my favorite Amish authors. Short and quick to read doesn’t mean boring!

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray

“When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?”

This one was a surprise. The storyline didn’t go the way I thought it would. Graham learns that honesty is always the best policy, while Sherry and Sharon learn about forgiveness. A fun romance with a twist, Author Shelley Shepard Gray never disappoints!

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston

“Ariana is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna’s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse’s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna’s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.”

Trust is betrayed as Author Amy Clipston writes about a subject seldom mentioned in the Amish community. This story will remind you that people can change. That with God, they can start over. Arianna and her father also learn that judging people, based on what you think you see, is wrong. A wonderful short story of redemption.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller

“Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known—and loved—her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change.”

We should never comparing ourselves to another, or feel that we don’t measure up, as Author Kathleen Fuller shows us in this novella. Struggling with jealousy, Esther learns that she has value, that she isn’t unlovable. And that God has great things for her; she just needs to be patient. A great reminder for all of us!

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin

“Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and share one sweet kiss.”

 Sometimes we try to fill roles we aren’t called to fill. Caregiver, Fixer, etc. Author Kelly Irvin takes us into the lives of Jacob and Martha who are trying to do just that. The problems this cause looks insurmountable, but God, as we see, surprises us sometimes. A wonderful story of healing and forgiveness.

 

The Road to Paradise By Karen Barnett

The Road to Paradise

“An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainer National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow.

But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.

When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?

Karen Barnett’s vintage national parks novels bring to vivid life President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for protected lands, when he wrote in Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter: “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

 What an enjoyable book! Set in Mount Rainer National Park, Author Karen Barnett, who was a seasonal park ranger herself, does a fabulous job of putting you in the park. You can hear the birds, feel the breeze….see the rodents?? Margie loves nature and is determined to save the park, which I’m sure comes from Karen’s heart.

Lots of adventure, some romance, and references to writings by real naturalists, there is also the spiritual growth of the characters that learn how to forgive and move on past the tough things in life. You’re going to want to pack up the kids and head for the park! I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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

 

Uncommon By Carey Scott

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“Uncommon is a battle cry for women to step out of the ordinary and live differently. 
It’s a blueprint for a life full of passion and purpose. And it has the power to change everything.

Carey Scott, author, speaker, and certified Biblical Life Coach, invites you to journey alongside her as she introduces you to women from the Word who chose to live uncommon lives even in the toughest circumstances. From stepping into scandalous situations to breaking cultural norms to risking the departure of a comfortable life, you will discover hope and motivation to live God’s way in a world that screams, “Tuck your faith away! Just be normal like everyone else!”

Now more than ever, it’s time to step into something new. . .something life-changing and life-giving. God is asking you to shine Him into a world that needs to know there is a better way to live. And when you say yes to becoming uncommon, it’s a radical act of obedience to the One who created you to be extraordinary.  Uncommon offers personal stories, insights, life lessons, questions for further reflection, and biblical support written especially for women.

With authenticity, vulnerability, humor, refreshing boldness and anchored in the Beatitudes, Uncommon will empower you to rise up. . .to reject the common. . .to embrace your calling. . . and to live in a way that points others to God. Buckle up, friend. It’s time to be uncommon.”

Author Carey Scott encourages us to live an uncommon life, don’t settle for ordinary. Shine for God in the way He wants to use you; be courageous! Written with humor and honesty, you’ll want to say Yes! And welcome God’s call on your life.

Each chapter shares scripture and stories about courageous women from the Bible. Questions at the end of the chapter will have you thinking about being Uncommon. This book would make a great small group study.

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

 

Adorned By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Adorned

“Woman to woman. Older to younger. Day to day. Life to life. This is God’s beautiful plan.

The Titus 2 model of older women living out the gospel alongside younger women is vital for us all to thrive. It is mutually strengthening, glorifies God, and makes His truth believable to our world.

Imagine older women investing themselves in the lives of younger women, blessing whole families and churches. Imagine young wives, moms, and singles gaining wisdom and encouragement from women who’ve been there and have found God’s ways to be true and good. Imagine all women—from older women to young girls—living out His transforming gospel together, growing the entire body of Christ to be more beautiful.

This is Christian community as God designed it. Read this book and take your relationships to new depths, that your life might find its fullest meaning as you adorn the gospel of Christ.”

 Based on Titus 2, where the older women are instructed to teach the younger, author Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth does a wonderful job of bringing this teaching to the current times. She encourages the older women to invest their time into the younger women, and the younger women to learn from the wisdom of those older than they.

This book is broken down into three main sections, each encouraging us to be the women God intended us to be, aging beautifully, having our life under control, and being a loving woman in the home. Fundamental teaching in how to live life to the fullest, I highly recommend every Christian woman read this.

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

 

Home on the Range By Ruth Logan Herne

Home on the Range

“Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his family’s large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions—but his toughest job is being a single dad. As a child he watched his father fail at marriage and parenting, so Nick was determined to show him up. He’d be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nick’s wife left him, he has a daughter in trouble at school and both of his girls are facing issues that force him to rethink his stubborn plans.

For Dr. Elsa Andreas, life fell apart when tragedy caused her to abandon her family therapy practice and retreat to the backwoods of Gray’s Glen. Her school principal sister believes Elsa can guide the Stafford girls and that working with kids will draw Elsa out of her protective bubble.

Summer on the Double S teems with life and adventure. Amid the bounty of God and land, will Nick and Elsa find the courage to build futures based on faith rather than fear?”

Book 2 in Author Ruth Logan Herne’s Double S Ranch Series, this can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read Book 1, but was able to follow the story line. It did refer to some happenings in Book 1 but it was fairly easy to figure out what had happened.

Believable characters who draw you in, this story confronts both the good and bad of life. The author does a great job of handling what is really PTSD in one individual, explores the dangers of substance abuse, and shows the healing possible after divorce when God is allowed to work.

Summer is a busy time on a ranch and children and baby animals abound to help make this an enjoyable read. I loved the different personalities in this story and am looking forward to reading Book 3.

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

 

The Substitute Bride By Carrie Fancett Pagels

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“A Christmas Carol meets It’s A Wonderful Life

A letter for Sonja’s deceased friend arrives at the post office in Michigan, and with it a proposal. With her father threatening to kick her out of his home, Sonja impulsively responds, offering to travel west to be a substitute bride. At the same time, Louis’s railroad promotion sends him back to Michigan, the one place on earth he’d hoped to never return—where Christmas past was full of pain. A mysterious stranger leaves him marked copies of “A Christmas Carol” as he considers romancing Sonja in Christmas present. Will Louis discern the best choices for Christmas future? Does it include the Poor House, again? Even so—will God bring healing and love to him this year?”

What a heart-warming novella! With a bit of mystery and romance, Author Carrie Fancett Pagels does a wonderful job of helping the reader see that God has a purpose for their life, and man can’t change that.

Taking place in Shepherd, Michigan, this story is full of rich history. I could see how the mail was delivered in that day, and I could see the poor house that so many lived in. While life was difficult, the narrative is full of hope for the future, and healing of hearts. And who doesn’t love a Christmas story? This book will be enjoyed by anyone who likes a light romance, as well as those who are looking for a book with history.

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

 

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island By Carrie Fancett Pagels

My Heart Belongs On Mackinac Island

“Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother’s family for generations, Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans, posing as a wealthy industrialist, pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel.  While undercover, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude—and he digs deep for his story.

But when scandal threatens, will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed?”

 Set in my beautiful state of Michigan on Mackinac Island, I loved that Author Carrie Fancett Pagels did her homework and portrayed the island true to form. Even including the lovely lilacs it’s known for! It was tough to see the class differences on the island but that was very real for its day and Carrie didn’t shy away from what would have happened and how people in all classes would have responded to situations.

Full of twists, turns, and intrigue, I was immediately pulled into this story. The characters of this book are very believable and they learn that trusting God is so very important. It was great to see growth portrayed as they learned this lesson, and to see how it affected their decisions.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by this author!

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

 

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? I’ve Got Questions By Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies

“Kids ask a lot of questions. Some silly and some innocent. Some deep and some serious. The books in the I’ve Got Questions series address many of those childlike questions and offer satisfying answers. The content is lively and fun, yet meaningful and respectful of a child’s inquisitive mind. While the books have a strong educational component, the deeper purpose is to show parents how they can respond to their child’s questions with patience and love. Illustrations feature multicultural characters both male and female.

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? answers questions about animals. Children learn about starfish, elephants, bears, stars, earthworms, eagles, trees, and heaven, while absorbing the underlying themes of God’s love and grace and a parent’s love for a child.”

This charming book is written in poem format which is sure to attract young children, up to about seven years old. Questions are written in the whimsical style that children often use. A variety of animals are talked about, among them the kangaroo, ladybug, and giraffe. The illustrations are playful and very colorful.

In the book the child is told that they have the ability to learn; that learning is fun and our world is interesting. Also there is a wonderful reminder that He cares for every creature. I really recommend adding this book to your child’s library.

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

 

Child of Dust by Shoba Sadler

Child of Dust

Beautiful but spoilt Vietnamese socialite, Cao Kim Lye, learns of her parents shocking death from the dashing Amerasian family chauffeur, Bryan Nguyen.

Kim steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of working-class Hanoi. She finds herself living under the roof of a shop cum living quarters with Bryan and his adoptive family.

Ever conscious of the privileged class, Kim struggles against the emotional ties she forms towards Bryan, the reluctant saviour, who considers her an unnecessary hitch to his already complicated life.

He still bears the scars of abandonment by his mother and his American GI father when U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam.

Eventually Bryan and Kim’s powerful attraction to each other begins to break down the wall between them.

I will be honest, this is not the type of book I normally read, but Author Shoba Sadler was aware of that when she asked me to read it. I don’t know the culture of Vietnam, but Sadler did a great job of weaving explanations into the story line so I was well able to understand what was happening and why.

Not your typical love story, but a romance just the same with the gospel message subtly woven through it, both characters are forced to face things about themselves, partly through the uncomfortableness of social classes.

The story wasn’t always easy for me to read, and it does include some cuss words, but it was extremely well written and worth the read for those who enjoy modern day, cross cultural romances.

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

 

Abiding Mercy By Ruth Reid

 Abiding Mercy

“Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents’ restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community—and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon.

When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.

But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question.

Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?”

 The characters in Abiding Mercy have been skillfully developed and draw you into the story right away. You will find yourself pulled emotionally by both the Amish and the English world as events unfold in Faith’s life. I actually found myself battling with how I wanted the story to resolve, and the ending is written perfectly!

A plot filled with twists and turns, Author Ruth Reid leaves you wondering what in the world will happen next. Through it all is the reminder that God is always with us, guiding and encouraging us on the path of life. This is definitely not a “traditional” Amish story.

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

 

 Embracing Hope By Janell Butler Wojtowicz

Embracing Hope

“Christian college dean Drew McKinley mourns his dead wife and still wears his wedding ring.

He stumbles on a desperate journey to understand God’s motives for her tragic death. Crossing his perilous path is Allison, a graduate student and new employee in the dean’s office. Even as she deals with financial hardships, she recognizes Drew’s unresolved grief from her own loss. Putting up a roadblock is Chris Whitney, the handsome but egotistical student senate president. He carries the secret burden of a dysfunctional family and a below-the-surface temper. The road Drew must navigate is fraught with career upheaval, a reawakening heart, substance and domestic abuse, a violent assault, and the struggle for forgiveness and restoration. Will Drew finish his journey to embrace the hope God offers, the love Allison shares, and the guidance Chris needs, or will he turn his back on all three with catastrophic consequences?”

 Let me start out by saying that I don’t normally become invested emotionally when I read a novel and I fully expected this to be the typical modern romance. But a few chapters in I realized that wasn’t so and I did become emotionally invested.

As the title says, this book is about hope. Hope in the face of tragedy. Hope in the face of horror. Hope that regardless of circumstances, you can find joy and love once again. Author Janell Butler Wojtowicz isn’t afraid to write about difficult and painful situations. But through it all is the thread of hope. She reminds us that God doesn’t leave us alone, scared, and hurting.  He walks with us and heals our hearts.

With emotions often raw, the characters are authentic and honest. Dialogue flows well, and the author is well versed in college life. This book will not disappoint and I highly recommend it.

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

 

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary By Susan Page Davis

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“Since orphaned at age twelve, Carmela Wade has lived a lie orchestrated by her uncle, pretending to be a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and profiting from telling her made-up story on the speaker circuit. But as she matures into adulthood, Carmela hates the lies and longs to be free. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with US Marshal Freeland McKay and his handcuffed prisoner.

The stage is attacked. Now a chance to make a new life may suddenly be within Carmela’s reach. . .if she can survive the harsh terrain and being handcuffed to an unconscious man.

Will Carmela’s wish come true, or will she forever be branded by her past?”

A charming tale of love, honor, lies, and forgiveness, the author reminds us through Carmela’s lifestyle changes that God always forgives when genuine repentance is offered, and we are to forgive also. With repentance comes blessing, and that was true in this story also.

Perfect for lovers of historical fiction, western fiction, and light romance, Author Susan Page Davis paints a picture of the old west, the hardships the characters underwent, and the results of their decisions.

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

 

Under the Same Sky By Cynthia Roemer

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“She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis.
Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky struggles to make sense of the path the Lord has placed her on and finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.”

A story of lost hope and God’s love, I couldn’t put this book down. The heart with which it was written pulled me to keep reading. Yes, there were tears as tragedy struck and as things happened in St. Louis (I don’t want to spoil it here!) but there was also love and laughter along the way.

The characters in this story draw you in to their lives right away. Author Cynthia Roemer makes you feel as if you are there in the west with Becky and Matthew, and I wanted to stay!

Definitely a must read for those who like historical fiction, western fiction, and light romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

 

Alice’s Notions By Tamera Kraft

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“In this quaint mountain town, things aren’t always what they seem.

World War II widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn’t know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons

Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn’t know who she can trust.”

If you enjoy mystery, intrigue, quilting, and a bit of romance all wrapped up in a historical novel then you’ll enjoy Alice’s Notions. I expected a good book by this author, but I got a lot more than that.

Full of twists and turns, Author Tamera Kraft does a great job of keeping the reader on edge of their seat. It really was difficult putting this down; I wanted to see what happened next and was sad when it was over. This is a great read for the mystery lover, someone who enjoys history, and Kraft doesn’t leave out the romantic. This has something for everyone!

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

 

A Love So True By Melissa Jagears

A Love So True

“Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.

David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.

They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?”

The second book in the Teaville Moral Society Series, A Love So True can stand on its own. I haven’t read book #1 (yet) but had no trouble following this story. That said, make the trip to Teaville! I enjoyed this book so much that I went in to work later than normal one morning just so I could finish reading about Evelyn and David.

Both main characters are very well developed. I love their hearts for those considered “less than” in society. To put themselves in danger at times, and with heart’s open to God’s leading, made this a great story. Author Melissa Jagears wasn’t afraid to discuss the difficult things about the red light district and orphanages. This book is packed with emotions, laughter, tears, and warm hearts, as well as a mystery that certainly caught me by surprise. But you’ll have to read A Love So True to find out what happens!

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

 

Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest By Barbara Rainey & Susan Yates

Empty Nest

“You’re done … but you’re not finished! And one more thing. You’re not alone.

Feeling unsure? Scared? Expectant? Maybe even giddy? Is your nest empty—except for a bundle of mixed emotions? As you grieve what’s behind and daydream about possibilities, you’ll feel young again, ready for new challenges and adventures. Yet you may not know what to pursue or how to discover what’s next.

You may want a girlfriend who “gets it” and isn’t afraid to be honest. Someone who understands the challenges you’re facing and speaks with wisdom, she’s a few steps ahead of you on the journey, but close enough to shine some light in your direction.

Many women in this season of life wonder:

•Who am I now?
•And what should I do?
•How will my marriage be affected?
•Does anyone need me?
•How do I relate to my children?
•Is it okay to feel sad? Or thrilled?
•What’s next?
Barbara and Susan can be the friends you need to walk through these new experiences. They’ll guide you to answers, and together you’ll discover a new purpose and passion for your next life adventure.”

A help for mother’s, Authors Rainey & Yates address the very real empty nest syndrome. Knowing that others feel as you do, you’ll be refreshed by this book.

Be encouraged by the truths shared, and the stories of how other women adjusted to this time in life. A practical book, you’ll want to get comfy, pour a cup of coffee, and see what others just like you did to move to the next phase in life. An exciting phase!

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

 

The 5 Love Languages of Children By Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

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“The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages® has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you:

  • Discover your child’s love language
  • Assist your child in successful learning
  • Use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively
  • Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language.

Discover your child’s primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child.”

Just as adults do, our children have love languages. It’s very helpful to them if, as parents, we know what those languages are. Communication and caring can then be done in a way that the child can benefit from.

The stories and example in the book will help you as a parent, or even a grandparent, to understand how to communicate to and reach your child. After all, God made us all unique and sometimes we need a little direction.

I do disagree with the chapter for single parents. It seems to assume that one parent is doing all the parenting, and that parent is wounded. That is not always the case. Parents who don’t live together are still capable of co-parenting with success and they can be healthy.

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

 

A Mother’s Song: A Story of the Orphan Train By Cleo Lampos

A Mothers Song

“In 1890, Deirdre O’Sullivan lives in Five Points, New York City with her husband, son and four year old, Ava Rose. Pregnant with their third child, Deirdre works as a washerwoman at the hotel’s laundry. If Sean works at all, he drinks his paycheck at the pub. When he is killed in an accident at work, Deirdre is devastated. She gives birth to another son, but cannot work at the laundry. The oldest son lives on the street as a newsie. Rather than let Ava Rose and her baby brother starve to death with her, she signs for them to be put on an orphan train. This orphan train takes these youngsters to Nebraska to Claudine, who has suffered multiple miscarriages. Will the adoption provide the safety and opportunity that Deirdre hopes? This researched story of two mothers and the child who loves both is heart wrenching.It is a poignant tale of hope and courage against unfathomable odds for a better life free from prejudice and poverty.”

 This is the second book I’ve read by author Cleo Lampos, and it didn’t disappoint. (The first was Dust Between the Stitches.)

I’ve read several stories about the 1800’s orphan trains, and wondered how a mother could put her child on that train, in the custody of strangers, knowing they wouldn’t see that child again. In A Mother’s Song, explanation is given. This book shows the immense love a mother has for her child. The willingness to give up everything for that child even though the mother’s heart was breaking.

Very moving, Lampos weaves the love of God into a difficult subject. While the beginning of the book was heart wrenching at time because the author doesn’t shy away from a difficult time in our country’s history, hope is offered and received. If you enjoy historical fiction you will enjoy A Mother’s Song.

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

 

The Beloved Hope Chest By Amy Clipston

The Beloved Hope Chest

“In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.”

 I’ve enjoyed every book in this series, but this is my absolute favorite. Author Amy Clipston showcases her writing gift in this one!

In The Beloved Hope Chest we revisit the Fisher family. The daughters search for the answer to the secret their mother is hiding but is it worth pursuing?  The secret involves pain as they learn that their family isn’t what they thought. Will Mattie be able to finally let go of the past? As the story unfolds, so does the theme of grace, love, and forgiveness. Join other readers one last time for an emotional, love filled journey with the Fisher family.

I loved the very real characters in this book! Clipston does a great job of pulling you into their lives; their hurts and hopes. I was sorry when it ended because I know it’s the end of a wonderful series.

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

 

Love’s Winter Hope by Naomi Rawlings

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“Journey back to a time when neighbors knew each other’s names, and a handshake meant a person’s honor. The bestselling Eagle Harbor Series continues with Book 5, Love’s Winter Hope.

When Jessalyn Dowrick’s husband left her and their three daughters to head west five years earlier, she had no choice but to pick up the pieces of her broken life and continue without him, eventually supporting herself as Eagle Harbor’s seamstress, and secretly hoping her husband would return. But days soon slipped into months, and months into years, all without word of Thomas or a cent of the money he’d promised to send.

While working day and night to build a new life that his wife would be proud of, Thomas wrote Jessalyn every week, asking her to come to South Dakota. But she never arrived. In fact, she never answered a single one of his letters. When he returns to Eagle Harbor in search of answers, he finds a woman who thought him dead . . . and soon regrets he didn’t come after her earlier.

As winter closes in and storms trap Thomas in town until the harbor opens in the spring, will he be able to convince his wife he’s worth a second chance?

Come visit the historical town that readers can’t get enough of.”

Love’s Winter Hope takes place in the real town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan. I need to get there some day! Author Naomi Rawlings does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life. I’m sure I’ll see the characters of the book walking the sidewalks and shopping in the stores.

Will Jessalyn go to South Dakota or will Thomas go to Chicago? Or will they stay in Eagle Harbor? Can their troubled marriage even survive that long? This journey of restoration and forgiveness will keep you riveted to the pages of Book 5 in the Eagle Harbor series. Come, take the journey to Eagle Harbor. You’ll be glad you did!

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

 

Because of You by T.K. Chapin

Because of You

“Samantha had everything a wife and mother could ask for in life. A loving husband, a beautiful daughter, and a baby on the way. Her life is thrown into a tailspin when her Army Sergeant husband Dakota goes missing in Afghanistan and assumed dead . . .

It’s because of him she lost everything . . .
. . . It’s because of her he’s able to go on”

 Author T.K. Chapin isn’t afraid to write about tough subjects. A beloved husband and father is deployed, and the worst happens. We walk through the grieving and healing process with Samantha, wanting the best for her and her children. You will laugh and cry as Samantha grows personally and spiritually. Throughout the hard things written about is an underlying thread of hope. Of knowing that no matter what happens, God is there in the midst of it. And I won’t spoil it, but there’s a surprise twist at the end that, well, surprised me!

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

 

Lord, Have Mercy By Ellen Miller

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  • Your toddler expresses his inner Picasso on your freshly painted walls . . . In permanent marker.
  • Your 14-year-old demonstrates her newly acquired modeling skills . . . via every social network known to man.
  • Your husband pulls up in a new car that you can’t afford . . . and only has two seats.

“Lord, have mercy. What are they thinking?

While motherhood is often a hysterical ride of pure joy, it can also hold some of the most mind-numbing, heartbreaking, and sacrificial moments of your life. In Lord, Have Mercy, popular author Ellen Miller writes to moms who could use a good laugh (and sometimes a good cry) as they live through the trials and triumphs of parenting in the 21st century. All-too-real, always honest, and often hilarious, each devotional is filled with personal stories to remind you that God is with you in both the big and small moments of motherhood—especially when you’re on your last nerve!”

We all know that motherhood is sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, all the time worth it. Just look at the front cover. That tells it all! Full of truth, Author Ellen Miller gives us hope, tears, and laughter in this book. Scripture given through this book and at the back makes it easy to use as a daily devotional.

Easy to read yet definitely not “fluffy”, this book is full of encouragement for the mom with kids still at home.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to leave a review.

 

The Maggie Bright By Tracy Groot

The Maggie Bright

“England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright―a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she’s counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler’s darkest schemes and prompt America to action.

Across the Channel, Hitler’s Blitzkrieg has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows Maggie Bright must answer the call―piloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth.

The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle.”

A story of war and espionage, and yet contains compelling human interest, Author Tracy Groot pulls the reader into the time frame of WWII. Raw and unrelenting, Groot doesn’t hide the truth of that time. It’s easy to see that she has researched the topic well, but the book doesn’t come off like a text book; she successfully weaves fact and fiction to make a great read. If you like history you’ll enjoy learning about the Battle of Dunkirk and the real boat, the Maggie Bright.

I did have a little trouble getting into the book at first and the characters were a little difficult to figure out, but that didn’t last long. A great tale for the history buff!

Tyndale House Publishers has provided a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to leave a review.

 

Life After by Katie Ganshert

Lift After

“Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliott’s and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.

In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.”

What a book! I was not happy every time I had to put it down and do something else.  This one takes a while to process after you finish it. Raw, true, and unflinching, author Katie Ganshert in no way skirts the issues that can came with tragedy. Yet through it all is a glimmer of hope. Hope that life can begin again. Hope that, as the writer says, the phoenix will rise from the ashes. Written clearly and succinctly, you’ll see how life can change in a moment, and you will look at your life differently. Moving and riveting, you won’t be sorry you read Life After.

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

 

Destined to Win By Kris Vallotton

Destined to Win

“As a pastor and the cofounder of the Bethel School of Ministry, Kris Vallotton has been teaching Christians all over the world how to walk in wholeness and purpose for more than seventeen years. In Destined to Win, he passes on the lessons that will help readers discover who they really are, overcome destructive behaviors, and become equipped for their kingdom purposes.

Confronting the challenges that limit Christians—such as living shackled by past pain, fear, and unforgiveness—Vallotton offers practical solutions to the of­ten-complex problems that undermine their destinies and derail their pur­poses. With personal stories and biblical teaching, Destined to Win combines practical wisdom and profound revelation to unlock the latent potential present in each person.”

As author Kris Vallotton explains in this book, we are capable of discovering our identity and purpose in God. This book will explain how to do that, using both humor and directness. Kris certainly doesn’t skirt around the issue! So much in this book spoke to me, including “finding my people” and not being afraid “to find my place”. How freeing that was! But “Chipping Rock”, finding my vision, has changed so much. Read this incredible book and hang on for the ride. In fact, don’t just hang on but push the gas pedal and go!

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

 

 

Jesus: The Life and Ministry of God the Son–Collected Insights by A. W. Tozer

Jesus The Life...

“A. W. Tozer was a man of remarkable knowledge, an avid reader of Christian writers and philosophers from throughout the ages. But he meditated on the Bible. He was, like John Wesley, “a man of one Book and a student of many.” Combine this with his poignant writing style and you have works like this one, high thoughts of God brought low, yet no less moving. 

Jesus: The Life and Ministry of God the Son features selections from Tozer’s writings on the God-man, Jesus Christ. It follows the chronology of Christ’s earthly life and explores classic themes of Christology, helping readers better comprehend and appreciate Jesus’ person and work.”

In this compilation of works, A.W. Tozer focuses on Jesus, the Son of God. The Son that we depend on. You will see Jesus as the All in All; the One who is all we need. You will fall deeper in love with Him as you read each writing and allow Him to reveal Himself to you. This is absolutely worth reading and makes an excellent devotional.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to give a review.

 

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands – Seven Authors

(To be released September 2017)

Seven Brides For Seven Mail-Order Husbands

“Meet seven of Turtle Springs, Kansas’, finest women who are determined to revive their small town after the War Between the States took most of its men. . .and didn’t return them. The ladies decide to advertise for husbands and devise a plan for weeding out the riff raff. But how can they make the best practical choices when their hearts cry out to be loved?”

 Cute novellas! The twist on this is fun. Typically you have men advertising for wives. But when many of the women in Turtle Springs, Kansas, are left widows the tables are turned. Each author brings very well written light heartedness to the subject. And always there’s a touch of intrigue in these stories where the ladies aren’t necessarily looking for love, and the men are sometimes looking for something else, too. I enjoyed these stories and if you like the mail-order bride era, then you will too!

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

Dianna by Josephine Blake

Dianna

“Released in late August of 2016, ‘Dianna’ follows the story of a young woman in the 1880’s as she ventures into southern Wyoming to begin a new life with a man she’s never met. Frustrated with her growing status as a spinster in 1885 Manhattan, Dianna pens a response to an advertisement posted by one, Greyson Crowley. Greyson offers little in the way of a loving husband, but something in Dianna’s heart pushes her to move forward. Perhaps it’s the sight of a man so very different from the drab, overdressed society suitors she’s been exposed to. Perhaps it’s the call of an unexplored wilderness and the promise of a moment of excitement. Then again… It could be something else altogether. Fate. Destiny. Possibly a horrible lapse in judgement… As she faces difficulties she never imagined, Dianna must decide whether she will let her passion drive her soul or settle to enduring a life half lived. In this clean, historical romance, Josephine Blake sets aside the notion of love at first sight and creates a romance that leaps over societal norms, and embraces the idea that love is something that develops over time.”

This is the first book I’ve read by Author Josephine Blake so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Oh my! I can’t wait to read the next one!!

When mail-order bride Dianna Brittler, meets her groom, Greyson Crowley, he’s not what she expected but she’s determined to make this work as she has fallen in love with mountains of Wyoming. Josephine keeps us on the edge of our seats with the unexpected twists and turns Dianna’s life takes. And then something happened that I never saw coming! I highly recommend you get this book to discover what took place. It really it a nail-biter!

 

The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda Brunstetter

The Lopside Christmas Cake

“Join the Hochstetler twin sisters on stage as they bumble their way through baking a cake for a charity auction in front of a live audience. The take-charge Elma and the klutzy optimist Thelma manage to entertain their audience—and attract the admiration of two bachelors, an outspoken woodworker and a shy harness maker from a neighboring Amish community. As fall leads into the Christmas season, could romance be blossoming for one or more of the Hochstetler twins? Find out in this brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.”

 Wanda takes us on a journey from Illinois to Indiana with the Hochstetler Twins, who couldn’t be more dissimilar! As always, Wanda does a great job describing the area of Indiana that the twins settle in. So much so that the next time I get down that way I’m going to eat at Tiffany’s! You’ll enjoy that although there are major differences between the sisters they are devoted to each other. And then love comes calling. What changes will that bring in their lives? You will want to read and find out. I enjoyed this book; it was a light, quick read that was fun and relaxing.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but as under no obligation to post a review.

 

Love Among the Lilacs By Jenna Victoria

Love Among the Lilacs

“Bookkeeper Mollie Wright knows about living on the streets, and her purchase of sweet Lilac Cottage is a dream come true. She is determined to stay and fight when a legal error puts her ownership at risk.

Attorney Sean Grady never wanted his great-aunts to sell their cottage in Westchester County, New York, so when a paperwork snafu puts the deal on hold, he moves swiftly to evict the pretty, feisty squatter.

Mollie finds unexpected allies in Grady Cove neighbors and a member of Sean’s own family but knows the clock is ticking.

Will a theft and her past secrets force a showdown to heartache, or will Mollie and Sean discover home is where your heart is?”

Another great book by author Jenna Victoria! Jenna does a great job of bringing her characters to life and you’ll want to move to Grady Cove!

The problem in this book is who to root for? Mollie, whose past hurts has caused walls around her heart? Or Sean, who adores his aunts and wants the best for them? And you’ll love the neighbors of Grady Cove! This is exactly how neighbors should be; encouraging, warm, and caring. I loved my visit there and you will too!

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

 

An Amish Harvest – Four Novellas

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Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman

“When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again . . . until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi’s heart—and give Brock his own second chance at love?”

Love is found again! But Naomi is Amish and Brock is not. How can they ever be together? Can Naomi overcome the past abuses she suffered? Can she forgive and move on? This story of love and forgiveness will touch your heart!

Love and Buggy Rides by Amy Clipston

 “Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?”

Jonathan and Janie form a friendship that appears to be heading towards love after Jonathan is involved in a bad buggy accident. When Janie’s father forbids her to go to the police with her knowledge of the accident, will she obey as a good Amish daughter? Or will she help Jonathan find the truth? A charming story of trust and love!

A Quiet Love by Kathleen Fuller

“Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he’s different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love—and the blessing of God—be enough to overcome their doubters?”

Dinah and Amos are both special in their own way. As they spend more time together Dinah realizes she’s developing feelings for Amos. What will her family think? Is a relationship even possible? A great story, Kathleen isn’t afraid to “go there” and explore the possibility of a relationship for someone with Autism.

Mischief in the Autumn Air by Vannetta Chapman

“When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the pieces are linked to an elderly couple in their district, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends—and discover an unexpected new love?”

 A great story with a mysterious twist! Martha is forced to move from her home. Eli needs an office assistant. Two very different personalities working together to figure out why the furniture belonging to Jacob and Charity is selling so high. You’ll enjoy this story as the pieces begin to fall together!

 

How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart by Candice Patterson

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“Weddings are the last thing beekeeper Huck Anderson wants to be associated with, considering his past. So when he inherits a building occupied by a bridal boutique, he aims to evict the failing business and open a sporting goods store. That is until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he’s indebted to from a mistake made years ago. When a life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers a compromise to keep her boutique and her life out of bankruptcy—she’ll aid in his lengthy recovery if he’ll allow her to remain in his building. But nursing her adversary proves challenging when her adolescent crush resurfaces. Amidst a battle-of-wills, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, providing opportunity to overcome their pasts and start anew. Will this confirmed bachelor consider holy-matrimony, or will Huck’s choices sting them a second time?”

 Fun and charming, Author Candice Patterson takes us to Pine Bay, Maine to follow the lives of Huck and Arianne. Huck is a beekeeper, and I love that Patterson puts information about beekeeping in the form of facts, scripture verses, or poetry at the end of each chapter. This really added to the book. As single-mom Arianne is trying to make a go of her wedding boutique. Both characters must face their doubts and fears. The author also reminds us that nobody is beyond the mercy and grace of God and that He does all He can to bring the prodigal home.

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

 

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

When God Made You

“From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. Knowing that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly.

Written in playful, charming rhyme and brought to life with vivid, fantastical illustrations, young readers will be encouraged and excited to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves.”

 Written in a charming rhyming fashion. Author Matthew Turner stresses to the child being read this book that God finds them important. In fact, He finds them so important that He made….them. Just one of them. But one that the world needed. The child is encouraged to dream, to dance, to create. All wonderful things for a child! And the illustrations by David Catrow are incredible. So colorful and imaginative. This is a book sure to please the child in your life!

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

 

If Only by T.K. Chapin

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“How far will one mother go to find her child?

A full year after a painful divorce, Elizabeth’s seventeen-year-old daughter Lillian decides to visit a friend over the Fourth of July weekend but never returns home. With the help of her neighborhood friend Cole, Elizabeth tries to make sense of what really happened and hopefully bring her daughter home.”

Our lives can be filled with “If Only’s”. If only I hadn’t said that. If only I had done that. Author TK Chapin’s newest book has its main characters looking at life from an “If Only” standpoint.  Filled with suspense, mystery, and strange neighbors, “If Only” kept me on the edge of my seat. I really couldn’t put it down, and honestly, this is not my typical genre to read. Clean and contemporary, God’s grace and mercy is woven throughout the story as a family attempts to put their lives back together and move forward. Chapin tells this story with raw emotions that will have you smiling, crying, and angry. Seriously a must read!

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

 

A Trail of Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner

A Trail of Crumbs

“Pearl Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. But through it all, her family has been by her side. They may not be perfect, but they love her and they all love each other, come what may. That’s one thing Pearl no longer questions.

But then a devastating tragedy throws the whole family into a tailspin–and signals the beginning of the end of her secure life.”

Where to start? If you enjoy historical fiction, you’ll enjoy this book. If you are interested in The Great Depression, you’ll be interested in this book. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like it, but Author Susie Finkbeiner brings not only the era, but the characters, to life. As I turned each page I could feel and smell the heat and dust. I was inside Pearl’s head and heart, feeling her anxiety, her hurts and her love for her friends and family. I seriously had trouble putting this book down. Definitely a must read! Oh and yes, this is the sequel to A Cup of Dust, which I haven’t read. That didn’t hinder the reading of this book.

 

A Gift of Grace by Amy Clipston

A Gift of Grace

“Rebecca Kauffman longs to fulfill her quiet Old Order Amish life by giving her husband Daniel a child, but for years she has been unable to conceive. When her older sister, Grace, who left the Amish community for the modern world, dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca is left custody of her two teenage nieces, Jessica and Lindsay. Now Rebecca wonders how she is going to take on this daunting task of being an Amish woman raising two English teenagers.”

 Book 1 in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, A Gift of Grace is a great read. This is not a sweet, mushy, everyone is happy book. It is, however, a story of incredible grace.  Amy Clipston shows the real, honest side of an Amish family stepping outside their comfort zone while loving family unconditionally, wherever they are in life. The struggle is real but so is the love and acceptance. I intend to purchase the entire series!

 

Miss Opal Makes a Match by Amy K. Rognlie

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“Miss Opal Wilson may be elderly, but she’s certainly not ordinary. And when local circuit-riding preacher, Andrew Marek, finds himself entrapped in an engagement to an unsuitable woman, Miss Opal considers it her duty to set things right.
With the help of her sister (and the good Lord, of course), Miss Opal sets her match-making scheme into motion. Will she find the right bride for the preacher in time to prevent a disaster?
Set in Central Texas in the early 1900s, Miss Opal Makes a Match is a clean, lighthearted, short-read story that combines authentic historical detail and lovable characters with a Texas-sized dose of faith.”

What a cute story! I would love to be neighbors with Miss Opal and her sister, Miss Armilda. I often laughed out loud at the antics of the Wilson Sisters, and then was astounded by Miss Opal’s spiritual depth. Amy does a great job of helping you to see the characters in her story. I can’t wait to see what Miss Opal is up to in the next book!

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

 

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas; Priscilla’s Revelle by Erica Vetsch

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“Fashion artist Priscilla Hutchens has a grudge against the army that has ruined her family and taken the people she holds most dear. When her twin niece and nephew are left orphaned at Fort Bliss, Texas, she swoops down on Fort Bliss to gain custody of them immediately.

There is just one thing standing in the way—Post surgeon Major Elliot Ryder, who is also the twins uncle, also claims the children and thinks he knows what is best for them.

Priscilla and Elliot will cross swords, but each will have to lay down arms if they are to find a lasting peace on which to form the family both are longing for.  Who will win the battle? Or will a truce be called for the sake of love and family?”

What a fun story full of historical information! Author Erica Vetsch does a great job setting the stage for Priscilla’s trip to Fort Bliss. A family-themed, charming story that will have you wondering just who to cheer for. I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

 

Harvest by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis

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“Every garden–not just vegetable plots–can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.”

 Alright, this was a fun read! Like everyone else, I’m ready for spring and this gave me the hope that it’s coming. Many of the fruits and vegetables in this book grow in the average garden. But some I had never heard of and it was fun to see what can be done with them! If you enjoy gardening and want to try some new projects with your produce then check out this book. You’ll be glad you did!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

Jehovah Jireh by Mary J. Nelson

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“As followers of Jesus, we have been grafted into Abraham’s family tree and receive the same blessings God promised him (Romans 11:17).
We are God’s children, and everything He has belongs to us (Galatians 4:7).
God will certainly supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
He is Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides (Genesis 22:14).

If you’re in need of God’s provision, Mary J. Nelson’s Jehovah-Jireh will comfort, encourage, and inspire you on a journey of prayer and devotion. Nelson shares the Word without compromise, releases hope, and focuses on the heavenly Father’s infinite love and grace.”

 This book will encourage and convict you! Comprised of 60 chapters, this is ideal to use as a daily devotional. Author Mary J. Nelson bases each on a Bible story; Abraham and Isaac, Mary and Martha, etc. then includes a thought to tie it into your life today and a prayer to close that chapter. A great book for yourself, it would make a great gift for someone also.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

 

War of the Heart – Jenna Victoria

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“When a vintage snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin and British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future he envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their relationship survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and the possibility of being stranded in wartime 1940, never to return to their former lives?”

If you love WW II and/or British fiction, you’ll love this book! It even has time travel for those who enjoy some SciFi!

Transported back to England during the blitz, Louise and George must not only fit in to WW II England, but they must survive and try to find a way back to the current time.

This book has it all. Intrigue, history, romance, and Christmas. Will the mystery of the broach be solved? Will the family feud continue? And will Louise and George stay in 1940 England? You’ll want to read this book to find out! I highly recommend it.

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

 

Shine Like the Dawn – Carrie Turansky

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At first glance, this appears to be the typical Edwardian romance novel. But wait! Author Carrie Turansky spins a tale that has many unexpected twists and turns. A family is murdered. Employees at a company go on strike and things turn ugly. Will Nathaniel and Maggie become friends again? More than friends? And what about Joseph and Helen? Containing heroes, damsels in distress, and of course villains, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what happens next. And through it all, God is whispering and calling. Will they listen and receive His forgiveness?

This really is a great read and I highly recommend you grab a cup of tea, a scone, and read this book!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

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Baseball Faith – Rob Maadi

As a fan of the game of baseball, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the faith life of 52 different MLB players. Often we think of these guys as overgrown boys still playing a game and not being serious about life. This book does contain pictures and stats on each of the players who are highlighted. But more than that, each player shares their favorite scripture verse, as well as a brief testimony or story that relates to their faith in Jesus Christ. These guys are making a difference in their communities and with their team mates as they reach their world with the gospel.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

 

Tiny But Full

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“Imagine letting your body do the work for you. You no longer need to cut down your portions or spend countless hours in the gym to lose weight. Because Tiny and Full is not a diet—it’s a revolutionary lifestyle, where you will discover how to eat MORE and still lose weight.

Scientists and researchers have discovered “tiny calorie foods,” or foods low in calorie but big in size, that can help you stay TINY but FULL. These foods allow you to turn off hunger by filling up and staying satisfied while cutting calories. Paired with more than 80 delicious recipes—everything from pizza to ice cream, a 12-week easy-to-follow meal planner, shopping lists, and at-home workouts too—you have all the tools you need to reach your weight-loss goals.”

I appreciate that author Jorge Cruise explained the science behind his new book. Breaking down why this works made a lot of sense to me. Discussing waist to hip ratios and the reason to chart your weight and inches losses sets you up for success. What’s really great is that he includes meal planners, menus, shopping lists, and recipes. While all this is flexible, it’s a great help if you’ve never tried eating this healthy.

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

 

The Seekers

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“Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But is it a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement?

Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students.”

 If you liked The Half Stitched Quilting Club you’re sure to love the The Seekers! Wanda again knocks it out of the park with characters facing real-life situations.

Warmth and concern for others comes through the pages of the story as Heidi Troyer takes her unlikely class of students through some basic cooking classes. Along the way they learn more than cooking. They learn to care for people from other walks of life, a great lesson for all of us!

And what would a Wanda book be without some traditional Amish recipes?! Easy to make recipes are included with this book. Appenditlich!

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

 

An Amish Home – Four Novellas

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A Cup Half Full By Beth Wiseman

Newlyweds Abram and Sarah face the realities that life sometimes holds when their new marriage is disrupted by a tragic buggy accident. Will their dreams ever be fulfilled? Will Sarah be able to move pass her disability, and realize that Abram loves her, and wants a life with her?

Author Beth Wiseman tackles the subject of sudden disability due to an accident, along with all the feelings that ensue. In true style, she doesn’t back away from the honest, raw emotions that come with such a situation.

Home Sweet Home By Amy Clipston

Chace and Mia are an English couple who, along with their infant daughter, find themselves homeless and in need of help. With no family to lean on, they are given a place to live by Chace’s Amish boss. Living “close neighbors” to an Amish family, they learn about the simple life and what’s really important.

As always, Amy Clipston is able to meld two cultures with warmth and love. Showing that we need each other, Clipston causes you to think about whom you could reach out to and help, regardless of differing beliefs.

A Flicker of Hope By Ruth Reid

Trials have caused Thomas and Noreen to drift apart, seemingly fated to live their life together but separate. When their home is destroyed by fire, they are forced to face their memories as they clean up the rubble. Is there still a flicker of hope?

We all face trials and Ruth Reid skillfully shares how those trials are often what we need to put the pieces back together and get on the right path.

Building Faith By Kathleen Fuller

Not all young women enjoying cooking and housekeeping, but when a young Amish woman, Faith, falls in love with carpentry because of her relationship with her grandfather, it causes some challenges. Asked to build cabinets for her cousin’s new kitchen, she accepts before realizing her ex-fiancé will also be working on the house. Can they learn to work together? Can they put the past behind them and begin again?

Author Kathleen Fuller’s story looks at how people often react to grief when losing a loved one; the changes it can bring in a person. She shows that can bring maturity, if we face life and allow people in.

 

The Good Book for Kids

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In her new book, The Good Book for Kids, author Lisa Bergren breaks down major Bible ideas to kid sized bites. With writing and stories that 8 – 12 yr olds can understand, Lisa in no way waters down the message or shies away from tough subjects. From David’s sin with Bathsheba to teaching on repentance, your kids will have a clearer understanding of God’s love for His children.

This book can easily be used as a daily devotional. It is laid out topically so if you’re looking for a specific subject it’s easy to find. With stories, scripture, and even some history thrown in, each chapter has “discussion starters” to help facilitate conversation with your child. I would highly recommend this for the children in your life!

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

 

Dust Between the Stitches  by Cleo Lampos

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“Addy Meyer wants to teach children in a one room school house in Colorado during the 1930’s Dust Bowl. Black Blizzards, the Board of Education, and bank president overwhelm her. Addy falls in love with the orphans her grandfather adopted, and her students, but vows to guard her heart against Jess Dettmann, who has a suspicious past. Foreclosure on grandpa’s homestead threatens the security of all of them. Creating a quilt from Grandma’s stash pile serves as a way for Addy to cope, but eventually leads to help and justice for her family. Despair, dust and drought weave through the Great Depression and Dust Bowl producing a fabric on which vivid threads of hope appear. Will Addy save the farm, her job, and her heart on the Colorado ranch?”

 Cleo is a new author to me but I’ll be looking for more of her books! “Dust Between the Stitches” was wonderfully written with rich history. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will enjoy the author’s attention to detail.

The character’s learn to live, love, and trust God in a deeper way while going through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Cleo doesn’t shy away from telling us the truth of what happened during that time, and I’ll admit I was sometimes moved to tears over the struggles that so many went through. But through it all was a thread of hope, knowing that God was ever present.

I highly recommend this book!

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

 

Love’s Unfading Light

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“Tressa Danell is finished with men–from the wastrel who left her a widow, to the smelly trapper who keeps proposing, to the banker who wants to repossess her bakery. Every hour is spent working to pay off her late husband’s debt and keep a roof over her son’s head.

 Tired of living in a small town that blames him for actions his father committed ten years ago, Mac Oakton is scheduled to leave Eagle Harbor.

But when Tressa’s burdens overwhelm her, they both face a decision. Can Mac set his own plans aside to help? And can Tressa accept his support if that means giving up her independence … and being obligated to a man again?”

Set in the small Michigan town of Eagle Harbor (yes, it’s a real place along Lake Superior!) Author Naomi Rawlings descriptions will help you to see Eagle Harbor and it’s community.

From Tressa, who is desperately trying to save her bakery and her independence, to Mac, who wants to help her with both while becoming free from his father’s reputation that has tarnished him unfairly, the people of Eagle Harbor will pop out of the book!

Read along as both main characters learn to trust God through the ups and downs of life, while learning to trust each other, also.

If you enjoy Christian fiction, you absolutely must read this book!

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

 

The Amazing Spencer Gray

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“Spencer Gray is 12—finally old enough to join his father in his glider, the Drifter. Going up and soaring is amazing! Spencer can’t believe that they’re actually there; can’t believe he and his dad are flying in an aircraft with no engine high above the earth, vast uninhabited areas below them.

It’s incredible! Then disaster strikes the glider in mid-air, leaving his father badly injured. Now Spencer must be nothing short of amazing if he is to save them both. Set in Australia, Deb Fitzpatrick’s tale of a boy surviving in the rugged outback is filled with adventure—a perfect choice for readers seeking a new hero to cheer.”

The Amazing Spencer Grey is a book sure to please any middle schooler, boy or girl. (My 11 yr old grandson will be reading it soon and I’ll give you his opinion.)

When trouble finds Spencer and his doctor father, Spencer is able to draw on the things his parents and cross country coach have taught him. He finds a way to get help and save the day, just as any young boy would dream of doing!

The story is fast paced yet easy to follow. Spencer and his family have their series of ups and downs but stay bonded as a family. Totally appropriate scenarios for this age group.

The only issue I had with this book was one cuss word. In my opinion it was totally unnecessary and out of place in this otherwise clean book.

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

 

The Women of Easter

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From the raising of Lazarus to Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. From His arrest to His resurrection, author Liz Curtis Higgs takes us on the journey of Easter.

Seen through hearts of Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene, the love Jesus has for us is shown in a way that will leave you weeping and celebrating. You will witness this amazing trio serving Jesus. Following Jesus. And mourning Jesus. And you will witness their joy at His resurrection in such a way that will change your life.

I could not put this book down as I walked along on this journey. My eyes were opened in new ways and I saw my Savior’s love for me as never before. I highly recommend this book!

For more information, click here. (I received this book from Blogging for Books but was not required to leave a positive review.)

 

Love’s Eternal Breath (Eagle Harbor Book 4) by Naomi Rawlings

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Because Lindy has been badly mistreated by doctors, she refuses to have anything to do with them, regardless of the fact that her health is bad and she believes she is dying. Seth is a great doctor who wants to help anyone who is ill. Even Lindy. But can he reach her and help to heal her inner hurts, as well as her physical illness?

Author Naomi Rawlings skillfully crafts a story that you not only can’t put down, but causes you to want to turn to the last page to see how it ends! Every time I thought the story was resolving we went on another roller coaster ride of emotions. Definitely a great addition to the Eagle Harbor Series.

(I received a free copy of this book from the author. All comments are my own)

 

The Courtship Basket (Book 2 – An Amish Heirloom Series) by Amy Clipston

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Why is it that the course of true love never runs smooth? Rachel has been betrayed by her boyfriend and her best friend. Michael’s time is absorbed with caring for his six year old brother, John, and his extremely ill father. Neither of them is looking for love. When Rachel unearths a picnic basket in the attic the stage is set for friendship to turn into love. And family history will be repeated.

Amy Clipston will take you on a whirlwind ride with all the ups and downs of a budding romance. Bringing in familiar characters and themes from Book 1 (The Forgotten Recipe), the author skillfully ties together the past and present. You won’t want to put this book down! Even though your brain suspects the ending, your heartstrings will be pulled as life unfolds in Bird-in-Hand.

 

The Gift of Love

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In her book, The Gift of Love, author Amy Clipston takes us on the roller coaster ride of organ donation. With husband Joe in desperate need of a donor kidney so he can get off dialysis, Amy shares the ups and downs of their life. (As the daughter of a heart recipient I can attest that Amy’s emotions were valid.) The joy, fear, excitement, hope, and desire for a normal life are all a part of the journey and Amy doesn’t hide any of it from her readers. With a failed first transplant, Joe then became in need of a second transplant. Working hard to support her family financially, and her husband emotionally, it was incredible to see Amy blossom and grow into a strong woman of faith who still had moments of very human reactions.

From the young wife and mother came a warrior willing to fight and to sacrifice all for her husband. Desperately wanting to provide for his family and to be an active part of their lives, Joe and Amy made the decision to seek a living donor. Because Amy wasn’t a match for Joe they became part of a circle donation, in which Amy was the donor in order to benefit Joe. Once that decision was made there was no turning back in her mind. She fixed her sights on the future and a healthy husband. Working through the fear that was involved with this decision, Amy set the tone for Joe’s successful transplant. To be willing to donate your healthy organ to a stranger so that they can live life, and so that your husband can receive an organ from another donor (who happened to be the husband of Amy’s kidney recipient) is a miracle in itself. The chance that two couples would be such close matches only comes from God and Amy acknowledges that in her book.

This book is a great read for all, but especially if you or a loved one are facing an organ transplant. Amy is transparent about all that transpired in her life and the successful outcome will bring joy to your heart.