Monday, December 17, 2018

Ellie's Redemption by Molly Jebber

Set in Charm, Ohio, this is the second book in the Amish Charm Bakery series.  It is the first of the series that I read but actually didn't realize that it was book 2 at the time.  I don't feel that I was in any way confused by the fact that I hadn't read book 1 and it can clearly stand on it's own.

The story of Ellie and Joel was a story of love at first sight with bumps and bruises along their way.  The biggest problem being that of Joe's mother as she hears bits and pieces about Ellie's past through the Amish grapevine.  Convinced that Ellie is just trouble, she makes it clear Ellie is persona non Grata.

Will Joel's mother keep the young couple apart or will she ever find it possible to forget and forgive?

This is a sweet romance and an enjoyable read.

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Quilt For Jenna by Patrick E. Craig

Heartbroken and alone, Jerusha finishes her quilt and prepares it's sale.  As she and her driver head out on a soon to be tragic evening, a story enfolds which shares the hurt and heartache that she has experienced.

This is book 1 in the Apple Creek Dreams series.  I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting.  There was lots of drama and heartfelt expression in this book.  The author set the book in the time period of WWII and thereafter.  Jerusha blames her husband for the loss of her child, something she can't get past.  She has lost her faith.

The story shows the importance of friendship through different cultures, love of family, and the need for a trust in God to help soften the sting of the hardships that life can bring.

If I could give this 10 stars, I would definitely do so.  It was that good.

I received a copy of this book from the author.  All thoughts are my own.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Rancher's Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart Book Return of the Blackwell Brothers

This was the last book in the series!  I have now read 4 of the 5 and hope to read the Rancher's Rescue, as well.  This seems to be the culmination of the four other stories with the return of the brother, Chance to the family ranch.

It's a love story for Chance as he struggles with memories of his late wife.  It's a wonderful story, just like the other three I have read.  I love this series.  I definitely wish it would continue...such good reading. 

This is the first book from this author that I have read.  She's good and I will be looking for other titles that she has written.  I highly recommend this book and the series as a whole.  So glad I read them!

I received a copy from the author.  All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jerusalem Rising Adah's Journey by Barbara M. Britton

I have been surprised how much I have enjoyed Biblical fiction.  This is a new author for me and I was lucky to win this book.  It is a great story.  The author brings the Bible years to life.  I would expect it would require quite a bit of research to do this.  Great job!

Loved it!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Kappy King and the Pie Kaper by Amy Lillard Book 3 of the Amish Mysteries Series

This is the 3rd book in this series that I have read.  I definitely enjoyed them all.  This was a light, happy and "cozy" mystery and kept my attention.  Loved the interaction between Edie, the shunned Amish and Kappy, the Amish young woman.  As the mystery enfolds, there are lots of odd clues to work with and to figure out.

It's a fun "who dun it" type book and a captivating one.

I received a copy from NetGalley and the author.  All thoughts are my own..

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Bilionare's Christmas Miracle by Lorana Hoopes AUDIBLE Version

I really enjoyed this.  It was the first "billionaire" book that I had read and listened too, so I wasn't really sure...but it was really good.  Loved the Cinderella type storyline.  I enjoyed the characters and pretty much everything else.  It's a good book.  I recommend it!

I was surprised that the author narrated her own book.  I haven't seen that before.  But she has a really pleasant speaking voice and did a good job with expression and character differences.  

I received an Audible copy from the author.  All thoughts are my own.