Saturday, January 14, 2017

Katharina and Martin Luther by Michelle DeRusha

This book was especially fascinating to me, for several reasons.  First, I am a German genealogist, and having done my own family research find connections to the Luther family through one of my lines.  As a result, I too, did a lot of research on Martin Luther.  I also had many ancestors from the province of Sachsen, where the book and the lives of this couple took place, who were pastors in the Lutheran church.  Through my own research, I found that many of my Lutheran pastor ancestors knew Martin Luther, befriended him and experienced some of the trials of the Reformation, as did he.

So that being said, I was amazed at the amazing research that must have been required for this book.  It was really so interesting to see what type of lives the monks and the nuns had and experienced.  And what a remarkable and strong man Martin Luther was to so strongly work to bring about religious reform and freedoms.

A remarkable book and I feel so fortunate to have been able to read this.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review, which I have given.

A Secret Sacrifice by J.E.B. Spredemann

Book 5 in the Amish Secret Series was a very nice read.  I wasn't quite sure if I liked when Zachariah just left the Amish community for the military.  But as it turned out he had his reasons.  The Amish community they lived in seemed to be a little more easy going then some I have read about.  The book has a very interesting plot and I enjoyed reading the book very much.

The book shares lots of good teachings, love, forgiveness, selflessness and much more.  A very good Amish book which can be easily read alone even if you haven't read the rest of the series.

I recommend this book!
I received an ebook copy of this book from the author for an honest review which I have given.

The author J.E.B. Spredemann


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

This book by Shelley Shepard Gray was the first book from this author that I have had the pleasure of reading that wasn't an Amish book.  I was so delighted to read this captivating historical novel of Laurel, a young woman trying to make it on her own and finding many things hindering her goals.  As she requests to have an indentured servant who was apparently judged as a criminal she finds that this man was anything but a criminal as he helps in every way he can to protect both her and the property and animals she owns.  As others try to procure her property by using scare tactics in hopes of her relenting to either marriage or selling of her property she battles back with Thomas at her side.

I really enjoyed both the writer's style and the story as well.  It was a very good book and I highly recommend it.

I received an ebook copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review which I have given.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber

This book is #3, in the Keepsake Pocket Quilt series.  I am not certain if I have read the first two or not, although I have read some of Molly Jebber's earlier books. However, it can easily stand on its own. 

The story of Anna and the two suitors vying for her hand in marriage was a sweet Amish romance story.  There are some trials and struggles in the storyline that make it interesting to the reader.  The writing was perhaps a little more simple in style than some of the other Amish authors that I have read.  I kind of noticed thoughts and feelings of the characters repeated several times just in slightly different wording making some parts feel a bit repetitive in nature.  

I enjoyed the story.  It was a sweet, clean romance and a pleasant story.  

I received an ebook copy from NetGalley for my honest review.

You can find this book for pre-order at this link.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Memory of Love by Tammy Shuttlesworth with bonus book

This was a really sweet book and the first time that I have had the opportunity to read a book by this author.  It was an American historical romance with some very nice writing.  I enjoyed the story very much.

Callie Troyer joins a Moravian Brothers mission group and serves as their medical helper there.  A stranger comes to the mission also with medical training and seems to have an interest in her.  A part of her past and her future seem to come together in a most interesting way.  The story has its sad moments and trials as the pioneering souls fight to make a life.

A very nice Christian read.  I believe it was probably of novella length.  It comes with a bonus sequel, Healing Sarah's Heart.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould Book 3 Neighbors of Lancaster County Series

This was book 3 of an Amish Series called Neighbors of Lancaster County by Leslie Gould.  I had previously read book 2, Amish Sweethearts.  So I quickly spotted characters from the previous book appear and take part in this engaging story.  Although part of a series, I felt that even had I not read the previous book, this book could have clearly stood alone.

I was immediately drawn in and read constantly.  One of those books you can't put down.  I read it clear through till done.  I had to find out what happened.  It was a really engaging story and the people you meet are definitely ones that were interesting and had their own unique personalities.

The story showed imperfections and trials in the lives of these Amish people, not always perfect, but trying and sometimes needing to repent of mistakes they made.  It was realistic and I liked that about the book very much.

I received an ebook copy of this book for my honest review.

Death Finds a Way by Lorine McGinnis Schuzle

I have been following along on Lorine McGinnis Schulze's genealogy blog because I am a professional genealogist and when I saw her contest for her genealogy related mystery book I had to enter and I won the book!

As I read this I knew exactly the building that she described because I am employed there.  I thought of the "alley" she describes because it is at this alley where I often find myself walking.  It will give me a new more cautious perspective!

I really enjoyed her book, the genealogy steps she used and wrote about made total sense to me and the case that developed also made total sense.  Although I don't specialize in forensic genealogy, the steps and methodology are similar and necessary.  So the genealogy aspect of the book will interest and intrigue genealogists for certain.

I also enjoy a good mystery and this one kept me wondering as she presented a historical scenario and a modern day scenario in her book and it was interesting to see how they end up in the big picture.

I think I will definitely be watching out for more mysteries from this author!