Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Amish Christmas Gift by Laura V. Hilton

Riddled with guilt and sorrow, Levi leaves his fiancĂ©e, Elsie,  and becomes determined that he can never marry. Elsie is heartbroken after he leaves her.  

She has a very hard time keeping jobs and perhaps that is because God had other plans for her.  When Levi's sister asks her to be the Christmas elf for Levi, a disorganized toy maker, she finally agrees, knowing full well that they would be seeing each other on a regular basis because of this job.

This was a sweet, heartwarming Christmas book with clear lessons to be learned but all involved.  Levi continues to blame himself for his situation.  It's a nice story of forgiveness of one self,  which is probably the hardest act of forgiveness.

I enjoyed the story and it continued to get more interesting as the book continued.

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


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Piecing It All Together by Leslie Gould

I opened this book and it was off to a fast start.  No dull moments at all!  So good.  I enjoyed this book so very much.  This was one interesting book having a captivating story from the past and a similar situation to  those that came later.  I loved that!  The time-slip was very well done.  It was interesting to read of the Amish migrations which is still fascinating in this day. The character, Jane Berger, writes a local history column and knows stories of the past that are perfect for those in the modern days.  As she gets her quilters together and tells the stories, they touch the lives of those that need to hear them.

As is mentioned in the book blurb, Samantha's fiancee dumps her just before the wedding, yet later is he wanting to win her back???  And is she going to be tempted to do that???  Then there is a missing persons situation and who is blamed for the disappearance?  Lots going on in this book and you won't be skipping pages to get to the good parts because the whole book is that good!

This is book 1 of a new series and I am hooked and will not miss the opportunity to read all the rest to come.  Wow!  

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing.  All thoughts are my own.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Grow! How We Get Food From Our Garden by Karl Beckstrand

Every now and then I get the opportunity to read and review a children's book.  I loved this book.  If I were a child  I know that I would absolutely love to read and re-read this fun, beautifully illustrated book.  The text is in rhyme and and tells a tale from seed to harvest.  

The pictures are all so appealing to young minds. They are colorful and bright which easily will draw their attention.  It touches on all the phases of plants, sunshine, rain, all in a delightful way.  This will certainly give children an increased interest in  what grows in the garden and that those wonderful garden plants are edible or beautiful to look at.  I am sure this will give children new and fun insights into the back yard garden.

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Stone Wall by Beverly Lewis

 I hadn't read a Beverly Lewis book in quite a while.  So was happy to be able to read one again.  This is a sweet and different sort of story.  We have some "going back" in time events to make for a bit of an interesting storyline.  It has several different things going on, the new tour guide job for Anna taking her away from home and family and her Beachy Amish community.  Anna working in horse therapy for special needs children and the topic of Alzheimer's.  So there is a lot of topics to read about and learn about as well.  So lots of changes and new adventures for Anna.

It was an interesting book but probably not my favorite from this author.  I did enjoy it and the more I read, the more I got into the book.  The beginning was probably not as quickly engaging as the author's other books.

It was enjoyable, and heartwarming.  I liked the mystery parts best and the similarities between past and present people in two generations of a family.  Which is a nice theme as one learns and grows from the past.  And you will read about the many differences in the different Amish groups. And of course the secrets held by the stone wall.

Another good Amish read!

I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Montana Dreams The Blackwell Sisters Series by Anna J. Stewart

 This was a great addition to The Blackwell Sisters Series.  Each book is written by different and talented authors.  This book continues with the story of Peyton Harrison AKA Blackwell.  In this book a lot of the past is revealed and explained so that even if picking up book 3, you will be able to read knowing how the story lines developed in previous books to this point.  But I would recommend reading them all because they are all so interesting and fun.  

This book has some intrigue and a little mystery that keeps the reader's interest throughout. Family dynamics play an important part in this book in several different ways. Its a clean romance and you will love the characters!

I enjoyed this book very much and felt it was a very fun and entertaining book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

An Amish Singing by Amy Clipston

This book contains four sweet novellas.  A group of young people in an Amish community find a way to bring happiness to others in their community who have been sick or grieving and to sing and share their Gospel with non-Amish guests at dinners served in an Amish home.  The stories share a sweet story of romance among those in the singing group.  There is continuity in the stories, even though each features a different couple finding the way together.

I loved the stories and each one was enjoyable to read. The stories are uplifting and has its own Amish charm.  The stories are of faith, love and kindness.

If you enjoy Amish books, you will definitely enjoy this book.  Very fun read and inspirational stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.