Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot Book 1 of the Cimarron Creek Trilogy

I really enjoyed this book by Amanda Cabot.  I was surprised at how it kept my attention to the very end.  It was a sweet story with many twists and turns, romance, mystery and everything that makes a book interesting to read.

I enjoyed the book from start to finish.  I will be reading more from this author whose writing talents clearly came through in this fun-to-read novel.

I received an e-book copy from NetGalley for my review.  All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gladden the Heart by Olivia Newport

The story of Noah takes place during the revivalist period in the 1800's when traveling circuit preachers were common.  This is an interesting story of how Noah, an Amish man begins to fall into a trance and begins preaching, only to awaken from this state and have no recollection of the fact.

It is a very different theme than what I have read about in the past and it was interesting to see the interaction between the Methodist and the Amish families in this story.

I did enjoy reading this book.

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Beloved Hopechest by Amy Clipston

This is the conclusion of a well-written four part series called An Amish Heirloom Novel. I even like the name of the series as it really speaks for the events in the books.

Mattie's daughters want to hear about their mother's past and the secrets she has kept in her heart.

It was a hard time for Mattie as she experiences personal trials almost beyond what she can bear or handle alone.  I think this book, especially, teaches of trusting in God to help us handle and overcome those hard trials in life that alone we can not accomplish.

The book is a part of a set that you will want to read in order to gain the best understanding and enjoyment.  I loved these books and am so pleased that I was able to read them.  They are very well done and will touch your heart.

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

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection by Various Authors

When the lady mayor of Turtle Springs, Kansas sets out to help the female population of her community all kinds of things happen.  What's the plan?  It's to have auditions for husbands for the single or widowed women in her town.  As the War between the States has taken the lives of many of the men of Turtle Springs, an advertisement goes out and brings in many candidates and possible choices for the many women left in town.

I liked these seven stories which all were woven together as one to show the events in the lives of the people of Turtles Springs.  Each story seems to build into the other.  These were all sweet romances during the historical time period of the mid 1800's when life was a bit more rugged.

The stories, although with a common thread, were each different and unique which keeps your interest going throughout the book. I enjoyed the Christian themes throughout and was glad that I had an opportunity to read this delightful series of novellas.

Disclosure;  I received a complimentary e-book copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review which I have given.  All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

My People, The Amish by Joe Keim

This powerful, deeply intense book by former Amish, Joe Keim, shares a first-hand account of his Amish life, family and his attempts to leave.  Not as easy as one would think...  The emotional ties remain for his family, yet the beliefs do not work for all Amish and in trying to find their ways, they often actually get lost, as did Joe.

As he forges a path away from his Amish community, he and his wife, Esther, plan their departure from their Amish families and community.

This book does not hold back any of the feelings, the mistakes and the trials of this difficult time.  It wasn't always smooth sailing, but Joe Keim found his way and now has a ministry to help other Amish in their decisions to leave and start new lives.

It is a very well written story of a father and son,  a story that I feel is an honest representation of what occurred in their lives as well as probably many Amish families.

I was very happy to have had an opportunity to read this amazing account of Joe Keim's life amongst his Amish people.  It was hard to put the book down and as I read it, I gained a better understanding of this group of people and their culture.  I am sure this will make interesting reading for  anyone that is interested in the Amish.  I have learned a lot from reading this and highly recommend reading it.

I received an e-book copy for my honest review, which I have given. All thoughts are my own.

This book will be available on June 1, 2017 and you can pre-order it at this link.


Friday, May 5, 2017

The Amish Cooking Class, The Blessing by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Book 2 of Wanda E. Brunstetter's The Amish Cooking Class series was a wonderful addition to this series.  I really enjoyed book 1 and book 2 did not disappoint.

Heidi and Lyle Troyer's hopes and expectations were not fulfilled, yet Heidi perseveres and receives happiness in her life.  She shares her insights, her faith with those who come to her cooking class.

Both of the books in the series, have feelings of hope, love, friendship, forgiveness and trust in God.  Heidi shares a scripture with each of her recipe cards.  This touching story left me wanting for more.  I hope there will be more additions to her Cooking Class series.  The stories are uplifting and enjoyable to read.

I received an e-book version of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.  All thoughts are my own.