Monday, May 10, 2021

Return to the Big Valley by Wanda E Brunstetter

This book contain three stories each of which is unique and a sweet read taking place in Amish communities in the Pennsylvania hills.  Each story is by a different author and all are enjoyable and make for a very entertaining book.  I have enjoyed all of the Brunstetter stories, either from well-known author Wanda and her daughter-in-law and granddaughter.  Their writing style is somewhat similar and so the stories blend well together as a book.

I enjoyed the book very much and although there is a previous book, which I have already read, it can be read as a stand-alone book. These Amish stories are about three different young women, each unique in their own way who have felt sorrows in previous relationships.

I received a copy of this book by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing.  All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

To Soar With Eagles by Gerald N. Lund

 This is an excellent historical fiction in the Monticello area of pioneer Utah days.  The trials with cattle rustlers and all that goes along with it.  This author knows how to research and tell a great story that you can visualize in your own mind as you read all the details.  

Based on real events, the fictional characters truly come to life and feel like people you know.  This book has lots of emotion and action.  Can't fail.

I definitely don't want to miss any of his books.  They draw you in completely.  One of my favorite authors for sure.

Monday, May 3, 2021

At Lighthouse Point by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 There is no way you can go wrong with a book written by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  I am being totally honest when I say there hasn't yet been a book of this author's that I didn't absolutely love reading and wouldn't highly recommend to everyone.  She is easily one of my favorite authors. I enjoy her Amish and historical books and am so amazed at how easily she can transition to different genres.

I loved the characters in this book.  This was Blaine's story and I loved accident prone Jean-Paul and the "little bit of a mystery" as to his connection to Blaine. I loved the problem-solving aspects and trust in God as to the outcomes of our lives.  There were so many sentences that I would totally love to quote in this review, but I am leaving it to the readers to discover for themselves.  

And I must add that I love lighthouses as they simply fascinate me.  This book was all that and more.

I am sad to see the end of this series. But will be watching for any future book this author writes.  I would never want to miss a single book!

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Butterfly Cottage by Carrie Fancett Pagels

This is a contemporary fiction set in a beautiful surrounding as the picture depicts.  It is a story of family issues that deal with the heart.  Family relationships and situations that can cause feelings of loss as the family comes together from different places and converge to the family cottage at the Straits of Mackinac.

This is a different story for this author that was very enjoyable and I love the author's beautiful descriptions of this special place.  The author has a wonderful way with words and this book will keep you reading.  You will want to know how all things turn out! The characters are very interesting and will capture your heart.  I recommend this heartwarming book.

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

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Brooke's Quest by J.E.B. Spredemann (Amish Girls Series)

This is book 7 of this young adult series.  I read them out of order but I still enjoyed the story, the characters and the lessons learned.  It was a story of Brooke, an "Englischer" girl who searches for Christian values in her life.  The story depicts her wondering about Christ's teachings versus perhaps "science" and it's differing opinions, she finds her way through Seth who she quickly develops a relationship with.

It's a good story about the search for light.  I enjoyed it very much!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Leah's Legacy by J.E.B. Spredemann (Amish Girls Series)

This was a book geared for young adults, and although I am not one, I still enjoyed reading the story of Leah and Ben. They were teens Leah is trying to determine whether she should remain Amish or find a way in the Englisch world.  This was the final book in the series.  Personally, I think she should write some more! 

This book dealt with real life situations, such as alcoholism and teens that were making very bad choices and how those choices affected others.  All her books bring in Christian values which is something that I enjoy in reading books.