Sunday, December 3, 2023

Capturing Hope by Angela K. Couch (Heroines of WWII)

First of all, I have enjoyed this series so much and am thrilled to read another in the series that deals with two countries that are my personal heritage.  Germany and Poland. Nadia's father is killed by the Nazis and is left by her German mother.  This is a very dramatic book that touched my soul.  My own mother suffered terribly in the War.  And I have been really drawn to the messages in this series of books. This is a really well written book with Christian values.  I loved the changes that transpired Nadia into the woman she becomes despite the privileged life she has had before.The history of these two countries is quite intertwined and the author has done an excellent job of capturing  the events in her story.  I really recommend this book.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

This Passing Hour by Leslie Gould Amish Memories

This was an interesting book as Brenna and Rylan become acquainted through a common class they both attend.  It's a different type of Amish story as we travel back in time to the World War II days and also a more current time period. Rylan was not a real likeable character in the story and Brenna was a very compassionate person.  The characters do show a faith in God as is shown as the family prays. The characters have challenges as they try to work through them. Brenna's relationship with Rylan, is not a relationship that her friend, Johann and her sisters feel is good and hope to see end.

The story of the POW's that work the farm which is something I recall from the previous book in the series and is an interesting part of the book and something I this was not aware of prior to reading about it in this series.

Amish fans will enjoy this different type of book, and will appreciate the historical events.  I recommend this most interesting book.

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

Monday, November 27, 2023

The Amish Christmas Promise by Amy Lillard

Mattie finds herself expecting a child as her husband unexpectedly passes on.  Samuel is her husband's twin, one who left the Amish and was shunned by his Amish community.  He has come back to keep a promise to care for his twin brother, David's family.

I so enjoyed this sweet romance.  The characters were all believable and Samuel was trying to find his path back to his Amish community, but because of his past life experiences, he is having a difficult time moving forward.  Gossip spreads quickly and things become more and more difficult.

I loved the little goat in the story, always into mischief.  I really thought this was a most engaging book.  I was caught up in it right away.  This was a very sweet romance.  But will Samuel be able to move beyond the events of his former English life?

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

Saturday, November 25, 2023

The Orphans' Amish Christmas by Tracy Fredrychowski (A Willow Springs Mystery)

I loved this novella.  It was full of the Christmas Spirit and goodwill feelings. It's a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing.  It is an enjoyable read and there is just enough mystery to make things very interesting.  I loved the outcome and it leaves you in a very sweet and Christmassy mood.  Things keep happening and you will wonder why and who is the culprit in the story. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

when Hattie Finds Love by Amy Lillard (Heartwarming Amish romance set in Missouri (Paradise Valley Book 4)


This is a sweet and clean romance of a member of the widow’s group, Hattie.  She and her cousin, Elsie decide to make a little bet that Hattie can get a certain grumpy looking widower to “smile”.  Not normally a big challenge but in the case of widower, Christian, it appears to be impossible.  And it is definitely going to be a challenge to see if a smile will ever happen… This is a really enjoyable book and is a light and refreshing story. The story develops in a very organic way and the characters are so nice you just enjoy them so much. I really enjoyed all the characters and their individual roles in the story.  It was a well-paced book and I recommend it to all those Amish fiction lovers out there!  And if you haven’t read Amish fiction, it’s a great way to start your love of this genre. 

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

Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Warsaw Sisters by Amanda Barratt

When I first heard about this book, I knew that it was a must-read for me.  Having family heritage in Poland and Germany and a mother who experienced her youth in this exact environment, I knew it was a book I couldn't miss.  I have been to Poland many times and of course Warsaw.  I felt the author had really done some amazing research into this beautifully restored city.  This book showed the suffering  this war period caused and all that transpired.  The two sisters were in different situations, as Antonina's story with Marek, a Jewish man, brought out some drama and tragic history.  And Antonina helps shelter Jewish children.  Both sisters are very involved in the political upheaval of their country.  All the suffering was very similar to what my mother experienced.  It really reminded me of the tragic times of war. I was absolutely captivated by this book.  It was excellent and this coming from the daughter of someone who saw first hand.  Good Job!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.