Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse

This is the first of a series about the Daughters of the Mayflower.  Being a genealogist, I love this time period.  I have also given a webinar about the sail ship passages of the early years.  It seemed very true to form and I had described it similary from my studies.

I enjoyed how the fictional and non-fictional characters interacted.  It was an enjoyable historical fiction. 

This is the first book that I have read from this author and liked it.  It had great descriptions and I felt that I was visualizing what she wrote about in the book.

I was given a copy of this book from Barbour publishing and NetGalley and was under no obligation to post a review.  All thoughts are my own.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer

Such a wholesome and entertaining Christian Western read!  The main female character had a strong personality despite the unexpected events upon her arrival to Colorado. 

Loved the suspense factor and the problems to resolve and the general sweet feel of the book.  I love a good Western story!  And this was it! 

The author wrote a great book and I will be reading more!
I received an ebook version from the author.  All thoughts are my own.

You can purchase a copy here.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Amish Cooking Class The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

This is book 3 of a 3 part series of cooking classes by author Wanda E. Brunstetter.  I read and reviewed each of the other 2 books.  They are all sweet, uplifting books with a purpose and a learning experience for all the characters involved.  It was a bit different this time as Amish Heidi, teacher of the cooking classes takes in 2 foster children which inspires her to teach a children's class instead. 

Very nice read and with a true Christian spirit.  Very enjoyable and light reading.  I love all of Wanda's books and this one as well!

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

A Place at our Table by Amy Clipston

I usually enjoy this author, and I love to give positive reviews, but I had a hard time picking this up after putting it down.  It just didn't grab my attention as I had hoped.  I think it was a bit slow moving for me in between the major scenes.  It wasn't my favorite, but it was OK.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for my review.  All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Gospel at 30,000 Feet by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

This book is a compilation of Dieter F. Uchtdorf's airplane stories.  It was very uplifting with good advice to all who read this.It is a good reminder and guide for all to live their lives.

He reminds us to Ponder the scriptures, to have meaningful prayer and to listen to the Spirit and to increase our spiritual altitude.

I enjoyed this book and can only benefit from the thoughts shared.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

This Treacherous Journey by Misty M. Beller

This new book by Misty M. Beller was so exciting to read! There is literally not one boring page.  You won't be finding yourself skimming through this book, you will not want to miss any of it!  So good.

This historical fiction is really heartwarming and shows the pioneering spirit of the people in this time period.  Also you will see the need for self-sufficiency as they face their many trials, as well as needing the help of others, as well.  This was truly a treacherous journey.  You won't want to miss this one!

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Dear Readers of Christian fiction,

Do you like romance, adventure, history, strong female characters? Here's a book I think you'll love: Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher, releasing on February 6th. 

The story is set on Nantucket Island during the peak of its whaling period. Phoebe Starbuck is a young Quaker woman who longs for romance and adventure...and soon she gets exactly what she wants (...and don't we all know to be careful what you wish for!).  

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Hope you enjoy reading Phoebe's story as much as I do!

Love Conquers All: A Star Lake Romance #3 by Lorana Hoopes

This is book 3 of  the series called A Star Lake Romance.  I haven't read the previous books, but it was definitely a stand alone book.  This story relates the story of Lanie, freshly divorced and Azarius Jacobson, also divorced.  As they meet after not having seen one another in years, a spark is kindled.  Their story is one of learning to trust others, trust God, and to overcome the not always so easy to deal with problems that life sometimes throws at you. 

The book is fairly fast paced so there is no time to get bored.  It's an interesting book and covers real-life issues.

I enjoyed it and will be reading more from this author.

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) by Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is one of my favorite Amish romance authors.  Her books are funny, real, and entertaining.  What more could you want?

It's book 8 of the Huckleberry Hill Series and I am still not tired of reading them!

Anna and Felty Helmuth of Bonduel, WI., are not your typical Amish, but you can't help but to love them!  Anna and Felty have had lots of success with finding the perfect match for many of their grandchildren.  And she has now found her granddaughter's match!  At least she feels that this is the case.  However, the two parties involved are not too eager to follow through with Anna's plans.

This book encompasses the lives of those in a physically disabled condition in an honest and down-to-earth way.  I enjoyed the messages and the strength that came through for the characters.  I think that you will enjoy this book, whether or not you have read the previous books. 

I recommend this book to those who enjoy Amish fiction. 
I received an ebook version of this book from NetGalley.  All thoughts are my own.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Th Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder. A Prairie Girl's Faith by Stephen W. Hines

As a young Minnesota girl, it was part of school life to read the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  For me, this was definitely not a chore, but an absolute delight.  The love for reading was kindled in me from these and similar type books.

This new book by Stephen W. Hines, looks at the insights of Laura's life and legacy.  The well written book shares not only a bit about prairie life, both the hard, the wonderful and the real, but also some of the things that made Laura "tick", so to speak.  It almost felt as though her life was studied and shared her innermost reasons for being who she was.  Both the good and maybe not-so perfect Laura, was related and explained.

It was wonderful to read this book, having been such a childhood fan, and to see the social and personal feelings of Laura and how trials of our faith  send you in directions you never knew would happen in your life.  There are also several pages of pioneer recipes from Laura's associates.

I found the title of chapter 10 somewhat thought provoking.  It was "What Laura Means to Us".  Laura meant a lot to me as a child and her legacy will outlive that of most of ours.  This book shares the history, the social and family networking of those days and I feel by reading this book I have come to understand them.  And in some ways would love to relive them.  The book depicts some of the cultural shifts which appeared over the passing of time.  It's a  good book to help us appreciate those who came before us and pioneered in this land and what our lives were built on.  Highly recommend this book!

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Fox of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke Audible Version

The Fox of Cordovia is book 3 of the Rebel Series by Linda Weaver Clarke, narrated by Carolyn Kashner.  Each book contains its own interesting plot and so could serve as a stand-alone book, as well.  As with the other books, it is also a historical fiction of  a clean and enjoyable nature.  There is nothing to worry about if a younger reader would want to read the book.

It contains adventure, romance, and pirates!  If this is the type of book that intriques you, you will love it.

Carolyn Kashner is a talented narrater with a very expressive style that is fun and easy to listen to making the Audible version very enjoyable.

I think you will enjoy reading this one!

I received an Audible version of this book.  All thoughts are my own.