Sunday, February 25, 2018

Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston

These are four sweet novellas by Amy Clipston.  They are short and fun reads and about couples finding each other and having things to overcome and handle. Enjoyed the stories including the one that I had previously read in a different format.

I enjoy her books very much and look forward to continue reading them.

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

Saturday, February 24, 2018

I Will Love You Forever by Cori Salchert

This was an amazing story of Cori and the babies that she cared for that had such a need for love.  The story was uplifting and wow, the feelings that it stirs.  One story she wrote about was actually about her sister and that she had been put into a care facility.  I almost couldn't believe when I read this part as my husband worked there 33 years!  Wow, this story hit close to home.

Very heartwarming and a story of faith, endurance and the blessing of life, itself.  You will want to read this.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Liza's Second Chance by Molly Jebber

This Amish romance was enjoyable and an easy read.  Something I needed at this particular time.  Liza is a widow from a difficult and abusive type relationship.  And when she meets widower, Jacob, she does not know if she can trust again.  Finding solace in her work, she seems to know that she does want to follow her heart, but there are obstacles standing in her way that she does not see a way to overcome.

This is a story of love, learning to trust, family, community and all those things that are important in life.

I enjoyed this story and it was a good read.

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

This story by Kristy Cambron was quite interesting, it involved three time periods, 1700's, WWII period, and modern day.  I enjoy "time travel" in a book to see the different time periods that bring us to where we are today.  Must be the genealogist in me.  Sometimes though, it was a little hard for me to always know "where I was at".  I guess I should have followed the headings closer.

I did enjoy the hunt for what happened before as Ellie tries to find out what happened back in those days.  I do the same thing for a living and I love it!  So I can really relate to the book.  I love the mystery involved and loving to explore old castles, myself, I appreciated Ellie's lust for finding and unlocking the past!

This is an enjoyable read!

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

Monday, February 19, 2018

Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

This was a really refreshing read by Suzanne Woods Fisher!  So different and very enthralling.  It was hard to put this one down.

I think I also learned some new historical facts from this book.  I learned many things about the Quakers of Nantucket.  It was a bit mysterious and very engaging as a result.

Reading through an old journal of her Great Mary who lived over 100 years before her, was a part of the book, as Phoebe's ancestor told her story, it becomes a bit mysterious and a blessing to Phoebe in many ways.

It wasn't all "happy" because she has some trials to overcome and many hardships.

This is a very good book and I am sure that you will want to read this one!  It grabbed me from page 1!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Mother's Gift by Charlotte Hubbard

A beautiful cover and a beautiful book!  Loved it!  This sweet romance by Charlotte Hubbard was so enjoyable.  Not a cookie cutter Amish, but rather new and fresh.  This was a story of a blended family, blended in "several" ways and the trials, struggles and hard times they had to overcome.   Things don't always go smoothly as we might expect of an Amish family, but they are real family struggles, Amish or otherwise.

It's a book that will leave you hoping there will be more, at least I do! 

A clean story, yet real, not sugar coated.

I loved it. 

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin

This is book 2 of the series "An Every Amish Season".  I have to admit that I did not yet read book 1.  But I will be going back to read it.  I really enjoyed this book.  I don't feel as though as missed something by not having read the first book in the series because it serves well on it's own as a stand alone. 

I am so happy I was able to read this engaging book.  You will probably "stay up late" reading this one.  It was hard for me to put down.

I always appreciate a book with Christian values and this one includes this.  It's a touching and moving book.

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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lawfully Matched by Loranna Hoopes

This is the second book of this author that I have been fortunate enough to read.  Very sweet romance.  The characters were well matched and made a good fit even though they had no idea!

Enjoyed how the steadily paced book progressed and there was suspence and romance to keep things interesting.

The book was of a novella length and I was able to finish it in one sitting.  I enjoyed it very much.

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Home For Hannah by Amy Lillard

Amy Lillard has done it again!  Such a great read.  This book, part 1 of a 2 part series tells the story of Hannah, who returns to her Amish community after 15 years as an "Englisher".  She is a widow with a teenage son and searches for answers to resolve the secrets of her past.

This book involves situations that are very true to life, even in the life of Amish people.  It teaches, at least in my opinion, the importance of communication in families.  That and trust.  Trust in your family and friends and in the Lord.

A very well written, well paced book with lots of the human feelings and experiences that all of us understand and may have to deal with at some time in our lives.

This was a very enjoyable book. You will really love it!

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

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A Light on The Hill by Connilyn Cossette

This book is simply amazing.  It's Biblical fiction at it's best.  The story of Moriyah is  heartwrenching and beautiful.  There is never a dull moment as this book grabs you from page 1.

It is told in first person and she tells her own tale and her feelings as she experiences things she never expected and has never dealt with.  Her faith through all of it is powerful and deep.

As I read this book, I felt as though I was truly experiencing everything right along with her.

You will love this book.  I couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to see what happened next, and at the same time, didn't want it to end.

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

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I love Amish food and this cookbook is a gem!  Loved how it tied in with the stories from the Amish Cooking Class book series by the same author.  There are some great recipes and yet simple to prepare ones in this colorful book.  The pictures taken by her photographer husband, are a wonderful addition to the recipes.  I am anxious to try them out. And I love collection recipe books.  This will be a lovely addition to my collection!  I loved the Amish pictures that were included, as well along with the name of the person whose recipe this was.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.  All thoughts are my own.

Who The Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman

Book 3 of the Amish Bishop Series was  highly engaging book.  As with the other books of the series, I loved it and it kept me reading late into the night.

Bishop Henry is again in the spotlight as his drawings of the crime scene appear on paper.  Another murder mystery to cause deep concern and fears amongst the people in his Colorado Amish community...

This Amish mystery is not one you want to pass by.  Very good read and gets your attention within the first page or two.

I enjoyed this book as well as the other books of this series and highly recommend it!

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