Sunday, October 27, 2019

Just in Time For Christmas by Davalynn Spencer

Abigale Millerton leaves a Denver women’s school and returns to her grandparents’ high-country ranch to find the boy she’d grown up with not a boy any longer—and butting in on her challenge with local timber thieves. If he’d stop telling her what to do, they might get along.

Seth Holt has loved Abigale since before he knew better. And now that she’s back in the high country, she’s still as bull-headed as ever. But Seth can match her, and he’s determined to keep her out of harm’s way and in his line of sight. Trouble is, he’d rather keep her in his arms.

This was a great read.  The beginning grabs you from the start.  The characters were interesting and the story plot kept you reading.  It was a sweet romance with a bit of intrigue/mystery to keep the interest going.  I liked the interaction between Abigale and Seth and the tension between them.

I recommend this very nice read and am sure you will enjoy it.

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

Monday, October 21, 2019

A Pleasant Rivalry by Linda Weaver Clarke

This was book 3 in the Series called A Willow Valley Historical Romance.  I loved this book!  It was a great historical read and full of surprises.  I totally didn't expect what happened to happen.  So that being said, the time period was an interesting one and I love how the author intertwines historical events and her faith into the story.  It was a new and refreshing tale.

Two different writers for competitive newspapers work on getting the best stories.  They are old friends who were separated in time by 13 years and meet again in their positions as news reporters.

I am sure you will enjoy this book!  I highly recommend it!

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Roll of The Drums by Jan Drexler

This was a really good historical Amish book.  It was book 2 of the Amish of Weaver's Creek.  I love historical and the characters in this book were such caring and good people even through the hardest times. 

The characters had some life-changing trials and challenges.  And I loved the promises made, the difficulties, the forgiving and the deep friendships.This book took place during the Civil War period making it a hard time for the Amish.

This book was so good.  I really loved reading it.  Didn't want it to end...

I felt all the feelings of Gideon at the passing of his wife, the promise she wanted him to make and the responsibility he felt towards his children. This book was very poignant and stirring.  I highly recommend it to all those who love Amish fiction. 

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

New Beginnings at Promise Lodge Blog Tour and Giveaway!!

Welcome Charlotte Hubbard to my blog!

I am so happy to be a part of Charlotte Hubbard's blog tour.  I've read this book and loved it! And Charlotte will be awarding a $15.00 Amazon card or Barnes and Noble gift card to one randomly drawn commenter via rafflecopter!  So be sure to leave a comment! And leave a comment on each blog stop!

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.
Recently widowed after twenty years of marriage, Frances Lehman is only just tasting the freedom and opportunity that her Promise Lodge friends enjoy. So she's not about to be pressured into marriage by her widowed brother-in-law, even if she and her daughter have no real means of support. Much more promising is her new friendship with Preacher Marlin Kurtz, though their respective families don't see their relationship as proper . . .

When Frances suffers a serious injury, she's determined to prove she can recover—and remain independent—without burdening Marlin. Now, with his steadfast belief in real love tested, Marlin's hope is that Promise Lodge's irrepressible residents can help him restore Frances's joy—and that faith will show them a way to turn their fragile second chance into a blessed and abiding future together.

And don't miss the first three books in the Promise Lodge series!

Enjoy an excerpt from "New Beginnings at Promise Lodge":

Frances shaded her eyes with her hand, enthralled with what she saw. “It doesn’t seem like you and I have walked such a long distance, yet from here, the lodge and our homes look like part of a toy village.”

“We’ve come a long way,” Marlin remarked softly. “I’m glad you’ve walked with me, Frances. Our community has taken on even more of a glow because I’m seeing it through your eyes.”

The tone of his voice made Frances’s pulse thrum with an unusual sense of energy, as though the preacher had something on his mind besides the view.

We’ve come a long way.

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Allen treasured Phoebe’s rapt expression and the closeness of her slender body as she leaned against him. He’d given her a gift by showing her Promise Lodge from this hilltop vantage point.

“What about that parcel of land behind the Lehman places?” she asked dreamily. “We’d have a beautiful view of the lake. What do you think, Allen? Should I ask Mamm if I can have it?”

Allen’s throat closed with a sudden case of nerves. He eased away from her, pretending to look at something near the lodge so she wouldn’t see how she’d startled him. Their relationship, which had felt so comfortable over the past week, now gave him the sensation that an invisible halter had been fastened around his head—and that Phoebe was holding the lead rope.

About the author: In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.


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Monday, October 14, 2019

Laura Ingalls Wilder Farm Journalist Edited by Stephen W. Hines

I loved all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books.  I grew up on them, actually.  But the farm journalist side of her works did not interest me so much.  It was interesting to hear about life in the 1911-24 time period and see the everyday types of things that were involved in farm and rural life.  It didn't capture my attention as did the Little House books, but of course this was a compilation of her newspaper articles that she wrote.

Judy Joo's Korean Soul Food

I wanted to find Korean recipes for which I would be able to easily find the ingredients.  Many I can't.  There was a reference to a place called HMart which specializes in Korean foods.  But not near me at all.  Perhaps online orders?  As there are many recipes that I would like to try. 

I am not a fan of Kimchi so those are classic Korean but I love Bulgogi, which was my first introduction into Korean food.  I was glad to see that recipe there. And will be making that for sure! 

Looking forward to trying out some new recipes.  I am really into classic Korean and Asian food.  I can see that there are some new/modern type recipes in this book and those I was not familiar with, such as the Ko-Mex, Korean-Mexican style recipe.

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

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Stitches in Time by Suzanne Woods Fisher

This was such a great read.  I love anything by this author.  Her writing is so good.  This story starts right off as Luke becomes a very reluctant Deacon in the Amish church.  Knowing that this would be a big problem with his new wife, Izzy as his time would now be shared with the members of his church.

He finds a way to help the community by finding placement for foster children among his church community.  There are challenges and things aren't as good as he had hoped for.  And the girls are sometimes troubled and wayward.

This is a great addition to this series. It is the second book in the Deacon's Family series.  The story line was really believable as I saw the stress and concern Luke had as he became the Deacon by the drawing of lots. 

It's a book that will be hard for you to put down.  If you like Amish fiction, it's well worth the read!  I loved it.

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

Monday, October 7, 2019

A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott

This was a very different historical adventure.  The beautiful cover is picture perfect for this well-written book.  I loved the cover and I loved the book.

As the photographer Meg, begins her adventure to go with the expedition to determine a route through the Grand Canyon, she is not happily welcomed.  It was expected that the contract to photograph during the expedition, signed by M. Pero, was a male photographer.  Not a woman.

This book was filled with adventure, beautiful descriptions, and some romance.  Ben Coleridge is a man from her past whom she refused to marry.  So that little twist brings some fascinating moments. 

It was amazing some of the things Meg did to get that perfect shot.  Wow!  She was pretty courageous!  The heights she would go or descend to, to get that picture.  I would never have that kind of courage.  As other dangers start to happen, the book fills with intrigue, suspense and adventure.

This book is the start of the author's American Wonders Collection series.  I will definitely be waiting and watching to read each volume.

I loved Meg and Ben.  Their chemistry was perfect and even though she had refused him before, perhaps the second opportunity will be different?

This was my first book that I have read from this author.  Quite frankly, I loved it!  I loved the new and fresh series idea.  A good read.  I highly recommend it.

I received a copy from Revell books.  All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lessons on Love by Susanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen L. Maher, and Carrie Fancett Pagels

This was such a good book.  It's 440 pages so I thought it would take some time for me to read, but the stories were so engaging that I couldn't put it down.  It was really a great read.  There are four stories written by some very talented authors.

The four stories cover four different time periods, 1840, 1870, 1894, and 1904.  So you get a little different perspective of those years in the different stories about school teachers and their responsibilities and rules, etc.

Having been an immigrant myself, the story of the Swede's  called "Love in any Language" really hit home as I remember learning the English language and then trying to help my mom to understand, which took much longer.  It is a challenge. 

I loved "In Desperate Straits", the title being a cute play on words, and how Maggie dresses as a man to work the job that is a job that would otherwise go to one of her brothers.  Such a great story by a very talented writer.

The book was so nice to read.  I can only say I am glad not to have been a teacher back in the day.  The rules! 

I received an ARC copy from one of the authors.  All thoughts are my own.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Jingle Bells, Rifle Shells by Bruce Hammack

Another good Steve Smiley and Heather McBlythe mystery to read!  Love this series.  There is always lots of mystery in these books. 

After a shooting, Steve and Heather befriend Bella, a teen, whose step father was the victim.  The victim, Blake was very controlling and expoitatious over Bella's life and she was in great need of a friend.  Is her goal to find his shooter or to find her biological parents?   

There's a long list of possible shooters, and Steve and Heather start the search.  There's some tongue-in-cheek humor as well and that makes the book a fun and entertaining read.

This book is a page turner and keeps you guessing throughout.  An enjoyable read.

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