Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Coffee Corner by Amy Clipston An Amish Marketplace Novel

As I write this review, I notice that I have read book 1 and 3 and somehow missed book 2.  I enjoyed the cousins and their family ties, and Bethany was a great "leading lady" in this book.  Micah has an unhappy past that brings him much sorrow and perhaps makes him more tentative as to what he really wants out of life.  Simply Sara Ann was up to her own purposes and adds some spice to the story, for sure.

I enjoyed the story and it was definitely a fun book to read.

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


Thursday, November 26, 2020

The Giver by J.E.B. Spredemann Amish Country Brides Series

Book 5 was a great addition to the Amish Country Brides Series.  A story of forgiveness, love and kindnesses.  The characters made this book a heartwarming and very enthralling book.  I enjoyed the storyline of  "returning home for the holidays".  Something we all wish we could do right about now!  As Bailey returns, her path crosses that of an old flame that had ended up sadly, but that she never forgot.  

This is a very engaging story, just as the earlier books have been and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to read this great read.  I enjoyed it very much!

I received a complimentary copy from the author.  All thoughts are my own.

Monday, November 23, 2020

A Murder Between the Pages by Amy Lillard (Main Street Book Club Mysteries book 2)

There is nothing better than a great mystery and I loved this one.  I loved the first book and this book is a great addition to the series.  I loved reading about the fun characters in the book club and how they get wrapped up into a cold case and a fresh case.

I loved the mystery and the humor, both in this fun page-turner.  The book club ladies turn into investigators, once more and run into a murder of a young girl.  This is a cozy mystery and if this is your genre, you will just love it!  The interweaving of the book that they are reading in their club and what is actually going on is very cool.  Book club members in their 80's can make for a lively and fun read.

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

Friday, November 20, 2020

Dead Broke by Vannetta Chapman Agatha's Amish B&B Book 2

I read the first book and so happy I read this one too!  Love this author's writings, no matter which genre she writes, Amish romance, mystery or Dystopian.  She is amazing.  Such a fun and cozy mystery!  I love the B&B theme and it is a comfortable yet very engaging mystery.  The characters are fun, including Fonzi the cat.  I actually had a dog with that name, so I loved that! Was fun to see 2 different series' characters merge into one story.  I totally love that.  Made me smile to see "old friends".

Agatha is a fun Texan Amish lady who befriended her former detective neighbor and together they engage in wonderful mystery adventures.  They make a good team, perhaps in more than one way??? 

If you enjoy a great mystery, you will totally enjoy this book!  

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

His Accidental Amish Family by Rachel J. Good


I loved this story of an Amish single woman who no longer could walk after a buggy accident.  Because of the struggles of not walking and knowing she could not bear children, Anna helps at a community center and works hard to meet her personal goal to walk again.  She meets Levi and he is a loving and wonderful man yet the little misunderstandings and unexpected twists in the story causes them to not feel free to share one another's feelings.  

It's a wonderful and touching story that will bring joy to your life.  And a few tears along the way through life's struggles.  It is realistic and easy to relate to, especially for me as a caretaker of those with various special needs.

This is a book I am glad that I have read.  Really, really good!

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

Sunday, November 15, 2020

An Amish Winter by Vannetta Chapman and Carrie Lighte

This was such a nice book to read during a stressful time!  It was relaxing and sweet and I just loved reading and relaxing.  I am happy that I read this feel-good book with two stories from excellent Amish authors because it was a light, happy book.  The storylines were excellent and new.  I especially loved the first one.  Although the stories were of a shorter length, the characters were excellently developed and the stories didn't seem rushed in any way.

I would highly recommend this enjoyable and relaxing book for a cold Covid winters day!

I received a complimentary copy from the author.  All thoughts are my own.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Montana Wedding by Cari Lynn Webb (The Blackwell Sisters Series Book 5)


This is the 5th book in this sweet and engaging series.  I have read every one of them and they are so enjoyable.  I hate to see this series end.  Maybe the authors will find new family members to feature!  I am so hopeful.  

This was Georgie's story and she had great plans for her upcoming near future.  Then she meets Zach and it's just fun to read about their start together, although somewhat "deceptive".  There is romance, family, fun and lots of nice people helping one another in life's interesting happenings.  It's a clean book, as are all the earlier books of the series. 

I hope there is more about the Blackwell family.  I just can't get enough.  Such a fun read!

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

To Dwell Among Cedars By Connilyn Cossette Book 1 The Covenant House Series

 This is book 1 of a new series.  And it's really good.  The research involved in this book must have been countless hours to get the biblical chronology correct and the Hebraic names of the characters, etc. I really, really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be watching for future books in this series.  

There was only one thing that confused me a little and that was the story "first person" telling their story.  I didn't immediately realize that the chapter "name" was the person who was telling the story in their words in that particular chapter and that changed throughout the book.  So once I caught on to that, the confusion was clarified.

This was an excellent book and left me knowing that there is more to the story with a bit of a cliff hanger and I can't wait! This author is wonderful! The book had a little romance, action and kept my attention to the end. I loved how the Bible times came to life!  Incredible!

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

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Guest Post by Author Linda Weaver Clarke

Today I have the pleasure of hosting author Linda Weaver Clarke on my blog.  I am excited to have her post about her short story books.  I recommend them and am sure you will love them, too!  Welcome Linda!

                                                      Short Stories to Lift Your Spirits

 Tales of Willow Valley and Holidays in Willow Valley are full-length books filled with short stories that have been released for the holidays. Historical Romance is about the adventure of living in a different time period. The romance draws the reader into a world of wonder, but the mystery keeps you turning the pages.

What was romance like in the 19th century? Suko’s Notebook wrote, “Is it just me, or are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?” Set in the 1800s, each of the Willow Valley stories has humor, adventure, romance, and mystery.

After reading Tales of Willow Valley, Author Gail Pallotta wrote: “Ms. Clarke brings us five love stories based on the lives of real people and true events. The heroines are brave, spunky women who attract their suitors with their independence and ability to cope with the perils of the day as well as their beauty. Getting lost in the historical detail and excellent characterization, I felt I was with the characters in yesteryear times. The struggles of the heroines and the chivalry of the heroes who won their hearts touched mine and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. I highly recommend these stories for those who enjoy history, people facing and overcoming difficulties and romantic scenes.”

 These short stories were inspired by the experience of Clarke’s ancestors. Linda Weaver Clarke said, “What if I gave my great grandparent’s experience to a fictional character, how would it turn out? As I did this, each story blossomed before my eyes and I was delighted with the outcome.”

 In Tales of Willow Valley, you will read five short stories.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: When Thomas finds out that the proprietor of Hannah’s Hot Chocolate Shop is struggling, he comes up with a brilliant idea. Will she agree to such an unconventional plan?

Leave or Perish: When Jonathan watches Serenity chase off thieves with a sword in her hand, he becomes intrigued with her. How will he win her heart?

A Broom in her Hand: When Laura reports that a thief snuck into her home, William finds out that she chased the intruder off with a broom, but he soon learns the man’s invasion is much bigger than he realizes.

Deception: When Peter accepted the job of writing letters to a young lady on behalf of his employer, he soon realizes he is falling in love with Pauline.

A Cry for Help: When Joshua is sent with a message for Mary, the note says that she must go on a dangerous quest and he is determined to accompany her.

 When Sunnie Reviews read Tales of Willow Valley, she wrote: “The stories are refreshing tales of good people working through life as do we today. The title of one of the stories gives me hope for the struggles we are going through now:  The Light at the End of the Tunnel.  God is always watching out for us and there are good things yet to come. I found these happy stories just what I needed in these trying days.”


Happy Holidays! 

It’s time to enjoy some holiday stories. Holidays in Willow Valley is full of surprises. The inspiration for these stories was based on true experiences. You will read six short stories: The Valentine Bandit, St. Paddy’s Day, April Fools Pranks, The Daring Escape, All Hallows Eve, An Unforgettable Christmas. These stories have humor with a surprise ending. This book was just released by Audible Audiobooks.

 What were the holidays like in the 1840s? How will Emmeline and Felicity celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do Sam and Josie believe in leprechauns and the pot of gold when St. Patrick’s Day comes around? Is it common to play jokes on one another on April Fools Day? Nicholas and Lucas find out first hand. Angelica’s eyes are opened when she is challenged on Independence Day. When the Scottish came to America, they brought their Halloween traditions with them. How about Christmas? Will Willow Valley accept these traditions? Find out as you share their experiences.

 Sunnie Reviews wrote: “This book contains six short stories of various characters and different holidays celebrated in the 1840 time period. These are enjoyable stories to read any time of year, not just in holiday times. The book carries Christian values, which I love. These are very entertaining stories and I hope you will take the time to read them!”

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 Bio: Linda Weaver Clarke was raised in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Idaho and now lives in the red desert hills of southern Utah. She is the author of 30 books: Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery, Swashbuckling Romance, Historical Mystery Romance, a Children’s Book, and Nonfiction. Linda works at the Family Search Center where she helps people find their ancestors so they can learn about their heritage.


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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Tales of Willow Valley by Linda Weaver Clarke

This full length book entails five historical short love stories. The author is well-known for her sweet romances and these are stories of some of her ancestors and written into a sweet romance, with some excellent details of the time period, the struggles that the people of those days went through as well as everyday life. All with enjoyable storylines...

I am a genealogist, so the fact that she writes tales of her ancestors is a real plus for me as I try to think back and reflect on earlier years and how things change and yet how things also stay the same.

The stories are refreshing tales of good people working through life as do we today, as well. The title of one of the stories which gives me hope for the struggles we are going through now,  "The Light at the End of the Tunnel".  God is always watching out for us and there are good things yet to come.

I found these happy stories just what I needed in these trying days.  I recommend it!

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

Sunday, November 1, 2020

A Picture of Love by Beth Wiseman The Amish Inn Novels Series

 This was a lovely sweet Amish book.  It is the first in a new series called The Amish Inn Novels.  I, for sure, will be continuing with this series.  It is really good. The storyline ran smoothly and simply and kind of made me feel as though this was "real life" Amish.  It felt comfortable and real.  Sometimes I found myself wanting to laugh a bit at the characters and yet there are serious moments.  I love Lizzie and her "teeth".  I love how the ladies tried to match make and meddle into the lives of Naomi and Amos. There are a few twists as things are in real life as well.

I love the Bed and Breakfast theme and the humor and love that are shown throughout.  A good book!  Definitely will be watching for the next book of this series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Zondervan Publishing.  All thoughts are my own.