Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Shenandoah Family Christmas by Lisa Belcastro

Christmas!  It's the time of the year where everyone is in a rush to get everything done.  I prefer to order online and sit back and enjoy the season with a good Christmas themed books or stories.

I was hooked on this story from the very first paragraph.  No matter what decade or time period, mothers worry about their children.  It must have been absolutely horrible in those times when so many children could die from any illness or ailment.  It was even more so for Rebecca as she was aware that there were modern medicines that could cure her daughter (but beyond her reach).  She nursed her daughter the best she could and was frightenened that someone might catch this terrible disease.   She was exhausted while nursing her child and missed her husband.  Rebecca's undaunting love, faith, sacrifice and determination got her through this difficult period.  With constant prayer, Felicity pulled through.  Rebecca knew she was blessed.

 The real reason for the season is love.  Love for your family- your friends- your community.  Rebecca knew that she could enjoy what the modern conveniences could or would bring for her and her child but the future didn't have what she had now.  She was blessed beyond measure in the arms of Ben and Felicity.

After reading this novella, I took a moment thinking of all the blessings in my life. This Christmas, I am going to make sure that the ones I hold dear will know what I feel about them.  I want to live in the moment and appreciate my mother's touch, my grandchildrens' laughter and my husband's love.  These are the moments that will create a life full of wonderful memories.

I received this novella free to review.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Amish Christmas Sleigh by Kelly Long, Amy Lillard and Molly Jebber

It is a few days before Thanksgiving.  It snowed over 5 inches of snow this weekend.  I had a good cup of tea and the book titled “The Amish Christmas Sleigh” to read.  I settled in and completed this book of three stories in less than two days.

I have never read anything by these three authors – Kelly Long, Amy Lillard, and Molly Jebber.  But I will look out for these three authors in the future.

In each story, one of the characters holds on to a secret that haunts them.  They have difficulty in getting through a difficult time.  They can't let go of the past.  Someone  enters their lives that make them confront their fears and grab onto their last chance of happiness.

An actual sleigh is part of each story.  I believe the sleigh represents being free of the fears, the doubts, the worries.  When you are sleighing you are closer to nature and you are feeling the excitement of the ride.  You feel the cold air hitting your cheeks and you are not worried about anything.  It’s fun and you are exhilarated.  After the ride, you are relaxed and ready to sit back with that cup of cocoa.  This is what it feels when you resolve a problem.  You are happy, excited about tomorrow and so relieved.

I enjoyed this collection.  I loved that each story ended on a happy note.  A delightful holiday read.  ****
I received this book free to review.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Dan Walsh - Keeping Christmas

A sweet and touching book that related to me as I was an empty nester at one time.  As I started to read, I was pleasantly surprised that it was based in Mt. Dora, Florida.  I know the place well and often frequented the Home Depot in Leesburg where one of the characters worked.

Judith and Stan were alone for the holidays for the first time.  Judith was having a difficult time with this change in her life.  Stan loved his wife and tried to make things better for her.  It is a story of  sacrifice, love and traditions.

I shed a few tears at the end of the book.  Change is inevitable. Judith and Stan were fortunate to have each other and both became closer as they went through this rough patch in their lives and marriage.  A valuable lesson is that your life doesn't end when your children are gone.  Your life will be different  and you will be creating a new normal.  The love between the parents and their children will keep them close even when there is distance between you.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

I should have known that this book would be a joy to read by just the title.  I read this in one day but enjoyed the "ride" to the very last page.   Joy and Miranda despite their age difference needed each other.  Joy had a plan and Miranda, with some hesitation,  joined her.  This a great read for Christmas or anytime of year where you need an uplifting story of how two people spread Christmas cheer.  The ending was almost predictable but I didn't care.  I enjoyed every chapter.  This almost could be a continuing series and it really is not a bad idea, Melody Carlson.

I finished this delightful story with a smile on my face and a determination to spread some JOY of my own this holiday season.   I will start spreading joy by giving this book to my mother to read.  Highly recommend!

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher


The last page was turned and I wasn't ready to say goodbye to David, Birdy, Katrina and all the other wonderful characters of this book. But wait- there will be a sequel of the town of Stoney Ridge. I will be waiting to see how all the storyline play out. 

This is a great book with valuable lessons to be learned. You must stand firm in your beliefs. Don't take the easy way out. To forgive and to be forgiven is needed to move forward in a positive direction. GOD has a plan for you. He will guide you and protect you from harm if you let him. 

David knew that to be a good father he needed to read the Bible. He prayed to make the right decisions in his life and for everyone in his community. 

I felt a sense of peace reading this book. A joy to read.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

Eliza is haunted by her childhood.  Her mother died and her father remarried.  She couldn't shake the memories of being kidnapped as a child.  She was ready to leave home and start her life with her new love.  Her father tried to warn her to not rush into things but she didn't want to listen to him.  Things didn't turn out as she planned.  Her husband wasn't all she wanted him to be.    Life wasn't easy.  She wasn't prepared when her husband wanted to move to the very area that she was running from in her thoughts and memory.

Eliza had many lessons to learn on her journey.  I enjoyed reading about Eliza and her road to maturity.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Chase by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky.

I just had the opportunity to read the new book by Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky - The Chase.  I wish I had this book when I was younger.  Each chapter had the girl and boy's view of the subject matter.  I loved the message and the way it was presented.   This is a must read and I highly recommend it to anyone 12 and older.  They were very sensitive to their readers and they certainly didn't chastise anyone who may have already made an error in judgment.  I would to see this book given to youth groups for a book study.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

Today is the release day for this wonderful romance between Seamus, Sophie and Little Cate.  Sophie opened her arms and heart to the Ogilvy Family.  She made Little Cate her own but kept to herself her feelings for Seamus.  As the story develops, Seamus could either pull away or gravitate towards Sophie in their time of sorrow and need.

I loved this book.  Sophie was so like others...she was afraid of being hurt again and she learned how to take care of herself.  She was proud and found it hard to rely on others.  Seamus was hurt and buried his feelings.  He had so much love to give but was reluctant after his first marriage.

It is a story of Seamus and Sophie's journey of discovery about themselves and each other.

FIVE STARS!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Through Waters Deep By Sarah Sundin

Saran Sundin hit another home run with her new book - Through Waters Deep.   It is book one of a new series called Waves of Freedom.  I have never read any books before about World War II.  But after finding some books by Ms. Sundin last year, I am hooked.  Through Waters Deep is a book full of intrigue, romance and historical information.  The main characters are Mary and Jim.  They were childhood acquaintances but met unexpectedly years later in Boston at the Navy Yard.  Mary is a secretary and Jim is a naval officer.   The book explores their struggles and personal journeys that they must go through in order to conquer their fears.   As their friendship developed, their feelings for each other intensified.  I couldn't put this book down.  I loved it.  I am ready for the next book....it will be a long wait as it doesn't come out until 2016!

Another winner by Sarah Sundin!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

In Good Company by Jen Turano

I hate when I come to the last page of a book I have enjoyed reading. This happened to me with this book. I loved Millie. She brought such joy to everyone she met. She had spunk and was not afraid to be true to herself. She was a strong character and not a weak female that is often portrayed in books. She opened her heart to all and she reaped the rewards later. In Good Company was a mystery, a love story and some comedy. This is a delightful book. I enjoyed reading this and I look forward to the next book of the series

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Irish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason

Who doesn't love a love story but to have two in one book is utterly fantastic!   Two sisters....nothing alike.....who fall in love with the most unlikely men.  Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down.  I love that this book is about a family and the home that they love.  Their father is frustrating and stubborn.  Their mother is caring and loving.  The sisters, Brianna and Colleen have fire and spirit.  Each family member had to look closely at their decisions - past and present.  These decisions had major impacts on those they loved.  Each character had to learn to be true to themselves.  They had to learn to trust in themselves, with others and in The Lord.

Highly recommend.  I give it five stars.  I can't wait to read the next one about their brother, Adam, in 2016!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca Demarino

I just finished this wonderful book. It is rich in history and a joy to read. I was quite surprised how it ended. I did feel that I was at a disadvantage as I didn't read the first book. It took me a few chapters before I could catch onto the storyline and who was who. It is the story of Heather Flower's journey to recovery and being true to herself.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ann H. Gabhart's The Innocent

"Keep praying."     When you feel like giving up......keep praying.  When you are hopeless and scared...keep praying.  This book had such a powerful message.  Keep praying.  Carlyn continued to pray even when it was difficult to do so.  She couldn't give up.  There were many times she wanted to but she refused to.  During those trying times, she would hear her mother's voice in her head telling her to continue to have faith and pray.

It is very rare to find a character in a book like Carlyn.  She was loyal even when it wasn't easy for her to be.  Her relationships with her husband, her Shaker sister and her dog were warm and loving.    She could have been a very bitter woman due to her upbringing....her situation with her husband,  her struggles...Curt Whitlow's demands..Sister Edna....but Carelyn survived and was better for it.  Mitchell saw Carlyn's strengths and was drawn to her very early in their relationship.   Carlyn and Mitchell were respectful of each other's choices.  Mitchell was willing to wait until Carlyn was ready to move forward.

I loved this book!   Interesting storyline and historical information about Shakers.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Enjoyable- Yes. Great to take on vacation - yes! This is an inspirational romance book but I found it was much more than that. It was about opening yourself to others, trusting others even when you are scared to and knowing God is there guiding your way. The main characters are Charlotte and Stone. i enjoy a book where the woman is strong and has a warm heart. Charlotte takes it upon herself to "mother" three children that are not hers. She loves them and will stop at nothing to protect them. Stone enters her life and Charlotte isn't sure how to protect her heart from his irresistible charms. Can she trust him? Will Stone let her down? Read this book and find out......

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

Another excellent book by Jody Hedlund! I literally consumed this book in one day. I anxiously turned one page after another to see what was going to happen with Caroline and Ryan. I was not disappointed. I can't wait to read more by this wonderful author. I highly recommend this book.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Heart of the Amish by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Forgiveness as the subject manner is a difficult book to get through.  Everyone holds on to anger or resentment about something.  But the key is to learn how to forgive and move on with your life.  I particularly enjoyed how each chapter started with an Amish proverb.  We have a lot to  learn from the Amish.   It did make me think of the events and people who I still had not forgiven.   To not to forgive is "a choice".   

I need to rethink my choices to hold on to grudges, to be revengeful and to be angry.  Life can be so much better to let go and just "FORGIVE".   This is not an easy task.  

Easy to read book.   Examples of forgiveness were excellent.   I loved the study guide after each chapter.  Powerful subject matter.  


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson

"To be forgiven,we must forgive."  

I couldn't put this book down.   Elizabeth's journey into womanhood teaches her compassion and forgiveness.  She must learn to forgive herself as well as others.  A wonderful love story with a very important message.  Rourke and Elizabeth's love story is one I will remember for awhile.

This book is part of the Keys of Promise Series.  I can not wait to read the next one.  I highly recommend this book!

Monday, May 25, 2015

As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

An enjoyable book. I had no clue this was part of a series. I didn't read the first two books but it didn't really matter. It brings us to a time when women could not vote and were limited in career choices. Should a woman not be her true self in order to marry? The women characters in this book had to make difficult choices and sometimes suffered the consequences. Tessa was very adventurous and ambitious. She tried so hard to be true to herself and others. It didn't always work out as she planned.

Friday, April 17, 2015

After A Fashion by Jen Turano

I was ready for a good story and laugh.  I got both in this book.  I was even quite surprised how the book ended.  Oliver and Harriett's story was a delight.  I read this on a cruise and I was so happy I packed this book.  I enjoyed every page.

Buford is a great addition to the story.......he is an unexpected hero!  I'll be looking for more books by Ms. Turano in the future....maybe a sequel with Harriett's  friends?

The Creole Princess by Beth White

This was a delightful book of mystery and intrigue.  I learned so much about that time period....I didn't know that much about this subject manner.  Lyse And Rafa had a love that slowly developed over time.  Enjoyed their story as well as the historical background.  Beautifully written.  I have never read anything by Beth White before but I will in the future.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Great Read!

Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher


I go through spells where I don't pick up a book for a few days....maybe weeks. This book was sitting on my nightstand and I had every intention to start it. How I regret that I took so long to start this remarkable book about Anna. I was swept away by her journey. God had a plan for Anna. She trusted the Lord with all her being and he was faithful. I read this in two days. Great book. Highly recommend!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke

Just finished a delightful book by Janette Oke.  It is a story that the  Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart series is based on.   I read this in one night.  I didn’t want to put the book down.   I love Beth and her concern for others.  Jarrick is what every girl dreams for in a beau and he even wears an uniform.  The book took a turn that I didn’t expect.  It had me turning page to page hoping for a good outcome.  I highly recommend this book.

I received this book free from Revell to review.  I’m so glad I was lucky to get my hands onthis one.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Important life stories - It's Not Who You Know, It's Who you Are From Winners

I received this book free to review. I had never heard of Pat Williams. I am not a basketball fan. I enjoyed reading this book. I felt that the stories were relevant to anyone's life. You didn't have to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy reading this. I would recommend this for young people.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Trouble With Patience

I read a lot of books. I started this book and thought "okay,,,,same story, predictable characters."  I was wrong.  I loved it.  I started to like Patience right away.  She could have lived her life easier by staying with her mother.  She was driven to make more out of her life.  She was determined to be a success in her business.  She was kind to others and a good friend to all.  This book was more than just a romance.  I enjoyed the many facets to this story.

I received this book free to review.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Really enjoyed this book. It was more than just a romance. Storyline behind romance was quite interesting. I loved Anna. She was strong and vulnerable. She was just what Luke needed. He was just right for her. Thank you for not writing the typical story. This is a must to read!


I received this free from Bethany Books to review.  I would have paid for this book.