Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen
Just completed this book about Jane Bell and her journey of self-discovery. Jane is widowed and shows no interest in Ivy Hill. As time goes on, Jane blossoms and starts to care for Ivy Hill and all that is connected to this Inn.

In order for Ivy Hill to survive, changes must be made. Changes occur to the Inn as well as to all in the community. Change is not evil. It is important for personal as well as to the village growth. Jane's quest to save Ivy Hill is also saving her. She learns what is important and becomes more self-reliant. She is saving herself.

Thora, Jane's mother-in-law, learns to let go and begins a new chapter for herself.

Rachel, Jane's friend, learns she can survive losing her ancestral home with dignity and pride.

Charlie, Royal Mail Coach Driver, gives of himself to help a woman he had loved for years.

This story is rich in character development and elaborate detail of home and community.I

I loved it. Thanks, Julie Klassen! I enjoyed every minute.

Saturday, December 17, 2016


What is there not to like about this book?  This book is so richly detailed and intriguing.  I loved reading about the obstacles the characters conquer while serving our country in World War 2.

Chet and Carol were very careful about allowing anyone to get too close.  Carol saw what happened to her friend who married way to quickly.  She felt it was best not to have any ties to hold her down.  She was not going to do anything rash and have regrets for the rest of her life.  Then she met Chet.

She was intrigued but was closely guarding her heart.  She thought if she was stationed in France she would be safe.

Chet and Carol each had a job to do but often would think of each other and pray that they were safe.

This was a wonderful romantic story but was very detailed.  I felt like I was in the cockpit with Chet.  It is amazing to think that the pilots continued to get in the plane over and over again.  They had a duty to serve and they served it well.

I loved the last chapter.  It was a pleasure to read.  Highly recommend.  This is a story that leaves you feeling patriotic and proud to be an American.  I will be looking for more books by Ms. Wangard to read in the future.


About the Book

soar-like-eagles-2-1Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Convinced wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements. She didn’t plan on Chet, the navigator who tempts her to throw caution to the wind.
Chet’s father and brothers always belittled him. As a squadron lead navigator, he longs to prove them wrong. He’s already been offered a terrific job with PanAm after the war. First he must survive his combat tour. Will he even have a future?

About the Author

terri-wangardTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Friday, December 16, 2016

This book is a collection of three stories with a connection to baking and the love that goes into the recipes.
I am reviewing The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand.

I've read a few books by Ms. Beckstrand so I knew I was in for a treat.

This story is about Titus and his wonderful grandparents - Anna and Felty.  His grandmother wanted Titus to find a wife and to be happy as she was in her marriage.

Katie Rose is being sent to stay with Anna and Felty during the Christmas season.  Her parents are hoping that an old neighbor, Adam, will propose after he samples some of Katie's cooking.  Anna knows he is not a match for Katie but her grandson, Titus, is perfect for her.

Katie knows how important it is for Adam to propose.  If he doesn't she'll be an old maid.  But he is so critical and doesn't appreciate her baking.  Titus realizes Adam doesn't deserve Katie and he is on a mission to win her hand.

Titus and Katie are very caring people.  They are very respectful and always try to make others happy.  You can't help to cheer for Titus in his quest to win Katie's affection.  It doesn't hurt that he has a Christmas goat to help him.

Great story.  I enjoyed reading this.


The Christmas Bakery at Huckleberry Hill

When shy Katie Rose Gingerich’s dat sends her to Huckleberry Hill to secure a marriage proposal, she never expects to long for carefree Titus Helmuth—or to hope that he might want to spend every Christmas with her . . .

About the Author
Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.

Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sweet On You- Meddlin' Madeline by Chautona Havig

Madeline just wanted what was best for her friend.  If that makes you meddling- so be it.

Madeline is going to discover the truth at all costs.  It is a joyful ride on Madeline's quest for the truth.  Southwest her friend's brother, Russell, goes along trying to keep her out of trouble.

Madeline is unconventional and it is easy to like her.  She is not shy and a lot of fun to be with.  She depends on Russell and would be lost without his friendship.  Russell attempts to see Madeline as his little sister but he realizes he is starting to have feelings for her that are not sisterly.

Madeline is a great friend.  It would be a lot of fun hanging with her.  She is not worried about how others think of her but more how it impacts the ones she loves.

Yeah!!! This is Book One of a series.  I'm hoping that Madeline and Russell show a little affection towards each other.  I guess I'll have to wait to the next book to see!

I enjoyed this book while on a cruise. It was a great vacation read.  It was delightful.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Healing of the Heart by Loree Lough

New authors excite as I don't know what to expect.  Will I want to finish the book?  Will I be sad when I turn to the last page?  This book was the first book I ever read by this author.  I saw it was Book 3 and was prepared to be confused and bewildered for awhile.  But I was able to catch on pretty quick and could figure out what Ruby McCoy was all about. 

Ruby felt responsible for her father's actions.  She was trying to pay back to all the people who were harmed by her father.  She travelled from city to city to accomplish this goal.  She was afraid to let anyone know who she was as she knew that she would be shunned and thrown out of town.  She kept her identity a secret. 

She arrived in Fairplay to try to erase her guilt.  She sensed that Fairplay was different.  She felt like she belonged there.  It didn't hurt that she was attracted and interested in the town's sheriff, Rex Truett.

Rex took care of his aunt and two orphan children.  He wanted to protect them from any harm.  He wanted to adopt the children but he had two strikes against him.  He was single and he had a dangerous job.  He was the sheriff.  He became the sheriff of Fairplay after his father was killed by a villain. He felt guilty that his father was at the bank (the scene of the crime) because of him.  It was his fault that his father was there in the first place.

Ruby and Rex made life decisions on their feelings of guilt.  Neither were guilty of anything but took it upon themselves anyway.  This guilt dictated their decisions.

Rex and Ruby fell in love but also learned that no matter what they did the feeling of being responsible of something they had no control over could never go away.  They had to learn to allow themselves to feel God's love and understand what they can and can not control. 

With this new understanding, they were to able to turn to each other and grab on to the happiness they both deserved. 

Great book.  I received this book free to review.  I highly recommend the book as well as the series Secrets on Sterling Street.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

Story collections are great to read.  They are quick, enjoyable and to the point.  I am always excited when a new collection comes out.  This collection is about young women who aim for the Blue Ribbon prize as a way to fulfil their dreams.

Altered Hearts by Gina Welborn is the story of Reba and her dreams to live in the city and open a millinery shop.  She visited the city when she was a child and she decided that there is where she wanted to go.  Reba loved designing hats.  Winning the Blue Ribbon gave Reba the courage to leave Parker, South Dakota for the big city. 

Levi had a plan but didn't discuss it with Reba and he assumed she was agreeable.  He was going to marry Reba and live with his family at the dairy farm. 

Reba felt she was a failure and that the success of her shop would reveal  God's will for her life.  She opened her shop but realized she didn't have the business sense to keep it going. 

Levi realized that he never properly courted Reba.  Reba looked at him as a friend.  Well, he wasn't going to sit by and lose her.  He was going to Sioux Falls and persuade Reba to marry him.

Levi's dream was to study horticulture but he put his dream aside to assist his family's dairy farm in accounting and paperwork.   Reba's dream was for her shop to be successful as she loved designing hats.  The more successful her shop, the less time she had to design hats.

Both were praying to God asking for guidance.  How can they come together and agree on their future? 

This book is about compromise, prayer and God's will for our future.  

I received this book free to review.  The stories were delightful. 

Five stars

To celebrate their tour, The Blue Ribbon Brides authors are giving away an award winning themed basket that included a quilt and an Amazon Kindle Fire!

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Friday, October 7, 2016

The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I have had the privilege to read the three books of the The Bishop’s Family Series.  This is book three.  The characters in The Devoted have become like a family to me.  It is an honor to be a part of David Stoltzfus’ family. 

Ruthie Stoltzfus is trying to decide what to do in her life and what direction to turn.  She is at the crossroads.  Her Aunt Ruth doesn’t want Ruthie to regret her decision. 

Aunt Ruth is known as Dok as she left the Amish to become a doctor in the big city.  She realizes that she wants more and moves back to Stoney Ridge to give back to the community that she loves.  She has a journey of her own but will she be open to what the future has in store for her?

Patrick wants to be Amish.  He comes to Stoney Ridge to learn but he didn’t plan on meeting someone like Ruthie. 

David Stoltzfus is the bishop to the church in Stoney Ridge.  He feels that something is wrong in his community and is trying to make it right even though the congregation disagrees.

Luke Schrock is causing trouble for Ruthie.  She isn’t the only one that is fed up with his antics.  Luke is out of control.  What will it take to get Luke the help that he needs?

The title of the book is The Devoted.  Everyone is devoted to their family, friends and the community in this book.  They remain true to the words of God even if at times it can be difficult to stay on that path.  

I enjoyed this book as well as the series.  I hope that there will be another in this series as the story still has some story lines that it can explore.  What will happen with Patrick and Ruthie?  Birdy and David?  Dok and Matt?  Luke?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund hit it out of the park with this new book called Newton & Polly.  This book is about John Newton who wrote the beautiful song - AMAZING GRACE.

John just had a glimpse of Polly and fell in love with her immediately.  She was beautiful.  He later discovered that she was as beautiful in the inside as well.  Polly felt something towards John but John made it difficult for anything to develop between them.  To John's despair, Polly's father forbid him to see her.  He felt that all he needed was to obtain wealth and her father would allow him to court Polly.

John was his own worse enemy.  He was in turmoil.  He had difficulty with every one.  He hurt his father, his friends and his family. He didn't know what way to turn until that one night where he finally got down on his knees and prayed to the Almighty Father.  With that one simple act, John saw what God has been willing to offer him all along.  John found forgiveness, redemption and grace.
Polly never gave up that John could be the man that we born to be. 

This was a very hard book to read at times as it hurt to see John in so much pain.  He was his own worst enemy.

Thank you, Ms. Hedlund, for putting this story down on paper for all of us to read and learn from.

I highly recommend this to all my friends and family.

Five Stars!!!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

Can a person really change?  Or are you destined to continue making the same mistakes over and over?  These are the questions Cayton asks himself.  He was unsure if he could risk a chance to love again after all the pain he created.  He believed that if he dared to open his heart, he would harm someone so very precious to him.  But he couldn’t get her off of his mind….and she slowly made him believe that love just might be possible.

Ella heard the rumors about Cayton.  But she was drawn to him and to his daughter, Addie.

A Lady Unrivaled is the third book of the series – Ladies of the Manor.  I didn’t read the first two books.  It did create a disadvantage as it took me awhile to figure who was who and what this book was about.  But after a few chapters I was okay.  I quickly connected to Ella and her zest for life.  She was brave and determined to protect all who were in possession or connected to the Fire Eye Diamonds.  Even if it might cause her death….

I enjoyed reading this book that was a love story and a mystery.  It was never dull.  There were bad guys, spies, twists and turns and enough excitement to the very last page.

I received this book free to review.  I rate it five stars.  Now I need to pick up the first two books to find out what started this drama.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Love's Faithful Promise by Susan Anne Mason

I stayed up way to late to finish this book last night.  As I was turning the last page I felt sad it was over.  This book 3 of the Courage To Dream Series.  I read every book and it was a pleasure.

I highly recommend that Ms. Mason continue the saga with the next generation.  I want to know more about this wonderful family.

This book is about Deirdre and her dream to attend medical school.  She has what it takes but this in 1922 and women were not so easily accepted in this role.  Dr. Matthew Clayborne works with wounded soldiers and is practicing physical therapy.  He prefers to be isolated from the world.  His only concern is his daughter, Phoebe.  He will do anything to protect her.

Deirdre comes to Toronto to persuade Dr. Clayborne to come to Irish Meadows to help her Mother.  Their lives will forever change after this meeting.

Deirdre and Matthew thought they had their lives planned out.  But it wasn't GOD'S plan.

I loved this book.  I enjoyed reading their story and watching their love grow.  They had to take the leap of faith and takethat chance of finding happiness that they both deserved.

I received this book free to review.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson

Is it too early to be reading a Christmas book?  No, this book is not just a Christmas themed book but a book that brings a smile to your face and enjoyment any time of year.  I have read some books by Melody Carlson before so I didn't think she would disappoint me in this one.   And she didn't!

The message I received from this book was GIVING.  When you give from your heart, the whole world will be a better place because of it.  Abby Wentworth gave all year round to her friends and to everyone in her community.  Her legacy was a gift to her friends.

This story is about Abby's friends giving back and what they gained from their experiences.  Christmas is not the only time of year to give of yourself to your family, friends and community.  

Loved the book.  Loved the characters.  Love, Love, Love Melody Carlson.  I will continue to look for her books as they come out as I have enjoyed each one I have opened.

Five STARS!!!

I received this book from free from Baker Books to review.


Monday, August 29, 2016

Without Warning by Lynette Eason

 This is Book 2 of the Elite Guardians Series.  I didn't read Book 1 so at times I wasn't up to what was happening.  Ms. Eason made it quite easy to follow along in Book 2.  Plots were explained and I became quite intrigued by the storyline.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery.  I had no clue as to whom the "bad guy" was.  It took me by surprise when it was revealed.  
Kate Singleton, partner in the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, was a woman of strength and conviction.  She was vulnerable and had some fears to overcome.  She gets the job done even with reservations.

Dan Williams has his own issues to deal with.  He is now the guardian of his teenage niece, Ruby.  She is has a feeling that something bad is going to happen to her Uncle Dan.  So she hires Ms. Singleton to protect her Uncle.  

I appreciated the love the characters had for each other that was shown throughout the book.  I have never heard of Lynette Eason and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book.  Finally a book where the main character, Kate, was a strong woman.  I look forward to reading other books by this author.  

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jennifer Beckstrand and the Honeybee Sisters:= Sweet as Honey, A Bee In Her Bonnet and Like a Bee to Honey

I just received three books that are part of a series called The Honeybee Sisters by Jennifer Beckstrand. I never heard of this author until I received these ebooks free to review. The books were "sweet as honey" and I couldn't put them down. The books are about the three sisters that were raised by their maternal aunt, Aunt Bitsey. Aunt Bitsey is unconventional but the Christner Girls love her to bits.
Sweet as Honey:
Lily is insecure and loyal to a fault. Her boyfriend, Paul, doesn't deserve her loyalty. But Lily needs to come to this conclusion herself. She is very confused as to where her heart truly lies. Is it Dan? Or Paul?
A Bee in her Bonnet:
Poppy is independent and will protect the ones she loves at all
costs. She doesn't believe anyone could care for her as she is not a typical young Amish woman. She has found herself punching a few boys in her lifetime to get her point across. Can Luke have a place in her heart after putting up with him throughout childhood?
Like a Bee to Honey:
Rose is shy and is easily frightened. She believes that she is a burden to her family. She shys away from any man who shows an interest and is happy to stay home withh Aunt Bitsey and the cats. But Josiah enters the picture and Rose finds him opening the door to her heart that she thought was permanently closed.
All three sisters had their own perceptions as to whom they really were and how they thought they were seen by others. It wasn't what they thought at all. At times, I was aggravated by their beliefs and wanted to shake each one of them out of it. They were prisoners of their own fears. Once they allowed Dan, Luke and Paul into their hearts, they learned that they were lovable just as they were. Aunt Bit had her own surprise at the end.....nothing is always what it seems.
I rate these books 5 stars. I loved the sisters, Aunt Bit and the community that they lived in. When an author can create a character that I loathe such as Paul, that's talent!!!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

From the very first page, I was hooked.  I was carried back to a time when your word and honor meant something.  David gave his word to Prosperity.  She believed him and waited for him to come for her.

Her world came crashing down with the death of her mother and when she discovered David married someone else.  How could he?  All her hopes for the future was tied to his promise.

The story continues when Prosperity learns she can have a future without David.  She has choices.  She learns how to honor herself.

 David and Prosperity learn to open their hearts to the unexpected.  With this knowledge it opens up a world of possibilities.

I enjoyed reading this and stayed up late to finish it.  I will recommend to others.  Great read.

Dance and Be Glad by Melissa Wardwell

Dance and Be Glad is a title that we all can live by.  It makes my heart sing just by reading the title of this new book by Melissa Wardwell.  There are two other books that precede this one but you can read this book all by itself.

I really enjoyed Jill and Michael's story.  She is alone raising her daughter after her husband died over 9 years ago.  Life is a struggle for her. Jill is holding on to the past as protection of any chances of being hurt in the future.   But with this comes a price.......she  is not allowing herself to feel true joy and happiness.

Michael is a doctor that thinks his life is going well.  He is planning on opening up a new clinic in town.  He unexpectedly is now raising his young niece.  Can he do it?  He turns to Jill for advice and help.

Jill and Michael were once a couple years ago.  Her father interfered and their relationship was over.  Sparks fly and with the help of Jill's daughter and Michael's niece there might be a chance of a future together.

This book was just like an old-fashioned love story.  Michael knew he had to court Jill to win her back.  I appreciated the integrity of Michael and Jill in this book.  It wasn't all about them.  They had others to think about.  They loved their family and friends and would go out of the way to help others

I enjoyed reading this book.  It was about Jill and Michael but also about their community and the love they had for their children.  I highly recommend this book.

I received this book free to review.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Hold Me Close By Marguerite Martin Gray

This book is rich in history that I was transported back to 1772.  I loved Elizabeth Elliott.  She was true to her feelings even if she was sacrificing the love of her family.  She could very easily pretend her loyalty to the crown.  But she knew she couldn't do this....

Louis Lestayette just wanted to do a profitable business in Charles Town, S.C.   But as he became closer to his aunt, uncle and Elizabeth, his beliefs and views began to change.

This was a delightful read.  This was much more than just another love story.  Louis took me on a journey as he grew in his faith and in his love for Elizabeth.  I am very impressed with Ms. Gray's research and writing skills.

I received this for free to review.

Hold Me Close By Marguerite Martin Gray

This book is rich in history that I was transported back to 1772.  I loved Elizabeth Elliott.  She was true to her feelings even if she was sacrificing the love of her family.  She could very easily pretend her loyalty to the crown.  But she knew she couldn't do this....

Louis Lestayette just wanted to do a profitable business in Charles Town, S.C.   But as he became closer to his aunt, uncle and Elizabeth, his beliefs and views began to change.

This was a delightful read.  This was much more than just another love story.  Louis took me on a journey as he grew in his faith and in his love for Elizabeth.  I am very impressed with Ms. Gray's research and writing skills.

I received this for free to review.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

It is not often when I read a book and I feel that I'm part of the story.  I felt like I could have been a neighbor of Eric and BJ.

Every character had their own story to tell.  I genuinely cared for them.  It was a "feel good" book.  I enjoyed the journey to the very last page.

I have never read anything by Ms. Hannon before.  It sure won't be my last.  Her writing style was so comfortable that it carried me away.  I am thrilled to discover a new author.

The town is called Hope Harbor.  This town gives every resident a ray of hope.  It gave Luis hope for a better future.  It gave Eleanor hope of better days ahead.   It gave Eric hope to become whom he was meant to be.  BJ had hopes for a better future and to escape her past.  

I really loved this book.  Everyone should add this to their must read column.

All Summer Long by Melody Carlson

ALL SUMMER LONG by Melody Carlson

GOD has a plan for us.  He guides our steps.  He knows what we need.  This is true for Tia and Leo.

Tia is beyond excited when her Aunt calls her to come to San Francisco to help her start a new restaurant.  Tia loves to cook and is eager to make her mark in a new restaurant.  

Little does she know that her Aunt hired someone from her past to work with them-Leo.  Leo was the one that gave Tia her first kiss.  She has ever forgot that magical moment.

Leo and Tia have so much in common.  They are perfect for each other.  But Leo is engaged!

I enjoyed this story.  Both Leo and Tia are lovely characters who were good and honest people.  Tia always tried to do what is right and hated that she promised to keep secrets that could alter the course of events in her favor.

This was a light-hearted read that I enjoyed right to the end.   I highly recommend this book as a summer read.  It's perfect for the beach.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer -  No Other Will Do

I stayed up to 2:00 am as I was getting close to the end.  I had to know who was responsible....who threatened the community and caused such heartbreak.  I quickly turned one page to another and it was finished.  Great ending to a wonderful story.

I'm sure there has been many times we wished to live on our own away from men.  It doesn't take long before we realize how important the men in our lives are just like Emma did.  Mal always had a special place in her heart but she never told him so.

Mal thought Emma was an Angel.  She was his Angel from the moment he first laid his eyes on her.  He knew she way beyond his reach and he left her without explaining his quick departure.

Their love for each other started as friendship.  They put each other before the other.  They shared a very special bond.  Emma knew Mal was always there for her.  So when's he was in trouble he was the first one she reached out to help.

I love the strength and integrity of Emma and Mal.  They treated friends, family and strangers with kindness.  They would do what they could to help others.

This was a  great story.  I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the location and especially how it ended.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Amish Firefighter by Laura V. Hilton

At first the title confused me.  An Amish Firefighter?  But the story unfolds with Sam Miller who not only drives but is a volunteer firefighter.  He appears to have it all together but he has a secret.  He is having a very difficult time coming to terms with it.  He has been dating an Englisher.  She is trouble and he knows it but he continues to see her until he is in trouble, too.

Abigail Miller is new to the area and she has not made a very good impression.  She was recently sent to Jamesport, Missouri.  She doesn't know why and feels unwanted and confused.  She knows there must be a reason for this but doesn't have a clue why.  She can't understand how her mother could do this to her.  She is trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together but being accused of being a fire starter needs to be addressed first.

Abigail and Sam's paths cross when she is discovered at the scene of a fire.  Sam doesn't want to believe that she caused the damage but she was there.  

As the story continues, Abigail learns the truth about her family and the family secrets that altered the course of her life and others before her.  Sam finally comes to term with his past mistakes and knows what he must do to make it right.

Abigail and Sam learn to trust in the Lord.  With this trust, they learn to trust each other and fall in love.  

I was frustrated at times by Abigail's choices.  I wanted to shout at her to not go out with Miriam again after what happened the first time!!!  It was slow at first but by the third chapter I was hooked.  It is sad that keeping a secret means lying and keeping more secrets.  Character development was excellent and I look forward to reading more of Laura V. Hilton.

I received this free to review.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Forever Safe by Jody Hedlund

I never get tired of reading a book that keeps me turning page after page with pure delight. I loved this book and was so sad when I was finished. 
This book tells the tale of Victoria Cole and Tom Cushman. They each have hidden fears of commitment. This stops them from being Forever Safe. 
Victoria was at risk and needed protection. Arch, her guard, has been by her side faithfully until he was injured while protecting her. Arch referred Tom Cushman for the job. Tom takes his jobs very seriously. He was apprehensive in protecting Victoria. She was too young and beautiful. He knew it would be difficult to keep himself safe from emotional attachment if he allowed himself to get too close to Victoria. 
Victoria was too trustworthy and it often put herself at risk. She was surprised to find out who was behind the threats and attacks against her. She found herself falling for her Tom.
Tom was not at peace or safe due to painful memories and guilty feelings he carried with him for years. Once he learned to trust GOD he was able to let go of his negative thoughts and heal. 
Beautiful story. There were some unexpected twists and turns. Jody Hedlund- I am always ready for your new releases!

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Romance stories centered on Amish families, their lifestyles and their beliefs captivates their audiences. I am included. The Quieting delivers a warm and inviting story of the families in Stoney Ridge.

Abigail Stoltzfus is on a mission. She comes to Stoney Ridge to complete some genealogical research. Her grandmother's mission is to find a husband for Abigail. Grandmother Tillie is convinced that if Abigail controls the way she behaves it will happen. Abigail would love nothing more to find that special someone but not if she has to conform to her grandmother's standards. Abigail is trying to learn to accept that she will never find someone that will love her for whom she is.

Dane Glick is a young man that is convinced Abigail is the one for him. He has no desire to change her. Abigail is not so sure.....

David Stoltfus is living his life alone after his wife died. He should be happy raising his family. He is not sure if he has room in his heart to love anyone ever again. He is attracted to Birdy Glick. His mother, Tillie, is convinced she is not the right one for him. David has the additional struggle in his dealings with Bishop Glick, Birdy's brother. David, Dane and Abigail all must be true to themselves in order to find happiness.

The title of this book is called The Quieting. This is a method of church discipline. But I took the title to mean that David, Dane and Abigail can't silence their feelings. This only leads to confusion, hurt and loss. When they finally speak up and express their desires, true happiness is possible.

I received this book for free to review.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin has been one of my go to writers ever since I discovered her books last year.  She has never disappointed me yet.  She always delivers a story that is real and loved by her readers.  Her main characters in this story are Lillian and Arch.

Lillian and Arch desires to be loved despite their handicaps, flaws or lifestyles.  They both do not believe it's possible.  It almost becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy for both.  Lillian doesn't think anyone can look behind her wooden leg.  Her heart is closed and she won't let anyone in.  She had a horrible experience in the past and is so afraid it will happen again.

Arch has lived a privileged life.  He joins the Military to escape the trappings of being rich.  He doesn't trust that someone can love him for whom he is and not what his name represents.

Arch and Lillian meet.  They each have their own secrets and pain that they endure silently.  They are attracted to each other but their chance of a relationship is null until they Trust in the Lord and know deep in their hearts He is Their Anchor.

As the story develops, Arch and Lillian let down their guards and realize love might just be possible.

This is not just a love story.  This book involves a mystery to be solved by Arch and Lillian.  As a team, they learn to accept what they can not change, solve a mystery and learn that love is possible.

I rate this 5 stars!  I stayed up very late one night to finish this.  Absolutely loved it!

I received this free to review.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Magnolia Duchess by Beth White

This book delivers.  If you love historical fiction, read this.  If you love romance, read this.  If you love a good story, read Magnolia Duchess by Beth White.

The main characters are Fiona and Charles.  They both have responsibilities.  They both go to extremes to protect what they love.  Fiona is strong, independent and passionate.  She will do what it takes to protect her family, her home, her horses and her country.  Charles has a strong sense of duty as  British officer.  He  knows what he must and is expected to do.  The problem is that they are on the opposite sides of the war.

What will they do?  Can Fiona trust Charles?  Should Charles abandon his position for the woman he loves?  Could they live without each other?  Is their a solution to their dilemma?

Beth White allows the reader to experience the inner turmoil and struggles they share.  This book is much more than just a romance.  There is much historical detail in this book.  I loved it.

I received this book for free to review.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Playing The Part by Jen Turano

Playing The Part by Jen Turano
This third book concludes the series with Lucetta, Harriett and Millie. Their friend, Abigal, loves to be a matchmaker. She was quite successful for Harriett and Millie. Abigal was eager to try her hand for Lucetta. She knew of the perfect match!
Things don't go smoothly for Lucetta. She works hard to save her family home after promising her father (on his deathbed) that she will take care of her mother. But her mother makes it more difficult than it should be when she marries a neighbor who likes to drink and gamble. He gambled and lost Lucetta in a card game. 
Abigal knows that Lucetta must hide to be saved from her stalker. Abigal has a plan. They will go to her grandson, Bram's home. To me, this is when the story picked up. Everyone is trying to figure out what he does for a living. Is his house haunted? Is he involved in illegal activities? Bram's has his secrets. Abigal wants nothing to do with Bram's and Abigal's matchmaking. Lucetta also has secrets. She usually hides under the role she plays as an actress. No one really knows who she really is.
Bram and Lucetta both keep people at a distance. They both have secrets. As their relationship grows they feel comfortable enough to share their pastake and sparks begin to fly. 
Great story. Lovely to read a romance story with a little humor. Each book has had a place for an animal to play a significant part In the storyline. This book had a goat who was scared of petticoats. 
I was was glad that I read book one and two as it did help me with the flow of this book. I recommend Playing The Part for an enjoyable read. Jen Turano once again delivered. Five stars!

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber did it again!  I love everything she writes.  I have never been disappointed.  I quickly got into the story as I have been divorced and I knew how they felt.  I loved how Leanne was able to forgive and take care of her ex-husband as he was dying.  It should have been difficult for her but she followed Jesus' teachings.  Nichole was crushed when she found her husband was cheating on her.  It took bravery to leave him.  It took bravery to not give in to his threats.  Leanne and Nichole were a great support to each other.  I loved seeing how they grew stronger as the days went by.  Stronger in their faith....strong enough to love again.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Maggie Brendan's A Sweet Misfortune

I believe that this is the second book I have read by Ms. Brendan but it won't be my last.  I LOVED it and will check out every book she has written.

Her characters are so loveable and I was swiftly carried away by  this warm and wonderful family.

John and his grandmother, Estelle, share a very close bond.  He would do absolutely anything for her but get married.  Estelle wants the best for John which includes marriage.  Rachel is trying so hard to take care of herself until her brother returns but John comes to rescue her.  Little does John knows that Rachel will rescue him.

The book has a theme of acceptance that runs through it.  Rachel was accepted by the community even after they discovered she was a dancer at the saloon.  She did not judge others and remained friends with her fellow dancers at the risk of  her reputation.  Rachel loved her family with all her heart.  She only had her brother, Preston.   She couldn't bear the thought that her brother didn't return and help save the family home.  What was she going to do?  She had a difficult time to accept that her family home was lost to her.   But GOD had a plan for Rachel and John.

I didn't just read this book, I was part of the family.  I look forward to more books by Maggie Brendan.

I received this book for free to review.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

I always love the opportunity to read a new author's book.  You have no idea what to expect.  This was the first book I have read by Liz Johnson.  I was ready to open the door at the Red Door Inn and get to know all who lived there.

Jack had a dream.  His dream was to fulfill his deceased wife's dream to open a bed and breakfast on Prince Edward Island.  Marie had the need to escape.  Seth had to learn to forgive and forget.  Jack had such a big heart.  He was dealing with his own grief but he saw how Marie needed to be rescued.  He already had his nephew, Seth, helping him complete Rose's dream.

Marie always was trying to win her father's approval.  She never could even if it meant she was giving up her dreams.  She found it hard to believe that Jack really meant what he said that she could stay and help him complete the inn.  Seth was burned by his past love and didn't trust Marie.  He was keeping an eye on her as it was just a matter of time she was going to rip off Jack.

Seth and Marie eventually learned to let down their guard and shared their pain.  They learned to trust again.  This is when they healed.  Jack was so busy fulfilling his deceased wife's dream that he didn't really know what he wanted until he met Aretha, the shop owner down the street.

What a delight to to be a guest at the Red Door Inn.  All were welcome.  It was a place to call home.  A place to find peace and and allow God to give you the strength and guidance to make your dreams come true.

I received this book for free.

Monday, February 8, 2016

A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

I am hooked on anything that Susan Anne Mason writes. I am ready for more! Since my family immigrated to America from England, I love anything that has to do with immigration. I read the first book in this series and was anxiously waiting for this one. It did not disappoint. I hope there will be a third book in this series. Adam and Maggie are a wonderful couple who give each other encouragement and strength during their ups and downs. Adam feels he is not worthy of Maggie's love and affection. Maggie sees who Adam really is and not how Adam sees himself. God has plans for Adam and Maggie. They both need to trust God.

I loved John, Adam's friend. He was a Godsend to Adam. He made Adam realize that he is never alone as God is with him always. He also tried to encourage Adam to let go of his anger and to forgive his father. In order for Adam to forgive his father, he had to forgive himself.

I couldn't help loving Adam and Maggie's story. I didn't want the book to end.

Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler

I have never heard of this author but I received this book for free and was willing to give it a try.  I am so glad I did.  I took a risk on an author I have never heard from and had an enjoyable time reading this book.

To take a risk is the central theme in this book.  Hannah is the main character is this book.  She is a not sure what path to take.  Should she stay at her much loved home or go out of her comfort zone?  Could she risk everything she knows for the unknown?

Adam is the young man she has known since she was a child.  Should he risk everything to do what he thinks is right?

Josef risked everything to come to America and to trust Hannah.

Annalise is afraid to risk of letting go of her grief and to trust God.

Liesbet risked everything to love someone that no one liked or trusted.

Hannah's father risked leaving the ancestral home to save his family.  Is this the right move for them?

I am not one to take risks.  I do not go out too far from my comfort zone.  But I came from a family that took a giant leap and risked coming to America.  My mother and her family immigrated to America in the 1950's.  It couldn't have been easy but it was worth the risk to them.

I absolutely loved this book!  I am adding Jan Drexler to my must read author list.

Grace's Forgiveness by Molly Jebber

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

I have always enjoyed Amish Christian Romance.  I love learning about their way of life and the overall message of the books I have read.  I  was not disappointed when I completed Grace's Forgiveness by Molly Jebber.

Grace was a young Amish woman who lived up to her name.  She had every reason to be angry or upset with God.  She did not allow her disfigurement define her.  She was pure in heart.  She was graceful and obedient to God.  She wanted to do the right thing.  She helped everyone in her community and was loved by all.  She wanted to follow Amish rules but had a difficult time in shunning her good friend.  

Mark King had a secret.  His brother left the Amish community.  He lost both parents and then lost his only brother.  He prayed for his brother to return to the fold.  Could he turn his brother away if he came to Mark for help? 

Mark and Grace meet and they quickly realize that they were a good match.  He looked beyond her birthmark.  He loved Grace and could see how much she loved God.  

Grace and Mark both felt the pain of losing someone they loved through death or by leaving the Amish community.  They both wanted the same things: a  family, a life together and to be accepted for whom they were.  

They both had secrets.  They were blessed that they could share their inner thoughts to each other without being judged.   

Their love story was one where they learned to trust and lean on each other through the difficult times.  They had faith in God and that he would guide them and keep them strong.  

Forgiveness is not always easy.  But to forgive others when they have made a mistake or hurt you in  some way is a gift.  We gain so much when we forgive others.  Mark, Grace, Grace's father and Mark's brother all learned that when they forgive or are forgiven that they have gained so much.  
This book was a delight to read.  I received it free to review.  I highly recommend this book to others especially to someone that is having a difficult time knowing how to forgive.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

I had the advantage of reading her previous books in this series.  I knew before I read the first page that I would love Tessa's story.  Ms. Hedlund has a way of making her characters real.   You can't help to love Tessa and the Bjorklund brothers.  And you can't help to dislike Percival Updegraff.

This book shows how people live their lives in fear instead of trusting God.  We become prisoners of our fears and are trapped by being afraid to escape this prison.  We forget that God does have a plan for us.  It is not a plan of condemnation.  Tessa was so afraid that the citizens of Eagle Harbor would find out about her past.  She was convinced that her friends would look at her differently and not allow her to teach.    She was afraid of showing her true feelings to Alex.  She would have to give up teaching.  She was afraid of having to live in a lighthouse. It prevented her from being joyful.

Then there are people like Percival. Percival knew exactly how to prey on people's fears.  He was used to getting his own way and knew how to manipulate people.  His dear precious brother, Samuel, could not be manipulated by Percival.  He lived his life without fear until he was facing the possibility of losing Tessa and the Bjorklunds.  Others in the community feared what Percival could do to them if they refused him.

Alex was so used to protecting and helping his brother.  He had a difficult time putting his needs first.
His role was to be his brother's keeper.  He was convinced that he had to do this.

Fear can be a crippler.  Sometimes what we fear is fear itself.  Tessa and Alex each had their fears but with time they both realized they had nothing to fear.  They both forgot to put their fears before God and ask for his guidance.  When they finally did this, things turned out for them.

Excellent read.  If I see Jody's name on a book, I'm reading it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

After The Rain by Rita Gerlach

I was given this ebook to read for free.  I always start to read these books with some apprehension.  What if I don't like it?  What if I can't finish it?    Well, I didn't have that problem at all with this story.

The first chapter grabbed my attention and had me right until the last page.   I loved the main character, Louisa.  Her compassion for others even when she was up against adversity was such a joy.  Louisa saw the need and she would step right in and do what she could to help.  She was criticized for her compassion but she wouldn't let it stop her from doing her upmost to make the world a better place.  She had an inner strength that I admired.

The Title, After The Rain, signifies to me that after the rain the sun will come out and there is a new day to embrace and start over.  Louisa had her troubles.  She had her sorrow.  At times, she was hurt and confused. But she never gave up.  She kept looking to the future and knew things would be better

Five stars!  Absolutely loved it!

A Conflicted Betrothal

  Temperance and Tabitha were sisters.  Temperance always felt second best.   She wasn't as beautiful and she wore glasses!   But she wa...