Thursday, February 13, 2020

Waltz in the Wilderness

Eliza and Daniel were on different paths..going in opposite directions.    Daniel was a perfect gentleman and felt that Eliza needed assistance.  Eliza was stubborn and refused.  But with persuasion, She accepted his help. Daniel and Eliza set out on an adventure that neither would forget.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I immediately went to Kathleen Denly's website.  I signed up for her blog.  I can not miss any of her future books.  I love books that are set in the woods and in the wilderness.  It makes me want to camp and enjoy all what nature has to offer.

I was pretty upset with Eliza's father.  He did not handle his grief well.  He ignored his duty to his daughter.  He literally dumped her at her uncle's house.  Eliza felt an obligation to care for her father.  Their roles were reversed. 

Eliza was driven to search for her father.  Daniel was driven to honor a promise.  Sparks fly.  This was the beginning of the dance.  They danced around and never really expressing their feelings.  This leads to confusion and pain.

I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit to review.

About the Book

Book:  Waltz in the Wilderness
Author: Kathleen Denly
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Waltz in the Wilderness CoverShe’s desperate to find her missing father. His conscience demands he risk all to help.
Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother’s death, so she’ll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend’s unexpected assistance is a blessing she can’t refuse.
Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it’s been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fianc√© is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement.
When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt?

About the Author

Kathleen Denly Headshot 3Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.


To celebrate her tour, Kathleen is giving away the grand prize package of a NEW Kindle Fire HD8, Proverbs 3:5 Paperback Lined Journal, Romans 8:28 Leather Bookmark, Proverbs 3:5 mug, and an Antique Silverplated Spoon made by 1847 Rogers Bros!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Blog Stops

Pause for Tales, February 5
Texas Book-aholic, February 6
Older & Smarter?, February 7
deb’s Book Review, February 7
Betti Mace, February 10
Inklings and notions, February 11
Robin’s Nest, February 11
Remembrancy, February 12
For Him and My Family, February 12
Maureen’s Musings, February 13
Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 14
Bigreadersite, February 15
Emily Yager, February 16
Blogging With Carol, February 16
Mia Reads, February 16
Janicesbookreviews, February 17
SPLASHES of Joy, February 18
Hallie Reads, February 18

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Two Steps Forward

Jimmy decided to come home.  He had no place else to go.  But was he ready to face his mother?

Silvie would do anything for Joey.  She landed up at Rising star Farm.  What did she have to do to keep it?

I just couldn't understand why Jimmy's mother was so mean to Silvie.  I can assume she was trying to protect her son.  But boy oh boy!

I enjoyed revisiting characters from the previous books.  It gives you the opportunity to see a character's growth such as Luke or see someone like Izzy who had her dreams come true.

I received this for free to review.

Meet Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research. For fun, too.
Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. She has an underlying belief in her books–you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.
When Suzanne isn’t writing, playing tennis, or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.
Keep up on Suzanne’s latest news by receiving her e-newsletter, as well as connecting on FacebookTwitter and her blog!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Hannah's Courage

Hannah took things for granted...well, she took Timothy for granted.  She loved him but she wasn't ready to settle down.  But she didn't plan that there would be competition.

It was frustrating in seeing this couple dance around and not communicate what they really needed to say to each other.  Hannah tried to find the perfect moment to tell Timothy her true feelings.  She just didn't have the courage to be vulnerable and open to rejection.  She almost lost the chance of true happiness.

We all need to take a risk or two in life.  Hannah finally took √† risk.
With this risk, she discovered who she was.

Prayers to our Heavenly Father will guide and keep us on the right path.  Hannah and Timothy knew that with prayer GOD will provide the answers.

Philippians 4:6,7: Pray about everything

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.”

I received this for free from Celebrate Lit to review.

I loved it!

About the Book

Book:  Hannah’s Courage
Author: Molly Jebber
Genre:  Amish Historical Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2020
5-30-3019 Hannah's Courage FROM KensingtonA loaf of fragrant cinnamon bread for breakfast . . . a sweet and creamy custard pie for dessert. In 1912 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery has something to delight locals and visiting Englischer alike. And within this warm, welcoming community, there’s always room for love to grow . . .
Hannah Lapp’s life, like a long-cherished recipe, is satisfying just the way it is. She enjoys whipping up desserts at the bakery, tutoring local children, and socializing with dear friends. One of those friends, Timothy Barkman, has made his interest in Hannah clear, but she’s been in no hurry to change her circumstances.
No sooner does she feel ready to grow closer to hard-working, handsome Timothy than Hannah finds she may have waited too long. Charlene Shetler intends to become Timothy’s fraa. It’s little wonder he’s attracted to such a pretty, forthright young woman, but is the newcomer all that she seems? Only when Hannah is willing to confront some difficult truths can she move bravely toward a life of abiding faith and love . . .

About the Author

Molly JebberMolly Jebber’s Amish Historical Romance books have been featured on Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Ten Recommended Reads, in USA Today’s HEA, Romantic Times and many other media sites. She’s tours and speaks for Stonecroft Ministries – Women’s Christian Connection, and about Amish history/traditions, writing, marketing, publishing, and her books. She loves God, her family, and friends. She enjoys swimming, golf, reading, and says yes to butterscotch pie and parasailing, but no to coconut and skydiving! Visit for a complete list of her books and speaking events.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, January 30
Genesis 5020, January 30
Texas Book-aholic, January 31
Batya’s Bits, February 1
Quiet Quilter, February 1
She Lives to Read, February 2
Bigreadersite , February 3
deb’s Book Review, February 4
Pause for Tales, February 5
Older & Smarter?, February 6
Lighthouse Academy Blog, February 7 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
SusanLovesBooks, February 10
SPLASHES of Joy , February 11
Vicky Sluiter, February 12

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Major's Daughter

She didn't want to be known as the "Major's Daughter.  She had dreams and aspirations for so much more.  And she was going to do it!

Frisco felt like he never belonged to anyone or anywhere. He was going to find a place he could call his own.  And the Mayor's Daughter stood in his way!

I have always enjoyed Regina Jenning's books.  I loved the cover as the main character, Caroline, appeared so confident.  She was pretty gutsy in her quest of the American dream to own her own piece of land.

With time, Caroline discovered that she could make her dreams come true and be The Mayor's Daughter at the same time.  Caroline might have got in the way of Frisco's plans but plans can change. Frisco and Caroline both wanted a place to call "home".

I loved it.  Five Stars!

After a particularly stressful day of parenting, Regina Jennings decided to create a fantasy world that didn’t involve potty-training or stain-removal, and thus began her career as a historical romance writer. Since then, she has written more than a dozen historical novels that are sold worldwide and have been translated into three languages. (To read about her publication journey click here.)

A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Regina is the winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, two-time finalist for the Golden Quill Award and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year. She has also worked at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and First Baptist Church of Mustang. Now, she spends her free time learning to play the banjo and traveling with her husband of twenty-six years. Highlights include working at a leper colony in India, sleeping on a trampoline for a week in Senegal, and getting a problematic weapons search in a Mexican prison.

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