Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The House At The End Of The Moor

Maggie had to get away fast so the House seemed to be the perfect solution.  Oliver ran to escape.  They both had secrets.  Little did they know their secrets would bring them together.

We need to open our hearts to forgive others as well as ourselves.  We all make mistakes. We will only be completely free when we can forgive.

I was touched to see the wonderful changes the characters made due to forgiveness and redemption.

Have you carried the heavy burden of having a grudge or anger towards someone?  I have.  It is a heavy weight.  Let it go.  You will be set free.

I enjoyed this book.  It had everything I was looking for.  Maggie and Oliver grew stronger spiritually as I turned page after page. Loved it! 

I received this free from Barbour books. 

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Turning Tide

My great grandfather served in the British Army during WW1.  He suffered injuries in France.  He was sent home to recuperate but shortly thereafter he returned to fight.  He lost his life in Egypt in 1917 from dysentery.  His name is on the War Monument in the town square in Maulden, England.  This monument is to remember the men who didn't return.  I thought of him while reading this book.  How can I not?  I think of how he felt saying goodbye to his wife and children to return to the front.  My grandmother was only 2.  She only remembered his shiny buttons on his uniform.

I have his picture sitting in my cabinet.  I look at him and think of what he suffered.  I think of how his family must have felt when they received the terrible news.

I was a little lost at first as it appears this was part of a series.  By Chapter 4, the characters and how they were related started to click.  I enjoyed their closeness in their community.  They looked out for each other.  

This story illustrates that things can change in a fraction of a moment.  The tide can turn in either direction.  How we handle this change is what is important.  

I received this book free from Celebrate Lit to review.

About the Book

Book:  Turning Tide
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Release Date: Feb 15, 2020
Turning TideAs the Great War rages on, Sunset Cove continues to feel its impact. Running the small town newspaper, Anna McDowell can’t escape the grim reports from the other side of the world, but home-front challenges abound as well. Dr. Daniel is serving the wounded on the front lines. And Katy, expecting her first child, with her husband in the trenches, tries to support the war effort with her Red Cross club. Even as the war winds down the costs are high—and Sunset Cove is not spared.

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About the Author

author photo Melody Carlson (1)Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

More from Melody

Writing about the WW1 era has definitely been a good history lesson for me. Prohibition laws in Oregon (and rum-runners breaking them) combined with a massive war that changed the world and a global epidemic is worth paying attention to. Especially since history sometimes repeats itself. The early 20th century had a lot going on—much that seems nearly forgotten. I’m glad to see the movie 1917 is doing well—and we plan to see it this week. Although I’m not a fan of gruesome war movies, this era continues to intrigue me. Even as I wrapped up my Sunset Cove series with Turning Tide I was left wondering . . . what’s next? But isn’t that the beauty of story?

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, March 16
By The Book, March 19
Wishful Endings, March 19
Betti Mace, March 21
Remembrancy, March 21
Mary Hake, March 22
Artistic Nobody, March 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Older & Smarter?, March 26
SPLASHES of Joy, March 28
Vicky Sluiter, March 28
Pause for Tales, March 29


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of a complete set of The Legacy of Sunset Cove series!!
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Forks in the Road

A story about choices.  We each have times in our lives where we make a decision that will alter our journey.

Jonathan and Joshua made choices that set them on a course that they will later regret.  They had opportunities to make different decisions along the way.  

Jesus promises that he is the only way to the Kingdom of God.  Jonathan and Joshua had to reflect and ask for forgiveness.  A whole new world opened up to them when they started to read the Bible.  The Bible showed them that they had another choice.  A choice that can change their whole lives.

I enjoyed their story.  I was worried about the ending.  It could have easily been worse.  If we continuously make poor decisions, it can be almost too late.  Jonathan and Joshua always had the love of their family.  They always had the love of GOD to protect them and guide them.

I received this free from Celebrate Lit to review.

About the Book

Book:  Forks in the Road
Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft
Genre:  Christian Western
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Forks in the Road CoverOrphans, Outlaws, and Redemption in the Old West!
(Looking for a prairie romance? Don’t look here!)
A classic Western tale of Joshua and Jonathan Jackson, brothers orphaned during the Civil War. They needed someone to give them a chance, but the war-torn countryside and people had little to spare.
After the war, the teen brothers headed West to find their fortunes and escape their past. Instead, they found a hard land and nobody willing to lend a hand. At every fork in the road, fear, grief, or pain prompted them to choose the wrong path.
By the time they were grown men, they had traveled so far into trouble, there was no way out except prison or death. They had one chance for redemption. Would they take it?
If you’ve read LOST IN THE STORM, you met Jed Jackson – this is the story of what happened to Jed and his brothers.

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About the Author

Tamera KraftAward winning author Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. Alice’s NotionsRed Sky Over AmericaLost in the StormResurrection of Hope, and Soldier’s Heart are among her published works.
 Tamera been married for 40 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren. She has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist and has written children’s church curriculum. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

More from Tamera

I have always loved westerns. As a child, I remember watching shows on television like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Maverick, Big Valley, Alias Smith and Jones, and many others. I also loved the great western movies such as High Noon, The Quaker and the Bad Man, Three Godfathers, and Stagecoach. My favorite were the stories with an element of redemption in them. There is no better redemptive story than a man’s man out on the trail realizing he needs God.

Three Godfathers with John Wayne is my favorite movie. I first watched it when I came home from the hospital after giving birth to my first child. John Wayne plays an outlaw who, with his two friends, robs a bank and escapes into the desert. The outlaws happen on a wagon where a woman is giving birth. She dies shortly after. They have a choice. Either they risk their lives and freedom saving the child, or they leave the child to die and get away with the loot. I highly recommend it.

When I decided to write Forks in the Road, I wanted to capture that redemptive spirit in many western novels. Joshua and Jonathan are brothers who were orphaned at the ages of 10 and 12 when Quantrill’s raiders ravaged Lawrence, Kansas. They headed west to make it on their own, but at every fork in the road, they made wrong choices. They grew up and became outlaws, but they never became hardened or callous toward others. Even so, God had a plan of redemption for them. Would they take it?

Blog Stops

Wishful Endings, March 12 (Author Interview)
Betti Mace, March 18
Bigreadersite, March 19
My Devotional Thoughts, March 20 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Tamera is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & copy of Forks in the Road!!
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson

I love to camp so how could I not read this.  A Cute romantic story that involves vintage campers.

An easy read about Dillon on her road to discovery.  What did she want in life? She was tired of not being appreciated.  It was time for a change.

There was a lot of assumptions between Dillon and the hardware store owner.  Dillon assumed she knew her mother but she had a lot to learn about her and herself.

I enjoyed this book.  It is scary making a change.  Dillon made a huge change but in the end it was so worth it!!

I am ready to find a vintage camper.  I know that I would love to join their camper club!!!

I received this free from Revell to review.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Woman of Sunlight

Ilsa has been sheltered on Hope Mountain.  It's all she has known.

Mitch opens the door to a world she never expected.  Danger is all around her...the sound of a train, carriages everywhere.  But the real danger lurks in the shadows.

Mitch and Ilsa are a good team.  They were supportive of each other.  They had each other's back.  Their marriage might have been unconventional but they complimented each other.

This book is book 2 of a series by Mary Connealy.  I read book one so I was introduced to Mitch and Ilsa already.  I assume book 3 will be about Ilsa's sister, Ursula.  I am looking forward to visiting Hope Mountain again!!

You can very well read this all alone but I highly suggest you read the first book - Aiming for Love.

I received this for free from Bethany House to review.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

An Amish Picnic

This collection of stories clearly points out that each one of us is not perfect.  Everyone of us have strengths and weaknesses.  GOD loves us faults and all.  

Genesis 1:27 English Standard Version (ESV)

27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

We are GOD's creation.  He knows our pain.  He comforts us.  He hears our prayers.  We can celebrate his love for us.

This message is demonstrated in the four stories of AN AMISH PICNIC.  A picnic is a time to enjoy GOD's gift to us.  Who doesn't like a picnic?  It involves being with friends and family celebrating with delicious food. And they had some delicious food in the stories....chicken, cookies...yum!

Each character in the stories were not perfect.  They had fears.  They had disabilities.  They had flaws.  But with prayer, faith and trust in GOD'S love...anything can happen.

I loved the stories and the message I took away from them.

I received this free from Celebrate Lit to review.

About the Book

Book:  An Amish Picnic
Author: Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman
Genre: Amish; Christian Romance
Release Date: March 3, 2020
From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four sweet stories about picnics and romance.
Baskets of Sunshine by Amy Clipston
Kevin Weaver has lived with his brother’s family since his parents passed away when he was young, but he craves a home and family to call his own. Freeman Kurtz owns a successful brick mason business, and Kevin takes the job as Freeman’s apprentice to pursue his own financial freedom.
Phoebe Kurtz is helping her sister with her booth at the marketplace when she notices Kevin, her father’s employee. Their friendship grows, but Kevin is convinced that the difference in their ages makes a relationship between them impossible. Amidst summer outings, Kevin and Phoebe must decide if taking a chance on love is worth the risk.
Candlelight Sweethearts by Kelly Irvin
Esther Marie Shrock loves her job at Valley Grocery Store where she’s worked for four years. Despite a stutter that has plagued her since childhood, she thrives filling orders from a steady stream of customers. Still, at 25, she and her family wonder if romance is in her future.
Jasper Cotter isn’t good with people, but he’s found himself obligated to take over day-to-day operations of the family owned grocery store—a store he doesn’t have the first clue how to run. Thrown together, Esther Marie and Jasper don’t exactly see eye to eye. One night, the store loses power, and the candles aren’t the only things shooting off sparks. Esther Marie and Jasper are suddenly forced to discover common ground when it matters most, and they might be surprised with love along the way.
Reeling in Love by Kathleen Fuller
Nina Stoll and Ira Yoder are just friends. Just friends and fishing buddies. Every Saturday afternoon, they have a picnic at their favorite fishing hole and see who can out fish the other. Until Nina starts to wonder if there’s more.
Her plans to share her feelings go awry, and circumstances seem destined to keep Nina and Ira apart. With both Nina and Ira confused and hurting, it’s going to take courage, some help from the community matchmakers, and a little bit of divine intervention for Nina and Ira to realize they’re each other’s perfect catch.
Picnics and Prospects by Vannetta Chapman
Faith Troyer is claustrophobic, and David Lapp builds tiny houses. They went on a date years ago with disastrous results. Now that they’re in their late twenties, their families and friends are beginning to wonder if either will ever find that special someone. When a picnic outing is diverted by the discovery of a package of letters dating back to the 1970s, they take it upon themselves to find answers to a mystery that causes them to rethink their past and consider their future.

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About the Author

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of amy-clipstonLancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, Amish Homestead, and Amish Marketplace series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.
kelly-irvinKelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.
With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the kathleen-fullerHearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at; Instagram: kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller; Twitter: @TheKatJam.
Vannetta ChapmanVannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of sixteen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and has also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for fifteen years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. Visit Vannetta online:, Twitter: @VannettaChapman, Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks.

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Blog Stops

Batya’s Bits, March 6
The Avid Reader, March 6
Bigreadersite, March 8
Quiet Quilter, March 10
Splashes of Joy, March 15
Artistic Nobody, March 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
EmpowerMoms, March 18
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Out of the Embers

Evelyn was confident someone was watching her.   She lived her life in fear.

Wyatt wanted to escape.  He was afraid of what would happen if he did.

GOD had a plan.  He brought Evelyn to Mesquite Springs, Texas.  

Family doesn't always mean Mom, Dad, sister and brother.  Evelyn opened her heart to Polly.  They became a family. Polly is an orphan who was in danger. Evelyn will protect her at all cost.  Wyatt was there to protect them both.

This story shows the love between members of the community and what they would do for each other.  Evelyn and Polly escaped from the embers and was saved by Wyatt and the citizens of Mesquite Springs.

I loved the story and the relationships that Evelyn developed with Wyatt and others.

I received this for free from Revell to review.

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...