Friday, October 28, 2022

Rescuing Rose

A Historical buff like me was eager to start this story.  The cover alone got my attention.  Rose and her sister were on their own.  Life was hard but they never could imagine what layed ahead.

I wasn't aware that women from the South were transferred to the North during the Civil War.  Their men fighting who knows where and they are sent away.  How would their loved ones know where they went?  What other struggles would they encounter as they were forced to make new lives so far from home?

This was a page turner.  I enjoyed every moment reading this story.  The characters were written well.  How can you not love Rose and Captain Noah?

I received this book to review from the author.


Susan P Sloan

Retired from a career in technical writing, Susan now combines her love of history and language in the world of Christian fiction. She and her husband live in Georgia where she is active in Toastmasters, Word Weavers, and musical groups. She also has authored three non-fiction books and several children’s stories.



Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Christmas Spirit

Every Christmas Debbie Macomber writes a holiday story.  This story centers on 2 friends who change places right before Christmas.  Hank and Pete have totally different occupations.  Hank is a bartender and Pete is a pastor.  Both men have important roles to play in sharing God's love and wisdom.

I read this in October but this story is great for anytime of the year. Christmas love and spirit can be year round. 

ABOUT Debbie

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Fifteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.

Samantha Price- A Deadly Amish Betrayal

A mystery to be solved.  Sisters, Ettie and Elsa-May, are on the case.  A murder victim was found almost at their front door.  Who is it?  Who could have done this?  

They make me think of the sisters in The Waltons. They sometimes get on each other's nerves but they would be lost without each other.  

They have special skills to solve the crimes in their area.  Detective Kelly recognizes this and he appreciates their talent. He sometimes acts like he is annoyed but without them many crimes would be unsolved.

I loved this cute story.  I enjoyed the banter between sisters.  They are a special pair.

I received this ebook from the author to review.


Samantha Price is a USA Today bestselling author of Amish romance books and cozy mysteries. She was raised Brethren and has a deep affinity for the Amish way of life, which she has explored extensively with over a decade of research.

She is mother to two pampered rescue cats, and a very spoiled staffy with separation issues.

Samantha loves to hear from her readers. Connect at:

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Hat Girl's Heartbreak


My maternal grandmother worked at a hat factory in Luton, England many years ago.  I was never told to much about her experiences there.  I always wondered about it. So naturally I was curious and interested in reading this book.

I read the 1st book by Lindsey Hutchinson.  I enjoyed it so much that when I saw the next one I had to read it.  I enjoyed it just as much but probably more. 

Each character was written with love.  You really got to know them and care for them.  You understood where they came from.  

The main character, Ella, shares her grief and her happiness with us.  She has a giving heart and touches everyone she meets (as well as the readers) with it.  All except Darcie Newland.  

I highly recommend this book as well as the first book of the series.

I received this book from Boldwood Books to give a review.

#blogtour  #boldwoodbooks #LindseyHutchinson


The Hat Girl's Heartbreak 

Will it be tears or triumph for the Hat Girl from Silver Street?

It’s been five years since Ella Bancroft lost the love of her life, Harper Fortescue, and despite her friends’ encouragement, she’s still not been able to move on. The one thing keeping Ella smiling is the success of her hat shop, Ivella.  Her beautiful designs and fabulous creations are the first choice for the fashionable Edwardian ladies of Walsall, and her fame is spreading far and wide.

Darcie Newland won’t ever forgive Ella for stealing her fiancĂ© and ruining her life, even though Harper was never really hers in his heart.  After being exiled by her parents to Scotland after yet another scandal, Darcie is now back in Birmingham and set on revenge.

As her hat shop flourishes, and the possibility of a new love appears when she least expects it, Ella finally dares to hope for a happy future. But storm clouds are gathering over the Black Country, and life might have other plans for the hat girl from Silver Street.

The Queen of the Black Country sagas is back with this page-turning story of friendship and fun, love and second chances. Perfect for fans of Val Wood and Lyn Andrews.

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Author Bio – 

Lindsey Hutchinson is a bestselling saga author whose novels include The Workhouse Children. She was born and raised in Wednesbury, and was always destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother, the multi-million selling Meg Hutchinson.

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Lindsey lives in Shropshire with her husband and dog, loves to read and has recently discovered photography. She is the daughter of million-copy bestselling author Meg Hutchinson.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Amish Friends No Waste Cookbook


I made this recipe from Wanda Brunstetter's new cookbook.  

It was delicious!!

Anything But Plain

Lydie felt she didn't belong.  She was told that she was different. But she learned later that being different is ok.

Lydie and Nathan were trying to find their way.  Both were not sure if staying in Stoney Ridge was possible.  Both lacked confidence.  

It only takes one kind word to change your outlook.  A pat on a back or an acknowledgement can change your life.  Lydie was lucky to have her Aunt.   She made a difference.  Nathan had the support of the community.  

I received this book from Celebrate Lit to review.  

I enjoyed revisiting some characters from earlier books.  This book was ANYTHING BUT PLAIN.  

Jeremiah 1:4-5 “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

About the Book

Book: Anything But Plain

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Amish fiction

Release date: October 4, 2022

It’s not easy being the bishop’s daughter, especially for Lydie Stoltzfus. She’s not like other Amish girls, as much as she wishes she were. The only thing she does well is disappoint others. Leaving her family and church seems unbearable, but staying might be worse.

Knowing Lydie is “between” jobs, the local doctor asks her to fill in at the front desk for a few months. To Lydie, this is a boon. It gives her time to figure out how she’s going to say goodbye to her neighbor, Nathan Yoder–the main reason she needs to leave Stoney Ridge. Nathan claims he’s in love with her, but she knows she’s not good enough for him. If in doubt, Nathan’s father reminds her frequently.

As Dok spends time with Lydie, she recognizes symptoms of an uncommon disorder among the Amish. She offers treatment for Lydie. But will it be enough to make her stay? Or has help come too late?


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About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a Christy finalist, a Carol Award winner, a two-time ECPA Book of the Year finalist, and the Publishers Weekly, ECPA, CBA, bestselling author of more than thirty books. Her genres include contemporary and historical romances, Amish romance, and women’s fiction. She and her husband live in a small town in California, where everyone knows everyone else, knows what they are doing and why. Most folks act a little nervous around Suzanne because they usually wind up in one of her novels. She has four grown children and enough grandchildren to keep her young. Visit Suzanne at

One of the takeaway lessons of this book is to “walk the beans” of technology’s role in my life. So…I’ve been working on a few strategies. When I practice, I see a difference. Life is calmer. More manageable.

So…I wanted to pass these tips along to you. (If you have little children, these might not work for you. Not when your little ones are awake, anyway.) Hopefully, you’ll find them to be useful, and maybe spark some strategies of your own.

                                             Cats in the Cradle Blog, October 19

Pause for Tales, October 19

Spoken from the Heart, October 19

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 20

Cover Lover Book Review, October 20

The Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 20


To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Body of Evidence

Grace thought she was safe especially in rural Missouri.  But she was wrong.  Nate thought he could protect her.  Was he wrong?

I picked up this ebook and read it in one night.  I loved the characters.  I knew them from reading an earlier book in the series called The Code of Honor.  This Book Three.

A mystery that is bound to surprise you at the end.  I was.  I won't give it away.  You have to pick this up.  Entertaining.  

I received this from netgalley to review.

Irene Hannon-

Award winning author, Irene Hannon is well-known for writing romantic-suspense novels that leave readers on the edge of their seats. She has more than 50 romantic suspense and contemporary romance women’s fiction novels. She is a seven-time finalist & three-time winner of the RITA award as well as the Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award, a Booksellers’ Best Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from 'RT Book Reviews' magazine.

Irene holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full time.

Favorite Verse: Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

Thursday, October 6, 2022

The Me I See In You


The Me I See in You Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book: The Me I See in You

Author: Angeles Echols

Genre: Inspirational Nonfiction

Release date: November 7, 2022

Take a peek into the eyes of our future…and be encouraged.The Me I See in You is a testament of the commitment, dedicated educators and caring communities have in changing the trajectory of young lives. In it, you’ll meet graduates with incredible stories and extraordinary outcomes, thanks to the academic, emotional, and social resources provided by EYM and a caring core base of teachers, mentors, family, friends, funders, and the EYM board of directors.“When asked what I see on the horizon for our youth, I see in my youth the essence of what it is “to be human,” to dream, do the work, to love, and forgive with grace. Through tears, triumphs, disappointments, successes, failures, inequities, biases and racism, I see a world full of hope because our youth with guidance and support will not waiver. They will continue to strive to be and share their best selves with unlimited potential.I think not only of these former students but each child that has come across my path and the me I see in each of them!” –Angeles EcholsYvette, a little chocolate beauty who was once teased, but now with an MD and Master's degree, is a role model for young Black women and girls.LaShia, who rolled her neck and eyes at me and adamantly told us what she was and was not going to do at EYM... I smiled and asked her mom to leave the room. (What was said in that room, we will never tell)Todd, who sat at my desk and reviewed EYM’s online programming, discovered flaws, said “Don’t cry, Ms. Echols, I can fix this,” and built EYM’s online interactive platform, Access/No Excuse (ANE).Adam, who built the teacher/student online tutorial component of (ANE) while attending Cal Tech and teaching at EYM part-time.Ashley, whogave me a hug and said, “Take my credit card and get what you need for EYM. I will bring my team and design the landscape for EYM.” Shot during a drive-by, she’s forgiving and, refuses to be bitter.Rob, seeking that street credit as a teen, now a film producer and director, reminds me frequently that EYM saved his life. I then remind him that he saved himself, with God’s grace and the support of his family and village!Themba, reminds me that the potential of an EYM graduate is without boundaries. Never giving up or giving in, he passed the California State Bar and continued to reach back to help others, producing the first EYM golf tournament!Suha,a gentle soft spoken EYM graduate,now in Medical School, who became a tutor at EYM and quietly showered me with love and encouragement as an adult.When you look upon a child whose eyes have already begun to dim due to deferred hope don’t speculate on how long it will take before the light is completely extinguished—find a way to set it ablaze.


The Me I See In You Excerpt 6

Some came with attitudes and complaints because they did not want to come until it was time for their child to go home, others came with a hug, patience and a thank you. But everyone came with a meal and waited in their cars. Eventually, everyone learned to come with patience, grace, and love, determined to see their child succeed, and when they did, word spread. EYM continued to grow by word of mouth. Mentored, and disciplined academically and emotionally, students were taught to respect themselves and one another. The expensive rent in Korea Town was challenging but it was a safe place for my students. Eventually we realized no one wanted us there. The rent continued to increase for EYM as other tenants entered the building paying much less. 

Again, my faith anchored in prayer, with grace and commitment, the next EYM location on Crenshaw, formerly known as the Sojourner Truth Industrial Club…. became our home. My church, FAME AME became our landlord and one of our biggest supporters under the direction of Pastor J. Edgar Boyd.

So, for more than thirty years, EYM has been a consistent beacon of light and continuity for so many families in need. Fully engaged and with total dedication, I have taught, designed programs, provided resources, and nurtured collaborations needed to shape human destiny without compromising my own. Finding success, love, and peace in both business and at home with my husband Richard and strengthening my relationship with God, have proven to be my greatest accomplishments.

With the support and guidance of EYM’s executive board and staff, the intelligent, talented, compassionate young men, and women you are going to meet were encouraged to dream without reserve, to do the work with commitment and purpose, and to have faith without apology, embarrassment, or shame.

Excerpt One:


Angeles LaRose Patricia Echols was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Cornell University, where she earned her B.A. in psychology, with an emphasis in child development and human behavior. While attending Cornell, Angeles discovered a love for the arts and teaching. In Ithaca’s downtown community centers and in the local Baptist church. After much prayer and soul searching, the path was chosen for her. She would become an advocate for children: an educator and mentor, empowering children, parents, and families.


Angeles founded Educating Young Minds Tutorial Program, reaching at-risk children and their families, channeling their energies toward achieving excellence. She accomplished this by linking high expectations with socio-academic improvement, proven teaching and learning strategies and activities for students with varied needs, skills and abilities.

The truest testament to Angeles’ work is the young men and women who graduate from EYM, succeed at college, and then return to their communities as role models and as leaders.

Her new book, "The Me I See In You" highlights some of the students that have graduated from EYM, accomplished many of their academic and professional goals and have come back to support EYM in various ways. You will be encouraged by their stories.

This is not Angeles Echols' first foray into writing. She is the author of interactive bio- Ray Charles, The Man. The Music, The Legacy (commissioned by the Ray Charles Foundation).

Angeles lives in California with her husband. When she is not running her business or writing, Angeles travels with her husband. 

Monday, October 3, 2022

The Bride of Blackfriars Lane

 Don't you just love a fiesty woman who is the main character?  Kit is pretty fiesty.  Has Jackson met his match?  Or is she more than even he can handle?

Jackson and Kit are like "chalk and cheese", different in so many ways.  They both have the special ability to solve crimes even though their methods may be different.

I enjoyed the banter between the two.  I'm sure their marriage would be anything but dull.  I can just imagine all the adventures they would find themselves in. 

I recommend this book to any reader that loves a mystery, a love story and anything based in Victorian times.

I received this free from Celebrate Lit to review.

About the Book

Book: The Bride of Blackfriars Lane

Author: Michelle Griep

Genre: Christian/Romance/Historical

Release date: September, 2022

Detective Jackson Forge can hardly wait to marry the street-sly swindler who’s turned his life upside down. Kit Turner is equally excited to wed the handsome detective, and what better way to show her love than providing him with a gift any man of the law would love? She determines to bring to justice the men who years ago maimed his brother—despite Jackson’s warning to leave the past in the past. As she digs into the mystery of what happened, she unwittingly tumbles into her own history and endangers her future happiness with Jackson.


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About the Author

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the Christy Award-winning author of historical romances: A Tale of Two Hearts, The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

And guess what? She loves to hear from readers! Feel free to drop her a note at

More from Michelle

A Visit to Borough Market

Whenever I skip across the pond, I make it a point to stop at the Borough Market for some great meals. This area was—and is—a popular place to shop and an absolute must-see for food lovers. From grocers, fishmongers, cheese sellers, and butchers to all kinds of ethnic eats, it’s hard not to want to sample everything. My personal favorite are the buddha bowls.

Believe it or not, Borough market has been in operation for the past thousand years. Yes, you read that correctly. It actually began as a bridge, constructed in 990. But let’s fast forward to the Victorian era, shall we?


In the nineteenth century, a railway viaduct was constructed through the middle of the market, which brought in more people—but also brought in more noise, soot, disruption, and crime. In such a hotbed of activity, it’s easy to imagine cutpurses and pickpockets of all sorts.

And that’s the perfect scene for a certain con-artist turned investigator to meet with an informant. In The Bride of Blackfriars Lane, Kit Turner is up to her old shenanigans, much to Jackson’s chagrin. You can visit Borough Market along with her in this wild ride through Victorian London. It’s just one of the many stops in a city that never gets old.

Blog Stop

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, September 27

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 27

Life of Literature, September 27

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 27

Texas Book-aholic, September 28

Book Looks by Lisa, September 28

Bigreadersite, September 28

Betti Mace, September 29

Genesis 5020, September 29

Remembrancy, September 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 30

Christina’s Corner, September 30

A Baker’s Perspective, September 30

She Lives to Read, October 1

Inklings and notions, October 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 1

For Him and My Family, October 2

Blogging With Carol, October 2

Daysong Reflections, October 2

Hallie Reads, October 2

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, October 3 (Author Interview)

Where Faith and Books Meet, October 3

deb’s Book Review, October 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 4

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 4

Holly’s Book Corner, October 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 5

Bizwings Blog, October 5

Back Porch Reads, October 5

Connie’s History Classroom, October 6

Books I’ve Read, October 6

Blossoms and Blessings, October 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 7

Splashes of Joy, October 7

Simple Harvest Reads, October 7 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

The Write Escape, October 8

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 8

Vicky Sluiter, October 8

Through the Fire Blogs, October 8

Pause for Tales, October 9

Cover Lover Book Review, October 9

Labor Not in Vain, October 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, October 10

Melissa’s Bookshelf, October 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 10

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, October 10



To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a copy of The Bride of Blackfriars Lane!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Love on a Whim

I don't know anyone who doesn't love ice-cream.  My favorite is butter pecan.  But after reading  this story, double-fold vanilla so...