Friday, February 24, 2023

The Maid of Ballymacool


A wonderful story with great characters.  I felt like I was in Ballymacool.  Michael Wray didn't want to go to Ballymacool. His parents insisted he go.

Brianna lived at Ballymacool all her life.  She couldn't escape the cruelty she found there.  I so desperately wanted to help Brianna.  Her circumstances were terrible.  Michael appeared and gave her hope.

Hope changes everything.  It gives you the ability to withstand unbearable circumstances.

I rate it 5 stars.  I received this book from the author to give a review.


Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher and freelance writer. Her work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic Magazine, and others. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona.

Book One- Letters of Trust

Alcoholism affects more families than we are aware of. It can become a dirty secret. The loved ones of the alcoholic live life like they were riding on a roller coaster. Never knowing what is going to happen from day to day. They become victims. They pull away from family and friends so the secret doesn't come out.

Eleanor was living this life. She tried to help her husband, Vic. But it was getting worse.  What was she going to do?  Eleanor didn't want to give up on her husband but Vic wasn't making it easy for her.

I have lived with alcoholics.  I was surprised that Eleanor stuck by Vic for as long as she did.  I don't think I could have done that.  She not only stayed with him but kept quiet about it.  The only person she told was her friend, Doretta.  She wrote "Letters of Trust" to her.  She knew Doretta would keep the information to herself.  We all need a friend like that.

The book wasn't easy to read but it was worth it.  A tough topic that affects so many.


New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Amish Wilderness Survival

Amish Wilderness Survival Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book: Amish Wilderness Survival

Author: Mary Alford

Genre: Amish Suspense

Release date: March 28, 2023

To stay alive,

she must escape a killer’s clutches

When her brother goes missing, Leora Mast will do anything to find him…even if it means putting her life in danger. Upon arriving in Montana, she finds an ally in Fletcher Shetler, but almost as soon as they meet, they’re running for their lives. With Fletcher’s help, Leora must unravel the truth about her brother’s disappearance…before the man who wants them dead tracks them down.

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


Amish Wilderness Survival Excerpt 5

Fletcher couldn’t imagine going through such dangerous missions when the 

lives of his fellow soldiers, as well as others they were trying to save, were on 

the line.

Fletcher climbed up into the saddle and urged Jacob, the two-year-old 

gelding, from the barn. Once they cleared the structure, he pressed his knees 

against the gelding’s sides. Jacob immediately responded and took off at a

hard gallop.

Fall in the mountains presented its own dangers. You never knew when you’d 

run into a stray bear foraging for a last bit of food before going into 

hibernation. And sometimes the snow came early, creating havoc to those not 

prepared for the winter months.

Halfway to Ethan’s place, the dogs could be heard barking anxiously.

Something was definitely wrong. Tension worked along Fletcher’s spine.

He rode harder while all sorts of terrible possibilities raced through his

head. The sunny day shifted overhead. A cool breeze chased down from the

snowcapped mountains. Ugly clouds gathering around the peaks seemed to

warn something was coming, and Fletcher wasn’t sure it would be confined 

to the weather alone.

Once he crested the final hill, Ethan’s house and barn spread out before




Mary Alford is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels. Her books have been finalists in the Selah Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and the HOLT Medallion Contest. As a writer, Mary is an avid reader. She loves to cook and can’t face the day with-out coffee. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two very spoiled cats and one adorable rescue dog. Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Facebook and Twitter or any social platforms listed at

Sunday, February 12, 2023

The Lumberjills

 I have heard of land girls but never lumberjills.  This was a new one to me.  I was captivated by what they did.  It was extremely dangerous and put them at risk of suffering an injury.

The lumberjills were a group of young women that lucked out when they were assigned to Sheila and Bob's farm.   Each girl had a story to tell of how they landed up doing this dangerous job.    With time, they became close and shared their emotional journeys.

The characters were great. M W Arnold wrote an amazing story and I enjoyed it a great deal.  Its pretty amazing how he wrote female characters so realistically when he is a man.  

I am more than ready to read other stories by M W Arnold.  He brought history to life.

I received this ebook from #BoldwoodBooks to review.


About M W Arnold

Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England but spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of the late HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots—and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian Werecats bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife.

Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. The Lumberjills is the lead book in this new series from the author of the Broken Wings novels.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Rachael's Decision

I'm an Amish fiction nut. I have many favorite Amish authors and Molly Jebber is one of them.

The story is centered around Rachael.  She has suffered greatly.  Her losses weigh heavily on her heart.  It impacts her choices even if it breaks her heart.  

The characters are realistic to the point where I wanted to wring someone's neck.  I won't mention names but you will know as you read the story.  Why do some people like to be miserable? Or cause trouble for others?  

I felt Rachael told too many people about her private health issues.  I think she gave out more information than she needed to.  I thought it was her way of coping with her issues.  

Can Rachael find true happiness?  It is all up to Rachael's Decision.

I received this ebook to review from the Celebrate Lit.


Click here to get your copy!


Blog Stops

Vicky Sluiter, February 3

Texas Book-aholic, February 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 5

Simple Harvest Reads, February 5 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Lighthouse Academy, February 6 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 7

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 7

For Him and My Family, February 8

deb’s Book Review, February 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 9

Holly’s Book Corner, February 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 10

She Lives to Read, February 11

Older & Smarter?, February 11

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 12

Cover Lover Book Review, February 13

Connie’s History Classroom, February 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 14

The Avid Reader, February 15

Girls in White Dresses, February 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 16

About the Book

Book: Rachael’s Decision

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Amish Romance

Release date: January 24, 2023

 In 1915 Ohio, anyone entering the Amish Charm Bakery is greeted by the sweet warmth and delicious fragrance of cinnamon and vanilla wafting from freshly baked cookies and pies. And newcomers to this Amish community will find friendship on the menu, too—and perhaps for a lucky few, even lasting love . . .

Rachael Schlabach’s first chance for a husband ended in a tragic accident that left her with a limp. Though happy to work in the beloved Amish Charm Bakery, she hasn’t abandoned her romantic dreams, but she has focused on a widower with two adorable
kinner she would love to raise as her own. Then handsome, single Caleb Yutzy arrives on the scene.

Caleb is eager to court pretty, warm-hearted Rachael, and tells her so. But their frank conversations reveal a truth that dashes her hopes—Caleb very much wants kinner, the one thing Rachael can’t give him. Even when Caleb assures her it’s no matter, she can’t bring herself to be so selfish. Yet love is beyond all planning, and with faith Rachael and Caleb may discover the lifetime of love they were meant to share . . .

About the Author

Molly Jebber is a best-selling and award-winning author of Amish Historical Romance. Molly’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten lists, USA Today’s HEA, featured in live video on Naples News, many media outlets across the U.S. You’ll find her books on most stores the first three months of their release across the U.S, UK, Canada, and more. She’s been interviewed on television, and she’s a touring speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, other women’s professional organizations, and she offers presentations on writing, agent or no agent, publishing, and marketing.

She also speaks about the Amish lifestyles and traditions. She says the most rewarding part about writing stories is meeting wonderful readers who become friends through social media and at her speaking events. Please visit her website: for a full list of her books (and options of stores to buy them), speaking events and recipes. Her book, Liza’s Second Chance, is being made into a movie for Sony/Pureflix.

She loves God, her family, and friends and Florida sunshine. She says yes to swimming, the beach, golf, and time with her family and friends, and no to coconut, onions, and skydiving!


To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away the grand prize of a $75 Amazon gift card and copy of Rachael’s Decision!!

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



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