Friday, December 29, 2023

Dark Shadows Over Coronation Close


I was real excited to read this.  I read a previous book of this series and I loved it.

There are some real serious topics dealt  between the pages of the book.  But Lizzie Lane has a special writing talent that accomplishs this task in a tasteful way.  

Jenny, Thelma and all the neighbors of Coronation Close are doing their best to live week by week.  I really love both Jenny and Thelma.  They are so different but are the best of friends.  I don't always agree with their decisions.  And I find myself wanting to shout "No, don't".  But they can't hear me.

I hope there will be more to come.  I loved the story. Thanks to Boldwood Books, I was able to read this to review.



Dark Shadows Over Coronation Close

There’s talk of war and dark clouds fester on the horizon...

Bristol 1938

A shadowy presence overshadows Coronation Close, watching and waiting. Jenny Crawford is the first to notice the stranger and wonders why his attention is fixed on Thelma Dawson’s house. When challenged he makes a hasty retreat.

Meanwhile Thelma is having trouble with her precocious daughter Mary who is about to leave schooland start work. Mary considers herself an adult but to Thelma she’s still a little girl; an attitude resented by her daughter.

Unknown to her mother, Mary is secretly befriended by a stranger, an older man who treats her as the grown up she thinks she is. But what does this man want with this naïve young girl?

Problems shared are problems halved. Jenny and Thelma certainly share theirs as the shadow of war rolls over from Europe and nothing seems certain.

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Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers. She was born 

and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories. This has 

inspired her saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls.

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Sunday, December 24, 2023

Amish Friends Life Hacks

 I collect all things from Wanda E. Brunstetter.  I love her fictional books but her cookbooks are fantastic.  I have made some really delicious food items that I discovered from the multiple books I own.

Her newest book is called Amish Friends Life Hacks.  There is so more handy tips and ideas to enjoy.  I love the different chapters ranging from garden ideas to making your own health items such as sore throat cures. 

These are great gifts for anyone.  I love the way they are made as the pages are sturdy and can be wiped clean.  I can be messy when trying out new recipes.  Plus the book can be folded open and it stays that way.  

I love all the new ideas to make my life easier and even more cost efficient.  


Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Life Hacks: Hundreds of Tips for Cooking, Cleaning, Gardening, Wellness, and More

About the author

Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 100 books with more than 12 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit:

Friday, December 22, 2023

The Irish Matchmaker

This past year we visited England, Scotland and Ireland.  It was a trip of a lifetime.  My mother is from England.  So I have some British blood running through my veins.  I can't get enough of anything related to those countries.  So just the title of this book made me want to read it.  And I'm so glad I did.  

There is a festival in Ireland called Lisdoonvarna.  It sounds amazing.  It's a matchmaking festival. It has been going on for over 160 years.  There is a lot of dancing and music going on as well as a chance of finding true love.  This is the location and basis for this book.  

Catriona is following in her father's footsteps as a matchmaker.  She has plans to snare her own match.  But things are not always what they seem. Will she get the man of her dreams?

Donal Bunratty is raising his daughter on his own since his wife passed.  He would do anything for her.  What will he do when she asks for a "new" mother?

I have read all 4 of  Jennifer Deibel's books.  I loved everyone.  She takes me on a vacation with every page she writes.  She has become one of my favorite authors.  I look forward to every book she publishes.  

I received this book from the author to give a honest review.

About the author

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.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Calling on the Matchmaker

I have a list of my favorite authors.  Jody Hedlund is on that list.  I am always excited and eager to read her newest release.  This one is called Calling on the Matchmaker.  

Both Riley and Finola are single.  Neither are looking for a mate. Their respective parent(s) feel it is time.  

Bellamy, son of the current matchmaker, is starting on his own.  This will be his first assignment as a matchmaker.  He has an unique approach to bring Riley and Finola together.

Both Finola and Riley are running from their past.  Can they resolve their past to have a future together?

Great story.  I loved it.  It looks as though Bellamy has another opportunity to use his matchmaking skills in a future book.  I can't wait.

I received this book to review from the author's publishing company.

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Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over forty books and is the winner of numerous awards. She writes sweet historical romances with plenty of sizzle.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Rocky Mountain Promise

 I try to read every book that Misty B. Beller writes.  I have been out west and I know how beautiful it is.  She writes so beautifully that I feel I am there.  She visually paints a picture with her words.

This sweet story is about Lorelei.  She has a soft spot for any member of the animal family.  In this book, she is taking care of a white buffalo calf.  This isn't an easy task.  With some help from the new trading post owner, Tanner Mason, she has found another species that she cares for.

I loved the tale.  It was entertaining as well as informative.  I didn't have any idea that white buffalos were sacred to Native Americans.

I'll continue to read and enjoy anything Misty B. Beller writes. I hope it will be for a long time.

I received an early ARC from the publisher to review this title.


About the Book

Book: Rocky Mountain Promise

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: November 21, 2023

Lorelei Collins possesses a soft heart for any animal in need, so when she finds a buffalo calf bawling beside its mother’s lifeless body, she can’t help but bring it home to raise on the ranch she and her sisters are building in the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Little does she realize that its white coloring is rare and considered sacred by Native Americans, which makes it highly valuable to them and the European trappers alike.

A flood of men visit their ranch to regard the marvel, some trying to woo Lorelei into marriage so she’ll bring the buffalo calf along as dowry, and others trying to steal the calf outright. When the men’s advances become more sinister, she approaches Tanner Mason, the quiet and mysterious owner of the new trading post, with an idea: She and the calf will move to his post, along with her family’s trusted Blackfoot friend. This will solve both their problems, bringing customers to his trade room and protecting her family from the trouble brought on by so many strangers. Yet as the danger travels with her, Lorelei and Tanner are faced with a threat greater than anything they’re prepared for–one that will test the limits of both their abilities and the love growing between them.

USA Today bestselling author Misty M. Beller delivers an exhilarating addition to the Sisters of the Rockies series fraught with peril, adventure, and romance amid the majesty of the Rocky Mountains.

About the Author

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

A Winter Wonderland

Jaz can't trust any man.  Not even her hunky neighbor, Milo.  She just can't get over her divorce.  Unfortunately, this can destroy her chance for happiness.

 I would love to visit the Little Duck Pond Café.  It sounds so inviting and cozy.  Everyone looks out for each other even if you were new to the area.  Freddy discovered this when he landed up in their community.  He was lost but he soon found his way with the help of a few new friends. 

This story was just what I needed on this cold and wet week.  Christmas is coming and it's the perfect time to visit A WINTER WONDERLAND.   
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A Winter Wonderland

The festive season is fast approaching and the Little Duck Pond Café menu has been given a mouth-watering sprinkling of December magic. Jaz is hoping for the perfect festive season with little daughter Emma. But her feelings for next-door neighbour, Milo, are getting in the way. With his old love back on the scene, is she really prepared to risk her heart and make it the best Christmas ever?

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Author Bio – Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a country village cafe. Look out for 

THE SUNSHINE SISTERS – a heart-warming and thoroughly enchanting trilogy of books in the Little 

Duck Pond Café series, out early in 2024!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Her Amish Christmas Baby


Alice thought she had her life all thought out.  She will marry Samuel.  She'll have many babies to love and to cherish.  

But a tragic accident happened and she found herself caring for her best friend's baby.  She adored Emily and planned to make a forever home for her.  

Alice found herself in the middle of a custody fight.  What was she going to do?  

An interesting story with a surprise ending.  I enjoyed getting to know Alice and Matt.  You could see their growth as individuals and as a couple. 

About the author

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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Sunday, December 3, 2023

Sarah's Choice


It wasn't too long ago that I was introduced to Rosie Clarke.  I lean towards historical novels and this was right up my alley.

Sarah came from a privileged background.  Her parents were led by what others might think and let society dictate their decisions.  Sarah led life by her heart.  She loved Troy with all her being.  She stood by him even when times were difficult.

A great love story.  The story is based during WWI.  Women were saying goodbye to their husbands and boyfriends without knowing if they will return or not.  Some women buckled under pressure.  Others like Sarah did what they must and became stronger with time.

I enjoyed the book.  How could not love Troy and Sarah?  

I received this from Boldwood Books to review.




Sarah's Choice

Can life ever be the same again? The start of a fabulous new series set at Trenwith Estate from bestselling author Rosie Clarke.

Hampshire, 1913

Amidst the glitz and glamour of England’s High Society, Sarah Trenwith is more of a wallflower living in the shadow of her beautiful sister Marianne.

But as the war approaches Sarah will have to step out of the place society and her family have assigned her if she’s to do her part and claim the love she always dreamed of from afar.

As heir to Lord Pelham's estate, Troy is not expected to join the army, but he’s determined to do his part. Yet the war exacts a toll that he never anticipated and the future he once imagined with his one true love seems forever from his grasp.

After the trials and tribulations of war, can two star crossed lovers finally find each other and true happiness?

Previously published as A Gentleman’s Honour by Linda Sole.

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Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Laneseries. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire.

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Friday, December 1, 2023

Ruth's Ginger Snap Surprise

Ruth never expected to own a cat.  Let alone it's living in her house!  She also didn't know if  she would ever get over the loss of her husband.

Jonas is running his business and raising his little girl, Abigail.  Thank goodness, his sister helps him out as he has learned that this isn't easy.

Both lost their spouses.  Both working hard to make a living.  At times, both were lonely.  Neither expected anything to change in the future.

An enjoyable story by a brand new author.   I was quite impressed with Ruth in maintaining her composure with the Bishop.  She didn't do as well with Jonas.

Congratulations Ann Blackburne!  Great book.  I look forward to future releases.  Great cover.

Here is the link for the paperback if you want to pre-order it.  Believe me, you want to!!


Anne Blackburne lives and works in Southeast Ohio as a newspaper editor and writer. She is the mother of five grown children, has one wonderful grandchild, and a spoiled poodle named Millie. For fun, when she isn’t working on Amish romance or sweet mysteries, Anne directs and acts in community theater productions and writes and directs original plays. She also enjoys reading, kayaking, swimming, searching for beach glass, and just sitting with a cup of coffee looking at large bodies of water. Her idea of the perfect vacation is cruising and seeing amazing new places with people she loves.


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