Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Debbie Macomber's Alaskan Holiday

An annual tradition for me is to read the New Christmas book by Debbie Macomber.  This year's story is based in the town of Ponder in Alaska.  Cute name for a town in the middle of nowhere. 

I love her books.  It is a cute story where I turned the pages so quickly that I was finished in two days. 

Love or career?  City or wilderness?  Big decisions that Josie must make.  What will make her truly happy? 

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a trip to Alaska.  I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a romance.  I recommend you pick this up!


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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher

What a wonderful story that Ms. Fisher wrote.  I was swept along in her story and traveled to the past in Nantucket.  Each character was gloriously written and I loved Hitty and her journey.  Henry learned some valuable lessons that made him a richer man.

This is  Book 3.  Each book can stand alone but it a wonderful series to read.

 Ms. Fisher writes so vividly that I felt that I was living within the story.  I wanted to be Hitty's friend.  I wanted to share my thoughts with her.

The title of this book conveys a deeper meaning.  This Book was everything I could ask for.  I felt privileged to be able to read let alone review it.

I received this free to review from Celebrate Lit.  

About the Book

Book: The Light Before Day
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 2, 2018
The Light Before Day-Book Cover“Henry, this . . . fortune, this sudden wealth . . . I fear it will change our lives. And I don’t want my life to change.”
After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. And it was truly vast. But Lillian Coffin was no fool. The inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when each should marry and whom—a Quaker in good standing, of course. But if they relinquish the inheritance, it all goes to Tristram Macy, their father’s thieving business partner.
As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will’s conditions, they’ll be faced with obstacles on every side—and it may be that Lillian Coffin will have the last word after all.

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About the Author

suzanne woods fisherSuzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe’s Light and Minding the Light, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She has also written several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. Fisher lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow her on Twitter @suzannewfisher and Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor.

Guest Post from Suzanne

The Mortgage Button
In each story of the ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series, there’s a reference to a mortgage button in the newel post of a stairway. Phoebe Starbuck, the main character in Phoebe’s Light, made a point to notice it in the captain’s house on Orange Street, the famous residences of sea captains. In Minding the Light, Daphne Coffin touched the mortgage button on the newel post of her horrible mother’s grand house each and every morning. Hitty and Henry Macy were well aware of the absence of their childhood home’s mortgage button—and all that its absence symbolized—in The Light Before Day.
Mortgage buttons meant something to each of those characters. It made a statement to anyone who walked into a house.
Have you ever seen a mortgage button? It’s a very Nantucket-y tradition. In fact, some say the mortgage button originated on Nantucket Island, thirty miles out to sea.
Supposedly, when a house’s mortgage was fully paid and there were no liens against the property, the homeowner drilled a hole in the newel post of the main staircase, rolled up the mortgage document, put it inside, and capped the hole with a decorative plug of scrimshaw.
Scrimshaw is a term for an American folk art developed during the 18th and 19th centuries. Whaling in New England was an industry that lifted Nantucket Island to become the world’s wealthiest port. After a whale’s oil was rendered, the ship’s captain would give his crew the sperm whale’s teeth or bones to carve during long tedious hours at sea. Whaling had its exciting moments, but they were far and few between. As a pastime, sailors carved all kinds of useful gifts to bring home to their loved ones: needles, combs, games, clothespins, busks…and mortgage buttons.
But let’s jump back to the mortgage button. Some legends say that the actual mortgage papers were ceremoniously burned and the ashes stashed inside the drilled hole before sealed with the button. However, as appealing a thought as that might be, it is most likely a myth. There’s never been any evidence of ashes or even hidden mortgages found in salvaged newel posts. Still, mortgage buttons are common among Nantucket homes, and the tradition has spread to other parts of the country. In southern states, for example, they’re called brag buttons. Whether myth or truth, today it’s more a matter of a charming nostalgic custom than a nod to your healthy (or…not so healthy) net worth.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, November 4
Texas Book-aholic, November 5
Godly Book Reviews, November 5
Among the Reads, November 8
Blogging With Carol, November 9
Mary Hake, November 10
Carpe Diem, November 11
Simple Harvest Reads, November 12
Janices book reviews, November 13
Captive Dreams, November 14
Bigreadersite, November 14
By The Book, November 15
Pause for Tales, November 16
Book by Book, November 16
Have A Wonderful Day, November 17
Bibliophile Reviews, November 17

Giveaway

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


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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Cumberland Bride - Shannon McNear

This is book five from the series called Daughters of the Mayflower.  I have been hooked on this series from book one.  I can read these books within days as I can't put them down.  They take me back to a time when Americans really struggled.  Each book is written in a different time period in American history.

This book is based in 1794.  Kate and her family are moving to western Kentucky.  Their journey and what Kate discovered about herself and others is detailed in this book.

I highly recommend this book as well as the others.

Great job!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Karen Kingsbury- When We Were Young

I always know that when I read Karen Kingsbury that I am in for an enjoyable experience.  Her storytelling is amazing.  I read her books...no I consume her books as soon as it hits the shelves.  I can't put it down until the last page.

This book made me think of the movie
It 's A Wonderful Life.  If we only had a chance to see what a mistake we are about to make before we do it.

Great book!  I highly recommend Karen Kingsbury.  Another winner!





Saturday, October 20, 2018

THIS COURAGEOUS JOURNEY

I love to read.  Books are so very important to me.  I discovered a group that reviews books by new and established authors.  I have been a member for over a year and have enjoyed the privilege of reading books by Misty Beller. 


I love this series.  How can you not love Daniel and Noelle?  Daniel is smart, quiet, strong and handsome.  Noelle is dainty but has a strength that can get her through the toughest of times.

Daniel and Noelle can conquer any obstacle together.  GOD was with them on their journey.  He made sure they were safe from harm.  With GOD anything was possible.

I received this free to review.


About the Book

This Courageous Journey
Book Title: This Courageous Journey
Author: Misty Beller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: October 9, 2018
As the fifth daughter in a family of nine children, Noelle Grant has spent her life working to be unique. Her love of stories helps define her goal—to be known around the country as one of the top news correspondents of her time. And what better way to uncover sensational stories than to travel through the mountain wilderness to visit the brother she hasn’t seen in years? The trip comes together perfectly as she plans to journey with family friends who will be settling in the same area. Her first inkling that things may not be as perfect as planned comes in the form of the mountain man they hire as their guide for the final leg of the journey.
When Daniel Abrams agrees to guide the small group of easterners along his usual journey northward to the Canadian mountains, his gut tells him he’s making the wrong decision. But if he doesn’t take them, who will? The man in charge refuses to consider turning back. As they start out, Daniel can’t help but notice the woman traveling under the care of her friends. Though she appears too genteel to last long in these mountains, she soon reveals a strength that draws him more than he should allow.
As the dangers of this wilderness become more than the group bargained for, Noelle is faced with the choice to delay her journey northward or proceed alone with the man she’s come to trust against all reason. She never imagines her decision will place her—and the man she loves—in a situation more hazardous than any story her imagination could conjure.

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About the Author

MistyMisty M. Beller writes romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Guest Post from Misty

Ever Been Struck by Lightning?

One of the fun things about being a writer is the crazy topics I get to research. Without giving away too much of the story, part of my research for This Courageous Journey included uncovering what happens when lightning strikes a person. It turns out anything can happen!
Surprisingly, about nine out of ten people struck by lightning live to tell their story. Each person’s experience seems to be different—some are knocked unconscious, while others are horribly aware of everything happening. One person who was struck said it seemed as if time slowed to a crawl and a white haze surrounded him like a bubble, as excruciating pain shot through him.
People usually try to determine the path the lightning traveled through them, based on where burn marks appear on both skin and clothing, but sometimes that can be difficult if jewelry or coins were touching the body. Survivors might suffer a variety of short- and long-term effects, including—but not limited to—cardiac arrest, confusion, seizures, dizziness, muscle aches, deafness, headaches, memory deficits, distractibility, personality changes, and chronic pain, among others. That may sound like an awful list, but it does beat the alternative!
As I considered the possible effects of a lightning strike when I was writing This Courageous Journey, I was reminded once again how magnificent God’s creation is. Both the incredible power contained in one streak of lightning, and the beautiful inner workings of the bodies He created for us. As the Psalmist said, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made!”

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, October 11
The Power of Words, October 12
Multifarious, October 12
Maureen’s Musings, October 12
Splashes of JoyOctober 14
Joy of ReadingOctober 15
Mary Hake, October 15
Livin Lit, October 16
KarenSueHadleyOctober 17
Remembrancy, October 18
Carpe Diem, October 18
Pause for Tales, October 19
Bigreadersite, October 19
Bibliophile Reviews, October 20
Wishful Endings, October 22
Simple Harvest Reads, October 22 (Guest post Mindy Houng)
Texas Book-aholicOctober 24

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The next person you meet in heaven - Mitch Albom

A short but lovely story that should be on your must read list.

I can't resist books written by Mitch Albom.  The story touches my heart and leaves me with thoughts to ponder.

Annie has much to learn.  Eddie has much to share.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Everything She Didn't Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

Travel.  Adventures.  Carrie aka Dell experienced it all.  But at what cost?

I read this book not realizing that there was a Carrie Strahorn.  I was fascinated by her journey and her dedication to her husband, Robert.  I wanted to throttle him but she was patient and accepting.  I would have left him but she was faithful and supportive.  I wanted to scream but she was caring and calm.

I had a very difficult time relating to Carrie.  I wanted her to speak up.  I wanted her to take a stand.  But I had to remember that the book is based in 1877 to 1920s.  Women and their roles in marriage are vastly different than they are today.

Jane Kirkpatrick is a gifted writer.  She can paint a picture with her words.  I recommend this to others who love historical fiction.  I am so glad I was able to read this.

I received this free to review.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser

I love reading a story about women who work together, form friendships and support each other.  Each woman in this book came together and made their dreams come true.  There was no back stabbing.  There was no jealousy.

I enjoyed the story of Annie and her struggles to fulfil her destiny.  She never forgot her roots.  She was thankful for her family....her friends.  And most of all thankful for GOD and all of his blessings.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.


The Christmas Prayer

Short but sweet story about faith and the miracle of prayer.  


This story is an example of a prayer being answered during the Christmas season.  I loved the story and the message.  GOD has a plan for Cynthia.  She must learn to trust that everything will work out.  

Wanda Brunstetter always writes wonderful stories that transport you to another place or time.  This is no exception.  I enjoy reading anything she writes.  

I am reading this in September but it is getting me in the holiday spirit.  

I received this free to review.


About the Book

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Book Title: The Christmas Prayer
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Genre: Historical Christmas Romance
Release date: September, 2018
Beloved, bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter takes readers on a journey in 1850 along the California Trail.
Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.
Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

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About the Author

AuthorPhoto_Wanda BrunstetterNew York Timesbestselling 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 www.wandabrunstetter.com.

Guest Post from Wanda

A cross-country journey in 1850 leads to high mountain danger—and romance.

Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.
Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

Find out in The Christmas Prayer from NY Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Try this Exclusive Bonus Recipe Found Inside the Book!

Cynthia’s Fried Apples

Instructions:
Without peeling, quarter as many tart apples as you would like. Lay apples close together, skin side down, in frying pan with salt pork fat or butter. Cover until well steamed then uncover and brown both sides, turning and watching closely to prevent burning.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, September 18
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The Power of Words, September 18
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Just Commonly, September 19
Carpe Diem, September 19
Blossoms and Blessings, September 20
Britt Reads Fiction, September 20
Luv’N Lambert Life, September 21
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 22
Lis Loves Reading, September 22
Babs Book Bistro, September 23
Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 23
Janices book reviews, September 23
Mary Hake, September 24
Two Points of Interest, September 24
Inklings and notions, September 25
Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 25
Girls in White Dresses, September 26
Book by Book, September 26
Splashes of Joy, September 27
The Morning Chapter, September 27
The Mimosa Blossom, September 28
Pause for Tales, September 28
Have A Wonderful Day, September 28
To Everything A Season, September 29
Cafinated Reads, September 29
Bibliophile Reviews, September 29
Quiet Quilter, September 30
Texas Book-aholic, October 1
Bigreadersite, October 1

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a free copy of The Christmas Prayer with an autographed book plate inside!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d297/the-christmas-prayer-celebration-tour-giveaway

Amish Neighbors

I have enjoyed reading this series about Wilma and her large Amish  family.  Wilma is adjusting to being a widow.  Her best friend, Ada, kee...