Cowboy Christmas Guardian by Dana Mentink


About the Book:

Name of book: Cowboy Christmas Guardian

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Isnpy Romance Suspense

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby  from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

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My Thoughts On This Book

Shelby Arroyo is only doing her job of assessing mineral rights in a Gold County mine, but someone isn’t happy with Shelby. Will they go as far as murder to stop her? And after pulling the beautiful girl from a ravine, rancher Barrett Thorn stays by her side as trouble keep coming her way. But the attraction forming between them just can’t be because Shelby family is responsible for th death if Barrett’s wife.

Cowboy Christmas Guardian is full of tension coming from many directions. There is a strong attraction between Barrett and Shelby, Barrett hates Shelby’s uncle and cousin, Barrett’s brothers are not happy with the time Barret and Shelby are spending together, and Shelby is in the middle of it all. And it doesn’t help that  Barrett’s mom welcomes Shelby into their home and family.

I really felt bad for Shelby, and feared for her life with everything going on to stop her from accessing the mine. And I loved the way Barrett came to her rescue every time something happened. Author Dana Mentink does a great job weaving all of the hurts, tension, frustrations and evil doings together and finishing a story that shows forgiveness, grace, love and acceptance. And I don’t want to elaborate on the story more because it would give away too much! I loved this story and I highly recommend it for a few hours of entertainment. And I love ‘Love Inspired’ books, because even though they are shorter stories, they are a wonderful read. Just as Cowboy Christmas Guardian. And I appreciate the was Ms Mentink weaves the Christian life into her characters! Go grab a copy of this book! You will not be disappointed!

A  copy of Cowboy Christmas Guardian was provided by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author:

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

Guest Post from Dana Mentink

Howdy, readers! I am thrilled to be bringing you this four book Gold Country Cowboys series that takes place in an area near and dear to my heart! My family and I have enjoyed many adventures in this amazing area, from exploring gold mines, to climbing through caverns, and soaking in the incredible history. As a matter of fact, we recently enjoyed a train trip on the historic V and T Railroad which took us past abandoned mines and even some active ones where people are engaged in modern day treasure hunting. California’s Gold Country is a fascinating place filled with secret treasures. I hope you will enjoy some wild adventures with four cowboy brothers who have some secrets of their own. God bless you all!

Blog Stops

Cordially Barbara, November 16

Genesis 5020, November 16

Have A Wonderful Day, November 17

A Greater Yes, November 17

To Everything A Season, November 17

ASC Book Reviews, November 18

Splashes of Joy, November 18

History, Mystery & Faith, November 19

Red Headed Book Lady, November 19

Remembrancy, November 19

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, November 20

Autism mom, November 20

Singing Librarian Books, November 21

Janices book reviews, November 21

Moments Dipped in Ink, November 22

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 22

New Horizon Reviews, November 23

Christian Author, J.E. Grace, November 23

Pause for Tales, November 24

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 25

Cafinated Reads, November 25

Blogging With Carol, November 26

Daysong Reflections, November 26

Carpe Diem, November 27

Karen Sue Hadley, November 27

Babs Book Bistro, November 28

Bibliophile Reviews, November 28

Raining Butterfly Kisses, November 29

The Power of Words, November 29

Giveaway

In honor of her tour, Dana is giving away a copy of Cowboy Christmas Guardian in print or ebook, a horse scarf and a $25 Amazon gift card! Click the link below to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c0d3

 

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A Letter From Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd

ABOUT THIS BOOK 

Two Sisters Get a Second Chance at Life and Love
Angela
Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.

Rose
Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?
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When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.

Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Though Angela and Rose are sisters, they were completely different. Rose wants so badly to be a wife and a mother, but that roll belongs to Angela, though she sure isn’t happy. When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, the sisters decides to visit their mom’s Mennonite sister. Maybe this is what is needed to draw the two together.

This was a very interesting and a very different Mennonite story. I like Rose, her personality and lifestyle is enjoyable to get to know. But Angela was a different story for me. It took me a while to get use to her personality, and she wasn’t my favorite of the three main characters. Aunt Sylvia was a sweetheart, and just what the sisters needed. As they spent time with their aunt and her simple lifestyle, it was a pleasure to see the attitudes of the two sisters change, and mending the issues between them. I loved how this book covers both the Amish/Mennonite lifestyle as well as the English lifestyle.

I’ve always enjoyed Amish fiction and though this one is Mennonite, it is very similar. The simple life that Aunt Sylvia lived has a calming affect on both Rose and Angela, making them both take a closer look at their lives. This is an enjoyable book to read and I highly recommend it. I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include A Portrait of Marguerite and the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. A native of Baltimore, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Please visit her at http://www.katelloyd.com.

 

Into a Silent World by Carmina Edwards plus Giveaway

About the Book

Title: Into a Silent World

Author: Carmina Edwards

Genre: Biography, Memoir

Release Date: August 15, 2016

Following Amy’s adventures in A Door Cracked Open, she heads into a world which will test her faith and perseverance to the limit. Instead of settling into a simple, safe and unchanging life like she imagined, Amy is strongly drawn to a vocation with even higher requirements, prompting her to plan some seemingly impossible missions in order to reach her goal.

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 MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

It took me a little while to get into this book, with all of the details of Amy’s life and the setting for the story, but Into a Silent World grew on me. Amy is an interesting and determined 20 year old character, and some of the things she gets herself into will make you smile, or even laugh. The other characters in this story were interesting and likable and developed well as the story progresses. And I really enjoyed the Europe setting, and the vivid details in each scene. I’ve never been to Europe so it was fun imagining being there.

Into a Silent World is just fine as a stand alone read, but if you are planning on reading the third book in this series, I suggest reading the first book as well, to help you better understand the story and characters. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and read it for your enjoyment. A copy of Into a Silent World was provided by Celebration Lit Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author

I am a mother of two wonderful grown up children and currently living in the UK, after living in Sweden for three years where I wrote my first book, “A Door Cracked Open.” I was blessed to be able to spend six months in USA before returning to the UK, my home country, to work with my editor in California on the edits of this book and visit friends.

I am an avid reader and linguist, having also spent some years living in France and have been fortunate enough to have taught Swedish and French over twenty-five years and translate for businesses and manuscripts in both languages. Being unemployed the past few years, has led to me becoming homeless. However, I never give up hope. As I try to portray in my books, God has always had His hand on me. Once again, He has stepped in right at the last minute. I now have a new job in Sweden and will be moving back there. Because I feel passionately about helping the homeless, a large percentage of my royalties will go directly to them.

Guest Post from Carmina Edwards

“Into a Silent World” follows on from Amy’s story in “A Door Cracked Open.”

With a new beginning ahead of her, a long standing dream about to be realized, she was unprepared for the events which were about to unfold over the next two years.

Why would God send her to this place of “absolute conviction” and allow her to remain there for that long, if He never meant for her to be there? Amy struggles to understand and seeks His will, but determined that it was His plan, she persevered in order for her dream to be fulfilled.

Blog Stops

Just Jo’Anne, November 7

Mary Hake, November 8

Kristin’s Book Reviews, November 9

Janices book review, November 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 11

History, Mystery & Faith, November 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, November 13 (Interview)

The Power of Words, November 14 (Interview)

margaret kazmierczak, November 15

Splashes of Joy, November 16

A Reader’s Brain, November 17

Multifarious, November 18

Artistic Nobody, November 19 (Karin Perry guest post)

Texas Book-aholic, November 20


Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carmina is giving away

Grand Prize:

Paperback copies of A Door Cracked Open & Into a Silent World

1st – 3rd place:

Ebook copy of A Door Cracked Open!!

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 The Gift: The Amish of Hart County (Avon Inspire, November 2017)
A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Living in their new home, the Schwartz family is happy to finally have a big home and farm. But when strange things start happening to members of the family, it is clear that someone doesn’t want them living there. And across the district, Neil Vance is concerned about his family since they had to sell their farm for such a low price just to pay off their dad’s debts. Neil and just about the entire community harbor hard feelings against the Schwartz family for ‘stealing’ their home as they so think. But when Neil meets Susanna Schwartz, it begins to stir feeling in him that he’s not too sure about.

I enjoyed this plain family, and plain community’s story. Everyone seemed to jump to conclusions when an offer is made on the farm and Mr. Schwartz accepts the offer, blaming the Schwartz family. The incidents that happened clearly showed that someone was forcing them out. Ms Gray does a good job of incorporating twists and turns throughout the story to keep you guessing who the guilty party is. The lovable characters developed well as the story progressed. And the story has a beautiful ending.

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR  SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY

Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

AND FOR THE GIVEAWAY

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My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah by Angie Dicken

About the Book

Name of book: My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah

Author: Angie Dicken

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: November 1, 2017

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him. When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Gate. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 

Leanna McKee was in Castle Gate, Utah because of her late husband, but now that he is gone, tragically taken by the dangerous mines, she has no reason to be here. As soon as she gets word that a position is open in California with her cousin, she’s out of here. That was before Alex Pappa as Leanna to watch his brothers children until their baby was born. But nothing can happen between them. He is Greek, she is American.

The main characters, Leanna McKee and Alex Pappas had many difficult situations and struggles as we follow their story. These two were strong and independent characters, I enjoyed her spunk and his strong will. The papas family is adorable, especially the mom. They gave the story a homey feeling! Author Angie Dicken does a really good job of weaving this story together between the Greek workers and the greedy Americans! It has a super ending that will make everyone smile, but getting there is a very difficult road.

An e-copy of this book was provide by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. The opinion here are mine, and mine alone.

About the Author

Angie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee. You can connect with Angie at www.angiedicken.com.

Guest Post from Angie Dicken

My Publishing Story: A Journey of Perfect Timing.

”Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

I wrote a story five years ago. My footing was finally solid on how to write, after a couple ACFW conferences and connecting with my bestie writing sister, Ashley. So in 2012, I poured my heart out within the parameters of what I’d learned.

The story I wrote stemmed from my heritage. From a very young age, I’ve been inspired by my grandfather. He was the son of a Greek coal miner who came over from Greece in the 1910’s. My grandfather always had wonderful stories to tell–he stirred up my intrigue for WWII era as he was a Purple Heart recipient (twice), and spoke of freeing concentration camps and invading Hitler’s homes; my grandfather lived a rags to riches legacy, having been born in a tent in a coal town, and then becoming a successful home and commercial builder–I declared I’d be an architect at age eleven…even majoring in Landscape Architecture in college.

Papou was one of my greatest heroes. And my novel was a tribute to him, to my Greek roots, to an American legacy.

So, at ACFW 2012, I took my novel to conference with more confidence than I had before. This story caught the attention of an agent– and I signed a contract with the Steve Laube Agency in November of that year. That was amazing…I chuckle now because the name of the room that I interviewed with Tamela was the “McKee” room–the last name of my heroine. A sign? Maybe. When she sent my story out for all publishers to see that next month, I thought my time for that book was just around the corner.

And…

Now it’s 2017, and that story is under contract with a publisher as of Fall 2016.

What timing, right?

Why the heck did it take so long? Not for lack of trying. My agent and I took every possible measure.

Why did I get rejection after rejection, and write two other books in the wait?

What happened between then?

Only in looking back, do I see why I had to wait for this book. And when I look back, I realize just how much Timing is His and there’s nothing I can do to speed it up or make it mine. All I can do is take courage, and wait.

I’ll give you a quick recap of what happened between 2013–when the book was put in the proverbial drawer of unwanted manuscripts–and now, 2017, the year it will get published (um, after a few rewrites and edits–always learning…).

In looking back, this is what I see:

My Community was Built. I fell in love with my writer friendships. A bit dramatic? Maybe, but it’s the truth. I connected with ladies who knew my heart as a writer, and allowed me into their lives in an authentic, Christ-loving way. I found hope in the writing journey because my friends held my hands and rubbed my back when all seemed lost. And in this, I grew not as a writer, but as a heart. My heart became soft for the needs of others and the value of authenticity in this short, precious life.




There was a Pride Monster, and He needed to kill it. Oh, Lord, if ever there was a pride monster, it was me. My gut reaction in every rejection, every criticism, every other person’s success was a measurement against them according to me. Yuck. Do you know what the best way to kill a Pride Monster? Starve it. Even though I had my sweet friends and my agent encouraging me along the way, my heart was set on publication and I was not getting that. I wanted it so badly that I turned ugly when it seemed to slip through my fingers with every rejection. And I spiraled and I came up for air to those authentic friendships speaking Truth in love. God knew what He was doing when He built my community, and He knew He would use it to lift me up and tear down my ugly.

The Darkest Valley Was Ahead. Everything stood still in 2014. My personal crisis gave me little room for any true focus on my writing success. If anything, it made the effort seem petty. When you go through your days wondering if you’ll make it to the next morning without a complete mental breakdown, you can’t really dream. My dream in those moments was to crawl out of my skin and run away. This was not about my writing, this was about God’s faithfulness to someone who was losing faith–in the person she loved, in the life she constructed, in the heart that was broken. Looking back (I did climb up and out of this valley), I needed this valley walk (or crawl) to happen when it did–without a book on the shelf, without confidence in something that I had accomplished. I needed brokenness to become stronger and know that my strength has nothing to do with me.

There are several other moments and signs that I see as I look back, but I’m not going for the longest blog post of 2017, but I do want to share two sweet confirmations that the timing really is His.

First, I got a book contract! You know this, but, the contract came at a time when I had grown peaceful in the journey–the pride monster lay slain, and I picked up a pen and took an opportunity. My Oklahoma Land Run book with Love Inspired Historical won the Manuscript Matchmakers contest…and WAS coming out in Spring 2018.

I had secretly told those closest to me, that it would’ve been nice for it to come out in September instead…just because that’s when the book opens–September, 1893–the historical date of the Land Run.

So, what happens after I turn in my complete book a few days before its deadline? My editor tells me they bumped up my date to September of 2017. And I am sure, for them, it had nothing to do with the history, but for me, it was everything to do with the history–and His timing. Look for my debut novel, The Outlaw’s Second Chance this September!

There’s more…

My second contract came in! And this was a wonderful surprise. My agent and I had found out last spring that a new series was being launched based on geographical places around the U.S. I immediately thought of my Coal country story. So, I put together a proposal for a book I’d written long ago…and got a contract with Barbour this Fall for my novel, My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah.

But, the timing? November 2017 is my release.

God’s Timing in its finest…The book comes out during the centennial year of my grandfather’s birth. He was born in Dec. 1917 in Carbon County, Utah. My hero and my inspiration for this very book.

I just can’t stop smiling at the chance to honor my late grandfather with a story written by his third generation Greek American granddaughter who was inspired by his roots grown a century ago.

If only he could be here now. But I know he’s smiling, too.

A century.

It took a CENTURY.

Only by God’s grace, and His perfect timing.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, October 31

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Caffeinated Reads, October 31

Captive Dreams Window, November 1

Reading Is My SuperPower, November 1

A Greater Yes, November 2

Janices book reviews, November 2

Daysong Reflections, November 2

Red Headed Book Lady, November 3

Books, Books, and More Books., November 3

Just the Write Escape, November 3

Carpe Diem, November 4

Christian Bookaholic, November 4

Radiant Light, November 5

History, Mystery & Faith, November 5

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, November 6

Texas Book-aholic, November 6

Babs Book Bistro, November 7

Kristin’s Book Reviews, November 7

Singing Librarian Books, November 8

Connie’s History Classroom, November 8

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 9

J.E. Grace Christian Author Blog, November 9

Neverending Stories, November 9

Have A Wonderful Day, November 10

Pause for Tales, November 10

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 11

Mary Hake, November 11

Splashes of Joy, November 11

Bigreadersite, November 12

Blossoms and Blessings, November 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 12

Vicky Sluiter, November 13

Bibliophile Reviews, November 13

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Angie is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of her book The Outlaw’s Second Chance!!

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Love’s Thankful Heart by Laura V Hilton, Rachel J Good & Thomas Nye

About the Book

Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. good, Thomas Nye

Genre: Amish Thanksgiving Collection

Release Date: November 1, 2017

Gingerbread Wishes

As Thanksgiving approaches, Becca Troyer finds herself overwhelmed with an abundance of winter squash and pumpkins that she isn’t a bit thankful for. Desperately trying to sell them at a farmer’s market so she won’t have mountains to can, she’s surprised when a mime drops to his knee in front of her and proposes marriage.

Yost Miller is helping the volunteer firefighter raise funds at the city park when he notices his long-time crush Becca selling vegetables. Drawn across the grass, he spontaneously proposes marriage. But afterward, Yost isn’t sure how to proceed to show her that his feelings are real.

Just as he begins to find solid footing, confidence is yanked away, leaving him floundering. Will he lose Becca to another man? Or will this Thanksgiving be a season of blessings and wishes come true?

Thanksgiving Strangers

Faithe Beiler believes God wants her to feed the poor at her family’s restaurant, but when she mistakes Crist Petersheim for a homeless man and gives him a free breakfast, he’s offended. Yet he can’t help being intrigued by this pretty waitress with a giving heart.

Crist blames God for the tragedies in his life, so the last thing he wants is to get involved with an Amish girl, who trusts God in all circumstances. He fears for Faithe’s safety, though, when she invites every homeless person in the neighborhood, including drug dealers and criminals, to a free Thanksgiving dinner. Street savvy, Crist risks his life to protect her from danger.

As Crist’s heart softens toward God, Faithe finds herself falling him. Then she discovers his deception, and her world is shattered. Can she ever trust him again?

The Thanksgiving Frolic

Monroe has the prettiest girl and the fastest horse— but pride goes before a fall.

Monroe’s girlfriend, Rosemary, and her family organize the Thanksgiving Frolic, a service project to help Amish folks who have fallen on hard times. Monroe wants to go along but his dad won’t let him. Furthermore, Monroe’s dad thinks Rosemary’s family should clean up their own messy farm before they try to help others. Will the contrast between Monroe’s and Rosemary’s families end their relationship for good? Rosemary’s grandpa tries to offer words of wisdom, but people don’t take him seriously. The Thanksgiving Frolic heats up to a fever pitch, before a moment of silence changes everything.

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About the Authors

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster, PA, the setting for many of her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends special time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel is the author of several Amish series, including Sisters & Friends (Charisma), Love & Promises (Grand Central), and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series (Annie’s Book Club). In addition, she has two Amish Quilts Coloring Books as well as stories in several anthologies, including Springs of Love (CelebrateLit).

Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend. Walking a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service keeps Thomas close to nature and affords him many quiet hours which he uses to dream up novels. Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that he weaves into his writing. To find out more, visit: amishhorses.blogspot.com

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Love’s Thankful Heart is complied of three different storie that center around thankfulness and Thanksgiving. Each story is short, making it easy to read each one in a setting.

GINGERBREAD WISHES

The first story, Gingerbread Wishes, by Laura V. Hilton takes us back to some of the characters in Ms. Hilton’s new Christmas novel, The Christmas Admirer. Beca Troyer and Yost Miller we sort of friends in that book, but we have their own story in Gingerbread Wishes. Becca is at the Farmer’s Market trying to sell the over abundance of squash and pumpkins from their garden when a clown comes through, singles Becca out and gives her a toy ring and proposes to her. Of course Becca didn’t know who it was, but she could hope! Later in the day Yost shows up and helps load the produce and offers to take some home to his mom. Spending time together draws the two closer. Will they make things work between them?

Laura Hilton is such an awesome Writer of Amish fiction! I have enjoyed all of her books so far, as I did this story. I appreciate how she deals with shyness, pimples, tall lanky guys, and makes something beautiful out of those who struggle with these issues. This is a good clean Amish romance that any teenage girl would enjoy. Or any adult as well! I encourage you to pick up this book for yourself!

THANKSGIVING STRANGERS

Thanksgiving Strangers by Rachel J. Good is the second story in this book, and the longest. But it is still short enough to read in no more than two settings. Faithe Beiler and her mom own an Amish restaurant the gives free meals and coffee away to people walking in off the streets. When Faithe reaches out to Crist Petershiem the attraction between the two was for sure and for certain strong! But Crist had to stay away from the restaurant, yet something kept pulling him there. But there was no way he could even think about a relationship with all of his problems!

There is something about Crist that I really liked from the beginning. He was backwards, and a little mysterious, but this did phase Faithe. She seemed to see right through to his heart. And Faithe was a very special young lady. I loved her giving heart and her willingness to do what she felt the Lord wanted of her, no matter the dangers. Another really good read from this collection.

Thanksgiving Strangers by Rachel J. Good is the second story in this book, and the longest. But it is still short enough to read in no more than two settings. Faithe Beiler and her mom own an Amish restaurant the gives free meals and coffee away to people walking in off the streets. When Faithe reaches out to Crist Petershiem the attraction between the two was for sure and for certain strong! But Crist had to stay away from the restaurant, yet something kept pulling him there. But there was no way he could even think about a relationship with all of his problems!

Thanksgiving Frolic

Thanksgiving Frolic is the third story in his collection. Monroe’s family seems to have everything they want, and Monroe is happy with the prettiest girl. It was when his girl, Rosemary and her family organized a frolic to help Amish families who needed help that changed things for Monroe and Rosemary. Monroe’s dad wanted Monroe to have nothing to do with the frolic, nor did Monroe. But then the accident happens. Did this change the Heart of Monroe?

For me, this story started out slower than the first two. But as the story unfolds, the characters come to life, and it ends up being a nice story. The attitude of Monroe’s family is sadly like some today. They couldn’t see beyond their wants enough to help others in need. But the story does take a few twists, and the wisdom and love of Rosemary’s grandfather will encourage not only the characters but the readers in this beautiful story.

An e-copy of this book was provide by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. The opinion here are mine, and mine alone.

Blog Stops

Blossoms and Blessings, November 4

Quiet Quilter, November 4

Avid Reader Book Reviews, November 5

Carpe Diem, November 5

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 6

Karen Sue Hadley, November 6

Pursuing Stacie, November 7

Mommynificent, November 8

The Fizzy Pop Collection, November 9

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 10

Blogging With Carol, November 10

Bibliophile Reviews, November 11

Splashes of Joy, November 11

proud to be an autism mom, November 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 12

A Baker’s Perspective, November 13

Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 13

Texas Book-aholic, November 14

Mary Hake, November 14

Bigreadersite, November 15

A Greater Yes, November 15

Vicky Sluiter, November 16

Pink Granny’s Journey, November 16

Janices book reviews, November 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 17


Giveaway

To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away a Kindle Unlimited 6 month Subscription!!

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The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

Love Jane Austen? Then you’ll adore The Austen Escape.

Falling into the past will change their futures forever.

Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues – particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by the other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Mary Davies was offered a trio of a lifetime, a trip to England, that she turns down flat. But her friend Isabella had other ideas, bringing Mary’s dad in on trying to convince her friend to go. And the story gets interesting when her friend Isabella loses her memory, believing she is living in Jane Austen’s bath.

The Austen Escape is a light, clean read, though  I’m not sure it is Christian fiction, but it is one that I enjoyed because it was clean. The characters were quirky, and developed well thoughout the book. This story started off a bit slow for me, it picks up as it moves on. There were some twists and turns to the story, with Mary and Isabella dealing with their own life issues, and wondering what would happen to them and their relationship.

All in all, if you want a clean, light, fun and enjoyable read, this is a book you may enjoy reading. I encourage you to give it a try! This book was given to me by the through TLC Blog Tour. I was not required to write a review of this book. I chose to write this review, and the opinions are mine alone!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

About Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com.

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Pockets of Joy by Roxane Battle

About the Book:

Name of book: Pockets of Joy

Author: Roxane Battle

Genre: Non-fiction, inspirational

Release Date: September 5, 2017

”No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy.”

Roxane Battle was on television for much of her adult life. As a news reporter and anchor, she traveled the world and met notable people from Jay Leno to Mariah Carey to Prince. But shortly after landing her dream job in her hometown of Minneapolis, Roxane’s marriage fell apart. Every day was a battle to keep it together on camera while piecing her life back together at home as the single mom of eleven-month-old Jarod. At one point, broke and alone, dinner was a single chicken McNugget. With wit, dignity, and gripping detail, Roxane shares her story of intentionally looking for joy during this challenging chapter of her life. Her faith was the guiding force as she searched for moments of gratitude and found a lifetime of grace. She also includes secrets to spiritual, professional, and personal wholeness for today’s woman, with chapters on authenticity, service, generosity, gratitude, self-care, yielding, forgiveness, and more.

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My Thought On This Book 

In Pockets of Joy, author Roxane Battle shares the story of her divorce and the struggles he had to face as a single mom. Her words are from the debts of her heart, and you can feel the anguish she is feeling as you read her story.     Life wasn’t easy, the choices she made to give up her job in broadcasting, and her life was completely turned around.

Maybe this is you. Maybe you need this book because you can relate to what this author is saying and struggling just as much. There is no way I can describe this book adequately,  you have to read it for yourself.  It if you are struggling with any issues in your life that is bringing you down, totally controlling you, you need to read this book! I highly recommend Pokets of Joy to everyone. We can all find something in this book that can help out walk with the Lord. So pick up your copy today.

A e-copy of this book was provide by Celebration Lit Tours and the author for me to read and review. The opinion here are mine, and mine alone.

About the Author

Author Roxane Battle is veteran TV news journalist well known in the Minneapolis region for her work as an anchor, reporter, and former co-host of the KARE 11-NBC Today show. She currently produces award-winning videos for corporate and non-profit clients through her company, Roxane Battle, M. A., LLC. Named an “Architect of Change,” Roxane is a contributor to mariashriver.com and has been featured in Working Mother, Ebony magazines, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press. An entertaining and inspiring speaker, she is regularly called upon to address civic, business, and philanthropic groups. She’s recently been a keynote speaker at events hosted by the Girl Scouts, TeamWomen Minnesota, and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. For more on Roxane Battle: www.roxanebattle.com

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Guest post from Roxane Battle

What this book is about is the season in my life when I was on my own and overwhelmed with trying to put my life back together while I learned how to raise a child and navigate a demanding television

career. A working, divorced single mom. That was me. For years.

There were many days when I smiled in front of the camera and cried alone at night. During those years, my time in the wilderness, I learned a lot about myself.

I am now at a point when I am able, willing, and desire to share the very personal and intimate stories of how I found peace in the midst of my struggles. I discovered what I call pockets. Pockets of joy. The kind of joy that causes your eyes to mist and wash over the hurt. The kind of joy that catches you by surprise and for a moment makes you forget, if ever so briefly, that you ever felt pain. The kind of joy that, in some ways, cannot even be described.

It is my hope and prayer my story will enable others to grasp a piece of the kind of joy I’m talking about and allow it to stir the kind of hope within that can renew and transform.

Blog Stops

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 26

Carpe Diem, October 26

autism mom, October 27

Avid Reader Book Reviews, October 28

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 29

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 30

Reflections From My Bookshelves, October 31

Moments Dipped in Ink, November 1

The Fizzy Pop Collection, November 2

A Greater Yes, November 3

A Reader’s Brain, November 4

Splashes of Joy, November 5

Mary Hake, November 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 7

Texas Book-aholic, November 8


Giveaway

In honor of her tour, Roxanne is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition, in Pockets of Joy tote bag with Abba Jerusalem Frankincense pillar candle, and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book.

1st Place Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition, “You Are An Amazing Woman” (Abbey Press) mug, and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book.

2nd Place Package: Pockets of Joy, hard cover edition and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book!

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The CSB Apologetics Study Bible

ABOUT THIS BIBLE

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible helps today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in an age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. This revised and updated edition includes new articles and extensive apologetics study material from today’s leading apologists to reflect and provide deeper understanding of the relevant apologetics issues and questions being discussed today.

Includes commentary from over 90 leading apologists, including: Ted Cabal, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, Paul Copan, Norm Geisler, Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, J.P. Moreland, Ravi Zacharias, and many more — plus a lead article by Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ).

Features include: Presentation page, Book Introductions, Study Notes, Apologetics articles from leading apologists, “Twisted Scripture” explanations for commonly misunderstood passages, Profiles of Christian apologists, Two-color interior, Two-column text, 9.75-point type size, Smyth-sewn binding, Ribbon marker, Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Apologetics Study Biblefeatures the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

 

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of the nation’s most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website

Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter

Book Description

Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?

Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love, Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now—five years later.

As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

“Blue Ridge Sunrise” was a fun and easy quick read. The usually Denise Hunter romance was just as her other books, which anyone who loves romance will love! The characters are well developed thoughout the story, though I really stayed annoyed with Zoe! She was needed to make the story interesting, though it seems. And I love the Montana Blue Ridge Mountain setting.

You will love this one if you are a romance fan! I received this book from Booklook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

About the Book

Name of book: Colors of Christmas

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre: Contemporary Christmas

Release Date: October 1, 2017

 

Christmas in Blue

Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself?

Christmas in Gold

When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.

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About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This first Christmas story, ‘Christmas in Gold’ is about and elderly lady named Astrid who fell down steps at home and her son and daughter decides to move her to an assisted living facility near her son’s house. Trouble is, he travels all of the time and is hardly home. So after much downsizing her son gets her moved in, he has to leave and the daughter can’t come to help either, so ….has fun decorating her new apartment. Except she couldn’t find her God Christmas ornaments, so guess her son didn’t bother to bring them. Then She starts making new friends at her new place, specifically her therapist. They both needed a friend and despite their age difference they hit it off. So we’re able to be there for each other.

This is a good story, but it started off very slow for me. After probably halfway through it gets better. There’s a little bit of drama here but not much. Christmas did turn out different than I expected. The characters are interesting and realistic, and the author shows that no matter the circumstances, we can be happy and useful in whatever stage of life we are in. The God will walk with us.

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This second story ‘Christmas in Blue’ for me, is much better. Carole, who has always taken care of the Christmas to Remember event each year passed away leaving her best friend, Angela to follow in her footsteps. And of course she was chosen to do the Christmas to Remember event as well. But things didn’t go so smoothly, and time was running out, and besides that, they only Christmas decorations they could find was blue. Everything. Blue. Which the town wasn’t going to like. Then a mystery person appeared, helping diligently to make the Celebration a success.

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was really special to see a twin come together. But the end results was surprisingly very well done. Makes for a very cozy Christmas story to read during the holidays! Especially if there comes a pretty snowfall!

This is a beautiful book! I love blue so the colors are just what I like. I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Colors of Christmas for hours of cozy, clean fun entertainment! A complementary copy of this book was provided by TLC Tours. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Guest Post from Olivia Newport

 

We All Have a Story

I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people.

A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy.

Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself.

Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know.

Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh.

Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Blog Stops

Books N Baubles, October 17

Christian Bookaholic, October 17

Bukwurmzzz, October 17

Janices book reviews, October 18

Singing Librarian Books, October 18

Moments Dipped in Ink, October 18

A Simply Enchanted Life, October 19

G.O. & D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 19

Bigreadersite, October 19

Reader’s cozy corner, October 20

Have A Wonderful Day, October 20

Reflections from my bookshelves, October 20

Blogging With Carol, October 21

Just the Write Escape, October 21

Zerina Blossom’s Books, October 21

A Greater Yes, October 22

Mary Hake, October 22

Daysong Reflections, October 22

A Baker’s Perspective, October 23

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 23

Baker Kella, October 23

Smiling Book Reviews, October 23

The Fizzy Pop Collection, October 24

It’s Storytime With Van Daniker, October 24

Remembrancy, October 24

Carpe Diem, October 25

autism mom, October 25

Bibliophile Reviews, October 25

A Reader’s Brain, October 26

By The Book, October 26

The Power of Words, October 26

With a Joyful Noise, October 27

Pause for Tales, October 27

Splashes of Joy, October 27

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 28

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, October 28

Karen Sue Hadley, October 28

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 28

Vicky Sluiter, October 29

To Everything a Season, October 29

Pursuing Stacie, October 29

Just Jo’Anne, October 30

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 30

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c319

Tour Reminders

The Beloved Christmas Quilt: Three Stories of Family, Romance, and Amish Faith by Wanda Brunstetter

One Quilt Binds Three Generations of Amish Women
Enjoy the gift of a brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, along with stories by her daughter-in-law, Jean and granddaughter, Richelle.

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3
The scripture embroidered on the back of a beloved quilt brings hope to three generations of Pennsylvania Amish women at Christmastime.

Luella’s Promise
By Wanda E. Brunstetter
Luella Ebersol has been caregiver for a dying woman and her young son. When Dena Lapp gives Luella her favorite quilt, she makes Luella promise to pass it down to her daughter. But Luella isn’t sure she will ever marry if she can’t find someone with maturity and faith like Dena’s husband Atlee Zook.

Karen’s Gift
By Jean Brunstetter
Karen Allgyer and her husband moved to a slow-paced village to raise their children, but Karen longs for the closeness of family to help her through the challenges of managing three girls with one on the way. When life’s pressures rise, will Karen cave to her fears?

Roseanna’s Groom
By Richelle Lynn Brunstetter
When the unexpected happens on the day of her wedding, Roseanna Allgyer can’t help blaming herself, despite not understanding why. Then an old friend returns to town, and she battles feeling for him—afraid of being hurt again.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I’m sure author Wanda Brunstetter is thrilled and proud to write The Beloved Christmas Quilt with her daughter in law and granddaughter. What sweet memories. The main theme of the story is a quilt made by Atlee (in the first story’s) first mother in law and given to Atlee and his first wife, and given to Luella. The scripture verse, ‘For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3,’ would be a rock for three generations of ladies.

The first story in this book is written by Wanda Brunstetter. Atlee’s young wife was dying with heart disease and he hires Luella Ebersol. This is a sad story, but it turns out good for everyone. As usual, Ms. Brunstetter creates well liked characters that we grow to love and enjoy. As well as a story that will warm our hearts. I enjoyed Luella’s promise very much.

The second story, Karen’s gift, is written by Ms. Brunstetter’s daughter in law, Jean Brunstetter. The setting is decades later when Atlee and Luella’s daughter Karen has grown children of her own. Karen misses living so far away from her parents and family, but her husband is adamant about living in a quieter neighborhood, leaving Karen depressed and unhappy a lot of the times. When they find out their last child has health issues, the couple doesn’t handle it well, creating more issues with this couple. Can they find a happy compromise? This is another enjoyable story with more likeable characters. The plot flows easily and it’s a pretty fast read. I did get annoyed at Karen at times because she kept dwelling on wanting to move to her hometown, especially after the story ended as it did. And I’m still not so sure how I feel about Karen’s husband’s reaction to their daughters health issues. Overall, this is a nice story to follow Luella and Atlee’s story.

The third story in this book, Rosanna’s Groom, is written by Wanda Brunstetter’s granddaughter, Richelle Brunstetter. I think having a first book written in the same book as her grandmother is just too sweet. Roseanne was devastated when her husband to be left their wedding. What’s gotten into him? Then an old boyfriend shows up in town? What will Rosanna do with both guys so close by? A beautifully written story for a first published story, Richelle Brunstetter gives readers an interesting Amish story that will entertain for hours. A wonderful ending to a great book, especially with the Quilt being hand down yet again, to give comfort to another Amish lady in the family.

I highly recommend this sweet Amish book, and congratulations on the three Brunstetter women on their adventure writing together. And I love the recipes included st the end of each story. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Wanda E. Brunstetter

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 http://www.wandabrunstetter.com.

Jean Brunstetter

Jean Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law’s family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by the Amish into her daily routine. Jean lives in Washington State with her husband, Richard Jr. and their three children, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities in several states. In addition to writing, Jean enjoys boating, gardening, and spending time on the beach.

Richelle Brunstetter

Richelle Brunstetter lives in the Pacific Northwest and developed a desire to write when she took creative writing in high school. After enrolling in college classes, her overall experience enticed her to become a writer, and she wants to implement what she’s learned into her stories. Just starting her writing career, her first published story appears in The Beloved Christmas Quilt beside her grandmother, Wanda E. Brunstetter, and her mother, Jean. Richelle enjoys traveling to different places, her favorite being Kauai, Hawaii.

A Simple Wish by Charlotte Hubbard plus Giveaway

Making rugs for the Simple Gifts store has taught Loretta Riehl that an unassuming pattern can reveal surprising depth. People, too, have a way of defying first impressions. Drew Detweiler came to Willow Ridge under a cloud, but the handsome craftsman has gained the community’s respect for his upholstery skills and commitment to making amends for his mistakes. As her new brother-in-law’s twin, he’s joining the family for dinners and Sunday visits, and Loretta can’t deny enjoying his attentions.

If only her dat were willing to let a little joy into his life. Cornelius Riehl grows sterner with each day, and Drew suspects there’s more to his moods than missing Loretta’s late mamm. Hoping to fulfill Loretta’s wish to live in a peaceful, happy home again, Drew sets out to learn the truth. It’s a journey that will bring to light painful realities—but also the chance to forge a new, honest, and loving future together…
October 9: Fabulous and Brunette
October 9: Sea’s Fire
October 10: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
October 11: Hearts and Scribbles
October 11: Punya Reviews…
October 12: Maureen’s Musings – review
October 12: Nana Prah’s Blog
October 13: T’s Stuff – review
October 16: Long and Short Reviews
October 18: Amish Reader
October 19: The Reading Addict
October 20: Southern Gal Loves to Read
October 23: A Writer’s Life
October 24: Book Lover Promo
October 24: Rogue’s Angels
October 25: Miss Tina’s Snitz Pie Book Review
October 25: Splashes of Joy
October 26: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
October 26: Vickie’s Kitchen and Garden
October 27: The Book Connection
October 27: Locks, Hooks and Books
October 27: Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

A Simple Wish takes Readers back to the Reihl family and their drama in life. Especially with Cornelius and the secret life he was living. This story had a lot of main characters, which ended up mainly with Loretta and Drew. And there are Wyatt and Rebecca, who hopefully will have their own story since theirs was left unfinished, but a lot of attention was given to them in this book.

As usual, Charlotte Hubbard writes a fun and interesting story that will provide a few hours of entertainment. The Amish characters and lifestyle mixed with the Mennonite lifestyle gives the Amish more liberal opportunities. And I actually liked the leaders of the Amish church here, except for Cornelius, that is. And I really didn’t care for his outcome, especially since any other church member would have been thrown to the wolves. And I so much appreciated his daughters and son-in-laws standing up to him. I hope Cornelius’ actions are not the usual actions of Deacons or church leaders of the Amish. This is a really nice read, my only problem with it is that it is listed as Religious and Inspiration, and when a book is listed as such, yet has cuss words used casually, and especially taking God’s name in vain, it’s unacceptable for me. God’s name deserves to be used reverently. A copy of This book was provided by the author and Goddess Fish Promotions for me to read and review. The opinions here are mine only.

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Home all Along by Beth Wiseman

Book Description

Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices.

Daniel loves Charlotte and wants to share his life with her, even it if means leaving the only world he’s ever known. But as he walks alongside of her through her struggles, his own world is turned upside down when a loved one receives a grim medical diagnosis and a prodigal relative returns home. Will Charlotte and Daniel’s relationship succumb to the many pressures around them, or will their faith and the strong community around them allow them to weather the storms of their own lives in order to build a life together?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Charlotte and Daniel are in love, but the problem is Charlotte is an Englisher, and she doesn’t seem to want to do anything about joining the Amish faith to be with Daniel for the rest of their lives. Daniel is getting so frustrated because he loves Charlotte, but the Bishop is putting the pressure on him because if there relationship is to go on, Charlotte needs to be doing something to lead them all to believe she is thinking about joining their faith. Even though she has lived in the Amish community for a long time, and considers the Amish as her family.

This book doesn’t have a lot going on, the main issue is Charlotte and Daniel’s disturbing relationship. Which makes this book much slower than the first two books in this series. This one is just lacking something, not an interesting. But, all in all, I would have read it anyway to see what happens at the end of the series, and to tie up some loose ends. Pick u this last book in Beth Wiseman’s An Amish Secrets Series. I received this book from Booklook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow

 

Book Description

In a small Georgia town where racial tensions run high and lives are at stake, can one lawyer stand up for justice against the tide of prejudice on every side?

Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, is living her dream of practicing law with a prestigious firm in downtown Atlanta. Then a split-second mistake changes the course of her career.

Left with no other options, Adisa returns to her hometown where a few days earlier a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen who is now lying comatose in the hospital.

Adisa is itching to jump into the fight as a special prosecutor, but feels pulled to do what she considers unthinkable—defend the officer.

As the court case unfolds, everyone in the small community must confront their own prejudices. Caught in the middle, Adisa also tries to chart her way along a path complicated by her budding relationship with a charismatic young preacher who leads the local movement demanding the police officer answer for his crime.

This highly relevant and gripping novel challenges us to ask what it means to forgive while seeking justice and to pursue reconciliation while loving others as ourselves.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

IF everyone would read this book, just maybe people would think before they act. Author Robert Whitlow writes an amazing story, one that may be criticized, hopefully not. Because it shows that sometimes when we are quick to judge, no matter who we are, we may not have all of the facts. And we may be accusing someone of something they are innocent of.

Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney, Takes a stand at what she believes in, having the majority of her small hometown go against her. She believes in justice, and takes on a case with a well known lawyer in town. The case is about a white policeman shooting and wounding a black young man. The police never wavers on his innocence, but the young black man is in a coma and can’t respond to questioning. The outcome of this case is astounding.

I really like Adisa. She’s straight forward, but has a heart of gold. My heart ached for her throughout the book, as everyone turned against her. But she was determined to find the truth, no matter what side won the case. And her aunt is just the sweetest! Her aunt’s faith in the Lord, along with the young black man’s grandmother, was breathtaking. And this book has one if the sweetest endings I have ever read! This is a must read for everyone!

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

KJV Know The Word Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, September 2017)

KJV Know The Word Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, September 2017)
Gain a greater understanding of the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.
The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study.
The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.
Features include:
—King James Version Bible text
—Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
—Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
—Words of Jesus in red
—Beautiful two-color interior page design
—Comprehensive list of theological notes
—Concordance
—Full-color maps
—8-point type size
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three ways to study the Bible. You can study Verse by Verse, Book by Book or Tooic by Topic. Either way you study, you will have a more understanding of The Word of God. We all study differently, so this Bible makes it easy whichever way you want to study. I have enjoyed using the verse by verse study, it give an easier and more simplistically way to study, which makes it nice if you don’t have a lot of time to study. This Bible offers many other tools to study including these:

Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
Words of Jesus in red
Beautiful two-color interior page design
Comprehensive list of theological notes
Concordance
Full-color maps

if you are looking for a new study Bible, and if you enjoy the KJV of the Bible, this is one you will enjoy. I received this Bible from Litfuse Publicity Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

Thomas Nelson
In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God’s Word.

Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,
Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—
or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.

Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I have been waiting to read this third book in The Amish of Summer Grove series. I loved the first two books in the series, though the first book had a very heartbreaking ending. But that part had to happen for the series to continue! Ariana Brenneman is back in her Amish home after her DNA dad let her come home earlier than expected. But she wasn’t the same Ari that left months ago. Living with her English family changed her in ways she never though possible. This didn’t go over well at all with her Amish parents and siblings, with them thinking their Ari would be back and everything would be as it was.

Watching the Amish folks and their actions about the change in Ariana was interesting, but yet I was so angry at her dad, the Bishop and preachers. Their attitude was horrible and was it really bullying instead of trying to get her to see the error of her ways? You and figure that out for yourself when you read the book. Though I really like this book, it didn’t have the same excitement as the first two books. I was surprised and pleased at how Ariana’s English dad treated her. And it was surprising that  she learned so much from him, and I really did too. And I can’t leave out Quill. From the beginning I have liked this guy, though I didn’t really understand him at first. He was an all around good guy!

Gathering The Threads is a really good name for this book because Cindy Woodsmall’s does a really good job of weaving all of the loose ends in this series together and writing a very nice ending that satisfies your soul. One that everyone can live with. I received this book from Blogging for Books  to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written seventeen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them–afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities–from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

If you’d like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton from Litfuse Publicity

Many Sparrows (WaterBrook, August 2017)
Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Lori Benton leaves her Readers in awe once again with this compelling Native American story. Many Sparrows is a wonderfully written story full of emotions, both difficult and happy. Many sorrows, heartaches and difficult decisions were felt by these very hardworking and loyal people. And yet there was much love and happiness. Clare comes to know these people through very horrific circumstances, with the help of Jeremiah Ring. Their way is not easy, Especially since Clare isn’t trained to live in the conditions she is having to face. But for Jeremiah, what would she do.

Clare may be very pregnant and alone but she very well shows she can take care of herself. I love her feisty spunk and determination. And Jeremiah, wow, he’s just that every woman’s man. His patients with Clare was much more than most men would ever be! And he knows how to survive in any situation, whether it be the white man or Indian.

Lori Benton does such an amazing job of detail in this book. From the historical white mans ways to those of the Native Americans, each scene was described so vividly. The people, the land, the Indian community, every scene was historic and amazingly and wonderfully described. It was so realistic. I was so glued to the pages I felt like I was inside that book, living the story. I just can’t say enough good things about ‘Many Sparrows.’ So much happening in this book, that you just have to read it. And if you are a fan of Native American stories, this one is a must.

And I can’t leave out the way Ms. Benton weaves the Christian lifestyle throughout he lives of the character. No matter how difficult the situation, how long prayers are being said, Ms. Benton clearly shows that God is faithful and He is in control no matter what. I love it when authors speak out about Jesus in their characters.

This is definitely one of my favorite reads. It will stay with me for a long time. I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Blog Tours to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 

 

LORI BENTON

Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of “Burning Sky,” recipient of three Christy Awards, “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn,” Christy-nominee “The Wood’s Edge,” and “A Flight of Arrows.”

 

 

Glory Songs CD by Redman

Glory Songs CD by Redman

 

A longtime connector of music to the church, Redman will be bringing his newest collection of music to churches for nights of worship from coast to coast throughout the street week of the album. With hits such as “You Never Let Go” and the GRAMMY® winning “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Redman currently has two songs in Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI’s) Top 15, alongside a notable 23 songs in CCLI’s top 500 most played.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS CD

I have loved Matt Redman music every since he wrote 10,000 Reasons. His worship songs bring healing and peace to your heart and soul.  Featured in the Glory Song CD are 13 worship songs. I really enjoyed listening to this CD a number of times and there is not a bad song on this CD. I do have a few favorites though.

The words to Gracefully Broken encourages Christians to surrender everything we have into Our God’s hands. The last words of the song are so powerful. ‘Your power is at work in me, I’m broken gracefully, I’m strong when I am weak, I will be free.

I few others are ‘Still I will Sing’, whether it is a joy or a sacrifice, still I will Sing.  And ‘Greatest Hallelujah’, we bring our Hallelujah’s for you reign for everymore. And every song on this CD has words that will speak to your heart. And not only the words but the beautiful music. I look forward to hearing these songs on our local Christian radio station’s as well as singing them in our worship time. This is a CD I highly recommend, and if you are a worship leader, you will definitely want this one!

I received a complimentary copy of this CD from FlyBy Promotions. The opinions in this review are mine only!

 

 

About Matt Redman

A key songwriter for today’s church and an active worship leader for the Passion conferences around the world, Matt Redman’s songs have been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Jeremy Camp, Jesus Culture, Passion and many more. Winning two GRAMMY® awards in 2015 in honor of the powerful hit “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” the single later was certified RIAA gold, named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year and Billboard’s Top Christian Song. Redman currently has 23 songs in the CCLI Top 500. The GMA Dove Award winner has a string of No. 1 records on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart including the recent Your Grace Finds Me (2013) and Unbroken Praise (2015), recorded live at the iconic Abbey Road Studios. His first ever holiday record, These Christmas Lights, debuted in the holiday season of 2016 and featured a collaboration with Natasha Bedingfield. Glory Song will be available on Sept. 29.

 

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