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

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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.

 

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bringing Maggie Home (WaterBrook, September 2017)
Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery, and a rift spanning three generations
Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?
Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

One thing I appreciate about Kim Vogel Sawyers books is the way she weaves living a Christian life in the lives of her characters. In Bringing Maggie Home, I love the way she eased the Gospel into her story, especially in the life of Sean. I really like Sean, the Christian that stood up for his faith and his God, but didn’t act holier than thou! He was just a nice guy and I was really rooting for him and Meghan to get together. Hazel was the sweetest old lady and my heart ached for her and the heartache she lived for 70 years. Diane was a little different. I did not like her and her arrogant ways and attitude. In the end, I warmed up to her more.

Hazel’s sister Maggie has disappeared when their mother sent Hazel blackberry picking and sent three year old Maggie with her. Despite the community searching effortlessly, Maggie was never found. Hazel and her parents were never the same. Life was hard, bitter and so sad from that day on. Hazel went through life with Maggie’s lost a secret from her family. It was when her granddaughter came to stay with Hazel to heal from an accident that the secret was accidentally brought to surface. Follow the journey of Hazel, her daughter Margaret Diane, her granddaughter Meghan and Meghan Cold Case Crime partner Sean as they investigate this seventy year old case of missing persons.

I received this book from Litfuse Tours 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 

KIM VOGEL SAWYER

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the lGayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

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All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

ABOUT THIS BOOK

“Once again, Jane Kirkpatrick creates a bold and inspiring woman out of the dust of history. Jennie’s triumph, in the skilled hands of one of the West’s most beloved writers, leaves its mark on your heart.”–Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place–especially for a single mother. To support herself and her young son, Jennie finds work caring for an older woman. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road forward is uncertain.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This was a good story, it started out with Jennie’s husband trying to make a life for his family. But unbeknown to Jennie, he filed for divorce, giving her the papers months after he did so. Jennie, enjoying her knowledge of herbs and their healing finds work caring for an older woman. By the time the woman passed on, Jennie and her very much old husband had fell in love.

The first of this story was heartbreaking for Jennie and I felt sorry for her, was really happy she could find work to support she and her son. But then the story changes and Jennie’s life is better than it has ever been. And this is where I really didn’t care for Jennie’s character. I felt like her dreams to be a Dr was so strong she gave up her family to do so. Her son was giving her so much trouble, her smaller children were hers to take care of, but she was more interested in her career as a Dr than she was taking care of her family. The story has a sad ending, I wasn’t expecting that. And I don’t want to go into anything else because I will be giving away too much. I encourage you to read this story. Your feeling about it may be completely different! Jane Kirkpatrick is a great author, I have read and loved many of her books. This is just not my favorite.

I received this book from Revell 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.

 

Litfuse presents Rule of Law by Randy Singer

Litfuse presents

Rule of Law by Randy Singer


What did the president know? And when did she know it?
For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.
But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.
Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?
Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.
Equal justice under law.
It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?
Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

WOW! Just WOW! Reading Rule Of Law was like reading the headline news, or watching a news channel. I love reading Randy Singer’s legal fiction because being a lawyer, he knows everything about the law, and knowing and working with SEALs and other military personnel, he has a pretty good knowledge about the government. Rule of Law was kind of scary to read because I kept going back reading pages, and wondering if things like this is happening today among our leaders. Have there always been the Philip Kilpatrick’s and John Morcano’s in Washington running our country? It’s a lot to think about!

I really like Paige. Her integrity, her knowledge of government affairs, and her strength and courage is the kind of people we need leading our country. And I really grew to respect the character of the president, and her integrity and willingness to admit her mistakes and failures in front of all America. Kristen was wonderful, and the characters of Tony and Patrick really showed me the character of a SEAL, and the danger of their missions, as well and the courage and love they have for their country. I’ve always had a special love and respect for the military, but after reading this book, that love and respect has hit a high level. Also, I realize how much we all need to really be praying daily for those who sacrifice their lives of our safety. And have committed to pray even more to our president and leaders and all of our military. Oh and I can’t forget Wyatt, who I grew to respect, to my surprise, and of course Clients was adorable. And Wellington did an awesome job of backing up Wyatt.

Randy Singer in just one if the best of the best writers. Rule of Law is so real, the characters are so realistic, I was actually looking up pictures of the various places described in scenes throughout to book so I could imagine myself being there in the story. The events, the knowledge, the settings in Virginia Beach and Yemen, all described so vividly by Mr. Singer will stay with me for a long time. Well, really the entire book, even the credits, authors notes and praises for Mr. singer will stay with me for a long while.

This book is so full of events, twists and turns at every angle, you just have to read it for yourself. If you love a good clean legal fiction, you need this book! I received this book from Litfuse Tours Group and the publisher, Tyndale House 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.

 

 

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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than ten legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel “Directed Verdict.” In addition to his law practice and writing, he serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ethics at Regent Law School and serves on the school’s Board of Visit

An Amish Christmas… Love Four Novellas, By: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin

An Amish Christmas Love

Four Novellas
By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin


Book Description

1. Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman

Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.

My Thoughts On This Story

What a sweet story to read during the Christmas Season. The story is sad because two of these women lost their husbands, but God is in control of their lives. Author Beth Wiseman weaves together a story of love, strength, and grace in the lives of this family. A story you want to be sure to read this Christmas!

2. The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston

Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don’t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma’s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry’s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn’t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.

My Thoughts On This Story

Another story that starts sad because of loss, and again, God is in control and shows His love and grace to Emma Bontrager. This time through a big, fat, cozy orange cat that doesn’t take no for an answer when Emma tells this furry friend to go outside. I love my furry gray cat, so Emma’s story was special! Cats can be a lot of comfort when we need a friend, just as this orange ball of fur was to Emma. And Emma’s surprise group of young people was like icing on the cake to make her Christmas special. Author Amy Clipston shows her excellent writing skills as she pins this heartwarming Christmas story that you are sure to love in this next Christmas season.

3. Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin

As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?

My Thoughts On This Story

Sometimes our past has a way of showing up unwanted, just as David Baylee’s did. Things were going well for David and Molly Shrock, but would David’s friend from the past ruin his and Molly’s relationship? Find out if Molly’s Christmas prayers will be answered her way in this third and wonderful Christmas story.

4. Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid

When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

My Thoughts On This Story

Ellie Whetstone has some explaining to do after her GOD sends her the wrong way! Ezra Mast is the man with the property Ellis is lead to. But what will Ellie do? Will she find a real chr surprise for herself? This last Christmas story in this book is another one you definitely don’t want to miss.

My Overall Thoughts On This Book 

I really enjoy reading these books of short Novella’s. And Amish Christmas Love is a book everyone who loves Amish stories will love to have during the Christmas Holidays. Each of the four stories only take a few hours to read, so you won’t have to read an entire book to find out the ending. A perfect book to have during Christmas. And four of my favorite Amish authors as well!

I received this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson and BookLook Blogger 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.

Wheresoever They May Be by Terri Wangard


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About the Book

Book title: Wheresoever They May Be

Author: Terri Wangard

Release date: August 31, 2017

Genre: Historical – World War II

Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.

Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.

Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.

They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

For a WWII book to be good, attention to detail is a must, and historical scenes and events accurately displayed and Terri Wangard does just that in her book, ‘Wheresoever They May Be.’  And as the story unfolds, I really enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and their journey and struggles as their story of the war was told. And if you are a WWII buff, you will love all of the history throughout this book in the scenes so vividly described by the author. Ms. was able to take the struggles and events in the lives of  Frank, Lily, Joe and Susan and weave together a compelling story that will stay with me for a while.

I rec’d this book through Celebration Lit Tours to read and review. This review is my honest opinion, mine words only.

 

About the Author

Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Guest Post from Terri Wangard

After eight years of thinking, breathing, researching B-17s, I was ready to disembark and concentrate on something else. But what? I had a vague idea of three friends who joined the WAC, the WAVES, and the WASPs, but nothing crystalized. Except for the WAC.

I didn’t want to completely turn away from flying, and I prefer topics that aren’t commonly known. How about a grasshopper pilot? My second character was on board.

I had toyed with the idea of a family generational series. A World War II story paired with a World War I story. But no, too unwieldy.

The WAC could have a sister, though, who stayed on the home front and did factory work. Oh, dear. I couldn’t completely stay away from B-17s. She’s building them.

She also needs a husband. He’ll be in the navy, and not on an aircraft carrier. A destroyer! (This was in the works before Sarah Sundin signed a contract for her just-concluded series about destroyer men. I checked with her: She was writing about the Atlantic war; my guy’s in the Pacific. No problem.) I studied the list of Pacific destroyers and, oooh, the Spence. All kinds of possibilities there.

So there I had it: a sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. They’re all doing their part to help win the war, but sometimes the enemy isn’t obvious.

Blog Stops

August 31: A Baker’s Perspective

August 31: Connie’s History Classroom

September 1: Bibliophile Reviews

September 1: Red Headed Book Lady

September 2: Just the Write Escape

September 2: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

September 3: Zerina Blossom’s Books

September 3: Janices book reviews

September 4: Live. Love. Read.

September 4: Jeanette’s Thoughts

September 5: Reading Is My SuperPower

September 5: Carpe Diem

September 6: Lock, Hooks and Books

September 6: Neverending Stories

September 7: Christian Bookaholic

September 7: Splashes of Joy

September 8: Bigreadersite

September 8: My Crazy Life as a Scholar

September 9: Have A Wonderful Day

September 9: Novels Corner

September 10: Radiant Light

September 10: History, Mystery & Faith

September 11: Daysong Reflections

September 11: Pursuing Stacie

September 12: God’s Little Bookworm

September 12: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

September 13: Blossoms and Blessings

September 13: Marry Hake

 

Giveaway

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The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

ABOUT THIS BOOK 

Book Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of secrets, romance, and two women bound together across time by a shared dream.

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Tenley and Birdie, two beautiful women, centuries apart, same Writing Desk, both authors dealing with writers block, and a story that will have you coming back for more from author Rachel Hauck. This is one of those WOW books, one you want to shout from the rooftops ‘This book is amazing,’ one you will read over and over again!

I was captured from the first page of The Writing Desk. I wanted to rush through the book, yet I kept going back and re-read a page or a chapter because I wanted to know every word of the book. The characters, I loved. I wasn’t sure about Tenley’s mom, but I grew to love her as I got to know her character. I love Tenley and Birdie, and though they made mistakes, their love of writing would shine through. And Jonas Sullivan is a dream come true. After meeting him, I forgot all about the what’s his name Tenley was supposedly engaged to. But then Tenley had to make the final decision on that.

If you love historical fiction, this is a must read for you. The historical scenes so vividly described by Ms. Hauck takes you back a century ago to the Guilded age. And my grandmother was born in 1903 so every time I saw that date I had fun imaging her in her infant years. There’s so much to say about this amazing read, but the rest is for you to know for yourself as you read The Writing Desk.

I give this book a high 5 STARS. I would definitely give it more if I could!!

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.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Hauck is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She is a Christy Award Winner and a double RITA finalist. Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Club.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, and a former sorority girl, Rachel and her husband live in central Florida. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Visit her at http://www.rachelhauck.com or http://www.facebook.com/rachelhauck

 

On Love’s Gentle Shores by Liz Johnson plus Giveaway

On Love’s Gentle Shores

by Liz Johnson

Author Liz Johnson has graciously offering a copy of On Love’s Gental Shores to one person in the US who comments on my blog! Scroll to the end for more info!

About

Fifteen years after she left Prince Edward Island, Natalie O’Ryan had no plans to return. But when her fiancé, music producer Russell Jacobs, books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose’s Red Door Inn, she sets out to put the finishing touches on the perfect wedding. But she can’t possibly prepare for a run-in with Justin Kane–the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin’s never forgotten Natalie or the music career he always dreamed of pursuing. He’d been prepared to follow her off the island until his dad died and he was left to run the family dairy farm. He’s done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him–but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he’s been missing.

After Natalie’s reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin’s property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin discover the groundwork for forgiveness–and that there may be more than an old friendship between them.

 

My THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I just finished reading On Love’s Gentle Shores and Wow, Liz Johnson is an amazing writer! From the beautiful shores of PEI to the personal secret feelings of its characters, Ms. Johnson describes every little detail in a way that you feel you are living in the story as one of the characters.

The very last person Natalie O’Ryan wanted to see when she came back to PEI after 15 years was her one time best friend, Justin Kane. But wouldn’t you know he would be one of the first people she would see. And if she didn’t want to see Justin, well, he was more adamant about seeing her! Eventually emotions explode, and not in a good way, one letting the other know they had been severely hurt. But when Natalie’s fiancé has to go back to his job for weeks leaving her alone to plan the wedding, Russell suggests that Natalie’s friend Justin help her. But if Russell only knew, and if course he didn’t because Natalie hadn’t told him.

I so much enjoyed this whirlwind of a journey as the story plays out and emotions and tensions grow stronger every day between Natalie and Justin. And Liz Johnson makes sure we as readers feel every ounce of those feelings. Of course I fell in love with Justin, and Natalie was just the sweetest, but my reason for wanting them together so much was the past they had shared as best friends. And I’m going to stop at that because I don’t want to give away anything else. It will ruin everything for you, so you really need to read this one for yourself. Natalie, Russell and Justin’s story can be read as a stand alone, but it will much more interesting if you read the first two books in the series.

This book was given to me by the author, Lis Johnson. 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

 

By day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager for a Christian publisher. By night she makes up her own love stories. She is the author of seven novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short Christmas stories. She’s also a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist.

Liz is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she earned a degree in public relations.

Now a resident of Nashville, she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and history of Middle Tennesee. She also takes every chance she can to visit Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

http://www.LizJohnsonBooks.com.

 

A LITTLE MORE INFO ON LIZ JOHNSON

 

About Liz Johnson
How long have you been writing?
I wrote my first short story when I was seven and signed my first book contract when I was 27. In those years I kept writing and writing. I wrote my first novel when I was twelve, and it was a terrible western romance. I continued writing stories throughout high school and tried my hand at another novel in college. It was also really terrible. But I kept taking classes and learning and growing as a writer. And then when I was twenty-five I told a friend of mine about a book idea I had. She told me to set up a writing calendar, and then she checked with me every day to make sure I’d written the night before. That book—after many rounds of revisions—became my first published novel, The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn.

Why do you write?
Writing is a necessity for me. If I go too long without writing, the voices in my head start getting rowdy.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?
Overcoming distractions and fear. Like the dog who sees a squirrel, I’m easily distracted by interesting things. A new bit of research. A funny video. Pictures on Facebook. Pushing the distractions aside is hard but an essential part of writing. And the same is true of silencing the voices of doubt that I hear every time I sit down to start a new chapter. It’s easier to listen to that fear than it is to tell it it’s wrong and trust that you have an important message to share.

How long does it take you to write a book?
Every book is different, and I give myself enough time to write each one to the best of my ability. But my last couple Love Inspired Suspense books have each taken me about three months to finish.

What do you like to read?
I love to read just about anything I can get my hands on! Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Regency era romances by authors like Julie Klassen. I also love westerns by Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings. Sandra Orchard is a favorite in the romantic suspense genre. I also love general market favorites like The Princess Bride, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I wish I had more time to read, as there are so many good books releasing every day. But if I read as much I’d like to, then I’d never write!

What’s the best advice you have for aspiring writers?
Finish your manuscript. It’s hard work. It takes a long time, but there’s nothing like writing your first manuscript to practice writing. One of the best ways to get better at writing is by writing. So get your seat in a chair and your fingers on a keyboard (or pencil to paper) and get writing.

Is it true you once worked at Walt Disney World?
That is true.

What was it like?
It was the hardest job I’ve ever loved. There’s something amazingly wonderful about taking personal responsibility for giving every guest a great day.

What’s your least favorite household chore?
Getting my car cleaned. I’m terrified of being stuck in the carwash, so I avoid it at all costs.

What’s your favorite food?
My dad’s hamburgers. They’re always perfect and so tasty.

How can I get in touch with you?
Hop on over to the contact page and shoot me a note. Or visit me on Facebook or twitter. I try to respond to everyone who contacts me.

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TLC Tours presents To Wager Her Heart Tamera Alexander

From #1 CBA Bestselling Author Tamera Alexander

Impeccable historical research woven with heart-gripping fiction!
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With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society’s expectations must work together to achieve their dreams – provided the truth doesn’t tear them apart first.
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Seeking justice . . .

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father’s name. One man holds the key to Sy’s success–General William Giles Harding of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.
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Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville’s society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he’s found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison’s fiancé–and has shattered her world.
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Struggling to restore honor . . .

Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen’s university in the United States. But family–and Nashville society–do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy’s roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor?
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Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn’t count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
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Set against the real history of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a powerful love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won. It’s Tamera Alexander – impeccable historical research and heart-gripping fiction – at her best!
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“For lovers of historical romance, To Wager Her Heart offers the very best of both history and romance. Tamera Alexander’s well-told story details the early years of Fisk University as a school for freedmen after the Civil War. I was fascinated from beginning to end. This thoroughly enjoyable novel proves why Tamera Alexander is one of the genre’s most beloved authors – and one of my favorites.”
~ Lynn Austin, Bestselling author of Waves of Mercy and Until We Reach Home
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“To Wager Her Heart is a wonderful historical romance with sweet and caring characters who are looking for justice and redemption from the past. Real-life people from history are intertwined throughout the novel, enhancing the plot. Alexander has certainly done her research in this lovely Belle Meade Plantation inspirational romance!”
~RT Book Reviews, four stars!
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“A steadfast heroine, a redemption-seeking hero, and a complex Southern society in post-Civil War America seamlessly combine in Tamera Alexander’s To Wager Her Heart. Fans of Alexander’s Belle Meade Plantation novels will fall in love with this new installment–but the real stars are the depth of research and the masterful attention to setting the perfect historical scene. Honor. Faith. And love . . . this novel’s a journey in them all!”
~Kristy Cambron, Bestselling author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Wow where do I start. With this evening a Tamera Alexander story, I knew it would be awesome, but in blown away after just finishing the book. The first thing I’ll say is, oh, for the faith of Mr. White! That character has the faith that God wants all who know Him to have, a faith I long for. And Alexander, what an amazing woman she is, going from living a life if luxury, never wanting for anything, to a life of living among the freed slaves. Teaching them, from the youngest child to grandparents in the same starter class, Ms. Jamison never tired of pouring her life into these people. Slaves that were now freed and so ready and willing to learn.

And as for the dashing Mr. Sylas Rutledge, a man after every woman’s heart, what a character he ends up being. A character that never ceased to surprise me. And sorry, that’s all I will say, because any more will spoil it big time for you.

This is truly a book crammed full of history, with some of the historical events and scenes based on real events. The Jubilee Singers an actual group as was the Fisk University. A lot of valuable time spent in research from the author, Ms. Alexander. If you love historical fiction that is a good, clean, most enjoyable read, I highly recommend To Wager Her Heart for your next read. 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

 

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.

These Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart

These Healing Hills

by Ann H. Gabhart

 

About

“A fascinating and beautifully crafted story.”–Virginia Smith, bestselling author of The Amish Widower.

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out–until the man she loves announces his plans to bring home an English bride from war-torn Europe in 1945. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to envisioning what’s next for his life.

When Francine’s and Ben’s paths intersect, it’s immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

“Ann H. Gabhart captures a fascinating slice of Appalachian history in this tale of a mountain midwife and a soldier, bringing it to life as only a native Kentuckian can.”–Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

“Ann Gabhart combines vivid descriptions, meticulous research, and a deep understanding of the human heart to create a story that will linger in readers’ memories long after the last page is turned. This is a book to savor, not just once, but over and over. A true keeper.”–Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of A Stolen Heart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series, as well as several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Endorsements

“Reading These Healing Hills is like wrapping up in a beloved quilt and stepping back in time. Ann H. Gabhart captures a fascinating slice of Appalachian history in this tale of a mountain midwife and a soldier, bringing it to life as only a native Kentuckian can. Poignant and romantic, witty and wise, with enduring spiritual truths, this is my favorite novel of hers to date.”

Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night

“What a wonderful story! Filled with true-to-life characters (including some four-footed ones) and fascinating historical details, These Healing Hills is a beautifully written, heartwarming story of life in the Appalachian Mountains at the end of the Second World War. Ann Gabhart combines vivid descriptions, meticulous research, and a deep understanding of the human heart to create a story that will linger in readers’ memories long after the last page is turned. This is a book to savor, not just once, but over and over. A true keeper.”

Amanda Cabot, bestselling author of A Stolen Heart

“Ann H. Gabhart delivers a rich tale set in Kentucky’s Appalachian Mountains at the close of World War II. Francine buries the painful loss of the man she loves beneath the difficult work of a frontier nurse midwife. The mountain people touch a place deep in her heart, and she gladly sacrifices the life she always wanted in order to serve them. But can she ever be truly happy among the hills and hollows where modern medicine often gives way to ancient folk cures? These Healing Hills is a fascinating and beautifully crafted story that I highly recommend.”

Virginia Smith, bestselling author of The Amish Widower

“You are sure to enjoy this endearing story of love lost and found in the enchanting hills of Kentucky.”

Jan Watson, author of the Troublesome Creek series

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Francine Howard’s life was on a right and happy path, or so she thought. But when them man she loves announces he’s bringing home a bride from the war, Francine makes the choice to move to the Appalachian Mountains and start her training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. These mountains not only gave Francine a fresh new start, but a completely new life. She grew to loved and be a part of these mountain people.

Ben Locke was on his way home to his Kentucky mountains, having no idea where his life would end up. But meeting the new nurse in town made coming home a little sweeter. As Ben continues to help Nurse Howard find her way through these mountains, would she find her way to his heart too?

Ann Gabhart creates a lovely story of love, forgiveness and acceptance in These Healing Hills. For me, the story was so paced in the beginning, but as I kept reading, just as Francine did, I fell in love with these sweet Mountain people. The characters and plot were well created and developed. I love that the lives and situations in each scene in the book were so realistic I felt drawn to this place. Despite the hard work needed to survive, the people lived in ways most communities don’t. I highly recommend this beautiful story by Ann Gabhart!

I received this book from the publisher, Revell. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann H. GabhartAnn H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.

Cultural Backgrounds Bible NKJV

Book Description

CONTEXT CHANGES EVERYTHING

You’ve heard many Bible stories hundreds of times, but how many behind-the-scenes details are you missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover the rich meaning behind the stories of Scripture.

That’s what the NKJV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible provides. Every page is packed with expert insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. These fascinating explanations will serve to clarify your study of the Scriptures, reinforcing your confidence and bringing difficult passages of Scripture into sharp focus.

Discover new dimensions of insight to even the most familiar Bible passages as you take a behind-the-scenes tour into the ancient world.

The Bible was originally written to an ancient people removed from us by thousands of years and thousands of miles. The Scriptures include subtle culturally based nuances, undertones, and references to ancient events, literature and customs that were intuitively understood by those who first heard the Scriptures read. For us to hear the Scriptures as they did, we need a window into their world.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

This is the neatest Bible. All throughout the Bible you find insight into the customs, culture, and literature of Bible times. The pictures help make this Bible as well. I love the muted colors and the beige and brown theme throughout.

The Bible is hardcover with s beautiful dust jacket. If you enjoy studying the scriptures, this Cultural Backgrowns Bible will be a wonderful addition to your study tools. And if you have ever wondered about when something was written, or wondered what life was like in Bible times, this Bible may just been what you need. This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers Review Program. I was not required to write a review of this book. I chose to write this review, and the opinions are mine alone!

A God of all Seasons from Celebrstion Lit Tours

 

 

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Book

 

Book title: A God of All Seasons

 

Author: TH Meyer & Amy Breitmann

 

Release date: August 28, 2017

 

Genre: Non-fiction

What if your spiritual life landed in the grip of a wintered soul? How does one’s faith survive?
Discover the beauty and challenge of spiritual seasons as Tammy & Amy remember parts of their stories in order to draw out your own. Learn to perceive God’s companionship even when you don’t sense His nearness. And unearth, not only a God who created the seasons, but one who also walks with you through them.”
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
This is such a great devotional book to read. I read a chapter each day as I would s devotional and here was always something that spoelke to my heart in each chapter. I love the way it is separated into the four seasons, with each sections devotional to that particular season. The authors do a wonderful job of writing this book, making it very clear and easy to understand. This I like very much when reading a non fiction book.
The stories Tammy Meyer and Amy Breitmann share are sweet, refreshing and I could really relate to so many of them. I loved reading this down to earth little book and I very highly recommend this to every woman to read!
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, AND Celebration Lit Tours for me to read. I was not required to write a review. The words and opinions in this review are mine, and mine only.

About the Authors

 

 

After living in Asia and Europe, T.H. Meyer’s family planted roots on their Texas farm in 2008 where they live among fields of Rye and Bermuda. Tammy is a writer and creative strategist who also moonlights as a social media specialist. She’s the mother to three children and author of, A Life of Creative Purpose: Embrace Uniqueness, Explore Boldness, Encourage Faith and Social Media Strategies: Discovering Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul for Christian entrepreneurs maneuvering the daunting and soul-sucking world of online marketing.
Join Tammy on her website: The Art of Fear Not: An Adventurous Life of Faith http://www.tammy-h-meyer.com/.
Or stay in touch with her at:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tammy.h.meyer/ for personal photos and thoughts from home.
Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammy_h_meyer/lists & find out what’s on her Twitter “Lists.”

 

Amy’s (Amy Breitmann) bio: Amy weaves together ministry and writing alongside her husband and two children in Augusta, GA. She is a writer, speaker, and founder of “The Lydia Project,” a national ministry for women facing cancer and is a storyteller for ViBella Jewelry, an international company that employs artisans in Haiti and Mexico. Her published works include pieces in Chicken Soup of the Soul, Mosaic: Sojourners of Faith, and Guideposts Magazine.

Blog Stops

August 10: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

August 11: A Baker’s Perspective

August 12: Just Jo’Anne

August 13: Avid Reader Book Reviews

August 13: Splashes of Joy

August 13: Rockin’ My Mom Jeans

August 14: A Reader’s Brain

August 15: autism mom

August 16: Captive Dreams Window

August 16: autismchristianmom

August 17: Karen Sue Hadley

August 18: Moments Dipped in Ink

August 19: Bigreadersite

August 20: Eat,Read,Teach,Blog

August 21: Margaret Kazmierczak

August 22: Breaking Ordinary

August 23: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses

August 23: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

 

 

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, T.H. Meyer is giving away a Kindle Fire!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
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Rescue Me by Susan May Warren. From Revell

 Rescue Me

by Susan May Warren

About this book 

Rescue Me (Montana Rescue #2)
What happens when the rescuer has to be rescued? When a van full of teenagers is lost in the rugged mountains of Montana, it’s logical that PEAK Rescue would call out deputy Sam Brooks. Only problem is…he’s lost with them. It’ll take all the courage, skill and determination for Sam to rescue the wounded, scared teenagers. But when tragedy takes a dark turn, who will rescue Sam?
Deputy Sam Brooks is deeply committed to keeping the town of Mercy Falls safe. So he takes his role as liaison between the Mercy Falls Sheriff’s department and PEAK Rescue very seriously. However, he is also committed in his personal life. Once his mind is set on something – nothing can sway him.

Despite the opinions of others, Sam is sure that Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. She is safe, practical and organized; a far cry from her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

Willow feels torn between her love for Sam and her desire to see her sister have a happy ending. At least for the time being, Willow focuses her attention on getting the job as youth pastor of her small-town church.

But when an arsonist strikes, Willow and Sam are forced to fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded and injured with the winter weather closing in, Willow and Sam will have to work together to rescue a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

 

Susan May Warren
Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over fifty novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of http://www.MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com.

Wild Montana Skies (Montana Rescue #1)

Wild Montana Skies (Montana Rescue #1)
She’s come home to heal . . . only to find heartbreak is waiting. He thought he put the past behind him . . . until he returned home to discover it’s walked back into his life–and this time, with a secret he can’t forgive. Can two broken hearts find their way back to love?

About the Book

About the Book
Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town.

Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

 

Susan May Warren Short Bio
Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over fifty novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of http://www.MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com.

 

 

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

A Matter of Trust
by: Susan May Warren

About the book
Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

Author: Susan May Warren
Series: Montana Rescue, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Adventure
Tag: Epic Romantic Adventure
Publisher: Revell
Publication Year: 2017
ASIN: B01MYR22CG
ISBN: 9780800727451

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Ski Patrol Gage Watson is on the trail of teens in the wrong dangerous place in Glacier National Park, but when he caught up with them, one of the guys remembered Gage’s past life. Then Ella appeared and emotions and tension started flying all over the place. These two clearly have a dangerous history!

A Matter of Trust is an amazingly written story of dealing with past mistakes, of forgiveness and love, in the mist of tension and emotions. And I love how Susan May Warren incorporates Living the Christian life in the lives of her characters. Though some may take a while to let go and let God have control, it happens at some point in the story. Which is an awesome ministry, guiding readers to a better relationship with the Lord! I really enjoyed this third book in Montana Rescue Series! I ached for Gage because he truly was trying to forget his past and make something of his life, but his past kept coming back to bite him. And Ella, she was confusing because she was so wishy-washy about what she was trying to say. When Ella’s brother was missing, emotions spiked so high and I could feel the tension coming out of there pages!

I’ve never been to Glacier National Park, so it was a real treat for me as I read through the scenes that were so vividly described of the park. As I was reading this book as hi as the temperature is here, I thought myself freezing because I could feel the snow flying out of the pages of the book as well. Detention and that snow just felt so real and I loved it. I could keep going on and on talking about all of the action packed fun throughout this story, but you need to get the book and read it for yourself. It’s just not the same if you don’t read it yourself.

I highly, highly recommend a matter of trust. I received this book from the publisher, Revell. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

 

About the Author

 

Susan May Warren Short Bio
Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over fifty novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of http://www.MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists. You can find her online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com.

 

 

 

 

From TLC Tours… Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

About Beneath Copper Falls

Series: Rock Harbor Series

Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 11, 2017)

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Dana Newell decides she’s just going to go back home to Copper Falls and start life over in her peaceful home town. She’s not the best at selecting boyfriends, and just left an abusive one, this guy was really sick and scary. Living with her brother, he will protect her.

Boone just lost his sister to a crazy dude, but finding her killer was turning out to be impossible. When another young lady is murdered, this small town wonders if they will ever feel safe again.

Oh Wow! Colleen Coble comes in with a bang with her return to Rock Harbor series. Which I love, love, love, by the way. One of my favorite series! I was overjoyed at being in Rock Harbor again and meeting all of the wonderful characters. Danger is lurking and tension is running everywhere trying to find the murderer. And since Dana’s fiancé turns up in town stalking Dana, everyone thinks he’s the murderer. But then the story takes a wild twist. And we’ll, I had no idea what was coming next, never even guessed it! And this is where I’ll stop telling anything else because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t read the awesome Beneath Copper Falls! If you love mystery and suspense with a little romance in the mix, this book is one you don’t want to miss. In fact anyone would enjoy this one!

I received this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson through TLC Tours. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

 

About Colleen Coble

USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher plus giveaway

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About the Book

Book title: The Return

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Release date: Sept 1, 2017

Genre: Amish

In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear

Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family’s rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans—but then she never had to. Not until the night she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she’s developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances.

Greatly anguished by Betsy’s captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans’s hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far?

Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Return was a very different twist on my Amish stories. Though some of this was real life, it was very difficult to read. Set in a small Amish community in the 1700’s, this story is inspired by true events. In the author’s comments at the end, Ms. Fisher separates the facts from fiction, which was interesting.

In the love triangle between Betsy, Hans and Tessa, Tessa wishes Betsy gone from the community so she can have a better chance with Hans, but when this actually happens her thoughts change immensely. When the Zook family is attacked by Native Americans, Betsy’s parents were killed and Betsy and her brother taken away and as you can imagine, the entire community was horrified.

Though this book was wonderfully written, I could hardly get through the brutal massacre of the attack on the Zook family. I’m not one that likes to read bloody mess of a story, even if it’s true. But that aside, the characters were amazing, Betsy and the treatment she rec’d from the Native Americans was heartwarming. Especially when the same people brought her such horror and sadness. If you are a fan of stories written in this era, you will love and appreciate this book, especially the vivid historical scenes and all of the history in this book. I received this book from The publisher, Revell through Celebration Lit Tours. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing and The Newcomer in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Three Sisters’ Garden: Corn, Squash & Beans!

Corn was a new food to the immigrants to the New World, introduced to them by Native Americans. Soon, it became an essential part of their daily diet, in one form or another. Growing it brought yet another new discovery: companion planting in the form of the Three Sisters’ Garden.

According to Iroquois legend, corn, squash and beans were three inseparable sisters who only grew and thrived together. 18th century Native Americans wouldn’t have understood the science behind why companion planting worked, but they knew it did. Beans, like all legumes, have bacteria living on their roots that help them absorb nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that plants can use. Corn, which requires a lot of nitrogen to grow, benefits from the legumes and provides a pole support for the beans to climb. Low growing squash leaves shade the soil and prevent weed growth. Their sharp and prickly leaves deter pests. This tradition, of planting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, became a sustainable system to provide long-term soil fertility among Native American tribes that farmed.

The wisdom of planting Three Sisters’ Garden was adopted by the immigrants, including our own Betsy Zook from The Return. Betsy learned of the technique while a captive among a tribe of Indians and later, after she had been returned to the Amish, shared her knowledge with Anna and Bairn.

Have you ever considered growing a Three Sisters’ garden? All you need is the right kind of seeds, a mound of dirt in a sunny spot, and to not forget to water. Mother Nature will do the rest.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling, award-winning author of novels about the Old Order Amish. Her interest in the Plain People began with her grandfather, who was raised as a Dunkard (German Baptist) on a farm in Pennsylvania. Suzanne loves to connect with readers! You can find her on-line at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

*Images courtesy of Dream Home Improvement and Technology Exchange Lab

Blog Stops

Blog Stops

August 1: Quiet Quilter

August 1: A Baker’s Perspective

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is doing an amazing giveaway from August 1 through 14! Check it out:

Four winners will receive one of the prizes below:

  • An Amish Gift Basket and a copy of The Return
  • Amish popcorn sampler and a copy of The Return
  • The Amish Beginning 3 book set series

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

You can enter at Suzanne’s website (http://suzannewoodsfisher.com/contests/) or on her Facebook page (http://gvwy.io/q1kb9u4)

Wanda Brunstetter The Blessing From Barbour Books

Wanda Brunstetter  The Blessing

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Return to the Troyer farm where Heidi welcomes six new cooking class students who experience the healing hand of God.

Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi’s table.

During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students—though, this time Heidi’s own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment.

This is the second book in The Amish Cooking Class series. Check out Book 1, The Seekers

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This book was such a Blessing to read, probably why it’s called The Blessing. Lyle and Heidi once again invite people into their home for cooking classes. This time she had six students. All six were very different, all ages and all walks of life. But each one had struggles they had to deal with daily, including their hostess. With Heidi and Lyle’s string faith in The Lord and sweet attitude, the six students were drawn toward their kindness. My heart hurt so for Heidi because she wanted a child so bad. Situations change in life just as they did in this story, and I liked the way the story ended.

And as for the ‘old fashion’ words and statements in the story as one reviewer put it. That depends on where you live. Some of my family talk more ‘old fashion’ than the author used in this story. It’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a way of life that we need to respect. And in this story, we were reading about plain people, and they don’t talk fancy. Just my thoughts on that.

This was such a sweet story. I haven’t read any more books in this series but I plan to read them soon. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will really enjoy The Blessing. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Barbour Books for me to read. I was not required to write a review. The words and opinions in this review are mine, and mine only.

 

A Name Unknown by Roseanna White plus Giveaway


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About the Book

Book title: A Name Unknown

Author: Roseanna M. White

Release date: July 4, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance

She’s Out to Steal His Name.

Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets—now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

As Europe moved closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown—so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, though, and both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth—about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

About the Author

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Guest Post from Roseanna White

It’s always a challenge to make a historical setting authentic—especially when it’s set in a region you’ve only ever read about. As I was writing A Name Unknown, I learned so much about Cornwall—all the more when I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Penzance region while the book was still in edits! I quickly learned that I had far too many trees in my story, and hadn’t quite captured the uniqueness of the coastal setting. I dove into rewrites with excitement and gusto, ready to make my fictional Cornwall more like the real one.

I studied the Cornish accent, Cornish foods, typical Cornish coloring in hair and eyes. I’ve now gotten rather proficient at making pasties (beef hand pies) from scratch, I’ve special-ordered ingredients to make Cornish ginger cookies called fairings, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time listening to videos of people speaking in a Cornish accent.

Delving into this rich region and its history was a blast! And I’m so excited to get to share the culture of Cornwall—and a taste of their unique flavors—with you. In a special Celebrate Lit giveaway, I’ll be offering not only a signed copy of my book, but also some homemade ginger fairings! Here’s the recipe I used . . . after special ordering the Mixed Spice (reminiscent of pumpkin pie spice) and Golden Syrup (a thick syrup with a bit of a toffee flavor) from Amazon. 😉 (I have a gram scale so did use the weight measurements rather than volume—also, English teaspoons and tablespoons are a bit bigger than American, so I heaped them, and I turned out deliciously.)

GINGER FAIRINGS RECIPE

100 grams butter, cold and diced

225 grams all-purpose flour

¼ heaping teaspoon salt

2 heaping teaspoons baking powder

2 heaping teaspoons baking soda

1 heaping teaspoon ginger

2 heaping teaspoons mixed spice

100 grams superfine (caster) sugar

4 heaping tablespoons golden syrup

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a stand mixer. Add the butter and beat until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar.

In a small saucepan, warm the golden syrup until it’s clarified a bit; stir into the flour mixture until a dough forms. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and put on prepared baking sheets a few inches apart.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden. Cool a few minutes on the trays and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Blog Stops

July 18: Faithfully Bookish

July 18: These Splendid Sentences

July 18: Bibliophile Reviews

July 18: Neverending Stories

July 19: Bookworm Mama

July 19: Seasons of Opportunities

July 19: Blogging With Carol

July 20: A Reader’s Brain

July 20: Genesis 5020

July 20: Just the Write Escape

July 20: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

July 21: Fiction, Faith, and Fun

July 21: Pause for Tales

July 21: Connie’s History Classroom

July 22: Bigreadersite

July 22: Fiction Aficionado

July 22: Avid Reader Book Reviews

July 22: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

July 23: Vicky Sluiter

July 23: Inklings and notions

July 23: Moments Dipped in Ink

July 24: Pursuing Stacie

July 24: Cordially Barbara

July 24: Reflections of my Bookshelves

July 24: Zerina Blossom’s Books

July 25: God’s Little Bookworm

July 25: Blossoms and Blessings

July 25: Live.Love.Read.

July 26: Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot

July 26: Margaret Kazmierczak

July 26: The Fizzy Pop Collection

July 26: Carpe Diem

July 27: cherylbbookblog

July 27: Christian Chick’s Thoughts

July 27: Splashes of Joy

July 28: With a Joyful Noise

July 28: Have A Wonderful Day

July 28: Christian Bookaholic

July 29: Thoughts from Mill Street

July 29: Raining Butterfly Kisses

July 29: Karen Sue Hadley

July 29: Faery Tales Are Real

July 30: His Grace is Sufficient

July 30: History, Mystery & Faith

July 30: Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses

July 31: Reader’s cozy corner

July 31: Cafinated Reads

July 31: Red Headed Book Lady

July 31: The Important Things in Life: God, Books, & Chocolate
 

Giveaway

To celebrate this tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of A Name Unknown & 2 dozen cookies from Roseanna!!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bc0e

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