The Amish Teacher’s Gift by Rachel Good

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About the Book

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Title: The Amish Teacher’s Gift, Book 1 of the Love & Promises Series

Author: Rachel J Good

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.

With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. Yet with no time to court and a family secret holding her back, how can she allow herself to fall in love?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

What an special sweet story. We don’t read a lot of fiction about children with special needs, especially in the Amish communities, which makes this story, well, just special. Author Rachel J Good does an amazing job writing this story, as well as the research about special needs children and the schools and environment they need to be in.
Ada Rupp already had her hands full raising her seven siblings, and wasn’t sure she would be able to teach at the special needs school, but she soon found herself falling in love with one of her students. Nathan was a disturbed little boy but he seemed to trust his teacher, which was much more than how he was with his dad Josiah. All Josiah heard from Nathan was the screaming and screeching that came each time Josiah tried to do anything for his son. Can Nathan one day give Josiah the love and trust he gives his teacher?
I felt so very bad for Josiah because everything he tried to do for his son just made Nathan worse. And to make matters worse, the more time Ada and Josiah spent together to more chemistry there was between them. And that couldn’t happen because Josiah was still in mourning for his deceased wife and no one wanted Ada because she had her family to take care of. But they still enjoyed each other’s company, despite the warning from the Bishops wife. That is until a newspaper reporter took pictures of the two coming out of the school alone, pictures that were printed on the front page of the English newspaper. Boy does this author have her work cut out for her! But Rachel Good does a fantastic job of weaving all of these difficult problems and situations together to make a really sweet story. I loved the main characters, Josiah and Ada and the attraction they had for each other from the first time they met. But as for much to nosey Bishop’s wife, I wanted to tell her a few things!
All of the characters for the special children were heartwarming, but David and Nathan’s relationship was what touched me more than any of them. I loved the way these two learned to communicate with each other as if they were normal kids. And again Ms. Good does an amazing job with these and the rest of her characters. I felt connected to them all, and it felt like I was reading about real people with real life issues. I highly recommend this special book to everyone who enjoys a clean, entertaining read. And if you love Amish stories, this is one you don’t want to miss!
A  copy of this book 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.
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About the Author

rachel goodRachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel loves to travel and visit many different Amish communities.

Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – Sisters & Friendsseries, Love & Promises series, and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Booksand the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. In addition, she has stories in the anthologies Springs of Love and Love’s Thankful Heart.

She’d love to have you visit her website, or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Bookbub. Rachel also enjoys meeting readers and will be doing talks and booksignings around the country this year. To find out more about Rachel and her books, you can sign up for her newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qwci4Q

Guest Post from Rachel J. Good

Heart-Tugging Research

Sometimes as an author, stories call to you and beg you to write them. This story first tugged at my heart after I spent time with an Amish friend’s special needs child. I thought about writing a book to show how the Amish treat each child as a gift from God. After meeting a hearing-impaired teen girl with Down’s syndrome and seeing how she was encouraged to live up to her potential, the idea grew stronger. This girl later became Martha in the book.

Then at an auction, I watched a young Down’s syndrome boy help the auctioneer by delivering the goods to the bidders. His straw hat tilted a little crookedly, but with a broad smile on his face, he carefully matched items with the correct bidder. He looked so proud of himself and proud to be able to do such an important job. I sat there at the auction and jotted notes for the novel.

Once I knew the topic of the novel, I began my research by visiting Amish schools for special needs, attending auctions to support them, and touring the Community Care Center, where Amish and Mennonite children and adults with special needs get amazing help. The young man in the wheelchair who showed us around was an awesome guide. We peeked into an exercise room, a therapy room, a craft room, several classrooms, a cafeteria, and my favorite—a multi-sensory environment. This room with dark walls lit only by a small row of twinkling Christmas lights had a ball pit (with the plastic balls like some fast food restaurants have in their play areas), a plush recliner, blankets, headphones, and a hammock. Autistic children at the center found this room a great calming atmosphere. I knew this room had to have a place in the book.

I visited a teacher who taught autistic children and learned a lot about programs, therapies, and teaching techniques. After learning the cutting edge techniques she used, I was surprised to realize that the Amish had adopted quite a few of them for their classrooms. I chose a hearing-impaired boy for the hero’s son because I had a nephew with hearing problems, so I could incorporate some of the struggles he had into the story.

I wanted this series to be about the healing power of love, so each book will deal with a different type of healing. When something touches my heart like this, I always pray it will touch the readers’ hearts too.

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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize package of a tote, an autographed copy of The Amish Teacher’s Gift, and an autographed copy of Hearts Reunited!!

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Welcome to this stop on the Julie by Catherine Marshall Reissue Celebration Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours!
**Please Note** My review of Julie will be posted at a later date, as soon as I rec’ve the book. I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this amazing book. Catherine Marshall will always be one of the best all time authors.
 
 

Title: Julie

Author: Catherine Marshall
Publisher: Gilead Publishing

ReIssue Date: April 17, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance Fiction

*A New York Times bestseller*

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Will the dam hold?



Julie Wallace has always wanted to write. Trying to 

escape the Great Depression, Julie’s father buys the

Alderton Sentinel, a small-town newspaper in flood-prone Alderton, Pennsylvania, and moves his family

there. As flash floods ominously increase, Julie’s investigative reporting uncovers secrets that could

endanger the entire community.



Julie, the newspaper, and her family are thrown into a perilous standoff with the owners of the steel mills

as they investigate the conditions of the immigrant laborers. As the Alderton Sentinel and Julie take on a more aggressive role to reform these conditions, seething tensions come to a head.



When a devastating tragedy follows a shocking revelation, Julie’s courage and strength are tested. 

Will truth and justice win, or will Julie lose everything she holds dear?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), “The New York Times” best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel “Christy.” Based on the life of her mother, “Christy” captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in “A Man Called Peter.” A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of “Guideposts,” forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine’s enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.
 

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Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton

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 About this book

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.

As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.

Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.

When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Lauren K. Denton is a new author for me, but hearing so many good things about her previous book, I was anxious to read this one. Two sisters, Jenna and Betsy were very close, but the closeness seemed to mean more to Betsy than Jenna. Jenna was happy moving anywhere she de used, trying to find life like she wanted it. But two children should have settled her down a bit. But when she ask Betsy to care for her children for two weeks, which turned into longer than two months Betsy’s husband Ty wasn’t too happy. And it was causing problems between the husband and wife team, even though they loved Jenna’s two girls.

I really enjoyed this story. I fell in love with the realistic characters, and the story was so like real, it really made me fell involved in the lives of the characters. Though sometimes I figured out where the story was going, it was ok, because I wanted to soak up every word of the book. Hurricane Season is a good book for a Sunday afternoon read! And I read it that fast! And because this book is one you just want to read over and over, this is a keeper for me because I plan to read it again soon.
This is a book I highly recommend! Especially if you are looking for a nice, clean story that you can enjoy and have fun reading. You will enjoy it as much as I did! I received this book from TLC 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.

Meet the author

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Combining a love of Deep South settings, a generous dose of Southern flavor and humor, and heartwarming romance, Alabama writer Lauren K. Denton pens stories that chronicle women’s journeys towards truth and love, hope and healing.

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A Mother’s Gift by Charlotte Hubbard Plus Giveaway

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ABOUT THIS BOOK 

For Leah Otto, marrying Jude Shetler is a long-held dream come true. As a young girl, she was captivated by his good looks and talent as an auctioneer. When Jude, now a widower with three children, begins to court her, Leah doesn’t hesitate. Other men may not appreciate her tomboy ways, but Jude values Leah’s practical nature and her skill with the animals she tends, and both enter the marriage with joy and optimism.

Three months later, Leah feels as if her world is coming down around her. Her twin teenage
step-daughters, Alice and Adeline, are pushing boundaries and taking far too many risks, while five-year-old Stevie deeply misses his mother. Leah, more at ease in a barn tending her goats and chickens than in a kitchen, struggles with her housekeeping duties.

Then a baby is abandoned on their doorstep, and Leah must search her soul. Caring for little Betsy fills her with renewed purpose and the strength to begin pulling her family together. With Jude’s steadfast support, Leah finds that what she once thought of as a happy ending may be something even better—the beginning of a life rich in love, faith, and unexpected blessings.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Leah Otto, marrying Juda Shetler was just a huge mistake, according to everyone in their small Amish community. Leah would never get along with Jude’s twin teenage girls and his small son who misses his mammso much all he does is cries for her. But Leah was determined to marry this man that she loved dearly. And Jude was just as determined to make Leah his wife. But when Jude’s sneaky twin teens overheard a private conversation between Jude and Leah, Jude’s house was disrupted to the point that he didn’t know what to do, and Leah wished that she had listened to her mom when she tried to warn her how Jude’s twins would feel toward her.

Anout halfway through this awesome Amish story, I had no idea how Ms. Hubbard would untangle the mess called Jude’s household. I cried with Leah, and wanted to wring those twin girls’ necks! I was so glad when Leah finally broke through to little Stevie, and he started trusting her. And not only that, but Stevie was one smart five year old! And he didn’t mind telling what the twins told him, or what he overheard the twins say. I love this little one!

For me, this is my favorite so far from author Charlotte Hubbard. A bit different from most Amish books I’ve read. Leah wasn’t the usual Amish Housewife and Jude didn’t care what people thought of her working with her cows, goats, and other farm animals. One thing this story teaches us is that communication is so very important in a marriage or relationship. I loved the way Jude and Leah were able to talk through their problems and struggles, even though it was very difficult and embarrassing for them both at times. And it’s also scary for Amish parents to think of their kids as the go through their time of rumspringa. It’s a cruel world out there for someone who has been so sheltered, even to those who are not Amish. Leah and Jude’s strong faith in God got them through their trying times, and He will do the same for anyone. I appreciate Ms. Hubbard dealing with these issues in this story. And I hope if someone reading this book is going through struggles, Jude and Leah’s story will help them as they go through their difficult journey.

I received this book from Goddess Book 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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Charlotte Hubbard sold her first historical romance in 1990, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. As she writes, her stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way she proposed them: unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, and they keep her guessing right along with her readers!

Charlotte has lived in the Midwest most of her life. When she’s not writing, she loves touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with her Border Collie, Ramona. She’s a Presbyterian deacon, sings in her church choir, and plays in the percussion ensemble. She’s married to a fine man who–bless him–has never once suggested she get a real job!

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For Love of Liberty by Julie Lessman

About This Book

A Match Made in Heaven?

Or Someplace a Whole Lot Warmer?

She’s stubborn, educated, and looking
to give women the vote.
He’s bullheaded, successful, and looking
to give her a piece of his mind.
But when things heat up, they just may give each other
a piece of their hearts.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

It seems not even age could settle the attitudes of now grown Liberty O’Shea and Griffin McShane. These two have been at each other’s throats since childhood, and being co-chairmen of the July 4th town celebration is no different. Liberty and Griffin end up back in their home town of Virginia City, Nevada. She a newspaper reporter and he director of the railroad, fireworks fly as the two of them try to come to terms with how this celebration will come to pass!

Author Julie Lessman has added to her passionate writing stubborn characters in Liberty and Finn. I mostly enjoyed the heated fireworks (and not the romance kind) of these characters, but Liberty really got under my skin several times. She was overboard with her stubbornness, causing me to side with Finn! They both have childhood issues they need to deal with in order to get along as mature adults should, including the issue of attraction between each other. But will they end up killing each other before this attraction surfaces? That’s the beauty of reading this book, finding all of the details.

I love this taste of Ms. Lessman’s prequel to her new Silver Lining Ranch Series coming soon! I can’t wait for the first book!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”

Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.

 

Grace Like Rain by Julie Lessman

About This Book

A lovable rogue.
A wary secretary.
Caught in a downpour of love.

Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work. Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God … and sparked with more than a little lightning!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

From the longest book, to the shortest Novella, the passion in author Julie Lessman’s books grab you and keeps you glued to the pages until you finish the story. And that’s just the way Grace Like Rain was for me. Blake McClare worked in his uncles law office by day, and by night his second home was the local bar and women. An answer to his mother and sisters prayers, Blake finally notices the young lady working as a legal secretary for the law firm.

Patience Grace Peabody was pretty shy, but she was also strong enough in her faith in the Lord to push Blake as far away as she could. No way would she get involved with a man of his reputation. But Blake is a persistent man. Who will win the tug of war between these two characters?

What a beautiful story of God’s love and redemption! I fell in love with these two characters as they shared their muffins and coffee, with a hint cinnamon, in the very early hours when they arrived at the office. I love that Patience held her ground with Blake, taking a stab at his ego by not giving in to his charm. She was truly an answer to the prayers Blake’s family and friends have been praying for him for so long. I love so much about this book, but don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I won’t tell anything more about the story.

If you love a good clean romance and haven’t read any of Julie Lessman’s books, you are missing out on a wonderful treat. You can feel the passion she pours in each story. Her passion involves so much. Her passion for romance, for her readers, for family, and mostly for her God is so strong it pours into the hearts of those who read her books.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.”

Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010.

The Hearts Appeal by Jennifer Delamere

About the Book

Book Title: The Heart’s Appeal

Author: Jennifer Delamere

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor–a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It’s only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women’s medical school. He’s supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he’s made most important in his life. But Julia may be hiding her own motivations. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their own goals be too much to overcome?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Julia is working hard to fulfill her plans to become a medical Dr in Africa, but being a woman, this is not an easy task. Michael is climbing to the top in his job of a barrister, his goal is to be the best in London. But a train accident throws a dent in all of these plans. Michael was severely injured and Julia’s knowledge of medicine and quick thinking saves his life.

I love this story  I did not read the first book in this series but this one seem to be one that can be read as a stand-alone just fine. I found myself loving Julia and Michael, their characters were very well created and developed throughout the story. With the differences in their goals for life, the story gets very interesting as Michael tries to do as Julia ask in trying to offer her his assistance in exchange for her saving his life. Michael has to watch his every move with Julia because he is in a heated court case against the very thing Julia is striving for, being a woman Dr. So Michael begs the assistance of his sister, using her home to meet Julia.

One thing about both Julia and Michael, though coming from completely different lifestyles, family is very important to each character. I appreciate the way Ms. Delamere weaves the gospel and the Christian life into Julia’s character. And the way Julia was always bringing up her faith to Michael. I just like everything about this story. The historical setting and the history in each scene was beautifully described, giving me a feel of being there in the story. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

This is truly an awesome historical fiction for any reader to check out! A copy of this book 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.

 

 

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About the Author

 

Jennifer Delamere’s debut Victorian romance, An Heiress at Heart, was a 2013 RITA Award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

Guest Post from Jennifer Delamere

Power couples?

Perhaps that’s not a concept that initially comes to mind when one thinks of Victorian England! And yet, they did exist. I love to include real people from history in my books, and in The Heart’s Appeal, Julia Bernay meets two inspiring real-life couples who will make a positive impact in her life.

In 1865, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became the first woman to qualify as a physician in Britain. She did this through a legal loophole, but soon the laws were changed to open the medical field to all women. In 1874, Dr. Anderson co-founded the London School of Medicine for Women. She remained involved in the school in various capacities for the rest of her life, even as she continued to run her own busy practice. In The Heart’s Appeal, she becomes a mentor for Julia, opening doors for her education and introducing Julia to people who can help her succeed in medical school.

Dr. Anderson’s husband, James Anderson (Jamie), was the joint-owner of a successful shipping line and also served on the boards of several organizations (including a children’s hospital). He was a handsome man, very much in love with his wife, and fervent in supporting her choice of a career.

In a letter he wrote to her while they were engaged, Jamie explained his vision for their future—how they could keep their professional and private lives separate, yet still give each other plenty of love and support:

“I think we had better lay it down once for all as a rule that I am under no circumstances to bring people ‘favorably under your notice’ or ‘exert any influence’ or anything of the sort. It will give people a wrong idea of you unless I take a decided line in this matter — and as I mean to be if I can a successful man of business, neither interfering with your pursuits nor being interfered with by you (but having our confidences on all feasible subjects at off times of the day and week and mutually advising and fortifying one another), I must let people know unmistakably not to come bothering me about your public affairs. Will you think about this, dearest?”

Who couldn’t love a man like that?

Jamie Anderson’s outlook on life comes into play later on in The Heart’s Appeal, when he provides advice and aid to Michael Stephenson, the book’s hero, at a critical time.

Julia also has an inspiring encounter with Dr. Anderson’s sister, Millicent Fawcett. Millicent was married to a Member of Parliament and actively supported her husband’s career in many ways, including acting as a scribe for him since he was blind. She is most remembered for her role in the women’s suffrage movement. In fact, a statue of her will be placed in Parliament Square in London this summer. She was not a militant suffragette, but rather campaigned for suffrage under the banner “Law-Abiding Suffragists.”
Both couples raised families, too, and their children’s successes in life show they were raised to have the same energetic and “can-do” attitudes that their parents had.

Julia initially believes she must remain single to achieve her life’s goals. But soon she finds her heart drawn to successful barrister Michael Stephenson, who admires Julia’s intelligence and ambition. She learns that love and the freedom to pursue her dreams do not have to be mutually exclusive. A meeting of minds to spark a true romance? Yes, please! I hope readers will agree this can be the most satisfying of all.

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Simple Harvest Reads, March 29 (Guest post from Mindy)

Pause for Tales, March 30

Cafinated Reads, March 30

Have A Wonderful Day, March 30

Pursuing Stacie, March 30

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 31

Connie’s History Classroom, March 31

Book by Book, March 31

Bigreadersite, March 31

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 1

Neverending Stories, April 1

Ladybug Chronicles, April 1

Smiling Book Reviews, April 2

Two Points of Interest, April 2

Vicky Sluiter, April 2

Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes, April 3

proud to be an autism mom, April 3

Bibliophile Reviews, April 3

Karen Sue Hadley, April 4

Live Love Read, April 4

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, April 4

Faery Tales Are Real, April 4

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize package of that includes All four March Bethany House historical releases (The Heart’s Appeal, plus A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason, A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears, In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson) and a $20 Starbucks gift card!!

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

 

Remembering…with Katherine Reay..50th Anniversary!

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The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

 

About the Book

Title: The Saturday Night Supper Club

Author: Carla Laureano

Genre: Christian fiction/romance fiction

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back . . . even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.

Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t…

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I never though a book based on food would be so fantastic to read, but Carla Laureano‘s “The Saturday Night Supper Club” sure fooled me! I was totally hooked on this book after the first chapter. Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed, owning her own restaurant, even winning awards as a chef. Life was everything she wanted until an editorial went viral, written buy someone who didn’t mean for it to happen. But once viral, that was it, and Rachel’s life as a chef was ruined. What Rachel didn’t realize is the Essayist who wrote the article would be so nice, nice and caring enough to apologize and try to fix things for her. Alex Kanin was just that kind of person, and was willing to do whoever possible to help Rachel have her career back.

I immediately liked Rachel and Alex. Their characters were solid, and I could easily relate to them. In a corporate world, people like Alex are not easy to find, and it was enjoyable reading this book with such a character. And even though Rachel had made her way to the top chef position, her struggles are still those that many face in everyday life. And Ms. Laureano has a really wonderful way of describing their lives and former lives in detail that I could easily understand! And I was in awe of her vivid descriptions of each food dish she made. Of course me not being familiar with all of the expensive dishes, made me even more interested in each dish Rachel made. I was clearly given an insite into a world of menus and restaurant life I’ve never known. And I also loved that Alex was so willing to be Rachel’s taster of the new foods she tried so hard to master for their Supper Clubs. I could definitely not be that person because my food taste doesn’t spread that wide. Alex and Rachel are characters that most everyone loves, at least I do! The romance part of the story was interesting, keeping everyone wondering just if and how it would all work out.

Overall, this was such a fun and entertaining book to read. One I hope you will enjoy just as much as I did. If you are looking for a clean, interesting (because I found the food part very interesting) and entertaining read, this is a book you definitely want to check out. It will not disappoint!

A copy of this book 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

Carla Laureano is the RITA® Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). A graduate of Pepperdine University, she worked as a sales and marketing executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life behind to write fiction full-time. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons, where she writes during the day and cooks things at night.

Guest Post From Carla Laureano

I’ve got a confession to make: I have a cooking problem.

It started early and innocently enough, flipping through my mom’s cookbooks and marking things I wanted to try. Making cakes and muffins from a mix. Flipping frozen steak patties. Doctoring canned spaghetti sauce.

It wasn’t long before I got into the hard stuff: muffins from scratch, slow-cooked marinara, cast-iron seared and oven-finished rib eyes. Over the years, I tried to kick the habit numerous times, but every time things got tough, I found myself falling off the wagon and heading back into the kitchen. Even hosting dinner parties. Yes, dear reader, I pulled my hapless friends into my madness. To my shame, I even got some of them hooked with their own addiction.

Before I knew it, my obsessions started creeping into my day job. No longer was it enough to write contemporary romance about normal people who order take-out. No, I had to write chefs and passionate home cooks and describe the food in the books just as lovingly as I did a first kiss. And then the final straw—a book series centered entirely on food and the culinary profession, beginning with The Saturday Night Supper Club.

All joking aside, cooking really is an addiction that I haven’t been able to kick. As a writer, I spend hours locked in my own imagination, creating things out of words and ideas. And while it’s immensely fulfilling, it’s a long, painstaking process that takes months, even years, before I can release the final product into the world. While there’s a large amount of planning and analysis involved in creating a book, the work is still mostly in my head.

Which is why I find cooking to be such a relaxing creative pursuit. Dicing a pile of vegetables into perfectly uniform cubes may take the same concentration and precision, but it’s concrete and measurable. It becomes a personal challenge to do something better than last time, improving by tiny, nearly imperceptible increments. It’s the closest to meditation that my always-on brain ever experiences, clear of all thought except for my activity at the present moment.

And yet, simultaneously, food is ephemeral. Mistakes last only as long as it takes to eat them or toss them directly into the trash can, depending on the nature of the mistake. If a sauce breaks, I toss it and start over. If I burn something, I either cut off the burned part or I order takeout and try again the next day. There’s an element of experimentation and instinct and whimsy that isn’t hampered by the pursuit of perfection. Let’s face it, a mediocre chocolate chip cookie beats a perfect celery stick any day of the week.

It was natural, then, to write a chef heroine who had dedicated her entire life to the pursuit of culinary perfection and explore all the ways that food makes our lives and relationships richer. How it anchors our memories. How we nurture others by feeding them. How a simple meal becomes meaningful not because of the food, but because of the connections we form with others over the dinner table.

In the end, I guess my cooking problem isn’t that much of a problem after all. If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen.

Blog Stops

Rachel Scott McDaniel, February 20

A Baker’s Perspective, February 20

Just Commonly, February 20

Mommynificent, February 21

Among The Reads, February 21

A Greater Yes, February 21

proud to be an autism mom, February 21

Fiction Aficionado, February 22

Quiet Quilter, February 22

The Power of Words, February 23

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, February 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 23

Janices book reviews, February 24

C Jane Read, February 24

Faery Tales Are Real, February 24

All of a Kind Mom, February 25

Inklings and notions, February 25

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 25

Carpe Diem, February 26

Smiling Book Reviews, February 26

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 26

Splashes of Joy, February 27

Its Storytime with Van Daniker, February 27

Simple Harvest Reads, February 27 (Guest post from Mindy)

Radiant Light, February 28

Moments Dipped in Ink, February 28

Baker kella, February 28

Pause for Tales, March 1

Book by Book, March 1

Bigreadersite, March 1

The Fizzy Pop Collection, March 2

Have A Wonderful Day, March 2

Reader’s Cozy Corner, March 2

Bibliophile Reviews, March 3

Two Points of Interest, March 3

Reading is my Super Power, March 3

Texas Book-aholic, March 4

amandainpa, March 4

Singing Librarian Books, March 4

By The Book, March 5

Neverending Stories, March 5

Pursuing Stacie, March 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carla is giving away a grand prize of a $200 Visa Card for the winner and a friend to attend a cooking class!!

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Remembering Billy Graham

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As the world mourns the homegoing of Billy Graham I’m sure we can all share memories of watching him on TV downthrough the years. I remember my dad making us all stop everything we were doing and sitting together as a family watching Billy Graham every time he was on, usually for several days at a time. Many people will be in Heaven because of this Godly man. And what a blessing his son Franklin is following along in his footsteps. I had the honor of singing in the Choir when Franklin Graham was in Roanoke Va. in 2003. It’s an experience I will never forget.

Pray for the Graham family as they let their father go from this life, and rejoice with them that their dad is now in the presence of his Lord. I wonder if my mom and dad have met him? They were some of Billy Graham’s most faithful fans.

Here are some quotes that you may enjoy and may can use as you go through your daily lives.  Click on the link.

https://www.christianquotes.info/top-quotes/19-powerful-quotes-from-billy-graham/

 

The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart

Book Description

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

NFL player Toren Daniels just couldn’t control his anger, no matter what. But when he wakes up in a hotel room, not remembering where he’s been for the past 8 month, his anger is gone. This throws Daniels on a whirlwind to find out where he’s been for the past eight months, as well as prove to his wife and family that he has changed! But with his family believing Toren is dead, they have moved on.

I have to admit, I’ve never read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but this author did a very good job of describing what it is about throughout this book, so it was easy to follow the parallel of the two stories. I though I had this plot firgured out, and I actually did get part of it right, but getting to the bottom of Toren’s story and the end of book, author James Rubart takes readers in an unbelievable journey that will stick with you for a long time! Rubarts books are the only fantasy type books I read, and I read them because I love the way he takes Bible principles and a character  like Toren with his severe anger issues and weaves them together to show God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. His expertise knowledge and research for this story is evident in each scene in this book. Sometimes I had to just stop and wrap my mind around all of the details before reading further. I found “The Man He Never Was” an amazing book on God’s love. If you enjoy books that strongly applys Bible principals to the lives of the characters in a fantasy type way, you will love this book. And if you have never read a book of this genre, this would be a good one to start with!

I received this book from TLC 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.

 

 

 

Phoebe’s Light By Suzanne Woods Fisher + Kindle Fire Giveaway

About the Book

Title: Phoebe’s Light

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Historical romance

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way—just in time.

In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Being a pretty strong willed young lady, Phoebe Starbuck marries Captain “Garcon” Foulger, captain of a whaling ship, thinking she will better her life and that of her dads. As the story unfolds, Phoebe finds answers and many secrets reading an old journal of her great-grandmother Mary’s, given to Phoebe by her dad. These secrets involve Phoebe’s new husband as well as everyone else on the ship.

I have to say I wasn’t a Phoebe fan from the start. I just didn’t like her personality, making this book pretty slow and sometimes boring, especially in the beginning. As she read the old sheepskin journal and Great Mary’s story, it was interesting how these ladies stories were so much the same. I did enjoy Mary’s story and look forward to more if it in the next book.

I don’t read a lot of Quaker books, their religion is confusing and a little weird to me, but Ms. Gray did answer a lot of questions for me about the Quakers. And I also enjoyed the vivid historical scenery and facts throughout this book. The author did a wonderful job of weaving it altogether. I think someone who enjoys Amish style books will enjoy Phoebe’s story. However, I would read this book before allowing your teenage girls to read it, because there are a few compromising situations that may not be appropriate.

A copy of this book 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

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s Crossing, The Newcomer, and The Return 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

A Stroll down Petticoat Row

Thirty years ago, I talked my sister into going on a trip to Nantucket Island. It’s one of those places that had always intrigued me. As a girl in the 1930s, my mother’s family vacationed in Nantucket; she even has a lightship basket to show for it. I expected the island to be interesting and beautiful, and it certainly did not disappoint. But something else happened as I walked down Centre Street one morning. This island captured my imagination in a way that’s hard to put into words. At the risk of sounding a tiny bit sun touched, I could practically see 19th century people on the roads, hear the “thee’s and thou’s” in their speech, even smell the strong scents of a bygone century—the musky perfume of rendered whale oil, the burning wood of the blacksmith, all mingled with the bracing sea air.

Centre Street has a local nickname: Petticoat Row. It comes from the 1800s, when men were at sea for long periods and women stepped into their shoes to keep businesses going. Nantucket women gained a reputation for being strong and capable. Their competence was encouraged by the Society of Friends (Quakers), the island’s dominant religion, which believed in the equality of men and women in all aspects of life. That hasn’t changed. Today, half of all Nantucket businesses are run by women.

Petticoat Row stuck in my mind, and eventually became the hook to contract a series of historical fiction with Revell Books. The ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series covers the rise and fall of Nantucket’s whaling period, when it became the wealthiest port in the world.

First up is Phoebe’s Light, releasing in February 2018, a novel about a spirited young woman who seeks her fortune only to find out she already had it.

After reading about Phoebe, I hope you’ll consider planning a trip to Nantucket (though try to go off-season. The population swells five times in the summer!). When you go, include a stop at the Petticoat Row Bakery (35 Centre Street)—the very location where Phoebe grew up, albeit a few centuries ago. Don’t leave the island without trying the Morning Glory Muffins, an island favorite. So worth the trip!

Nantucket’s Famous Morning Glory Muffins

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup sugar

2 ¼ cup flour

1 tablespoon cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup raisins

2 cup grated carrots (4 large)

1 apple, shredded

8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained

½ cup pecans or walnuts

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

Sift together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add the fruit, carrots and nuts and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with oil and vanilla. Combine with dry ingredients and blend well.

Spoon batter into cupcake tins lined with muffin papers. Fill each cup to the brim. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. These muffins needs 24 hours to ripen their full flavor. They freeze extremely well.

Recipe courtesy of Pamela A. McKinstry, Sconset Café

Blog Stops

Aryn The Libraryan, February 15

A Simply Enchanted Life, February 15

Moments Dipped in Ink, February 15

Kaylee’s Kind of Writes, February 15

Girls in White Dresses Blog, February 16

With a Joyful Noise, February 16

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 16

A Greater Yes, February 16

ASC Book Reviews, February 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 17

Book by Book, February 17

Texas Book-aholic, February 18

The Power of Words, February 18

Two Points of Interest, February 18

Splashes of Joy, February 18

A Reader’s Brain, February 19

Karen Sue Hadley, February 19

Blossoms and Blessings, February 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 20

The Fizzy Pop Collection, February 20

All of a kind Mom, February 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 20

Reading Is My SuperPower, February 21

Baker Kella, February 21

Mommynificent, February 21

Janices book reviews, February 21

Lighthouse Academy, February 22

Readers cozy corner, February 22

Mary Hake, February 22

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 22

Pause for Tales, February 23

Have A Wonderful Day, February 23

Faery Tales Are Real, February 23

Blogging With Carol, February 24

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, February 24

Among the Reads, February 24

Carpe Diem, February 24

Black ‘n’ Gold Girl’s Book Spot, February 25

Red Headed Book Lady, February 25

Just the Write Escape, February 25

A Baker’s Perspective, February 25

By The Book, February 26

For The Love of Books, February 26

Margaret Kazmierczak, February 26

Simple Harvest Reads, February 26 (Guest post from Mindy)

Maureen’s Musings, February 27

Connie’s History Classroom, February 27

proud to be an autism mom, February 27

Bigreadersite, February 27

Bibliophile Reviews, February 28

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 28

Pink Granny’s Journey, February 28

Pursuing Stacie, February 28

 

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c9e0

 

Love by the Numbers by Laura V. Hilton

About the Book

Title: Love by the Numbers

Author: Laura V. Hilton

Genre: Christian Amish Fiction

Release Date: February 6, 2018

After her fiancé dies in a buggy accident, Lydia Hershberger is invited to Jamesport to manage her Mennonite aunt’s gift store while her aunt and uncle are on a mission trip. While there, Lydia gets acquainted with her aentie’s best friend, Bethel Bontrager, and her grown son, Caleb. Lydia is surprised to find herself drawn to handsome clockmaker, Caleb Bontrager. But in spite of an instant flame of attraction between them, he doesn’t seem interested. In fact, pesky Caleb treats her like he doesn’t even like her.

Bright and sparkly. That’s Caleb’s first impression of Lydia. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause, are exactly why he’s determined to change his ways and settle down. With Lydia’s aentie gone, he is handling the books for the gift shop and is forced to spend too much time in her presence.

When God offers Lydia a second chance at love and family, will she take it? Or will the secret Caleb harbors cause her even more heartbreak?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Lydia Hershberger is now in Jamesport looking after her Mennonite Aunt’s gift shop while she and her uncle are on a long mission trip. But this reason is just to cover up the real reason she has left her home and family. Her reputation is ruined by an Amish man back home, a man she was just being nice to because the man’s wife was disabled and she felt sorry for them. But her kindness all turned to turmoil causing her Amish community to turn their back on her. Would the same thing happen in Jamesport, or are these people the real deal, and want to help clear her name?

I love this book! In fact, I love everything Laura Hilton writes! Love by the Numbers is a sweet and beautiful love story, one that everyone who loves Amish stories will want to read! I love the Jamesport community character and their love for people and for The Lord. But I can’t say that for Lydia’s Amish community and Bishop back in Ohio. They were quite rude and disrespectful.

I really like Lydia and her sparkly and bright personality, as Caleb describes her. Even in her difficult situation, Lydia kind heart does well running her aunt’s gift shop as well as helping anyone in need. I really like the way Ms. Hilton writes twists and turns into her stories, making a happy outcome almost impossible, and weaves it all together into a beautiful sweet ending. I also appreciate the very clear way she presents the gospel, and weaves the Christian life into the lives of her characters. And she does it in a fun and enjoyable way, not preachy at all! I highly recommend Love by the Numbers to everyone who loves Amish stories, as well as anyone who enjoys a clean, fun and entertaining story.

A copy of this book 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 Authork

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.

Guest Post from Laura V. Hilton

Story Behind the Story – Love by the Numbers

Caleb was a minor character in couple of my Amish books – I think he first made a by name appearance in Amish Wanderer and Christmas Admirer. A minor character. Lydia was a very minor one-time appearance in those stories, too, a girl who happened to be in the room with Bethany and Susanna at a wedding. (This story is stand alone!) But I knew when Caleb first saw Lydia that they would end up together by the way he reacted to her presence. I wondered what their story was.

March and April is tornado season in Arkansas (and in many other states) and in 2011 we had a bad one. I was out and about that day, driving to the county seat with my five children, and there was something in the air. It was heavy, hard to breathe, and the sky was black off to the west. I’m sure I broke speed limits racing to Melbourne, and then home again so we wouldn’t be out in the storm.

Later that afternoon, tornado sirens went off. One went over our house – even from the basement we could hear the sound of a train roaring overhead. Scary. And still thanking God it didn’t touch down. Highland, Ash Flat, and Evening Shade, Arkansas were hit hard. Buildings completely gone. When we drove out that way later in the week there were pickup trucks in the tops of trees. Other things in odd and unusual places. I always wondered how they got the treetop pickups down. I would’ve stopped to watch if I’d been out there when it was done. I did hear that some of those trucks weren’t damaged at all. Unreal. My two sons and my husband both helped with clean up and my oldest son went with a crew to Joplin, Missouri, to help with clean up there.

There has been other occasions I’ve been out in tornados. Once I was in the Walmart parking lot when a tornado went through a town west of it. We could see the funnel touching down from where we stood. It did hail when we were on our way home, praying our house was still standing. It was.

On a different note, in 2016 my oldest son came home with a kitten. She was the sweetest thing ever, and he named her Rosie. Sadly, I was highly allergic to her. I couldn’t even be around the children after they played with her. They’d have to go change clothes and wash their hands, otherwise I couldn’t breathe. Rosie was full Siamese, blue eyes and all, and she was so adorable. I allowed my son to keep her in the shed. I was about four chapters into the story when Rosie found some poison (I think, not sure) and died. We all cried.

Also about the time I was writing this, a very dear friend of a lot of writers died. I told my street team I was going to name a character after her, and was told a lot of writers would be. I agreed. And a lot of their books were released already. But Aenti Judith in this story is named after Judy Burgi. I still miss her and pray for her family.

One of the verses my daughter had to memorize in Sunday School was 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. ‘We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.’ Perfect for the faith message in Love by the Numbers! I love how God always provides the perfect verse for my characters’ faith messages. I’m pretty sure this verse is one I never memorized, and I never would of thought of it on my own, but God put it in my daughter’s lessons for Sunday School, so she had to memorize it – and thus I did too since I help my daughters learn their verses every week.

I hope you’ll enjoy the story!

Because of Him,

Laura V. Hilton

Blog Stops

Pursuing Stacie, February 13

Quiet Quilter, February 13

Red Headed Book Lady, February 13

Babs Book Bistro, February 13

Blogging With Carol, February 14

Among the Reads, February 14

Reading Is My SuperPower, February 15

Blossoms and Blessings, February 15

SusanLovesBooks, February 16

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 16

Carpe Diem, February 16

A Baker’s Perspective, February 17

Splashes of Joy, February 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 17

Two Points of Interest, February 18

vickysluiter.com, February 18

A Reader’s Brain, February 19

Zerina Blossom’s Books, February 19

C Jane Read, February 20

Daysong Reflections, February 20

margaret kazmierczak, February 20

proud to be an autism mom, February 21

Bibliophile Reviews, February 21

A Greater Yes, February 22

Texas Book-aholic, February 22

Pause for Tales, February 23

Have A Wonderful Day, February 23

cherylbbookblog, February 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 24

Simple Harvest Reads, February 24

Christian Bookaholic, February 25

Janices book reviews, February 25

For The Love of Books, February 26

Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 26

Bigreadersite, February 26

Giveaway

In honor of the tour, Whitaker House is giving away

Grand Prize Package: Love By the Numbers, Healing Love (Amish of Webster County #1), and The Snow Globe (The Amish of Jamesport #1) by Laura Hilton; “The Angels Cry Holy” scented candle in tin with lid from Abba Jerusalem

1st Place Package: Love By the Numbers, The Snow Globe (The Amish of Jamesport #1) by Laura Hilton, and Whitaker House/Anchor Coloring Book with Colored Pencils

2nd Place Package: Love By the Number by Laura Hilton and Whitaker House/Anchor Coloring Book with Colored Pencils!!!

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The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

About The Lost Castle

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 6, 2018)

Broken-down walls and crumbled stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened?

Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .

Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.

Bridging the past to present in three time-periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I enjoy reading books set in all different Eras, and this one takes readers on a historical journey to three wonderful places, and it’s all told from a Castle that holds many secrets of the three women in this story. Ellie Carver’s grandmother has the answers to their family history but will she stay in her right mind long enough for Ellie to find these answers? I thoroughly loved joining Ellis in her journey to the Castle that would soon come to life and tell all of the secrets of women through the generations of time. On our journey, we meet three different ladies for each Era and Kristy Cambron does her magic in weaving the time in history, as well as the women we met into an interest and intriguing tale that will stay with me for a long time. I’m with some of the other reviewers, The Lost Castle is a classic, a Fairy Tale at its best! There is one thing I didn’t care for, and that is the inappropriate use of God’s name. For me, any use of His name other than the way the Bible uses it is just not right. And that’s why the four stars.

If you enjoy historical stories, The Lost Castle is one you will thoroughly enjoy.  I received this book from TLC 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.

 

 

 

About Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Book Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy’s first Bible studies, THE VERSE MAPPING SERIES, will release in 2018.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development from a Fortune-100 Corporation. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and could probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

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Amish Cooking Class The Celebration by Wanda Brunstetter

 


Amish Cooking Class – The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class.

Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.

Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.

Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.

Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.

Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?

This is the third book in The Amish Cooking Class series.
Book #1: The Amish Cooking Class – The Seekers
Book #2: The Amish Cooking Class – The Blessing

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

The Celebration is the final book in this three book series by Wanda Brunstetter. Set in a little Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio, this series centers around Lyle and Heidi Troyer. This sweet couple have been unable to have children if their own, and are now keeping two foster children, a brother and sister who lost both their parents in an accident. Heidi had been giving cooking classes in her home, and this time she decides to have the classes for children in order to help her foster children to meet more kids their ages. Of course this brings a mixture of blended personalities, with the kids and their parents.

I really enjoyed The Celebration! It was interesting to meet the children as well as their parents, and their difficult situations has a way of being exposed in different ways during the duration of the classes. It wa Heidi and Lyle and their simple ways and faith in their God that made an impact on each family and each child. This is such a sweet story, and fun to read as well. It would be nice if everyone’s situation could be settled as fast and peaceful as the families in this book! And I appreciate the way Ms Brunstetter weaves the Christian life into her characters. If you enjoy Amish Fiction, you will certainly enjoy this one, as well as books one and two in this series. Check them out!

received this book from Barbour 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.

NIV, The Woman’s Study Bible

Receiving God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation
By Dorothy Kelley Patterson, Rhonda Kelley
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom. Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupatiomnal backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

I have grown to love the Women’s Study Bible over the years and they keep getting better. This one is a hard copy, beautiful full color and one thing I love even more is the Red Letter Edition. It’s just something special when you see those words in Red, and think about our Lord actually saying these things.

You will find in this Bible is the usual study tools, explaining verses throughout. And these are at the bottom of each page. And I love the unique articles dealing with related issues, and the Bio of one hundred Biblical women. You will also find quotes from Biblical women, and enjoy a larger font than most Bibles. And the front and back cover is a beautiful blue floral. It’s a very nice hardcover that you will enjoy for many years.

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.

Amish Sweethearts 4 Stories by Amy Clipston

Book Description

Love is in the air in these four sweet romances!

1. Love and Buggy Rides (previously published in An Amish Harvest)

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

2. A Home for Lindsay

From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?

3. Where the Heart Is

Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.

4. Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market)

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Amish Sweethearts is a collection of four Amish stories written by author Amy Clipston. In each of these stores, the main character has some pretty hefty issues to deal with. But they also each find the person they want to spend their life with. And sometime the Amish Father is hard to get along with, which several of these characters had to deal with as well. Ms. Clipston does a wonderful job of weaving lives, circumstances, hurts and wrong decisions together, and coming up with stories that will warm your heart.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but I do have a problem with the publisher, publishing two stories that have already previously been published in similar books, and not that kings ago. It’s like getting half a book new and the other half used. And charge the same price. Hopefully this will not be the case again.

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.

Lisa’s Second Chance by Molly Jebber


About the Book

 

Title: Liza’s Second Chance

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Christian Amish Fiction

Release Date: January 30, 2018

The sweet welcome of straight-from-the-oven sugar cookies and hot cocoa. The warm invitation of apple pie and fresh cold milk. In 1912 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery is the heart of a close-knit, faith-nourished community, where people can find a refuge, a place to start again—and love that can make their lives new . . .

For Liza Schrock, the bakery her late husband bought was an unexpected haven from their unhappy arranged marriage. Now she’s perfectly content to cook up mouth-watering delights for her hometown, give to those alone or in trouble—and remain happily unwed. And though she’s willing to give handsome, newly-arrived widower Jacob Graber all the help he desperately needs, she is sure they can stay just friends . . .

But as Liza also tries to aid Jacob’s troubled teenage daughter, she starts caring far too much for his gentle ways and steadfast hopes. And when a wrenching secret she must keep comes between them, can Liza find the faith to risk opening her heart again—and reach for one more chance at real love?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Liza Schrock in content running the bakery her late husband bought for her, and has no need for another man in her life. Paul was enough for a lifetime of men for her. Until Jacob Graber and his daughter Ellie walks into her bakery and her life.

I enjoyed this sweet Amish story, though some of the time it was a bit slow and things were repeated often. Lisa was happy to be rid of her demanding husband and could now live without fear of his abusive behavior. Though she reacts to Jacob differently than any other man, she is still content with being alone. But Jacob is determined to win Lisa over. I didn’t really care for Jacob’s attitude in several areas. He was rather pushy, even asking Lisa’s family personal questions that were none of his business at the time. And I didn’t like the way he talked to his daughter Ellie about how he felt over his wife’s death, how he missed her too, and needed a friend. To me, this just added to Ellie’s negative feelings, and made Jacob a bit self centered, which is not how Amish men are to act. Soles he sounded like more the whiny child. And I could understand Ellie’s feelings. She had lost her mom after all, and was at the age to question Amish life. And with her dads feelings and attitude all over the place she needed more stability than him.

This story jumps around a lot, it deals with a lot of issues lightly but it doesn’t get too deep in any of them. For Amish fiction lovers, you will enjoy Lisa’s story. The ending is much better than the rest of the book so hang in there and keep reading!

A copy of this book 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.

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About the Author

Molly Jebber’s books have been featured on Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Ten Recommended Reads, in USA Today’s HEA, Romantic Times and many other media sites. She’s tours and speaks about Amish history/traditions, writing, marketing, publishing, and about her books. She loves God, her family, friends. She enjoys swimming, golf, reading, and says yes to butterscotch pie and parasailing, but no to coconut and skydiving! Visit www.mollyjebber.com for a complete list of her books and speaking events.

Guest Post from Molly Jebber

Here’s a little about Liza’s story:

Hello Friends,

I loved writing about Liza. She has a lot to overcome in this book, but her faith in God, and compassion for others helps her to arrive at her decisions through difficult and happy times. I enjoyed visiting Charm, and it makes for a good setting for this story. The bakery is fun with all the sugary pies, pastries, and breads. The unique customers, and the place where friends are made, and where trouble happens. Most of all, I hope I’ve done a good job entertaining you as you read “Liza’s Second Chance”.

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REMEMBERING CHRISTY….

With Suzanne Woods Fisher

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MY REVIEW 

Christy (50th Anniversary Edition) (Evergreen Farm, October 2017)
New edition of Catherine Marshall’s inspirational classic!
The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.
But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her — and her one-room school — as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.
Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?
Learn more, get a free map of Cutter Gap, and purchase a copy.

My thoughts on this book

I so much enjoyed reading this 50th Anniversary of the classic and so well written book Christy. Catherine Marshall was a master storyteller, and with this book, wrote the story about her mother, making this an even more intriguing read. In Christy, as Ms. Marshall’s own mother left home at the age of 19, moving to North Carolina Mountains, so did main fictional character Christy Huddleston. Fulfilling a need in her own life, Christy gives up her own life of luxury to a life of hard labor under the most difficult of circumstances in order to do her mission.

As the Mountain people grew in Christy, so they did on my as well. They took primitive to a whole new level, the true meaning of primitive. I never knew the horrible, horrific life these people lived. At some times I had to skim over the worst of it. But this is a book everyone should read. It will sure leave you being so very thankful for what you have. These were hard people living a hard difficult life. But in the mist of it all, there was such a hunger for learning, and it was so wonderful to read this. There is so much in this book there is no way to start describing it all. So I highly recommend Christy to everyone! This is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their lifetime! However there is one thing that is just so sad, and I can’t get it off my mind. And that it, with all the death these people were forced to endure, the preacher there could not answer their questions about what happened after death. And where their loved one was now that they were gone. So sad that people hungry for answers and for the truth, they couldn’t find it in the man sent there to tell them about Jesus.

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.

 

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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps–and figure out what they missed!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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