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Grace’s Forgiveness
by Molly Jebber

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A Note from Molly Jebber about Grace’s Forgiveness

Grace in “Grace’s Forgiveness”, my second book in my keepsake pocket quilt series, was fun to write. Strangers gasp when she turns her face, and they discover her birthmark on her cheek. You’ll find out how she copes with it. I hope you’ll laugh, cry, and rejoice with her like I did.

Grace and Mark’s story unfolds with twists and turns to keep you guessing. Their Amish laws are not always easy to follow!

I had more ideas than usual for this story. In the grocery, and of course I couldn’t find paper and pen! In the middle of the night, and I was too sleepy to get up and write them down, and while doing laundry. What a mess! Let’s just say, I ran the rinse cycle twice on those clothes. Note to self. Don’t put in detergent while rolling a story idea in my head!
Love. Doesn’t just saying the word make you smile! That giddy, wonderful, and exciting feeling. The grass is greener, the sky is brighter, and you want to hang onto to it for life. I found it with my soulmate and husband, Ed. He’s my rock and inspiration.

God, my Heavenly Father is available 24 hours a day, and seven days a week. When I get discouraged and need to talk at two in the morning, He’s there! I love Isaiah 41:10, King James Version, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

I love this. He’s saying, “You can do it! Just trust me! We’ve got this!”
You also life me up. I couldn’t keep writing without encouragement from you! Thank you so much for your kind words and support! Please visit my website to find out where I’ll be speaking. I’d love to meet you!

Book Information

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles  . . .

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Grace Blauch is happily running a story with her friend Sarah, as well as being a midwife in the community. Her hopes for a husband is pretty much gone because of a harsh birthmark on her hand, clearly were everyone can see. No Amish man wants a woman with something so noticeable on her hand, or who he? When Mark King comes to the Amish community, things may be different for Grace.

I enjoyed Grace’s story very much. Grace was a gentle sweet Amish young lady that would make any young Amish man a wonderful wife. My heart went out to her because no man would look past her birthmark. And I was certainly cheering own a relationship between Grace and Mark. Mark had problems of his own, and understood Grace more than any man ever had. I really liked Mark’s personality, and the fact that he was so caring for Grace, and for his brother, who was shunned by the Amish. Of course this shunning was a problem for Mark and Grace, another thing to come between their relationship. Now can their relationship survive the problems with Mark’s brother’s jumping the fence? Well you will need to read this wonderful book for the answer to this. You are truly in for hours of entertainment when you read Molly Jebber’s Grace’s Forgiveness.

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

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Author Information

mollypicture.jpgMolly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

 

A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

A Refuge at Highland Hall
by Carrie Turansky

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The Great War shakes the world of a spirited young woman and the brave British pilot she loves, taking her from London to her family’s magnificent country estate, and sending him into the war-torn skies over France.

Penny Ramsey has always considered Highland Hall her home, but when Britain becomes involved in World War One she travels to London to assist her sister Kate with the eight orphan children she and her husband Jon have taken into their home. Doing her part for the war effort takes priority over Penny’s dreams of romance until she meets Alex Goodwin, a Royal Naval Air Service pilot in training.

Alex is determined to prove his worth and do his part to defend his country. Knowing he is heading off for the dangerous assignment of  chasing Zeppelins across the front line in France, he feels it’s unwise to form any romantic attachments. But he can’t help admiring the pretty, warmhearted Penny and wondering what it would be like to find her waiting when he returns home from the war.

As Penny writes to Alex, their friendship blossoms, and she becomes his tie to home and normalcy as he faces the hardships war. But being an RNAS pilot means confronting the enemy, and the fallout form those experiences push Alex beyond Penny’s reach. Can God mend the brokenness left by the losses of war? Will faith and forgiveness bring them together again?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Refuge at Highland Hall is the third book in the Edwardian Brides series by Carrie Turansky. I was glad to read more of Highland Hall’s Penny Ramsey in this story. Because of Britain’s involvement in WWI, Penny decides to travel to London to help her sister Kate and her husband with the houseful of orphaned children they have. Its there that Penny meets Royal Naval Air Service pilot Alex Goodwin, and there was definitely an attraction between the two! Knowing he would be chasing Zeppelins across the front line in France, Alex couldn’t allow anything series between the two. But they could write to each other while he was in France. But faced with unforeseen circumstances, Alex’s life takes a dramatic change, and seeing Penny again was out of the question.

This is such a wonderful book! First of all, the cover is beautiful, and the story inside is full of entertainment. I loved meeting the characters again, they now seem like family members. Penny is such a sweetheart, and I was cheering on a relationship between she and Alex. There’s a lot of things going on in this book, a lot of twists and turns happening that made me keep my nose in the book until I finished!! Author Carrie Turansky does an amazing joy of weaving everything together nicely, and giving readers a sweet romance.

And the history in this story is phenomenal, it made the trip back into the past WWI era so enjoyable. As I read, I felt like I was living the story along with the characters. This book is a must if you enjoy historical and WWI fiction. And this one is a nice clean read! One that anyone will enjoy!

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

Carrie TBestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky has written more than a dozen historical and contemporary novels. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award; and been a finalist for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the ACFW Genesis Award. Readers say: “Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn’t put it down!” . . . “Touching love story. It captured me from the first page!” . . . “Rich characters, beautifully written . . . my new favorite author.”
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Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship Paperback Adult Coloring Book

Whatever Is Lovely:
A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship
Paperback Adult Coloring Book

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Color your way to peace and worship.

We live in such a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this cover is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture.

When we create, we echo the heart of our Creative God who designed everything and gave us the capacity to recognize beauty.

So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Adult Coloring Books have made it to the Christian market! This beautiful book is filled with inspirational pages that would be wonderful to use with your quiet times with God. All 46 pages are filled with beautiful pictures and Scripture or quotes to go along with the picture. Each picture will help you as you worship the Lord which you color. I liked the ideas the publisher suggest to use these coloring books in a group, coloring together, worshiping and praising the Lord as you color. This would give you a peaceful joyful time with your friends. I highly recommend this new trend sweeping the country today in the form of books and crayons, markers or whatever you wish to us.

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.

Three Books by Amy Lillard: Caroline’s Secret, Courting Emily and Lorie’s Heart

Caroline’s Secret, Courting Emily and Lorie’s Heart

by Amy Lillard

 

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Caroline’s Secret

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In Amy Lillard’s poignant introduction to Wells Landing, a small Amish community is home to two brave souls hoping to forget their painful pasts and rebuild their faith in the future. . .

Caroline Hostetler arrived in Oklahoma determined to forge a new life for herself and her daughter, Emma. As a single mother, she values the warmth and safety she’s found in close-knit Wells Landing. She’s even caught the eye of a handsome newcomer–a man who just may be the partner she longs for and the father Emma deserves. But the arrival of an Englisher threatens to lay bare the secrets she’s worked so hard to leave behind. . .

After losing his life-long sweetheart, Andrew Fitch moved to Wells Landing to work in his uncle’s furniture business and nurse his broken heart. Finding love again seems all but impossible–until he meets Caroline and Emma. But his plans to join their lives together may be shattered when the truth of Caroline’s past comes to light–unless, together, they can learn the true meaning of sacrifice and forgiveness. . .

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Caroline Hostetler moves Oklahoma with her daughter Emma, leaving behind her dreadful past. She loves the community of Wells Landing, and soon she meets a handsome widower and the two discover they are attracted to each other. But Caroline can’t forget the past she has hanging over her head. She has to tell Andrew the truth or she could loose him.

Caroline and Emma were two loveable characters, and I really enjoyed their story. This is another awesome read from one of my favorite authors, Amy Lillard. The story and the characters were so realistic, I felt as though I was living in the story with these beautiful characters. I was nervous for Caroline, though I wanted her to hurry and tell Andrew the truth so they could decide if they could have a life together. There’s a lot of twists and tensions here, but nothing that love, forgiveness alone with some sacrifice cannot take care of. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you must try Caroline’s Secret. And scroll down for my review on the second and third books in this series as well!

I received this book from the author 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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Courting Emily

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Return to Wells Landing, the close-knit Amish community in Oklahoma, where a hopeful young woman struggles to find true love while staying true to her faith. . .

Emily Ebersol is the bishop’s daughter, and everyone–including Emily–assumes she’ll marry a faithful Amish man and live out her days within the community. But her childhood sweetheart, Luke Lambright, fell in love with racing cars during his rumspringa and decided to leave Wells Landing. Emily prays for his return, but as the months go by, she begins spending time with another young man–a man who may not be as exciting as Luke, but perhaps he’s exactly what she needs. . .

Elam Rhiel knows that Emily has always been in love with Luke–but he is certain he could be the loyal, steady husband Emily deserves. Then, just as Emily begins to fall for him, Luke returns and complicates her feelings. Now, they all must learn that the greatest love requires the greatest sacrifice. . .

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

We return to the good Amish folks in the Wells Landing community of Oklahoma for Emily’s story. Being a Bishop’s daughter, Emily Ebersol was sure to marry a good standing Amish man and live happily ever after as an Amish wife. But when her longtime childhood sweetheart, Luke Lambright fell more in love with racing cars than her, and left the Amish faith, Emily’s world was shattered.  Then Emily started spending time at the Riehl house helping out because James Riehl had been injured, thus spending time with James’ son Elam. Could Elam be the man for her since Luke never returned home? But then suddenly Luke does return home and Emily’s life is in a whirlwind!

This story takes a different twist that the first book. Emily and Luke had been sweethearts since childhood, so it was no question that they would marry when they were old enough, but then Luke has to jump the fence, taking care of that! I enjoyed the time Emily spent at the Riehl home, because she was so good to the dad, James. James’ family had had him closed up in his dark bedroom since his injury, not wanting him to have a life. Emily had a different idea, and started bringing James out of his dark den, making Elam furious. But James loved it, causing a lot of tension in this household! I loved James’ character. He was fun, and so adorable after Emily started letting him out into the house more. But I don’t want to say any more, because you need to read the book to see what happens! And if you enjoy Amish fiction, this is a must read for you! And check out books One and Three in this same posting.

I received this book from the author 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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Lorie’s Heart

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Welcome back to Wells Landing, Oklahoma, the tranquil Amish community where still waters run deep and a brave young woman sets out to discover her faith, her family, and herself…
 
Lorie Kauffman is grief-stricken when her father passes away unexpectedly. But her heartache quickly turns to bewilderment when she discovers he’d been leading two lives—one of simplicity and hard work in Wells Landing, and one fraught with painful ordeals in Tulsa. As she starts digging into her family’s past, Lorie finds herself torn between the Amish world and the Englisch world—and she’s no longer certain where she belongs…

Lorie knows that if she leaves Wells Landing, she may never be able to return. But what if her destiny lies in the outside world—the world her father knew so well? Change is never easy, but with a bit of courage and the help of a handsome and kind-hearted Englischer, she just may find the peace, acceptance, and love she’s been longing for…

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

When Lorie Kauffman’s father passed away, she was having enough trouble dealing with his death, much less finding out about all of his secrets. Lorie find’s a tattoo her dad has when she goes to identify his body, which her step mother will tell her nothing about. Then she finds a drivers license and an address, with a name Lorie doesn’t recognize,  in the box of things the funeral home of her dads. Lorie has Luke take her to the address she found to see what she could find out, and they ended up at a retirement home. Would Lorie find answers to all of her questions here?

Book three in this series is just as exciting as Book’s one and two! With Lorie finding out about the secrets her father has been keeping from her, the tensions are a bit more intense, and there are many twists and turns. And of course this was great because I couldn’t put the book down, I had to find out what was happening next. I did feel so bad for Lorie, because everything hit her at once, and it was difficult to handle, and then try to figure out what she could about her dad and his situation. Another awesome read from Amy Lillard. One you don’t want to miss, especially if you enjoy Amish fiction.

I received this book from the author 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

amy lillardI’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, Fibro Warrior, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?)  Rob and I have been married for over twenty-five years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.   http://amywritesromance.com/

 

Litfuse Presents A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray

A Son’s Vow
by  Shelley Shepard Gray

 

About the book:

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.

Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy. 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 Darla Kurtz’s life changed when a fire at the local lumber yard, claimed to be the fault of Darla’s dad, killed five Amish men in the community. And as if this wasn’t enough for the family, their mom couldn’t handle the situation and left her family. Darla’s dad, lumber mill owner Lukas Kinsinger’s dad, and three other men lost their lives. Lukas was one that didn’t hold Darla’s dad at fault, but his opinion didn’t change that of the others in the community. The result was the horrible cruel treatment Darla’s family faced.

My heart went out to Darla because of the cruel treatment, and to make things worse, her brother launched out against the Kinsinger’s family because he thinks they are the blame. There were many twists and turns in this story, a lot of drama, hurt, tension, unforgiveness, not like your typical Amish story. Ms. Gray does an amazing job of weaving the dysfunctional community into a loving, forgiving and accepting community. This is one of those books that I had to read straight through without putting it down. And I love this cover, the writing is exceptional, its just as awesome book inside and out

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

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Double Cross by Diann Mills from Tyndale House

Double Cross
by Diann Mills
from Tyndale House

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a book for those who enjoy a good clean suspense, and full of thrills, chills, murder, and well, just a fast pace thriller that you will not want to put down until you read the last page. Scammers are on the loose, and they are targeting the elderly. FBI Agent Laurel Evertson and Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton join forces to track down who the guilty scammers are, leading them straight into the crosshairs of a killer. Can they trust this Wilmington who was arrested for a felon years before?

Double Cross is the kind of book I enjoy snuggling up to when I have lots of time to read, because I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading. Following Agent Evertson and Officer Hilton on this journey to find out who is scamming the elderly people in the community will sure have you on the edge of your seats many times throughout the book. A lot of twists and turns happening in the story that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next! The characters were so realistic, and well developed, I begin to think of them as real people! Don’t let this awesome suspense thriller get by you. Go out and pick up a copy of Double Cross today!

I received this book from 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.

The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

The Painter’s Daughter
by Julie Klassen

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Sophia Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon Coast, popular with artists—including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in her than the landscape.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley’s responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host’s daughter in serious trouble.

Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who seems somehow familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother’s, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage “in name only” to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn’t come to regret it?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK   

Wow! This is one of the best books I have EVER read! Yes! The Painter’s Daughter is really that good! Sophia’s story is so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Sophie Dupont’s father was an artist, and though Sophie spent so much time in his studio setting up his supplies and painting his backgrounds for him, she knew she would never be the painter her father was. But when Wesley Overtree shows up in town, he conveniences Sophie that she is a beautiful lady to paint. But was painting Sophie the real motives for this new artist has in mind?

At first, I liked Wesley and didn’t realize his ‘faults’ but as I kept reading, its clear where his heart is. Steven showing up brought an interesting twist to the story, and though the situation is not a normal one, I found it heartwarming and grew to have a special respect for Steven. The characters were easy to attach yourself too, and especially Sophie. Her situation was difficult handle, and with in-laws like Steven’s parents, my heart was aching for her. She clearly didn’t give herself the credit she deserved.

Sometime out life take a drastic change from what we thought or wanted it to be. But the God has different plans, and creates situations that change our life for the better. This is what happened with Sophie here in this story. Even though no one agreed with the twists and turns of her situation, I was really happy with this ending. And I am sure Sophie was too!

I received this book from the author 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 THIS  Author

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A little about me…

I worked in publishing for sixteen years (first in advertising, then as a fiction editor) and now write full time. The Secret of Pembrooke Park won the Minnesota Book Award. Three of my books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Girl in the Gatehouse also won a Midwest Book Award and The Silent Governess was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA awards.

I graduated from the University of Illinois and enjoy travel, research, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. My husband and I have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Anna’s Healing by Vannetta Chapman from Harvest House

Anna’s Healing
by Vannetta Chapman

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Anna’s Healing is the first book in a brand-new collection from popular author Vannetta Chapman. These stories of love and family and Amish community in Oklahoma tell of the miracles that can happen when lives are lived in service to God and to one another. When a tornado strikes the farms surrounding Cody’s Creek, Anna Schwartz’s life is changed forever. She suffers a spinal cord injury and suddenly finds herself learning to live as a paraplegic. Three people—Chloe Roberts, Jacob Graber, and Ruth Schwartz—join forces to help Anna through her darkest days. Chloe is an Englischer who writes for the local paper. Jacob has recently arrived in town and stays on as a hired hand at her uncle’s. And Ruth is her grandmother, a woman of deep faith and a compassionate spirit. Then one morning Anna wakes and finds herself healed. How did it happen? Why did it happen? And what is she to do now? Her life is again turned upside down as the world’s attention is drawn to this young Amish girl who has experienced the unexplainable. – See more at: https://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/books/annas-healing#sthash.BiAJa948.dpuf

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is such a sweet story. Anna Schwartz’s life is turned upside down when a tornado rages through their community of Cody’s Creek, leaving Anna injured and in a wheelchair for life. Anna has several special people in her life that help her cope with this life change for her. Anna lives with her sweet grandmother Ruth, a lady with a strong faith in God. Jacob Graber works for Anna’s uncle and spends time helping and encouraging Anna, as well as good friend and local newspaper writer Chloe Roberts, who keeps the community up to date on Anna’s progress. Three people that Anna can depend on, whatever she does with her life. Then one day Anna wakes up and can walk. What has happened to cause yet another drastic change in her life?

Vannetta Chapman does a wonderful job of weaving together a story that will stay with me for a long time. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the realistic characters in this story. My heart was aching for Anna and her struggles of living in a wheelchair at such a young age. One of the things that stood out to me in the story was the way Ms. Chapman brings out the fact that difficult situations strengthens our walk with God, and that our lives can have meaning, even when living with handicap situations. And that sometimes its in our darkest moments and most difficult situations that we can see God working the most.

This is a wonderful read, one that I highly recommend. If you enjoy Amish fiction, give Anna’s Healing a try! I received this book from ……… 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

vannetta chapmanVannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com

www.vannettachapman.com

Litfuse Presents Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse

Beyond the Silence
by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

 

About the book:

Beyond the Silence (Bethany House, January 2016)

The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth.

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know.

Still, something dark did happen in the family’s past. Lillian’s seven-year-old charge hasn’t spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love—or will it endanger her even more?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Purchase a copy:
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About the authors:
 
Connect with Tracie: website, Facebook

Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she’s shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado.

Connect with Kimberley: website, Twitter, Facebook

An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman

An Amish Year  

by Beth Wiseman

an amish year

Book Description

Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.

Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)

Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.

A Love for Irma Rose

The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer? Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice.

Patchwork Perfect

Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever. Will Eli be able to change her mind?

When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)

Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.

About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth’s The Promise is inspired by a true story.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

An Amish Year is a collection of four stories written by one of my favorite authors, Beth Wiseman. The four stories are Rooted in Love, A Love for Irma Rose, Patchwork Perfect, and When Christmas Comes Again. I love all of these stories, and I love that I can read a story in one sitting. If you don’t have time to read a full book, this is an awesome alternative for you. Each story is short, well written, and the characters are adorable. I fell in love with them all!  You just can’s go wrong with An Amish Year!

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.

After the Rain By Rita Gerlach

After the Rain
By Rita Gerlach

after the rain

It’s 1908, a year in the Edwardian Age, the year J.M. Barrie’s play What Every Woman Knows, premiered in Atlantic City and the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit. It is a year when the world faced one of its worst disasters in history, when the New Year would heal the wounds of loss. Louisa Borden lives a privileged life in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new and thriving community on the outskirts of Washington, DC for the well-to-do. Against the wishes of her domineering grandmother, she retreats from the prospects of a loveless marriage and instead searches for what she hopes is her calling in life. When her horse is spooked along Rock Creek, she is thrown from the saddle—an embarrassing situation for any affluent young lady. Soaking wet, bruised and humiliated, she is carried up the muddy bank to safety by Jackson O’Neil, a stranger to the city, who changes the course of everything, including the lives of all those around her.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Louisa Borden’s grandmother, Beatrice has decided that her granddaughter will marry Rupert Eastcott a wealthy man that will sure provide for and take care of Louisa. Miss Borden has a mind of her own, refusing her grandmother’s matchmaking, while Beatrice is determined to marry her granddaughter off to this Mister Eascott. Things change one day as Louisa was out riding and was thrown from her horse and stranger,  Jackson O’Neil comes along to help. The two was attracted to each other, and the story begins!

I really enjoyed this story. The characters were fun and enjoyable and I grew to love them  as I read their story.  Clearly Ms. Gerlach researched the book well before she wrote it, and it shows in the detailed scenes and the history surrounding each scene. This book has lots of emotions, drama, twists and turns, humor and a sweet romance that will stay with you for a while. I highly recommend this book for any0ne who enjoys historical Christian fiction, or if you have never read any of the great historical Christian fictions out there, this would be a great one to try!

I received this book from Celebration Lit 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.

 

Dear Readers,
I’m a multi-published, bestselling author of Inspirational historical fiction, romance, and drama. Ever since I was knee-high to a flea, I would dream up stories. I loved books and illustrations, and going to the library or climbing into a bookmobile to explore the books on the shelves, was a special treat when I was a kid.

 
Writing was within me. But it wasn’t until a day in the early 90s at a family reunion that my cousin, a famous romance author, handed me a copy of one of her books that the spark ignited into a fire to write.

I took many paths to find my calling, and the joy of following through on it has been a tremendous part of my life journey. In many of my stories, I write about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English settings. Currently I am writing a new historical series set in the Gilded Age.  My books are dramatic in the sense I don’t hold back on the trials people historically faced. So you won’t find stories made of sugar and syrup.

NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

Kids Bible and Devotional

Book Description

Bestselling The Beginner’s Bible brand pack for young readers that includes the complete New International Reader’s Version Holy Bible, and 365-day devotional.

This pack contains a hardcover full-text Bible and a softcover 365-day devotional.

Based on The Beginner’s Bible brand, the NIrV Beginner’s Bible, Holy Bible is a perfect first Bible for a child. With easy-to-read print and full-page illustrations, children will better understand stories in Scripture. Using the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), this Bible pairs beautifully with The Beginner’s Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions to encourage lifelong Bible reading habits. Simple connections to Scripture make the content relevant and understandable for young readers. Each of the 365 devotions has a theme to which the Bible passage, story and art relate. The NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack is a perfect starting point for children as they develop a stronger relationship with God, to cuddle-up with parents or enjoy at church or daycare.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

This is a very nice little Bible/Devotional set for kids. The Bible is a full text Bible, with a little larger font to make it easier for kids to read. The NIrV is readers version only with no notes in it. The Devotional is really neat, with a verse for each 365 day of the year, and each o the devotions are a small paragraph. I love that it is simple enough that she could read it at six years old, yet it is the same Bible promises and truths that we read every day.
I highly recommend this Bible and Devotional for your child! I received this book from BookLook BLoggers to read and review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

 

By Your Side by Candace Calvert from Tyndale House

By Your Side
by Candace Calvert

by your side

ABOUT THIS BOOK

ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her―even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome―and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.

When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

The Ancient Words Series By A. M. Heath

The Ancient Words Series consists of two books: Where Can I flee (released August 13, 2014) and In The Shadow Of They Wings (December 8, 2015). Both books were independently published. To purchase your copy of Where Can I flee, click here. To purchase your copy of In The Shadow Of Thy Wings, click here.

Book Information:

where can i fleeWhere Can I Flee

War is on the horizon during the spring of 1861. It will be an event that will change the lives of everyone in its path. The Harper family included.

Frank Harper is a young man full of dreams and ambitions. Even when the country is split and war breaks out, Frank will do whatever is necessary to see his dreams come true, even when that means putting on a uniform and leaving home.

For the first time, Claire Harper is forced to consider the reasons behind such a conflict. Should slavery be abolished? Which side should she be on, and what does God have to say about this? Claire is torn between her own opinions and those of her family. The struggle within her only increases when she repeatedly runs into a kind and handsome Union soldier. She longs to see her brother turn to Christ before it is too late. Desperate to reach her brother with the gospel, Claire pens a series of inspiring letters. Will she be able to handle all the obstacles of war and continue to be a witness to those around her?

How long can Claire last when her heart is torn in half and she is burdened for her brother’s soul? How long can Frank resist his sister’s urgent pleas or the gentle tugging from within? Can a man outrun a holy God?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Where Can I Flee
This is my first book by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed Where Can I Flee! Claire Harper is struggling with her brother fighting in the war because she doesn’t want to loose him. After going to church and hearing the gospel, Claire gives her life to the Lord, and her concern for her brother is even more severe because she knows he is not a Christian. A. M. Heath does a fabulous job of giving the gospel of Jesus to her readers through the lives of these wonderful characters. The characters are believable and the more I read the story the more I felt like they were real friends.

The setting being during the Civil War, it was difficult to read a lot of the scenes because of the sadness of the tragic events. But through it all, the characters and families were brought closer together with each other and with the Lord. This is truly a book that you do not want to miss, especially if you are a fan of books written during the Civil War!

In the Shadow of Thy Wings

in the shadow of thy wingsDevastation sweeps across the land, and the families of Maple Grove cannot escape when war arrives at their front doors. After her father entrusts her with a new and dangerous task, Sally Chandler must find the courage to obey despite her fear. Meanwhile, her best friend, Claire Harper, is determined to serve others, even if it means putting herself in danger. But with a certain handsome Union soldier stationed nearby, Claire finds her heart in danger of falling for the enemy. Their differing loyalties create complications that neither could expect; her twin brother fighting for the Confederacy is only one of them. Frank Harper left home with one goal in mind – to become a prosperous plantation owner. Two years later, not only is he further from his goal, but he’s beginning to question his own desires–something that becomes more complicated when his heart becomes involved. The families of Maple Grove must learn how to survive the uncertainty of war and a country split in two. While the war in the nation rages on, the battle within grows stronger. Will they learn that the only safe place to hide is in the shadow of Thy Wings?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

In the Shadow of Thy Wings centers around the Maple Grove neighborhood during the war, and those facing horrific and difficult situations. Claire harper is determined to help those who are injured in the war, which puts her in the path of a certain Union Soldier, and in a dangerous situation. Frank Harper never dreamed that two years after he enlisted, he would still be fighting in the war, but there seems to be no end. This book took a few interesting twists and turns that made the story more entertaining and mysterious, and I couldn’t put it down! Again, the characters in In The Shadow of Thy Wings were well developed, likeable and believable. This is a series that I want to read again, just to see if I missed anything the first time. I highly recommend In The Shadow of Thy Wings, and I can’t wait for book three in this series. I encourage you to check this book out today!

I received this book from Celebration 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.

Author Information:

Being raise in a small Tennessee town, A.M. Heath grew up with a love for southern history and nostalgia. She lives with her husband and four children in Southern Tennessee where they embrace the small town lifestyle.

 

A Shenandoah Family Christmas by Lisa Belcastro

A Shenandoah Family Christmas by Lisa Belcastro is an 88 page novella in the Christian historical fiction genre. It is published by Washashore Publishing and was released on November 17, 2015. To purchase your own copy, click here.

Book Information:

a shenandoah family christmasWhere is Christmas?

Disease, freezing temperatures, and the Revolutionary War bring bitter reality to the Reed home in December 1777. Captain Benjamin Reed is ordered to sail a supply shipment south to General George Washington. Days before Shenandoah’s scheduled departure, Ben’s first mate succumbs to smallpox.

Rebecca Reed had never feared the dreaded disease until her one-year-old daughter Felicity breaks out in the telltale rash. In the cold, dark days of Advent, Rebecca, Ben, and the Reed family wait in prayerful hope as Felicity fights for her life and they wonder who could be next.

With the rest of the family at risk, they decide to obtain the forbidden cowpox vaccine. Ben’s brother Jonah, his uncle Isaiah, and Shenandoah’s cook Adam Greene venture off in search of the outlawed vaccine. A blizzard hits. A tree crashes. Jonah crumbles to the ground. A woman with the face of an angel aids Jonah, but is it too late? And where are Adam and Isaiah?

As the death toll rises throughout the Colonies, the Reed family prays for more than one Christmas miracle.    Purchase book HERE

About the Author

Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She loves time with her family and friends, running, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, chocolate, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat, Ben, who keeps her company while she creates fictional lives for the numerous characters living inside her head.

Lisa runs as an ambassador for TEAM 413 (www.team413.org), and has completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in all fifty states.

Lisa’s stories are set on the Vineyard amidst the magnificence of the ocean, the beauty of sandy beaches, rolling hills, and ancient cliffs, as well as the people and events that make the Island so very unique.

When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, training to run the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in January 2016, walking the beach looking for sea glass, or enjoying a great meal while she pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style Magazine.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Ben and Becca are faced with the horror of their daughter having the deadly smallpox illness, which is spreading throughout the area, with no medicines available to help. And on top of that, when Ben’s family venture out to find the vaccine they need, Jonah is injured, which leads him to Ava, who we may here from in another book!

As the illness continues to spread, Rebecca realizes the medicine that can help her daughter is far beyond her reach, so she is left to trust the Lord with her daughter. Rebecca is a strong, determined lady with a life full of faith, and it was clearly evident as she helped nurse her daughter and depend on the Lord for the healing. This was not an easy thing, the fear, the struggles, the sacrifices she and her husband made, left Rebecca with no one else. This is truly a book of unconditional love of a mother for her child. To read the faith of this character was a challenge to me. Christmas is about miracles, and this story was truly a miracle to read during the Holidays. I highly recommend A Shenandoah Family Christmas any time of the year.

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

The Golden Braid by

About the Book

The Golden BraidThe Golden Braid (Thomas Nelson, November 2015)

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower…

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?

Learn more and purchase a copy.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is the author of “The Healer’s Apprentice,” a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

The Forgotten Recipe

by Amy Clipston

The forgotten recipe

Book Description

After losing her fiancé in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.

Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves Veronica.

When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love—or be loved—again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause.

Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life—a memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancée to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects—or wants—is to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica’s bake stand every week . . . and it’s for more than the raspberry pies.

Now, as Veronica’s heart thaws, Jason can’t bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died. Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed? Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Veronica’s heart was broken when Seth was killed in an accident, and surely she could never find love again. But when Jason Huyard shows up at her roadside stand to buy pies for his mom, the attraction between them was very noticeable. But when she finds out Jason withheld the truth from her, she just couldn’t find it in herself to forgive him.

This is another amazing read by one of my favorite authors! You just can’t help but fall in love with Veronica and Jason and their families. And even though the most difficult times in Veronica’s life, it is clear that God is still working, even when it seems He is silent. Don’t miss this awesome read from Amy Clipston. It is sure to entertain you for many hours. 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

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at http://www.amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

I Prayed For You by By Jean Fischer, illustrated by Frank Endersby

I Prayed For You

i prayed for you

by By Jean Fischer,
illustrated by Frank Endersby

Book Description

Did you know that even before you were born, I prayed for you?

Mommies love their babies and pray over them before they are born and for their whole lives. This book will help them share the many ways they have prayed, and continue to pray, over the lives of their precious children.

Mama Bear shares with Baby Bear how much she prayed for her, even before Baby Bear was born. And each and every day, Mama prays and asks God to help Baby Bear grow big and strong, be safe, love God, and be good to others.

From before these sweet babies are born, and for every part of their futures, Mama covers them in prayer. Every spread will share a different prayer, and mamas everywhere will resonate with this eternally important message.

Baby bears everywhere will fall asleep knowing they are loved and prayed over.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is the most precious little book. It is so special to hear mama bear telling her little bear that she started praying for him before he was born, and she still prays for him now, and will continue praying for him in the future. And the illustrations are so awesome. As you read this book to your child, they will love seeing the beautiful pictures to go with each page. I love how this little board book tells children how they are prayed for. If you are looking for special books to buy for your children, this is one you need to check out. It is a beautiful and sweet book inside and out.

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

 

Litfuse Presents A Thousand Shall Fall: A Civil War Novel by..Andrea Boeshaar

Litfuse Presents A Thousand Shall Fall:
A Civil War Novel 
by..Andrea Boeshaar

 

A Thousand Shall FallA Thousand Shall Fall: A Civil War Novel (Kregel, November 2015)

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

Learn more and

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Strong willed Carrie Ann Bell decides to change her appearance and take off looking for her sister that ran away. With the war going on, this was not a smart move for Carrie, and when she was arrested by Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, well she realizes her fears of the Yankee’s is quite real. As the story develops, Carrie faces difficult situations that rips her world apart. When her childhood friend Joshua shows up as a spy, what will Carrie do? Can she trust the Colonel, a man she has become attracted to, or will she be loyal to her longtime friend? For me, the story starts out slow and it takes me a while to really get into it. This is unusual for a Andrea Boeshaar book because I love her books! I loved the setting being in the Shenandoah Valley, a place I have been to many time. The book seemed more real for me, knowing the setting. I grew to love the realistic characters, and the history in this book is amazing. A history buff would sure love reading this historical fiction! A story that I recommend, especially to those who enjoy historical fiction!

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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About the Author

Andrea Boeshaar

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs “The Writer’s ER,” a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites.

CFBA Presents Thornbearer by Pepper Basham

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Thornbearer

Vinspire Publishing, LLC (May 7, 2015)

by

Pepper BashamABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus, and proud AlleyCat over at a group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley. Her debut historical romance novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015, and has already garnered its first award with Readers’ Favorites International Awards. Pepper’s second and third books in the series arrive in February 2016. Her first contemporary romance debuts in April.

ABOUT THE BOOK

From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all. When her fiancé leaves her eight months before their wedding, the unexpected blow ignites a battalion of insecurities stemming from her father’s intimate betrayal. Her worst fears are confirmed – who could ever love a soiled woman? In an attempt to escape the shame and disappointment of her past, Ashleigh boards the ill-fated Lusitania to cross the war-torn waters of Europe. Much to her dismay, she isn’t traveling alone. Sam Miller is always making up for his best friend’s mistakes. Determined to help Ashleigh, he offers his compassion and protection as she ventures across a perilous sea. With the faint hope of renewing his lost love for Ashleigh’s sister, Sam never expects to find the woman of his dreams in his best friend’s former fiancé and his own childhood companion. As they travel across the Atlantic, neither is prepared for the life-altering and heart-breaking journey of their friendship. When the truth of Ashleigh’s past explodes in the middle of war and Sam rejects her, Ashleigh must decide if God is enough – or if the double weight of her betrayal and past will crush her life forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thornbearer, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is my first book by Pepper Basham, and WOW! It was wonderful! When I started this book, I could not put it down! The characters were so well developed, the plot was written in an amazing way to keep me interested!! I am so glad to have a new author to follow, and I will be looking for more Pepper Basham books! Be sure to check out her other books!

I received this book from CFBA 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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