River’s Call – The Inn at Shining Waters Series…Melody Carlson

River’s Call – The Inn at Shining Waters Series

By: Melody Carlson

Publisher Abingdon Press Fiction
Publication Date: 02/2012
Binding: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781426712678
Retail Price: $14.99
                                                                Author: Melody Carlson

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

Anna Larson’s daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It’s the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman’s manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters.
There, Lauren begins to appreciate the person her mother is becoming–and she loves the river. However, romantic interests throw a wrench into the works and Lauren, jealous and angry, returns to her grandmother yet again.
But as time passes, Lauren, now a mother to her own defiant teenager, faces a new crisis–one that puts the entire family at risk.
“Colorful characters, entrancing setting, and a twisting yet natural plot carried me along. A lovely read. ” Lyn Cote, Author of Her Abundant Joy
“Having read the first book of The Inn at Shining Waters Series, I was instantly pulled into this ongoing saga of three generations of women, struggling to make sense of life and the Native American heritage that belongs to them. Raw with emotion and rich with hope, River’s Call is not to be missed!”  Kathy Herman, author of the bestselling series, Secrets of Roux River Bayou

Be sure to read River’s Song -Book one in The Inn at Shining Waters Series

 

MY THOUGHTS ON RIVER’s CALL

River Song by Melody Carlson…Book 2 in The Inn at Shining Waters

5 stars all the way!

This book starts with Anna and Clark beginning their new life together. Then Anna receives a call from her daughter that she is sick. This brings Lauren to live with Anna and Clark, starting an all-new set of interesting situations for Anna and Clark. Then there is Anna’s once mother-in-law that shows her self in every way possible. This woman just irks me to my bones with her rudeness and the way she treats Anna.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series at this beautiful and relaxing setting on the Siuslaw River. How I would love to live at a wonderful place like this! Melody Carlson pens another awesome book with characters we grew to love in the first book, and enjoyed visiting again in this second book. And as in so many of her books, Melody deals with issues such as teen pregnancy, rebellion, family difficulties and disagreements, and dealing with family heritage. But also shows the love of God through love and forgiveness.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the first book in the series, River’s Song, and watch for the awesome conclusion to this series coming out in August 2012, River’s End.

I highly recommend this book for anyone to read and enjoy. This series is just a good, clean, relaxing series. Yes it does deal with problems, but you will laugh and cry along with these characters and they journey through life.

A big Thank You to the publisher Abingdon Press and to Glass Road Publicity Group for giving this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

 

 

About the Author 

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Limelight, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Melody is also the author of Homeward, which won a Rita Award. Melody and her husband live in central Oregon.

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CFBA Tour….The Hope of Shridula by Kay Strom

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Hope of ShridulaAbingdon Press (March 2012)byKay StromABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A word from Kay:

Kay Marshall Strom… who am I? Well, I’m a traveler… a railer against social injustice… a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife… a mother… a sister… a daughter… a friend.

Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life:

Of my 39 published books, seven have been book club selections, twelve have been translated into foreign languages, and one has been optioned for a movie. My writing credits include numerous magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. Along with my husband Dan, I also have produced a series of booklets for writers. My writing has appeared in a number of volumes including three versions of the NIV Devotional Bible and the devotional book My Heart—Christ’s Home, Through the Year.

I love to write, and I love to share about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I do enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Blessing in India series is a saga set in India’s heartbreaking history and breathtaking present that points toward a future of hope. Along the way, name-only Christianity collides with Hinduism, and then is confronted by an entirely new understanding of the call to follow Christ.

India: 1946. For forty-eight years, Ashish and his family toiled as slaves in the fields of the high-caste Lal family, and all because of one small debt. At fifty-four, Ashish was old and worn out. Every day was a struggle to survive for his family including his only daughter.

His wife had named the girl Shridula—Blessings. “Perhaps the name will bring you more fortune than it brought me,” Ashish told his daughter. His words proved to be prophetic in ways he could never have imagined. And when the flames of revolt brought independence to India, they seared change into the family of Ashish.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Hope of Shridula, go HERE.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer! Win, Win Win with Tricia Goyer!

Welcome to the blog tour for By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer!

About the book:

Amelia Gladstone’s hopes are tied up in the Titanic–hopes for a reunion with her sister and an introduction to an admirer. But when she offers a spare ticket to a down-and-out young man, her fate is about to change.

Quentin Walpole is stunned when a sweet lady secures his passage to America–and even more surprised to find his wealthy father and older brother on board the ship. Suddenly Amelia finds herself caught between the attentions of two men, but who should she entrust her heart to? As the fateful night arrives, will Amelia lose everything to the icy waters?

Watch the video Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C0g18-m_qII

About Tricia:

Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of thirty-two books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

More info: Living Inspired (http://toginet.com/shows/livinginspired) and www.triciagoyer.com.

Link to buy the book: http://www.triciagoyer.com/historicalfiction.html#ByTheLight

By the Light of the Silvery Moon    by Tricia Goyer!

I absolutely love this book. The cover is beautiful, the title is catching, the story is awesome and intriguing, and the characters created by the author are so like read that I think about them as my own friends and family. Amelia is someone we all need to be more like, with her heart for those people that most just ignore. As we all think about the 100th anniversary o the tragic sinking of the Titanic, what better way that to read a fictional story that puts the reader right there in the middle of it all, reliving it all. From the time the passenger’s starts boarding the ship until the tragic accident is over, we live with the characters, from the rich to the poor that were aboard that ship. We hear the bragging from the ship’s creator that The Titanic is unsinkable. No one fears a thing because of the promises made that they are all sure safe and sound.  Tricia gives the reader a detailed picture of what happened on that sad and tragic day. She sure did her job in researching every little detail in the entire process. When you start this book, you will not want to put it down until the very last page is read.This is a book that everyone would enjoy reading. Why not give honor and remembrance to all of those passengers who lost their lives, and those who lived only to have the tragedy to remember for the rest of their lives.

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher Barbour Publishing through LitFuse Publicity Group. I want to thank Amy for making sure I rec’d this book, even though the publisher didn’t send it in time for the tour. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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Win an Flip HD Camcorder during @TriciaGoyer’s Unsinkable Titanic Giveaway and RSVP for 4/10 Titanic Party!

Celebrate the release of By the Light of the Silvery Moon with Tricia by entering her giveaway and RSVPing to her Titanic party.

One “unsinkable” winner will receive:

  • Flip HD video Camera (Make your own dramatic saga!)
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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 9th. Winner will be announced at “Silvery Moon” Titanic Facebook Party on 4/10. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club). During the live chat Tricia will have a *special guest* join her. More details coming soon!

So grab your copy of By the Light of the Silvery Moon and join Tricia on the evening of the April 10th for a fun chat, trivia contest (How much do you know about the Titanic?) and lots of giveaways. 

Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 10th!

CFBA Tour…..The Chase by DiAnn Mills

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe ChaseZondervan (March 27, 2012)byDiAnn MillsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/diannmills

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

I posted this early, but will be back by Wed with the review. Almost finished reading the book!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

To the FBI it’s a cold case. To Kariss Walker it’s a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it’s a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget. Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel. Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl’s missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch’s brew of danger. The old crime lives on in more ways than either of them could ever imagine. Will Kariss’s pursuit of her dream as a writer carry a deadly price tag? Drawing from a real-life cold case, bestselling novelist DiAnn Mills presents a taut collage of suspense, faith, and romance in The Chase.

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

CFBA Missing ……by Shelley Shepard Gray

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingMissingAvon Inspire; Original edition (March 20, 2012)byShelley Shepard GrayABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold over thirty novels to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Harlequin, Abingdon Press, and Avon Inspire. She has been interviewed by NPR, and her books have been highlighted in numerous publications, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for HarperCollins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. Her recent novel, The Protector, the final book in her “Families of Honor” series, hit the New York Times List, and her previous novel in the same series, The Survivor, appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Shelley has won the prestigious Holt Medallion for her books, Forgiven and Grace, and her novels have been chosen as Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club. Her first novel with Avon Inspire, Hidden, was an Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.

When she’s not writing, Shelley often attends conferences and reader retreats in order to give workshops and publicize her work. She’s attended RWA’s national conference six times, the ACFW conference and Romantic Times Magazine’s annual conference as well as traveled to New Jersey, Birmingham, and Tennessee to attend local conferences.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In the first book in her new Secrets of Crittenden County series, Shelley Shepard Gray delivers another page-turning romance set in Amish country

Perry Borntrager had been missing from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, for months when his body was discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. Everyone had assumed Perry left Crittenden on his own, seduced by the wider world he discovered during his rumspringa, but now the truth has thrown this once-peaceful town into chaos. The first death from mysterious circumstances in Crittenden in more than two decades has invited the scrutiny of the outside world: a police detective arrives to help their local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry’s former girlfriend, and Perry’s best friend, the Englisher Walker Anderson.

Lydia and Walker know they didn’t have anything to do with Perry’s death, but they both hold secrets about his final days. Do they dare to open up about the kind of man Perry had become? In the oppressive shadow of these dark times, they discover strength in a most unlikely companionship that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Missing….by Shelley Shepard Gray

 

Bet Abby Anderson will think next time she tries to sneak around with her friend and smoke! Especially since this time brings her in contact with a dead man in a well on the Miller’s Farm. Did he fall in the well and die? Or was he murdered? The little town of Crooked Creek is in for a real shake-up as everyone starts being questioned by detective Luke Reynolds. And the more Luke questions people, the more little secrets start to surface around Crooked Creek.

 

If Shelley Shepard Gray writes a book, you know its gonna be good! In “Missing,” she creates characters that are real, believable and the more you get to know them, the more you love them! And the plot is so intriguing that you just can’t put the book down! I read it in a afternoon. This book is Amish with a twist. With a little romance added in with the murder, it makes an awesome and enjoyable read.

 

I highly recommend this book for your to read and enjoy. This is just a good, clean, enjoyable murder mystery that you will be glad you read.

 

This book was provided by Bethany House through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I was not required or expected to give a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only

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

Blue Moon Promise……By: Colleen Coble

Blue Moon Promise

By: Colleen Coble

Book Description

“Tell me, Miss Marsh, are you a Christian?”

“Why, yes sir, I am.”

“I thought as much. God has led me here for a purpose…

I have a proposition for you.”

Lucy Marsh’s worldly resources are running out, but she’s fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father’s recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, where the man she came to marry seems surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to provide for.

Nate Stanton always hoped he’d marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate realizes he’d give anything to protect Lucy and the children he’s grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.

Blue Moon Promise is a story of hope, romance and suspense…immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

For the men out there, what would you do if your father left town for several days, came back home with a woman and introduced her as Lucy, your new wife? Well that is just what happened to Nate Stanton. And he was not happy with his dad, to say the least. And to gain his wife’s two siblings, Jed and Eileen too boot, well that was almost more than Nate could take.

 

After somewhat coming to terms with the new marriage, in name only let me tell you, Nate moved his new family into his small home. Surely this would send her back where she came from, because his home was not much of a home, and small at that. But Nate ended up being the surprised one. And after a while he kind of enjoyed not coming home to a empty house. And Jed was turning out to be a lot of help on the farm, and little Eileen, well she’d just had Nate’s heart from the beginning. Things could start getting very interesting around the Stanton household. But it was when secrets and deception started coming to the surface that Nate really realized what was going on. And for that, you need to read the book to find out all of the many secrets, acts of deception and of course the twists and turns to the story that make it so appealing.

 

I love Colleen Coble’s books. I have all of them, and have read them all as well, and this one didn’t disappoint. Colleen has a way of creating characters that just draw you into the story and don’t let you go. Nate and Lucy was fun and interesting as they started their life together. This is really just a nice, fun, good clean book to read and enjoy. And I’m hoping for a Book Two to enjoy more of Nate and Lucy’s journey through their marriage and on their farm.

 

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Booksneeze.com blogging for books program. 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

Colleen Coble is the author of more than forty books, most of them bestsellers. Some of her most recent novels are Lonestar Angel, The Lightkeeper’s Ball, Blue Moon Promise, and Anathema, an Amish suspense. One of her most popular series is the Rock Harbor mystery series featuring Bree and Samson, a search-and-rescue dog team. She has won the Carol Award numerous times as well as romance and mystery awards. She lives in Wabash, Indiana with her husband Dave.

 

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Time for Peace by Barbara Cameron

Time for Peace

by Barbara Cameron

 Book Blurb

After Years of Hardship, Jenny’s Life Appears Perfect. So Why Does Something Seem to Be Missing?


Jenny Bontrager is finally at a place of love and belonging with her husband, Matthew, and his children. Life seems golden with both her family and career as a writer.

But everything Jenny now believes in is thrown into question with the discovery of a long-lost letter from her father. Her sense of peace and contentment destroyed by betrayal, Jenny struggles with her renewed faith–and the love of everyone around her.

 

Praise for Barbara Cameron
“Barbara Cameron has written another wonderful, sweet story that tugs at the emotions. Amish fiction fans will definitely want to add A Time for Peace to their library.” –Kathleen Fuller, best-selling author of A Summer Secret, A Hand to Hold, and The Secrets Beneath


“A Time for Peace, Barbara Cameron’s newest heartwarming story in the Quilts of Lancaster County series, invites readers to come on in, sit down around the table for a cup of tea while getting to know this Amish family where love is happening. When troubles and doubts come for Jenny, you’ll be living her story with her and hoping she won’t lose sight of that ribbon of love that so strongly binds these people together.”    Ann H. Gabhart, author of The Outsider, Summer of Joy, and Angel Sister

“A Time for Peace  is an inspirational story of working through some of the tough questions and situations life throws at us. Barbara Cameron gives us another endearing Amish tale in this Quilts of Lancaster County series.” – FreshFiction.com

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

Time for Peace  by Barbara Cameron

I enjoyed that this book picks up the characters from the first book, Jenny and Matthew. These two young people were given a second chance at love after Matthew’s first wife passed away leaving him with three children to raise on his own. Coming home to get well after being serve injured while overseas with her job, Jenny and Matthew meet again, fall in love all over again and marry.

In this book we follow Jenny as others in the Amish community have babies, but it seems that all fails with Jenny and Matthew when trying to have a child of their own. Jenny loves Matthew’s three children as though they were her own, but she so wants a little one of her own with her new husband.

A lot of this story was Jenny being upset about a letter she found from her dad to her grandmother years earlier. She didn’t understand why her grandmother was on her dad’s side and not Jenny’s years back when they spent summers in the Amish community. I did think Jenny took this a little bit overboard, and it went on just a little too much throughout the book, but I guess it was needed for the story ending.

Overall, this was a great book and I thoroughly it. Actually this is a wonderful series to read and enjoy. The entire series deals with issues that people face today. And I appreciate that throughout the book the author stresses the need for trusting God with their struggles and difficulties in their life.

I encourage you to grab a copy of the three books in this series to read and enjoy for yourself. This is just a good, clean, enjoyable series of books to read.

A copy of this book was provided by Abingdon Press for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

For more information or to read the first chapter go HERE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barbara Cameron is the author of 21 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies (HBO-Cinemax), and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. When a relative took her to visit the Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she felt led to write about the spiritual values and simple joys she witnessed there. She currently resides in Edgewater, FL.  Find out more about Barbara at http://www.barbaracameron.com, http://www.amishhearts.com and www.amishliving.com.

A Texan’s Promise – Book #1 in The Heart of a Hero Series

A Texan’s Promise

By: Shelley Gray

Book #1 in The Heart of a Hero Series

Book Blurb

Past promises will be tested as new ones are given…
When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant is the victim of her stepfather’s advances, Clayton knows he must protect her honor and move her far away from the ranch—and from the man she fears.
As they make their way West, an unexpected, deep bond develops between Vanessa and Clayton—far more powerful than a mere friendship or his sense of duty to her. But Vanessa’s stepfather won’t let her go so easily. As Clayton and Vanessa place their faith in God and their trust in each other, will they find healing and hope for the future together?

Praise for the book!

Shelley Gray is a wonderful storyteller, and A Texan’s Promise captured me from the first page.  This endearing love story is so rich with detail, I felt like I was traveling alongside Vanessa and Clayton throughout their incredible journey.  Clayton is the hero every woman dreams of, and I loved watching Vanessa grow from a scared girl into a strong woman.  This is a wonderful start to this new series.  Highly recommended.” – Beth Wiseman Best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series

“Shelley Gray’s fans will enjoy riding along with her characters down a new trail of romance in A Texan’s Promise, the first in The Heart of a Hero series. Readers will be rooting for Clayton and Vanessa to find their way to a true and lasting love.” – Ann H. Gabhart, author of The Outsider, Summer of Joy, and Angel Sister

For more information and to read the first chapter…go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Being a fan of Shelley Gray’s I was excited about review this first book in her new historical western series. And this one did not disappoint. I was captured very early in the story of Vanessa and Clayton. Things were not going exactly right after Vanessa’s father passed away and her new stepfather had taken over the ranch.

Clayton had always watched out for Vanessa since being hired as forman of the ranch and when she comes crying for his help, she confides in him that her stepfather had injured her. But was she really telling all? Clayton decides that the safest thing for Vanessa was to leave the ranch with her and keeping her whereabouts a secret. This causes more problems though because a single man and woman traveling together could cause more problems that was desired. Not to mention mean and ugly stepfather Price could claim his stepdauther and make her obey him. Oh what a tangled web we weave! Things are sure to get worse before the get better. And Vanessa’s brother Miles doesn’t have backbone enough to speak up against his th stepfather so he’s no help at all!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The unique characters were creative and well developed, and I enjoyed getting to know most of them. Price needed extreme punishment for what he did to Vanessa, and the rest of her family. It was always good to see him defeated. On the other hand, the attraction between Clayton and Vanessa was heartwarming. I didn’t understand Clayton needing to get away to spend time away from Vanessa, but it made the story even more interesting.

I highly recommend this and any other book Shelley Shepard Gray writes! She is an awesome author and I love, love her books. She never disappoints. Go out and grab a copy of this one and see for yourself!

I appreciate Abingdon Press for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a postitve review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

About the Author  Shelley Gray

Shelley Gray’s first Amish novel, Hidden, was nominated for the Inspirational Readers Choice award. Her book Simple Gifts won the Reviewers Choice Award. Shelley’s novel, The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time.

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A Stranger’s Gift by Anna Schmidt

A Stranger’s Gift

by: Anna Schmidt  

Women of Pinecraft (Book 1)

Book Blurb

You’ll be swept away by the endearing characters created by award-winning author Anna Schmidt. On the heels of a horrific hurricane, Hester Detlef, field director for the Mennonite Disaster Service, blows into the life of self-made, shunned Amish man John Hafner. Will she find a way through his shield and into his heart? Although the hurricane has left John homeless and badly injured, the last thing he wants is some do-gooder Mennonite woman intruding in his life. Will his impatience with her intention of restoring his faith and property keep him from accepting this beguiling stranger’s kindness?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

John Steiner left his home and Amish faith after his mother passed away and is now living in Sarasota, Florida. He likes being alone and wishes everyone would respect his wishes. Even with an evacquation??? because of a hurricane coming through, John doesn’t listen to warnings and says in his home, finding out the hard way that hard way he should have listened. The house he has been working on for the past two years was severly???? damaged by the hurricane.

Hester enjoys her work with the local MCC in the Mennonite community in Sarasota, Florida that was started by her father.  Being the lead person in her area, she spends many hours helping people in need. John Steiner was though, he just wouldn’t accept help from anyone. As irritated??? as Hester was at John, she still wanted to help him because for some reason she was intrigued by him. This could turn out to be an interesting task, since he flatly refused to leave his home during the horrible hurricane that swipped through the area.

This is an awesome Amish story with many unique twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seats and keep the pages turning until the very end. The characters were well created and developed and easily grow on you. John seemed stubborn but he felt alone and determined to make his way through life on his own. But Hester and those working with MCC were determined as well that he needed help.

This is a story of love and forgiveness though learning to accept God’s will for life. His will is not always what we want, but it is always what is best, as John finds out in the end.

I found this a wonderful story that I enjoyed very much.  If you are an Amish fiction fan, I highly recommend this wonderful book for your to read and enjoy.

I appreciate Barbour Publishing for providing a copy of this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Meet Anna Schmidt

Anna Schmidt is the author of over twenty works of fiction. Among her many honors, Anna is the recipient of Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the RITA award for romantic fiction. She enjoys gardening and collecting seashells at her winter home in Florida.

Visit Anna’s website at www.booksbyanna.com

You’re Already Amazing By: Holley Gerth

You’re Already Amazing:

Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be

By: Holley Gerth

Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2060-5
ISBN-10: 0-8007-2060-1
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 224
Carton Quantity: 64
Publication Date: Mar. 2012
Formats: Paperback

Book Blurb

Psst . . . pull up a chair and I’ll tell you a secret. You’d better lean in close for this one.

Ready?

You don’t have to do more, be more, have more.

I’m sure there are security alarms going off somewhere. You should probably hide this book when your in-laws come over.

But it’s true.

It’s the kind of true that will change your life, set you free, and make you wake up smiling for the first time in a long time. I know because that’s what it did for me. . . .

So watch out, sister. If you keep reading you just might be next.

With this heart-to-heart message, Holley Gerth invites you to embrace one very important truth–that you truly are already amazing. Like a trusted friend, Holley gently shows you how to forget the lies and expectations the world feeds you and instead believe that God loves you and has bigger plans for your life than you’ve even imagined.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

We all face times that we feel like we need more, that we are not enough like we are. We look at someone else and want to be them, or like them. In her book “You’re Already Amazing”, Holley Gerth tells us how we can know that we are enough just like we are. God created us like He wanted us to be. And for me, I want this book to change my life like it did the author’s! I am going through this book as more of a Bible Study than just reading it fast so I can digest what Holley is saying. This makes me, and I pray that it does you to look at yourself altogether different. If God made each one of us like he wants us, then He will use us despite how we are or what we look like.

I highly recommend this book for your to read and study for yourself. You can’t go wrong and will not be disappointed!

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

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Holley Gerth is an award-winning writer, licensed counselor, certified life coach, and speaker. She is cofounder of (in)courage, an online destination for women, which received more than one million page views in its first six months. She also reaches out to readers through her popular blog, Heart to Heart with Holley and through her partnership with DaySpring, a subidiary of Hallmark. Holley lives in Arkansas with her husband, Mark.

CFBA Tour Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot by Stephen Bly and Family

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingStuart Brannon’s Final ShotCenter Point Pub; Lrg edition (March 2012)byStephen BlyABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephen Bly (August 17, 1944 – June 9, 2011) authored 106 books and hundreds of articles and short stories. His book, The Long Trail Home (Broadman & Holman), won the prestigious 2002 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction in the category western novel. Three other books, Picture Rock (Crossway Books), The Outlaw’s Twin Sister (Crossway Books), and Last of the Texas Camp (Broadman & Holman), were Christy Award finalists. He spoke at colleges, churches, camps and conferences across the U.S. and Canada. He was the pastor of Winchester Community Church, and served as mayor of Winchester, Idaho (2000-2007). He spoke on numerous television and radio programs, including Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. He was an Active Member of the Western Writers of America. Steve graduated summa cum laude in Philosophy from Fresno State University and received a M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary. The Blys have three sons: Russell (married to Lois) and father of Zachary and Miranda (married to Chris Ross) and mother of Alayah; Michael (married to Michelle); and Aaron (married to Rina Joye) and father of Keaton and Deckard. A third generation westerner, Steve spent his early years working on California farms owned by his father and an uncle.

Janet Chester Bly received a B.S. degree in Literature & Languages and Fine & Performing Arts from Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho. She speaks at women’s luncheons and retreats and does writers’ workshops. She is a member of Winchester Community Church where she serves as music director. She has authored eleven nonfiction and fiction books and co-authored twenty others, as well as contributed to five books. Janet’s hobbies include decorating her home in “country clutter,” reading almost all genres of fiction and mall walking. She lives in Winchester, Idaho–elevation 4,000 feet, population 300– situated on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1905, at 58 years old, legendary lawman Stuart Brannon – now a rancher and widower – had no intention of leaving his beloved Arizona Territory to attend the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland, Oregon, nor to participate in the celebrity golf tournament for the Willamette Orphan Farm. Even an emotional appeal for his longtime friend didn’t persuade him. His life no longer consisted of bloodthirsty men to track down . . . people trying to kill him . . . lawless gangs preying on the innocent.

Then the telegram came: Stuart, I need you in Portland. Tim Wiseman is missing. I think there’s a cover-up going on. Tell folks you’re going to the Exposition. Nose around. Find out how a U.S. Marshal can disappear and no one knows why. I’ll contact you there. T.R.

How could he refuse a request from the President of the United States?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

I can’t believe I haven’t read any Stephen Bly’s books, but I guess not being a western fan, I wouldn’t look for this genre. However I am honored to be able to read this last
work of Stephen’s in which his wife and son’s finished for him. What an honor for his family to be able to do this for their dad. And what an awesome job they did of completing the book, to finish the Stuart Brannon story and to honor Stephen Bly’s life.

In this book the characters were those Mr. Bly had created in the previous books, those that were loved by his readers, and some that were not so loved. The plot flows in a way that keeps you reading because you want to find out the end of Brannon’s story. This book is very well written, and a great read. This was ok as a stand alone, but I think reading the other books first would be much better, and I may just have to do that!

Thank you to Stephen’s wife and three sons for allowing readers this final book as a final farewell to not only Stuart Brannon series but their beloved author Stephen Bly.

This book was provided by the publisher through CFBA for me to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only. I was not required to write a positive review.

 

If you would like to read the first chapter of Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, go HERE.

First WildCard Tours….The Heart’s Frontier by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card authors are:
Lori Copelandand

Virginia Smith

and the book:
The Heart’s Frontier
Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2012)

***Special thanks to Karri | Marketing Assistant | Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren.

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Virginia Smith is the author of more than a dozen inspirational novels and more than fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

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SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

An exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

Kansas,1881—On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged—do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Heart’s Frontier  by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith

 

This is a really fun story and a little different from most Amish books that I have read. After Luke Carson literally lands at Emma’s feet after being thrown out of a saloon. He’s after one of the men that is suppose to be helping with the cattle drive, but he can’t drive cattle while drunk. Emma and her family are on their way to Troyer Kansas to drop off Emma and her grandmother with other Amish family members when they were robbed of everything they had.

 

Luke can only do what is right and help the Switzer family since they think the Lord sent him in their path. This leads to an unforgettable journey of ups and downs, twists and turns that will keep you turning those pages until the very last word is read. I love the characters created by these authors, well most of them anyway. And I appreciate the strong sense of the Amish trusting the Lord instead of taking matters into their own hands.

 

You will cry a little and laugh a lot as you read this really great book by to wonderful authors. There is never a dull moment as you follow these characters to the end of their journey.

 

I rec’d this book from the publisher Harvest House through F.I.R.S.T. WildCard Tours. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Product Details:

List Price: $13.99

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0736947523

ISBN-13: 978-0736947527

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

Apple Grove, Kansas
July 1881
Nearly the entire Amish district of Apple Grove had turned out to help this morning, all twenty families. Or perhaps they were here merely to wish Emma Switzer well as she set off for her new home in Troyer, fifty miles away.
From her vantage point on the porch of the house, Emma’s grandmother kept watch over the loading of the gigantic buffet hutch onto the specially reinforced wagon. Her sharp voice sliced through the peaceful morning air.
“Forty years I’ve had that hutch from my dearly departed husband and not a scratch on it. Jonas, see that you use care!”
If Maummi’s expression weren’t so fierce, Emma would have laughed at the long-suffering look Papa turned toward his mother. But the force with which Maummi’s fingers dug into the flesh on Emma’s arm warned that a chuckle would be most ill-suited at the moment. Besides, the men straining to heft the heavy hutch from the front porch of their home into the wagon didn’t need further distractions. Their faces strained bright red above their beards, and more than one drop of sweat trickled from beneath the broad brim of their identical straw hats.
Emma glanced at the watchers lined up like sparrows on a fence post. She caught sight of her best friend, Katie Beachy, amid the sea of dark dresses and white kapps. Katie smiled and smoothed her skirt with a shy gesture. The black fabric looked a little darker and crisper than that of those standing around her, which meant she’d worn her new dress to bid Emma farewell, an honor usually reserved for singings or services or weddings. The garment looked well on her. Emma had helped sew the seams at their last frolic. Of course, Katie’s early morning appearance in a new dress probably had less to do with honoring Emma than with the presence of Samuel Miller, the handsome son of the district bishop. With a glance toward Samuel, whose arms bulged against the weight of holding up one end of the hutch, she returned Katie’s smile with a conspiratorial wink.
Emma’s gaze slid over other faces in the crowd and snagged on a pair of eyes fixed on her. Amos Beiler didn’t bother to turn away but kept his gaze boldly on her face. Nor did he bother to hide his expression, one of longing and lingering hurt. He held infant Joseph in his arms, and a young daughter clutched each of his trouser-clad legs. A wave of guilt washed through Emma, and she hastily turned back toward the wagon.
From his vantage point up in the wagon bed, Papa held one end of a thick rope looped around the top of the hutch, the other end held by John Yoder. The front edge of the heavy heirloom had been lifted into the wagon with much grunting and groaning, while the rear still rested on the smooth wooden planks of the porch. Two men steadied the oxen heads, and the rest, like Samuel, had gathered around the back end of the hutch. A protective layer of thick quilts lined the wagon bed.
Papa gave the word. “Lift!”
The men moved in silent unity. Bending their knees, their hands grasped for purchase around the bottom edges. As one they drew in a breath, and at Papa’s nod raised in unison. Emma’s own breath caught in her chest, her muscles straining in silent sympathy with the men. The hutch rose until its rear end was level with its front, and the men stepped forward. The thick quilts dangling beneath scooted onto the wagon as planned, a protective barrier from damage caused by wood against wood.
The hutch suddenly dipped and slid swiftly to the front. Emma gasped. Apparently the speed caught Papa and John Yoder by surprise too, for the rope around the top went slack. Papa lunged to reach for the nearest corner, and his foot slipped. The wagon creaked and sank lower on its wheels as the hutch settled into place. At the same moment Papa went down on one knee with a loud, “Ummph.”
“Papa!”
Ach! Maummi pulled away from Emma and rushed forward. Her heart pounding against her rib cage, Emma followed. Men were already checking on Papa, but Maummi leaped into the wagon bed with a jump that belied her sixty years, the strings of her kapp flying behind her. She applied bony elbows to push her way around the hutch to her son’s side.
She came to a halt above him, hands on her hips, and looked down. “Are you hurt?”
Emma reached the side of the wagon in time to see Papa wince and shake his head. “No. A bruise is all.”
“Good.” She left him lying there and turned worried eyes toward her beloved hutch. With a gentle touch, she ran loving fingers over the smooth surface and knelt to investigate the corners.
A mock-stern voice behind Emma held the hint of a chuckle. “Trappings only, Marta Switzer. Care you more for a scratch on wood than an injury to your son?”
Emma turned to see Bishop Miller approach. He spared a smile for her as he drew near enough to lean his arms across the wooden side of the wagon and watch the activity inside. Samuel helped Papa to his feet and handed him the broad-brimmed hat that had fallen off. Emma breathed a sigh of relief when he took a ginger step to try out his leg and smiled at the absence of pain.
“My son is fine.” Maummi waved a hand in his direction, as though in proof. “And so is my hutch. Though my heart may not say the same, such a fright I’ve had.” She placed the hand lightly on her chest, drew a shuddering breath, and wavered on her feet.
Concern for her grandmother propelled Emma toward the back of the wagon. As she climbed up, she called into the house, “Rebecca, bring a cool cloth for Maummi’s head.”
The men backed away while Katie and several other women converged on the wagon to help Emma lift Maummi down and over to the rocking chair that rested in the shade of the porch, ready to be loaded when the time came. Maummi allowed herself to be lowered onto the chair, and then she wilted against the back, her head lolling sideways and arms dangling. A disapproving buzz rumbled among the watching women, but Emma ignored them. Though she knew full well that most of the weakness was feigned for the sake of the bishop and other onlookers, she also knew Maummi’s heart tended to beat unevenly in her chest whenever she exerted herself. It was yet another reason why she ought to stay behind in Apple Grove, but Maummi insisted her place was with Emma, her oldest granddaughter. What she really meant was that she intended to inspect every eligible young Amish man in Troyer and handpick her future grandson-in-law.
Aunt Gerda had written to say she anticipated that her only daughter would marry soon, and she would appreciate having Emma come to help her around the house. She’d also mentioned the abundance of marriageable young men in Troyer, with a suggestion that twenty-year-old Emma was of an age that the news might be welcome. Rebecca had immediately volunteered to go in Emma’s place. Though Papa appeared to consider the idea, he decided to send Emma because she was the oldest and therefore would be in need of a husband soonest. Maummi insisted on going along in order to “Keep an eye on this hoard of men Gerda will parade before our Emma.”
As far as Emma was concerned, they should just send Maummi on alone and leave her in Apple Grove to wait for her future husband to be delivered to her doorstep.
Rebecca appeared from inside the house with a dripping cloth in hand. A strand of wavy dark hair had escaped its pins and fluttered freely beside the strings of her kapp. At barely thirteen, her rosy cheeks and smooth, high forehead reminded Emma so sharply of their mother that at times her heart ached.
Rebecca looked at Maummi’s dramatic posture and rolled her eyes. She had little patience with Maummi’s feigned heart episodes, and she was young enough that she had yet to learn proper restraint in concealing her emotions. Emma awarded her sister with a stern look and held out a hand for the cloth.
With a contrite bob of her head, Rebecca handed it over and dropped to her knees beside the rocking chair. “Are you all right, Maummi?”
Ach, I’m fine. I don’t think it’s my time. Yet.”
Emma wrung the excess water from the cloth before draping it across the back of Maummi’s neck.
Danki.” The elderly woman realized that the men had stopped working in order to watch her, and she waved her hand in a shooing motion. “Place those quilts over my hutch before you load anything else! Mind, Jonas, no scratches.”
Papa shook his head, though a smile tugged at his lips. “Ja, I remember.”
The gray head turned toward Emma. “Granddaughter, see they take proper care.”
“I will, Maummi.”
Katie joined Emma to oversee the wrapping of the hutch. When Samuel Miller offered a strong arm to help Katie up into the wagon, Emma hid a smile. No doubt she would receive a letter at her new home soon, informing her that a wedding date had been published. Because Samuel was the bishop’s son, there was no fear he would not receive the Zeungis, the letter of good standing. Rebecca would be thrilled at the news of a proper wedding in tiny Apple Grove.
But Emma would be far away in Troyer, and she would miss her friend’s big day.
Why must I live there when everything I love is here?
She draped a thick quilt over her end of the hutch and sidled away while Papa secured a rope around it. The faces of her friends and family looked on. They filled the area between the house and the barn. She loved every one in her own way. Yes, even Amos Beiler. She sought him out among the crowd and smiled at the two little girls who hovered near his side. Poor, lonely Amos. He was a good father to his motherless family. No doubt he’d make a fine husband, and if she married him she wouldn’t have to move to Troyer. The thought tempted her once again, as it often had over the past several weeks since Papa announced his decision that she would live with Aunt Gerda for a while.
But she knew that if she agreed to become Amos’s wife that she would be settling. True, she would gain a prosperous farm and a nice house and a trio of well-behaved children, with the promise of more to come. But the fact remained that though there was much to respect about Amos, she didn’t love him. The thought of seeing that moon-shaped face and slightly cross-eyed stare over the table for breakfast, dinner, and supper sent a shiver rippling across her shoulders. Not to mention sharing a marriage bed with him. It was enough to make her throw her apron over her face and run screaming across Papa’s cornfield.
He deserves a wife who loves him, she told herself for the hundredth time. Her conscience thus soothed, Emma turned away from his mournful stare.
“That trunk goes in the front,” Maummi shouted from her chair on the porch. “Emma, show them where.”
Emma shrank against the gigantic hutch to give the men room to settle the trunk containing all of her belongings. An oiled canvas tarp had been secured over the top to repel any rain they might meet over the next week. Inside, resting on her dresses, aprons, bonnets, and kapps, was a bundle more precious to her than anything else in the wagon: a quilt, expertly and lovingly stitched, nestled within a heavy canvas pouch. Mama had made it with her own hands for Emma’s hope chest. The last stitch was bitten off just hours before she closed her eyes and stepped into the arms of her Lord.
Oh, Mama, if you were here you could convince Papa to let me stay home. I know you could. And now, without you, what will happen to me?
Yet, even in the midst of the dreary thought, a spark of hope flickered in the darkness in Emma’s heart. The future yawned before her like the endless Kansas prairie. Wasn’t there beauty to be found in the tall, blowing grasses of the open plain? Weren’t there cool streams and shady trees to offer respite from the heat of the day? Maybe Troyer would turn out to be an oasis.
“Emma!”
Maummi’s sharp tone cut through her musing. She jerked upright. Her grandmother appeared to have recovered from her heart episode. From the vantage point of her chair, she oversaw every movement with a critical eye.
“Yes, ma’am?”
“Mind what I said about that loading, girl. The food carton goes on last. We won’t want to search for provisions when we stop at night on the trail.”
An approving murmur rose from the women at the wisdom of an organized wagon.
“Yes, ma’am.” Emma exchanged a quick grin with Katie and then directed the man carrying a carton of canned goods and trail provisions to set his burden aside for now.
A little while later, after everything had been loaded and secured under an oiled canvas, the men stood around to admire their handiwork. Samuel even crawled beneath the wagon to check the support struts, and he pronounced everything to be “in apple-pie order.”
Emma felt a pluck on her arm. She turned to find Katie at her elbow.
“This is a gift for you.” Her friend pushed a small package into her hands. “It’s only a soft cloth and some fancy-colored threads. I was fixing to stitch you a design, but you’re so much better at fine sewing than I am that I figured you could make something prettier by yourself.” She ducked her head. “Think kindly of me when you do.”
Warmed by her friend’s gesture, Emma pulled her into an embrace. “I will. And I expect a letter from you soon.” She let Katie see her glance slide over to Samuel and back with a grin. “Especially when you have something exciting to report.”
A becoming blush colored the girl’s cheeks. “I will.”
Emma was still going down the line, awarding each woman a farewell hug, when Bishop Miller stepped up to the front of the wagon and motioned for attention.
“It’s time now to bid Jonas Switzer Godspeed and fair weather for his travels.” A kind smile curved his lips when he looked to Maummi and then to Emma. “And our prayers go with our sisters Marta and Emma as they make a new home in Troyer.”
He bowed his head and closed his eyes, a sign for everyone in the Apple Grove district to follow suit. Emma obeyed, fixing her thoughts on the blue skies overhead and the Almighty’s throne beyond. Silence descended, interrupted only by the snorts of oxen and a happy bird in the tall, leafy tree that gave shade to the porch.
What will I find in Troyer? A new home, as the bishop says? A fine Amish husband, as Papa wishes? I pray it be so. And I pray he will be the second son of his father so that he will come home with me to Apple Grove and take over Papa’s farm when the time comes.
Afemale sniffled behind her. Not Katie, but Rebecca. A twist inside Emma’s rib cage nearly sent tears to her eyes. Oh, how she would miss her sister when Rebecca left Troyer to return home with Papa. She vowed to make the most of their time together on the trail between here and there.
Bishop Miller ended the prayer with a blessing in High German, his hand on the head of the closest oxen. When the last word fell on the quiet crowd, Maummi’s voice sliced through the cool morning air. “Now that we’re seen off proper, someone help me up. We’ll be gone before the sun moves another inch across the sky.”
Though she’d proved earlier that she could make the leap herself at need, Maummi allowed Papa and the bishop to lift her into the wagon. She took her seat in her rocking chair, which was wedged between the covered hutch and one high side of the wagon bed. With a protective pat on the hutch, she settled her sewing basket at her feet and pulled a piece of mending onto her lap. No idle hands for Maummi. By the time they made Troyer, she’d have all the mending done, and the darning too, and a good start on a new quilt.
Emma spared one more embrace for Katie, steadfastly ignored Amos’s mournful stare, and allowed the bishop to help her up onto the bench seat. She scooted over to the far end to make room for Papa, and then Rebecca was lifted up to sit on the other side of him. A snug fit, but they would be okay for the six-day journey to Troyer. Emma settled her black dress and smoothed her apron.
“Now, Jonas, mind you what I said.” Maummi’s voice from behind their heads sounded a bit shrill in the quiet morning. “You cut a wide path around Hays. I’ll not have my granddaughters witness the ufrooish of those wild Englischers.”
On the other side of Papa, Rebecca heaved a loud sigh. Emma hid her grin. No doubt Rebecca would love to witness the rowdy riots of wild cowboy Englischersin the infamous railroad town of Hays.
Papa mumbled something under his breath that sounded like “This will be the longest journey of my life,” but aloud he said, “Ja, Mader.
With a flick of the rope, he urged the oxen forward. The wagon creaked and pitched as it rolled on its gigantic wheels. Emma grabbed the side of the bench with one hand and lifted her other hand in a final farewell as her home fell away behind her.

CFBA Tour The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Fraus

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Dog That Talked To GodAbingdon Press (March 2012)byJim KrausABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jim Kraus grew up in Western Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the Paris-American Academy in 1971 and has spent the last twenty years as a vice-president of a major Christian publishing house. He has written more than 20 books and novels (many with his wife, Terri). His book, The Silence, was named as one of the top five releases in 2004 by the Christian Book Review website. He is also an award-winning photographer. He and his wife and 14-year-old son live outside of Chicago with a sweet miniature schnauzer and an ill-tempered Siberian cat.
ABOUT THE BOOK

A wonderfully quirky, heart-breaking, heart-warming and thought-provoking story of a woman’s dog who not only talks to her, he talks to God.

Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a miniature schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God.

Mary has no choice except to believe Rufus, the miniature schnauzer, who claims to speak to the Divine.

The question is: Will Mary follow the dog’s advice, and leave everything she knows and loves? Is this at the urging of God? Or is it something else?

Will Mary risk it all or ignore the urgings of her own heart?

If you would like to read a chapter excerpt from The Dog That Talked To God, go HERE.

PUYB Tours FEATURING KATHI MACIAS & SPECIAL DELIVERY

PUMP UP YOUR BOOK VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

FEATURING KATHI MACIAS
AND
SPECIAL DELIVERY

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 Kathi Macias, author of the Christian contemporary novel, Special Delivery (New Hope Publishers, March 6, 2012).

About Kathi Macias

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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al. Her most recent release is Special Delivery, the second book in her “Freedom” series. You can find Kathi at www.kathimacias.com or www.boldfiction.com.

About Special Delivery

In book two of the “Freedom” series, readers find Mara fighting against her attraction to Bible college student Jonathan Flannery, even while wrestling with risking her own precarious safety to become involved in the rescue of another girl who is pregnant and desperately wants to escape her captors and save her own life, as well as her child’s.

Halfway around the world in a brothel in Thailand, a young girl named Lawan is rescued with the promise of being reunited with her little sister who was adopted by an interracial couple in the States, friends of Jonathan’s family. Special Delivery cover

Meanwhile, Jefe—Mara’s uncle, who held her as a sex slave in his brothel in San Diego for years—seeks revenge for Mara’s testimony that put him behind bars for life. Will his underworld connections be successful in kidnapping and killing the girl who believes she has finally won her freedom?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

Special Delivery by Kathi Macias   PUYB Tours

 

What can I say but Wow! Another awesome story from Kathi Macias! I enjoyed following the journey of the characters we grew to love so much in the first book, “Deliver Me From Evil.” Mara is now living on her own and doing fairly well, but her evil uncle that is in prison is still after her life. Mara is working in a restaurant and she is able to recognize a young girl who is living in the same situation as Mara once lived, but will Mara be able to help her? Mara determines to do what she can to help, and hopes it is enough for free young Francesca.

 

Jonathan is home from college for the summer, and again works his pizza delivery job. He wonders what has happened to Mara since he helped her escape the horrible life she was living a few years ago. He thinks of her often, but doesn’t know where she is or how to get in touch with her.

 

The characters Jonathan and Mara are so touching. Neither will admit the attraction that is between them because they are so different, no way would they make a go of it. Mara is so thankful that Jonathan was willing to risk his life to save her from continuing as a sex slave. All of the characters created by the author are so awesome, it’s unbelievable how real the story actual comes across as you read it. I just couldn’t put the book down because I had to find out what happened.

 

Again Kathi opens the doors for her readers to know and understand just what human trafficking is, and the horrific evil that these owners require of these young ladies.

 

If you haven’t read any of Kathi Macias’ books, you are really missing a treat. I promise you, if you read one, you will soon have them all read. They are all just that good! A warning, they are not an easy read, and Kathi does not sugar-coat anything. The topics and issues she writes about are things that happen in real life, and she tells it like it is. I appreciate her so much for giving me insight into things that I had no idea was happening. I would love to get involved in helping these young people. When I was reading “Special Delivery,” I just wanted to bring these girls home with me and love them into God’s loving arms.

 

I highly recommend this book as well as Kathi Macias’ other books for you to read. You will not be disappointed.

 

This book was provided by Kathi Macias and New Hope Publisher through Pump Up Your Books virtual tours. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

 

 

 

Love’s Sacred Song….Mesu Andrews

LOVE’S SACRED SONG

BY: MESU ANDREWS

Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3408-4
ISBN-10: 0-8007-3408-4
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 448
Carton Quantity: 36
Publication Date: Mar. 2012
Formats: Paperback
Book Blurb

Wisdom came as God’s gift, but sacred love was forged through passion’s fire

Standing in the shadow of his famous father, young King Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, longing for a love that is true and pure–a love that can be his cornerstone.

A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah has known since she first laid eyes on Solomon that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father secures a promise from Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams will come true.

But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon’s harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart?

Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love from a master storyteller.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Love’s Sacred Song  by Mesu Andrews

I was anxious to read this Biblical fiction based on the Song of Solomon, and my first book by Mesu Andrews and I can say I was not disappointed. “Love’s Sacred Song” is Solomon’s story. The author starts at the end of Solomon’s dad, David’s life, and the beginning of Solomon’s reign as King. Being a King, Solomon had many wives but he didn’t love any of them. That is until he meets Arielah, who had loved Solomon for years, and all she wanted was his heart, and to let him know what love really was. Their love didn’t come easy, the journey a very difficult one, which brought on a lot of hurt and pain, especially for Arielah.

 

This is a beautifully, well written story that came about from many hours of research by the author. Ms. Andrews gives the situations in detail, which was sometimes difficult to read, but it is truth, right from God’s Word. I love the way Mesu included mysterious and thriller situations to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The details of the setting of the story, the characters, and every scene so strongly draws the reader into the story it is almost as if you are right there, living the story with them. Reading “Love’s Sacred Song” makes the lives of Solomon and David come to life in a new and different way, and makes the reader want to read more Old Testament stories.

 

This story shows how God will use willing vessels, whoever it may be, for His glory. Even though Solomon, like his dad David, was anything but perfect, God loved him unconditionally and was willing to forgive him of his sinful life when he truly repented. This is a beautiful picture of God’s love for us, of how He extends His mercy and grace to us. Sometimes it was difficult to understand the attitude of Arielah, but yet she loved Solomon so much she was willing to endure anything to win his heart.

 

I highly recommend this book, especially to those who enjoy Biblical fiction. This is a story that will capture your heart and not let go for a good while after you finish reading the book. You will find that the investment in this book is well worth it, and the time it takes to read it is time well spent.

 

“Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

 

I received this book from Revell Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.

 

To read and excerpt from this book, for Bible study questions or reading group guide, go HERE

 

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 About The Author

Mesu Andrews is the author of Love Amid the Ashes and is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

CFBA ….Before the Scarlet Dawn by Rith Gerlach

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingBefore The Scarlet DawnAbingdon Press (February 2012)byRita GerlachABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rita Gerlach lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland.

“Romantic historical fiction that has an inspirational bent, is one way people can escape the cares of life and be transported back to a time of raw courage and ideal love,” she says. “The goal of my writing is to give readers a respite, and inspire them to live fully and gratefully.”

In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Currently she is writing a new historical series for Abingdon Press entitled ‘Daughters of the Potomac’. See her ‘Novels In Progress’ page on her website to learn more.

There are other novels on her list to be published, and a proposal for another book series.

She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs. Her family claims that storytelling is their blood, handed down from centuries of Irish storytellers. Rita believes there just may be something to that theory.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1775, Hayward Morgan, a young gentleman destined to inherit his father’s estate in Derbyshire, England, captures the heart of the local vicar’s daughter,

Eliza Bloome. Her dark beauty and spirited ways are not enough to win him, due to her station in life.

Circumstances throw Eliza in Hayward’s path, and they flee to America to escape the family conflicts. But as war looms, it’s a temporary reprieve. Hayward

joins the revolutionary forces and what follows is a struggle for survival, a test of faith, and the quest to find lasting love in an unforgiving wilderness.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Before The Scarlet Dawn, go HERE.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

Before the Scarlet Dawn is somewhat different than most of the books I’ve read. It was kind of sad throughout the book, and not a happy go lucky ending. But the story line and characters are enough to keep you reading. There are other books in the series and I can’t wait to read those to get the whole story.

Rita Gerlach is a wonderful writer and the chacters she created in this book are believable, realistic and interesting. And some of them you just grow to love as you read through the book.  And even though a lot of the book was sadness, the author still has a way of keeping your attention and keeping you into the book. I couldn’t put it down at times. Hayward and Eliza captured my mine and with the twists and turns taking place I just had to find out what would happen.

I encourage you to grab a copy of this book to read for yourself. If you like historical fiction and war stories, you will like this books. And don’t forget about the other in the series coming out.

I was provided a copy of this book from Abingdon Press through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance to read and review. I was not requried or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

 

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LitFuse Tour…..Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer

 

About the book:
Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can’t work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent–though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.
McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit.
After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.
Thad is immediately attracted to the beautiful singer who performs in Asa Baxter’s unusual opera house, but when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he begins to wonder if she’s far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes he’s come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

Sadie Wagner now lives away from her family and works in Goldtree, Kansas and sending money back to her family because her father can no longer work because of an injury. And since her cousin is there she will at least have some family with her. She starts working as a mercantile clerk but when Asa opens the opera house Sadie will be singing as well. This is the way it suppose to happen, and it did for a while, until Asa decides to go with round two of his opera plans, the plan he failed to tell anyone about. Sadie started feeling uncomfortable about what Asa was asking of her, and he just keeps pushing his demands.

 

In the mean time, Thad McKane is striving to do the new job he was hired for, trying to catch boot-leggers. Trouble is, everyone in the town just seems clean. But Asa is confident this person will make a mistake and he will catch him in the act of cooking that moonshine. Then he will move on to being the preacher he feels God wants him to be. When he hears Sadie singing hymns and praising God, he is mesmerized by her voice, and well by the pretty girl herself.

 

Sadie’s cousin Sid is happy she moved to Goldtree to be near him. He has a secret attraction to Sadie but doesn’t want her to know it. But he is frustrated when he starts seeing Sadie and Thad together more and more. Thad could be getting in his way.

 

I am a Kim Vogel Sawyer fan and this book didn’t disappoint. If you are a historical fiction fan, you will enjoy this story as well. Set in small town Goldtree, Kansas where everyone knows everyone else, it seems it would be difficult to sneak in and do something illegal, but that what is happening in this little town. The author creates characters that will draw you into the story and keep you there. Sadie is such a sweet young lady and the conniving Asa Baxter on the loose with her talents just irritates me! But I have to say his two sisters are adorable. I love how they take Sadie in, watch after her and take care of her. And running the mercantile, they seem to keep tabs on everyone. The sisters give humor to the story and make it fun.

 

If you are in for a good interesting and fun read that will take you away for a while, pick up Song of My heart and see if you can help Thad chase down those bootleggers.

 

I was provided a copy of this book from Bethany House through LitFuse Publishing Group. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

About Kim:

 

 

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.
She invites you to visit her Web site at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.

 

Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/9uLOD

 

 

 

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Celebrate with Kim by entering to win a Nook Tablet and connecting with her at the Book Chat Party on 3/29!

One “songbird” winner will receive:

  • A Nook Tablet
  • Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/28/12. Winner will be announced at Kim’s Book Chat Facebook Partyon 3/29. Kim will be hosting an evening of chat, fun trivia and more! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and much more!

So grab your copy of Song of My Heart and join Kim and friends on the evening of March 29th for an evening of fun.

 

 

 

 

CFBA Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato

 

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingPrize of My HeartBethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)byLisa NoratoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A life-long New Englander, Lisa Norato lives in a historic village with homes and churches dating as far back as the eighteenth century. She was born into a close-knit Italian family that hungered as much for the things of God as they did for lasagna. After church, the family spent Sunday afternoons gathered in fellowship around a never-ending feast that featured her grandmother’s homemade spaghetti and pizza.

From the time she learned to read, her mother impressed her with the joy of getting lost in a good book. She passed novels along to her as early as age thirteen, but it wasn’t until many years later that Lisa felt compelled to write one herself.

She first discovered a love of writing when assigned to write and illustrate a children’s book at the art college she attended. She balances writing with a career as a legal assistant specializing in corporate law. When not creating stories, she enjoys domestic pursuits like precious time with her dog and family, cooking, baking and eating vegan, reading, her Bible, her favorite television shows and crocheting.

Lisa is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Rhode Island Romance Writers (RIRW) and American Colonial Christian Writers.

ABOUT THE BOOK

An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son–his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child’s whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder’s daughter, Lorena Huntley.

Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own–until the day anothers evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.

As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all–love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!
Prize of My Heart is a very heartwarming story set in the aftermath of The War of 1812. This era of book is beginning to really grow on me. Having not read any of this author’s books, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’ve ended up with another new favorite author. The characters were well thought about and created, and as we follow their lives though the story we grow to love them as our friends and family!

This is truly a story of love and forgiveness, second changes and redemption. But you will also find a little mystery, some deep secrets, a little romance and a good hint of living for God throughout the book.

This book is worth the read, so go grab a copy for yourself.

A copy of this book was provided by CFBA for me to read and review. A positive review was not required. The opinions in this review are mine only.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Prize of My Heart, go HERE.

PUYB Virtual Tour….Downtown Green by Judy Christie

Downtown Green

About Judy Christie

Judy ChristieAuthor Judy Christie loves to help busy people slow down and enjoy each day more – in her series of novels about Green, Louisiana, and her Hurry Less Worry Less nonfiction books. Judy started her writing career as the editor of The Barret Banner in elementary school and has kept a journal since she was nine (and still has all of them). She likes strolling around flea markets, walking in the park near her North Louisiana home and visiting friends and family on her vintage green Kitchen Couch. Her most recent books are Downtown Green, fifth in the Green series, and “Hurry Less Worry Less for Moms.” For more information, see www.judychristie.com.

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About Downtown Green

Downtown GreenWhen the highway bypass around Green opens with much fanfare, downtown dries up faster than cement on the roadway. Businesses close and the hospital becomes a clinic. While the road is progress to some, it seems to be leading Green toward a national trend–a town that is merely a shadow of itself.

With the town going backwards, Lois Barker Craig is determined to save Green while juggling life as a new mom and owner of The Green News-Item. But can her plan rescue the town from the path it’s on? And what about Dr. Kevin and her son, Mayor Eva, Coach Chris and other familiar Green faces? How does this affect them?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

I’ve been seeing all of the “green” books written by Judy Christie but hadn’t read any of them, so I jumped at the chance of reviewing the 5th book in this series. “Downtown Green.” Now I can see why people are liking these books. The books take place in the small town of “Green” where the people of the little community all know each other and help one another.

Lois is the owner of the newspaper The Green News-Item, she is married with a little boy and she tries to do whatever she can to help the town. But now that Downtown Green is in so much trouble, is it worth it to Lois and her husband Chris to help save the town? After all it would be easier if they just sold out and moved someplace else.

I grew up in a small little community much like the town of Green, so I always enjoy books set in small towns. In this book, the author creates a cast of characters that are believable, fun and interesting. I love the family atmosphere in the book, with Chris, Lois and the baby. They are sure happy proud parents! And you can feel the love from the rest of the community too.

This is just a nice, clean, light, relaxing, contemporary read that anyone will enjoy. I encourage you to go out and grab a copy of “Downtown Green” to read and enjoy for yourself. And if you enjoy this one, you may want to try the other four in the series. I just think I might do that myself.

A copy of this book was provided by Abingdon Press through Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tours. I was not required or expected to write a positive review of this book. The opinions in this review are mine only.

 

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A Revell Tour……Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith

Sarai  A Novel

Series: Wives of the Patriarchs 1 by Jill Eileen Smith

ISBN: 978-0-8007-3429-9

Price: $14.99

Format: Paperback

Publication date: Mar. 12 | Division: Revell

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK!

Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith

The story takes  the reader through the messages God sent Abram to leave Ur and take his family to Canaan and their long travels. And the situation with Abram’s decision to tell that Sarai was his sister instead of his wife in order to protect Sarai because of her beauty. This is not good for Sarai and Abram’s relationship, and doesn’t help in Sarai trying to conceive. Since Abram’s God had promised to give them a son, Sarai didn’t want to spend time apart from her husband.

Sarai’s devotion to her husband is heartwarming, she strives to do everything to make him happy, and that is why she is so obsessed with the fact that she can’t have a child. She knows that this is the one thing that will really make Abram happy. But his God has promised him a son, hasn’t he? Sarai still doesn’t fully trust the God who loves her and Abram enough to believe He will give this son He promised. This causes Sarai to make bad decisions that she shouldn’t have made. We all know the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Biblical fiction about Abram and Sarai. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible, and it was really neat to place them in a real life setting. The author did a wonderful job of researching this topic and writing the characters into a fiction novel. I also enjoyed a deeper look into Lot and his wife’s life. After reading book, I now want to go read about Sarai, and dig deeper into her life.

I encourage you to go grab a copy of this book to read and enjoy. You will not be disappointed!

*********Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group********

I received this book from Revell Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.

He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?

When Abram finally requests the hand of his beautiful half sister Sarai, she asks one thing–that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even Sarai’s father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if she makes a promise in return–to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees.

But as the years stretch on and Sarai’s womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfill her end of the bargain, lest Abram decide that he will not fulfill his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram’s patience last?

Combining in-depth research and vivid storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai in this remarkable story of love, jealousy, and undaunted faith.

Endorsements

“What a marvelous retelling of an old and sacred story! Though I knew it well, I could not put Sarai down. Smith takes us into the minds of the characters as they struggle with their flaws, fears, and disappointments, armed only with an often fragile faith. Sarai is an inspiring offer of hope for all.”–Linda Windsor, author of the Brides of Alba series

“Jill Eileen Smith’s research shines in this gem of a novel detailing the lives of Abram and Sarai. Fans of biblical fiction will be delighted by Smith’s retelling of two of the most beloved personalities from the book of Genesis.”–Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, author of the Genesis Trilogy

“In Sarai, Jill Eileen Smith takes the reader back to ancient times and the nomadic life of Sarai and Abram. This is an absorbing visit to the past, filled with wonderful details and fascinating characters, including Abram’s nephew Lot and his wife. Smith reveals timeless doubts and struggles, along with the triumphs of some and the ill-fated but fascinating paths of others. Remarkable research is folded into a story that builds to an unforgettable ending. Smith truly brought the era to life!”–Maureen Lang, author of Springtime of the Spirit and Whisper on the Wind

“I’ve read Jill Eileen Smith’s writing with great interest since before she was published, and I’ve enjoyed watching this talented woman be discovered as a powerful novelist. Jill has a special insight into her characters and a great love for biblical stories. I highly recommend her latest novel, Sarai. You will not be disappointed.”–Hannah Alexander, award-winning author of Eye of the Storm

“Jill Eileen Smith’s Sarai gives ‘the rest of the story’–Abram and Sarai’s journey toward faith. Don’t hesitate to open this rich biblical drama for new insight and a new perspective on the patriarch and his family. A well-written story filled with human emotion.”–Lyn Cote, author of Her Abundant Joy

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith

is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series. She has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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