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

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