Something Blue By: Dianne Christner

Something Blue 

By: Dianne Christner

From Barbour Publishers


Life is going well for Megan. She’s always wanted to marry a missionary and now she’s working with Chance, a charming and daring missionary pilot. Then Micah Zimmerman moves into her parent’s home as a pastoral candidate for their Conservative Mennonite church—and he doesn’t look anything like the gawky young man who had a crush on her in college. As Megan struggles with her own personal identity and faith, she begins to see the true difference between Chance and Micah. Will her insight come too late, or is there still time to find the hero of her dreams?

After reading Katy’s story in Something Old and Lil’s story in Something New, I had to read Something Blue to follow Megan’s story as author Dianne Christner continues the journey of these three best friends. Katy and Lil have now found love and married the man of their dreams, and now it is time for Megan.

Megan can’t believe the first new pastor candidate is the same guy that had a crush that really frustrated her while in college. And to beat it all, he would be staying in their home, because they had more room than other church members. Has Micah changed from his college years, or is his mind still set on Megan? This could be a long weekend, and even longer because it is a holiday weekend and Megan is off from work.

I thoroughly enjoyed this third book in the Plain City Bridesmaids Series. Where I thought this book started off a bit slow, it soon captured my attention and I had to keep reading until I finished the last page. The characters created by the author were real and enjoyable. I really like Megan and her close family. And Micah and Chance made the story very interesting with many twists and turns.

If you are looking for a really good, clean, sweet, light story, then you will love Something Blue. I highly recommend that you pick up a copy for your reading enjoyment. And while you are at it, go ahead and pick up Something Old and Something New and read them together. You will not be disappointed.

Thanks to Barbour Books 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.


Dianne Christner’s first book was published in 1994, and she now writes full time. She has written several historical fiction titles and has started writing contemporary fiction from her experience of being raised in the Mennonite church. Dianne lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she enjoys the beauty of her desert surroundings and life sizzles in the summer when temperatures soar above 100 degrees. Dianne and her husband have two married children and five grandchildren.

Barbour Publishing presents…A Patchwork Christmas Collection

A Patchwork Christmas Collection

Judith Miller
Stephanie Grace Whitson
Nancy Moser




A Patchwork Christmas Collection

Three Christmas Stories by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser and Stephanie Grace Whitson

In A Patchwork Christmas Collection, we have three Christmas stories in one beautiful book, from three very well know, gifted authors. And not only do we get three wonderful stories to read, this book gives a few bonuses. After each story, there are mouthwatering recipes that you’ve read about in the stories. And that’s not all. At the end of each story you will also find a craft pattern with instructions to make, an item that has something to do with the story as well.


Here are the three stories in this book and a little about them:

 Seems Like Love, By: Judith Miller

Karla Stuke’s faith in men and any hope for marriage and children has been destroyed, that is until the new pharmacist arrives in town.


A Patchwork Love, By: Stephanie Grace Whitson

Jane McClure is headed west to marry a prosperous businessman she hardly knows to give her daughter a better life, but is stranded by a snowstorm. Will her chance at helping her daughter slip away?


The Bridal Quilt, By: Nancy Moser

Ada, a wealthy ingénue causes grave injury to a poor man who protects a street urchin from a rearing horse. Bringing him home, she discovers he is someone she once considered quite a catch. Can she give up everything to love him?

Join each of these ladies on their journey of romance and love, through difficulties, changing their lives and patching up relationships, as they find their place in life. I thoroughly enjoyed these historical stories, all set in the late 1800’s. All three authors created realistic characters and a plot that develops well throughout the story, very well keeping my attention. I love Christmas stories, and will probably be reading these stories again during the Holiday Season.

And not only the stories drew me to this book, the beauty of it is amazing. The cover is beautiful and festive and I love the snow covered inside of the front and back covers. And I especially like the ragged edges of the pages, making this book a wonderful gift for the special reader in your life. You can’t go wrong with this book, so grab a copy to read and enjoy, and pass it on to someone for a special gift.

Thanks to Barbour Books 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.


JUDITH MCCOY MILLER is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her novels, many of which have appeared on the CBA bestseller lists. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.






Stephanie Grace Whitson, bestselling author and two-time Christy finalist, pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in southeast Nebraska. Her husband and blended family, her church, quilting, and Kitty–her motorcycle–all rank high on her list of “favorite things.”





Nancy Moser is the award-winning author of over twenty novels that focus on the characters discovering their unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories.

Common English Bible, Abingdon Press…Pretty Pink Edition

Common English Bible

Abingdon Press



Common English Gift Bibles are ideal for any gift-giving occasion including birthdays, confirmations, promotions, graduations, and more. Gift Bibles feature translation footnotes, in-text subject headings, color maps from National Geographic and are offered in a variety of bindings to suit price and personal taste considerations.

“The Common English Bible, likely the largest cross-denominational translation project in recent memory, unites Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, United Methodist, and numerous other faith traditions in a joint effort to create a complete but broadly accessible Bible for the 21st century. No single translation, despite the breadth of this committee’s reach, is likely to please all, but this sincere and diligent effort goes far toward the creation of a plain-English version that, without falling into folksiness or false hipsterism, can be read and understood by a range of ages, educational backgrounds, and aptitudes.”—Library Journal



This is the CEB Common Engsh Premium Gift Bible and it is Decotone Pink Diamond. I enjoy the Common English Bible because it helps to understand what I am reading, and I also like using this Bible along with my other Bibles when studying. If you haven’t tried this pretty new version of the Bible, check it out.


This one I am reviewing is a Gift Bible, and the cover is called Decotone Pink Diamond. This is a beautiful shade of pink, on that you will enjoy carrying with you everywhere. It is also a good conversation piece, because people will be asking you about your beautiful Bible.


In addition to giving this Bible to yourself as a gift, these Bibles are wonderful as gifts for Christmas, Graduation, Birthdays, and other occasions, and for the ladies and girls in your life, they will sure love this one.


Overall, I think this Bible is wonderful. I love the color, the version, the feel of the leather like cover, and have enjoyed using this one myself.


I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of this really neat Bible for yourself or for a gift.

Abingdon Press provided a copy of this Common English Bible for me to read and review. The opinions here are mine only.



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