The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

The Governess of Highland Hall

by Carrie Turansky

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 About this book

Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help? 
 
Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.

Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.

While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Julie Foster and her parents were forced to leave the mission field in England where they were serving as missionaries because of her father’s illness. While back at home, Julie needed a job, so she applied for the job as governess and Highland Hall, and she got the job. The children of the estate’s master were not so bad, but his two nieces were a different story. But as Julia struggled to do her best, things seemed to mellow a little for her. Not to mention the master, Sir William Ramsey started to become an attraction that just couldn’t be, because no head of an estate would even get involved with a mere governess. Or would he?

Downton Abbey fans will love this one! There was so much tension flying around at Highland Hall between the teen girls, the head housekeeper, Julie and Sir William himself. I immediately fell in love with Julie and Sir William and his sister Sarah, but the nosey housekeeper, well she needed to get a grip! Even thought Julie wasn’t a trained governess, she brought a much-needed change of attitude and atmosphere to the household. She was positive and applied discipline when needed in a sweet and loving way. I loved the attraction between Julie and Sir William. It was one that shouldn’t happen between two people of entirely different social standings, but it happened anyway. That’s what made it so enjoyable. And then there was the attraction between Sarah and the head gardener too that was unusual. It was like everything happening wasn’t suppose to happen, but it did anyway! And I loved it! Carrie Turansky is an awesome storyteller and I will be looking for more of her books in the future. Starting with Book two in this series coming in October 2014. The Governess of Highland Hall is one book you do not want to miss!!

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Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of eleven inspirational romance novels and novellas. She has been a winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Her next book will be The Governess of Highland Hall, releasing 10/15/13. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five young adult children. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and Family.

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A Pioneer Christmas Collection “On Sale for $1.97… Nine authors including Margaret Brownley

A Pioneer Christmas Collection

From Barbour Books.
Nine authors including Margaret Brownley

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First of all, I would like to thank Margaret Brownley for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. And the next thing is, I just found out that this book is for sale at Barbour Books for just $1.97. Wow that is a bargain! But hurry, not sure for how long. 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

9 Stories of Finding Shelter and Love in a Wintry Frontier

by Margaret BrownleyKathleen FullerMarcia Gruver,Cynthia HickeyVickie McDonoughShannon McNear,Lauraine SnellingMichelle UleAnna Carrie Urquhart

Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout. Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love. Enjoy nine original novellas of Christmas romance as penned from many of today’s leading Christian authors, including Lauraine Snelling, Kathleen Fuller, and Vickie McDonough.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

A Pioneer Christmas Collection was such a good read! Each story is short enough that it can be read in an hour or so, but they are short but Awesome!! I especially enjoyed these because the setting of each is during the pioneer days and I love that era in history. Listed below are the nine stories, the author who wrote each one, and the historical time and place of the setting. If you only purchase one fiction to read during the Christmas Season, this is the one you need to choose! These stories are so neat because during the busy season, its comforting to sit down take a break and read all or half of one story at a time. And if you read the beginning of my blog, you saw that Barbour Books had this amazing book for only $1.97. But hurry, it may end soon!

And today I am mainly focusing on A Pony Express Christmas by Margaret Brownley, since Margaret so graciously provided a copy for me to read and review.

Ellie-Mae Newman was in search of her brother. He left home because of not getting along with their dad, but now that their dad was gone, Ellie-Mae wanted to find her twin. But at this time, she is sitting with a broken wagon with two stubborn mules to pull it with, that is if it was workable! Then she runs into a hanging about to happen, and offers money for the poor mans life. Thanking Ellie and walking away, Mr. Corbett thought he was free, but little did he know he had a price to pay.

Margaret Brownley makes every story she writes funny and fun to read. In the mist of the difficult situations Ellie-Mae and Mr. Corbett were in, she had be laughing most of the way through A Pony Express Christmas Collection. How these two kept going on their trail was anybody’s guess, but they kept one. Ellie-Mae was one determined woman, and Mr. Corbett was a fugitive. But as they stopped at each Pony Express office on the trail, them seemed to run into a dead end, but Ellie-Mae just wouldn’t give up. Wanna find out if they find this twin brother? The answer is in Ms. Brownley’s story, A Pony Express Christmas. And you will find this story in A Pioneer Christmas Collection from Barbour Books HERE.

And here is a list of the stories in A Pioneer Christmas Collection!

1. DEFENDING TRUTH by Shannon McNear, 1791 NC

2. THE CALLING by Kathleen Fuller, 1820 OH

3.  A SILENT NIGHT by Ana Urquhart, 1824 Scotland & 1830 MI

4.  A PONY EXPRESS CHRISTMAS by Margaret Brownley, 1862 NE

5.  A CHRISTMAS CASTLE by Cynthia Hickey, 1867 AZ

6. THE COWBOY’S ANGEL by Lauraine Snelling, 1875 ND

7. A BADLANDS CHRISTMAS by Marcia Gruver, 1885 ND

8. BUCKSKIN BRIDE by Vickie McDonough, 1889 OK

9.  THE GOLD RUSH CHRISTMAS by Michelle Ule, 1897 AK
I received this book from Author Margaret Brownley and the publisher Barbour Books to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

The God Puzzle by

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About the book: The God Puzzle is a colorful, easy to use tool to help you communicate to your child the rich truths about God, His ways, His will and His love. The God Puzzle will help you address doctrinal themes of the Christian faith in a kid friendly way, present Bible lessons in an interactive way that will hold the child’s attention and deliver quality teaching with no preparation needed. 75% of children leave the church when they leave home. Something isn’t working. Sunday School isn’t doing it all. Kids need answers, good ones. And they need them from you, the parent. This book enables you to give them simple, clear answers.What makes The God Puzzle unique?

– ready made discussion questions for parent to ask their child in each lesson
– can be done at any pace that works with your
family . . . every night, once a week, 10 minutes here, 30 minutes there . . . it fits into realistic family life
– puts the pieces together for a child to understand God, the Bible, and the Christian faith
– in each lesson the responds to the truth so they understand their relationship to God is personal and life transforming
– any parent, whether they know nothing, or a lot about God can start teaching their child today with no prep
– deep theology put into language a child can understand
– deeply Biblical, each lesson points to Christ
– put in an order that starts with creation, and teaches the Bible as one story that all points to Christ
– child stays engaged by filling in blanks, crosswords, drawing, matching and using their Bibles as they learn
Purchase your copy: http://ow.ly/r7gQh

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THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
I am really impressed with this Bible Study for kids six to twelve years old.
The God Puzzle has so many activities to reinforce the message to each lesson. There are word search, matching, fill in the blank, question and answers, crossword puzzles, and much more for kids to do throughout this book. And I love the cute art work, and the layout of the pages, making them look so inviting to this age child. If you have a child in the age range from six to twelve, or somewhere are that, you really need to give this Bible study a try. You will be please at the results, and you children will be eager and look forward to each lesson.
I received this book from Litfuse to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the Author: Valerie Ackermann has a BA in Theology and has been a full time Children’s Ministry Director at Parkwood Community Church in California for over 10 years. She is also a weekly Sunday school teacher, wife, and busy mom of two boys ages 9 and 11. She has hands-on experience as a children’s ministry professional, teaching and leading children of all ages. Growing up in a Christian family in the small town of Saskatchewan Canada, she has wonderful memories of knowing God from an early age. She has a passion for kids to know the deep truths of God.

Find out more at LeadMeToGod.com.

MARY ELIZABETH THE SPOTLESS COW

MARY ELIZABETH

THE SPOTLESS COW 

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The story of Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.

While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

Watch the Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow video trailer at http://youtu.be/72fOn1tEbDM

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 

I really love this sweet little cow book for children. We have always either lived on a farm or near a farm, so cows have always be a part of our lives. Mary Elizabeth was a very special cow, and she was different from all of the others because she was spotless. But no one really liked Mary Elizabeth when she didn’t have spots, it wasn’t until she suddenly had spots that the others liked her. But this was not right. Her pals should like her for who she is and not what she looks like.

I like the valuable lesson taught here with this story. The Children will learn from this book that it is ok to be different. If someone loves you only when you are just like everyone else, then they are the ones that are wrong. We should love everyone, regardless of who they are or what they look like, and I appreciate a book such as Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow that teaches children this valuable truth. And using a cow is a fantastic idea. The characters were adorable, and its easy for kids to fall in love with them. I know your child will love this book, just as much as my nieces and nephews did.

I received this book from PUYB 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 SALVATORE “SAL” BARBERA

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Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at www.salbarbera.com.

 

One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson

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One Imperfect Christmas

by Myra Johnson

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Only Love Makes a Christmas Perfect. A warm, inspirational story of faith, hope, and love for the holiday season!Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she’s allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves—most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she’s one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom.

Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit’s end. Nothing he’s done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa’s adolescent rebellion isn’t helping matters. As Daniel’s hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This was one really awesome Christmas read! When Natalie Pearce chose not to go help her mom take down her Christmas decorations, she never dreamed what the year ahead held for she and her family. When her mom suffered a stroke that left her helpless, Natalie blamed herself for her mom’s condition. A string of events lead to Natalie leaving her husband and daughter, accepting a job that would require most of her time, and leaving her with strained relationships that may not be fixable.

Most of the time we like to think that all is perfect at Christmas time, but it is usually not. Life situations just doesn’t look at our calendar first before they happen. It was heartbreaking, yet refreshing to read One Imperfect Christmas because it was sad to see Natalie and her family going through what they had to endure with her mom, yet it was comforting to know that everyone has difficult situations during the Christmas Season, some not as bad as others, but we all have our heartaches. But I really like how Myra Johnson weaves everything together, good and bad, and brings an ending to the story that will give you peace, and make you smile. Not an ending that the Pearce family wanted, but one that gave them hope. This is an amazing debut novel for Ms. Johnson, and yes it was written a few years ago, but the message is still the same. I can’t believe I haven’t read it before this year. I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson for a few hours for delightful entertainment. You will be glad you did!

 

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Myra Johnson is the author of several books, including One Imperfect Christmas and the award-winningAutumn Rains, which received the 2005 RWA Golden Heart for Best Inspirational Romance Manuscript and was a 2010 

Grace Livingston Hill at her best in, Kerry, Ladybird, The Gold Shoe and The Substitute Guest

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KERRY

by Grace Livingston Hill

Kerry Kavanaugh’s world is shaken when her father dies, leaving behind his unpublished book—his life’s work. A determined Kerry sails for New York to meet with her father’s publishers but is faced with a new challenge when a page of notes goes missing. Someone is out to steal the manuscript! But with a ship full of strangers, who can’t she suspect?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Kerry’s father didn’t complete the book he was writing before he passed away, but Kerry knew her fathers wishes were for her to finish the book for him. But the problem was, someone didn’t want Kerry to succeed in finishing her dad’s book. Then she meets Graham Mc Nair, who claims that he knew Kerry’s dad years ago. Could this be the man of Kerry’s dreams, or should she be suspicious of him since things are suspicious about her dad’s book?

This is a really enjoyable read, and a real page turner. The mystery behind who-done-it will sure be enough to keep you interested in this book. And I was excited for Kerry about being able to finish her dad’s book. This is another awesome read by one of America’s favorite authors, Grace Livingston Hill.

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

 

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by Grace Livingston Hill

Fraley MacPherson knows what it means to fear. After both her parents die, she is left alone in their mountain cabin. . .alone except for the band of outlaws that murdered her father and filled her mother’s life with terror. Fraley slips away in the night and begins a perilous journey east. Along the way she meets George Seagrave, a young man who opens her heart to love, and Violet Wentworth, a nouveau-riche socialite whose sights are set on gaining popularity through her mountain protégée. Will Fraley ever find a place to call home again?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

All Fraley MacPherson wants is to find a place of peace, no fear, and a place she can call home again. I enjoyed following Fraley’s journey after she leaves her home, a home that was full of hear. Fraley’s character was one of determination, but she struggles with many issues because of her past. George is just the person she needs in her life, but letting him into her life and her past is not that easy for Fraley. I like the way Ms. Hill weaves scripture together with the characters lives, showing God in their everyday living.

I am so glad Barbour Books decided to bring back the much loved books of author Grace Livingston Hill. It is pure pleasure at its best being able to read her work after so many years. I really encourage you to pick up a copy of Ladybird, and check out the other books by his well know author of Christian fiction

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

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by Grace Livingston Hill

When Alan Monteith decides to help a friend in need by delivering a bottle of medicine to a sick woman, he never imagined being stranded in a blizzard. And he never imagined climbing a mountain on foot. But when his car breaks down in front of the Devereaux’s home, that’s just what he ends up doing. Daryl Devereaux was looking forward to a peaceful holiday until Alan Monteith arrives. As the young stranger and her brother trudge into the storm, Daryl is left to pray for their safe return, never realizing that night will change their lives forever.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I didn’t realize this was a Christmas story until I started reading it. I rarely read the backs of books or reviews, if I like the book cover, or if I know the author, I read the book! And it was both in this case. It is so amazing to me that a book written around sixty years ago still has a high honor in the Christian fiction world today. I am so glad Barbour book decided to bring back there Grace Livingston Hill books for all of us to enjoy.

While taking medicine up the mountain to someone who needed it to live, Alan Monteith found himself spending time in the presence of the beautiful Daryl Devereaux , and they were clearly attracted to each other. I really enjoyed reading this story set in the late 1920’s. A lot of tension was involved because of the snow storm, and Alan and Daryl’s brother having to walk up the snow filled mountain. And it was Christmas at that. It is nice to read a book written so long ago, the writing has changed, but I love that the Gospel is always the same. Just as it is in this book. Grace Livingston Hill never fails to share the plan of Salvation through Christ in her books. And she has an awesome way of weaving Salvation and Scripture throughout the book. I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of The Substitute Guest, and to check Barbour Books for many more books written so long ago by the Queen of Fiction.

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

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by Grace Livingston Hill

Of all things, a blizzard isn’t what Tasha Endicott expected. Rather than spending her weekend at a glitzy dance, she’s stranded with the Macdonalds at their country home. Thurly Macdonald is certainly handsome, but his quiet life of faith is a far cry from Tasha’s modern tastes. But Tasha soon finds her heart drawn to a love she’s never known but desperately needs. Can she abandon her world for his?

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Spoiled debutante Tasha Endicott is not at all happy when she is stranded at the train station because of a blizzard, but maybe being stranded at the home of Thurly Macdonald  is just what she needs. It is sure be a challenge. But the thing that is so different is the fact that this book was written when romance, dating and just about everything was different. And The culture differences between Tasha and Thurly was really, really different. I so much enjoyed Tasha being brought down a bit in the way she lived. And an attraction couldn’t be between the two of them, could it? Not with the high society young lady Tasha Endicott.

This books was just plain fun for me to read. This story is heartwarming, and gives you that special feeling when you are finished. And I appreciate Ms. Hill weaving Scriptures and Truths from the Bible in the lives of these people. I am having so much fun taking a trip back in time with these books by Grace Livingston Hill. And a big thanks to Barbour Books for bringing them back into our lives.

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

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ABOUT GRACE LIVINGSTON HILL

GRACE LIVINGSTON HILL (1865–1947) is known as the pioneer of Christian romance. Grace wrote over one hundred faith-inspired books during her lifetime. When her first husband died, leaving her with two daughters to raise, writing became a way to make a living, but she always recognized storytelling as a way to share her faith in God. She has touched countless lives through the years and continues to touch lives today. Her books feature moving stories, delightful characters, and love in its purest form.
Grace Livingston Hill began writing stories in 1877 at the tender age of twelve and didn’t stop until her death in 1947. But what may be more amazing is that she has sold over 84 million copies and is still loved by young and old alike.

Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition….By Catherine DeVries

Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition….

By Catherine DeVries

From Zondervan

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Book Description

Adventure Awaits!

The Adventure Bible Storybook starts children on the journey of a lifetime, introducing them to some of the greatest stories of the Bible! Bold, beautiful illustrations bring the fifty action-packed stories to life as readers encounter fun, exciting themes of discovery, imagination, and suspense—everything you’d expect from a fantastic adventure. This deluxe edition enhances the Bible reading experience with audio CDs that include multiple character voices, music, and sound effects. The Adventure Bible Storybook Deluxe Edition stimulates children’s minds and fills their hearts with love for their heavenly Father.

 

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Deluxe Edition of this Bible Story set includes a hardcover storybook and two CD’s to go with the story. This book includes many of the favorite Bible stories we all love. Along with the story, included is an Adventure Discover section and a Words to Treasure section to help reinforce the story. There is also a hardcover case for the book and the CD’s to fit in.

I have let several children look at this book and they all loved it, and especially the animals on the cover. My niece calls it her Jungle Bible Story Book! She loves the jungle animals! This is a very nice set for any child. I love that the pictures help tell the story, because the kids were looking at the pictures and telling their own story. To me, this is so special that kids can do this with pictures.

I highly recommend this set for your child’s library. And it would make a wonderful Christmas gift!

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

The Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection by Wanda E. Brunstetter …all from Barbour Books!

COMING TO YOU FROM BARBOUR BOOKS

Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection, The

2 Bestselling Titles in 1

by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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About this Cookbook!

From Barbour’s bestselling author of fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, comes The Best of Amish Friends Cookbook Collection. This brand-new title is a treasure trove of recipes and interesting facts from the heart of Amish country and includes recipes divided into sections such as breads and rolls, desserts, main dishes, sides, jams and jellies—and more! You’ll find only the best of home cooking between the pages of this delightful book, and as an added bonus, you’ll find featured facts about Amish life. Topped off by one beautifully designed package, cooks of all ages will have a hard time passing this one up!

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK,,,,,and its on sale here at Barbor Books
This is the most amazing cookbook I’ve ever seen! It is not only a cookbook, it is a book to display on your coffee table, or other places in your home for friends and family to be able to look at. Most of the recipes are pretty easy to make and those I tried are fabulous!! The book is spiral bound and the paper used looks like photo paper and is a very good quality. The pictures are awesome and top quality. There are photos of some of the recipes, and they look scrumptious and good enough to eat! There are also pictures taken around different places on Amish farms. And I really love the little tidbits all throughout the book about the Amish and their lifestyle.
As I looked through this book, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the photos, the food as well as the Amish pictures. And the little Amish tidbits truly warmed my heart as I got a glimpse of the Amish lifestyle. And one little cutesy thing I like is the Amish horse and buggy at the bottom of each recipe.
This entire book is so very well thought out and put together.  This Amish Cookbook is a really beautiful book inside and out. Wanda E. Brunstetter and Barbour Publishing needs all the praise for creating an amazing Cookbook such as this.
Oh and a few of my favorites are…..
Crispy Baked Potatoes – these are so, so good!
Baked Pork Chops – so very good and so easy!
Golden Baked Chicken – Yummy!
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Peanut Brittle!
You may have heard of or used a lot of these recipes, but many were new to me. And to have so many recipes I will use in one book is even more amazing! As you can tell, I love, love this book. And I hope you will love it as much as I do!
I received this book from the publisher Barbour Books to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

 About the Author

Wanda E. Brunstetter

New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband’s Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have many Amish friends.

Abingdon Press…Christmas Tour presents The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman

Abingdon Press…Christmas Tour  presents

The Christmas Quilt

by Vannetta Chapman

9781426752773

About This Book

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

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My Thoughts On The Christmas Quilt

What better way to get in the Holiday Spirit than to read a good, Amish story centered around the Christmas Season. Annie and Leah are very busy and patiently await their new little ones to make their sweet apparence into their family. While Leah and her husband Adam have always been very close, they are now drifting farther and farther apart. It was when Leah started having serious problems with the pregnancy and had to stay in a hospital in Philadelphia that each of them realized how bad they had treated each other. Thankfully Annie was able to stay with Leah the weeks she had to stay in this Englisch hospital.

The Christmas Quilt is part of The Quilt’s of Love Series from Abingdon, and as with each story in this series, this one has a special meaningful quilt. For this quilt in this story, Annie and Leah works on the quilt while they are away from home awaiting the birth of Leah’s baby. As they added new pieces to the quilt, they talked about the fruits of the spirit, in comparison with the Christmas spirit. This helped these two ladies as they had to spend their time away from their families and especially their husbands. I loved this Amish story. Vannetta Chapman has away with Amish stories that make you come back for more. I would suggest reading Ms. Chapman’s book, A Simple Amish Christmas first because A Christmas Quilt is a Sequel. I just know you will enjoy them both, just as I have.

Let these two wonderful Amish stories centered around the Christmas Season be the books you choose to read this Holiday Season.

I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press 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.

Abingdon Press presents…..Annie’s Christmas Wish by Barbara Cameron

 

Abingdon Press presents…..

Annie’s Christmas Wish

by Barbara Cameron

 

Book Four in Quilts of Lancaster County

9781426733895

Will New York City lure Annie away from her home…and the possibility of love?Ever since her step-mom brought her a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has wanted to visit the beautiful, big city. Since it’s nearing the time of Annie’s rumschpringe—the time when Amish youth experience English life to make a decision whether to live in that world or become baptized into the Amish faith—the family decides a visit is a good idea. They watch the Macy’s Christmas parade, admire the decorated store windows, skate at the Rockefeller Center rink and— Annie’s favorite—get a glimpse of a writer’s life while visiting the New York Times building. But others aren’t as thrilled with Annie’s lure to the Big Apple. Aaron has long been attracted to Annie and is sure he’s in love. As he watches her engage in big city life, he grows concerned that she won’t want to return to their quieter life. Will Annie follow Aaron back home? Or stay and pursue her dreams? Competing for her attention, Aaron sets out to show Annie that Christmas isn’t about the glitz and glamour, but about family, love, and the birth of Jesus.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love that Barbara Cameron wrote a 4th book in the Quilts of Lancaster County, and it’s a Christmas book too! I really did enjoy the trip back to the little Amish community with the Bontrager family. And this time it is Annie, and her dream of writing and visiting New York, a dream she has had since her mom, Jenny brought her a snow globe back from New York when Annie was a little girl. But Annie’s beau Aaron does’t care of the idea because he is afraid of losing Annie to the Big city!

Following the Bontrager family to NYC was rather fun, and especially since they were an Amish family. But I like the fact that they are Amish, but since Jenny was a big name reporter in the Englisch world, the family is exposed to a lot of the Englisch ways. And it was so heartwarming that Matthew and Jenny has such a strong relationship that even the lights and sounds, and everything NYC has to offer, it doesn’t faze their relationship. All in all, this is a great story that I really enjoyed reading. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will love this one. And don’t forget to check out the first three books in The Quilts of Lancaster County Series.

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

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About the Author

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the author of more than 35 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Barbara currently resides in Edgewater, Florida. Find out more about Barbara at BarbaraCameron.com and Amishliving.com.

Blame it on the Mistletoe by Joyce Magnin

Blame it on the Mistletoe

by Joyce Magnin

PaperbackISBN: 9781426711626 $14.99 BUY
eBookISBN: 9781426736582 $14.99 BUY
Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?Is There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?

Welcome back to Bright ‘s Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Strange even for Bright ‘s Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love. Some of the townsfolk blame it on the crooked new gazebo, or its builder, a quirky little man who quotes Don Quixote, collects water from the fountain at the Paradise trailer park, and disappears on a regular basis.

While Chief of Police Mildred Blessing investigates the mystery, Griselda and her friends deal with a luau Thanksgiving, preparations for the Christmas pageant, and maybe even an upcoming wedding. Only, in Bright ‘s Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .

“What’s better than Bright’s Pond? Bright’s Pond at Christmas time. Magnin hasn’t just created characters–she’s created friends you’ll love spending time with. You’ll love every page of this quirky delight, and when that last chapter is read, you’ll be ready for more of Griselda and the rest of the Bright’s Pond residents.” – Jenny B. Jones, Award-winning author of romantic comedies such as “Save the Date” and A Charmed Life series”The queen of quirk does it again. With her signature wit and charm and penchant for surprise, Joyce Magnin takes us on a leisurely read through Bright’s Pond, where uncannily loveable chaeracters reside — God in the midst of them. I want to move there.” – Nancy Rue, author of The Reluctant Prophet”Creative and fun, a visit to Bright ‘s Pond for the Holidays is just what the doctor ordered. Who can resist spry octogenarians in hot pursuit of the Fountain of Youth or romance in trouble But it is the endearing thread of love and sympathy that runs through the characters that makes readers return.” – Cathy Gohlke, Christy Award winning author of William Henry is a Fine Name and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Welcome back to Brights Pond and the characters we love so well there. The Holiday’s will  be different for Griselda this year since Agnes is in an assistant living place. Agnes seems to adjust well at the Greenbriar Nursing home except for one thing, and that is, something strange is going on around there. The patients seem to act younger all of a sudden. Like one of the older, and smaller ladies riding around on a tricycle? What on earth is happening there? Well, like me, you will need to read this book to find out all about it. And in reading Blame it on the Mistletoe, you will laugh and sometimes cry as these characters live out their story.

This is a really great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed Griselda and all of her family and friends as she changes her traditions this Christmas. And is love in the air for Griselda? Seems she is still uncertain who will be the guy for her, her old time faithful friend she has know for so long, or newcomer air plane pilot that is giving Griselda flying lessons? So many questions, and they are all answered in this wonderful, fun, funny, and exciting Christmas story. I really want to encourage you to enjoy Blame it on the Mistletoe, and while you are at it, check out the other books in the Brights Pond series.

I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press 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

Joyce Magnin is the author of several books, including The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, named one of the “Top 5 Best Christian Fiction Books of 2009” by Library Journal. Her short fiction pieces and articles have been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest, and Highlights for Children. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups. She has three children and one grandson, and is mom to a neurotic parakeet who lives with her in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

FIRST Wild Card Tours Presents……Healing Grace by Beth Shriver

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 author is:
Beth Shriver
and the book:
Healing Grace
Realms (October 1, 2013)
***Special thanks to Althea Thompson for sending me a review copy.***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Beth wrote her first novel in 2002 and a year later it was published. She was a caseworker before starting a family, grew up in Nebraska, and now lives in Texas.

She became interested in writing about the Amish when researching her family history and found she was related to the the Glick families in Europe. Beth also freelances for the local papers in her area, writes columns, devotionals, and novels in a variety of genres in both fiction and nonfiction. Beth followed her passion and now writes full time.

Beth has plenty of company when she writes, with her two cats and a beagle. She visits Amish communities in her area and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When not spending time with her family or friends she helps feed the homeless in South Dallas.
Visit the author’s website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Can Abby overcome the pain caused by her father and find acceptance among the Amish? Abby finds more than love and safety when she meets Mose, as she struggles with the faith she left behind after the death of her mother. After time spent with Mose and his family she knows she has to make a choice. Will Abby stay with Mose or go back to her sick father who needs her.

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99

Series: Touch of Grace (Book 3)

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Realms (October 1, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1621362973

ISBN-13: 978-1621362975

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really enjoyed this wonderful story! Beth Shriver weaves together the lives of two people that are so very different, and gives readers many hours of enjoyment in her new book, Healing Grace. I love Amish stories and read a lot of Amish books, and this is one of my favorite. And the way these two lives are pulled together is so heartwarming, and makes you want to keep on reading. This is truly a story of love, grace, forgiveness and healing through faith in the Lord! This is one book you do not want to miss! Purchase your copy asap!

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

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

“This is all I have.” Abby flashed the money at the horse trader. It was more than she had planned to spend, but the filly was worth it. Did this man know the value of what he had, or did he just feel sorry for her? It hadn’t been all that long since her mother passed away, but he and everyone else in town knew her dad was a swindler. He wouldn’t be empathetic.“That’s what they all say.” He grinned. “You know your horses.” He leaned back against a wooden post by the stall.She studied him for a moment, trying to decide if she trusted him. Abby did have a knack for picking horses. Focusing on conformation, temperament, and breed, she also had a good eye to go with her knowledge and experience. All of this told her that this equine had bloodlines for excellent breeding. Abby had learned the process from her father, Jim, who once was one of the best breeders around. But Abby’s dream was to train them for shows, something Jim thought was ridiculous. With a horse like this, they could make it happen.

The last bit of sunlight disappeared, darkening the old barn. She didn’t like this part of town, and she was still unsure about this dealer, but he had the horse she wanted. She flipped her long blonde ponytail behind her and studied the filly before locking eyes with the trader. “She hasn’t been used on the track, has she?”

When he hesitated, Abby moved toward the horse.

“’Course not,” he scoffed.

She lifted the filly’s upper lip. No tattoo, the mark of a racer. She didn’t want a three-year-old burned-out horse. “Just checking.”

His dark eyebrows drew together, changing along with his demeanor. “I’m an honest horse seller, unlike your old man.”

Abby froze and stared at the horse until the heat in her face cooled down. She tried to think of how to respond, but she knew he was right, so she decided to ignore the comment. “Can I see the papers?”

“Sure.” He pulled some folded documents out of his back pocket and handed them to her. “Sign this one, and our business is done.” He pointed to the line where she was to write her name.

Abby paused. This was all the money her mother had given her—money Jim didn’t know about. How would she be able to explain this?

She looked over at the bay-colored mare. The brown tones contrasted beautifully with the white socks on all four of her legs, and her sleek body structure was the making of a fine competitor.

“Second thoughts?” His tone was flat, not friendly, but not flippant either.

“No…I—”

“You can wait and come back another time and see if she’s still here.” He almost sounded sincere.

She looked up at him to see a confident smirk appear. She knew the lines and had heard every spiel. Jim was the master of horse-selling tactics.

“You know better.” There was something about him she didn’t trust, so she stuck the money back in her pocket. “And so do I.” He was getting a good deal, and Abby hoped she was too.

He grunted, amused, then conceded with a nod.

She signed the papers and kept her copy. “This way you’ll know I’ll be back,” she said. Abby took one more look at the filly. “Yeah, this is the one,” she whispered, and she walked out of the barn.

Emma of Aurora Trilogy by Jane Kirkpatrick

Emma of Aurora

by Jane Kirkpatrick

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About this book Trilogy

The Change and Cherish trilogy, based on the true story of Emma Wagner Giesy, now available in one volume:

A Clearing in the Wild
When Emma’s outspoken ways and growing skepticism lead to a clash with the 1850s Bethel, Missouri colony’s beloved leader, she finds new opportunities to pursue her dreams of independence. But as she clears a pathway West to her truest and deepest self, she discovers something she never expected: a yearning for the warm embrace of community.

A Tendering in the Storm
Determined to raise her children on her own terms, Emma suddenly finds herself alone and pregnant with her third child, struggling to keep her family secure in the remote coastal forest of the Washington Territory. As clouds of despair close in, she must decide whether to continue in her own waning strength or to humble herself and accept help from the very people she once so eagerly left behind.

A Mending at the Edge
As a mother, daughter, sister, and estranged wife, Emma struggles to find her place inside—and outside—the confines of her religious community. Emma reaches out to others on the fringe, searching for healing and purpose. By blending her unique talents with service to others, she creates renewed hope as she weaves together the threads of family, friends, and faith.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

If you love reading big books, well, this is the one to get. Emma of Aurora is three books in one, it is the complete Change And Cherish Trilogy by Jane Kirkpatrick in one big almost 1200 page book, and I love it! When I finished reading the first book, A Clearing in the Wild I was excited because I didn’t have to wait to read the second book, A Tendering in the Storm, then I could finish the series with The Mending at the Edge, all at once.

Emma of Aurora is based on a true story Emma Wagner, and it follows the life of Emma Wagner Giesy. Emma was one of many Christians, all having the same things in common with each other. I really enjoyed Emma’s character because she was feisty and determined, strong willed, opinionated woman, and she didn’t care who knew it! After the death of her husband, Emma’s task of raising her children on her own was not an easy one, and she didn’t always make the best decisions. As I read the books, it was easy to see that everything wasn’t what you would think in the Christian community she lived in. They sure had their difficulties as well as anyone else. And weaved together with Emma’s difficulties in her personal life, there are many twists and turns that will sure to keep your attention and keep you reading! Though at times, this book was very difficult to read, because of the situations.

Knowing this book is based on a the true life of Emma makes the story even more interesting to me. I really love this book, despite the difficult times I had reading it. The story is one that you can’t put down because you want to know the ending. Jane Kirkpatrick is an awesome storyteller, and it clearly shows in this Trilogy! If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this one! I encourage you to pick up a copy for many hours of just plain good reading!

I received this book from the publisher Waterbrook through their Blogging For Books review program 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.

 

Abingdon Press Presents…..The Christmas Star by Ace Collins

The Christmas Star

By Ace Collins

The Christmas Star

ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS STAR

Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family’s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering.

Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert’s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father’s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Jimmy Reed is still dealing with his losing his dad and even though he died a hero in the military, that doesn’t stop the hurt. Jimmy finally finds himself in some dangerous situations and now has no way out of them, except for a miracle. Calvin the bus driver has nothing, but is always giving to people, and is always happy. When circumstances brought Jimmy and Calvin together, Jimmy’s life started changing.

I love Calvin and the way Ace Collins used Calvin’s character to speak to Jimmy. Jimmy was thinking about money, but because of riding with Calvin while he gave out speical Christmas gifts, Jimmy realized that a person can be rich and not have money or anything. I appreciate the author writing a book such as this for all of use to read this Christmas season because it made me think more about giving than receiving, and reminded me that it is not how much money and things we have, but what we do with what we do have.

I highly recommend Ace Collin’s new book The Christmas Star for an awesome Christmas read! Run out and grab your copy now! Or better yet, click HERE and order it from Amazon.

Ace CollinsABOUT ACE COLLINS

Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than fifty books including novels Farraday RoadSwope’s Ridge and Words of the Father, as well as the nonfiction Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of ChristmasgrAttitudes, and Lassie A Dog’s Life. His books have become movies and network television specials. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the NBC Nightly News and The Today Show and has been featured in the Distinguished Lecture Series at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career.

His latest book is the Christian holiday fiction, The Christmas Star.

You can visit Ace on the web at www.acecollins.com.

CFBA Presents Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker

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This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Merry Humbug Christmas 

B&H Books (October 15, 2013) 

by 

Sandra D. BrickerABOUT THE AUTHOR:

For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television’s hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The author says that it was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. “I’m a Christian woman, first and foremost,” she says. “So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the Love Finds You line.”

Sandie’s real-life role as cancer survivor has parlayed into her steadfast commitment to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Spearheading a series of devotionals for Summerside Press (such as the popular His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not), the author has stipulated that a portion of each contributor’s proceeds will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
“Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with raising funds for my pet projects … and still pursue my writing dream,” says Bricker, “well, that’s the best of all worlds, as far as I’m concerned!”

And one of the author’s pet projects is animal rescue, evidenced by the special bond she has created with one particular formerly-abandoned puppy — a red-haired collie with “killer brown eyes and the heart of the class clown.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. — the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year.

In “Once Upon a Jingle Bell,” A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe.

In “It Came Upon a Midnight Deer,” Reese’s guilt over abandoning best friend Joss on their holiday tradition of avoiding all things Christmas is trumped by the joy of her recent engagement. Meeting Damian’s family for the first time on idyllic Sugarloaf Mountain is about as far from that Bah! Humbug cruise as she can get, and Reese can hardly wait to get there. But from the moment they hit that deer in the road just two miles from the cabin, everything seems to go wrong. There are no drummers drumming or pipers piping this particular year! And once she sets her future in-laws’ family cabin ablaze, she’s pretty sure there won’t be even ONE golden ring in her future.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Merry Humbug Christmas, go HERE.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

One of my favorite things about the Christmas Season is reading Christmas books and stories. And I am very happy that I could read and review Sandra Bricker’s Merry Humbug Christmas. This book has not only one Christmas story, but it has two pretty short stories, and each can be read in a few hours. The stories are about two best friends, and what they did during the holidays. And as usual with Sandra Bricker’s books, this one is fun, funny, entertaining and stories I think everyone will enjoy to read during the Christmas Season. I love that Sandra Bricker makes us laugh, and you will sure laugh when you are reading her new book!!

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

Peace on Earth, A Christmas Collection…..by Mary Engelbreit

Peace on Earth, A Christmas Collection

by Mary Engelbreit

peace on earth

Book Description

I surely wish with all my heart, This day of Jesus’ birth, That peace and love and happiness Soon cover all the earth.

Mary Engelbreit rings in the holiday with a Christmas collection that includes many of her favorite carols, the story of Jesus’ birth, and beloved poems that touch the heart and celebrate the miracle of the season.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

If you are looking for a book to put it in the Christmas Spirit, this is a book that will do it! This wonderful collection has Christmas carols, poems and stories that will warm your heart as you read them yourself or to your children. Its really nice to see a book with traditional Christmas songs for little ones to learn. And along with the carols and stories, the illustrations in this book are awesome, and very festive. All of this put together makes an amazing book to display on your coffee table for others to enjoy.

I really want to encourage you to pick up a copy of Mary Engelbreit’s Peace On Earth, A Christmas Collections  for your enjoyment this Christmas Holiday. 

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

Litfuse Presents…..Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish plus win a Kitchen Aid Mixer

Litfuse Presents…..

Stones for Bread

by Christa Parrish  

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Stones for Bread

About this book

A solitary artisan. A legacy of bread-baking. And one secret that could collapse her entire identity.

Liesl McNamara’s life can be described in one word: bread.  From her earliest memory, her mother and grandmother passed down the mystery of baking and the importance of this deceptively simple food. And now, as the owner of Wild Rise bake house, Liesl spends every day up to her elbows in dough, nourishing and perfecting her craft.

But the simple life she has cultivated is becoming quite complicated. Her head baker brings his troubled grandson into the bakeshop as an apprentice. Her waitress submits her recipes to a popular cable cooking show. And the man who delivers her flour – a single father with strange culinary habits – seems determined to win Liesl’s affection.

When Wild Rise is featured on television, her quiet existence appears a thing of the past. And then a phone call from a woman claiming to be her half-sister forces Liesl to confront long-hidden secrets in her family’s past. With her precious heritage crumbling around her, the baker must make a choice: allow herself to be buried in detachment and remorse, or take a leap of faith into a new life.

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Christa’s website.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Liesl’s love of bread came from her mother and grandmother’s great love for baking bread, and those memories come to life as Liesl bakes her own bread everyday.  I could relate with Liesl’s memories because my mom and grandma love making good old home made bread, and they made is everyday. Though that didn’t rub off on me a lot, I do love good home made bread, and I loved reading this story with its bread baking setting. I like Liesl’s character, and her passion for what she does. Her bread is much more than something to eat, it is something that soothes her and gives her a calm and peace. And as I read this story, I could feel that calmness and peace as Liesl shares her love of baking bread with each of her readers. And I really never thought of breadbaking as being as involved as it is. I thoroughly enjoyed learning so much about this wonderful baking art, and I now have a respect and appreciation for those working in a bakery. Reading this has really made be curious about getting into some bread baking myself.

I really want to encourage you to pickup a copy of Christa Parrish’s new book, Stones for Bread. You are in for a pleasant surprise as Liesl tells her heartwarming story of love and family as she works in her beloved bakery.

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

ABOUT THIS AUTHOR     CHRISTA PARRISH

Christa Parrish

Christa Parrish is the award-winning author of three novels, including the 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year “Watch Over Me.” When she’s not writing, she’s a homeschool mother of three wonderful children. Married to author and pastor Chris Coppernoll, Christa serves with him as co-leader of their church’s youth ministry as well as serving as a facilitator for a divorce recovery ministry. She is now also slightly obsessed with the art of baking bread.

 

 

And Now for the GIVEAWAY!
Christa Parrish is celebrating her fourth novel, Stones for Breadwith a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway.

#StonesforBread KitchenAid Mixer Contest #ChristaParrish http://bit.ly/1aBTNz9

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1. Follow Christa Parrish and TNZ Fiction on Pinterest.

2. Then Pin the Stones for Bread book cover (below), the contest graphic (above), or both, and link to this post (using this URL: #StonesforBread KitchenAid Mixer Contest #ChristaParrish http://litfusegroup.com/campaigns/stones-for-bread-by-christa-parrish).

3. Then fill out THIS SHORT FORM to let us know. (There are also some additional ways to earn extra entries, as well as an option for non-Pinterest users. It’s true—people like that do exist!)

Questions? Email info @ litfusegroup dot com.

Winner will be announced on 12/9 on Christa’s Facebook Page.

Litfuse Presents…..A Marriage in Middlebury…..by Anita Higman

A Marriage in Middlebury

One decision changed both their lives . . . but will love win in the end? Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with. At eighteen she denied Sam Wilder’s marriage proposal after his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. They both moved on . . . or so she thought. When Sam walks back into her life more than a decade later, Charlotte is surprised that her heart still quickens. But is it because of his presence? Or because of the presence of Sam’s new fiancée? A second chance at love doesn’t happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Anita’s website.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I don’t really know what I was expecting with this book, but it was so very good! I loved it, and really didn’t want it to end. I hope there will be a book two later! Charlotte Rose Hill was thrilled when she found out that her old highschool sweetheart was back in town, but then he brings a surprise with him in the form of a woman. A woman he was going to marry. And to top it all, Audrey wants Charlotte to cater the wedding, and help her with their happy day. How could Charlotte do this. Especially when she still has strong feelings for Sam. And Sam for Charlotte, but then it was Charlotte that said no to Sam’s proposal all those years ago, breaking Sam’s heart. But Charlotte is keeping a secret that she would never tell about why she said no to Sam, or would she tell?

First of all, Charlotte was a better person than me, because I probably would have sent Audrey packing. I loved the tearoom setting giving the story a warm, homey feeling. Charlotte was a special person in the community, a person that everyone loved dearly. And I really liked Charlotte’s character. And I even liked Audrey, though she seemed to be such a needy person. As feelings started to break out as the story goes on, this book gets even more intoxicating. And I loved it even more! I couldn’t put this book down until it was finished, mainly because of Charlotte and Sam, but there were other twists and turns throughout the story that are sure to keep your attention. So, if you are looking for a really good, clean, enjoyable time of entertainment, this book is a must for you! And oh, Anita Higman is a fantastic storyteller, and I know you will be just like me and watch out for more of her books in the future.  I encourage you to pick up a copy of A Marriage in Middlebury for an awesome read, and you will love your visit to Charlotte’s warm and cosy,  Rose Cottage Tearoom.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AHigman

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

And Here is the Giveaway!!!

Anita Higman is celebrating the release of her latest book, A Marriage in Middlebury, with a double Kindle Fire giveaway (one for you & one to give away!) and a “Tea for Two” Facebook Author Chat Party on December 12th.


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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire for you AND a friend
  • A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman (one to keep and one to give away!)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 12th. Winner will be announced at the “Tea for Two” Facebook Author Chat Party on December 12th. Invite your friends and connect with Anita for an evening of book chat, prizes, and an exclusive look at Anita’s next book!



So grab your copy of A Marriage in Middlebury and join Anita on the evening of December 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word — tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on 12/12!

Abingdon Press Presents…A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman

Abingdon Press Presents..

A Simple Amish Christmas

by Vannetta Chapman

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About this book

Will Annie find acceptance in the Amish community she left behind?Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and Annie has several important choices to make.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Annie Weave’s rumspringa comes to an end when she is needed at home to take care of her dad. Having a nursing degree, and working in a hospital gives her the knowledge she needs to take very good care of her dad. But then there is Samuel, who has been taking care of the medical conditions for the people in their little Amish community, so Annie doesn’t want him to know she is probably more qualified that he is. Does Samuel realize that Annie has grown up while away? Or is he still looking at her to be the young person she was when she left home?
I love Amish, and I love Christmas stories, and I love Vannetta Chapman, so I knew this book had to be awesome! And it was every bit as awesome as I thought it would be. Not only was the holiday’s near, the Weaver family has their normal life to take care of, as well as their dad not able to help. As the family and community pulls together to take care of the Weaver household, Samuel and Annie have their difficulties. And with all of these problems in this Amish house, this book was one I couldn’t put down. I had to know what would happen to Annie’s dad, if Annie would reveal to Samuel her medical knowledge, and I certainly wanted to know how the relationship between Annie and Samuel would go. So I pretty much read this book in one setting, reading much of the night! 
I just know you will love this Weaver Amish family and everything that is involved in taking care of them. I really encourage you to pick up a copy of this heartwarming Christmas book for a few hours of joyful entertainment!
I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of Austin. Visit her on the web at VannettaChapman.com.

A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer AlLee

Merry Christmas from Abingdon Press!

A Wild Goose Chase Christmas 

by Jennifer AlLee

This book is part of a Christmas Blog Tour sponsored by Abingdon Press. Stay Tuned for more awesome Christmas books

in the next two weeks!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Upon her grandmother’s death, Izzy Fontaine finds herself in possession of a Wild Goose Chase pattern quilt that supposedly leads to a great treasure.

Of course, once the rest of the family finds out about the “treasure map,” they’re determined to have a go at the treasure themselves. And, if that weren’t enough, Max Logan, a local museum curator, contacts Izzy and says that Grandma Isabella promised him the quilt.

What is it about this quilt that makes everyone want it? Is Izzy on a wild goose chase of her own, or a journey that will lead her to the treasure her grandmother intended?

My Thoughts on this Book

A Wild Goose Chase Christmas is a really good story about the ups and downs of family life. I really like the Grandmother in this story, though she has passed away, she leaves something for the family that will be with them forever. Being one of Abingdon’s Quilts of Love Series, one of the special things the grandmother left her family was a quilt with lots of memories that will help heal the family difficult situations, and bring them close together. Each scrap of the quilt has a special place in a family member’s heart.

During the holidays, we think of family and love, and this book is just that. Though its a little different, because the love didn’t come easy, but as the gifts from grandmother appear, and the memories flow throughout the family, hearts heal. This is a wonderful book to read anytime, but especially during the Holiday Season. I always enjoy reading good holiday stories, and this one is a really good one! I highly recommend it for a great enjoyable read!

I received this book from the publisher Abingdon Press 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 Jennifer AlLee

A Word from Jennifer:

As I look back on my life, it’s interesting to see where God’s taken me, and where I took myself that God pulled me out of. I finally got back to writing, the dream of my heart. Since 1996, I’ve published numerous short stories, devotions and plays. I’ve also been active in church drama ministries, another passion of mine. My first novel, The Love of His Brother (November 2007, Five Star Publishers), was followed by The Pastor’s Wife (February 2010, Abingdon Press) and The Mother Road (April 2012). A Wild Goose Chase Christmas is book two in the new Quilts of Love series.

Besides being a writer, I am a wife and mom. Living in Las Vegas, Nevada, my family has learned how to enjoy the fabulous buffets here without severely impacting our waistlines. God is good!