Litfuse Presents…..The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray

 

The Proposal at Siesta KeyThe Proposal at Siesta Key (Avon Inspire, May 2015)

A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is another great book by Shelley Shepard Gray. Another visit to Pinecraft Community in Florida, Penny is a shy young lady that has been sheltered by her parents, and Michael is a famous Mennonite traveling speaker are as different as night an day. But as Penny takes care of Michael after his surgery, the attraction between the two grows. But what will happen when Michael’s leg heals and he will join his traveling family once again.

I love reading this book because it is so entertaining and relaxing. I also loved reading more about the characters in this little Amish community in Pinecraft. It was fun watching Penny break out on her own and blossom into a caring and beautiful young woman, and the apple of the handsome Michael Knoxx’s eye. And I appreciate the way Ms. Gray weaves Trusting God and living the Christian life in the everyday lives of the characters. This is a fantastic read, and one you will truly enjoy!

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

Shelley Shepard Gray

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

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In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot, from Revell

In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

She’s lost her dream job–but has she found the man of her dreams?

Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow’s End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa’s dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake’s real identity?

This warm and witty story of dreams deferred and mistaken identity will have you believing in second chances.

Praise for Amanda Cabot

“Amanda is a master at creating authentic characters with foibles and dreams.”–Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of A Light in the Wilderness

“Uplifting and inspiring, the story speaks to the way nostalgia wisely finds a place in the modern world.”–Publishers Weekly starred review of At Bluebonnet Lake

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, Christmas Roses, and At Bluebonnet Lake. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers’ Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at http://www.amandacabot.com.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Has Marisa St. George found the man or her dreams after moving back to her hometown of Dupree, Texas. Very successful and well known writer Blake Kendall decides to try hanging out at Rainbow’s End Resort for a while to see if it would help his writers block, that he couldn’t seem to get over. The attraction between Marisa and Blake was immediate, but then things started to come up that put a halt on that attraction, and their relationship was rocky one min and ok the next. This situation, along with everything else going on at Rainbow’s End Resort makes for a fun and entertaining story.

In Firefly Valley ,I loved reading about the characters I grew to love in the first book in this series, At Bluebonnet Lake, and meeting the new people traveling to the area! The relaxing atmosphere at the Rainbow’s End Resort and the quite town of Dupree, Texas makes this a light read, yet a story that deals with lives that were changed through forgiveness of each other and the love, forgiveness and redemption of our Lord. I want to encourage you to pick up a copy of In Firefly Valley for hours of relaxing, entertaining and fun. I think you will like this book as much as I did! This one goes on my keeper shelf!

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

Another really sweet book from author Amanda Cabot!

CFBA Presents When Hope Rises by Dora Heirs

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

When Hope Rises

Pelican Book Group (May 2015)

by

Dora HeirsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son no longer wanted her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing Heart Racing, God-Gracing romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her local chapter, Carolina Romance Writers.

Dora and her real life hero make their home in North Carolina. When she takes a break from cranking out stories, she enjoys reading, family gatherings, and mountain cabin getaways. She despises traffic, bad coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with a happily-ever-after!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Art teacher Shelby Coltman transforms junk into treasure and longs for a place to showcase her creations. She’s thrilled when her friend volunteers to room with her. Shelby can finally buy a storefront. Unfortunately, Kennedi’s brother can’t seem to let go.

Abandoned as a teenager, guidance counselor Tate Malone has become surrogate and over-protective father to his sister. Life is great until Shelby Coltman wheedles his impressionable sister into sharing an apartment. Raised in wealth, the beautiful Shelby could never understand poverty or rejection, and Tate doesn’t appreciate her uprooting his sister.
When Shelby hands over her savings to a homeless student, will God obliterate Tate’s fears and deliver all of Shelby’s dreams…when hope rises?

If you would like to read the first chapter of When Hope Rises, go HERE.

As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad, from Revell

As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

Young romance opens like a rose . . . but even a rose has its thorns.

Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she is not above a little benevolent deception in order to get the park superintendent to change his mind and hire her. She plans to infiltrate the world of wealthy and influential people in hopes of drumming up financial support for a world-class conservatory. But before she can put those plans into action, she meets Reese King, a handsome gardener at Como Park–and a major distraction. Still, Reese might be the key to achieving her dream. But is his goal to help her . . . or to capture her heart?

Against the lush backdrop of manicured gardens and greenhouses full of the exotic, Lorna Seilstad weaves a sweet and sassy story that is sure to delight.

What people are saying about The Gregory Sisters

“A cut above the rest.”–RT Book Reviews

“Thoroughly charming.”–Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series

“Delightful . . . a wonderfully satisfying read.”–Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of The Inn at Eagle Hill series

A history buff, antique collector, and former high school English teacher, fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love Calls, While Love Stirs, and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at http://www.lornaseilstad.com.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Teresa Gregory is a feisty and determined young lady, and when she sets her heart to do something, there is no stopping her. That includes working at Como Park in Saint Paul, and meeting park worker Reece King just added fuel to the fire. When Reece let Teresa volunteer at the Park working with him, Ms. Gregory was able to live her dreams designing gardens. But that’s not all that happened during this time they were working together. Attraction started to build between these two, but nothing could really become of it because of the difference in the lifestyles of the two. Or could it?

Lorna Seilstad has written another fantastic and enjoyable read! I loved these characters, they were believable and unique and found their way to my heart early in the book. No only did we follow the life of Teresa and her desire tohave the vocation of a horticulturist as something she wanted to do in her life, we also had a glimpse of the women’s rights in the 1913’s as we followed Teresa’s aunt as she and the three sisters attended meetings about the women’s rights movement. And Teresa fit right in with it all in working with Reece. And getting back to Reece and Teresa, they were both so excited when the gardens were completed at Como Park, and Reece was going to reveal that Teresa was the brains in designing his garden, but things didn’t go quite like it was suppose to, and well, that’s where you need to read the book, because its just too much to reveal! I highly recommend As Love Blooms, and I know you will enjoy this awesome read as much as I did!

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

CFBA presents The Art of Losing Yourself by

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Art of Losing Yourself

WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)

by

Katie GanshertABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she’s not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Just like in my dream, I was drowning and nobody even noticed.

Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her made-for-TV smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, live in a nice house, and attend church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together. But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. She wonders if God is as powerful as she once believed. Sometimes she wonders if He exists at all. After years of secret losses and empty arms, she’s not so sure anymore.

Until Carmen’s sister—seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher—steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life? Can two half-sisters make each other whole?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Art of Losing Yourself, go HERE.

Litfuse Presents Called to be Amish by Marlene Miller

Litfuse Presents Called to be Amish
by Marlene Miller
Called to Be AmishCalled to Be Amish

Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them.

In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.

Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.

Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Though I have read several books where someone has gone from English to Amish, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to really go from English to Amish in real life. And this is why I wanted to read this book, because normally I wouldn’t read a memoirs. Coming from an abusive lifestyle, Ms. Miller steps into the Amish life, a life that is totally different than anything she has ever known. Her story is intriguing, and I got the real insight of what this exchange was like. I do wish it would have been less detailed about Ms. Miller’s former English life and more about her life as Amish. But overall, this was an interesting read.

If you enjoy Amish, why not pick up a copy of this memoir to read the real nitty gritty of what it means to be Amish

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

Marlene C. Miller joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Litfuse Presents When Grace Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Litfuse Presents When Grace Sings
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
When Grace SingsWhen Grace Sings (WaterBrook Press, March 2015)

When trouble roars into quiet Arborville, Alexa and Anna-Grace find themselves the target for discord and exposed secrets. Can they continue to seek the God of all grace amidst the fog of confusion?

Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community in Arborville, Kansas will ever fully accept her. Her family roots here aren’t what anyone thought when she first arrived, but she is hopeful that her culinary and hospitality skills will win the skeptics over. The bed-and-breakfast she’s operating needs to succeed so Alexa agrees to allow Briley Forrester, the hotshot reporter from Chicago, to stay as a long-term boarder not knowing his real motives for being amongst the Plain folk.

But when Alexa agrees to host her cousin Anna-Grace Braun, the presence of extended family brings out Alexa’s insecurities and sets Briley on the trail to uncovering a web of hidden truths.

Plans for a secure future and the sweetness of young romance hang in the balance when Alexa and Anna-Grace have to face that their secrets are interconnected, binding the two in ways they could not have imagined. They must trust in a loving, heavenly Father and His plan for their futures.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

After reading book one in this series, I will excited about reading When Grace Sings. Alexa is now running her B&B, Grace Notes at her grandmothers house. But she never thought she would be hosting her cousin, Anna-Grace Braun. Though Alexia knew the truth about what happened years ago, Anna-Grace had no idea. So when Alexia agreed to host Anna-Grace at the B&B, she was the one that had no idea how she could be in the same house together with Anna-Grace. And with hotshot Chicago reporter Briley Forrester nosing around trying to find out all he could about the Amish, things would get very testy at the B&B.

Another Kim Vogel Sawyer book that I love! My heart went out to Alexia because of her insecurity, but I don’t think she had a reason to be, because her grandmother was truly crazy about her. And Alexia had been a joy to the older woman’s life. The entire story is full of tension because of the close quarters in the house with the two young ladies and the grandma there. And Briley added more tension as well as fun to the story. You had to like Briley, even though he was annoying at times. You just have to read the this book to get the full effect. And I agree with other reviewers that several issues was left hanging, but I hope the third book in this series will take care of this.

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

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of twenty-nine novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason, from Revell

No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason

She’ll defend her friend until the bitter end–but is she in over her head?

It’s not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can’t believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she’s determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she’s not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe.

Lynette Eason delivers nonstop action as Jackie and Ian travel a dangerous road–one that may lead straight to destruction.

Praise for the series

“For any reader looking for ‘edge-of-your-seat’ thrills, this series is the perfect gift.”–Suspense Magazine

“Fans of Eason’s and readers of Christian suspense will definitely want to check out this new series. I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment.”–Fiction Addict

“An exciting new series with action and thrilling chase scenes.”–RT Book Reviews

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust and Nowhere to Turn. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master’s degree in education from Converse College, and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at http://www.lynetteeason.com.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The title of this book says it all, because Ian and Jackie’s life was just like that, because throughout the book they were always running for their lives. Ian is not only wanted by the law, the bad guys is after him too, and Jackie is determined to help him, but the things they do to keep themselves alive. This book is so full of action packed adventure, suspense, and just plain fear that you will be watching behind you, every move you make! As with all of Lynette Eason’s books, I was hooked from the first page, and I only put this book down when I had too! I had finished it within 24 hours because I had to find out what was going to happen to Jackie and Ian, and who was behind all of this violence in trying to take them out!

If you are a fan of fast pace thrillers, this is one you don’t want to miss!  I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Whenever You Come Around By Robin Lee Hatcher

Whenever You Come Around

By Robin Lee Hatcher

whenever you come around

Book Description

Just when Charity’s wild imagination failed her, a flesh-and-blood hero walked into her life.

Best-selling author Charity Anderson returns to her hometown of Kings Meadow to defeat a bad case of writer’s block. She imagines she’ll spend a lonely summer writing and then return to her home in Boise. She soon finds herself caring for Buck Malone, a wilderness guide-and the object of her unrequited teenage crush. But what else can she do? Her dog Cocoa caused the accident that left Buck with a broken ankle and wrist, taking him off the trail for weeks of prime tourist-season work.

Buck and Charity have gone different ways since high school, and at first it seems they have little in common. Buck loves the simple, low-key life he’s made for himself in the mountains of Idaho, and she’s a woman accustomed to the faster, bustling pace of the city. But spending so much time together has Buck hoping to change her mind about staying in the small town she thought she’d left behind for good.

It’s a summer for discovering that young love is a spark not soon extinguished.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have been waiting on book two of this series every since I read book one! So far, I am loving this series, A King’s Meadow Romance. When Charity Anderson comes home for the summer, she finally finds forgiveness for the past that sent her running from home. In doing so, Charity has to own up to her mistakes to her family and find forgiveness for herself. The road has not been easy, but can she finally find real love which she is home?

When an accident brings Charity and her heart throb high school crush,Buck Malone spending a lot of time together, they find out that the attraction they once had may not have ended completely all of those years ago. Robin Lee Hatcher again writes and heart throbbing romance, a nice, clean and fun to read romance, for her readers like me to enjoy! I loved Charity and Buck’s story and I am looking forward to the next book in this heartwarming series.

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

About the Author

Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit http://www.robinleehatcher.com.

A Simple Prayer By Amy Clipston

A Simple Prayer 

By Amy Clipston

a simple prayer

Book Description

Life has taken much from Linda Zook. Now she dares to hope for a chance at love and a new beginning.

Linda Zook, 32, works part-time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. As the sole survivor of a buggy accident that left her orphaned at age four, she was raised by her unwilling Uncle Reuben. Linda longs to be worthy of someone, but the life-long effects of her injuries and her upbringing under the care of her embittered uncle have destroyed her self-worth. .

Aaron Ebersol, 32, left the Amish community 17 years ago when he could no longer bear the restrictions or the constant tension with his father. He’d written too many unanswered letters to his mother and found himself incapable of putting down any roots in his new home in Missouri. Success in work could not replace the family that denied Aaron, even after all of these years. .

Aaron hastily returns to the Amish community of Paradise, PA, after receiving word of his mother’s stroke. Hesitant to get too close to the family he was once a part of, he decides to stay at the Heart of Paradise Bed & Breakfast. He soon encounters Linda, working there part-time, and they begin to develop a friendship. .

Aaron’s return allows him to reconnect with his family as he jumps into home improvement projects, hoping to make his parents’ house more accessible to his handicapped mother. But before long, he is enraged to learn that his brother, Solomon, had hidden all of Aaron’s letters to their mother. .

Linda and Aaron must each learn to forgive the family members who have deceived and forsaken them. And Aaron must also show Linda that she is worthy of his love.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Life hasn’t been easy for 32 year old Linda Zook, being orphaned at age 4 and raised by an uncle that didn’t want her. But Linda is determined to make something of her life, working part time at the Lancaster Grand Hotel, she desires to we worthy of a life that she can be happy and loved. Thirty-two year old Aaron Ebersol comes back into the picture after leaving the Amish community for almost two decades because of the harsh demands of his father. These two meet up, but what will life be for them because of their background? Can they find love and forgiveness for the family that wronged them?

Amy Clipston is one of my favorite Amish writers. I love her writing style, the long series about this Amish Community and the families, and I fell in love with her characters in the first book of this series! Linda and Aaron’s story is a sad, but yet a happy one. I thoroughly enjoyed following the lives of these two characters through the thick and thin of their relationship. As I read their story, I could clearly see the love, grace, forgiveness and redemption of our God in the lives of these characters. In everything they went through, God was in the driver’s seat of their lives and leading them every step of the way. If you enjoy Amish fiction, this series is a must for you. Check out A Simple Prayer by Amy Clipston, and the other books in this awesome series.

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

About the Author

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

CFBA Presents…..The Woods Edge by Lori Benton

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Wood’s Edge

WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)

by

Lori Benton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori’s first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.

ABOUT THE BOOK

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Wood’s Edge, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really enjoyed this book. I love how Ms. Benton shows the love and redemption of God at work in her character’s lives. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love reading this fantastic novel by author Lori Benton!

Litfuse Presents A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade plus win a 100.00 gift card and more

 A Love Like Ours

 

A Love Like Ours (Bethany House, May 2015)

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

Learn more and purchase a copy at Becky’s website

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Life has turned Jake Porter into a hard, stubborn, man that would do anything or say anything to keep those walls high around him and let no one in. Then Jake’s best childhood friend Lyndie James moves back to Texas after two decades in California. Jake’s goal is to stay away from Lyndie. But as life happens, Jake’s goals of keeping Lyndie away didn’t happen. This book does a fantastic job of bringing to surface PTSD, along with a life that has totally turned his back on God.

A Love Like Ours is another winner by author Becky Wade! I really loved the entire storyline. I’ve never been around race horses, and I was amazed at the detailed descriptions of what happens behind the scenes in the life of someone that has been through so much in life, that he doesn’t deserve to be happy. Lyndie is a special young lady, with patience, and a love for helping anyone in need. And it was as if God put Lyndie in Jake’s life to break those barriers down so he could live again. I just can’t say enough about this book! So I won’t say any more, and I encourage you to pick up a copy of this wonderful book.

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

Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

And Now for the Giveaway
Fall in love with Becky Wade‘s new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys. A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A $100 cash card
  • A copy of A Love Like Ours
  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD
  • A scarf
  • A dog-tag/cross keychain
  • A pair of earrings
  • A Scarf
  • A Texas-shaped cutting board
  • A Jake Porter mug
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky’s site.

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The Heart of the Amish by by Suzanne Woods Fisher, From Revell

The Heart of the Amish
by Suzanne Woods Fisher

“Powerful! That’s the first word that comes to mind after reading this excellent book. You will be inspired to make changes in your life.”–Chandler Gerber, featured in the film From One Second to the Next

We have all been hurt and we all have someone we need to forgive. But sometimes it’s hard to let go of our hurt and anger in order to truly forgive and move on.

For the Amish, forgiving others in order to live at peace is woven into the very fabric of their faith. From daily annoyances to heartbreaking tragedy, they exhibit an incredible capacity for forgiveness that often baffles us. How do they do it? And how can we have the same attitude and ability to forgive?

Through true stories gathered from a variety of Amish communities, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher shows you how the Amish are able to release their pain and desire for revenge, and live at peace with others. Her in-depth, personal research uncovers the astounding yet fundamental way the Amish can forgive anyone from the angry customer at the grocery store to the shooter at Nickel Mines. You’ll learn how to invite God into your story, apply lessons from the Amish to your own circumstances, and find the freedom that comes with true forgiveness.

“Fisher’s stories of the Amish will arm you with tools to forgive and find the path to reconciliation as they draw you closer to God.”Elizabeth B. Brown, author of Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs, as well as many novels about the Amish, including the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I’ve often wondered why the Amish has such a forgiving spirit.  I have read so many Amish books, I realize that is the way they are raised, the way they are trained. Reading Amish books, I’ve found that some have a really sweet spirit, but some, mostly men seem almost bitter. I think some take their rolls as head of the house to a point that they are just mean with it. So that is why I enjoyed this book. In this book, Suzanne Woods Fisher gives us story after story from real Amish people who tell how they cope with life, being willing to forgive anyone who does them wrong. This is a book that can help anyone who reads it, because we all have those times we don’t want to forgive someone, or that we want revenge for something someone has done to you. After reading these stories, I feel blessed to have read them, and I found ways that can help me forgive. And I think that is the reason for this book.

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

Litfuse presents To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

To Win Her Favor
by Tamera Alexander

To Win Her FavorTo Win Her Favor (Zondervan, May 2015)

A gifted rider in a world ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.

An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie’s father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail—Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Tamera’s site.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Everything for Maggie and Cullen has a rough start, and they went through plenty difficult situations. Cullen’s offer to buy Maggie’s family estate came with a very specific condition, that Cullen marry Maggie. Maggie’ main concern was with her mare Bourbon Belle.

I love, love this new story by Tamera Alexander! The characters stole by heart from the beginning! And such a sweet romance! Of course it didn’t start out that way. I loved the marriage of convenience, because it always makes for an amazing story. I loved following Maggie and Cullen’s life throughout this book, their struggles and difficult times and decisions, and I wanted to be right there in the middle of their lives! As their relationship and their faith in God grew stronger, I could certainly relate to many of their issues. This is definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I was so very glad to visit the characters at Bell Meade Plantation again, and I look forward to the next book in this series.

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

Tamera Alexander is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don’t forget Jack, their precious–and precocious–silky terrier.