Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport

About the Book

Name of book: Colors of Christmas

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre: Contemporary Christmas

Release Date: October 1, 2017

 

Christmas in Blue

Angela just wants Christmas to be over. Instead, she finds herself in charge of the town’s celebration, and everything goes from bad to worse. Can she rescue Christmas for the town—and herself?

Christmas in Gold

When eighty-year-old Astrid moves into an assisted living community and meets a young woman on the brink of despair, she resolves to stir up Christmas hope one more time.

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About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This first Christmas story, ‘Christmas in Gold’ is about and elderly lady named Astrid who fell down steps at home and her son and daughter decides to move her to an assisted living facility near her son’s house. Trouble is, he travels all of the time and is hardly home. So after much downsizing her son gets her moved in, he has to leave and the daughter can’t come to help either, so ….has fun decorating her new apartment. Except she couldn’t find her God Christmas ornaments, so guess her son didn’t bother to bring them. Then She starts making new friends at her new place, specifically her therapist. They both needed a friend and despite their age difference they hit it off. So we’re able to be there for each other.

This is a good story, but it started off very slow for me. After probably halfway through it gets better. There’s a little bit of drama here but not much. Christmas did turn out different than I expected. The characters are interesting and realistic, and the author shows that no matter the circumstances, we can be happy and useful in whatever stage of life we are in. The God will walk with us.

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This second story ‘Christmas in Blue’ for me, is much better. Carole, who has always taken care of the Christmas to Remember event each year passed away leaving her best friend, Angela to follow in her footsteps. And of course she was chosen to do the Christmas to Remember event as well. But things didn’t go so smoothly, and time was running out, and besides that, they only Christmas decorations they could find was blue. Everything. Blue. Which the town wasn’t going to like. Then a mystery person appeared, helping diligently to make the Celebration a success.

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was really special to see a twin come together. But the end results was surprisingly very well done. Makes for a very cozy Christmas story to read during the holidays! Especially if there comes a pretty snowfall!

This is a beautiful book! I love blue so the colors are just what I like. I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Colors of Christmas for hours of cozy, clean fun entertainment! A complementary copy of this book was provided by TLC Tours. The opinions in this review are mine only.

Guest Post from Olivia Newport

 

We All Have a Story

I’m younger than most of the people I exercise with. It started when I had a lot of pain in my feet and needed low-impact classes with the option of sitting down and learned I didn’t have to be a senior citizen to take their classes at my gym. Then I discovered how tough most of them are. Years later, though my feet are better, these are still my people.

A couple of years ago, while we waited for the younger and allegedly-but-not-really-tougher crowd to clear out of the group exercise room so we could invade it, a woman I would not have guessed to be 80, because she could out-cardio and out-lift me any day of the week, mentioned she had been widowed since she was 39. And she’d been widowed the first time at 19. And she’d grown up in Germany while Hitler was intent on destroying Europe and life was not easy.

Then the changing of the guard happened and I was left with my mouth gaping. I knew I had to hear this story. The next week after class, we went across the parking lot to Culvers for lunch and I scribbled notes on the backs of a pile of brown napkins while Astrid talked. Later she let me read the account of her life that she had written herself.

Astrid faced so many tragic circumstances, but she would be the first to tell you that God was with her even before she knew how to call on him. Many people with her life story would have found plenty of reason to wallow and stagnate. But not Astrid. Truly she is one of the most hopeful people I know.

Her story was the beginning of Colors of Christmas, which includes two stories. Astrid’s is “Christmas in Gold,” and the other is “Christmas in Blue.” Astrid inspired me to write about hope for a time of year when the Christian message resounds with hope yet so many people struggle to grasp hope for themselves. I pray these stories will help many recover a sense of hope afresh.

Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Blog Stops

Books N Baubles, October 17

Christian Bookaholic, October 17

Bukwurmzzz, October 17

Janices book reviews, October 18

Singing Librarian Books, October 18

Moments Dipped in Ink, October 18

A Simply Enchanted Life, October 19

G.O. & D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 19

Bigreadersite, October 19

Reader’s cozy corner, October 20

Have A Wonderful Day, October 20

Reflections from my bookshelves, October 20

Blogging With Carol, October 21

Just the Write Escape, October 21

Zerina Blossom’s Books, October 21

A Greater Yes, October 22

Mary Hake, October 22

Daysong Reflections, October 22

A Baker’s Perspective, October 23

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 23

Baker Kella, October 23

Smiling Book Reviews, October 23

The Fizzy Pop Collection, October 24

It’s Storytime With Van Daniker, October 24

Remembrancy, October 24

Carpe Diem, October 25

autism mom, October 25

Bibliophile Reviews, October 25

A Reader’s Brain, October 26

By The Book, October 26

The Power of Words, October 26

With a Joyful Noise, October 27

Pause for Tales, October 27

Splashes of Joy, October 27

Jeanette’s Thoughts, October 28

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, October 28

Karen Sue Hadley, October 28

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 28

Vicky Sluiter, October 29

To Everything a Season, October 29

Pursuing Stacie, October 29

Just Jo’Anne, October 30

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 30

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a Christmas Bundle Bonanza which includes 7 Jumbo rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, 2 sets of stick-on gift tags, 2 packages of Christmas cards and envelopes, 2 collections of Christmas novellas—18 stories in all, and a signed copy of Colors of Christmas!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c319

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The Beloved Christmas Quilt: Three Stories of Family, Romance, and Amish Faith by Wanda Brunstetter

One Quilt Binds Three Generations of Amish Women
Enjoy the gift of a brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, along with stories by her daughter-in-law, Jean and granddaughter, Richelle.

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3
The scripture embroidered on the back of a beloved quilt brings hope to three generations of Pennsylvania Amish women at Christmastime.

Luella’s Promise
By Wanda E. Brunstetter
Luella Ebersol has been caregiver for a dying woman and her young son. When Dena Lapp gives Luella her favorite quilt, she makes Luella promise to pass it down to her daughter. But Luella isn’t sure she will ever marry if she can’t find someone with maturity and faith like Dena’s husband Atlee Zook.

Karen’s Gift
By Jean Brunstetter
Karen Allgyer and her husband moved to a slow-paced village to raise their children, but Karen longs for the closeness of family to help her through the challenges of managing three girls with one on the way. When life’s pressures rise, will Karen cave to her fears?

Roseanna’s Groom
By Richelle Lynn Brunstetter
When the unexpected happens on the day of her wedding, Roseanna Allgyer can’t help blaming herself, despite not understanding why. Then an old friend returns to town, and she battles feeling for him—afraid of being hurt again.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I’m sure author Wanda Brunstetter is thrilled and proud to write The Beloved Christmas Quilt with her daughter in law and granddaughter. What sweet memories. The main theme of the story is a quilt made by Atlee (in the first story’s) first mother in law and given to Atlee and his first wife, and given to Luella. The scripture verse, ‘For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3,’ would be a rock for three generations of ladies.

The first story in this book is written by Wanda Brunstetter. Atlee’s young wife was dying with heart disease and he hires Luella Ebersol. This is a sad story, but it turns out good for everyone. As usual, Ms. Brunstetter creates well liked characters that we grow to love and enjoy. As well as a story that will warm our hearts. I enjoyed Luella’s promise very much.

The second story, Karen’s gift, is written by Ms. Brunstetter’s daughter in law, Jean Brunstetter. The setting is decades later when Atlee and Luella’s daughter Karen has grown children of her own. Karen misses living so far away from her parents and family, but her husband is adamant about living in a quieter neighborhood, leaving Karen depressed and unhappy a lot of the times. When they find out their last child has health issues, the couple doesn’t handle it well, creating more issues with this couple. Can they find a happy compromise? This is another enjoyable story with more likeable characters. The plot flows easily and it’s a pretty fast read. I did get annoyed at Karen at times because she kept dwelling on wanting to move to her hometown, especially after the story ended as it did. And I’m still not so sure how I feel about Karen’s husband’s reaction to their daughters health issues. Overall, this is a nice story to follow Luella and Atlee’s story.

The third story in this book, Rosanna’s Groom, is written by Wanda Brunstetter’s granddaughter, Richelle Brunstetter. I think having a first book written in the same book as her grandmother is just too sweet. Roseanne was devastated when her husband to be left their wedding. What’s gotten into him? Then an old boyfriend shows up in town? What will Rosanna do with both guys so close by? A beautifully written story for a first published story, Richelle Brunstetter gives readers an interesting Amish story that will entertain for hours. A wonderful ending to a great book, especially with the Quilt being hand down yet again, to give comfort to another Amish lady in the family.

I highly recommend this sweet Amish book, and congratulations on the three Brunstetter women on their adventure writing together. And I love the recipes included st the end of each story. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Wanda E. Brunstetter

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at http://www.wandabrunstetter.com.

Jean Brunstetter

Jean Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law’s family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by the Amish into her daily routine. Jean lives in Washington State with her husband, Richard Jr. and their three children, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities in several states. In addition to writing, Jean enjoys boating, gardening, and spending time on the beach.

Richelle Brunstetter

Richelle Brunstetter lives in the Pacific Northwest and developed a desire to write when she took creative writing in high school. After enrolling in college classes, her overall experience enticed her to become a writer, and she wants to implement what she’s learned into her stories. Just starting her writing career, her first published story appears in The Beloved Christmas Quilt beside her grandmother, Wanda E. Brunstetter, and her mother, Jean. Richelle enjoys traveling to different places, her favorite being Kauai, Hawaii.

Wanda Brunstetter The Blessing From Barbour Books

Wanda Brunstetter  The Blessing

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Return to the Troyer farm where Heidi welcomes six new cooking class students who experience the healing hand of God.

Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi’s table.

During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students—though, this time Heidi’s own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment.

This is the second book in The Amish Cooking Class series. Check out Book 1, The Seekers

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This book was such a Blessing to read, probably why it’s called The Blessing. Lyle and Heidi once again invite people into their home for cooking classes. This time she had six students. All six were very different, all ages and all walks of life. But each one had struggles they had to deal with daily, including their hostess. With Heidi and Lyle’s string faith in The Lord and sweet attitude, the six students were drawn toward their kindness. My heart hurt so for Heidi because she wanted a child so bad. Situations change in life just as they did in this story, and I liked the way the story ended.

And as for the ‘old fashion’ words and statements in the story as one reviewer put it. That depends on where you live. Some of my family talk more ‘old fashion’ than the author used in this story. It’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a way of life that we need to respect. And in this story, we were reading about plain people, and they don’t talk fancy. Just my thoughts on that.

This was such a sweet story. I haven’t read any more books in this series but I plan to read them soon. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you will really enjoy The Blessing. A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Barbour Books for me to read. I was not required to write a review. The words and opinions in this review are mine, and mine only.

 

The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda Brunstetter

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Product Description
New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter and Daughter-in-Law, Jean, Weave a Lighthearted Romance from Indiana’s Amish Country

Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma’s time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.

Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill—50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won’t work for her. Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.

Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?

How did Thelma meet her husband? Find out in The Lopsided Christmas Cake.

 

My Thoughts on this book
Elma Hochstetler didn’t like living alone in the house their grandmother left she and her twin sister. But Thelma had moved just across the street with her new husband in their new house. The sisters still so which other every day working in the Amish store also left to them about their grandmother. But Thelma was pregnant so she was unable to work very many hours per day. Which made Elma even lonelier.
That is until Ben Wagler not a basket of fruit off the table at the farmers market. A basket of fruit that was to be sold. Elma and Ben were attracted to each other but the problem was I live so far away from one another. And especially Thelma didn’t like that idea of her sister moving away, so she spent her time trying to hook Elma up with a friend of her husbands. But wait, they had just met and no one was moving.

I enjoyed this sweet Amish story about these twin sisters. Marriage is not an easy time for twins who have spent their entire life together. If only Elma could find someone close by to love, so she breaks it off with Ben. And of course I shared Elma’s hurt because I really like Ben. And I was so happy for both of them to finally find love, especially at their age.

I highly recommend this Amish story to everyone who loves Amish books. Or if you just want a good clean enjoyable read, this is a book that you need to check out. I received this book from Barbour Publishing. I was not required to write a review, it was my choice to write this positive review, and the opinions in this review are my honest opinion’s only.

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About the Author
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at http://www.wandabrunstetter.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebration Lit Tours presents The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection Plus Giveaway

Blue Ribbon Brides Banner

To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

Blue Ribbon Brides

Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?

About the Authors

Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in God—a theme that carries throughout her stories. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and RWA’s Faith, Hope and Love Chapter. When she’s not spinning tales, she enjoys board games with friends, movies, and breaking into song for no particular reason. Jennifer lives with her family in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Please visit her at http://www.jenniferallee.com.

 

Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author, host of Grace Under Pressure Radio, and the Christian Author Network’s president. And yes, she’s half of the fun fe-lion comedy duo, Muse and Writer, on social media.
Note from Angela: “I love hearing from readers and enjoy book club chats. To drop me a note or set up a book club chat, contact me at angie.breidenbach@gmail.com. Let me know if you’d like me to post a quote from your review of this story. If you send me the link and your social media handle, I’ll post it to my social media with a word of gratitude including your name and/or social media handle, too!”
For more about Angela’s books (especially more Montana-inspired romances) and podcast, or to set up a book club chat, please visit her website: http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com
Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram: @AngBreidenbach
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/AngelaBreidenbachInspirationalSpeakerAuthor
Bestselling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at http://www.darlenefranklinwrites.com
Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write about real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.

 

Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

 

TIFFANY AMBER STOCKTON has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today she is an award-winning author, speaker, social media consultant, and a freelance website designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son and a vivacious Flat-coated retriever named Roxie. Her writing career began as a columnist for her high school and college newspapers. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Historical Romance Writers. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards, and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for the Heartsong Presents book club. You can read more about her at her website.

 

Niki Turner is a novelist, journalist, and blogger. Her first completed manuscript earned second place in the Touched By Love 2009 contemporary category romance contest. She writes for local newspapers and won second place for best agriculture story at the 2013 Colo­rado Press Association annual convention. She is a coblogger at http://www.inkwellinspirations.com. Niki is the president of the Western Slope chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Connect with Niki on Facebook or Twitter, and visit her website for information on her other books: http://www.nikiturner.net.
ECPA- bestselling author Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband’s love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn’t realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at http://www.ginawelborn.com!
Becca Whitham (WIT-um) is a multi-published author who has always loved reading and writing stories. After raising two children, she and her husband faced the empty nest years by following their dreams: he joined the army as a chaplain, and she began her journey toward publication. Becca loves to tell stories marrying real historical events with modern-day applications to inspire readers to live Christ-reflecting lives. She’s traveled to almost every state in the U.S. for speaking and singing engagements and has lived in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Alaska.  She can be reached through her website at http://www.beccawhitham.com.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love all of the Brides Collection books from Barbour books, and The Blue Ribbons Bride’s Collection is awesome, just as all of the others. This collection has stories from nine different authors. Each story based on a young lady winning blue ribbons at Fairs on their community. The historical settings in each of these stories took me back to an interesting time in history. With subjects such as hot air balloons, lady botanist, journalists, quilts, baking and more, this collection of stories are well worth this time to read them. And I just can’t pick a favorite, because each of them were special. The characters were very well created and developed in each story, and I read each one at one setting!

Thanks to each of these authors and their wonderful stories:
Requilted with Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Seven Medals and a Bride by Angela Breidenbach
A Taste of Honey by Darlene Franklin
Altered Hearts by Gina Welborn
Better with Butter by Jennifer AlLee
Driven to Distraction by Becca Whitham
First Comes Pie by Niki Turner
Front Page Love by Amber Stockton
Competing Hearts by Cynthia Hickey

I highly recommend this wonderful book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. Pick up your copy today for hours of entertainment.  I received this book from Celebration Lit Blog Tours, and Barbour Books through Net Galley 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.

Blog Stops

November 1: Simple Harvest Reads

November 2: History, Mystery & Faith

November 2: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

November 3: Bibliophile Reviews

November 3: Smiling Book Reviews

November 4: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

November 5: A Greater Yes

November 5: Blossoms and Blessings

November 6: Artistic nobody

November 7: cherylbbookblog

November 8: Reviewing Novels Online

November 8: Jeanette’s Thoughts

November 9: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner (Spotlight)

November 9: inklings and notions

November 10: Lighthouse Academy

November 11: The Scribbler

November 12: Karen’s Krayons

November 13: Daysong Reflections

November 14: Splashes of Joy

November 14: Blogging With Carol

THE GIVEAWAY

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To celebrate their tour, The Blue Ribbon Brides authors are giving away an award winning themed basket that included a quilt and an Amazon Kindle Fire!

Be sure to comment on this blog post below. If we have ten commentors (not including the authors), I will be picking one person to win a book!

Link to giveaway: https://promosimple.com/ps/a7ea

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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and Jim Reimann

Les Misérables

by Victor Hugo and Jim Reimann

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and Jim Reimann

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Here’s the epic story that spawned Hollywood films and Broadway musicals—in a condensed and updated version perfect for the twenty-first century reader seeking its redemptive message. Born of the unrest that pervaded France after the failure of its eighteenth-century revolution, Les Misérables follows the journey of Jean Valjean from depravity and corruption to grace and redemption. The eclectic cast of characters accompanying Valjean causes us to empathize with the condition of the human spirit—from Fantine, the desperate single mother, to the cold justice of Javert, to the passion of Cosette, to the revolutionary spirit in Marius. This retelling of Hugo’s epic 1862 novel retains the richness that is Les Mis, in approximately one-fifth of the original wording.

MY THOUGHS ON THIS BOOK

Wow there is so much to this book. I had never read this book, nor watched movies or anything, so I was in awe of the entire story.  This story follows Jean Valjean from depravity and corruption to grace and redemption, with the most amazing wide range of characters, I simply didn’t want the book to end. I will have to say that sometimes the book was kinda of complicated to read, and I would find my self shifting away from the story for a while, but then I was right back into it. But the message is the main thing, and that is the redemption and grace of Jean Valjean. From a life of corruption to the face of redemption, you will be in awe of this story. A story that everyone should read at some point in their lives!

I received this book from 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 Lone Star Collection by Cathy Marie Hake and Kimberley Comeaux – From Barbour Books

The Lone Star Collection

by Cathy Marie Hake and Kimberley Comeaux

From Barbour Books

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Five Stories of Untamed Love in a Wild State

by Cathy Marie Hake, Kimberley Comeaux

Enjoy two series of romances under one cover from authors Kimberley Comeaux and Cathy Marie Hake. First head to Springton, Texas, where two Texas belles—a pretty outcast and a shy nurse—find rattlesnakes easier to lasso than the hearts of the men they desire. Then join the Gregor brothers from Scotland—doctor, cobbler, lawman—as they settle in the Wild West, seeking wives to help them live out a legacy of faith that their father rooted in them. Watch as God’s love unfolds a grand design into each life.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I really loved The Lone Star Collection! The five stories in this book is broken down to two authors. Kimberley Comeaux writes the first two book series, and Cathy Marie Hake finishes with a three book series. Both of these authors offer a good bit of humor in their books, making them more fun and enjoyable to read.

Ms. Comeaux wrote the first series of two novellas, One More Chance, and Courtin’ Patience. These two stories center around two ladies, Rachel Branigan and Patience Primrose, who found love, even though they were not looking for it. And the second three series novellas was written by Cathy Marie Hack, centering around three brothers who walked right into the love of just the right ladies. Both of these series are so wonderfully written and so much fun to read. All of the comical scenes had me laughing throughout the entire book! If you enjoy short stories that are historical, fun and entertaining, you will love this book.

I received this book from 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.

Women of Courage by Wanda E. Brunstetter……from Barbour Books

Women of Courage

by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Women of Courage

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Take a three-thousand mile journey with Amanda Pearson as she leaves the disgrace of a broken engagement and enters the work of a Quaker mission in the western wilds. The trip is fraught with danger, and Amanda is near death before reaching her destination. Among those she meets are an Indian woman who becomes her first convert and a half-Indian trapper who seems to be her biggest critic. But love follows her into the wilderness and will determine the course of her future. You are sure to enjoy this historical romance adventure from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Women of Courage was a bit different than the Amish fiction that Wanda Brunstetter writes, but Ms. Brunstetter can write anything, and she shows it in this book! She has my attention early in the book, and I enjoyed the adventures I experienced throughout this book. Following Amanda Pearson as she takes the three-thousand mile journey will keep you hopping until the very end. And you will enjoy the historical journey, the heartbreaks and difficulties as well as the happier times. I always enjoy stories with Indians, and I really enjoyed the Indians Amanda comes in contact with, and getting to know them. This book covers a lot of miles and a lot of information, but all in all, it is a really good read.

I received this book from 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

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.

The Reconciled Hearts Trilogy by Doris Elaine Fell….From Barbour Books

The Reconciled Hearts Trilogy

by Doris Elaine Fell

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About this book

Plunge into three dramatic stories of romance and mystery, set in beautiful cities in charming Europe. An ocean lies between violinist Kerina Rudzinski in Vienna and American Ashley Reynolds, but their destiny is intertwined with secrets. When Sydney Barrington unexpectedly inherits a mansion in the Cotswolds, she’s pulled between the love of two men. . .and the mysteries concealed within Broadshire Manor. A twist of fate propels Professor Rachel McCully to return to the home of the man who captured her heart nearly a decade before. . .but mystery swirls around him and the mansion in England’s fabled Lake District.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
The Reconciled Hearts started out kind of slow for me, but as I kept reading, it started getting more interesting. But a lot of the reading in each story was difficult to read because of the tense emotions and the seriousness of the situations. I think they reason I kept reading and what kept my interest is the vivid and really wonderful descriptions of the setting in England. The author did a really good job of making the reader experience the sights and sounds of the era. Beware though, this is three full length books in one, not three short stories, so it is a very large book and takes a pretty good while to read. I rather enjoy long books, but if you don’t care books with lots of pages, then this one isn’t for you. One thing about it though. You can read each story at a different time. Overall, I enjoy The Reconciled Hearts, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

I received this book from 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 Lone Star Romance Collection from Barbour Publishers

The Lone Star Romance Collection

Five Stories of Untamed Love in a Wild State

 by Cathy Marie Hake, Kimberley Comeaux

the lone star romance collection

About This Book

Enjoy two series of romances under one cover from authors Kimberley Comeaux and Cathy Marie Hake. First head to Springton, Texas, where two Texas belles—a pretty outcast and a shy nurse—find rattlesnakes easier to lasso than the hearts of the men they desire. Then join the Gregor brothers from Scotland—doctor, cobbler, lawman—as they settle in the Wild West, seeking wives to help them live out a legacy of faith that their father rooted in them. Watch as God’s love unfolds a grand design into each life.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This romance book contains five wonderful stories. The first two are by author Kimberley Comeaux. In One More Chance, and Courtin’ Patience, Rachel Branigan and Patience Primrose never expected to find love and marry, but when a preacher and a sheriff comes along, they both change their minds mighty quick. Both of these stories were fun and enjoyable, and I thoroughly enjoyed both Novella’s.

The next three stories are by Cathy Marie Hack.  These stories are prior books of Ms. Hack’s but I hadn’t read them, so I was happy for the chance. These three Novella’s are about three brothers that find love, in a unique way. You will have to read the book to get the full enjoyment of the stories. I love the comical side of Ms. Hack and the way she places these brothers in a quest finding their women. The stories are fun and enjoyable, and funny, with a lot of laughs. If you love historical and funny stories, this is one you need to read!

I love the fact that I can read one of these stories in one sitting! So if you don’t have time for a full blown book to read, this would be an awesome alterative for you. I highly recommend this book to anyone who just loves to read a good clean book!

I received this book from 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.

To find out more about The Lone Star Romance Collection and the author go HERE

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From Barbour Books: British Brides Collection: 9 Romances from the Home of Austen and Dickens by Nine Awesome Authors

From Barbour Books:

British Brides Collection:

9 Romances from the Home of Austen and Dickens by Nine Awesome Authors

the british brides collection

by Bonnie Blythe, Pamela Griffin, Kelly Eileen Hake, Gail Gaymer Martin, Tamela Hancock Murray, Jill Stengl

Explore English gardens, London ballrooms, and Scottish castles as nine brides-to-be experience all the legendary drama and epic romance that British literature is known for. Each of the nine short stories will sweep you away to a different era of time spanning over 500 years of history in the British Isles. Penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors including Kelly Eileen Hake, this collection will become a cherished favorite for fans of faith-based romance.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love these Brides Collections from Barbour Publishing. There are nine stories in The British Brides Collection, from six different authors. Six of the stories were set in England in the 1600 and 1800’s and three of the stories were set in Scotland in 1358, 1748 and 1822.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Scottish stories, they were full of joy and entertainment. Authors Bonnie Blythe, Pamela Griffin, Kelly Eileen Hake, Gail Gaymer Martin, Tamela Hancock Murray, Jill Stengl did a wonderful job of writing these short stories. And I know short stories are different, and it seems like just as you get going on them they are over, but I love reading them. I love the fact that they only take a few hours each, and you can read them in one setting.

If you don’t have the time to read full size books, and if you enjoy romances, you will love these stories set in Scotland. And all of these ladies are awesome authors. Some of these authors were new to me, and others I’ve read many of their books, but all in all, I really enjoyed reading all of their stories in this book! I highly recommend British Brides Collection for you to read.

I received this book from 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.

You can find more information about this book and the six authors HERE.

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PUYB Presents….Simple Faith by Anna Schmidt

PUYB Presents….

Simple Faith by Anna Schmidt

 

 

Simple Faith 7Title: Simple Faith
Author: Anna Schmidt
Publisher: Shiloh Press (Barbour)
Pages: App. 300
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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After losing her beloved husband and daughter and surviving Hitler’s Sobibor death camp, Quaker widow Anja Steinberg dedicates her life to helping others and keeping her son safe. As a member of the resistance, she helps displaced Allied airmen get back to their units in England. The journey is rigorous and filled with danger and there is no time for romance. Anja knows that Mikel, her fellow resistance worker, loves her. He would make a good husband and father for her son, but she doesn’t share his feelings. Is friendship enough? Then American Peter Trent parachutes into her life. She must face facts—her heart did not die with her late husband and true love could be hers again. But marrying Mikel may be the only way she can save Peter.

Discuss this book in our PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads by clicking HERE

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This story takes place in 1943 Europe during WWII and is the second book in The Peacemakers Series by Anna Schmidt. And I could understand the story better by reading the first book, All God’s Children, because I was familiar with the characters and the setting. Anji and her son are dedicated to helping others after Anji’s husband and daughter was killed as a result of the war. Their journey was a dangerous one and Anji’s main task it to make sure her son is safe. Will difficult situations hinder her from taking care of her son’s safety?

Just as the first book, Simple Faith is filled with historical facts during WWII throughout this story. There were a lot of difficult scenes to read because of the nature of the war situations, but Ms. Schmidt kept my attention with the details of the setting and her awesome vivid imagination. I find it so interesting to read stories during the WWII era because I get a real insight about how difficult life was during those years. The characters are realistic and it just seems as though it is all real. The reading about Hitler’s death camp, and the hardships and struggles those living during that time had to face was heart-wrenching! It was all so horrible, I can’t even imagine how horrible it was. My father in law fought in this war, and what he saw was so bad that he couldn’t talk about it to anyone. I guess those who survived didn’t want to think about it. I appreciate Ms. Schmidt writing this series so we can learn more about this time in our history.

 I received this book from PUYB and 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

Anna Schmidt is a three-time finalist for the coveted RITA award presented annually by Romance Writers of America. Her novel A SISTER’S FORGIVENESS gives Anna her fourth finalist honor for the Reviewers’ Choice Awards from Romantic Times magazine. She has won that award twice before.

Anna is the author of over twenty-five works of historical and contemporary fiction including her most recent series—THE PEACEMAKERS – set in World War II.  All God’s Children was released last fall and tells the story of Beth—an American Quaker trapped in Nazi Germany where she finds herself fall in love with Josef—a young German medical student who is determined to save his beloved homeland from Hitler’s oppressive regime. Publisher’s Weekly had high praise for the novel noting that “The activities of the White Rose resistance group, as well as the prisoner uprising at the Sobibor concentration camp, are more than simple historical context. Schmidt seamlessly integrates these actual events, and the courageous real-life individuals who fought against Hitler’s regime, with her fictional characters and their story, to produce a strong tale of hope and love in the face of insurmountable obstacles.”

Her current release is the inspirational historical romance, Simple Faith.

Visit her website at www.booksbyanna.com or her blog at www.booksbyanna.wordpress.com.

 

 

From Barbour Books…The Alaskan Brides Collection ** by Mary Connealy, Cathy Marie Hake, Tracie Peterson, Kathleen Y’Barbo

The Alaskan Brides Collection

by Mary Connealy, Cathy Marie Hake, Tracie Peterson, Kathleen Y’Barbo

Alaska Brides Collection

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Experience five Alaska adventures through the lives of determined women who overcome the many challenges to build their lives in the wilderness. From the gold rush, through a diphtheria epidemic, to the building of the Alcan Highway, readers will enjoy the stubborn fight each woman displays as love comes into her life. Will the women also give up fighting God and let Him lead them through America’s last frontier?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Alaskan Brides Collection is five historical fiction story written by five four amazing authors. One author writes two of the stories. The stories in this collection the authors, and a blurb about each story are as follows:

Golden Dawn by Cathy Marie Hake…. Living on her twin brother’s Alaska claim, Meredith Smith regularly refuses marriage proposals that give her little hope for being more than a maid and a cook, but it is the neighbor, Ian Rafferty, who offers only Christian friendship who intrigues her most. Will secrets from her past bar her from any chance at a loving marriage?

Golden Days by Mary Connealy……..Amy Simons may be small, but she is tough and strong enough to survive Alaska’s worst—if only she can reach her father, a trapper in the wilderness. Brandon Rafferty hopes to escape the grief of losing his wife, but he didn’t expect to find another needy woman along the way, another woman who will depend on him for strength.

Golden Twilight by Kathleen Y’Barbo……… Feeling exiled to her brothers’ homes in the Alaskan frontier, Fiona Rafferty’s one goal is to get back to civilization to enroll in medical school, not to find a husband as her father wishes. Can she make room in her dreams to include a man with a dark past—a man like Tucker Smith?

A Light the Window by Tracie Peterson………. Julie Eriksson is finally fulfilling her dreams of bringing medical care to the Eskimos of Nome. Persistent marriage proposals from Sam Curtiss make her fearful of having to give up her dream and disappoint her deceased mother. Then an outbreak of diphtheria banishes such troubles from Julie’s mind. The only cure lies hundreds of miles away, across the frozen frontier.

Destiny’s Road by Tracie Peterson……… Beth Hogan loses her husband in World War II and returns to Alaska with her two sons only to find their remote village overrun by soldiers and civilians coming to build the Alcan Highway. Then she finds a second chance at love when she meets August Eriksson.

 

All of these stories are so well written and so wonderful, I wouldn’t even try to pick a favorite! Each story features a young lady with struggles of her own, trying to fulfill her purpose in life. I fell in love with each of the ladies, and I read each of these stories in one setting. And this is the awesome thing about this collection. The stories are pretty short, so if you don’t have time to read a full long book, you will love these. Or if you are like me, and just want something different and quick to read, you will love this took. I just can’t say enough about how awesome these stories are, and I don’t want to tell anything much, because I will give them away! But as you can see, the stories are written by four of the most amazing authors, so the stories have to be just as amazing!!

And I can’t leave out the book cover because it is beautiful!! I love the ragged edges, the cover and inside flaps are so pretty, I have this and others in this series on my coffee table. This is truly a book that you will want others to see in your home, and it makes a really good conversation piece!!

I received this book from the 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

 

 

Sabrina’s Man by Gilbert Morris

Sabrina’s Man

by Gilbert Morris

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Join Sabrina and Waco on a Wild West ride through Indian Territory. Sabrina’s pampered life comes to a screeching halt when a vile conman steals away her younger sister. When her daddy’s money can’t buy justice, Sabrina takes matters into her own delicate but stubborn hands and heads west to track down the outlaw. To Sabrina’s disgust, her solitary hope for saving Marianne seems to be Waco Smith, an only slightly reformed ex-criminal himself. Will these two unlikely allies bond over more than just a shared mission of rescue and revenge?

Western Justice Series:
Book 1 – Rosa’s Land
Book 2 – Sabrina’s Man – Available December 2013
Book 3 – Raina’s Choice – Available June 2014

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Sabrina wasn’t a likeable character because she acted like a spoiled brat, and was always determined to get her way. And her determination lead her on a journey to the Oklahoma Indian Territory to find her sister. A sister who fell in love with an evil man, but he acted sweet as sugar until he looked her, and of course she didn’t find out until she ran away with him. Sabrina and her feisty behavior takes off to Oklahoma, trying to find her. She meets up with a cowboy who has been looking for the outlaw for some time, and they hook up together.

I was taken back at some of the negative reviews for this book. I don’t think Sabrina’s Man is the best work of Gilbert Morris but it is an enjoyable read. For me, Sabrina’s actions wasn’t realistic, and going after a wanted outlaw like she did seemed immature, but the ending was good. The first book in this series was a much better book, and I am waiting on the third book, because I want to continue the story. Overall, this is a really good historical western read. I encourage you to pick up a copy to read and write your own review!

I received this book from the 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

 

gilbert morrisABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Award-winning, bestselling author, Gilbert Morris, is well known for penning numerous Christian novels for adults and children since 1984 with 6.5 million books in print. He is probably best known for the forty-book House of Winslow series, and his Edge of Honor was a 2001 Christy Award winner. He lives with his wife in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Beowulf by Ronie Kendig from Barbour Books

Beowulf

by Ronie Kendig

Beowulf

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Beowulf—a hulky, brindle-coated bullmastiff—is the only “boy” for Timbrel Hogan. And she has a history to remind her why. But when Timbrel, a handler at A Breed Apart, embarks on a mission to detect WMDs in Afghanistan, she reunites with Tony “Candyman” VanAllen and her no-other-man philosophy is challenged. While tension mounts between Timbrel and Tony, the team comes under fire after Beowulf gets a “hit.” When tragedy threatens Tony’s career and Timbrel’s courage, they must maneuver through an intricate plot and a mission like no other. . . .

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have really enjoyed Ronie Kendig’s A Breed Apart Series and I will miss the awesome stories of these unusual and amazing heroes! I enjoyed getting to know Candyman and Timbrel more in this book, and I especially loved getting to know Beowulf and following his journey of doing what he does so well! But the main focus for me in this book was the relationship between Candyman and Timbrel. There were so many differences and difficulties between these two, and I was rooting for them to finally find a way to get together.

Before this series I had never heard stories about Military War Dogs, and each story has amazed me in what these animals and their handlers can do. And I really like that Ronie Kendig writes about soldiers that have returned home for various reasons, and what their life was like after returning home. And Ms. Kendig’s writes the stories so well, throughout this series, I really felt like I was reading about the lives of real people. After each book, I felt like I had a new set of friends. As you can see, I loved Beowulf and as well as Trinity and Talon. And if you enjoy military stories, suspense thrillers, or just plain good, clean fiction, you will enjoy Beowulf and the rest of this series.

I received this book from the 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

Ronie KendigRonie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction. Ronie can be found at http://www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/RonieK).

The Brides of Chance …by Kelly Eileen Hake, Tracey V. Bateman, and Cathy Marie Hake

The Brides of Chance

by Kelly Eileen Hake, Tracey V. Bateman, and Cathy Marie Hake

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by Kelly Eileen Hake, Cathy Marie Hake, Tracey V. Bateman

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Savor this delightful collection packed with brothers and brides. The Chance brothers enjoy ranch life in California and are not searching for brides – until brides come to them like damsels in distress, pulling at their tender heartstrings. Will any of the rough-around-the-edges brothers stand a chance of barring their hearts from love as they offer a hand of compassion?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 This is a really good read. The six stories in this book is about six orphaned brother who all live in California and even work on the same ranch. Each of the three authors write different stories, with Kelly Hake writing three of the stories, Tracey Bateman writing one, and Cathy Hake writing two of the stories. The neat thing was having all six of the stories about the same brothers. I always love continuing stories, and series, so this was a treat for me.

The six stories in this collection are: One Chance in a Million; Second Chance; Taking a Chance; Last Chance; Chance Adventure and Chance of a Lifetime. Instead of going into each of these, a lot of reviews have them already, I want to just tell you that each of these stories are awesome! Even though the book is pretty large with over 570 pages, and that is for six books! And each one is short, so you don’t have to read the entire book at once. And I love the cover and the ragged edges of the pages. The Brides of Chance makes a wonderful coffee table book because it is so beautiful! I highly recommend this book by these three awesome authors!

I received this book from the 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

Taken for English…. by Olivia Newport from Barbour Books

Taken for English

by Olivia Newport

Taken for English

 

ABOUT THIS BOOK

by Olivia Newport

Annie joined the Amish church based on prayerful conviction, not romantic dreams. And yet, she’d hoped to share her new life with Rufus. But he’s obviously in no hurry. Family history clearly shows it’s never been easy living a plain life in the English world. Will the changes and challenges Annie now faces as a young Amish woman test her newfound faith in good ways or bad? And how long will Rufus test her patience?

Valley of Choice Series:
Book 1 – Accidentally Amish
Book 2 – In Plain View

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I loved, loved Taken for English! It was fun reading about the characters I grew to love so well in the first two books. Annie was such a sweetheart, and her personality was certainly close enough to the Amish people that joining the Amish faith was a good choice for her. I was just hoping Rufus thought the same thing, and started paying a little attention to her! And I always like when an author writes about the struggles of the Amish people and in their communities, but that is just real life. And this is just what author Olivia Newport does so well! I have read all of Ms. Newport’s book, I love all of her books, and I love this one just as much as all of the others! The characters in Taken for English, as well as the first two books in this series are so well developed, solid, and  entertaining, warming their way into the hearts of readers. This is an Amish community I would love to read more about! I highly recommend this book if you enjoy Amish fiction, or if you are looking for a really awesome, good, clean story to read!

I received this book from the 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

 

CFBA Presents....Accidentally Amish by Olivia NewportABOUT THIS AUTHOR

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

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.

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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guestThe Substitute Guest

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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gold shoeThe Gold Shoe

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.

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.

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