An Amish Summer By Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller and Shelley Shepard Gray

AN AMISH SUMMER

By Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller and Shelley Shepard Gray

 

Book Description

A new novella collection of sweet, summer romances from some of our favorite Amish authors!

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray

When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston

Ariana is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna’s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse’s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna’s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller

Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known—and loved—her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin

Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and share one sweet kiss.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Amish collections of Novella’s from so many amazing authors. And An Amish Summer is quickly added to that awesome list of books. From Shelley Shepard Gray’s Graham and Sherry’s surprised meeting, to Amy Clipston’s Ariana being devastated about her dad forcing her breakup with Jesse, to Kathleen Fuller’s sisters Esther and Sarah, and Kelly Irvin as she takes readers back to Bee County, Texas and Martha Baylee’s life taking care of her family, you will four sweetly pinned stories that will warm your heart. I love that I could sit and read each story at one time. And I enjoyed the hours of enjoyment and entertainment from reading each of these stories in this book. Each author does an amazing job of creating characters and developing them into a family we as readers can love.

If you enjoy Amish stories, or a good clean read for your enjoyment, I highly recommend An Amish Summer for your summer read. This book was provided by the publisher’s tour team, BookLook Bloggers. The opinions here are mine alone  I was not required to write a review for this book. This review is my honest opinion if the book and authors.

 

For Love and Honor By Jody Hedlund

For Love and Honor 
By Jody Hedlund

 

Book Description

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Lady Sabine has no confidence in herself, or in finding someone to love because of the horrific skin blemish she has. Sir Bennet has no money, but in someway needs to find a way to take care of family debts. Being thrown together under dangerous situations, what would happen to these two? I spent a lot of time in the book wondering this myself. This is a wonderful, historical, Medieval Romance that you don’t want to miss.

I loved these characters that grabbed my attention in the very beginning of the book. As the story unfolds, the characters develop more, and so very interesting and loving. In her usual professional and awesomely wonderful way, Jody Hedlund gives us a wonderful read for young people as well as adults. This is a wonderful book for young ladies to read, especially those who have problems with self-confidence. And I really love the way the author handles this problem through the pages of For Love and Honor. This is a book I highly recommend!

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Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller

Book Description

When a postal error creates pen pals of two young Amish people, can they put behind their past mistakes to see the bright future God has written for them?

Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.

Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. But when Jalon suggests they meet, she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth. In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them

MY THOUGHT ON THIS BOOK

Jalon Chupp was delighted to get a note when a piece of his mail went to the wrong person. The young lady who sent the note sounded like a special person so he decided to write her back, resulting in months of letters back and forth. Phoebe was just as delighted to keep getting notes from Jalon. Staying with her very strict aunt with her four year old son was not easy on either of them. And Jakob’s notes gave Phoebe a touch of the outside world.

This is such a sweet story. It’s somewhat different, with the actions Jalon takes with Phoebe, but I enjoyed the different twists and turns the story takes. Both Phoebe and Jalon have colorful pasts that they need to deal with, but with their strong faith, even though the difficult struggles, they will survive. The characters are wonderfully created and as each character developes throughout the story, they seemed to weave their way into my heart. Except for the aunt, that is. She was indeed crazy. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series from Kathleen Fuller. I highly recommend this Amish story!

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An Amish Home By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid

An Amish Home 
By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston,
Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid

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Book Description

A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

An Amish Home is four Amish Novella’s by four of my favorite authors. Each story is about a different family and the ups and downs that each Amish family go through. I love Amish stories because the Amish lifestyle is so peaceful and comforting. And each of the stories are just that. While reading each, I enjoyed the challenge of living my faith more and more in my everyday life. Each of these authors, Ruth Reid, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Beth Wiseman gives us wonderful entertaining stories that will warm your heart.

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.

The Wonders of Creation Holy Bible (NIV)

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Book Description

The NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible explores the wonders of our created world though detailed black-and-white illustrations—each one ready to be filled with the hues of your imagination. From amazing Eden-esque gardens to the creatures God made, this Bible features over 50 ready-to-color pages alongside the full text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is a beautiful Bible inside and out. There are many pages of Beautiful pictures of creation to color. The pages are double sided, and thick enough to color each side without the pages to damage. This would be an awesome Bible for a tween or teen that enjoys the new craft of adult coloring. Its a great way to personalize the Bible to suit your own taste. Oh, and another feature of the coloring pages is a Bible verse on each of the pages that go along with the picture to color. You just can not go wrong with this beautiful Bible.

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.

 

NIV My Journal Bible, Turquoise

NIV My Journal Bible, Turquoise

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Book Description

The NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition is the perfect way to apply Scripture to your everyday life. Designed with the thoughtful writer in mind, a whimsical cover and journaling lines inspire reflection in God’s Word. This Bible contains the full text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV) translation.

Features include:

Lines on each page for journaling and notes Thick paper perfect for any writing utensil A presentation page for gift giving A “How to Use This Bible” page to get started on the right foot Ribbon marker The complete text of the bestselling New International Version (NIV)

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

I wanted to review this Bible as soon as I saw it! I love the beautiful turquoise color and the pink ribbon to mark your place in the Bible is an adorable addition to the looks. Inside this NIV Bible, each page has an extra wide margin to give you space to write many notes. I like that the pages are thicker than those in most Bibles, this will help to protect the pages as you write on them. The Preface section in front of the Bible is nice to read because it tells you about the Bible, the Translation and will be a great help as you start using your new Bible. I love this Bible, and if you enjoy taking notes in your Bible, you will love this one too!

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.

 

 

The Wonders Creation Holy Bible

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Book Description

The NIV Wonders of Creation Holy Bible explores the wonders of our created world though detailed black-and-white illustrations—each one ready to be filled with the hues of your imagination. From amazing Eden-esque gardens to the creatures God made, this Bible features over 50 ready-to-color pages alongside the full text of the New International Version (NIV) translation.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

The Wonders Creation Holy Bible is an awesome Bible for kids and adults alike. It has pictures throughout the Bible to color, and any child or teen would love to have a Bible such as this! I would have loved this as a kid, and as an adult, I think its pretty cool! This would be a wonderful way to encourage your child to read the Bible. As they color the pictures, they will want to read about what they are coloring! It is beautiful inside and out, and anyone would love caring around this wonderful Bible. I highly recommend it for you and your family.

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.

 

The Courtship Basket By Amy Clipston

The Courtship Basket
By Amy Clipston

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Book Description

Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined to keep her mind off the pain, she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.

The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

I love, love Amy Clipston’s books and this is another amazing one from her. She writes the most amazing Amish fiction, and you don’t want to miss this one. Mike Lantz has his hands full taking care of his dad and his disabled son. He moves to the area because he wants his son to go to this special school, hoping he can learn like a regular. And that’s where he meets Rachel. Rachel feels sorry for the Lantz family and wants to help them, so she starts fixing them mills each week and sending them home by Mike’s son John. The special thing about these meals is that she sends them in an antique basket that belonged to her mom, a basket that brought her mom and dad together. Can history repeat itself and bring another couple together?

Find out when you read the third book in The Amish Heirloom Series by Amy Clipston. 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.

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

The Beautiful Pretender 
by Melanie Dickerson

Book Description

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Avelina is only a maidservant sent to Thornbeck Castle on behalf of someone else. The very last thing she could do was to be chosen to be the bride of The Margrave of Thornbeck.  But that was sure easier said than done. Avelina seem to have all of the characteristics of the woman he planned to marry, and to marry soon was a must for him. And he wants Avelina as his bride, but with others involved, that just may be impossible.

Melanie Dickerson gives her readers such an amazing story in The Beautiful Pretender, and a beautiful story it is. The characters are were oh so wonderful, and each one played their supporting roll just great. I loved the medieval era in which this story was set. The vivid detail of each event, and the description of each scene took me back to an earlier time in history. I really enjoy books like this, stories that you can place yourself in and go back a little while for a fun time to enjoy. For you fairytale readers out there, this is a book you must read! I highly recommend it.

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.

 

 

 

Behold the Man By Bodie and Brock Thoene

Behold the Man 
By Bodie and Brock Thoene

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About the Book

Encounter the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth in this culmination of the Jerusalem Chronicles.

 

How could Jesus—who preached righteousness before God, and love and mercy toward neighbors—be so hated and pursued? To the Temple officials, he was a threat to the livelihood and authority of the priesthood. To Herod Antipas, he was a threat to his ambition to be the King of the Jews. And to the Roman overlords, he was seen as a dangerous threat; a man who commanded an army of the common people. He could heal wounds, offer miraculous provisions, and even raise from the dead. If Jesus had accepted popular acclaim and become an earthly king, he would have been unstoppable.

 

Jesus’s last days are explored through three people who interacted with him: Governor Pilate, for whom Judea will either make or break his career; Pilate’s wife, Claudia, desperately seeking aid for her much loved, crippled son; and Centurion Marcus Longinus, caught in the middle between loyalty to the Empire, love for Claudia, and an ever-increasing belief in Jesus as the Son of God. After encountering Jesus, none of them will ever be the same.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Behold the Man is book three in the Jerusalem Chronicles,  its been quite a while since I read the first two books, so it took me a while to get into this one, even though some of the scenes are somewhat the same.  In Behold the Man, the Thoene’s go deeper into the lives of Pilate and his wife, as well as their disabled son, as well as a few others in and around the Governor’s household. As with all of the Thoene book, I enjoyed reading this one, and I would recommend Behold the Man to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction!

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.

NIV, Life Connect Study Bible from BookLook Boggers

NIV, Life Connect Study Bible

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Book Description

Grow deeper in your spiritual life with the NIV LifeConnect Study Bible. Dr. Wayne Cordeiro includes articles bringing the truths of the Scriptures to your life today, as well as Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer (SOAP) articles that offer an interactive framework to apply the Word of God to your life. Free digital resources included.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

This is a really neat study Bible, because of the online access to so many digital study resources about Bible discipleship and more studies that will help you grow in learning God’s Word. There are also a lot of study tools, articles written, and notes throughout this Bible that are unique and great study tools.

One really good study tool is the SOAP Study throughout the Bible, which is Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Other things include, at the beginning of each chapter there are sections detailing what it in each chapter, like these, outlines, plus there is a timeline for each chapter. Throughout the book there are pages that you can write notes, as well as a space on the side of each page to write any notes you want to write.

This copy of the NIV Life Connect Study Bible is the hard copy with dust jacket. It is very attractive looking, and the inside format is neatly laid out to make it simple and easier to study. The red letter addition with Jesus’ words and the maps in the back of the Bible completes this wonderful study Bible.

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.

If I Run By Terri Blackstock from Zondervan

If I Run 
By Terri Blackstock 

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CASEY KNOWS THE TRUTH. BUT IT WON’T SET HER FREE.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

MY THOUGTHS ON THIS BOOK

Casey Cox only wants to do the right things, find her father’s killer. But her life falls apart when she finds her good friend murdered, and with her DNA being all over the place, she has no option but to run. Dylan Roberts, the PI hired to find Casey doesn’t think she is guilty of murder, the evidence just doesn’t show it.

If I Run is another fast pace thriller from one of my very favorite authors, Terri Blackstock. It starts our with Casey finding her good friend Brent murdered in his home. Knowing why Brent was murdered, and her blood all over everything, Casey’s only choice is to take off. Casey was a fantastic leading character, with all of her twists and turns trying to stay under the radar, I never knew what was coming next! Casey was such a caring person, she cared more for helping others than she did herself, even if she did put herself in the spotlight. I really enjoyed this story, and I read it through without putting it down.

However, the ending just almost ruined it for me. It left so many loose ends, I felt as though I was hanging from a cliff when I read that last sentence. I sure hope there is a book two, I will be very disappointed if it is not. Can’t wait to find out about another book in this series!

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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Recent books include her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Shadow in Serenity, Predator and Double Minds, and the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

Mermaid Moon By Colleen Coble

Mermaid Moon
By Colleen Coble

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Book Description

Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart and left—without a word—years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

 Wow! This book kept me the edge of my seat while I was reading it! Mallory and her dad wasn’t close, but when she rec’d a phone call from him just before he died saying, ‘find mom’ she was really confused. Her mom passed away years ago. Mallory has no choice but to return to Mermaid Point to try and figure out what happen to her dad. A trip back into her past, including childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor takes Mallory on a whirlwind trip that has Mallory digging into parts of her past,  someone starts threatening Mallory, as well as her daughter’s life.

There is so much going on in this story, so many twists and turns. When I thought I had it all figured out, something else happens to throw me off again, and I loved it! Colleen Coble does such a fantastic job of creating characters that I connected with as they became part of the story, and realistic scenes that makes me wish I had been a detective! I love Ms. Coble’s books, and this is one of her very best! If you enjoy fast pace suspense thrillers, Mermaid  Moon is a fantastic book you will want to read!

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.

An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman

An Amish Year  

by Beth Wiseman

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Book Description

Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.

Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)

Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.

A Love for Irma Rose

The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer? Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice.

Patchwork Perfect

Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever. Will Eli be able to change her mind?

When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)

Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.

About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth’s The Promise is inspired by a true story.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

An Amish Year is a collection of four stories written by one of my favorite authors, Beth Wiseman. The four stories are Rooted in Love, A Love for Irma Rose, Patchwork Perfect, and When Christmas Comes Again. I love all of these stories, and I love that I can read a story in one sitting. If you don’t have time to read a full book, this is an awesome alternative for you. Each story is short, well written, and the characters are adorable. I fell in love with them all!  You just can’s go wrong with An Amish Year!

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NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack

Kids Bible and Devotional

Book Description

Bestselling The Beginner’s Bible brand pack for young readers that includes the complete New International Reader’s Version Holy Bible, and 365-day devotional.

This pack contains a hardcover full-text Bible and a softcover 365-day devotional.

Based on The Beginner’s Bible brand, the NIrV Beginner’s Bible, Holy Bible is a perfect first Bible for a child. With easy-to-read print and full-page illustrations, children will better understand stories in Scripture. Using the complete text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), this Bible pairs beautifully with The Beginner’s Bible: Kid-Sized Devotions to encourage lifelong Bible reading habits. Simple connections to Scripture make the content relevant and understandable for young readers. Each of the 365 devotions has a theme to which the Bible passage, story and art relate. The NIrV Beginner’s Bible Devotional Pack is a perfect starting point for children as they develop a stronger relationship with God, to cuddle-up with parents or enjoy at church or daycare.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

This is a very nice little Bible/Devotional set for kids. The Bible is a full text Bible, with a little larger font to make it easier for kids to read. The NIrV is readers version only with no notes in it. The Devotional is really neat, with a verse for each 365 day of the year, and each o the devotions are a small paragraph. I love that it is simple enough that she could read it at six years old, yet it is the same Bible promises and truths that we read every day.
I highly recommend this Bible and Devotional for your child! I received this book from BookLook BLoggers to read and review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

 

The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

The Forgotten Recipe

by Amy Clipston

The forgotten recipe

Book Description

After losing her fiancé in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.

Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves Veronica.

When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love—or be loved—again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause.

Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life—a memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancée to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects—or wants—is to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica’s bake stand every week . . . and it’s for more than the raspberry pies.

Now, as Veronica’s heart thaws, Jason can’t bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died. Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed? Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Veronica’s heart was broken when Seth was killed in an accident, and surely she could never find love again. But when Jason Huyard shows up at her roadside stand to buy pies for his mom, the attraction between them was very noticeable. But when she finds out Jason withheld the truth from her, she just couldn’t find it in herself to forgive him.

This is another amazing read by one of my favorite authors! You just can’t help but fall in love with Veronica and Jason and their families. And even though the most difficult times in Veronica’s life, it is clear that God is still working, even when it seems He is silent. Don’t miss this awesome read from Amy Clipston. It is sure to entertain you for many hours. 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 http://www.amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

I Prayed For You by By Jean Fischer, illustrated by Frank Endersby

I Prayed For You

i prayed for you

by By Jean Fischer,
illustrated by Frank Endersby

Book Description

Did you know that even before you were born, I prayed for you?

Mommies love their babies and pray over them before they are born and for their whole lives. This book will help them share the many ways they have prayed, and continue to pray, over the lives of their precious children.

Mama Bear shares with Baby Bear how much she prayed for her, even before Baby Bear was born. And each and every day, Mama prays and asks God to help Baby Bear grow big and strong, be safe, love God, and be good to others.

From before these sweet babies are born, and for every part of their futures, Mama covers them in prayer. Every spread will share a different prayer, and mamas everywhere will resonate with this eternally important message.

Baby bears everywhere will fall asleep knowing they are loved and prayed over.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is the most precious little book. It is so special to hear mama bear telling her little bear that she started praying for him before he was born, and she still prays for him now, and will continue praying for him in the future. And the illustrations are so awesome. As you read this book to your child, they will love seeing the beautiful pictures to go with each page. I love how this little board book tells children how they are prayed for. If you are looking for special books to buy for your children, this is one you need to check out. It is a beautiful and sweet book inside and out.

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An Amish Christmas Gift Three Amish Novellas

An Amish Christmas Gift Three Amish Novellas

By Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin
Published by Thomas Nelson

Amish christmas gifts

   

Book Description

Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston

Naomi has started to think that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas.

Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love, has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches-a time of family, faith, and hope for many others-Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family’s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.

An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid

Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?

Abigail Kemp has managed to frighten off every bu who’s ever driven her home from a singing. Sure she will live to be an old maid, Abigail starts saving her money to buy a horse so she can at least have some independence.

Micah Zook is looking for a caregiver for his grandmother, and Abigail needs a new job. He never expected that Abigail would talk so much . . . or that his grandmother would keep finding ways to set the two of them up.

Despite Abigail’s constant chatter, she and Micah become friends-until Micah makes a decision that leaves Abigail feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal what’s on his heart?

A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin

Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.

Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt Abigail and her husband Mordecai. After all, she knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome but Englisch farmer boy back in Missouri. It’s best to put those feelings aside, no matter how hard it is. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

My favorite thing to do during the Christmas holiday’s is to read Christmas stories, and books like An Amish Christmas Gift with three novellas are awesome because you can read one story in one setting. Here we have three of my favorite authors, Kelly Irvin, Amy Clipston and Ruth Reed with their Amish Christmas stories.

Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston, An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid and A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin will fill your hearts with Joy and Love as you read these stories about three different families. I won’t go into detail about each story, giving away anything fun, but you will enjoy this collection of novella’s as you get ready for the Christmas season. What fun to have a short story waiting when you have a few minutes to sit down and rest!

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.

Whispers in the Reading Room By Shelley Shepard Gray

Whispers in the Reading Room

The Chicago World’s Fair Mystery Series

By Shelley Shepard Gray    

whispers in the reading room

Book Description

Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.

Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.

Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.

Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.

Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

About the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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. Find Shelley on her website, http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com, on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray, and on Twitter @ShelleySGray.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Love this book, Love this series! Shelley Shepard Gray is one of the best!! Lydia and Sebastian were two very different people, from completely different backgrounds, but the attraction between them was real. But the two being together was just impossible. Or was it? Though rough as some of the characters are, this is a pretty sweet story. There is a lot of bad things happening, a lot of tension, a lot of twists and turns, but Ms. Gray does a fantastic job of pulling it all together, with twists and turns you don’t expect, and making another awesome story in this series. I don’t want to say too much, and give anything away, so I wont! This is a wonderful and entertaining story, set just after the Chicago Worlds Fair is over, a story that will stay with you for a while.

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.

Faithgirlz Bible

‘Faithgirlz Bible 

Book Description

Bestselling Faithgirlz Bible now available in the New King James version!

Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz sparkle. Through the many in-text features found only in the Faithgirlz Bible, girls will grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime.

Features include: * Book introductions—Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book * Dream Girl—Use your imagination to put yourself in the story * Bring It On!—Take quizzes to really get to know yourself * Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?—See for yourself what you have in common * Words to Live By—Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing * What Happens Next?—Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words * Oh, I Get It!—Find answers to Bible questions you’ve wondered about The complete New King James Version (NKJV) translation Features written by bestselling author Nancy Rue

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BIBLE

I love this sweet Bible for young girls. The vivid colors are adorable and any young lady would want to carry this Bible around, as well as read it! Everything here gears toward young girls, like the Dream Girl sections that allows girls to put themselves into the story. The Bring It On sections give you quizzes to test yourself.  Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You? gives you a chance to see for yourself what you have in common. and there are Words to Live By and What Happens next, along with an Oh, I Get It section to help enhance what you have read,. This Bible is a must for the young girl in your life!

I rec’d a copy of this Bible from Book Look Bloggers to read and give an honest review. The review here is my opinion only

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