For Such a Time as This

by Ginny Aiken



Drought has forced farmers around the small town of Bountiful in the  Hope region of Oregon to mortgage their property. Then word comes of  plans for a spur line to run through the area and join the railroad in  nearby Milton. Folks with money see an opportunity to fill their coffers by buying farmland cheap then selling to the railroad for a profit. The Bank of Bountiful, owned by Eli Whitman, appears to be doing that, as  well.
Widowed two years earlier, Eli, with a son and daughter to  raise, sought a hard-working, educated Christian woman to care for them  and his home. Olivia Moore filled the bill, and as soon as Eli  recognized her as an excellent investment, he offered her first  employment then a marriage of convenience.
While Olivia is an  excellent choice, her large family gives Eli pause. He knows about the  problems posed by in-laws, so he will do whatever it takes to avoid a  repeat of his earlier experiences.
When Papa tells Olivia the Moore  family must move according to Eli’s terms for the new railroad line, she fears for their safety, since they’ll be homeless during winter. Where  will they go? How will they survive?
It is up to Olivia to convince  her husband to renege on his demands, though she swore before their  marriage she would stay out of his business.



I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Ginny Aiken and will sure be reading more of Ginny’s books in the future! Loosely based on the book of Esther, it was neat for me to read Olivia’s story, wondering what it was like for Esther, back in those Bible days.

Olivia was a wonderful young lady, with a huge heart. She was willing to sacrifice a lot in order to help her parents. As she moves in the Whitman household to help with the bankers children, life wasn’t easy for Olivia, but she was determined to do what she felt she needed to do.

Olivia was faced with many decisions, and some that would cause her to make a choice between her parents and her family. Why is God making her choose between people she loves? But in the mist of it all, God is there, and He shows Himself in a mighty way in the lives of them all.

You will enjoy this wonderful historical story, with the setting in the small town of Bountiful, Oregon in the late 1800’s. Olivia and Elijah are sure to find a place in your hearts and you will grow to love them, and the rest of the family as the story unfolds. Pick up your copy today for your own enjoyment!

I received a copy of this book from Faith Words to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.



Ginny Aiken, a former newspaper reporter, lives in Pennsylvania with her engineer husband. Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Valencia and Caracas, Venezuela, she discovered books early and wrote her first novel at age fifteen while she trained with the Venezuelan Classical Ballet Company. She burned that tome when she turned a “mature” sixteen. Ginny has taught novel-writing seminars and workshops at Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College and Penn State University

The Wounded Heart ……An Amish Quilt Novel….by Adina Senft

The Wounded Heart ……An Amish Quilt Novel….by Adina Senft

Book Blurb

When a business offer turns into something more personal, Amelia is torn between what logic tells her is right, and the desire of her heart.
A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband’s business, but it’s not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she’s only too relieved to consider it-especially when it looks like Eli’s interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it’s difficult not to question God’s will. If she pursues the treatment she believes in, she risks going under the bann. But how can she allow Eli to court her when she can’t promise him a future?
Includes instructions to make the quilt block featured in the novel.

My Thoughts on The Wounded Heart

Amelia Beiler, a young widow with two small boys still runs her husband’s pallet business in town. When she falls ill and finds out that she has s devastating disease she considers selling the business to have money for the treatment she needs for her disease. And Englisch man gives her a good offer, but several of the Amish men around that would also like the shop gives her a difficult time because she is considering selling to the Englischer for more money.

Eli Fischer comes to the community for a family wedding and is interested in the pallet business as well, but he soon finds that he is more interested in the owner than the shop. But as much as Eli tries to help Amelia, she denies his help because she doesn’t want to be involved with anyone because of her illness.

I found this Amish fiction interesting and captivating, and I didn’t want to put it down after I started reading it. As the drama of Amelia’s life unfolds it was heartbreaking to read the difficult issues she was forced to face. It was enough to be raising two small children alone, and to have a frightening illness to deal with makes her life horrific. She was faced with a lot of unwanted difficult decisions to make. Decisions that her family and the church didn’t agree with.

I enjoy meeting new authors through their books, and Adrina Senft is new for me. She has a wonderful ability to tell stories that captivate your interest enough that you just want to see what happens next! I look forward to her next book in the series.

If you like Amish fiction, then you will like this book, so I encourage you to grab a copy, read and enjoy it. You will be pleased that you read it!

A copy of this book was provided by Faith Words for me to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only. I was not required or expected to write a positive review.

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About the Author

Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church and was often asked if she was Amish. (The answer was no.) She holds an MFA in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she is part of the adjunct faculty. Between books, Adina enjoys playing the piano and Celtic harp, making historical costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.

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