Monday, December 26, 2011

A Log Cabin Christmas


This Book was supplied to me by Barbour Publishing through NetGalley.com for a review in return.

Description of Book

Experience Christmas through the eyes of adventuresome settlers who relied on log cabins built from trees on their own land to see them through the cruel forces of winter. Discover how rough-hewed shelters become a home in which faith, hope, and love can flourish. Marvel in the blessings of Christmas celebrations without the trappings of modern commercialism where the true meaning of the day shines through. Treasure this exclusive collection of nine Christmas romances.

My Review

This book is about 9 short stories about 50 pages in length. These stories are so good, I believe everyone should pick up this book and read it. This is a book about different stories in the 1800’s. I loved it all and I know you will also. Hope you will decide to pick this up. I would suggest these stories to anyone who loves romance and just reading about stories in the 1800’s. I love this time period, so it was GREAT for me. I would suggest this book to my family and friends.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011 Bible Verse

And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.







~ Hebrews 13:16, NLT

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love Blooms in Winter by Lori Copeland


This book was supplied to me by Harvest House Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a Review.

Description

Mae Wilkey's elderly neighbor, Pauline, needs family to come and help. But she doesn't remember if she has anybody. Mae finds a name in Pauline's desk and contacts Tom Curtis. He doesn't recall an Aunt Pauline, but decides to pay a visit in response to Mae's desperate letters. Will the journey bring more than Tom expect.

My Review

This is the first book in the Dakotah Diary Series by well known and very funny author Lori Copeland. I can’t wait for her 2nd book to come out. This is the story about Mae Wilkey and Tom Curtis and a little old lady by the name of Pauline. The story starts out about Mae finding Tom’s name in Pauline’s house and she writes him thinking he is a relative. He shows up but he is very confused because he doesn’t know who Pauline is at all. But, he stays thinking he is kin to Pauline. This book was so good, I would suggest this book to all my friends and family.

The way that Lori portrays Pauline is well worth the money to read this book. Pauline is in her 90s and a lot of the things she does she doesn’t remember doing them. Lori portrays her so GREAT, I laughed so much in this book and just thoroughly loved this book. And to have this disease, Dementia would be difficult I believe. Lori, you have done a great job, thank you for giving us such a GREAT job with this book.

I will definitely suggest this book and this series to my friends and family.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Daily Verse - December 6, 2011

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!







~ Isaiah 26:3, NLT

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Daily Verse for Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.
~ Psalm 10:17, NLT

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Verse for Today, December 1, 2011

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Verse For The Day-Wednesday, November 30, 2011

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won't he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?


~ Matthew 18:12, NLT

Saturday, November 26, 2011

An Amish Wedding Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long and Kathleen Fuller



This book was provided to me by Book Sneeze in exchange for a review.

Book Description

A Perfect Plan by Beth Wiseman

Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester proposes on Priscilla's nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. What wasn't planned was all the problems the couple encounters as their big day approaches. A house disaster, a ruined wedding dress, and a sick attendant all make the couple wonder if God's sending them signs to call things off.

The Perfect Match by Kathleen Fuller

Naomi Fisher has had great success at matchmaking her family members and friends. Now with her sister's wedding right around the corner, Naomi wonders why she's able to find husbands for her friends and family, but not one for herself.

The Perfect Secret by Kelly Long

Rose Bender has recently become engaged to handsome but somber Luke Raber. She agrees out of a sense of duty and a willingness to settle for solid friendship as a basis for the engagement. But as she watches her friends' excitement over her soon-to-be- wedding, Rose wonders if there shouldn't be more to her relationship with Luke. She begins to examine Luke and his life more closely and is amazed when she stumbles upon a secret side of him that engages her mind and her heart.

My Review

This book is A Novella of 3 different stories about Amish women and come across Love when they least suspect it. I loved this book how the stories all relate to one another, it’s like a HUGE story and you don’t even know that you are reading 3 different stories. I loved it, I had a hard time putting it down, I would definitely say that everyone needs to read this book.

I love Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long and Kathleen Fuller, you 3 are the best authors dealing with Amish that I have read in a long time. I think my favorite character has to be Naomi King in “A Perfect Match” by Kathleen Fuller. She thinks she is a matchmaker, but oh my goodness, the tables turn in her direction.

A GREAT book, and I would suggest this book to my family and friends. Thank you again, Beth, Kelly and Kathleen for giving us readers something to read that is so refreshing.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Longing by Karen Kingsbury

This book was supplied to me by Zondervan Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a Review.

Description

Longing picks up where Learning ended. After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey Flanigan becomes closer to her one-time Hollywood co-star, Brandon Paul. Nights on the town in New York City and long talks on the balcony of Brandon's Malibu Beach home make Bailey dizzy with new feelings and cause her to wonder if her days with Cody are over forever.

Meanwhile, Cody's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward.

Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together again for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they've been longing for?

My Review

This is the 3rd book in the “Bailey Flanigan Series” by Karen Kingsbury. I have read numerous books by Karen Kingsbury and she is one of my favorite authors of all time. Thanks Karen for giving us such good books.

I loved this story so much, I think this one is better than the 2nd book. As Learning ended, I really believed that Bailey had it all together, but she doesn’t. She finds out her job is in jeopardy and she goes home for a while and tries to figure things out.

Then, things happen at home for Cody Coleman and Cheyenne, his girlfriend. I can’t give much away but just want to say Cody is so special and believe me, you will cry as I did.

I just really wonder who Bailey will choose, will it be Brandon Paul or Cody Coleman? This book really makes you stop and think “Do I have God first place”? It did for me, and I just love how Karen Kingsbury makes you stop and think about this. I can’t wait for the final book.

I will definitely suggest this book and this series to my friends and family.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Promise of an Angel by Ruth lReid


This book was provided to me by Zondervan Publishing in exchange for a review.

Book Description

In Mescota County, Michigan, an angelic visitor's words inspire Judith to a future she never imagined.

After a barn raising accident, Judith Fischer's convinced she's met an angel. However, her attempts to convince others end up frustrating her Old-Order Amish community. Only Andrew Lapp believes her, but the rest, including Levi Plank, the man's she's waited to marry, demand she forget the nonsense. Meanwhile, her younger sister Martha has taken a fancy to Levi and sees her sister's controversy as a perfect distraction for turning Levi's head.

In a dream, the angel tells Judith she must choose her path. As her faith continues to grow, so do her feelings for Andrew. Will she continue to place her hope in the angel's message, even if it means losing all she knows and loves?

My Review

This book was the first book I have read by Ruth Reid. This is the first book in the Heaven on Earth Series.  She is a GREAT Amish author and will definitely read more of her books. Thank you Ruth for giving us this book.

I really loved this book, it was a GREAT. This book starts out when Judith’s little brother falls off the roof and Judith Fischer is so upset that an angel appears to her. When she tells Levi Plank, who she thought she would marry someday, he just laughs at her. I thought he was really cruel. In fact, there is no one in her family that believes her. Andrew Lapp is the only one who believes her. Her and Andrew are more suited to be together in my opinion not Levi Plank, he was mean to her. Anyway, as the story goes on, her brother cannot walk but Judith always believes that. I will not say more because I will give it away.

Thanks, again, Ruth, you have given us readers a GREAT book. I just hope there will be more of them.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston






This book was provided to me by Zondervan Publishing in exchange for a review.


Book Description

Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams . and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the "English" way of life-and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families.

Naomi's Gift re-introduces twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and 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.

My Review

This is a GREAT Christmas story, one that I think you would thoroughly love especially if you love Amish Fiction as much as I do. Amy Clipston is one of the best, if not the best authors who write about the Amish. I would love to go to Ohio or Pennsylvania some day to see for myself.

This book starts out about a widower, Caleb Schmucker and his 7 year old daughter, Susie, come home to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. He has been widowed for 2 years and his sister, Sadie thinks that it is time that he marries again and tries to set him up, but he wants nothing of that. In the meantime, Caleb meets Naomi King, who is not married but has had bad luck with men anyway. His 7 year old daughter, Susie, loves Naomi and wants her dad to love her as much as she does. It is a GREAT story.

I would suggest this book to all my friends and families and even strangers. It is that kind of book, it is Wunderbaar. Hehe. I had to put that in there. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

1105 Yakima Street by Debbie Macomber


This book was supplied to me by Harlequin Publishers in exchange for a review.
This is the 11th book in the Cedar Cover Series by Debbie Macomber.

This book is the 11th and final book in Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Series, I am sorry to say. I love Debbie Macomber’s books, they are inspiring and you just feel like you are living in Cedar Cove.

This book is a GREAT book as always. It starts out with the problems between Bruce and Rachel Peyton. Bruce’s daughter from another marriage is jealous of Rachel, so when Rachel finds out she is pregnant, she leaves Bruce because she cannot stand the stress of what Jolene (Bruce’s daughter) dishes out. In the meantime, Bruce has to face reality and has to do something in order to get his wife back.

Then, as the story goes on, there are issues with Charlotte and Ben (Olivia and Will’s parents) and Olivia and Will have to come to grips with this as all of us have to do when our parents get old. Her mother is getting old (Charlotte) and Olivia has to realize she needs to move to an Assisted Living home.

This is one of the best books by Debbie Macomber, please Debbie keep them coming.

I will definitely suggest this book to my friends and family. I won’t say anything else about this book, you will love it.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lillly's Wedding Quilt




Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book-Lilly’s Wedding Quilt.

Book Description

Local Amish schoolteacher Lilly Lapp is tired of weddings, afraid of horses, and immersed in caring for her depressed mother. But when Jacob Wyse, a handsome horse breeder from her small community rescues her from a dangerous accident, Lilly discovers a renewed interest in life and the possibility of love.

Yet Jacob has lost the one true love of his life to another man and doesn't care to expose himself to the vulnerabilities of loving again. God works to bring this unlikely pair into a sweet romance to produce a pattern of faith, which leads to the creation and comfort of Lilly's Wedding Quilt.

My Review

This book is the 2nd book in A Patch of Heaven Series by Kelly Long. This book was very good, in fact it was so good that I couldn’t put it down. Kelly Long is a GREAT Amish Author, one that I will definitely look for again.

When it starts, Lilly has to take care of her mother and is also a schoolteacher. I don’t know how anyone could do this, but the Lord gives her strength I guess. But, when Lilly comes across Jacob Wyse again, she remembers how she feels about Jacob. She has loves him from when they were children. Jacob has issues though, he still loves another woman who got married to another man. This is definitely a book you would love especially if you love the Amish as much as I do.

Both Lilly and Jacob have to realize how they feel about each other and it is GREAT how the Lord brings them together in this book.

I loved this book so much that I would most definitely suggest it to my family and friends.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

When Two Hearts Meet by Janelle Mowery

This Book was sent to me by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for a Review.

Description of Book

Rachel Garrett finds that attaining her dream of becoming a nurse is fraught with peril. A deputy sheriff with a wall around his heart doesn't help matters, but when she learns why Luke Mason has barricaded his heart, her desire to heal confronts an even greater challenge. Her need of his protection from an unknown assailant might be the force that sends his wall crashing down around them.

Luke became a deputy in order to find the men who killed his father. He turns his back on God, only to run into the fiery Miss Garrett, who is a constant reminder of his lost faith. As Luke hunts for Rachel's attacker, he finds she has snared his heart. Faced with the fear of losing another loved one, he must decide whether he can learn to rely on God to save her-or run from the love both offer.

My Review

This book is the third and final book in the Colorado Runaway Series.

I love Janelle Mowery’s books so much, she is one of my favorite authors of all time. She grabs me at my heart strings and just won’t let loose. This book was like that, I laughed and cried in the places of the book. I love the way she puts bible verses in the story as well and sometimes it just makes you think about your own life.

This book is about Rachel Garrett who takes a job as a nurse in Rockdale, Colorado. She meets Luke Mason, the deputy in Rockdale. She holds a secret about her life also and finally after so many incidents that happen, she has to tell Luke about her life before she came to Rockdale.

As the story moves on, she is seen a lot with the deputy, Luke Mason. They form a friendship but he has turned his back on God and Rachel talks a lot about the Lord to him. He finally decides to listen to Rachel. This book is excellent and I would suggest this book to my family and friends.

I just want to thank Harvest House Publishers for being able to read this book and give a review on this book.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

When Love Gets in the Way by Janelle Mowery


This Book was sent to me by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for a Review.

Description of Book

Grace Bradley wishes all she touches would turn to gold. Instead, it tends to tarnish.that is, until she finds freedom on the Double K Ranch. Grace is fleeing from the man her father chose to be her husband. But once her heart is captured by her new employer's best friend, and she finally understands the meaning of God's sacrificial love, she relinquishes her independence to save her loved ones.

Cade Ramsey contemplates running for dear life from the accident-prone nuisance he brought to his hometown. The trouble that trails her seems to latch on to him at every turn. But when Grace manages to win his calloused heart, he chases her down, praying he can keep her from following through on a decision that could ruin their lives.

My Review

This book is the second book in the Colorado Runaway Series.

I loved this book from start to finish. I have decided that Janelle Mowery is my favorite Historical Fiction Author. She wraps you into her stories and doesn’t let go of you until the end of the book. This book was so good I couldn’t hardly put it down.

This book is about Grace Bradley running from trouble and gets into more trouble. Grace hides in Cade Ramsey’s wagon in Pueblo, Colorado after her mother's funeral, but Cade finds out she is there and from then on out, she causes him such headache, it is so funny. Everytime that Grace is around him, he gets hurt physically, it is such a great book you can’t wait to see what is going to happen to Cade next.

But, then the one person she is running away from, finds her and then all trouble starts for her and Cade. I won’t say anymore, so I won’t ruin the book for you. It is a must read, I would suggest this book to all my friends and family. Hope you will pickup this book and enjoy it as much as I did.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Creed Legacy by Linda Lael Miller

This Book was sent to me by Harlequin in exchange for a review. Description: Rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy Brody Creed likes life on the move. Until a chance encounter with his long-estranged twin brother brings him "home" for the first time in years. Suddenly Brody is in Creed territory—at thirty-three, he's a restless bad boy among family with deep ties to the land and each other. And a secret past haunts him as he tries to make plans for his future. Carolyn Simmons is looking for Mr. Right in Lonesome Bend, as the ticktock of her biological clock gets ever louder. Then she falls for gorgeous Brody Creed, the opposite of everything she wants. Until lassoing his wild heart becomes everything both of them need. My Review:
This book is the 3rd and final book in this series by Linda Lael Miller. I like Linda’s work, even though the language can be a little rough at times. I loved this book very much. This story just wraps you right into it, it was wonderful. I like her work, she is a GREAT author. Brody Creed comes home to Lonesome Bend, Colorado and tries to make amends with his former girlfriend, Carolyn Simmons but she wants nothing to do with him, even though deep down, this is what she wants. It is funny in places and sad in others. As the book goes along, she decides to go out with him, and that is funny too. Brody Creed is so funny, I could just picture him trying to get her to go out with him. I would suggest this book to my friends and family.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Wonder of His Love by Beth Wiseman


This book was supplied to me by Thomas Nelson Publishers for a review in return.

This book is the 2nd book in The Land of Canaan Series. It is a GREAT book by Beth Wiseman. I have read all of Beth’s books and love each and every one of them. She is one of the best authors around. I laughed and cried while reading this book. Just wanted to warn you. Hehe.

This book is about Katie Ann having a newborn baby and trying to raise the baby by herself in Canaan, Colorado. Her husband left her for another woman and then dies, so she is a widow now. At the wedding of David and Emily, Katie Ann meets Eli Detweiler, Emily’s uncle. Sparks start to fly after having Eli around for a while and finds it is so hard to tell him goodbye. Eli has other things to do like traveling the country but God has other plans and you know who wins out. It is a GREAT story, thank you Beth for giving us another good one.

In the meantime, Martha, Katie Ann’s best friend has health problems and goes to the hospital to have surgery to remove a tumor. Martha doesn’t want Katie Ann or anyone to let Arnold know she has to have a surgery but Katie Ann calls him and then he comes. From the first book, Arnold went to Georgia but he comes back for Martha’s surgery and realizes how much he loves her. There is a new character that shows up in this book also, someone that Martha meets at the hospital.

It is a wonderful book and don’t want to spoil it for you so will stop for now. Enjoy this book as much as I have.

I would most definitely suggest this book to my friends and family.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Woman's Walk in Truth by Vonette Bright





This Book was suppled to me by Harvest House Publishers for a review in return.

In good times and bad, God is with you. vonette Bright, cofounderk of Campus Crusade for; Christ, offers over 200 inspiring 5-minute devotions that explore God's Word.

I want to thank Harvest House Publishers for sending me this book. I think that this book is such a good book on Devotions for living every day. It is such an inspirational book, not long in content at all. Everytime I would sit down and read this book, I could just feel Jesus right there with me talking to me through this book.

This book has a title of the devotion at the top of the page and I really liked that also. Then after the devotion was scripture verse(s) and then at the end Vonette would put a comment of what she believes and it just touched my heart and the holy spirit just touched my life. I love this book.

I really loved the devotion on the Prodigal Son so I thought I would quote the scripture and it is as follows:

"This Son of mine was dead and has now reutrned to life. He was lost and he is found". Luke 15:24.

The message that Vonette put at the bottomj of the devotion is: "The Loving Heart of God is eager to Restore Anyone.

I would suggest this book to my family and friends.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Healing by Wanda Brunstetter


This book was supplied to me by Barbour Publishing for a review in return.

Single father Samuel Fisher of Lancaster County is still grieving over his wife's untimely death when his brother Titus talks him into making a fresh start. Samuel packs up his four kids and heads for the Bluegrass Country. Esther Beiler, who helps watch Samuel's offspring, develops a crush on the widower and a true affection for his children. Can she ever replace his wife, or will that role go to Bonnie Taylor, an English Innkeeper who provides work and witty conversation for the stressed widower? Can an Amish man burdened by yesterday's memories find hope in Kentucky, the land of tomorrow?

This book is Book 2 in “Kentucky Brothers Series”. This book was a GREAT book. It was so good that I didn’t want to put it down. I have read almost all of Wanda Brunstetter’s books and I just thoroughly love her work.

Samuel Fisher loses his wife and the baby she is carrying in a horrible accident, she falls and breaks her neck. He has a hard time dealing with the grief and having to take care of his 4 children, so he packs everyone up and they move to Kentucky. They stay with Titus (Samuel’s brother) until Samuel can get things worked out in his head.

In the meantime, he gets a job; but needs someone to look after his kids. He hires Esther Beiler and she falls in love with his kids and eventually she discovers she has feelings for Samuel. After a while, Samuel comes around and starts courting Esther. Things are going smoothly until he attends the wedding of Titus and Suzanne and then the old feelings of his wife show up and he decides to break it off with Esther. He breaks her heart so bad, I felt so sorry for her and I cried and cried for her. But, he finds something his wife wrote in her journal that she wants him to find another wife who loves him and the kids. Esther is both of these. They patch things up then.

Again, this is a GREAT book, one that I would suggest to my friends and family.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bible Reading-August 14, 2011

Psalm 32:1-11
New International Version (NIV)


Psalm 32


Of David. A maskil.[a]
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the LORD does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.[b]

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Footnotes:
a.Psalm 32:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
b.Psalm 32:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 5 and 7.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bible Reading-August 13, 2011

Hebrews 4:12-16

New International Version (NIV
)


12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Jesus the Great High Priest
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Footnotes:
a.Hebrews 4:14 Greek has gone through the heavens

Friday, August 12, 2011

Bible Reading-August 12, 2011


John 14

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Footnotes:
a.John 14:1 Or Believe in God

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The One Who Waits For Me by Lori Copeland


This Book was sent to me by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for a Review.

Bestselling author Lori Copeland (Walker’s Wedding and Outlaw’s Bride) sets her brand-new story in North Carolina the months after the Civil War. In the midst of chaos, there is also a sense of possibility and the hope of love when:

•Sisters Beth and Joanie run from a vindictive uncle toward healing
•Trella, a pregnant young slave, leaves a plantation for freedom
•Gray Eagle, a Cherokee military scout, finds refuge for the young women
•Captain Pierce, a quiet man of faith, heads for a plot of land and a new life
•Samuel, a black soldier, longs to follow his father’s preaching legacy

The intersecting lives and tales of these engaging characters and those they meet along the way create an uplifting story of tested faith, growing seeds of love, and the challenge and gift of believing God’s promise of a future.

This book is the first book in the Carolina Moon series by well known author Lori Copeland. I have read a lot of books by Lori and she is such a great author. She just grabs you in her books and you can’t put down the book. That is how it was for me. It is such a GREAT story that I just couldn’t’ put the book down. I love the characters in it, especially Beth, she can cause so much trouble, it is funny. I laughed in this book and cried as well.

This book starts out as 3 soldiers are just trying to make it home after the war, but things change for them. They run into 2 sisters (Beth and Joanie Jornigan) and one slave who is pregnant, Trellis Jones. The soldiers find Beth and Joanie in a field surrounded by fire and their lives are never the same. The 2 sisters cousin and Uncle cause so much trouble because they want their nieces back to work the fields and beat them. In the meantime, there are feelings there for Beth, Joanie, Trellis along with the soldiers (Pierce, Preach and Gray Eagle). It is wonderful reading about how GOD intersects the lives of the women and the soldiers.

This is such a great book, I would suggest this book to my friends and family. I hope you will pick up this book and enjoy it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bible Reading-August 8, 2011

Psalm 106:1-15

New International Version (NIV)



Psalm 106
1 Praise the LORD.[a]
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD
or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act justly,
who always do what is right.

4 Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people,
come to my aid when you save them,
5 that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may share in the joy of your nation
and join your inheritance in giving praise.

6 We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
they gave no thought to your miracles;
they did not remember your many kindnesses,
and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.[b]
8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
to make his mighty power known.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
he led them through the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
and sang his praise.

13 But they soon forgot what he had done
and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
14 In the desert they gave in to their craving;
in the wilderness they put God to the test.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease among them.

Footnotes:
a.Psalm 106:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 48
b.Psalm 106:7 Or the Sea of Reeds; also in verses 9 and 22

Bible Reading-August 7, 2011

Philippians 4:4-9

New International Version (NIV)

Final Exhortations

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Bible Reading-August 6, 2011

James 1:1-4


1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Trials and Temptations
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Footnotes:
a.James 1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verses 16 and 19; and in 2:1, 5, 14; 3:10, 12; 4:11; 5:7, 9, 10, 12, 19.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Bible Reading-Friday, August 5, 2011


At the Potter’s House

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bible Reading-Monday, August 1, 2011

Genesis 1:31-2:3

1:31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude.

2:2 And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.

2:3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Caregiver by Shelley Shepard Gray


Wounded hearts find hope and healing in the Amish village of Jacob's Crossing. The Caregiver to her cancer-stricken cousin, widow Lucy Troyer is struggling after suffering spousal abuse. When she meets Calvin Weaver, she wonders of God has brought him into her life for a reason. But can she ever trust a man again?

This book is the first book in Families of Honor Series. This book was a GREAT book in my opinion. Lucy Troyer has endured so many trials through her first marriage, with the abuse of her husband. When her husband accidentally is killed, she feels like she is free. I know I would be that way if I endured all that she did. After this happens, she finds out her favorite cousin and friend has cancer in Jacob’s Crossing. So, Lucy boards a train and goes to Jacob’s Crossing to help her out.

When Lucy boards a train, she meets Calvin Weaver and Katie,his sister. Lucy thinks the world of Katie but she is afraid to trust another man. But, when arrives in Jacob's Crossing, things change. It is a GREAT story, one that I think anyone would like, even if you like Amish or not. I am reading the 2nd book at this time.

I would suggest this book to my friends and family. I could not put this book down, you will love it.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Amish Nanny by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould


This Book was sent to me by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for a Review.

Amish-raised Ada Rupp knows it’s time to make a commitment to the faith and join the church, especially if she wants a future with the handsome Amish widower Will Gundy.

But when she has the chance to travel to Switzerland as the caregiver of a young child, she leaps at the opportunity.

This book is the 2nd book in “The Women of Lancaster County” Series. This was such a good book as you go with Ada Rupp in her adventures of her life. As Ada finds out in the first book, she is adopted and has the opportunity to go to Switzerland along with Alice who is Will Gundy’s grandmother.

They try to help Daniel and George to find an agreement on the land in Switzerland and this land is very important to Ada and Alice, since their ancestors had a part in the land originally. Ada also meets her birth mother and at first I was really mad at her birth mother, Giselle, because she didn’t want anything to do with Ada. My heart went out to Ada.

Daniel has feelings for Ada but it is not the same for Ada. The only man she loves is Will Gundy. As the book goes along, Alice collapses and is in the hospital so Will needs to know this and then he shows up to help out.

Ada and Daniel keep on looking for information about their ancestors and it is quite a journey for both Ada and Daniel.

This is a great book in trying to find their history and it is one you will thoroughly enjoy. I sure did enjoy it, wouldn’t it be something to find out about your ancestors? I have wanted to know more about my ancestors also.
I would recommend this book to all my friends and family.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bible Reading-Saturday, July 23, 2011

Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he
took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.' Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bible Reading-Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Psalm 130:1-8
New International Version (NIV)


Psalm 130
A song of ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bible Reading-Monday, July 18, 2011

Romans 8:31-39
New International Version (NIV)


More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes:
a.Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:22
b.Romans 8:38 Or nor heavenly rulers

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bible Reading-Sunday, July 17, 2011

John 2:1-11
New International Version (NIV)


John 2
Jesus Changes Water Into Wine
1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bible Reading-Saturday, July 16, 2011

Romans 5:1-11 (NRSV)

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Learning by Karen Kingsbury


Zondervan Publishing has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book in exchange for a Review.

Bailey Flanigan is growing closer to her dream to be an actress and dancer in New York while Cody coaches a small high school football team . on and off the field. But neither feels complete without the chance to share their dreams with one other.
Can distance truly make the heart grow fonder? Or will Cody learn to turn to others to share in his happiness? And when tragedy strikes? Who will be there to provide comfort in the face of loss?

As Cody's past catches up with him, he must learn to reach out for help or risk withdrawing permanently inside himself. Both Bailey and Cody find themselves learning significant life lessons in this poignant love story, featuring members from Karen Kingsbury's popular Baxter family.

This is the second book in the “Bailey Flanigan Series” by Karen Kingsbury. I have read almost all of Karen’s books and they are GREAT. This book is no exception, it was so good, I have had a hard time putting it down. Bailey Flanigan is now in New York City and on the cast of “Hairspray” and she has to go through a lot of issues, I really felt sorry for her that this had to happen to her.

Then, in Indiana, Cody Coleman just falls into a new position, Coaching a High School Football team. He has gone on with his life and has to deal with his friend, Cheyenne Williams, in ICU at the hospital, but God brings him through this and realizes he has feelings for Chey. I won’t say anything more, it’s great how God works through Cody.

Landon and Ashley Blake are in part of the book also. Landon is having Lung problems and has to deal with issues relating to this. He has to lean a lot on Ashley’s family, the Baxters and him and Ashley have to deal with so much.
I will definitely suggest this book and this series to my friends and family.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond


Booksneeze has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book.

With no prospects for marriage and her parents recently deceased, Susannah Freemont agrees to go west to the Dakota territory to marry her minister's homesteading brother, Jesse. But Susannah is painfully shy, doesn't see herself as worthy of love from either a husband or from God, and lives in constant fear that Jesse is going to ship her back to Detroit.

In spite of her petite size and the fact that Susannah doesn't look like she could survive on the prairie, Jesse quickly discovers that his new wife is a greater blessing than he even hoped for. The years she spent as her father's veterinary assistant allow her to save Jesse's ox and twin calves and to help neighboring farmers with their animals.

But Susannah's feelings of unworthiness are deeply rooted, and she can't believe that Jesse's praise-or the tenderness and love he shows-could possibly last. The thawing of her heart seems almost as distant as Spring in the midst of the winter blanketing the Dakota prairie.

This is a GREAT story for Catherine Richmond’s first book. It was so good, I just didn’t want to put it down. Susannah Underhill lives in Michigan and after her parents die, she has no one, so she decides to go to the Dakotas where Jesse Mason lives. Jesse is Susannah’s preacher’s brother,but when she arrives, it is not what she thought it would be, more rustic. She is very shy towards Jesse but will talk to his dog. As the book goes on, she starts to open up to Jesse, but tragedy happens and Jesse has to leave to find work to support her. He is gone for a long time and during this time, she finds out she is pregnant. But she survives on her own and when Jesse returns, he is surprised of how she managed to keep everything going.

It is such a great story, one you would thoroughly enjoy. I would suggest this book to my friends and family.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay


Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.


I just finished this book in audio format. Oh, my gosh, this was such a good book and I did not want it to end. But, books have to end. I cried and cried throughout this book and am still crying for Sarah Starcynski DeFor Rainsford. How many people have stories like hers, oh my gosh. Thank you for opening my eyes to this horrible tragedy. I knew about the Germans but did not know about France. It's terrible that lives were shattered like that. Just because you were jewish. Terrible. I can't imagine what Sarah was going through in real life. Thank you, Tatiana for letting everyone know and not to let it die. We will always remember, we will never forget, well, at least I will never forget. I would suggest this book to all my friends and family, in fact, I have done that already. Thanks again.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ella Finds Love Again by Jerry Eicher


This Advanced copy of this book was supplied to me by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my review of Ella Finds Love Again.

She loves the widower Ivan Stutzman's children and enjoys caring for them. Although she is genuinely devoted to Preacher Stutzman and keenly aware of his desire to propose, her feelings for him stop short of romantic love. Yet Ella yearns for marriage and wonders if what she and Ivan have is enough.

When the handsome Englisha stops by and asks about converting to the Amish faith, Ella is intrigued and warily agrees to meet with him. Soon Ella realizes she's torn between her devotion to Ivan and his children and her growing feelings for the Englisha. With dire consequences at stake, Ella must determine what the truth is, if her feelings are dependable, and how to stay faithful to the will of God.

This is the 3rd and final book in the Little Valley Series by Jerry Eicher. I loved this series and this book so much, I didn’t want it to end at all. Ella loves Preacher Ivan Stutzman’s children but she is not sure how she feels about him. But, she had it in her mind that she would marry him because she loves the children so much. Then, an Englisha man shows up, and he causes her to wonder if she could have feelings again. But, she continues to care for Preacher Stutzman’s children and life goes on. Then tragedy happens and I am not saying what happens from here on out.

This book is so good, if you love the Amish as much as I do, you will love this book. You will laugh and cry like I did. It is a GREAT book. I would suggest this book to my family and friends, most definitely.
Enjoy this book as I know you will.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Amish Midwife


This Book was sent to me by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for a Review.

A dusty carved box containing two locks of hair and a century-old letter regarding property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die.

Lexie steps in to assume Marta’s patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut, which means “to let be” as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God.

This book is the first book in "The Women of Lancaster County series. I can't wait until the second book comes out.

This book is one of the best books I have read. I wasn’t too sure if I wanted to read it or not but decided to give it a try. It is a GREAT book about someone who was adopted and trying to locate her birth family. When Lexie Jaeger’s dad passes away, he tells her about a little box and she looks on the inside of the box, and finds all kinds of things. Then she goes to Pennsylvania to try to locate her birth family and there are a lot of stumbling blocks because of secrets. But, this book is a GREAT book, this is one book I did not want to put down. I went on break at work and forgot about the time and was almost late to go back to work.

You will enjoy this book, it is wonderful. I most definitely would suggest this book to my friends and family.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ella's Wish by Jerry Eicher


Harvest House Publishers supplied me with this book for a review in return.

Ella Yoder has moved into her dream house. In the stillness of the great house, Ella ponders her options. How is she to survive on her own? How will she ever forget Aden? What is to become of her?

Two would-be suitors soon make their intentions known, but Ella is unsure of her own feelings. As she agrees to take care of Preacher Stutzman's three motherless girls, Ella's heart is touched by their love for her. Could their affection be the answer to Ella's quest? Can God speak through the love of a child?

This is the second book in the “Little Valley Series”. I thoroughly loved this book as much or even more than I loved the first book in the Series. Ella moves into her new home which was built by Daniel, Aden’s brother. She decides to share the huge house with her cousin Ronda and her newlywed husband and then she finds she is not so alone with other people in the house. In the meantime, she is asked by Preacher Stutzman to take care of his 3 children during the week and he picks them up on Friday. She agrees to do this and she falls in love with the children.

The Bishop starts to call on her and I was shocked the way he treats her. As the story goes, Ella decides to not see him anymore. This is such a GREAT book, I believe everyone who loves the Amish as much as I do, should read this book. I would suggest this book to my friends and family, it is so Good.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury


Zondervan Publishing has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book.

The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City.

She's determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive. In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey Flanigan.

This book is the first book in the Bailey Flanigan Series by Karen Kingsbury. Karen is the BEST author of Women Fiction that I know of. I have read all of her books when she wrote the Baxter Series.

This book was GREAT. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. It is a story about Bailey Flanigan and how she deals with her relationship with Cody Coleman. She doesn’t understand why Cody just left her in January but she feels she just has to move on. Then she goes and auditions for a play on Broadway in New York City. In the meantime, her and her family fly to Hollywood, California for the premiere of Unlocked and realizes the feelings she has for Brandon Paul, the big movie star and she feels she is not cut out for that but she has feelings for Brandon.

In the meantime, Karen touches on Ashley Baxter Blake and her family. That part will touch your heart big time, when she has to deal with Landon (her husband) having a health issues and the feelings with that are tough for Ashley to accept, so that part is ongoing as well. The Lord works through Ashley's heart also.

This book is one that I would suggest to family, friends or just anyone who love Karen Kingsbury’s writings. She is GREAT. I can’t wait for her next book.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis


Harvest House Publishers have Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book.

Amish midwife Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, Abigail is faced with some of the hardest choices she has ever had to make. Despite all her efforts, the young mother dies-but the baby is saved.

When a heartless judge confines Abigail to the county jail, her younger sister, Catherine, comes to care for the home while Daniel works his fields. Catherine meets Daniel's reclusive cousin, Isaiah, who's deaf and thought to be simple-minded by his community. She teaches him how to communicates with his fellow man, and in so doing, discovers he possesses unexpected gifts and talents. Catherine makes a difference in all their lives and in return, finds love, while Isaiah discovers God, who cares not for our handicaps or limitations.

This book is a Good book. I believe that everyone needs to pickup this book and read it because it is a wonderful story. I thought it moved a little bit slow at first, but then it picked up speed and after that I could not put it down. Abigail Graber loved being a midwife, but when she supplies a drug to Ruth Fisher, she is sentenced to jail. Abigail writes to her sister and she comes to take care of Abigail’s family, her husband (Daniel) and her 2 children (Laura and Jake).

I believe that the Lord works in mysterious ways throughout the book, dealing with Abigail in jail and her husband has to learn how to cope without his precious Abby. But, when Abby’s sister comes to help out, different things happen. She falls for Isaiah, Daniel’s cousin and sparks fly between them. It is just a Great book and would suggest everyone read it.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman


Booksneeze has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book.

Miriam Raber enjoys life in her Old Order Amish community, and she is hopeful that Saul Fisher will propose to her soon. But when Saul starts talking about leaving the only world either of them has ever known, Miriam imagines what her life might be like as an Englischer. One thing she knows for certain, she loves Saul and feel he's the one God has chosen for her. But Saul's indecision has come at an inconvenient time as Miriam is noticing advances from Jesse Dienner, a man she went to school with and who wants to marry. Complicating matters is the arrival of Miriam's cousin, Madison, a worldly Englisch girl sent to live with Miriam's family following trouble back home. Who will Miriam choose a life with-and who will choose to stay in the Old Order Amish community?

I thought this book was GREAT just like all the other books I have read by Beth Wiseman. She is one of the GREATEST authors who write about the Amish.

This Book is Book 4 in the Daughters of the Promise Series. This book is mainly about Miriam Raber and Saul Fisher, who have known each other since childhood. Miriam wants to stay in the Old Order Amish and Saul wants to leave to be a Chef in a nice restaurant. This book shows how much giving and taking there is in a relationship. I was a little bit disappointed in one part of the book but that is just me. If I tell you what it is, then I would spoil it for you. Haha.

I thoroughly loved this book and it was so hard for me to put down, but then every book I have read by Beth Wiseman, I am like that. I hope you will decide to pickup this book and read it for yourself. I would suggest this book to all my family, friends or whoever loves the Amish as much as I do.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Harvest House Publishing has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book.

Bobbie McIntyre dreams of running a ranch of her own. Raised without a mother and having spent most of her time around men, she knows more about wrangling than acting like a lady. The friendship of her new employer awakens a desire to learn more about presenting her feminine side, but ranch life keeps getting in the way.

Ranch owner Jace Kincaid figures the Lord is testing his faith when a female wrangler shows up looking for work. Bobbie has an uncanny way of getting under his skin, though, and he's surprised when she finds a home next to his heart. But when his cattle begin to go missing and his wranglers are in danger from some low-down cattle thief, can Jace trust God, even if it may mean giving up on his dreams?

This book is a GREAT book and one you will enjoy if you like the Wild West and Action. This is the first book that I have read by Janelle Mowery and it won’t be the last. It has action in it from the beginning to the End.

Bobbie McIntyre dreams of owning her own ranch until she arrives on Jace Kinkaid’s ranch. She is one of the best hired hands that Jace has. But then Jace falls for Bobbie even though there are a lot of problems. Bobbie is held at gunpoint, and is accused of bank robbery and there is cattle rustling going on and then danger befalls Bobbie, Jace and some of the hired hands.

It is a book that I wish would have gone on and on and not ended. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I have. I will definitely be waiting for the next one.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Booksneeze has provided me with a copy of What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller.

This book has 3 short stories (Novellas)about the Amish. I love to read about the Amish and these stories are GREAT. I would suggest everyone to pick up this book and read them.

I thoroughly loved it, it is a GREAT read for people who love the Amish stories as much as I do.

The stories are as follows: A Miracle for Miriam, A Place of His Own and What the Heart Sees, but my favorite one is A Miracle for Miriam. Miriam was hurt by Seth when she was little, but then years later, Miriam sees Seth again. She has forgiven him but can she forget? This is an excellent read.

A Place of His own is a Great story as well. Josiah leaves Paradise the first time but now he has returned. Amanda realizes this and it is hard for her to accept, this would be a wonderful read for everyone.

What the Heart Sees is about Ellie Chupp decides to never love again after she loses her sight in an accident. But, Chris Miller comes home after 5 years when he was involved in a tragedy. It is wonderful seeing how Ellie and Chris get together.

I loved all these stories very much and I would suggest these books to everyone.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Wedding Quilt for Ella by Jerry S. Eicher


Harvest House Publishers supplied me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Ella Yoder's wedding with Aden Wengerd and the building of their dream house is set for June. But when Aden is suddenly taken from her, Ella begins to doubt God's love.
When her family pressures her to marry the new young bishop, Ella asks for six months to heal from Aden's death. Meanwhile, Aden's brother, Daniel, helps Ella build her dream house based on a drawing by Ella's sister, Clara and now incorporated into Ella's wedding quilt. Can healing come through a house.a quilt..a community?

This book was a GREAT book in my opinion. Ella is so happy with her life since she is preparing to marry Aden Wengerd. But Ella’s life is torn upside down when she loses Aden, her fiancé. Then she has to deal with her emotions which has to be so hard to do. I have never lost a spouse and I think that would be hard to do, even though Ella was not Aden's bride yet. She loved him with so much love, more love than I have ever read about in a lot of books.

I love how Jerry Eicher brings out the emotions in this book. A lot of the time, there are not enough emotions after losing a spouse or even a fiance, but in this book, he has done a fabulous job.

I can’t wait until the 2nd book comes out. I also love how her family surrounds her with love and then Daniel, Aden’s brother builds her dream house. You will definitely enjoy this book. I would suggest this book to everyone who loves the Amish books and if you haven't read the Amish books, you need to.

Thursday, February 3, 2011



Booksneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of The Inheritance of Beauty by Nicole Seitz.

George Jacobs and his childhood sweetheart were just kids living in small-town Levy, SC, when the train brought the evil to town. Now eighty years later, George and Maggie are married, living out their remaining days in Harmony House where time moves slowly--Maggie can no longer communicate her love and George can hardly remember their past. But when a large package arrives and an old stranger moves into Harmony House, their past won't remain at bay any longer. Like it or not, George must now remember things from long ago in order to set himself--and his sweet wife--free. But George isn't sure how many lives were affected by the stranger in Levy . . . or why life must come full-circle now when he's running out of time.

This book was a very good book. I thought that Nicole Seitz did a very good job on this book. I would recommend it to everyone.

The story starts in a retirement home where George and Magnolia live now since they are both in their 80’s. But something in their childhood happens that has been forgotten until a package arrives and another person arrives from their past. Then it opens up new remembrances that George must face, good and bad.

I think that everyone young, old, in between ages would thoroughly love this book.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Zondervan Publishing has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book.

When responsible rancher John Timmons rescues "Bert" Farrar from being hanged as a horse thief, he takes the boy home to work off the debt. But what will John do when he finds out that Bert is really a girl? And will Ember Farrar repay his kindness by stealing his cattle---or his heart?

This book is one of the best books I have read by Diann Mills. From the beginning of the story, the characters in this book make you feel like you are there.

Bert (Ember) is saved from hanging from a hangman’s noose by John Timmons and he thinks that Ember is a boy but actually is a girl. I loved from the start how Leah (John Timmons mother) just helped Bert along, she is a very good Christian and you can tell that also. I loved the part also where she accepted Jesus as her savior. As the story goes, Evan and John fall for Ember but she only loves one of them.

I would definitely suggest this book to everyone, especially if you like the West in which I do. I just thoroughly loved it and didn’t want it to end. Thank you, Diann Mills for another GREAT book.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman


It's Christmas, and Annie Weaver misses her family after leaving her Amish community to work at a distant hospital. But when she hears that her father has been gravely injured in a buggy accident, she rushes home to care for him. Her passion for healing catches widower Samuel Yoder’s attention. Will she also capture his heart? 256 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

This book was the first book I have read by Vannetta Chapman and it definitely will not be my last. In my opinion, she is one of the best Amish authors around. She keeps you interested from the first page to the last page, in fact I didn’t want the book to end. I actually wanted a lot more.

This book is a GREAT Christmas book but it can be read as just taking place in the winter time too. When Annie gets the phone call while she is working at the hospital, I never dreamed that she would not go back to the hospital since she loves nursing so much. I also was glad that her dad was happy to see her. In some books where the daughter or son comes home after his rumschpringe, they are not welcome at home.

I loved how Samuel and Annie don't get along at first and then are drawn together and the sparks fly. Samuel has a rough time since losing his wife and daughter and then Annie comes along and sparks those feelings again. It is a GREAT book, one that I would suggest to everyone. It is WONDERFUL.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Unto The Hills by Billy Graham



Booksneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of this Devotional Unto the Hills by Billy Graham in exchange for a Review.

Each of the 365 daily readings in this inspiring collection offers a carefully chosen passage of scripture, a brief, thoughtful message from Dr. Graham, and a heartfelt prayer composed especially for this book. Distilled from a lifetime of study and ministry, these devotionals supply daily food for thought about living fruitfully and joyfully in an often fretful world.

This Devotional is a GREAT devotional. I was wanting to get back to reading devotionals and this one is the Best one out there. What I really loved about this book is that the well-known Billy Graham wrote it and that there is a bible verse at the top, with his comments and then a prayer at the bottom of the devotional.

I have always loved and respected Dr. Graham. If you respect Billy Graham as much as I do, you would give this devotional a try. It is GREAT. I believe that everyone needs some type of devotional to use every single days of our lives. How would we get through life without the word of God. I suggest this devotional to my friends and family also.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Place of Peace by Amy Clipston



Zondervan Publishing has Provided Me with A Complimentary Copy of this Book

Miriam Lapp, who left the Amish community in Pennsylvania three years ago, is heartbroken when her sister calls to reveal that her mother has died suddenly. Traveling home to Pennsylvania, she is forced to face the heartache from her past, including her rift from her family and the break up of her engagement with Timothy Kauffman. Her past emotional wounds are reopened when her family rejects her once again and she finds out that Timothy is in a relationship with someone else. Miriam discovers that the rumors that broke them up three years ago were all lies. However, when Timothy proposes to his girlfriend and Miriam's father disowns her, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles. When Miriam's father has a stroke, Miriam returns to Pennsylvania, and her world begins to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community and her faith in God.

In this book, Miriam Lapp left Gordonville, Pennsylvania because she felt that everyone hated her and felt she was abandoned. Then, she receives a phone call from her sister, Hannah, letting her know that her mother, Bertha Lapp has died. She, then rushes home for the funeral and in the meantime, her father, brother and younger sister abandon her. She feels crushed. She leaves Pennsylvania and goes back to Indiana. Then she receives a phone call from Hannah, her sister, letting her know that her father has had a stroke and he is wanting to talk with her. So, she goes back to Pennsylvania and decides to stay. Now, her former beau, Timothy has proposed marriage to someone else and she has to deal with this turn of events.

This book is Book 3 of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series by Amy Clipston. Amy Clipston is one of the Greatest authors who write about the Amish.

This is a Great Book, one that you will not want to put down. At least, I didn’t. My husband even told me to quit reading for a while due to my eye twitching. I stopped for a while and then picked the book back up. I know that you will enjoy this book, I would suggest this book to everyone.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Finding Becky by Martha Rogers


Rob Frankston has waited four years for Becky Haynes to come home, but she arrives back in Barton Creek, newly graduated from college with an independent spirit that puzzles him. Believing the old Becky is hidden beneath her façade of newfound independence, he is determined to find and bring her back. Is it just jealousy? Or, will he find answers and convince Becky to return to the faith of her childhood before it's too late?

Becky has been away to college back east in Boston. She returns to Barton Creek, Oklahoma, where she was raised. Rob Frankston has waited for her and is in love with her. She arrives in Barton Creek and gets off the train with a stranger, Geoff Kensington who is from Chicago, Illinois. Rebecca Haynes shows affection to both of them, but as the story goes, Geoff Kensington wants Becky’s father Ben Haynes to sell part of his farm to him and the company who has sent him to Barton Creek under the guise of Ben selling his cattle to him. But, strange things start happening and then Geoff is attacked.

This book is one of the best ones I have read. I have read the first 2 books in this series. I highly recommend this book as well. I believe that you will not be disappointed, especially if you are from Oklahoma as I am. Enjoy.