Monday, February 20, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter, © 2017

The Hawthorne House Series, Book 3

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

My Review:
Adelaide couldn't remember a more pleasant outing. Not once did she find herself wishing she could reach for the book she'd tucked into her reticule.
   --An Uncommon Courtship, 114.
A girl after my own heart!!

This is a delightful story of first love ~ learn as you go. Set in an unexpected circumstance, second Hawthorne son, Lord Trent, begins to court his Lady Adelaide.

When was the last time you began and finished a book in one day ~ well if you count 2:20 a.m. a day?! Loved this book. So sweet to see hearts opening to each other for the first time, uncertain of their way and encouraged by those who care about them.

Trent is wanting to give Adelaide the social standing she has never had before and not to be overlooked. She grows in assurance and receipt of who she is; kind, giving, and able to have a voice in what concerns her. Standing up for herself she is respected and able to move forward in the life the Lord has for her.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
--Proverbs 29:25
I liked the growth of this story, the trust they both have continuing forward, despite turmoil around them. Very well-written, this whole series brings family together in support and understanding. Good communication and I especially liked that Adelaide knew whom to go to for help and direction. Trent is well-taken as he turns to his brother and brothers-in-law. His sisters include Adelaide and assist watchfully in her coming out in society. Gossip is quenched being immersed in Truth.
How abundant are the good things
that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
on those who take refuge in you.
  --Psalm 31:19
author Kristi Ann Hunter
***Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

~* Hawthorne House *~
A Lady of Esteem Novella ~ read excerpt

A Noble Masquerade Novel ~ Book 1

An Elegant Façade Novel ~ Book 2

An Uncommon Courtship Novel ~ Book 3

  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton, © 2017

amishwandererWhat makes a wanderer? Could it include one who travels without leaving home? Bethany Weiss is seeking relief from a lack of protection. To be honored, loved, and respected by the very ones she should be able to trust is a deep desire unfounded. Silas Beiler has returned to town. Bethany was able to join her faith and trust in Silas when they were younger. Could it be he has come to rescue her?

Image result for jamestown missouri amishJamesport, Missouri, is a visitor haven for the Englischers seeking to purchase home goods the Amish have made. Jams, jellies, homemade pies, quilts of many patterns, fine woodworking; warmth within and without. But this story is not about the Englischers, it is about those within its borders. Extremely well-written!

My favorite secondary characters are Preacher Samuel, his frau, Elsie, and their nephew Josh and his frau, Greta. They see with eyes of vision and not reproach, of what can be, not hampered by what has been. By being listeners they are able to be hearers of the heart. They have drawn more to der Herr with their love than any words of question could. We all seek a heart that hears us. A word that is spoken in due season also takes a heart that is ready and will listen.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. --Romans 8:38-39
Fear runs from the unknown. Silas finds that his fear binds him until truth sets him free. It is necessary for him to face his fear. The darkness holds no bond to the light of Christ's Word to never leave us. This story brings hope and a release from struggles when guided correctly from love and not control.

Amish Wanderer bears reading more than once. Much wisdom and care bring truth to the light. Lives saved that could have remained in bondage to lies and deceit are released. Generations will be able to go forward in the freedom they have been given. Overcomers!


***Thank you, Celebrate Lit for inviting me to be a part of the Amish Wanderer book tour. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Image may contain: one or more people and text

Blog Stops

February 14inklings and notions
February 15A Rup Life
February 15D'S QUILTS & BOOKS
February 15Lane Hill House
February 16Daysong Reflections
February 16Blogging With Carol
February 17Bigreadersite
February 17Rockin' My Mom Jeans
February 18Rhonda's Doings
February 18Jeanette's Thoughts
February 19A Greater Yes
February 19A Holland Reads
February 20Blossoms and Blessings
February 21Eat, Read, Teach, Blog
February 21Mom Is Forever
February 22A Baker's Perspective
February 22Splashes of Joy
February 23Moments Dipped in Ink
February 23Carpe Diem
February 24Pause for Tales
February 24Quiet Quilter
February 25For The Love of Books
February 25Donna's BookShelf
February 26Christian Bookaholic
February 27Giveaway Lady
February 27Autism Mom
81ec43c2-e132-4066-a8e3-6e2657c98802
To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away
Amish Wanderer, Patchwork Dreams (Amish of Seymour #1),
Snow Globe (Amish of Jamesport #1),
a 10 x 17” canvas banner: “Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly” (Micah 6:8), and
Abba Scripture Candle (3” natural, clean-burning wax, scented) – 
“With God All Things Are Possible”!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b0d8

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher, © 2017

Amish Beginnings series, Book 2






































My Review:
This story was so interesting about the settling of the Amish in the New World. Penn's Woods became a beginning...
1737 - The Charming Nancy:
1737 - the Charming Nancy
After long weeks at sea, the small church group has arrived at Port Philadephia and met by their Amish bishop from home. They are more than ready to arrive at the settlement he has prepared in advance of their coming. The emigrants have crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the Charming Nancy from Germany to begin anew in this New World.

Join Anna König and Bairn Bauer as their hopes for their future are bright. They have been close since their childhood. Another immigrant has arrived on a separate ship from Germany and chooses to join their settlement. Henrik Newman has plans and is quite charming in his deliverance. How far can a person go to be believed?
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:20
Adjusting to a new country and travel across the unknown terrain are consuming strength and exhaustion of whom to follow. With winter approaching, are they to till the soil or build family structures as their first priority? They have been crowded on their journey and now bundled together in one dwelling.

This story is very well written and demonstrates what can be done when working together to achieve a satisfactory and desired end. They are not without turmoil and uncertainties as each day is met and decisions are to be made.

There is a Cast of Characters and Glossary of Historical Terms in the front, and the story is followed by a glimpse sneak peek of Book 3, The Return, available this coming summer! One thing I especially liked was how the experience of one was able to help another.

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Blog Stops

February 7cherylbbookblog
February 7Moments Dipped in Ink
February 7inklings and notions
February 8Just Commonly
February 8D'S QUILTS & BOOKS
February 8Ashley's Bookshelf
February 9A Reader's Brain
February 9Genesis 5020
February 10Lane Hill House
February 10Blogging With Carol
February 10Eat, Read, Teach, Blog
February 11Quiet Quilter
February 11Daysong Reflections
February 12Christian Bookaholic
February 12Jeanette's Thoughts
February 13Karen Sue Hadley
February 13Just the Write Escape
February 14Rhonda's Doings
February 14Bigreadersite
February 15Blossoms and Blessings
February 16Bibliophile Reviews
February 16Book by Book
February 17Pause for Tales
February 17A Holland Reads
February 18A Greater Yes
February 18The Power of Words
February 19Lighthouse Academy
February 19A Baker's Perspective
February 20By The Book
February 20Giveaway Lady

photo
***Thank you, Celebrate Lit for including me in the book tour for The Newcomer and sending a print copy. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

The Amish Beginnings series was inspired by the little-known story of how the Amish came to America. You won't want to miss a single one. SuzanneWoodsFisher.com

Book One in the new Amish Beginnings
Book 1, Anna's Crossing
Front Cover
Book 3, The Return, coming Summer 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

An Amish Home ~ Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid & Kathleen Fuller, © 2017

The Beloved Hope Chest

An Amish Home releases today!!

Thank you, author Amy Clipston for sending me a copy of An Amish Home. I will be reviewing her novella within, "Home Sweet Home."

Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania
Driving rain welcomes Chace and Mia O'Conner and their infant daughter, Kaitlyn, to an adventure not soon to be forgotten. Shelter and friendship are before them as they settle into a small cabin, destined to become their own Home Sweet Home. With nowhere else to go, it becomes more than they could have imagined for their family beginnings.

Fresh country air beckons them as they are intrigued by their new surroundings. Isaac Allgyer and his wife, Vera, and their children welcome them and greet them beyond what they had ever experienced. Family.

Mia has never been extended such courtesies and is uncertain how to negotiate kindness. Blaming her husband for their lack displays an uneasiness of all he is doing to rectify their dilemma of bills occurring unprepared. A young marriage, learning to work together, easing guilt brought on by not knowing what to do or say, may open a door to a solution they will recognize as not only urgent but necessary to extend a hand to each other. Forgiveness, acceptance, a love greater than their own.

I really liked this story of growing together and relying on God. No other way would surface than in His love.

Image result for amy clipston

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Jebber, © 2017

Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series, Book 3

My Review:
amish built house: In 1900, widowed Mrs. Plank and her three daughters, Anna, Leah, and Beth, move to Berlin, Ohio, from their Amish community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The story focuses at three years later, as their Mamm works at the general store while Anna and Leah manage the dry goods store. It is so interesting visualizing their day ~ with quilts they and other Amish women have made, aprons, tea towels and other merchandise displayed. Highly favored, word of mouth brings traveling Englischers to purchase.

I enjoyed meeting the Plank family and their influence on others by just being themselves. They share together, pray together, and live life together in a magnificent way. Each sharing chores at home and conversations with all being heard. I especially liked how they were supportive of each other and their decisions.

Image result for brown dogNewcomer, Daniel Bontrager, has lost his parents and his brother and his family in tragic ways. He and his dog, Otis, travel from Lancaster to Berlin to farm his brother's land. As Noah Schwartz meets Daniel, he expresses that he is going to Lancaster where his aunt and uncle live. Daniel's carpentry work is an asset to neighboring farms and businesses. Being befriended by the Planks and invited to their home for food and fellowship, he has found a place of belonging.

Special Care! Molly Jebber picture My favorite in this story is Beth Plank, the youngest daughter who stays with their neighbor, Mrs. Hochstetler, while her family works in town. She is full of so much joy and has words of wisdom to share without filters.

Come and join everyday happenings as trust and honesty between characters will be an asset to future generations.

***Thank you Celebrate Lit for inviting me on the book tour for Two Suitors for Anna and to author Molly Jebber for sending a signed copy to me! This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***


??
Enjoy an excerpt of Chapter One: Look inside this book
Buy: Amazon, B&N, BAM, IndieBound, Target, Walmart, Hudson Booksellers
22891478
Book 1
25489177
Book 2
30205218
Book 3













Blog Stops

January 31: cherylbbookblog
January 31: Giveaway Lady
February 1: A Greater Yes
February 2: Lane Hill House
February 3: Just Commonly
February 4: Bigreadersite
February 5: Quiet Quilter
February 7: Pause for Tales
February 8: Splashes of Joy
February 10: inklings and notions
February 11: Carpe Diem
February 12: Donna’s BookShelf
February 13: autism mom
February 14: A Holland Reads
February 14: Through the Open Window

Giveaway

kindle fire
To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away a Kindle Fire HD. Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/af95

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz, © 2017

Frantz_Moonbow_front_LR (2)
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
Acts 17:26 NASB
Surveying the first great gateway to the west in "Kentucke" between the Cumberland Gap, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... All traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky and the banks of the Ohio River at the Falls of Ohio, aside trails, mountains, settlements, and countless rivers. Sion Morgan and his mapmaker, Cornelius Lyon, have differences as they strive to work together within the unknown land around them.
   He'd forgotten what it was like to feel a bond, kinship. To come home. To be greeted, open-armed and openhearted...
   --A Moonbow Night, 77.
To be a wanderer, could he take a risk? Reading Laura Frantz' books you become part of the narrative in a way that only a soothing ripple of a stream could be. Relaxing, tender, awaiting a coming storm that would send currents rushing over the rocks embedded beneath. Is is like a lone dog wanting to come in from the shadows to feel a touch but yet not eager to forge beyond its trembling. Sion Morgan does feel and seeks solace amid the everyday separateness of heart expanded beyond his remembrance. A fondness he desires to renew.
   "A full moon ... ample mist ... patience."
      --Ibid., 111.
Maintaining direction, his steps seemed to rebound back to where he had circled to begin ~ the Moonbow Inn. There were other travelers gathered, those who had passed along the word that there was unsettling ahead. Was there unsettling, here, for his heart?

Temperance, a name given that formed her steps. Tempe hastened to assist her mother as the Inn's hustle and din of hungry passers drew them to aromas permeating the keeping room, consuming the staples becoming meager. Respected as a sharpshooter, she had a skill needed for food when she had learned early on by her father. Now it stood before her as a reference and a following.

As their paths cross continually, they learn to maintain a semblance of aloneness ~ together. Sion needing direction; Tempe, needing a freedom to become.

Laura Frantz' story tells of a people who staked out land ~ the disruption of those displaced ~ a land that wasn't fenced or marked off, except for the familiarity of a known land to those who roamed it. My heart goes there too. This is a story of those who came, marking new lands they hadn't traveled.

On the vast,
uncharted Kentucky
frontier of 1777...

Laura Frantz Author
author Laura Frantz
   Image result for cumberland falls moonbow
***Thank you for authoring, Laura Frantz, and Revell Reads Fiction for sending me a copy of A Moonbow Night. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Image result for cumberland falls moonbow

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Legacy of Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper, © 2012, 2016

Book Three of the Deer Run Saga


Video trailer for The Legacy of Deer Run by Elaine Marie Cooper
Book 3, the conclusion to the Deer Run Saga, follows Dan Lowe, the oldest son of Daniel and Mary Lowe from "Road to Deer Run." It is filled with romance, history and lots of suspense!

Legacy of Deer Run
The Year is 1800
A young man makes weapons for the defense of America, still a fledgling nation. He also protects his heart from the allure of a young woman who seems so far above his station in life that he cannot win her.
The lady fights her own war against loneliness and grief. Despite her finery and airs, she is drawn to the young armory worker, who is distant yet disarming.
Love is not the only entanglement. The nation’s enemies are afoot. They creep within the very walls where America’s defenses are forged. Who are they? When will they strike? Who will survive their terrorism?
Intrigue of the heart and intrigue of the times are only part of this compelling story—Book 3 of the Deer Run Saga. This series finale is a gripping mix of romance and deception, faith and forgiveness, transgression and trial.



This cover is so expressive!

I so enjoyed the Lowe family in following generations from Book 1. Daniel Sr.'s wife, Mary, is my very favorite character, however, her children as adults have been lovingly encouraged and set finely of themselves!

The story is based on the author's own ancestors, setting fictional characters within the time period and researched genealogy. I was fascinated by their clothing, travel lengths/distances, and encouraged by the working together of their families. Legacy of Deer Run begins in the Spring of 1800 and concludes in 1802. I loved the overview of what had transpired while the families were apart from each other, returning with a visit in the second year.

Each story can be read as a stand-alone, as they tell the story of each generation and their growth in understanding and following of the Lord. The importance of honesty and revelation of trust and forgiveness stand out by their actions. I thoroughly enjoyed each story in this saga and recommend them all. Lives portray everyday happenings and the unraveling of disaster and deception. Their character stands out as others attempt to infiltrate their values and belief. I like that who they are is shown rather than told ~ a big difference to model a behavior rather than speak of it. Their lives are real. I like the interaction between generations, especially. Their lives are enriched by close communication and prayer.

EM Cooper

***Thank you to author Elaine Marie Cooper for sharing a copy with me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

the Deer Run Saga ~ Publisher: CrossRiver Media Group
Road To Deer Run Cover  Promise Of Deer Run Cover  Legacy of Deer Run book cover  CrossRiver