An Amish Summer

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An Amish Summer is a compilation of four novellas written by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin.

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelly Shepard Gray is a story of two sisters with very similar names that go to a wedding in Shipshewana and meet the same man. Sharon is healing from a broken relationship, while Sherilyn loves to write letters to people. After meeting Graham at the wedding, she writes to him. They plan a vacation to Pinecraft with their friends. Graham realizes that he thought he was writing to Sharon instead of Sherilyn

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston is a story of Arianna and Jesse, who are engaged to be married. When Arianna’s brother, Tobias, gets drunk he tries to race Jesse. Jesse send Arianna home and stays to help Tobias. When Tobias and Jesse get to the home, Tobias and his father get into another argument. As a result his father decides Arianna and Jesse are not to see each other anymore and the wedding is called off.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller is a story of an Amish family who have a tourist home and shop. They also hire Judah to help on the farm. Esther has had a crush on Judah, but he only sees her younger sister Sarah. When the family takes in an Englisher, Sarah flirts with him and Judah is able to see her true side.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin is a story of Jacob and Martha. They both lost their mothers at a young age. Martha was left to take over caring for the family. While Jacob is reckless and likes to have fun in ways Martha does not approve. Both have feelings for each other but Martha does not approve of the things Jacob does with his friends.

The stories within this book are short, easy to read stories to lose yourself in. All of the stories are romance stories that have couple who need to move past obstacles. Summer Storms and One Sweet Kiss are stories of what one must do to show their love. Jesse goes out of his way to help Arianna’s father and Jacob gives up his recklessness to show Martha he can be dependable. While in A Reunion in Pinecraft and Lakeside Love the stories show how we have to look inside of ourselves and follow God’s direction in our lives. Graham had to made the decision to make a relationship with the gal he remembered from the wedding or the one he has been writing letters to. Judah has to move past his feeling for Sarah and see who she really is.

I enjoyed reading these stories. They are the perfect length to read in an evening. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories of the young Amish will really enjoy reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. I have chosen to write this honest review.

400 pages

ISBN: 9780718078843

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To read more about the authors go to: www.shelleyshepardgray.com, http://amyclipston.com/, http://www.kathleenfuller.com/, http://www.kellyirvin.com/

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The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter

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The Farmer’s Market Mishap, written by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter, is a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake. This is also a very good stand alone story.

Elma Hochstetler and her sister Thelma inherited their grandparents home and store. Thelma has recently married and is expecting her first child. Elma is now left in charge of the store and is living in her grandparent’s home alone. Thelma is only able to help at the store a little bit and their employee is moving. Elma has hired a new employee, but she is not much help as she spends a lot of time visiting. Elma is also left to deal with having to care for the home as well. There are many things that need repair. She calls in Delbert, a friend of Thelma’s husband to do the work. Thelma has decided that Elma and Delbert should get together and has many get together inviting both of them.

Elma, Thelma and her husband take part in the farmer’s market. While Thelma and her husband are looking around, Ben visits their table and visits with Elma. This is the start of a relationship between the two. But since they live 50 miles apart, visiting each other is hard. If they were to have a future together Ben would have to leave his mother and her farm or Elma would have to leave her twin sister and the store.

This is a wonderful little story. The story is so well written that it is easy to see Elma and Delbert are not meant to be together and I kept waiting to see if Elma and Ben could figure out how to move forward. Elma is kept so busy with the story, her animals, the house and her sister. I got tired just reading all that she accomplished.

This story will be greatly enjoyed by those who enjoy reading Amish stories. It is a good clean romance with a little mystery and suspense written in it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

Series: Lopsided Christmas Cake (Book 2)

208 pages

ISBN: 9781634099325

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

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True to You, by Becky Wade

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What’s ultimately of more value is God’s ability to strengthen us with power through His Spirit, so that we’ll be able to deal with the circumstances He doesn’t change”

True to you, written by Becky Wade, is book one in A Bradford Sisters Romance series.

Upon graduation Nora Bradford’s father gave her a historical village. Nora has built up the village that now includes shops. Working in the library in the village, Nora has helped people go genealogy research.

Former Navy SEAL John Lawson has been given a medical diagnoses that he wants more information about. John was adopted as a baby and the condition he has is genetic. He has decided to search for his birth parents. With Nora’s help, he is able to find his mother. Nora and John develop a friendship as they work together.

Nora’s sister Willow has come home to help out while her parents are on a missions trip. She decides to take it upon herself to do a total make over of Nora. She helps Nora select more attractive clothing and even convinces her to get a new hair style.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I really look forward to the rest of the series. The descriptions in this story are so clear, it is easy to see how Nora looked before Willow decided on a redo. The characters are so well introduced it is easy to follow along with them. As John struggles to deal with what he learns about his birth parents, he has to give the situation over to God and he has to learn that he is not to blame for what his father did.

This is a story that has many emotions. Some funny, some very hard to deal with. I think anyone who likes to read contemporary fiction will enjoy this book. The book is labeled as contemporary romance, but the romance is not so overwhelming. The mystery and suspense around finding John’s birth family helps kept my interest in the story.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance (Book 1)

384 pages

ISBN: 9780764219368

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

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Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

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Bread of Angels is a Biblical fiction story written by Tessa Afshar. Using  Acts 16, the author writes this awesome story of Lydia. The author has done an exceptional job of retelling this story to bring it to life for the reader. This story is so well written that it is hard to remember that it is fiction and not the real story. The author’s descriptions are so good that I could see the most beautiful purple fabric possible.

Lydia is the only child of a well know dye master that has a secret formula to make purple. Lydia helps her father in the business that is on land that her family has owned for generations. One day her father is injured and rescued by an upper class young man, Jason. Jason starts visiting Lydia and eventually Jason’s mother becomes a partner with Lydia’s father. Jason’s mother has set up Lydia’s father and brings false accusations against him. The courts rule against him and he loses their home and business. He also is beaten and eventually dies from the beating.

Lydia takes some of the business items with her when she leaves their home. While staying with a friend of her father’s Lydia meets Rebekah. Rebekah has been turned away from her home. Together Lydia and Rebekah travel to Philippi. With the help of General Varus’ mother, Lydia starts a new business making purple fabric with her father’s secret formula. The business grows and becomes so successful that another dye master starts causing serious problems for her.

Lydia has kept parts of her past a secret and struggles with being fearful. After hearing apostle Paul give a message, she give her life over to God. I really appreciated this part of the story. Especially when she told her employees that she did not expect them to make the conversion just because she did. That it was to be their very own personal decision.

Anyone who enjoys reading Biblical fiction will love this story. The author brings the story of Lydia to life.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

416 pages

ISBN: 9781496406477

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://tessaafshar.com/

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The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

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The Divide, by Jolina Petersheim, is the second book and conclusion of the Alliance series. This is an awesome series. It was well worth the year wait to read the second book. Just like the first book in the series, this book has a lot of depth and twists and turns. I found myself staying up very late to find out what happens. The story is very well developed. We get to know more about the main characters as well as their background. One of the things that is stressed in this series is that violence is not God’s way so it is not the Mennonite’s way. But Leora has lived a life caring for and protecting those she loves. She wonders if she will have to choose between her family or her faith.

In book one, an attack destroyed the region’s power grid and changed the life for everyone. People fled their homes in search of food and shelter. The Old Order Mennonite community became under attack and the community fled to the mountains and built a new community.

Now in the new community they find food was very scarce. People got sick and many died. Bishop Lowell is killed by someone trying to get into the community and Jabil is now the Bishop. AS spring comes the community start gardening and moving toward the future. Leora is torn between clinging to her love for Moses and a life with Jabil. She accepts Jabil’s proposal but starts having doubts about being part of the community. Her brother has left the community to join the militia.

Members of the militia have manged to get an old airplane working and have located the Agricultural Resurgence Commission’s (ARC) camp. The ARC is going around forcing the people to join their group and work for them. Those who refuse are killed. Some members of the militia decide to take down the ARC.

I think anyone who enjoys reading about the Mennonite life will enjoy this story. As well as anyone who enjoys suspense and romance stories. However, this story does have a fair amount of violence and death

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: The Alliance (book 2)

400 pages

ISBN: 9781496402226

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.jolinapetersheim.com/

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Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll

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Weaver’s Needle, written by Robin Caroll, is a Christian fiction story that is filled with suspense with a touch of romance. This is the first book I have read by this author and really enjoyed the story very much. The story is very well written with very well introduced characters. Landry’s faith is very strong and she relies on her relationship with God. Nickolai questions his faith and his beliefs in God. The story also touches on the religious beliefs of the Apache Indians.

While the main part of the story is about finding the map, we are also pulled into the search to find out who murderer is. We are also introduced to native culture of the area.

Bartholomew Winslet purchased the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map. While taking it to safekeeping he was murdered. His wife has asked Landry Parker and Nickolai Baptiste to find the map for her. Only the person who returns to map to her will receive the $50,000 payment.

Landry is former military and a recovery specialist that is trying to keep her father’s legacy going. She needs the job for the income. Nickolai was shot while on duty as a police officer. He is now considered one of the best recovery specialist. The search for the map takes them to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where the map is based on.

While in Arizona, Laundry and Nickolai are being targeted. The secretly start working together. The story show us how they have to put their distrust of each other aside and work together.

This is a great story, I think anyone who likes a good mystery will enjoy reading this story.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

320 Pages

ISBN: 9781634099943

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

To learn more about this author visit her website at: http://www.robincaroll.com/

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A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

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Things happen in life we cannot understand. We can only do our best and seek God’s guidance and move forward the best we are able.”

A Stranger at Fellsworth, by Sarah E. Ladd, is book three in A Treasures of Surrey series.

Annabelle Thorley’s parents have died and with the passing of her father, rumors of his financial status cause her fiance to break off the engagement. She is left living with her brother and sister-in-law in London. Her brother keeps reminding her of the situation and has told her she must marry a man she does not want to.

One night after a party, the man she is suppose to marry treats her badly. When she gets away from him, her brother also treats her badly. When she gets to her room she decides her only option is to run away. She has an uncle she has only seen once and decides to go to him for help. She convinces her lady’s maid to run off with her.

Earlier in the day Annabelle met Owen Locke, the gamekeeper and assistant to the owner of Bancroft Park. He is staying at her brothers home to assist his employer on the trip. Annabelle asks him to help her get to Fellsworth. Owen is from Fellsworth and friends with her uncle and helps her get to him.

Annabelle’s uncle assigns her to be a junior teacher at the school he runs. Annabelle has not worked before and finds teaching a challenge. One of her students is Owen’s daughter, Hannah. Hannah does not like it at school. One day after some girls are mean to her, Hannah tries to go home. She steps in a trap and gets hurt. Everyone at the school is looking for her and Annabelle takes a trail Hannah told her about, finds her and takes her home.

This is a very heart warming story. The author does a great job of introducing the characters and providing details of the story. I was able to envision the homes and school as well as the rough terrain and woods. And I could just feel the brown silk of Owen’s late wife’s gown. Based in England in the early 1800’s, the story shows us how the different classes of people lived. The wealthy were tutored while the poor sent their children away to a school and seldom saw them, to allow them a chance to get an education and learn a trade.

Even though this is Christian Fiction, it does not stand out and is not preachy. One of the parts of the story that stands out for me is that as a young girl, Annabelle went to church with her mother. With her mother’s passing the family no longer attended church. Now Annabelle does not have peace like Owen and questions her faith.

Being book three in the series, it is also a stand alone novel. I have not read the first two and was able to totally enjoy this book. I especially like that the story was fast moving with suspense written into the story. I would not consider this a romance novel, but there is just a touch of romance in the story as well. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical stories based in England will truly enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers and I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: A Treasures of Surrey Novel (Book 3)

336 pages

ISBN: 9780718011857

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://sarahladd.com/

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English River by Thomas Nye

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English River is book three in Amish Horses Series by Thomas Nye.

Lenny has moved in with his aunt and uncle to help them through the harvest. Lenny’s Uncle Noey has a horse farm and they have no children to help them with it. Aunt Ruth has hinted to Lenny that Uncle Noey needs help. Lenny likes being on the farm, but there is a lot of work. If he were to return to his English life in the city, he would not be working so hard.

Lenny has met Leah and they have developed a friendship. When Lenny goes back to the city to visit his parents, Leah and her sister follow. They say they are turning English to be with Lenny and his friend who went to the city earlier. When Lenny announces that he is going back to Noey and Ruth’s farm and that he is becoming Amish, the three go back with him

Having not read the first two stories in this series, I found the beginning moving rather slow until I caught up. The story is one of a close knit community of people who care about each other. The part in the story that stands out for me is the struggle that Lenny goes through deciding if he wants to become Amish, with all the hard work and the rules. The part in the story that surprises me is when Lenny visits with the English minister. I was really surprised by the thoughts the minister has about the Amish.

I enjoyed reading this story and plan to read this series in order. This book is such a good book about caring for others and helping them. I think anyone that enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Book Crash. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Amish Horses Series (Book 3)

274 pages

ISBN: 9781633570641

Publisher: CrossLink Publishing

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Under a Desert Sky by Lynne Hartke

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Under a Desert Sky, by Lynne Hartke, is a very powerful book of Lynne’s walk through cancer followed by her parents’ walks through cancer. Lynne writes a very emotional and inspirational book. Her writing is so honest and truthful, asking the “why me” questions so many of us ask in the privacy of our own thoughts.

This book takes us through Lynne’s life and journey through cancer. Lynne fought the cancer fight and won. Shortly after, both of her parents began the cancer fight. Each fighting their fight in their own way.

The author takes us on hikes with her and her family, describing the beauty they see and the trials they go through. The one hike that sticks in my mind, is when their daughter just laid down on the dusty trail and told them to leave her there. But when her father reached for her, she got up, dusted herself off and went with him. To me, this relates to me the walk we have with God and through our lives. During the good, easy time, life is beautiful. But when we get ill or things get hard, we get overwhelmed. We want to just throw ourselves down and not go on. With God’s help we are able to get back up and finish the walk.

I just love this book! It often brought back memories of watching my parents’ through their cancer walks. At times I though she was writing my story. So truthful and honest and powerful and emotional all wrapped up together. This is a book that everyone would benefit from reading. Regardless if their trial in life is cancer or any other situation. This story will inspire you to keep going, to trust and will encourage you.

Just after I started reading this book, I received a call from my husband that I never wanted to receive. We dropped everything to make necessary arrangements and notify the children. We were making an ‘rush trip’ for my husband to have surgery. As I laid in the hotel that weekend, it was this book that I grabbed to read. While our situation was very serious, we were not alone. Others have had worse situations and through Lynne’s experiences I was able to just shrug off my normal life for the time my husband needed our every thought and action to be on him.

I want to thank this author for writing such a wonderful book. And the publisher for allowing this book to be available on their blogging network.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

256 pages

ISBN: 9780800727741

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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Claiming Peace by Jo Huddleston

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With Good Intentions, written by Jo Huddleston, is book three in the Caney Creek Series. This is a continuation of the Jim Callaway family. Jim’s sister EmmaJean is now dating Terry and living with Jim and his new wife Caroline. Jim and Caroline’s children are away at college. Jim’s first wife was Callie’s sister. Callie, Arthur and their children Art and Jennifer still get together with the Callaway family on a regular basis. They all attend the same church as well.

At the beginning of the story, Art is in a facility for having legal issues. He is released just in time to get into college. Arthur and Art visit the school Art has chosen and spend time talking with people at the school who give Art good advice.

Meanwhile Callie has been struggling with health issues. She has a rare progressive brain disease. She has trouble with her balance and will eventually be in a wheelchair, then bed ridden and will eventually die. Her illness is progressing fast. Yet she has peace about it because before Jesus left this earth He said he would leave us peace. As Callie gets worse, EmmaJean and Caroline spend their days with Callie and sometimes help with the evening meal. When the end of her life gets near Callie wishes to go to the ocean. Callie, Arthur, Jim and Caroline go on the trip together. But the trip is cut short when Callie has a bad day.

Even though this is the third book in the series, the author has given enough back ground that it is easy to understand. I do think it would be better to read the series in order to get the full story. This is a story of strength, peace and second chances. I like how Art has changed his life around and is now in college. I especially like the part of the story that Callie gives her family instructions of her passing. She has so much peace and strength as she goes through the illness. As I read the story I wanted so much for a miracle to happen. And wanted more treatment to help Callie. But this story takes place in 1951 when the medical field was so much different that it is today.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is so powerful showing us the strength and love the family has to help Callie get through her illness. And I like the author shows us the lives of small town life in the 50’s, a time and place where everyone knows and cares for each other.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Caney Creek Series

120 pages

ISBN: 9781939219169

Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing

You can read more about the author and books she has written at http://www.johuddleston.com/

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