The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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The Celebration is book 3 in the Amish Cook Class series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Lyle and Heidi Troyer are caring for two small children and Heidi is struggling with how to get them to interact with others. She decides to have a cooking class for children. Her class is made up of children from different backgrounds and ages, both boys and girls. Some of the parent are to involved with the children at the beginning but learn to relax and let their children do the cooking themselves.

A couple of things that stand out for me in this story are the different struggles the children have. The children come from all walks of life, wealthy, poor, single parent families as well as broken families. By the end of the classes they are learning to get along with each other. I like how when the new non-Amish family in the area lost their home, the community came together to help them.

While this story has a lot of characters, they are well written and easy to follow along with. By the end of the story they are interacting with each other, not just at the class. I think anyone who enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this book.

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

Series: Amish Cooking Class (book 3)

310 pages

ISBN: 9781624167461

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

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

Some places to purchase this book are:

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The Soldier Who Killed a King by David Kitz

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The Soldier Who Killed a King, by David Kitz, gives the reader a look into what it may have been like for the soldier who crucified Jesus. This is such a powerful story. The author has used Bible Scripture to bring us this story.

This story is told to us by Marcus, a Roman centurion who was responsible for keeping order on the streets during the Passion week. Marcus witnessed the people waving palm branches when Jesus entered the city and saw how the crowd changed as the week progressed.

Marcus was looking forward to charging Barabbas for being the ring leader behind all the theft, vandalism and murder of soldiers. He typically did not enjoy taking part in crucifixions, but Barabbas was different. As the day moves on, Barabbas is released and Jesus is put on the cross to die. The reader is able to see how this affected Marcus for being forced to take part in Jesus’ death. We see how the people responded to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

This is a great story to read, to prepare for the Easter season. It reminds the reader that Jesus was sent to earth to die for our sins so that we may have eternal life. This story is so well written is feels like I was there seeing what was happening. It was easy to forget this is one person’s interpretation of what the Bible tells us. I would recommend this story to everyone to read. I received a copy of this book from the author through Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

273 pages

ISBN: 9780825444852

Publisher:Kregel Publications

You can read part of the story at:http://www.kregel.com/books/pdfs/excerpts/9780825444852.pdf

David Kitz is a Bible dramatist and outreach minister with the Foursquare Church. His previous works include Psalms Alive! Connecting Heaven and Earth and Little Froggy Explores the BIG World, which won the Word Guild Children’s Picture Book Award

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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https://www.christianbook.com/soldier-killed-king-true-retelling-passion/david-kitz/9780825444852/pd/44485X

Ten Little Night Stars, written by Deb Gruelle, Illustrated by Gabi Murphy

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Ten Light Night Stars, written by Deb Gruelle and illustrated by Gabi Murphy, is such a cute book for little ones. Recommended for children 4 to 8 years of age, I feel even the younger child will enjoy this book. This book is a beautifully illustrated board book with a soft front cover. The pages are very durable and easy to clean. The story length is just right to read to a young child or for an early reader.

The story is a rhyming poem that teaches children to count and helps them learn to establish a bedtime routine. Each set of pages is for a specific number and contains pictures of different cute animals and toys. Children will enjoy counting the gold stars out the windows in the pictures as well as picking out little things in the pictures. The pictures show a parent helping the little one get ready for bed, saying prayers, reading bedtime stories before tucking into bed. This is a cute book that will be enjoyed by young children and parents alike.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

20 pages

ISBN: 9780310762126

Publisher: Zonderkids

To learn more about the author go to: http://debgruelle.com/

Some place this cook can be purchased are:

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BLINK by S. A. Jewell

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BLINK by S. A. Jewell is such a good book! Have you ever thought of what the end times would be like, for you, for your non-believing friends and family, for the rest of the world. Using Bible scripture, the author has written this amazing story of her interpretation of what that time will be like. This story is so good it is hard to put down.

In the blink of a moment people have gone missing. No one knows what has happened. While they do know all of the people were Christians, some left behind are also considered to be Christians. The President of the United States has been shot, the military is hurting as well as the country’s financial stability. When the European Parliament President is missing, Marcus Junius is chosen to step in. He quickly becomes the leader of the world with plans to destroy Israel. He plans to get rid of all Jews and Christians, starting at Israel and going across the earth. If anyone wants to live, they must worship him. For seven long years those left behind are having to deal with one bad thing happening after another. Food is very limited, the water has gone bad, animals have disappeared, wild fires and storms are happening every where. For those who have turned to the Bible for answers, they know the rapture has occurred and they must find a way to survive.

This is such a good book, I would recommend everyone read it. While not a true story, it will make the reader sit back and give thought to where they are with God. While this book was written for young adults, it will be enjoyed by adults as well.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Book Crash. This is my honest review.

306 pages

ISBN: 9781620206324

Publisher: Ambassador International

S. A. Jewell is the author of two young adult fiction books. She has a master’s degree in Bible Studies as well as a BFA degree, She is the founder of www.teamofGod.org, a non-denominational Christian ministry encouraging Bible study and helping the needy.

Some place to purchase this book are:

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http://ambassador-international.com/books/blink/

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Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston

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Amish Sweethearts is a collection of four novellas written by Amy Clipston. Each story is around one hundred pages long, just the right length to get lost in for a short while. The stories are so well written it is easy to just jump right into them.

A Home for Lindsey– Matthew Glick has been busy building a house on his sister and brother-in-law farm for he and Lindsay to live in when they get married. Despite his sister and brother-in-law knowing they are going to lose the farm, they do not tell Matthew until just weeks before they have to move. Matthew tries to buy the land his house is on from the bank, and tries to get a loan to buy land, but he is denied. He feels he has no option but to move to Ohio and work with his cousin.

Lindsay knows something is bothering Matthew, but he refuses to talk with her about it. It is not until her friend asks her about it, that she knows. When she asks Matthew, he breaks off their engagement. He feels he they cannot be married because he cannot provide a home for her.

Love and Buggy Rides – Jonathan comes to Lancaster to visit his grandparents and gets offered a job to drive buggies and give tours. One day at the end of a tour, his buggy is rear ended. Janie, a new co-worker, witnesses the accident but does not have time to speak with the police when they are investigating. Her father has now forbidden her to get involved. He has even forbidden her to date Jonathan. When she finds out Jonathan and her boss are going to be sued for something not their fault she decided to talk with her boss.

Where The Heart Is – Tobias left home during the night without letting anyone know. He traveled to visit his uncle in Florida, who helped him get the treatment he needed for alcoholism. He has finished treatment and is now home to apologize to his father, his family and his community. His sister is getting married soon and her friend Mariella is helping with the dresses and decorations. Mariella has had feeling for Tobias for years, and he is now noticing she is more to him than her sister’s friend. With Mariella’s encouragement, Tobias is able to speak with his father and find out things his father has never shared.

Love Birds – Seth Lapp was killed by an accident at work and his mother and sister, Ellie, are now left to take care of themselves. Ellie takes a part time job working at a gift shop in town. The gift shop is losing money and needs new items to sell. Lloyd is overworked with running his family farm, as his father keeps reminding him, it will be his one day. He tries to help Ellie and her mother a couple days a week with their animals. And he carves birds as a way to relax. Ellie accidentally sees his shop while she is at his home for youth group and tries to get him to sell them at the shop. Lloyd does not want anyone to know about his carvings. But she talks to her boss anyways and ruins their budding relationship.

All four of the stories are good and easy to read. I feel anyone who enjoys reading Amish fiction will enjoy reading this book.

Please note: Love and Buggy Rides was also published in An Amish Harvest. Love Birds was also published in An Amish Market.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and BookLook Bloggers, this is my honest review.

369 pages

ISBN: 9780718091156

Publisher: Zondervan

To learn more about the author to go: http://amyclipston.com/

This book can be purchased from:

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High Treason by Diann Mills

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High Treason, by DiAnn Mills, is the third book in An FBI Task Force Novel. This is an exceptionally good book that is full of suspense and drama with a little bit of romance. Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal and his sisters have brought their mother to Texas for cancer treatment. His friend, FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson and CIA Operative Monica Alden are assigned to protect the prince and his family. Right from the beginning the prince’s life is in danger. A member of his group is killed and other attempts on his life take place. It is confirmed someone from the prince’s group is responsible. Kord and Monica have to find the killers before it is too late.

I really enjoyed this story. Being part of a series, it is also a stand alone novel. This is a very good, fast paced story. Set in modern day with such a realistic story line, this book is very hard to put down. There are some parts to the story that are stretched a little, such as when Monica gets seriously ill and is not taken off the case. Despite being a woman working on the case, Monica soon gains everyone’s respect through her knowledge, skill and kindness that she shows others. She is very mindful of making sure she is dressed respectfully around the Saudi men. I thought it was interesting to read some of the Saudi traditions and beliefs that were written into the story.

I think this book and the entire series will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys modern day crime stories. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

Series: An FBI Task Force Novel (Book 3)

384 pages

ISBN: 9781496410993

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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

Some places you can purchase this book are:

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https://www.amazon.com/High-Treason-FBI-Task-Force/dp/1496410998

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My Hearts Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Story by Amanda Barratt

Adele’s Journey, by Amanda Barratt, is a story of the daughter of an English aristocrat who has taken things into her own hands. When the family finds themselves possibly losing their beloved home, Adele goes to America to visit her mother’s brother and his family. Her real reason is to find a wealthy man to marry that will take care of her family and home. She thinks she has found that man in Franklin, but she also meets Drew, a poor man who is doing dangerous acts to bring in the money to care for his handicapped sister.

This is an enjoyable book to read. It takes place in Niagara Falls, New York in 1870. To make even more money, Franklin has hired Drew to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. In this story we see the caring person Drew is. He is willing to lose his life to care for his sister, But we see the manipulating person Adele is. Not only does she take things into her own hands to get what she wants, she puts other people’s lives in danger. When one of her schemes ends up seriously injuring Drew, she takes responsibility and care for him and his sister. While caring for Drew, he asks her to go to church and take notes of the sermons for him. Though this act, Adele’s eye are starting to open.

I enjoyed reading this book. Even though it is a romance story, there is also suspense and adventure to keep the readers attention. This book is very well written with very well defined characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction based in the United States.

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

Series: My Heart Belongs

254 pages

ISBN: 9781683223412

Publisher: Barbour

To learn more about the author go to: http://amandabarratt.net/

Some places to purchase this book are:

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Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

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Troubled Waters is book 4 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. This book is a continuation of the series. While it is a good story in itself, it is best to read the series in order. With this book we pick up with the PEAK rescue family as well as Ian and his missing niece.

Ian’s funds have been frozen pending investigation due to an accident with his business. He is struggling with how to liquidate his personal property to help those hurt by the accident.

PEAK’s chopper has been damaged and there are no funds to repair it. Sierra plans a short cruise on Ian’s yacht as a fund raiser. The cruise goes terribly wrong, when it is extended and goes into a bad storm. The PEAK rescue family, along with Ian’s niece travel to Florida to help rescue the people from the yacht.

This is a great quick to read story that gives the reader answers to questions they may have from earlier books in the series. I admire the strength Ian’s niece has to return home and give the true accounting of what cause her to run away. The part in the book that stands out to me is, when on the yacht with Ian’s friends whom seem to have it all, his friend tells Ian that a few years earlier he hit rock bottom. Hayes tells Ian “there comes a time in every man’s life when he either has to get right with Jesus and ask for help, or go it alone.”

I have enjoyed reading this series. Each story is filled with suspense as well as a touch of romance. The characters are well developed and the story is written to hold the readers attention.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

Series: Montana Rescue

333 pages

ISBN: 9780800727468

Publisher: Revell

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

Some place this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/troubled-waters-4-susan-warren/9780800727468/pd/727463?product_redirect=1&Ntt=9780800727468&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCG

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Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin

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Beneath the Summer Sun is book 2 in An Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin. This is a powerful story of surviving a loss of a husband and father. Jennie was stuck in an abusive marriage. When her husband died she felt guilty, as she wanted the abuse to stop so bad. Now, a few years later, she is trying to move forward. The traveling book salesman is interested in forming a relationship with her. He is not of the Amish faith. And Leo is ready to try again with Jennie. Years earlier Leo tried to have a friendship with Jennie, but the loss of his own father was too great.

In this story we catch up with the widows of the community that were introduced in book 1. The other widows watch out for Jennie and help her when she needs them. Bess is moving forward with her life and is soon to be married.

I enjoyed reading this story. The topic of living in an abusive relationship is not easy to read. The author has done a great job of touching lightly on the subject so we know the struggles Jennie and her family go through. We especially see how her son is affected. For me it is frustrating to know others knew Jennie was living through this but nothing is done to help her. This is a great story of faith. I especially enjoyed the support the widows show for each other.

I am really enjoying reading this series and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: An Every Amish Season (book 2)

357 pages

ISBN: 9780310348085

Publisher: Zondervan

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

Some place this book can be purchased are:

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https://www.christianbook.com/beneath-the-summer-sun/kelly-irvin/9780310348085/pd/348080

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My review for the first book in the series “Upon a Spring Breeze” can be viewed at:https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/upon-a-spring-breeze-by-kelly-irvin/

A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston

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A Place at our Table, by Amy Clipston, is the first book in her new An Amish Homestead series. This book is so good. It grabbed my attention right from the beginning and held it all the way to the end. The story is so well written and the characters so well defined, it feels like you are in the room with them.

Jamie is a volunteer fireman who responds to a barn fire at Kayla’s family farm. Kayla’s brother has gone into the barn to rescue the horses but gets hurt and can’t get out. Jamie and another fireman go in to help Nathan and the horses get out. Nathan quickly looks up to Jamie. Nathan’s older brother was a fireman who lost his life in a house fire and now Nathan wants to train to be a fireman.

Kayla’s family has a barn raising and Jamie’s mother and sisters come to help feed the men. The families find themselves quickly building friendships. A very short time after the barn raising, Jamie’s mother died in a freak accident. Jamie’s family is hurting and Kayla’s family is there to help them through this painful time.

This is a fast paced story that I found very hard to put down. I enjoyed how the author wrote a heart warming story of grief. The thing that stands out most for me in this story is how Jamie’s father felt. When his wife wanted to take a vacation, he always said he could not leave the farm. After her death he speaks with Jamie and confesses, Jamie and his brother could have handled the farm fine, but he didn’t want to admit they could do it without him. Jamie’s father also reminds Jamie that there is no guarantee there will be tomorrow, don’t wait to do things he dreamed off, don’t have regrets, live his life to the fullest.

This is such a good book. I think anyone who enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this story. This story is about two people growing their relationship. As well as a story of family, grief and faith.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: An Amish Homestead Novel

322 pages

ISBN: 9780310349013

Publisher: Zondervan

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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