With Winter’s First Frost by Kelly Irvin

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With Winter’s First Frost is the fourth book in An Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin. The stories in this series focus on women of different ages. While this is a series, each of the stories also make a good stand alone story. This story focuses on seventy three year old widow, Laura Kauffman. When Rosalie is taken to the hospital, Laura stays to watch the children. Ben’s great-grandfather Zechariah also lives with the family. Together these elderly people care for the young children, while trying to manage their health conditions.

This is a wonderful story that shows the difficulties the elderly deal with when their health is affected. Zechariah feels his family is taking away his independence as they make decisions for him. This story also shows the struggles the younger people deal with as they make decisions about their future. With humor, the author writes an inspirational story that shows the faith the members have as well and the care they give to others in their community. I especially enjoy how the author writes in some of the Amish traditions, such as how they select their church leaders. I feel anyone who enjoys reading stories of the Amish will enjoy this series.

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

Series: An Every Amish Season (Book 4)

336 pages

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

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.christianbook.com/with-winters-first-frost/kelly-irvin/9780310348177/pd/348177

https://www.amazon.com/Winters-First-Frost-Every-Season/dp/031034817X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548726216&sr=8-1&keywords=9780310348177

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Seasons of an Amish Garden by Amy Clipston

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Seasons of an Amish Garden is a compilation of four short stories by Amy Clipston that starts in the spring and goes into winter. After the death of her husband, Henry, Emma, works with the young people from her Amish community to plant and tend a garden in which they raise produce to sell. The young people also bake items to sell at the stand. The proceeds go to help the Bird-in-Hand shelter in memory of Henry.

This is a very inspirational book with the young people working with an elderly lady to give to others less fortunate. As the stories unfold, friendships are formed and renewed to bring about loving relationships. The stories focus on four couple who go through trials and find their way through them. We see the similarities between caring for a garden and caring for friendships.

I really enjoyed reading these stories. They are so easy to read, with similar characters in each story. The theme through each of these stories is that of caring for others, helping others, working together and having faith. I really enjoyed seeing how the characters handled dealing with the changes in their friendships as they changed and found loving partners.

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

365 pages

ISBN: 9780310354307

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/seasons-of-an-amish-garden-four-amish-stories-9780310354307

https://www.christianbook.com/seasons-of-an-amish-garden/amy-clipston/9780310354307/pd/354307

https://www.amazon.com/Seasons-Amish-Garden-Four-Stories/dp/0310354307/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9780310354307&qid=1548128153&sr=8-1

The Ranchero’s Love by Nancy J. Farrier

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The Ranchero’s Love is book 2 in the Land of Promise series by Nancy Farrier. This is the story of Rosalina and Lucio, which takes place early 1800’s in Texas. Rosalina was sold by her mother as a young child. She was owned and sold by numerous men who did terrible things to her. Now she is at the Lucio’s ranch and is being given a second chance. She and her children travel with Lucio and his aunt to his sister’s place, where they also meet up with his father. While there she and her daughter’s are threatened. Lucio knows something is not right, but she will not tell him. When he proposes, she turns him down.

There are so many good topics in this story. Rosaline has not had control of her life and now that she is being given a chance, she doesn’t always know how to move forward. She loves her children immensely and will do anything to keep them safe. She also feel others look down on her because of what has been done to her. Lucio’s father has recently accepted Jesus and is realizing that he has not been the best father and must seek forgiveness.

This is a great book. There are things that are referenced in the story that I suspect may have come from the first book in the series. But the author has done a great job of filling in details to make the story easy to follow as a stand alone story. I enjoyed the humor that is also written into the story with the children’s interpretation of the Bible stories. Some of the conversations have Spanish mixed in to give the feel of the time and location.

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

Series: Land of Promise (book 2)

284 pages

ISBN: 9780999054734

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

This book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/Rancheros-Love-Land-Promise/dp/0999054732

With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander

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With This Pledge, by Tamera Alexander, is book one in A Carnton Novel series. This story takes place at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee in 1864, which was taken over as a Confederate field hospital following the Battle of Franklin. Lizzie, the children’s governess, is called upon to assist the doctor with surgery and caring for the wounded. Lizzie quickly gains the respect of the soldiers in her care, especially from Captain Jones. Lizzie is engaged to her childhood friend, Towny, whom she feels will make a very good husband and father, yet she develops feeling for Captain Jones and starts to question if she should marry Towny.

This is a very good, well researched and written story based on a true event in our nations history. This story touches on the life as it was prior to the Civil War, the importance of having slaves for plantation owners, as well as the limitation the slaves also lived under. The story points out the strong faith Lizzie has as well as her feeling on owning slaves. Meanwhile, Captain Jones struggles with his faith following the death of his wife and daughter and knows that is they lose the war, he must give up his slaves, which will lead to losing his home and business.

I also like that the author included contact information to visit the actual plantation in the story and recipes for food mentioned in the story.

While this is book one in the series, the story does reference a fund raiser that took place in a previous book by the author also set at the Carnton Plantation. I would highly recommend also reading “Christmas at Carnton” as well.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through BookLook Bloggers. This I my honest review.

Series: A Carnton Novel (Book 1)

417 pages

ISBN: 9780718081836

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

This book can be purchased from:

https://www.thomasnelson.com/9780718081850/with-this-pledge/

https://www.christianbook.com/with-this-pledge-tamera-alexander/9780718081836/pd/081836

https://www.amazon.com/this-Pledge-Carnton-Tamera-Alexander/dp/0718081838

Camp Club Girls: Elizabeth by Renae Brumbaugh Green

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Camp Club Girls: Elizabeth is the first book in the series by Renae Brumbaugh Green. This book is a compilation of 4 stories of six girls who meet at Camp Discover Lake summer camp. This book contains stories based in Amarillo, San Antonio, and Nashville. This book focuses on Elizabeth but brings in the other girls. The stories are very well written, clean mysteries written for10 year olds and older. Using modern technology, the girls work together to solve the mysteries, such as where are gramma’s marbles and who’s behind the cruise boat problems.

This is a great story for the pre-teen or teen girl. The stories have great values written in them as well as Christian influence, without getting preachy. This is a series in which each book focuses on each of the girls, with a new book coming out each month. I would highly recommend this book for those who enjoys a good clean mystery.

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

Series: Camp Club Girls (Book 1)

377 pages

ISBN: 9781683227670

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: https://www.renaebrumbaugh.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:
https://www.christianbook.com/camp-club-girls-elizabeth/renae-green/9781683227670/pd/227671

https://www.amazon.com/Camp-Girls-Renae-Brumbaugh-Green/dp/1683227670/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547215459&sr=8-1&keywords=9781683227670