Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid

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Arms of Mercy is book two in An Amish Mercies Novel by Ruth Reid. Catherine and Zach have a date to take a sleigh ride. They have been seeing each other for several years and Catherine is thinking Zach will propose. Until Catherine’s ex-boyfriend Elijah returns. When Catherine realizes Zach is not going to propose, she makes plans to travel to Florida to help a family member. Elijah finds out she is going on a trip and gets tickets to go as well. Their trip is filled with tragedy, they are involved in more than one bus accident, both are severely injured and separated.

This is a really good story. Even though it is part of a series, it is a good stand alone story as well. It is a good clean story that shows us the need for forgiveness and listening to God. While reading the story I was repeatedly feeling like nothing else could possibly go wrong. One of the things I liked about this book is that in the worst of times, Catherine still knew the importance of God and prayer. Even when she did not know who she was. I also enjoyed that both Catherine and Elijah were open to listening to the man that would pop into their lives from nowhere and disappear again, possibly an Angel? Catherine has to open her heart to forgiving, not only Elijah, but others who caused Elijah to leave Catherine years earlier. I would recommend this story to any one who enjoys reading Amish stories.

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

Series: An Amish Mercies Novel (Book 2)

338 pages

ISBN: 9780718082468

Ruth Reid is a best selling author of Amish series. She is a full time pharmacist. She lives in Florida with her husband and children. You can find a list of books she has written at: https://www.fictiondb.com/author/ruth-reid~66124.htm

Some places you can purchase this book are:

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The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter

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The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is the sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt. As young ladies Ellen and Mandy took a cruise to Hawaii. When they missed their cruise ship they were forced to stay on the island a while longer. This is where Mandy met Ken. They married and opened a B&B Middlebury, Indiana. When Ken’s father suddenly dies, they move to Hawaii. Ellen is left to continue running the B&B until it is sold. Shortly after the sale, Ken is attacked by a shark while surfing. With a lot of surgeries and medical treatments ahead of him, there is no one to run his parents chicken business. Ellen gets the church’s permission to fly to be with Mandy and help with the business. Ken’s mother also hires Rob Smith to work for them.

After Ken’s injury, his mother makes a major decision to sell the business and purchase the B&B owned by some friends who are moving to the mainland. Mandy, Ellen and Rob help run the B&B. Ellen and Rob start developing feeling for each other, but both know those feelings cannot lead to anything permanent. Ellen is committed to her Amish faith and Rob has suffered a tragedy in the past that he cannot get away from.

Yet another wonderful story by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter. It has been some time since I read the first book in this series and found this book very enjoyable. The authors give enough background information that it is not necessary to read the first book to enjoy this story. I enjoyed reading this story. It gives more information about the Amish faith than I knew before. Some of the things that stand out for me in this story are the way the Amish and other church groups pull together to help those in need. Another is how a mistake we make when we are young, can continue to follow us the rest of our life. And with the death of their father, Ken’s brother is not able to go on with his life in Hawaii. He and his wife move and he does not come back when Ken is injured. Some months later, he reaches out to his family for forgiveness. This story will be enjoyed by those who like reading Amish fiction.

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

Series: Hawaiian (book 2)

254 pages

ISBN: 9781683224471

Wanda E. Brunstetter is an award winning author of over 90 books. Her books are researched and written to accurately show the Amish way of life.

Jean Brunstetter is Wanda’s daughter-in-law became interested in the Amish way of life after visiting her father-in-law’s family. She likes to include some of the Amish simple traditions into her life.

Some places you can purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/the-hawaiian-discovery-wanda-brunstetter/9781683224471/pd/22447X

https://www.amazon.com/Hawaiian-Discovery-Wanda-Brunstetter/dp/1683224477

Room on the Porch Swing by Amy Clipston

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Room on The Porch Swing is book two in An Amish Homestead Novel series by Amy Clipston. This book takes off where book one ends, but the author give background information during the story so that it is a good stand alone story as well. Laura lost her mother to a freak accident less than a year ago. Now she loses her best friend, Savilla, very unexpectedly. Savilla leaves behind a husband, Allen, and young daughter, Mollie. Her mother steps in to care for Mollie so Allen can continue to run his successful buggy business. When Savilla’s mother falls and breaks her hip and bones, she has surgery and is not able to care for Mollie. Laura offers to care for her. While caring for Mollie, Laura and Allen’s friendship grows and builds into much more.

Meanwhile, Laura and Rudy have been seeing each other for several years. Their relationship has not moved forward, yet Rudy does not like Laura helping Allen. He has his mother go to the bishop to try to stop Laura from helping Allen.

Like the first book in the series, this book grabbed my attention and kept it to the very end. The story is very predictable, but it is enjoyable to read a story that brings back characters from the previous story and follow through with their lives as well. The things I like about this story is the generosity Laura and her family have towards others. As well as their faith and obedience. I feel anyone who enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this story.

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

316 pages

ISBN: 9780310349075

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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An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin

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An Amish Heirloom is a book with four stories. Each of the stories focuses on young couples in Amish communities who reunite.

A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston is a story of a girl who is getting ready to marry. She has an ex-boyfriend repair her grandparent’s rocking chairs. With the wedding quickly approaching, she is questioning if she is marrying the right person.

The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman is a story of a young married lady who goes to get a box of books from her parents basement. She sees an old cedar chest with a broken key that has been in her family for years. She and her mother open the chest and find letters. The letters tell the story of her great grandparents.

The Treasure Book by Kathleen Fuller is the story of a young lady who is called to help an elderly friend of her aunts while she is recovering from a sprained ankle. The elderly lady plays match maker and the young lady gets reunited with a young man she knew from back home.

The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin tells us the story of a young midwife who desires a family of her own but has yet met the right man. One day a brother of her friend brings a young couple to her who are having a baby. The young couple disappear and leave the baby behind with a beautiful old baby quilt. The young midwife seeks help from the friend’s brother to help locate the parents.

Each of these stories are easy to read stories, a good length to read in an evening. Each of the stories is built around a old object that has been kept for many year and has meaning. Each of the stories also deal with the struggles young couples have to build a firm foundation for their relationship. I enjoyed how when the young ladies would start questioning their love for the men in their lives, their mothers would be there to encourage them and help them realize love takes work, it is not always easy and even marriage that look perfect have their struggles. I feel this book would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys reading stories of the Amish and their faith.

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan Publishing through book look bloggers, this is my honest review.

380 pages

ISBN: 9780310351887

To learn more about the authors and books they have written go to:

http://amyclipston.com/

http://bethwiseman.com/

http://www.kathleenfuller.com/

http://www.kellyirvin.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are

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https://www.christianbook.com/an-amish-heirloom-amy-clipston/9780310351887/pd/351887

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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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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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:

http://www.zondervan.com/beneath-the-summer-sun

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

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=9780310348085

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http://www.deepershopping.com/item/irvin-kelly/beneath-the-summer-sun-every-amish-season-novel/7055515.html

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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The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter

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The Beloved Christmas Quilt is a collection of three novellas that followed an Amish family through three generations of women.

Luella’s Promise by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the story of Luella. Luella was caring for Dena Zook and her family. Dena knew her life was coming to an end and gave Luella a quilt that her mother made her.

Karen’s Gift by Jean Brunstetter is the story of Karen, Luella’s daughter. Karen and her husband moved away from their families. Karen struggled with not having her family near her and turned to the Bible verse on the back of the quilt her mother past on to her.

Roseanna’s Groom by Richelle Brunstetter is the story of Roseanna, Karen’s daughter. Roseanna was ready to be married when her groom ran away from the wedding and from the area. Her old boyfriend came back to town and she struggled with her feelings for the two men. She went to stay with her grandparents. Her grandmother Luella shared a bible verse with her. “For thou are my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me” – Psalm 31.3

This is a very good book that follows three generations and shows us the faith and love they each have. While marriage and the gifting of the quilt are the main themes in this story, this is also a great story of family and the struggles they each go through and how they cling to their faith. I enjoyed how the stories flowed together. Knowing the stories were written by three different authors, I was able to pick up on the slight writing difference they have. I have enjoyed Wanda’s and Jean’s writings for years and hope this is just the beginning of Richelle’s writing career.

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

397 pages

ISBN: 9781683222255

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

Wanda E. Brunstetter is an award winning author of over 90 books. Her books are researched and written to accurately show the Amish way of life.

Jean Brunstetter is Wanda’s daughter-in-law became interested in the Amish way of life after visiting her father-in-law’s family. She likes to include some of the Amish simple traditions into her life.

Richelle Brunstetter is Jean’s daughter. She became interested in writing when she took a creative writing class in high school.

Some places you can buy this book are:

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An Amish Christmas Love – Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin

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An Amish Christmas Love is a book containing four novellas. Each of the stories is just under 90 pages long and contain the theme of love at Christmas.

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman is a story of a family of ladies spanning three generations. Naomi has not allowed herself to get into a relationship due to the loss her mother and grandmother had when losing their husbands. The women have rented their daadi haus to three men .

The Christmas Cat, by Amy Clipston, is a story of Emma, who lost her husband in July after 45 years of marriage. A cat has chosen her home to go to and has taken over her husband’s chair. When Emma is not able to go to a neighbor’s home for dinner, the younger members take dinner to her.

In Snow Angel, by Kelly Irvin, David and Molly have been seeing each other for a year. David has not been able to move forward with the relationship, until his Englisch ex-girlfriend comes back to town and wants him back.

And Home for Christmas, by Ruth Reid, beings Englischer Ellie back home when she inherits her aunts home. She intends to get the home sold so she can go back to her Englisch life.

These are four very good short stories. The characters are remembering past loves. The stories are the perfect length to read in an evening. I enjoyed reading them all. I think anyone who enjoys Amish stories will enjoy this book.

A couple of things that stand out to me are:

In The Christmas Cat, one of the young ladies asked Emma how she made it through their struggles. Her response was “We just kept our faith in God and believed He would get us through somehow.” Emma’s husband had a feed store that went through financial struggles. And even though they wanted children, they were not able to have them.

In Home for Christmas, Ellie is looking through her aunt’s belongings and find a letter her aunt left Ellie in her journals. Her aunt wants her to find wealth of faith and the power of God in the pages of the journal. The journal contains not only things about her aunt but also the people she was praying for.

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

378 pages

ISBN: 9780529118707

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the authors and books they have written go to:

http://bethwiseman.com/

http://amyclipston.com/

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/r/ruth-reid/

http://www.kellyirvin.com/

Some places to buy this book are:

http://www.thomasnelson.com/an-amish-christmas-love

https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Christmas-Love-Four-Novellas/dp/052911870X

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