In Time of Trouble by N. J. Lindquist

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In Time of Trouble written by N. J. Lindquist is a story of Shane, an 18 year old boy who felt he was living in the shadow of his twin brother, Scott, and developed a tough guy appearance. He eventually loses his job and is dumped by his girlfriend. He is failing in school, his father has taken away his car keys and has now given up on him. His twin has turned his back on him as well and they are fighting a lot. He has hit bottom and is thinking of suicide. The only friend he has left, talks to him about God and invites him to go to a concert. At this concert he turns his life over to God. His father forbids him to talk about God or go to church. His friends ridicule him. But his mother talks with him and also turns her life over to God.

A store is robbed and the owner injured. Someone has stolen Shane’s car and jacket and set him up to take the blame for the robbery. He turns to his new Christian friends who help him through this situation.

This is a wonderful book for teens. It touches on so many issues teens are faced with, such as anger, fear, and bullying. With three pages of discussion questions, this would be a great book for small group discussions. I especially liked the way the author wrote the story so clearly and encouraged Shane to not turn his back on God with all the bad things that happened to him. I enjoyed seeing the change take place within Shane with studying to get his grades better and spending time running for his health. I think teenagers and adults will enjoy this book as it contains suspense and mystery with just a touch of romance.

I received a copy of this book from the author and BookClub Network. This is my honest review.

277 pages

ISBN: 9781927692240

Publisher: That’s Life Communications

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

Some places you can buy this book are:

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Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Portrait of Vengeance is book 4 in A Gwen Marcey Novel series written by Carrie Stuart Parks. Gwen is a single mother of a teen age daughter and a cancer survivor. Her ex-husband is threatening to take their daughter from her. Her parents were killed when she was little and she was raised by a lady until she returned home to see the house filled with blood. She is on probation with her new job as a forensic artist with the Interagency Major Crime Unit when she finds out about a case of a missing girl after the murder of her parents in Lapwai, Idaho. The case takes place where she lived when she was little and sounds similar to her background so she insists on being put on the case.

In Idaho she works with the Nez Perce Tribal Police and finds herself being treated as an outsider. Her car is stolen right away so she calls a friend, Beth, to come help her. As Gwen works on the case, she has Beth doing research. They quickly discover that someone is out to get Gwen and this case may be connected to the death of Gwen parents. Her boss from the crime unit calls to check on her and she ends up losing her job. But she continues working the case with Beth’s help.

This story is so awesome, it starts out running and never lets up. This story is so full of mystery and suspense that it was hard to put down. The author writes so clearly that it is easy to imagine what is happening and to feel the suspense. While this is a Christian book, the Christian theme is very mild. It is more so a good clean police novel with violence written in it. I think anyone who enjoys reading suspense, mysteries or police stories will enjoy this book. This is the first book I have read and it appears it would be best to read the series in order.

The part in the story that stand out most for me is that there are different times and places in our lives that make us into who we are. Beth reminds Gwen that the hard times she goes through help to make her the person she is today.

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

Series: A Gwen Marcey Novel (Book 4)

309 pages

ISBN: 9780718083786

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can learn more about the author by going to: http://www.carriestuartparks.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

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On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

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Forgiveness isn’t reserved for the ones who deserve it. God gives it freely, and we should do the same.”

On Love’s Gentle Shore is book three in the Prince Edward Island Dreams, written by Liz Johnson. Natalie O’Ryan grew up in Prince Edward Island. Her father was a drunk that ran around with women and her mother abused her. Her family was gossiped about and she was picked on a lot. Her best friend was Justin Kane. They spent a lot of time together growing up in the light house on the Kane farm. They had a deal that they would stay together, but Natalie could no longer put up with the abuse and gossip, she left Prince Edward Island with intentions to never return.

Natalie is engaged to Russell a record producer in Nashville. Russell is the brother of Adam, who lives in Natalie’s home town. Russell has decided that they will get married there. They arrive in Prince Edward Island weeks before the wedding to plan the wedding but when something goes wrong with a recording he rushes back to Nashville and leaves the planning of the wedding to Natalie with the help of Marie, the owner of the Inn where they are staying and Justine, the owner of the barn where the reception is to be held.

While preparing the barn Natalie and Justin work through why she left unexpectedly and Justin finally finds the note Natalie left him. Natalie’s father returns to the Island and wants to apologize to Natalie. She wants nothing to do with him. Natalie is visiting with Marie, when she finds out Marie’s father was not good to her and has never offered to apologize. Marie points out that God forgives and we should to.

This is a good book, that has the theme of forgiveness running through the story. Forgiveness to Natalie’s father for not stopping the abuse she suffered. Forgiveness to Natalie for leaving Justin without saying goodbye.

This is a great end to the series. The characters are very well defined and the story is so descriptive. I want to visit the area, stay at the Inn and taste all the great food! I can almost hear the water and see the light house beacons. This is a series that is best read in order, but the author give information to help the reader know what happened in earlier books. I really think this series would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories. The story has just enough suspense to make me want to not put it down until I was done reading it. This is a Christian romance and done very nicely. It is not preachy and the romance is not overwhelming.

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

Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams (book 3)

352 Pages

ISBN: 9780800724511

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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

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Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

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The voices in her head grew louder. One group said money was evil and poverty was God’s will, that made people rely on Him more. Another group shouted louder than the first, saying that it was not from the Enemy.Still more voices said that being poorly due to a lack of education. A dozen more camps were heard, and Ariana was powerless to sort them out. 

Gathering of Threads is the third and final book in The Amish of Summer Grove series written by Cindy Woodsmall. I really enjoyed reading this series, I consider it one of the best. To follow the story, the series needs to be read in order. This book finishes up the story extremely well. It answers all the questions I had while reading the series. Especially those surrounding Quill leaving five years earlier and why he and his brothers could not visit their mother. It explains some of the strict Old Order Amish rules and how they affect people. It also explains the history behind why the Brenneman family has struggled financially.

After sending several months living in the English world, Ariana returns home with so many options going through her mind. It just seems like everything she does upsets her father, boyfriend or the bishop. She is not allowed to work in her restaurant or go to help Quill’s mother like she use to. While she stays at home she is able to go over the restaurant books and when she is allowed to work there, she is able to expand the business. She also re-establishes her friendship with Quill and helps him with his volunteer work.

Skylar has been with the Brenneman’s while Ariana was gone and she has been able to get off of drugs. She has found her place in the family and working in the restaurant. She manipulates situations like getting new plumbing for the family and makes trouble for Ariana. As time goes on she decides to go back to school and help others.

I really enjoyed this book. It shows how the girls were able to learn from their experiences and rise above the difficulties. One of the points that I especially liked in the book was how the community came together to help correct the wrongs the bishop had done over the years to hurt Ariana and Quill’s families. The story contains enough romance for those who enjoy romance stories, but it is not overwhelming for those who do not. It also contains some suspense to keep the interest while reading. There were many times I did not want to put the book down.

I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of the Cindy Woodsmall Launch Team. This is my honest review.

Series: The Amish of Summer Grove (Book 3)

352 pages

ISBN: 9781601427038

Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah

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

Since this book is not available until August, some places you can pre-order this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Gathering-Threads-Novel-Amish-Summer/dp/1601427034

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Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall

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Fraying at the Edge, book 2 in The Amish of Summer Grove, written by Cindy Woodsmall is a must read! Ariana and Abram Brenneman and Skylar Nash were born twenty years ago. Ariana and Skylar were accidentally switched after their births. Ariana was raised in the Old Order Amish life style and Skylar was raised in the English life style without any regards to the Christian life and split her time between the people thought to be her mother and step-father and father and step-mother.

After one of the Brenneman’s son saw Skylar and noticed the strong resemblance to his sister, the family started an investigation. When it was found out that the girls were switched at birth, Nicholas, Ariana’s biological father insisted Ariana spend a year with them. If she didn’t he was going to file charges against the persons involved in the babies’ births. Skylar was given the option to go into rehab for drug abuse or go live with her Amish biological parents.

This is such a good book. It is so sad to see how the girls have been forced to leave the lives they grew up with and are now forced into new lifestyles that they know nothing about. And how will they feel after adjusting to their new lives, will they be able to go back to the life they grew up with? This is not the ordinary “simple” story that so many Amish stories are. We are given a glimpse into the feelings that some non-Christians have toward the Amish and their life style. This book is so well written it actually feels like two stories in one. I appreciate the strong faith Ariana clings to during this difficult time. Her strength comes out when she discusses religion with Nicholas, who does not believe in God. I also appreciate the love the Brenneman family gives to Skylar during her struggles.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Series: The Amish if Summer Grove (Book 2)

352 pages

ISBN-10: 1601427018

ISBN-13: 9781601427014

Published by WaterBrook

For more information on the author and to see what other books she has written go to:http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/authors/72213/cindy-woodsmall/

To read more about this book and read the first chapter go to: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/242925/fraying-at-the-edge-by-cindy-woodsmall/

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Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

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Ties That Bind is book 1 in The Amish of Summer Grove Series written by Cindy Woodsmall. Twenty years ago three babies were born at an Amish birthing center as a fire swept through the center. As Lovina was waiting for her baby to be born she embroidered baby’s feet on the baby blankets that her baby would be wrapped in. Lovina and Isaac had twins, a boy and a girl. While the young English girl had a baby girl. It has bothered Lovina for a long time that her little girl, Ariana, was not wrapped in the blanket she embroidered for her. She questioned this but was told the blankets got mixed up.

Ariana family was poor and her dream has been to open a restaurant to help raise money to help her family. She and her twin, Abram, have been saving for years and now they have just a very short time to come up with the rest of the money.

Five years earlier Ariana’s friend quill left the area with her friend. Ariana thought they had left and gotten married, but they didn’t. Quill’s mother is ill and Quill has sneaked back to visit her. Since Ariana helps his mother, she found out Quill was back. While they were visiting, Quill suggested she have a fun raiser to get the money for the restaurant.

Ariana’s other brother Mark is building stage pieces for a school play when he sees a girl that looks just like his other sister. He tells his parents and they have Quill investigate whether this could be their daughter and if the girls could have gotten switched at birth.

This young girl is Skylar Nash. She has been raised by her mother and step-father and father and step-mother. Her father is much older than her mother and was married at the time of her birth. They had an affair when her mother was young and though he would leave his wife for her. Skylar is a very talented actor and musician who struggles with drug addiction and keeping up with her classes.

This is the beginning of a great story that takes place both in the Amish and English world. It is not the typical simple Amish story. I really like how this story shows us rules that the Amish have and how it affects them. We see a young family that is considering leaving the Amish way of life. But we also see a big loving family that work together and help each other out and prays for each other.

Anyone who enjoys reading Amish will enjoy reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and I have written an honest review.

For more information on the author and to see what other books she has written go to:http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/authors/72213/cindy-woodsmall/

Some places you can purchase this book are:

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Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid

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Abiding Mercy, written by Ruth Reid, is the beginning of An Amish Mercies Novel series. This story is of a very young girl, Adriana, who was kidnapped by her nanny. The nanny has taught the little girl to call her Mum so it appeared the child was hers. The nanny left her with Irma and Mordecai, an Amish couple, thinking they would not go to the police. She told the couple she would be back for the little girl, but never returned. The couple raised her as their own along with their other little girl, Olivia, who named her Faith.

The story moves forward 15 years and the girls are now helping Irma at the restaurant. Olivia works as the waitress and is not as dedicated to helping as Faith is. When their Amish parents are in a buggy accident, it is Faith that works the hardest to keep the business going. Olivia was courting and planning to marry Gideon, but has chosen not to be baptized. Now Gideon has become friends with Faith and helps her out with washing dishes and taking care of her parent’s animals while they recover.

One day a reporter comes to the restaurant and takes a photo of his food to write an article in the paper. The day the article is printed, a story is also printed about the young girl that went missing 15 years earlier. That article contains photos of Faith when she was taken and what she could look like now. There is a reward and someone reports that Faith resembles the photo. The police show up and take Faith to return to her biological parents and her Amish parents are held for questioning and can have no contact with Faith. Her biological mother quickly changes Faith with new clothes and hairstyle.

This is a must read story for anyone who likes to read about current events such as abductions. The story is filled with the theme of loving and helping others. It also contains a little romance and suspense. The story is part of an Amish series, but it also includes a lot of the English world. The story bounces back and forth between 15 years ago and today as well as between Faith’s biological and Amish families. I really enjoyed reading how well adjusted Faith is in her faith and walk with God. At just over 16 years old she is already preparing to be baptized. And she is very devoted to her family and helping her parents. When she is forced to live in the English world she goes along with what her biological mother wants even if she doesn’t want it. Yet she knows when she is old enough she can return to her Amish life.

The points that stand out for me are the repeated visits by a red haired man. I get the feeling the author has written him in to resemble God, as this man is very helpful, positive and encouraging to those he speaks with.

I received a copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers. I have written an honest review.

Series: An Amish Mercies Novel (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780718082444

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author visit: http://ruthreid.com/

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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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The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

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The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis is a story of a young Amish lady that has always been curious of far away places. Sallie Riehl has been working at the Old Barn Restaurant for some time to save up the money to take a trip. She has decided to fly to Australia for two weeks and then return home to the life as an Amish woman. She has put off going through classes to joint he church until she returns from her trip.

Sallie’s nephew needs a very expensive medical procedure done, she sacrifices her trip to help pay for this. And Sallie’s father has decided it is time to turn the farm over to his son. Sallie’s parents will be moving from the farm house into the Dawdi Haus. It is a smaller home. Sallie’s younger sister will be getting married and at Sallie’s aunt’s suggestion, Sallie will be moving in with her.

One evening when Sallie is working, a young family come to the restaurant and request her to wait on them. The parents ask her to become their nanny for the summer. She will be living near the ocean in Cape May. And the classes to joint the church will need to be put off another year. Her parents agree to allow her to go since she gave up her trip to Australia.

While working for the family, she spends a lot of time at the beach. One day she meets a young Mennonite man, Kevin. She tries to tell herself he is just a friend, that she has someone waiting for her at home. But once she gets home she just cannot forget about Kevin. Now she is faced with making very hard choices.

This is a wonderful story. It is very well written and easy to read. I really like the parts in the book that show how generous Sallie is. As well as how loving her parents are to her, allowing her to do things that are not normal for an Amish to do. I like how important family is and how they help each other out. I thought it was very nice how Sallie’s mother gave Sallie suggestions for working with the issues Autumn has regarding her new baby brother. I especially appreciate the theme of seeking God’s guidance that follows through in this story.

I really enjoyed reading this story and I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary Christian fiction and Amish stories will enjoy reading this book.

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

325 pages

ISBN: 9780764212505

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

To read more about the author and books she has written go to:

http://www.beverlylewis.com

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You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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You’ll Think Of Me, written by Robin Lee Hatcher, is a contemporary Christian Fiction story of a single mom and her little girl. Brooklyn Meyers eloped when she was just seventeen years old. Her husband took off when he found out they were going to have a baby. Since then Brooklyn has been working as a waitress and raising their little girl, Alycia. One day Brooklyn receives legal papers informing her that her husband has died and she and Alycia are now the owners of his parents home.

Derek Johnson is a sheriff’s deputy that is trying to become an organic farmer. His childhood friend owns the property next to him and has told Derek that he could buy it when ever he has the money. Before that time comes, Derek gets a letter informing him his friend has died and left the property to his wife and daughter. Derek is also asked to watch out for them and to be a father figure for the man’s daughter.

Derek has blamed Brooklyn all these years for his friend leaving. He does not want her to move back to Thunder Creek. But that is what she does. She has plans for the property, that do not include selling it to Derek.

This is an awesome book that will grab your attention from the very beginning. It is the type of story you do not want to end. The story shows us how mistakes we make when younger can impact so many other people. In this case, the Alycia has never known a father’s love. She does not know what a “normal” family is. But the author uses Derek to tell her that there are different kinds of families.

It is fun to read the changes that have taken place inside of Brooklyn since she left Thunder Creek. Before she refused to go to church, now she feels differently about God. She no longer feels He is waiting to punish her when ever she misbehaved, like her father did. God loves her. God has changed her on the inside and continues to change her. God has provided for her with the home, friends and a job when she really needed one. Anyone who enjoys reading contemporary romance stories will love this story. This is a really nice Christian story, done so in a way that it is not preachy. The end of the story has some really good discussion questions for readers as well as an except from a paper the author wrote years ago.

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

305 pages

ISBN: 9780718085940

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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

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