Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FOUR FOR ONE AMISH STORIES



 
An AMISH YEAR BY Beth Wiseman is a collection of four stories. Two are from previously published books, one is an excerpt for a book in a series, the last is new

I dislike reviews that give too much of the story as to spoil it, for me anyway, so I try not to do that. Rooted in Love, the first story is an of a young woman raising her siblings after her mother's death. Will she be able to let love find her and move on with her life?

A Love for Irma Rose is the excerpt of a series and could just whet your appetite for all the books. Irma Rose is seeking the safe life but will she find it?

Patchwork Perfect is the one new and the story of a widow moving to a new district hoping to find a new wife and mother for his children. Are his children ready, is he even ready for what God has for him?

When Christmas Comes tells of a widow and her families first Christmas without her husband. A stranger may know more than he's telling, will the family be open and believe what he shares?

Beth writes a lot of Amish books, and I have read a few of her works before. I do find her stories questionable in some of the Amish way, however her stories have good story lines.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an honest review.

Monday, January 18, 2016

COURAGEIOUS HEARTS




A WORTHY HEART by Susan Anne Mason is a "worthy" book to read. (pardon my play on words.) It is the second novel in the Courage to Dream series, but can stand alone. I have not read the first one but thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Maggie Montgomery  and her brother Gabe travel to America from Ireland to visit their elder brother Rylan and his wife Colleen. (spoiler alert if you plan on reading Irish Meadows)

Unbeknownst to the family, Maggie is planning on finding employment and remaining in America. Gave is intent on learning all he can about the firefighting methods of America and taking them back to Ireland.

Colleen's brother Adam has just been released from prison for and hopes to reunited with his family and mend the relationships.

Aurora Hasting wishes to become a nurse but her father intends that she marries well and feels nursing is beneath her.

These lives all become even more intertwined than before and strive to see their own dreams fulfilled. 

Will they succeed or will propriety and family interfere and smash their dreams?
 I received this book free for an honest review from Bethany House.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

GRIEF, SECRETS AND FORGIVENESS




Amy Clipston has written other Amish novel but this is the first one I've read. THE FORGOTTEN RECIPE, an Amish Heirloom Novel is not like any other I've read. I deviated from some of the Amish way in several ways. I realize there are several districts, old order, new order etc so I can only assume this was a new order with a much less stringent Ordnung. I seemed almost more Mennonite.

Veronica Fisher is betrothed to Seth Lapp who is her best friend.  Jason Huyard's father owns the shop where Seth works and they become close friends. They live in different church districts so do not share many acquaintances.

Seth is killed in an accident at the shop where Jason was with him and feels guilty. Veronica is devastated and withdraws. She finds her mammi's raspberry pie recipe which she opens a roadside bake stand with. Jason wishing to express his condolences cannot tell her he was with Seth after meeting her.

Over time they grow closer but will the secret  destroy everything?

I did enjoy the story even if I felt it was departed from the Amish ways. It spoke of secrets, family, grief and forgiveness.

I received The Forgotten Recipe free from Zondervan and Thomas Nelson Publishers for an honest review.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

MISUNDERSTANDING, LIES AND FORGIVENESS




I've been a fan of Karen Kingsbury ever since the first book I read of hers. A MOMENT OF WEAKNESS is book two of the Forever Faithful Series and lived up to all my expectations. I had read the first book sometime ago and thankfully they are not intertwined as many series and each can stand alone.

Although a somewhat predictable story of childhood sweethearts torn apart and reunited years later and then again torn apart, this does have a twist. Jade and Tanner succumb to temptations on their last night together before he leaves. Realizing she's pregnant she reaches out to the wrong person for support.

Upon his return for a mission trip Tanner is misled as to why Jade is not there to meet him. They both attempt to move on. Eleven years circumstances bring them face to face once again. The situation is beyond complicated and with the past misunderstandings they no longer trust each other.

Will God be able to touch their hearts and spirit, untangle the mess and help them find each other again?

I received this book free from Blogging for Books, or Multnomah via WaterBrook Publishers for an honest review.