Tuesday, April 4, 2017


I never pass up a chance to read a Beverly Lewis book and THE EBB TIDE definitely was a good one. I grew up on the coast so it did make me nostalgic and homesick a bit.

Sallie Riehl is a young Amish girl who loves to read, and as her mother said, was born with a wanderlust in her heart as she yearns to travel. Before she joins the church she has the opportunity to spend the summer at the beach as a nanny.

A local man, Perry Zook, begins to court her and told her he'd wait for her to return.

She meets a college student, Kevin Kreider, a Mennonite and they begin to spend time together. She's finds herself attracted to him but brushes aside her growing feelings.

At the end of the summer she returns home torn as to her feelings and desire to join the church. What will be her decision? How will Kevin and Perry fit into her life?

I received a free copy from Bethany, a division of Baker  Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.

Monday, February 20, 2017



Kim Vogel Sawyer's GRACE AND THE PREACHER is a good book although a bit predictable. You can immediately see where the story is heading and keep anticipating the climatic circumstances to evolve.

Grace Cristler is the niece of the retiring preacher in the town of Fairland, Kansas. Grace is the local postmistress, single. After her aunts passing she has assisted her Uncle with his correspondence and taken over the household, looking after him. Writing to the preacher Rufus Dille they developed a fondness and Grace is hoping to see what may develop between them.

Theophil Garrison is an orphan taken in by a distant family. The outlaw cousins branded Theo and coward for not going along with their scheme and are out for vengeance so he runs.  Conditions intervene and he's mistaken for the new preacher of Fairland. What will happen when the truth catches up with Theo?

Kim is good at weaving a lot of good inspirational thoughts with some thought provoking comments. This not the first book of hers I've read and it won't be the last.

I received a free copy from Blogging For Books, WaterBrook Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


The SISTERS of SUGARCREEK by Cathy Liggett is a story of three women as diverse as night and day who find common ground and love in the process.

Lydia Gruber is a recent young Amish widow needing a job. Jessica Holtz has inherited her aunt Rose's Knit One Quilt Two Cottage but know nothing about knitting or quilting. Liz Cannon was Rose's best friend and lost her partner in a secret endeavor they did together.

They come together after a tragic church fire that took both Lydia's husband and Rose. Lydia is a piece of good fortune for Jessica as she comes to work for her knowing both how to knit and quilt.

Liz is also a widow who loves to cook, especially bake. She talks Jessica and Lydia into assisting her in the Secret Stitches Society that her and Rose started.

Jessica is a single mother to her son Cole and struggling to make a go of the shop since she quit her job when she inherited it.

I loved the book, the unity and friendship these three different women build is inspirational.

I received a free copy from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


An Uncommon Courtship is the third in the Hawthorne House Series, by Kristi Ann Hunter. I have read the first two and now anxiously await the fourth.

Lord Trent Hawthorne, the second son, is truly glad he's not the duke and free to oversee his small estate. He wishes to eventually marry for love.  When he crashes through the floor and is trapped  with an unmarried maid he feels honor bound to marry her.

Lady Adelaide Bell is the forgotten and overlooked daughter, always taking second place to her sister. Her mother never taught her the necessary skills to be a lady and is left to her own devices. Unsure and insecure, knowing that Trent feels trapped she struggles to adjust.

Will be able to overcome the awkwardness, the misunderstandings and will they overcome the unconventional beginning and grow to love each other?

I received a free copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.