Monday, September 18, 2017

FOUR CHRISTMAS NOVELLA



 
An Amish Christmas Love is a group of four narratives by women who are specialist at writing Amish stories.

In The Winter Cat by Beth Wiseman, Naomi Stoltzfuls, her mother Barbara, and grandmother Ruth, rent their daadi haus to three men. Eli is Naomi's age, Wayne is her mother's age and Jethro is close to her grandma's age. Will they find love?

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston tells us of a recent widow, Emma Bontrager first holiday without her husband, the young neighbors and the stray cat that provide her with much needed company and purpose.

The Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin tells us about David Byler being torn between following an Englischer Bobbie McGregor, or remaining Amish and marry Molly.

Ruth Reid tells us about Ellie Whetstone, the child raised Englisch after her father dies and her mother returns to her Englisch family. Her dad's sister dies and leaves her her Amish farm. The widowed and single father neighbor Ezra Mast is less than happy when she arrives, fearful that she will be influence his daughter.

All of these authors treat the Amish with respect and honesty in their writing. These are not the first I've read by any of them and I thoroughly enjoyed these novellas.
I received a free copy from Thomas NelsonPublishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

LETTING GO





Another Beverly Lewis win in The Proving. Beverly never fails or provide us with a compelling story with accuracy and compassion.

Amanda Dienner left the Amish after she saw her sister, Arie Mae,  kissing her beau, Joshua, and her mother sided with Arie Mae. She'd never intended to leave, but after five years she's adapted and doesn't feel like she can return.

Her mother dies and leaves her Bed and Breakfast to Amanda with stipulations. She accepts the challenge, plans on working the inn for the required year then selling it and returning to the outside world. She still feels betrayed by her sister, who lives next door with Joshua who helps with repair work and upkeep of the inn.

Karl Lantz a neighbor, is a  widower and single father that helps out with the horses.  Yonnie, Karl's son grows fond of Amanda as does Karl.

Will Amanda forgive Arie Mae and Joshua? Will she let go of the resentment for being all but shunned by her family and the community? Will she let herself love Karl and Yonnie and stay?

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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

COUNT THE COST





Tamera Alexander has captured so many emotions, the era and personalities in the historical novel To Wager Her Heart.

Following the Civil War the South is torn and still conflicted with ingrain prejudices and beliefs having such a hold that those not agreeing are oft en rejected and spurned. The South was so set their traditions and proper society that new comers were not looked on favorably.

Enter Sy Ryland from Colorado, a railroad man and son of an engineer believed responsible for a tragic train wreck. Sy is determined to find proof that his father is innocent. Needing help learning to move among Nashville's society he requests the assistance of Alex Jamison, daughter to one of Nashville's founding families.

Alec, however, lost her fiancé in the train wreck and resents Sy and also finds him uncouth and lacking in proper etiquette. When she refuses to marry her father's choice in husbands and decides to teach in the freedman's school he casts her out.

Tamera is able to write compelling stories with individuals rich in character and has the ability to weave life lessons and inspiration in the narrative. Her stories are complex and intense and beg to be read.

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TWO TOGETHER


Victoria Bylin’s THE TWO OF US is a study in listening, hearing and trusting God. It’s a story of two people who struggle with their past and letting God show them a future.

Mia Robinson is a nurse caring for her eighteen year old sister, Lucy, who is young and impulsive. After a broken engagement she decides to refocus and applies to work for an international aid organization.

Jake Tanner is a former police officer injured in a bomb blast that takes the life of his partner. He mentor’s her adult son, Sam, and strives to start a camp for the children of fallen officer’s.

Lucy plans on marrying Sam after she gets pregnant and Mia is determined to stop them. Jake, knowing the character of Sam is equally determined to help them.

What neither Jake nor MIa expect is the attraction between.

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