Saturday, November 14, 2015


Four novellas interwoven together by four different authors creates a totally beguiling book in AMISH CRISTMAS at North Star.
The story begins when an Amish midwife in North Star, Pennsylvania  delivers four babies in the midst of a blizzard on a November day. The event is written up in the local newspaper then picked by People Magazine. They became known as "Rebekah's Babies". 

Twenty plus years later Chase Wellington finds the newspaper story, is captivated ad sets out to find out what happened to the babies.

Katie Ganshert tells us of Elle, baby of Ruth Guiding Star. Ruth left from the midwifes house, leaving her husband and community.

In Morning Star Amanda Fowler acquaint with us Eden Hochstetler whose family moved to Sugarcreek and run a fudge-and-candy shop.

Into the Stars is the story told by Cindy Woodsmall of Savilla Beiler who still lives in North Star and is an accomplished seamstress.

Mindy Starnes Clark and Emily Clark share the story of Andy, the only baby boy born that night in Star of Grace.

Being a Cindy Woodsmall fan I didn't hesitate receiving this book and have found new author's to enjoy. This book was a joy to read.

I received this book free from Water Brook for an honest review.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


PRISON by Toni V. Lee was not what you would expect by the title. Toni weaves a story of a couple of police undercover detectives that is suspenseful, intriguing and romantic rolled into one.

Sonja Grey is a strong independent woman who hides her profession from her close friends and church family. Max Trent is a relatively new transfer to her unit that she has taken an instant dislike to.  Their sergeant assigns them undercover on a case as a team. The suspect , Johnny Stone, a.k.a. Rock, under surveillance is using her church as a business location.

Two of the older church "Aunties", Lenore and Euvinia,  have taken Johnny under their wings as an interest and possible convert. Who will be the ones to get the best of Johnny, Sonja and Max, or Lenore and Euvinia?

Toni held me captive with her storytelling. I enjoyed the book and do not hesitate to recommend it.

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


LOVE TAKES THE CAKE by Betsy St. Amant is another cute novella of the Year of Weddings series. Sometimes novellas are just what I need for a quick escape and other times the just whet my appetite for more. Betsy wrote a typical story that was predictable and sweet at the same time.

Charlotte Cantrell is a single mother who owns a pastry shop and bakes wedding cakes. Will is a friendly stranger who comes into her shop every day for the same order. He is secretly smitten with her as she is him. He recommends her bakery to his friend, Adam, and his fiancé, Brittany, the Bridezilla.

Charlotte and Will each come with their own baggage they hold close to their chest. Will they be able to navigate the water to find their own happily ever after?

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

Sunday, November 1, 2015


WHEN LOVE RETURNS by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is the third and final novel of The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy. I had read the two previous ones and was delighted to be able to read this final one. I was somewhat disappointed at the ending of the second one, not realizing at the time there would be a third one to follow.

I don't like to give too much away in my reviews and ruin the story for others so therefore I have a dilemma in writing this. It is difficult to pick up at the beginning of this book without telling the back story which would give away books one and two.

Suzanne Zimmerman is the main character who returns to the Old Order Mennonite community she was raised in. Paul  Aldrich is the love of her youth that she left when she left the community and became a nurse. What does the future hold after all these years?

This book can stand alone and it is a fantastic but I do advise you read the first two novels for the whole story.  I loved the story and do not hesitate to recommend it.

I received this book free from WaterBrook Publishing for an honest review.