Friday, December 2, 2016


To Have ad to Hold: Three Autumn Love Stories by three different authors is a sweet collection of novella's. Each tale is a complete and charming narrative.

In Love Takes a Cake by Betsy St. Amant, Charlotte Cantrell is the owner of The Dough Knot bakery. Will Martin is a reclusive bachelor that frequents the bakery, and best man for a wedding Charlotte is to provide the cake for. Each comes with their own baggage to overcome. Will they be able to wade through and find happily after themselves?

In The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert, Amelia Woods is the stepsister, the one ignored and ridiculed by the family. Nate Gallagher, is a ghost writer who begins an email correspondence with Amelia after a minor auto accident. Complications ensue that threaten the blooming relationship. Will they be insurmountable?

In Love in the Details by Becky Wade, Josh Bowen is the one who left, went to MIT and became a success. Holly Morgan is the high school sweetheart that broke his heart by breaking up with him after he left. Now he's back in town and once buried feelings resurface. Will they get past the what and why and find happines?

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Anytime I can I read a Cindy Woodsmall book. The ANGEL of FOREST HILL is a Christmas Novella Romance that will not disappoint.
Rose Kurtz is sent by her District Bishop to assist with a family that is expecting a child and needs help with the older children. The young mother dies and leaves a baby with the grieving widower.
Joel Dienner is so consumed with grief and there is no one available to take care of the baby so his Daed suggests he marry Rose. They marry with no misconception of it being a real marriage.
Will they eventually realize they care for each other? Will they be able to get past their own doubts and insecurities?
I love Cindy's ability to write of the Amish in such a way that you admire so much about them, even when you question some aspects of their lives.
I received a free copy from WaterBrook Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise, was required - all opinions are my own.  

Friday, October 28, 2016


From This Day Forward, a Lauraine Snelling's book, is the fourth of the Songs of Blessings series. Somehow I missed books two and three but since the characters  are carried through from the original series I didn't feel that I was lost.

Deborah McCalllister, was an orphan who was brought to Blessing as a child and adopted by Zeb who married a Bjorklund, the family that started the town. She is the charge nurse of the hospital and has loved Toby Valders, another orphan adopted by a local family.

Toby works for a Borklund in construction and is oblivious of Deborah except as a good friend and someone to tease. Due to the neglect and abuse from his birth father he has a fear of commitment and thinks he cannot be a good husband or dad.

Enter a new school teacher who charming and attracted to Deborah. Then Deborah goes to Chicago for more training for a month.

I love Lauraine's books and appreciate how the character's are fleshed out and carried through the series.

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

Monday, October 17, 2016


The Amish have become a culture I almost envy, the simplicity, community, the family. I have come to love reading stories about them. In this series, Kathleen Fuller draws you into the family and you almost believe the Schrock sisters are real people. You care about them, their heartbreak, fears, and disillusionments, hoping for a happy ending.

Having read the first book of the series, I missed the second somehow. When I received the third and final book, A LOVE MADE NEW, I had to read the second one first. As always with Kathleen’s books, I was not disappointed.

Abigail, is the middle sister, and now both her sisters are married. Expecting a proposal she is dumped by her boyfriend. Feeling unwanted she continually puts herself down and doesn't decides she will be remain a maedel.

Asa, having just returned to Birch Creek under the leading of God he is unsure of why God has brought him back when he was content where his family had moved.

I received a free copy from  Thomas Nelson Publishers . No review, positive or otherwise, was required - all opinions are my own.