Friday, February 9, 2018

FINDING YOUR WAY BACK





Whiter Than Snow by Joan Deppa was a little bit of a disappointment. It was a good story just not that well written. Bonnie turner moves to Ironwood, Michigan after her best friend April tells her about a teaching job. Wanting a small town environment she quickly made the move. Taking a walk one day she is almost run over by Brad Jorgenson who owns Lake and Snow Resort. Brad is attracted to her and offers to teach her to ski.  

Brad was raised by in the foster system and as usual there are residual emotions whereas Bonnie is from a large loving Christian family.

Can they overcome his held over issues caused by last foster family with the church? Can they find their way past their difference's and help Brad make peace with God?

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

EARLY ENGLISH LADIES

The second book in the Tales of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen, The Ladies of Ivy Cottage ties up some of the loose ends of the first book but leaves you anxiously awaiting the third.

Ivy Cottage was the family home of the Groves. After her parents moved to London they allowed Mercy and her aunt Matilda to live there and they run a school girls whose families cannot afford boarding school.

Rachel Ashford moved to Ivy Cottage after her father died and a distant cousin inherited the family estate. Raised as a Genteel lady she now feels compelled to earn her own way and utilizes her father's extensive library to start a  circulating library in one side of the home.

Several men begin to take interest in Ivy Cottage but what, or who, is the cause the attention?  When a long buried secret is discovered what will be the fallout. Can hurts and betrayals from times past be forgiven and amends made? These are some of the questions raised in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage.

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, January 20, 2018

SWEETHEARTS OF THE AMSIH




Amy Clipston's Amish Sweethearts is a book with four of Amy's novella's. Each is story of two Amish young people finding their way with family issues, tradition and making the right decisions.

A Home for Lindsay is about a Lindsay and Matthew and his struggle with doing what is right for the right reason.

Love and Buggy Rides tells of Janie Lantz choice's. Does she tell what she saw and defy her Daed or does she keep quiet and let Jonathan be blamed for an accident.

In Where the Heart Is  Tobias Smucker left his community to get some help with his alcoholism without explaining to his family. Mariella is his sister's friend who has always liked him.

Love Birds follows  Ellie Lapp and her mother dealing with the farm after her brother Seth's death. Seth's  friend Lloyd comes by to help with chores and whittles birds which his father disapproves of.

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.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

SECRETS REVEALED




Chris Fabry wrote a very intriguing book in Under a Cloudless Sky. It's a book that was both hard to put down and one that you had to step away from. I could only read a little at a time as it was so intense and mystifying.

Ruby and Bean were childhood friends from the town of Beulah Mountains, West Virginia.  The two girls are raised from different parts of the town of and circumstances. Ruby's dad, a widow, was part owner of a coal mine and Bean's dad was a injured coal miner that took to drink.  Ruby's dad decides to send her to boarding school to get her away from the trouble brewing in the town.

Years later, Ruby an octogenarian, is blindsided by her children taking her car keys and trying to clip her wings. Having been approached  by a young reporter from the from the coal town, she slips away with a spare set of keys and heads to Beulah Mountains, determined to face a secret that could change the history of the town.

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