Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WORDS THAT SPEAK





WORD FROM THE HEART by Kathleen Fuller is the third book in An Amish Letters series. I have read the first book but somehow missed the second so will be getting it and reading it.

Ivy Yoder is the only unmarried maedel in her district and there are no single men her age. A year ago she traveled to Michigan to assist a cousin and met Johnm a young men who promised he'd write but never did. She is accepting the idea that she will remain single.

Noah Schlabach promised his aunt Cevilla that he and Ivy will sort through some boxes of her stepmother belongings. Cevilla's believes that Noah and Ivy belong together and hopes them working together will help them see they do.

Both Noah and Ivy have past hurts that have built walls around them and as they start crumbling John comes seeking Ivy. Noah has a health issue that convinces him Ivy would be better off without him so he leaves and returns to Iowa.

Can they overcome all the obstacles, relinquish their stubbornness and find their way together?

Kathleen writes a lot of Amish stories and seems to have a good understanding of their ways. I've read other novels and novellas of hers and I'm never disappointed.

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

FINDING THE TRUTH





Wow, another Colleen Coble book that starts the Lavender Tides series and that will hold you spell bound. The View from Rainshadow Bay is a romance, mystery that is clean, intriguing that deals with forgiveness, and moving on after tragedy.

Shauna's husband Jack died about a year ago while on a mountain climbing expedition with his best friend Zach.  Because Zach is a thrill seeker Shauna blames him and has avoided him ever since.

Clarence, a second father to her ask her to mail a package to his estranged wife then is killed. An investigation into his death and subsequent activities follows. Shauna and Zach become embroiled into the mystery and have to deal with the unresolved feelings surrounding Jack's death.

The evidence and clues lead to a deeper connection along with unsolved  past deaths that seem to be linked.

I don't know where Colleen comes up with her stories but she weaves the stories that are inspirational, and compelling. I'll read her books anytime.

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

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.