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A Faith of Her Own by Kathleen Fuller

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

faith of her own
Can Anna Mae heed God’s call on her life, even if it means leaving behind everything she knows . . . and everyone she loves?

Ever since Anna Mae’s childhood friend Jeremiah left their Amish community, she’s questioned her own place in the Amish world. The Amish life feels as if it’s closing in on her, and with her mother trying to set her up with potential suitors, Anna Mae feels trapped in a life she’s not sure she wants anymore. But she’s never told anyone that she longs for a tiny taste of freedom—freedom that could be very costly.

When Jeremiah suddenly reappears in Middlefield to help his mentor, Yankee veterinarian Dr. Miller, new questions surface for Anna Mae, along with feelings she’d never fully acknowledged before.

As Anna Mae and Jeremiah rekindle their friendship, old feelings take on new meaning. Yet the question still lingers: What is God’s plan for her life? Should she stay, keeping loyal to her Amish family, or does God have a bigger plan—one that provides more freedom than she could imagine? The answers do not come easily, and the answer to God’s call may lie in different directions . . . for both of them.

Includes Reading Group Guide

My Comments: Amish Fiction at it’s best – Not everyone is cut out to be or stay Amish. Jeremiah and Anna Mae certainly were not. They had a deeper calling of service – Jeremiah’s to veterinarian service and Anna Mae’s to something she wasn’t quite sure of yet. Three love stories occur simultaneously as well – Bekah and Caleb, Anna Mae and Jeremiah, and Judith and David – all different scenarios yet all similar in many ways.  An interesting mix of Amish and English. God is definitely at work here. Great book, great writing – with so much going on. I recommend this book to Amish fiction lovers, romance lovers, and to anyone who loves a good story!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. Thank you Thomas Nelson.

 

Wanda Brunstetter’s – The Decision

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

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Discover along with Jonah Miller how life can begin anew in the prairie state of Illinois. Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving heartbreak behind is the best decision Jonah ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets Elaine Schrock? Will his scarred heart mend when she chooses family loyalty over love?

See video on Wanda’s website below:

http://www.wandabrunstetter.com

My Comment: This book had a lot of things going on and not too many of them were happy, but they WERE real to life. I read this book almost all the way through because it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The main characters, Jonah and Elaine had some major issues to work through, and although I didn’t always agree with how they handled these issues, I had to admire their choices. They were definitely not choices I would make. This is one reason I love reading about the Amish. I can’t wait to read the rest of this new series and find out what happened to all of the characters I became bonded with.

Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

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When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery.

Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register.

When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop’s duties, the two women become fast friends—as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t convinced.

Clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.

My Comments:   Vannetta Chapman weaves together an interesting mystery full of romance, faith, and friendship. I love the mix of Amish and English characters working together. The characters believe that the coffee shop manager is murdered and seek to find evidence to prove it. The two main sleuths, Hannah and Amber, stop at almost nothing to find the truth and to discover who killed Ethan. There are hints a long the way and the ending is not too shocking, but the story flows well, and I’m glad that I didn’t have to wait until the end to find out “who done it.” If you enjoy mystery and Amish fiction, you will like this book! I did!

The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

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A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

My Comments:   I enjoyed this book because it presents a different view of the Amish. They seem more progressive in Florida. I find it interesting how different the Amish are in different regions of the country. The romance is sweet. The characters are real. I was a little frustrated because I felt the story ended abruptly and unresolved. I guess that’s why we need sequels.

The Matchmaker by Sarah Price

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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About the book:  When Emma’s interference in her friends’
lives backfires, will the consequences
be more than she bargained for?

Emma Weaver is twenty-one years old and has found a passion for playing
matchmaker with her friends. Her neighbor, Gideon King, warns her about
interfering in people’s lives, but she disregards his advice and plans to set up
Paul, the son of the bishop, with her friend Hannah.

But when Paul misinterprets Emma’s attention, believing she has feelings
for him, he begins asking her to ride in his buggy after Sunday singings and
shows up at her house for Friday evening visits. As she tries to repair the
damage that’s been done and mend the hearts that have been broken, she
finds herself in trouble with the community. Will she learn her lesson and
stop meddling in the affairs of others? Will she find a love of her own?

My Comments:  This book was quite engaging. I read it in just a couple of days. I loved Emma Weaver and her care for others. I loved her daed, and I loved Gideon King. Oh my, the gossip amongst the Amish amazed me. It’s been quite a while since I read Emma by Jane Austin, the book this story is based on, but this book definitely made me want to see the movie again. There are a few twists and turns which kept the story moving, and I loved the Amish slant on the story. I found out about some prejudices the Amish hold.

It seemed like Emma could have had any man she wanted, but she didn’t even wish to marry. She just wanted to marry everyone else off.  This was a great book to read around Valentine’s Day – love was definitely in the air in surprising ways—

I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.

Sarah Price bio – The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.

As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. Sarah now resides in Morris County, New Jersey with her family.

While she started out as an Indie author, she signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014.

Get the latest news about Sarah Price on Facebook, Twitter, and sarahpriceauthor.com.

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Three-in-one special – Hope’s Crossing by Cindy Woodsmall

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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About the book:

The Hope of Refuge
Two very different women are pulled by their strongest desires. Deborah Mast joined the Amish church and longs to marry her fiancé, but he is changing. Cara Moore is forced to look into a life that was meant to be hers. Will Ada’s House help them realize their hearts’ desires or will it force them to accept what life has done to each of them?

The Bridge of Peace
Living out her passion for teaching, Lena Kauffman’s work is suddenly interrupted by a series of pranks and accidents targeted toward her and her students. When tragedy strikes her dear friend Grey Graber’s family on school property, the school board begins to blame her for the trouble. As grief and confusion take their toll on Grey and Lena’s friendship, they are both forced to face a new reality that may offer the peace and love they each long for.

The Harvest of Grace
Fleeing a terrible mistake, Sylvia Fisher dedicates herself to saving the failing Blank farm. When prodigal son Aaron returns, he is surprised by this unusual farmhand who opposes all his plans. Will Aaron and Sylvia’s unflinching efforts toward opposite futures mask the bigger picture—a path to forgiveness, grace, and the promise of love?

My Comments: Great stories, great writing, great series, great author – this is a win-win all the way around. I had read all three books when they first came out, but it was good to review the stories and read them in order and all at once. I love this new trend of putting the older series books together! Great idea, and for those not able to spend a ton of money on books – this option is totally affordable! This book will give hours of entertainment and engagement! The characters are interesting, real-to-life. We can relate to their struggles, even if we aren’t Amish. I love this because you learn the community. I highly recommend it.

I received a free copy from the publisher and the opinions are 100 percent my own!

An Amish Cradle – by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman and Kathleen Fuller

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

An Amish Cradle

Tiny fingers,

Tiny toes,

And lives that will never be the same.

Journey with four families as their lives are about to change forever.

In His Father’s Arms by Beth Wiseman

Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down’s syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan.

A Son for Always by Amy Clipston

Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she—and Ben—will always be taken care of.

A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller

Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight—and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.

An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman

At 42, Etta thought she was finished having children, but she’s pregnant again. After a frightening labor, Etta finally gives birth, but her constant worry over her estranged grown son, David, haunts her still. As a new mother again, Etta must hold tightly to the promise that God will watch over her children—and that one day David will return.

My Comments: This book tells four GREAT stories about pregnancy and childbearing. Loved it! I can’t say enough good about it. I love the way each story tugged at my heart and yet was so different, so unique. I couldn’t tell you which was my favorite, because I loved each story! I read this in a couple of days because it was so engaging and I just couldn’t put it down. Great authors – great writing – great book!

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?

At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.

Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.

As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God’s guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?

My Comments: This book kept me riveted. Wow – just the worst circumstance – you are 19 years old, the oldest in your family, engaged to be married and pow! your parents die in an accident leaving you to care for your five siblings. I can’t even imagine – I got married at 19! Of course it is totally different in the Amish community, but to have your fiancé leave you six months after all of this happens – WOW! Then comes on the scene – Andy, whose wife left him – no divorce, just leaves. This is unheard of in the Amish community. Talk about a difficult and an impossible situation. It is interesting to read what happens to this unlikely couple. When I think there is nothing left to explore in Amish fiction, I read a book like this and find out there IS! A Love Undone is a great read!!

Plain Killing – Emma Miller

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  I have a special giveaway gift for you!! The publisher has given me some Advanced Copies of Plain Killing –

a great mix of Amish fiction and cozy mystery! I have two copies to give away this Thanksgiving weekend. If you are interested in a copy of this book, fill out the form below. The contest will run until Sunday evening about 6 PM PST and I will choose TWO winners via Random.org.

I haven’t even finished this book yet, but I love it so far. Here is a short synopsis:
When the Amish community of Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, refuses to discuss a murder with the police, it’s up to Rachel Mast to bridge the cultural gap and stop a killer from striking again. . .
While swimming in a local quarry, Rachel and her cousin Mary Aaron discover the body of an Amish girl, fully clothed in her white bonnet, floating face down in the water. The drowned young woman, Beth Glick, had left Stone Mill and her Old Order Amish life a year ago, causing her to be shunned by her family and her people.

But if Beth had joined the English world, why was she found dressed in Amish clothing and strangled? Rachel’s boyfriend, police detective Evan Park, is getting nowhere with questioning Beth’s family. He’s also troubled over the fate of three other Amish girls who left Stone Mill in the last two years. As someone who gave up the Plain lifestyle herself then returned to operate a B&B, Rachel is able to use her ties to the community to learn more about the missing girls. But when her search eventually leads to the dark underbelly of the secular world, Rachel finds her own life in dire jeopardy. . .

An Amish Christmas Quilt

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

imageAbout the book: 

With all the warmth of a cozy quilt, three authors stitch together Amish tales of hearts joined, friendships patched, and the bright joys of Christmas tradition . . .
A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant
Charlotte Hubbard

Seth Brenneman didn’t expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kauffman and her two children. . .or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts–and work a miracle for a lifetime?

A Christmas On Ice Mountain
Kelly Long

Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp’s secret wish to marry is a gift their feuding fathers definitely won’t accept. And trying to settle their dats’ long-standing quarrel is making their holiday anything but merry. Can rediscovering the joys and friendships of Christmas past finally turn their families’ futures bright?

A Perfect Amish Christmas
Jennifer Beckstrand

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico. But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing–falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she’s having a party. There’s just one complication–Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas–and true love–will change her mind, and her future . . .

My Comments: Great Amish read! I love that it especially centers around quilts – warm and cozy! The three stories are unique – I mean they don’t intersect and the characters are different – the three commonalities are Amish, quilts, and Romance. So if you like clean, Amish fiction with the setting of Christmas, you will love these stories. I have read other Amish books by these authors – they are all good. Interesting that Kelly Long’s story contains a family feud – didn’t think Amish participated in this behavior, but according to this story, they do. Great book!