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Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

 

lilacAbout the book:
Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove’s star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand…until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn’t make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there’s little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store…

Just hearing Rick’s name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they’d been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service…then again, Jess isn’t that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there’s a powerful attraction between them–one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined–both are wary about opening their hearts to love…and loss.

But happy endings don’t come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart–or can love find a way to heal them both?

My Comments:  This was a good book, I enjoyed the small town setting and feel. The characters were likable and real as were most of the situations. This is not my usual read, however, although most of the book was clean and would not be offensive to Christian believers, there was some sex outside of marriage and sexual situations described. Other than the couple of these scenes, the book would appeal to a wide variety of readers. I will probably read more of Alward’s books because the story is down homesy and sweet.
Thank you NetGalley for the free e-copy for review. This is my honest opinion.

 

Our First Christmas Novellas by Mary Burton, Mary Carter, Cathy Lamb, and Lisa Jackson

Monday, October 27th, 2014

our first christmas

“It’s that time of year when the world falls in love…” Join four of your favorite authors for tales of Christmas romance to remember forever.

“Under the Mistletoe,” Lisa Jackson

Megan Johnson’s marriage is over—or so she thinks. When her husband Chris lands in the hospital, fighting for his life, she remembers the unexpected joy of their first Christmas together…

“A Ranger for Christmas,” Mary Burton

The holidays bring painful memories for history professor Marissa Thompson. Agreeing to help Texas Ranger Lucas Cooper solve a case offers the perfect distraction. But as danger threatens, the joy of love has never been more tempting.

“A Southern Christmas,” Mary Carter

Reporter Danielle Bright is heading home for the holidays to write up a feature story about Christmas down south—and possibly win back her ex. But Sawyer, the sexy photographer along for the ride, is determined to jingle her bells…

“Christmas in Montana” Cathy Lamb

Family is the ideal antidote to getting fired, but Laurel Kelly isn’t prepared for the changes at home in Montana—or the fact that her college boyfriend Josh Reed now owns the family land. But a blue Christmas could be the perfect surprise for a holiday to remember.

My Comments:  Every year I read tons of Christmas books, and I’ve already read one Amish, now I’m reading one secular. I love this type of book because there is mystery and suspense as well as romance. The first story A Ranger for Christmas was full of content – especially for a short story. I loved it! The characters were not perfect, yet they were totally interesting and people I would love to know. The pull towards family is strong, but the pain some people feel at the holidays was also very present.

My favorite stories were the first two, A Southern Christmas and A Ranger for Christmas. I read and enjoyed the other two, but the first two really caught my interest. Short stories put into an anthology are great for this time of the year, when I still enjoy reading, but don’t have the time for a long novel. I get it read quickly and completely.  Thanks NetGalley for the free review copy. This opinions are totally my own.

Christmas Blessings – An Amish Family Christmas by Patricia Davids and Marta Perry

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

An Amish Family Christmas

Celebrate the holidays in Amish Country

Heart of Christmas by Marta Perry

Amish teacher Susannah Miller suddenly has two new students: the children of her former love. Widowed father Toby Unger broke Susannah’s heart ten years ago, but now the handsome Amish man desperately needs help with his troubled little ones. Can the joy of the season reunite two lonely hearts in time for Christmas?

A Plain Holiday by Patricia Davids

Outspoken nanny Sally Yoder left her Amish community for her rumspringa. Though her heart is back home, the Amish man she loves, Ben Lapp, will never love a bold woman like her. But when a snowstorm strands her, her young charges and Ben on a remote farm at Christmastime, they both might discover that love is the true holiday spirit.

Amish teacher Susannah Miller suddenly has two new students: the children of her former love. Widowed father Toby Unger broke Susannah’s heart ten years ago, but now the handsome Amish man desperately needs help with his troubled little ones. Can the joy of the season reunite two lonely hearts in time for Christmas?

Outspoken nanny Sally Yoder left her Amish community for her rumspringa. Though her heart is back home, the Amish man she loves, Ben Lapp, will never love a bold woman like her. But when a snowstorm strands her, her young charges and Ben on a remote farm at Christmastime, they both might discover  that love is the true holiday spirit.

My Comments: I love reading Amish Christmas books. They are full of what makes the holidays important and devoid of the materialism so rampant in our society. This book is no exception, in fact, the important side of Christmas in emphasized! Both stories in this book are written by two of my favorite authors – Patricia Davids and Marta Perry. The stories are engaging and emotional. One other thing about these stories as in so many other Amish books is that there is a sweet predictability embedded. I love that. I need the escape that a happily ever after contains. There is danger, there are accidents, there is romance, there is some suspense as to what will happen – all of this caused me to continue to the end. Thanks for writing and publishing these stories!

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

A Dream of Home by Amy Clipston

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

imageWhen she moves to Amish country to find peace and healing, Madeleine finds a special community—and a special man—who pull her out of her solitude into a new life.

Moving to Pennsylvania wasn’t in Madeleine’s original plans. She should still be in California and should have married her pilot fiancé a year ago—but death has a way of changing everything. Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and working as a maid at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isn’t exactly a widow . . . but she sure feels like one.

Saul Beiler isn’t exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His eleven-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn’t know that her mother fled the Amish community—and married another man—but she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeline’s numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeline grows about the humble, strong, man raising her on his own.

But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they—and everybody else—have to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she’s been dreaming of all along?

My Comments:  This is the first book I finished for Dewey’s Readathon!  WooHoo!  I liked this book quite a bit, but it ended abruptly.  I hope ther’s a book 4 in the series. The story is very hopeful and romantic, ut I don’t know how anyone can convert to being Amish. I love reading about them because the stories are sweet, clean, and full of family, but the legalism would kill me – figuratively speaking. this story seems to being Madeleine back to her roots, she has Amish in her blood, that’s why I think it works and is believable.

this is the first Amish book I’ve read where divorce is mentioned at all, and also done believably

Thank you NetGalley for opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Deweys 24 Hour Readathon is Today

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

I am ready to kick back, relax, and READ. My goal is to make a dent in my huge TBR pile 🙂 I’m doing a modified version 8-12 hours – and I’m planning on reading Christmas books after I finish Amy Clipston’s latest A Dream of Home, i have about 40%!more to read.  Reading from So Calif.

The Man Behind The Cross and the Switchblade – David Wilkerson by Gary Wilkerson

Monday, October 6th, 2014

 

This is the story of David Wilkerson, the man who believed against the odds that God could do great things in the rejected and ignored of New York City, who refused to give up on those on the streets even when they had given up on themselves, and who saw in the eyes of the drug addicts and gang members what others failed to see—the love of Jesus Christ.

 

But who was David Wilkerson?  Many Christians don’t really know. More often than not, we saw the fruit of his faith in God rather than the man himself.

David Wilkerson

When Wilkerson moved to New York from rural Pennsylvania in 1958 to confront the gangs who ran the streets, he was a skinny, 120-pound man. After the initial publicity that brought him face to face with some of the most dangerous young men of the city, he largely flew under the radar of the media, using the Word of God and a bit of tough love to help men and women of the street escape the destructive spiral of drugs and violence. Wilkerson was always the real deal, full of passion and conviction, not interested in what others said was the “right” or political thing to do.

Wilkerson later founded the Times Square Church, now a non-denominational mega-church of 8,000 members, to this day a crossroads for those battling sin, drugs, and pornography, and a place where the message of Christ is discussed. He created the faith-based program Teen Challenge to wean addicts off drugs, and then World Challenge, dedicated since its beginning to promoting and spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Both now have branches worldwide, continuing the work that God began in the life of one man who believed

David Wilkerson was a man of faith who trusted God would give him what he needed to enter a world of crime and killing.  He was a man of conviction who took the dream God gave him and marched forward without ever looking back.  And he was a man of vision who could not be shaken from his beliefs—sometimes even when counseled otherwise. David Wilkerson was the preacher of New York City.

My Comments: I requested this book to review because I grew up with David Wilkerson, Nicky Cruz, and Teen Challenge. I became a Christian  in the 60’s during the Jesus movement and this man was like a rock star to us in central Jersey. The book did not disappoint. I don’t think his son had one negative thing to say about this Godly man. His life was quite exciting! He really couldn’t do everything well, but his family seemed important to him even though he was on the road a lot. I didn’t know much about David Wilkerson other than Teen Challenge, so I learned a LOT! His heart seemed to be only to please God. Wow! We need some David Wilkersons and Billy Grahams right NOW! The book was well written and definitely kept me riveted throughout. I recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about men and women God used in historic ways!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which I have given! Great book!

Seasons of Tomorrow (Amish Vines and Orchards, Book 4) by Cindy Woodsmall

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

seasons

As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.

More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future. She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.

Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.

When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?

My Comments: I enjoyed this wrap up of the Amish Vines and Orchards series. This series shows the Amish as thinking people – not just people who follow the “rules”. I needed to read an Amish book like that! The whole idea of running an apple orchard also appeals to me. Rhoda is still a main character, but not THE main character in this book. I like exploring the Leah/Landon relationship throughout this story. Also Phoebe, who was a very minor character (still is) but we explore her character a little more. Life is hard for this group of people. Rhoda still has her gift, but is resisting it big time due to circumstances beyond her control. All in all a very interesting and engaging read if you enjoy Amish fiction (I do!) Thank you Cindy Woodsmall for your take. I find it interesting and refreshing!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

 

 

Derailed by Dave and Neta Jackson

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

derailed

Harry Bentley was a mess. Yet, with a second chance for a better life, his recent marriage, he expects a smooth road ahead. Abruptly, it feels like God is changing the road signs—left, right, stop, go? Raising his grandson was not part of his plan and now his son wants to move in! Derailed is an often humorous, contemporary tale in an urban setting, featuring characters courageously wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of average people. The Windy City Neighbors series is set on Beecham Street—a typical isolated American neighborhood—where hope is invited to change everyone.

My Comments: A friend of my introduced me to the Yada Yada Prayer Group books by Neta Jackson several years ago, and I have been hooked on anything written by the Jacksons ever since. This series, The Windy Neighbors, takes us to Beecham Street where several of the characters we were introduced to in the Yada books reside. The stars of this book are Harry and Estelle Bentley. Wow, they have a lot to overcome: living arrangements, elderly parent, son with jail record, and raising a grandson. God works in wondrously mysterious ways in the lives of His people. Even though this book is fiction, it is realistic fiction and somewhat encouraging. We are introduced to the people who reside on Beecham Street. What a diverse group of neighbors. Most were middle-class working people, but yet a rich person moved in, built a mansion, and also lives on the street as well as a Christian music artist who travels the country doing concerts. Love reading about these folks and how they come to have a relationship with each other (thank you Estelle Bentley!). I have been challenged. Because Harry becomes an undercover security guard for AMTRACK this story even includes a mystery – a somewhat suspenseful one at that! This is the second book in the Windy City Neighbors I read and I plan to read each one!

Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans

Friday, June 13th, 2014

walking on water

In the fifth book in the New York Times bestselling Walk Series, Alan Christensen finally reaches his destination.

A year earlier, Seattle advertising executive Alan Christoffersen lost everything he held dear—his beloved wife was killed in a terrible accident; his partner stole his business from him; and the bank foreclosed on his home when he couldn’t pay the mortgage. With seemingly nothing left to live for, Alan set out to walk from Seattle to the farthest point on the map, Key West. And now, after walking more than two thousand miles on a journey filled with surprises, dangers, and revelations, he approaches his destination—and the most important decision of his life.

My Comments: This book was a great wrap up to a good series! I listened to the audiobook read by the author, so he knew exactly how to articulate and bring expression to the writing! I listened to this book back and forth to work and was able to stay pretty close on track with the story. There were some really sad parts and some happy parts as well. Alan Christoffersen was able to live the only the dream of many – that is to walk across America from Seattle, WA to Key West, FL. These books are about that walk and his relationships along the way – very engaging and entertaining!

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber #readathon

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Yay!  Just finished my first book for the #readathon.  Review will come soon, love Debbie Macomber books!