Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Hope Jar by Wanda Brunstter



A Brand-New 3-Book Series from New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.
What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?

Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.

Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?


Wanda is a talented author. I love all of her books and the messages that she weaves into her stories! They have the message that there can be hope, healing and love. 

I really don't know what to say about this book. 
I want to be honest but I don't want to hurt any feelings. It seems like that is all I do anymore. 
That being said, I felt like Mary Ruth and Willis did. Wondering what I did wrong.
I am too trusting! I am like the Lapps in so many ways! I felt like I was reading about myself through this book!

I loved Mary Ruth and Willis!! I felt like they were my own grandparents and as I read more into the story my heart hurt for them. Once your trust is broken it is hard to learn to trust again 

I didn't really like Michelle even though I understood the things she did. Some people would do anything! I didn't like the things she did because then it made it harder for the real Sara.

I also liked how Elijah answered Michelle's questions. I feel like I learned quite a bit about the Amish myself. Wanda even answered some of my questions!

Will Sara be able to find her way and earn her grandparents' trust again? I'd like to think so which is why I can't wait to read Sara's story in book #2!

I can't wait for y'all to read this book to see what y'all think!!

I received a complementary copy from the publisher. No compensations were received
This is my honest opinion!


New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com



Wish you could make busy-ness a business so you’d be a millionaire? . . .
Welcome to the maternal order of slightly sagging sisters of the 'hood. The motherhood. 
With her own offbeat brand of wit and near-wisdom, popular inspirational humorist Debora Coty addresses heart needs of moms drowning in the churning stress-pool of busyness. In her beloved mom-to-mom, grin-provoking style, Coty offers empathy, laughs, real-life stories, practical parenting survival tips, and fresh biblical insights to help you hear Papa God’s still, small voice through life’s chaos. 

Whether you're struggling with stress related to attitude, time-management, guilt trips, patience, or something in between. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the peace we all crave—the peace that passes all understanding.


This book full of wonderful advice!
Where was this book when I was raising my son! I could've used this then. But, the awesome thing is of course we can still use the book in our daily lives.

Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms has some cool scriptures. I enjoyed how the author weaves these in with her every day life and shows us how to also. 

There are some funny parts too. These stories have a way of making you laugh at yourself as you look back and realise that this author understands exactly what you are going through as a mom.

I would like to read these other books in this series too and see what they have to offer. 
The cover of this book is really beautiful!

I received a complementary copy from Netgalley and no compensations were received. This is my honest opinion 


Debora M. CotyDeb began writing professionally after her youngest chick flew the coop back in 2002 Since then, Deb has been blessed with over 200 published articles, and 40 award-winning inspirational books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed series (over 750k sold). Deb loves to swat a tennis ball around and hike in the mountains. She lives, loves, and laughs in central Florida with her longsuffering husband and her desperately wicked pooch, Fenway. Join Debora's fun-loving community of BFFs (Blessed Friends Forever) and her Too Blessed to be Stressed blog at www.DeboraCoty.com

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Homespun by LoriLee Craker

Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words 


Ever wish you could visit with a group of Amish or Mennonite women over a cup of coffee? In the pages of Homespun, Amish and Plain Mennonite women swap stories and spin yarns while we listen in. Lorilee Craker, bestselling author of Money Secrets of the Amish, collects these personal writings about hospitality, home, grief, joy, and walks with God. Hear from one woman who struggles with feeling inferior to her sister, from another about her longing for a baby, and from a third who accidentally bought stretchy material to sew her husband’s pants. Each woman’s story is a testament to the grace of God and the blessings of community. Behind Amish romance novels and tourist spots and television shows stand real people, with longings and loves just like the rest of us. Every Amish and Mennonite woman has a story. In Homespun, you get to hear some of them. 


  Ever wonder what it's like to live in the Amish and Mennonite world?
This wonderful book will answer that question for you. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever asked themselves that question.
One story shows how they value their families, while another gave their troubles to the Lord.
Then in another story one remembered what it was like to do chores while growing up. She reflected on what it was like to gather nuts to make a pie.
She sometimes wondered if she was the only one who gathered nuts for pies, but later in life was surprised to discover that others did too.
I have always wondered about what it was like to be Amish.
They are fascinating people. I think that there are lessons we can a lot learn from them .
The Lord teaches us that we should live in the world but not of the world.
That's what the Amish and Mennonite people do. They live in the world but remain separate in order to remain true to their beliefs.
This book also shows us that the Amish have troubles in life. Like "Englishers" they gossip, and want to believe the lies that were told to them.
They struggle with their crops and the normal storms of life just like we do. They do many things we do just I'm a different way.
The way the Amish live is not easy.
It's called the simple life, but it's not that simple
There were no compensations for this book. All opinions are my own.


 Lorilee Craker speaks for MOPS groups and at other events for mothers. She writes on entertainment for a major daily newspaper and is the author of several books including Loving Life with Your Preschooler. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Doyle, and their two sons.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Christmas Prayer by Wanda Brunstetter



 Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.
Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?


 A very different book from what Wanda has written but I loved it anyway, but love all of Wanda's books anyway
This book has taken me away from all of my troubles and I surely hated coming back to the real world.
At first, when I seen the cover I thought it was the sequel to the Hope jar. But, it wasn't.
I loved the fellowship of the wagon train but what I didn't like was that there was someone in the crowd that always spoils or tries to for everyone else.
Wanda has a of making each person in the story come alive and matching their feelings with yours or in how you connect with them.
I enjoyed this story particularly because in 2006 my family and I had a chance to visit the Sierra Nevada's.
It was a sight to behold. I'll never forget it. This was another way that I could relate to this story. I couldn't imagine traveling that by covered wagon!!
I give this book 5 stars because of the wonderful historical research behind it.
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book
All opinions my own. No compensations were not required


New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Simple Singing by Leslie Gould



Marie Bachmann has always been the good Amish daughter. But when two men, a Mennonite farmhand and a bishops rebellious son, show interest in her, she finds herself at a crossroads. On a journey to Florida and back, she grapples with her heart, finding inspiration and hope for the future in the story of a brave Civil Warera ancestor.


  I loved how Leslie Gould could weave past to present and then eventually tie it in altogether.
There are many delightful characters in this book.
I do agree with some other reviewers that Marie is kind of hard to warm up to. But, I do like how she is challenged because at first she knew what she wanted out of life. I liked some of the challenges that God sent her way.
Kind of like what I'm going through now. I think God has sent me a wake up call. But, gosh did He have to do it the hard way?
Annie is a character of the past whom I greatly admired! When it is something that she didn't back down.
Before I go on, I wanted to remind y'all that this is a different type of Amish story than we're used to reading.
To me, I think it's very exciting because it's different and it shows us that not all Amish are the same in their beliefs.
It is mentioned through both books about Rebecca's drowning and how it changed Marie and Jessica's mamm.
Tragedy can come unexpectedly and in many different forms. Not just death.
I do admire family (except ours) I know that some ppl believe very strongly about family ties and how they always stand by you. Today, I found out differently. No, they don't.
The other thing I love about Leslie's writing style is that she uses first person. I loooooooove this. It's my favorite genre. To me, I can connect with the people in the story much better than the other way.
The second way she writes I felt like I was in Pinecraft w.ith Aunti Suz and Marie. I felt like I was there with them even tho I just got back from Florida myself. The ocean has a way of soothing you. It has a music all of it own if you listen carefully. It's as if God is really talking to you.
Thank you Leslie Gould for another awesome story!! I wish I could give you ten stars!!
I received this from Netgalley All opinions are my own!


Leslie Gould Leslie Gould is the #1 bestselling and Christy Award winning author of twenty-two novels. She received her MFA from Portland State University and teaches writing at Warner Pacific College. Leslie enjoys traveling, hiking, and history. She and her husband, Peter, are the revolving-door parents of four children and three cats. Visit her at http://www.lesliegould.com/.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart



Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve years later, is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her. She's determined to find a way to buy Louis's freedom. But in 1840s Kentucky, she'll face an uphill battle.

Based partly on a true story, Ann H. Gabhart's latest historical novel is a tour de force. The vividly rendered town of Springfield and its citizens immerse readers in a story of courage, betrayal, and honor that will stick with them long after they turn the last page.


This is a book that will make you want to cry in some places and will show you one man's strong faith in no matter what happens! This man's strength is unwavering even in the hard times. He's one special man. I wish I had his strength and unwavering faith. 
I enjoyed this story and the message that it had to offer. " Be of strong courage and never be afraid because I am the Lord God who is always with you withersoever you may be." We sang a song in church with this verse in it. 
I thought it is wrong to keep a man in bondage no matter what their race may be. God created us all equal in His eyes. 
I very much admired Ruth, Adria and all the others in this wonderful tale that Ms. Gabhart has written. In my opinion, her stories just keep getting better and better and I can't wait to see what she has cooked up for another story! 
This story is about wanting a family. Family means everything to humans. It's not good to be alone but sometimes it takes longer for some than others to see what's right in front of us. 
God is good. We need to count our blessing one by one and see what He has done for us. Because it's there folks!! 
I strongly recommend this book. I just can't wait for ya'll to read it!!


Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann's website http://annhgabhart.com or her two blogs, One Writer's Journal, www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com, and the Hollyhill Book of the Strange, www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspo.... Giveaways several times a year. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

I am my Beloved by Caryl Macadoo

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Title: I Am My Beloved
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: April, 2018
The wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. 
How could the wisest man ever to live turn away from following God? The key is in Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs that King Solomon wrote after his return to the Lord. Who was the Shulamite? And why did he call her his sister spouse? Only God knows the answer, but the wisest man who ever lived left clues. You will never forget reading this anointed story and may find yourself setting it down to wipe tears away or simply worship the great I AM. 


 I feel blessed that I got to read this book! For I have gotten a lot out of this beautiful biblical fiction.
Isn't it wonderful to know that our Lord doesn't forsake us nor does he ever leave us?
Indeed it surely is for without Him we'd be nothing!!
I also want to say that such a beautiful cover!! I'm a sucker for lovely covers!
I think it wonderful to read about Abishag and King Solomon! 
I know that we're not to wonder after the Bible but I think it's pretty awesome to know what went on in these people's lives long after that particular verse is over. 
The way Caryl writes, she enables u to feel like what their lives would have been like!
Abishag truly appreciates life even though she has up and downs she always manages to praise God!! Oh my!! She even made me want to sing and dance even tho I was sorely in a bad mood tonight. My feet wanted to lift off the ground the way hers did!!
And the food!! Just makes me want to drool and reach into the book to grab some!!! Especially breakfast since that is my favorite food! I couldn't imagine having that much food!!
The Lord reminds us to have no other God's before Him for He is a jeaulous God. 
I most assuredly have fallen from Grace many times!! I'm still struggling!
I so loved this book that I recommend you to read it and try to follow along in your Bible. It's amazing that these authors can bring them to life and I can the loving God through this author's heart!! 
I loved her earlier book called the Bedwarmers Son but I think this will be my most favorite by her!
I received this book for free! All opinions are my own!! 

Click here to purchase your copy!

Caryl McAdoo

Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll through her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

I AM My Beloved is a story unlike any I’ve ever written in that it moved me so. Not saying all my stories don’t move me, they do—to tears and laughter. Just today I got all teary writing a scene in my WIP for next September. But I AM My Beloved moved me to worship. I literally would stop typing, bask in God’s presence, and worship.

I believe that it is anointed and of course, as always, pray it will give God glory. I pray that His children will be blessed and drawn closer to the Father reading it. It’s a romance, yes, but nothing like any proverbial historical romances you’ve ever read.
It’s the story of Abishag. Have you ever heard of her? Her name is mentioned only five times in the Bible, all in 1Kings. “So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.” Kings 1:3 They brought her to King David. To keep him warm during his dying days.
Scripture tells us the she cherished David, and also that he never knew her—his virgin queen. You’ll love her heart, creativity, attitudes, intelligence, and spirit of submission. It’s like all God’s beloved daughters can identify with her. Writing her story was akin to writing a love letter to Jesus. So often, it was Him and me, not these characters of olden days brought to life in I AM My Beloved.
This love story of what happens to Abishag after David’s death when Solomon, heir to the Throne becomes King of Israel. And perhaps, you’ll get a whole new take on the wisest man ever to live, as he takes on building the Temple of God, foreign wives, follows after their gods, then returns to serve the One True God and write Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon.
At its end, is a section I call “Search the Scriptures” that point out and explain the clues that led to its writing. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Blog Stops

Novels Corner, June 3
Mary Hake, June 4
Carpe Diem, June 11
Bigreadersite, June 14



To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: TWO novels–Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print or ebook)
2nd-4th: (three winners) ebook of I AM My Beloved
5th-7th: print copy VOW UNBROKEN!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ceba/i-am-my-beloved-celebration-tour-giveaway