Saturday, February 4, 2017

Stars in the Grass

Stars in the Grass


ABOUT THE BOOK

The idyllic world of nine-year-old Abby McAndrews is transformed when a tragedy tears her family apart. Before the accident, her dad, Reverend John McAndrews, had all the answers, but now his questions and guilt threaten to destroy his family. Abby’s fifteen-year-old brother, Matt, begins an angry descent as he acts out in dangerous ways. Her mother tries to hold her grieving family together, but when Abby’s dad refuses to move on, the family is at a crossroads. Set in a small Midwestern town in 1970, Abby’s heartbreaking remembrances are balanced by humor and nostalgia as her family struggles with—and ultimately celebrates—an authentic story of faith and life after loss.


LORI'S TRAVELS

This book is a plus for me because it's told in 1st person and that would be 9 year old Abby.

This book is very emotional and will have you crying in most places of the book as the family struggles through the death of a loved one.
Abby and Matt took it the hardest especially Abby. I felt like they left her out of everything as each one tried to grieve on their own. 
I can relate to Abby in many ways. Grief strikes each person differently and grief has no time. 
Like Abbys dad says there is a place and time for everything and a time to heal and a time for growth.
He also said that God didn't run away from him, He ran away from God.
I think in some ways God was tryingto teach him a lesson becausehe uswd to bave all the answers. But, when tragedy happens he suddenly doesn't have all the answers and he doesnt know how to handle it all.
Renee is stuck in between and isnt sure what to do next. It seems she has moved on but yet not moved on. It seems as if she's waiting on something. 
Time heals all wounds but sometimes it doesn't. There are 5 stages of grief but I've forgotten what they are and maybe this family did go through those five stages.
I can relate to this book in many ways because I have lost loved ones too. 
I recommend this book very strongly. 
This story is in mid western Ohio town in the 1970's. I grew up in this time period and was an instant hit for me. I was 3 in 1970

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ANN MARIE STEWART is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent: A Spiritual Pilgrimage for the Christmas Season, and writes a bi-monthly column titled Ann's Loving "Ewe" for The Country Register. She is currently completing her first novel.

Her expertise as a vocal soloist and choral conductor help her incorporate music into each week's lesson, while her background in acting and scriptwriting add drama to her presentation of the gospel. Ann's ultimate purpose for this book is to encourage woman to meet, accept, and follow Jesus, as did so many New Testament Women.
Ann Marie graduated with honors from the University of Washington and also earned the top educational honor awarded by the school for female education majors. Ann later did graduate studies in film and television at the University of Michigan and taught English and music for several years at various grade levels ranging from preschool to college-level. With a background in acting and writing dramas, she excels at writing in an expressive, engaging style. Ann and her husband and two daughters run a small farm in Paeonian Springs, Virginia 


The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It's a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom. 
But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World--isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father--his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him? 
When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not--bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not. 
Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge


LORI'S TRAVELS

Thank you Suzanne for listening to my begging for another story about Bairn and Anna! I wasn't disappointed but now we have to see if they get married or not! The ending leaves us wondering if we will get to read about them again!?
You have a wonderful way of drawing us into a book and then leave us wanting for more! 
I just couldn't put this book down!
Have you ever met a person and get a sixth sense of something isn't as it should be with that person like you cant really trust them? 
Well, we meet such a person like that in this book and because he did make the story interesting! 
Young Felix made me laugh in some places of the book and so did his awful dog. I never did understand why they called him an awful dog. Felix I can relate to at times. He's my favorite character. I love his enthusiasm and childish ways. He's also headstrong and doesnt want ro do as he's told.
Bairn is a very different person. He was raised at sea among the sailors and until Felix came along it sort of shifted things for Bairn lol!
Bairn is a leader just like his father. I love his confidence and that and his personality makes him a special person. He does need to find himself and I loved watching him change. 
Anna is unique and her special self. I wiah that I can speake two different languages. Plus, she got grit and is able to hold ber own even in the New World.
I can't imagine being in that time or place although I would love to. I am glad that people can preserve history so that we don't forget what once was and that our past is who we are today.
I think the Amish were brave people. 
They are like us English people wanting a new place to start over whether it be religions, or just want to have land. Roots is what I think it's called.
I also like how the author has put a tidbit of history at the end. I just live to read about things like that. I love how places,things and people get their names.
And I loved how Suzanne added a special person in the story! He was a treat!!!
I am hoping that Suzanne will write a third novel in this series. I want to see what happens to the little church of Ixhiem. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher with no obligation to review this book. 
i also strongly recommend this book for people who love amish. This is a different kind of story about the Amish. But how I loved it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. 
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living. 

Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can't life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth. 

Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Amish Princess

The Amish Princess (The Paradise Chronicles #2)


ABOUT THE BOOK

Opahtuhwe, the White Deer, is the beautiful daughter of Wingenund, the most powerful chief of the Delaware tribe. She is revered by her people–a true Indian princess. Everything changes when the murderous Delaware renegade known as Scar brings three Amish prisoners to the Delaware camp. Jonathan and Joshua Hershberger are twin brothers that Scar has determined to adopt and teach the Indian way. The third prisoner is Jonas Hershberger, their father, who has been made a slave because he would not defend his family. White Deer is drawn to Jonathan but his hatred of the Indians makes him push her away. Joshua's gentle heart and steadfast refusal to abandon the Amish faith lead White Deer to a life-changing decision and rejection by her people. In the end, White Deer must choose between the ways of her people and her new-found faith. And complicating it all is her love for the man who can only hate her.


LORI'S TRAVELS

I knew when I opened this story set in the 1700's that I would be burning some midnight oil and would be tuning out the present to the time of the British occupation in the American colonies. 
I was fascinated by the Indians mostly and I enjoyed learning about which Indian tribes lived along the Ohio river and in Ohio. (You see, I was born and raised in Ohio so I also enjoy learning Ohio's history. My parents took me to the Chillicothe area to see the great Indian Mounds. These were the Hopewell Indians. 
It's also interesting to read about how the first Amish came to t;he Northkill area of Pennsylvania and settled down to prosper. I believe Joan Hochstetler's family is from that area. 
In some ways I didn't blame what Johnathan had done either. His way was wrong. I was horrified in what he had done and I know that my mouth must've dropped open and shivers ran down my spine. Johnathan would have to answer to God on judgement day for what he and his fellow man had done. I think he finally realized it and tried to hide from God but God knew where he was and what he had done. Friends, Johnathan's actions will haunt him the rest of his days. I think it's a thing called a conscious.
I admired Joshua. because in many ways was the strong one. He kept his faith no matter what had befallen him. I feel like God has said "Well done, my good and faithful servant." 
I loved White Dear. I admired her courage, love for her husband and especially a daughters love for her father.
To me, Wingenund was fascinating himself. I don't know why but I could imagine him wild and free and then of a sudden everything was stolen from him. I think I would be furious too!
God works in mysterious ways. ways we don't understand nor aren't meant to understand until the time is right.
God sends messengers to lead us to Him for He is the one true God.
Through Him All Things are Possible. 
I also enjoyed this story because Patrick is a master storyteller who has the ability to draw you in and keep you hooked until the end and I'm most definitely sure that my mouth dropped open in some of the story. 
I am left waiting to see if there will be another story to this one as it leaves you wanting for more!
I felt blessed in more ways than one! 
Thank you for letting me read and review this wonderful book. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patrick E. Craig
Best-selling Author Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful career in the music industry after two albums on Warner Brothers Records and years of live performances in one of San Francisco's most popular music groups to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next twenty-six years as a worship leader, seminar speaker and pastor in churches, retreats, seminars and conferences in the Western United States. In 2013 Harvest House published the first of his Apple Creak Dreams series, A Quilt For Jenna, followed by The Road Home and Jenny's Choice. A Quilt For Jenna recently moved into the #1 bestseller in Amish Fiction on Amazon. His new book, The Amish Heiress is the first in his new series, The Paradise Chronicles.

Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency 



Giver of Wonders

Giver of Wonders: How a Christmas Tradition Began (A Visibullis Story)


ABOUT THE BOOK

A miracle once saved her life ~ will another give her a future?
Cyprus was little more than a child when a fall left her paralyzed…and when the boy known as the wonder-worker healed her. Ever since, she has wondered why the Lord spared her, what he has in store for her. But her pagan father thinks she was spared solely so she could be introduced to the wealthy wonder-worker, Nikolaos.
Nikolaos has never questioned that his call in life is to dedicate himself to the church and to God. Never, that is, until he and his cousin Petros meet the compelling Cyprus Visibullis. For years he struggles with the feelings she inspires…and with the sure knowledge that Petros loves her too.
Petros knows he will never be good enough for Cyprus’s father to consider him as a match for his favorite daughter–not as long as Nikolaos is there. But when tragedy strikes the Visibullis family, he will do anything to save his beloved. Unfortunately, his beloved is determined to do anything to save her sisters–even at the cost of herself.
As the festival of lights bathes their Greek city in beauty, Cyprus, Petros, and Nikolaos celebrate the miracle of their Savior’s birth together one last time. And in remembrance of their Lord’s greatest gift, one of them will make the ultimate sacrifice for the others…and a centuries-long tradition will be born. 



LORI'S TRAVELS

I'm so very sorry that my review came awful late but finally here's my review 
This book is certainly very different than what Roseanne usually writes. Roseanne has a way to make her characters come to life so that we can actually connect with them. 

This story definitely has charm, tragedy, and good all wrapped up into one.

It is interesting to see what the Lord has in store for us is it not? 
Even more so that the Lord can send angels in disguse just when we need them as the author shows us in this story. 

I felt kind of sorry for Cyprus since she got the dirty end of the deal from her father and cousin just because she has red hair. I admire Cyprus even though she was young
and foolish at the time but I also enjoyed watching her take a stand in her faith. I believe her mother would've been very proud but sad at the same time. 

Her sister's faith was staunch too. I loved how they stuck together through thick and thin. (I wish I could've had my 2 sisters friendship like that). They didn't know how blessed tbey were until it was almost too late!!!
I did enjoy Cyprus's little sneaky ways and I laughed in some places of the book. 

I also cried about midway in the book. 
It makes us question about why certain things happen and why they don't in others. 

Only in God's timing can things happen. He has a plan for us. He knows what he's doing and through his will not ours.
Roseanne, I enjoyed the book and I and enjoyed even more to know that these were your ancestors. What a rich and wonderful history!

I recommend this book to people who love reading about Christmas traditions and history all at the same time!!!!

I received this book from the authority in which I was not required to leave a review but I did anyway! 
I wanted people to know that I enjoyed this story and it will leave you with a warm feeling long after the story is over!!! 

Roseanna M. WhiteABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna has a slew of historical novels available, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com


Amish Weddings

Amish Weddings (Neighbors of Lancaster County #3)



ABOUT THE BOOK

Gregarious Rose Lehman, who's always the life of the Amish youth singings, is determined to marry the bishop's son, Reuben Byler--until the handsome Army buddy of her future brother-in-law shows up in Lancaster County. In comparison to Trevor, Reuben seems downright boring. Trevor shares Rose's sense of fun and adventure, and her easygoing disposition. 

When her sister Lila's buggy is rear-ended and Lila is horribly injured, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she's ever experienced. Everyone is so concerned about Lila that no one realizes Rose is sneaking out with Trevor. Except for Reuben. But in his usual passive way, he doesn't confront her, nor does he address the situation with her Dat or anyone else in the district. Rose appreciates Reuben's discretion, but she also resents it. Part of her relishes the freedom she's found with Trevor, but the other part of her wishes Reuben would "fight" for her, as much as any Amish man would. Too late, she realizes the foolish choice she's made. Has she ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn't seen yet?


LORI'S TRAVELS

Another awesome book by Leslie Gould.

Leslie proves to us that the Amish aren't perfect by any means!
The weak moments are what makes us stronger and better people for the future.
Fun loving Rose finds herself in trouble and Lila is going through her times of trouble as well. 
I love how Zane stands by Lila throughout her nightmare and he is struggling with some things as well. 
Through all we have done or what we will do there is a man who loves us and will never forsake us. Rose learned this lesson the hard way. 
Lilas father has told her not to go looking for trouble but she did anyway and learned the hard way. Even though our birth parents gave us up for a reason it is the one who raised us and has stood by us all these years. But, sometimes curiosity gets the better of us. (I know because I'm dying of curiosity to meet my two sisters that are out there. i also want to know because of medical reasons for my son but alas, I'm at a dead end)
I was so happy for Tim and Beth at long last!!!
Trevor never takes responsibility for anything and I'm even surprised that he survived being in the army like he did.
The one I felt got the dirty end of the deal was Reuben. Poor Rueben!!!
Rueben is my hero. For stepping in to raise someone else's child. It takes a special man to do that!!!
With the help of our loving God. God is good is He not? 
He intervenes when He need to and sometimes whether we like it or not. Hr also hears our prayer and answers them but again not the way we'd like 
I loved visiting Juneberry Lane again and seeing what my friends were up to. I was definitely not disappointed!!!
Love has a way of finding you when you least expect it
I look forward to reading more of Leslie's books in the future.
She has a way to spin stories that make the characters come to life with real problems, struggles, and laughter and joy. 
I recommend this book for people who love to read. Especially about the Amish!!
I was provided a copy from the publisher and not expected to write a review whether positve or negative.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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/.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham

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Series: Penned in Time
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Romance, Christian

Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Publication date: December 6, 2016
Number of pages: 327

Jessica Ross' scars run much deeper than the wounds of war. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past and the German influence on her nightmares, she returns home to the sleepy Appalachian town of Hot Springs, NC, only to find the renowned Mountain Park Hotel has been converted into a 'prison' for displaced Germans. To Jessica's dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of the treacherous internees.

August Reinhold has not only found kinship with Jessica's grandparents, but as they share their granddaughter's letters from the Front, he discovers a 
​surprising bond drawing him toward the independent and beautiful woman. Displaced by a war and a painful history, he finds Hot Springs and the intriguing Jessica Ross a tempting place to start over. Determined to scale the heights of her bitterness and show her the power of love, August faces more than just Jessica's resistance but a more devious design to harm the civilian sailors housed in Hot Springs.
Will August's tender pursuit bring Jessica the healing and hope she needs, or will bitterness force her into the hands of a "true" enemy waiting to destroy much more than her heart? 

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I loved this story! I didn't want to leave them!!! 

Pepper has penned another amazing story to which I will have to go back and reread the other 2. 
I love her writing style. She has definitely opened my eyes to the many blessings that God bestows upon us every day. Sometimes we are too blind to see them. 
There are some favorite sayings of mine throughout the entire book. One of my favorite is I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. 
To be reminded of this brings me great joy. I know He is there every day waiting for us to come to Him. 
Jessica Rossi has a lot to learn and one is that. She has a lot of hurt from the war to health from. She's also most certainly stubborn and refuses to believe that God does love her and He has never left her. 
It takes one very special man and family to help her uncover what she has lost. I love August. He's proof of God's unjust love and forgiveness. He's always has a ready smile for everyone and anyone. He has a great outlook for everything because he has Jesus in his heart.
He's kind and witty and a solid rock and my oh my he's has the good looks oh my !!!!!
I'm glad the author has brought David and Catherine back in for Catherine does give Jessica some sound advice on love and plus an evil no gooder who is prejudice against certain ppl.
I love this story because it also has given me a new family to love and cherish.
I like how the Carter family helps those in need and reaches out to share their love.
Grandpa Carter is full of wisdom and love. Just like my own Grandpa was. (My how do I miss him but I will see him again someday)
Granny was pretty special to me too!! She had some sound advice as well. I think it is amazing what our older generations have lived through and the stories they can tell!!!
I really hate to say goodbye to these ppl.
It makes me want to cry!
I did laugh in some places. Pepper does put humor in all the right places where it's needed! 
I loved the setting in which the story takes place. Ww1 has many heartaches and sometimes there is joy if we only look in the right place. 
The Lord has reasons for what He does.



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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader's Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. You can get to know Pepper on her website, Facebook, Instagram, or over at her group blog, The Writer's Alley.


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Friday, December 9, 2016

Bad Day for A Bombshell by Cindy Vincent







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December 5th, 1941. Houston socialite, Tracy Truworth, is always on the lookout for something suspicious. Especially after growing up with her nose in the latest Katie McClue mystery novel, a series featuring a twenty-something female detective and her constant feats of derring-do. And for Tracy, escaping reality through reading couldn't come at a better time, since her own life isn't exactly going along like she'd hoped. Not with her overbearing mother determined to see Tracy marry Michael -- a lawyer likely to be a U.S. Senator someday -- in a wedding rivaling royalty. Yet everything changes for Tracy when she spots a bleach-blonde bombshell on the train home from Dallas after a shopping trip to Neiman-Marcus. Because something certainly seems amiss with the blonde, given the way she covertly tries to snare men into her lair, and considering the way she suddenly ceases all flirtations when a Humphrey Bogart look-alike appears . . . complete with a mysterious package wrapped up in newspaper and twine. 


Then days later, Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, and just a few days after that, Germany declares war against the U.S. Rightly so, President Roosevelt returns the favor. Of course, Tracy immediately finds herself caught up in the War, just like the rest of the nation. But it's her curiosity that leads her on a collision course with a killer, and she arrives at the bombshell's apartment only moments after the blonde has been murdered. Though Tracy is accused of the crime at first, she quickly finds herself working as an Apprentice P.I., under the tutelage of a real private investigator. Soon, they're hot on the trail of the bombshell's murderer. Then from singing at the hottest nightclub around, to a car chase in her 1940 Packard, Tracy's investigation takes her far from her blue-blood upbringing. And it isn't long before she finds the War is hitting a lot closer to home than she ever imagined . . . and danger isn't much farther than her doorstep


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What a fun and interesting read! certainly different from what I'm used to reading. 

I like Tracy Truworth. She's an interesting character. She loves adventure and it always seems to find her!!!
I love her personality. She can make friends and enemies no matter where she goes! Mostly makes friends and unexpectedly finds one when she needs it most!!
I kind of thought Michael didn't measure up. He's always making excuses as to why he couldn't see Tracy. I don't blame Tracy for what she did or in this case both did. It was her mother that wanted the marriage. Her mother is a high socialite. In so very many ways, Tracy felt like she never measures in her mother's opinions. in other words, her mother isn't very nice. I thought she was kind of mean and selfish. She wasn't interested in Tracys well being only herself. 
The blonde bombshell turns out to be nothing but trouble with a capital T! Shame on her but no one deserves what she got. 
Let's just say that you reap what you sew. 
I laughed until I cried in some places as Tracy tried to find her way out of some messes lol! wrong place at the wrong time!! However; some good did come out of it. She landed her first paying job. 
I guess it came from reading all those Katie McClure mysteries. After all, Katie Mcclue was Tracys heroine. 
I enjoyed this book because it had some ups and downs of our everyday life and the author has managed to bring them to life quite explicitly! 
I also love her writing style!!! She brings humor in just all the right places. I also like how she put a some mystery in the story to keep it interesting. 
I definitely was kept on the edge of my seat. 
This happens to me quite often. 
I enjoyed the backdrop of the story. I felt like I was there when Pearl Harbor got bombed. It is what drew America into the 2nd ww. (My grandfather served in that war)
I cried when that happened.
I liked Sammy immediately. I knew he wasn't a dangerous man. I thought he was interesting and a pretty special guy.

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Cindy Vincent, M.A. Ed., is the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Capers, a mystery series for kids and cat-lovers that features the adventures of two black cat detectives.  And yes, as she is often asked, Cindy used her own black cats, Buckley and Bogey, as the inspiration for the series, since they seem to run surveillance on her house each and every night.  Cindy is also the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls, along with the Daisy Diamond Detective novels, which are a spin-off from the games.  She lives in Houston, TX with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines.  Cindy is a self-professed “Christmas-a-holic,” and usually starts planning and preparing in March for her ever-expanding, “extreme” Christmas lights display every year . . . She is also looking forward to the release of the first book in her new Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I., 1940s Homefront Mystery series,  which is due out in the Fall of 2016.  ​
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