Friday, March 9, 2018

The Celebration by Wanda Brunstetter



Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.
Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.
Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.
Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.
Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?


Can a plateful of Amish food heal broken hearts? 
A wonderful story of a family coming together through their faith and I loved watching them making new friends through once again a cooking class. 
My heart broke for Kassidy because I can certainly relate to that. I believe that when raising children both parents should be on the same page. My husband was never on the same page with me while raising our son. I'm so very happy and pleased that even tho we weren't on the same page he still turned out to be an awesome person. 
It wasn't until years later that I found out that the husband was jealous of our child. 
I fell in love with Randy and his mischievousness!! I guess that's what. comes from raising a son myself. 
I enjoyed watching Heidi. She had to have the most patience of anyone I know. Kind of reminds me of Sarah, Hannah who were barren but waited patiently until God decided to bless them. I know it couldn't have been easy because me being the most impatient person there is. 
There's a saying and I believe in wholeheartedly " Good things comes to those who wait" and most times it's very true. 
I devoured this book because I enjoyed it so much!! I sure hate to see this series come to an end.
I just love Wanda's books!! She's one of my very favorite authors


Wanda E. Brunstetter
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.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

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About the Book

Book Title: Someplace Familiar
Author: Teresa Tysinger
Release date: May, 2017
Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.
Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project – and an undeniable whirlwind romance.
But it’s not all smooth sailing. Can they survive the destructive pain of their pasts and discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts?

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"There's no place like home" How true this is even though it took Livy awhile to feel like that. 

I definitely agree with the quote. As long as Jesus and my immediate family are around me no matter what we do or where we are it's home.

I can certainly relate to Livy a lot in this story. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and come to love, trust and forgive others for the wrong that was in the book. 
This is also the author's debut novel that has a little bit of everything in it right down to the Southern charm especially one called Jack Bowdon.
I just loved Jack. He's every girl's dream man. Good-looking, sweet, You know the type. Oh and did I say Hot?!
Jack has a lot of forgiveness to overcome if he's to get on with his life too.( Bitterness and hate can make you mean and irritable in most peopl) but it seems Jack can hold his own until Livy came along and he realized he had to change.
It's through Gods Grace and love that we are able to do this just like they did. 
I think that it's wonderful to get to pick up friendship where you left off.
I thought I was going to get to do that but it seems like God had other plans for me.
I really enjoyed this wonderful story of true friendship. 
You see, that is very hard to come by these days and times. 
I didn't like all the judging from the townspeople that went on. There's too much of that in real life too.
No one knows what really goes on in a person's life. Only God does.
That's why Livy is my most favorite person and I love her mother too!!
Sam's a butthole. To many self centered ppl in this world. He only thinks of himself. 
I hope you don't mind but I skipped the bedroom scenes and the smooching that went on. 
But, otherwise I thought it was a very good book and I can't wait to see what Teresa does next!! 
This book definitely deserves 5 stars!! I wish I could give it more!! cause this story has a lot of everything going on!! Even humor!!
I just loved it!!
I received this book for free. All opinions are my own

About the Author

TeresaTysingerTeresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.

Guest Post from Teresa Tysinger

Someplace Familiar began way back in 2014 when I participated in National Novel Writer’s Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It was an exhilarating, albeit exhausting, experience! Since then, the book was workshopped with a critique group, had large portions rewritten countless times, pitched at workshops, edited by two editors, and even renamed (original title was Good Graces). After a lot of prayer, I decided that self-publishing would give me the greatest flexibility and control while being able to maintain my responsibilities as a wife, mother, and full-time communications director. It’s been a wonderful ride!
About the Inspiration for Someplace Familiar One thing I’ve learned about myself through writing Someplace Familiar is how much I am personally drawn to setting and place. The idea for the book was born out of my desire to introduce readers to the charming small-town life found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where I went to college. Laurel Cove, the fictional town where the story is set, is directly based on my best friend’s hometown of Burnsville, NC. The other source of inspiration comes from my great-grandmother’s tiny bungalow home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Long weekends and summer vacations spent there were full of imagination, adventure, and sweet memories. The scents of her garden, feel of the damp earth beneath my feet, slow pace matching gauzy curtains dancing in the breeze—it all is mirrored in the cottage home of Livy’s Gram in the book. The rest of the story formed around my desire to capture my childhood memories of this home that was so magical and safe for me.
About My Writing Style Here are a few ways I would describe my writing style: Sensory—I aim to provide readers with an experience that enlivens all of their senses. Relatable—It’s my hope that readers see themselves in realistic, flawed characters trying to make their way to discovering grace in a less than perfect world. Charming—Like any good southern fiction, there’s a good dose of charm in these pages.
My prayer is that Someplace Familiar will touch readers with an awareness of God’s grace even during circumstances and within relationships that feel hopeless. Restoration is possible!

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To celebrate her tour, Teresa is giving away a grand prize of a gift basket that includes a signed copy of the book, an Original Painting by Author’s Sister (artist Cyndi Browning), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!
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Monday, February 26, 2018

If He Only Knew by Michelynn Christy, Brandi Gabriel

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About the Book

Title: If He Only Knew
Author: Michelynn Christy, Brandi Gabriel
Genre: Historical romance
Release Date: August 19, 2017
It’s 1968, and love is in the air in the small coastal town of Cambridge, California.
Donna Peterson, the preacher’s daughter, has her entire life ahead of her and the future looks promising. But things aren’t as they seem in Cambridge. A tangled web of secrets threaten to destroy the lives of each person involved – Donna, her boyfriend Bobby, and Rick, Bobby’s best friend. Will the truth make them free, or will they lose their friendship forever?

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A beautiful love story 

and a can't put down book! 
I enjoyed the book and the characters in it. There wasn't really nothing that I didn't like about the book. It was all very well written.
Everyone does wrong. Not just the preacher's kids. 
Hurt does not go away it just gets buried and festers until we can't stand it no more. It can make or break a relationship depending on whether or not you can forgive that person. 
Oh yes, forgiveness is hard! Very hard but, it can be done. As Preacher Peterson says it would be what Jesus would want. We are forgiven. 
There are no secrets where God is concerned. He knows everything even when we try to hide it.
I can relate to Donna and Bobbys hardships. I lost two children myself. I've always wondered what they would've been. 
I believe that the Lord put us in certain places at certain times. He does it bc it can help us grow and learn about Him and get others to come to Him. 
I strongly recommend this book. It's definitely worth reading 
I received this book for free. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own opinion

About the Author

Author Michelynn Christy resides in the Midwest and enjoys creating romantic stories that point to Jesus. Her faith in God shines through the pages of her writing. Michelynn’s debut novelette A Christmas to Remember launched in late 2015. While this pen name and genre are somewhat new to her, she has penned over twenty titles under another pseudonym, has won awards for her works, and has earned best-selling title status. With that said, all glory goes to God!
Brandi Gabriel is co-author of twelve Christian fiction books, including this one. Her first solo novel, The Orphan Bride, released in 2016 and she has since added a sequel in the same series. Her goal in writing is to touch readers’ hearts in some special way and to glorify Jesus Christ, her Lord and Saviour.

Guest Post from Michelynn Christy & Brandi Gabriel

Take a step back in time…
If He Only Knew is a novel set in the late 1960s. The book deals with family relationships, loyalty, friendship, love, and loss. The main topic is somewhat controversial in nature, but we won’t mention what it is lest we spoil the story for readers. A similar book was written in a different genre under another name and the story really resonated with readers. We felt compelled to share this story with others who perhaps wouldn’t pick up that particular genre, and that is how this book came about. It may be set in the sixties, but the message is as relevant today as ever. Our prayer is that God will touch readers’ hearts and draw them closer to Him.

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To celebrate their tour, Michelynn and Brandi are giving away the following:

Grand Prize: ONE themed book box, (this will contain small items that relate to the story
1st Place Prize: ONE $25 Amazon gift card,
2nd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew
3rd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew!!

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Phoebe's Light-Book CoverAbout the Book

Title: Phoebe’s Light
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Historical romance
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Marcy, a man whom she loathes.
Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way—just in time.
In this brand-new series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her signature twists and turns to bear on a fascinating new faith community: the Quakers of colonial-era Nantucket Island.
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Suzanne is a very talented author who knows how to make her stories come alive and makes u feel like you are really there!!

I do enjoy Suzanne's stories!! 
I also enjoyed learning about Nantucket and it's history as I do looooove history!!! 
At first however; I didn't like how it wove to past and present because it confused me at first until I read through and saw how they fit together. ( I really enjoyed it then!)
I loved Phoebe. I think Phoebe is a little headstrong and wanting to do things her way and right now!! I am like that you see. I hate procrastination!! There's this saying when you ask someone to do something for you and they say "In a minute" I can't stand that!! So I can relate to her in that way and I  think that most of us can. 
 I enjoyed her adventure although I thought that she was a little headstrong to begin with. I knew it wasn't funny but I had to laugh at her at times especially on the ship.
Matthew is a stinker head!! I say because so many unfair things happened to him and his family. I guess I would be too in his place!! 
It didn't take me long to dislike Captain Phineous and his daughter. 
But I guess everyone has their secrets. 
I love this story because it just goes to show you that you can't keep secrets and lie about things. It certainly comes out in the was as they say. And it did!!! I just didn't like how it came out!!! 
Please keep writing your wonderful stories!! I always look forward to your next writings!

Fisher_SuzanneWoodsAbout the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Anna’s CrossingThe Newcomer, and The Return in the Amish Beginnings series, The Bishop’s Family series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

A Stroll down Petticoat Row
Thirty years ago, I talked my sister into going on a trip to Nantucket Island. It’s one of those places that had always intrigued me. As a girl in the 1930s, my mother’s family vacationed in Nantucket; she even has a lightship basket to show for it. I expected the island to be interesting and beautiful, and it certainly did not disappoint. But something else happened as I walked down Centre Street one morning. This island captured my imagination in a way that’s hard to put into words. At the risk of sounding a tiny bit sun touched, I could practically see 19th century people on the roads, hear the “thee’s and thou’s” in their speech, even smell the strong scents of a bygone century—the musky perfume of rendered whale oil, the burning wood of the blacksmith, all mingled with the bracing sea air.
Centre Street has a local nickname: Petticoat Row. It comes from the 1800s, when men were at sea for long periods and women stepped into their shoes to keep businesses going. Nantucket women gained a reputation for being strong and capable. Their competence was encouraged by the Society of Friends (Quakers), the island’s dominant religion, which believed in the equality of men and women in all aspects of life. That hasn’t changed. Today, half of all Nantucket businesses are run by women.
Petticoat Row stuck in my mind, and eventually became the hook to contract a series of historical fiction with Revell Books. The ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series covers the rise and fall of Nantucket’s whaling period, when it became the wealthiest port in the world.
First up is Phoebe’s Light, releasing in February 2018, a novel about a spirited young woman who seeks her fortune only to find out she already had it.
After reading about Phoebe, I hope you’ll consider planning a trip to Nantucket (though try to go off-season. The population swells five times in the summer!). When you go, include a stop at the Petticoat Row Bakery (35 Centre Street)—the very location where Phoebe grew up, albeit a few centuries ago. Don’t leave the island without trying the Morning Glory Muffins, an island favorite. So worth the trip!

Nantucket’s Famous Morning Glory Muffins
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 ¼ cup flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup raisins
2 cup grated carrots (4 large)
1 apple, shredded
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
½ cup pecans or walnuts
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla

Sift together sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Add the fruit, carrots and nuts and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with oil and vanilla. Combine with dry ingredients and blend well.
Spoon batter into cupcake tins lined with muffin papers. Fill each cup to the brim. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. These muffins needs 24 hours to ripen their full flavor. They freeze extremely well.

Recipe courtesy of Pamela A. McKinstry, Sconset CafĂ©

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a Kindle!!
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