Friday, June 16, 2017

None so Blind by Chautona Havig


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ABOUT THE BOOK

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Book title: None So Blind
Author: Chautona Havig
Release date: September 29, 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Dani and Ella Weeks–two women who share one thing in common. The same life, the same family, and the same body.
When Dani wakes with no knowledge of who or where she is–no memories of her life at all–David and Dani Weeks discover that “til death do us part” takes on an entirely unexpected meaning. Practically speaking, Dani died. But she didn’t.
What’s a gal to do?
In a desperate attempt to separate the old life from the new, Dani insists on a new name, a twist of her old one–Ella.
Ella’s doctors can’t explain what happened. Her children can’t understand why she doesn’t know them. David, her husband, finds himself torn between admiration for the “new” version of his wife and missing the woman he’s known for over fifteen years.

Will Ella ever regain her memory? Why does their pastor suspect it’s one great hoax?

LORI'S TRAVEL'S 

When I opened this book to read it, I wasnt sure what to expect or where I going to travel next. I was pleasantly surprised!!

I couldn't imagine waking up and not knowing myself or not knowing my family. 

I couldn't imagine putting them thought what Ella/Dani did even tho it wasnt her fault.

Imagine waking up and havingbto relearn everything u once knew and reknowing the people who were your friends and family. 

Not me. There's no way I could go thro that and hopefully will never have to. 
I did enjoy knowing that David was a faithful husband never giving up on his wife. I think this was a better or worse situations. Bless David!! He bacame my hero!! 
My husband is sort of like him. He's there when I'm sick or hurting but in other ways he's not. He is who he is.
I love him regardless. Makes me wonder tho if I woke up someday not remembering who I was what he would do?
I have to admit, I learned to like Ella. I enjoyed Ella and David's banter and even snickered at them. My husband thinks I'm crazy for laughing out loud in particular scenes throughout this wonderful book.
I could just "see" what the expressions on the children's faces were when they "discovered" their new side of their mom. 
I also enjoyed the fact that the author mentions our Lord through this book. 
She talks about how He is with this family through thick and thin no matter what their problems are. He is with us no matter what we just have to ask and talk to Him as tho He were here in person. 
I am glad He is my one true friend that I can count on no matter what.
I'm also glad that Ella found him again through David. I really admired David's faith and I'll never tire of saying so. 
Thank you Chautona for a wonderful story and taking me where no man has ever gone before. 
I received this book for free.
No compensation was. received nd all words arw my own!!!! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

media-headshot-smChautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert with her husbnd and five of her nine children. Through her novels, she hopes to encourage Christians in their walk with Jesus.



Guest post from Chautona Havig


“Who are you, again?”

“I’m Joe’s, daughter. Vyonie.” My sister pointed to me. “This is Chautona.”

For some odd reason, the niece she spent the least amount of time with, Aunt Doris remembered—somewhat. But she didn’t remember Vyonie from what I could tell. She smiled at me, that amazing, sweet smile I’d never forget. She asked how I was. I always thought that Mrs. Sanderson—mother of John, Alicia, and Carl on the TV show, Little House on the Prairie—looked and sounded like Aunt Doris. Of course, that memory of me didn’t last. A minute or two later, she gave me a big smile and asked if she knew me.
It gave me a picture of what it must have been like for my character, Ella Weeks—to wake up every day with these children there—children who knew her, but she didn’t remember. The hurt she caused every time she had to struggle to admit she didn’t know something she probably should—again. So, I thought I’d ask her to tell us about it.
Ella: People often assume that the worst part of losing my memory are the memories that disappeared, too. But it’s not. A much as I’d love to remember my wedding day, my daughter’s first steps, my son’s first words, or that moment I realized I was pregnant with my third, those are blessings that I don’t think about often. No, what hurts most is seeing the pain in my children’s eyes when they need me to remember something and I can’t. For me, not remembering their first day of kindergarten is an inconvenience. For them, it’s a further reminder that if they didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t know them. That without them pushing themselves into my life, I wouldn’t care about them any more than any other human in my path. I do now, of course, but not at first. I hate that they heard David say once, “…she doesn’t know me. She doesn’t trust me. She doesn’t know our children. She tries, but she could walk out of our lives tomorrow and never miss us.”
Living so close to it every day, I missed those little bits of pain that I inflicted without meaning to, but when I went with our Bible study to a nursing home and visited with the residents, then I saw it. Women with tears running down their cheeks as loved ones patted their hands and tried to comfort. I heard one man offer to find a woman’s father. She squeezed him close and whispered, “It’s okay, Daddy. I love you. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
The man promised to try to find her father in the meantime.
Those people there—most of them didn’t realize they didn’t remember someone important. They didn’t struggle to remember this or that. Their dementia had gotten bad enough that their lives had gone from constant frustration to, by comparison, blissful oblivion.
And their families withered with each forgotten face, name, moment.
That’s what my “episode” did for my family. It caused them pain that just resurfaced every time something new happened. Pain that I didn’t know I inflicted. And since that visit, I have a greater compassion and awareness of just how amazing and powerful memories are.
I also have a greater appreciation for those beautiful words in Isaiah when the Lord promised… “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”
You see, there’s a lifetime of the sins that Jesus died for buried somewhere in my brain—or, at least at one time there was. I know that those sins were in there, because the ones I committed yesterday are there today. The ones I’ve already confessed and been forgiven for—I beat myself up for the next morning. A week later. A month. But the Lord has wiped them clean. I just keep smearing them back out there again as if to say, “But You don’t get how BAD I was.” Yeah. The arrogance, right? Because an almighty, holy God can’t possibly understand how sinful a sinner that He had to DIE to save from those sins… is. The arrogance? That’s an understatement.
But all those years before that horrible morning… gone. Maybe I stole something. I don’t know. It was forgiven, wiped clean, and then wiped from my memory. I can’t rehash it with the Lord over and over. I can’t drag it back up like a wife who won’t let her husband forget the one time he forgot her birthday. I can’t use it as a whip to beat myself up with. And I think there’s something beautiful in that.
Do I wish I could stop hurting my family with my blank past? Of course. But am I also grateful for a living picture of the fresh start the Lord gives His people at salvation? Definitely. I hope I never take it for granted again.

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Springs of Love by Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good and Thomas Nye

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Book title: Springs of Love
Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye
Release date: June 15, 2017
Genre: Amish
The Kissing Bridge
Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…
Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.
Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.
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When Lavina Fisher takes over the household while Mamm’s away, things go from bad to worse. And her younger brother, Stephen, is mostly to blame. Then an accident forces Lavina to face her fears—and her ex-boyfriend. Can she swallow her pride and accept Aaron’s help with the latest disaster?
Cowboys and Amish Girls
Rodeo cowboy, Truman Gunderson, had never met an Amish girl. Amish sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity had yet to lay eyes on a real, live cowboy. That is until Truman’s galloping horse crosses paths with Charity’s runaway buggy. Truman is not the type to shy away from any challenge, but after he learns something about Faith, Hope, and especially Charity, he realizes that he has met his match.
LORI'S TRAVEL'S 
I enjoyed these three stories very much. 
There is something enjoyable for everyone to read.
There are also many life lessons to kearn from these stories that each author has put in.

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I loved Laura's story because you can't run from the past. The past makes us who we are. I have tried doing that and it doesn't work!
None of us deserves abuse verbally or physical in no way shape or form.
I'm glad my two heroes finally found a way to work out their problems even tho it might not have been the best solution but it was a peaceful one?
I sure didn't like how Mark bullied everyone around. Too often it starts in the home but I don't think this was the case this time. Jealousy is your greatest bully. I didn't think it was right that Mark got everything that his brother or anyone else wanted.
I really really wanted to wrap my arms around and take her away myself!!! I'd have to loved to have her as a sister! I think she would've been a joy to be around!!
I'm have been raised by myself so, i don't know what having a sibling is like.

Sold on Love.
In Rachael's story we meet Aaron, Steven and Lavina.
Poor Steven!!! He reminds too much of my own husband being accident prone and all!!! I definitely wanted to shake him up some and make him see what he's doing. 
Sometimes tho we have to learn lessons the hard way!!! I am like that!! I still am like that. I act or say things before I think them thro. 
I am glad Steven has Aaron to help him thro the rough spots!! Aaron is a hero in my book!!!
Way to go Aaron!!! 
Lavina is something else!!!
Lavina has a fear all her own. But, I think it's a silly reason not to go on with life. If a man doesn't love you for who you are and not what you can't do then he's not the one for you.
My grandma used to say, there's a lid for every pot in this world.

The Cowboy and Amish Girl
In Thomas's story we meet a cowboy and an Amish girl. 
Truman is a funny, likable cowboy! I love his personality! 
Truman is a teacher of sorts. I think the Lord has led him to the family for a reason. There he makes new friends and along the way learns some things for himself. 
I like how Charitys mom says," That Spring makes ppl do crazy things". I believe her. It's our way of saying cabin fever after being cooped up all winter.
Charity is a go getter. I like that! 
Isn't it funny how sometimes two ppl meet and where they meet? I met my husband at Wal-Mart lol!!!
I recommend this book very strongly. 
I received this book for free. No compensation was received and all words are my own.



About the Author

Laura pictureLaura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
rachel goodRachel J. Good is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming—Sisters & FriendsLove & Promises, and two books in theHearts of Amish Country series—as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. Visit Rachel at her website: www.racheljgood.com.


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Guest post from Laura Hilton

The story behind The Kissing Bridge
The Snow Globe was released in November 2014 and almost immediately readers fell in love with Reuben and Anna, the grandparents in the story. They were secondary characters, but readers asked me to write their story – I put it on the back-burner, told God if He opens the doors I would, and didn’t really think of it again until I was asked to write a novella for this collection. I talked to the publisher of my Amish novels, they gave me permission, and a very close friend and I went back and reread The Snow Globe to remember all the important details about Reuben and Anna in that book. Then, with much prayer for God’s leading, I dived in. The Kissing Bridge is the result, and it was so much fun to write! If you are new to my writing, and want to know what happened to the main characters of The Kissing Bridge years down the road, then read The Snow Globe. If you have read The Snow Globe and were one of the many who asked for Reuben and Anna’s story, then read The Kissing Bridge.
The setting is actually a real covered bridge that I visited long years ago with my parents when we went on a camping trip and visited all the covered bridges and mills in driving distance of our camp-spot. That was before I cared that my family had come from the Amish and I wondered at all these people dressed as they were and driving horses and buggies!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the story!


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Friday, June 9, 2017

Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top of any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for. 
When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy's future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her 


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I loved this book for many reasons. I liked how the author has made the characters doubt themselves in their Faith as we do sometimes today. 
I loved the character Davey. I can relate to him in many ways because I am adopted too. I'm very thankful for the parents that raised me. 
You can be a parent but it takes a special person to raise someone else's child. I  call those ppl angels. God cannot be everywhere so He created earthly parents to help Him out.
Davey is a pretty cool dude in my opinion. A child after my own heart.
Naomi is pretty special too to raise Davey by herself. Oh, she has help but sometimes I wonder if she'll ever see what's right in front of her face? 
I can relate to Naomi at times. Sometimes it's hard to see what blessings we have when we think we've taken a step forward, when actually we've taken two steps back!! I hate someone else telling me how to raise my own child when at times they think they have our best interests in their hearts. Most often I find this to be people without children. 
It's how Naomi feels in the story. 
Naomi is sensitive like me. Sometimes someone can tell me something and I'll take it the wrong way or get mad over something silly.
Jan writes with her heart on this conclusion of Hannah's Choice series. I loved all the books in the series!! 
I first met Jan through Hannah's Choice and from then on it was love at first sight on this unusual Amish series.
I enjoyed this series so much that I'll reread it again! 
Will Naomi find the many blessings that is right in front of her? 
Cap is a fine man too!! Can't leave him out. It takes a lot of love and patience connect with the right people. I find Cap special in a way because he doesn't deem himself above other people and never judges others who cross his path unlike Shem.
I didn't like Shem for various reasons but I guess you have to have all kinds of folks to make the world turn!! 
Thank you for a wonderful story Jan!!!





 


So Pure a Heart

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Since the night her dear uncle gave his life for hers, Hannah Young is determined to risk everything by spying for the Patriots in order to seek retribution against the British soldier who killed him. But when her former love, Joseph Wythe, insists on ensuring her safety, she must decide if the vengeance she seeks is worth the danger of his nearness. For the love she once felt is liable to grow deeper and more threatening to her heart than it ever was before.

Leaving his young ward to join the fight for liberty is the hardest thing Joseph Wythe has ever done. Nearly. The most difficult happened ten years past, which he tries his best forget. Seeing Hannah Young again after all this time does something frightening and wonderful to his soul. Though her determination to spy for the Patriots is honorable and brave, he will never allow her to take such a risk without him to protect her, no matter how she protests—and no matter how he knows he will ache all the more for the thing he always wanted and still could never have


TODAY WE TRAVEL TO THE 1700'S 

Well, I was going to wait and post my review but Hannah, Joseph, and Philo just couldn't wait.
I burnt some midnight oil and had book hangovers at work because i just couldn't put their story down!!!
This powerful novel has some awesome twists and turns that will want you to keep turning the pages just like it did me!!!
I literally just could've choked and shook Philo to his senses!!
For a father, he was pretty shelfish (just like my own father)! All he thought about was himself!!!
His brother was interesting as well! 
I do have a superhero in this book. His name is Captain Higley. He has a heart of gold and you will see why when you decide to pick up this book and read it for yourself. 
Hannah and Joseph are two people that I very much in getting to know. If I could travel back in time I'd love to meet them personally to shake their hands. 
Amber has put her heart and soul into this beautiful book. I sensed this right off. I love her stories! She is on my list to add to favorite authors and I look forward to her next book!
I loved this book because sometimes it is hard to accept what blessings that is given to you until its too late!! I enjoyed watching these characters change and grow throughout this novel. 
Thank you Hannah and Joseph for a very interesting story!
Thank you Amber for writing a wonderful book and i am looking forward to the next one!!!!




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Two Suitors for Anna by Molly Morris Jebber

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In 1903 Ohio, a young Amish woman must choose between the life she has long planned for and a new, very different future 
Since Anna Plank moved to Berlin, Ohio, with her widowed mamm and two schweschders, she s found a real sense of belonging. As soon as her beloved Noah Schwartz proposes, they ll begin a new chapter here together. But Noah has a surprise for Anna: once they re married, he wants them to travel and live in other communities. Anna, who loves her home and her job at the quilt shop, is distraught when he takes her hesitation as rejection and leaves. 
Daniel Bontrager s arrival adds to Anna s confusion. Since taking over his late brother s farm, the handsome roofer has offered friendship and gentle attentions. Yet the pull of first love is strong and deep, especially when Noah returns. Through each revelation, Anna must search her faith for guidance, knowing she is choosing not just a husband, but a life to nurture and to share. 


LORI'S TRAVEL'S

Today we will be traveling to Berlin, Ohio



I just love Molly's stories and best of this takes place in my home state of Ohio. 
Anna has a big big decision to make. 
I'm not totally sure if I was in her shoes 
what mine would be either.
I think there really shouldn't have been a decision. It was wrong of Anna to lead Daniel on like that. Really the answer was right in front of her the whole entire time!!!
I also thought it is wrong to try and change another person. God knows every hair on our head. He knows what we do before we even do it. 
Most of us are set in our ways including me lol! I don't like for someone to change the way I do things.
There are bullys in this world for sure and certain. Most often it starts in the home. I'm certain that this time wasn't the case. I think some people are just born mean.
As I was reading I enjoyed being a part of the Plank family. Growing up I was an only child and missed having siblings. (My son is fifth generation of only children) 
I enjoyed the family's banter with each other and felt I was a part of their family.
I loved how Daniel stood by Anna even through the hard times. Daniel is a charming man and always there for Anna and her family. I admire Daniel for many reasons. I would love to have him for a big brother. 
As Daniel says "Even the Amish have their share of problems in life like the Englishers do."
I love reading Amish stories because even though they try and stay separate from the world they do have their share of problems too! 
I recommend this book for people who love reading Amish stories. 
I received a complimentary copy and was in no way required to review this book.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Molly JebberI said to my loving husband, Ed, “I’ve always wanted to write a book. A story that readers would get lost in for a while.” He said, “Do it!” My daughter, Misty, brother, Mitch, and Mom, Sue said, “Take Ed’s advice, do it!” So I did. The road wasn’t easy, but the education, Amish research, and ride along the way to getting published taught me to take my favorite verse to heart.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV

Why Amish Inspirational Romance? 
I love their dedication to serve God. I visited Amish Country in Ohio many times. They work hard and have such a close knit friendship with each other. It’s heartwarming and uplifting. At the same time, they face hardships and difficult problems just like we do.

God answered my prayers and gave me the best mentor, author, and friend, Patricia Campbell, to hone my skills. I’m blessed to have Dawn Dowdle as my agent, and John S. from Kensington as my editor. 

I’m thank for you, the reader, for being interested in my book! 

I’d love to hear from you. www.mollyjebber.com
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Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Founded by the three Bender sisters, the Amish community of Promise Lodge is thriving—and growing. In fact, residents are thrilled to welcome a charismatic new arrival—one who may not just strengthen their faith, but put it to the test . . .

When Christine Bender meets widowed Bishop Monroe Burkholder, it’s love at first sight. But Preacher Amos finds him too good to be true, and is determined to find out what’s behind his sudden, unannounced arrival. Still, the colony needs a new bishop, and everyone is excited to have a younger, more progressive leader. As for Christine, Monroe returns her affection, but her bubble is soon burst with the arrival of a young woman half his age . . .

Leola Duff claims Monroe “ruined” her and she now intends to make an honest man of him. But throughout the process of discovering the truth, Christine never doubts that Monroe is the fine man she believes him to be—and never wavers in her faith that all will work out as it should. And when Monroe is forced to confess the truth before the entire congregation, he can only pray that open hearts and minds will prevail, allowing him a future at Promise Lodge—with Christine . . .



LORI'S TRAVELS

Another fabulous read by one of my fave authors Charlotte Hubbard. 
I loved going back to Promise Lodge to see what my old friends were up to!! 
I had a few rough get gos and a few nice surprises as well.
I loved how the author brings new people in to stir up a hornets nest fo keep our friends on their toes.
Leola isnt quite right and thanks to our old friends they helped take care of her and befriended her. I did have to snicker at certain places in the story. 
Christinecertainly is a marvelous woman and handles everything that is thrown her way with gusto. 
Maria is another character that was introduced to us and being Rosetta she certainly put up a good front about everything.
I loved everything about this book. 
Charlotte added just the right dose of humor and entertainment as well.
I loved watching these people adjust to certain happenings and how Gid worked His magic charm.
For God knows our ans every step of our way and He is there everywhere!!! 
Will Rosetta and Truman be together for life and will Monroe and Christine have the perfect happiness for life?
You'll just have to read this wonderful book to see what happens!!!!
I recommend this book.
I received this book for free on Netgalley and all compensations are not received. All opionions ans words are my own!! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Charlotte Hubbard
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard (a.k.a. Naomi King) writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Providence Hannah's Journey

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ABOUT THE BOOK

As the sole daughter of the chief priest, Hannah is publicly shamed when the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her. Determined to restore her family’s honor, she escapes Jerusalem in hopes of finding the prophet and convincing him to restore her deformities. Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight, willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of raiders and Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself. Meanwhile, Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers. Hannah must act fast to save Gilead and herself, but survival will mean coaxing the prophet of Israel to heal an enemy commander.

The story of Hannah is based on the servant girl from the Naaman's story in 2 Kings 5. 



LORI'S TRAVEL'S 

Thank you for continuing stories from the Bible. I sometimes wonder what happens after a certain chapter. Especially when it's one of my faves!!!
I wanted to just reach out and choke Konath Shiram for the pig headness!!!
Men, they think they know everything!! Konath was just awful and I did feel that he got what he deserved. I'm surprised that the Lord didn't strike him down at first!
Poor Hannah!! I felt so sorry for her!! 
I think she's a good woman and no one gave her credit for it and sometimes I feel just Hannah!!
Hannah did learn some lessons on her journey in which I don't think she would've in the beginning because she did think of herself. 
But sometimes this ok. I feel we deserve things as well as everyone else 
Women do have feelings as well as men except we're just more vocal about it.
Gilead is a sweetheart and my hero.
He saw Hannah from the inside out and didnt worry about being cursed. 
Gilead is a pretty special giy in my book. I wish there were mode men like him!
As for curses, I don't really believe in them! It's a figment of one's imagination. Superstition.
I do believe in God and forgiveness even tho its sometimes is hard to do!!!
I enjoyed reading this beautiful book amd I strongly recommend it. 
I received this book for free. All compensations were not received and all opinions are my own.


Barbara M. BrittonABOUT THE AUTHOR

Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes romantic adventures for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wisconsin Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. You can visit Barb online at www. barbarambritton.com or follow her on Facebook and twitter.


Annie's Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Three young Amish women, each gifted with a hand-carved hope chest, find that one by one, with patience and faith, their most blessed dreams for the future can come true... 

Annie Mast and Levi Miller were best friends until his father was shunned by the church. Now, ten years later, Levi has returned to Arthur, Illinois, for a brief visit, and he and Annie discover their bond is as strong as ever. Spending as much time together as possible, Annie finds herself dreaming of a future with Levi. And Levi is soon dreaming of building a home on a beautiful local hillside--to live in with Annie. Yet their longings are unlikely to become reality... 
Levi is part of the English world, and while Annie cannot see herself there, she knows she must reveal her heart's truth to him. And Levi, strongly reminded of his Amish roots, knows he must heal the bitterness of the past. And together, with love on their side, they just may find their way to an answered prayer...


LORI'S TRAVEL'S 


I have a new author and I for sure love her writing style. 

I like this book because it brings fantasy to a crashing halt forcing reality to come back into focus.
I enjoy reading Amish novels especially if they have certain life messages like this one does.
In this book Annie talks to Levi about how you cant just take the good and not the bad. Life isnt fair but then it wasn't meant to be.
Annie also points out how we are meant to be at a certain place in a certain time.
I like Annie. She's very wise andis a person who wants everyone to be happy including Levi. I like her too because she kind and compassionate about ppl and animals. She's also a smart cookie!!
Levi is a pretty mixed up guy. He knows what he wants but is unsure in how to go after it. 
Levi is a great person to have around!!! It's a I've got ur back if u have mine kind of thing. 
I think along with God's help and Annie's, Levi does eventually figure things out.
I strongly recommend this book. 
I received a complimentary copy from the author and in no way required to review this 











ABOUT THE AUTHOR








Lisa Jones Baker

Lisa Jones BakEr grew up near a small Amish town in Illinois that she frequented with her family on weekends. She's also a dog lover and a fan of Scottsdale, Arizona, where she spent nearly two decades. Lisa graduated from Illinois State University with a French major, has been on 5 out of 7 continents, and considers her parents the best in the world. Raised in a Christian home, Lisa has always been blessed with love and support.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.


Mattie Fisher has a secret she’s kept from her three daughters. After they discover clues in her hope chest, Mattie realizes it’s time to tell them the truth about why she married their father—and about her life before then. None of them realized that their father is actually Mattie's second husband or that her first husband was killed in an accident while she was pregnant. Nor do they realize the rocky road that Mattie and Leroy traveled as she worked through her grief and learned to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it's a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it's past time to share it.

LORI'S TRAVELS

What a stunning conclusion to this series!!
Oh my!!! My breath has just been absolutely taken away!!!
Amy has done a fabulous job on this novel. 
i loved this series from the beginning and yes I would advise reading the first book before this one.
Mattie has a secret that she has kept hiding from us since book one.
I definitely can relive Mattie's story.
I cried because I understood what she was going through. 
Time is the essence of this book. Grief has no time of when it will it will ever be over. 
Healing is a process through time. Time is our greatest need.
I still miss what I have lost. I wonder every day Why God? What have I done to deserve This? Loss is hard no matter who or what we have lost. Grief is the same. Time has no meaning. Over time it has helped me that this is God's will. Our time on Earth is limited. God knows the hour, day, etc when our time is done.
I loved that Amy put in God is our refuge and strength, a time of help in our present time of trouble.
I will have to say this, I love this song by Mary McDonald. 
God is always with us. It is us who leave him. 
I really don't know what else to say except repeating myself that this is a must read and I strongly recommend this book for people who love reading Amish stories. 
I believe that this book also shows us that Amish people are no different than us. They suffer loss and grieve just as we do. They make mistakes just like they do.
The only difference they try not to live of the world but apart from it. (I think I've got this right). Correct me if I'm wrong.
I am going to re-read this series in the future because I enjoyed it so much! 
Thank you Netgalley for letting me read and review this wonderful book by one of my favorite authors! 
I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and was in no way required to review this book. All words are my own


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories.