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/.