Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide


Genre: Historical
Publisher: Ashberry Lane Publishing
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Number of pages: 279
Awards/Honors:  RT Book Reviews (rare) 5 goldstar Top Pick, a Reviewers' Choice Award Nominee (of 5), ​and the December 2015 Seal of Excellence winner, which makes it a Book of the Year Nominee (1 of 12 out of thousands reviewed)

The Memoir of Johnny Devine (RT Book Reviews 4.5 GOLD Star Top Pick): In 1953, desperation forces young war widow Eliza Saunderson to take a job writing the memoir of ex-Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Devine. Rumor has it Johnny can seduce anything in a skirt quicker than he can hail a cab. But now the notorious womanizer claims he’s been born again. Eliza soon finds herself falling for the humble, grace-filled man John has become—a man who shows no sign of returning her feelings. No sign, that is, until she discovers something John never meant for her to see.

When Eliza’s articles on minority oppression land her on McCarthy’s Communist hit list, John and Eliza become entangled in an investigation that threatens both his book and her future. To clear her name, Eliza must solve a family mystery. Plus, she needs to convince John that real love—not the Hollywood illusion—can forgive a sordid past. Just when the hope of love becomes reality, a troubling discovery confirms Eliza’s worst fears. Like the happy façade many Americans cling to, had it all been empty lies? Is there a love she can truly believe in?
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Camille Eide writes romantic, inspirational dramas about love, faith, and family. She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grammy, bass guitarist, and a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, oldies Rock, and Peanut M&Ms.

I really liked this book. This author loves the Lord indefinitely. It. has come through her writing and her characters. 
Johnny Devine is a broken person until he meets Jesus for the first time in his life. 
He learns that Jesus will forgive us our sins and can help us turn our lives around if we truly want it. I believe this man does. Especially after what he puts in his memoir. 
I was astounded by what this man has done in his life. I was pleased that he wanted to use his memoir to lead ppl to God through his book and then just maybe that ppl will follow Jesus. 
Eliza is a young woman who I truly admire. When she set out on this adventure to write Johnny's memoir she had no idea what was in store for her.
Eliza had guts to stand up for what she believed in and that to me is awesome no matter what other ppl think. 
Millie is a sweet old lady who believes in her Lord faithfully and is Johnnys housekeeper. 
She is the one who is responsible for nudging Eliza in the right direction. Eliza starts opening her ❤ to Jesus and eventually let's Him help guide her. 
I love this book because it has helped me to be a stronger believer Christ. I need to let Him guide me instead of me guiding myself.
I think it's very wrong to judge ppl for their skin color or whatever the case may be. God created us all equal to be like in His image. 
I loved Millie from the start. I'm like her in many ways. I too am ready to go home to be with my Jesus. 
All we need to do is ask Him.
I received this book through the SBL tours for an honest opinion on this book. 
Again I loved it!!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Master's Calling by Amber Schamel

it was amazing

About the Book
The Master's Calling by Amber Schamel

After generations of waiting, the Messiah has come at last. And not a day too soon. All his life, Malon Ben-Tyrus has been stifled beneath Roman laws and religious traditions, and he longs to be free. The oppression of the Romans worsens every day, and the religious system led by the Scribes and Pharisees has grown corrupt.
Malon believes his life calling is to become a disciple of the Messiah and help free Israel from bondage.  When Jesus heads to Jerusalem for the Passover feast, Malon knows this will be a historic event. Jesus will enter the city as the Son of David and take His place as the Messiah of Israel. He longs to follow Jesus to Jerusalem, but his family won’t allow him to go.
When at last his family consents, Malon arrives in Jerusalem only to discover that he is too late. The man he thought to be the Messiah has been crucified, and Barabbas—his greatest enemy—has been set free.
Appalled by the cowardice of Jesus’ disciples, Malon returns home seething with frustration and despair. Everything he believed he was destined to become died with Jesus. Was he wrong about his destiny?

About the Author

Multi-published author Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call “historical fiction at its finest”. A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites. Amber is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society.
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I really loved this book. The more I read biblical fiction the more I hunger for it.
I admired Malon's strength and courage.
He is a lovable guy and felt he has been cheated out of a lot of things until he meets Jesus.
Jesus told him everything will come in God's timing buy I'm a lot like Malon. When will things change and Jesus come back to take us all home?
This is the third book of this series and as usual I wound up reading in the middle of the series. Can someone enlighten me about the other two? And will there be more books to come by this author? It was so good I couldn't put it down. I wound up finishing it in one afternoon after I had help in figuring it how to download it to my kindle.
Malon does learn that Jesus is alive through our hearts only if we let him in. I read a quote and there's a song "Ask and ye shall receive, knock and the door shall open
If we learn to let him in our hearts we can spread the word as Jesus' disciples did long ago after he was crucified.
I have always wondered what happened to Barabbas and I could never figure out why the angry mob wanted him let loose instead of Jesus. I guess if it were the other way around, things wouldn't happen the way they were supposed to!
However, Barabbas did get what he dished out to others. Even he saw the light through Malon's eyes and that Malon was a changed person forever
He finally understood that Jesus was sent to save us from our sins and that he was to be a follower in Gods timing.
It amazes me how Simon Peter denied Jesus 3 times but yet he was one of the disciples who could see what the man and his wife had done.
Always speak truth for in the end, your lies will end up hurting u and others especially if u lie against God.
I would really like to read the other two books in this series.
It also tells us Satan was at work even way back when since the beginning of time.
I didn't like it that Kisha deserted Malon's and his family just when they needed him most. I was happy that one of the other young men stepped in to help.
It shows how others are afraid of the truth and the light and would rather follow the dark side. 

A review copy of this book was provided by CelebrateLit.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Grace's Forgiveness (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt #2) by Molly Jebber

About the Book

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at halppiness--but their love will need all their courage to keep...

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . . Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

About the Author

Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women's Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would've missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who've been encouraging and supportive.


Today I'm writing about Grace's Forgiveness.
I enjoyed this story a lot!!
Grace is a strong and determined woman. This, really liked about her.  I especially like that she was able to forgive a wrong that was done to her. At least this person that wronged Grace righted his mistakes with her her after not really listening to anyone in his community.
In a way, I admire the Amish way by turning the bigger cheek. This is what Jesus would have is do!! Sometimes though this is very hard to do!!
Newcomer Mark Jung has unknowingly brought some baggage with him. I like Mark too!!! I guess this where I disagree with some of the Amish laws about not getting the police involved.
It is instant attraction with Grace and Mark. It's like they were meant to be even though there are some trials and tribulations they must go through in order to appreciate each other more.
I'm so glad that they have a forgiving bishops most bishops aren't very forgiving. They are quick to Bann you from the community of you do something wrong.
This I don't think is very fair. There are going to many people who dont always agree on the same thing.
The thing is, the only way you'll go to he'll is if you dont believe in Jesus. He is the true Jung and the way into heaven.
Just because some people want to leave the Amish doesn't mean they'll go to hell.
Some of the rules of the Ordung are great though.
I do like how the Amish take care of each other in a crises. Like in Mark's case.
I also admire they way they grow their own gardens, plant the fields etc.
I don't remember reading any quotes in the book unless it's God is our refuge and strength in times of ever present and trouble. Amen for this. For without Jesus I don't know how I'd survive this evil world!!!
Molly you did a fantastic job once again. I will look forward to your next installment.
There are two things those I want to mention.
I've said this before I really really admire Graces willing to forgive even though the customers at her store turn away from her and doesn't want her to help them. If you're going to that then I wouldn't bother going in the store and buying stuff.
Grace is wonderful lady. I hope to be like her someday. I'm working on it though!!!
We also think that there might be a new romance going on. For Noah and widow Anna it is instant.
There are many surprises in this novel. I very strongly recommend this book for anyone who lives Amish romance.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

After the Rain by Rita Gerlach

After the Rain


It's 1908, a year in the Edwardian Age, the year J.M. Barrie’s play 'What Every Woman Knows', premiered in Atlantic City and the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in Detroit. It is a year when the world faced one of its worst disasters in history, when the New Year would heal the wounds of loss.

Louisa Borden lives a privileged life in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a new and thriving community on the outskirts of Washington, DC for the well-to-do. Against the wishes of her domineering grandmother, she retreats from the prospects of a loveless marriage and instead searches for what she hopes is her calling in life.

When her horse is spooked along Rock Creek, she is thrown from the saddle—an embarrassing situation for any affluent young lady. Soaking wet, bruised and humiliated, she is carried up the muddy bank to safety by Jackson O’Neil, a stranger to the city, who changes the course of everything, including the lives of all those around her.


Gosh, I don't know what to say except that I loved the story. 

What a weird way to meet your future husband!  I think I would be mad and embarrassed too! But they say things have a way of working out.  Where there's a will, there's a way. But, most often it's God's will of working things out.
That Mr. Eastcott was mean, mean!!!! Beatrice was just as bad. They did everything they could to hurt Louisa but I believe it made her a stronger person and more compassionate towards others especially the children no one wanted.  I'm glad Louisa stepped in for the children in Chestnut Creek.  I'm glad someone stood up to that old bat. Someone in that town should have stood up for those children long ago. 
I loved Louisa's two Aunts. They made me giggle towards the middle of the story. I hope I'm like them when I get older except I don't want a stubborn mule. I think I do enough of that myself.  
It also kind of made me mad when Lousia's papa just up and left without no word on when he would return and if he would return. My feelings on that is that if he were home, I doubt that her grandmother would've treated her so badly. I think that she judged Louisa unfairly. Judge ye not unless ye want to be judged. God tells us not to judge others but love them as he has loved us. I know that for some this is extremely hard to do. Especially those in the upper class. In some ways, I am so very glad that I was not born in the upper class society!! What a bunch of snobs. Even then, we still have some middle classmen that think they're above their station in life. I'm used to doing what I want to do, not as others would tell me what to do. I am as stubborn as Louisa but not quite. My motto is; if you respect me, I'll respect you. 
Rita, your story was delightful! !! I especially loved the ending!!! You sure kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen!!! This was one of the best books you've written so far, and I would definitely recommend it to others

More About the Author


Rita Gerlach lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland. She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a large family in the Maryland suburbs.

"Romantic historical fiction that has an inspirational bent, is one way people can escape the cares of life and be transported back to a time of raw courage and ideal love," she says. "The goal of my writing is to give readers a respite from a stressful world and give them hope."

In many of her stories, she writes about the struggles endured by early colonists, with a sprinkling of both American and English history. Her genre - Inspirational Historical Romance / Drama.

Rita is a breast cancer survivor, and incorporates into her newer fiction what she learned through her journey --- courage, faith, and the precious gift of family and friendship.

Currently she is writing an Edwardian era novel set in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a historical community on the outskirts of Washington DC, leading to a fictional village in the western Maryland mountains. She is also co-authoring a historical series with bestselling Christian author Gilbert Morris.

Visit Rita's website at

Her Blog 'Inspire' 

The Amish Firefighter


                       ABOUT THE BOOK

Abigail Stutzman thought it was bad enough being dropped at the nearest bus station and sent to live several states away with some relatives she'd never even heard of, much less met. But now, just a week after her arrival in Jamesport, Missouri, she finds herself at the scene of a barn fire. An intentional barn fire. And all fingers are pointed at her. She's desperate to prove her innocence and protect her reputation, but nobody's making that easy to do. And God certainly doesn't seem willing to help.

Sam Miller is in the process of turning over a new leaf. Determined to atone for the follies of his past, he is a volunteer firefighter, an EMT, and a paramedic-in-training. With suspicious barn fires escalating, and the Miller family being among the victims, no one is more determined to see the perpetrators brought to justice than Sam.

When their paths first cross at the site of a barn burning, the emotional intensity rivals the warms of the flames. Soon, they must decide whether this fire is one they should feed or fight. And they'll discover that the truth can prove more dangerous than a blazing inferno.

                        MY THOUGHTS

I couldn't put this book down!! I love Laura Hilton's books. I was hoping that Laura would write about Sammy. Sammy was the trouble maker in the Birdhouse. I loved Sammy's story. 

It seems God still works miracles today even. 
I laughed and I held my breath waiting to see what would happen to Abigail who was constantly getting blamed for everything that happened. I think It is terrible the way her family has treated her but maybe God has led her to live with her family in Jamesport for a reason. Abigail isn't perfect by any means. She is confused and unhappy and winds up in the wrong places at the wrong time and with the wrong crowd. This is what happened to my brother in law. He got mixed up in the wrong crowd. Thankfully, he has finally straightened himself put.  We all need God. He knows every hair on our head out thoughts even before we know ourselves sometimes. 
God has many names but one I haven't seen is de herr. I've heard Yaway,  Jehovah etc. 
Sammy is learning to grow up and admit his mistakes through trust in God. 
Too many times we want to do things our way instead of His will on His timing. We get in a big hurry and I'm definitely guilty of this and mess things up. 
My very favorite verse is That who so ever believes in me shall have eternal life. 
This means me too!!! I'm so very glad that Jesus loves me no matter what!! 
Whenever we turn to God in prayer sometimes He answers our prayers but not always in the way we want.
I'm glad that Abigail and Sammy got their answers. 
Also on short note people don't always apologize Whenever they do wrong to us or vise versa.
Laura, you've outdone yourself on this novel. The cover is awesome!! Thank you for letting me read and review your book. 
I have this book 5 stars because the story made me laugh and cry and even stunned in some places!! Abigail is an OK gal!!! 
I kept my fingers crossed for her through the entire book.
It seems to me, that if you keep your faith and trust in God that things do have a way of working out.
I recieved a copy of this book  from Laura V Hilton in exchange for an honest review
I strongly recommend this book for everyone who loves to read!!!

Christmas Comes to Little Hickman Creek by Sharlene MacLaren

Christmas Comes To Little Hickman Creek


Two years ago this Christmas, Sadie Bennett's beloved husband was killed in a tragic accident at the local sawmill. What was once her favorite time of year now haunts her, with its cheerful trappings a cruel reminder of the love she lost. The young widow would like nothing more than to hibernate until the festivities are over. When she finds herself assigned to the committee tasked with picking a Christmas tree for the town square of Little Hickman Creek, she begrudgingly agrees but determines to fulfill her duties to the bare minimum. As the search for a suitable tree gets under way, Sadie is dismayed to learn that one of her fellow committee members is a man she's worked hard to avoid. Reed Harris owns the local livery, and while he's friendly enough, good-looking, too, Sadie isn't ready to invest in another relationship. In fact, she may never be ready, unless a Christmas miracle manages to thaw her frozen heart. (less)


Sharlene Baker MacLaren has done it again. I just love her books.  I was talking to her and asked if Little Hickman was a real town and alas it really is!  The best part is I'm only 20 minutes away from it and didn’t even realize it exists.  

This is my very first time reading a novella.  I thought it was a sweet and tender romance story. Sharlene is a great storyteller. 
I can't imagine what it's like to lose a spouse.  I think if I lost mine I wouldn't want to ever marry again but as I read this book I realized that God has other plans for Sadie.  When Sadie lost her husband in an accident it seemed like it took her forever to come around.  
When you put God first good things seem to start happening.  Prayer is also a very powerful thing.  
I laughed out right at the skunk story because I can relate to that one too! I was waiting for the city bus to take me to work one morning.  As I was sitting there, in seen something out of the core
of my eye and at first I thought it was a cat.  It didn't occur to me at first that it was a skunk! I started calling here kitty kitty and just as reached it I seen the white stripe up its back and boy did I run for my life!!!! Luckily,  I didn't get sprayed. it just wanted my lunch I had packed. God was with me that morning as He is with me all the days of my life.  I just don't always put him first! 
Sadie first started coming around when she went Christmas tree hunting with the town council.  Almost reminds me of a scene in Christmas Vacation lol.
Then later with the sewing of costumes for the children's Christmas program.  Finally,  she did come around when she thought Reed was seeing someone else.  
It was her Pa that gave her the final nudge. I'm so very glad that he did!  
After Reed and Sadie had their talk, things were finally taking place they way they should have been.  
Grief is different for each person.  It comforts me that knowing God is by my side each and every day. 
I hated leaving my friends in Little Hickman.  it was great reading about them again!  But maybe I'll get to visit Little Hickman someday the Lord willing!
I am giving this book 5 stars!!! Thanks Sharlene for another wonderful story!
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review and I n highly recommend this book and for those of you who haven’t read the Little Hickman series I recommend that as well!

More About the Author



Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating with an education degree in 1971, she taught second grade for two years then accepted an invitation to travel internationally for a year with a singing ensemble. In 1975, she married her childhood sweetheart. Together they raised two lovely, wonderful daughters, both of whom are now happily married and enjoying their own families. Retired in 2003 from 31-years of teaching, "Shar" loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family, in particular, her wonderful, adorable grandchildren!

A Christian for 45+ years, and a lover of the English language, Shar has always enjoyed dabbling in writing--poetry, fiction, various essays, and freelancing for periodicals and newspapers. Her favored genre, however, has always been romance. She remembers well the short stories she wrote in high school and watching them circulate from girl to girl during government and civics classes. "Psst," someone would whisper from two rows over, and always with the teacher's back to the class, "Pass me the next page." 

In recent years, Shar felt God's call upon her heart to take her writing pleasures a step further and in 2006 signed a contract for her first faith-based novel; thereby, launching her writing career with Through Every Storm. With a dozen books now gracing store shelves nationwide, she daily gives God all the praise and glory for her accomplishments. 

Shar has done numerous countrywide book-signings, television and radio appearances, and countless interviews. She loves to speak for women's organizations, libraries, church groups, women's retreats, and banquets. She is involved in Apples of Gold, a mentoring program for young wives and/or mothers, and is active in her church as well as two weekly Bible studies. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan with their beautiful white collie, Peyton and their rag doll cat named Blue.

Awards and Accolades: 

2006 Through Every Storm - American Christian Fiction Writers" Book-of-the-Year (now Carol Awards) finalist 
2007 Loving Liza Jane - Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award 
2008 Sarah, My Beloved - Inspirational Readers' Choice Award (3rd Place)
2008 Sarah, My Beloved - Road to Romance Reviewer's Choice Award
2009 Courting Emma - Inspirational Readers' Choice Award (3rd Place)
2010 Hannah Grace - Inspirational Reader's Choice Award (2nd Place)
2011 Abbie Ann - Inspirational Reader's Choice Award (3rd Place)
2011 Tender Vow - Retailers' Choice Award Finalist 


It's a better life, a fresh start--and a heaven-sent second chance. Founded by three Amish sisters determined to put misfortune behind them, Promise Lodge is a colony where faith's abiding promise can be fulfilled--and love can make all things new…

Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. She's also hoping the change will help her son Noah's heart to heal after his broken engagement. But his former fiancée, Deborah, is looking for a fresh start too. Filled with regret, and cast out by her dat for a reason she can't yet reveal, Deborah can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness. 

Deborah is the last person Noah expected to show up at Promise Lodge. But with her cruel words still ringing in his head, he's reluctant to accept her apology--even if the Old Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ's most important commandment: love one another. But one thing is certain--his mother and aunts, and their beloved Preacher Amos, will do their best to help him get there. 


Charlotte Hubbard has really outdone herself on this one!!!!
I have laughed myself silly throughout this book and I sniffled some too.
The characters are so delightful!!
I think though that Deborah is my favorite and then Rosetta is next.
Deborah is innocent in all that happens to her. She only did what she thought was right since there was no one around.
I love her strength and determination to get through her trials and tribulations against the bishops son. She keeps turning to God to help her in her times of trouble.
Rosetta and her sisters have left Coldstream because of the bishop and his wayward son. The bishop might claim that Issac is innocent but God knows and sees all that we do. They'll have to answer to God on judgement day even if they do get away with whatever wrong they do here on earth.
My favorite saying is God is our refuge and strength in times of trouble. Our church sang a song much like this by Mary McDonald.
Noah and his brother at first resented coming to Promise Lodge. it is here that Noah learns to forgive Deborah after he hears and understands what has been done to her..Eventually God begins working towards softening his heart.
Rosetta has a lot of guys and determination as well. All she wanted place of peace to live for madels and older women.
I wasn't too fond of France's and Floyd at first until they were getting ready to depart and I learned why he was the way he was.
This shows us a good example that really don't know what other folks go through unless we've traveled in their shoes.
Ruby and Beulah were brave to come on their own as well. At first I thought they were twins the way they finished each other's sentences.
Will there eventually be a wedding in store for our favorite young couple and will the two sisters come back to stay at Promise Lodge a place of peace?
I strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves to read about the Amish
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Thank u Charlotte Hubbard. I really enjoyed your story


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 all her Amish romance 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.

The Songs that could have been by Amanda Wen

ABOUT THE BOOK Two couples in love. Two sets of impossible circumstances. One powerful God of grace. After a tailspin in her late teens, Lau...