Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd



A Letter from Lancaster County (Lancaster Discoveries #1)

 4.18  ·   Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Two Sisters Get a Second Chance at Life and Love

Her mother's untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.

Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn't happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn't be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?

* * *When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother's Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose's romance with a new beau.

Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.


writing down my thoughts for this book.
It's certainly different from anything else that Kate has written but delightful none the less. Kate is an excellent writer in anything she does.
I think Rose and Angela are lucky to get a 2nd chance at getting their relationship as sisters worked out.
Rose I kind of tend to like better because she knows what she wants and goes after it. I also like her personality. She doesn't beat around the bush like Angela tends to do.
Sylvia is pretty special in my book as is Glenn.
Glenn is a gentleman! Although I assume most Amish are.
He'd be my kind of husband if I were to do it all over again.
The Amish are a resourceful people. I think we could learn a lot from them!! I also tend to think that some Englishers as we're called do things like the Amish do.
Hands down I did enjoy this book. I had to go back and reread some things that I missed and so that I could understand it better.
I will reread this book at a later date tho. I enjoyed it that much!!
I strongly recommend this book to people who like contemporary Christian and of course Late Loyd!!!
I received this book for free. All compensations are not received. All opinions are my own
Great job Kate!!!


Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her best selling novels Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy. Her newest novel, A Letter from Lancaster County, releases 7-1-17.Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied art and art history in college. She's worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur. For relaxation and fun, Kate enjoys walking with her camera in hand and beach-combing,

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton



Many Sparrows

 4.87  ·   Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Many Sparrows
When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she'll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country. Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.
Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah's own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken
custody of Jacob--renaming him Many Sparrows--keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.


Oh my!!! The best Lori Benton book yet!!! I'm going to put this on in my list as my fave books. 
Lori has put her heart and soul into this beautiful novel. I love how she takes her time to do research for this book and brings it to life.
In the battle scene I could actually picture the scene happening. 
I hate it that that Clare has went thru so much and I learned some things along with her.
I think this story is very emotional, and definitely very powerful. 
I could hear the Indian drums a drumming and I very vividly could see the dancers 
All in all I just loved this book
I received this book for free an no compensations were received. All words expressed are my own


Lori BentonLori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God's transforming grace.

When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching 18th century history, Lori enjoys exploring the mountains with her husband.

Burning Sky, Lori's debut novel, was a finalist for the ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award, and winner of the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.

The Christmas Admirer by Laura V. Hilton



The Christmas Admirer

 4.89  ·   Rating Details ·  9 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas. //

Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?


As always I enjoy any story from Laura. She has the ability to draw her readers in from the start of her books!
When I first opened the book I thought this sounds like a Cinderella story. I do love fairy tales. 
However; the more I read the more I couldn't put the book down. I read really late into the night last night because I just had to see how the story ended. 
You know, and I'm pretty guilty of this myself it's really unbelievable how Susanna and Ben couldn't see past the ends of their noses!! What Blessings they had and couldn't even see it!!! I felt like at times knocking their heads together!!!
However God does have a way of putting everything together doesn't He?
Have you ever felt you met someone and just know that person was meant for you? I did with my own husband even tho we met at Wal-Mart lol!!!
I just can't say enough about this book it's so gooooood!!!
Laura is one of my favorite authors. 
I was so happy the first time she said that I could do a review for her and hopefully I will pass this one too!!
I laughed outright in some of the scenes. I like this about Laura too. She knows how to put some humor in just the right places!!!
I also loved the banter between Susanna and Ben's family. I also loved Daadi Micahs knowledge and wisdom. Most older folks have gone thru the same problems that had when they were younger 
God can help us along the way too. All we have to do is ask
I received a complimentary copy from the author and no compensations were received. All words are my own!!! 


Laura V. HiltonAward winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter, planned for April 2016.

She has self-published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens. 

Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write. 

One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn



One for Sorrow

 3.64  ·   Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie's friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.


I absolutely adore Mary Downing Hahn. She has a great talent for writing Ghost stories. 
Wait until Helen comes was my fave but now I think I'll make this one my fave of all times. 
You know, karma comes in all shapes,sizes, and forms. Even after death it seems.
I am disappointed in Annie Browne.
I never thought she would've did what she did.
Even if I had wanted to have friends that is not what I how I would've gotten them.
I can relate to Elsie in so many ways.I hated being made fun of. As the old saying goes, sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me is so very not true.
Words and actions from others do hurt. More than some ppl realize. 
I think tho that Elsie brought some of those problems herself. 
I finished this book in two days! I almost had it finished in one. 
This is young adlit genre but the way Mary wrote it it's almost directed towards adults who love ghost stories too!!
Another reason is because it's written in first person. I can usually relate to the character much better. 
This book will make you shiver even in the bright sun!!!!
This book is a 5 star for sure!!!


Mary Downing HahnI grew up in a small shingled house down at the end of Guilford Road in College Park, Maryland. Our block was loaded with kids my age. We spent hours outdoors playing "Kick the Can" and "Mother, May I" as well as cowboy and outlaw games that usually ended in quarrels about who shot whom. In the summer, we went on day long expeditions into forbidden territory -- the woods on the other side of the train tracks, the creek that wound its way through College Park, and the experimental farm run by the University of Maryland.

In elementary school, I was known as the class artist. I loved to read and draw but I hated writing reports. Requirements such as outlines, perfect penmanship, and following directions killed my interest in putting words on paper. All those facts -- who cared what the principal products of Chile were? To me, writing reports was almost as boring as math. 

Despite my dislike of writing, I loved to make up stories. Instead of telling them in words, I told them in pictures. My stories were usually about orphans who ran away and had the sort of exciting adventures I would have enjoyed if my mother hadn't always interfered.

When I was in junior high school, I developed an interest in more complex stories. I wanted to show how people felt, what they thought, what they said. For this, I needed words. Although I wasn't sure I was smart enough, I decided to write and illustrate children's books when I grew up. Consequently, at the age of thirteen, I began my first book. Small Town Life was about a girl named Susan, as tall and skinny and freckle faced as I was. Unlike her shy, self conscious creator, however, Susan was a leader who lived the life I wanted to live -- my ideal self, in other words. Although I never finished Small Town Life, it marked the start of a lifelong interest in writing.

In high school, I kept a diary. In college, I wrote poetry and short stories and dreamed of being published in The New Yorker. Unfortunately, I didn't have the courage or the confidence to send anything there. 

By the time my first novel was published, I was 41 years old. That's how long it took me to get serious about writing. The Sara Summer took me a year to write, another year to find a publisher, and yet another year of revisions before Clarion accepted it.

Since Sara appeared in 1979, I've written an average of one book a year. If I have a plot firmly in mind when I begin, the writing goes fairly quickly. More typically, I start with a character or a situation and only a vague idea of what's going to happen. Therefore, I spend a lot of time revising and thinking things out. If I'd paid more attention to the craft of outlining back in elementary school, I might be a faster writer, but, on the other hand, if I knew everything that was going to happen in a story, I might be too bored to write it down. Writing is a journey of discovery. That's what makes it so exciting

Friday, July 21, 2017

my heart belongs on Mackinac island by Carrie fancett pagels



Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed in this Gilded Age romance? 


I want to write some of my thoughts about this beautiful story by Carrie Fancett Pagels.
First off let me say that Mackinac Island is a beautiful place to visit. 
There are certain things that haven't changed with time. Like no cars allowed only horses, carriages, and bycicle.
The very first time I went when I was a child breath away. Every time my parents asked me where I wanted to go I said Mackinac island. 
The bridge oh my!!!! just absolutely takes your breath away!!! I cannot imagine how they ever managed to get across the straights. 
The Grand does live up to its name. We stayed there in 2005 and President Bush visited it the same time we were there but weren't dressed for dinner lol!!
As I was reading this story about Maude and Ben I was transported back to the 1800's. 
Carrie you have done a fabulous job in bringing me back to my most favorite place in the whole wide world!!!! I wish I could live there!!! 
That's my idea of Heaven.
Ben and Maude certainly had their differences but isn't it true that opposites attract?
I also felt like was a part of the great rescue and was especially intrigued by how fast the islanders came to help out those who were in distress.
I think and wish that we all took the time out to help each other out today like they did back then.
Maude is a special lady and equally determined to make things work out to her advantage. Sometimes it didn't always work!!!
Ben reminds me of the show Undercover Boss. He is determined to get to the bottom of a certain mystery. 
I enjoyed this story especially for what I call a mystery and I enjoyed watching Ben and Maude find their way. 
God has his timing of making things work to his advantage and my granny used to say there's a lid for every pot. She's so very right!!!!
I certainly hope Carrie writes more about my piece of heaven again!!
I love the Great Lakes. 
I also don't understand how men can be so stubborn about women wanting to be their equal.
And we can't leave Jack out who is famous for finding trouble!! He's lot like me and sometimes I don't have to go far to find trouble without meaning too!!
I love Jack's energy. I'd love to borrow some from him! 
I had to laugh at his " accident" tho.
He is to me, is what makes this story exciting!!!
I wanted very much to choke Greyson Luce. He had no idea how much he had lost. I kept screaming at him to wake up and see what's in front of him!!! 
I think we are all like that at times. 
Five stars for this book for sure!!!
I received a copy via Netgalley and no compensations were received. All word expressed are my own


Carrie Fancett PagelsCarrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson



Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace's new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope's mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.

Hope's precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.

As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?


Tracie didn't disappoint in this novel.
I think it's a triple between Jody Hedlund and Laura V. Hilton to write such great Amish and Historical novels.
Tracie is at her finestbwhen it comes to Beloved Hope.
Decisions, Decisions!!! I really admired Hope. 
For all she's endured, has overcome and will keep on plowing through! 
Fear. Fear is evil. it will keep you from doing the things u want and it will keep u from moving forward as God has intended only if u let it.
Fear is the devils work. it is where Satan wants you.
Hope has overcome most of with help from friends and family and special young man named Lance.
Bless him!! Lanice has a lot of hurt and anger to get through too!!
With God's help we can overcome most anything if we put our minds to it as Lance is reminded from Graces uncle Edward. 
I like all of the characters from this story. I feel like I've made new friends and I was able to keep up with the old ones from the previous one.
I do recommend that you read the first book Treasured Grace so that you'll know what is going on in this book. 
I'm not sure how I feel about Toby and Clarence. They only think about themselves and I'm so glad that Mercy woke up and learned from Graces past mistakes. 
My fave verse is I can do all things through Christ.
It's so very hard to do sometimes taking it to God. God can do most anything if its His will. He knows everything! It's why He's wanting us to come to Him when we're troubled.
I'm so very glad that Hope woke up!
Tracie thank you for another wonderful story! Anxiously awaiting the third book in this series!!
I received this book for free. All compensations are not required to review this book. All words are my own


Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.




One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children's Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society's orphan trains is not all that it seems.

Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother's shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.

Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn't be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they've been working toward? 


I enjoyed this story. I think it was wonderful!!! 
Jody was at her best on this although the title was just a bit deceiving as I was expecting it to be about the orphans being brought West not women. 
However, this story has a personality all its own!!
I enjoyed watching Thorton learning to earn respect from the lower class of ppl. He learns the hard way of doing things (like me). Thorton is a lovable guy and for this reason alone I cheered for him all the way through the book. 
Elise is a lovely young lady who has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. She thinks it's her fault on many things but it's not.
In my opinion you have to do what you have to do in order for your family to survive. 
Times were hard. ppl did things back then that they didn't want to do.
Sometimes ppl learn things the hard way like Thorton and his brother.
A lot of mystery and deceiving going on. I didn't think that was really right either since Karma has a way of catching up with you. 
Thorton and Elise are pretty special. I love how God works in their lives and changes them for the better. 
I enjoyed this little adventure with Elise and Thorton watching them grow and learn to love each other and make themselves a new life along with the good folks of Quincy 
I hated to leave them! 
This is an action packed filled book that you don't want to put down!!
I very strongly recommend this book. 
I received it for free and in now way was compensated. All opinions are my own

Jody Hedlund
Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gladden the Heart by Olivia Newport

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About the Book

Book title: Gladden the Heart

Author: Olivia Newport
Release date: July 1, 2017
Genre: Historical Amish
“When you have experienced the Holy Ghost as I have, you would see that it is difficult to turn back.”

When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the staid customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive question: What is a genuine spiritual experience?
The question turns personal when Susanna’s beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna’s intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.
Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of a controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith..  Now they must grapple with whether love is possible…even if they come to different conclusions.
When Noah goes missing at a time of day when he often preaches while asleep, circumstances thrust community members with divergent opinions into a crisis that demands they recognize the humanity they share regardless of beliefs.  But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?

I enjoyed this book very much!! I love reading the history of the Amish and how they came fo this country just like the English did for various reasons..

I think what drew me to this particular book was at a time when the revival meetings started. I have attended a few rivals myself and I love them.
I liked how they all came together to help the one in need. 
I didn't like however how some ppl treated an individual just because he was "different". 
I think Gladden the Heart means to accept Jesus in your heart no matter who does the preaching.
Whoever accepts Jesus will have eternal life and joy will shine through to whomever will meet up with you.
I also love the friendship between Amish and English even tho the Amish want to set themselves from the world.
Some ppl are just set in their ways no matter how much we try to help or change them. 
Veronica Susanna's mother was afraid of the influence that the preaching that went on. 
Im glad for Susanna's father who was sturdy and firm in his decision making and on whom to trust.
I like nosy Timothy too. If I had a brother I'd want him to be just like Timothy. 
There were some things in the book that made me smile and laugh too.
I also held my breath in certain places. I didn't want anything to happento my favorite person!
If I had an uncle I'd want to be just like Noah. I thought Noah was cool for an Amish man.
Olivia will be added to my list of favorite authors because I enjoy her stories
I wanted to add that I loved the little authors note. at the end of the book. I think it's good to know how the author gets ideas ffor their stories and knowing there. is truth mixed in with fiction. This is why I love fiction. 
I received this book for free. No Compensations were received and all words are my own.

About the Author

Olivia NewportOlivia Newport’s novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. She chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Her books include the Avenue of Dreams series set in 1890s Chicago; the Valley of Choice series, which intertwines contemporary and historical Amish stories; the historical Amish Turns of Time series; and Hidden Falls, a warm, contemporary, small-town novel.

Guest Post from Olivia Newport

Sleepy Sundays
Now don’t laugh, but my guess is that if you looked around your church on any given Sunday morning, you’d see somebody sleeping. It might be an infant or toddler whose nap time collides with the worship time resting in a parent’s arms, or it might be a senior citizen who has perfected the art of dozing in an upright position.
What you don’t expect is that the person sleeping will be the preacher.
I’ve always been interested in church history. I even read a magazine called Christian History on a regular basis and consider it pleasure reading. In my ambling through church history, I came across a notation about “sleeping preachers” in the nineteenth century in various denominations, including the Amish. The accounts suggested that individuals who were not ministers would fall unconscious, wake up to preach for lengthy periods, sleep again, and have no recollection of their actions.
Could this possibly be true? Or a giant hoax? What’s a genuine spiritual experience, and what do we do when don’t agree on how to answer that question? Let’s face it, even now, 150 years later, we still don’t quite know what to do with our varying traditions when we don’t agree on how to answer that question.
I knew I had the makings of a story. Gladden the Heart travels back to 1847 and wrestles with these questions. When a divided community faces a life-or-death situation, they must respond to a crisis that challenges them to look past their differences. But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?
Gladden the Heart is the fifth story in Olivia Newport’s Amish Turns of Time series of historical Amish novels. Olivia chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.



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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...