Wednesday, December 30, 2020

A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

Greta Nilsson's trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.

Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He'll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt's ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.


MY REVIEW

This book in my opinion is a bit different than what Hedlund normally writes but I still loved it just the same. Really, anything she writes is awesome!
These characters will make you fall in love with them from the very beginning especially little Astrid. ( By the way, I love that name! It's definitely different!)
Wyatt and Greta are perfect for each other. 
The romance in this story is just right. Not too mushy. 
I love that this book kept my attention and I finished it early in the morning. It was awesome!
I enjoyed my visit to Fairplay, Colorado. I didn't want to leave. 
Highly recommend.
My thanks for a copy of this book.
All opinions are my own


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

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.






Monday, December 28, 2020

The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 



About the Book

Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.

Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?

As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn't expected: love.

Inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, this standalone novel from bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously. You'll finish the last page of this enthralling story with deep gratitude for the gift of reading.

MY REVIEW

Suzanne Woods Fisher has done an amazing job in bringing the mountain people from 1911 to life.
I so enjoy a good history lesson!
Fact mixed with fiction makes an excellent teacher along with a wonderful man Wyatt. His wisdom along with Cora's was incredible!
Through Lucy this story brought back many memories of when I first moved to Kentucky from Ohio. It definitely was a culture shock! I had a little trouble understanding the language but once I caught on it was OK. Church was a perfect example. It sounded to me like tourch. I'm like ohhhhhh you mean church? Yes the girl said. I felt so embarrassed!
This story breaks my heart. I can't imagine not being able to do all of those things! Reading especially! I'd be lost without my books.
Cora seemed like genuinely caring woman. I loved in getting to know her as a person.
Many lessons can be learned from this book.
I only lived maybe 45 minutes from Rowan County. Kentucky is full of history! But, I sure didn't know about the Moonlight Schools!
This was a fabulous book. I loved going back home again. I do miss Kentucky more than I thought I would! It's been my home for 32 years.
I definitely recommend this one!
I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
5 stars for this touching read. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate the principles of simple living.

Suzanne lives in California with her family and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can't life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Suzanne can be found on-line at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com



Saturday, December 19, 2020

Her Amish Wedding by Winnie Griggs

 

Her Amish Wedding Quilt Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Her Amish Wedding Quilt by Winnie Griggs, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Her Amish Wedding Quilt
Title: Her Amish Wedding Quilt 
Series: Hope's Haven #1 
Author: Winnie Griggs 
Publisher: Forever 
Release Date: December 15, 2020 
Genre: Amish Romance 

An Amish seamstress and a single father have a chance to make a fresh start in this heartwarming novel about finding love when you need it the most. 

Spirited, forthright, impulsive -- everyone told Greta Eicher she'd have to change her ways if she ever hoped to marry. Then her best friend Calvin, the man she thought she would wed, chooses another woman. Now Greta's wondering if the others were right all along. Her dreams dashed, she pours her energy into crafting beautiful quilts at her shop and helping widower Noah Stoll care for his adorable young children. 

Noah knows it's time to think about finding a wife. When Greta offers to play matchmaker on his behalf, Noah eagerly accepts. After all, no one knows his children better. But none of the women she suggests seems quite right, because, unexpectedly, his feelings of respect and friendship for Greta have grown into something even deeper and richer. But will he have enough faith to overcome the pain of his past and give love another chance? 




MY REVIEW

This new to me author has a great writing style and I have felt like I was in the story with Greta and Noah.
like how she brings her people to life in this story and they are so likeable that you feel like you've known them forever. I love a book like that.
I think that what I liked about this book was the friendships that were displayed in this story. However; a true friend would not do the things that were said and done in this story. That's just mean! But, there is a thing called forgiveness and redemption.
Yay for Greta! I've loved her from the start of this book.
She's responsible, caring, loving,
I don't know I just liked her a lot!
She also made me snicker a few times too. Especially when she put a certain someone in his place! Lol lol!! Just too cute!
Maisie was an excellent character too! So grown up and responsible!
Another thing that I liked about the story was how the author portrayed the Amish. How they're just like us and how some like to gossip. Their feelings I mean after all, they're human beings too.
What fascinates me most is their simple life styles. Their cooking is wonderful!
David and Anna were so adorable! It was a joy to know them. In my opinion they made the story lively.
Trust is certainly a hard thing. It's not easy for anyone but it's a necessary thing in life.
I read this story in two days because I wanted to savor it. It really was very good!
The romance part of this book was very good! Not too mushy at all!
I am going to say that my favorite scene was about the quilt Greta made.
One thing the author mentioned and I have learned the hard way is things are just that. Things.
Gott is the most important.
But what He does for us and whom He has placed in our lives is important too.
A friend recommended this book to me. I'm glad I picked it up and I in turn want to recommend to you!
My thanks to Forever publishing.
I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Winnie Griggs

Winnie Griggs is the multi-published, award-winning author of romances that focus on small towns, big hearts, and amazing grace. Her work has won a number of regional and national awards, including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. Winnie grew up in southeast Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the back of beyond. Eventually, she found her own Prince Charming, and together they built a storybook happily-ever-after, one that includes four now-grown children who are all happily pursuing adventures of their own. When not busy writing, she enjoys cooking, browsing estate sales, and solving puzzles. She is also a list maker, a lover of exotic teas, and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.

CONNECT WITH WINNIE: Website | Facebook 

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Purple Nightgown by A.D. Lawerence

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

When Health Is Corrupted by Wealth
Step into True Colors -- a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime
Marvel at true but forgotten history when patients check into Linda Hazzard’s Washington state spa in 1912 and soon become victim of her twisted greed.

Heiress Stella Burke is plagued by insincere suitors and nonstop headaches. Exhausting all other medical aides for her migraines, Stella reads Fasting for the Cure of Disease by Linda Hazzard and determines to go to the spa the author runs. Stella’s chauffer and long-time friend, Henry Clayton, is reluctant to leave her at the spa. Something doesn’t feel right to him, still Stella submits herself into Linda Hazzard’s care. Stella soon learns the spa has a dark side and Linda a mean streak. But when Stella has had enough, all ways to leave are suddenly blocked. Will Stella become a walking skeleton like many of the other patients or succumb to a worse fate?


MY REVIEW

"Sometimes you just have to stand still and face what comes head on. And trust that God will guide you." Stand still.

This is so very true. You can't keep running away because eventually it will catch up with you. Secrets will come out.
This book is the weirdest one yet.
They just keep getting darker and darker with each book in this series. That's OK because this is my favorite series by far. I have learned so many new things from this awesome series.
I felt sorry for Stella. I can relate to her through her many migraines and all. I still admired her courage through her endurance and trials..
Yes, I didn't care for Dr. Hazzard and I'll leave it at that.
There are some surprises in this story that I never saw coming and those are what I like in a book.
This story will keep you riveted to your seat to see what happens next.
Trust me it didn't disappoint.
I recommend this to those are loving this series or for new readers that are sure enjoy this series.
My thanks to Barbour publishing for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. 


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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Being West is Best JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Being West is Best by Monique Bucheger, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Simply West of Heaven
Title: Being West is Best 
Series: Ginnie West Adventure #4 
Author: Monique Bucheger 
Publisher: True West Publishing 
Re-release Date: 2020 
Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Fiction 

Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses. 

Together, they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-father puts in an appearance after a six-year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can. Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.” 

If that’s not bad enough, the biggest bully in seventh grade comes over often and wishes he could call the West’s farmhouse “home.” When the bully’s abusive dad shows up as well, Ginnie thinks it’s time to change her family’s motto from “When you’re here, you’re family” to “There’s no more room at the West’s.” 

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MY REVIEW

This was a cute little read and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
This is the 4 and last book on this series. I highly recommend this book because it's a good and clean read for teens/middle grades.
Ginnie and Tillie are just two of my favorite heroines in this story.
They are trying to deal with the many challenges that are happening in their families and some even made me snicker lol!
The author has done a fine job in keeping me entertained and turning the pages to see how things come to an end.
I was very impressed. The author has also done an awesome job in telling the story through a teenager's eyes and in how they view today's world
I really enjoyed being a part of the West family. Their many adventures just tickled me pink.
I've always wanted a family like theirs with lots of horses included. But oh well, it never happened. I had a good family either way it went.
My thanks for a copy of this book from Just Reads Tours. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Monique Bucheger

When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. 

Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, an adorable granddaughter, a son-in-law, three cats, and many real and imaginary friends. 

She is the author of several books and plans to write many more. You can find more about Monique and her works on her website

CONNECT WITH MONIQUE: Website Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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Monday, November 30, 2020

To Steal A Heart by Jen Turano

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

After a childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she'd put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. In the middle of breaking into a safe that holds the proof to prove her friend's innocence, Gabriella is interrupted by Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend—until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agreed to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he'd be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.


MY REVIEW

This fun read deserves 5 stars and more!
I loved this read because it made me laugh out loud in various places.
I love Turano's sense of humor and it shows through her writing to make us readers laugh out loud and enjoy her characters' adventures.
Gabriella is a delightful character and has a determined personality that readers will come to love just as I have.
If any of you are late night readers then you'll know what I'm talking about. This is definitely a stay up all night read. This book is so good that I wanted to finish Gabriella and Nicholas's story. It's so worth the read!
I love history especially the 1800's but the setting here is 1886. I love learning about how things get started and how Turano brings it to life. I like seeing how life was like in 1886.
She does an excellent job in drawing people into her stories
It enables me to escape today's world.
This book offers our characters' hope through the book.
I love how Turano reminds us and her people in the stories that she writes that God has not left us in vain. She reminds also that He has a plan for each one of us and is watching over us.
I highly recommend this book. You'll be delighted to meet up with Gabriella and Nicholas.
I so can't wait for the next book!
I'm now a forever fan of Turano's books!
My thanks for an ecopy of this book.
I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. Readers may find her at www.jenturano.com - https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoaut... , https://www.instagram.com/jenturanoau... or on Twitter at JenTurano@JenTurano.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Timeless Treasure by Marylu Tyndall

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

New from Award-winning author, MaryLu Tyndall, a Time-Slip Novel!

A love story that spans the ages…

A woman with a past searching for pirate treasure
A pious professor seeking worldly recognition
And an historic pirate who brings them together.

The only thing Lexie’s mother left her after her death was a folder full of ancient letters and an old coin. Determined to remove the curse of poverty and crime from her family’s past, Lexie sets off to Charleston, S.C. to find the mythical treasure of Stede Bonnet.

Professor Barret Johnson represents everything Lexie hates. Born to wealth and privilege, Barret’s family are pillars of the community, successful, educated, Christians who never suffered a day in their lives. Yet she has no choice but to allow him to help her decipher the letters.

As the couple read each letter, we are transported into the past where we follow the adventures of Stede Bonnet from his start in Barbados, through each success and failure, and his eventual connection with Blackbeard himself.

Lexie discovers a kindred spirit in her ancestor, Bonnet, and lessons learned from the past soon drift into the present. But someone is after the letters, and soon Barret and Lexie find themselves in grave danger. They must figure out the puzzle Bonnet left them and retrieve the treasure before whoever is after them gets desperate enough to end their lives.


MY REVIEW

I'm giving this book five stars because this story is so beautiful!
Your heart will break for these people as the author tells their story and I learned quite a lot about Bonnet.
You know you're getting a treat when this author publishes a book because I don't see one that often from her.
Her writing is excellent! Her stories are so wonderful that they will draw you in in a second!
I finished this book in a couple of hours. I couldn't put it down!
You know, a thought accured to me while I was reading this book.
Bonnet came across to me as snooty and thought he was absolutely perfect which I disagreed with.
I didn't like the way he looked down on his crew or judged others beneath him.
Made me sad for him.
The greatest treasure anyone can have is with Jesus Christ and best of all, it's free. All you need to do is ask and believe.
Lexie, I can relate too in many ways. I liked her immensely because she's simply your down to earth person. She's like me. She wears her heart on her sleeve.
I love the inspiration verses that are in this story. They are gentle reminders that when we go astray there are consequences in the choices we make.
I truly loved and enjoyed this story. I wished that it didn't end too soon. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.
My thanks for a copy of this book.
I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. With more than fourteen books published, she makes no excuses for the deep spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, and several stray cats on the California coast.


Thursday, November 19, 2020



ABOUT THE BOOK

When Elizabeth Kaufman received the news of her husband's death at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, she felt only relief. She determined that she would never be at the mercy of any man again, even if it meant she would never have a family of her own. Then Aaron Zook comes home with her brother when the war ends two years later.

Despite the severity of his injuries, Aaron resolves to move West and leave the pain of the past behind him. He never imagined that the Amish way of life his grandfather had rejected long ago would be so enticing. That, and a certain widow he can't get out of his mind.

Yet, even in a simple community, life has a way of getting complicated. Aaron soon finds that while he may have left the battlefield behind, there is another fight he must win--the one for the heart of the woman he loves.
Welcome back to the Amish community at Weaver's Creek, where the bonds of family and faith bind up the brokenhearted.

MY REVIEW

Since I couldn't wait for the print copy to come out I borrowed a copy from Netgalley.
This book was awesome and I finished it one day! I mean, I couldn't help myself and Amish fiction is truly a delight to read.
I love Drexler's books! I love how her character's feelings come out to me through the story. So many emotions among a few other things. She also does an excellent job of including some mystery, not so favorable characters and a little bit of romance.
I think my favorite character is still Katie. She's so full of energy, love and I love her outlook on life. She never seems to let anything get her down and in turn it makes me happy too. It makes me happy because she reminds me of God's love for us all and not to let anything get us down no matter what it is.
I did however find myself rooting for Elizabeth. She's just truly an amazing woman. Yes, we all have fears in life too. She deserves a second chance just like we all do! Especially if it's God's will.
The one character I didn't like was Sammuel. He rubbed me the wrong way.
I will say that I highly recommend this book! It's post Civil War Amish fiction but oh my! It's still a wonderful read! I love anything by her.
My thanks to Netgalley for a wonderful read. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of thirty-eight years, where she enjoys hiking in the Hills and spending time with their expanding family.



Saturday, November 14, 2020

Dreaming of Tomorrow by Michelle De Bruin


On Tour with Prism Book Tours


Dreaming of Tomorrow
By Michelle De Bruin
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 317 Pages
November 10, 2020 by Scrivenings Press LLC

Love leads them to a lifetime of commitment where the dreams they have held onto for so long start to come true.

Popular and eligible, Logan De Witt must convince the women in town that he is engaged to be married. A quiet, simple ceremony is what he has in mind for his wedding day, but when the date and time of his bride’s arrival is published in the newspaper, the whole town joins in the celebration proving to Logan and his new wife their sincere friendship and support. Added to the excitement of Logan’s marriage is the question of what the congregation should do with the unexpected donation of an orchard.

Karen Millerson is counting the days until her long-distance engagement comes to an end and she may travel to Oswell City to marry Logan. More than anything, she wants to share in his life as a help and support, but keeping a house and finding her place in the community requires much more work than she ever expected.

Learn, laugh, and love with Karen and Logan as they start a new marriage and work together ministering to the citizens of their small town.

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MY REVIEW

A beautiful story well written indeed!
I was very happy to find out that this author has written another book because I enjoyed the first book so much!
I loved spending time with my new found friends Logan and Karen and loved their story so much!!
I also enjoyed meeting the whole town in this story. Some very nice people. Wonderful supporting characters too.
I think what I liked best was how everyone gathered together and helped one another.
It's a shame that we aren't like that anymore.
This book had the feeling of togetherness with a family feeling with it. I think that is what I loved best about this book.
I didn't want to say goodbye.
Once again I was sad to leave my friends and favorite pastor.
I loved the illustrations that were in this book because they gave you a loud hint in what the story was really about. I thought they were beautiful. Wish I could draw like that.
I highly recommend this story for it will leave you feeling comforted in more ways than one and your heart feeling full and satisfied.
My thanks to Prism Tours for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own



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About the Author



Michelle De Bruin lives in Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religion with a Christian Ministry emphasis, and in Music. Michelle is the spiritual services provider for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2015. Michelle writes inspirational historical romance about people who live in rural communities. Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small-town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct. A romantic at heart, Michelle is always on the lookout for glimpses of God’s love through the window of a good story.

Her first book, Hope for Tomorrow, released in 2018. The sequel, Promise for Tomorrow, released November 2019. The third book in the series, Dreaming of Tomorrow, releases November 2020.


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Monday, November 9, 2020

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

Founded by five enterprising Amish maidels, the new Morningstar Marketplace is a joyous
success. What’s even more remarkable is the gift the business bestows upon each of these
unmarried women—the unexpected blessing of love . . .

Leaving Flaud’s Furniture to teach at the community’s new school is a joy for
Lydianne Christner. Old Order Amish, but new to Morning Star, she’s grateful that the congregation trusts her with the position—but she panics when handsome Bishop Jeremiah Shetler asks about the life she left behind. If anyone discovers the secret she’s hiding, she would, quite rightly, be shunned.

A widower, Bishop Jeremiah admires young Lydianne’s youthful energy and skill with the children. He’s also curious about her past, and the burden he senses on her heart. When his request to court her is
refused, he’s stung, and lonelier than ever. It isn’t until a crisis prompts a tearful Lydianne to confess to him that Jeremiah is faced with a choice that requires all of his faith—and teaches them both that love and forgiveness go hand in hand. 


MY REVIEW

Here's a a favorite quote from this book that I've felt matched the story to a T! and I just had to share this right away because it's so true even in our lives.
This comes from Maratha Maude to Lydianne; "Every one of us has a secret or two we've tucked into our hearts, because some things really are best kept between us and our Lord." " Bless you for all the work you've done with our scholars. "
I love this because I'm sure being a teacher is hard work. It can't be easy and pleasant at times.
I'm so glad that at least someone is willing to recognize that and appreciate it.
I've really really enjoyed this story! Hubbard has a unique way of writing that puts us into the hearts and minds of her characters.
Another saying that I really hadn't thought about being put this way is; when something wonderfully satisfying locks into place, it's as though our hearts were a jigsaw puzzle we finally find the missing pieces we've been searching for.
Folks I agree completely. Hubbard couldn't have put it in a better way.
I love her books so much that I eagerly await each one. She can't write fast enough for me. Her books are just so wonderful gut!
I finished this one in a few hours. Five stars for such a wonderful gut book! The writing was awesome and I enjoyed the bit of mystery that was added in nicely.
The characters were well rounded out and the story didn't feel rushed at all.
I especially liked in how Hubbard portrayed Bishop Jeremiah. After all, preachers/Bishops have feelings too!
I felt like they were all of my friends so therefore I didn't want to say goodbye. I don't like it when a great story ends! More please?!
My thanks to Netgalley for a wonderful gut book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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.



The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick

ABOUT THE BOOK  Classically trained pianist and singer Natalie Curtis isolated herself for five years after a breakdown just before she was ...