Tuesday, June 30, 2020

An Appalachian Summer by Ann H. Gabhart



In 1933, most people are focused on the Great Depression but all Piper Danson can think about is how to get out of being a debutante and marrying Braxton Crandall. In an act of defiance, Piper volunteers as a frontier nursing courier in the Appalachian Mountains where adventure awaits.


Mrs. Gabhart once again brings us a delightful read about 1930's Kentucky.
I have enjoyed reading her books and this one is no exception!
This is a subject that I feel this author has done well with and her research is spot on!
I've found myself looking up Mrs. Breckenridge and I"m thoroughly intrigued by her and how she started everything. She's a fascinating woman that's for sure!
I love her saying that can't is not a word in her book. I think it was wonderful how she stood by it. By saying can't isn't going to get anything done.
I feel like if it's meant to be then God will make it happen no matter where, when, and who you are. I like how He's always watching out for us. I know He has me. All the time.
Kentucky is full of rich history and I really liked the story telling of the mountain folks. They can teach future generations to keep the old ways. I think in some ways we'd be better of if the old ways were still around.
I will say this, the horses in this story made my day. They are my favorite animals and the way Gabhart has written I felt like I was riding with the nurses to their destinations to help the people that live in the mountains of Kentucky.
I snickered in some places of this book and I really and truly loved this read! It took me back to my home even if only for a little while.
I love learning and reading more the nurses of the Appalachian mountains and their whole reason for being there.
Truda is my favorite character in the whole book. Her whole outlook on life is amazing! She keeps on doing what needs to be done and I like that her positive attitude rubs off on everyone that she meets including her niece Piper.
Garhart weaves in some wonderful faith filled messages that aren't a mile long and brings her point across without being too preachy. It's my favorite thing about reading these books.
I am looking forward to Gabhart's next book with anticipation because she's an awesome story teller herself.
I highly recommend this book. It will leave your heart filled with satisfaction from an incredible read.
My thanks to Netgalley and Revell for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.


Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann's website http://annhgabhart.com or her two blogs, One Writer's Journal, www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com, and the Hollyhill Book of the Strange, www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspo.... Giveaways several times a year.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Stories that Bind by Susie Finkbeiner

Stories That Bind Us


Betty Sweet is still recovering from the loss of her husband when she becomes the temporary guardian of a five-year-old nephew she never knew she had. As they struggle to move forward, they build a relationship upon the foundation of storytelling and its special kind of magic.


Wow! I was certainly sad to see this book end! But then again, good books usually are over before you know it. I love Susie Finkbeiner. I like how she makes me stop and think about each quote whenever I came across one. I really liked this one because it is fitting for the the 60's at a time when things were scary in an ever changing world.
" Don't let the scary things of the world keep you from seeing the good." "Even the darkest night can't put out all the light." I really think that this advice from Betty to Hugo applies even in today's world. Not just the 60's. I like how Betty reminds herself while she's telling Hugo this. Even adults need gentle reminders too.
I remember sitting in church listening to Preacher Joe preaching this very thing. As long as there's light there will be hope. I think that's why this particular quote stood out to me. God is always a beacon of light. He's there for us all the time.
Fear can often make people do things they normally wouldn't do. 
Another quote was a lady talking to Betty when she was visiting Clara told her that all we can do is love them if we can't do anything else. We love them because they are still family. How true this is!
I couldn't put this book down because every time I did it would holler at me to pick right back up until I finished it. I love when books yell at me like that. It means they're fabulous!!
Hugo stole my heart from the beginning and at times made me cry. 
Betty was a fabulous character too who had a big heart of gold. For what she done for Hugo. I wish she was my aunt. My the stories that she told! I had to laugh at a few of them.
The places that the author described I have actually been there. But I didn't mind visiting again. I rather enjoyed it! Michigan is my favorite place to visit.
I really liked the actual historical events that took place in real life and I feel that the author has done her research to the T. She's done an excellent job in bringing them to life so that we can imagine being there ourselves.
Finkbeiner write the best stories ever! This book definitely comes from the heart! I hope this isn't her last.
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! It certainly deserves it. I would reread this book over and over because it's just that good!
Friends you just have to read this heartwarming tale of an era gone by! So so good!
I highly recommend!
My thanks to Netgalley and Revell for a beautiful read! One I highly enjoyed!
I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own. NO compensations were received.


Susie Finkbeiner

Susie Finkbeiner is the author of All Manner of Things as well as the CBA bestselling Pearl Spence series.

When she’s not writing or traveling to speak at retreats or conferences, Susie enjoys lunch dates with her husband, reading with her kids, and drinking coffee with good friends.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Never An Amish Bride by Ophelia London



Welcome to charming Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where bestselling author Ophelia London will bring you on a moving and unforgettable journey through faith, forgiveness, and ultimately love.

Everything changed for Esther Miller with the death of her beloved fiancé, Jacob. Even years later, she still struggles with her faith and purpose in the small, tight-knit Amish village of Honey Brook—especially now that her younger sister is getting married. All she wants is to trust in the Lord to help her find peace...but peace is the last thing she gets when Lucas, Jacob’s wayward older brother, returns to town.

Lucas Brenneman has been harboring a secret for years—the real reason he never returned from Rumspringa and the truth behind his brother Jacob’s death. Honey Brook still calls to him, but he knows his occuMpation as a physician’s assistant must take precedence. With sweet and beautiful Esther he finds a comfort he’s never known, and he feels like anything is possible...even forgiveness. But she was Jacob’s bride-to-be first. And if she knew the truth, would she ever truly open her heart to him?

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London brings a sweet, heartfelt, and surprisingly funny take to the popular Amish romance cannon. 


Love loved this book!
Cool characters and an awesome plot! I also loved the theme of love, acceptance and forgiveness.
I'm giving this book 5 stars because I've had such an enjoyable read out of this.
It made for a peaceful evening when everyone else was asleep. I got to visit my Amish world once again.
In my opinion, this story is also about hope. No matter what a person has done or what has happened to them.
Lucas and Esther are perfect examples. Each is trying to get through life the best way they know how. Grief has no time limit that's for sure! I still miss my mom!
And you know, secrets do have a way of coming out in the end sometimes depending on how it's received it may give that person some peace after it's out.
Might I say this cover is gorgeous! Makes you wonder what Esther is thinking about doesn't it? You'll just have to read this book to find out.
I highly recommend this beautiful story! And I will be watching for more stories by the author in the future!
My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I was NOT required to write a positive review.


USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE (Honey Brook series), her very first Amish Ophelia Londonromance! As wells as the Sugar City series, the Perfect Kisses series, the Abby Road series, and other adult, NA and YA sweet romances. Visit her at ophelialondon.com, but don’t call when she’s streaming The Walking Dead.

The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey



They know the power and peril of the ocean.
But as they get closer to the deadly truth . . .
An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface.

When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker, Coast Guard Investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are flown to the scene thirty-eight miles from shore. Tensions aboard the rig are high, and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the "plague on the environment" from continuing its work. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating on board about an ancient curse lurking in the depths below.

Mounting evidence shows the death might not have been an accident. Was the man killed by one of the activists or, more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only numerous suspects, but also their own haunted pasts and their attraction to each other.

Just as the case seems about to break open, worse news arrives: a tropical storm has turned their way. Now they're cut off from any rescue--right where the killer wants them. 


Another great read by Dani Pettrey and the second book in this new series!
A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon following Rissi and Mason as they solve their case on an oil rig along with different complications getting their way!
I loved guessing whodunit in this book! It's not who you think it is at first!
There were different places in this book that will make you laugh and if not at least grinning at the team member's gentle banter throughout the book. It's what I liked best about this book.
Pettrey has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat to see what Rissi and Mason and the other team members will do next!
Another thing I liked was how Pettrey has indeed done her research for the investigation part of this book so we'll that she's made it so believable and real like you were a part of the team yourself! This book was fantastic!
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series because this sure did not disappoint! I highly recommend this great read! You'll not be disappointed!
My thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House for a copy of the book. I was NOT required to write a positive review for this book.


Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with Dani Pettreythe chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), 

“gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

Her Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series have received praise from readers and critics alike and spent multiple months topping the CBA bestseller lists. Dani has also been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award finalist, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award.

From her early years eagerly reading Nancy Drew mysteries, to paging through Agatha Christie novels or watching on-the-edge-of-her-seat adventure movies, Dani has always enjoyed mystery and suspense. She considers herself blessed to be able to write the kind of stories she loves—full of plot twists and peril, love, and longing for hope and redemption. Her greatest joy as an author is sharing the stories God lays on her heart. She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit danipettrey.com.

How Sweet it is by Robin Lee Hatcher

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How Sweet It Is
(Lagacy of Faith, #3)
By Robin Lee Hatcher
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 304 Pages
July 14th 2020 by Thomas Nelson

He lost his brother. She lost her dream. Together, they might find what they’re really looking for.

Holly Stanford is doing the best she can with the restaurant she inherited from her late uncle. But after her fiancé abandons her and the business, Holly regrets having given up her dream of becoming a pastry chef. Now a few bad financial decisions might cost her everything, including her hope for the future.

Jed Henning has done well with his new company despite his prodigal brother’s behavior. When Jed‘s father, the controlling member of the board of directors, temporarily suspends operations until his sons work out their differences, Jed resentfully chases his brother, Chris, to Boise. There Jed rents a basement apartment from Holly and hopes to convince Chris to get his act together before their company collapses.

Unaware that Holly is the one person who can help him get through to Chris, Jed starts the tough work of reconciliation armed with little more than a few family photographs, a stack of old letters, and a Bible that belonged to his great-grandfather, Andrew Henning. And as romance blossoms between Holly and Jed, the story of Jed’s great-grandfather highlights the power of God across the generations and the legacy of a family’s courageous faith.

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When you pick up a Robin Lee Hatcher book you know it's going to be good!
When I finished reading Ben and Ashley's story, I thought that was the end so I was pleasantly surprised to see this one.
Hatcher has done a nice job in tying the past with the present together once again.
I think what fascinated me the most about this book was that Andrew and Helen were able to live to see all of these historical events! How wonderful would it have been to see things like that! Imagine how many generations can live in one house too! I love historical homes.
In the present we really don't see much changing because in my opinion it's already happened. I think that's why I'd love to travel back in time to see all of these wonderful events and maybe just maybe get to meet Neil Armstrong.
While reading Andrew and Helen's part of the story I felt like I re-learned a few medical terminology that I had forgotten about.
Andrew is my favorite character so I was glad to see him return in this novel. I liked him because he was strong in his faith even when things in his life were going wrong he turned to the Lord for his needs. I know that had to have been hard to do because it is for me. I'm trying to do better. I've even been trying to keep a daily journel.
Jeb was another story altogether. So much anger and hatred! Wow! I felt that coming through the pages of the book!
They say that Jeb's a handsome man but looks really aren't everything. In my opinion, it's what is in the heart is what really counts and of course it's what God really looks at too.
But, you know I really ended up liking him. I'm not going to say why because I don't want to give the story away!
Holly was a sweet lady. Poor thing really struggled!
In different circumstances there were times when I wanted to sit and cry or just give up but of course I didn't.
As you read this book my hope is that you'll see what this references to. I figured it out right away where this was going but again Hatcher has done such an amazing job.that she'll make you think twice. She did me.
I finished this book last night. I finished it 4 am in the morning. I just didn't want to put it down..
I wanted to see if Jeb could work out his problems with his brother. I found myself rooting for them.
This is the third book in the series and I think, think it's the last. But, we'll see.
Also, there are some Bible verses that written throughout this book and I actually looked up a couple and a few I had memorized from going to church myself.
Bibles are special. They are God's word and I especially liked this one because each family member that received it treasured it always.
I know I did mine! I have my grandpa's and there are a bunch of names that are written in there. I like that.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book because you'll not want to put it down until you finish. This book will leave you feeling full and satisfied after a good read. Kind of like a wonderful dessert
My thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson publishing for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are mine. 

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Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Don't Keep Silent by Elizabeth Goddard



Justice comes easy for these two. But forgiveness? That's another matter altogether.

Investigative reporter Rae Burke will do anything to find her missing sister-in-law, even if it means facing Liam McKade, a man who almost lost his life saving hers. A former DEA agent, Liam thought he could find peace at his Wyoming ranch, but he doesn't feel at home anywhere anymore. When the reporter who blew his cover on an important investigation inserts herself back into his life, he's less than thrilled. But Rae's keen investigative skills have led her down the right path--and directly into the dragon's mouth--leaving Liam no choice but to protect her.

As the danger increases, the past they both tried to flee catches up to them, along with the feelings they once had for each other


I so enjoyed this story!
I love how Elizabeth Goddard weaves mystery into her books to keep you on the edge of your seat. Her style of writing is fantastic while at the same time the characters seem realistic and believable. ( It's what I love about her books).
Lots of twists and turns throughout the book and some of these I didn't see coming! I love guessing at the whodunit scenarios.
The supporting characters weren't well liked but that's to be expected. To me, it's what made the story so awesome!
I enjoyed Liam and Rae's story so much and I was glad to see Austin and Heath back too if only for a short while.
I really enjoyed the plot. It was interesting to see how the investigators go about their searches for missing people although some of it did send some shivers down my back. That's my favorite part of the book is learning what they do and how they do it.
I've watched a lot of shows like this but I think I'd rather read about it.
Indeed money is the root of all evil. Always has been, I think it's in how people use it.
Liam and Rae certainly have a lot to overcome but I was rooting for them through the entire story. I think that if things were meant to be God would certainly orchestrate it wouldn't He? I like to think so.
I've really enjoyed this series and I hope there's more to come. I hate saying goodbye for now.
But, I will say this this book is certainly worth the reread. I loved every minute of it and it kept me from facing whatever is going on with me right now.
I wish that I could give this book more than 5 stars because wow it was just amazing!
I highly recommend this book for everyone!
My thanks to Netgalley and Revell publishing for a wonderful story! I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.


Elizabeth Goddard

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than thirty romance novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—a 2011 Carol Award winner. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of becoming an author.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

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Lucy Clairmont's family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it's Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she's discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers--and the healing--they so desperately seek.


I enjoyed this time slip novel from present to past with awesome characters and a wonderful plot. 
Dykes sure knows how to draw her readers in from the beginning until the end. 
Her writing is very beautiful! 
I think what I really liked about this book was how the generations of Lucy's family was woven in to be believable and realistic. 
A very entertaining story that will make you want to keep turning the pages of this book until you are finished. 
I didn't want the book to end it was so good! 
I especially loved how the author had woven the story of the HMS Jubilee in as I love ships! 
Astronomy has always interested me too so that's why this story has captivated me so much! 
And this is a book that will leave you thinking about Lucy and her family long after their story is over. 
I really loved this quote " To Remember the God who is coming and coming and coming to find your heart" he'd said. Wherever you are, whatever's happened. With every miracle that around every ordinary corner. It did not feel like he was riddling them, only continuing his nightly stories. 
I believe what he's telling Lucy is that God knows what is inside her heart all the time and that he's coming again.


Amanda Dykes is a drinker of tea, dweller of redemption, and spinner of hope-filled tales who spends most days chasing wonder and words with her family. She's a former English teacheAmanda Dykesr and the author of Whose Waves Twww.amandadykes.comhese Are, a Booklist 2019 Top Ten Romance debut, as well as three novellas. Find her online at www.amandadykes.com.

Stay With Me by Becky Wade

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Loving her is a risk he can't afford . . . and can't resist.

When acclaimed Bible study author Genevieve Woodward receives an anonymous letter referencing her parents' past, she returns to her hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains to chase down her family's secret. However, it's Genevieve's own secret that catches up to her when Sam Turner, owner of a historic farm, uncovers the source of shame she's worked so hard to hide.

Sam has embraced his sorrow, his isolation, and his identity as an outsider. He's spent years carving out both career success and peace of mind. The last thing he wants is to rent the cottage on his property to a woman whose struggles stir his worst failure back to life. Yet can he bear to turn her away right when she needs him most?


Feeling that this book comes from the author’s heart it has turned out to be her best one yet!
Wade gives us a little bit of everything in this book along with some life’s lessons
and she doesn’t beat around the bush about it.
Writing about
I won’t say what they are since I don’t want to give anything away.
Genevive is just like any other human being. She is just trying to get through life the best way she knew how what with everything going on in it and all.
I think life is stressful at times but it can also be what you make of it. In my opinion Genevive took it a little too far.
For this reason I really couldn’t warm up to her at all.
Sam is an amazing character! At first he got on my nerves but as I read on I grew to love him. I thought that he was perfect for a certain someone.
I enjoy Becky‘s writing to the fullest. I love walking away with my heart feeling full and satisfied. Wade has a way of doing that to you.
The cover of this book is certainly beautiful! 


Becky Wade

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her three kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn’t be more thrilled with it.

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

What Momma Left Behind by Cindy Sproles



Worie Dressar is seventeen years old when influenza and dysentery ravage her Appalachian Mountain community in 1898, leaving behind a growing number of orphaned children with no way to care for themselves. Worie's mother has been secretly feeding a number of these little ones on Sourwood Mountain. But when she dies suddenly, Worie is left to figure out why and how she was caring for them.

Plagued with two good-for-nothing brothers--one greedy and the other a drunkard--Worie fights to save her home and the orphaned children now in her begrudging care. Along the way, she will discover the beauty of unconditional love and the power of forgiveness as she cares for all of Momma's children.


A very enjoyable read by Cindy Sproles who wrote so well that I thought I was in the novel with Worie Dressar.
Worie impressed me so much! She’s one strong and determined young lady who does what needs to be done in order to survive in 1877 Appalachia’s.
Along the way she learns some valuable life lessons like forgiveness and love as she helps the needy children who lost their loved ones.
The language of the mountain people is beautiful. Sort of reminds me of Kentucky.
The one person that I didn’t like was shifty Calvin. I felt that he should have stayed around to help Worie. To me, it didn’t matter about his upbringing. He still should have stepped up to be a man. He made me mad at him.
This story will tug at your heart as you read Worie’s story. It did me. I will be looking for more of Cindy’s work in the future.
I appreciate that Sproles doesn’t beat around the bush about the hard times and tough subjects that are in this book.
She will make you smile and cry at the same time.
This book will keep you turning its pages until you are finished and will leave you thinking about Worie and her family long after this story is finished.
I highly recommend it!
My thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my ownA very enjoyable read by Cindy Sproles who wrote so well that I thought I was in the novel with Worie Dressar.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Forever Home by Amy Grochowski

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Forever Home by Amy Grochowski Title: Forever Home
Amish Dreams on Prince Edward Island #1
Amy Grochowski
Ambassador International
Release Date:
June 9, 2020
Inspirational Amish Romance
A Canadian Amish farmer
A Lancaster Amish businesswoman
A Prince Edward Island foster child 

Providence brings together a mismatched family, giving all three a second chance for love. Only love may never have had such a tough job.

Lydia Miller is an anomaly among her Amish people-a single woman in her 30s, running her own store, determined to forge a life on her own. But when Joel Yoder comes into town to sell his property, Lydia suddenly finds all of her hopes and dreams crumbling around her and a new opportunity placed in her lap.

Joel has his own problems. Recently jilted by his fiancée, Joel has seen his own dreams of moving to a newly established Amish community begin to falter. The new community welcomes married couples only. With his dreams quickly slipping from his fingers, Joel suddenly sees the only option he thinks he has--a marriage of convenience for both of them.

 As the new couple begins life in a new settlement, they are even more surprised when a foster child in need of a home finds her way to them. Yet what will happen when the English world and the Amish world collide?

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I loved this novel! 
A new to me author that I immediately liked and since I'm already fond of the Amish this story touched my heart deeply.  
I could relate to some of it because my parents were foster parents for many years. A thing that I was jealous of for many years. Now, that I am grown I look back and see that my parents were totally selfless.  That's a true gift.
These characters will melt your heart. You'll want to laugh and cry with them in their joyous moments and in their sad one too. 
A subject that Grochowski did really well with and is rarely talked about among the Amish is autism. 
This story gave me a somewhat idea of what parents go through and deal with all the time. The Amish aren't exempt from the things we are. 
I liked that this story will keep you spellbound until the end. You'll not want to put it down until you see what happens with our friends. 
I haven't enjoyed a book like this in a long time! 
Thank you JustReads Tours for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.


Amy Grochowski 

Amy Grochowski's deep appreciation for the Amish faith and way of life stems from six years of living and working with a Beachy Amish family, as well as her own Anabaptist roots. Her debut novel, Forever Home, was a pre-published winner of Romance Writers of America's Maggie Award and a semi-finalist in ACFW's Genesis Contest. She is a member of ACFW and Word Weavers Int'l. 

Amy spent her childhood in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents worked as church planters. After returning to the States, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia became home. Her real-life romance began on a travel nursing assignment to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she met her husband, David.

After a nursing career of more than twenty years, Amy is now fulfilling her long-awaited dream career as an author of inspirational romance. She is also a full-time homeschool mom for her two boys, one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and lives with her family in the bustling foothills of North Carolina.

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(1) winner will receive a signed author copy of Forever Home, a classic 200 recipe Mennonite Family Cookbook, a Magic Amish cloth (it really does clean like magic with no chemicals), and a $25 Amazon gift card!

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Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 22, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 29, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Plain Refuge by Dana R. Lynn

 sPlain Refuge Blog + Review Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Plain Refuge by Dana R. Lynn, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Plain Refuge by Dana R. Lynn Title: Plain Refuge
Series: Amish Country Justice #8
Author: Dana R. Lynn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Genre: Romantic Suspense

On the run from hired gunmen, 
can she find safety in Amish country?

After overhearing an illegal weapons deal, Sophie Larson knows two things: her uncle’s a dangerous criminal…and he wants her dead. Now undercover cop Aiden Forster has no choice but to blow his cover and protect Sophie by hiding her and her deaf sister in Amish country. But with a mole in the police force, danger isn’t far behind.

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This Amish book was a bit different from what I normally read but that's ok because I still enjoyed the characters and the plot.
A page turner to be sure that will keep your interest until the book was finished. It will also keep you guessing as to who the culprit is.
I think Celine and Sophie were magnificent throughout the story and they quickly became my favorites.
Aiden was ok too. Actually, I'll take him too.
In a way, I was sad that Levi didn't get much of a storyline. I love the Amish. Their simple ways of life fascinates me. I thought him an interesting character and I wish I could have gotten to know him more.
Poor Levi!!
I've read this author before and she's quite good with her storytelling. So when I seen this book I very much wanted to read it. I wasn't disappointed at all!
This is the 8th installment by this author which means I'll have to play catch-up.
I highly recommend this book!
My thanks to Just Reads Tours for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own!


Dana R. Lynn 

Dana R. Lynn grew up in Illinois. She met her husband at a wedding and told her parents she had met her future husband. Nineteen months later, they were married. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. She believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. Her books have been on the Publishers Weekly Best Sellers lists. She has been a Holt Medallion finalist, a Selah finalist, and a New England Readers Choice finalist and Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website www.danarlynn.com.

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(1) winner will receive a copy of Plain Refuge and winner's choice of a $10 Barnes and Noble OR Amazon gift card!

Plain Refuge JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 9, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on June 16, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!
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