Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gathering the Threads!!

Gathering the Threads

by Cindy Woodsmall

The third instalment in The Amish of Summer Grove series, brings Ariana Brenneman back home from the Englisch world. Coming back she faces her whole family with a new insight to her life. Still living with her new-found Amish family is Skylar Nash, having found her place among them. Now the beloved child is back home and things seem to be unravelling in front of her. As both girls look to adjust to the big changes in their lives, it seems that they are both not sure of what they truly want out of life. Will both Ariana and Skylar come to a palce where they can come together as sisters, while grasping the hand of the One who created them.

Cindy Woodsmall has brought a delightful read showcasing the struggles of two young women dealing with life. It takes a deep look at the belief of the Amish and some struggles that are faced with the life. I love how the story line is written about two girls from very different worlds trying to navigate the changes that have come about.

If you are looking for a good read, this is the series for you!!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging For Books and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Finding Peace in the Valley!!!

Peace in the Valley 

by Ruth Logan Herne

Ruth Logan Herne has brought another heartwarming cowboy story to us. The Stafford Family is made of three brothers with all different lifes, that is connected by their rancher father and the town. Trey the youngest brother is the famous musical singer, Lucy is the distrustful neighbor that has suffered from the greed of his adopted father. Each of these characters are very well developed that they draw us each into their story. It is a story that touches the heart and makes us fall in love with Ruth Logan Herne's writings.

The third novel in the Double S Ranch series, brings back home to the ranch the youngest of the Stafford sons. Knowing he owes his life to the legendary rancher Sam Stafford, Trey Walker Stafford returns to save Sam's life. Having left the ranch to pursue a musical career against the advice of his adopted father. Now Trey returns home with fame and success on his heels, still struggling to get over the tragic loss of his wife.

With Sam Stafford's decline of health has came a change of heart, Sam has made a vow to make up for all the strife he has created in the town and with his neighbors. One of those neighbors is single mother of three, Lucy Carlton; who is struggling to keep her business afloat. Per instructions from Sam, Trey is sent to help Lucy revive her crumbling farm.

As their time together is more frequent, feelings grown between these two neighbors. But there things that both of them struggle with, a past of drug abuse and the struggle with fitting your life in with fame.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging For Books and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A beautiful story for faith believers!!

Wings of the Wind (Out From Egypt Book #3) by [Cossette, Connilyn]

Wings of the Wind

by Connilyn Cossette

The sequel to the Out From  Egypt  is Wings of the Wind, just like the first two books we are introduced to some very amazing characters. Several characters from the first two books have a part in this book, along with meeting Tobiah and Alanah. The dedication and love of Tobiah is very touching to the heart. A man who would choose to take a stranger as a wife,  to provide protection for her from the dangers around them. Alanah is very strong and determined woman who has never seen what true love looks like in her life. Raised in a household full of men, with not knowing a touch of a woman since she was a little girl. Two very different characters that meet in a very dangerous situation and overcome many obstacles in their path to love.  

I love reading biblical fiction, Connilyn Cossette takes a fresh look into the bible stories of our childhoods. As I was reading this book, I delighted in learning more about the history of that time period. The characters win your heart from the first time you meet them on the page to the end of the book. It is hard to let go of the series when it ends at the end of this book. The twists and turns of the story line kept me plunging forward till the end of the book. It is as mix of suspense and romance that makes a very good book to read.  

We find the Hebrews wandering in the desert near the land of Canaan. We meet a very brave Canaanite woman Alanah, whom lost her father and brothers in battle with the Hebrews. Choosing to avenge the deaths of her family, she disguises herself and sneaks out to battle.

Tobiah, a devoted Hebrew warrior has devoted his life to protecting his people. When he finds a unconscious woman on the battlefield among the dead. The only thing he knows is to find help for her and protect her from the dangers around them.

The turn of events throws both Tobiah and Alanah together as a married couple. Alanah does not want anything to do with living with the ones who killed her family. But her injuries force her to stay where she is under the protection of Tobiah as her husband.  As their time together passes Alanah sees a different side to her husband and the ways of his people. When danger presents itself causing possible harm to a loved one, Alanah makes a hard choice to protect them. Will Alanah and Tobaih be able to find each other? Also will they choose to stay as husband and wife?

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read biblical fiction!!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for a honest review.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bread of Angels!!

Bread of Angels by [Afshar, Tessa]

Bread of Angels 

by Tessa Afshar

There is a brief passage in the Bible about Lydia the seller of purple, so I jumped at the chance to review this book. Also, I have read another book by Tessa Afshar and I loved it. She does a wonderful job of writing about biblical stories and brings them to life in her books.

Her newest novel takes place during the time of Paul's travels through Roman empire. We find Lydia learning the trade of making purple dye from her father.  Her life is filled with spending her days with her father making the dye that provides for their needs. One  day her father has an accident causing him to be unable to perform his job, Lydia takes over the everyday duties of making the dye. The young man that rescued her dad makes an offer to both of them seems too good to be true.
As time passes by,  Lydia's life is overturned by false accusations against her father, Running from the disgrace, she finds a home in Phillippi. Doing the only thing she knows she chooses to use  her father's secret formulas to provide an income for herself and her ward.

The years pass by with Lydia's purple cloth becoming a very popular item. Still, she longs for more in her life than just selling purple cloth. When Paul and a group of apostles come to Phillippi, they meet up with Lydia and her friends. Upon hearing the gospel, her heart is filled with joy that is met with a struggle. All of her past hurts and secrets catch up with her causing Lydia to choose. Does she stand firm in the faith or succumb to the fears that have chased her all of her life??

I received this book from Tyndale Blogging, this is my honest review and I have not been compensated for it.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Beauty Begins with You!!

Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection by [Shook, Chris, Shook Alpha, Megan]

Beauty Begins: 

Making Peace with Your Reflection

by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha

A Mother and daughter team bring to us a fresh look at the struggle girls and women are facing today. Diving into a very hard topic that bombards us everywhere from billboards to magazines in the grocery store checkout line. Exploring the origins of true beauty, while challenging all women to trade the pressure to meet a certain perfect look, for what God has provided for us in perfect love. 

Our culture has taken a precious thing and created it into an obsession that has made us into objects more than humans. It does not matter where we turn we face images that feed us that beauty is all about looks. I, myself have struggled with this issue to the point I could not see the truth in the mirror. 

The mother and daughter team share from their life experiences and struggles with body image and appearance. Drawing from what they have been thru they give us the wisdom to overcome and realise what true beauty is.

I love the fresh take these two women write with, they are very real about life. This is one book I would recommend for women of all ages to read.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Behind the Scenes!!

Behind the Scenes (Apart From the Crowd Book #1) by [Turano, Jen]

Behind The Scenes 

"Apart from the Crowd"

by Jen Turano

Here is another delightful read by Jen Turano which delves into a time period where High Society ruled the ballrooms of New York City. We meet Miss Permilla Griswold, the daughter of a very rich mine owner. Introduced to the high society by her Stepmother, while having to be on the outskirts of her stepsisters hunt for a husband. When Permilla was approached with an amazing opportunity to use her position as a wallflower as a way to earn some income. But her position as a wallflower also has put her into a very dangerous situation. 

Upon overhearing a conversation between two men that leaves her fear the for life of a well-known merchant Asher Rutherford. With help of some very unlikely friends, Permilla sets out to keep Asher safe from harm. The more time they spend together, Asher starts to realise there is more to his wallflower than what he sees on the outside.  Will they be able to solve the mystery of who is plotting to kill them? 

The twists and turns that take this story thru the streets of New York city also draw us into the ballrooms of the elite. Intermixed with the excitement and mystery is the humour of the antics of Permilla and her friends. I love the sprinkle of romance with a murder plot that hangs over the main characters heads, The references to the changes in the workforce with women being able to further their education and hold a job. Reading bits of history in books well written like this is something I love. Jen Turano turned out another outstanding story that gives us a glimpse into history. 

I  received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House publishers as part of their blogging program. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A WWII Romance!!!

The One True Love of Alice Ann 

by Eva Marie Everson

This is the first book I have read by Eva Marie Everson, the thing that drew me to the book was the story line based during WWII. When I picked up the book and started to read it, I was drawn in to the story about a young girl during a time that was in a upheaval. I went thru a time period where like Alice Ann, I had a crush on a guy who had no interest in me. As the story progresses Alice Ann corresponds with her elder brothers friend Mack, that has been shipped overseas to fight the war. Letter writing was one of the ways to share news from home to the guys on the war front during that time period. Which compared to now days we have email, social media, cell phones, where we can just share news at the drop of a hat. The boys on the war front loved getting mail and packages from back home. In this story the letters that passed between Alice Ann and these two young men shared so much news of life on the front and at home. 

As time passes, one of the young men is injured and sent home to recover from his injuries. When Alice Ann's best friend comes to her with a special request; to read to her older brother Carlton the recently returned home war hero. Alice Ann gives in to her best friend's request and starts to spend time reading to Carlton. As the days pass it seems that Carlton slowly regains his strength and vision back. But very bad news comes thru rocking the town to their core. Mack is considered missing in action, by the war officials.  Alice Ann heart is ripped to shreds at the news of her first love being  missing, that she chooses to stop spending time with Carlton.

Carlton reaches out to Alice Ann showing her that her time spent with him means more than just friendship. Alice Ann's family also give her the support and strength she need to pull thru the times ahead of them. When the truth comes to light, Alice Ann is given a chance to choose between two men; one who loves her for who she is and another who has fallen in love with what he thinks is her. Which one will Alice Ann choose Carlton the man she nursed back to health or Mack the boy she had loved as a young girl?

This is a very delightful story of a time of war and love, I will truly read another of Eva Marie Everson books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.