Friday, November 18, 2016

The Devoted

I am a huge fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher . I have yet to read a story by her that was not deep, heartwarming, insightful and Godly. This book was not the exception. I adore how Suzanne shows how God plays a hands on, interested role in our lives, even when we do not realize it is His hand at work right away.

This is a great story with characters you can fall madly in love with. Easy book to recommend to those who love Amish fiction, roses or a beautiful story.  Throughout this story we see the pain, love, hurt and expectations all have of each other, their relationships and the right thing to do in Gods eyes.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series, the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Revell books in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Christmas at Promise Lodge




Christmas at Promise Lodge
by Charlotte Hubbard

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GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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BLURB:

Promise Lodge's first wedding is cause for celebration—but the bishop's narrow-minded wedding sermon doesn't sit well with the Bender sisters, especially widowed Mattie Schwartz. She believes marriage and family aren't the only important gifts God gives--even if she suspects her tender feelings for Preacher Amos Troyer run deeper than simple friendship. Amos hasn't given up hope that stubborn, spirited Mattie will change her mind about taking another husband, but when an accident threatens to change his life forever, he wonders if the Lord has sent him a message. He'll need faith, hope, and charity to find the right path—and a Christmas blessing to convince Mattie to walk it with him.

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ENJOY AN EXCERPT:

“Jah, your brother and the bride probably wonder what’s happened to you.” Not to mention Gloria, Mary Kate thought with a smile.

“I guarantee you that Noah and Deborah aren’t thinking about me,” Roman teased. “You did miss a pretty provocative wedding sermon, though. Your dat told my mamm and aunts, along with Amos and Preacher Marlin—by name—that they were to be married before the snow flies and that he’d allow no marrying of Amish to Mennonites. He also preached that the women’s only business was to be keeping house for their families.”

Her jaw dropped. “He really said those things? In front of so many people?” she whispered. “That’s not going to go over with Rosetta or your mamm or—”

“Preacher Amos was gripping the bench so hard I thought he might crack it in half. Preacher Marlin looked ready to stand up and leave—and Truman Wickey was as mad as I’ve ever seen him, too.” Roman shook his head as he rose from the swing. “I’m sure we’ve not heard the last of this. After all, who’s to run the produce stand or manage the lodge apartments if my mother and aunt aren’t allowed? I can’t see them handing over those businesses to men—even their husbands—after they’ve poured themselves into making a go of it here.”

Mary Kate sighed loudly. “My dat believes women should know their place and stay there, without making any fuss,” she murmured. “I don’t see why he’s so old-fashioned about stuff like that, when other Amish settlements allow women to work from their homes—which is what your mamm and Rosetta are doing. And anyone can see that Truman and Rosetta are meant for each other.”

“It’ll all work out, somehow.” Roman gazed at her. Although he stood nearly six feet tall and had a sturdy, muscled body, he didn’t give the impression of looking down at her, or of intending to keep her in his shadow or under his thumb. The slow smile that overtook his face appeared open and sincere—not a sign of derision or pity, that she could see. “You take care, Mary Kate. It was nice visiting with you.”



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40 years and their Border collie, Ramona.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Woman He Married (A Magic City Duo Book 1)




GENRE: Women's Fiction

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BLURB:

Once an aspiring young attorney, Josie looked forward to taking on the injustices of the world—one case at a time. Eleven years later, she’s a stay-at-home mom and battling demons that don’t require a law degree. Only keeping up pretenses proves more than she can bear when a bracelet that should have been hers shows up on the wrist of another woman. Her marriage slowly begins to unravel as an ex-lover comes back into her life. When he offers her the dreams she thought she’d lost, Josie must chose between the man she married and the one she let get away.

John has always known exactly what he wanted. A career as a high-powered attorney, followed by the perfect family of six, and then elected public service. So it was no surprise that the first time he laid his eyes on Josie, he knew she was the one he’d share his dreams with. More than a decade, and one tragic miscalculation later, all he has worked for is slipping through his fingers. Powerless to stem the flow, the one thing he remains certain of: he can’t lose the woman he married.

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My Impressions: 
 "The Woman He Married" was my first Julie Ford book and I have to say I have mixed emotions about it. I really disliked John and Josie. Its not that the characters were not well written, it was the way Josie was a dumping ground for John. It ticked me off. He cheats, blames her and I felt like  she basically grovels for him not to leave while he gets everything he wanted. Hes a self indulgent, hypocritical cheater with Josie being a insecure, self adsorbed drunk and there are so many other issues in this extremely dysfunctional marriage that I felt like I have been on an emotional roller coaster and the ride ended abruptly.  

The writing style was good, considering its a first book and it flowed nicely to keep you engaged. The story itself was well written, with my only complaint being how nice, neat and abruptly the story was ended. I like to see these things played out slowly and not as one big dump. Otherwise I enjoyed it and cannot wait to see what this author produces.

EXCERPT:

Josie’s first big mistake, as it turned out, was putting John’s goals, his dreams and wishes, ahead of her own. As with the law, apparently so went marriage. Once a precedent had been set, it was next to impossible to overturn.

In this modern age, with so many women balancing career and family, she hadn’t expected to have to choose between the two. Nor had she realized there were still men like John who believed his success should be enough for them both; much less women like herself, who’d willingly exchange her dreams for the love of one such man.

For the first time in years, tonight she’d caught a glimpse of her old self, of the woman who had once been too brave for her own good. Who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, to fight for what was right. Unfortunately when John had said he was leaving, that woman had panicked and shamelessly thrown herself at him . . . An offer he’d flat-out refused . . . That refusal had struck like a single kill-shot, finishing off what was left of Josie’s self-worth, and she’d let him go without further argument . . . Where he could be at this hour, she refused to imagine. Not even in her mind could she stomach the sight of John’s body wrapped around that of another woman’s, his hands touching her in places he’d once promised to only touch Josie. With each passing hour, her hurt and humiliation had slowly been replaced by the numbness she’d grown much too accustomed to . . . She’d been trying to live this suburban life for too long, forcing herself to become a brand of woman she didn’t know how to be. The kind of woman she’d never wanted to be. She needed to stop, to just say no, but she couldn’t figure out how. How did a mother of three young children—angels she loved beyond belief—with a beautiful home and a handsome, successful husband justify not wanting her life anymore?

John had never given much credence to self-help jargon like doormat, codependent, inner-child. Baggage. But for the sake of argument, he spared a thought to what so-called baggage he’d been lugging around since his childhood. The image of a weighty chip, a sarsen that looked a whole lot like his old man and had been clinging to his shoulder for as long as he could remember, leapt to mind. How had he failed to recognize that the one person he loathed most had been the very person dictating his behavior all these years? Wasn’t life peculiar? The way clarity and perspective came not in moments of peace and quiet reflection, but in times of turmoil, when one’s world had been knocked about and was just beginning to settle upright again.


   
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science, Julie N. Ford also earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of six women’s fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she entertains delusions of being a master gardener, that is, when she’s not killing the unsuspecting plants in her yard with her good intentions. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters, and the cutest Scottish fold cat you’ve ever seen.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Texas and Tiaras (The Book Cellar Mysteries 2)



Nobody in Herald Springs can believe that their small town served as the scene for a major criminal showdown. With the events of the annual gala behind them, they just want to get back to their normal lives, but the members of the local “drink and gossip club” know the drama is far from over.

Brooke’s got a stalker, Annabeth has a criminal mastermind bent on her destruction, and even Vi is being taken for a ride by someone she thought was her friend. If only they could turn to each other for help, things might not be so bad—but with the women at odds with one another and only Jesse in good graces with the rest of the group, that isn’t likely to happen any time soon.

Their world is going to hell in a hand basket, so why not throw a party to brighten everyone’s mood? With Ligia’s help, Brooke arranges a charity beauty pageant the town won’t soon forget, especially when the bad guys show up and attempt to finish what they started earlier that year…

My Impressions: 

Texas and Tiaras is the 2nd book of the Book Cellar Mystery collection, following Walker Texas Wife. I am hooked on this series. It took me forever to pick up and read the first book. I kept putting it off because the title really did not speak to me, but once I did I was trapped into the wonderful world created by this amazing author. The follow up book is just as amazing and wonderful as the first. I will say that without reading the first book, you really miss so much of the characters background and connecting stories that you cannot appreciate Texas and Tiaras to its full extent and potential. The authors do try and connect the stories, but having read the first one I felt so much was missing if you try and read this as a stand-alone book. I adore the way faith is worked into each of these stories in a gentle, nonjudgmental, real way. You see how faith works differently in each character and the struggles they have from adultery, domestic violence, relationships, friendship, etc. Overall the book is amazing and always leaves you with a great cliff hanger so you cannot wait for the next one to come out.