Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Hawaiian Discovery By Wanda Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter


The Hawaiian Discovery By Wanda Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter

An Amish Woman Finds Love in Hawaii

Ellen Lambright mourned when her best friend, Mandy, moved from Indiana to Hawaii. But now Ellen has received the Amish church’s permission to go to Hawaii and help Mandy through challenging times. Rob Smith works on the Williams family’s organic farm, far from his past mistakes and burning regrets. When Ellen befriends Rob, the attraction is mutual, but her commitment to the Amish faith stands between them. Could a heartfelt discovery lead to forgiveness, reunion, and love? Or is Ellen’s destiny waiting for her in Indiana?

Find out in this sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt from New York Timesbestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.

My Thoughts:
Enjoy the Island of Hawaii, a B&B, some drama and course your love for the culture of the Amish! This book is a great summer read. I loved this book and it was a great Sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt . This book has all the "feels" between joy, tears, humor and romance, this is a great book! The reader gets to read familiar characters from the previous book in this series, yet with a different twist.

The plot and storyline of this book was written extremely well and I love how certain characters were interwoven when I least expected it. If you enjoy Amish Fiction, you will enjoy this book. If want a great read, one that will have you turning the pages, this is a great read. It is a perfect stand alone, but I recommending read The Hawaiian Quilt.  I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Wanda E. Brunstetter
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Before I Saw You by Amy K. Sorrells

36840297Before I Saw You

Folks are dying fast as the ash trees in the southern Indiana town ravaged by the heroin epidemic, where Jaycee Givens lives with nothing more than a thread of hope and a quirky neighbor, Sudie, who rescues injured wildlife. After a tragedy leaves her mother in prison, Jaycee is carrying grief and an unplanned pregnancy she conceals because she trusts no one, including the kind and handsome Gabe, who is new to town and to the local diner where she works.
Dividing her time between the diner and Sudie's place, Jaycee nurses her broken heart among a collection of unlikely friends who are the closest thing to family that she has. Eventually, she realizes she can't hide her pregnancy any longer--not even from the baby's abusive father, who is furious when he finds out. The choices she must make for the safety of her unborn child threaten to derail any chance she ever had for hope and redemption. Ultimately, Jaycee must decide whether the truest form of love means hanging on or letting go.

My Thoughts:
An emotional attaching story, I Saw You by Amy Sorrells has depth, characters that will tie your emotions and a relevant story about the current culture told in a fiction story. The character faces choices that are hard and this book will bring you to tears. You won't believe this amazing story and you will simply love it. Ms. Sorrells handles difficult topics with sensitivity and grace. Overall, a story of unconditional love, grace, faith and hope, you do not want to miss this book! 
This isn't your typical "Christian read" and I loved it! I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars.I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. You will not be able to put it down. Thanks to Wynn Wynn Media from providing a copy. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Amy K. Sorrells

A long time believer in the power of story to change lives, Amy got her start in journalism and medical writing. Her work has been featured in a wide array of publications including newspapers and medical journals. Her novels have been shortlisted for the 2014 Inspy awards, semi-finalists for the ACFW Genesis awards, and a winner of the 2011 Women of Faith writing contest.

An Indianapolis native and graduate of DePauw University, Amy lives with her husband, three sons and a gaggle of golden retrievers in central Indiana.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Justice Betrayed (Memphis Cold Case #3) by Patricia Bradley

36739631Justice Betrayed (Memphis Cold Case #3)

It's Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn't sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators--one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken--she's forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic's home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend's killer?
can definitely be read as a stand-alone, but there are  appearances from the two main characters from other books  in this book, which help you further along in the plot, but aren't necessary. 
If you love a grab the seat of your pants kind of suspense book with elements of romance, faith and a cold case murder, you'll love this book. The plot with twists and turns make this book fun as you turn the pages. The writing is on point as you can follow along with the characters and the theme of this book is amazing!

About the Author:
Patricia  BradleyWinner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy, and loves to write suspense with a twist of romance. Her Logan Point series is available at all on-line retailers and major bookstores. In September 2017, JUSTICE BURIED, the second book in the Memphis Cold Case Novels will release.

Her workshops on writing include online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, ACFW Minnesota NICE and Memphis ACFW. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Faith of Dolly Parton: Lessons from Her Life to Lift Your Heart by Dudley J. Delffs

36575765The Faith of Dolly Parton: Lessons from Her Life to Lift Your Heart


Dolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live, recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs, expanding her wildly successful Dollywood amusement park, helping children around the world learn to read with her Imagination Library nonprofit, or donating millions of dollars to schools, charities, and people in need, the Queen of Country Music has never been shy about crediting her Christian faith for her success.
“A belief in God is essential,” Dolly shares. “You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible.” Growing up in the little mountain church where her grandfather preached, Dolly started singing hymns and playing guitar at services when she was only six. Consequently, she has never been shy about discussing her faith and relationship with God. “People say, ‘Well, I am surprised that you talk about your faith,’ and I say, ‘Why not? That’s who I am. That’s what keeps me going,’” she explains. 

My Thoughts:

The Faith of Dolly Parton is a wonderful book that imparts ten life lessons that draw from her life, music and the way she carries herself. The words of Dudley Delffs highlight personal, yet practical examples on how we can trust God during difficult seasons, remain faithful in our walk with steadiness and also find our sense of humor in the midst of trials. This book digs deep into the faith of Dolly Parton and her relationship with the Lord, which I never really understood was so strong.
Personally, I did not know much about Dolly Parton until reading this book. I did not realize how strong of a believer she is or how her faith has kept her grounded in her music accomplishments. Her story of faith inspired me to grow in mine and to continue to push my dreams further. This book written by Dudley Delffs is a one that I felt is inspiring, beautiful and a great tribute to the character of Dolly Parton. I also believe it reminds us how God uses each person in the Kingdom of God no matter how great or small their talents are. We are all to be used to advance His Kingdom, if we allow Him to use us. Thank you to Wynn Wynn Media for providing a complimentary copy of this book. A review was not required for a complimentary copy. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a complimentary copy.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

An Amish Family Four Stories By Kathleen Fuller

An Amish FamilyFour Stories

By Kathleen Fuller 

In An Amish Family, beloved author of Amish romance, Kathleen Fuller, invites readers into the lives of four Amish families.
Building Trust
Grace Miller and Joel King are in love. They’ve dated secretly for the past year and when he proposes marriage, Grace eagerly agrees. But when she tells her parents about the wedding, she’s shocked when her father tells her she can’t marry Joel. Can Grace get to the bottom of her father’s animosity toward Joel so they can have the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of?
A Heart Full of Love (also in An Amish Cradle)
Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight—and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.
Surprised by Love
In a desperate move to evade her match-making mother, Emily Shwartz announces that she’s already seeing someone: Reuban Coblentz. The trouble is, Reuban is barely even a friend. Seeing how desperate she is, Reuban plays along. But when the past sneaks up on them, will this temporary arrangement turn into everlasting love?

My Thoughts:
Kathleen Fuller fans will love this set of novella's in An Amish Family. Two of the four have been previously published, but I still loved re-reading them. Each story has strong . characters with deep Amish values and a sense of community. You'll love the sense of family, hope and sweet romance in each of these stories. I loved that I could read a novella each nice before I went to bed and finish it. They are such light heart reads and a great collection. My favorite story is a Heart Full of Love. It is great read! This collection is one that I will read again and again. I give this collection 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
Kathleen FullerBest-selling author of Amish fiction. Also a wife, mother, crafter, coffee addict, football fan, and chocolate aficionado.