Friday, August 10, 2018

Her Fear (The Amish of Hart County #5) by Shelley Shepard Gray

36379973Her Fear (The Amish of Hart County #5)

In New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest novel of suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, an EMT falls for a woman with ties to an Amish community where people are dying similar, suspicious deaths
Sadie Detweiler never imagined she’d move to Kentucky, yet here she is: a pregnant, unmarried Amish girl banished by unforgiving parents to live with kin she barely knows. The men are gruff and her cousins are secretive. Worst of all, elderly matriarch Verba becomes mysteriously ill shortly after Sadie moves in. When EMT Noah Freeman arrives, Sadie immediately notices he’s unlike any other Amish man she’s met. Noah is warm, confident, and has an easy way with practically everyone in the community, both Amish and English. Though Sadie is drawn to him, she has little hope he will reciprocate her feelings once he learns she’s with child.
Shelley Shepard Gray

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I make up people and places and drink way too much coffee.

Writing for Avon Inspire has truly been a dream come true. Being able to spend my days in my make-believe world of the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast is a true blessing. I have enjoyed getting to know more about the Amish culture and tapping into my faith as I show each character’s progression toward a personal relationship with our Lord.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

36627503The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars #1)

What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?
Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.
Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

My Thoughts:
The Hope Jar by Wanda is a delight! I thought this book was a perfect read for a day at the beach. In fact, I read it from cover to cover while on vacation. I found the story of Michelle and Sara Murray to be one of hope, redemption, forgiveness and love. This story is very inviting and the characters are intriguing.  The plot was well thought out and The Hope Jar is another favorite of mine by Wanda. Aside from the Hawaiian series and the Christmas Quilt Novellas, I think this is going to be an excellent series and I cannot wait to read the next one in the book. Oh, and you'll need to read the next one because the reader is left with a cliff hanger at the end. So, does the case of Michelle and Sara ever get resolved? Grab the book to find out! I give this book 5/5 stars! The Hope Jar is definitely a favorite of mine!

Wanda E. BrunstetterAbout the Author:
 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.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Hundred Story Home A Memoir of Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger By Kathy Izard

The Hundred Story HomeA Memoir of Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger

By Kathy Izard 

Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters, and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center when an unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author Denver Moore changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in this soup kitchen, Kathy quit her job to take on what seemed like an unimaginable task in her second half of life—to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless.
Woven together in this motivational story of a call to social action is Kathy’s personal journey to define the meaning of home and her own struggle with faith, family, and fulfillment. Reading this book will not only make you believe you can change the world, it will also end up changing you.

My Thoughts:
Kathy Izard begins a journey when she was asked the question "where are the beds?" She discovers that her life has a huge sense of purpose and meaning when she decides to step out of her comfort zone and answer that question for her city of Charlotte, North Carolina. With patience, dedication and diligence, Kathy created a place for homeless people to thrive. Of course, there are several amazing people behind the story of these homes and of those who lived on the streets. Their stories will make your life better and this memoir will make you take a look at your life asking the question how can you make a positive impact on the world? 
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it made me think a lot about my life. I really think Kathy is an inspiration for us all and reminds us to step out and take a leap of faith. I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars.
About the Author:
Kathy IzardI grew up a little off the grid in El Paso, Texas. My father always believed my sisters and I could change the world. I don't know that I really believed him, but his message imprinted on me. I became a Longhorn (University of Texas at Austin) graduating with a B.S. in Advertising and took my first job out of college in Charlotte, N.C. where I have lived most of the last thirty years. Being an art director for ad agencies meant long hours so I started my own graphic design business in order to be home for carpools and naptime for my four daughters. While I loved helping clients and nonprofits communicate their mission, I kept feeling I was missing my own.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Called to Protect (Blue Justice #2) by Lynette Eason

36555292Called to Protect (Blue Justice #2)

Lynette Eason

Friday, August 3, 2018

Healing the Scars of Addiction: Reclaiming Your Life and Moving Into a Healthy Future by Gregory L Jantz

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

36347571The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she's wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she'll uncover. 
A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father's newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon's son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town--but it isn't until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they've waded into.
Jaime Jo Wright

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