Sunday, March 15, 2015

An Amish Cradle

Four stories from four of the best known Amish fiction authors!  Each story was well written and kept me turning the page. I highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction

Book Description:
Tiny fingers,
Tiny toes,
And lives that will never be the same.
Journey with four families as their lives are about to change forever.
In His Father’s Arms by Beth Wiseman
Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down’s syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan.
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston
Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she—and Ben—will always be taken care of.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller
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.
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman
At 42, Etta thought she was finished having children, but she’s pregnant again. After a frightening labor, Etta finally gives birth, but her constant worry over her estranged grown son, David, haunts her still. As a new mother again, Etta must hold tightly to the promise that God will watch over her children—and that one day David will return.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

Following her father's footsteps, Miranda Hunt is a Pinkerton agent. Finally she gets a chance to prove she is capable of taking on serious assignments. She must go undercover as Annie Beckman, a young woman answering an ad for an heiress to the renowned Last Chance Ranch, owned by eccentric cattle woman, Eleanor Walker.

Miranda/Annie is searching for the person responsible for a string of robberies, known as The Phantom. On her way to Cactus Patch the train is robbed.

Warned that she is only to keep an eye out for the Phantom and to notify the law when she has information. Miranda/Annie falls for a mysterious and handsome ranch hand, David Branch. Could he be part of the Phantom gang?

Gunpowder Tea is the third book of The Last Chance Ranch series.Loved the story!

Book Description

In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.
When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom—an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.
But she isn’t the only one at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.
Neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn’t removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets—and no one on the ranch is safe.
The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers—and their lives—depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thread of Suspicion by Susan Sleeman

I love this series. Susan Sleeman is one of my all time favorite authors and the Justice Agency is a series filled with suspense, action and romance. Doesn't get much better than that as long as you have a talented author at the helm and Susan's got it!
I loved Dani's story and Luke was just the man to open her heart. Just one Justice member left. I can't wait for the last book in the series. Highly recommend this book and all the others in the series.

Book Description:


When someone sabotages former navy SEAL Luke Baldwin's "unhackable" software, there's more than his reputation at stake. Faced with treason charges, Luke turns to Dani Justice, a computer expert and skilled investigator. She's eager to dive into the challenging case…until she uncovers a devastating connection. The hacker framing Luke has a personal, deadly history with Dani. Luke's code of honor and his growing feelings make him resolved to protect the sweet, strong woman he knows is more vulnerable than she'd admit. But what good is his training or determination against an enemy who can hack into any system and find them wherever they hide?

The Justice Agency: Family and law enforcement go hand in hand

Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan

 Perfectly Matched, the final book in the Blue Willow Brides, is a delightful read. I read book one in the series but somehow missed book two. Like the first I enjoyed this story. It stands alone but does give the reader some info on characters from the other books.

I loved the chemistry between the heroine and hero. You can't help but smile as you watch this mail order bride and her new husband get to know one another and fall in love despite being two very different personalities. I don't usually care to read a book more than once but I would this one because of the lightheartedness and the proof that love is the cord that binds.

Book description:
Anna Olsen knows it's time to leave her sister's increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters' examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it's painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.

Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?

Maggie Brendan closes her Blue Willow Brides series with a heartwarming tale of true love despite misunderstanding, showing readers that God's timing is always perfect.

The Promise Box





This is the first book of Tricia Goyer's that I've read and I've found another author to add to my favorites list.  The book is well written and the story kept my interest to the end. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read Amish inspirational romances. 


Book Description

Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive “resident” status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!
In The Promise Box, the second book of bestselling author Tricia Goyer’s Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai, Montana to give comfort to her father after her mother's death. She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother’s most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational “tell-all” book about the Amish.
Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. Will the pain of her childhood— and her potential betrayal of her community—keep her from committing her whole heart?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Bride for all Seasons



I loved this book, but than what can you expect when you get four talented authors together and have them write a book. Four mail order brides whose stories correspond with the four seasons. 

They were all entertaining and inspirational. Five stars!


Book Description

It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue . . .
This charming bouquet of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue prospects in the year 1870, all eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they'll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.
"And then Came Spring" by Margaret Brownley
Mary-Jo has traveled halfway across the country to meet her match, arriving just in time for his funeral. Returning home seems like her only option until her would-be brother-in-law proposes a more daring idea.
"An Ever After Summer" by Debra Clopton
Ellie had no idea she's not what Matthew ordered. And what's wrong with being a "Bible thumper" anyway? She's determined to show him she's tougher than she looks-and just the girl he needs.
"Autumn's Angel" by Robin Lee Hatcher
Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn't come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. ­ e trouble is, there's no money to send them back . . .
"Winter Wedding Bells" by Mary Connealy
David's convinced he's not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he's gone-nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Wedding for Julia

Five stars are not enough!
I've read and enjoyed each of the books in this series but A Wedding for Julia stands out. It is the type of book you don't want to see end and stays with you long after you're done. One of the best books I've read in a while.

Vannetta creates characters so real you feel as if you'd like to meet them in person. Memorable scenes pull you right into the story.  I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning to finish this book. I had to see how it ended.
It goes without saying, I highly recommend this book to Amish fans.

Book Description:
A Wedding for Julia, the third book in a romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, takes a last look at the Amish community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.
Julia Beechy is so stunned, she can hardly breathe. Her mother's announcement that she must either marry or move from the family home upon her mother's imminent death catches Julia by surprise. How can she leave the only home she has ever known? What about her dream of opening her own Plain café?
When Caleb Zook offers support, comfort, and a solution, Julia is afraid to accept it. Can she marry someone she barely knows? Is it the right thing to do? Is this God's plan for her future?
Caleb thought his time for marrying was long past, but he feels a stirring in his heart he cannot shake for this beautiful, forlorn woman. Amid the circumstances of this life-altering decision, the people of Pebble Creek weather the worst storm to hit Wisconsin in the last hundred years. Where will Julia and Caleb be on the other side of it?