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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Betty's Blessing by Jo Huddleston






Betty Campbell catches Donna’s bridal bouquet but has no desire to marry, especially not to Greg Turner, whom she considers arrogant. When Greg travels from Alaska to California to be the best man in Tommy’s wedding, he plans to move on as soon as possible. Then Greg meets Betty and he’s drawn to her like ants to spilled sugar.
But Betty’s fiery blue eyes take exception to his every word and expression! Greg seeks to discover why Betty is so hostile toward him. Misfortune and misunderstandings trigger the couple’s concern for one another.

Betty’s Blessing is a sweet romance story of unbidden love, set in 1956.


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Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author who writes novels inspired by her fascination with the 1950s and her love of her native American South. Novels in her endearing Caney Creek series, her West Virginia Mountains series, as well as her stand-alone release, Tidewater Summer, are sweet Southern romance novels. Visit Jo's website at www.johuddleston.com where you can read first chapters of her novels and novellas, learn about all her books, and sign up for her mailing list to receive her free quarterly e-newsletter as well as timely updates and announcements.

Jo's published nonfiction books number six. One reader described her nonfiction books by saying they "offer spiritual tonic and hope."

Jo likes to laugh with people but not AT people. The beach is her favorite vacation spot. Jo doesn't like to see or hear about people or animals being abused. She's a spectator fan of several sports, her favorite being tennis. Jo doesn't like being in the dark and is fearful of snakes!

Her more than 200 articles and short stories have appeared in over fifty different Christian and general publications, including Guideposts, Decision, and The Upper Room. Jo is a contributing writer to Christian Devotions Ministries (http://www.ChristianDevotions.us).

She writes two blogs you can find at http://www.johuddleston.com and at http://lifelinesnow.blogspot.com. She also publishes a regular e-newsletter and wrote an inspirational newspaper column for seven years.

Jo's career spans a variety of work. She was a private secretary with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Atomic Energy Commission), a high school teacher and guidance counselor, a state political campaign secretary, two-time small business owner, and a real estate agent. 

Huddleston holds a B.A. degree with honors from Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and is a member of their Literary Hall of Fame. She earned a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

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My Review

Betty's Blessing is a real sweet romance. I love books by Author Jo Huddleston. You can always know your getting a good sweet clean romance.
Betty as at her best friends wedding and what does she do but catch the bouquet. Being teased she is next, but she wants nothing to do with it especially with Greg the brides brother. She finds him to be all about himself.  Greg likes what he sees and wants it. Only problem is Betty is so rude to him . He intends to find out just way she doesn't like him. Wonderful story well written characters and great story line. 










Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson





When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby's father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant's paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don't know that she--or their grandson--exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma? 

Beloved author Melody Carlson pens a story of love, hardship, and reconciliation that will leave readers filled with Christmas joy.


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Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That's a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a "storyteller." Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including Romantic Time's Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

My Review

 What a beautiful Christmas story. Melody does it again her books are so good. Just when you thought you read her best one in pops a new one. The characters are so well written. I tell you this book and me in tears.I never put it down once I started. Yes it is for sure a page turner.  
After hearing her fiancee is dead shot down in the war Amelia is beside her what to do. Now given birth to his son and no money to raise him. So she sets out to find James parents. Only to hear in the beauty hop grapevine that is mother is not to accepting to other people especially when it comes to something to do with James. Knowing they are wealthy she doesn't want them to think it is all she is after. She just wants for her son Jimmy to know his father's parents. But how is she going to do this. Maybe a little help from a baby was born  two thousand years ago. What wonderful gift will Amelia be receiving?  Wonderful must read by Melody. 

Springs of Love by Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye






The Kissing Bridge 

Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…

Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.

Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.

                  


Laura V. Hilton

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter, planned for April 2016.

She has indie published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens. 




 Sold on Love               

When Lavina Fisher takes over the household while Mamm’s away, things go from bad to worse. And her younger brother, Stephen, is mostly to blame. Then an accident forces Lavina to face her fears—and her ex-boyfriend. Can she swallow her pride and accept Aaron’s help with the latest disaster?


Rachel J. Good

Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Sisters & Friends novels. A former teacher and librarian, she completed her MA from Vermont College while raising five children and is presently an MFA student at Hollins University. In addition to having more than 2200 articles and 20 books in print or forthcoming under several pseudonyms, she also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. 

A member of RWA, ALA, and SCBWI, she speaks regularly at civic events, schools, libraries, churches, and conferences across the country. She also loves doing coloring parties and will talk about Amish life and supply original quilt designs for your group to color. More information about her and her books can be found on her blog (http://www.rachel-j-good) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-J-Good/100009699285059).



Cowboys and Amish Girls

Rodeo cowboy, Truman Gunderson, had never met an Amish girl. Amish sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity had yet to lay eyes on a real, live cowboy. That is until Truman’s galloping horse crosses paths with Charity’s runaway buggy. Truman is not the type to shy away from any challenge, but after he learns something about Faith, Hope, and especially Charity, he realizes that he has met his match.



Thomas Nye

Thomas Nye was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1961 with a love for horses. Though he grew up in town, he took every opportunity to visit friends and family that lived on farms, especially if they had horses. During grade school Thomas developed an interest in history, reading anything he could find about the 1800s. As a teenager, he moved to an area with a large Amish population and was instantly infatuated by that lifestyle. His love of farm, history, and horses all came together in real-life experiences with his Amish friends, who also happen to share his Christian faith. Thomas purchased draft horses from Amish farmers in his neighborhood and set out to learn the art of working with horses in harness. After years of buying, selling and trading work horses with Amish farmers in his community, Thomas had many wonderful memories of those experiences. The Amish Horses Book Series is a set of novels based on those adventures. Under the Heavens was published in December of 2013, Catbird Singing in January of 2015, and English River in August of 2016.


Praise for Springs of Love:

"Laura Hilton, Rachel Good, and Thomas Nye have written delightful stories about forgiveness, love, and finding strength through their faith in God to face the problems bombarding their lives. Each story by these talented authors will surprise you at every turn, and you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat wanting to know the outcome! Sit back, get comfy, and enjoy!"~Molly Jebber, Amish Historical Romance Author and Speaker. Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times, and many other publications have given her books high ratings.

"The novellas in the Springs of Love collection give readers a great taste of the talent behind each author. Romance, tenderness, faith, and even a dash or two of humor frame three stories that do Amish fiction proud. The distinguishing styles of each author combine with the timeless messages of faith, hope, and love to craft a collection of novellas that will settle sweetly in your heart! " ~Carrie Schmidt, Reading Is My SuperPower

"The 'Springs of Love' anthology of Amish springtime love novellas will tantalize the romantic urges of readers. Fun reading from a run-away Amish bride to a bronc-riding cowboy in Amish territory. Three enjoyable authors." ~Alan Daugherty, columnist The News-Banner.


My Review
 Springs of Love was a great read 3 books in one by three great authors. Laura Hilton wrote The kissing Bridge. Anna runs away for a few months to see if things would clear up. Getting married but not to someone she loves. A battle between two brothers to who would wed her. Great well written characters,
Sold on Love was written by Rachel J. Good.  Lavina thought she was ready for a household of her own and a husband and a future to bring children,but she finds when she has to fill her mothers shoes while she is away not so easy. To the point she is ready to be a maid the rest of her life. Wonderful sweet story.
Cowboys and Amish Girls written by Thomas Nye. Truman having a mes in his life with the rodeo decides to break away for awhile after seeing the woman he loves in the arms of another. Ends up staying and helping out a Amish family. Learning their ways.But he is so in love with the other woman he left he needed to gain her back cause she is the prettiest thing he has ever seen. But can a Amish girl teach its not all about being pretty?
I found all the stories wonderful with sweet romance. 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Brownstone on West 53rd Street by Lora Mitchell





Follow Lora as she discovers the wonders of her newly-adopted home, New York City. The moment she sets foot on the stimulating, exciting rich land of culture, concrete and skyscrapers, it’s an immediate love affair. Walk with her down the streets of the early 1960’s as she paints a captivating portrait of the spirit of the city, the landscape, its people, different neighborhoods and certain ethnic foods, which puzzle her.

A desire to begin a theatrical career, young, naïve, unsophisticated, Lora moves into the Rehearsal Club, a safe-haven sanctuary for young, aspiring actresses where she lives for two years. During that time, she experiences the heartbreaking JFK tragedy and travels with four other Club members to Washington, DC for the funeral.

Based on a personal journal she writes of her studies with famous drama and dance teachers including anecdotes of her Club housemates, celebrities and male friends. She also reveals poignant secrets of her closest roommates and how they affected her in a way she never expected.


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Lora Mitchell 

Lora Mitchell, who resides in NYC, grew up in a small Western Mass. college town. She enjoyed a 30-yr. career as a SAG/AFTRA/AEA actress/model and upon retirement, Lora began a second career as a published writer. Lora won 1st prize for her poem in an anthology titled: LOVE IN NEW YORK and enjoys writing Flash Fiction short stories. eBook I is titled: MISTY BLUE. eBook II is titled: TIME SPEAKS. (Both eBooks are collections of 100-Word Flash Fiction Short Stories). Lora's paperback and eBook III is titled: THE BROWNSTONE ON WEST 53RD STREET (REHEARSAL CLUB MEMOIR). "Lora gives a glimpse of a wide range of humanity spawned from her life experiences." Lora also has short stories and poems in books/ anthologies titled: TREASURED MEMORIES, ROCKIN' CHAIR COWBOYS, SWEET DREAM MAKERS, FLASH FICTION (1 photo, 50 Authors, 100 Words), plus 2 pieces in the book SIX-WORD MEMOIRS ON LOVE AND HEARTBREAK. Another 6-word memoir was published in AARP's MODERN MATURITY MAGAZINE. Lora has several future writing projects, including a SEQUEL to her book THE BROWNSTONE ON WEST 53RD STREET (REHEARSAL CLUB MEMOIR).



My Review

The Brownstone on West 53rd Street is a wonderful memoir of the Rehearsal Club. I found it to be a eye opening experience just by reading it.  Lora Mitchell young and aspiring young actress try to make it in the big world of acting. Enjoy reading it trough her eyes of what she saw and how she lived to get where she is. Reading it I found myself going down memory lane of all the wonderful people she met and worked with. Talking with Lora I find her a very beautiful lady not only outside but inside also. The characters in the story are well written. Real people but names changed to respect their privacy.  I am looking forward to her next book!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda E. Brubstetter, Jean Brunstetter, Richelle Brinstetter





One Quilt Binds Three Generations of Amish Women
Enjoy the gift of a brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, along with stories by her daughter-in-law, Jean and granddaughter, Richelle.

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3
The scripture embroidered on the back of a beloved quilt brings hope to three generations of Pennsylvania Amish women at Christmastime.
 
Luella’s Promise
By Wanda E. Brunstetter
Luella Ebersol has been caregiver for a dying woman and her young son. When Dena Lapp gives Luella her favorite quilt, she makes Luella promise to pass it down to her daughter. But Luella isn’t sure she will ever marry if she can’t find someone with maturity and faith like Dena’s husband Atlee Zook.
 
Karen’s Gift
By Jean Brunstetter
Karen Allgyer and her husband moved to a slow-paced village to raise their children, but Karen longs for the closeness of family to help her through the challenges of managing three girls with one on the way. When life’s pressures rise, will Karen cave to her fears?
 
Roseanna’s Groom
By Richelle Lynn Brunstetter
When the unexpected happens on the day of her wedding, Roseanna Allgyer can’t help blaming herself, despite not understanding why. Then an old friend returns to town, and she battles feeling for him—afraid of being hurt again.


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Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com


My Review

 I was so excited to get this book in the mail to review. Wanda Brunstetter writes wonderful books. Always full of Hope , Family, Romance and the Amish faith. This was wonderful a book written by 3 generations tell tell the love  and faith of 3 generations of a Amish family. The characters are well written as is the story.  A special quilt that is handed down to the first daughter. Not only is it beautiful but on the back is a special scripture that gets each one who has possession of it a sense of calmness and peace knowing everything is going to be alright. 

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me. Psalm 31:3

A a wonderful  verse to remember. God will lead us and guide us to the right path if we let Him. As Luella did, then her daughter Karen and last her granddaughter Rosanna.  A beautiful story and so well written by 3 authors in 3 generations from one family. A must read!!! 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Journey Into Grace by Darlene Sala, Bonnie Sala and Luisa Reyes-Ampil





Life is a journey of joyful moments and painful moments, including twists and turns that threaten to undo us. But if we allow God to work through the joy and the pain, that journey can lead to the life-sustaining richness of His Grace and an intimate relationship with Him.  That truth is the core of international speaker and teacher Darlene Sala’s new women’s devotional, Journey into Grace. With Darlene’s heartfelt voice alongside two coauthors, including her daughter, Bonnie, the 150 readings explore themes such as fear, forgiveness, learning, loving, prayer, and relationships.  This book offers women quiet moments with God as they bring their real life challenges to His feet.


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Darlene Sala 

Wife, mother, grandmother, encourager. Darlene Sala reminds her readers of who they are in Christ and of the matchless grace He offers them in their daily lives. Darlene and her husband, Harold, live in Mission Viejo, California, where they lead Guidelines International Ministries, working in over 100 countries through radio, literature, and conferences and mission projects.
You can read, download or listen to her weekly radio commentary, Encouraging Words, at guidelines.org on the Commentaries page.

Darlene is the mother of three grown children, grandmother of eight and has an African Violet named...well, Violet!

My Review

What a wonderful little book on devotions. It is full of 150 encouraging devotions for women. I am loving it. A great devotion to add to your time with God each day! Each devo starts with a Bible verse. Then there is a short story that goes with the verse.  After this a reflection of the verse.  Reflect how it is in your life. I find I can reflect with the story and the verse. Last  is a conversation with God. Time for us to pray and talk to the Lord about what this devo put on your heart. Sometimes could be something we need to ask forgiveness for. Wonderfully written by all three authors Darlene Sala, Bonnie Sala and Luisa Reyes-Ampill.