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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton





Desperate for a Ticket Out
Bethany Weiss is ready to leave town. Tongues haven't stopped clacking in Jamesport, MO, since her daed, the bishop, was admitted to a mental hospital after hurting their small Amish community. But her sharpest wounds Bethany hides from prying eyes, quietly biding her time until she can take a chance at a new life—away from Jamesport and away from God.
Searching for a Home
Silas Beiler was kicked out of his own family's home. Dogged by a rough childhood and a family who blames him for each new disaster, he begins hitchhiking across the country, sleeping in barns where he can, working for food when possible—headed for Pennsylvania, in the hope of some stability.
A Memory of Lemonade
When Bethany spies a man asleep in the hayloft, she first fears the return of an unwelcome suitor. But when it is Silas who turns and speaks, the memories flood back: a happy summer six years ago full of lemonade, long walks, and budding courtship. Now, however, those months of bliss seem naïve and idyllic. Will their old love overcome new pain? Or will hurt and rejection continue to haunt their path?




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. 

Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.

My Review

Another great story written by Laura V. Hilton. I love reading her books never a let down of a sweet inspirational romance. characters are well written. story of abuse, shame and forgiveness!  Bethany is wanting to leave town so she doesn't have to marry a abuser. All she can think of is getting out of Jamesport and God as far as she can. Then Silas returns to town and is willing to work for a place to stay and some pay. Running from his own problems to get as far away from his family as possible.  To start a new life. But working for Bethany's family brings back old feelings they had between them. But something is holding him back. can they overcome all that is going on and reunite? Wonderful book. 

You're gonna Love me by Robin Lee Hatcher





Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love?
Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.
Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.
Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.
With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?




Robin Lee Hatcher

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader's Choice, and many other industry awards, Robin is also a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She is the author of 75+ novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers. Please join her there: http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher

For more information, please visit her web site at http://www.robinleehatcher.com

Please note: Robin's faith-based fiction has been published from 1999 to present. She no longer recommends her older mass market fiction.

My Review
Another great book by Robin Lee Hatcher.  I loved this one. The characters are well written.  Samantha has been with her employer for years and keeps getting passed over when their is a position opened to move up.  Her grandma  falls and gets hurt so what a good time to take a leave of absence from her job to help out caring for her.  No man in her life or other family her parents are gone now and she still lives in a lot of fear from how her father died. Her old boyfriend no longer around lived to dangerous for her.  But to her surprise he is the one that helped her grandmother and was their waiting in the hospital with her. Can this old flame rekindle? Can Samantha over come her fears and also believe Nick is a changed man. Will she allow God back in her life? Wonderful well written story! 


God's Big Plans for Me by Rick Warren





God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible illustrates the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life (What on Earth Am I Here For?)by Pastor Rick Warren. With child-friendly language, engaging illustrations, and a chronological approach, Pastor Warren introduces each Bible story with a theme that aligns with one of his foundational principles. He wraps up the stories with a closing thought targeted to early readers. The colorful illustrations and narrative tone bring these beloved Bible stories to life for readers young and old.

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Rick Warren

Rick Warren is often called "America's most influential spiritual leader." He and his wife, Kay, founded Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. He also wrote the #1 all-time bestselling hardcover book, The Purpose Driven Life.


I will be giving one book away please leave a comment for a chance to win!

My Review

Most know Rick Warren for his book The Purpose Driven Life.  This is another great book written by him for children. " God's Big Plans for Me. It's a storybook Bible with beautiful illustrations kids will love. The book is chronological in order of 40 loved Bible stories. Each story has a theme kids to adult will enjoy.  Through these stories kids can grow closer to God and discover the purpose for their own lives.  Well written stories ad the kids will love to look at all the beautiful pictures. God has a plan for each of our lives. Do you know your purpose yet?  If not this is a great way for kids to learn what God has planned for their lives. We as adults we have the Bible search and study it. Pray God shows you the plan He has for you! Did you know God choose you? 

God decided to choose us long ago in keeping with His plan. He works out everything to fit His plan and purpose.
Ephesians 1:11

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Monday, October 16, 2017

The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd


When was the last time you took a break to experience God’s love?

To experience something is to live it, to encounter it, to understand it, to explore with our hearts, minds, and souls as well as with the five physical senses and our God-given spiritual ones. Every action we do with and for God, every good day and bad day, we walk hand-in-hand with God, experiencing Him.

Experiencing God’s love takes time. Love unfurls its blossoms in our lives when we concentrate all of our senses on the small gifts we pass by every day. Time slows, and we finally get to hear God’s beautiful background hum to our lives.

The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional helps you intentionally carve out those moments in your day to savor God and his love for you.




Sandra Byrd


After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than fifty books. 

Sandra's series of historically sound Gothic romances, Daughters of Hampshire, launched with the best-selling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, published in 2017. Sandra is excited to continue writing Gothic romance and will be adding books to that genre beginning in October 2018 with Tyndale House Publishers. 

Check out her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. 

Sandra has published dozens of books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the bestselling The One Year Be-Tween You and God Devotions for Girls. She continued her work as a devotionalist, this time for women, with The One Year Home and Garden Devotions. Her latest book, The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional, will be published in October 2017. 

Sandra is passionate about helping new writers develop their talents and their work for traditional publishing or self-publication. She has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to guide developing authors toward success each year via novelcoaching.com.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype.


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My Review

This  Devotional by Sandra Byrd's is beautiful inside and out.  A beautiful devotional that will last you the whole year. Everyday of our lives we experience time with God, could be good and also could be bad time. He is with us always through these times.  I think like the beautiful cover of this book  love for God blooms as we grow in him. There is a Devotional  for each day of the year and then followed by scripture that goes with the devotional. This book is very inspirational and Sandra is sharing with us to give us a way to spend a bit of time with God each day. We can learn from these devotionals how to be closer to the Lord.  Take sometime each day to experience God's love. Even through the hard times He is there. Wonderful Devotional.  Like to share one Devotional with you.
October 20
Social media has exploded. It has its downsides but allows us to connect with people across the world, reach out to the lonely, share ideas and interests, and even share deeper our faith. On social media, we friend or follow people, and they do (or sometimes do not) follow us back. Some have decried that this kind of friendship is not real--but it can be.  We can care for and encourage one another, enjoy discussions, and gain new insights. The flip side, of course, is that sometimes we friend people who later turn out to be toxic, or harmful to us or our faith. People worry that social media has replaced real life, but truly it imitates life, and for many is a large part of real life. It can enhance or detract, just like every other relationship. Perhaps even taught us a few lessons.   There is more  but get this awesome devotional. This topic is a big one right now. Look at it like Christ had followers and not all were good to him they degraded Him. We to will get that on social media. Best thing to do is not to have negativity on your social page. Best to erase this kind of people from your page. Keep good and positive. Be a follower of Christ use your social page as  way to bring others to Christ.  Sandra then has a verse that goes with the devotional.  With this one it was from Matthew 4:19   " Come, follow me, " Jesus said
Perfect verse for this devotional.  This would make a great gift to give at Christmas. They can start the new year off getting closer to the Lord.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

Christmas Admirer by Laura V. Hilton





Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas. // 

Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?


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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. 

Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.


My Review

A wonderful Christmas story by Laura V. Hilton.  This book is one you will not want to put down. Loved the characters very well written. 
Ever since Benaiah  and Susanna were young they have loved each other. Planning for a life ahead but the death of Ben's parents makes him turn back and call it off with Susanne. Susanne thinks she has done something wrong and can't figure out why he would breakup with her. He doesn't want to burden her with caring for his family. When she is use to not struggling. But since the break up  it seems Susanne has gotten a secret admirer. Each month a package is left to her which represents the admirers feelings for her. She wonders could it be Ben or is there someone else. How can she find out? Now Peter her dad has called a meeting with her and Ben. What now is going to throw another log in the fire for them to  get back together? Wonderful story and I see a wicked stepmother in the future! You will love this sweet inspirational romance.  








Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper by Amy Lillard





Content to be unmarried and plain-spoken, Kathryn “Kappy” King is an odd-woman-out in the Amish community of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania. But she’s skilled at making the special kapps local women need to cover their hair. And she might be the only one who can unearth the danger hiding in this peaceful valley . . .

When Kappy's neighbor, Ruth Peachey, turns up dead in her yard, everyone in Blue Sky believes it’s a tragic accident. Until the Englisch police find the gentle dog breeder was deliberately struck down—and arrest her mentally-challenged son, Jimmy, for the crime . . . 

Jimmy’s sister, Edie, returns to Blue Sky clear his name, yet no one will speak to a shunned former Amish woman, much less give her information. Determined to help, Kappy starts digging for the truth among her seemingly-innocent neighbors. But suddenly a series of suspicious “accidents” threatens Edie and the Peachey farm—property Edie is determined to protect for her brother’s future. 

Now, as danger looms large in the small community, Kappy must bait a trap for a killer snapping hard at her heels. And Edie must decide whether to make a home once more in the town she thought she’d left behind . . .


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Amy Lillard

I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son-a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels-not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I love to write inspirational romances. The two go hand-in-hand for me.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies-(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.


MY Review

I love books by Amy Lillard. You think you have already read her best well guess what you haven't. This one is awesome it is a Amish mystery.I started the book and couldn't put it down. Awesome well written characters you will adore. I know i am looking forward to the next one in the series. Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is book one in the Kappy King Mysteries.  Kappy lives alone and is determined she is not to marry. People think of her as being odd in their community. Blue Sky is a peaceful town till her neighbor Ruth Peachey is found dead by her in her barn. Who would want to kill such a sweet woman? Only evidence they have is her son Jimmy who is handicapped and they arrest him and put him in jail for her death. Kappy gets his sister Edie back in town to help with him and to help find who done it. Awesome book you will not be disappointed. Full of adventure.