Cultivating love for one another and finding faith in yourself can create "The Harvest of Grace." This Amish fiction tale blends together several relationships as they blosson and come together to create a happy community surrounding Ada's House. Sylvia Fisher, a young Amish woman, has the love of her family's farm and land running through her veins. When faced with a marriage proposal that would change her whole way of life, she puts off her intended, only to lose him to her younger sister. A slip of their emotions after the marriage takes place sends Sylvia out to another farm where she can start over and hopefully help this family turn their farm into a thriving and profitable operation again. There she must team up with their returning, wayward son to get their farm back on the mend. Will this family be able to get past all the disappointments and tragedies of the past to heal and move on? Can Sylvia ever forgive herself for acting on a moment of impulse and be able to connect with her family once again? Come follow this tale to find these answers and to see how having faith and love can plant the seeds to have a harvest of grace. Since this is the third book in this series, I was a little concerned about not having read the first two and being able to keep all the separate relationships straight, but Ms. Woodsmall did a wonderful job at keeping it all connected, but separate at the same time so that it made sense. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the separate characters and their diffferent relationships and how they all came to be. I especially liked getting to know Sylvia as a more independent Amish woman than in some other Amish fiction that I have read. If you are in the market for a really good Amish story, this is definitely one that you don't want to pass up. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction mixed with a bit of sweet romance thrown in. This book was kindly provided to me by the publishers of WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review.
Bent on creating mass destruction and taking over the world come the "Ghosts of Coronado Bay." Maya Blair, a young teenage girl from Coronado Island, is a seer. She's been seeing ghosts since being very small, but the only one that has had any impact on her life has been her Grandma Elsa, until now. The town has dredged up a sunken ship for on display and with it has come not so-friendly spirits. Her story is filled with modern-day teenage activity, paranormal and magical occurences, and even a little bot of ghostly romance. Come follow her as she finds the strength inside herself and with her friends as they fight off the dark wizardry that has been lurking in the depths of the sea and triumphs in the end when good versus evil. This was a very enjoyable young adult mystery for me. I haven't read too many as of yet and I think this one was a very good one for me to start with. I really enjoyed the characters and their teenage dialogue was perfectly written. The bantering between Maya and her best friend Lucy, reminded me of my daughter and her best friend when they were growing up, so it sounded very real and genuine. J.G. Faherty must have an inside track on teeneagers in some respect! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary YA that has a mysterious, paranormal twist. This book was kindly provided to me by Journalstone Publishers for my honest review.
Jenny Farber and Zack Decker find themselves thrown back together after several years of being apart and following their own dreams and aspirations. Together they must tend to the medical needs of Silas, Zack's father, and the Rocky D, the family ranch. They both have had totally different outlooks on how and where life should lead them til now, but lingering secrets from the past and a deep underlying passion for each other makes them look at what is really important in their lives. Will being given this second chance make them see what is right and where they need to be? Come follow their wonderfully romantic tale as they try to deny their passionate attractions but fail as love prevails in the end. I love second chance love stories and this one is definitely not an exception to the rule. Karen writes a very sharp and descriptive story from the very first page, making me a very big fan of her writing style. The dialogue is wonderfully written throughout and makes the story move at a very nice and smooth pace. This was just an all-around good read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary, second chance romance novels. This book was kindly provided to me by it's wonderful author for my honest review.
"A Lancaster County Christmas" is a tenderly moving story in the renewal of faith and love. This story centers on two women coming together from two totally different worlds, but gaining from each other the wisdom to put their faith in the Lord to help them through their personal struggles. Mattie, A Plain Amish wife and mother, dreams of having a large family with her loving husband Sol, but after miscarrying their second child fears that will never be. Jaime, a photographer and young wife, after losing her mother in a senseless accident, is trying to live up to her father's high aspirations even though it is damaging her marriage in the process. A fateful weekend snowstorm, over the Christmas holiday, brings these two families together and makes them realize what really is important and how they should continue on in their daily lives. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and touching story that Ms. Fisher has shared with us. The story is so simple but powerful in message because we really should just have faith and let the Lord's love take care of all our struggles and she puts that on paper so well. I enjoyed getting to know these couples and especially the character, Danny. Ms. Fisher nailed his 6-year old character full of inquisitiveness right on the head. Also, when a story can bring a small tear to my eyes, you know it involves something special and tender and this book definitely has that touch to it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sweet Christmas Amish fiction story. This book was kindly provided to me by the Baker Publishing Group for my involvement with Lit Fuse Book Tours and my honest review.
Letting go of the past and working through to a new spiritual beginning, you need to learn that "It Had To Happen. " Seeking spiritual guidance? Looking for the right steps to take to even begin? Come with Cynthia Patterson as she takes you step by step on a guiding journey to living and walking with the Lord. In this book, she paralells the meaning behind the "Unclean Woman" in the Biblical books of Matthew and Mark, to the struggles and strife that the modern woman of today can go through and how having and gaining faith can change their lives. Ask yourself the questions posed at the end of each chapter ro see where you are in your journey. This is definitely an important spiritual book for many women these days. The writer is very good at sharing her own struggles along life's path and putting in perspective how important letting it go and learning from it can make a life filled with hope and faith for the future. Ms. Patterson has put all this in a one sitting format that is very easy to understand and really poses a lot of good questions to ask yourself to see how things had to happen to get where you are today and how to move forward for tomorrow. I would highly recommend this book to any woman searching for a good, spiritually uplifting guide that will help in their personal journey to finding and keeping their faith in the Lord. This book was kindly provided to me by it's wonderful author for my honest review.
Awesome bartenders, hot blondes, and raging hormones all come together as "Stuck in Estrogen's Funhouse." Marti is having a bad time in her life and she's not sure what exactly is going on. She fails a pregnancy test, can't eat anything other than lasagna, and has this crazy attraction to some blonde stranger at work. What baffles her is that she is perfectly healthy (the dr. says so), loves her job, and is very happily married to a great guy. Will she let these strange thoughts come between her and her hubby? Does she have something major going on physically that they can't pin down? Come follow her story as she finds her way through these crazy times and see how simple things can turn out in the end. This was the first thing that I've ever read by this author and to be honest, wasn't sure by the title what exactly to expect. Turns out, this novella was very enjoyable and a really quick read for me. Ms. Gier took a very common issue with women and turned it into a very good story showing exactly how crazy life can get when your hormones are totally out of whack. Her characters are really fun to get to know and the dialogue between them is very well done. I look forward to seeing what this author will come up with next. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary women's fiction.This book was kindly provided to me by it's wonderful author for my honest review.
Life can change in an instant or in just "One Call Away." Brenda Warner shares her life story with us through all it's ups and downs and how she has maintained her faith in the Lord through it all. From growing up on a farm in the heartland with financially struggling parents, to walking the red carpet with her husband, a NFL superstar, and being thrust into the limelight, she has faced many personal tragedies that has made her a very strong and courageous woman. Come follow her journey as she shares her dreams of being a top marine, her son's tragic accident at her own husband's hands, her struggle with her finances and her divorce, and how she finally ended up with the love of her life. From the very beginning to end, her bottom line has always been her unshakeable faith and that has definitely been the most important constant in her life. I started reading this story on a Saturday and had a really hard time putting it down. Brenda just completely draws you into her story that you just have to continue turning those pages. I was up at 4am on Sunday morning just to finish it. It is such a real and genuine account of her life, you can't help but be touched by it. It makes you smile and it makes you cry, so it definitely is an emotional read. Don't miss this amazing tale!! I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a wonderfully written life's memoir that is contemporary and totally genuine in nature. This book was kindly provided to me through Booksneeze for my honest review.
Living in Rushville, Ohio, personal loss of her mother keeps Ann Miller close to her father in the raising and care of her younger sisters and plays an intregal part in her not marrying her beau, Eli Bowen, when he first attempts to ask for her hand. At the same time in Pittsburgh, PA, Will Hanby is trying to survive at the hands of a cruel task-master, Jacob Good, and live day-by-day untl he can finally be free. This story has many twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages til these two finally find their way to each other. Their's is a sweet and tender romance, but one filled with alot of history binding their tale and lives together. Come into their story as life's circumstances, such as slavery, abolition, runaways, faith, and love find the way into weaving this wonderful tale. When you are reading this story you don't realize just how much history is actually in it. At the end, Ms. Elliott shows all the facts and it is so interesting how much is fiction and how much is actual truth, even down to the pigs in the story. I am really beginning to enjoy historical romance novels and though this one is a little light on the romance, it is still a truly wonderful story. I look forward to seeing what Ms. Elliott comes out with next!! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a light, historical romance novel. This book was kindly provided to me by it's wonderful author and LitFuse Book Tours for my honest review.