About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, December 4, 2023

The Orphans’ Amish Christmas: A Willow Springs Amish Mystery Novella by Tracy Fredrychowski

The Orphans’ Amish Christmas: A Willow Springs Amish Mystery Novella

It will take an Amish miracle to save Christmas for the Willow Springs Children's Home orphans. When presents are stolen right before the annual Christmas benefit, Lydia Troyer and Aaron Shetler join forces with Detective Lewis Powers to unravel the mystery. The town's Christmas spirit is tested by strange events that leave the community ready to cancel all holiday festivities.

When prominent Amish businessman Milo Glick goes missing, it will take special detective skills to discover the truth behind his sudden disappearance. As the closed-lipped Amish community hinders Detective Powers' efforts, he is forced to employ Lydia, Aaron, and one special Labrador named Yankee to help solve the case. Will their discovery put them at odds with the traditions of their beliefs, or will they bring a newfound hope to the true meaning of Christmas?

Christmas should be a time for joy and hope, but for fourteen orphaned children, all is lost unless Lydia can find a way to give them more than they could hope for this holiday season.

The Orphans’ Amish Christmas is an Amish mystery novella that introduces you to the Willow Springs Amish Mystery Romance Series. If you like secrets, disappearances, plot twists, and sometimes murder, then you'll adore Tracy Fredrychowski's small-town whodunnit Amish mysteries.



"It's like someone doesn't want anyone to enjoy Christmas this year."

This is the perfect story to grab when you need a break from your Christmas preparations! The Orphans' Amish Christmas is a novella that's filled with Christmas joy and a reminder of the true reason for the season! Lydia Troyer is back in Willow Springs, and she's determined to stay because of a certain Amish widow and his young daughter. She's also eager to help give the orphans at the Willow Springs Children's Home a Christmas to remember but it isn't going to be easy! The presents have been stolen, something is scaring the children, and there's even a man missing! What is going on in peaceful Willow Springs?

Author Tracy Fredrychowski is an author who never disappoints, and she instantly grabbed my attention with her inspiring Christmas story! I recommend The Orphans' Amish Christmas to all who enjoy Amish fiction and cozy mysteries and I look forward to more books in the Willow Springs Amish Mystery Romance series.

I was given a digital copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my thoughts and opinions.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country.  The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.

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Saturday, December 2, 2023

CSB Life Counsel Bible, Hardcover, Black Letter, Articles, Word Studies, Quotes, Cross-References, Easy-to-Read Bible Serif Type by New Growth Press

CSB Life Counsel Bible, Hardcover, Black Letter, Articles, Word Studies, Quotes, Cross-References, Easy-to-Read Bible Serif Type


Amid challenging seasons of life, there is hope. The CSB Life Counsel Bible, developed in partnership with New Growth Press, is designed to equip readers with biblical truth and counsel on a wide range of topics and tough life issues related to relationships, marriage, parenting, and more. This Bible is full of useful tools and resources for life application and discipleship grounded in the truth of the gospel of grace.
The CSB Life Counsel Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB captures the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others. 

Featuring over 150 articles on topics related to marriage, parenting, relationships, mental health, and so many more- this Bible is like having a complete biblical counseling toolkit in one resource! 

Check out www.lifecounselbible.com for a full list of topics!


• More than 150 full-length articles from respected Christian counselors and scholars on topics like anxiety, depression, abuse, sexuality, marriage and divorce, parenting struggles, and finances (full list available at lifecounselbible.com)

• Callout quotes placed near each article provide truth, hope, and encouragement to apply to life

• Over 100-word studies focusing on key words applicable to personal healing, growth, and counsel

• Book introductions including “Circumstances of Writing,” “Structure,” “Contribution to the Bible,”
 and a special “Truth for Healing” section with an overview of key truths related to healing from each book of the Bible

• Wide margins for notetaking and journaling

• Robust page-end cross-reference system with over 25,000 cross-references connecting Scripture from Genesis to Revelation

• Easy-to-read 9.5-point type size

• Presentation page for gift-giving (this makes a great wedding/parenting gift!


The CSB Life Counsel Bible is both inspirational and practical. Where else can I find God's Word and contemporary life issues featured together in the same volume? When I opened it for the first time, I was immediately drawn to the article 'Building a Marriage to Last' but there are over 150 articles covering marriage, other relationships, parenting, and illness! These articles are written by respected Christian counselors willing to share their wisdom, and they are filled with hope and guidance.

Do I have any negative thoughts about the CSB Life Counsel Bible? The small print may be hard for some people to read.

What did I like about the CSB Life Counsel Bible? It's filled with many helpful features, including Endnotes, an extensive Table of Contents, Concordance, a Topical Scripture Index, and Word Studies. I recommend this Bible as a valuable worship tool.

Many thanks to Lifeway Christian Resources for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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