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 enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Monday, November 30, 2020

The Blended Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter

The Blended Quilt ABOUT THE BOOK

Will pursuing Sadie’s dreams mean leaving a romance behind?
Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courtship. He can’t seem to commit to a profession that would secure a future, and he is jealous of the time Sadie gives to her own pursuits. Is there really any reason to drag this courtship out? Only time will tell in this new novel from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.


This book has several themes that are unusual in Amish fiction. Sadie Kuhns is a young Amish woman who took a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands with her Amish friends and Wyman Kaufmann is her easily bored boyfriend who doesn't keep a job very long. Yes, these seem foreign to the simple, hardworking Amish culture that we're familiar with, but authors Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter make them work in this entertaining story that shows the conflicts they both face. Sadie would like to write a book and it appears that she can pursue this goal when her aunt leaves her a substantial amount of money. Will this inheritance and her ambition drive Wyman away? Are her dreams of being a wife and mother completely destroyed?

It becomes obvious that Sadie and Wyman are both guilty of allowing worldly influences to affect their relationships with each other and with God. They appear to have forgotten the simple life that is the backbone of Amish culture. Will they learn to once again be content with the simple things of life?

The Blended Quilt is an intriguing story that shows the importance of faith, family, and friends, while subtly reminding us that following God's direction is the key to happiness and contentment.

I received a copy of this book from the authors. A favorable review wasn't required and no monetary compensation was given. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Jean Brunstetter
 became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law’s family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by the Amish into her daily routine. Jean lives in Washington State with her husband, Richard Jr. and their three children, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities in several states. In addition to writing, Jean enjoys boating, gardening, and spending time on the beach.

Little Mole's Christmas Gift by Glenys Nellist

Little Mole's Christmas GiftABOUT THE BOOK


While Little Mole is bringing home a beautiful mushroom as a Christmas gift for his mother, he encounters woodland friends in need and shares the mushroom with them.


I first met Little Mole when his mama was trying to end his sadness by giving him the gift of hope. Now, in Little Mole's Christmas Gift, he is hoping to give his mama a perfect gift. Little Mole is so happy when he finds it but he soon realizes that there are others who may need this present more than she does. As he carries "the biggest, the best, the most beautiful mushroom he had ever seen" to his home, he sees friends who are hungry, tired, and cold. Is this little mole with the understanding heart willing to help them by sharing some of the mushroom? Will Mama Mole be disappointed with the much smaller gift that he now has to give?

Author Glenys Nellist shares such a special story with her fun, easy-to-read text and Sally Garland perfectly captures the adorable animals featured in the book. Little ones will enjoy hearing this story and older children will be excited to read it on their own; all of them will be captivated by the colorful illustrations!

I'm always eager to find a children's book that is both inspiring and entertaining and Little Mole's Christmas Gift certainly fits this description. Children are taught both the value of recognizing the needs of others and the importance of sharing with those people. It is the perfect book for the holiday season!

I received a copy of this book from the author. A favorable review was never required and no monetary compensation was given. These are my own thoughts. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I'm an author of over twenty books for children, including the best-selling Twas The Evening of Christmas, The Wonder That is You, and two popular series: Love Letters from God and Snuggle Time. I've also written Little Mole Finds Hope and Little Mole's Christmas Gift. Here's my little story...

Although I live in Michigan, USA, I was born and raised in a little village in northern England. Four long decades later, I would find myself living across the pond, married to a wonderful man, mum to four adult children and three daughters-in-law, and grandma to three bouncing boys and one gorgeous girl. And as if all that wasn’t blessing enough, I somehow became an author, despite giving up on my first book half way through.

And if you would have told me then, that this book would one day become a series, that I would begin a second series, and a third… I never would have believed you. The only possible explanation is that our great God is able to do immeasurably more than all I could ever ask or possibly imagine.

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