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!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Decision (Prairie State Friends, #1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Decision (Prairie State Friends, #1)

Discover along with Jonah Miller how life can begin anew in the prairie state of Illinois. Moving from Pennsylvania, finding rewarding work, and leaving heartbreak behind is the best decision Jonah ever made. But is he ready to consider love again when he meets Elaine Schrock? Will his scarred heart mend when she chooses family loyalty over love?


Once again beloved author Wanda Brunstetter has created characters that grab our attention and a storyline that tugs at our heartstrings. In 'The Decision', book one in her Prairie State Friends, we once again meet Jonah Miller, a young Amish buggy maker who leaves Pennsylvania after a heart breaking loss. The young widow Jonah was planning to marry discovers that her "dead" husband is actually alive on the night before their wedding. Jonah, needing to put distance between himself and the reunited couple, moves to Illinois to begin a new life. He feels that he has been given a second chance at love with Elaine Schrock but this also proves to be in vain. Elaine's promise to her dying grandfather to always take care of her grandmother prompts Elaine to release Jonah from any love and commitment the two may have shared.

As in true life, death or illness can alter many plans and this book has both. Dementia and MS affect two of the prominent characters and readers are given a glimpse of how the Amish might deal with these issues.

There are many decisions to be made in this story. Elaine must choose between keeping her promise or following her heart; Jonah must decide if he will remain single or risk losing his heart for a third time.

"The Decision" is a heart wrenching study of duty over personal happiness and a heartwarming reminder that 'good can come to those who wait'. Readers of this book will be glad they have chosen to read "The Decision" and they will anxiously await the second story in this series!

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. With over 11 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and receive numerous awards.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and family ties. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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Friday, July 30, 2021

The Great Weight Debate: Get the Facts and Choose the Diet That's Right For You by Amy Newman Shapiro: log Tour & Giveaway


Join Us for This Tour from July 19 to August 6!
Book Details:

Book Title
:  The Great Weight Debate: Get the Facts and Choose the Diet That's Right for You by Amy Newman Shapiro
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 188 pages
GenreSelf-help, Health and Fitness
Publisher:  Snewman Media
Release date:  January 2021
Content Rating:  G
Book Description:
The Great Weight Debate helps you evaluate which diet will work for you and which can hurt you. It is your essential, trusted resource to sift through the minefield of recommendations and misinformation when choosing the best diet for weight loss success. The Great Weight Debate summarizes many popular weight loss plans and explains the principles and research behind each diet. It also highlights the factors that may or may not make the diet a healthy choice for you. It explains why and how to choose a diet that takes into account your food preferences and meets the needs of your lifestyle, schedule, and food availability. It will help you discover and understand the rules, food restrictions, and health risks of each diet. In addition, read up on the new trends, the latest buzz, and the results of the most up-to-date research science has to offer. So...Whether you choose Paleo, low carbohydrate, intermittent fasting, Whole30, or Mediterranean, do it with realistic expectations and do it smartly. Find weight loss success with The Great Weight Debate.
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It's easy to decide that you are going to lose weight, but how easy is it to succeed in reaching your goal? How many books have you read and how many diets have you tried? If you're like me, the answer is quite a few, so this new book just may be the answer for all of us! Amy Newman Shapiro shares advice and tips in this easy-to-read book that explains how to lose weight and how to keep it off!

The Great Weight Debate is divided into three parts: The Dieting Business; The Diets; and Getting Healthy/Staying Healthy. I was aware that the dieting business is extremely profitable, but 70 billion dollars? Knowing how to choose the best diet was my main interest, and Shapiro explores many of the popular plans. She explains how the plan works, what the experts say, and if this diet is best for you. Losing weight is one thing, but will it harm your health? I also appreciated learning how to reach my goal, and maintain that success, because There Is No Finish Line! Weight maintenance requires discipline and vigilance, but it can be achieved!

I recommend The Great Weight Debate: Get the Facts and Choose the Diet That's Right For You to all who want a better, healthier weight-loss solution. It is a great resource!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

Meet the Author:
Amy Shapiro RD, CDN, CPT is a registered dietitian and professional speaker promoting wellness in corporate, clinical and private settings. With degrees in both Psychology and Nutrition, Amy’s focus is on behavior modification and lifestyle management. Additionally, Amy is a personal trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise and a wellness coach. With thirteen years of experience educating and coaching clients and worksite wellness groups to achieve weight loss success, Lose It For the Last Time is Amy’s first book. She is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband on Long Island New York.
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook
Tour Schedule:

July 19 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 21 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 22 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
July 22 - Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
July 26 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews - book spotlight / guest post. giveaway
July 27 – Sandra's Book Club – book review
July 27 - Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
July 27 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
July 28 – Kam's Place – book review
July 28 - Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
July 29 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Aug 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 2 - Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 2 - Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 4 – @twilight_reader – book review
Aug 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 6 – Reading is My Passion – book review
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