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!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Hannah's Courage by Molly Jebber: Review & Giveaway


About the Book



Book:  Hannah’s Courage
Author: Molly Jebber
Genre:  Amish Historical Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2020

A loaf of fragrant cinnamon bread for breakfast . . . a sweet and creamy custard pie for dessert. In 1912 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery has something to delight locals and visiting Englischer alike. And within this warm, welcoming community, there’s always room for love to grow . . .

Hannah Lapp’s life, like a long-cherished recipe, is satisfying just the way it is. She enjoys whipping up desserts at the bakery, tutoring local children, and socializing with dear friends. One of those friends, Timothy Barkman, has made his interest in Hannah clear, but she’s been in no hurry to change her circumstances.

No sooner does she feel ready to grow closer to hard-working, handsome Timothy than Hannah finds she may have waited too long. Charlene Shetler intends to become Timothy’s fraa. It’s little wonder he’s attracted to such a pretty, forthright young woman, but is the newcomer all that she seems? Only when Hannah is willing to confront some difficult truths can she move bravely toward a life of abiding faith and love . . .

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MY THOUGHTS.....

Molly Jebber's newest book has everything that I love about Amish fiction. Families who love and support each other, characters who possess loyalty, and the strong devotion that the Amish have to serve God and to live Plain. There are even recipes for the delicious food that we've come to expect from Amish cooks! Yes, Hannah's Courage has all of these things but it also has a sweet love story that appears to be doomed before it can truly begin. Hannah Lapp has known for some time that Timothy Barkman has deep feelings for her and she feels the same but she has never given him any encouragement that there can ever be more. Hannah likes her life the way it is and she is afraid for it to change! It is when a new Amish family moves to Charm that Hannah realizes that she may have waited too long. Charlene Shetler proves to be VERY interested in Timothy and Hannah learns that her fear and hesitation have cost her dearly. Timothy's attention turns to Charlene and Hannah is afraid that her chance for happiness is over. Why wasn't she brave enough to tell Timothy her true feelings?

This is the third book in Jebber's Amish Charm Bakery series and it is as charming as the title implies. Hannah's Courage is set in Charm, Ohio in 1913 and I enjoyed getting to know Hannah, Timothy, their families, and friends. I could understand Hannah's desire to keep her life the same but I've learned that a change in circumstances can often challenge us to achieve even deeper happiness. It is when Hannah asks God for courage that she begins her journey to true happiness.

I truly enjoyed Hannah's Courage and I recommend it to all who enjoy Amish fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit but I wasn't obligated to write a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

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About the Author



Molly Jebber’s Amish Historical Romance books have been featured on Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Ten Recommended Reads, in USA Today’s HEA, Romantic Times and many other media sites. She’s tours and speaks for Stonecroft Ministries – Women’s Christian Connection, and about Amish history/traditions, writing, marketing, publishing, and her books. She loves God, her family, and friends. She enjoys swimming, golf, reading, and says yes to butterscotch pie and parasailing, but no to coconut and skydiving! Visit http://www.mollyjebber.com for a complete list of her books and speaking events.

More from Molly

I related to Hannah in this book where I had to find the courage to make some hard decisions. Maybe you’ve had some hard choices to make and finding the courage to follow through has been difficult for you.

Have you had a bad day where nothing goes right? We’ve all had those. Hannah’s has many days like this, and she is torn about what to do from one problem to the next in her life. She makes some snap decisions, and faces life-altering challenges. You’ll laugh and want to stomp your feet at the twists and turns in this story.  She’s good at giving her friends advice, but has trouble following it. I can relate to this in my life at times. Maybe you can too.

The Sheriff and Dr. Harrison are still regular customers at the bakery where she whips up mouth-watering desserts. She and her friends cry, laugh, and offer each other advice. I love time with girlfriends, and Hannah’s no different. You’ll relate to her, root for her, want to reach in the book and shake her at times (I’m sure my friends have wanted to do this with me a time or two!), and wonder how what the future holds for her.

I hope you’ll follow my blog tour and enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize at the end of the tour. The more you enter, the more chances you have of winning!

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. Your Facebook comments help me to get to know you better, and I appreciate it so much! Here’s a recipe Hannah’s whipped up for you. And there are more in the back of Hannah’s story.

Cake
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoonnutmeg
  • ½ teaspoonsalt
  • 1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cupbrown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 3large apples, peeled and cut into large pieced
Glaze
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoonvanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 pan with butter and coat with 2 tablespoons of flour
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Sift two additional times and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine oil and both sugars, and mix until well blended.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Add vanilla and mix again.
  5. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the batter and mix thoroughly. By hand, fold in apples and walnuts and mix until evenly combined.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool in the bundt pan for 20 minutes.
  8. While the cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine all of the glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil and allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute.
  9. Remove the cake from the pan, onto a serving plate. Spoon the glaze over the warm cake.
  10. Cool for a little longer before serving.

Blog Stops

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Batya’s Bits, February 1
Quiet Quilter, February 1
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Bigreadersite , February 3
deb’s Book Review, February 4
Pause for Tales, February 5
Older & Smarter?, February 6
Lighthouse Academy Blog, February 7 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
SusanLovesBooks, February 10
SPLASHES of Joy , February 11
Vicky Sluiter, February 12

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away a Molly Jebber grand prize collection that includes a handmade quilt and Amazon card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for your review on "Hannah's Courage" by Molly Jebber and for being part of the book tour.

    Especially if you love to bake, you just have to love that cover! Molly is an exceptional author and one whose books always leave you with a happy heart and smile.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. I agree Kay! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Blessings!

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  2. Lovely review for Hannah’s Courage. I love reading Molly Jebber’s books. Thank you for being part of the tour.

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  3. Such a generous give a way. Thank you for your great review. I would love to read one of her books. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  4. Thank you for the chance I just found your books. My mom and sister and I love Amish books 📚

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  5. I entered your contest. The quilt looks beautiful. Thank you for the chance. The book I read the review for was interesting. She waited too long to have a guy she liked be her boyfriend.

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  6. Nice blog and the book sounds interesting. thanks.

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  7. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

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  8. This book sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for the recipe.

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