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, June 17, 2021

Every Window Filled with Light by Shelia Stovall: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

 

About the Book


Every Window Filled with Light

Author: Shelia Stovall

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Christian Fiction

Release date: April 2, 2021

Welcome to Weldon, Kentucky, where the only things the locals love more than fried pies are gossip and match-making.

Librarian Emma Baker, a young and childless widow, believes her dream to build a family is over. It’s been two years since a student accidentally stabbed Emma’s husband to death, and her grief has stifled any interest in romance—until she meets Pastor Luke Davis. But when Emma learns Luke is counseling her husband’s killer fresh out of jail, her temper gets in the way.

Meanwhile, Emma discovers twelve-year-old Harley, abandoned by her drug-addict mother, hiding in the library, and takes the girl in as her foster mom. Then a young mother is made homeless by an apartment fire, and Emma opens her home again. One person and one prayer at a time, Emma begins to discover hope.

If Emma can yield and offer forgiveness to her husband’s killer, perhaps she’ll be able to piece together the broken parts of her heart…and the broken people who enter her life…to form a new family and maybe even have a second chance at love.

 

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MY THOUGHTS.....


A widowed librarian in a small town, a minister who looks like he's stepped off the cover of CQ, and a teenager who's been forced to grow up too fast. Three very different people who share one common connection--they've all experienced deep hurts! These are just three of the great characters in Every Window Filled with Light, and they are some of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much. Author Shelia Stover is a librarian herself and she perfectly describes some of the activities that a library director would be involved in. She also gives Emma Baker a loving, generous heart for young people, with one notable exception. She cannot forgive the young man that she holds responsible for the death of her husband. She's lost the love of her life, she can't have children, and her relationship with her mother is nothing to write home about. Emma is basically alone!

Every Window Filled with Light refers to Emma's desire to fill her large, stately home with people. This is a touching story of hurts left to fester, forgiveness that seems to be elusive, and the addiction epidemic that threatens our society. It is also a testament to the power of love and faith, and the liberation that comes from forgiveness.

I enjoyed everything about this book! The depiction of life in a small town, the people who live there, and the reminder of the importance of good foster care. I also enjoyed the hint of romance and the strong faith element woven throughout the story. This is Shelia Stover's debut novel and I look forward to reading more about the fictional town of Weldon, Kentucky. I recommend Every Window Filled with Light to all who enjoy Christian fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

About the Author

Shelia Stovall is the director of a small-town library in southern Kentucky, where only strangers mention her last name, and the children call her Miss Shelia.

Shelia and her husband Michael live on a farm, and she enjoys taking daily rambles with their three dogs to the creek. Spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, is her all-time favorite thing. The only hobby Shelia loves more than reading uplifting stories of hope is writing them.

 

More from Shelia

When I was younger, I daydreamed about becoming an author, but it wasn’t something I pursued. I wrote a few short stories for fun, but I poured my time and energy into my children and career.

In the summer of 2011, I participated in a Bible study called Jonah by Priscilla Shirer. One evening, our facilitator asked us to meditate on the question, What does God want you to do that you don’t want to do.  I sat feeling smug as the others prayed. I’d already signed up for a short-term mission trip to Africa, which I hadn’t wanted to do. But as I sat in the quiet, God spoke to me. Write a book for me. My heartbeat quickened as God gave me the opening and the ending of the story. I envisioned a large two-story yellow Victorian home with every Window filled with light.

God’s request filled me with panic, and the workbook page remained blank. The thought of someone reading God’s request made my face hot. Who was I to think I could be an author? Finally, I made a feeble attempt, but it was too hard.

My Ninevah was Africa. I turned my thoughts and efforts to preparing to go to Niger in December 2011. After the trip, all I could think about was returning to Africa. Our translators were visiting the US. It thrilled me when they accepted my invitation to stay overnight in my home. While preparing for their visit, I discovered my laptop under the bed covered in dust. I gulped as I remembered God asking me to write a book. With trepidation, I opened the computer and read the first few pages of the story I’d started. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. I whined to God. I don’t have the skills or the talent. I don’t know how to write a book.

Then, I received an email in my work email account promoting a Christian writers’ conference. To this day, it is still the only email I’ve received at work advertising a writers’ conference. I could hardly breathe as I read the email promoting the writers’ workshop to be held at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX—a long way from Kentucky. I shared everything with my husband, and he encouraged me to go even though we didn’t have the money. He reminded me we had a travel credit in our airline account because of connection problems during our first trip to Africa, and so, I packed my bags.

When I attended the conference, two instructors, New York Times best-selling author Lisa Wingate and Judy Christie, changed my life when they encouraged me to finish the story. Judy asked me to commit to writing one hour a day, and she predicted I’d finish the first draft by Thanksgiving if I’d stick with it. The conference was held in October, and I thought her expectations impossible. I didn’t meet her goal, but I finished the first draft on 12/12/12. I’ll never forget that morning. It’s a good thing I had no idea of the work ahead of me.

Judy was kind enough to give me the email address of her award-winning editor Jamie Clarke Chavez. I sent the first three chapters to Jamie, and my mouth dropped open when she agreed to work with me. Today, she is someone I consider a dear friend. Writers have asked me, How did you get Jamie Chavez to work with you. She must have taken pity on me. I cringe as I remember those first chapters. I consider Jame a gift from God.

Through the years of hard work, God has been faithful to provide me with encouragement and help along the road to publication. If there is anything good in Every Window Filled with Light, it is from Him and the people he sent to aid me. The best blessings of the writing journey are the friendships I’ve made along the way.

I hope you’ll read Every Window Filled with Light or give it to someone who needs an uplifting story of hope. If there’s a person you know who doesn’t know Christ and doesn’t want to listen to a witness, this is a book you can share. I hope the reader will be so drawn into the story they won’t realize they are being exposed to God’s salvation plan until it’s too late.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about why I wrote Every Window Filled with Light. Has God ever asked you to do something you didn’t want to do?  I’d love to hear your story.

Warm regards,

Shelia

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 10

The Avid Reader, June 10

Through the Fire blogs, June 11

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 11

Texas Book-aholic, June 12

Cats in the Cradle Blog, June 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13

For Him and My Family, June 14

CarpeDiem, June 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 15

Inklings and notions, June 16

Just Writing, June 16

Older & Smarter?, June 17

Rebecca Tews, June 18

deb’s Book Review, June 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 20

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 21

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 22

Mary Hake, June 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Shelia is giving away the grand prize package of a themed gift basket from Habegger’s Amish Market!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Finding His Family by Christina Miller: Blog & Review Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours

Finding His Family JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for Finding His Family by Christina Miller, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Finding His Family
Title: Finding His Family
Author: Christina Miller
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Can he be the man she needs him to be?

Now that he’s found them, he can’t let them go. 

The last person Abe Armstrong thought would walk through the door of his gym is Rosemary Williams, the woman he secretly married as a teen. Even more surprising is the little girl at her side—his daughter. It’s been four years since Abe and Rosemary broke each other’s hearts…and he hopes this time will be different. But first Abe must prove he’s father and husband material. 

MY THOUGHTS.....


This book has so many elements that make a great story: an Army veteran who's returned home to serve his community, a young woman raising her little girl by herself, and an adorable three-year-old who steals your heart from the get-go! Yes, Finding His Family has fantastic characters, an intriguing plot , and a second chance at love, but it also has a vindictive father determined to destroy his daughter's future happiness!

Finding HIs Family is a touching story with sweet romance, a strong faith message, and a reminder that love, hope, and forgiveness are available to all of us!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book that I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Miller

Editor and author Christina Miller’s idea of a perfect day involves a white-sand beach, a stack of books, and a glass of sweet tea. Ten years ago, she decided to leave her job as an RN and become a writer and editor so she could read for a living—and sometimes even work on the beach.

Christina is a Bethany Global University graduate, pastor’s wife, worship leader, and author for Love Inspired, the Christian imprint of Harlequin. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her toes in the sand, you might catch her visiting an antebellum mansion, exploring a museum, or teaching at a women’s conference. Christina lives on her family farm with her husband of thirty years.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of Finding His Family and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Finding His Family JustRead Giveaway

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Rebuilding Joy (RenoVations, #2) by Regina Rudd Merrick: JustRead Blog + Review Tour


Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Rebuilding Joy by Regina Rudd Merrick, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Rebuilding Joy

Title: Rebuilding Joy
Series: RenoVations #2
Author: Regina Rudd Merrick
Publisher: Bellville Street Books
Release Date: June 2, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

A waitress, a contractor, and an FBI agent walk into a café …

Single mom Darcy Emerson Sloan has enough to do raising twins and running a restaurant. She’s doing fine on her own and doesn’t need the complications of a man in her life. But when her café turns into a crime scene, putting her and her children are in danger, she begins to take interest in the handsome young FBI agent that comes on the scene.

Contractor Del Reno is as even-keeled as they come, but even he has his limits. And Darcy Sloan has pushed him too far. Every time he tries to help, it backfires. But now that Darcy and her kids are in trouble, he has no choice but to come to her aid and to protect her. She’s just going to have to deal with it.

Secret tunnels, organized crime, adorable children, and a wedding.

Just another day in Clementville.

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MY THOUGHTS.....


Rebuilding Joy is the second book in the RenoVations series, and it's every bit as enjoyable as the first. I love that both books are set in western Kentucky, in the small fictional town of Clementville, and that geographical and historical facts are mentioned throughout the story. Fellow Kentuckians will recognize the town of Marion, the Kentucky State Penitentiary at Eddyville, Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University, and the role that the Ohio River played in the Underground Railroad.

Author Regina Rudd Merrick revisits characters that we fell in love with in Heart Restoration, and introduces us to more members of the Reno family. Del Reno and Darcy Sloan have known each other for several years, but this story allows them to explore a different relationship. Along with their tentative romance, there are mysterious happenings, underground tunnels, and big crime activities that threaten this small Kentucky town. This story has it all: history, mystery, and lots of romantic chemistry, in an appealing plot filled with great characters and a strong faith message.

I thoroughly enjoyed Rebuilding Joy, and I'm hoping that there will be more books in this series. I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian romance.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Regina Rudd Merrick

Regina Rudd Merrick is a multi-published writer, church musician, wife, mother, former librarian, lover of all things beachy and chocolate, and grateful follower of Jesus Christ. Married to her husband of 35-plus years, she is the mother of two grown daughters, and the keeper of a 100-year-old house where she lives in the small town of Marion, KY. Connect with Regina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her website at https://www.reginaruddmerrick.com

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(3) winner will receive their choice of ebook or signed print copy of Rebuilding Joy!

Rebuilding Joy JustRead Giveaway

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

A Chance for the Newcomer by Lisa Cox Carter

A Chance for the NewcomerABOUT THE BOOK

She's stirring things up...

A big-city chef. A small-town single dad.

And matchmakers with marriage in mind...

Chef Kara Lockwood didn't think changing a small-town diner's menu would cause a boycott, but the locals sure do love their apple pie--especially fire chief Will MacKenzie. Kara's not sure she and the single father can ever learn to live peacefully as neighbors. But even as they clash over pastries, local matchmakers and Will's little boy are determined to bring their stubborn hearts together.



MY THOUGHTS.....

It's obvious that Kara Lockwood and Will MacKenzie are perfect for each other, so why can't they recognize it themselves? Why, even three-year-old Maddox knows how special 'Miss Karwa' is.

"Miss Karwa could be our cooker".  Maddox grabbed Will's sleeve. "She can be your wife. Then you won't be sad anymore, and I won't go hungwy." His son turned to Kara. "Can I be your wittle boy?" 

This new book by Lisa Carter is the perfect summer read! It has characters that grab hold of your heart, adorable pets that you want for your own, and a sweet love story that will satisfy the most romantic soul. Yes, there are some misunderstandings, but in a place called Truelove, there will surely be a happily-ever-after! A Chance for the Newcomer is a heartwarming story with a wonderful faith message, and recommend it to all who enjoy Christian romance. Grab a copy today!




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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 








ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick.

As a Southern romantic suspense writer--Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder--Lisa Carter has definite opinions on serious issues like barbeque, ACC basketball and the whole Pepsi vs. Coke controversy.

She and her husband have two daughters and make their home in North Carolina. When she isn't writing, Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales. She also enjoys quilting and researching her next exotic adventure.


Learn more about Lisa by visiting her Website     Facebook     Twitter     Pinterest



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Cold Case Trail by Sharee Stover

Cold Case TrailABOUT THE BOOK

Following the clues could be the last thing they do…

Temporarily working in the cold case division was supposed to mean less danger for state trooper Trey Jackson and his injured K-9 partner, Magnum—until they thwart an abduction. Now he must protect profiler Justine Stark, even as she blames him for her friend’s death ten years ago. Can he right past wrongs by finally solving the murder…and making sure Justine lives to find closure?




MY THOUGHTS.....

So many questions!

A special K-9 and his amazing handler. A young woman still searching for answers to her friend's murder ten years ago. A journal that may offer clues to this cold case. Throw in non-ending action and villains that MUST be stopped, and the result is a thriller that keeps you invested until the very end!

I loved seeing the working relationship between Justine Stark and Trey Jackson, and Magnum is the best dog ever. The possibility of a deeper connection between these two wounded individuals, and the underlying themes of faith and forgiveness, help make this a riveting read. Sharee Stover is a master at writing Christian romantic suspense and I recommend Cold Case Trail to all who enjoy this genre.

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to transform, ignite and restore. She writes Christian romantic suspense combining heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. When she isn't writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd. 



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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Cover Reveal---In Search of a Prince by Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh has a new book releasing in February 2022, and today we get to see the cover! 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops the mother of all bombshells—Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Oloro Ilé, Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, King Tiwa Jimoh Adebayo, is failing.

Distraught by her mother’s betrayal, Brielle is further left spinning when the Oloro Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before assuming the throne or the crown will be passed to another. Uncertain who to choose from the council’s list of bachelors, she struggles with the decision along with the weight of her new role in a new country. With her world totally shaken, she must take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring.

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

PUBLISHER: Bethany House

RELEASE DATE: February 2022

https://tonishiloh.com/in-search-of-a-prince/


 

NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO!





ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novels, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist, Risking Love a 2020 Selah Award finalist, and The Truth About Fame a 2021 Holt Medallion finalist.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to encourage authors in the writing industry. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at http://tonishiloh.com.


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Monday, June 7, 2021

Bridge of Gold (Doors to the Past) by Kimberley Woodhouse


Bridge of Gold (Doors to the Past)ABOUT THE BOOK

Repairs on the Golden Gate Bridge Uncover a Century-Old Murder
 
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.
 
Underwater archaeologist Kayla Richardson is called to the Golden Gate Bridge where repairs to one of the towers uncovers two human remains from the late 1800s and the 1930s. The head of the bridge restoration is Steven Michaels, who dives with Kayla, and a friendship develops between them. But as the investigation heats up and gold is found that dates back to the gold rush, more complications come into play that threaten them both. Could clues leading to a Gold Rush era mystery that was first discovered during the building of the bridge still ignite an obsession worth killing for?


MY THOUGHTS.....

It isn't often that a bridge is a main character in a book, but the famous Golden Gate Bridge is the focus of this dual-time story that is set in both 1933 and present day. Bridge of Gold provides a fascinating look at the bridge as it was being built in 1933, and then, in 2020, as it is undergoing repairs. Both tales include danger, fear, and the search for sunken treasure that is believed to be in the waters beneath the bridge. Greed is a common denominator, and jeopardy is a recurrent theme, but belief in God and the power of prayer are also very prevalent in the stories!

Bridge of Gold offers history, mystery, and two sweet romances. I found myself searching for more information about San Francisco, the California Gold rush of 1849, and the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. I was quickly caught up in trying to discover who was willing to kill for gold, and I loved seeing the love between Margo and Luke, in 1933, along with the contemporary relationship between Kayla and Steven. Both couples face immense obstacles, and it's uncertain if they will overcome them, but hope and faith are ever-present as they deal with these hurdles.

This book shows another dimension of Woodhouse's writing talent and I thoroughly enjoyed her efforts. Bridge of Gold is a stunning addition to the Doors to the Past series from Barbour Publishing, and I recommend it to all who appreciate Christian romantic fiction.

I received a complimentary 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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling author of more than twenty-five books who loves the JOY of story. A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate. She's spoken to more than 2 million people at more than 2,500 venues and has taught the craft of writing around the country. Married to the love of her life for thirty plus years, she makes her home in the Poconos. You can connect with Kimberley at her Website     Facebook     Instagram     Twitter




Sunday, June 6, 2021

Return to the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Return to the Big Valley

ABOUT THE BOOK


The Brunstetters Return to a Unique Amish Setting for Three New Stories of Love
 
Journey back to an area of Pennsylvania that is home to three distinct Amish communities and meet three young women who face heartfelt disappointments in romance.
 
Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Wilma Hostetler has been courted by Israel Zook for the last year, and he’s recently proposed marriage. But when his sister dies, leaving him to care for five young nephews who openly dislike Wilma, she has second thoughts of starting with a ready-made family and decides to call off the wedding. Can anything be done to restore the relationship, or will Israel seek another wife?
 
Martha’s Miracle by Jean Brunstetter
Martha Yoder is different from other Amish women in her love of hunting and the outdoors. Meeting Glen Swarey, who is working with the local fire department, seems to be a good match. But can Martha accept Glen’s thoughts of leaving the Amish faith, or will she walk away from a chance at love?
 
Alma’s Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter
Alma Wengerd is a young widow who leaves her home in Kentucky to stay with friends in Pennsylvania. Soon she is speeding into a renewed romance with Elias Kurtz and raising the brows of the older church members. When Alma is waylaid by some unexpected news, could putting her happiness with Elias on hold be her only option?



MY THOUGHTS.....


This book will be especially appealing to fans of Amish fiction. Authors Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter have each written a sweet, inspiring story that is set in one of the three distinct Amish districts that make up the Pennsylvania area known as The Big Valley. Each novella has an intriguing plot with unique characters, and all three of them stress the importance of strong family ties, faith in God, and the ability to fully trust in His Plan for your life.

Wanda Brunstetter is certainly the veteran in this group of authors, and I do consider her story to be better defined, but Jean and Richelle Brunstetter definitely add their own unmistakable talents. Return to the Big Valley is an enjoyable read and I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian romance and Amish fiction.

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


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHORS


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.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com

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.

Visit Jean's website at www.jeanbrunstetter.com.  

Richelle Brunstetter lives in the Pacific Northwest and developed a desire to write when she took creative writing in high school. After enrolling in college classes, her overall experience enticed her to become a writer, and she wants to implement what she's learned into her stories. Just starting her writing career, her first published story appears in The Beloved Christmas Quilt beside her grandmother, Wanda E. Brunstetter, and her mother, Jean. Richelle enjoys traveling to different places, her favorite being Kauai, Hawaii.



Friday, June 4, 2021

Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Healthy Options Cookbook: Health Begins in the Kitchen with over 200 Recipes, Tips, and Remedies from the Amish by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Healthy Options Cookbook: Health Begins in the Kitchen with over 200 Recipes, Tips, and Remedies from the Amish

ABOUT THE BOOK


Loaded with dozens of Amish recipes for the health conscious.
New, from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is valuable cookbook that offers healthy recipe options.
 
Everyone wants to feel healthy, right? Food can be one of our best medicines, and many Amish are known for seeking ways for health to begin in the kitchen. Brand new, from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a helpful cookbook from Amish and Mennonite cooks who offer healthy recipe options. Over 200 recipes are divided into traditional categories from main dishes and sides to desserts and snacks with labels for gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, etc. Also included are health tips and remedies. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, home cooks of all ages will be eager to add this cookbook to their collections.


MY THOUGHTS.....


Are you gluten intolerant? Do you need dairy free foods, or those with less sugar? If you're looking for new recipes that meet these restrictions, then this is the cookbook for you! Amish Friends Healthy Options Cookbook has over 230 recipes, divided into 7 categories, and there are also useful tips, homemade remedies, and a section devoted to Superfoods. I especially like that it is easy-to-use, with a Table of Contents, two Indexes that allow you to find a specific recipe, and a plastic comb spine binding that allows it to lay flat. There are also colorful photos that show the finished products and inspirational Bible Scripture scattered throughout the book. This is definitely a book meant to feed both body and soul!

Amish cooks are considered to be among the very best, and these recipes are certainly worth trying. Wanda E. Brunstetter has once again gathered recipes used in Amish kitchens, and she's combined them into this new cookbook that is geared especially for those of us who are interested in healthier foods. I'm looking forward to good food and better health!

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


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



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.


To learn more about Wanda, visit her  Website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest


Thursday, June 3, 2021

To Catch a Hummingbird (Miller's Creek, #1) by Mindy Steele

To Catch a Hummingbird (Miller Creek, #1)ABOUT THE BOOK

Since her father’s death, twenty-three-year-old Lydia Miller stays busy, trying to keep the family farm afloat. It leaves little time to think and to regret what she did. Her mother runs the local bakery and unexpectedly sells their home without Lydia’s thoughts on the matter. Worse, they now must live with the local widower, and Lydia is expected to care for his children. Nothing in life has prepared her for the resistance she will face or the quick attachments she makes.

Widower Silas Graber fell right into the Bishop’s plan. He did need help, but he thought he was getting Hazel Miller not her daughter with a chip on her shoulder. Her ways are nothing like his late wife’s, and it’s clear she knows nothing about raising children.

However, he can’t help but notice how she quickly breathes life back into his world. And his children notice it, too. Before long, she has become a part of their lives, and she starts learning to leave the past behind her. And falls in love. But she’s not so certain Silas is ready to give his heart away again. Neither is he.


MY THOUGHTS.....

Lydia Rose Miller is a bundle of energy, but she's also an emotional wreck. When we first meet her, she is filled with guilt, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Not your usual Amish maiden, right? This is one reason I enjoyed this book so very much. Author Mindy Steele understands the Amish way of life, but she also knows that it isn't exempt from problems, and she's woven an intriguing tale of a mother and daughter facing a financial burden that can't be resolved. Hazel Miller's decision for them to leave their home to help widower Silas Graber care for his three young children is certainly not a happy choice for her youngest daughter Lydia!

'Lydia knew little of Silas Graber other than he'd lost a wife, seldom spoke, and never smiled. Why, then, should she be expected to help him care for these three motherless children? She just couldn't, even though circumstances made it necessary'.

I loved the chemistry between Lydia and Silas, and it's apparent that their initial reservations toward each other may be temporary. I also enjoyed watching Lydia's maternal instincts blossom as she cares for these precious Graber children. Lydia finally experiences the best kind of emotions....love, joy, and hope. Until...a tragic accident threatens Miller Creek forever!





To Catch a Hummingbird is a touching, romantic, and realistic look at the Amish way of life and I look forward to returning to Miller Creek. I recommend this book to all who enjoy Amish fiction.





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



My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Mindy Steele writes sweet Amish fiction as well as romantic suspense. She is an author of 7 novels. The Miller's Creek Amish series, Christmas Grace, Christmas in Cranberry, His Amish Wife's Hidden past, and An Amish Flower Farm, releasing 2021. If not gardening or visiting her Amish neighbors, she is on the family farm writing her newest inspiration. To learn more about Mindy, go to her Website     Facebook     Instagram