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!

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Pockets of Purpose (The Pocket Quilt, #2) by Laurie Stroup Smith: Review & Giveaway



               Welcome to the Pockets of Purpose Blog Tour. 

I'm thrilled to be a participant in the blog tour for this new Amish fiction release by Laurie Stroup Smith. Please read my review of Pockets of Purpose, checkout Laurie's bio, and then, enter the giveaway that is featured at the bottom of this post!


Title                       Pockets of Purpose

Series Title           The Pocket Quilt Series (#2)

Author                  Laurie Stroup Smith

Publisher              Vinspire Publishing

Release Date        June 30, 2021

Genre                    Amish

Surgical complications leave an Amish auctioneer searching for his passions and purpose.

Two years after exchanging her first love letters with Gideon Petersheim, Dixie Yoder tucks his notes into her pocket quilt and travels from Pinecraft to Holmes County, hopeful for a future together. Upon her arrival, their relationship blossoms until the auctioneer has surgery to remove a cyst from his vocal cords. Complications from the procedure interfere with his healing, leaving him searching for his passions and purpose. Instead of leaning on Dixie through this tough time, he pushes her away and turns his back on God. Frustrated and heartbroken, she is torn between staying in Ohio with the new friends she has grown to love and packing her bags. Having lost everything, he must fight his way back to her, but his apology is long overdue. Only a grand gesture to show her how much she means to him will cause her to pause and reconsider.

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Pockets of Purpose is the second book in The Pocket Quilt series, and I love that notes and letters once again play such an important role. Much of the courtship of Dixie Yoder and Gideon Petersheim is done through letter writing, and Dixie's sweet notes are filled with hope and encouragement. It appears that their future will be shared together until...unexpected hardships cast huge shadows on their plans.

How foolish she had been, dreaming of a future with him.
How stubborn of him to allow his career---or lack thereof---to get between them.
How prideful of her to judge him.
She prayed for forgiveness.
Author Laurie Stroup Smith shares a realistic story of two people who struggle with anger and doubts, and she offers readers a powerful reminder that trust in God is essential. Pockets of Purpose is a heartwarming book filled with hope, love, and forgiveness. I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian fiction and I look forward to Smith's next writing project!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review wasn't required. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


While writing Amish fiction and contemporary romance, Laurie Stroup Smith strives to inspire readers to serve others. She was named a Finalist in the 2017 ACFW First Impressions Contest and a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 and 2019 ACFW Genesis Contests. She has been interviewed by Loveland Magazine and has been a guest on the Buggy Talk and Fierce Calling podcasts.

Before writing, Laurie earned a bachelor’s degree in both athletic training and exercise science and later obtained her master’s degree in health promotion and education. She now writes full time and lives with her husband and their two daughters in Cincinnati. Connect with Laurie on her    Website      Facebook     Instagram   Pinterest    Twitter     Goodreads

Laurie is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency. julie@theseymouragency.com


(1) Winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Pockets of Purpose and a felt bird ornament.

For additional chances to win, please visit each tour stop. The tour schedule and associated links are listed below. Giveaway begins at 12:01am (ET) on July 6, 2021, and concludes at 11:59pm (ET) on July 9, 2021. US mailing addresses only.

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  1. I love Amish fiction but have never heard of this author! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi, Cindy. Thank you so much for participating in this blog tour. I hope you enjoy the book.