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!

Friday, February 4, 2022

Magdelena's Choice by Molly Jebber: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

 About the Book

Magdelena’s Choice

Author: Molly Jebber


Release date: January 25, 2022

As the daughter of a wealthy rancher, Magdelena Beachy may not truly need her job at the Amish Charm Bakery, but she enjoys tending to customers, be they neighbors or curious Englischers. Only one thing would make life sweeter, and that’s if Toby Schlabach would court her. It’s not just his dimples and smile that warm Magdelena’s heart—she admires his kindness and values. Yet she worries their chance may slip away . . .

With his daed ill and his mother and sister depending on him, Toby can’t yet offer Magdelena the future she deserves. But even as he nears his goal, he learns her father has arranged a match with another suitor. Magdelena risks shunning if she goes against her family. Choosing a path will take courage as well as faith—in God’s plan, and in this steadfast, tender love . . .


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Great characters, a 'charming' setting, and strong Amish values are all parts of this latest book in the Amish Charm Bakery series. As we return to the gentle and peaceful Ohio community that we've come to love, it is 1914, and there's mention of the Great War that has just begun. In Charm, however, Magdelena Beachy is preparing for her own battle. She knows in her heart that Toby Schlabach is the perfect man for her, but her father has her future planned, and it doesn't include Toby! What will Magdelena do? Will she be a good Amish daughter and obey her father, or will she risk being shunned by her family and community? Will she choose Toby instead of the man that her father insists that she marry?

Toby is such an endearing character, and you can understand why Magdelena wants him. He is hardworking, loyal, and a devoted son and brother, so you just know that he is perfect husband material. I admired Magdelena's determination and the path that she takes to prove her point, but I was concerned that she wouldn't be able to have the life that she wanted. Toby's widowed sister Rachael becomes her best friend and ally, and Rachael soon becomes involved in her own sad, heartbreaking situation. This is a part of the plot that I would love to see developed, if Jebber decides to add another book to the series.

Jebber is an author who has a unique talent for drawing us in, and keeping us invested, in her stories of faith, hope, and family, but she also makes us think, and she sometimes changes our views. Magdelena's Choice offers the intriguing aspect of an Amish man who desires material possessions, and even values money, and this is an attribute that I don't usually connect with the Amish simple life. This book is a thought-provoking addition to this entertaining series, and there's an added bonus of three of Magdelena's recipes for us to enjoy. If you like historical fiction and Amish romance, you will definitely want to read Magdelina's Choice!

I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


About the Author

Molly Jebber is a best-selling and award-winning author of Amish Historical Romance. Molly’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten lists, USA Today’s HEA, featured in live video on Naples News, many media outlets across the U.S. You’ll find her books on most stores the first three months of their release across the U.S, UK, Canada, and more. She’s been interviewed on television, and she’s a touring speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, other women’s professional organizations, and she offers presentations on writing, agent or no agent, publishing, and marketing. She also speaks about the Amish lifestyles and traditions. She says the most rewarding part about writing stories is meeting wonderful readers who become friends through social media and at her speaking events. Please visit her website: http://www.mollyjebber.com for a full list of her books, speaking events and recipes.

She loves God, her family, and friends and Florida sunshine. She says yes to swimming, the beach, golf, and time with her family and friends, and no to coconut, onions, and skydiving!


More from Molly

Magdelena faces difficult decisions when having a difference of opinion with her parents. If she goes against them, she’ll face serious consequences.  Sometimes we have family situations that arise, and they require us to search our heart for how to deal with them. Toby also faces hardship, tragedy, and being judged wrongly by others. Toby and Magdelena are sure God has a plan for their lives, but they’re not sure if they are following his will. They pray for guidance. You’ll enjoy their friends and how they come into play in this story. We all have friends we love, and memories we make with them. They root for us. The same goes for this couple. You’ll wonder what will happen next, and just when you think things are better, something else happens. I hope you enjoy the story. Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win the grand prize at the end of this tour!

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, January 29

Bizwings Blog, January 29

Bigreadersite, January 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 30

She Lives To Read, January 31

Texas Book-aholic, January 31

Lighthouse Academy Blog, February 1 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Inklings and notions, February 1

For Him and My Family, February 2

Simple Harvest Reads, February 2 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 3

Older & Smarter?, February 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 4

deb’s Book Review, February 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 7

SusanLovesBooks, February 7

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 8

Connie’s History Classroom, February 9

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 10 (Spotlight)

Splashes of Joy, February 10

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 11


To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away the grand prize of a $75 Amazon gift!!

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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  1. Thank you for your review on "Magdelena's Choice" by Molly Jebber and for being part of the Celebrate Lit blog tour.

    Always look forward to Molly's next great book as I am this one. It's been on my TBR list since I first knew about it. Can't wait for the opportunity to dive in reading what I know will be a fabulous read.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Thanks so much for the detailed review!

  3. Molly, Magdelena's Choice sounds like a great romance for me to enjoy, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Older & Smarter?, for sharing your thoughts! Have a spectacular weekend!

  4. Good book for winter reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

  5. This sounds really good, thanks for sharing

  6. This sounds like a wonderful book.

  7. I'm adding this to my tbr! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

  9. This sounds like a wonderful story, and I'm excited that it is a historical story.