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!

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Amish Friends Outdoor Cookbook by Wanda E. Brunstetter: A Sneak Peek with Recipes

It's no secret that Amish Friends cookbooks are some of my favorites! Now, just in time for Summer, there's a new one dedicated to outdoor cooking! I don't think there's anything better than a hotdog that's been cooked on a grill but this cookbook helps us do so much more! Amish Friends Outdoor Cookbook is a collection of over 200 recipes that free us from our everyday cooking routines. There are tips & tricks, a variety of cooking methods to choose from, and recipes that can be used by cooks of all ages. Best of all, they've been submitted by some of the best cooks around---Amish cooks! 

I've been privileged to have a sneak peek of a few of the recipes from Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Outdoor Cookbook and now, I'm sharing that peek with you! If you're like me, you'll probably want to see ALL of the recipes from this special book, so I'm including a purchase link for your convenience!


I love hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on the grill but I'm thinking of all of the other meats that I can put this sauce on.

 So simple but oh, so good!

Yum! This is a recipe that I can't wait to try!

My first thought was that this would be the perfect breakfast if you've camped overnight but this actually looks perfect for anytime!

Here are two ideas that are perfect for freeing up your time so that you can enjoy your family. Mix up the batter for Brownie Cake and let it bake while the kids (and maybe adults) are running, playing, and seeing whose Giant Homemade Bubbles will last the longest! Precious memories and delicious food courtesy of Wanda E. Brunstetter and her Amish friends!

Doesn't this look delicious? After enjoying hotdogs, hamburgers, and all of the trimmings, wouldn't this be good? Remember, there's always room for homemade dessert!

Is there anyone who doesn't love bubbles? From babies to grannies, these are the perfect way to bring on the smiles!

These are just five of the recipes in this book. Is it any wonder that I'm so eager to grab a copy so that I can see the other 200?

To Catch a Coronet (Best Laid Plans #1) by Grace Hitchcock

To Catch a Coronet (Best Laid Plans #1)

Sometimes the only way to outsmart a scandal is to find a crown big enough to silence it

Muriel Beau, country baker turned heiress, can't stop instigating outrage. She discards two arranged engagements, then further antagonizes in Kent society by publicly proposing to a baron at a ball. His rejection leaves her with no choice but to flee to the city and to secure a coronet so splendid that her peers will forget her debacles. The glitter of the London courts convinces Muriel that it's possible to find the future she dreams of, until she finds herself entangled in yet another escapade--one that may cost her more than her crumbling reputation.

After years of serving as a privateer under an assumed name, Captain Erik Draycott, heir to Draycott Castle and soon to assume his uncle's title of Earl, returns to his London home to find it in disrepair thanks to his longtime nemesis. A staunch bachelor intent on returning to his ship, the captain now finds himself in dire need of a wife. But while his pauper status causes the potential London brides to turn their noses up at him, the captain is shocked when his mentor encourages him to retire and take a wife. But while his alleged pauper status causes the potential London brides to turn their noses up at him, the ladies of Kent have no such qualms and are eager to fill his coffers with their fathers' wealth. When he encounters the unconventional Muriel Beau and she becomes embroiled in his risky undertaking, Erik is torn between staying put to protect this enchanting country lady and heeding the call of the high seas.



An earl who longs to sail the high seas and a simple baker who only wants her happily ever after...what in the world could these two people have in common? Author Grace Hitchcock sets the stage for a fabulous Regency novel with a mistaken identity trope and there's never a dull moment! To Catch a Coronet is a witty, swoon-worthy romance filled with twists, turns, and numerous mentions of yummy pastries and desserts! Muriel's attempts to avoid another arranged marriage fiasco by being the person to propose is certainly taboo and Erik's determination to maintain a friends-only relationship soon goes by the wayside. They meet, sparks begin to smolder, and eventually, they burst into full flame. What will happen, however, when their true identities are revealed?

To Catch a Coronet is a fun-filled Regency romp with laugh-out-loud humor, clever banter between Erik and Muriel, and dangerous secrets waiting to be divulged. I enjoyed the mentions of real places in England, I loved Muriel's strong faith, and I adored the sweet but powerful chemistry between her and Erik. If you're a fan of Regency fiction, be prepared to lose yourself in this fabulous book! There's even a delicious scone recipe for readers to try!

I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Grace Hitchcock is an award-winning author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Dakota, sons, and daughter. 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Love on a Whim (Cape Cod Creamery, #3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Love on a Whim (Cape Cod Creamery, #3)

Brynn Haywood's impulsive marriage to a man she'd known less than 24 hours leaves her with deep regret. She flees to Cape Cod, finding refuge with her loyal friend, Dawn Dixon. As Brynn grapples with her emotions, Dawn acts swiftly, eager to help secure a lawyer for her through her mother Marnie's good friend, Lincoln Hayes. However, Lincoln's preoccupation with his daughter's lavish wedding brings unexpected challenges.

The arrival of Lincoln's estranged son, Bear Hayes, stirs the waters further. Alarmed by his father's extravagant generosity toward the Dixon family, Bear ignites friction between Marnie and Lincoln. As the wedding day arrives, Lincoln vanishes--and an unwelcome guest makes a surprise appearance.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delights with this sweet story of love, family, and the unpredictability of life.


A beautiful setting, a diverse group of characters, and a well-developed plot make this a great choice for summer reading enjoyment. Love on a Whim is another chance to connect with some of the characters from the first two books of the Cape Cod Creamery series, but the main focus of this story is Brynn Haywood's change of heart after marrying a man that she's only known for twenty-four hours. Will her flight to the small town of Chatham allow her a chance to rethink her future?

Author Suzanne Woods Fisher shared more than one romance in this story, including a second chance at love between Marnie and Lincoln. I enjoyed the quotes about ice cream that introduce each chapter and I also loved the inspiring thoughts that are woven into the story. We're reminded to accept the second chances that we're given, to recognize that coincidences are really "God instances", and to remember that apologies don't have expiration dates! I recommend Love on a Whim to all who enjoy contemporary Christian romance.

I received a copy of this book from the Revell Reads Blogger Program. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


With over 1.5 million copies sold, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of over 30 books, ranging from novels to children’s books to non-fiction. She is a Christy Award finalist, a winner of Carol and Selah awards, and a two-time finalist for ECPA Book of the Year. She writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—one with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading it. Suzanne lives with her very big family in northern California.

Suzanne can be found online on her Website   Facebook   Twitter    Instagram     Pinterest


The Sweet Life

The Secret to Happiness

Love on a Whim

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

A Chat with Wanda E. Brunstetter, "Amish Country's Most Beloved Storyteller"

Her name is synonymous with Amish fiction, her books are consistently on the New York Times Best Seller list, and more than 12 million copies of her books have, been sold. Is it any wonder that Wanda E. Brunstetter is often called "Amish Country's Most Beloved Storyteller"? Recently, this very busy author participated in an online chat with members of her Facebook group, Wanda's Clippity Clop Club, and she's graciously allowed me to share some of the questions and answers that were discussed on May 2, 2024. You will see that I've posted them in the format that they were given. 

Even though Amish fiction is her primary genre, Wanda Brunstetter is also the author of many popular cookbooks. Is it any wonder that many of the chat questions involved Food & Family?

Do you often collect recipes from your Amish friends?

"Yes, I have received many recipes from Amish friends and often pick up new ones whenever we eat at one of our Amish friend’s homes."

Does Wanda cook a lot of authentic Amish recipes for her family?

"I do cook recipes from my Amish friends whenever possible, and one of my favorite recipes is Amish Haystack."

What is Wanda's favorite recipe from all her cookbooks?

"Haystack is one of my favorite recipes. It’s fun and easy to make, and also delicious! We've eaten it many times at our Amish friends' homes.

When your kids were growing up, did you have family dinners together every night?

"Yes, we always ate together."

I recently heard that Wanda's husband was a pastor and has retired from this ministry. What did Wanda enjoy most about being a pastor's wife? As a pastor's wife, did the ladies in their congregation know Wanda was a well-known author and read her books? Did she ever have book clubs with them and discuss her books?

"While my husband was in the ministry, I enjoyed being able to minister to others in need of counseling or some kind of help. When Richard took his first church, I was not a well-known author but during his second assignment, most everyone in the church knew about my books. Although we did not have a book club, the church did have a library, so I made sure to put each of my new releases on the library shelves."

Your Amish Friends Outdoor Cookbook was released yesterday, May 1! Does your family enjoy grilling and outdoor cooking? What is your favorite outdoor cooking recipe?

"Yes, my husband loves to grill outdoors and he received a new grill for his birthday in March and he’s eager to try it out. He cooks with Bison meat a lot and I love bison burgers with all the trimmings."

There were several questions relating to the possibility of her books being made into movies!

Has Wanda ever considered or thought about making one of her book series into a movie or movie series? And if so which series would she like to see done?

"It would be nice to have one of my books or a series made into a movie, but unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to make it happen. I have been blessed, however, to have two of my books made into musical plays, and another one is in the works, which will debut in the spring of 2025."

"Are there any plans for more of Wanda's books to be made into musicals at The Blue Gate Theatre? I'd love to see The Prayer Jar series as a musical!"

"Yes, the musical I mentioned in the previous question is currently being written and will be based on a book I'm co-authoring with Martha Bolton, who is also writing the script for the play."

Wanda Brunstetter, where would the plays be done? And it's never too late God can make a movie series happen, if He chooses. 

"Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, IN for sure."

Questions about Ms. Brunstetter's writing methods? Of course!

Is there a season of the year you tend to get more written than other seasons?

"I am busy writing during all four seasons."

Does Wanda have a favorite time of day or location to write where she feels the most productive?

"I pretty much write any time of the day and often write 5 days a week 8 hours or more per day. I enjoy writing outdoors when possible and when I can’t, then I write from my office where there’s a window to look out of."

Are there any subjects you won't discuss in a storyline? Is there a subject you want to discuss but have not come up with a story for it?

"My head is always swimming with story ideas but there are probably some topics I won’t choose to write about. I always want my stories to bring glory to God, and if a certain subject matter doesn’t, then I would not choose to write about it."

Miscellaneous Questions

Do you ever wish you lived in Lancaster County among the Amish?

"We have some Amish friends who live in Lancaster County and other places in Pennsylvania, and it’s a great place to go. However, we have even more friends who live in Indiana, which I think would be great place to live."

Do you think there is less or more shunning than there was years ago?

"I think severe shunning still occurs in some communities like the Swartzentrubers, but it’s my understanding from talking to friends who left the Amish faith after joining the church, that their family did not shun them for a very long period of time."

And then, there's Letters of Wisdom, the third book in the Friendship Letters series!

Was it difficult to come up with the story in Letters of Wisdom? The emotions and events hit spot on. It was sometimes hard to read the book because of the memories it brought up.

"Coming up with the storyline was easy since both my husband and I suffered some forms of abuse when we were children. I had also been asked by several people to write something on the topic of abuse."

What is the message you hope your readers take away from Letters of Wisdom?

"I hope my readers will realize that if they, or someone they know has been abused, it’s good to talk about it and seek professional help as needed. Forgiveness is a big part of healing from abuse and God’s Word has a lot to say about forgiveness. So turning to the Bible for help and healing is also very important."

Thank you for Letters of Wisdom. Will you write any more books on this subject in the near future?

"I don’t have any plans at this point to write more on the topic of abuse, but I probably would if God showed me that I should."

Finally, the most important question and answer of all!

How long will you continue writing?

"As long as God keeps giving me the ideas and the strength to write, I will keep authoring novels."

It's such a pleasure to learn more about the person responsible for the books that we all love to read! Thank you, Wanda E. Brunstetter and members of Wanda's Clippity Clop Club, for allowing me to share these questions and answers!

Even more questions about Ms. Brunstetter? Find the answers on her Website.

Wondering about Letters of Wisdom? My review can be found HERE.

Needing information about Amish Friends Outdoor Cookbook? Check HERE

Sunday, May 26, 2024

With Each Tomorrow (The Jewels of Kalispell, #2) by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

With Each Tomorrow (The Jewels of Kalispell, #2)

As the formation of Glacier National Park takes Eleanor Briggs and her conservationist father on a journey west to advocate for public lands, her heart carries the weight of a painful past. Since the death of her mother, she has spent her life traveling the country with her father and helping him with his work, but now he's considering settling down and writing a book, and she's not sure what that means for her future.

Carter Brunswick faces trials of his own when the Great Northern Railway's departure threatens his family's livelihood and the entire town of Kalispell. In the visiting conservationist's daughter, Ellie, he finds a spirited woman who challenges his convictions in ways he never anticipated, and his own dreams for the future begin to change.

When tensions over the railroad's departure boil over, Ellie and Carter are drawn together on a daring journey that tests the depths of their feelings and their faith in God.

Return to Kalispell, Montana, with bestselling authors Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse for a powerful tale of perseverance, truth, and the transformative power of love.


I'm a fan of both of these authors but there's always a special magic when they combine their talents to create a story. With Each Tomorrow is filled with memorable characters, a beautiful western setting, and historical details involving the formation of the Glacier National Park and the impending departure of the Great Northern Railway regional headquarters from Kalispell, Montana. Throw in adventure, suspense, and an intriguing relationship between Eleanor Briggs and Carter Brunswick and I was totally engaged!

I enjoyed learning about the early National Parks system and being reminded of just how important the railroad system was in the early 1900s. A town's livelihood could be destroyed if it was no longer a stop along the way so Carter's determined efforts to keep the regional headquarters in Kalispell were especially relevant! I also loved catching up with some of the Kalispell townspeople that I'd already met, and I must say that Marvella Ashbury was still a force of nature! How could Carter and Elly escape her matchmaking efforts?

If you're looking for a captivating plot with sweet romance and a thought-provoking faith message, grab a copy of this book! I recommend With Each Tomorrow to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction and I'm eagerly awaiting the third book in The Jewels of Kalispell series. Well done, Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse!

I received a complimentary copy from the authors and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over 100 novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. 

Learn more by visiting her Website or following her on    Facebook     Instagram

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. 

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The Heart's Choice
With Each Tomorrow

Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Last To Know (Hallowed Halls #2) by Mary Alford

The Last To Know (Hallowed Halls #2)

An FBI agent with a dark secret.
A killer on a mission.

A murderous past that unearths an unexpected connection.

BAU Special Agent Hannah London’s troubled past reminds her that life is fragile. And hers has an expiration date that can’t be denied.

When the bottom drops out of Hannah’s world, and a killer ramps up his victim count, Hannah and fellow agent, Cooper Delaney are in a race against time to catch the killer. A bombshell revelation has Hannah and Cooper reeling after the killer’s cryptic messages seem to hint at a connection. . .to Hannah.

As Hannah’s feelings for Cooper deepen, her head tells her to end things before Cooper gets hurt. But her heart, the one that threatens to betray her, doesn’t want to walk away.


I've long been a fan of this author's Loved Inspired Suspense novels but this book takes her romantic suspense to a new level! The Last To Know centers around two FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit agents working to find a serial killer before he/she can strike again. Agents Hannah London and Cooper Delaney are both haunted by tragic pasts and this case is a painful reminder of the evil that they've seen!

This fascinating story is the second book in the Hallowed Halls series and author Mary Alford has never been better! I admit that I was a little disturbed by a serial murderer dubbed the Embalmer who may have inspired a copycat killer but Alford's details are never TOO gruesome. She also introduced me to the fascinating concept of cellular memories. Can transplant patients recall memories from their donor's life? Were Hannah's recurring nightmares rooted in traumatic events that her donor once experienced?

The Last To Know is filled with danger, intrigue, and multiple twists and turns, but there's also a sweet friends-to-more relationship waiting to be explored. Grab a copy of this book if you are looking for memorable characters, a thought-provoking plot, and compelling suspense that keeps you turning the pages!

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Mary Alford is a USA Today bestselling author who loves giving her readers the unexpected, combining unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots that result in stories the reader can't put down. Her titles have been finalists for several awards, including the Daphne Du Maurier, the Beverly, the Maggie, and the Selah. She and her husband live in the heart of Texas in the middle of 70 acres with two cats and one dog. 

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Don't Close Your Eyes
The Last to Know

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Amish Witness to Murder (Amish Country Justice, #18) by Dana R. Lynn

Amish Witness to Murder (Amish Country Justice, #18)

To identify her father’s killer…

she must stay alive

After finding her family’s barn in flames and witnessing her father’s murder, Beth Troyer becomes the killer’s next target. She narrowly escapes death when the murderer turns on her, but now she’s left temporarily blind. She’ll have to rely on former family friend Gideon Bender to keep her safe until her eyesight returns. But with a killer who’ll stop at nothing to find her, staying alive might just be impossible…


Beth Troyer's peaceful Amish existence is changed forever when she returns home to find her family business engulfed in flames and she witnesses a masked assailant fighting with her father. In the blink of an eye, her father has been murdered, she's become the killer's next target, and she's also temporarily blind! How can she protect herself when she can't see?

In her notes, author Dana R. Lynn reveals that this is the final book about the Bender siblings, and all I can say is Wow! This captivating story kept me fully engaged in Beth Troyer and Gideon Bender's race to escape a killer. I felt Beth's fear and I marveled at her strength and perseverance; I admired Gideon's protective nature, but I wondered how he would ever convince Beth that he no longer had feelings for her sister Miriam. Would their long-time friendship become something more?

Amish Witness to Murder checks off all of the boxes for romantic Christian suspense! Danger, mystery, friendship, and faith make this a story that you don't want to miss, and there's also a reunion with the rest of the Bender family. Grab a copy today!

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Dana R. Lynn is a USA Today bestselling author who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. She met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenage children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats, and thinks chocolate should be a food group. Dana is a Selah Award winner, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and a New England Reader’s Choice Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website.

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Amish Country Justice

Book 1:Plain Target
Book 2: Plain Retribution
Book 3: Amish Christmas Abduction
Book 4: Amish Country Ambush
Book 5: Amish Christmas Emergency
Book 6: Guarding the Amish Midwife
Book 7: Hidden in Amish Country
Book 9: Deadly Amish Reunion
Book 11: Covert Amish Investigation
Book 12: Amish Christmas Escape
Book 18: Amish Witness to Murder

Monday, May 20, 2024

Kidnapped in Montana by Sharon Dunn

Kidnapped in Montana (Love Inspired Suspense)

A case of mistaken identity…

leads to a lethal wilderness chase

Believing he’s tracked down his missing informant in a gem-smuggling investigation, FBI agent Ryan McCloud unwittingly leads deadly assassins to Catherine Reed’s mountain hideout. As the informant’s identical twin, and already hiding from her abusive ex-husband, Catherine now has two threats to her life. With danger at every turn, can Ryan protect Catherine and find her missing sister…before it’s too late?


What do you do when your identical twin becomes involved in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a gem-smuggling ring but you are the one who becomes their target? Author Sharon Dunn spins a tale of mistaken identity, spousal abuse, and deadly killers who will stop at nothing to find missing diamonds. Catherine is hiding from her abusive ex-husband, her twin Victoria is on the run, and FBI Agent Ryan McCloud may be the only person who can save them!

This nail-biting story kept me turning the pages to see if Catherine could escape her abusive ex and if Ryan could help these twin sisters find peace and justice. Kidnapped in Montana is an exciting suspense story with intriguing characters, a great setting, and a realistic portrayal of learning to trust again. I recommend it to all who enjoy romantic Christian suspense.

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sharon Dunn is an award-winning multi-published author with over 30 books to her credit. She writes both romantic suspense and humorous and cozy mysteries for the Christian market. Her books have been on the U.S.A. Today bestseller lists as well as Publishers Weekly. Her first book, Romance Rustlers and Thunderbird Thieves, was a Romantic Times top pick, and two of her books, Night Prey and Sassy Cinderella, won Carol awards from American Christian Fiction Writers. 

Learn more by visiting Sharon's WebsiteYou can also follow her on Facebook.

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

When Hope Sank: April 27, 1865 (A Day to Remember, #3) by Denise Weimer

When Hope Sank (A Day to Remember, #3)

Can Hope Resurface After Evil Tries to Drown It? 

Introducing a new series of 6 exciting novels featuring historic American disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives. Whether by nature or by man, these disasters changed history and were a day to be remembered.   

The Civil War has taken everything from Lily Livingston—her parents, her twin brother, her home. Now she works at her uncle’s inn and keeps her head down. Speaking up for her beliefs proved too costly in a part of Arkansas split by conflicting loyalties and overrun by spies and bushwhackers.   

Emaciated in body but resilient in spirit, Lieutenant Cade Palmer is crowded onto the Sultana with other paroled Andersonville and Cahaba POWs for the journey north. But a fiery explosion on April 27, 1865, rends the steamer and empties two thousand men into the frigid Mississippi River.   

Recovering from wounds that might end his career as a surgeon but clinging to his faith, Cade threatens both Lily’s defenses and her heart. How can she tell him she might’ve prevented the tragedy if only she’d reported a suspected saboteur’s claims? And when the man returns to town and encoded messages pass through the hotel, will Lily follow her convictions to prevent another tragedy?


Hooray, author Denise Weimer has a new book! I love historical fiction and I especially enjoy stories set around the Civil War, so I was thrilled to read her newest story! Weimer uses the 1865 sinking of the steamboat Sultana as the catalyst for a moving story of trauma and sorrow. Was this explosion that claimed the lives of over eleven hundred men an accident or an intentional act of terror? Was more evil planned by suspected saboteurs?

Weimer offers a vivid depiction of a tragic event that was quickly overshadowed by Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the herculean efforts to recover from the Civil War. She successfully weaves historical details into her fictional story of two people struggling to overcome the hurt caused by the conflict that divided our country, our states, and even our families! When Hope Sank is a moving account of death, deception, and despair but there's also a reminder that healing and redemption are always possible. Lily Livingston and Lieutenant Cade Palmer were challenged emotionally and physically as they tried to recover the hope that was believed lost. Would they allow God to guide their journeys?

When Hope Sank is a wonderful addition to the A Day to Remember series! I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.

I accepted an Advanced Reader Copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. A former magazine writer, Denise authored romantic novella Redeeming Grace, as well as The Georgia Gold Series (Sautee Shadows, The Gray Divide, The Crimson Bloom, and Bright as Gold, winner of the 2015 John Esten Cooke Award for outstanding Southern literature) and The Restoration Trilogy (White, Widow and Witch) with Canterbury House Publishing. A wife and swim mom of two daughters, Denise always pauses for old houses, coffee and chocolate, and to write any story the Lord lays on her heart.

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Friday, May 17, 2024

In Plain View: The Daily Lives of Amish Women by Judy Stavisky

In Plain View: The Daily Lives of Amish Women

A fresh view into a life that is anything but simple. 

What does the life of an Amish woman really look like? Over the course of a decade, author Judy Stavisky, a curious outsider, spent hundreds of hours getting to know the women of Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County Amish community to find out the answer to this question. She joined mothers and grandmothers, unmarried women and teens, on their shopping excursions for household items, fabric, and groceries. They drove miles between undulating fields and shared hundreds of hours of conversation on everyday topics—laughing together about sneaking healthier entrees into their family’s evening meals, sharing concerns about their children, and trading family remedies for persistent coughs. As relationships evolved into enduring friendships, she grew to understand firsthand how Amish women bind their families and communities together.  

In Plain View draws the reader inside a community governed by faith and separated by time, taking a closer look at the roles Amish women assume within their families and community, their fierce work ethic, and their camaraderie. Hundreds of years of shared traditions come to life through a personal connection with Amish women, their own soft voices gently opening their world to an outsider. 


This book is almost an encyclopedia of Amish life! Author Judy Stavisky shares the wealth of knowledge that she gained during the time she spent with a group of Amish women in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She provided them with transportation, they offered her an in-depth view of their lives, and the result of this old-fashioned bartering experiment is a fascinating resource that's full of intriguing information and beautiful photographs! It's filled with facts about the Amish: their faith, work ethic, and education. I enjoyed reading about Amish schools and Amish weddings, and I was fascinated by the shopping strategies of these women, but the chapter on feeding an Amish family was mind-boggling! I've often heard that Amish life is simple but Stavisky completely shatters this myth. The daily lives of Amish women are anything but simple! Their days are long and hard but they value the path that they've chosen.

"In Plain View: The Daily Lives of Amish Women" is a must-read book for anyone who's ever had questions about the Amish way of life! I've read many Amish fiction books in the past few years and I'm also acquainted with several Amish families in my rural community, but this book gave me a fresh insight into the Amish lifestyle.

I received this book in a prize drawing. There was no obligation for a review and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Judy Stavisky, MPH, M. Ed., has spent considerable time over the past decade attending Amish schools, sharing meals with Amish families, and joining events hosted in the Amish community. Judy has a lengthy career in philanthropy and helping non-profit organizations become more successful. She is a co-author of Do It Better! How the Kids of St. Francis de Sales Exceeded Everyone’s Expectations chronicling the journeys of Philadelphia’s student refugees. Recently Judy has been supporting Philadelphia’s refugee resettlement efforts, connecting food insecure Philadelphians with meals, and is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University. 

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Justice Delayed (Seeking Justice, #1) by Sarah Hamaker

Justice Delayed: A Christian Romantic Suspense Novel

Journalist Brogan Gilmore had been a rising star when an unethical shortcut on a story leads to his fall from grace. A chance encounter with convicted murderer Melender Harman a few months after her release from prison provides Brogan with a chance for career redemption—if he can land an interview with her.

After serving her 17-year sentence, Melender has one To uncover the truth about what happened to her cousin the night the toddler disappeared. When Brogan pursues her for an exclusive story, she reluctantly agrees if he’ll help her reexamine the original investigation into Jesse’s presumed kidnapping and murder.

While re-investigating the case, Brogan struggles to keep his objectivity as he begins to believe Melender is innocent of the crime—and starts to envision a possible future together. Then a shocking discovery throws their relationship—and investigation—into turmoil.

As Brogan and Melender come closer to solving what happened to Jesse, will their budding relationship survive the truth?


Wow, just wow! This well-written suspense story kept me turning the pages to learn the truth behind a baby's death that occurred nineteen years ago. Melender Hamilton was convicted of her cousin's murder and served her full prison sentence but was she truly guilty? Will she ever convince others that she wasn't involved in baby Jesse's death?

Author Sarah Hamaker shares a riveting tale of greed, deception, and a father's misguided protection but she buffers it with goodness, forgiveness, and the power of faith. Justice Delayed is a multi-layered story with relatable characters and a cornucopia of twists, turns, and sinister motives, along with a slow-burning but tantalizing romance between Melender and the journalist who senses that justice has been denied. This emotional and thought-provoking story reminded me that our justice system is often fallible and that our society has a hard time forgetting the past.

Grab a copy of Justice Delayed if you're looking for suspense and intrigue that catapult you into a surprise ending that you didn't see coming! Hamaker is a new-to-me author who's now joined my list of must-read authors!!

I received a complimentary digital ARC from the author. There was no expectation for a positive review. These are my own opinions.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Sarah Hamaker loves writing books “where the hero and heroine fall in love while running for their lives.” She’s written romantic suspense novels and nonfiction books, as well as stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes. As a writers coach, her heart is encouraging writers. She’s a member of ACFW; ACFW Virginia Chapter; and Faith, Hope and Love, as well as the president of Capital Christian Writers Fellowship. Her podcast, “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Sarah lives in Virginia with her husband, four teenagers, a preschool foster child and three cats.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The Weekly Habits Project: A Challenge to Journal, Reflect, and Make Tiny Changes for Big Results by Zondervan

The Weekly Habits Project: A Challenge to Journal, Reflect, and Make Tiny Changes for Big Results (The Weekly Project Series)

The Weekly Habits Project: A Challenge to Journal, Reflect, and Make Tiny Changes for Big Results is a year-long guided journal designed to inspire and support individuals on their journey to personal growth and spiritual development. This book is a part of “The Weekly Project Series” and stands out as a compassionate companion that encourages readers to celebrate progress over perfection.

Here’s a closer look at what the book offers:

Guided Reflection: Each week, the journal presents a practical theme focused on godly growth, accompanied by a short yet powerful Bible verse for reflection and meditation. It serves as a source of inspiration to guide thoughts and jumpstart the habit-building process.

Journaling Prompts: The book provides thoughtfully crafted prompts and ample space for readers to chronicle their journey toward real, lasting change. It’s a space to document progress, setbacks, and insights as one navigates through the challenges of cultivating new habits.

Calming Imagery: The journal showcases colorful photography and gentle watercolors, creating a visually soothing experience that complements the reflective nature of the journaling process.

Durable Design: With a beautiful ribbon marker, readers can easily keep their place in the journal. The book’s size and design make it convenient to carry in a tote bag or place on a nightstand, ensuring it’s always within reach for daily reflections.

Versatile Use: “The Weekly Habits Project” is perfect for New Year’s goal setting or starting new habits at any time of the year. It fits well into various life stages, making it an ideal gift for friends or oneself, especially for those who enjoy the other books in the series.

Overall, “The Weekly Habits Project” is more than just a journal; it’s a tool for transformation, offering a structured yet flexible approach to building the spiritual, mental, and emotional habits that many long to cultivate.

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I enjoy journaling but I still haven't developed the habit of journaling every day. Hopefully, this new book from Zondervan will help me change this, one step at a time. The Weekly Habits Project offers the challenge of recording my thoughts so that I can use them to make changes in my mind, heart, hands, and essentially, everything in my life. It's divided into four sections: Giving Our Thoughts to God, Giving Our Feelings to God, Giving Our Actions to God, and Being Made Whole in God, with each of the fifty-two devotions providing Bible scripture, a short devotion, questions, prompts, and a space to record my reflections and thoughts.

The Weekly Habits Project has a gorgeous hardback cover, beautiful color pictures, and a ribbon bookmark. It would be a perfect gift for birthdays, Mother's Day, or graduation, but this thought-provoking book is also a wonderful addition to my worship resources!

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan via FrontGate Media. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Weekly Gratitude Project
The Weekly Prayer Project
The Weekly Self-Care Project
The Weekly Purpose Project
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Zondervan is offering a limited-time giveaway of this journal. Enter HERE.