Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lawfully Wanted (The Lawkeepers) by Jenna Brandt

So once in awhile a new book catches my eye and I decide to pick up a new to me writer and try something different.  


Book Description: Levi Emerson and his partner, Clyde Forester, have been undercover for over a year chasing the ring leader of the largest cattle rustling group. After months of pursuit, they are closing in on their target, and looking forward to bagging their bounty. A paid informant has told them the the rustler's next target will be the Larsen Ranch in Rockwood Springs, Texas. When Levi arrives at the ranch, he poses as a cowboy in order to gain employment at the ranch and catch the cattle thief. 

Abigail Larsen is the daughter of one of the largest cattle barons in all of Taylor, County Texas. She has just returned home from finishing school, and her father has plans for her to marry Andy Wilson, a local rancher and recent widower, in an attempt to expand the family's influence in the region. Though she wants to do her father's biding, the rumors of how Andy mistreated his first wife leaves Abigail worried about her future. 

When Levi and Abigail accidently encounter each other on the ranch, the connection is instant, but they both know a relationship between them can never be due to their circumstances. Yet, as the couple continue to spend time together through various circumstances, the connection only deepens. 

Will Levi catch his wanted thief and collect his bounty? Will he tell Abigail the truth about who he is? And will Abigail choose to go against her father in order to be with the man she wants? Find out if these two star-crossed lovers can find a way to be together in this epic 1880s historical romance.

This was a nice quick and easy read.  Abagail has been in Boston at school and when she returns is pushed into a marriage.  I felt sorry for Abagail and was cheering her on throughout the story as she looks to God's plan in her life.  

Levi was a great character as well and he becomes drawn to Abigail.  Both share a strong faith and the tie that brings them together.  It was a well written love story and I truly enjoyed it.  

Will Levi and Abagail be able to overcome the barriers surrounding them?  Will Abagail be able to forgive Levi when she finds out he deceived her or will she be stuck in an arranged marriage?  Pick up your copy of Lawfully Wanted and find out!  Happy Reading!  

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.* 

Monday, July 23, 2018

A Love for Leah by Amy Lillard (Amish of Pontotoc Book #2)

I'm always super excited when I get a new book from one of my favorite writers.  So when this gem showed up I couldn't wait to dive into it!  


YAY!!  Leah gets a turn at her own story this go around.  From the back:  For the Amish of Pontotoc, Mississippi, faith can open minds—and hearts—to create surprising bonds for a lifetime . . .

Independent-minded Leah Gingerich has always been outspoken. And even though she is now a progressive Mennonite, she's rediscovering the joys of family traditions back in her Amish hometown. Yet she can't help but clash with her handsome new Amish neighbor, Jamie Stoltzfus. He's too hard-headed and old-line to see that his traumatized young nephew, Peter, needs faith and help—or that a woman who stands up to him may be what he needs to heal . . .

After a devastating tragedy, Jamie moved to Pontotoc with his nephew for a fresh start. Holding fast to his beliefs is the only way he feels he can aid Peter—and himself. But somehow, Leah's freethinking ways and feisty challenges are sparking a happiness he's never felt before. Soon, Jamie can't imagine his life without her. But are their differences ultimately too great to overcome—or can love bridge their way to a future together? 

So first things first.  You need to read the first book, A Home For Hannah.  Think of it like this, you can go to a nice restaurant and get just a steak and be fine.  But isn't it much better to get the potato, salad, bread and dessert?  Some book series are like that.  You can just read this book and be fine, but to really understand and to have closer connections to what's going on you need to start at the beginning.  

I loved Leah.  Amy Lillard makes characters that come to life.  They have flaws and you find yourself drawn deeply into her worlds that she creates.  You find yourself connecting with her characters as well and caring for them.  I felt deeply for Peter and Jamie as well.  

There were a few places where I did want to bonk both Leah and Jamie.  They do argue quite a bit and that made me nuts.  The ending was a little too fast as well.  Maybe an epilogue to tie things together would have helped some?  

Will Leah and Jamie find what they are looking for?  Will they trust in God to lead them in the right direction?  Pick up your copy of A Love for Leah and enjoy a great story!  Happy Reading!  

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Monday, June 25, 2018

Kappy King and the Pickle Caper (An Amish Mystery #2) by Amy Lillard

I have a confession to make.  I normally hate mysteries.  Like nails on a chalkboard.  My mom lovingly passed on her Nancy Drews to me and I lovingly shoved them in a drawer.  So usually I decline mysteries when offered but when I was offered a chance to review Amy Lillard's first Kappy King book I was intrigued, because I DO love Amish books.  

I don't know what magic pixie dust was in Kappy's story but I was hooked.  Now Kappy is back again!  

Kathryn "Kappy" King is happy being a plain-spoken unmarried odd-woman-out in her Pennsylvania Amish hometown. Her talent is making the special kapps local women use to cover their hair. But her skill at uncovering trouble in this quiet valley is about to be truly tested . . .


At first, young Sally June Esh's tragic death doesn't look like murder. Even in peaceful Blue Sky, collisions between buggies and Englisch cars aren't unheard of. Still, the Eshes are skilled drivers used to delivering their popular pickles for miles around. And after Kappy notices Sally's buggy was deliberately run off the road, her ex-Amish friend Edie gets strange texts saying the crash was no accident . . .

Kappy won't let her community's silence keep justice from being done. And even though a still-shunned Edie thinks of moving back to the city, she and Kappy start rooting out secrets about the Eshes' long-time neighbors--and new pickle-producing rivals. But when they learn that Sally's brother is secretly courting an Englisch girl, their investigation takes a disturbing turn . . . 

You need to read book one, Kappy King and the Puppy Caper before you read this one.  You will miss a lot of references back to the first story.  It's also a really fun read and a great start to the series.  

Kappy and Edie are just plain fun!  No pun intended.  Kappy marches to the beat of her own drum and together they are magic.  This book is a really fun light read and Amy Lillard shows her versatility in being able to write a cozy mysteries as well as great fiction.  

With humor, twists and turns, and guessing who done it until the end (I guessed totally wrong), this is one mystery that won't end up in my drawer or yours.  So pick up your copy and enjoy a dill-lightful story.  Happy Reading! 

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Secret at Pebble Creek (Hope Chest of Dreams 4) by Lisa Jones Baker

I love a good series!  I get to spend time and invest in the characters and story lines.  When I heard that the Hope Chest of Dreams Series was going to have another story I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!


From the description:   Lisa Jones Baker's heartwarming series continues as a new generation inherits precious hand-carved chests that bring blessings of faith, love, and happiness . . . 

When Jessica Beachy temporarily moves into the home of her late great uncle, Sam Beachy, she merely plans to remodel, sell, and head back to the city. She's used to busy St. Louis and can't imagine how she'll spend her time in the quiet Amish countryside. But the carpenter she hires, Eli Miller, doesn't think selling Sam's home is a good idea. And while he's steadfast in his Amish faith, he's instantly drawn to Jessica's vivacity and unexpected caring--especially as peaceful country ways make her question the dream she thought she wanted . .

But a lucrative offer to turn the house into a vacation retreat confronts Jessica with a heartbreaking choice. It will take trust, perseverance--and discovering a hope chest thought forever lost--for Jessica and Eli to boldly face obstacles and embark on a joyous future together . . .

So after I ran around and hugged my book I got around to the serious business of reading it.  I am going to start out by saying that you need to read the other books in the series first.  This book doesn't release until August-ish so you have time.  Yes, you could pick this up and read it but you are going to miss some of the back story lines and really miss out on getting to know the characters on a deeper level. 

Sam and Esther were like ripples in a pond.  Their lives impacted a community and reached beyond to Jessica.  Jessica touched my heart with her story.  Broken, lost and wary will she find peace in her new community?  

With a dash of mystery, a handsome carpenter, and old friends from previous stories this was a wonderful read.  With prayer and trust in the One who holds us in the palms of His Hands all things are possible.  Will Jessica learn to lean on Him and find the love, home, and family she's been waiting for?  

Pick up your copy of Secret at Pebble Creek and find out!  Happy Reading!  

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter (Book 2)

I love it when I am whisked away to a unique location when I read.  

From the back:  An Amish Woman Finds Love in Hawaii

Ellen Lambright mourned when her best friend, Mandy, moved from Indiana to Hawaii. But now Ellen has received the Amish church’s permission to go to Hawaii and help Mandy through challenging times. Rob Smith works on the Williams family’s organic farm, far from his past mistakes and burning regrets. When Ellen befriends Rob, the attraction is mutual, but her commitment to the Amish faith stands between them. Could a heartfelt discovery lead to forgiveness, reunion, and love? Or is Ellen’s destiny waiting for her in Indiana?

Find out in this sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.

This book is the sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt which you should definitely pick up and read first.  The book can stand alone, but you miss some of the finer points and details.  

Mandy and Ken now own a B and B in Hawaii.  Ellen is the main character and I really enjoyed her.  

As we've come to expect with Wanda and Jean's books there are a lot of twists and turns that come out to surprise the reader.  The two make a dynamic storytelling team and it's always fun to see what they come up with.  

With beautiful prayers, scriptures, and surprises this fun and fast paced read is worth saying Aloha to.  So pick up your copy of The Hawaiian Discovery on June 5th and get ready for a great story!  Happy Reading!  

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Backcountry Brides Collection by Eight Talented Authors

I'm back in the saddle!!  It's been a long few months due to my little one's health issues and I'm behind on my reviews.  I'm playing catch up and headed to the Colonial American Frontier. 

In this collection eight women seek love on the frontier: Love on Colonial America’s Frontier

Travel into Colonial America where eight women seek love, but they each know a future husband requires the necessary skills to survive in the backcountry. Living in areas exposed to nature’s ferocity, prone to Indian attack, and cut off from regular supplies, can hearts overcome the dangers to find lasting love?

Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1754 - Great Wagon Road, into the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)
As the French-Indian War commences, Magda Sehler wonders if Jacob Owens lost his mind to have abandoned his Philadelphia business and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Or has he lost his heart?

Heart of Nantahala by Jennifer Hudson Taylor  
1757 - (North Carolina)
Joseph Gregory plans to buy a lumber mill, but Mabel Walker becomes a formidable opponent. When she’s forced to make a painful decision, she must choose between survival and love.

Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas
1763 - Fort Michilimackinac (Michigan) during Pontiac’s Rebellion  
Laurette Pettigrew grew up in the northern frontier. Henry Bedlow arrived against his will. Their chance meeting changes everything. Will a deadly clash of cultures keep them from finding happiness?

A Heart So Tender by Debra E. Marvin
1764 – (New York)
As thousands of Native warriors converge on Fort Niagara, jaded British Lieutenant Archibald Walsh and idealistic schoolmistress Susannah Kimball learn the greatest risk lies in guarding their hearts.

A Worthy Groom by Angela K. Couch
1771 - Sapling Grove settlement on the Holston River (Tennessee)
The Cowden temper has been Marcus’s lifelong bane. A trait Lorinda Cowden curses. Now, winning the heart of his bride hinges on fighting a war without raising a fist.  

Across Three Autumns by Denise Weimer
1778-1780 – (Georgia)
Fighting Loyalists and Indians, Jenny White settles for strength over love . . .until Scottish scout Caylan McIntosh leads her family on a harrowing exodus out of Georgia’s Revolutionary “Hornet’s Nest.”

The Counterfeit Tory by Shannon McNear
1781 – (South Carolina)
Tasked with infiltrating an infamous Tory gang, Jed Wheeler has no wish to endanger the leader’s cousin, Lizzy Cunningham. He risks not only his life. . .but his heart.

Love’s Undoing by Gabrielle Meyer
1792 - Fur Post on the Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota)
When Englishman Henry Kingsley meets Abi McCrea, the daughter of a Scottish fur trader and Indian mother, will their worlds keep them apart, or have they finally found somewhere they truly belong?

I love a good collection and each one of these stories tell a unique tale but weave together well in the book.  I was especially drawn to Magdalene from Shenandoah Hearts.  She was spunky and I enjoyed her immensely.  

The years span from 1754-1792 and the writers took a lot of time and effort in researching their work.  Take time and read the author notes, some have web pages and/or Pinterest boards with the actual history that they drew ideas from. The history buff in me appreciates the time and effort that this took.  

This was a really great read and I enjoy the collections I get from Barbour.  So pick up your copy of The Backcountry Brides and get ready to ride back to a different era.  Happy Reading!  

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Romans - Journible the 17:18 Series (Journibles: the 17:18 Series) by Robert Wynalda and Dr. Joel R. Beeke

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I'm back on tour and this is a really unique book.  In this book YOU become the scribe and make a unique and personalized book. 

Why the 17:18 series?
In Deuteronomy 17, Moses is leaving final instructions concerning the future of Israel. As a prophet of God, Moses foretells of when Israel will place a king over the nation (v. 14). In verse 18, the king is commanded to not simply acquire a copy of the law (the entire book of Deuteronomy) from the scroll publishing house, but to hand write his own copy of the law. Thirty-four hundred years later, educators are discovering that students that physically write out their notes by hand have a much greater retention rate than simply hearing or visually reading the information. Apparently, God knew this to be true of the kings of Israel also. From such understanding came the conception of this series of books.



How to Use These Books

Each book is organized so that you can write out your very own copy of Scripture. You will be writing the Bible text only on the right hand page of the book. This should make for easier writing and also allows ample space on the left page to write your own notes and comments. From time to time a question or word will be lightly printed on the left page; these questions are to aid in further study, but should not interfere with your own notes and comments.

What I really liked about the book:  This book allowed my creative genie out of the bottle.  I got to write out the whole book of Romans.  There was no right or wrong.  This is a pretty unique concept and I really spent more time meditating on God's word.  There is plenty of space for my personal thoughts and I can pass this book down in the family if I choose to do so. 

What I wish was different:  I have larger handwriting and there just wasn't always enough room for all the verses.  Some ended up getting squished and that makes the book not as pretty.  I also wish the reflection questions were a bit more in depth and stimulating.  I didn't feel like they helped me gain much new insight on Romans.  

But I'll leave the final verdict up to you.  Follow the blog stops and enter to win your own copies!  Happy Journaling! 


About the Author

Dr. Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited seventy books (most recently, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, Living Zealously, Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage, Getting Back Into the Race: The Cure for Backsliding, Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace, Living for the Glory of God: An Introduction to Calvinism, Meet the Puritans, Contagious Christian Living, Calvin for Today, Developing a Healthy Prayer Life, and Taking Hold of God), and contributed 2,000 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia.



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Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*