Friday, August 17, 2018
What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?
Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.
Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?
To be honest, I don't even know what to say about this book. I ended up skimming, I like the idea that the second book in the series has the real granddaughter but I'm kind of wondering if it'll be the same as this story with it being a textbook about the differences in Amish and the why's and what for's. Most Amish fiction fans know this stuff, and anyone who is being introduced to Amish fiction for the first time would likely be turned off by this story.
And I know Ms. Brunstetter is one of the most popular Amish authors so, don't take my word for it. Maybe a story about an imposter nonAmish girl is a story you will absolutely love. It might just be me... so, underneath this is a link to read a free excerpt at amazon.
I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
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About the Author
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.
Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Make your own Prayer Jar!
Want to make your own prayer jar to pass along to future generations? CLICK HERE to download a printable template you can use to write your sentiments on. Simply cut out each strip of paper when you’re finished and put them in the jar of your choice.
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Bigreadersite, August 16
Lighthouse Academy, August 17
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Christian Bookaholic, August 18
Luv’N Lambert Life, August 18
Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, August 19
Blossoms and Blessings, August 19
Splashes of Joy, August 20
SusanLovesBooks, August 20
Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 21
Because I said so — adventures in parenting, August 21
Two Points of Interest, August 22
Southern Gal Loves to Read, August 22
Cafinated Reads, August 23
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Have A Wonderful Day, August 24
Carpe Diem, August 24
A Baker’s Perspective, August 25
Bibliophile Reviews, August 25
proud to be an autism mom, August 26
Texas Book-aholic, August 26
Reader’s Cozy Corner, August 27
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 27
Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 27
To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon Gift Card, jar-shaped notepad, and a copy of The Hope Jar (with an autographed book plate inside).
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d40a/the-hope-jar-celebration-tour-giveaway
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Have you ever been angry with God? Oh, you might not call it that. It seems like depression, a touch of ennui, or maybe an irritableness that you just can’t shake. Everything is going wrong. Your dishwasher breaks and spews water all over the floor, your neighbor’s dog keeps pooping in your yard, your bank balance is in double digits, and just yesterday, your doctor said there is something suspicious on a scan.
Then at church the pastor speaks on giving thanks in everything. Seriously?
In my new novel, The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening, one of my characters begins to slog through this kind of mire. Don’t get me wrong: he’s a strong Christian, but his circumstances pull at him. First one thing, then another, and pretty soon he’s not sure if he even wants to get things right with God.
Hasn’t he suffered enough?
John crossed to the next tree, a massive pine. The sharp, clean scent caused him to pause, as if inhaling the aroma might somehow cleanse him on the inside.
He felt dirty.
He stretched out his hands to finger the bark, tracing the wide scales with his fingers. Yes, a longleaf pine—Abigail would want this for her book. Such a strange pattern. All trees had bark that cracked—or even peeled—in ridges or grooves; this one felt more like tiny plates.
And every year the tree would grow, and the bark would break some more, sap rising to heal the wounds. Hence the piney smell—the smell of brokenness. John laid his forehead on the tree, feeling broken himself.
Was this the way of all things under the sun? Grow … and break?
Oh God … out of the depths I cry to Thee …
Maybe he wasn’t growing. Maybe it was just sin. The filth of his murderous temper.
Create in me a clean heart, O God …
He collapsed and found himself kneeling in a thick bed of long pine needles, his shoulders shuddering and heaving. No tears would come, only this shaking and gasping, like an ague that had taken him unawares.
It wasn’t just his temper. It wasn’t just his anger toward Sloan or Roy.
He was angry with God.
Find out what happens next as John and Abigail travel to the valley. The Shenandoah Road is available in print via multiple booksellers and also through kindle.
Link to buy: https://www.amazon.com/
Back cover copy TSR
John Russell’s heart aches from the loss of his wife, but the Shenandoah Valley frontiersman needs to marry again for his daughter’s sake. At first he believes he has found the right young woman, despite their differences in background, but his faith falters when time reveals she isn’t quite what she seemed. Can he truly love her? And what about his own failings?
Unlike her disgraced sister, Abigail Williams obeys the Commandments. At least, she thinks herself a Christian until a buckskin-clad newcomer courts her. He treats her kindly but also introduces her to a sermon by the controversial preacher, George Whitefield. Her self-righteousness is shattered, and she wonders about their relationship. If she confesses her lack of faith, will John continue to love her?
“Lynne Tagawa transports readers into the faith and hope, and sorrows and fears of 18th century colonial America. While other books feature the raw grit of frontier colonial life, this book goes deeper and reveals the heart.” —Douglas Bond, author of numerous books, including War in the Wasteland and Hostage Lands.
“The Shenandoah Road is an authentic and engaging journey back to the challenges of settling in the Shenandoah Valley” —Laura Hilton, author of Firestorm (Whitaker House, 2018)
“Raw, realistic, and historically packed, this story will make you think. If you enjoy stories with deep theological themes, you will enjoy this.” —Amber Schamel, author of Solve by Christmas, winner of the 2018 Christian Indie Award
Lynne Tagawa, author of Sam Houston’s Republic and A Twisted Strand, lives in Texas with her husband.
Bio: Lynne Tagawa
Lynne Tagawa is married with four grown sons and three marvelous grandbabies. She’s written a Texas history curriculum in narrative form, Sam Houston’s Republic, and The Shenandoah Road, a story of the Great Awakening,is scheduled to be published in 2018. Lynne lives with her husband in South Texas.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Today we welcome Lauralee Bliss to my blog. Glad to have you stop by, Lauralee. Lauralee is very graciously giving away one copy of this book to one person who comments. Please include contact information so we can notify the winner. USA only. Void where prohibited by law.
Tell us about your book:
Tell us about your book:
The Belle of the Congaree, part of The Southern Brides Collection, is a novella of reconciliation between enemies. Of God’s peace and redemption through difficult times and the journey taken by Elisa, a proud Southern belle, and Mason, a Northern carpetbagger, in South Carolina during the Reconstruction period.
When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
I wanted to become an author ever since my teen years when I wrote a variety of science fiction stories, believe it or not. English class in school was my favorite subject, and the teachers used to give me liberty to create stories of my own making. J It’s a part of me to tell a good story. And I never want it to be boring either. Hence the reason I add in my bio that my stories are like a rollercoaster ride for the reader.
Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Laura Frantz, Anne Gabhart, and Julie Klassen. Very talented authors.
Where did you get your inspiration for your characters?
The inspiration comes from the difficulties we face even today among those with opposing views. That despite vast differences, enemies can unite as one in the peace of our Lord, the Prince of Peace, and help in times of need. Elisa and Mason exemplify the kind of healing we need through the kindness of others.
Which character was your favorite to write?
I do love Elisa’s spunk in trying to forge a life out of depravity. I like her wilderness living as that is how I am, a wilderness type, in my love to hike and camp in my tent in the woods. I’ve been known to stay in a tent for months! You can even check out my wilderness adventures at blissfulhiking.com
Which was the hardest character to write?
Honestly I didn’t have difficulty with any of the characters. They are all there to move a story forward to a satisfying conclusion. The characters become family to me, the author, so all of them have a purpose and crucial part to play.
The Southern Belle Brides Collection—where seven sweet and sassy ladies of yesterday experience romance in the southern states.
In The Belle of the Congaree, Mason Bassinger reluctantly travels to war-torn South Carolina, seeking lands his carpetbagger brother can buy. Elisa Anderson barely survives after her family’s plantation is destroyed. She welcomes visits by the handsome and wealthy Mason, who makes the cottage by the Congaree feel like a home. But when Mason’s true purpose is revealed, will her heart be broken by betrayal?
Find The Southern Belle Brides Collection at:
Lauralee Bliss is a published author of over twenty romance novels and novellas in both historical and contemporary with nearly 600,000 units sold. Lauralee enjoys writing books that are reminiscent of a roller-coaster ride for the reader. Her desire is that readers will come away with both an entertaining story and a lesson that speaks to the heart and soul.
Lauralee enjoys traveling this great nation, having been to 49 out of 50 states and learning unique historical lessons to incorporate into her books. She makes her home in the historic state of Virginia with her husband and dogs Eve, Buddy, and Skye.
To find out more about Lauralee and her books online, visit:
Hiking Blog: http://www.blissfulhiking.com