Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Doctor's Blessing and Hannah's Journey 2 - in - 1 book


Mass Market Paperback, ebook

June 27, 2017

by Patricia Davids (Author),‎ Anna Schmidt

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373209729

Men and women follow their hearts in Amish Country

The Doctor's Blessing by Patricia Davids 

(originally published in 2010)

Amber Bradley is a nurse midwife in Amish country, helping Amish women to be able to deliver their babies safely at home. But when the new doctor arrives in Hope Springs, he is totally against home births and refuses to sign the release forms to allow her to do her job.

Dr. Phillip White is the grandson of the owner of the clinic, and he is there on a temporary basis while his grandfather recuperates from an injury. Phillip is expecting his stay to be relatively quiet in the rural area, but is stunned to find it is largely Amish. When the Amish refuse to patronize him, he loses most of his patient base due to his refusal to allow home births.

Amber is attracted to the handsome doctor but angered by his refusal to recognize her career as real and viable. What will it take to convince Phillip to recognize Amber as a midwife, the Amish right for home birth, and to decide that maybe Hope Springs isn’t so backwoods after all?

My thoughts: THE DOCTOR’S BLESSING is the second book in Ms. Davids Brides of Amish Country series. While not technically an Amish book, the Amish are well represented, and there is a lot of facts given about them and their lifestyle in this book. I enjoyed a midwife theme too, as I had most of my children at home with a midwife.

THE DOCTOR’S BLESSING is very well written and I couldn’t help but care for Amber and Phillip. The characters from the first book also made appearances. If you are looking for a good romance, then don’t miss THE DOCTOR’S BLESSING. 

Hannah's Journey by Anna Schmidt 

(originally published in 2011)

Hannah Goodloe is an Amish woman, desperate to find her eleven-year-old son, Caleb. Caleb had visited a circus the day before and that night had vanished. Hannah believes he ran away to join the circus, so she gathered her courage and went to visit the owner of the circus, Levi Harmon, to request that he return her son.

Levi is a bit confused by the Amish woman’s request and questions her as to why she believes that Caleb would have joined his circus. He can’t be bothered to find the boy himself, and knows his managers would locate him and return him if he has indeed stowed away on the train, but he tells Hannah that she must go on the trip with him and see to her son herself. To his surprise, Hannah, her father-in-law, and her sister-in-law, show up at the train station at the designated time.

Will Hannah find her son on that train? Will Levi unlock the doors to his past and open his heart?

My thoughts: HANNAH’S JOURNEY is a different type Amish story, in that it’s historical. Hannah is taken out of her world and thrown into one that is vastly more opulent than what she was accustomed to. But this unassuming woman quickly became assuming, making demands on Levi that things should be downgraded to her standards. Levi catered to every complaint she made, though she covered them all saying they were for her father-in-law and or sister-in-law’s comfort.

I can’t really say I enjoyed this book. The conversation was stilted, I couldn’t relate to the characters, and I found some of the things unbelievable. This is the first of several books in her Celery Fields Series, set in Sarasota, Florida. Or, in this case, a circus train traveling cross-country from Florida to Wisconsin. 

I got a copy of this book from a local library and was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Julie Arduini Offers Free eBook December 15-17

Engaged, a contemporary romance about surrendering failed dreams, will be a free eBook December 15-17 on Amazon. This is book three in Julie Arduini’s Surrendering Time series, but it can also stand alone. Entrusted, the first book in the series, is a free eBook at

Engaged Blurb:

The Surrendering Time series is an entertaining yet reflective adventure to the Adirondack Mountains. Each book takes an element of time (past, present, future) and explores through flawed and humorous characters what a surrender journey looks like.

In ENGAGED, Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back unemployed. With no prospects, she works at her family’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better.

As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been her goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Beginner's Bible Daniel and the Lions Den / My Bible Story Coloring Book: The Books of the Bible

The Beginner's Bible Daniel and the Lions Den


Product Description

Daniel is thrown into a lions' den--just for praying to God! Will he survive the night with all the lions? Daniel and the Lions helps emergent readers learn about Daniel's faith in God, and God's love for Daniel. The story's simple text and fun illustrations will keep children engaged from start to finish.
Part of the I Can Read! series, this book is a great tool for beginning and developing readers. My First I Can Read! books have basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations that are idea for sharing with an emergent reader. Recommended for ages 4 to 7.
My thoughts: THE BEGINNER'S BIBLE: DANIEL AND THE LIONS DEN is a cute read for beginning readers. It tells the true biblical story of Daniel and the Lions Den in fiction form, so beginning readers can feel good about reading a story by themselves, and encourage them in their reading ability. 
Not only will it help beginning readers, but it is also simplistic enough to read to preschoolers and babies not yet reading. The story is exciting and the pictures are engaging and colorful. 
Recommended for Christian schools,  church and public libraries, day cares, and private libraries. 
I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own. 

Product Information
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 0310760410
ISBN-13: 9780310760412
Ages: 4-8
Series: I Can Read!


My Bible Story Coloring Book: The Books of the Bible 

Paperback – November 28, 2017

by Zondervan

  • Age Range: 3 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Series: Books of the Bible
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Clr Csm edition
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310761068

Children can now color their way through 32 beloved stories from the Bible, featuring text from the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV). Favorite characters such as Noah, Daniel, Mary, and Jesus are brought to life in this 144-page coloring book. After coloring, the pages can be displayed to encourage creativity and memory of the classic Bible stories.
This book is perfect for young children just beginning their journey through the Bible.

My thoughts: MY BIBLE  STORY COLORING BOOK: THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE is  what it says. A Bible story book and a coloring book so children can read the story and color the picture corresponding to it. This would be a great gift for children under the tree, or to use on the long car trip to Grandma's house for the holidays. 

Also good for churches, Christian schools and day cares. 

The stories are true, but fictionalized, making it easy reading and the artwork is well done, encouraging a child to reach for a marker, crayon, or coloring pencil to start filling it in with color. 

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Book Spotlight and excerpt of The Mystery of Christmas Inn, Colorado by Donna Schlachter

This romantic suspense is set in Colorado in 1921 at Christmas time. My hero is re-visiting the hotel where he spent his honeymoon 40 years before, while my heroine is seeking a refuge from her haranguing family while she makes some difficult choices. Matthew cannot find a reason to go on, and Edith refuses to give up.

I chose this setting because of some research I did into a famous hotel in Colorado Springs, The Antlers, as well as research about other buildings in that city which were razed in the 60’s to make room for urban expansion. I was horrified at the way the downtown core lost its history and its personality, and wanted to write a story where that didn’t happen.

I chose older characters because, well, I’m getting older, and I find my tastes turning to older characters who are more set in their ways, less likely to jump out of moving vehicles or parachute from perfectly good airplanes. The time period seemed perfect because the train had just started coming to Colorado Springs from Denver, and the original Antlers hotel was slated for destruction early in 1922. I wanted to change that history.

Matthew and Edith team up to find a way to save the old hotel, and in the process, they uncover more than they bargained for: a body in a wall; a decades-old murder mystery; a secret somebody wants to keep; and a love that will carry them through the coming years.

Here’s an excerpt:

Edith Cochrane admired the fine lines of the inn as the sleigh traveled down the main street of the small town of Valleyview. Having lived many years in the foreign mission field, she appreciated the trappings of civilization, although, she liked to tell herself, she didn’t need them.
Well, perhaps she hadn’t needed them during the years she and her husband had lived in primitive conditions, but today, or rather, for at least the next week, she needed this inn. Or some other place much like it. She was looking forward to spending some time alone, gathering her thoughts and considering her options.
Because from where she sat right now, her thoughts were as scattered as dandelion seed on a spring breeze, and her options were few.
Drawing to a halt in front of the inn, the driver alighted and held open her door. Doffing his cap, he extended a hand. “Christmas Inn, ma’am.”
She slid across the leather seat, accepted the proffered hand, and emerged, feet first. She winced at the cold, wet sensation in her shoes, and looked to the ground. Slush. Snow. A cold breeze blew down from the snow-capped mountains in the near distance, and she pulled the collar of her thin coat around her neck. She definitely hadn’t missed winters during the years she lived in the tropics.
Unclasping her handbag, Edith pulled a dollar bill from a pocket inside the purse, and handed the money to the driver. “Keep the change.”
He accepted the bill and smiled. “Merry Christmas, ma’am. And a Happy New Year to you, too.”
She nodded. Merry Christmas indeed.
Not likely.
Not without Andrew at her side.
The hotel valet appeared at her side, a young lad barely out of school. She nodded to the rear of the sleigh. “There are three bags.”
The valet nodded, and assisted by the driver, the two carried her suitcases through the door of the inn.
Edith followed at a slower pace, enjoying the atmosphere and the fresh, clean air. So unlike the polluted air of Pittsburgh, where her son lived, or the damp humidity of Miami, where her daughter called home. Maybe that’s why she couldn’t—or wouldn’t—commit to living in either place. The air was unhealthy. So unlike the air of the Congo.
The wonderful smell of fresh evergreen tickled her nostrils as she entered the lobby, and she studied a magnificent tree completely covered with every sort of Christmas decoration imaginable. So much color and glitter overwhelmed her senses. But so lovely to celebrate Christmas surrounded by reminders of the season. The Festival of Lights in the midst of the winter solstice. A Christian influence for a pagan world. How like God to orchestrate a celebration in the midst of darkness. All she needed to make this moment perfect was for Andrew to be at her side, sharing this spectacle with her.
But that was not to be.
She stood for several minutes, staring into the lights and shining ornaments on the tree, glad she’d chosen this place to spend her holidays. Away from the hustle and bustle of the commercial side of the season.
Away from the petty bickering, the outright hostility, and the greed of her children.
Away from the looks of pity and awkwardness from her friends.
So entranced was she by the spectacle before her, so involved was she in her own feelings of pleasure mixed sadness at having to experience this beauty alone, she was startled when the man sitting in a chair in front of the fireplace stood. His look of abject loneliness grabbed her attention and fixed her gaze.
He appeared to be about her age, perhaps a couple of years older. His overcoat and suit looked older but well kept, and the fedora in his hand was clean but worn. The small blue feather tucked into the hatband flared outwards in a curious bend, and for a brief moment, she wondered if he’d sat on his hat once or twice before. Andrew often did that….
He ducked his head and stopped. “Excuse me. I didn’t see you.”
She smiled and extended a hand. “Edith Cochrane. Pleased to meet you.”
The man’s hand darted out, grasped the ends of her fingers, then dropped her hand like a hot potato. “Matthew White. Excuse me.”
He glanced toward the check-in desk then sidled between two chairs and strode up the staircase, his overcoat flapping around his legs like a flag.
She watched until he disappeared from view before turning her attention to the clerk behind the desk. Once more, she checked at the hallway where Matthew White had gone.
If she didn’t know better, she’d say he’d seen a ghost.

About The Mystery of Christmas Inn, Colorado:

Matthew returns to Christmas Inn to celebrate his fortieth anniversary alone, intending to take his own life so he can join his beloved Sarah, who passed on to glory the previous January. Not certain how—or if—he will go on without her, Matthew learns on his arrival that the old inn will close its doors on New Year’s Eve. A developer has purchased the building and intends to tear it down and put up a chain hotel. Determined to keep his memories and his connection to Sarah alive, Matthew embarks on a harebrained scheme to keep the inn open.

Edith Cochrane, a widow, comes to Christmas Inn because she has nowhere else to spend the holidays. Her children are angry with her because she refuses to choose to live with one of them. Edith and her husband enjoyed a long marriage and a long mission-field ministry, but ever since his passing the previous year, Edith has found herself at loose ends. She comes to Christmas Inn to spend some time thinking about her options.

Can Matthew and Edith save the old hotel—and themselves—or will they run out of time?

About Donna:

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid publisher who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. Her recent releases include The Mystery of Christmas Inn, Colorado and Christmas Under the Stars. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. Donna loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management. Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Why I Didn't Rebel - and #Giveaway!!!

 I am giving away a copy of Why I didn't Rebel. To enter, comment below and be sure to leave contact information. USA only. 

Why I Didn’t Rebel
Ages adult. Price $16.99
Nelson Books

Why I Didn’t Rebel is a must have for adults who want to raise children who don’t rebel. This is available in paperback or in ebook form.

Why I Didn’t Rebel is from the viewpoint of a twenty-two year old woman who never rebelled. However, she explains that she was strong willed and did question her parents’ rules. What and who she didn’t rebel against was God. She also explains the importance of having some basic principles in place. They are:

Ø  Ditching a rules-based mentality and instead teaching moral reasoning.
Ø  Having true communication with each other that’s more than just prying for information or rattling off reminders for homework.
Ø  Learning how to have a friendship with their kids where they truly like each other as people and want to spend time together.
Ø  Letting teens make decisions on their own and, if they fail, allowing them to productively learn from those mistakes.
Ø  Using discipline to encourage good behaviors, instead of only stifling bad ones.
Ø  Teaching kids how to find their identity in God alone, not grades or social status or even what their parents think of them.

Lindenbach explains, “There are never any guarantees that your child won’t rebel, but to many people think it’s a guarantee that they will, so parents give up too easily.”

Reading Why I Didn’t Rebel and following it’s suggestions won’t guarantee that your kids won’t rebel, but it does offer tried and true recommendations based on dozens of interviews Lindenbach did.
Addressed with humor and sensitivity, Why I Didn’t Rebel relates advice that will help them navigate the traumatic teen years and know when to discuss the rules and revise them and when to stand firm and make sure they follow through with making sure their kids obey.

This book would be an excellent addition to a personal parenting library, libraries, homeschools, Christian schools, and church libraries. An invaluable guide to raising kids who don’t rebel. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope 

by Barbara Cameron 
Amish Fiction
Gilead Publishing

Harvest of Hope: Book 1

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Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows---and she loves her quiet way of life.

Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.

But when things go wrong and his associates at the firm distance themselves from him to try to save their careers, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman who could be his future. Suddenly these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.

"Barbara Cameron is a talented author and she always
gives the Amish and their culture the highest respect."
---RT Book Reviews, 4 stars for Home to Paradise

My thoughts: SEEDS OF HOPE is the first book of Ms. Cameron newest series. I'm glad she found  a new publisher after Abingdon Presses fiction line closed down.  I've read almost all of Ms. Cameron's books, and this one is formula romance/Amish. That translates into being rather predictable and makes me believe that possibly this was an earlier book Ms. Cameron wrote that didn't sell until now (but I don't know if this is true).  I've read much better books by her. 

SEEDS OF HOPE is slow, but it does show you how busy the quiet Amish life is. As the oldest Troyer child, Miriam has a lot on her plate. In addition to carrying for nine younger siblings, she teaches school, cares for an elderly Amish man who lives nearby, and does the usual chores on an Amish farm.  

Mark is not Amish, but a cruel twist of fate sends him to live with his widowed grandfather (who is Amish) and help with the farm work which is too much for the older man. But Mark doesn't want to give up his fast paced, high-profile world, complete with a high-maintenance girlfriend and a very well paying job. 

He and Miriam are friends since they were young teens, so they're renewed friendship felt natural. 

If you like Amish fiction and Barbara Cameron, you might want to read SEEDS OF HOPE. 

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own. 

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Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books and three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award from RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Troubled Waters

Montana Rescue #4 

Paperback, ebook, hardcover

January 2, 2018

by Susan May Warren

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727468

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

My thoughts: I love Susan May Warren's books as a rule, and TROUBLED WATERS is edge of your seat fiction that will keep you riveted all the way to the end of the book. 

Ian and Sierra have this type of on again and off again relationship. They fell in love pretty much the moment they met but Sierra is the daughter of a hippie and Ian is a billionaire and used to having things his way and while Sierra was a competent employee he was the boss. Now, she's fired, basically homeless and working for the PEAK Rescue company, but when a helicopter goes down in a fire they are left stranded, especially when it turns out that the helicopter wasn't insured!  

To raise money Sierra proposes using Ian's yacht to have a fund-raiser for PEAK. But then things go from bad to worse. 

There are two romances in this book, but Pete and Jess's remains unfinished as at least for now, Jess has to go her own way. 

TROUBLED WATERS is stand alone, but fans will want to read them in order to find out the history behind PEAK, see Ian and Sierra meet for the first time, and read the other team members' stories. 

The books are (in order) Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, A Matter of Trust and TROUBLED WATERS. Don't miss a single episode of this adventure romance series by Susan May Warren.

My only complaint, she calls the Coast Guard bozos. Really. My son is a Coastie. I told my son though and he laughed.  

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.