Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hearts of Purpose

Hello. I’m Excited. This is one of my stops during the two week tour for Hearts of Purpose by Gail G. Nordskog. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs August 21-31, 2017.  Follow the tour here

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Genre: Christian Living/Women

Book Title: Hearts of Purpose Vol. 1
ISBN-10: 1946497088
ISBN-13: 978-1946497086

                                     About The Author

Gail Grace Nordskog has established the “Gail Grace Nordskog Collection” to embolden readers to live their lives with a “heart of purpose” for God’s glory. Gail has been involved in media for over two decades. She presently produces and hosts a program called Hearts of Purpose, that can be seen on her website, Gail and Jerry Nordskog live in Ventura, California, where they have raised six children, four of whom were adopted from China.

                                                   About The Book 

You have a call on your life. My desire is to encourage you to live life in fulfillment of that call. Following the example of Joan of Arc, you can be inspired to live out your purpose in first hearing from God and then taking your stand in following Him. Just as Joan of Arc could step forth in full confidence under the banner of her calling, so we too are under God’s banner as we step out to fulfill our purpose. Hearts of Purpose brings you ten real-life stories about ten ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the Glory of God. As you read of how God called these women to service, you will be motivated to explore His call in your own life. Let this reading experience be an invitation for you to take a step closer to fulfilling your God-given calling in Christ Jesus.

Mary Ann Ambroselli (chapter 1 starting on page 21)

On January 5, 1965, at 10:18 p.m. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces. I was told when the baby was born that I would not see him or be able to hold him, and that he would be taken to his awaiting adoptive parents. I also knew that adoptive parents often did not tell their adopted child that they were adopted, so chances were that he would never know about me. The morning after he was born, a nurse who did not know my baby was being adopted brought him to me and laid him in my arms. Another nurse came in right away and apologized for the mistake, and took him away. To this day, I am grateful for that moment.

I was able to look into his face and tell him I was doing this because I loved him and wanted him to have a life that a two-parent family could give him. The image of his perfect little face is imbedded in my memory. To date, I do not know anything about him or if he knows he was adopted. I continue to pray for him!

As I left the hospital with my mom, depression and sadness set in. I struggled with the meaning of life and what to do next. I did not want to go to church. Facing people there would be much too hard. Besides, all that had happened in my life did not reveal to me that God was loving or compassionate. And, I was sure He did not care about me. I spent my days crying a lot. I had six weeks from the day of my baby’s birth to change my mind about adoption, which I did consider. Dad said there was no way he would support me and the baby. Since I had no idea what I would do or how to support myself with a baby I decided that signing the adoption papers was best for all involved. Even though he may never read this, the following poem written for my son has brought me a lot of comfort.

Blood Mother Farewell

I’ve carried you beneath my heart, and now must let you go.
That you will not remember this, or me, as I do you.
The years will take you even farther from my reach and view. Now other eyes will cherish you, and other arms embrace,
Now other tears will fall for you, and other voices sing,
Yet this I do, that you may never want for anything; not even distant echoes of my weeping as we part; The name I name you, or the thunder of my breaking heart.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Katie's Forever Promise

  • Series: Emma Raber's Daughter (Book 3)
  • by: Jerry S. Eicher, author
  • Paperback, hardcover, ebook: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers 
  • October 1, 2013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736952552

In book 3 of the Emma Raber’s Daughter series, Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher brings the faith-filled journey of Katie Raber to its happy conclusion.
Katie Raber is trying to put her life back together after Ben Stoll's devastating betrayal of her love. When she is baptized into the church, she receives a surprising offer that will keep her close to her Amish community―much to her mother’s delight.
But soon Ben is back in her life again―and at the same time she finds interest from another young man, though his bumbling efforts at winning her heart show him to be a far less desirable suitor than the more polished Ben Stoll.
Readers who have followed the saga of Katie and her attempts to escape the stigma of being just “Emma Raber’s daughter” will be charmed by her new look at life as a young woman with important decisions to make.
Book 3 in the Emma Raber’s Daughter series

My thoughts: KATIE'S FOREVER PROMISE  is the third book in Mr. Eicher's series, and this is my favorite of all of Mr. Eicher's books I've read to date. I couldn't help but fall in love with Katie and her mamm Emma and all the struggles Katie goes through is so realistic. 

Oh, and Ben. My heart broke in book two when he was arrested while Katie was in Switzerland (and what a dream trip that was!) and I was so sad he was out of the series. I was beyond happy when Ben makes an appearance in this book even though Katie had joined the Amish church and moved on. 

Fans of  Amish fiction will want to read this series in order, starting with Katie Opens Her Heart, Katie's Journey to Love, and Katie's Forever Promise. Mr. Eicher writes about the Amish with knowledge that is readily apparent, even though fans need to remember that not all Amish districts are the same and there are differences. 

Don't miss KATIE'S FOREVER PROMISE or either of the first two books in this series. I got a copy of this book free and all opinions are my own. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Naomi's Hope

Naomi's Hope 

Journey to Pleasant Prairie #3

Paperback, hard cover, ebook 

June 6, 2017

by Jan Drexler 

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800726652

When the future is threatened by the past, can she trust herself to make the right choice?

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top of any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy's future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?

My thoughts: NAOMI'S HOPE is third and final book in Ms. Drexler's Journey to Pleasant Prairie series. This historical Amish series does not stand alone and readers will want to read them in order, starting with Hannah's Choice and Mattie's Pledge. Naomi's Hope is a nice finale to the collection. 

The story was slow paced, but as a reader I cared about Cap and admired how he had Davey's best interests in mind. Shem made for an ideal villain, one that the reader loves to hate. I was kind of glad the story ended the way it did and not how it could've ended. 

There is some real life information included in the story, and I'd someday like to read Hans story. And hope that Crows Fly lives on. 

Fans of Amish historical fiction will want to read NAOMI'S HOPE  and the first two books in the series. Ms. Drexler is a wonderful historical writer and develops realistic characters that resonate with readers. 

I received a copy of this book free. All opinions are my own. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Guest Post from Rachel L. Miller and #Giveaway!!!

Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident? 
Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher's death?

Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day. 
Will she be able to recognize love when it's right in front of her? 
Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry... or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother?
Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder's happiness at the same time?

Rachel L Miller writes sweet Amish romance with a focus on faith, family and friendship.

She feels very strongly that God has led her to live a simpler lifestyle ñ thus her deep kinship with the plain people. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing fun, simple things like swimming, making sun tea, sitting outside watching the sunrise or listening to rain fall on the tin roof.

Rachel enjoys writing Amish fiction and hopes that the purity of her stories will allow God's message to shine through more clearly.†She also writes Contemporary Inspirational Romance - and with all of her stories she focuses on presenting romance the way God intended it to be.

Readers can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and her website:

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She will happily give away 1 paperback (U.S. Only) and 1 ebook (international) 

Message from Rachel: 

Reading reviews for my novel that have shown up over the last few days, and thinking back to a question that was asked at the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat that I attended last week, I am reminded of the reason we write. 

There are many reasons to write novels. Some do it because the characters in their mind won't let them do anything else. Some do it hoping for fame and fortune. Some do it simply because they're good at it. And some do it to inspire!

Inspiration is not something that can be bought, forced or faked. It is a lofty goal, sometimes an impossible one. 

And whether the goal is to inspire a reader to reach for a personal achievement they've previously been afraid to attempt... or to inspire a reader to reach for God... to inspire a reader is the ultimate reward (in my opinion) that any author can achieve in their career. 

To inspire readers is certainly one of my own personal goals. I write because  I have to, because God has filled my imagination with a never-ending well of worlds and the characters who populate them.

I write because it's what God has called me to do. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

When Love Arrives

When Love Arrives: A Novel 

Misty Willow #2

Paperback, ebook

September 20, 2016

by Johnnie Alexander

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800726416

An Unlikely Couple Struggles to Reconcile the Burdens of Their Past

Dani Prescott came to the children's hospital to spy on Brett Somers--so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she'd seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can't believe the story Brett's trying to sell to the media.

Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged--and maddeningly handsome--Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?

Fresh, flirty, and fast-paced, When Love Arrives is an engaging story that will have readers falling in love with the characters as they navigate the tricky waters between romance and revenge.

My thoughts:  Johnnie Alexander has done it again with a story few romance lovers will be able to resist.  Dani and Brett have every reason to hate each other. Dani's mother killed Brett's family through pilot error and worse, Brett knows it and blames her. Dani will never forgive Brett for saying so in a speech and sh'e out to ruin his life -- and what better way than to date the man? 

Both Brett and Dani were real, hurting characters and I felt sorry for both of them. Brett especially is lovable with his less than stellar past and his desire to fix it and make it right. Dani is an innocent, but she is conniving and manipulating even while being nice at the same time.  I did like her, but I wanted to tell her to stop lying to him and to own up to her mistakes, her identity, her goals. Some of the stuff wasn't even lie worthy. 

Neither Brett or Dani were Christians at the beginning of the book though they both believe God exists but doesn't care. Something even saved people struggle with from time to time. There is some drinking, mentions of wanting to drink, and of course, wanting sex (not that it happened, because it didn't, this is clean) but there is no sexual tension between the characters. 

I loved the way there were two or three other stories going on at the same time in this book. AJ and Shelby as well as her two children and their upcoming marriage and the house Shelby lives in, Amy and her issues, and of course, Megan, Aaron, and Jonah.  A totally sweet romance that is a bit slow but engaging.  I grew to love these characters. 

You won't want to miss WHEN LOVE ARRIVES by Johnnie Alexander. 

I was given a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Spotlight: Scars: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel

Scars: An Amazing End-Times Prophecy Novel 

Paperback, ebook, audio, audio CD

April 13, 2010

by Patience Prence

Paperback: 194 pages

Publisher: Spring Harvest 

ISBN-13: 978-0982633601

Cataclysmic natural disasters
Global economic chaos
Political turbulence
Mass deception
The Apocalypse has just begun....
Sixteen-year-old Rebekah Silver is your average teenager living in Southern California. She worries only about learning her cheerleading routines and passing her math test. But as world dictators rise to power and devastating disasters claim millions of lives she is inspired to search for answers. Becky soon discovers her world is quickly coming to an end, just as it was prophesied. Now she must decide whether to risk her life to follow the laws of God or surrender her soul to the law of man in this action-packed thriller.
Will Becky survive?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Once Upon a Time Bible for Little Ones / The Beginner's Bible Deluxe Edition

 Board book, ebook

August 8, 2017

by Omar Aranda (Illustrator)

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310761709

The Bible is not a fairy tale, but every great story happened “once upon a time.” The Once Upon a Time Bible for Little Ones features eight powerful and inspiring stories from the Bible in a treasured padded board book format and decorated with foil. This storybook includes tales of the baby in the basket, the birth of Jesus, and the boy that helped feed thousands, all illustrated with whimsical artwork by Omar Aranda. Each story is told in a way that will engage and excite young children as they hear the tales of real people of the Bible.

My thoughts: ONCE UPON A TIME BIBLE FOR LITTLE ONES is a cute collection of Bible stories to read to your favorite little one. Written in simplistic language, it is also kind of devotionalish with an application for your favorite child to think about as she goes about his or her day. 

My daughters are old enough to read, but they enjoyed reading this book to their dollies and stuffed animal friends, showing them the pictures, so even if your child is too old to read to, if she plays school or Mommy she might still enjoy the book.  (She used only because my daughters do it, but I know some sons might.) My daughters also embellished the stories as not all details are included, to make it more age friendly.   A fun book for little ones. 

I was given a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 

Amazon also included these graphics, so you can see layout:


The Beginner's Bible Deluxe Edition: Timeless Children's Stories; With CDs 

Hardcover – Special Edition, audio book, ebook

March 6, 2011

by Kelly Pulley

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Beginner's Bible
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Slp Har/Co edition
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310725886

With full-color illustrations and two narrated and enhanced read-along CDs, this special deluxe edition of The Beginner’s Bible brings God’s Word to life for children in a way like never before. For on-line games and fun activities visit

My thoughts: THE BEGINNER'S BIBLE has been around for years and for good reason. This is a rerelease of the 2011 Deluxe edition with CDs so your child can listen to Bible stories when you can't read them to him--like at bedtime, naptime, or in the car. Or maybe when you're sick and can't talk. 

If your child likes to be read to, this would be wonderful to have on hand so your child can listen to it at will, The narrator is well done, and not annoying. 

A great gift idea for a new mom. 
I was given a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book spotlight: Sister Wife

Forsaking All Others 

Sister Wife

Paperback, ebook 

October 1, 2011

by Allison Pittman 

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414335971

How could any loving mother abandon her children? I never stop to ask myself if I should have done anything different. After all, how can you look at the assembled pages of your life and decide which should be ripped out and which should remain to press the treasures of your memories?

Camilla Fox is alive, having been rescued from a near-fatal snowstorm after leaving her home to escape the Mormon faith she no longer calls her own. Now, as she regains her strength under the personal care of United States Army Colonel Charles Brandon, thoughts of the two children she left behind flood her mind, threatening to break her heart.

Camilla is desperate to reunite with her daughters and does not want them to grow up under Mormon teachings, but she cannot provide a home for them on her own, and she will not share her husband with a sister wife. As spring arrives, Camilla returns to Salt Lake City ready to fight . . . and she won’t back down until she’s brought her children safely to the other side.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Mother for Leah -- by Rachel Miller

A Mother For Leah 

Windy Gap Wishes #1

Paperback, ebook

August 15, 2017

by Rachel L Miller

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: S&G Publishing 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998169279

Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?

Could love soften Leah's heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher's death?

Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day.

Will she be able to recognize love when it's right in front of her?

Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry... or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother?

Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder's happiness at the same time?

My thoughts:  I was beyond excited when Ms. Miller asked if I'd be an influencer for her debut Amish story, and I was not disappointed.  The characters are realistic, the struggles believable, and the story is at times heart-wrenching, and at times it makes you want to cheer. 

Rachel Miller has penned an Amish tale guaranteed to captivate the reader. Ms. Miller writes of a grieving Amish widower and his young daughter — who struggle to find their footing. The story is also rich with hope of new life and new love. A well-written story for fans who can't get enough bonnet fiction. 

I know you'll love this story, part romance, part coming of age, and part womens fiction, no matter which genre is your favorite. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Gift of Love: One Woman’s Journey to Save a Life

The Gift of Love: One Woman’s Journey to Save a Life 

Paperback, ebook, audio, MP3 CD

March 4, 2014

by Amy Clipston

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310331346

Their odds were 100,000 to one.
Her faith was 1 in a million.
In The Gift of Love, bestselling fiction author Amy Clipston shares her story of almost losing the love of her life to kidney disease and the ultimate sacrifice that kept their family together. An ordinary woman who cherishes family above all else, Amy was challenged in every way―from her strength of character to the depths of her faith to the close-knit family that surrounds her. Enduring the good, the bad, and the really bad, she was determined to help her husband once again be the husband and father their family needed.
Amy’s story will give hope and encouragement to anyone who finds themselves waiting on God. Staring down adversity, Amy and her family received the most important gift of all, the gift of love. And regardless of your situation, this gift can be yours too.
An inspirational story of strength and determination, The Gift of Love is the triumph of one woman’s faith against all odds, and a soul-filling reminder that no matter how hard life gets, it is worth fighting for.