Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Their Pretend Amish Courtship

Their Pretend Amish Courtship

(The Amish Bachelors #4)

by iked it

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Large Print; Original edition 
  • (May 23, 2017)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373899326

Make-Believe Beau

Fannie Erb isn't looking for a husband—especially if she has to leave her beloved horses to go find one. What she needs is a way to assure her parents she's not hopeless when it comes to love. Family friend Noah Bowman might just be her solution. A fake relationship will free them both from unwanted matchmaking plans. How could Fannie predict that pretending to date the handsome, teasing boy next door would awaken genuine emotions? By summer's end they'll be free to part, but Fannie's growing feelings are transforming her neighbor into the only man who might ever rein in her adventurous heart.

My thoughts: THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP is the fourth book in Ms. Davids' Amish Bachelors series but it stands alone. I did not read any of the prior books in this series and I wasn't lost.  Fans might want to read An Amish Harvest, An Amish Noel, and  His Amish Teacher.
I enjoyed getting to know Fannie and Noah. They were a fun couple. A bit immature acting, but fun.  This was probably one of the better Love Inspired Romances I've read in a long time (with the exception of Vannetta Chapman's) and I laughed along with this couple. 
It was fun reading about a breed of horses I wasn't familiar with, and the unlikely activity of an Amish Girls riding team - how unique.  
This was a good book and if you like Amish fiction, grab a copy now.  
I was given a copy by a friend ---Not the author. All opinions are my own. 



Monday, November 12, 2018

Inspire Bible for Girls NLT: The Bible for Coloring & Creative Journaling

Inspire Bible for Girls NLT: The Bible for Coloring & Creative Journaling 

Hard cover,  Paperback – Illustrated, 

August 7, 2018

by Tyndale (Creator), Carolyn Larsen (Editor)

  • Paperback: 1592 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Sew Ill edition 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496426611
  • ASIN: 1496426614

The #1–selling Inspire Bible is a beautiful single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible for coloring and creative journaling that has become a treasured legacy Bible for many. Young girls have enjoyed coloring and creative art-journaling in the Inspire Bible, and now there is an edition just for them!

The new Inspire Bible for Girls is designed to draw girls ages 8 and up deeper into God’s Word and to inspire creativity and connection with God! In addition to the much-loved features of Inspire, the Inspire Bible for Girls includes over 300 devotionals written by bestselling author Carolyn Larsen plus book introductions, journaling prompts, and interesting Bible facts to enhance girls’ coloring and creative journaling journey through the Bible.

Over 500 beautiful full and partial-page Scripture line-art illustrations to color are attractively displayed throughout the Bible. There are lots of pages with open space for creativity in the lightly-ruled, two-inch-wide margins. Girls can leave traces of their faith throughout their Bible for a unique treasure that will truly inspire!

The 8.65-point font is larger and more readable than other coloring Bibles, and the high-quality white Bible paper makes it a great choice for creatively responding to God’s Word right on the pages of the Bible. Instill the joy and value of reading the Bible in young girls’ hearts so they can learn to connect with God and discover valuable truths from Scripture―and ultimately live it out in their lives!


My thoughts:  INSPIRE BIBLE FOR GIRLS is an absolutely beautiful Bible that tween and teen girls will be absolutely thrilled to be seen carrying. Not only that, but it has all these fun extras: Lines to journal on, pictures to color, fun facts, and devotions.  My teen girls are both wanting the copy I got to review so I may end up buying one. It comes in different colors than the one shown, so if white with pink isn't your style you have options.

The pages are very thin and I recommend using coloring pencils to color and not markers. The markers soak through the paper.  

The print is very readable and easy on the eyes even for a middle-age adult, so if you love this and aren't a tween, it is readable. 

Not available in KJV - so won't work for that crowd unless they use it for the journalling and coloring purposes. 

I love this Bible and recommend it for girls who love to journal and color - and don't mind the NLT. 

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







Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Picture Perfect Christmas

A Picture Perfect Christmas

(The Wardrobe series Book 4) 

Kindle Edition

by Candee Fick (Author)



  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2018
  • ASIN: B07HCX3QCF


From disowned to daughter to “I do?"

Freelance photographers Liz Foster and Ryan Callahan are finally making plans for their future. And what better time to get married than during the festive holiday season that brought them together? If only Liz’s parents weren’t standing in the way of a picture-perfect wedding.

Spurred on by the ghosts of Christmases past, Dan Foster has already written Liz out of his will, so even attending the wedding—let alone walking his daughter down the aisle—is out of the question. However, this is the season for miracles and Ryan will do anything to make his bride smile.

What will it take to bring this family back together in time for the wedding?

If you like Christmas weddings, family reunions, and happily-ever-afters, then you’ll love this next chapter in The Wardrobe series by Candee Fick. Pick up Picture Perfect Christmas and start celebrating the season today.

(NOTE: This book is a follow-up to Focus On Love and is best understood if read in that order.)


My thoughts:  A PICTURE PERFECT CHRISTMAS is a story of Christmas secrets that Liz and Ryan are planning for each other in order to make each other happy for their first Christmas together -- not to mention a Christmas wedding. 

Liz's family (father) disowned her in Focus on Love (you will want to read that first) and she has finally made a life for herself, doing what she loves but without her father's approval. She is still struggling with some bitterness and hurt from his harsh judgment, but she is marrying the man of her dreams who has a picture perfect family--and best, they accept her.

Ryan is trying to make Liz's dreams come true and it involves a lot of top secret activity. In this season of miracles, will Liz get her own?

I enjoyed going along for the ride as Liz and Ryan prepared for their happy-ever-after, and getting to know more about each other. This is a perfect follow up for Focus on Love and a perfect size for limited holiday reading time. Available November 12 - but you can preorder it today. 

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




Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Unannounced Christmas Visitor

About the Book

Book: The Unannounced Christmas Visitor
Author: Patrick Higgins
Genre: Christian fiction/Christmas
Release Date: November 18, 2014
What if angels really did come from the most unlikely of places? That’s exactly what happens in this heartwarming story, set in a homeless community in Anywhere USA. Sent to Planet Earth by his Maker, disguised as a homeless person, Enoch was on a mission: to rescue a man whose life was slowly but steadily spiraling out of control
Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed! 2016 IPA (INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHER AWARDS) GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNER.
My thoughts:  THE UNANNOUNCED CHRISTMAS VISITOR is a story about an angel coming to earth as a homeless man, to rescue a man who was in spiritual danger.  

Okay, first the writing.  The print (in the print copy) is very small and hard to read.  The author was in everyone's  point of view and it switched without warning, making it hard to read. The book was not well edited and there are spelling errors.  And it is very preachy which is skim-inducing.

That said the message is very good and all Christians need to read it. Especially the main underlying message in the first part of the book.  All who come to Christ are accepted. Even if they are not rich and showy. Even if they are raggy and not so well off.  With so many churches shunning those who are not like them (my husband served as pastor in one!) they are doing more harm than good and need to accept all people as being loved by God -- even those who the important people would shun. 

Theologically I am not going to argue any points. Some could be debated both ways with scripture. I have my opinions, but you  may disagree, and we both could use scripture to prove our stance. 

The writing is not good, the message is.  Read this book.  And welcome that next visitor to your church who doesn't quite seem to fit.

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Patrick higginsPatrick Higgins is the author of “The Pelican Trees”, “Coffee In Manila”, the award-winning “The Unannounced Christmas Visitor”, and the award-winning prophetic end times series, “Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.”

Guest Post from Patrick

Why I wrote the book: Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed!

Blog Stops

Lighthouse Academy, November 10
The Power of Words, November 11
Genesis 5020, November 12
Bogging With Carol, November 12
Moments, November 14
Mary Hake, November 15
Inklings and notionsNovember 16
Bibliophile Reviews, November 17
Vicky Sluiter, November 18
Godly Book Reviews, November 19
Luv’N Lambert Life, November 20
Texas Book-aholic, November 21
Janices book reviews, November 21
Carpe Diem, November 22
Bigreadersite, November 22
amandainpaNovember 23

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Patrick is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d5c7/the-unannounced-christmas-visitor-tour-giveaway


Friday, November 9, 2018

Love's Christmas Blessings



Pre-order Love's Christmas Blessings and receive the following extras: -The book a week early (Nov 13) -Free eBook copy of Springs of Love -$2 off the full purchase price Get two amazing Amish collections (5 stories) for just $3.99



Love’s Christmas Blessing Information Sheet

Book Synopsis:

Winter's Treasure

Paris Kauffman believes she is about to embark on her family-tradition birthday treasure hunt, but for the first time ever, her daed is sending her to various businesses and homes in the community. Little does Paris expect that when she enters the bakery to collect her gift, the bus will drop off none other than her old crush, Aquila Stutzman, the man she’d done everything except cartwheels and handstands to get his attention. And failed. Of course, Quil doesn’t remember her.

Quil was offered employment working on his grandparents’ new tree farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since he’s recovering from a broken heart when his longtime girlfriend Priscilla up and married his cousin, a move Quil never saw coming, he decides to take the job. This will give him time to separate himself from the hurt and maybe, eventually, move on.

Paris and Quil have sparks from the beginning, especially since his appearance causes a vicious rivalry between friends. But who can resist when a chance meeting beginning with donuts and coffee ends with a missing person, puppies, a skunk, and a sleigh ride—not to mention a trip the Amish young people plan to Niagara Falls. Could it also involve falling in love?

Mistletoe and Miracles

Daniel Graber has spent years caring for his aging parents. Now Daed’s in rehab with a broken hip and a bad case of irritability. He snaps at the workers and complains about doing physical therapy, so Daniel is grateful for the new aide, Fern Chupp, who uses her sweetness and charm to convince Daed to cooperate. Turns out, Daed isn’t the only one she charms.

As a widow, Fern is grateful for her new job at Fairview Rehab Center, even though it meant relocating to Ephrata, Pennsylvania, with her nine-year-old daughter, Lyddie. But Lyddie is grieving the recent death of her grandfather and dislikes leaving her Ohio home. Lyddie’s shyness also makes it difficult to make friends or recite school lessons.

When her class goes to the rehab center to interview patients, Lyddie’s too scared to do her assignment, so she runs away. During the hunt for her missing daughter, independent Fern learns to accept and appreciate Daniel’s help and support. By the time they discover Lyddie, she’s made a very unusual friend, and Fern and Daniel have developed a . Can four lonely heart create special bonds to make it a Christmas to remember?




Author Bios:  

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House & Harlequin), Love & Promises (Hachette/Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and the forthcoming Surprised by Love (Kensington). She also has several anthologies in print as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Book.

To learn more about Rachel, visit her at www.racheljgood.com.


Release date:November 20, 2018

Purchase link:

Authors Social Media:
Laura:
twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Rachel:
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Genre: Christian fiction Amish

Format:Paperback, eBook

Series information:

Love’s Christmas Blessing is book 4 in our Amish Collections

Other books in the series are:
Springs of Love: https://amzn.to/2S6nHqN
Love’ Thankful Heart: https://amzn.to/2R4Fhda
Plain Everyday Heroes:https://amzn.to/2yvV6CV

Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing Group

For more information, contact:
Sandy Barela
Celebrate Lit Publishing Group





Thursday, November 8, 2018

Wait for Me



Wait for Me 

(Montana Rescue #6) 

Paperback, ebook, hardcover, audio book

November 6, 2018

by Susan May Warren

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727482





With Jess and Pete, every day is lived at full throttle. 
Now if they can only stay alive to enjoy it.


Pete Brooks can't believe he's waited an entire year for EMT Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job has cost lives, and Pete isn't sure he wants to continue to work in search and rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward. 

When a terrible fight between Jess and Pete sparks an impulsive decision, Jess finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with two others. Just when Jess thinks things couldn't get any worse, they are taken captive and dragged into the untamed Montana wilderness--with murderous intent. 

Now Pete will have to call on everything he's learned to find them--and pray that his past mistakes don't cost him the life of the woman he can't stop loving.



My thoughts:  WAIT FOR ME is the sixth and final book in Ms Warren's Montana Rescue series, and fans will want to read the previous books as Pete is in most of them and Jess a few.  I've been waiting on pins and needles for this book, and am so excited to get my hands on it. 

The book starts with a bang, slows down with Jess's point of view, then gets exciting again when she ditches Felipe and goes to Montana for a wedding reception. Then things get exciting, scary, and can't put the book down action.  Someone is after Jess...or Esme (Shae). Ned is certainly not a target but since he is with the two women who are--or might be--he is. 

A vehicle rollover. Lost in the wilderness. Multiple life or death injuries. Cold temperatures. No safe shelter.  And no clue for the PEAK team to even begin looking for them. This is a page-turner, and I'm sad to see this team go.  However I am now excitedly waiting for the beginning of Ms Warren's new series starting next year. 

You will want to read this series in order, as I said.  An awesome series by one of my favorite authors. The Faith message was awesome. 

For the more conservative readers, there is some smoking, some drinking, and some mentions of one-night-stands and pre-marital sex. 

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

Here is Ms. Warrens other books in the series: