Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
A Christmas to Treasure by
Rachel J. Good is a touching read. I was immersed in the action, pain, devotion,
sacrifice, faith, and love of the characters. Joshua and his daughters had
suffered lost but he was determined to make it. Unforeseen circumstances and
events resulted in a marriage more for convenience after he moved back to
Tracy Fredrychowski’s story A Gift Worth Waiting For is a delightful tale. The Beiler’s girls were struggling after losing their parents. Adam Weaver was a neighbor and the Bishop instructing him to reach out to Amanda, the oldest sister. A letter penned to Amanda with “Gott will always show you something to smile about even on the darkest day" from Adam brought a smile to her sad face. Not understanding why life was like it was the exchange of simple letters brought hope and a peace in understanding and accepting Gott’s will. Had God orchestrated all the events for the Beiler’s to move as the Bishop Amos suggested or would there be a greater Christmas blessings that definitely was worth waiting for? It was nice to see the mention of Fredrychowski’s Apple Blossom Inn in this tale, but this novella cane be read as a standalone.
I received a complimentary ARC copy from each of the authors for each novella I’ve read thus far, and was under no obligation to write a positive review. I have shared my own sincere thoughts.
I’m never disappointed when I read a book by these three authors. They are some of my favorite authors and I know they’ll have a faith message in their stories and the lives of their characters. I look forward to reading rest of this collection when it is released in November. This is going to be a wonderful Christmas collection of Amish stories.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
My brother recently adopted a full pitbull puppy. Rebecca is six months old, but she’s already had it rough. Her last owners abused her, and the poor baby still has scars. Becky fully trusts Loundy, but she’s hesitant around everyone else. She needs to learn trust all over again.
That happens to us too. We trust someone completely, and that person stabs us in the back. It’s hard to regain trust again. But God isn’t like that. He doesn’t break promises, he doesn’t hurt us. He’s always there. And he’ll help us forgive those who hurt us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for always being faithful. Help us to forgive others wrongs. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Jenna V. Hilton is eighteen, and lives in Arkansas with her parents, two sisters, a brother, and dog. She is a senior in high school and planning to attend college to become a veterinarian.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
A struggling Amish woman. Her mysterious new neighbor.
And a secret that could change everything…
Becca Schwartz’s curiosity is going to be a problem. When Amish secret millionaire Daniel Glick moves to Shipshewana for seclusion, he doesn’t expect his pretty new neighbor to ask so many questions. Or to be so generous, despite her family’s poverty. As Daniel falls for Becca, his secret looms between them. This Christmas, can he finally give her the truth…and his heart?
Marilyn'ss thoughts: The Amish Christmas Secret by Vannetta Chapman
“He who has no money is poor; he who has nothing but money is even poorer.”
“A friend is never truly known until a man has a need.”
The Amish Christmas Secret was a masterful and pivot story that kept me engaged from the start. Becca was determined to fine a project that would earn money to help her large family to have a better life. Daniel was secretive but definitely attracted to Becca after meeting her in the barn which he discovered was partly Becca’s family barn too. There are plenty of ups and downs, twists and turns that made this an amazing feel good read. The magic of the Christmas message is beautifully interwoven that made this my favorite by Chapman in her Love Inspired Indiana Amish Brides series.
The quotes, humor from Samuel Schwartz, discovering life is truly the way you view it with God’s love and perspective through these characters brought plenty of smiles and laughs. I highly recommend fans of Chapman and Amish fiction order a copy of The Amish Christmas Secret for a heartwarming story this upcoming Christmas season, or really any time of the year this is a delightful tale to read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author but was not required to write a review. I have shared my own opinion.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
THE CHRISTMAS NOT-WISH
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray
When the foster parents they’ve cautiously grown to love discover they’re expecting, orphaned Roy and Jemima Fisher, ages six and seven, are secretly devastated by the certainty they’ll be given up. With Christmas around the corner, their only wish is for new foster parents as nice as Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz. Meanwhile, the Kurtzes have wishes of their own—and with faith, they all may be gifted with twice the blessings . . .
NEW BEGINNINGS * Rachel J. Good
Still grieving the loss of her husband and unborn baby in an accident several months ago, Elizabeth Yoder is oblivious to her neighbor Luke Bontrager’s deepening affection for her. But while she bleakly faces Christmas alone, it’s Luke who reminds her it’s the season for giving. And when Elizabeth donates her handmade baby clothes to New Beginnings, a home for teen moms, she soon finds her gifts repaid beyond measure, with Luke’s love—and new beginnings of their own . . .
My thoughts (lvh): this was the longest story in the collection and my favorite.
What happenst when two secretive, stubborn people find themselves thrown together to help four rascally youngsters—twins times two!—create a Christmas surprise for their parents? Mischief and mayhem, and just maybe . . . love!
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