Sunday, January 31, 2021

Maryann's Hope Celebration Tour and #giveaway!!!!!


About the Book

Book: Maryann’s Hope

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Amish Historical Romance

Release Date: January 26, 2021

The pleasing warmth of fresh-baked maple cookies…the sweet, buttery flakiness of a raspberry jam pastry. In 1913 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery is beloved by locals and visiting Englischer alike. And its understanding community always provides help, healing–and new chances for love…even for a widow faced with an impossible choice between her head and her heart.

Secrets devastated Maryanne Harding’s marriage to an Englischer–and took away her untrustworthy husband. Now the young Amish widow has found contentment cooking up treats at the bakery, raising her little girl, and comforting her ailing mother. And when Andrew Wittmer asks her to marry him, Maryanne is over the moon with happiness that she and the kind furniture maker will put down roots in her hometown…

Until Andrew’s uncle becomes ill, and Andrew must permanently take over his store in a town hours away. Though she would go anywhere to be Andrew’s fraa, Maryanne can’t abandon her mother–or the family that depends on her so much. And when she discovers Andrew harbors secrets of his own, Maryanne’s hard-won trust is shaken. Now, can she risk difficult choices and take a leap of faith into the loving, joyful future she longs for most?


Marilyn’s thoughts:  Maryann’s Hope is a heartwarming and touching story from the beginning to the end. I loved the gentleness and detail that Jebber included in this story. I didn’t want the story to end. Maryann’s past still hurt but with Andrew she felt a newness of trust, love and faith. Plus they didn’t want secrets from each other. The story moves at a nice pace that kept me engaged until the end. The unexpected twists and turns, grief, forgiveness, discovering where they belonged and faith to endure the trials made this a beautiful tale. 

Molly Jebber’s books are filled with love for others and God radiates in her penned words. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. In fact, with the multiple secondary characters, I believe there could be several more books in The Amish Charm Bakery Series. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the Kensington Publishing Company for the opportunity to read an ARC copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. I have expressed my own opinion. I received an ARC copy of this book from the author too. 

Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Molly Jebber is a best-selling & award-winning Amish Historical Romance author whose books have made the Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten List, media worldwide, and in USA Today. She’s a national speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and keynote and guest lecturer for many groups on writing, publishing, & marketing. She loves God, family, friends she is grateful for her readers.


More from Molly

Hi Readers!

You are the reason I write. Your inspiration and encouragement on social media posts brighten my mood and on those hard days of writing, keeps me going. Thank you!

I’ve been fortunate to have a close family. I hear so often, you can choose your friends but not your family. Maryann in MARYANN’S HOPE loves her mother, but finds her a challenge with her unpredictable moods. When she meets Andrew, they both must make difficult decisions throughout their courtship relating to family and seeking God’s will for their lives. Maryann’s toddler, Betsy, will make you laugh, as well as other children of her friends in the story. The bakery desserts will make your mouth water, and you’ll imagine the aroma of cinnamon, sugar, and warm bread.

The Amish Charm Bakery is where friends come to enjoy a break, share secrets, solve problems, and laugh and cry.

On a personal note, this year has been an exciting one for our family in spite of COVID-19. My daughter, Misty, is getting married, and we love our future son-in-law, Kevin. They are having a small wedding due to the virus, but it hasn’t dampened any of our enthusiasm for this special day. God has blessed all of us with making all the plans go smoothly, and they’ve enjoyed their marriage counseling with Pastor Roger.

Pastor Roger asked them to put their first name in the verses in Corinthians Chapter 13 of the Bible, as an example of how they should feel about each other. Such as Misty is patient, and Misty is kind. I thought about that in my marriage to Ed. He is all those wonderful things to me. But I need to be more patient! So I’m learning along with Misty and Kevin! LOL

I pray that MARYANN’S HOPE will bring you a fun escape into the small Amish town of Charm, Ohio during the period of 1913-1914!

Blog Stops

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 28

The Avid Reader, January 28

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen, January 28

Bigreadersite, January 29

lalkesidelivingsite, January 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 30

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 30

Texas Book-aholic, January 31

EmpowerMoms, January 31

Lighthouse Academy, February 1 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Artistic Nobody, February 1 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Inklings and notions, February 2

Reviewingbooksplusmore, February 2

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 3

Sara Jane Jacobs, February 3

Older & Smarter?, February 4

For Him and My Family, February 4

deb’s Book Review, February 5

Britt Reads Fiction, February 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 6

Batya’s Bits, February 6

She Lives To Read, February 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 7

Ashley’s Bookshelf, February 7

Connie’s History Classroom, February 8

Simple Harvest Reads, February 8 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 9

Pause for Tales, February 9

Splashes of Joy, February 10

Vicky Sluiter, February 10


To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 Amazon gift card and an Amish doll!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

I Forgive You. By Jenna V Hilton

My pitbull lab mix, Skye, LOVES to shred things. Paper, cardboard, plastic bags. Books, when she can get at them. 

Once, Skye was playing with one of the packing air bubbles, and I came over to take it away before she swallowed it. Skye growled playfully... and chomped down on my finger. 

I yanked my hand away, and examined it. Not a bad injury. Just a scratch. But Skye was realizing what she did. She tasted my blood in her mouth, and looked at me with pure horror in her eyes, ears pinned back. She slowly leaned towards my hand, sniffing it all over. Finally, Skye cowered in front of me, tears in her eyes. 

I couldn’t help but forgive her. I like to think that’s how God accepts us into his family. We’re all rotten, and we hurt God over and over again. Then we realize what we did, and we’re horrified. How could we treat God this way?! How can he ever forgive us? But he does. He bends down to us, and wipes our tears away, and says, “It’s okay. I forgive you.”

 My hand won’t scar. But Jesus has scars on his hands that tell just how much he loves us.

 Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for your amazing sacrifice. Help us not to take it for granted. 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.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Active Defense (Danger Never Sleeps)

Active Defense 

(Danger Never Sleeps #3) 

Paperback – ebook, audio, hardcover

January 5, 2021

by Lynette Eason (Author) 

  • Publisher : Revell 
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0800729363

  • She's used to life-or-death situations.
    She just didn't expect them to follow her home.
    When former field surgeon Heather Fontaine returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house--and threatened her friends--she assumes it is the stalker who has been creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble follows her even there.

    Luckily, a stalker isn't the only one observing Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it's what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead--and why--before it's too late.

    My thoughts (lvh): ACTIVE DEFENSE is the third book in  the series, but it stands alone. The book starts slow, but the relationships and the backstory is necessary as you attempt to figure out who-dun-it and why before all is revealed.

    I'm an avid romantic suspense reader and I was kept guessing  as I read. I did figure it out before the end.

    I couldn't put this book down. The best in the series, so far.
    I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

    Friday, January 29, 2021

    Welcome to the Faith's Mountain Home Celebration Tour and #giveaway!

    About the Book

    Book:  Faith’s Mountain Home51uJRmX4OYL

    Author: Misty M. Beller

    Genre: Christian historical romance

    Nate Long has always watched over his identical twin brother, Aaron, even when it put him on the wrong side of the law. When Aaron is wounded in a shootout, the brothers are taken to Settler’s Fort to recover. As Nate works to make reparations for their past, he marvels at the nursing Aaron receives under the care of a woman with all the reason in the world to resent him.

    Laura Hannon knows what it is to start over, and she knows Nate’s newfound faith is real. What she can’t look past is how far he allowed himself to be led astray by his brother’s weaknesses.

    As a fledgling trust grows between Nate and Laura, they stumble upon a mysterious cave in the mountains that may not be as uninhabited as it seems.

    As they work together for a common cause, will the new lives they seek for themselves include love, or is there too much that stands between them?


     Marilyn’s thoughts:  Faith’s Mountain Home is another captivating story by Misty M. Beller. This tale connected me to the previous characters of this series with their current issues to overcome. Nate and Aaron Long past was not the best but Nate’s new found faith gave him purpose to be an over comer. Laura Hannon is discovering where she fits in at Settler’s Fort as well as letting go of her family’s past. Add in an element of mystery, new discoveries, adventure, faith and romance this story is one that could not be put aside until the end. I appreciate the depth of Beller’s capturing the beauty found in Montana and the history surrounding the area. I would like to see a continuation of the characters found in Hearts of Montana to see how they are progressing with new changes they’ve discovered in their lives.


    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and was under no obligation to write a positive review. I have expressed my own opinion.




    Click here to get your copy!


    About the Author

    Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

    She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and children now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

    God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.


    More from Misty

    Who doesn’t love a good cave?

    Well, maybe not everyone, but I have to confess, I love exploring!

    While there aren’t many caves near my South Carolina home, I’ve always loved the idea of finding an opening hidden in the rocks. Then venturing in and finding a huge cavern filled with stalactites and stalagmites and a host of other beauties I can’t pronounce!

    And dark tunnels? As long as I have a light and a string to unravel as I go so I can get back out, I’m game!

    Unfortunately, I’ve never found a large cave in real life that had never been explored, but in Faith’s Mountain Home, Nate and Laura found exactly that! Although…turns out, it had been discovered by someone already. I won’t give you (too many) spoilers, but let me just tell you there’s a precocious Native American girl involved, and a few other things not so delightful.

    The good news is, you can enjoy the story without actually entering the pitch black cavern!

    Last summer, I had the opportunity to tour a cave with many features like Nate and Laura discovered in their hidden cave. The Caverns of Sonora in Sonora, Texas was a fantastic experience! As you can imagine, it’s hard to get good pictures in solid darkness, but here are a few of the amazing formations still growing in those two miles of underground tunnels.

    Blog Stops

    Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 26

    Artistic Nobody, January 26 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

    Connie’s History Classroom, January 27

    Bigreadersite, January 27

    Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 27

    Betti Mace, January 28

    Connect in Fiction, January 28

    Texas Book-aholic, January 28

    Lighthouse Academy Blog, January 29 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

    lakesidelivingsite, January 29

    Bizwings Blog, January 29

    Through the Fire Blogs, January 30

    Locks, Hooks and Books, January 30

    Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 31

    Fiction Book Lover, January 31 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

    Inspiration Clothesline, January 31

    Wishful Endings, February 1

    Life of Literature, February 1

    Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 1

    deb’s Book Review, February 2

    Adventures of a Travelers Wife, February 2

    Blossoms and Blessings, February 2

    For Him and My Family, February 3

    Splashes of Joy , February 3

    Simple Harvest Reads, February 3 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

    Blessed & Bookish, February 4

    Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 4

    To Everything There Is A Season, February 4

    Older & Smarter?, February 5

    Sara Jane Jacobs, February 5

    Pause for Tales, February 5

    For the Love of Literature, February 6

    Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 6

    Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 6

    Remembrancy, February 7

    Inklings and notions, February 7

    Hallie Reads, February 7

    She Lives To Read, February 8

    HookMeInABook, February 8

    Genesis 5020, February 8


    To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of the entire Hearts of Montana series, plus a “Faith Moves Mountain” sign!! (See Here:

    Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

    Thursday, January 28, 2021

    Amish Safe House (Amish Witness Protection)


    Amish Safe House 

    (Amish Witness Protection) 

    Mass Market Paperback – ebook

    February 5, 2019

    by Debby Giusti  (Author)

  • Publisher : Love Inspired Suspense 
  • Mass Market Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1335678751

  • A family in danger goes into hiding in Amish country in this intriguing story, part of the Amish Witness Protection series.

  • After Julia Bradford’s son witnesses a gang shooting, hiding in Witness Protection on Abraham King’s Amish farm is the only hope the Englisher and her children have. Even as danger closes in, Julia is drawn to the community’s peaceful ways—and the ex-cop-turned-Amish protector. But when their location is discovered, can Abraham protect her family…and possibly have a future by her side?

  • My thoughts (lvh): AMISH SAFE HOUSE is part of a series by several different authors with Englisch posing as Amish to stay safe. Formula LIS at its finest, the clueless heroine is running for her life, trying to out-smart all-knowing bad guys who are relentless.

  • If you like action-packed romantic suspense, you will love this book. You won't be able to put it down.

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

  • Experience more action-packed mystery and suspense in the rest of the Amish Witness Protection series:

    Book 1: Amish Hideout by Maggie K. Black

    Book 2: Amish Safe House by Debby Giusti

    Book 3: Amish Haven by Dana R. Lynn

    From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

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