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Book Review: The Pinecraft Pie Shop book 1: Made with Love by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore


love_zpskbjceed3 About the Book:

Lovina Miller should be thrilled. Pinecraft, Florida, has everything a young Amish woman could ask for: sun, sand, volleyball games, and evening singings in the park. But Pinecraft lacks the one thing Lovina desperately wants—a pie shop of her own. She longs for a place to gather with the community and serve the treat she loves.

A young carpenter named Noah Yoder strolls into her life and offers a way to make her dream come true. But before Noah and Lovina can build a shop—and a life—together, they must each face heartaches from the past. Is their new love stronger than their regrets?

You can purchase your copy at Harvest House Publishers.

love2_zpsm6hcjcin About Tricia:

Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A USA Today bestselling author, Tricia has published over 40 books and has written more than 500 articles. She’s well-known for her Big Sky and Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Amish series. For more information visit Tricia at http://www.TriciaGoyer.com. Tricia, along with a group of friends, also runs http://www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life.

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Sherry Gore is the author of Simply Delicious Amish Cooking and Me, Myself and Pie and is a weekly scribe for the national edition of the Amish newspaper The Budget. Sherry’s culinary adventures have been seen on NBC Daytime, Today.com, and Mr. Food Test Kitchen. Sherry is a resident of Sarasota, Florida, the vacation paradise of the Plain People. She has three children and is a member of a Beachy Amish Mennonite church.

My Opinion:

I’ve read many of Tricia’s book before, such as Where Treetops Glisten and Mom’s Night Out, among others. I have never read any of Sherry Gore’s other books though and that is something I will be rectifying soon. I used to be obsessed with the Amish culture, so much so, I tried to convince my husband to convert but there were some issues and we couldn’t and he wouldn’t so we stayed English. I didn’t quite connect with Lovina like I wanted to, she was single, still at home and all she wants is to open her own pie shop – I could relate to the dream part but not so much some of her mopey attitude. Enter Noah, who has a bad reputation among the Plain People and well I’m sure the reader can figure out what happens next, or can they?

Full of twists and turns, I had a hard time figuring out what was going to happen next because just when I think I figured it out, I was wrong. I like that, I don’t like boring, predictable books and this was not that. Even though I’m not as obsessed with the Amish as I once was I still enjoy a book about them. That said there is romance, nothing risque, obviously but I’m throwing that out there. Lately, when I read romance novels my heart isn’t in it but this one seemed so real it was hard to not want the ending to be what it was and so I could enjoy it without feeling like my heart was being ripped out. A fantastic book if you’re looking for a quick, summer read.

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Family Christian: A Reluctant Bride (An Amish of Birch Creek Novel) by Kathleen Fuller (review and giveaway)


I have read other books written by Kathleen Fuller and have always enjoyed them, this one was no different. Sadie’s story pulls you right in – from the time she was accosted when out running a business errand for her parents up until she realizes she needs to be loved and be able to love. A Reluctant Bride was a fast read for me because of it’s page turning qualities and enjoyment factors as well as the well portrayed characters that fill it’s pages.

As Sadie deals with the repercussions of a drunk driver’s negligence in killing her parents and severely injuring one of her sisters – she finds that she does need to rely on help, both from the Lord and also from those within her community – even if it means marrying a man she thinks she can’t and won’t love. As I said this is a page turner, it kept me up at night because I just had to know what was going to happen next and oh, how I felt for Sadie – in the midst of grief she must carry so much burden and I could tell early on there was something sinister about their community’s Bishop.

Through it all the characters grow and mature and are stretched in their faith as we all are in real life – it strikes to the heart of what forgiveness is and what happens when bitterness and hate does when it’s allowed to take root and grow. I don’t want to give spoilers but at the end of the book my heart was rejoicing over Sadie and Aden’s ‘happy’ ending, although there is more heart ache in store as they deal with the other issues that are going to surround them, I hope there will be another book to follow their story as they continue to grow in their marriage. Thankfully it wasn’t your typical Amish romance – and I enjoyed it for that as well – I needed a down to earth Amish fiction book and that is what I got when I received this book to review.

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Litfuse Publicity: A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Amish Brides of Pinecraft Book 3) by Shelley Shepard Gray


About the Book:

In the third book of New York Times-bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, a wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

You can purchase a copy of the book at Harper Collins.

About the Author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Find Shelley online at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

My Opinion:

I have enjoyed the other two books in this series and as difficult as this one was for me to read, the main characters are a widow and widower, this one was also fantastic! Emma and Jay have been a widow and widower for several years and both have three children – Emma has girls and Jay has sons – and Jay doesn’t want to betray his wives memory and Emma’s family and in-laws want her to stay a widow the rest of her life. There isn’t much suspense like I felt in the other two books, if one wants to call the conflict suspense, but it was an engaging, quick read. As a young widow myself with three young children I could sympathize with their struggles, the feelings of loneliness of not having a spouse who will be there but also knowing that there is a process to grieving, everyone’s feelings need to be taken into account (namely the children and the surviving spouse – not so much the extended family) and not wanting to betray the beloved’s memory.

I noticed though that neither seemed to have an especially cozy marriage – and both recognize that – Jay recognizes that he loved his wife’s way of managing the household and their boys but also realized that there wasn’t much lovey-dovey feelings and the same for Emma and her husband. Then again the characters have been alone for a couple years versus my nine months. I think reading this book was a bit cathartic for me in a way to see that there can be life again whether it’s having just a friendship or something more – one never knows what God has in store for us – even if family wants us to do something different. I do recommend reading the first and second books first as there are several characters that also play a sizable role in this book and it’ll be helpful to get to know them first but regardless this could easily be a stand alone book if you enjoy Amish or Christian fiction with an inspirational theme.

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Litfuse Publicity: The Proposal at Siesta Key (Amish Brides of Pinecraft Book 2) by Shelley Shepard Gray


About the Book:

A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

Learn more and purchase a copy.

About the Author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

You can find out more about Shelley at her website.

My Opinion:

Sit back. Relax. Then begin enjoying the newest book from Shelley Shepard Gray, the second in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft, The Proposal at Siesta Key. I had to grab the first book from the library as I’m the type who just can’t stand to read book 2 without reading book 1 and I read them both in a matter of days – I got wrapped up in Penny and Michael’s story from the get go of The Proposal at Siesta Key, Penny who is trying to do both her duty and what would be her sister’s, if she were still here and then Michael who is doing what he thinks the world wants. Neither of them listening to the One who matters, God, until their lives change and they open their hearts to Him. I don’t want to give any spoilers because I genuinely believe if you enjoy Amish fiction then you’ll be enjoying this book soon enough – but it introduces us to another Amish settlement, in sunny, touristy Florida.

I’ve been finding that I don’t enjoy romance books much anymore – I think that comes from losing my husband and no longer having my own romance – but this book, for some reason, was different and had me feeling much more than the romance that was brewing between Penny and Michael. I now would love to take a trip with my children to Florida, in the fall or winter, and visit Pinecraft – I want to walk the quaint streets that Penny does and feel inspired to live life, the life the Lord wants us all to lead. While firstly being an Amish romance book it was even more so than that – it was truly inspirational, and for one who does not like tropical climates, to have me feeling the sand between my toes, smelling the ocean and feeling the sun on my face – this book has won me over to embracing the life that the Lord wants me to live.

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Bethany House Review: The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis


About the Book:

Marlena needed time to let things sink in. It was beyond her how all this could possibly work out–adding the care of an infant to her daily routine. Fortunately, it would just be until Luella returned home from the hospital and was stronger.
No more than a couple weeks, surely.

Marlena Wenger’s life takes an unexpected turn on the day she learns she must care for her estranged sister’s baby. Spending the summer in Brownstown, Pennsylvania, to assist her Mennonite grandmother, and miles from Marlena’s Old Order Amish beau, she feels out of her element in nearly every respect. Yet Marlena determines to do her best and stay focused on her future, even as those hopes become drastically altered.

You can purchase a copy at Baker Publishing Group.

About Beverly Lewis:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her website at http://www.beverlylewis.com for more information.

My Opinion:

A search of my blog and reading lists will tell of how much I enjoy Beverly Lewis’ writing and reading her newest book The Love Letters, just renewed my enjoyment of her books.  This is a stand alone novel so if you don’t enjoy series this is a great one to read and it’s a fast read as you get swept up in the story. At first I was worried that Marlena would prove to be just another whining character but thankfully that wasn’t the case, yes there were times she felt sorry for herself, as we all do at times but then she got over it and goes on with her life. Like Marlena, our lives rarely go as we planned them and instead if we listen to the Lord we’ll see His will working in our lives – and that is what I learned from Marlena. While the book provided entertainment while passing the time waiting on the children at their activities, the book also provided some educational value as well or maybe I should say spiritual education.

This book also gave me a few tears as I read – the heartbreak over losing her sister, then her fiancee, and the prospect of losing her niece – Marlena goes through many emotions through out the book. What I also like was instead of just centering around Old Order Amish, this book also included a look into Old Order Mennonites, some of who drive cars and have electricity in their houses. The ending is happy and neatly wrapped up, and that is what I needed on the day I read this, while there are times I’d rather read of ongoing tension I needed a neat and tidy, happy ending and without giving spoilers, I’m so glad that Marlena got her happy ending. This book has many positive aspects to it and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great stand alone book that can be read in a day or two.

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Book Review: An Amish Second Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer


About the Book:

Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances.

“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman

Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.

“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid

Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.

“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller

Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer

Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.

About the Authors:

Beth Wiseman

Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth’s The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website, Twitter, Facebook.
Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield. Website, Twitter, Facebook.
Ruth Reid

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children. Facebook and Twitter.
Tricia Goyer

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children. Twitter and Facebook.

My Opinion:

Please bear with me as I read this back in December before my husband’s passing so while I can say I thoroughly enjoyed these four novellas my memory is a bit rusty with all that has gone on these past few weeks.  I’m a huge fan of all four authors and so I can’t tell you which you novella I enjoyed the most because of liking all of their writing when they work solo. If I were to read this again I know that Katherine’s story in “When Christmas Comes Again” due to the fact that she is a widow, and while she was moving toward a new romance I’m not, but the story now resonates with me as a mom of children without a husband.  These are romance in theme and so that will be the overarching plot in all four of the novellas – finding love, losing it and finding it again – thankfully all the romance is tame and there is no strong physical descriptions of the romance between couples – there may have been a kiss or two but nothing that made me uncomfortable.

Even though Christmas is over this book is a good one that would be fun to read anytime of the year – especially in the heat of summer when we look forward to some cooler weather! Of course there is nothing wrong with keeping the Christmas spirit alive all year round either – so just another excuse to pick up a great book by four very talented authors.  This book also includes a reading group guide and several Old Order Amish recipes for your use and delight – I need to try some of the recipes although I’ll be substituting flax seed for the eggs.  Overall, this was a delightful book and one that made a fast read and was so enjoyable that I would definitely recommend it to others.

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Book Review: An Amish Garden by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer and Vannetta Chapman


About the Book:

Gardens are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal.

“Where Healing Blooms” by Vannetta Chapman

When Widow Emma Hochstetter discovers a run-away teenager in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a local woman and her two children she finds her quiet life has been interrupted. Then, her mother-in-law, Mary Ann, reveals one of her garden’s hidden secrets, something very unexpected. Will she continue alone or will she accept the gifts God has given her?

“Flowers for Rachael” by Kathleen Fuller

Rachael Bontrager’s flower garden is beautiful, but at twenty-four, she’s lonely. Gideon Beiler fell in love with Rachael almost at first sight. After her grandfather has a stroke, her days are filled with caring for him, and one day Rachael finds her garden in shambles. However, she won’t accept Gideon’s offers of help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own and that God is in control?

“Seeds of Love” by Tricia Goyer

Sadie Chupp finds her greatest joy in the greenhouses in her Montana community. A company is interested in buying her heirloom seeds, but they are the only thing she has left from her deceased parents. Eli Plank is a traveling bachelor who believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and let the seeds of a new relationship take root?

“Rooted in Love” by Beth Wiseman

Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.

My Opinion:

Four of my favorite authors in one book?  Yes, please!  Each author has their own style of writing within this set of four novellas and while each are unique the novellas flow into one another to create four wonderful stories with different characters in each one.  Sometimes when I read books like this I tend to get lost between one book and the other but maybe since I’m used to each author’s own style of writing that wasn’t the case and I was able to separate each novella from the one before or after it.  The common thread in this set of novellas is gardening – either those that are blessed gardeners, those that aren’t or those that are learning – each story centers around the garden as it’s main theme and even if you’re not a gardener this book is a delight to read.

As the title says all are Amish non-fiction and so with Amish fiction one sort of expects a typical theme but as each of the ladies who wrote it, these weren’t your typical same ‘ol, same ‘ol Amish fiction and for that I was happy.  They each have a touch of an endearing romance and more than once I found myself wanting to yell at the female characters to give up their stubbornness and just go out with the bachelor who is pursuing them.  I really enjoyed Tricia Goyer’s novella as we travel back to the Montana community where some of her other novels are set and it was neat to visit again in this short way.  If you desire a short read then this book will go fast – especially the last one, Where Healing Blooms, which touches on the subject of spousal abuse.

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Bethany House Review: Child of Mine by David and Beverly Lewis #grow4christ #bookreview


About the Book:

From Bestselling Authors David & Beverly Lewis

Flight instructor Jack Livingston has been raising his eight-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents’ lives. When he travels, Natalie is tenderly cared for by her Amish nanny, Laura Mast, who loves the little girl as her own.

Eight excruciating years ago, Kelly Maines’s baby was kidnapped. Determined to find her child, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. And now, with the clock ticking, one last clue from a private investigator ignites a tiny flame of hope: Just a few miles away lives a young girl who matches the profile.

Can this be, at long last, Kelly’s beloved daughter?

 

You can purchase your own copy at Bethany House.

 

 

About David Lewis:

 

David Lewis is the bestselling author of Coming Home, his first solo novel, as well as a keyboard artist and pilot. He is the first editor for his wife, Beverly Lewis, as well as research partner and manager. David was born in Minnesota, grew up in the Midwest, and met Beverly in Colorado, where they currently make their home.

 

 

 

 

About Beverly Lewis:

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her website at http://www.beverlylewis.com for more information.

 

My Opinion:

I began reading Beverly Lewis years ago and her books are what prompted me to start seeking the Lord again after years of running so when I had the chance to read her newest book, Child of Mine, co-written with her husband I knew I had to get my hands on it!  I can only imagine what it would feel like to have your child stolen from you, especially if it was stolen by the father and there was no clue as to where he took the child.  I’d probably be like Kelly Maine – never giving up hope that my child is alive and searching to the ends of the earth to find said child.  Some of Kelly’s story seems a little far fetched, as most probably wouldn’t have a kind benefactor who would provide untold amounts of funding to pay for travel, DNA testing and such but overall Kelly’s struggle is what I’d imagine it to be like – the struggle to find her daughter in a moral way but knowing the immoral may be faster.  Jack is raising his niece after the untimely accident took her parents, even though it seems at the time he is the most unlikely to raise her but he has help from the Amish nanny – who his niece wants him to marry.

 

Not your typical Amish fiction book, this book pulled me in from the go and I finished it quickly, even with a few tears in my eyes as I was finishing it.  There is the story of the lost, the searching, sacrifice and redemption woven through out the story and it’s themes are very reminiscent of what it is we go through as Christians in losing, seeking and ultimately finding our redemption and salvation in Christ.  Jack and Kelly both find out that their redemption cannot come from those around them – only One person has the ability to save them from themselves and bring complete restoration to their lives.  The twists and turns in the books will have you guessing, as it did me, through out and that is what I appreciated – if I can figure out the ending too soon I lose the ability to want to finish so the constant guessing kept me turning the page.   Of course, the story gets all wrapped up into a neat little package at the end and while I liked that and who really wants to get bad news about Kelly’s daughter? I would have liked it not to be so neat and tidy.

 

I haven’t read a book written by David and Beverly Lewis since I read Sanctuary years ago, and this one has proven that husbands and wives can write together especially if they both share the passion of the subject – and I could feel that through the pages in the book.  I hope to read more by both authors, especially if they team up again because I really enjoyed Child of Mine and maybe they’ll come up with a sequel so we can check in on Jack, Kelly, Natalie and Laura as their lives continue on in new dimensions that they’d never dreamed of at the start of Child of Mine.   I do want to mention that this book does deal with the very sensitive issue of kidnapping, the market of buying and selling children and a mom’s struggle to find her lost daughter – and while sad the book was also quite compassionate and gently in how the subject matter was presented.  Also I must say that Natalie is quite spoiled, whether it’s because Jack feels guilty for her having lost both parents or what I cannot say, but she is never held responsible for her misdeeds as no one wants to make her feel like a bad child.  This was actually my only pet peeve about this book, even the Amish nanny, did nothing to correct Natalie’s wayward actions and everyone sort of pooh-poohed them.

 

 

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Litfuse Publicity: The Revealing (The Inn at Eagle Hill book 3) by Suzanne Woods Fisher #grow4christ #bookreview


About the Book:

 

Naomi King, soft spoken, loyal, and easily overlooked, has a gift. She sees what others can’t see. Intuition, she calls it. Others in Stoney Ridge don’t know what to make of it and dismiss her hunches and inklings altogether.

When a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with a shocking secret about Tobe Schrock, Naomi fears the worst. She can’t ignore the feeling that something sinister is at work— something more than a threat to the tenuous love begun between her and Tobe.

As signs mount, they begin to point to Jake Hertzler, the elusive mastermind behind Schrock Investments’ downfall. Soon, events spiral hopelessly out of control and Naomi must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.

 

You can purchase a copy at Suzanne Woods Fisher’s website.

 

About the Author:

 

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California.

 

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Learn more about Suzanne at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

My Opinion:

I read book 2 at the beginning of this year and really enjoyed it, but I still haven’t gotten to read book 1 so I requested book 3 so at least I know how everything wraps up until I can get to read book 1.  The Revealing was a great and fast read – Bethany still has times where panic and worry overwhelm and she eat antacids like candy and then there is Naomi who still suffers from migraines but not as often as in book 2 – and there is still the suspense, especially when an unwed, pregnant woman shows up – well I don’t want to give any spoilers so I won’t say much more, and the romance.  Leave it to Suzanne Woods Fisher to turn an Amish fiction book into a mystery and weave a story so believable that it almost seems as if it could come from the headlines of a modern day paper.  Thankfully, I didn’t have the issue that I had with book 2 in having not read the first book and not knowing what was going on and who was who – this book was much easier to piece together and figure it all out – the only reason to read the first one is so I can say I’ve read the whole series.

 

While still including characters from the other books like the elderly sisters whose fourteenth cousin twice removed comes to visit to do some genealogy work but then Bethany comes to realize the cousin isn’t all he says he is, and of course Rose and Galen, Naomi and Tobe and Bethany and Jimmy – the reader is in for a real treat if they’ve been following the whole series, if not please start with The Letters and then The Calling.  Again, there are several over arching plots through out the book and you have to be careful to keep them straight so that when everything comes together at the end you will be left with a wonderful a-ha moment, even if, once you’ve read the end you feel like you’ve lost some friends.  I truly enjoyed this book and maybe they’ll be a spin off series or at least we’ll see some of the characters from this book pop into another one!

 

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(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

In The Revealing, the riveting conclusion to the Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.



Suzanne is celebrating by giving away THREE iPads!

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THREE grand prize winners will receive:

  • An iPad
  • PickPocket Tablet Accessory Pouch (A stylish storage pouch designed to hold all your tablet accessories. Info.)
  • The Inn at Eagle Hill series (The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing)

Five second place winners will receive:

  • The Inn at Eagle Hill series (The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 20th. All winners will be announced July 21st at Suzanne’s blog. AND … if you’re looking for more in the Inn at Eagle Hill series, be sure to pick up the ebook novella, The Rescue, for just $1.99!

 

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!



Suzanne is also giving away two 10-book mystery prize packs! 


One of the major themes of The Revealing is learning to trust your intuition and instincts. These are God-given qualities that we sometimes are too timid or unsure of to act on. For a chance to win one of the 10-book prize packs, leave a comment on this blog and share about a time when your intuition or instinct saved the day—or a time you ignored it and missed an opportunity. 


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne’s blog on the 21st to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

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Litfuse Publicity: Forever Amish (Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy Book 3) by Kate Lloyd #grow4christ #bookreview


About the Book:

 

The latest book in the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, Forever Amish introduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This is a story of forgiveness, legacies, and the ties that bind through generations.

It’s the Last Thing She Expects to Find

Sally Bingham needs some time away to sort through the changes in her life and to rethink her upcoming marriage. Despite her ailing father’s hesitations, she takes off for a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County for a weekend away. But her best-laid plans leave her in a near collision with a bishop’s buggy and in the home of a mysterious Amish woman named Lizzie. Lizzie introduces her to a different perspective on life, a charming farmhand named Armin— and opens a Pandora’s box that will forever change Sally’s life.

 

Find a way to purchase a book on Kate Lloyd’s website.

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

Author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She’s worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.

 

You may connect with Kate Lloyd on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and her website.

 

 

 

My Opinion:

 

This is the third and final book in the Legacy of Lancaster series by Kate Lloyd and I’ve also read Pennsylvania Patchwork, which is the second book but have not had the pleasure of reading the first so I’ll have to find that one and read it.  I will admit that since it had been awhile since I read book #2 and I’ve read so many books in the interim I had to re-sort the characters out which wasn’t as hard to do this time as the ones introduced in books 1 and 2 didn’t appear nearly as much in book 3.  This book swept me up right away into the story of Sally Bingham who is unfortunately engaged to a man who does not want her to pursue her own interests, such as making her get rid of her dog upon their marriage and other controlling aspects – I didn’t like Donald from the go, too hoity-toity (so glad someone else uses that term!).  Definitely not your typical Amish fiction book as Sally is as Englisch as they come – working on her dad’s used car lot, having a dog breeding business, showing dogs, technologically efficient and independent – never in her wildest dreams would Sally think she’d run into the Grandparents, Aunts and Cousins she didn’t even know existed – until she takes a trip to Lancaster.

 

I figured out right away what would happen – one or both parents had been Amish – but I don’t want to give too much away because this is truly a book one wants to savor and read from the first page until your turning the last page late into the night.  None of the reservations I had about book 2 arose in this book, so I was very thankful for that, and Sally and Armin’s story is beautiful.  Some things seemed a little to good to be true at the beginning but as I continued to read more and more made sense and one can recognize that even in our own lives how God work’s in ways we would never be able to dream up – all of the pieces fall into place although Sally struggles to understand why she should worship a God who lets so much heart ache and loss happen, and as she struggles with this He pursues her.  As I said I won’t give away too many details but this book was wonderfully written and I’m hoping that maybe Kate Lloyd will have a spin off series so that we can read more about Sally, her dad and Armin and even flighty, scheming Lizzie.

 

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The latest book in Kate Lloyd‘s Legacy of Lancaster trilogy, Forever Amish, introduces us to a young woman about to uncover a shocking secret and find an invitation to a new way of living. This is a story of forgiveness, legacies, and the ties that bind through generations.

Kate is celebrating by giving away an Amish-made prize pack!

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One winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • A Qillow (A pillow with a lovely surprise inside! It opens to a 40” X 60” quilt ideal for traveling, sports events, and home.)
  •  A Center Diamond wall hanging (Hand-stitched by Old Order Amish quilter Emma Stoltzfus of E.S. Quilts in Lancaster, PA. It measures 42” x 42” and is a traditional Old Order Amish design.)
  • Darling Amish-made faceless dolls (Hand-crafted in Lancaster County, PA. Each measures 12 inches and is individually named. Meet Martha and Henry!)
  • Forever Amish and the rest of the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy by Kate Lloyd

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 29th. Winner will be announced at Kate’s blog on July 1st.

 

Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning and be sure to stop by Kate’s blog on July 1st to see if you won!

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