Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"Blind Betrayal" Book Review


Blind Betrayal
(Defenders of Justice #3)
by Nancy Mehl

Book Description:
U.S. Marshal Casey Quinn is tasked with escorting a reporter to testify before a grand jury regarding a missing environmentalist. At first, the assignment seems routine. But when it becomes dangerously clear that there's more to the story than anyone knows, Casey and two other marshals--one a man from her past--will have to do whatever it takes to survive.

My Book Review:  Wow!!!  This may well be Nancy Mehl's best work of suspense yet.  There is intrigue, romance between old flames, terrorism and the fight against it, FBI involvement, and more.  US Marshals, Casey and E.J. are professional and highly trained as well as the couple you root for.   The romance does not play a heavy part in the story, as the marshals and the people entrusted to their protection are the focus of the book, but it certainly makes the relationship more exciting.  
            Nancy is well-known and loved for her Mennonite fiction, but the move to suspense has been well-received by her faithful followers. Suspense is one of my favorite genres so I'm thrilled for one of my favorite authors to feed my addiction.  
This is the third book in the Defenders of Justice series, and while Blind Betrayal, can be read alone, I think it will give more insight into the characters and plots.   
             I am rating this novel 5 ***** stars and wish I could give it more.  
             I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author:

Nancy Mehl
Nancy Mehl lives in Missouri, with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored thirty books and is currently at work on a new FBI suspense series for Bethany House Publishing. 

All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help." 

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: She also is active on the Suspense Sisters: and on her 
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

"In Deep" Book Review

In Deep 
In Deep by Stacy Gold37063319

(Emerald Mountain #2)

Book Description:
Sophie Tremore is trying to build a career in the male-dominated world of Ski Patrol. Hard to do when her new boss is her smokin’ hot ex-lover. She hasn’t forgotten how he made her body tingle and her heart pound, although he’s making it a lot easier by treating her like she’s incompetent—when he’s not ignoring her existence altogether.

Emerald Mountain Ski Patrol Director Max Demford has been doing his best to avoid working with his feisty former flame, given his judgment is clouded by those eight mind-blowing weeks two years ago. Ski patrol is dangerous enough, and no way could he handle another person he cares about getting hurt on the mountain.

Forced to work together, their simmering attraction becomes difficult to ignore. When Sophie gets caught in a slide, an adrenaline-filled day could turn into a spectacular night they will never forget—one that could risk both their careers.

My Book Review:   Well, I love snow, I love romance, I don't know how to ski, but I do love a man who wants to protect me.   Max wants to protect Sophie whom he loved fiercely so time ago, before he and she parted ways.   She has no idea what he was doing when they were apart, but they do feel an irrestible attraction towards each other.  But the dilemma remains that they are working together and the work policy states that there is to be no fraternization among employees.  Yet they are having a difficult, in fact, impossible time obeying that policy.
              Max and Sophie are amazing characters.  They are lovable and the author makes them so real that I felt like they were old friends of mine.   Max stole my heart.  Sophie may have gotten mad at Max for not allowing her to do the job duties she is trained for, because he is fierce in his desire to protect her.  This is a quick read as it is not as long as a novel, but longer than a traditional novella. I like books that I can read in a few hours as I live a very busy lifestyle. 
                I am rating this book 4 stars.
I was given a copy of this book from netgalley and The Wild Rose Press in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author:
Stacy  Gold

Compulsive tea drinker. Outdoor sports junkie. Lover of good (and bad) puns. 

Stacy Gold gave up her day job as Communications Director of a nonprofit mountain biking organization to write sassy, steamy, contemporary romance novels. Her stories are packed with strong, independent women finding love and adventure in the great outdoors (Think Sarina Bowen or Elle Kennedy, but with skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, etc. instead of hockey/team sports). 

When Stacy’s not busy reading or writing, you can find her dancing, laughing or playing hard in the mountains with her wonderful hubby and happy dog.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill" Book Review


A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill
(The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #8)
by Jennifer Beckstrand

Book Description:  

There's nothing Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth like better than a challenge. And the chance to matchmake their feisty granddaughter is their most delightful task yet…

Elsie Helmuth’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job in Huckleberry Hill. But she's not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is... 

Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He'll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell — but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes — and win her heart forever.

My Book Review:  Oh, Anna, how I've missed your antics and "meddling" in your grandchildren's love lives.  Anna never fails to leave me laughing all the way through the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series.  Anna and Felty are two of the most precious, caring, and humorous grandparents I've read about in Amish fiction.  
         Elsie is the object of her grandmother's matchmaking this time.  Elsie is the new school teacher in the Amish school, and one young man is proving to be a particular challenge.   As a former school teacher, I can relate to Elsie as she deals with a troubled, handicapped student.   Refusing to lower expectations and helping students to realize their full potential without bullying and unkindness were certainly main goals for me in teaching as well as for Elsie.   
           Readers are sure to love this book and it can be read as a standalone, but you'll likely be eager to read the entire series if you haven't already.  
           I am rating this book 5 ***** stars and highly recommend it to readers.  

I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Zebra Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I was not required to post a positive review.

About the Author:
Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand

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Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. 

Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. 

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
Books by Jennifer Beckstrand

The Honeybee Sisters Series:
Sweet as Honey
A Bee in her Bonnet 
Like a Bee to Honey 

The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Series:
Huckleberry Hill
Huckleberry Summer
Huckleberry Christmas
Huckleberry Spring
Huckleberry Harvest
Huckleberry Hearts
Return to Huckleberry Hill 
Courtship on Huckleberry Hill (Jan. 2018)
Home on Huckleberry Hill (June 2018)

A Perfect Amish Christmas in "An Amish Christmas Quilt"
The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill in "An Amish Christmas Kitchen"
The Reluctant Groom in "Amish Brides" 
Honeybee Christmas in "An Amish Christmas Candle"

Forever Apple in Apple Lake Series:
Kate's Song
Rebecca's Rose
Miriam's Quilt

Friday, April 6, 2018

"Champion" Book Review


by Craig Johnson

Book Description:

Even on your worst day, you may become someone else’s best hope.

When Pastor Craig and Samantha Johnson moved to Houston to take a position at Lakewood Church, they thought they had it made. Two kids, a great job, a beautiful home, and a solid plan for the future. Their dream, however, was interrupted by the unplanned arrival of a third child, Connor.

Connor grew to become a normal, healthy toddler. When he turned two, however, something changed. He stopped talking, displayed behavioral problems, and was no longer the cheerful, engaged little boy they had known. No one seemed to have answers until the official diagnosis was handed down—autism.  

Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds—a child who could not speak or respond with emotion—the Johnsons were filled with unanswered questions and deep sorrow. God quietly spoke to Craig’s heart, telling him Connor’s story would one day touch the lives of thousands of people around the globe. Craig and Samantha held that unlikely promise in their hearts during the years ahead. They accepted the diagnosis, but refused to believe their story was over. God was not finished with the Johnson family.

The Johnsons resolved to love their son with everything they had, no matter what. While Samantha watched over Connor’s daily needs, Craig began to search the Scriptures for promises from God, Bible verses they could all cling to. They made sure Connor did not miss Pastor Joel Osteen’s Sunday morning services and, over time, Craig and Samantha developed a long list of positive verses designed to instill a daily dose of faith, hope, and love into their family.

Then, one day, a miracle occurred.

Connor spoke.

Instantly flooded with a variety of emotions, the Johnsons rejoiced. Their boy could talk. And not only talk but perform a perfect recitation of Pastor Joel Osteen’s opening affirmation: “This is my Bible, I am what it says I am . . .”

Today Connor is a vibrant young man, and his family’s faith-filled response to his diagnosis has launched a worldwide wave of support and attention for special needs children of all stripes. Connor’s life has truly touched the world.

Written with transparency and humor, Our Champion will inspire those in the middle of an unexpected trial to rise up and become someone’s champion.

Book Review:  Have the tissue box handy when you read this book.  This book will have you crying.  The honesty and transparency make little Connor feel like he's your own brother.   And then a miracle occurs and hope is renewed.   This book will fill you with hope, and surety of your own self.  
       I am rating this book 5 *****stars and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy Christian stories.   
       I received a copy of this book  from netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. 

About The Author:

Craig Johnson

Author of "Lead Vertically(2011)" “Champion(2018)”

Craig is currently the Director of Ministries at Lakewood Church, overseeing all pastoral ministries and staff. Craig speaks at churches and organizations across the nation to bring hope and awareness to those with special needs and the forgotten generations. In 2009, Craig launched the "Champions Club," a state of the art facility for over 200 special needs kids that features a physical therapy room, sensory room, spiritual therapy room and an educational room. Craig is an advocate for special needs kids & families. Craig has launched a new website champions, and is the co-creator of Champions Curriculum for special needs the first of it's kind full scope christian curriculum for special needs. He is the creator of many programming tools for families and the author of a leadership book called "Lead Vertically: Inspire People to Volunteer / Build Great Teams That Last." In Craig's latest book "Champion" he writes..."You can't get to the happily ever after unless you are willing to fight for the here and now. There is an amazing Destiny in your future!" 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"Who the Bishop Knows" Book Review


Who the Bishop Knows
(The Amish Bishop Mysteries #3)
by Vannetta Chapman

Book Description:
What You Don't See Might Hurt You

Every year, residents of the small Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado, look forward to the Ski Hi Stampede, the state's oldest professional rodeo. The rodeo is always good, clean entertainment for the hardworking farmers of the San Luis Valley. But this year, the Stampede turns deadly for one Amish man. Did rodeo fans see an unfortunate accident? Or something more sinister?

Amish bishop Henry Lapp is known far and wide for his uncanny ability to draw and remember the smallest details of anything he's seen, skills that have served him well in past investigations. He was at the rodeo that day. The problem? He didn't see Jason Scott's death.

With a murderer on the loose and members of his community being threatened, Henry must act fast. But can he solve a crime he didn't see? This time around, Henry will have to rely on his keen sense of human character and observation, skills he's honed in his role as bishop, if he hopes to crack the case.

Who the Bishop Knows is a story of accepting our talents, putting one another first, and trusting that God will care for His children.

My Book Review:  Vannetta, you have done it again!   You've kept me awake and on the edge of my seat. The bishop is once again in the thick of things and the things are not good.  There is murder again.  The Amish community is close knit and sticks by those in their faith and community. 
        The bishop has a special gift for drawing the things he remembers.  Does the bishop have some insight into the latest murder among the books in this series?
         This is one of the best series that Vannetta Chapman has written and I highly recommend it to readers.   
          I am rating this book 5 ***** stars.  
         I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Harvest House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.   All opinions expressed are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review. 

About the Author:  

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner, a Christy finalist, and she also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at

For more information, visit her at

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"An Amish Christmas Love" Book Review


An Amish Christmas Love
by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, & Kelly Irvin

Book Description:
Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman

Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston

Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don't normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma's house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry's favorite wingchair. But the cat isn't the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin

As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn't give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He's found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discover: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly's prayers for a Christmas love be answered?

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid

When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

My Review:  I love Christmas stories, even if read at a time other than Christmas.  Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin, Amy Clipston, and Beth Wiseman are some of my absolute favorite authors.   Romance is alive and well in these four novellas.  Readers will be delighted to follow along in the lives of many special characters.  
        I am giving this novella collection a 5 *****star rating and highly recommend it to readers.
         I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.   All opinions expressed are my own.  I was not required to post a positive review.

About the Authors:
Beth Wiseman

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling and award winning author of the Daughters of the Promise series - Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, Plain Promise, Plain Paradise, and Plain Proposal. She is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Her other series--the Land of Canaan Novels--begins with Seek Me With All Your Heart, then The Wonder of Your Love and now, His Love Endures Forever. Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first Amish fiction book selected as a Women of Faith novel in 2011. Beth has also written three contemporary Christian fiction novels, Need You Now published in 2012 and The House That Love Built in 2013. In The Promise, (2014) Beth jumps way outside the box. This story takes readers far away from Amish Country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by a true story, Beth believes this is the book she’s been working toward for a long time. 2015 brings Beth back to the Pennsylvania Amish with her new series, Amish Secrets. She is currently working on book #2 following much success with book #1, Her Brother's Keeper. 
Connect with Beth on her website:

You can also follow Beth on Twitter: @BethWiseman

Amy Clipston

 Amy Clipston is an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of her books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. She also writes romance novels and young adult inspirational stories. 

Her books include:

Kauffman Amish Bakery Series
• A Gift of Grace (3/2009)
• A Promise of Hope (3/2010)
• A Place of Peace (2/2011)
• A Life of Joy (1/2012)
• A Season of Love (6/2012)

Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel Series
• A Hopeful Heart (5/2013)
• A Mother’s Secret (4/2014)
• A Dream of Home (11/2015)
• A Simple Prayer (5/15)

The Bird-in-Hand Heirloom Series
• The Forgotten Recipe (11/2015)
• The Courtship Basket (6/16)
• The Cherished Quilt (11/16)
• The Beloved Hope Chest (5/17)

Amish Homestead Series
• A Place at Our Table 11/14/2017
• Room on the Porch Swing 6/18
• Book #3 (Untitled) 11/18
• Book #4 (Untitled) 6/19

Amish Anthologies
• An Amish Kitchen (12/2012)
• An Amish Cradle (2/2015)
• An Amish Christmas Gift (11/2015)
• An Amish Market (1/2016)
• An Amish Harvest (8/2016)
• An Amish Home (2/2017)
• An Amish Summer (7/2017)
• Amish Sweethearts (1/2018)
• An Amish Heirloom (5/2018)
• An Amish Homecoming (10/2018)

• A Plain and Simple Christmas (9/2010)
• Naomi’s Gift (8/2011)
• Kauffman Amish Christmas Collection(9/2012)
• An Amish Christmas Gift (8/2016)
• An Amish Christmas Love (8/2017)

Young Adult
• Roadside Assistance (4/2011)
• Reckless Heart (4/2012) (Kauffman Amish Bakery young adult book)
• Destination Unknown (2/2014)
• Miles from Nowhere (2/2015)

• A Gift of Love (2/2014)
Amy is an advocate for organ and blood donation. She donated a kidney on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Her husband and she matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. She gave a kidney to her husband's donor's wife. She loves to respond to emails about  what it is like to be a kidney donor. She considers it to be one of the most amazing experiences of her life. 
If you're healthy, please donate blood! Also, become an organ donor.

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or her website

Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin's newest series, Every Amish Series, began with the debut of Upon a Spring Breeze, in April. The second book, Beneath the Summer Sun, will debut in January 2018. It is a four-book series published by Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing. This follows the Amish of Bee County series, The Saddle Maker's Son, released in June 2016. It is an ECPA bestseller. It follows The Bishop's Son, and the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Beekeeper's Son, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer called it "a beautifully woven masterpiece." The Beekeeper's Son was a finalist in the romance category of the 2016 ACFW Carol Awards Contest.

Kelly has novellas in The Amish Christmas Gift and The Amish Marketplace, both of which were also ECPA bestsellers. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Amish Amish series. The first series includes To Love and To Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love’s Journey Home, published by Harvest House. The New Hope Amish series includes Love Still Stands, followed by Love Redeemed, which was an ACFW Carol Award finalist, and A Plain Love Song.

Kelly has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine..

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and ACFW's San Antonio local chapter Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers.

A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, Kelly has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years. She studied for three semesters at the University of Costa Rica, learning the Spanish language. As a journalist, she worked six years in the border towns of Laredo and El Paso.

She worked in public relations for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department for 22 years before retiring earlier this year. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-eight years. They have two young adult children and have two grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories, read books by her favorite authors, and looks forward to visits with her grandchildren.

Connect with her on her website:

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.

"When the Bishop Needs an Alibi" Book Review


When the Bishop Needs an Alibi
(The Amish Bishop Mysteries #2)
 by Vannetta Chapman

Book Description:
A Terrible Secret Hides in the Bulrushes

Amish bishop Henry Lapp eagerly awaits the annual arrival of 20,000 sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. But his visit to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge reveals more than just a miracle of God's creation. Hidden among the bulrushes and cattails is the deceased body of a young woman.

As the local authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry feels God's calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. His ability to draw from memory in photographic detail could help solve this puzzling case.

Henry's closest friend, Emma Fisher, has always urged him to embrace his gift. As their relationship deepens, Henry realizes his involvement could put him and those he loves in the direct path of a killer, one who is willing to do anything to cover up a brutal crime, including framing the bishop.

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is a compelling story of faith, friendship, and finding courage only God can provide.

My Review:  Unlike psychics, who help in some murder cases, Bishop Henry Lapp uses his gift of photographic memory combined with drawing to aid in mysteries in his Amish community.  His life as well as that of his dear friend, Emma, will be in danger because of his drawings.  This 2nd book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries kept me guessing until the very end.   I love reading about the Amish and I truly enjoy a good mystery, and this book is one of my favorites now.  
        While part of a series, the book can be read as a standalone although it might prove more interesting to read the first book in the series as well.  
          I am rating this book 5 ***** stars and highly recommend it to readers.  
I received a downloaded version of this book from netgalley and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.  

About the Author:

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner, a Christy finalist, and she also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at

For more information, visit her at