Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review of The Locket

by Amanda Tru

Hannah suddenly finds that she has time travelled once again, but this time is different. After helping save a woman's life, Hannah discovers that she has completely altered the timeline and thrown her very existence into jeopardy.

Facing life-threatening effects upon returning to her own time, Hannah is then given a death sentence: if she time travels again, she will die. Now, Hannah must solve the clues to her own identity and find a way to save her own life before she is once again sent spiraling through time.

Will her mother's locket hold the key to both her past and her future? Has she just found the love of her life only to lose him? Could God have a plan for Hannah amidst the chaos?

My Review of The Locket:
Wow, for any readers who enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife, this book is one you definitely need to read.   After reading Yesterday,  I was dying to know the significance of "the locket" that Hannah's father gave to her.   The locket will be important to the solving of the mystery of Hannah's time-travel and to whether or not, a plan can be developed to save her life.   Wayne and Seth are working tirelessly to do just that, but are not having a great deal of success.   What I love about this book: several things!   One, the suspense, humor, and romance in Amanda's writing....Two, the assurance that God has a plan for each of us and while we don't get to see the many little details that God works out for our lives as Hannah does when she time travels, we are reminded that God cares greatly for each individual life.   This book made me long to be able to time travel  myself and to be able to "see" the things that God has done to bring my life together and to mold me and make me into who I am today, just as he does for Hannah.    I will not give details so that I don't spoil the book for readers, as I personally HATE it when someone ruins a book for me by telling me too this book!  You will not be sorry you did!!   

About the Author:
Visit Amanda Tru's blog:
This busy mom of three is amazing to me...being able to write while caring for three active young boys earns her  many awards in my book!    
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.   Thank you, Amanda, for another wonderful book!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review of Yesterday

by Amanda Tru

Her yesterday was five years ago. What will her tomorrow bring?

When HANNAH KRAEGER saves a family injured in a car accident, she has no idea she has changed events in the past. Waking the next morning, Hannah discovers her yesterday was really five years ago.

Each trip Hannah takes through time changes the timeline and her own life. With help from DR. SETH MCALLISTER, Hannah must unravel the mystery of why she time travels and who she actually is before the strange ability costs her future, the man she loves, and even her life.

YESTERDAY is a thrilling Christian Romantic Suspense filled with unexpected twists, mystery, and romance
My review:
Are there days when you wish you could go back to some former time and redo things?  change something?   I know there are days when I feel that way, but Hannah Kraeger does not wish for this to happen and yet it does.   What she experienced as yesterday really happened years previously.    If she makes changes, does that alter the world in a way that would be displeasing to God?   Is there a plan for the time-travel that God has for her life?    Hannah has many questions and few answers.    I enjoy the fast-paced suspense in Yesterday.  I love those books that have me literally "on the edge of my seat" trying to figure out what in the world is going to happen next.    Yesterday is definitely one of those books!   This book will allow you to leave your own cares and worries and be transported to another time and place along with Hannah and her oh so delicious doctor boyfriend.    Now I can not wait to read Book 2:  The Locket.     
About the Aurhor:   
check out Amanda Tru's website:
or follow her on facebook.   She is a busy young mother of three boys and writes her delightful books when they are sleeping peacefully in their beds.    
I won a copy of this book from the author in a blog giveaway.    

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review of The Memory Jar

(Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors)
byTricia Goyer

Every year, 30--40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides. Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love.  Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. Now she's met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?
My thoughts about The Memory Jar:
I really enjoyed this book but for some reason, it was a bit slow for me to "get into".    As I got to know Sarah and Jathan, I was eagerly reading to see what was going to happen next for them.   This book deals with loss, death, grief, and living out one's dreams.   Sarah and Jathan both have some unusual dreams for their future and this creates conflict among the characters of the book.   It was very refreshing to see them having to work these conflicts out, in order to live their dreams.  The book also suggests that we must live in the present and plan for the future and let the past go.   The story begins in Montana and then the main characters move to Charm, Ohio.   I have visited the Ohio Amish country and so it was like getting to visit there again as I read.  I loved reading about the scenery and differences among the Montana Amish community.     I would highly recommend this book to readers.   

About the author:
TRICIA GOYER was named the 2003 Writer of the Year for Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. Her book for teens, Life Interrupted: The Scoop on Being a Young Mom, was a Gold Medallion finalist in 2005 in the Youth category. 

Her novel Night Song won the 2005 “Book of the Year for Long Historical Romance” from American Christian Fiction Writers, and her novel Dawn of a Thousand Nights won the same award in 2006.

Tricia has published over 250 articles and YA short stories for national publications such as Today’s Christian Woman, Guideposts for Kids, Brio, Christian Parenting Today, and HomeLife, and is the co-author of Meal Time Moments (Focus on the Family). She has led numerous Bible Studies, and her study notes appear in the Women of Faith Study Bible.

She has written seven novels for Moody Publishers; From Dust and Ashes (2003), Night Song (2004), Dawn of a Thousand Nights (2005), and Arms of Deliverance (2006), A Valley of Betrayal (2007), A Shadow of Treason (2007), and A Whisper of Freedom (2008).

Tricia has also published Life Interrupted: The Scoop on Being a Young Mom (Zondervan, 2004) and children’s book 10 Minutes to Showtime (Thomas Nelson, 2004). She has written My Life, Unscripted (Thomas Nelson, 2007) for teen girls. She worked on 3:16 Teens w/ Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, 2008)

Tricia has also written books for Gen Xers: Generation NeXt Parenting (Multnomah, 2006) and Generation NeXt Marriage (Multnomah, 2008).

Tricia and her husband, John, live in Montana with their three teens.
You can visit her website at:
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Review of Where Love Grows

by Jerry Eicher (Book 3 in Fields of Home series)

In Jerry Eicher's conclusion to his popular Fields of Home trilogy, readers will be delighted to attend the wedding of Teresa, the young Englisha girl who has come home with Susan Hostetler to learn the ways of the Amish---and in fact to become Amish herself.

But Teresa is not the only young woman to find romance in these pages. Susan, long estranged from Thomas Stoll, the young man she had intended to marry from her childhood, reunites with him....just as another man appears on the scene with designs on her heart. Which man is the one Da Hah has chosen for her?

Amidst the happiness, there is also turmoil as Menno Hostetler, Susan's father, must face church discipline for a past sinful transgression he's hidden for many years. At his age, can he endure the humiliation and the path to restitution?

With more than 350,000 books sold, Jerry Eicher's many fans eagerly anticipate each new novel that offers readers a peek into the simple and interesting world of the Amish--a world Jerry knows firsthand.

Book Three in the Fields of Home series
My thoughts about Where Love Grows:
I love Jerry Eicher's books and have read all but his two newest ones.    I recall when I read my first book by him that I was impressed that he has a different way of writing about the Amish.   I was also highly impressed that a man could write such wonderful romantic tales!    This book is no let down!  I had fallen in love with Susan and Teresa in the two previous books:  Missing Yous Smile and Following Your Heart.   I really like Susan's spunky attitude and her zest for life.   She has been hurt by two very significant men in her life and has every reason not to trust again.   Yet she goes on and returns to her Amish home with her Englisch friend, Teresa.   This is certainly a book about forgiveness and confession.     This book gives an in-depth look at the practice of the bann among the Amish and Amish weddings.   There was a great deal of sadness as well as joy in the book.   I hurt for the characters as they went through the bann.    I highly recommend this book to readers.    Jerry has once again written a book that makes you stop and think and count your blessings.    

About the Author:

Jerry Eicher's bestselling Amish fiction includes The Adams County trilogy, the Hannah's Heart series,      
the Little Valley books, and the Fields of Home series.   After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois.  Since then he's been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies.   Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, (pictured above with him) in Virginia. They have four children.   Visit his website at
I received a free copy of this book from Jerry Eicher and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.   

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Everyday Matters Bible for Women, NLT

Review for Christian Women's Affiliates

 LLC Hendrickson Publishers Marketing| Everyday Matters Bible for Women
ISBN-10: 1598567055 |ISBN-13: 978-1598567052 | Format: Hard Cover  | Pages: 1603
Today’s Christian Woman is so busy handling the challenges of day-to-day life that spending time in the Word can easily become yet another ‘should’ buried in that growing list of daily ‘musts.’ Created in partnership with,Christianity Today’s women’s magazine, the Everyday Matters Bible for Women is designed to help women develop spiritual practices that will make their lives richer, not harder. It offers practical encouragement and tools to renew, reinvigorate and restore meaning to everyday life.
This Bible features twenty-four disciplines—or practices—that position us to receive power and strength to do those things that we cannot possibly do on our own and make everyday life fuller and deeper. Each discipline is represented by a colorful icon whose illustration is a reminder of its meaning.
The contemporary language of the New Living Translation combines with content from today’s foremost Christian leaders to help readers understand and apply spiritual discipline.

Every discipline is explored in four ways 
• Everyday Matters. Two-page articles introduce major themes and focus on an essential part of understanding and practicing a discipline.
• Everyday Profiles. Profiles of twenty-five Biblical women highlight a particular discipline.
• Everyday Q & A’s. Short articles delve into a difficult aspect of the spiritual practice and offer practical help on incorporating the discipline into your daily life.
• Everyday Reflections. Selections illustrate ways to personalize and apply God’s Word to your own situation.
More than 300 articles and features by more than 140 of today’s most well-known Christian leaders and writers, including: Kay Warren, Priscilla Shirer, Elisa Morgan, Nancy & John Ortberg, Richard Foster, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Lauren Winner.
Special Features include . . . 
• 4-color throughout
• Color-coded icons identify each Spiritual Discipline addressed in contributors’ material
• How to Use This Bible in a Small Group Study
• Index of Spiritual Practices
• Resources for further reading
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My review:  
  • The NLT or New Living Translation is easy to read aloud and understand.  
  • The cover is highly attractive with appealing colors and floral accents.  
  • The hard cover on it is a good protecting but could be a bit heavy for some with motor issues or elderly to handle.
  • The coloring of font in the Bible appears to be in a "gray-scale" type and I personally find it a bit difficult to read.   Those with vision problems may want to look closely at this aspect before purchasing.
  • Each book of Bible features a historical background and outline of the book which I found extremely useful to study before reading.
  • The pictorial icons of 24 spiritual disciplines is very handy.    The 24 disciplines or practices identified are:  Acceptance, Bible Study & Meditation, Celebration, Community, Confession, Contemplation, Faith, Fasting, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Hospitality, Justice, Mentoring, Outreach, Prayer, Reconciliation, Sabbath & Rest, Service, Silence, Simplicity, Solitude, Stewardship, Submission, and Worship.    This is a feature I have not found in this particular format in other Bibles and I find that it enhances my Bible reading, scripture study and devotional time.   
  • The footnotes are very very small and difficult to read.   These could definitely be  more useful if larger and bolder. 
  • There is a section included to aid in using the Bible in small group studies which I like.  
  • I appreciate the "Index of Spiritual Practices".
  • Many wonderful Christian scholars, theologians, pastors, and others have contributed  to the creation of this Bible and there is a section with their names and information about them included.   A few of the contributors are:  Katie Brazelton, Richard Foster, Holley Gerth, Ruth Bell Graham, Liz Curtis Higgs, Scot McKnight,  Elisa Morgan, Chris Rice, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Kay Warren. 
  • This is overall a highly pleasing version of the Bible, designed with today's woman in mind.    
  •  Everyday Matters Bible for Women can be purchased at,, and     

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Review of Doing Well at Being Sick

by Wendy Wallace

Based on her twenty-year journey through chronic illness, Wendy Wallace shares practical suggestions for dealing with illness, helping others understand the struggles of the chronically ill, changing personal attitudes, navigating the medical system, and relying on God for strength. She encourages her readers to draw as much as they can from modern medicine but focuses on truths about life, death, joy, pain, and eternity. The author reminds the chronically ill to keep their physical, emotional, and spiritual selves in balance while facing the daily challenges of loving others, working with vast medical bureaucracies, and growing in their relationship with God.
My thoughts after reading Doing Well at Being Sick:
Wendy Wallace is truly an inspiration to readers.   Having chronic illness myself and being forced to quit teaching at age 49 and go on disability was very discouraging.  I actually am dealing with grief at the things my illnesses have "cost me" or caused me to give up. Wendy knows what I'm feeling and she discusses feeling the same things in her book as she deals with her own private health issues.   She gives wonderful counsel on how to use your energy wisely, plan for bad days, be productive on good days, navigate the medical system, communicate effectively with medical professionals, accept help from friends and family, save our energy, and more.    This book made me feel some hope and it made me feel like I'm not alone in this.    She also addresses how to pray and rely on scripture to get through each day as well as how to incorporate fun and relaxation into each and every day.  I highly recommend this book to others who are dealing with chronic illness for themselves or family members they care for.   
Wendy's website and blog:
To read a bonus chapter on how to eat well for your health:
About the Author: 

Wendy Wallace has to endure the following list of health problems, many on a daily basis: 
lupus, heart disease and five heart attacks, gall bladder disease, lung cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, repeated skin cancers, debilitating arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, chronic spinal disc problems, GERD, gastroparesis, bursitis, loss of balance due to inner ear damage, tendon and muscle tears, double vision, Sjogren’s syndrome, endomitosis, Plantar fascitis, deQuervain’s syndrome, tendinitis, asthma, Morton’s neuromas, sclerotic mesenteritis, trigeminal neuralgia, and a host of other ailments.
God blessed Wendy and Rick with two children, Carey and Mark, who have also walked through much more than most young people their age and grown accordingly in their faith and their abilities to help others through similar trials. They are  grateful for this family he has allowed us, despite the illness that has been a constant visitor in their home. 

I received a free copy of this book from netgalley and Discovery House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.   

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review of Susanna's Christmas Wish

by Jerry Eicher

From the pen of bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher, (more than 350,000 books sold), comes a truly delightful and inspiring Christmas novella.

Fans will be delighted by this peek at an Amish Christmas, complete with the romantic wish of Susanna Byler to spend the holidays with the man of her dreams. But who is the man of her dreams? Is it the competent but plain Amishman she married for convenience....or is it her first love--an Englisha man with whom she has recently had an unexpected encounter--and who wants her back in his life?

A perfect holiday delight for lovers of Amish fiction...and those who love a heartwarming and tender Christmas tale. 
My review of Susanna's Christmas Wish:

A wunderbar book !!!   Jerry Eicher has once again stolen my sleep as I have not been able to put Susanna's Christmas Wish down to close my eyes to get some sleep!   I am a big Jerry Eicher fan, to begin with, and I love love love Christmas books.   Poor Susanna is faced with a dilemma though:   her new husband, Herman, does not celebrate Christmas as his family of origin felt it was an English custom and should only be celebrated in January on 
Old Christmas and in a VERY simple manner.   Then her old boyfriend, Matthew, who left the Amish and is under the bann, returns and starts talking and causing trouble.    Susanna is trying so hard to be a good frau to Herman.   I will not disclose more as I do not wish to spoil the book for other readers, but it is wunderbar!   It is worth the time to indulge in reading.    You will not be disappointed.    This is a sweet, sweet book!!  
About the Author:
Jerry Eicher has written and sold more than 400,000 books!    His bestselling Amish fiction included The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah's Heart books, the Little Valley series, and the Fields of Home series.  After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois.  Since then he's been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies.  Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia (my home state too!).   
I received a free copy of this book from Jerry Eicher and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.   

Friday, September 14, 2012

Review of Amish Snow

by Roger Rheinheimer

At the tender age of sixteen, Amish youngsters can choose to partake of the world’s pleasures during their infamous Rumspringa (literally, “running around”); fast cars, drugs and wild sex. About half of these naive, sheltered kids recklessly fling themselves into this church-sanctioned wildness, but almost ninety percent give it up and rejoin the comfort and security of the rigid Amish way of life.

The vast majority of Amish are hard-working, God-fearing, family-loving citizens. But within the closed Amish community there are abusers, virtually unknown to the outside world. In this Über-Religious, ‘husband-is-the-head-of-everything’ secretive sect, they usually go unchallenged and unpunished.

Fifteen-year-old Ezra Neuenschwander finally reaches his breaking point. He strikes back at his violent, alcoholic father, knocking him down to the ground, an unforgivable sin.

Ezra flees to Philadelphia on the midnight bus, totally unprepared for the chaotic streets of 1964 Philadelphia. Smart, young, now ex-Amish, he must learn fast or perish.

Amish Snow is the engaging tale of young Ezra Neuenschwander’s rocky journey from victim of an abusive Amish home life to successful businessman. Set in the heart of perilous Philadelphia in the 1960s, this universal story of one boy’s coming of age will keep you guessing as he must continue to reinvent himself. Filled with the unexpected, with intrigue, adventure and romance, Ezra’s courageous story will win you over as he feels his way in the “English” world.
It’s a tale of loss, of redemption, of the triumph of the human spirit, coming of age in a dangerous time. And in the face of evil that divides us, it clings firmly to the common bonds of human experience to show the truth that unites us.
My Thoughts about Amish Snow:
This is a very well-written and well-researched book.   I will admit to having a hard time getting into it but then really wanted to know what was going to happen to Ezra as the book progressed.    I was quite shocked by many things in the book as I did not realize how wild the Amish young people behave in their running around years.  I also was shocked that the former-Amish are the ones supplying the young people with the drugs and alcohol.   I was surprised that the Amish were treated with such disrespect and prejudice in the 1960's as well.     This book is a wonderful one for providing historical facts about the Amish.    Men will find all the details of vehicles driven by characters fascinating!  I read those parts aloud to my husband, as he had to explain what some of the terms meant to me!   
About the Author:
Roger spent the first eighteen years of his life in northern Indiana. His father was the only doctor for a small town of 1200, and had a hitching rail on a side street by his office for the Amish patients. His father bought an eighty acre farm, and Roger and his older brother worked it, raising cattle and growing crops.
While he was still in high school, Roger learned woodworking skills from Elmer Schlabach, his Amish mentor. They built houses in the old-fashioned tradition, from hand-mixing the concrete for the foundations to hand-nailing the shingles. The only phase they did not do was the electrical. To this day, Roger enjoys using his wood crafting skills, making acoustic guitars and furniture.
Roger earned an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Psychology from a small private college in the Shenandoah Valley, took a Creative Writing class, loved it, and published a short story called “My Brother.” He was a regular contributing writer to the college newspaper.
After nearly thirty years living in Austin, Texas, watching it grow into a large city, Roger and his wife Ginny moved to a small farm in the Pacific Northwest.
You can visit Roger at his website:
I received a free copy of Amish Snow from the author in exchange for my honest review.   

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Review of Almost Amish

by Kathryn Cushman

Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She's overwhelmed and burned out, and in today's unrelenting society, her kids are, too. When her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series promoting simple living, and needs another family to join her, it seems like the perfect opportunity.The location is an idyllic farm outside an Amish community in Tennessee. Julie, with her two children, joins Susan and her teenage daughter for a summer adventure. Susan needs to succeed in order to become self-sufficient after an ugly divorce, Julie needs to slow down long enough to remember what her priorities are and regain a sense of purpose and meaning. It becomes clear from the start that "living simple" is no simple matter. With the camera watching every move, Susan's drive for perfection feels a lot like what they left behind, while Julie suddenly finds herself needing to stand up for slowing down. With each new challenge, their season of "going Amish" gets more and more complicated, as each woman learns unexpected lessons about herself and her family.
My thoughts about Almost Amish:
I really enjoyed this book.  It is quite different from other Amish fiction books, and I personally have felt the same way that the main character, Julie, feels.  I have wanted to get away from the every day stress of life in the "real world" and become Amish for a while too!   Life can be very busy and I know that I could certainly use a bit of stress-free living for a time!   I also liked the way that the characters seemed so real.  Teenagers do complain and they do fuss with siblings.   I, too, have struggled at times with wondering what my gifts were and how I could use them for God's service.   I learned some valuable lessons from Rosemary in the book when she shared "stories" from the Bible with the other characters as she taught them to quilt.   
About the Author:
Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. After practicing as a pharmacist, she left her career to marry and begin a family and has since pursued her dream of writing. A Promise to Remember is her first novel. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.
She has a website you can visit:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Review of Amish Lilies By the Lakeside
by Teresa Ann Phillips
Esther Schwartz has suffered from loneliness, fear, and guilt ever since her baby sister was abducted and killed. Making things worse, she and her windowed mother have a huge farm to run, and her brother's son has a mysterious illness. 
When an apple orchard is suddenly given to her and the orchard manager's secrets are unraveled, she learns that her close-knit Amish community is being tested: will they fall apart or lean on the three things that they are known for: forgiveness, love and faith.
Esther's worked alongside Trey Peachy for years, but when the community is on the lookout for a killer, she is forced to help him. As they hunt down a killer, they each discover that God had planted a seed of love many years earlier. Can they still bond with so much tragedy and with different faiths?

My thoughts about Amish Lilies by the Lakeside:
I enjoyed this story very much!  It begins with a very sad happening when Esther's baby sister is abducted and killed.    The story is a quick-read and one that is sure to bring a smile to the face of the reader.   Do check out this book!   

About the Author:

Three of Teresa Ann Phillips' cookbooks have landed on Amazon's Top 100 Best-Selling Books List: Cooking with T: Volume One, Cooking with T: Preserving, and Cooking with T: Preserving Two. Most of her novellas and novels have been on several category best-sellers lists.
Teresa Ann Phillips aka Sicily Yoder used to be a book merchandiser for Chas Levy. Having an uncle who was a Plain Minister and having lived in a Plain home, she enjoyed encouraging customers to buy The Shunning by Beverly Lewis. She also prayed for the book planogram to grow bigger for Christian books. Jokingly, she told some customers that she was going to write a book. After many months, those customers came back, but she had no book written. After returning customers begged for her story, she finally grabbed a pen and started writing, "Leaving Lancaster County."
She owns The Amish Garden, a bakery wholesale business, and writes full-time for the ministry of Jesus Christ, her personal Savior.

Friday, September 7, 2012

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Review of Point of Origin

by Amanda Tru

"I should have killed you when I had the chance. You have no idea, do you? Life is just a crazy coincidence? That's fine. I have a feeling even mercy has a limit" 

The terrorist's words haunt Rachel Saunders. Are they the ramblings of a psychopath? Or is there someone else out there who is watching Rachel and deciding if she should live or die? 

When Rachel stumbles across something she was never meant to see, she discovers all the random events from the past year have connections that are much closer to home than she ever imagined. Now she must elude terrorists intent on killing her and piece together the clues to identify her enemy before time runs out and many more people lose their lives. 

When all the secrets and lies are revealed, will Rachel be able to handle seeing her world as she know it fall apart? Will she be able to forgive one last betrayal from the man she thought she loved?

My thoughts about Point of Origin:
I loved this third installment of Amanda Tru's Tru Exceptions series!    It is fast-paced,  exciting and full of suspense and romance!!   If you have not read any of Amanda's books, I highly recommend them to you.   I also love that the main character, Rachel, has a committed relationship to God and spends time in prayer through the book.   She knows who to call on when there is trouble!     There are interesting family relationships and dynamics explored in the story as well.   Can Rachel find forgiveness for those she loves who have hurt her?   Who are the terrorists who have now come far to close to Rachel and her family?    
Read Point of Origin to find the answers to these questions and more!    

Amanda Tru is a busy mother to three young boys and still finds time to write amazing Christian romantic suspense novels!     She fills her stories with action and romance.    You can visit her website at:    

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review of Be Still My Soul

by Joanne Bischof

Gideon only ever cared
about himself.
Now that Lonnie is his
wife, will he ever be
worthy of her heart?

Night’s chill tickled her skin. Lonnie pressed her hands together and glanced up. He was even more handsome up close. Having grown up the shy, awkward daughter of Joel Sawyer, she’d hardly spoken to any boy, let alone the one who had mothers whispering warnings in their daughter’s ears and fathers loading shotguns.
Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent, used to fading into the background within her family, and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though her family is poor and her father abusive, she clings to a quiet faith.  But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.
Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon—a man she barely knows and does not love. Equally frustrated and confused by his new responsibilities, Gideon yearns for a fresh start, forcing  Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.
Her distant groom can’t seem to surrender his rage at the injustice of the forced matrimony or give Lonnie any claim in his life.  What will it take for Gideon to give up his past, embrace Lonnie’s God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?  

Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia at the turn of the last century, Be Still My Soul weaves together the threads of yearning, hope, and redemption to form a tale that I hope will touch your heart, stir your senses, and evoke a greater understanding for the majestic God who created every hue and surface of the mountains I hold so dear.

My thoughts about Be Still My Soul:
I was very excited to read this book as it is an Appalachian Christian romance and I live in Virginia and my husband and I have been camping in Rocky Knob where the story takes place.   It was very interesting to read about the Appalachian culture of yesteryear.    I was quite fascinated with the music, the clothing, the food and trade for products needed, the moonshiners even, and the family dynamics.    I would say that, honestly, in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, some of these parts of the culture still hold true.  
The characters were very interesting as well.  Lonnie, Gideon, Jebediah, and Elsie are particularly likable characters.   The abusive family members were equally easy to dislike or at least to feel a distaste for their actions and thoughts.    I did have a little trouble "getting into the story in the early chapters" but by the middle of the book, I was reading with bated breath to see what would happen next.  I liked the scriptural references through the book and the "praying without ceasing" that took place by a few characters.   I think that this is a very worthwhile book and one that readers would find enjoyable.   I am going to be looking for other books by this author in the future.  
About the Author:

Joanne Bischof is married to her first sweetheart, and lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with her homeschooled children.  When she's not weaving Appalachian romance, she's blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.   Be Still My Soul is her first novel.   Her blog website is:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Review of The Quilter's Son

by Samantha J. Bayarr

Liam Yoder has been leading a double life ever since his dad was killed in a buggy accident. 

Will a chance encounter with his mother cause him to rethink his decision to leave the Amish community behind? What about Lucy, the bakery owner he left behind when they were teenagers? Will she be able to convince Liam to change his mind? 

Find out in this tale of bittersweet love.
My thoughts about The Quilter's Son:
This is a sweet Amish Christian romance which left me filled with hope and a huge smile on my face and in my heart!   Samantha Bayarr never fails to tug at my heartstrings with her stories.   I found this to be a beautiful story of hope and forgiveness.   Love never fails and I definitely felt that way as I read.  There are so many families today who need reconciliation and forgiveness within their relationships, and this story offers a chance to those families.   It shows that it can be achieved.   Read this beautiful story of the quilter's son.     Precious, precious story!
About the Author:

Samantha Jillian Bayarr founded Livingston Hall Publishers in 2002. Named for her great, great grandfather, Edward Livingston Hall, who owned a publishing house in the late 1800's, until his passing; Samantha resurrected this legacy as a way of honoring him for passing onto her his love for the written word.
Working in the production aspect of publishing has provided her with the expertise needed to produce develop and design books from the inside out. When it came time to publish her own work, her experience in the field lent her the ability produce several genres, specializing in Christian Historical Romance and Amish Romance.
Her first book, Little Wild Flower, an Amish Romance, was borne from her up-close encounters with the Amish community she lived near in Indiana until 1995 when she moved to Florida.
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