Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review of Twice Loved by Wanda Brunstetter

Review of Twice Loved

by Wanda Brunstetter

Bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter brings you a touching story of a single mother widowed after World War II. Bev Winters’s new job is an answer to prayer and just in time for Christmas—until her boss’s kindness awakens an old longing. Will her pride allow love after loss? Also enjoy a collection of 1940s recipes and handcrafts along with stories and trivia about Christmas 1946.

MY REVIEW:
I have read many of Wanda Brunstetter's Amish books and loved them, and this World War II Christmas romance was simply enchanting.   I have heard many stories from my granny, mom, and mother-in-law about their experiences in World War II.  My Uncle Pax Booth Jr was killed in Normandy, France at the age of 19.   So the feelings and fears of this  young widow and her young daughter were very real to me.  Thinking of cooking when rationing often meant some ingredients were just not there to use is amazing enough and Wanda included several recipes in the book with this in mind.
I love snow! The young store owner running in the snow catching snowflakes on his tongue with Bev and her daughter made me long for winter!   I worked in a toy store when I was pregnant with my first daughter, so I really appreciated the joy that the job brought to the characters.   Is there only one love for each of us in our lifetime or can there be another chance at happiness, can we be "Twice Loved"?  Read this delightful book to find out!
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

For information about the author, visit her website at:  http://www.wandabrunstetter.com/

Friday, July 19, 2013

Review of Pennsylvania Patchwork

Review of Pennsylvania Patchwork

(Legacy of Lancaster #2)

by Kate Lloyd

Pennsylvania Patchwork (Legacy of Lancaster #2)

ONE HEART. TWO LOVES. ONE CHOICE.

Seattle native Holly Fisher is smitten by Lancaster County, its simplicity and her long lost relatives. In the sequel to bestselling  Leaving Lancaster, Holly embraces the Amish culture, learning to slow down to see what  - and who – really matters.
  Meeting the family that her mother had kept hidden from her, Holly comes face to face with her real life and blood legacy. She also falls for the charming Zach, a handsome Mennonite veterinarian who is everything she’s ever wanted in a husband: confident, kind, successful, and authentic. And Zach proposes marriage. Is this too soon? Is this the right choice? Mother and Amish grandmother think she’s rushing into too much of a lifestyle change. Holly is in love with Zach and that precludes everything. Until she meets an attractive Amish man. And an old suitor shows up. 
Pennsylvania Patchwork is the moving, richly told story of one woman’s heart, her faith and trust, and the choices she makes. Never easy, but one choice can change your destiny.
MY REVIEW:
Kate Lloyd has done an incredible job of melding the Amish and English world in Pennsylvania Patchwork.  I did not read book #1 of this series as I did not realize there was another one and a few times, I was wondering what I had missed but Kate does a great job of filling in the blanks for readers.   I do want to find book 1 and read it now though.   
I have long imagined what it would be like to convert to the Amish faith and Holly made it possible for me to experience this through her.  Several times, I was very conflicted ov er which man Holly ought to be with but Holly let God lead and guide her.  I truly felt the regret of Holly's mom concerning her past choices.  Kate's writing style is so true-to-life.   
I received a free pdf copy of this book from netgalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review.   

About the Author:
Kate Lloyd
Kate Lloyd is a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the inspiration for Leaving Lancaster & Pennsylvania Patchwork. She is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied painting and sculpture in college. She has worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur. Find out more about Kate Lloyd on her website at www.katelloyd.nethttp://www.facebook.com/katelloydbooks.  

Monday, July 8, 2013

Review of Annie's Christmas Wish

Review of Annie's Christmas Wish

Quilts of Lancaster County #4

by Barbara Cameron

Annie's Christmas Wish (Quilts of Lancaster County #4)
Ever since her step-mom brought her a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has wanted to visit the beautiful, big city. Since it s nearing the time of Annie s rumschpringe the time when Amish youth experience Englisch life to make a decision whether to live in that world or become baptized into the Amish faith the family decides a visit is a good idea. They watch the Macy 's Christmas parade, admire the decorated store windows, skate at the Rockefeller Center rink and Annie s favorite get a glimpse of a writer s life while visiting the New York Times building. But others aren't as thrilled with Annie 's lure to the Big Apple. Aaron has long been attracted to Annie and is sure he s in love. As he watches her engage in big city life, he grows concerned that she won t want to return to their quieter life. Will Annie follow Aaron back home? Or stay and pursue her dreams? Competing for her attention, Aaron sets out to show Annie that Christmas isn't about the glitz and glamour, but about family, love, and the birth of Jesus.

MY Review:
Barbara Cameron has created a lovely picture of an Amish Christmas in Annie's Christmas Wish, Book #4 in her Quilts of Lancaster County series.  The Amish place great value on family, love, and Jesus' birth and this is reflected in every aspect of this book.   I have never been to New York either, so it was wonderful to view it through Annie's eyes.   I actually felt as though I was actually there too.  Seeing the attractions of New York through the eyes of an Amish young lady and her family was almost as good as going there myself.  It made me want to visit New York!  
Readers will delight in following Annie as she has now grown from a young girl who was unable to speak with ease to an articulate, attractive young woman.  I loved seeing Jenny and all the rest of the family again too.   

I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review. 

About the Author:
Barbara  Cameron
From Barbara's goodreads author bio:
CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 24 books (including new series upcoming for Abingdon Press in 2011/2012) including fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers.

I sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and am the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.

My two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW).

Review of Crushing

Review of Crushing

by Elena Dillon

Crushing
As a pampered and adored daughter of a wealthy Southern family Rory's life was seemingly perfect until her troubled childhood crush moves back in across the street forcing her to choose between him and the life that has been chosen for her. 

As if that isn't enough, her quiet island town has turned dangerous. A good friend has gone missing, lending truth to the rumors of a serial kidnapper. In her quest to help she becomes a target and will have to make choices about love, friendship and the inevitable sacrifice that they both require.

MY REVIEW:
Elena Dillon has written another very exciting and fast-paced suspenseful YA romance!  
I was so into this book that I lost sleep trying to finish it in one night!  This is a young author book, but I believe adults will enjoy this greatly too, as I certainly did.   
There is romance, suspense, plenty of "whodoneit" to fulfill desire for excellent book!!   
I was kept busy trying to figure out who the villain was but I failed miserably at figuring it out.  
I received a free pdf copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
From Elena's Amazon.com author's page:
I have had a love of books for as long as I can remember. I got in trouble as a kid for staying up too late on school nights, reading. I'm a nerdgirl and proud of it. I've been writing my whole life but only recently decided to come out in public with it.
I write Young Adult love stories because as my husband would tell you, I never matured much past fifteen. There is nothing better to me than a good romance with an amazing hero, throw in some creepy suspense and I'm in.
I write from my home office in Southern California with our English bulldog, Brutus to keep me company. To hear about him, my writing experience and read some outtakes of my stories check out my blog at elenadillon.com.
I love to chat with other readers and writers. Find me on Facebook and Twitter as Elena Dillon

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review of The Tattered Quilt

Review of The Tattered Quilt

by Wanda Brunstetter

The Tattered Quilt  (The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club #2)
 The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club Book 2
Join Emma Yoder Miller, the Amish widow-turned-newlywed, as she leads another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students, all with tattered pieces of their lives that need mending. Members of the patchwork group find friendship, faith, healing, and restoration while gathered around their quilts, under the Father’s guiding hands—for only He can take what’s ragged and shabby from the lives of His children and turn it into beauty for His glory.
My Review:
I fell in love with Emma in The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club and was thrilled to continue to read about Emma and her new marriage to Latham.  They work together to minister to others as they teach them to quilt.  They take very seriously the task of helping the unusual individuals God sends to their classes in a personal way.
I really enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book and how their lives intertwine with the new quilters.  I got some great tips on quilting as a bonus!  The tattered quilt that Emma is repairing for one of the class members holds secrets of its own.  Read this book to discover the secrets of the tattered quilt and the ways of the peaceful Amish.  
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for my honest review. 

About the Author:
A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has seen her book sales over the two million mark. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.