Monday, October 26, 2015

5-Star Review of "The Amish Christmas Sleigh" and Giveaway

Review of The Amish Christmas Sleigh and Giveaway


Celebration Lit Bloggers release celebration
by Kelly Long, Amy Lillard, & Molly Jebber
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Through the snowy night, silver bells ring cheerfully, heralding a season of secret gifts, unexpected chances, and love's sweetest journeys . . . 

A SLEIGH RIDE ON ICE MOUNTAIN
Kelly Long 
For solitary toy-maker Sebastian Christner, hiring Kate Zook as his new housekeeper is simply the right thing to do. Now she can support her special-needs brother. But one taste of her independent spirit is showing him undreamed-of holiday joy—and making him long to give her a home for always . . .

A MAMM FOR CHRISTMAS
Amy Lillard
Bernice Yoder has far too much to do to entertain holiday dreams. Even if she can help Jess Schmucker outwit his three mischievous young daughters, it's impossible to imagine the handsome widower can see her as anything but a scolding schoolteacher. He never guesses how a magical Christmas Eve will open his eyes to love or how Der Herr will awaken their faith and hope. 

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS BLESSING
Molly Jebber
As much as Charity Lantz's children need a father, the young widow isn’t sure her new neighbor Luke Fisher can ever be the right choice. They’re having more disagreements than snowflakes in December. Besides, he's never given a sign he wants to be more than friends. Can Gott show them a way past their misunderstandings to a forever love?

MY REVIEW of A Sleigh Ride on Ice Mountain by Kelly Long:  This is a precious story of hope and love involving Kate Zook and Sebastian Christner and Kate's crippled little brother, Ben.  Will love find its way to Kate and Sebastian's hearts?   or will they let the chance for a beautiful marriage and home pass them by?   Readers will delight in finding the answers to these questions as they read this Christmas novella by Kelly Long.   I rate this novella 5 stars.   

MY REVIEW of A Mamm for Christmas by Amy Lillard:  What can three little bitty girls possibly do to help their dadd find a new mamm for them?  Constance has plenty of ideas when she sees the pretty young teacher, Bernice Yoder.   So she enlists her two younger sisters, Hope and Ruth, in her plan and they set a deadline.   Christmas is a time for magical wishes coming true for children, even among the Amish, and these three dolls want one thing: a new mamm.   What a delightful story Amy Lillard has created.   I could not help smiling and laughing at the things these little ones do to convince their dadd that Bernice is the new mamm for them.   Will he agree though?   Readers will laugh along with these girls as they work their magic on their dadd and their unsuspecting school teacher.   This is a heartwarming story to brighten the Christmas season all year long.   I rate this novella 5 stars.  

MY REVIEW of An Unexpected Christmas Blessing by Molly Jebber:  Charity Lantz has been a widow for over a year and she is lonely and longs to give her precious children a new dadd.  When handsome and kind new neighbor, Luke Fisher, moves in next door, Josiah and Beth are quite taken with him and don't hesitate to invite him to dinner before even asking their mamm.  Abe Beachy is an Amish widower with six young children to care for and he wants Charity to be their new mamm.   But she doesn't love the man even though she feels sorry for him and he would be a good dadd to her children.  Josiah and Beth have decided that Luke Fisher is the dadd they want but will their mamm and neighbor agree or will sparks fly between the two?   Luke has a past that caused pain and trauma but can he overcome it and give it to the desires of his heart?  This is an irrestible story and I was rooting for a love match between Charity adn Jess right along with little Josiah and Beth.  I rate this novella 5 stars.  I received an ebook of this collection from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Authors:
Kelly Long

Kelly Long was born and raised in North Central Pennsylvania. There was an Amish hitching post at the small grocery store in her town. She loves to write Amish romance and is the author of novel, Sarah's Garden, the novella Amish Christmas Expanded Edition with some other great Amish authors, Amish Love with Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, and Lilly's Wedding Quilt--the sequel to Sarah's Garden. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.

Amy Lillard

from Amy Lillard's goodreads bio:
I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son--a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels--not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I adore romances. 

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies--(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940's movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.

Molly Jebber

from Molly Jebber's goodreads bio:
I said to my loving husband, Ed, “I’ve always wanted to write a book. A story that readers would get lost in for a while.” He said, “Do it!” My daughter, Misty, brother, Mitch, and Mom, Sue said, “Take Ed’s advice, do it!” So I did. The road wasn’t easy, but the education, Amish research, and ride along the way to getting published taught me to take my favorite verse to heart.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 KJV

Why Amish Inspirational Romance? 
I love their dedication to serve God. I visited Amish Country in Ohio many times. They work hard and have such a close knit friendship with each other. It’s heartwarming and uplifting. At the same time, they face hardships and difficult problems just like we do.

God answered my prayers and gave me the best mentor, author, and friend, Patricia Campbell, to hone my skills. I’m blessed to have Dawn Dowdle as my agent, and John S. from Kensington as my editor. 

I’m thank for you, the reader, for being interested in my book! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

5-Star Review of "The Christmas Cradle"

Review of The Christmas Cradle

(Seasons of the Heart #6)

by Charlotte Hubbard

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The Christmas Cradle

For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night. Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she's starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate. And she isn't sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home.

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support. Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true . . .
 

MY REVIEW:  It feels like life is crashing in around me lately and Charlotte Hubbard managed to whisk me away from all of that in The Christmas Cradle.  Life was crashing in around Lena and Josiah in the story but God blessed them when He landed them at the home of Miriam and Ben Hooley in the snowstorm as they traveled to take a job from the former Bishop who had caused devastation for the entire Amish community.   God has a way of turning things to good for those who are called according to His purposes though.  He has a lot of work to do with Josiah to bring him around, but the Amish community takes he and Lena in and makes them feel like family, never judging them for being unmarried and expecting a baby.   
        I envy the way the Amish look out for each other.  There are so many times when I feel alone and it seems that there is no one to help.   The Amish rebuild barns, homes, and businesses for their communities and they work together to clean homes before the worship service in homes.   With my disabilities, it is almost impossible for me to perform simple cleaning tasks and how I long for friends who would come in and take care of it like the Amish do for each other.   I may not agree with everything the Amish do, but I love these things about them.   
        Thank you, Charlotte Hubbard, for a precious story of forgiveness and second chances.   We could all learn a lesson on forgiveness and caring for others from the Amish and from your books.   I love how this book included portions of a sermon and many scripture references.  The sermon given by Ben Hooley really spoke to my aching heart as we currently deal with having to change churches due to disappointment in the church family (but never God....for I don't blame Him for the actions and sins of people).   
       I rate this book 5 stars and recommend it to all readers of Christian fiction.  
       I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard (a.k.a. Naomi King) writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

5-Star Review of "The Detective's Daughter"

Review of The Detective's Daughter

by Lesley Thomson


The Detective's Daughter (Detective's Daughter, #1)

Kate Rokesmith's decision to go to the river changed the lives of many. Her murder shocked the nation. Her husband never pressed charges and moved abroad under a cloud of suspicion. Her son, just four years old, grew up in a loveless boarding school. And Detective Inspector Darnell, vowing to leave no stone unturned in the search for her killer, began to lose his only daughter. The young Stella Darnell grew to resent the dead Kate Rokesmith for capturing her father's attention in a way she never could.
Thirty years later, Stella is dutifully sorting through her father's attic after his sudden death. The Rokesmith case papers are in a corner gathering dust: the case was never solved. Stella knows she should destroy them. Instead, she opens the box, and starts to read...

MY REVIEW:  Lesley Thomson was a new author for me but I'm hooked and I'm ready to read book 2 in Detective's Daughter series.   This was a fast-paced, suspenseful mystery, packed with emotion.   Stella as well as Jack Harmon have definitely got some issues from their pasts to resolve.    I found myself hoping that if they could just solve the mystery of Kate Rokesmith's murder, they might actually feel peace at last.   
        I love to try to figure out "who done it" in mysteries and this one left me puzzled.  This also kept me anxiously rushing back to my kindle to keep reading.   I often felt sadness for the characters as well.   Their lives had so much pain and I just wanted it to end for them.  
        Readers will thrill at trying to discover the answer to who killed Kate Rokesmith.  I did find myself a little ignorant of some of the slang of the characters as they were British and I did not know what the words meant.    I kept on reading though, just had to shake my head in confusion a few times.    
       I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to mystery lovers.
       I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  

About the Author:
Lesley Thomson

Lesley Thomson was born in 1958 and grew up in London. She went to Holland Park Comprehensive and the Universities of Brighton and Sussex. Her novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People's Book Prize in 2010. Lesley combines writing with teaching creative writing. She lives in Lewes with her partner.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

5-Star Review of "The Storm Before the Calm"

Review of The Storm Before the Calm

by Talbot Davis


The Storm Before The Calm

Storms.

They shake us.

They soak us

They scare us.

But what if they did something more?

What if the real purpose of storms is to prepare us . . . 

. . . for the calm that follows?


That’s the perspectives of the sermons I have collected together in this short volume.

Rather than the usual mindset of “the calm before the storm” -- a mindset that sees calm as the exception and storms as the norm – I wanted to approach the subject from that very different angle.

Calm can – and should – be our life’s experience. 

So the sermons you will read take a look at some of the best known storm stories in Scripture, ranging from the two builders of Jesus’ parable to Paul’s shipwreck in Malta and ultimately to Noah’s embarrassing moment after the storm to end all storms in Genesis 9.

These messages were delivered in real time to a real congregation: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, a modern & multi-ethnic gathering souls who are a) patient with my sermons and b) committed to our mission of inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.

I have designed this study for individual or group use. At the conclusion of each sermon, I have included both “For Further Conversation” questions and recommended Scripture readings.

My prayer is that you will get the same measure of blessing and energy from reading these sermons as I got from delivering them.

MY REVIEW:  God knew I needed to read this book in this very moment in time.   One of the possible storms mentioned in the book is when a church disappoints us.   I am a member of a church that right now is experiencing a split and it is breaking my heart.   But the pastor who wrote the sermons in this book has made me feel an assurance that the calm will come after my fellow church members and I have weathered this storm. 
       This book is written to be used as a personal or group study.  It has scripture reading and questions at the end of each sermon as well as a reflection (way to apply it to ones own life) and a prayer.   While I am still in the midst of my own storm, this pastor/author has equipped me to weather the storm and wait for the calm.   "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.  Blessed assurance, glory divine."  God has already written the emd of the story and believers can be certain it is a happy ending. 
      I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it for Bible study.  
      I received an ebook of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.



Thursday, October 8, 2015

5-Star Review of "Eve"

Review of Eve

by Wm. Paul Young

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The Shack shattered our limited perceptions about God. Eve will destroy harmful misconceptions about ourselves.

From the author of the 25-million copy bestseller The Shack comes a captivating new novel destined to be one of the most important and talked-about books of the decade.

When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside--broken, frozen, and barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers her genetic code connects her to every known human race. She is a girl of prophecy and no one can guess what her survival will mean...

No one but Eve, Mother of the Living, who calls her daughter and invites her to witness the truth about her story--indeed, the truth about us all.

Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship, yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional misconceptions about who we are and how we're made. As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.

Eve opens a refreshing conversation about the equality of men and women within the context of our beginnings, helping us see each other as our Creator does--complete, unique, and not constrained to cultural rules or limitations.

Thoroughly researched and exquisitely written, Eve is a masterpiece that will inspire readers for generations to come.

My Review:  Wm. Paul Young presents a breathtaking view of the Garden of Eden and Creation.  While this novel does use scripture as a basis, it is a fictional work and therefore takes license with a great deal.   I think the biggest and most important message readers will gain from this book is that there is a God who loves us eternally and makes us worthy of His love.   Mankind is broken as the young girl who is found in the shipping container is broken.    We all need healing and it is not a quick or a simple thing to accomplish.  There are those who work to heal and restore the young girl to wellness and wholeness.   But there is a dark force at work that the girl allows to convince her of her ugliness and unworthiness.   
            As I read of the man and woman talking and walking and resting in the Garden of Eden with God, it made me want to be there too.   I wanted to experience it and see it for myself.   The author brought an indescribably perfect place to life for me.   He presented the idea that each individual has a guardian angel.    I am not sure if I believe we do actually have our own guardian angel but the idea is very appealing.  The angels eventually presented themselves to their human and they talked.   That was mindblowing for me.   This book caused me to think deeply about my own brokenness.  
          I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to broken souls and those seeking the truth.   
          I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Wm. Paul Young

William Paul Young was the eldest of four, born May 11, 1955, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, but the majority of his first decade was lived with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. These became his family and as the first white child and outsider who ever spoke their language, he was granted unusual access into their culture and community. By the time he was six, he was flown away to a boarding school.

Monday, October 5, 2015

5-Star Review of "Murder Plainly Read"

Review of Murder Plainly Read

(An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #4)

by Isabella Alan

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In the latest from the author of Murder, Served Simply, an Amish man checks out permanently, but quilt shop owner Angie Braddock’s got this mystery covered…

With so much to do between running her shop and spending time with her new boyfriend, it’s amazing Angie is able to help organize the Rolling Brook library's annual book sale. Luckily she’s working alongside brash librarian Austina Shaker, a lady who isn’t afraid to make waves to get books to her patrons—even the Amish. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of cranky Bartholomew Belier, an Old Order Amish bishop, who publicly vows to ruin Austina.

And she certainly might be ruined after Belier is found dead in her bookmobile. Now Angie must employ the help of her loyal quilting circle—as well as her beloved French bulldog, Oliver—if she hopes to prove Austina’s innocence before the real killer books it…

INCLUDES QUILTING TIPS

My Review:   This book reminded me of something:  how much I love Isabella Alan's Amish mysteries!!!   I was not disappointed with the fourth book in her Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series.   Angie and Oliver provide a great deal of comic relief in an otherwise tense bid to find the killer of the Amish bishop.   Add Angie's cat, Dodger, to the mix and you have a real circus!   I just love how her little bulldog, Oliver, goes everywhere with her, even into Amish pieshops!   I have a small Pomeranian and I would love to have the nerve to just waltz in anyplace with her.   Oliver is so cute and lovable that he almost steals the show everywhere he goes too.  But not quite.....as the show is actually a very series mishap, the death of the strict Old Order Amish bishop.    Did Austina kill him?  It does not look very good for her.   But Angie is asked to help and since murder and mayhem seem to follow her everywhere to the chagrin of her boyfriend, the Sheriff, she is quick to agree.    So Angie enlists the help of her quilting circle and the hunt is on!    
          This book was such fun to read.  I love to try to solve mysteries and this one had me stumped, I must admit.  I was sure that I had located the killer before Angie but it was not to be the truth of the matter.    Readers will thrill at watching Angie and her friends working to solve the mystery.    Who knows, the ending may surprise you as well!   And there is a bonus at the end with instructions on how to make the pumpkin that the quilting circle makes in the story.
          I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it along with the entire series.    
          I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Isabella Alan
Isabella Alan is the pseudonym for Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.  Learn more about this talented young author at:  http://isabellaalan.com/

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Review of "A Basket Brigade Christmas: Three Women, Three Love Stories, One Country Divided"

Review of A Basket Brigade Christmas: Three Women, Three Love Stories, One Country Divided


by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, & Stephanie Grace Whitson

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Not even the Civil War can smother the spirit of Christmas, especially in the town of Decatur, Illinois, in 1862, where the ladies of the Basket Brigade board trains to minister to Union soldiers, offering fried chicken, pickled peaches, pound cake, and other dainties to men who haven’t eaten a home-cooked meal since enlisting. Join Sarah, Lucy, and Zona, three compassionate members of the brigade, as they care for wounded heroes—and find love along the way.
A Stitch in Time by Stephanie Grace Whitson:  Late September 1862, Decatur, Illinois, the Civil War has divided families and hearts and now Lucy Maddox's community has experienced their first personal loss.   Lucy has lost her neighbor and one true love to the war, but Jonah Kincaid only considered her a friend.  That does not stop the ache in her heart or the loss of his family and the small community.   Lucy steps up to help his grieving mother with the Ladies' Aid as she can not serve as the president while in her year of grieving and mourning.   Lucy remembers the young men she has ministered to on the trains as she helped deliver baskets of food to the soldiers say how cold they were and she has the idea to open her home to the ladies of the community to sew blankets and knit socks for the men.   The ladies also begin including letters to the soldiers with the blankets and socks and Lucy develops a growing correspondence with one of the soldiers while her faithful employee, Silas, continues to manage and run their mercantile and help her efforts with the Ladies Aid project.  Two men are interested in Lucy but who will win her heart?   

MY REVIEW of A Stitch in Time by Stephanie Grace Whitson:  What courage Lucy shows as she is alone in the world with both her parents deceased and she willingly opens her home to the ladies of the community to lend comfort to the soldiers.   Her father was always opposed to inviting people into their home or rather their mansion but her mother was always doing whatever she could to help others and would certainly smile at Lucy's efforts.   Silas quietly helps Lucy while secretly longing to marry her and protect her forever while Lucy gets involved with a soldier she has been corresponding with but Silas and several others are suspicious of Private Greene.  Readers will enjoy seeing what happens with Private Greene, Silas, and Lucy as well as the ladies work on the blankets and socks.   
       I rate this novella 4 stars and think readers of historical fiction will enjoy it.

A Pinch of Love by Judith Miller:  October 1862, Decatur, Illinois,Sarah McHenry is helping her parents run the family bakery alone while her twin brother, Samuel, is away fighting for the Union.  Sarah now has the added burden of her mother's sudden illness.  Her mother has been in charge of the Basket Brigade (a group of local women who carry hot meals to the wounded soldiers on the train each day) and she begs Sarah to take over her duties while she is ill and confined to bed.   Sarah has never helped her mother with the project because she simply could not bear to look at the wounded young men, knowing her brother could well be hurt somewhere as his letters were few and far between.   Sarah is a loving, dutiful daughter though and so she reluctantly agrees.   She is extremely anxious as she begins the work.   But she soon has a change of heart when she meets the handsome, kind Corporal Jacob Curtis, assigned as aide to assist the wounded in the railcar she is serving food to and he puts himself at her ready disposal as well.   They begin exchanging letters each time they meet to serve the soldiers since their time together is limited and they both desire to get to know the other better.   Will love grow for this young couple or will the irritating, manipulative local man, Matthew, win her over despite her distaste for him?   

MY REVIEW of A Pinch of Love by Judith Miller:  I could actually imagine the delightful smells of the stews, soups, breads, coffee and desserts as Sarah and the Basket Brigade served the wounded young soldiers.   The compassion that Sarah shows to the young men was so touching and I could not help but think that she would be an amazing nurse.   She shows the same tender care and compassion for her mother as she tends to her needs.  It is hard to imagine that she felt she was unsuited for the position with her mother's group of ladies.  She imagines that each of the young men could easily be her own twin brother, Samuel, and she hopes and prays that some kind soul is treating him with the same love and concern that she shares with the young men on the train.   
         The tension between Sarah and Matthew, the manipulative and abusive young local man, add to the intrigue of this novella as well as the budding relationship between her and Jacob.  What path will Sarah choose for her life or will she simply resign herself to running her parents' bakery for them and never marrying and having a family of her own?  This novella was my favorite among the collection and I have long been a fan of Judith Miller's writing so it came as no surprise.   
        I rate this novella 5 stars and think that readers will also give it high ratings.

Endless Melody by Nancy Moser:  November, 1862, Decatur, Illionois, Zona Evans, the young single musician of the community always heads up the church Christmas musicale and this year presents new challenges.   One of the local prominent rich ladies has always had a solo in the musicale but her singing leaves much to be desired, will Zona have the nerve to leave her out this year and invoke the wrath of the woman and her family?  One of the young boys who has always participated is experiencing the voice change that accompanies puberty.  How will he ever be replaced?   And one young man has the voice of an angel but his grandfather forbids him from singing.   How can she convince his grandfather to allow little Johnny to use his gift?  She was to marry Cardiff Kensington fifteen years ago but he left to fight in the Mexican War and she never heard from him again.  Little did she know that he wrote letters to her for years but her parents hid them from her.   Will they find each other again?   or is all hope gone?

MY REVIEW of Endless Melody by Nancy Moser:  Singing is a favorite activity of mine and so this novella touched many special nerves and memories for me.   It was truly moving to imagine the church group singing Christmas carols for the wounded soldiers on the train as the Basket Brigade ladies served them warm, nourishing food.   I felt empathy for Zona and Cardiff as they each thought the other had deserted them.   Readers will delight in seeing how things are resolved for Zona, Cardiff and little Johnny.  
       I rate this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.   Those who love historical fiction and romance are sure to appreciate this novella.  A bonus feature includes actual recipes that were used in the time period and some that were served to the men on the trains.  
       I received an ebook of this collection from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Authors:
Judith McCoy Miller

Judith McCoy Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her husband make their home in Topeka, Kansas.  Connect with Judith here:  http://www.judithmccoymiller.com/

Nancy Moser



Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and a 24 novels, including The Journey of Josephine Cain, Mozart's Sister, Washington's Lady, A Patchwork Christmas Collection, An Unlikely Suitor and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country, as well as dramatizations in costume as Martha Washington. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest. Read more about her books at www.nancymoser.com.

Stephanie Grace Whitson

A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls "playing with imaginary friends" (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephanie's fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for the Christy Award, the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year. Her first nonfiction work, How to Help a Grieving Friend, was released in 2005. In addition to serving in her local church and keeping up with two married children, two college students, and a high school senior, Stephanie enjoys motorcycle trips with her family and church friends. Her passionate interests in pioneer women's history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture provide endless story-telling possibilities.  Connect with Stephanie here:  http://www.stephaniewhitson.com/