August 20, 2013

Review: Wishing on Willows

Book Title: Wishing on Willows
Author:
Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub: March 19th 2013 (320 Pages, Paperbook)
Book Source: I review this for Honesty Review (E-book)

Synopsis:
A three-year old son, a struggling café, and fading memories are all Robin Price has left of her late husband. As the proud owner of Willow Tree Café in small town Peaks, Iowa, she pours her heart into every muffin she bakes and espresso she pulls, thankful for the sense of purpose and community the work provides.

So when developer Ian McKay shows up in Peaks with plans to build condos where her café and a vital town ministry are located, she isn’t about to let go without a fight.

As stubborn as he is handsome, Ian won’t give up easily. His family’s business depends on his success in Peaks. But as Ian pushes to seal the deal, he wonders if he has met his match. Robin’s gracious spirit threatens to undo his resolve, especially when he discovers the beautiful widow harbors a grief that resonates with his own.

With polarized opinions forming all over town, business becomes unavoidably personal and Robin and Ian must decide whether to cling to the familiar or surrender their plans to the God of Second Chances.

My Thoughts:
This is the second book that I think is in a series but what series I do not know. I love this book as much as the first one. It more about Cafe and Cafe Owner. Sorry  I can not remember her name or her son at the moment. It been a while since I read it. Though it was this year and only a couple of months ago. I will let you decide for yourself if you download the e-book or buy the paperback.

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August 3, 2013

Review: Rose Harbor in Bloom

Book Title: Rose Harbor in Bloom
Author:
Series: Rose Harbor #2
Genres: Romance, Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pub: August 13th 2013 (336 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: I won this in a Library-\thing giveaway for an honesty Review

Synopsis:
Now Macomber returns to the charming Rose Harbor Inn, where each guest finds a second chance and every room comes with an inspiring new view.

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it’s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye—and at times he seems far removed—yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys.

Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.

High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she’s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.

Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures. Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best.


My Thoughts:
This is the first book I read in this series. It a great book to read. I love enjoyed the people in the book as well. You get some interesting stories though her books. You friendship and Love and second changes with it. I would recommend any of her books and this book as well. You find out things about Marie, Annie and Mary in this book.

This is lovely book and lovely series. Once your read one of Debbie Macomber books you get hooked and you start in the middle of series to get hooked.

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July 15, 2013

Review: Prairie Song

Book Title: Prairie Song
Author: Mona Hodgson
Series: Hearts Seeking Home #1
Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction,
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub: August 6th 2013 (320 Pages, Paperbook)
Book Source: Receive for free and I did not have to review it unless I want to and I want to for the fact I could do giveaway of the book if I win.

Synopsis:
The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most. 
 

Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new.

During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.

Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home?


My Thoughts:
This book is really good. I loved it from the beginning. You will be reminded of a book from the other series that you may think that it connected to it. It was really intruding. You will learn how to deal with some really serious issues.

The issues are a various of different things. One person in this book can show how they deal with geif and it not all good. You get to experience some things going on Trail as well. I would recommend this book to any one that likes historical fiction, a bit of civil war era, romance.

Though I am not going to make you decide I will let you decide for yourself if you want to read it or not and rate for yourself.

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May 19, 2013

Review: The House That Love Built

Book Title: The House That Love Built
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: April 2, 2013 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance
Book Source: Booksqueeze for an honesty Review - E-book

Synopsis:
Brooke has only loved one man. Owen's heart is filled with bitterness. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?

In the small town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising six-year-old Meghan and ten-year-old Spencer on her own two years after her husband's death. Being a single-mom and running the family's local hardware store keep her busy.

While Meghan longs for a daddy, Spencer has threatened to run away if Brooke even goes out on a date. But the last thing on Brooke's mind is falling in love. When a stranger moves to town and buys a house with a mysterious past, Brooke can't contain her curiosity. As she spends time with the new owner, she wonders if maybe God is giving her another chance at happiness.

Owen Saunders fled the big city to start over in a small, rural town famous for baking the world's largest gingerbread man. Then he bought an old house to restore-for all the wrong reasons. If anything needs restoration, it is Owen's heart in the aftermath of his failed marriage. With little hope and lost faith, Owen is tempted by happiness when he meets Brooke, but his heart remains sealed shut.
As they learn more about Owen's house, one thing becomes obvious to both of them: God has put them together for a reason.

My Thoughts:
What a way this book starts and how it ends is amazing. You get to see how a god works in a way though a completely different way. Brooke is trying to get over her grief of her husband. She caring for her two children. Though she also has her struggles. Owen is new in town. He buys a house that big for him out spite of his ex-wife. Owen starts doing repair in this house. There something adventures. There a big surprise that
you will not expect to happen.

You learn about forgiving and you learn about how to handle grief.

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May 16, 2013

Review: Kentucky Weddings

Book Title: Kentucky Weddings
Author: Terry Fowler
Publisher: Barbour Books
Pub Date: June 1, 2011 (368 Pages, Paperback)
Genre: Christian Fiction
Series: Romancing America
Book Source: I bought the book for myself

Synopsis:
Visit blue grass horse country and meet the three Truelove siblings who have big dreams concerning their careers that don’t include unlikely romances. Val wants to turn a horse farm into a wedding business, but each of her ideas is countered by an architect with a grudge. Heath wants to finally put his education to use, but the return of his first love makes him face long held fears. Opie wants it all, including a culinary career and a family, but a date with Paris’s most eligible bachelor shows her just how old-fashioned some men can still be about marriage.

My Thoughts:
This book about the 3 oldest children. It starts out about Val Truelove. She and her siblings are to help pay for the younger siblings education. Val put her heart in the a prayer to god. She is reward with lottery ticket from her boss. She does not know that she wins or anything right away. She prays about it and ask her dad what to do. Doe's Val get her wish to make a wedding venture which is her dream. Doe's see get her wish and something un-expecting as well.

Heath wants to do something with is education but what does he do when his first love come to work at the farm. Heath not sure if he should do what he loves doing or get a real job. Does Heath and Jane get together? To find out you will need to read it.

Opie has a mind to work in her chosen career. But her sister buy her a date with a Batchlor of the month at an auctions and things get a little more strange and hard for her. Things start to get a better but their now story though out the three stories together.

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Review: Idaho Brides

Book Title: Idaho Brides
Author: Erica Vetsch
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction,
Series: Romancing America
Publisher: Barbour Books
Pub Date: June 1, 2011

Synopsis:
Experience the Wild West through the eyes of the three McConnell brothers who long to overcome their troubled childhood as drunkard’s sons. Can Alec show that he’s worthy of the ranch boss’s daughter? Can Trace help a distraught woman trust again? Will Cal prove his innocence to a U. S. Marshal in disguise? Will they each find a woman with whom they can trust their tender hearts?
My Thoughts:
I loved this book. It got some romance in it but it based on the actions and the wild west kinda sett The McConnell brothers all face trouble. It starts with Alec McConnell and Cattle steeling. Clara get involved and things start to happen. Cattle start to disappear. But can Alec save the ranch and Clara? to find out you need to read it for yourself.

The second story is about Trace McConnell. He goes on a kidnapping case once Lilly niece gets kidnapped by two men. This stories connected with the first for their a Boss and they are looking for him and his gang. This story starts in Money Creek and then goes to Jardin and once other place. Lilly is deterimed to find her niece after she loose her sister. Wondering what happens to Trace and Lilly? Do they save the children that were kidnapped. Find out by reading this book.

The third story is about Cal  McConnell. This story is really base in the town of Money Creek. This story is some fun and scary for they find the Boss and where he been staying. They also stage a McConnell. Cal is the stage Coach driver. Trace is away and Alec is at the ranch. Maggie Davis comes and things get a little strange. Will Maggie help Cal out? Do they find who the Big Boss is and his Helper is? You need to read this book for yourself to decide. I dislike giving surprises to anyone about the end of the story. The only thing I will say is that the three stories connect to each other.

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My Blogs First Birthday

Today I have finally posting about my blog first Birthday. It birthday was in April and I had no time to post about it and update it.

It will be another  Get your own free Blogoversary button! . What would like me to do for this first Blogoversary. I want to celabreate and maybe bring something new to the blog as long as I can do so.

April 30, 2013

Review: The Irish Duchess

Book Title: The Irish Duchess
Author: Patricia Rice
Publisher: Book View Cafe
Pub Date: November 3, 2012
Genre: Romance, Series
Series: Regency Nobles #3
Book Source: E-book, Honesty Review for Librarything

Synopsis:
Duke meets shrew. Taming doesn’t happen.

Neville Perceval, the bankrupt Duke of Anglesey, has been burdened since youth with more responsibility than one man should handle. He has finally accepted that he needs to marry a wealthy, gracious lady who will ease his burdens and smooth his political path.

Fiona MacDermot, the rebellious, untamed cousin of an Irish earl, has the freedom and independence Neville has never known. Like the duke, she needs cash to help starving villagers and orphans. Unfortunately, she’d rather earn a living than have anything to do with useless men, and the politicians she knows all belong at the wrong end of a rope.

But when the duke is nearly beaten to death, and Fiona’s looms are lost to a murdering thief, their lives are entangled in ways that threaten their futures. Lust shouldn’t factor into their destinies, but it does, and now they have to find their dreams together, or die trying.

My Thoughts:
This is about a Romance is a different light. It about a woman. It somewhat an adventure then a romance. There a lot going on in the book. There some drama and some really action  though out the book. It a book in a series and this this the first one i read.

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Review: The Ultimate Amish Romance Boxed Set Collection

Book Title: The Ultimate Amish Romance Boxed Set Collection
Author: Becca Fisher
Pub Date: November 15, 2012 (221 Pages, E-book)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish, Romance
Book Source: Honest review for LibraryThing

Synopsis:
Heavenly Blessing
Abigail is supposed to live a plain and simple life. To work in her families quilt shop and marry one of the local boys. But when she meets a handsome outsider, plans start to change, forcing Abigail to make the decision of a lifetime.

Heavenly Temptation
Allison always felt like she was second best. So when a handsome Englisher comes to Lancaster and falls for her, she is pleasantly surprised. But for an Amish woman like Allison, the prospect of love with an outsider sends her family life into turmoil, forcing her to make the hardest decision she's ever had to make.

Heaven Sent
Miriam lives a plain and simple life of devotion in step with her Amish upbringing. It is a life she has always planned to share with Jed Fisher, her lifelong neighbor and the only man she's ever loved. But when a hunky new Amish man moves to town from a neighboring community with eyes for Miriam, her heart is flung into a tug of war that will force her to make the toughest decision of her life.

Heavenly Desire
Miriam couldn't believe she was finally married. It was like an Amish dream come true. But all Miriam had to do was look at her sister to see that desire didn't always last forever. So with her parents fortieth wedding anniversary on the horizon, she sets out to discover how to keep a marriage sizzling.
In any long term marriage though, there are regrets. For the Kaufman's, it was the departure of their first daughter from Lancaster County. But as their daughter returns unexpectedly after a decade away, it's clear the Kaufman's will be in for an anniversary party like no other.

I'll Be Waiting In Heaven
Allison is an Amish widow that worries she'll never be able to fall in love with another man. But her two young daughters need a father. So when a handsome local farmer takes a liking to Allison, she has to decide whether she's willing to put her heart on the line.

Heavenly Dreams
Beth has always felt second best compared to her older and more beautiful sister. When a handsome stranger comes to her Amish community and chooses Beth though, things will never be the same. But will their love last over time, or will Beth find herself coming in second again to her sister after all?

Heavenly Purpose
Patricia leaves the comfort of her Amish home in pursuit of a dream career in Christian music, but soon finds the path to success to be more difficult than she ever imagined. With her dream slowly slipping away, she's forced to make the toughest decision of her life--stay and risk absolute failure, or head back to Amish country and live a plain and simple life.

Born Again Amish
Sometimes hope is lost and your faith is shaken. Sometimes it seems like the world is crashing down around you. Sometimes you just lose your way. But just when you need it the most, you're reminded of the healing power of the Lord. That Jesus is with you every step of the way. It's then that you're born again.
Enter a modern Adam and Eve that find Eden to be fraught with more perils than just apples and snakes. But amidst foreclosure, wilting gardens, and rib problems, they discover that faith conquers all.

My Thoughts:
This book collection is great and it somewhat runs the story together. They somewhat go from one family to another in-twine with the previous story. That is great for it makes some since. I really enjoyed the first three stories in this collection.

Each story is a little different from the next but some has some of the same things in them. Will they make the right decision for them or not.

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Review: The Winnowing Season

Book Title: The Winnowing Season
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: April 2, 2013, (Paperback, 336 Pages)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish, Amish Fiction, Series, Amish Vines and Orchards
Series: Amish Vines and Orchards #2
Book Source: Paperback, Got from LibraryThing

Synopsis:
On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.

Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally.

Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?

My Thoughts:
I loved this book even more. It tell you more about Ronda Bayler. I love the fact that it tell us about her and she learn a lesson as well about a few things and what gods wants. Though does she know that she may be in love with some else but thinks it Jacob. We will have to see about that in the next book.

This book also goes in to depth about  Jacob past as well. I do not know want to give way anything. I strongly you read this book if you have read "A Season for Tending". If you have not you can read this on first and then the that one. But that up to you.

In this book, you learn more about Ronda and her family a bit and also about Jacob and Samuel. There some fun things that happen and what they were learning about how to start a settlement in Maine. Do they learn about Friendship as well.

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April 4, 2013

Review: The Perfect Kiss

Book Title: The Perfect Kiss
Author: Blake Sheridan
Publisher: Blake Sheridan
Pub Date: November 4, 2012
Genre: Romance, Series,
Series: Bliss Harbor prequel

Synopsis:
A Bliss Harbor Novella

She’s out to catch a man—if only her feet will cooperate.

Terminally shy, sometimes clumsy Frannie Colleti has spent most of her life focused on her business, content to stay in the social background. But the return of her former high school crush jolts her out of her routine, and she realizes she’s never going to get what she wants out of life if she doesn’t reach out and take it (before she trips over it). Her two best friends come up with a plan to help Frannie catch a man’s attention, but soon it’s clear that the men of Bliss Harbor—and any breakable items—had better watch out.


My Thoughts:
This really a short. I really do know know if I really liked it. For I did not understand what it really was about. I know it some Romance story but it did not really feel that way.  I am not saying any bad about the author who wrote it. I am planing on this a 4 stars for I really do know know really if it derserves that for I do not get the title of the book.

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March 26, 2013

Review: Dandelions on the Wind

Book Title: Dandelions on the Wind
Author: Mona Hodgson
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: February 19, 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction
Series: Quilted Hearts #1
Book Source: E-book, Honesty Review for Blogging for Books

Synopsis:
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household.

But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she can see that Wooly desperately needs to reconnect with the family he abandoned when his grief sent him running toward the army—and into the Civil War. She also senses there could be something more between the widower and herself, if either can move beyond their past hurts.

Comforted and counseled by the wisdom of the women in her beloved quilting circle, Maren begins to discover the cost such decisions demand of her heart. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan? Is it too late for love to be stitched into the fabric of her life?

My Thoughts:

Maren is helping a widow raise her granddaughter after a war. But soon something unexpected happens. Wooly come back and wants to raise his daughter. His grandmother has a hard time welcoming her son in law back from the war.

Did the war break a family or did the loss to almost everything also destroy the family. Wooly come back he want to see his daughter and help around the farm. He has his regrets as well as Maren. Can both get over past hurts or will their be no second chance at love.


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Review: Threads of Grace

Book Title: Threads of Grace
Author: Kelly Long
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: February 12, 2013
Genre: Christian, Christian Fiction, Amish, Amish Fiction, Fiction, Series
Series: Patch of Heaven #3
Book Source: E-book, Download for an Honesty review for Book Squeeze

Synopsis:
Grace's beauty almost cost her everything. This new start is all she has left.

When Grace Beiler was only a girl, she was married off to an older Amish man in order to save her family's farm. Years later, she finds herself newly widowed and a mother to a young son. She has finally fled her sad past and plans to settle into a quiet life in Pennsylvania.

As soon as she arrives, she captures the attention of Seth Wyse, the most eligible bachelor in Pine Creek. Seth is candid about his feelings for her, and for her son Abel, but Grace is determined to protect her heart. Her determination falters when her brother-in-law reveals the troubling contents of her late husband's will.

Seth offers Grace his hand in marriage, and thus a means of escape. But despite his having saved her from another loveless marriage, Grace is slow to trust her new husband. And as the months wear on, Seth wonders if he has made a mistake. But God is quietly at work in their hearts, and Seth and Grace soon discover that threads of grace bind them together in a tapestry rich in hope and love.


My Thoughts:
This book is about learning to trust as well and love. This love story is made though hardships. Seth has fall in love with a girl named Grace and her son before she does. Grace need to learn to trust her new husband but before she can her brother in law comes to town.

Her brother in law Tobis is there to make trouble for her and her son Abel. Steph does wait patient for the right time to ask her. That came when Grace brother in law come to town. There some in her last husband will that she must do or she lose a everything.

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March 6, 2013

Review: A Widow of Saunders Creek

Book Title: A Widow of Saunders Creek
Author: Tracey Bateman
Genres: Romance, Christian, Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal, Mystery, Christian Fiction Pub Date: May 8, 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Book Source: Received for an Honesty Review
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Synopsis:
A grief that knows no boundary.
A love without any limit.
A need that doesn’t end at death.

Corrie Saunders grew up in a life of privilege. But she gave it all up for Jarrod, her Army husband, a man she knew was a hero when she vowed to spend her life with him. She just didn’t expect her hero to sacrifice his life taking on an Iraqi suicide bomber.

Six months after Jarrod’s death, Corrie retreats to the family home her husband inherited deep in the Missouri Ozarks. She doesn’t know how to live without Jarrod—she doesn’t want to. By moving to Saunders Creek and living in a house beloved by him, she hopes that somehow her Jarrod will come back to her.

Something about the house suggests maybe he has. Corrie begins to wonder if she can feel Jarrod’s presence.

Jarrod’s cousin Eli is helping Corrie with the house’s restoration and he knows that his dead cousin is not what Corrie senses. Eli, as a believing man and at odds with his mystically-oriented family members, thinks friendly visits from beyond are hogwash. But he takes spirits with dark intentions seriously. Can he convince Corrie that letting go of Jarrod will lead to finding her footing again— and to the One she can truly put her faith into?

My Thoughts:
Corrie is so hurt and wounded over her husband death. She doe not know now why she loss her husband. She spend her time at the Saunders Creek and she doe find a love but with who. Do she learn that their thing there but a demon that she need to get rid of.

Eli is there for some help on the house. Though he has feeling for Corrie. Doe he get his wish or not. You will need to read it to find out and make a decision for yourself.

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March 5, 2013

Review: A Deal with a Stranger

Book Title: A Deal with a Stranger
Author: Martina Munzittu
Genres: Romance, Mystery
Pub Date: October 6, 2011
Book Source: Won on LibraryThing Member Giveaway.

Synopsis:
Clara is happy with her life in Sardinia. She has a wonderful family, great friends, and most of all, Paolo, the boyfriend she adores. Summer is approaching, with its bright promises, and she knows that Paolo will propose soon.

However, things turn out differently: Paolo leaves Clara, when she least expects it. Her whole world crumbles and from that point onwards, things start to take an unusual turn.

Clara is approached by Lucilla, a mysterious girl who offers to help. She can win Paolo back for her, but in return, Clara has to fulfil a bizarre request. Nothing makes sense to Clara from then onwards, but she’s prepared to fight to get Paolo back.

But everything comes at a price. How can Clara keep her double life hidden from family and friends? Who is, in reality, Lucilla? Can Clara really trust her? Will the reward justify all the struggles along the way?


My Thoughts:
This was a bit different. Though I like the way that she ends up saving the one she loves in the end. Though she does not know that it her guardian angel that is trying to help her. This stranger help her in the long run. She makes a deal with her. That deal is something that she agrees too.

Clare finds her true love though out the book. Though I like I said it a good book. Though I will let you decide for yourself.

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January 31, 2013

Review: An Amish Kitchen

Book Title: An Amish Kitchen
Author: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Long
Genre: Christian Romance, Christian Fiction, Amish, Amish Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: December 18, 2012 (338 Pages, Paperback) - E-book
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Synopsis:
Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor's oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern's kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance--until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction.

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents' bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn--but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

When a storm blows a tree onto Eve's farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents' home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can't agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

"Three Amish stories--each celebrating love, family, and faith--all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home."

Also Includes Reading Group Guide and 45 Old Order Amish Recipes

"Fans of Amish fiction will find triple the enjoyment here thanks to this gathering of novellas in one book." --"Publishers Weekly" for "An Amish Wedding"


My Thoughts:
Fern and Abram not getting in the love. Abram is taking care of his siblings for a amount of time. He is always turning to her for something. The way they get together is quite different from any other way and I really enjoyed it.

Each book or story in the book is different. They found their romance differently form each one. Each story tell a different story. I like this some for that means there are three different ways. Each one is a wonderful read and enjoyment. You can read it if you like and decide for yourself.

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Review: The Girl in the Glass

Book Title: The Girl in the Glass
Author: Susan Meissner 
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: September 18, 2012 (352 pages, Paperback)
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Adult Fiction, Cultural, Italy
Book Source: Got for an Honesty Review though Blogging for Books
About the Author: Website/ Bio

Synopsis:
Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter.

Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture at her grandmother’s house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg’s long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold.

When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents’ divorce. But when Meg arrives in Florence, her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sofia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

When Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissanceisn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?

My Thoughts:
This is something I have not read before. It was something interesting. It has a few thing and it a bit confusing in the beginning but there are some surprises in the book. You hear to different thing one under the name Nora, and Meg story along with another person. This one got me a bit fun but it keep my attention to a point I did not want to put it down.

This book also talk about a place in Italy. These places are something to learn from along with a surprise for you to find out about someone in the book as well.

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Note: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

January 13, 2013

Review: Twice a Bride

Book Title: Twice a Bride
Author: Mona Hodgson
Genre: Christian, Romance, Historical Romance, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Series
Series: The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek #4
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: October 2, 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Won on the Early Reviewers in Librarything

Synopsis:
Full of resolve, young widow Willow Peterson decides to pursue her dreams to be an artist as she settles into a new life in the growing mountain town of Cripple Creek. When she lands a job working as a portrait painter with handsome entrepreneur and photographer Trenton Van Der Veer, the road before Willow seems to be taking a better-than-anticipated turn.

With questions tugging at several hearts in town, including the Sinclair Sisters’ beloved Miss Hattie, change is traveling down the tracks as several unexpected visitors make their way out West. Will the new arrivals threaten the deep family bonds of the Sinclair sisters and the roots of love that are just taking hold for Willow?

Filled with the resonating questions that all women face, this romance awakens hope against grief, love against loss, and dreams against life’s unexpected turns.


My Thoughts:

This is fourth of the series and I loved it every much. This book deals with Sinclair's sister father and Willow. Mrs. Hattie is also involved as well. The sisters all face different things in the book.

You learn about Ida and Tucker Raines a bit about them. You lean about each of the Sinclair sisters or about their family. This book is mostly about Harlan Sinclair and Mrs. Hattie, mostly about Willow Peterson as well. Tucker's sister. 

The book is about two widows and a second chance at love. There are other surpries though out the book. I really enjoyed this book along the with the series. Now understand that I have yet to read the first two books in this series. I read and own the last two books. Those books are called "The Bride That Wore Blue", "Twice the Bride". 


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January 6, 2013

Review: Courting Cate

Book Title: Courting Cate
Author: Leslie Gould
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Amish Fiction, Christian, Christian Fiction, Romance, Series,
Series: Courtships of Lancaster County 
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub Date: November 1, 2012 (252 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Won Though LibraryThing Early Reviewer

Synopsis:
When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty--and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County
However, the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn't have any suitors--until Pete comes to town, that is.
Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate's feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she's immediately suspicious of his interest.


My Thoughts:
Cate is quite different. She love to read and is reading something. Her father make a edit that the oldest must do everything before the youngest can even court. Both girls do not like this rule at all. Cate want nothing to do with this rule though their no way out of it.

Betsy has suitors though out and quite attractive. Pete Treager comes to Lancaster County for a job. While he there, Marvin and Martin in all trying to get Pete to court Cate. Cate though has her suspicious and it get in her way a bit. She jump to collusion and when she finds out about her little sister Betsy problem. I am not going to tell you for I do not want to spoil the ending the surprises that come though out.

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