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Leslie Gould wins again! 5 star read!

Leslie Gould’ newest book, “Becoming Bea” is a winner!becoming bea

Bea Zook has been leading a sheltered life, she’s a happy homebody. When faced with leaving her beloved Lancaster County home for Montana, she takes a wild step, getting a job as a mother’s helper to a family with triplets!

The only problem, she will  have be around Ben Rupp, the one man who can really set her on edge with his teasing and attentions.

Will they be able to work it out?

I loved this story! Gould’s “Bea” reminds me a lot of myself, as I watch her gain self-confidence and independence.

The story is well paced and keeps the reader wanting to know ‘what next’.

It’s not your ‘everyday’ romance! Mary Connealy takes a story line and moves it along like the avalanche that begins this tale of suspicion, intrigue and mystery in post Civil-War Texas.

Following Dr. Dare Riker and the young widow, Glynna Greer through the maze of questions and surprising answers in a search for truth with a spice of romance thrown in.
Can the would be assassin really be Glynna’s son?

I give this book 4.5 stars and would recommend it to my lady friends and those gents I know who enjoy a good western tale as well.
I received this book free to read and give an honest opinion.

Years ago, I learned this adage: If you don’t feel close to God, who moved? Can a cat, sent by God, help bring people back into God’s grace and appreciate His mercy?

In ‘The Cat That God Sent’, author Jim Kraus brings Petey, a stray cat, into the lives of the Church of the Open Door in the small town of Coudersport PA. to help answer that. Pastor Jake Wilkerson, homeless young woman, Tassie, Dr. Emma, the local vet, Speedy Davis, the local hermit, as well as many others are reached by things that happen, associated with Petey.

Events unfold that bring out the dark secrets in several lives, and proves that God did not move.

The book moves well, keeps the reader interested and ends on a note that made me want a sequel.

I received this book free from Abingdon Press to read and provide an honest personal review. I chose to give it 5 stars and would recommend it to others.

Celebrate the release of Unbreakable with Nancy Mehl by entering her Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to the March 5th Author Chat Party on Facebook!

Unbreakable Kindle Fire Giveaway

One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • Books one & two in Nancy’s Road to Kingdom series (Inescapable and Unbreakable)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at the “Unbreakable” Author Chat Party on March 5th. Connect with Nancy, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be gift certificates, books, and fun Mennonite-themed giveaways.

Grab your copy of Unbreakable and join Nancy on the evening of the March 5th for a chance to connect with Nancy and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer has taken an old plot and given it a new personality. Published by Tyndale, Brandmeyer’s new book, “Mind of her Own”, almost makes amnesia sound like it could be fun.

Louisa Copeland is a ‘perfect’ wife for lawyer Collin, despite three young children, their home is spotless, the car pool is run, dinner is ready when/if he arrives home. Something is missing, maybe her life is too perfect and too bland, she certainly feels lost. What is the secret she is hiding?

When an accident sends her to the hospital, unconcious, it is not Louisa who wakes up, but the vivacious Jazz Sweet, best selling romance author. Nothing like Louisa, nothing at all!

Jazz enters the Copeland home as a guest, convinced that at least she can do research for a new book, but as days pass and she looks for herself, she must accept the fact that “Jazz Sweet’ doesn’t really exist and Louisa Copeland is hiding somewhere inside.

Collin finds a stash of Louisa’s journals hidden in a closet and as he begins to read, hoping to help Louisa regain her memory, discovers some hurtful truths about his marriage and family life and who Jazz Sweet really is.

Now both of them are on a quest to bring Louisa back, but keep some of Jazz in the picture.

All this leads up to an ending that brings the memories back, leading to surprising results for Collin, Louisa/Jazz and their entire family.

I give this book 5 stars

A Christmas Journey Home written by Kathi Macias,  was her 2011 Christmas novel.

Pregnant Isabella and her husband Francisco are encouraged to leave Mexico in the aftermath of gangland type murders in Ensenada, Mexico. Isabella’s family are senselessly gunned down. Crossing illegally, the two are abused, homeless and afraid as Christmas approaches. Then a gang of thieves raid their camp, leaving Isabella completely alone.

North of the border, Miriam Nelson, mourns the death of her border patrol guard husband. She hates illegals, and refuses to allow her gridf and hurt to heal. She locks herself in a world of work, shutting out her mother and six year old son. Her excuse it to keep their small ranch, her real reason, to keep all feelings at bay.

The paths of these women cross in a story that gives insight into both the illegals and thier reasons for crossing the border and those who live near it.

Macias brings out many concepts I would never have thought of as she brings these characters to life in their journey ‘home’.

I wrote the author a ‘fan’ letter after reading this book to let her know how it affected me.

Five stars, only because I am not allowed to give more.

Kathy Fuller is an author and a friend. Today is her birthday and I have had the recent pleasure of reading one of her books.

No one asked me to read this to review and the opinons stated are my own.

Faithful to Laura  is book two in the Middlefield Family series.

Young, Amish and angry, Laura Stutzman has been disfigured by flying glass! The man she loved, Mark King,  betrayed her and started a fire, hoping to kill Laura in the blaze. She leaves her home in Tennessee for Middlefield, Ohio to try to regain her life and find work to pay off the debt left when her love stole her parent’s life savings.

She finds a job at a furniture store as an office worker and begins her battle, to overcome her feelings of worthlessness and fear.

There she meets Sawyer Thompson, adopted into an Amish family, but has not joined the Amish. He too fights a battle, he was abandoned as a child after the death of his parents, mistreated and abused in foster care.

Both have much to overcome and forgive. Complications arise in a budding attraction and Sawyer’s discovery of a grandmother he did not know existed. She wants to take him back to New York and teach him the family business.

The book is filled with interesting scenes, probable possibilities and twists that keep the readier in suspense.

Can Laura and Sawyer find a way to solve their problems? Will Sawyer stay outside the Amish faith, and can Laura reconcile with her need to forgive?

Yes, I sat up to read this and will happily award it 5 stars!


For me the title of this book says a lot. I found The Struggle by Wanda Brunstetter, published by Barbour to be an interesting study of some of the problems that have to be as prevalent in Amish life as they are in ours. While most of the novels in the ‘Amish fiction’ genre dwell on duty, honor and giving this one takes a different direction.

Timothy, his wife Hannah and young daughter Mindy leave home to join his brothers in a Kentucky Amish community. Timothy sees hope for his struggling relationship with Hannah, a hope of keeping his marriage and family together. Hannah sees nothing but betrayal. She feels that Timothy istrying to ruin her world by his decisiohn.

Early in the story it becomes apparent that nothing, nothing, NOTHING is going to make her accept Kentucky as ‘home’. She shows a streak of selfishness and self indugence we do not usually see portrayed in Amish romances.

Tragedy strikes as they lose their only child Mindy in an accident that leads to each one blaming themselves and the other. The rift grows deeper and Hannah returns to her parents in Lancaster County Pennsylvania.

This book deals with struggles, in relationships, dealing with tragedy and a picture of what ‘wrong’ decisions can lead to.

Both Timothy and Hannah struggle with the consequenses of their guilt, but stubbornly refuse to change until they each have a lifechanging dream.

What choices will they make now?

I give this book 3 1/2 stars.

The giveaway for August will be a wall quilt, approximately 35 inches by 35 inches in this star pattern. This one was made last week by my Grandson Brett. It was easy and really looks good. I have enough fabric to make another.

The pattern is featured in The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club book by Wanda Brunstetter. WHich, by the way is  a really good story.

It will be made by me, out of 100 % cotton fabrics and machine quilted.

How to enter: Post a comment, tell me WHY you need a wall quilt. Or, if you have read the book, tell me your favorite chaaracter and a bit about why you chose that person.

Leave your e-mail contact address.

Brett will choose a random winner on August 24th.

Simple as that, it really is!