Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm, Suzanne Woods Fisher

An Amish love story in the sweetest sense; one that will have you crying and laughing and fill your heart with that warm feeling. Bill Lapp left his Amish life behind for something sweeter or different. However, that meant walking away from a woman that he loved but that he felt did not love him in return. His heart was drawn to hers and he never quite forgot her or the way she made him feel. Surrounded by rare roses, in charge of making sure they bloom and live to produce another plant. He spends his days with beauty that echoes his long lost love. Bess thinks that she has moved on from Bill. She is sure that she has found a man that truly loves her. After years of waiting, wishing, hoping she has packed up the dreams of seeing Bill. She has picked up the pieces of her heart and mended them back and now she is planning a wedding. This sets the stage, of course, for the twist that brings three worlds to a halting stop. Love, always finds a way to come back to the place it started and hearts always seem to remember the ones they first loved. Curl up on the coach, grab a soft and cozy blanket, some tissues and get ready for a heart-warming story that will make you fall in love. Thanks Revell for this review copy.

Trading Secrets, Melody Carlson

Awww....Melody Carlson has done it again. Our family is huge Carlson fans! Her young adult fiction is just as awesome as her adult fiction. She just has a way of weaving words into a story that is heart warming and real. My daughter has her own collection of Carlson books and this one quickly made it onto her shelf as well. Within the first pages she was already giggling as she anticipated the end and the story in between. In the fifth grade Micah Knight is given a pen pal. The problem: well when you have a name like Micah it's hard to tell if the writer is a boy or a girl so she is paired up with an Amish boy named Zach. Years pass and the two have traded letters, secrets, hopes and dreams. They have become the best of friends through pages of mail. The problem now is that it is time to meet and Micah is a little worried that the one secret she failed to "trade" with Zach might be the undoing of years of pen-pal friendship. Or at the very least it will drastically change the dynamics of the relationship. So the real story begins as the two meet for the first time and Micah is introduced for the beautiful and witty young lady she really is. So, you will have to go pick up a copy to see how this sweet story of friendship unfolds and what exciting times await these two childhood pen pals. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake, Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot has a gift for telling a story rich in details that bring the characters to life. Their story becomes almost apart of your story. The reader is invited to step across time into a place where they have never been and walk roads that are sometimes hard to walk. Her stories are great for cold days snuggle beneath a warm blanket. This is the first of her stories that I have read that are not historical fiction but my hopes were high and I was not in the least disappointed in the results. Kate has a life with fast-paced action, lots of opportunities to climb success ladders and go somewhere. But her grandmother makes a request that Kate can not deny, a request to visit a resort that she and her husband had stayed at years and years ago. Kate is shocked as she arrives at a resort in the middle of no-where. A place where life is slow as the tumble-weed and dull as the dusty ground beneath your feet. That is until the handy-man appears on the scene and sparks start to fly. How will Kate react to this seemingly strange and down home man who threatens to steal her heart with his warmth and smile. Thanks Revell for this review copy.

Surprised by Love, Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman is a masterful weaver of words and imagery. Her novels leap from the pages with lively, likeable characters. Her stories twist and turn allowing the reader to be drawn deeply into a story that becomes almost too real to be just a book. I have always been a fan of Lessman and this book only leads me to be a bigger fan, a more avid supporter of her work. Returning home from studying in Paris Megan is ready to experience life. The once plain girl that easily blended into the world is suddenly a beautiful woman. Suddenly she is no longer easily over-looked, satisfied with life hidden behind the cover of a book. She is eager to accept an internship until she finds out that she will be working with the one boy that made life miserable for her as a young girl. How can she work with the person that made life awful that made her feel ugly and unwanted. So, Megan does what Megan has always done she turns to her best friend and "big brother" - the one person who has always been there for her. The boy that stood in the gap, protected her, and counted her as his best friend. But things have changed, the dynamics of the relationship are no longer the same. Though Megan still counts Bram as her best friend he sees her for the first time for the beautiful, attractive young lady she is. His struggle becomes a desire to have her for himself and giving good counsel to forgive the other man. The heart strings of the reader are certainly pulled taut in this story of love, forgiveness, and growing up. What will Megan do, how will her life be changed by these two men. Who will she choose to love. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Christmas Cat, Melody Carlson

This is a book that will make the holiday season a heart-warming one! Uniquely this book is written from the male perspective that makes is a great read! The Christmas Cat is not just for cat-lovers. I can say this because I enjoyed it and I can honestly say that I am not a cat-lover. The story is a wonderful story about a man that has been gone. He comes to his deceased grandmother's home to take care of her cats. She has left very specific instructions on how to find new homes for the cats. Inter-woven in this story are faith love and the work of the Lord. This book is a short read but well-worth the time to read it. It is a great book to read in pajamas with a big cup of hot cocoa. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

Their Name is Today, Johann Christoph Arnold

I am a mother of six wonderful children who mean the world to me. I even stay at home and home school all of them. They are with me 24-hours a day 7 days a week. Protecting them is of my highest priority. Within the pages of this book the reader will find encouragement and a challenge to protect their children. This world is filled with heart-warming stories that will offer hope. But it is also filled with fact and truth about the dangers of this time and age. This book brings to the forefront all the challenges that children face today. I can think of no other book that is such need today as this one. At any point children have access to some electronic device or unrestricted access to internet sites. They are pushed from every side to have academic and social success. The constant pressure affects children adversely and therefor they need our protection. Be encouraged. Be uplifted. Have your eyes opened up. Thanks to the publisher and author for this review copy.

A Lifelong Love, Gary Thomas

Do you long to see your marriage grow? I am not talking about merely surviving marriage. Nor am I talking about saving a marriage in trouble. I am talking about making a marriage thrive, grow in the Lord and become a shining testament of His goodness. This book is a wonderful book for couples looking to enhance their marriage. I enjoyed studying it and can not wait to recommend it to other couples I know. Several years back my husband and I read and did the bible study Sacred Marriage. This bible study and book was beneficial to both of us and everyone that came to the study. I am hoping to see this book impact many couples who are seeking to better their existing marriages. An added benefit to this book is the discussion and reflection questions for couples. This will provide an opportunity to talk with your spouse and discover more about their thoughts on marriage and the current season you are in. Thanks to the publisher for this review copy.