Thursday, February 15, 2018

Amish Cooking Class The Celebration: A Recipe for Good Reading

Wanda Brunstetter's popular Amish Cooking Class series readers can now enjoy Amish Cooking Class The Celebration.

publishers notes.....

Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class.

Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.

Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.

Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.

Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.

Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?

my thoughts....

I have enjoyed this series.  Wanda Brunstetter has brought Heidi Troyer to life between the pages of these books.  Heidi is the woman you want to sit down with a cup of coffee and share your heart.  She is unselfish and possesses that quiet patience that you wish you could tap into.  She has plenty of her own burdens yet seems to accept those she doesn't understand.  Her faith is strong and after she writes out the recipes for her cooking classes she prayerfully writes a verse of scripture on the back of each card.  As she does so, she prays that the verse will touch someone in her class.  

Heidi and her husband Lyle are foster parents to Marsha and Randy, who lost their parents in an accident.  They come to realize that the love they have for the children is as trues as if they were their own flesh and blood. As they seek adoption, the cooking class begins and with the new students, it brings people together as only Heidi Troyer can.  Each student brings not only their own special needs but those of the parents who can't seem to just drop off their kids to learn on their own.  Heidi's quiet ways have a ripple effect beyond her kitchen.  

Wanda Brunstetter has a knack for writing about human nature. This book captures the importance of family, no matter what it looks like.  From the darkest of times many blessings can come and families can become stronger.  In our world, it is a blessing to see how faith can change people who may otherwise have been overlooked and unloved.  I heartily recommend Amish Cooking Class - The Celebration, a truly heartwarming story.








Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Regency Bride Collection: A Bit of Romance for Regency Fans

The Regency Bride Collection by Amanda Barratt, Angela Bell, Susanne Dietze, Michelle Griep, Nancy Moser, MaryLu Tyndall and Erica Vetsch


As Described by the Publisher:
Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in
Regency England
Seven couples must navigate society’s gauntlet to secure the hand of true love....

Charity and Luke are strangers who were forced to marry three years ago.
Adelaide and Walter share a love of music and disdain for elitism.
Caroline and Henry are thrown together by three orphans.


Helen and Isaac harbor his unlikely secret.
Esther is empowered to choose between two men.
Sophia is determined not to choose a man like Nash.
Jamie and William face a daunting London season together.

Will their faith grow and love prevail in a time when both were considered luxuries the elite could not afford?

my thoughts….
Seven authors came together to write seven novellas from the Regency period in England.  I enjoyed the overall them of this collection, especially the moral dilemmas and duties the men and women characters were bound to adhere.  As Regency England recovered from loss and war, men and women learned to pick up the fragments of their lives and remained constant to the lifestyles they left behind.  Perhaps that helped them move forward.

In First Comes Marriage byAmanda Barratt, Charity and Luke marry for their father’s sake and are separated immediately after the ceremony for three years. When Luke returns from service he and Charity are bound together by an arranged marriage that takes a surprising twist in great Regency fashion!

In Masquerade Melody by Angela Bell, Walter and Adelaide are brought together in secret for a musical pact only to discover that they have more in common than the love of music.  A sweet tale that is heartwarming.

Three Little Matchmakers by Susanne Dietze will tug at your heartstrings when forgotten childhood attachments are forged anew by three little children who need a home and family much more than a room at boarding school.  Sweet story with many happy returns.

The Gentleman Smuggler's Lady by Michelle Griep is a surprising tale with the smuggler being a well-respected man with Robin Hood like qualities.  He is simply taking what is his and providing for those less fortunate than he.  Alas, on his last run he had the misfortune of coming across the vicar’s daughter. Fearing for her safety, he proves much more gallant than she would have dreamed.  As the story goes, they encounter each other again and both learn that all is not quite as things appear.

In the story When I Saw His Face by Nancy Moser, Esther is at a turning point in her life. Widowed for eight years, her stepdaughter is newly married, leaving her on her own.  Her neighbor, Chester has had his eye on her, waiting for his chance for marriage.  Shall she give in or pursue a new dream?  After a chance encounter with a man stranded along the road she can’t dismiss the attraction she felt. While visiting her dear friend she happens on this gentleman again and from then on an uncanny attraction causes her to think again about Chester’s intentions towards marriage. This is a story that could be a love triangle by many but for a significant turn of events that plays out in the end.

In The Highwayman's Bargain by MaryLu Tyndall true love can be a perception if the groom is a dandy bent thwarting his parents while fooling his bride.  Having a sense of duty is wonderful but not at the expense of being wed to the wrong man.  Pride and deception abound in this little tale but can a true hero be found to love her and care for her parents?


In Jamie Ever After by Erica Vetsch, lovely maidens Jamie and Polly are presented for the London season.  Polly’s brother Walter, distant and remote, is hiding away his war injuries along with his heart.  He is enamored by Jamie’s beauty and sweet spirit.  She has long had feelings for him though he only saw her as his younger sister’s friend.  He strikes a bargain with his sister to thwart attempts by their evil cousin to insinuate himself as a suitor for Jamie.  Their marriage starts as a convenient arrangement on his part but circumstances seem to counter his plans.  A nice plot with a sweet romance.                                   
Grab a cup of tea and sip your way through the pages of this nice collection of novellas!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Stop On the Liza's Second Chance Book Tour and a Chance for a Giveaway!



About the Book

Title: Liza’s Second Chance
Author: Molly Jebber
Genre: Christian Amish Fiction
Release Date: January 30, 2018

The sweet welcome of straight-from-the-oven sugar cookies and hot cocoa. The warm invitation of apple pie and fresh cold milk. In 1912 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery is the heart of a close-knit, faith-nourished community, where people can find a refuge, a place to start again—and love that can make their lives new . . .
For Liza Schrock, the bakery her late husband bought was an unexpected haven from their unhappy arranged marriage. Now she’s perfectly content to cook up mouth-watering

my thoughts...Liza's Second Chance is the first book I have read by Molly Jebber.  I enjoyed Liza's story as it covered a few new topics in  Amish fiction for me:


Liza holds a secret about her late husband that would shock her community. As her story unfolds she must learn to trust Jason in order to have the loving marriage she’s always dreamed of.  As they weather some storms of their own the story wends itself to the reader's curiosity....can they overcome the difficulties they seem to face for a lasting love?

The difficulties of blending families can be just as difficult among the Amish as the outside world. In many stories in the Amish fiction genre, it seems that the children  obediently follow the will of the parents. In Liza's Second Chance we see all the humanity of our own outside world.  

Thumbs up to Molly Jebber on this one, I look forward to reading more of her works.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author


Molly Jebber’s books have been featured on Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Ten Recommended Reads, in USA Today’s HEA, Romantic Times and many other media sites. She’s tours and speaks about Amish history/traditions, writing, marketing, publishing, and about her books. She loves God, her family, friends. She enjoys swimming, golf, reading, and says yes to butterscotch pie and parasailing, but no to coconut and skydiving! Visit www.mollyjebber.com for a complete list of her books and speaking events.


Guest Post from Molly Jebber


Here’s a little about Liza’s story:Hello Friends,
I loved writing about Liza. She has a lot to overcome in this book, but her faith in God, and compassion for others helps her to arrive at her decisions through difficult and happy times. I enjoyed visiting Charm, and it makes for a good setting for this story. The bakery is fun with all the sugary pies, pastries, and breads. The unique customers, and the place where friends are made, and where trouble happens. Most of all, I hope I’ve done a good job entertaining you as you read “Liza’s Second Chance”


Blog Stops


A Rup Life, January 30
Books n Baubles, January 30
margaret kazmierczak, January 30 (interview)
Simple Harvest Reads, January 30 ( Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Vicky Sluiter, February 1
Splashes of JoyFebruary 1
Mary Hake, February 4
SusanLovesBooks, February 5
Carpe Diem, February 5
Reading is my Super Power, February 5 (interview)
Bibliophile Reviews, February 7
A Greater YesFebruary 7
Pursuing StacieFebruary 7
Texas Book-aholic, February 8
Janices book reviewsFebruary 9
cherylbbookblog, February 10
Red Headed Book Lady, February 10
BigreadersiteFebruary 10
Jeanette’s Thoughts, February 11
A Reader’s Brain, February 12
Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away a $75 Amazon gift card!!


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Courting Huckleberry Hill Style Along with a Giveaway!



About the Book


Title: A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Genre: Christian Amish Fiction

 Release Date: December 26, 2017 

Elsie Helmuth’s plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job. But she’s not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won’t put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is. . .

Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He’ll admit Elsie’s ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell—but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes—and win her heart forever.

my thoughts….I enjoyed A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill, the second book in this series I’ve read.  The characters are well developed and I soon found myself in the midst of the story. Sam is devoted to his family, especially Wally, who has had his family hoodwinked since recovering from an accident a few years ago.  Life seems to revolve around him and he seems to take over most aspects of the story as the author introduced matters to me for Amish literature.  

Elsie, being the new teacher learns the hard way how things will be in her classroom when she meets Sam, Wally’s older brother who barges in on her classroom with directives on just how she will manage his brother’s behavior.  Determined to teach Wally without disrupting the rest of her students, she manages to find a way to reach him while catching the heart of Sam.  Through trial and error and a few stormy moments, this story will warm your heart in spite of efforts of her grandmother to find her the right husband with her failproof matchmaking skills. 

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has six children and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

Guest Post from Jennifer Beckstrand

I have a very special place in my heart for teachers. My dad was a high school math teacher. My mother taught second grade for over twenty years. My son-in-law taught choir in high school, and my daughter taught seventh-grade science. Another daughter taught American history labs at the university and still another daughter taught classes for a youth summer program.

Elsie Stutzman is a dedicated teacher who was dismissed from her last teaching job in Ohio and is trying to make a fresh start and a good impression in Bonduel, Wisconsin. Unfortunately one of her students, Wally Sensenig, is making things difficult for her, and Wally’s hot-headed older brother seems determined to get her fired. But Elsie is a dedicated teacher, too stubborn to back down and too steadfast to give up on anybody.

Elsie’s grandparents, Anna and Felty Helmuth, have other plans for her. They want her to fall in love with one of the local boys, but they’re finding it a little difficult to get the two young people together.

Teachers have an immense impact on our lives. We all remember a favorite elementary school teacher who inspired a love of learning or a high school teacher who encouraged us to reach for greatness. One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Zobell, who taught ninth grade English. I distinctly remember her reading “The Outsiders” out loud to our class. She had a way of making great books and great stories come to life, and she sparked a love of reading (and writing) that I will always be grateful for. The teacher who had the most impact on my life is my dad. He helped me through Calculus in high school and inspired me to major in math in college.

I hope we will take the time this month to thank the teachers in our lives for all they do for us and all they do for our kids.
Who was one of your favorite teachers and why?

Blog Stops


Blossoms and Blessings, January 16
Mommynificent, January 17
Bibliophile Reviews, January 18
The Power of Words, January 18
Multifarious, January 19
A Greater YesJanuary 19
Texas Book-aholic, January 20
Karen Sue Hadley, January 21
Splashes of JoyJanuary 21
A Reader’s Brain, January 22
Mary Hake, January 22
SusanLovesBooks, January 23
Janices book reviewsJanuary 24
Carpe Diem, January 25
Quiet Quilter, January 26
margaret kazmierczakJanuary 26 (Interview)
cherylbbookblog, January 27
Simple Harvest Reads, January 28 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Pursuing StacieJanuary 28
Vicky Sluiter, January 29
BigreadersiteJanuary 29


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to three winners!! https://promosimple.com/ps/c6cf

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Food For Thought...Timely Words for New Year's goals


About the Book
Title: Food for Thought
Author: Janet Lynn Mitchell
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Release Date: December 1, 2017

Food for Thought is filled with personalized verses just for you. It’s been written to help you claim God’s Word as your own. The thoughts included within the verses are from fellow dieters. Food for Thought is not meant to be a substitute for actual Scripture, but an addition, bringing you new insight, perspective, hope and encouragement as you move toward and reach your weight-loss goal. Blank pages have been placed in the back so that you can add additional Scripture and/or words of encouragement. Recite these verses and include them when you pray. Then watch as God’s Word rejuvenates and empowers you. Experience your faith increasing, as faith comes by hearing, reading, speaking, and living the Word of God.
My thoughts... This purse-sized flip book is a unique way to approach weight loss in this day of apps and internet guides and expensive diet foods.  The format is easy to follow with verses corresponding to the needs of the reader.  I was surprised at how many verses are packed within the pages of this book that relate to taking care of our bodies!  It is not a day by day guide to shedding unwanted pounds but a book that will help you find a new perspective on your journey to better health and well-being. Losing weight is not easy no matter how much money you spend on gadgets and special food.  Words from scripture are at your fingertips and will remain when you need them for years to come.   This is a wonderful book!
About the Author
Candid, dynamic, friendly…and memorable are some of the words used to describe Janet Mitchell. Her fun, engaging style keeps her audiences wanting more. As a master storyteller, she shares her heart, passions and faith, relating incidents from her life that will touch you and make you laugh. Janet addresses relevant life issues and how it just takes one to make a difference in your world!

Janet has held staff positions with Youth for Christ and Forest Home Christian Conference Center and has served as the director of a Christian preschool. Janet is a CLASS Speaker (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) and is a popular speaker for women’s events, MOPS, family camps and single-parent groups.

As a senior in high school, Janet lost the use of her legs following surgery. On the night of her tenth surgery, she met Marty, who became her cheerleader and was alongside her as she learned to walk again. Eventually, he became her husband. Janet and Marty have been married for over thirty-five years and have three children. Janet’s knee problems reoccurred when she was thirty-two. She was horrified to learn she had been a victim of medical negligence, fraud and concealment. Her additional surgeries had been attempts to correct the mistakes. Janet has since become a voice for others who have suffered medical fraud. Assembly Bill 2571, borne out of her misfortunes, unanimously passed both the California Assembly and the Senate and was signed into state law on August 31, 2000. Her story, Taking a Stand, has motivated others to “take a stand” and remain firm in their faith through the good, bad, and the outrageous.

Janet has been featured on radio programs across the nation, including popular programs such as Focus on the Family and Billy Graham’s Decision Today. Janet has appeared on television programs such as, Fox, CBS and ABC News, Aspiring Women, The Harvest Show, and Chuck and Jenny. Her stories and articles have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Multnomah’s Stories for the Extreme Teen, and in magazines such as Woman’s World, Light and Life, and Celebrate Life. Her Testimony, “When Doctors Make Mistakes,” was published in the July/August 2005 issue of Today’s Christian Woman magazine.

Janet’s book, A Special Kind of Love, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, has been highlighted by Rick Warren in his “Ministry Toolbox.” Her Hands on Faith: Family Nights and Hands on Faith: Family Fun books by Carson- Dellosa are now available along with Janet’s five new Praying Scripture Flip Books. Janet’s Taking a Stand was released in November of 2006. It is truly a testimony of God’s faithfulness through the good, bad and outrageous. This past year Janet’s latest book, Words Matter became available. One thing Janet has learned is: It just takes one to change the world we live in.

Blog Stops



Multifarious, January 5
Splashes of JoyJanuary 6
Mary Hake, January 7
Reading is my Super Power, January 8 (Interview)
A Greater YesJanuary 8
Texas Book-aholic, January 10
Carpe Diem, January 11
Pursuing Stacie , January 13
Remembrancy, January 15
Janices book reviewsJanuary 17
margaret kazmierczak, January 17 (Interview)
Simple Harvest Reads, January 18 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
BigreadersiteJanuary 18


Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Janet is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon!!


Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c513