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




Friday, January 5, 2018

Collecting Proves Fatal In Fatal Collection

A Fatal Collection (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)Mary Ellen Hughes Fatal Collection is a cozy caper set in a village filled with collectible shops.  Taking a bus tour to the fictitious Keepsake Village would be a collectors dream. 

Callie Reed escaped the hustle and bustle of the big city life to visit her aunt, who owns the music box shop.  Housed full of eclectic music boxes destined for casual souvenirs to valuable works of art.  Soon after Callie's arrival, her aunt experienced a sudden, fatal accident.  As Melodie's only living relative, Callie was her sole heir. This was the impetus she needed to abandon her old life and loser boyfriend for this cozy niche on the eastern shores of Maryland. 

Callie settles in quickly as her new neighbors welcome her to the fold.  A number of incidents arise, however, that lead her to doubt more than one of her new neighbors. From a grouchy neighbor who covets her property to the handsome diner owner, she is swift at learning there is something brewing in Keepsake Cove.  To keep things interesting, there is a handsome, eligible collector who seems willing to pay top dollar for new acquisitions. He seems to  be everywhere.  Vandalism within the community raises questions along with a little bit of mistrust.  Even cozy Keepsake Village has its own share of problems and they all fell together after the apparent "accidental death" of Aunt Melodie.  Or.....was it simply an accident?  Find out the secrets in Keepsake Cove by purchasing your copy of Fatal  Collection!  This book is light reading during these dark days that have followed the Winter Solstice. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Sound of Rain By Sarah Loudin Thomas Will Capture Your Heart

Sarah Loudin Thomas has captured this reader once again. Set in 1954, The Sound of Rain is a romance of culture, events and a young couple that under normal circumstances would never have come together.  Judd Markley is a hero in a quiet, unassuming way that allows him to captures the interest of our heroine, Larkin Heyward. 

The back cover of the novel paints the picture that drew me in at the start: "In the Dark of the mine, In the Face of rising Water, 
In the shadows of the Hills, faith will see them through
Judd Markley knew he could never set foot underground again. The mine collapse that nearly killed him and claimed his brother's life meant leaving West Virginia forever. Although that hard Appalachian world was all he knew, he put it behind him and headed for the open sky of the thriving town of 1954 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Larkin Heyward's life in the beach town is uncomplicated, mostly volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more and being more--maybe moving to the hills and hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she's never even met someone who's lived there--until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father's timber company.
Drawn together in the wake of a hurricane that changes Myrtle Beach forever, Judd's and Larkin's dreams pull them in divergent directions. It will take a significant sacrifice to keep them together--or maybe, it will take a miracle."

My Thoughts:
This book brings 1954 alive with a young man and woman looking for their purpose in life.  Fate brings them together and they are as unlikely to get together as oil and vinegar.  She is the only daughter of a wealthy timber company owner.  She has the finest clothes, a snappy convertible and the beauty to capture any worthwhile young man in the whole of the county.

He is a young man who arrived in Myrtle Beach on the Greyhound bus. He is recovering from the collapse of the coal mine that took the life of his younger brother Joe, leaving him behind with an injured leg along with a wounded heart. Wise beyond his years, he sets out to live the dreams Joe might have had if he hadn't been taken so young. Along the way, he sees much, says less and has a special insight on beyond his 27 years.  

I recommend this book without hesitation. Sarah Loudin Thomas created well developed characters set in colorful surroundings.  I could almost feel myself in the midst of the hurricane or in the dampness of the mine in Bethel, West Virginia. The wise yet colorful Granny Jane comes alive....but wait I must stop here lest I begin to spoil the story for new readers of this wonderful book.  Get your copy from your favorite seller of Christian Fiction!  As for me, I am already looking forward to her next book!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Get Ready for this Book in 2018!

Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection by [Witemeyer, Karen, Connealy, Mary, Jennings, Regina, Jagears, Melissa]
I am excited to read this upcoming collection  by some of my favorite authors!  Historical Fiction is a genre that has been near and dear to my heart.  

From Amazon's Description:  

Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Love Knot," Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister's arrival by train. Mary Connealy's "The Tangled Ties That Bind" offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers "Bound and Determined," where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears' "Tied and True" entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory. 

Pick up your copy when it is released in January and add it to your reading list.

Monday, November 27, 2017

An Amish Christams Love - Four Novellas to Get Your Christmas Spirit Roaring!

An Amish Christmas Love: Four Novellas by [Wiseman, Beth, Clipston, Amy, Reid, Ruth, Irvin, Kelly]Take a reading break from all your Christmas preparations.  An Amish Christmas Love is a collection of four Amish novellas written for us by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin and Ruth Reid. 

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman
I enjoyed this story of the three Stoltzfus women who all happen to be single living together on the family farm. Grandmother Ruth is a lonely widow, Barbara, also widowed is the mother to Naomi, who has never been married.  As luck or a Christmas wish would have it, three single men, working on a construction project have rented the Daadi house. What follows is a heartfelt, sometimes humorous story of love for all the ages. 
The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston
 A big yellow barn cat adopted Emma Bontrager on Christmas Eve, her first Christmas without her beloved Henry, who passed away last July. Not one to allow cats in her home, the cat is persistent and undeterred as Emma tries to shoo it away.  A group of young people stop to visit and bring Emma a gift.  During the course of their visit, they are interested in hearing Emma’s story of her courtship with Henry.  A simple snowstorm turns quickly into a visit and all are snowbound at Emma’s, along with the big yellow cat.  What follows is a delightful story of how kind gestures can develop into lasting friendships.
  Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin
This is the story to test one’s faith. An Amish man falling in love with an Englischer during his Rumspringa.  Molly Shrock loves David Byler but he has yet to commit.  Could it be he hasn’t settled down yet?  David is content to be back among his family and is about ready to propose to Molly when his other love returns to add enough confusion to turn his head.  Will he choose Molly or Bobbi McGregor?  Can he be happy living as an Amish man with Molly after the thrill of the other lifestyle in Bobbie’s world?

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid.

Ellie Whetstone parked her motorhome near the farmhouse she inherited from her aenti.  Short on cash she is bent on selling the home quickly and getting back to her profession as a trainer for competitive dog shows.  Ezra mistook the quirky Englisch woman for a burgler when he found her in his kitchen.  After directing her to her aenti’s home on the same property, he thought he was rid of her.  However, the beautiful English woman and the handsome young widower continually ran into each other.  Just when one thinks they are going to be rid of the other, the good Lord shows His hand and what follows is a wonderful story.
Four stories written by the masterful hands of award winning authors.  I recommend this collection as one to read and one to keep to re-read for seasons to come.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Ginger Snapped - A Spicy Read By Gail Oust

Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series) by [Oust, Gail]
Piper Prescott is the owner of Spice It Up, Brandywine Creek's delectable hub for the latest in small town news. Spices of the highest quality line the shelves and are a backdrop for lingering chats of the tell-tale goings on of a small southern town.

When Shirley Randolph's body is found floating in Police Chief Wyatt McBride's fishing hole, Piper and her friend Reba Mae begin the hunt for the real killer.  After being seen a time or two sharing a meal, rumor has it that Shirley and McBride were lovers.  Sometimes, what you see is not the whole story and Piper is determined that McBride is innocent.

This is my first foray into a book by Gail Oust.  I was provided a copy of Ginger Snapped for my Kindle by the publisher through NetGalley.com for my honest review.   The characters are just what you expect in a small town.  They care for each other enough to keep tabs on what is going on around town.  Piper and Reba Mae are the best friends anyone would like to have.  If you enjoy a bit of cliches in your conversation, this book abounds with them.  The underlying romance between Piper and Wyatt simmers in the background, keeping the story interesting.  As mysteries go, the killer was a surprise and Piper had a whole lot more gumption than a cat has nine lives.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate Utah by Angie Dicken

Product DetailsThis is the story of forbidden love in a time when Greek mine workers were thought of as less than scum. It is all about two lonely widowed souls caught in the web misunderstanding and class distinction. Leanna McKee is a widowed schoolteacher in the mining town of Castle Gate Utah.  Her husband, Jack McKee, wooed her away from her life of privilege in Boston.  They thought they would make a difference for others.  The difference was Jack's gambling addiction and his lack of making Leanna happy. 

Alex Pappas is a Greek immigrant who lived and worked in America for many years.  He saved enough to send for his entire family to emigrate to the land of opportunity.  They are the proud owners of a successful Greek restaurant in town. He has been passed over for promotions because of his Greek heritage.  He was Jack McKee's friend.

Leanna's life after Jack's death was filled with teaching the town's children and trying to survive without Jack. It was when Alex's sister-in-law Penelope's pregnancy kept her on bed rest that he knocked on Leanna's door for help.  He needed to hire her to escort his niece and nephew to school.  Accepting the extra job allowed her to turn her grief into purpose.  It didn't take long for her to become attached to the children and in turn the family.  What neither she nor Alex counted on was the undeniable attraction to each other.

The times dictate many of the customs of society and just like other towns with growing industry and immigrant workers, the long time citizens resented the newcomers.  Mining in 1910 was hard and dangerous and not exactly with the benefits Greek workers were lured to from their homeland and families.

It was inevitable that Leanna and Alex would receive backlash from the mainstream community. It was through their faith, perseverance and tragedy that things began to change for them. 

Many areas of our country were settled by people willing to farm, build railroads and mining for a vast array of ore. Many immigrants came legally to work these jobs.  It wasn't easy for them but they learned English and became American citizens and they raised their families.  But, it took a lot of hard work and effort to make the American dream come true.

I received this book from Barber Publishing Group through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Love's Thankful Heart A Collection of Romantic Novellas for Thanksgiving.


If you don't have a Thanksgiving reading collection now is the time to start one.  I am excited to take part in this blog tour & GIVEAWAY for Love's Thankful Heart,  a timely collection of novellas to get you started.  Thanksgiving is often overlooked when people leave Halloween treats behind to start scouting Black Friday sales. Yet Thanksgiving should give us pause to relax, reflect and remember.  

About the Book  



Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye
Love's Thankful Heart by [Celebrate Lit Publishing, Hilton, Laura V., Good, Rachel J., Nye, Thomas]Genre: Amish Thanksgiving Collection
Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing
Release Date: November 1, 2017

Gingerbread Wishes 

As Thanksgiving approaches, Becca Troyer finds herself overwhelmed with an abundance of winter squash and pumpkins that she isn’t a bit thankful for. Desperately trying to sell them at a farmer’s market so she won’t have mountains to can, she’s surprised when a mime drops to his knee in front of her and proposes marriage.
Yost Miller is helping the volunteer firefighter raise funds at the city park when he notices his long-time crush Becca selling vegetables. Drawn across the grass, he spontaneously proposes marriage. But afterward, Yost isn’t sure how to proceed to show her that his feelings are real.
Just as he begins to find solid footing, confidence is yanked away, leaving him floundering. Will he lose Becca to another man? Or will this Thanksgiving be a season of blessings and wishes come true?

Thanksgiving Strangers

Faithe Beiler believes God wants her to feed the poor at her family’s restaurant, but when she mistakes Crist Petersheim for a homeless man and gives him a free breakfast, he’s offended. Yet he can’t help being intrigued by this pretty waitress with a giving heart.
Crist blames God for the tragedies in his life, so the last thing he wants is to get involved with an Amish girl, who trusts God in all circumstances. He fears for Faithe’s safety, though, when she invites every homeless person in the neighborhood, including drug dealers and criminals, to a free Thanksgiving dinner. Street savvy, Crist risks his life to protect her from danger.
As Crist’s heart softens toward God, Faithe finds herself falling him. Then she discovers his deception, and her world is shattered. Can she ever trust him again?

The Thanksgiving Frolic

Monroe has the prettiest girl and the fastest horse— but pride goes before a fall.
Monroe’s girlfriend, Rosemary, and her family organize the Thanksgiving Frolic, a service project to help Amish folks who have fallen on hard times. Monroe wants to go along but his dad won’t let him. Furthermore, Monroe’s dad thinks Rosemary’s family should clean up their own messy farm before they try to help others. Will the contrast between Monroe’s and Rosemary’s families end their relationship for good? Rosemary’s grandpa tries to offer words of wisdom, but people don’t take him seriously. The Thanksgiving Frolic heats up to a fever pitch, before a moment of silence changes everything.

About the Authors

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster, PA, the setting for many of her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends special time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel is the author of several Amish series, including Sisters & Friends (Charisma), Love & Promises (Grand Central), and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series (Annie’s Book Club). In addition, she has two Amish Quilts Coloring Books as well as stories in several anthologies, including Springs of Love (CelebrateLit).
Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend. Walking a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service keeps Thomas close to nature and affords him many quiet hours which he uses to dream up novels. Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that he weaves into his writing. To find out more, visit: amishhorses.blogspot.com

My thoughts....

Gingerbread Wishes is a sweet romance, giving the reader another look at characters introduced in The Christmas Admirer
a book I recently read. Becca Troyer and Yost Miller are a younger couple, silently admiring each other. the previous Christmas, Becca tried the popular Gingerbread love potion on Yost to get his attention but it didn't seem to work. Shy Yost couldn't seem to get his courage up to ask her out but wearing a disguise he was able to pluck up the courage to let his feelings be known.  I enjoyed this story.  It is hard to let others see us as we truly are.  It takes courage to know that they do want to know us as we are instead of how we think they do.  

Thanksgiving Strangers is a story of hidden identity, unconditional love and forgiveness.  I enjoyed this story for the depth of character displayed of the characters in a novella.  Faithe Beiler and Crist Petersheim both had inner struggles yet the masks they wore were effective costumes. She was always positive and it was her unwavering faith in God that she could be so accepting and generous to others.  Crist's outward appearance allowed him to keep others at bay.  While this was effective for his work, it also hid the hurt he kept buried in his heart.  The author uncovered many layers to get to the heart of these characters.  I will be looking for more of Rachel J. Good's books for my reader.

The Thanksgiving Frolic by Thomas Nye is a story of pride, humility and the wisdom to be quiet and listen.  While this story is about a young courting couple, I was intrigued by Monroe's father. He was a difficult man who was hard to please yet his son loved him enough to help him when he needed it the most.  It was his change of heart that inspired me the most in this well written story.  

Gratitude and love for fellow man are wonderful ingredients for Thanksgiving.  I recommend this heartwarming novella collection for anyone who enjoys Amish fiction. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, November 4
Carpe Diem, November 5
Karen Sue Hadley, November 6
Pursuing Stacie, November 7
Mommynificent, November 8
Blogging With Carol, November 10
Bibliophile Reviews, November 11
Splashes of Joy, November 11
Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 13
Texas Book-aholic, November 14
Mary Hake, November 14
Bigreadersite, November 15
A Greater Yes, November 15
Vicky Sluiter, November 16
Janices book reviews, November 17

Giveaway!


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away a Kindle Unlimited 6 month Subscription!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c403












Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Intrigue & Suspense Await In Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor Book #1) by [Hannon, Irene]We all have favorite authors and Irene Hannon is one of mine.  Whether she is writing one of her famous thrillers or a romantic story on the Oregon Coast, she just doesn't disappoint me.  A case in point, I read Dangerous Illusions over the weekend!  In fact, I couldn't put this suspense filled novel down. 

The story is set in St. Louis, Missouri and our heroine is a quiet, uassuming teacher.  Trish Bailey moved back home three years ago to care for her invalid mother following the death of her husband and father.  Both died in an automobile accident that left her mother with life threatening injuries.  Their life was settling into a semblance of routine when her mother's untimely death rocked Trish's world once again.

Eileen Coulter's death didn't seem out of the ordinary. Or was it?  Detective Colin Flynn is ready to report the death as a heart attack until some things just don't add up.  Is it possible Trish accidentally mixed up some of her mother's medications? There is a sizable charitable foundation her parents left for her, an only child, to manage.  Or is she just an innocent woman succumbing to a build up of stress after dealing with three years of unimaginable pain and loss. 

Satisfied the death was an accident, Colin was ready to put the case to rest. In a perfect world, Trish could just go about her life without her beloved mother.  Between the pages of this book, however, more and more things pop up in her world to make life one sinister event after another.  There is also an undeniable attraction between Colin and Trish that keep the pulse of the story going.

The plot is filled with intrigue that can only be written by a master story teller.  As I turned each page, new facts came to life that kept my mind wondering how this story could possibly be tied up neatly in the end.  The illusions painted in this story by a masterful criminal add up to one good mystery. My curiosity kept me up until the wee hours of the night to finish.  It was well worth it.

Dangerous Illusions is book one in Irene Hannon's new Code of Honor series.  I give this book five stars and look forward to the second book in this series. 




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nobody Can Be More Mysterious Than the Christmas Admirer


About the Book


Name of book: The Christmas Admirer

Author: Laura V Hilton

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: September 5, 2017


The Christmas Admirer by [Hilton, Laura V.]Amish romance fans will love this heartwarming holiday story, perfect for gift-giving.


Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but when his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, he was now the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters. What woman would want to put up with that? Still, against his better judgment, he can’t help leaving her a gift now and then, anonymously addressing her name in big block print, just to catch a smile. Roses one month, maple syrup candy another; and maybe this time, something special for Christmas.


Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, but now the clock is ticking. Her father is selling his glass-blowing business, remarrying in January, and moving to Iowa with his bossy wife-to-be. Angry and frustrated, Susanna realizes she’s left with three options: one, go with Daed to his new home with a new mom; two, stay in Jamesport, Missouri, as an old maid; or, three, the best yet, flush out her mysterious secret admirer. But how could she be with anyone else when her heart is still with Benaiah?
Click here to purchase your copy.

My thoughts: This is my first book by Laura V. Hilton I enjoy Amish fiction and this seasonal story didn't disappoint me.  We collect unique pieces from our favorite glass blowing studio on the Oregon Coast.  It's no wonder I found this story of an Amish man with a glass blowing studio intriguing!

Susanna King has had one blow after another.  The love of her life broke things off ten long months ago.  As Thanksgiving approaches, her heart can't help remembering how happy she had been. Assured her love for Benaiah was true, she dreamt that this year, they would be spending their first Thanksgiving as a married couple.  Now facing her father's upcoming nuptials, she is determined not to leave with him when he starts his new life. Who is this secret admirer? She wishes with all her heart that Benaiah is her secret admirer who left those wonderful notes written in block letters such as "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." (Jeremiah 31:3)  

Benaiah Troyer loved Susanna with all his heart. He couldn't ask her to marry him and share his responsibility for three sisters and aging grandparents. Seeing her every day when he came to work and sharing meals with her and Peter made it harder to hide his feelings. If he could buy her father's business he would have a good life to offer her.  The way things stood, Benaiah would lose his job and his girl.  It seemed as if nothing good would  happen again.  Faith, love and more faith sprinkled with a little gingerbread is what is needed to see this through!

If you are looking for a good story to get you into the mood for Christmas, pick up a copy of The Christmas Admirer.  One for you and one for a gift.

About the Author


Amish fiction lovers responded positively and immediately to Laura V. Hilton’s debut novel, Patchwork Dreams, when she burst on the scene in 2009 with her unique series, The Amish of Seymour, set in the tiny town of Seymour, in Webster County, Missouri. Fans of the genre immediately recognized Hilton’s insider knowledge, not only of the Webster County community, but Amish culture in general. Her natural speech and writing patterns, she says, are uniquely “Amish,” acquired from her Amish maternal grandparents. The Amish of Seymour, includes Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Her second series, The Amish of Webster County, is comprised of Healing Love, Surrendered Love, and Awakened Love. A stand-alone title, A White Christmas in Webster County, was released in September 2014. The Amish of Jamesport includes The Snow Globe, The Postcard and The Birdhouse. In spring 2016 she released The Amish Firefighter with the setting in Jamesport, MO, the same as for The Amish Wanderer.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

Guest Post from Laura V. Hilton

Glass Blowing and The Christmas Admirer


Right before my youngest son joined the Coast Guard we went on a short mini-vacation to Springfield, Missouri, actually going farther north almost to Kansas City to see another Amish community near there in Osceola. There is a cheese factory there and my son wanted to try some of their cheeses – such as a ghost pepper cheese. Too spicy for me.
But upon the return to Springfield, Steve read about a glass blowers shop in the downtown area. We found the address and went to visit it. It is owned by an older gentleman and his son. They had a display area set up where people could see their wares and buy them and then a work area where the son mostly worked, and talked about how the fire needed to be so hot, and showed us how he worked and made things. As we watched, he made a lovely flower, a lily, in different colors of glass, green, white, pinks.

It was fascinating.
And I got to thinking what if…
So I did some more research. Asked questions. Probably drove them nuts. But when Whitaker House indicated they’d be interested in a Christmas novel, I proposed one about a glass blower.

The story is set in Jamesport, Missouri, and while completely stand alone, it does have some continuing characters from other books I’ve written set in Jamesport. If you are interested, the books set there are:
Amish Books set in Jamesport, Missouri

The Snow Globe
The Postcard
The Birdhouse
The Amish Firefighter
The Amish Wanderer
The Kissing Bridge (part of Springs of Love collection)
The Christmas Admirer
Gingerbread Wishes (part of A Plain Thanksgiving collection–November 2017)

Love by the Numbers (February 2018)
I haven’t read any books about an Amish glass blower, but that’s not to say they aren’t out there. I haven’t read all the Amish books available. Jamesport is an area that is more tourist-oriented than the books set in Seymour / Webster County Missouri. They give buggy tours, have bed and breakfasts, open their homes for visitors to eat supper with them, and have businesses.
All Amish districts are different and the rules vary depending on the bishop and preachers. Some are more liberal and some more conservative. Some keep themselves distant and don’t welcome attention from non-Amish and some embrace it. While Jamesport is not as touristy as some districts in Lancaster Pennsylvania or in Ohio, it is much more so than others.


Susanna’s Cranberry Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped

  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained

  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

  • 1 medium apple, chopped

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the first six ingredients until blended. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

  2. In a large bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Just before serving, fold cream and walnuts into cranberry mixture.Makes 16 servings.

Susanna’s Cranberry Sauce

For on top of turkey sandwiches as Becca requested Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (thawed), chopped

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water or orange juice

Directions

In colander, rinse cranberries. In sauce pan, add water or orange juice and sugar, boil until sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and return to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook about 10 minutes or until most of the cranberries had burst. Let cool.

Susanna’s “Love Portion” Gingerbread

Ingredients

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 T baking powder

  • 1 T ground ginger

  • 1 t ground nutmeg

  • 1 t ground cloves

  • 1 t ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup shortening, melted slightly

  • 1 cup molasses

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ½ c water

  • 1 egg


  • 1 t vanilla

Directions


Shift together flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Set aside.
In mixing bowl, mix shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until they are absorbed. Divide dough into three pieces, pat down until about 1 ½ inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut in desired shapes. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes in preheated oven. Cool on wire racks. When cool, decorate as desired.

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Giveaway


In honor of her tour, Laura is giving away

Grand Prize Package: The Christmas Admirer, “Unto Us a Child is Born” painting on decorative serving plate by Donna White, The Hearthside Collection, Inc., and commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

1st Place Package: The Christmas Admirer and The Very First Christmas by Juliet David with interactive illustrations by Pauline Siewert (children’s book).


2nd Place Package: The Christmas Admirer and “The Woman Who Honors The Lord Shall Be Praised” myrrh-scented candle from abba Jerusalem!


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