Come back to Amish Country Ohio for some more nice recipes and new friends!

Come back to Amish Country Ohio for some more nice recipes and new friends!

The Blessing by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the second in the series of the Amish Cooking Class. Again we meet Heidi and Lyle Troyer and their next set of students for cooking class. If you haven’t read the first book, you should check out my last review. There maybe a few spoiler details below, but I left out the details on what happens for you to ponder.

Heidi is anxiously waiting for the arrival of Kendra Perkins’ baby, the young unwed pregnant girl from the last story. Kendra has promised the Troyer’s that they could adopt the baby and raise it Amish, but plans may have changed. What will Kendra decide? Will Heidi be able to accept the decision even with God’s help?

We soon meet the next round of students. They are definitely a different bunch and have many more issues to tend to. Let’s meet our six new students:

  1. Lisa Brooks is a caterer looking for some new food ideas to offer in her business. She also has other stressful situations that continue to arise in her life,  like her renters… Will she be able to resolve the issues that arise in her life?
  2. Todd Collins is a food critic and is secretly reviewing the cooking class. He is also  secretly dealing with the pain of a broken past relationship. Will Todd’s heart heal and will he ever admit what he is really doing at this cooking class?
  3. Bill Mason is a janitor at a nearby school and he’d like to be able to make something other than the “usual” for the camping buddies. Will Bill show his buddies he has more to share in his cooking skills?
  4. Allie Garrett is a police officer’s wife, who has been given this course as a gift to treat herself to do something fun. However, her life is very chaotic. With her children going here and there and her husband constantly working late and acting defensive when he asks questions, she starts to worry that possibly he is having an affair with another woman.   Will Allie be able to be proven wrong on her assumptions or will they turn out to be true?
  5. Then there’s Nicole Smith. A teenager with a lot of responsibility on her hands. Her mother and father divorced and the situation is still very messy, due to the fact her mother is an alcoholic. Will Nicole be able to get comfort out of the cooking class?
  6. Lastly, there’s Lance Freemont. He’s the happy mailman, however his brother comes to town unexpected and turns his world upside down. How will Lance handle his brother?

As you can see these people are quiet the eclectic group. They all have some serious matters to attend to. Heidi even has her own issues, as she still longs for a child of her own. Her and Lyle have been married for 9 years and have never been able to have a boppli (Pennsylvania Dutch for baby) of their own. Will the void in her heart ever be filled? Will Kendra give her baby to them for adoption?

All these questions and more will be answered in this installment of the Amish Cooking Class Series Book 2- The Blessing.

Here are some places to find the book:

Walmart: $11.48 paperback

Amazon: $11.87 Paperback; $9.99 Kindle

Christian Book: You can get both books (1& 2) here for $19.49

Barnes and Noble: $11.86 paperback; $10.99 Nook. Also you can get the Extended Preview for free on Nook here.

I’d like to thank the publisher, Barbour Books Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review the second installment of this book for my honest review. I’ve really enjoyed the series so far. I can’t wait for the next installment coming in February 2018. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to read this book as well.

As always happy reading!!! See you again soon with another book. I still promise to post the children’s book I read while back… Procrastination set in. Sorry everyone.. See you soon.

 

Strive to be UNCOMMON

Strive to be UNCOMMON

Hi everyone… I promised I’d post this book review yesterday, but I’m still battling this crazy sinus infection, I’ve had for almost a month. It has been a drag, but I’m glad I still felt up to reading. 🙂 So today, we are going to look at the newest book that just hit stores today– Uncommon-The Pursuing a life of passion and purpose by Carey Scott.

We meet Carey Scott a young woman, who has been hit with almost everything. She was told her has ovarian cancer, but by God’s grace and gentle hand was healed by a miracle the cancer was gone. This made her think about how it is to be uncommon and write this awesome book.

Through out the book we take a look at several uncommon virtues and Biblical women who were not the norm during their time or even today. Carey wants us to see that it is important to stand fast in your feelings and moral rights when all about you are losing their minds. That reminds me of the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. (“If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, and make allowance for their doubting too….”  That’s all I remember. lol)

She mentions how people today are scared to speak up for their opinion. The world does want you to shush today. She mentions the last Presidential election and how people are still fighting. Does this have to continue? No, we must strive to be uncommon and voice our opinion and also listen to others reasonably.  Being Uncommon is tough stuff, but in the end God will reward you. Be loud and proud and show off your God colors. 🙂

I wasn’t sure what to think about this book when I first received it from the great Barbour Publishers. I thought “okay, what’s this book going to tell me?” Instead this was a good application book and I even felt sad sometimes, because how true the stuff was being said. There were a lot of truths mentioned. It’s a very moving book and every though provoking.

I really think this book would be great for a Bible study in a church. It’s a lot to cover, but I think it would be well worth it.

Here’s a few places to find the book:

Barnes and Noble: $12.09

Walmart: $9.66

Here are some other sites to learn more about this book and more about Carey Scott.

careyscott.org/uncommon/ 

Again, I thank Barbour Publishers for sending this great book for my honest opinion.

I thank you for stopping by today and reading this review. I appreciate it. If you like what you see, please follow my page via email or wordpress follow button.  You aren’t obligated to follow, but any of the follows I get help me to get the word out on these awesome books.

Remember to take a look at the other books I’ve read and stop by again soon, for another review. See you all very soon.

Happy Summer, Happy Reading… 🙂

 

 

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

Hi, folks. Since I’ve been sick, I’m just going to make this review somewhat short.  Now without further-ado, the review we’ve all been waiting for: The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller. 🙂
This book had a good story line about a girl and her father, who was a minister on a chapel car in the early 1910s. The girl, Hope, always looks for the good in others around her, including the stealing, cheating miner’s son, Kirby Finch.

Then there is Luke Hughes. Luke Hughes has a passion to preach, but feels entirely responsible in working in the mine, where his father died, in order to support his mom and siblings. When Hope and her father come to town, Luke’s priorities start changing. n Luke starts having an interest in Hope, but things begin getting heated between Kirby and himself…

Kirby is trying to use Hope’s naivety in taking Sunday School materials to neighboring town, in order to accomplish illegal actions. Luke becomes aware of the issue and tries to warn Hope.
Will Luke’s warning jeopardize his relationship with the minister’s daughter? Will Hope ever see what is really going one? Will Luke lose the new love of his life? Will Kirby for once get into trouble? Well you are just having to get a copy…

I will say at times the story drifts and becomes sort long winded, but I enjoyed it very much. Also at times the writing style was odd and hard to focus on, but other than that it was good.

I cannot closed without saying thank you to the Bethany house publishers for letting read a copy for my honest opinion. It was wonderful..

Enjoy!!! Happy Reading!

Threads of suspicion by Dee Henderson

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Threads of suspicion by Dee Henderson is my new favorite mystery book series. I always loved Castle on ABC and this made me miss the show even more.  (See Below of the trailer of Threads of Suspicion, but don’t leave yet… Read of the rest of my review. 🙂 )

This is a great story about Lieutenant Evie Blackwell and the new Chicago based cold case detectives.  Her partner is David and is the boyfriend of the famous Triple M Band singer Maggie May McDonald. The entire force is give a case or two to solve for the next several months. David is assigned the cold case of Saul Morris, a private investigator gone missing while conducting a case. Evie is assigned the case of Jenna Greenhill, a college girl that went missing after a concert.

Both mystery cold cases seem to intertwine each other in some areas, which allows Evie and David to help each other solve the crimes and why their individuals are missing or dead. As they continue to unveil their cases and dig deeper into them, they soon discover that Jenna’s disappearance is linked to a Triple M Concert and 5 other missing woman cases. Not wanting to fear Maggie, they have to see the connections linked to the concerts and the other women. Along with this discovery, they also will find that Saul Morris went missing while looking at Jenna Greenhill’s case. However, I will stop here about the cases so I do not spoil anything for you.

Here are a few questions to consider for the case: do you think Jenna and Saul are alive or not? If not, who do you think killed them? Will Maggie be in danger or the next victim?

However, the story is much more than just the case of Saul Morris and Jenna Greenhill. Evie and David both are struggling in their personal relationships. Evie is scared to say yes and make a marriage commitment to her boyfriend, Rob, and David is waiting patiently for Maggie to discover and put her faith in Jesus. David longs to marry Maggie, and will wait until she can understand his faith. Both Evie and David pray ernestly and wait patiently for the answers for their lives. Will Evie finally resolve her issues and say Yes to Rob? Will Maggie come to have faith in Jesus? You are just going to have to pick up a copy for your self.

Here are some retailers that are selling the book:

Walmart: $12.50 paperback

Amazon:$11.87 paperback; $8.63 kindle

Barnes and Noble: $12.13 paperback; Nook $9.99

Christianbook.com: $14.99 paperback

Honest thoughts about the book:

When I first started reading the book, I was not so sure about it. I’ve read several mystery novels recently and they haven’t been too catchy. However, I opened my mind and discovered how much I was really enjoying this book. It was a great book, and I did enjoy it every much.  It made me miss my favorite detective show CASTLE, though. One thing I will mention about the book that got to me was that it was a cliffhanger. I need more about Evie Blackwell and her partner David. UGH!!! There are so many unanswered questions. I need more, but for now I’ll have to wait. 🙂

Lastly, I want to mention, that I received this digital ebook for my honest opinion from the Baker Publishing. I really enjoyed the book once I got into the story.

Until next week…

Happy reading

More book reviews coming soon

I have three book reviews coming to all of you guys shortly. I’ve been busy with my new job recently, which you can see here.  So working with my new schedule and doing other things that I enjoy to do need to have some time management. Right now is blogging time on all 4-5 of my blogs. Next, I’m going to go read my latest book and possibly work on my next craft creation. I’m low on inventory of my best selling product, Kirby.  Plus I need to review my makeup artist certification course. UGH!!! So many things not so much time.

Look forward to my latest reviews coming later this week. 🙂 The next book will be called About a Dog.

See you all soon.

 

Joyce Meyer’s latest publication

Oh! I’m so excited to tell you about the latest book that comes out later this week, actualJoyce.JPGly tomorrow, April 4.  Joyce Meyer’s 20 Ways to Make Everyday Better is a very inspirational book.

For those who do not know who Joyce Meyer is, she is a televangelist and tells you how it is in a Biblical perspective. She has been through a lot in her life. She was sexually abused as a child and has dealt with issues many of us face each day. Joyce really makes you think and she really knows how things are in your life. It is like she knows who you are and what you are going through everyday.

In this book, 20 Ways to Make Everyday Better,  Joyce has divided it into sections to get you rethinking in a better and more positive perspective.  The four sections focus on several topics to get you moving in the right direction for changing your negative perspectives to positive ones. The four topics (which have several sub-chapters) are as follows:


  • Section 1: When you Awake
  • Section 2:New Steps to Take
  • Section 3: Patterns to Break
  • Section 4: Before It’s too Late

I’m about half way into the book as I write this review. Joyce Meyer’s books are always and easy read and are big print. I have so far enjoyed the book and my perspective on things in life feel brighter and better. Amazing!!! I also have just discovered that there is a Study Guide book to compliment the publication. This will give the reader a deeper meaning to the book.

For those who order the book before April 31st, they’ll receive a free downloadable sampler from Joyce Meyer that includes LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND, OVERLOAD, and LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES. To get your free downloads go here: http://www.faithwords.com/20ways. You simply have to fill in your name, email, and upload a copy of your receipt.
Lastly, I want to thank, Joyce Meyer and the FaithWords-Hachette Publishers in allowing me to share this great and awesome book. I’ve enjoyed it immensely and will continue the journey as I read the rest of the book.
Until next time, Happy Reading!

World War II Christian Romance

World War II Christian Romance

I just read this fantastic book, With Love, Wherever you are, by Dandi Daley MacKall. Based on a true story of Dandi’s real life parents, this was a book that would not disappoint. Just to note, the story is slightly fictionalized but the story is based on true events. Below is a video from the author to hear more about her inspiration for the novel.

This book starts with a nurse named Helen Eberhart. She has had a difficult life and has always wanted to a care and cure others of their illnesses. One day, she had enough of the hospital she was working for and decided to quit and join the American Red Cross during the start of World War II.

When she gets to her station, she is beside herself and what she has been assigned to do. During her worse moment, she runs right into the man, Frank Daley, who falls in love with her at first sight. He shows her love and care without even knowing her name. They go to church together. They talk about God and family. He meets her every single night.

Soon their relationship becomes strained; therefore, they begin to write letters to each other. Helen and Frank soon marry, but they are deployed to Europe shortly after. All they have are letters, which they write 3, if not 4, times a day. Times are tough, but will Helen and Frank’s marriage last? I’m not gonna tell you, you’ll need to get the book. 😉

ChristianBook.com: $10.99

Amazon: $15.99; Kindle $9.99

BN.com: $15.99, Nook: $10.99

Walmart: $16.11

I recommend this book for younger adults, because you will note this book does have a few graphic moments in it due to the fact we are speaking of World War II. Also, the author does mention Helen and Frank make love several times in the book. Nothing graphic, just a mention of it. Additionally, I like the fact Helen maintains her faith in God, although she struggles a lot of trusting Frank so far away from her. Frank’s faith grows as he looks up to Major Bradford for guidance and as a great example of maintaining faith in God even when everyone is dying around them.

I can’t say it enough, this is one of those books I may have to re-read again sometime. I can’t forget to mention that I want to thank the great publishers at Tyndale Publishing for the option of reading this great book for my honest and heart felt opinion.

Until next time, Happy Reading!