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!

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!

 

Forever Amish by Kate Lloyd

Forever Amish by Kate Lloyd

51ee3bdrn3l-_sx332_bo1204203200_Like I have said, this book has been on my shelf for a good 2 years actually. This was a different type of Amish novel. It starts out with Sally Bingham answering an email from a Amish girl, Lizzie, about wanting a dog. Instead this request is about to open a can of worms of many unanswered questions in Sally’s life.

Sally has lived in Connecticut all her life with her sickly father, Honest Ed and his car lot. Her mother left her and her father when she was an infant and never returned.Has no relatives or relations. Now, as a newly engaged woman, she has a lot of under answered questions and is doubting her relationship is true. She and her Donald had a fight and he had yet to apologize. However, as she gets in her Mustang and heads to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, life is going to get very interesting.

From the moment she arrives, her situation becomes topsy turvy. Sally doesn’t expect to find anyone and believes it’s probably a farce. However, she accidentally runs into Lizzie for real and ends up heading to stay at her family’s house because the inn she was booked in had a leaky roof. Sally almost runs over the community Bishop on her way to Lizzie’s family’s house.

Once at the house she meets Lizzie’s mother Rhoda and her father Reuben and a handsome man, Armin, who lives in the guest house. Reuben appears to be a disgruntled person, but Rhoda is a motherly person. And Armin, he’s an awful nice guy and keeps watch over Sally.

After being there a bit Sally’s father calls her cell phone. He asks where she is and he tells her to leave and come home and abruptly hangs up. Sally soon learns the reason for the hang up and her father shows up at the family’s residence. Shortly, Sally also receives a call from Donald who is apparently with another woman. Will Sally be able to handle the secrets that are about to end fold?  Will Sally have courage to handle the situation with Donald? Is there something between Sally and Armin or is it nothing? And why does Lizzie act so fidgety?

I’m going to stop here because there is a lot more to learn about Sally and the people she just met, but I’m going to let you go find the book for yourself and enjoy the interesting situation. If you wanna check out the author  and learn more about her books, here’s her site. 🙂

You can find the book at your local library or you can go to your local book shop. Here are a few online retailers that you can find the book at.

Amazon: $3.89 paperback

Family Christian: $14.99 paperback

ChristianBook: $9.69 ebook

Barnes and Noble: $10.49 Nookbook

See ya next week, with my other latest novel I’m really enjoying. 🙂 You are going to have to wait, but make sure you have an appetite. 🙂

The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall

The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas RomanceHowdy folks! And Merry Christmas!! It’s been brutally cold here in the North East, but no worries because it just makes it feel a little more like Christmas is coming.  For the next couple of weeks I want to tell you about 3 different Christmas/Holiday stories and I’m really happy to share them all with you.

Today’s book is the Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall. If you recall, I did a book review last year on another new book by Cindy Woodsmall. You can revisit that book here. This book was a just as equally good.

First of all, Ms. Woodsmall writes so much differently about the Amish then most other writers. She makes them as modern people. Yes, they still live Amish and plain, but they use phones and Internet for business workings. I find that interesting. It makes the more “human.”

This book was about a girl named Rose. She was the only girl in her family of boys and her mother took advantage of her. Rose was basically being abused at home and consider worthless to her mother. So when the preacher comes by  with the proposition that a family may be in need of a nanny for a while her mother pushes her as fast a possible out the door.

When Rose arrives, a bold  woman Englicher, Elise, comes to aid her and drives her to Joel’s house where his wife is delivering their third child. Soon Rose learns that the children’s mother has died in child birth. Joel has no idea what to do, but the bishop tells Joel the best thing is to marry poor Rose so the children have a mother. Rose agrees that this is the best thing for the children, especially the infant daughter who will be greatly in need of a mother.

Fast forward 4 years, things are not much different for Rose or Joel. They don’t even sleep in the same room. They have discussions at night and do care about each other but their “marriage” is rocky. One day when Joel is upset with things around Christmas time, his mother-in-law of his deceased wife’s (who is also the town gossip), just makes him more upset. Joel accidentally spills that he and Rose have never consummated their marriage and that is why they haven’t had children of their own.

Weeks go by and Joel realizes there could be something between him and Rose and he starts building a bedroom just for them. At first, Rose is upset feeling that Joel is trying to court someone else, but soon  Rose becomes more anxious as she  learns of his real intentions and is falling in love with Joel. However, they have not communicated their true feelings to each other. Nevertheless, the Bishop and another elder stop by to discuss things with Joel. His mother-in-law reached them and told them of the situation. They give Joel the option of an annulment.

Will Joel take this proposition? Or is he really in love with Rose? Does Rose love him?

Well… You’re just going to have to grab a copy for yourself, aren’t you? Here are some online retailers to get the book. You can also try your local library and local bookstores to support economic growth in your community.

Amazon: Hardcover $10.85; Kindle $9.99

Christianbook: Hardcover $7.99 on Clearance Special; Ebook $9.99

BarnesandNoble: Hardcover $10.95; Nook $9.99

Let me not forget to mention I was able to receive this book for my honest to goodness opinion through the Blogging for Books Program. I just adore that program and the variety of books that are on there.

Again have a Happy Holiday this weekend! Next week stay tuned for my next holiday themed book.🎄

Books and short stories for the Holiday Season

Hi, folks… We got a great selection of short stories just for the Holiday Season. We’ll also cover two great books I’ve read this month. 🙂 I’m so happy to have been sharing with you all these great stories this year. I hope that we’ll be able to continue and grow our social network next year. 15 more followers would be a great acheivement for 2017. Let’s make that happen!

So next week, watch for upcoming holiday reviews and my latest book Shadow in the Storm. This book gives me mixed feelings on whether I like it or not. I’m about half-way so we’ll be doing a review on that shortly.

Sorry. in holiday transition

Hi, folks. For those that follow me here on this blog, know I usually post about a book every week. I’ve read 20 books this year since I started last December. 🙂 Amazing feat! Props to those that have followed me this year, because I’m happy to say I have officially 14 followers. Yippee. My goal was 30, but I’m glad I’m half way there.

Due to the upcoming holiday, I got behind in reading and haven’t finished my latest book Shadow in the Storm, which is really good, but when you are only 15% through the ebook, I don’t think I know enough to share with you all as of yet. So stay tuned for that. I just have been busy trying to make things. (See my crafting blog here) Plus trying to reach out to people about my businesses (See my personal site here) Maybe I’m trying too hard with everything.  I don’t know, but let me know if you check out my sites in how I could get more attention and feedback. 🙂

However, I’m planning to share with you the sweet amish holiday romance Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall next week.  Then hopefully a couple of other great short stories will be shared throughout the month of December including the Shadow in the Storm book that I’m currently reading.

I’ll see you all next week with my latest book review and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

The O’Leary Family Saga by Susan Anne Mason

Cover ArtWhether you have followed along or not with the O’Leary’s  of Irish Meadows in Long Island, New York, I’m sure this book will not disappoint you. This is the third and last book in the Courage to Dream series.

I haven’t read the previous books from Susan Anne Mason, so the entire story was new to me. I enjoyed it very much and I wished for more sequels.

This novel Love’s Faithful Promise follows James and Kathleen O’Leary’s daughter, Deidre, and her dreams of becoming a doctor. However, her dreams are put on hold when her mother, Kathleen, suffers a minor stroke. Deidre must help find the best physical therapist she can find for her mother. Her Uncle Victor, a family friend, knows of a doctor by the name Matthew Clayborne located in Toronto, who is trying a new technique that may work for Deidre’s mother. Deidre plans a trip up to this doctor to learn the techniques and will not leave until she learns all she needs to know to help her mother gain back strength.

Once Deidre arrives in Toronto, she finds Dr. Matthew Clayborne,who seems very stubborn and unwilling help her. Matthew feels very annoyed with Deidre’s company and hopes that she will learn what she needs and leaves him. Deidre’s parents offer Matthew to be a paid employee and come help Kathleen recover, however, Matthew cannot think of such a thing. Deidre has faith that God hasn’t brought her there for no reason and knows he may be able to help her mother, although he is very stubborn. We soon learn Matthew suffers from a wound in the war and wounds on his heart, and is especially worried about his sweet daughter.

One day when Matthew is working with Deidre, he learns that his little daughter Phoebe is sick and has been taken to the hospital. Deidre soon and Phoebe take a liking to each other at the hospital, however, Phoebe doesn’t speak to anyone and hasn’t for many years nor does her father allow her to have interactions with others. Matthew wants to protect his daughter from the cruelties of the world. Matthew feels God and the world have been unfair to him. Due to doctors orders, of fresh air and relaxation for Phoebe, Matthew Clayborne gives in to Deidre’s offer of working for her mother.

Shortly, many things change for Matthew. Is he prepared for the changes he is finding? Will he open his soul and his heart again? Can Deidre accept the fact she may never be a doctor? Will God help them achieve all their dreams and heal their hearts?

There is also a side story about Deidre’s brother Connor, but you’ll have to read the book to find out more about him. What I can tell you is that the circumstance Connor has does affect the relationship between Deidre and Matthew.

This book was wonderful and I loved every minute of the O’Leary’s. It feels that I had known them forever and I will miss them very much. This is one of my new favorites along with Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin (read that review here). But I can’t close with out thanking Bethany House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this awesome novel for my honest opinion.

Here’s a few places where you can purchase this book. Always support local business in your community.:-)

Amazon: $12.33 Paperback; $9.50 Kindle

Barnes and Noble: $12.14 Paperback; $10.49 Nook

Christianbook: $9.99 paperback; $9.69 ebook

If you want, you can read an excerpt here.

Happy Reading and have a great Holiday Season! 🙂