Book 2 Heart of Alaska Series-Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Book 2 Heart of Alaska Series-Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Hello, everyone. Here’s the review that has been long over due. 🙂 Today we are going to look at one of the newest books from Tracie Peterson.

First of all, I’m not new to Tracie Peterson. I have read some of her previous works many years before I’ve started this blog. I have enjoyed her writing and this book has not disappointed me and my expectations.

Heart of Alaska Book 2- Out of the Ashes- is a great novel, set in 1925 Curry, Alaska, a compilation from Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. If you have followed along, you will remember Allan and Cassidy’s budding relationship from the last book. Here we still get to see how Cassidy and Allan are doing with their marriage, but we get to meet three new characters, Jean- Michel Langelier and his sister, Collette, along with Katherine Demarchis.

Cassidy and Allan have been married about 2 years.  Their relationship continues to be a loving one with God the center of their lives. Cassidy is always busy helping Mrs. Johnson in the kitchen. Cassidy has noticed a unusual tiredness and dizzy spells when we see her again. Cassidy soon finds out that she is pregnant with her and Allan’s first child. Both parents are very excited, as well as the tough Mrs. Johnson. Cassidy soon becomes an emotional roller coaster and tries to pray for the Lord to guide her in her tough time.

Jean-Michel Langlier and his sister, Collette, have just lost their father and are both grieving. His father, in his will, suggested that Jean-Michel and Collette go on a trip around the world. Jean- Michel has been battling with, what we would say today Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He cannot escape the haunting recurrent nightmares and doesn’t feel that a trip should happen. As well, his sister Collette is very wayward and he has no idea what his father wanted him to do. All his father said was to seek God, but how can he seek God and guide his sister, when Jean- Michel doesn’t know what to do himself. However, Jean-Michel receives a letter from his former love’s, Katherine Demarchis, grandmother,Mrs. Harrison. In the letter, she expresses her growing  concern for her granddaughter and her abusive marriage (Katherine’s husband has died) and feels that if Katherine would see Jean-Michel, she would open her heart to love again.

Will Jean-Michel and Katherine be able to heal from their wounds?Will all three individuals find their way to God and will they open their hearts to love again? I guess you are going to have to grab a copy for yourself. 🙂

Lastly, I’d like to thank, Bethany House Publishers for giving me a complimentary copy and the chance to read this book for my honest opinion! This book has been awesome and I look forward for the next edition.

Check out your local library or head over to your local retailers.

Here are some locations that might be near you to purchase this book:

Walmart: $10.99 Paperback

Barnes and Noble: $11.09 Paperback; $9.99 Nook

Christianbook: $9.99 Paperback; $9.99 ebook

Amazon: $10.99 Paperback; $8.63 Kindle

Happy Reading and I’ll see you next time with another great book!

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A current case unravels an old mystery

Hi, everyone and Happy New Year. This is my first book for the 2018 season and my last book for the 2017 season. I did a great job last year with all the books I shared with you all. I didn’t hit my goal, but I almost reached it.

Today, we are going to look at my latest read- The House on Foster Hill by Jamie Joe Wright. This is a dual perspective book. One perspective is from the current era from Kaine Prescott who is dealing with the lost of her husband Danny. Kaine believes her husband was killed, but the police had considered it accidental. Kaine moves to a town Wisconsin where her great-great grandmother, Ivy Thrope lived. Kaine moves into the Foster Hill House to run from the home and the silent stalker behind in San Diego. Kaine soon finds some new friends that help her resolve and help her find the answers she needs and give her protection and she is soon attacked in the Foster Hill House. However, Foster Hill holds some secrets in itself.

Ivy Thrope,  (Kaine’s great-great grandmother), is still grieving the lost of her brother Andrew 12 year prior. Everyone states that Ivy has some connection to the deceased and want nothing to do with her, because she works with her father, an medical examiner. When Ivy’s father becomes involved in an investigation of a murdered teenage girl near the Foster Hill House, things become very interesting for Ivy. Her former best friend, Detective Joel Cunningham, shows up suddenly after 12 years to help the sheriff and , Ivy is not happy and is uneased. It was when she is attacked at Foster Hill, when searching for clues, that is when Ivy and Joel try to mend things together.

Will both of these women find and clues they need to bring the innocent some peace in their eternal sleep?  Will God help the two women to the clues they need to solve the crimes being committed. You will have to grab this great read. I can’t put it down myself. 🙂 You won’t be disappointed.

The writing style is seamless. You read something that Kaine finds in clues to her life and then you find Ivy is looking and finding clues to her own life mysteries. This is an awesome book.

Here are a few places you can find The House on Foster Hill:

Amazon: Kindle -$1.99; Paperback $7.42

Barnes and Noble: Paperback $9.08; Nook -$1.99

Walmart: Paperback $7.42

Christianbook: Paperback $7.49

Target: Paperback $10.39

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Here are a few extras that I included in my review today: Q&A and Book Announcement/Synopsis from the author.

Lastly,I thank the Bethany House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to read such a great book for a complimentary eBook copy.

Enjoy and happy reading!!! Keep warm, too!!

Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne

Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne

🍂 Today, we are going to quickly look at the book Book 2 of the Double S Ranch, Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne. This was a great read about family bonding and that no matter what, sticking together can get you through anything. The book itself is a nice size, fits great in a carry-on or in a large purse. It is also an easy read. I love the writing style, because it keeps you glued to the book. The only down size to the book is that it is small and the print is small. However, instead of looking at just the physical aspects of the book let’s dig into the story.

Welcome back to the Double S Ranch on the West Coast in the small town of Gray’s Glen. This time we meet Nick Stafford, the middle child of Sam Stafford. Nick is a single dad trying to raise his two beautiful daughters. His wife had left him for a rodeo man two years ago and his oldest daughter is struggling with the fact her mother left. Nick sees his daughter is failing in her school and the principal recommends a psychiatrist to help with the issues. This woman is Dr. Elsa Andreas.

When Nick and her first meet her in woodsy house far out of town, secluded from the rest of the world, Elsa slams the door in his face. Talk about introductions. They soon become friends and try to help the girls get through their difficulties. Remember keep the girls first! However, Elsa is dealing with her own ghosts. As weeks, past the friendship grows and they become closer, but Elsa still hold her darkest secrets. Just when everything is going well and Elsa is adjusting with her new life, the ex-wife  shows back up. Everything topples on Elsa and Nick is trying to put his girls first, deal with a ranch that is short on hands, deal with his past ghosts, and most importantly handle an ex-wife with many serious issues.

Will Elsa and Nick help the girls? Will Elsa let go of her ghosts and learn to trust Nick? Will Nick win the battle that is going on in his mind and handle his ex-wife graciously? You are just going to have to find a copy of the book for yourself. 🙂 Here are some locations where you can find the book:

Walmart: $8.00 paperback

Amazon: $9.00 paperback

Barnes and Noble: $7.99 paperback

I hope you enjoy this read. I sure did. I want to thank the Blogging for Books program for letting me get this book with no compensation for my honest opinion and review. I’ll see you all next time; hopefully with some delightful Christmas stories. 🙂

Now go grab a hot cup of Apple Cider and snuggle up with another great book!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!  🦃 See you in December. 🙂 🍂

 

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.🎄