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

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!

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

image001-1Hi, everyone… sorry for the delay. 😦 Anyway, I want to tell you about this new Mystery Novel I got to read through the good friends at Bethany House Publishers. This book, titled Murder on the Moor, is from the Drew Farthering Detective Series by Julianna Deering.

This was one my first mystery novels I’ve read in a long time. I use to read Nancy Drew, but this book was different. This book was very slow at first. It was hard to grasp on what was going on until I really got into the book. I don’t know if it was because it was set in 1940s England causing the issue for me or if it was the writing style, but I got through it.

What’s it about?

We meet Detective Drew Farthering on a rainy evening with his wife reading to him from Jane Eyre, when old friend Beaky Bloodworth shows up with a mystery murder of the church’s Vicar, who was found dead on the steps of the old church. We soon find out there are many suspects in the Moor and no one is left unscathed. We even suspect Beaky’s wife, Sabrina, due to her presumptuous ways. In the end, you will never guess who the murder ends up to be, but I’m not telling. 🙂 You’ll just have to pick a copy of it up for yourself at these fine retailers or at your local library.

Amazon: $9.40 paperback; $8.93 kindle

Family Christian: $15.99

ChristianBook: $9.49

BarnesandNoble: $9.40 paperback; $10.99 Nook

Walmart: $9.50 (free 2-day shipping with $35 order)

Jet.com: Starting at $12.86

Did the book meet your expectations?

It was decent, but like I mentioned I got lost a few times and it was getting confusing. The chapters were very long at times and I felt like I was never getting though the book. 😦 If you like mysteries, it was pretty good; a lot of suspects and you can’t ever decide who you think the murderer is. The author keeps you guessing. I liked that and it was an easy read. It was just probably something I’m not exactly interested in reading. I’m more of a love story or exciting novel person. I love detective shows, but the books I’m not so sure.

Until next time, happy reading!!!

 

 

Amish Cooking Class Book 1 The Seekers

167440_1_ftcWhat a different kind of book from Wanda E. Brunstetter! 🙂 This is the first book in the series and I can’t wait to read more of what happens next.  The story is about a childless Amish Family, Heidi and Lyle Troyer. Heidi is somewhat sad with her life, because she can’t have a boppli (Pennslyvania Dutch for baby) and feels she needs to have some interaction and a reason for being. So Heidi starts and cooking class after hearing how well her aunt did with a quilting class.

To her surprise she ends up with 5 students all with different issues and situations. Each hold their own secrets, especially Ron,who is a Vietnam War Veteran and has a bad outlook on life. To top that off Ron has a bad case of PTSD.  Then there’s Charlene. She  feels like a failure with her mother-in-law-to-be and doesn’t know the first on how to cook. All she wants to do is make her future in-law happy and build a good relationship with them.  Next is Lorretta, who is a widow, and she is looking into understanding the Amish way of life. Eli, a friend of the Troyer’s, and is a widower himself. Did I mention he can’t cook at all? 🙂 The saddest part for Eli is that he painfully misses his wife and doesn’t know if there will be anyone else out there to fill his empty hole.  Lastly, there’s Kendra. Kendra is a young unwed pregnant girl, who has been kicked out of her house and not allowed to see her family. She has struggled to find a job and lives with her friend Dorie temporarily until she can figure out a way to support herself and her baby. With a such a selection of individuals Heidi learns to give advice from scripture and guidance from God. Best part? friendships are made between everyone with every cooking class and everyone becomes very close.

I love the ending, and I really can’t wait for more on Heidi’s Cooking class. It ends happily and there’s some cliff hangers. So I’m excited about that.  I loved the fact that each recipe was located in the back of the book. My favorite recipe, which I’ve actually had before with some friends, is Amish Haystack. It is very yummie! 🙂 A must try and is very easy. The other part I liked in the back of the book is the discussion area questions. Book two comes out in August 2017. Yippee!!! Lastly, I can’t forget to mention that I received this book as a complimentary copy  from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Here are a few places you can get this book:

First check out your local and digital libraries to see if they have a copy available otherwise check out these find retailers.

Amazon: $11.26

Christian Book:$11.49

Family Christian: $15.99

Barnes and Noble: $11.03

See you later for my next book!!! It’s going to be a Christian mystery novel.. OH BOY!!! It’s my first mystery book.. 🙂