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The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston

cover105660-mediumThe Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston is the fourth book in the Amish Heirloom series. This is the final book in the series. One of Mattie’s, main character, finds and opens the hope chest and finds an items that takes the readers back into time.  The Beloved Hope Chest story has heartbreak, grief, and unconditional love.

Mattie was expecting a little boy and was in love with her husband, but then suddenly and unexpectedly her husband dies. The authors shows the raw emotion of Mattie when she received the tragic news. Mattie’s husband died a hero, and while that is great, it doesn’t provide comfort for Mattie.

Leroy, a childhood friend of Mattie, is a good, honest and caring person. Leroy has always loved Mattie. Mattie has only ever viewed Leroy as a friend. Leroy does not like to see Mattie and pain and decides that he would marry her and help care for the baby she is carrying. Leroy was unselfish, always putting Mattie first, and constantly showing Mattie that he will not give up.

This story is about forgiveness, trusting God, letting go of the past and moving on. The author shows how grieving can affect a person but that people are resilient and there are always people there to help care for you.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.

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True to You by Becky Wade

cover105949-mediumTrue to You by Becky Wade is a Christian romance that has several parts that are funny, and emotional. This is a wonderful book. The characters are well developed and relatable. The dynamics of the sister’s is well-thoughtout.

There are two main characters. The first; is Nora, is a cautious and studious young woman. The second; John, is a modern-day Navy SEAL who comes into Nora’s life and turns it upside down.

Nora had a really bad relationship in the past that caused her to build a wall to protect herself from being hurt that she did in her last relationship. The obstacles she puts in her way consist of unfashionable clothing, old hairstyles, and work. Eventually John and Nora meet and the wall that she has built slowly begins to break down.

John has an ego but deep down he was hurting and there was an uncertainty of his future that bothered him.  Recently, John was diagnosed with a genetic condition that will affect him for the rest of his life. John was not attracted to Nora at first but the most time he spent with her the more he saw a wonderful young lady. Through his friendship with Nora, John learns some important lessons in trusting God with his past as well as his future.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Desert Moon by Susan Page Davis

cover104637-mediumDesert Moon by Susan Page Davis is a wonderful historical fiction. The story takes place in Arizona. There is a sweet romance throughout the story with a little bit of danger and mystery added. The story begins fast with a stage coach robbery and then blames of the crime are made and with evidence.

The main character, Julia Newman, is a young lady that makes the difficult decisions. Julia receives double bad news in a short amount of time. First she learns of her mother’s death, then she learns that her brother is accused of robbing a stagecoach and the person who informed her is the man that Julie has always love, Deputy Adam Scott.

Julie left home to go to school to become a teacher because she could not stand to be near the man she loved, Deputy Adam Scott.  On her way home, Julie learns that the stagecoach she is riding in has been robbed. Deputy accused Julie’s brother of the crime, which frustrates her. Julie tries to convince Deputy Adam Scott of her brother’s innocence but then finds out that her brother has gone mission.  During this exchange, Julie discovers that her feelings for Deputy Adam Scott has not gone away as she hoped would happen when she went away to school.

 

Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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The Blessing by Wanda E. Brunstetter

cover112930-mediumThe Blessing by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the second book in the series The Amish cooking class. In the first book Heidi and Lyle open their home up at the Troyer Amish Farm for cooking classes that Heidi teaches. In this second book Heidi teaches were second cooking class. I read the Brunstetter’s first book in The Amish cooking class series and this book did not disappoint.

Just like the first book, Heidi’s students in The Blessing are facing a variety of needs. Aa young teenage who is struggling with life after her mother, an alcoholic, abandon her family. A mailman who wants to learn to cook. A wife who’s husband is a policeman and gives her this gift to learn to cook. A caterer who wants to learn new recipes for her business and a hunter who wants to learn to cook for his buddies. The story bring in some of the characters from the first book in the series, which is an added bonus to see how the first set of doing are doing.

Heidi seems to be a compassionate and thoughtful young woman, with a good sense of humor who genuinely loves sharing her love of cooking and of God with her students. It is heartwarming to see how Heidi is able to reach her students hearts when they are suffering, particularly teenage Nicole, who is struggling with forgiving her mother for leaving the family.

At the classes Heidi teaches her student to cook good Amish food and always sends them home with a Bible verse on the back of the recipe card. The story shows how each person needs something in there lives and Heidi is able to help them.

The story has feelings of hope, love, friendship, forgiveness and trust in God. Heidi shares a scripture with each of her recipe cards. This touching story left me wanting for more. I hope there will be more additions to her Cooking Class series. The stories are uplifting and enjoyable to read.

I received an ARC from Shiloh Run Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

cover104765-mediumTreasured Grace by Tracie Peterson is a historical novel set during the 1800’s. The author has done her research well and really showed the hearts of the native Americans who were feeling anger and frustration of being forced off of their land by white people who gave no thought to ask first about how they could live together and instead just swooped in and took. This all comes to a head of course in a most horrifying account of an attack on the mission in which our main character resides with her two sisters Hope and Mercy.

Treasured Grace is well-written and has good characters. My attention was captured and held throughout the book. I found it to have a good pace which made it easy to read. There is extreme violence in the book which is historically accurate, but I found it upsetting. Prayer and faith are prevalent themes throughout the book. It emphasizes how important it is to have faith that God is there for you in the bad times and the good. I give Treasured Grace 4 out of 5 stars. It is a lovely yet heartbreaking story. It does have a sweet ending once you get past the serious parts (which are sad, heartbreaking and slightly depressing). There is the requisite romance, but I did enjoy the character of Alex. Tracie Peterson did a great job with her research. Her writing brought history to life. I have read the majority of Ms. Peterson’s novels (I still have a couple in my TBR pile), and I will continue to read her stories in the future.

I received an ARC copy of this book by Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Annie’s Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker

cover105119-mediumAnnie’s Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker is the second book in the Hope Chest of Dreams series. Annie Mast and Levi Miller were childhood best friends. Then one day Levi was gone. Levi’s father, John, had broken the rules of the Ordnung and was shunned. John quickly packed up his family and moved away. Ten years later, Annie is at the wedding of Katie and Jeremiah when she notices an Englischer in the crowd. Upon closer inspection, she notices that it is Levi. They agree to meet at their special place at Pebble Creek. When they meet, it is like they have never been apart. Over the next few days, the two meet whenever Annie can get away. Levi wants to spend the rest of his life with Annie, but, there is a big obstacle in the way of their happiness. Levi does not feel he can return to Arthur, Illinois and live. He feels he will always be known as the son of the shunned man. Levi knows that Annie would not be happy in the Englisch world and asks if she would be willing to compromise. Annie’s heart, though, is in the Amish world where she grew up. Annie believes that God can work miracles and, if she is meant to be with Levi, God will find a way.

Annie’s Recipe is nicely written and is easy to read. The book reminds me of a sappy romance novel with Christian faith and theology tossed in. Annie’s journal entries remind me of those written by a lovesick teenager. Annie’s sponge cakes are mentioned frequently throughout the book.

I received an advanced reader’s copy from Kensington Books and Zebra via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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The California Gold Rush Romance Collection

28114246The California Gold Rush Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Angela Bell, Dianne Christner, Anne Greene, Linda Farmer Harris, Cynthia Hickey, Pam Hillman, Jennifer Rogers Spinola, Jaime Jo Wright is a delightful collection of stories from nine talented and very creative authors. The plots are diverse. The California Gold Rush Romance Collection is really no different than any other romance collection, but there are a couple of stand-out novellas. The Golden Cross and Gold Haven Heiress are two that don’t really fit into the mold and really are intriguing. The Golden Cross tells the story of a man and his niece immigrating from China to find gold, but they find something more they can do that is more valuable than gold. The Gold Haven Heiress tells the story from Thalia’s viewpoint, and Thalia is a girl who has lived a long life for her few years. She has settled in the ghost town of Gold Haven because it allows her to be alone. When Jack Taylor moves in, that messes up her plans to live a solitary life.

I give the stories In the California Gold Rush Collection four out of five stars.

I received this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

cover88432-mediumUnder the Lights (The Field Party #2) by Abbie Glines is a young adult book that is leaning more tot he mature YA audience. I did not read the first book in the series. This review is based on this book and this book alone. Coming into the second book of the series I had a lot of questions which I do not recommend. As a reading it resulted in a lot of unnecessary questions and confusion.

At the beginning of the book Willa came back to Lawton after moving away with her mom. She has been through some terrible and traumatic experiences. As a kid, her best friends were Brady and Gunner. There has been a lot of times that has passed since she last saw them. Willa is not worried about boys or friends right now, her focus is on getting through her senior year of high school and making her Nonna proud. 

Gunner has money, but while he has money he has a terrible family. Brady is the opposite. He does not have a lot of money, but he is the star quarterback and he has a wonderful family. When the Gunner and Brady notice Willa is back, both are fascinated with her. 

Brady and Gunner have been best friends since they were kids. Gunner is going through a difficult time. Gunner feels safe talking about his issues with Willa since he feels that Willa is able to truly understand him. Before when Willa lived in Lawton she had a secret crush on Brady but now Gunner is in the picture and she is not sure what to do. Throughout the story there are ups and down. There is confusion. There are arguments but through it all they remained friends. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

I received this book from Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon Pulse via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin

New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin is a book about a girl named Sam Hendry who faces bullying at her new school.  The subject of this book that is carefully dealt with is bullying. Bullying is a problem that many students face today. This book also deals with the everyday life of a soon-to-be teenager.

Sam is a girl who is about to leave her  primary school and friends to start at a new school. At the new school Sam does not know anyone there. Sam wants to stay at her primary school where she feel comfortable. She does not want to have to find new friends, but she does not have a choice. Even worse, at the new school Sam is the target by the bully of the school. Life does not seem to be going well for Sam but luckily she finds friends. She joins the drama club where she is able to express herself and nurture her talents.

Sam’s life involves her friends, talent, interests and first crush. The plot line effectively covers it all. It was refreshing to read about life through innocent eyes. I wish the author had given the reader a more indepth look at the lives of the different characters. I enjoyed reading this innocent story.

star_png1597star_png1597star_png1597star_png1597I give this book 4/5 stars.

I received this book from Gingersnap Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Wanderlust by Roni Loren

Untitled-5Wanderlust by Roni Loren is a unique story. On first glance the main characters appear to be complete opposites. The main characters had different upbringings, different places in life, and on different paths. Somehow, not sure how, the characters look beyond the differences and they show the world that they are meant for each other. Wanderlust is a complicated romance. As the reader we get to learn about the many layers that make up the characters. We learn about their pasts, temper triggers. We also learn about what makes them strong. The complicate love story pulls on the heart strings and keeps you wanting more.

One of the main characters is Aubrey.  Aubrey was reckless on night and that choice has changed her life forever. Aubrey is asked by her boss at NOLA to cover for the music report. She is worried that being back int he music scene again, yet doing the six part feature could get her promoted.  She is determined to stay in control and get the job done. The tone for the book is set when Aubrey first meets Lex Logan who is the lead singer for Wanderlust.

There is chemistry and so much more between Aubrey and Lex. Both characters know which buttons to push and neither character will willing to back away.  Lex is sexual while Aubrey secretly loved the attention because of her past. However, she would not allow herself to enjoy it. It was enjoyable that Lex eventually opened up to Aubrey about his past. This was something that was hard for him to do since he hated to talk about it. In both Aubrey and Lex there is a lot of hurt in their past. Lex was ready to leave the past in the past; however, Aubrey was not to that point yet which causes some conflict.

This is a great emotional story that allows the characters to grow and accept things the way they are instead of trying to change the things that cannot be changed.

I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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