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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review ~ The Amish Wanderer by Laura V Hilton

Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: February 7th 2017 by Whitaker House

Desperate for a Ticket Out
Bethany Weiss is ready to leave town. Tongues haven't stopped clacking in Jamesport, MO, since her daed, the bishop, was admitted to a mental hospital after hurting their small Amish community. But her sharpest wounds Bethany hides from prying eyes, quietly biding her time until she can take a chance at a new life away from Jamesport and away from God.

Searching for a Home
Silas Beiler was kicked out of his own family's home. Dogged by a rough childhood and a family who blames him for each new disaster, he begins hitchhiking across the country, sleeping in barns where he can, working for food when possible; headed for Pennsylvania, in the hope of some stability.

A Memory of Lemonade
When Bethany spies a man asleep in the hayloft, she first fears the return of an unwelcome suitor. But when it is Silas who turns and speaks, the memories flood back: a happy summer six years ago full of lemonade, long walks, and budding courtship. Now, however, those months of bliss seem naive and idyllic. Will their old love overcome new pain? Or will hurt and rejection continue to haunt their path?
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About the Author
Laura Hilton graduated with a business degree from Ozarka Technical College in Melbourne, Arkansas. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, she is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with more than a thousand reviews published on the Web. Laura and her husband, Steve, have five children, whom Laura homeschools. The family makes their home in Arkansas. To learn more about Laura, read her reviews, and find out about her upcoming releases, readers may visit her blog at

Her previous book series with Whitaker House include:The Amish of JamesportThe Post Card, Snow Globe, and The Birdhouse

The Amish of Webster CountyHealing Love, Awakened Love, and Surrendered Love

The Amish of SeymourPatchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (2012 Laurel Award winner, first place in the Amish Genre Clash), and Promised to Another.

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My Thoughts

Hilton has a knack for Amish fiction that goes right to the heart. With masterful writing skills, she brought this reader front and center into the lives of the young and questioning, in The Amish Wanderer. 

While I wasn’t comfortable with one of the scenes, it was necessary to show the horror of what Bethany Weiss has been subjected to from a former beau. The scene was compelling and repelling at the same time. Thankfully, humor was injected at just the right moment to give this reader a break from such intense emotions.

Silas is a great guy! He’s wounded and has his struggles and doubts, but he’s the real deal. His character is probably my second favorite of any in Hilton’s stories.

I recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction. I was provided a paperback copy from the publisher and author for review purposes. No compensation has been received.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reviews ~ Love on the Range and Love's True Home by Rebecca Nightsong

 Purchase link here FREE on Kindle

A plucky city girl. A tough cowboy. Romance in cowboy country.

When a crisis cripples the ranch, stern cowboy Jett Maddox is suddenly promoted to foreman. Just in time for the fall cattle drive. No sweat. Except for the new spitfire cook who is way too soft for wild country.

City-girl Marlee Donovan knows failure. She’s already on her second career, and her family is sure she’ll fail again. But plucky Marlee packs up her chef’s knives and heads west for a cook’s job on a ranch anyway. She’s ready to prove herself.

As Marlee struggles with the hardships of life in the west, Jett finds himself falling for her. And Marlee is drawn to the unexpected soft side of the gruff cowboy. But when tragedy at the ranch escalates, a difficult decision must be made…and Marlee’s stubborn streak could cost her everything.

 Love on the Range is a prequel to the Looking Glass Lake series of contemporary Christian romance. If you like sweet and clean love stories with quirky characters that get you laughing, then you’ll love Rebecca Nightsong’s world of imperfect people who dare to put their faith and love in action.

If you like books by Janet Tronstad, Brenda Minton, and Lucy McConnell, then you'll love this touching story and its quaint little town.

Saddle up and start this sweet adventure love story today!

My Thoughts

This is my first story from Nightsong. I enjoyed the setting and characters. Jett and Marlee sizzle like bacon on a hot griddle, meaning they have chemistry from the get-go and it's cleanly done! Love on the Range is a sweet short story, just enough to whet my appetite for more from this author!

I was given a copy of this story in electronic form from the author. No review was required. No compensation received.

And here's the more...

Secrets. Redemption. Love’s second-chance. 
Hard-driving real-estate developer Lauren Rolphe returns to her hometown of Looking Glass Lake, ready to revitalize the area and receive a hero’s welcome for her troubles.

Practical-joker Matthew Paycoach is the town’s most loyal and influential citizen…and Looking Glass Lake's most charming cowboy. But even his easy-going smile can’t cover the pain Lauren caused when she dumped him and left town without a goodbye nine years ago.

As they war over the town’s future, Looking Glass Lake’s most notorious matchmakers jump into the fray. Matt quickly loses the battle to protect his heart, and Lauren is overwhelmed by sweet memories and longings she has tried so desperately to forget.

But when a secret surfaces and the past comes back to haunt them, Matt and Lauren must learn how to let go and trust God…or lose love’s true home forever.

Love’s True Home is Book 1 in the Looking Glass Lake series of contemporary Christian romance. If you like sweet and clean love stories with quirky characters that get you laughing, then you’ll love Rebecca Nightsong’s world of imperfect people who dare to put their faith and love in action.

Saddle up and enter cowboy country to start this sweet love story today!

My Thoughts

Love's True Home is a great contemporary western. It reminds me of Mitford, only in the west. If you're a Jan Karon fan, you'll know what I mean. If not, then you're in for a treat. You'll find a community of family and friends that you'll long to sit down with and have a long chat over coffee and pie. There's love, acceptance, and forgiveness found among the banks of Looking Glass Lake. Have your tissue handy because you might even shed a few tears. I know I did. Nightsong has created a beautiful cast of characters that I look forward to seeing more of.

I was given a copy of this story in electronic form from the author. No review was required. No compensation received. 

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I want to thank Rebecca Nightsong for providing the electronic copies. Authors pour their heart and soul into their stories, and I appreciate every moment they spend doing this! I've actually had the honor of meeting Rebecca and chatting with her over coffee. She's a lovely young woman with a precious heart for the Lord. It comes through in her writing too!

I would also like to encourage YOU, the reader, to leave a review on any book you read. Even one sentence helps to encourage the author. ;-)

Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Freebies for Kindle

Hey, Y'all!
It's finally turned cold here in coastal VA.  I miss the warm temps but it makes for a nice cozy curl up by the fireplace with a good book. With that in mind, I thought I'd pass along these Kindle Freebies in case you didn't know about them. They are a mix of historical and contemporary, new and not-so-new. I haven't read all of them but I have heard good things about them. :-) 

 Sweet short story!
Loved this novella!!!

All you have to do is click on the image and it will take you to Amazon to purchase. If you aren't an Amazon shopper, they're probably available at other online retailers for the same price. 
Often times, it is this way.  
As always, double check the FREE price before you buy!
~Happy Reading~