Book Review: “Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio” By Serena B. Miller

May 31, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Serena B. Miller in her new book,  “Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, OhioLove Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio” published by Summerside Press takes us to Sugarcreek, Ohio and into the life of Rachel Troyer.

From the back cover:  Love finds you

A mysterious outsider casts a long shadow on Ohio’s Amish country.

Policewoman Rachel Troyer has always looked after her three elderly Amish aunts, proprietors of a farmhouse inn near Sugarcreek, Ohio. The idyllic town is popular with tourists, who come to sample its famous Amish goods. But one thing is clear to Rachel – Joe Matthews is no tourist. When the bearded stranger lands on her aunts’ doorstep, begging shelter for himself and his young son, Rachel is suspicious. Will she be able to uncover Joe’s secrets despite her aunts’ – and her own – growing affection for him?

Let me start off by saying that I sincerely hope that Ms. Miller has a sequel to this story cooking in the pipes somewhere.  This story is absolutely terrific! Sugarcreek, Ohio seems like a really nice place to hang out in with the people to meet and the places to see.  Rachel Troyer is the kind of cop you always want around and to be friends with.  Joe Matthews is a mystery and Rachel doesn’t trust him.  Then there is a murder and a killer to catch.  On top of that there is the romance.  “Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio” is great fun to read.  Ms. Miller has a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace.  Her characters are wonderful and she give them life and unique voices.  All this and Sugarcreek, Ohio also.  A really enjoyable read.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “Thankful” by Shelley Shepard Gray

May 31, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Shelley Shepard Gray in her new book, “Thankful book coverThankful” Book Two in the Return to Sugarcreek  series published by Avon Inspire takes us into the lives of Christina Kempf  and Aden Reese.

From the back cover:   From bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray comes a tender story of faith, family, and finding love with the Amish of Sugarcreek

Christina Kempf has always felt that God chose Aden Reese to be her husband. When they were children, Aden was there to save her when she fell through a patch of thin ice, and he’s been by her side ever since. After his parents died in a car accident ten years ago, the Kempfs raised Aden as one of their own, and everyone sees Aden and Christina as brother and sister. But Christina has never given up hope that Aden will one day see her as the perfect woman for him . . . and ask her to be his wife.

Despite what his heart wants, Aden can’t find it in himself to repay the Kempfs’ kindness with an admission that his feelings for Christina have only ever been romantic. But when she’s pressured by her parents to court more broadly, Christina begins to accept the attentions of Sugarcreek’s young men.

Now Aden must make a choice. Will he stand by and watch the love of his life slip away? Or will he risk losing the love and trust of the family he holds dear to tell Christina how he truly feels?

I made a mistake.  I did not read the first book in this series, “Hopeful”.  But that is okay as Ms. Gray did a wonderful job in keeping this a stand alone within the series.  It helps if you know what happened in the first book however it does not detract from the current goings on.  I do not believe that I have ever read a plot like this one.  Aden is in love with Christina and she in love with him.  Due to tragedy Aden moves in with the Kempfs and is seen as part of the family.  Now Aden is torn as Christina is forced to court but he doesn’t want to seem disloyal to the family.  This is an exceptional story with exceptional characters that you care for and so want them to get together.  I liked it a lot and am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “A Beauty So Rare” by Tamera Alexander

May 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tamera Alexander in her new book, “A Beauty So Rare book coverA Beauty So Rare” Book Two in the Belmont Mansion series published by Bethany House  introduces us to Eleanor Braddock.

From the Back Cover:  Pink is not what Eleanor Braddock ordered, but maybe it would soften the tempered steel of a woman who came through a war–and still had one to fight.

Eleanor Braddock–plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty–knows she will never marry. But with a dying soldier’s last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America–and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path–building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.
Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows’ and children’s home run contrary to Eleanor’s wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground–and a love neither of them expects. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.

From the USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society–and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.
Post Civil War Nashville and The Reconstruction really potent ingredients in a historical novel.  This was a terrible time in The South and Ms. Alexander has brought much of the emotion to these pages.  Eleanor wants to build a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War and there are lots of them as we lost many men during the battles.  Marcus is the architect that is helping her.  Together they explore the talents of the other and begin romance. Ms. Alexander explores the theme of beauty and what others see it is and what we see it is.  She also explores what makes a person special, is it titles or our uniqueness?  Tamera Alexander has written a well done novel that I recommend highly.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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