Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley (review by Kristi)

Undercover Bride

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was but at first I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this book. That soon changed though and I couldn’t read fast enough. This book combines romance, action, suspense and mystery.

The story is well written and told at just the right pace. There is enough buildup of the relationship between Maggie and Garrett that it seems genuine and not rushed at all. The interactions between the characters are authentic and sincere. This all added to the believability of the story.

The characters seemed well developed and real. I soon thought of these as real people and not fictional characters in a book.

This book is the second in the Undercover Ladies series but can be read as a standalone. This was the first book I’ve read by this author and I will be looking for more of her work.

This is a great read for those looking for a bit of suspense along with their romance.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Huckleberry Harvest by Jennifer Beckstrand (Review by Cathy)

Huckleberry Harvest

A different take on the matchmakers! This time around it may be Felty at the helm, but of course, Anna still provides the fun, food and knitted gifts that are such a huge part of this wonderful series by Jennifer Beckstrand.

There are potential suitors lined up to meet Mandy Helmuth, who like all of the other grandchildren, take it in stride.

This story has a serious undertone which was a bit different then the other books in this series. The character Noah Mischler was so of well written and unexpected that I became very engrossed in his family and the challanges they faced.

The storyline moves along smoothly and as always still manages to be laugh out loud funny.

I was provided a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

 

A Blessing for Miriam by Jerry S. Eicher (review by Kristi)

A Blessing for Miriam

From Amazon:

In the second book of bestselling author Jerry S. Eicher’s new Land of Promise series, Miriam Yoder is looking forward to her wedding day with Wayne Yutzy. But when beautiful Esther Swartz arrives to care for her ailing grandmother, Miriam is wary of Wayne’s past relationship with Esther.

When storms rip through the small Amish community in Oklahoma, Miriam’s daett arrives to help in the rebuilding efforts. Under pressure from Miriam’s daett the relationship with Wayne is upended, leaving Miriam to wonder if she must now build her new life as a single Amish woman.

Book two in the Land of Promise series

My review: This was the first book by Jerry S. Eicher I have read. This book was quite different from other Amish fiction I have read. Different in a good way though. In a genre that could be considered limited as to storylines, this book had unique and interesting qualities.

First, the characters in this book weren’t like the Amish I normally read about. They were not perfect and, in fact, had several flaws. One of the female characters was overly concerned about her looks. Two of the other characters were almost scheming in the way they were trying to get the attention of a man. I found these qualities to be more “Englisch” instead of Amish. The characters in this book also showed their affection to the opposite sex more than in other books. All of these things are not bad though as they made the characters seem real and the book interesting to read.

The storyline of this book was believable. Even though this was the second book in the series and I haven’t read the first I didn’t feel lost. There is enough of the backstory to get the reader up-to-date. The book is well written and easy to read.

If you are looking for an Amish fiction book that is different than most I think you will enjoy this one.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

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A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer (review by Kristi)

A Worthy Pursuit

With some books as soon as you start reading you think you will like them. Others, you KNOW you will like. A Worthy Pursuit definitely falls into this category. Karen Witemeyer has found the perfect recipe for romance and has created yet another masterpiece.

I thought this book has just the right mix of action and romance. I immediately felt connected to the characters, especially Charlotte, the main character. I liked her spunk and wit and the fact that she didn’t let much get her down (or in her way). Her interaction with the kids, Dobson and Stone all seemed believable.

I enjoyed the plot of this story and thought it moved at just the right pace. There was never a dull or boring moment. I found myself wanting to find out what happened while not wanting the story to end.

I recommend this book for anyone looking for a good, clean read. This book would be appropriate for teens to adults.

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An Undeniable Secret by J.E.B. Spredemann (Review by Cathy)

The story of Saloma,”Sally” and Will is very compelling and certainly complex.

They are drawn to each other and have an unusual obstacle to overcome before they can be together.

The other character’s are equally important to the story and just as engaging.

It’s also one of the best storylines that J.E.B. Spredemann has written in my opinion.

In this book,Ms. Spredemann takes the reader on a journey that is both tender and riveting.

If you’re looking for a book that holds your attention from beginning to end, look no further, this is the one!

An Undeniable Secret

An Undeniable Secret by J.E.B. Spredemann (review by Kristi)

An Undeniable Secret

If you like a book with a lot of twists and turns and surprises this is the book for you! William “Will” and Saloma “Sally” meet and soon become boyfriend/girlfriend. The problem is Will is Englisch and Saloma is Amish. They keep their relationship a secret but when Will’s Uncle George finds out he does everything in his power to keep them apart. Will his plan work? And what does he know that makes him try so hard to keep the two apart?

This book was so easy to read. There are twists and turns throughout the book making it hard to put down. I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. The characters are so well developed that I soon quit thinking of them as fictional and more as people I knew. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you reading until the end. While this is the fourth book in the Amish Secrets series it is easy to read without having read the others.

If you are looking for Amish fiction that is different than this book is for you. I definitely recommend this to fans of Amish fiction or anyone who likes a book filled with twists and turns.