Made With Love by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore(review by Cathy

Made With Love

A well written story by Tricia Goyer and Sherry Gore.

Lovina Miller has a dream and its a very big dream that will change her life. There are a few obstacles in the way of achieving her dream.

To begin with, Lovina is a young single Amish woman who wants to open a pie shop in Pinecraft,Fl. Her mother would prefer her to get married and raise a family. Then there’s the time factor of finding the perfect location, the matter of being open and ready in time for the busy season the village.

This book held my interest from the very first page until the very end.

There are several well developed characters in this book and they are all important to the story line.

I liked Lovina for her tenancity and how she learned to trust her instincts and those around her.

This is the first book of The Pinecraft Pie series and I look forward to the next book in the series. Can’t wait to revisit “Me, Myself and Pie”.

 

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An Outlaw’s Heart: A Southern Love Story by Shelley Gray(review by Cathy)

An Outlaw's Heart

An Outlaw’s Heart: A Southern Love Story

I have to start out by saying that I absolutely adored Russell and Nora in this wonderful story by Shelley Gray.

The story is set in Texas in 1878, where Russell returns home after a seven year absence. There obviously have been some changes over the years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is his love and devotion to Nora.

I loved this book. I felt such sadness, but also respect for Russell. He was a boy that was forced to leave home and became an outlaw but he returned home a good man and became a hero to me in many ways.

I give this book 5 stars.

 

 

The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson (review by Kristi)

The Christmas Dog

I loved the cover of this book at first sight and just had to have it. I must say the inside of the book is just as sweet as the cover. Well written and under 200 pages this is the perfect book to sit down and destress with during the busy holiday time.

The characters in the book are everyday people with everyday problems. If written well (and this one was) books like this appeal to me because I like books about regular people who have problems. I don’t always want to read about people with tons of money, perfect looks, and the perfect lives.

The story is told in a way that makes you feel a part of the neighborhood and keeps you interested until the end. This is definitely a book for the keeper shelf and one that could quite possibly be a tradition to read every Christmas.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy Christmas-themed books, dog lovers and fans of Debbie Macomber.

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher (review by Kristi)

A Lancaster County Christmas

This was the first book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that I’ve read and it will definitely not be the last! This well-written book about an Amish couple and an English woman who meet in the doctor’s office waiting room right before Christmas and end up spending Christmas Eve together is a quick, feel-good holiday read. I don’t want to give away any details and spoil the book for anyone but this was one of the best Christmas books I’ve ever read!

There was nothing about this book I didn’t like. The characters are all likable and down-to-earth. I would love to read more about these characters and their families. The interaction between the two worlds of English and Amish was very well written. This story was believable with a good storyline that moved along at a great pace.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves Amish fiction or Christmas stories. Definitely going to stay on my Kindle!

The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd (review by Kristi)

the curiosity keeper

The cover and title of this book had me intrigued from the moment I first saw it. So when I saw a post on social media that the author was looking for influencers for the book I immediately signed up and am I ever glad I did! This was a captivating read.

This book was wonderfully written and pulled me in from the beginning. The character development was great. The characters were real. From the lowliest of characters to the richest of characters, each one was written in a genuine manner.

The pace of the story was perfect. There was never a moment to be bored during the search for the Bevoy. The story has a great flow to it, too. I was so interested and involved in the story that I practically read the entire book in one setting.

The author wonderfully combined romance and mystery into a story that whisked me away to another continent and time. The author proves that a Regency era book can be well written and clean and a fantastic read. This was the first book by this author that I have read and it definitely won’t be the last.

I was given a free copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

Redemption by Shelley Shepard Gray (review by guest reviewer Robin Bunting)

redemption

Oh my goodness, what an amazing story. My heart hurt for Sarah and all she had been through. The idea of her husband returning and how she felt were very well written. Wait, isn’t this her husband??? The theme of confession and redemption is a powerful one and will make us all think! Loved this story and highly recommend it!

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This week’s guest reviewer is Robin Bunting.  Robin is a wife, mother of one, and a former homeschooler.  She and her husband are retired and live on his family’s 50-acre place in the Houston, TX area, where they enjoy watching their granddaughters donkey and seven horses out the sliding glass window of their den.  Robin has always wanted to work for a publishing house reading books.  Now, as a reader/reviewer, that want is finally being satisfied.

Change of Heart by Molly Jebber (review by Kristi)

A Change of heart

Becca Yost, freshly left at the alter, travels from her parent’s Amish farm in Berlin, Ohio to visit her sister in Masillion, Ohio. Upon arriving there, she meets and is attracted to Dr. Matt Carrington, who is not Amish. The two have an immediate attraction to each other but can their attraction withstand the obstacles in their way? Can these two find a happily ever after when their lives are so very different?

I liked the premise of this book. It sounded like a very interesting story and one that I could just dive into and get lost in. However, I had a bit of a problem getting interested in the story. Once I did though the book was somewhat easy to read. I did find that some of the dialogue seemed stilted and choppy and this took away from the story for me. The characters seemed developed enough that I thought of them as people and not just fictional characters.

I found the climax of the story to be somewhat lacking. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I just thought with all the issues the characters had the climax could have packed a bit more punch and really swept the reader off their feet.

Finally, I feel like the Amish storyline was just there to sell the story. Based on the cover I felt like this was going to be an Amish fiction type book and in my opinion was not. It seemed at times the book was more turn of the century historical romance with Amish details thrown in. In fact, it was quite easy for me to forget that Becca had come from an Amish family.

If you are looking for a nice, clean read then I think you might enjoy the book. It was a nice story to read.

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