Review: Harvest Moon by Denise Hunter

Harvest Moon was such a beautiful story! Going into this book, I knew that the subject matter was going to be deep. How could it not be when the two main characters were facing not only the death of their best friends, but also the prior death of their own child years ago and the dissolution of their marriage directly after that?

I loved seeing Laurel and Gavin come together for little Emma. The fact that they were able to set their pasts aside as much as possible in order to help Emma adjust to life without her parents was admirable. It was really touching to see these two love and parent Emma, guiding her as best they could through a very painful time for all of them.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this story was getting to jump back in time to some of Gavin and Laurel’s high school, college, and early married memories. This helped me understand their relationship as it began, grew, and faltered. These two had really matured a lot since their divorce. Both of them recognized the roles they had played in weakening their marriage. I also enjoyed seeing Gavin’s family members. They were very reluctant to accept Gavin and Laurel working together to help Emma. Gavin’s mom, especially, was so worried that Gavin would get his heart broken again. Their interactions felt so authentic!

These characters went through a lot, yet the author was able to write this story as one of hope. It was very uplifting and I loved it from start to finish.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When a tragedy leaves a divorced couple with guardianship of their friends’ little girl, Laurel and Gavin drop everything for the sake of the child. Meanwhile, a case worker begins searching for a more suitable arrangement, and the estranged couple move into their friends’ home to provide temporary care for Emma and manage the on-property apple orchard. As they work together to comfort the grieving child and manage the busy harvest, tempers flare—as does the passion they both remember so well. But will the seeds of love, still growing inside them, thrive and flourish? Or will grief and regret strangle the feelings before they can fully blossom?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

denise hunter

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 40 books, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

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Review: The Santa Run by Beth Pugh

The Santa Run is a fun choice to help you get into the Christmas spirit! It has a great small town setting and characters who truly care for one another. It is technically book two in the series, yet can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

Bennett Olsen is a complex character with some deep losses in his past. He ends up blending in beautifully with the people of Pine Valley, and is especially drawn to Eliza Lee.

Eliza Lee has her own hurts from the past year and is dealing with her grief in the only way she knows how. She is trying to keep her grandfather’s legacy alive by organizing the Santa Run and helping those less fortunate in the community.

The romantic draw between Eliza Lee and Bennett is sweet, but some secrets that Bennett is harboring cause a few complications as the story develops. I found that the Christmas small-town ambiance was the perfect setting for this story of healing.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Tradition Isn’t the Only Thing on the Line This Christmas

As Christmas rounds the bend, Eliza Lee Elliott struggles with her grandfather’s death. Though her faith has carried her through the grief, working at the Appalachian Express has kept her sane, especially her new task of coordinating The Santa Run. Pine Valley’s oldest tradition not only serves the community, the run gives her purpose. Bennett Olsen is tired of city life. Something’s got to give, and when McCoy Railway purchases the Appalachian Express, it gives in a big way. Supervising the Kentucky acquisition is his chance to slow down and win back the attention of his boss–and father–with a job well done.

When an accident threatens the Santa Run, Eliza and Bennett are pushed together at every turn, making their growing attraction impossible to ignore. As time ticks down to the event, tradition isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Hearts are on the line, with or without a train on the tracks.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in the rolling hills of eastern Kentucky, Beth Pugh learned early on that nothing compares to a home cooked meal, front porch sitting, and Sunday morning church services. Through a random ICQ chat, she met her husband and they’ve been embracing those family traditions for years. Now, she hopes to share those same traditions with her son and her readers. She has seen God turn her greatest grief into indescribable joy and tells everyone she meets about the goodness of the Father—sometimes multiples times in one sitting if there’s coffee and donuts involved. She has been published by The Good Men Project, Scary Mommy, Sasee, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Lexington Herald-Leader, and On Parenting at The Washington Post. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her jamming out in the parent pick-up line, reading on the couch, or cheering for the Chicago Cubs just like her daddy taught her to do. Sometimes, her characters do those things, too.

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Review: The Amish Matchmaker by Amy Lillard

This was a cute little story. I have to say that I didn’t really connect with any of the characters in the novel. I looked forward to them eventually figuring out who they should be with and finding their happily-ever-afters, but just didn’t feel romantic tension between the pairings.

I did enjoy the premise of the story and enjoyed the various outings that Jesse, Astrid, Imogene, and Ira went on. I went back and forth regarding my feelings toward the twin boys. At times I was appalled at the way they were behaving and other times I understood that behavior.

Although the characters in this story didn’t end up being ones that I felt a connection with, I still enjoyed the fun storyline.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

While most women her age are searching for husbands, Astrid Kauffman has chosen a different path—writing romance novels and donating her profits to her beloved Amish community. But when Astrid struggles with writer’s block, she agrees to play matchmaker for Imogene Yoder, a widowed mother of rambunctious twin boys. Perhaps the diversion—and the entrée it gives Astrid to the stories among the Widows’ Club—will spark her creativity . . .
 
Fortunately, Astrid has just the match for Imogene: a widower she believes is the finest, most handsome man in town. In fact, Astrid realizes he’s perfect . . . for herself! Soon, the plot thickens as Imogene questions what kind of marriage she really wants, and Astrid wonders what kind of matchmaker falls for someone else’s match. But by letting faith guide the way, all involved may discover true love has written a far better next chapter than any of them expected . . .

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Lillard

Amy loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family…and maybe homemade tacos…and nail polish. But reading and writing are definitely way up on the list.

Born and bred in Mississippi, Amy is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, and three spoiled cats. ^..^

When she’s not creating happy endings, she has a variety of hobbies, but her favorite is whatever gets her out of housework.

Amy is an award winning author with more than forty novels and novellas in print. She loves to hear from readers.

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Review: Millstone of Doubt by Erica Vetsch

Millstone of Doubt is another intriguing mystery in the Thorndike & Swann series. It is book two in the series, and while you could probably pick this book up and enjoy it for the mystery that it contains, I believe that you will enjoy a deeper camaraderie with the various characters if you have also read The Debutante’s Code, which is the first book in the series.

Once again, I enjoyed working through the steps of the investigation with Detective Swann. The author has written Daniel as a man who is very capable at his job, has things from his past to work through, and struggles with a sometimes contentious boss and work environment as a Bow Street Runner. It was also exciting to dive back into the world of spies and intrigue as Juliette, Daniel, and Uncle Bertie put their training and skills to the test to try to solve the case.

The romance is still subdued and secondary to the main plot of the story, as it was in book one. However, I enjoyed the growing awareness between Juliette and Daniel and the various turns the book took in this direction, as well as other twists and turns that came about in the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency tale and look forward to book three in the series.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Regency London’s detective duo is back on a new case–and this one is going to be a killer Caught in the explosion of the Hammersmith Mill in London, Bow Street Runner Daniel Swann rushes to help any survivors only to find the mill’s owner dead of an apparent gunshot.

Even though the owner’s daughter, Agatha Montgomery, mourns his death, it seems there are more than a few people with motive for murder. But Daniel can’t take this investigation slow and steady. Instead, he must dig through all the suspects as quickly as he can, because the clock is ticking until his mysterious patronage–and his job as a runner–comes to an abrupt and painful end. It seems to Daniel that, like his earthly father, his heavenly Father has abandoned him to the fates.

Lady Juliette Thorndike is Agatha’s bosom friend and has the inside knowledge of the wealthy London ton to be invaluable to Daniel. She should be in a perfect position to help with the case. Still, her instructor in the art of spy craft orders her to stay out of the investigation. But circumstances intervene, dropping her into the middle of the deadly pursuit.

When a dreadful accident ends in another death on the mill floor, Daniel discovers a connection to his murder case–and to his own secret past. Now he and Juliette are in a race to find the killer before his time runs out.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

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Review: The Baby’s Christmas Blessing by Meghann Whistler

The Baby’s Christmas Blessing was such a sweet and uplifting second chance at love story. I really felt for both of the main characters. Their teenage romance fell apart many years ago when Steve left after summer church camp and never contacted Chloe again.

Both of these characters carried their own form of baggage, yet they worked together to try to provide the best situation for Steve’s nephew, Aiden. Their interactions together felt realistic to me. At times, they fell into an easy friendship and shared things about their lives. Other times, emotions and nerves flared and being around each other was difficult.

The author dealt with some serious issues and concerns in this story and was still able to keep the message an encouraging one. There was also a solid faith thread throughout the novel, as well.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A second chance at love… with a newborn as matchmaker!

Nothing will be merry about Steve Weston’s Christmas if he doesn’t find a nanny for his newborn nephew fast. But the best choice is Chloe Richardson, the woman he pushed away years ago. He has a second chance at making the season’s joy last for a lifetime—unless he allows old wounds to separate them once more…

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meghann Whistler writes sweet Christian romance novels that won’t make your grandmother blush.

Her debut novel, Falling for the Innkeeper, was named one of “Six Sensational 2020 Debut Series Romances” by the American Library Association’s Booklist Reader, and was also a finalist for the 2021 Book Buyers Best Award.

Her latest book, The Billionaire’s Secret, was a #1 bestseller and #1 Hot New Release across multiple categories on Amazon.com, including Christian Romance, Christian Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary Religious Fiction, among others.

It won the 2022 Selah Award for Contemporary Romance, placed second in the romance category of the 2022 Christian Indie Awards, and was a finalist for the 2022 HOLT Medallion.

Before settling down with her rocket scientist husband and raising three rambunctious boys, Meghann earned a B.A. in English from Amherst College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

She is grateful to be living her dream of writing sweet, hopeful stories that demonstrate the power of love and grace.

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Review: The Bridge Between Us by Victoria Bylin

This story tugged my heart in all kinds of directions! The author is not afraid to tackle the tough issues and paints characters in a true light. The characters feel like real people with real doubts and fears. They also sometimes let anger get in the way and make bad decisions. That was especially the case for Tim, the teenager in the story.

Speaking of bad decisions, Tim’s father, Jesse, made plenty back when he was a teenager and young man. Now he has a past riddled with alcoholism, prison time, and other things that he regrets. However, what he doesn’t regret is the fact that he now trusts in God for all things. He also doesn’t regret discovering that he is a father and reconnecting with the one woman he has always loved. Maeryn has made mistakes in the past, too. And her worry and reluctance to address Tim’s desire to meet his father ends up leading to Tim making the bad decisions he begins to make in the novel.

I enjoyed this story from start to finish, even as I felt frustration and concern for Tim. I appreciated the way Jesse and Maeryn worked together and began to open up about things. The straightforward way that Jesse dealt with issues that arose helped them navigate problems without a lot of misunderstandings. I loved reading about their second chance at love. The troubles Tim faced and the potential consequences for his actions also seemed realistic to me.

The author wrote a fun note at the end of the story about what she would have written in an epilogue. I definitely appreciated that, as I wished that an epilogue had been there. I love epilogues and they help me to feel that the story is completely wrapped up.

(4.5 stars)

I read this book on Kindle Unlimited, but I also received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

An Unexpected Reunion . . . A Second Chance at Love
Jesse Donovan is a changed man. Now a Christian and a successful building contractor, he’s dedicated to taking responsibility for his self-centered past. That includes welcoming the teenage boy he didn’t know he fathered. When the boy’s mother walks into Jesse’s office, their son has run away from home and is on a dangerous road, travelling with a friend who isn’t a friend at all.

Maeryn Scott once loved Jesse Donovan, only to be abandoned without even a goodbye. Her love for him died suddenly—or so she thought. Now, with her son in danger and determined to confront his father, Maeryn must face the conflicting needs of her son and her own heart. Who is Jesse now? Can she trust him? Falling in love again is the last thing Maeryn wants to do—especially with a man who will turn her world upside down.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin delights in tackling tough subjects with respect and compassion. The Two of Us was chosen as a “Target Recommends” selection, and Together With You won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her books, both contemporaries and western historicals,have been critically acclaimed in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. They have two sons and are the proud grandparents of twin girls and a little boy.

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Audio Book Review: Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon

What a great audio book! I loved both the story and the narration for this one. Labyrinth of Lies is book two in the Triple Threat series, which follows three sisters and each sister gets a book. It can easily be read or listened to as a stand alone if you haven’t read book one.

I loved that Zeke and Cate had a romantic backstory together. The tension that was already there due to the fact that both were working undercover at the school was definitely heightened by thoughts of their personal relationship eight years earlier. These two quickly realized that they still cared for each other, yet there were reasons that Cate was especially hesitant to begin a relationship with Zeke again. I loved the way they talked things out and were open about what had happened between them.

The suspense and storyline was top notch with many players and lots of questions about not only what happened to the missing student but also concerning who was the mastermind behind the focus of Zeke’s DEA investigation. Great story!

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK

When the daughter of a high-profile businessman disappears from an exclusive girls’ boarding school, police detective Cate Reilly is tapped for an undercover assignment. It doesn’t take her long to realize that beneath the veneer of polish and wealth, things are not as they seem at Ivy Hill Academy. But the biggest surprise of all? The only man she ever loved is also working at the school.

Zeke Sloan has never forgotten Cate, but now isn’t the best time for their paths to cross again. When their two seemingly disparate agendas begin to intertwine–and startling connections emerge among the players–the danger escalates significantly. But who is the mastermind behind the elaborate ruse? And how far will they go to protect their house of cards?

Queen of romantic suspense Irene Hannon invites you to scale the heights of human folly and plumb the depths of the human heart in this second gripping book in the Triple Threat series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 50 romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels. She is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the RITA award—the “Oscar” of romance fiction—and a member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. In addition, her books have won a Daphne du Maurier award, two Carol awards, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice award, a Retailers Choice award, three Booksellers’ Best awards and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews. She is also a two-time Christy award finalist.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.

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Review: Calm in the Mountain Storm by Misty M. Beller

Calm in the Mountain Storm is book nine in the Call of the Rockies series, yet it is definitely a book that is able to be enjoyed as a stand alone novel if you haven’t read any others from the series. Now, if you have read book eight, Grace on the Mountain Trail, you will be excited to see that White Owl and Lola from that novel are side characters in this one.

This was such a wonderful story that emphasized the importance of knowing that everyone has value and is important to God, regardless of their background, upbringing, culture, or skin color. I loved the way Elise adored Goes Ahead’s children in this book. She was also very drawn to Goes Ahead, as he was to her. It was beautiful to watch as they began to have feelings for each other, even as they dealt with worry over how a relationship together seemed a bit scary after coming from such different backgrounds.

Goes Ahead’s faith journey was very touching to read about. The way he approached praying so directly when he was uncertain or scared came across as very realistic to me. He had an openness to learning and growing in his faith. He and Elise were truly made for each other.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This epic journey will test his ability to protect his children—and they’re all he has left.

Missionary Elise Lane returns with her team to the Rocky Mountain native tribe they serve to discover the entire village—including the children she’s come to love—has been massacred. A fierce brave standing at the edge of the devastation has taken the only surviving child.

Goes Ahead returns home with his son to find his worst fears have come true—his entire village has been slaughtered, including his wife. Only their infant daughter has survived. But there’s no time for grief or vengeance. He must get his children across the mountains to the protection of his family.

The last thing he wants is help from the white people who’ve brought this disaster on his village, but his babe is not yet four moons old. Her hungry cries prove he can’t make this journey without the white woman already nursing a babe of her own. But she refuses to come without the rest of her group, including the opinionated missionary who thinks she knows best for his children. As winter closes in and the mountains prove treacherous beyond anything Goes Ahead can control, only a strength and love greater than his own can save his children—and the woman he’s come to love.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family–both immediate and extended–is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Review: Muskoka Shores by Carolyn Miller

I could hardly set this book down! I loved that this story does not start out as the typical man meets woman and both are attracted to each other type of romance. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of attraction and romantic tension throughout the novel, yet the way these two first meet and their initial impressions of each other are far from a typical meet cute!

Muskoka Shores is book one in a new series and it is loosely connected to the Original Six Hockey series, with the main characters from the sixth book of that series, Muskoka Blue, holding their wedding at the beginning of this novel. I had no trouble jumping into this new series, even though I have only read the first book of the Original Six Hockey series. I plan to go back and read the entire series, as that book, The Breakup Project, was a wonderful romance, too!

The author delves into some difficult topics in Muskoka Shores. She addresses body image and the stress that can create for people. Also included in the novel are a cheating boyfriend, an unplanned pregnancy, forgiving what feels unforgivable, and the importance of not allowing the enemy’s lies to undermine the fact that God created us and loves us.

I really liked Joel and Serena and adored watching as their disastrous first meeting eventually moved toward friendship and on to love. I also liked that although Serena began to try to make healthier choices and changed some habits, Joel was attracted to the entire person that Serena was and to him she was beautiful no matter what the scale might say. Their romance was such a joy to read about!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Serena Williamson loves working at Muskoka Shores, the fancy resort on Lake Muskoka, and making couples dreams come true. But after returning from a celebrity wedding to find her own hopes crumbling to dust, she sets out for self-improvement, and to prove her ex was wrong. But when a misunderstanding concerning the new assistant church minister leads to more self-doubt, can she ever really trust a man again?
Joel Wakefield is looking forward to a fresh start for himself and his sister in this beautiful small town beside Lake Muskoka. He hadn’t counted on meeting a curvy cutie with a gift for hospitality and a gracious heart. Can he show her that it’s what is inside that truly counts?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. She loves reading, music, films, gardens, art, travel and international food, and really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives.


Her novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc

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Review & Giveaway: Trusting Her Amish Heart by Cathy Liggett

About the Book

Book: Trusting Her Amish Heart

Author: Cathy Liggett

Genre: Amish Inspirational Romance

Release date: August 1, 2022

Her heart may learn to love again…

But can it trust?

Running from betrayal, Leah Zook finds purpose caring for the older owner of an Amish horse farm. But when he’s injured and his estranged son returns home looking for redemption, Leah’s resolve is tested. The mysterious Zach Graber has all the power to fix the run-down farm— and Leah’s locked-down heart. But together will they be strong enough to withstand his secret…and hers?

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My Review

What a wonderful story! This is the first book that I have read by this author, but definitely not the last. I really enjoyed the way the relationship built between Leah and Zach. It felt very authentic and developed naturally. They were likable characters, who were strong in certain areas and had insecurities in others.

Zach and Leah both had things on their hearts that they were keeping quiet about, both for different reasons. I found that their reasons made a lot on sense, especially as Leah’s were based on fear and uncertainty. But I loved the way they both ended up having realistic and mature conversations about their feelings and their concerns. It was refreshing and was a good indication of a relationship that would be strong.

I enjoyed this story from start to finish and look forward to reading more from this author.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

ACFW award-winning author Cathy Liggett is an Ohio girl who never dreamed writing would take her across the world and to Amish country, too. But she’s learned God’s plans for our lives are often more creative than the ones we imagine for ourselves. That includes meeting her husband at a high school reunion and marrying three months later–forty years ago. Together, they enjoy visiting kids and grandkids, and spoiling their pup Chaz. Visit her: http://www.cathyliggett.com

More from Cathy

Trust.  It’s a small word with huge implications, isn’t it?

When I think of trust, the first thing that comes to mind is our dog Chaz. We – or rather she – rescued us when she was a little over one year old. At the time she first came into our home the poor pup was too scared to even sleep.  She’d start to doze off, then jerk and open her eyes, looking all around trying her utmost to stay on guard. Now, at 13 years old, our furry gal has cushy dog beds in every room in the house. Which makes perfect sense since she undoubtedly rules our roost.  It’s been our joy to be able to spoil her all these years. But I have to say, Chaz isn’t the only one who has had trust issues.

While penning Leah and Zach’s story, I was so happy because it took me back to Sugarcreek, and not just in spirit or through sweet memories.  As it happened, my critique partners (and dear friends) decided Ohio Amish country would be the perfect spot for a writing retreat. How could I disagree?

In the four days we spent in a rustic cabin we got ideas flushed out and chapters written too. But we also laughed, shared, celebrated, and ate more snacks and sweets than we should have.

I’m telling you this because coming home I thought how the chance to know and share with these special women may have never happened.  Many years ago, I almost didn’t say ‘yes’ to their invitation to join their critique group. I’d been working in a creative field but writing a book was something new, and they were so far ahead of me. Can I tell you that as I sit typing this, that I’m so thankful I shared my writing and myself with them?

As just noted, like Leah and Zach, I know it’s not always easy to open up and to trust. But, also like the two of them, I’ve learned when I do trust God and the special people (and pups) He sends into my life, those relationships can be beyond rewarding.

Oh!  And lastly – if you’re in the mood for something sweet like the characters in this book, here’s the recipe for the “Chocolate Chip Cake” they all raved about.  It’s quick, easy and delicious.  Trust me!

Chocolate Chip Cake

Ingredients:

1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix

4 eggs

½ cup oil

1 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 package vanilla instant pudding

6 oz. package of chocolate chips

4 oz. bar of Baker’s German Chocolate grated

3 Tablespoons confectioner’s sugar

Floured tube pan

Wax paper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour tube pan and line bottom with wax paper.

Set aside 3 Tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar.  Mix everything else together except for chocolate.

After mixed, fold in all chocolate chips and ¾ of the grated German chocolate.

Add to pan and bake for 1 hour (a little prior to 1 hour, check for doneness).

Mix the remaining ¼ of the grated German chocolate with the 3 Tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar.  Sprinkle this chocolate sugar mixture on top of cake. Bake 3-4 minutes longer.

Remove from oven and cool thoroughly.  Remove from pan.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 10

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 10

Texas Book-aholic, September 11

The Avid Reader, September 12

Lighthouse Academy Blog, September 12 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Writing From the Heart Land, September 13

Inklings and notions, September 14

Britt Reads Fiction, September 14

Bigreadersite, September 15

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 16

deb’s Book Review, September 16

She Lives To Read, September 17

SusanLovesBooks, September 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 18

Holly’s Book Corner, September 18

Bliss, Books and Jewels, September 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 20

Mary Hake, September 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 22

Vicky Sluiter, September 22

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 23

For Him and My Family, September 23

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cathy is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and with a copy of my book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/2159d/trusting-her-amish-heart-celebration-tour-giveaway

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