Review: Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald

Finding EvergreenOh my goodness! What an emotional journey of discovery this novel took me on! I generally do not cry when I read books. I can think of maybe three stories that have made me tear up…ever. Well, now there are four because I teared up in several scenes of Finding Evergreen.

Although this is book three in a series, I had no trouble reading Finding Evergreen as a standalone novel. The author filled in the backstory in a natural way that helped me to understand the relationships between the various main and side characters.

It was hard to watch these two broken people yearn for love and understanding from each other, something that should be a given in a marriage. Yet, Ethan and Brandi carried some very complicated baggage into their relationship and didn’t seem to understand how to work things out. Just as I would think that one of them “got it” and maybe things could work out, there would be a set back, a misunderstanding, or sheer stubbornness between the two.

Finding Evergreen was incredibly heart-wrenching and I couldn’t turn away. The author pulled at my heartstrings with all that Brandi, Ethan, and their foster daughter were going through. She also made me examine my own beliefs and attitutes about God. This story was a tumultuous journey from beginning to end, that ultimately left me stronger and full of hope. I will definitely be reading more of this author’s work in the future.

(5 stars)

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


Finding EvergreenHe thought he’d found the thrill of his life; she, the romance she’d hadn’t dared to hope for. Falling in love had been easy. Being married? Totally different story. 
Married within a year of meeting, Ethan and Brandi add a foster daughter to their newly established family. Their story is enchanting—inspiring. Except when the fairytale fails. The stresses of unmet expectations and wounds from their pasts knife into their marriage, severing what they believed would be forever.

Hope for a broken marriage. Healing for their wounded spirits. It would take both to find evergreen. Are they brave enough to try?

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Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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Review: Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston

Amish SweetheartsAmish Sweethearts is a nice collection of sweet Amish stories. Be advised that two of the stories, Love and Buggy Rides and Love Birds, were previously published in other novella collections. The other two stories are new.

I enjoyed all of these stories. Sometimes it was hard to watch as certain events played out that were related to Amish customs and rules, however, these events did add tension to the situations. My two favorite stories of the four were Where the Heart Is and Love Birds.

I would recommend these novellas to those who are Amish fiction fans and are looking for stories that can be read easily and fairly quickly.

(4 stars)

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


Amish SweetheartsLove is in the air in these four sweet romances! 

Love and Buggy Rides  (previously published in An Amish Harvest)

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

A Home for Lindsay 

From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?

Where the Heart Is 

Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.

Love Birds  (previously published in An Amish Market)

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

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Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series and Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.

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Review: Hunted by Margaret Daley

HuntedHunted is an action-packed start to the Everyday Heroes series! Right from the beginning, Megan Witherspoon is fighting for her life and Luke Michaels is determined to protect her.

I liked these two characters. Luke had a lot of experience being in search and rescue which helped as they were trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys. Megan didn’t have a lot of camping or hiking experience, but she was a smart woman who worked to adapt to the situations they faced. Luke and Megan worked well together and were enjoyable to read about. I’m looking forward to future books in this series.

(4 stars)

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


HuntedMurder. On the Run. Second Chances.
Luke Michaels’ relaxing camping trip ends when he witnesses a woman being thrown from a bridge. He dives into the river to save her, shocked to find her wrapped in chains. As a canine search and rescue volunteer, Luke has assisted many victims, but never a beauty whose defeated gaze ignites his primal urge to protect. When Megan Witherspoon’s killers make it clear they won’t stop, Luke fights to save her, but can he keep her alive long enough to find out who is after her?

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Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date.

Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.

On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

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Review & Giveaway: His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray

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I have really enjoyed this series and was happy to learn more about Calvin Fisher in this novel. The reading of His Risk flowed very quickly for me, however, I did not connect with these characters very well. I liked Alice and I even liked Calvin, a person I was not fond of in a previous book. I am just a bit skeptical about certain events in the story actually working out the way they did. I can’t say more than that or I will give away major spoilers in the book. But, overall, I have liked the series and I am intrigued by the teaser for the next book that appeared in the back of this one. I am definitely looking forward to jumping back into this series for book five.

(3.5 stars)

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

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His Risk

An undercover English DEA agent will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.
Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother’s illness can bring him back to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he’s finally found.
Alice shouldn’t like-or want-Calvin. He’s English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can’t help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he’s worthy of her, she’s torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.
When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can’t help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she’s lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
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Review: The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

The MasterpieceAfter reading quite a few rave reviews about The Masterpiece, I decided to request it at my local library and give it a go. I am so glad that I did! This book was really large physically and was actually quite a long story at 484 pages in my library copy. Well, I devoured it in one weekend! I could not stop reading Roman and Grace’s story.

I was captivated by these characters. They had been through so much in their tragic pasts. I was equally enthralled with both the flashbacks and with the present storyline. I thought that the author did a very good job of representing Roman, a nonbeliever who came from a very rough beginning. I also found Grace extremely interesting. She was a Christian, but had used bad judgment and followed worldly desires at certain times in her life. Sometimes she had trouble letting go of the guilt associated with those decisions.

I enjoyed this story so much and will definitely plan to read it again some time in the future.

(5 stars)


The MasterpieceNew York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.

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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America’s coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

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Review: Fierian by Ronie Kendig

FierianFierian was an amazing conclusion to this powerful fantasy series! I highly recommend reading all three books in order, otherwise you will not know what is going on! I also suggest that you have the next book in the series ready to go for when you finish each story. You are going to want to know what happens next as quickly as possible! 🙂

The author did a fantastic job creating this fantasy realm. I was definitely pulled into this story of ultimate good vs evil, truth vs lies, and power vs sacrificial love. Old squabbles and strongholds were broken down as new alliances formed. The raw intensity of the struggles that these characters faced kept me eagerly turning pages.

There were also some absolutely beautiful love stories that developed within this entire series. I loved watching these characters change and grow, both in how they related to their friends and families and in their connections with those who captured their hearts. Great series from start to finish!

(5 stars)

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


FierianTo save the world, he must watch it burn

Abiassa’s people fall. Her Fierian dwindles. Her Deliverers wait as Poired Dyrth marches unchecked through the Nine Kingdoms. He’s taken the Embers of countless Accelerants. He’s taken Zaethien and Hetaera, the mightiest cities of the Nine. He’s taken the blood of the royal family. Now Dyrth is after Haegan’s power—the Fierian’s power. And after that, he wants the world.

He will not take it unopposed. Battered and outnumbered, the remnant of the Nine forge new alliances, make friends of enemies, and prepare to stand against the last great press of evil. In faith, they wait. The Fierian will come.

War raging without and within, Abiassa’s people face their greatest need. But before the Fierian can fulfill his destiny, he has to defeat the enemy in his own mind.

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An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.

It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia.

Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks nationally, volunteers with writer’s organizations, including American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and My Book Therapy, and mentors other writers.

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Audio Book Review: A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

A New Shade of Summer audio

A New Shade of Summer is a great addition to the Love in Lenox series. It is the third book in the series, however, just as it is with the other two books, this story can be enjoyed as a stand alone. There are characters from previous books that appear in this one, but the story line is strong on its own. I do recommend the whole series, however, as these books are just so enjoyable!

I have listened to all three of the Love in Lenox books on audio and have really liked them. A New Shade of Summer had both a male and a female narrator and I thought they did a very good job.

I will admit that although I loved the character of Callie, she did wear on me a bit by the last third of this book. She had some growing to do and some lies to overcome that she had been believing about herself for a very long time. I was happy with her again by the end of the novel. I thought Davis was amazing and he was a character that I did not really care much for in book two. The author did a good job of creating a character that I had a lot of compassion for.

I look forward to reading or listening to more books by this author.

(4.5 stars)


A New Shade of Summer audio

As an artist, Callie Quinn relies on inspiration to guide her wandering soul. This summer she accepts a short-term muralist job in her sister’s charming town to spend some much-needed time with her family. After meeting her nephew’s friend, Brandon, she’s eager to draw out his untapped artistic talents—however, it’s the boy’s straitlaced single father who could use a little color in his life.

Davis Carter may be the town’s favorite animal whisperer, but his experience is limited when it comes to understanding his preteen’s rebellious behavior. Desperate for a breakthrough, he follows the lead of a free spirit who claims to know the way into his son’s closed-off world. Soon, Davis isn’t the only one caught up in the hope of a new beginning.

Just as Callie considers trading her unattached existence for a life rich with promise and permanence, an unexpected visit from the past threatens to send her packing once again. Davis and Callie must learn to surrender their fears so they can find a love that will outlast the summer.

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Nicole Deese is a full time lover of humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled fiction. When she’s not writing a sweet romance, she can usually be found reading near a window while drinking a La Croix. She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious and smarty-pants sons, and a princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

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Book Winner – Audio Copy of Going Up South by Janet W. Ferguson

Going Up South audio

Congratulations to Brenda Murphree!

She is the winner of the Audible audio book copy of

Going Up South by Janet W. Ferguson.

Thanks to all who entered! Happy reading!

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Review: A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

A Chance at ForeverThis book was so good!!! I could hardly set this novel down because I was seriously invested in the these two main characters.

Mercy had a lot to deal with in her life, from being born with a deformed arm, to being bullied relentlessly as a child, to being treated as a burden by her brother. So when her former bully showed up claiming to have changed, I understood her reluctance to trust. Aaron was also a great character. It was fascinating to see how God had changed his heart, how noble of a man he had become, and to learn of the ways he had suffered as a child. It was interesting to be so connected to a character in the story who had once been a cause of such heartache!

I loved the growth of both Mercy and Aaron throughout the novel. I also loved the development of their feelings toward each other. It felt so natural and real, as did both of their reactions to this change. The interactions with the various orphans and the general day to day life at the orphanage kept the story flowing and captivating. Beautifully done!

(5 stars)

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


A Chance at ForeverIn early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville’s children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she’s dead set against him getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy’s mistrust, but he’s returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn’t expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they’re working for?

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Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears is a Carol Award-winning author, a homeschooling mother to three, and an extreme night owl.

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Review: A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

A Loyal HeartThis story is absolutely fantastic! I also just adore the breathtaking cover. A Loyal Heart is the fourth book in the An Uncertain Choice series, however, it can be read as a stand alone novel.

The two main characters, Olivia and Aldric, are up there with some of my favorites of all time. They are both so brave and valiant. Aldric reveals his true and honorable nature in the way he treats Lady Olivia. He also demands that the other knights behave respectably toward the two sisters, who are their prisoners. Olivia is strong and kind. She puts others before herself in almost everything, especially her sister Isabelle.

I enjoyed the wonderful romantic tension that built throughout the story. Olivia and Aldric definitely belonged together. Their interactions with each other kept me riveted to the page.  A Loyal Heart was a thrilling medieval tale, packed with romance and danger! I loved it from start to finish.

(5 stars)

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


A Loyal HeartHe’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?

When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor.

As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him.

Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.

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Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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