Audio Book Review: The Coffee Corner by Amy Clipston

The Coffee Corner was an nice addition to the Amish Marketplace series. I listened to the audio version and was very pleased with the narration. The narrator did a good job of reading the story and of using subtle voice changes when reading the various characters.

Bethany and Micah had an uphill struggle toward love throughout most of the story. Micah carried a lot of heartache and hurt from the past and wasn’t sure if he could love again. He made a lot of mistakes and bad choices and had many things to face up to. Bethany was a sweet character who tried very hard to be a good friend to Micah, began falling in love with him, and yet doubted that he would ever love her in return. These two had a lot to overcome.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In this third installment of Amy Clipston’s Amish Marketplace series, an acquaintance grows into love over a few well-timed cups of coffee.

Alongside her cousins who have booths of their own, Bethany Gingerich runs a busy and successful coffee and donut stand at the Amish market. Since she has café-style tables and chairs, her regular customers enjoy purchasing a morning treat so they can sit and talk to their friends.

Micah Zook and his grandfather, Enos, visit Bethany every Saturday morning to purchase coffee and donuts before going to work at Enos’s custom outdoor furniture shop. Bethany enjoys talking to Micah and Enos, and she’s always thought Micah was handsome—but she doesn’t think her crush will ever result in anything more.

When Micah and his grandfather don’t come to see her one Saturday morning, Bethany begins to worry. And when she learns that tragedy has struck, she wonders how to help Micah in his time of need. Turns out he needs a friend now more than ever, and Bethany may be just the kind of friend that God has provided for him.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 – Joy to the World: A Regency Christmas Collection by Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, and Erica Vetsch

I can confidently say that Joy to the World is now one of my favorite novella collections ever! I love reading clean Regency romance novels and these three authors did an outstanding job of creating stories and characters that captured my heart. And even though these were novellas, each story felt complete. I was connected to all of the main characters and felt fully immersed in the time period.

In Heaven and Nature Sing by Carolyn Miller, Edith and George received a second chance at love together. I could feel the hurt that both Edith and George carried from their previous broken relationship. Christmas traditions of the time were beautifully described, making me feel as if I was part of the Christmas preparations, too.

In Far as the Curse is Found by Amanda Barratt, I absolutely loved watching as Jenny and Dwight both received a second chance at life. Dwight was a scarred hero who was wounded on the outside and on the inside. His true, kind nature was clear, though, in his rescue of Jenny and her baby from almost certain death. It was also beautiful to watch as Jenny helped open Dwight’s eyes to what true love looked like and to the reality of a loving God.

In Wonders of His Love by Erica Vetsch, artist Hamish Sinclair and the widowed Lady Cilla Haverly were drawn to each other from their first meeting. It was wonderful to watch as Cilla began to stand on her own and make decisions that were not guided by her mother-in-law. It was also so nice to see that the main characters from The Gentleman Spy, Marcus and Charlotte, were in this novella. However, this novella can easily be enjoyed without having read The Gentleman Spy.

I loved this book from start to finish and definitely plan to read it again and again!

(5 stars)

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

Inspirational Regency romance with a Christmas twist from three best-selling authors

In Joy to the World, three popular romance authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness.

“Heaven and Nature Sing” by Carolyn Miller
Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome both their obligations and their fears to find their way back into each other’s arms?

“Far as the Curse Is Found” by Amanda Barratt
One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts?

“Wonders of His Love” by Erica Vetsch
A Scots portrait painter finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he’d fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart.

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Review: Dogwood Plantation by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Dogwood Plantation was a story rich with detail. It was clear, from the very beginning, that the main characters, Nell and Carter still loved each other, even years after having been kept apart. However, what wasn’t clear was whether these two would ever be able to have a life together.

Set on a southern plantation, there were plenty of secrets and people who had their own agendas regarding what should happen with Dogwood Plantation. There were also hidden motives and a plantation which was struggling.

There were a lot of characters and situations, both from the past and in the present storyline, to keep track of, and I did find that a bit challenging. But it was also extremely interesting to see how everyone fit together and watch as secrets were revealed and the truth eventually prevailed.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When a deadly yellow fever outbreak draws Cornelia Gill back home, her new independent life must be abandoned. Injured veteran, Carter Williams, likewise must return to Dogwood Plantation when he suffers grievous family losses. Both become caretakers to younger family members. As the War of 1812 heats up, two wounded hearts begin to heal. But can they manage all that life has handed them?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling, multi-published, award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

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Audio Book Review: The Rancher Takes a Cook by Misty M. Beller

I enjoyed this audio book so much! It was a great combination of romance, ranch life, and some dangerous situations, as well. I thought that the narrator did a good job of reading the stories and adding some variation to the voices of some of the characters. I enjoyed listening to her read.

Anna and Jacob were very likable characters. I enjoyed watching as Anna began to let go of her younger brother, Edward, a bit and began to recognize and respect the man that he was growing into.

Anna and Jacob were a sweet pair and it was so much fun to see their attraction to each other develop and then watch as it bloomed into love. Jacob did a wonderful job of treating Anna with respect, love, and care. This was a great story from start to finish.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Christian Historical Romance Novel

When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart’s only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch. Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well-controlled plans.

When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands…and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?

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Also available in Kindle Unimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MistyBeller

Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy. 

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: The Duke Meets His Match by Karen Tuft

From the moment I began reading this novel, I didn’t want to set it down! These characters were intelligent and witty. Their first two meetings left them less than impressed with each other, and made their subsequent “convenient betrothal” all the more interesting.

I really liked both Susan and George. They both thought that a worthwhile marriage to someone they could respect, let alone hope to love, had passed them by. I appreciated the way both of these characters approached the situation that they found themselves in, and their willingness to put forth their best effort to make the betrothal and marriage work. They talked things out when problems arose and it was beautiful to watch genuine affection and love begin to develop.

This was a wonderful novel and I now want to go back and read other books written by this new to me author!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

At thirty years of age, Susan Jennings has long been considered a spinster. Exceptionally intelligent, she has little tolerance for London and the dreaded Season—if that’s how one is expected to find love, it’s not for her. But when an invitation arrives that cannot be ignored, Susan leaves her comfortable life in the country and enters the fashion and frivolity she most despises. She quickly discovers, however, that there is more to loathe in London—and his name is George Kendall.

George, Duke of Aylesham, has learned to keep his distance from cloying females chasing the title of duchess. Susan Jennings, however, proves an entirely different challenge—a woman who has pushed him to the limit of his patience with their every encounter. But their simmering hostility is disrupted by a thoughtless slip-up: to avoid a marriage of political strategy, George claims he is already betrothed. And when pressed for the name of the lucky woman, only one name comes to mind: Susan’s. Their forced betrothal proves advantageous, but when their verbal sparring must change in order to be convincing, the line between fact and fiction becomes blurred by something neither expected: love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU then graduated from the University of Utah in music theory as a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger, and has spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions. She also has a 75 percent success rate when it comes to matchmaking and is a big believer in happy endings. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel–whether by car, plane, or paperback.

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Review: Watercolors by Lorna Seilstad

Watercolors was an engaging story, full of characters that I came to care for during the course of the novel. Amelia and Braedon were at odds for much of the story, yet they also worked well together in many ways. One example of this was that they both wanted to do whatever was necessary to help Amelia’s brother recover as best he could.

I thought the author did a great job of making me feel as if I was right back in the time just after the end of the Civil War, when tensions were still very high. The descriptions of life while on the steamboat helped me to truly feel the separation between those who could afford a cabin and those who couldn’t.

The feelings that began to slowly grow between Amelia and Braedon made sense. There was chemistry between them, but also a lot of mistrust, leading to confusion about the future. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish and would have loved even a few more chapters at the end of the book in order to see the happy ending play out longer among Amelia’s family as they became acquainted with Braedon.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Strong-willed watercolor artist Amelia York thought she could paint the scenes of her own life – that is until she finds herself responsible for getting her brother, a paralyzed war veteran, home to Iowa and must deal with the moody Army captain God has painted into her life.

Captain Braedon McCrae is ruled by honor and a strong sense of duty. Still, the deaths of two people close to him have left him angry at God and vowing to never love again.

After a steamboat incident forces Amelia and Braedon to marry, Amelia must decide if she will accept Braedon’s offer of an annulment or keep the sacred vows she made before God.

The more Amelia attempts to control her future, the more she muddies the picture, like watercolors in the hand of a child. Can she learn to love, respect, and trust a man she barely knows?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she stopped teaching and became a professional wiper. “I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby’s bottoms, and countertops every day. But at naptime, I wrote.” Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor.

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Review: Dead Broke by Vannetta Chapman

I enjoyed this cozy mystery so much! Dead Broke is book two in the series, but I think readers could jump in and enjoy this book even if they haven’t read book one, Dead Wrong. However, the main characters are introduced in book one and both books are charming.

I really like the cozy feel to these stories. Agatha and Tony are people that I feel like I could sit down and enjoy an afternoon talking with. I love the setting of the Texas Hill Country and the mixture of Amish and Englisch working together to solve an unexpected murder.

I liked the secondary characters in this novel, Emma and Henry. They are characters from a series that I haven’t read, but I found that I really liked both of them, and was intrigued by Henry’s ability.

Dead Broke was a great cozy mystery that kept me glued to the pages from start to finish.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Why would someone kill Nathan King?
The peace of a perfect November afternoon is shattered when Agatha hears the frantic bleating of goats across the river from her B&B. Agatha kayaks over with retired detective Tony and two guests–Bishop Henry and his wife Emma. They find the goats huddled together in a terrified group and Nathan lying face up beneath the Live Oak trees, lifeless eyes staring at the Texas sky.


Then one of Agatha’s guests goes missing. She delves into Joey’s past and learns he was Dead Broke, so what was he doing vacationing at her B&B? And why was he pretending to be Amish when in fact his permanent address was Dallas, Texas? Most importantly, did Joey have anything to do with Nathan’s death? Agatha and Tony are at a dead end before the investigation has properly begun, but this time they receive help from unexpected places. Bishop Henry has a gift, and he’s no longer afraid to use it, even if doing so may put them all in danger as they work together to catch a killer.


Dead Broke is a story about family secrets, rare gifts, and the joy of unexpected friendships.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner, a Christy finalist, and she also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and resides in the Texas hill country.

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Review: Soul Raging by Ronie Kendig

Soul Raging was a fabulous conclusion to the Book of the Wars series. This is book three in the series and you definitely must read books one and two in order to know what is going on in this novel.

The author once again brought together heart-pounding action, hints of romance, prophecy, and characters that you just don’t know if you can trust!

These characters, all of them, felt so real and my connection to them grew with each novel. That made it hard to watch as various ones made tough decisions that sometimes didn’t seem to make sense. But, as always, this author pulled all of the threads of the story together and wrapped up the series in a very emotionally satisfying way.

I really enjoyed this series and recommend it to those looking for military action packed with secrets and spies and all things covert!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sometimes, the only hope is the enemy.

Leif Metcalfe is done waiting for answers and seizes control, a move that comes with a high price and a deadly risk: teaming up with the enemy. He can only hope that what he uncovers will heal the wounds he’s inflicted on those he loves.

Iskra Todorova believes Leif is on a collision course with death and knows firsthand the irrevocable cost of that path to the soul. While trying to protect her daughter and intervene with Leif, Iskra is forced to set her sights on the man behind the evil organization ArC–Ciro Veratti.

Torn apart by injuries and opposing views on how to handle Leif’s act of treachery, team Reaper hunts one of their own. The only thing they agree on is not stopping but starting the final battle prophesied in the Book of the Wars. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. An Army brat, Ronie lives a shot train ride from New York City with her husband, twin sons, and two fur-sons, VVolt N629, a retired military working dog, and Benning the Stealth Golden. Described as an empath by her literary agent, Ronie has used her degree in psychology to write books that have won the coveted Christy Award, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion Award, and more. Her books have also hit the CBA Bestseller List multiple times.

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Review: The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano

The Love Note was a captivating tale! The author did a beautiful job of writing a story that captured both romance and mystery between its pages.

Each chapter began with a quote that was attributed to a “scientist’s observations on love”. I really liked these additions to the book and the way they set the scenes for the chapters.

I enjoyed seeing how the love note affected various members of the household as they came across it. There were many different reactions, which made for interesting reading.

The back story behind the note, as well as the relationships and people entwined in this note was beautifully written, in a way that spanned the entire novel. It kept me turning the pages and piecing the clues together all the way through the book.

The main character, Willa Duvall, made quite an emotional journey throughout this novel and learned much about God’s direction for her life, what real love was, and the power of words, both written and spoken.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1865 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.

Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings–mostly negative ones–about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa’s search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words.

Laced with mysteries large and small, this romantic Victorian-era tale of love lost, love deferred, and love found is sure to delight.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I’m a work-from-home mom of two fun and adventurous littles and we’ll soon be homeschooling. I married my hero Vince, who is my love and my polar opposite. I write, he tears it up with the red pen. I break cars and other mechanical things, he puts them back together. He’s nailed the “speak the truth” thing, and I bring the “in love” part. But the real spark to our marriage is that he does not like chocolate and I…  like it a normal amount. We love and live from our little house in the woods near Lake Michigan.

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Review: Beneath Northern Lights by Lyn Cote

Beneath Northern Lights was an exciting, wintry tale that really made me feel like I was experiencing the bitter cold along with the characters.

I enjoyed reading about the care and training that were necessary for a mushing team. And I really wondered who was behind all of the trouble that Nick was experiencing.

This story was a quick and easy read, with a satisfying and gentle romance that developed naturally between the characters. It is book four in the series, but is easily read as a stand alone story.

(4 stars)

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

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Two wounded souls, a sweet puppy, Christmas coming and someone who’s out to destroy a man’s dream~

After a life-altering event, Nick Reynolds has one goal, to participate in the Apostle Islands Dog Sled Race with his beloved Alaskan husky, Maddie. But someone is dead-set against Nick achieving this goal. Who and why?
Megan Blair knows she isn’t doing what’s expected of a new college grad. She’s not sending out resumes and looking for her dream job. But this spring, life hit her with a painful setback. And she can’t bring herself to do what her mother and everyone else expects. After spending the summer working at her sister’s coffee shop, she decides to stay in Winfield for the winter. Will she ever feel whole again?

When Megan volunteers at the local vet to foster dogs, she meets Nick. He’s come to give up one of Maddie’s six-month-old puppies. Unexpectedly holding the small, furry Alaskan husky brings Megan an unexpected measure of peace and joy. She begins to consider adoption. How can this man just give this wonderful pup away? And why does he act like such a grump?
She’d like to steer clear of him. But within days it’s clear the man needs help with feeding and caring for his team of huskies. And there’s the fact that she needs a job for the winter. Neither is too happy with the other but necessity brings them together. As they both care for the dogs, a bond begins to form. But Megan is still hurting. And nearly a decade older, Nick thinks she needs time to heal. He doesn’t want to be her rebound relationship.

And almost immediately the nasty pranks begin. Each one aimed at Nick and his dogs. And each one worse than the one before. Who is out to get him, stop him from his dream of conquering the past? And more importantly, rob him of the joy of seeing Maddie do what she was born to do–race? As for Megan, as she peels back the layers of Nick’s complex situation and personality, can she allow herself to love again? And will one prank go too far? With unforeseen consequences? Don’t miss this northwoods romantic mystery.

Northern Shore Intrigue Series
Precarious Summer Book 1
Bitter Autumn Book 2
Fatal Winter Book 3
Beneath Northern Lights Book 4
Uncertain Spring Book, 5 coming spring 2021

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written nearly 50 books. A Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and an American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical novels. No matter which kind of story, her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” comes through.

Her most recent achievement is being added to Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She lives in a lakeside cottage the northwoods of Wisconsin with her comfy husband and her twenty-year old cat.

Lyn’s brand is Strong Women, Brave Stories because her heroines are women who don’t just take what life hands them but fight for a better way with God’s help. Also most of her stories feature a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic detail whether it is a contemporary or historical story.

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