Friday, December 19, 2014

A Marriage for Meghan (Wayne County, #2)A Marriage for Meghan by Mary  Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Marriage for Meghan-book#2(series Wayne County) by Mary Ellis

I got this book from library and was happy to read about Meghan wanting to be a teacher so bad that she tells the boy she has known all her life and everyone expected her to marry to back off...yes she needed time to pursue this career that she has dreamed of for very long time.  Do you think he will understand and be supportive or does she take a chance of losing the love they have always shared.
Meghan's dad is the Bishop and where his girls are concerned he sometimes gets in hot water with the elders.
Meghan is a little scatterbrained type and her dad wonders if she is up to being a teacher so he suggest older daughter come and be teacher with meghan as assistant so she can learn.  Sisters teaching together -do you think this is good idea?
there is a mystery involved as many of the amish have vandalism acts around their places and the local sheriff and even an FBI agent is called in when they think it could be hate crime.
Mary wrote a great story with the characters and we watched Meghan grow up in this book.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Secret of Pembrooke ParkThe Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Secret of Pembroke Park by Julie Klassen

I liked the mystery in this story and the characters grew as they walked their journey.  Two sisters, one past her coming out parties and one just getting ready to enjoy all the attention and hope for a gentleman to prepose.  BUT..
Louisa has some growing up to do as we will soon see.
Abigail is the sensible older daughter who works with her parents to make their lives easier.  Misfortune falls on the family and they must find another place to live.
Surprised when they receive a letter from a solicitor stating they are invited to visit Pembroke Park that has been vacant for some years and possibly lease at a reduced rate. The Foster's soon see it would help them to stay in this house and oversee refurbishing and signed a lease for a year.   They soon after moving in find many in the area think there is treasure to be found in the home and Abigail also thinks she will look for a secret room with a treasure -they could use this for a new beginning.
Come read the story that Julie has woven about the old house..secrets and all. Distant family found and the mystery surrounding family members that lived in the home before.
As old foes and new friends come to Pembroke Park, secrets come to light, Will Abigail find the treasure and the Love she seeks??
If you like old homes and genteel people you will enjoy this story as I did.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Plain Love Song (The New Hope Amish #3)A Plain Love Song by Kelly Irvin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Series The New Hope Amish, book- A Plain Love Song by Kelly Irvin

I always like to read stories about amish folks but this one is little different in that Adah Knepp has all her life heard words and set them to paper without anyone knowing, after all she is a Plain woman and they must not have music in their lives.  When she goes to clean in the Hunt home and meets Jackson who too loves music, trouble brews as she falls further and further into listening to him and away from the closest friend she has had in her amish community,Matthew.
Everyone has always assumed the two would marry -raise children and live in the community with the rest of their family and friends.
Adah is torn, the more she wants to do the right thing it seems, unexpectedly she is drawn away.
It is Adah's running around time before becoming member with the amish and settling down, she feels she can do some of the things she has but seems to always feel so guilty.  She wants the music and Matthew too, how can this be?
Kelly writes a wonderful story that tells of the indecision that goes on in a young amish girl's life, will she be able to find the right path...back to Matthew and her life as an amish frau?  come read about Faith-family and forgiveness.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Love Unexpected (Beacons of Hope, #1)Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love Unexpected is book #1 in series "Beacons of Hope" by Jody Hedlund

Fact and fiction makes this a worthy read..
Jody does research and we learn so much from her stories along with the adventure and romance she adds to make our hearts fill to the brim....I loved the characters in this story Emma had much heartache in life and didn't think she deserved anything better.
God loved this woman and showed her life can be so sweet and fulfilling when you do the right things for the right reasons.  He gave her a new life when the old one slipped away beneath the deep waters of Lake Huron...Pirates overtook them and soon they had to abandon ship..Emma and her brother Ryan survived but lost all they had.
Patrick was the lighthouse keeper and was soon out trying to find survivors when he seen the shipwreck nearby.  meeting Emma was the best thing that happened for both of them.
The preacher tries to help the two come together knowing it will help both of them and Emma accepts to have a home, Patrick needs someone to watch his son and help.  A hasty marriage and they are soon heading to the lighthouse, time will find many secrets unfolding and doubts arise as to how wise this was.
Can they learn to forgive and move beyond what was in the past,leaving it in the past? I enjoyed reading this story, thanks Jody for another filled with Hope, I look forward to reading this series.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Most Inconvenient MarriageA Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

I love to read mail-order brides so this caught my attention that a marriage was NOT convenient...that made me want to read it, along with the fact that Regina always writes a great story.

Abigail Stuart had to leave home suddenly and was not sure what she would do and felt grateful when she found she could nurse the men coming from the warfields, some critical others patched up and sent back.  She met one young man who said he didn't know who he was and his winning personality in the face of his grave wounds made Abigail and others like him.
Abigail stayed by his side and when he ask her to marry him so she would have a place to go and for her help with his ailing sister, she promptly said but -"you don't know who you  are"...He spoke up then and said Jeremiah Calhoun was his name and his sister was Rachel.  She agreed and at the end of war went to live with Jeremiah's mother and sister.
Life is good and the Mother became like a mother to her and she felt at peace knowing she had a home.  she met the fiance of Jeremiah whom had become good friends with a Dr after learning of death of Jeremiah, they too became friends and all was well until.......Jeremiah came home.
All were surprised and it took some time before it all became apparent of what had happened in the hospital where Abigail had nursed the man she believed to be Jeremiah.
Jeremiah thinks she is an imposter trying to take over his farm.
Rachel never believed her when she first came and now doesn't know what to think.
Ma Calhoun is on the side of Abigail and wants her to stay till all is sorted out.
The fiance now has two men vying for her attention and is torn..

You will want to read the story and see how all comes out and where Abigail will live. Will she believe this man is Jeremiah? and if he is then whom did she marry?

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse
The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Built in 1840 by Jeremiah Moors of Detroit, the harbor light operated until 1871 when the keeper transferred to a new, taller, coastal lighthouse a mile to the north. The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse park is a complex composed of two main structures, a keepers dwelling and a light tower. The stone and brick tower measures thirty feet tall and eighteen feet in diameter. Visitors can climb the hand-hewn stone steps for a panoramic view of the Lake Huron shoreline and Presque Isle Harbor. Nearby is the one-story side-gabled brick keeper’s dwelling which serves as a hands-on museum. Here, visitors can blow foghorns and examine other interesting artifacts. They can also ring the bell from the Lansing City Hall clock tower. Tipping the scales at an impressive 3,425 pounds, this bronze behemoth is much bigger than the Liberty Bell, which weighed 2,080 pounds when cast.

I am beginning a new book by Jody Hedlund that is about a young woman meeting the keeper of this lighthouse, The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse.  Emma Chambers is left destiture when the steamboat sinks near this lighthouse, that she is on.  
Patrick is floundering when he loses his wife and knows not how to care for his child...
These two souls are thrown together literally...what a twist on mail-order brides, He marries Emma to give her a home and have someone to care for his child.
Come read with me how they will fare,  I will review later after reading....
Abigail's New Hope (Wayne County, #1)Abigail's New Hope by Mary  Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Abigail's New Hope book #1 in series "Wayne County" by Mary Ellis

Abigail Graber loves her job as midwife to her community and works with Dr Weller. There is no greater pleasure then holding a newborn and helping the mother trough this rough time.  Abigail has a supportive husband and two little children.

Most amish stories are sweet reads and you just fly through the pages enjoying all the love and kindness these people have for one another.
BUT...this story has  turmoil that will make your eyes tear up and your heart swell with emotions as you go through a dark time for Abigail.  This sweet caring woman lands in jail....unheard of you say.  me too.
This will take Daniel and the girls on a journey they never expected to be on.  Abigail's sister, Catherine comes to help out at the home thinking a few days and Abigail will be home is all a misunderstanding.  It has to be.

The days and weeks go by and Catherine meets Isaiah who lives in cabin behind the house and helps Daniel with the farm work.  Isaiah is deaf and is a loner but Catherine loves people and she knows she can help this young man as she had worked with a family that had deaf twins and she had learned sign language. Working with Isaiah brings her heart to a place where she never thought she would be as they find feelings for one another.  Can this be the beginning of a new relationship and Love that Catherine has given up ever having?

There is a story within a story as we find out about Nathan and his wife who had moved to the community recently -she being pregnant and had secrets that she did not want known.  She chose to have a baby for her husband and wanted Abigail to deliver as she had not chose a dr after moving.  Many things go wrong and Nathan loses his wife, but a son is born and survives because of Abigail's help.
Mary Ellis tells a good story and makes us aware of the dangers of home births.  Thank you for finding these characters and writing a story that is of love-healing- forgiveness and faith...

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