Monday, September 22, 2014

Through the Deep WatersThrough the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Throught the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Dinah was raised by her mother in a brothel.  She never knew love or caring.  By the time she became a young woman the owner of the home wanted her to start work like all the other women and Dinah knew she had to do something, she did not want to live a life like her mother had.  Her mother died and soon after Dinah left going far away to join The Clifton where she might one day be able to be a "Harvey Girl"  Not being old enough yet they kept her there as a worker till she was older.
Amos Ackerman lived nearby as a chicken farmer, he had a disability with his foot and limped so did not feel he would ever have a chance to meet a nice woman to wed and have a family with...these two people who so desperatly needed love met and found they cared for one another.
Can you imagine a life of constant work yet hoping and praying that life will change and a new beginning can be a part of your life?  these two had many obstacles yet God intervened and brought them together.
Never say that life for you won't change because it just might with faith and patience.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Westward Christmas Brides Collection: 9 Historical Romances Answer the Call of the American WestThe Westward Christmas Brides Collection: 9 Historical Romances Answer the Call of the American West by Wanda E. Brunstetter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Westward Christmas Brides Collection, stories by authors Wanda Brunstetter,Susan Page Davis,Melanie Dobson,Cathy Leggett,Vickie McDonough,Oliva Newport,Janet Spaeth,Jennifer Rogers Spinola and MaryLu Tyndall

I have read many of these authors before so was interested in reading this book. the stories are short but sweet. they tell of faith,courage,forgiveness,so many questions are answered and women wanting changes in their lives choose to travel by wagon train westward in the 1800's.  Brides to be at Christmas time, what could make a better story.
I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I have.
I was given this book by The Bookclub Network&Barbour Publishing for an honest review.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wonderful Lonesome (Amish Turns of Time, #1)Wonderful Lonesome by Olivia Newport
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book #1,"Wonderful Lonesome" Series Amish Turns of Time written by Olivia Newport....

Wonderful is a great word to use for this story.  I loved reading about Abby Weaver who is a strong determined woman.  In this story a group of Amish folks, 12 families move to Colorado to start a settlement.  They are without a Bishop or church.  The families had their Bible readings and quiet time but no gathering together for singing and sermons.  It was a time of restlessness.  many craved to have the church services of before and hated waiting for a Bishop to come or be sent to their community.
Abby was the glue that kept many stuck in this limbo as she was determined they would make a go of it.  there were crop failures..stormy weather they were not used to -Hail-wind and droughts, wreck havoc- yet she hangs onto her belief -"It will work".
Willem is a single man who has cared for Abbie for a long time yet he puts off getting married.  Rudy another young man also cares for Abbie, she believes he is a friend and does not see it as anything more.
A young man named Jake had left the amish but is now back wanting to start a Mennonite church and has invited the amish folks to visit so they will be able to have church service and gather together.  For some this causes problems, Abby feels she will have to renounce all that she has ever known and believed if she goes to this church, Willem wants to try it and it causes a rift between them.
come read this "Wonderful" story and see what happens to this community and to a young woman who has two men care for her.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Throught the Deep Waters written by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I have just received this book to read and review for this author whom I like to read every chance I get.  Never read her you say....pick up one of her books and you will be reading till the pages say "The End".  This author writes from the heart and she has a heart of Gold that she shares through her work...SO get ready for this book that tells a story that needs to be heard..

A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all
Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.

The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her.  Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?

A tidbit for you till I read the book and review -when you will get to hear "The Rest of the Story". 

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling award author with more than one million copies of her books currently in print. Awards include the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Sawyer lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Miracle in a Dry Season (Appalachian Blessings, #1)Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin Thomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Sarah Loudin Thomas writes book #1 "Miracle in a Dry Season", series Appalachian Blessings.

Wise, West Va in the fifties..People in the community are wary of a young woman named Perla who has came to live with her aunt and uncle.  Perla has a little girl and has not been married, she doesn't want to lie and say she is a widow which would be so much easier.  Can everyone be blind to the goodness of a woman raising a little girl...
Casewell is a batchlor in the community and has been thinking he needs to settle down, when he meets Perla he likes her looks but he like the others Judges without thinking.
Do we all think we don't have anything in our lives to be ashamed of and we are too pure to see a mistake might be corrected and let the one that should, do the judging....can we not forgive more readily?
This little town has not seen rain in a long long time and lives are changing and not for the better.
Perla has a gift with her cooking that she has always considered a curse.  Whenever she cooks it seems to multiply like when Jesus fed the multitude with the fishes.  The town needs her yet they don't want to accept her cooking thinking she has the devil in her....more blindness and not seeing.
I loved reading this story and seeing how a community comes to terms with good and evil.  How a young man realizes HE should not be the one judging and comes to love this young woman and her child.
You must read this story if no others by this author.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing to read and review, thanks.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Love Comes HomeLove Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love Comes Home by Ann Gabhart

The war is finally over and the men are coming back to Rosey Corner Ky and the Merritt sisters in particular are happily running around getting ready to meet their men again.  Papa Merritt tells them they wont be the same guys that left so be patient and give them a lot of love.  Love is something this family knows about so there will be no problem here.
Lorena was left on church steps long ago at the age of 5 and Kate found her and took her home and has loved her ever since..she became an honorary sister right then at the beginning.
Aunt Hattie is an old black woman that has done midwifery in the hills of Ky for many years and she is close to the Merritt family, an honorary aunt to the much love in this family they pass it around.
Mike was a preacher before he left for the war but came back not wanting to jump back into the pulpit.  His faith was a bit shaken and it would take some time for him to heal but Evie who had loved him forever would help in that dept.
Jay was the husband of Kate and he fell in love with the whole Merritt family and Kate in particular, He knows Kate wants to start a family and he is not so sure he will make a good father, his father gave him away to an aunt that didn't really want him either and he needed the love that abounded in Rosey Corners and the Merritt family.
One of the sisters Victoria lost her husband while he was at war -Sammy didn't get to come home but they had married before he left and she had a little girl, Samantha to raise and she was so like her daddy.
Clay is a young man that farmed in the community and he had loved Victoria from afar because Sammy was his best friend.  Now he is hoping that "Tori" will look at him as more then a friend.  He has helped raise his sisters when his dad died early in life.  He loves children and knows he could help Tori raise Samantha and that little girl liked him too.
You will want to read the story of this little corner of the world in Ky and get to know this family and the community they live in.

I was given this book to read and review by The Bookclub Network and Revell Publishing...Thank you.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Safe Haven (Peacemakers #3)Safe Haven by Anna Schmidt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anna Schmidt's series "The Peacemakers" book #3 Safe Haven

I enjoyed reading this author and her research has made this a great story to read.  The characters will tug at your heartstrings and you will want to help as they journey.  FDR has brought almost a thousand European refugees to our country from a war torn area to keep them safe, thus the name of the book "Safe Haven"

Suzanne Randolph is a writer that has been duped by another journalist and her reputation is in threads, when she hears of these people she wants to write their story thinking this will redeem her.  The man she had worked for believes in her and decides to help her as it will also help his paper to print this story.

Theo Bridgewater is a quaker and did not fight in the war but he has relatives in this bunch of refugees and his parents talk him into moving to Lake Ontario -Oswego,N.Y. to give them support.  It is here that he meets Suzanne and likes what she is trying to do but not always the way she does it.  They live in the same boarding house and seeing one another often helps them to become friends.  Maybe even more then friends as the months move along.

The war rages on for a long time and the refugees must learn a new way of life as guest of the president in a new country where they are behind a fence and only able to travel close by during the daytime.  Lives are changed and new relationships formed from this togetherness and it becomes almost like a little city behind the fence.  There are deaths and births among the little group.  They signed a paper when then come agreeing to return to their country after the war ended, many want to stay now and their is much controversy among the politicians.
The president that brought them died and another taking over doesn't want to make the decision to move them back.  what is to become of almost a thousand souls ready to be freed as the war ends?

I enjoyed reading this story given to me for a review by The Bookclub Network and Shiolh Run Press.  thank you

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