Monday, September 29, 2014

With Every Breath
With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

What a special story that gives us interaction between Kate Norton and The insufferable Trevor McDonough through their school years..
then moves on to Kate going on a job interview that brings her into a different kind of relationship with the same young man all  grown up with so many secrets.
Now you know Kate is going to have to find out what the secrets are all about.
When she finds herself having romantic feelings for the man -she is beside herself.  No- no way can she have those kind of feelings for the boy that wrested the scholarship away from her in school.  these two young people were so smart and always were trying to best one another.
You are going to find out lots of history on TB when they were trying to find a cure and the people that were used in a study.
Soon Kate finds herself trying to unlock mysteries about the man as well as the work and whom is trying to sabotage the work of Trevor who is now known as Dr T  M Kendall.
Elizabeth brings much to this book with romance lurking just under the surface for some time.  I always enjoy reading a book by this author and this one was fantastic.

I was given this book by The Bookclub Network and Bethany House publishing to read and review, thank you very much.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The RiverThe River by Beverly  Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The River is written by Beverly Lewis

The title  would make you think the story is mainly about a River, is and it isn't.  I think the story was more about two sisters who had left the amish community for reasons of their own and live in the "english world" as they call it when you leave the amish.
Tilly had a younger sister whom she cared for a lot die and she felt guilty that she was unable to save her, Tilly kept many things to herself not telling anyone how she felt. She felt she could not live there and see the place that anna had died so young all the time. She knew that God forgave her but she forgot to forgive herself.
Ruth had cared for Will Kauffman and when he made a choice that she was not comfortable with, she begged her sister to help her move from the amish community so she would not have to see him all the time.  She just wanted to forget all about Will and move on with her life.
An older brother invited the girls to come back for their parents 50th wedding anniversary when all the family would gather together, he also let them know their daed had heart problems and was not well.
Tilly and her daed had always seemed to not get along and they both needed to forgive and forget, they just did not talk to one another much and it had hurt the relationship over time.  There is much conflict and much happiness seeing all the family again..can you imagine?  many years had passed and Tilly had a husband and twin girls, no one in the family had ever seen them or knew about them.
So many secrets kept from one another...families should love one another enough to be close by communicating better...
I hope that as you read this story-if you have someone that there is a problem with in your life-you will speak about it together and make things right.
I am honored that I was given the opportunity to read and review this book for the author, thank you
Bethany House Publishers asked me to read-review this book and I have done so....

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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.