“Life After” by Kate Ganshert, book review

“Life After” by Kate Gnshert, book review

The train exploded. Everyone in the car was killed, except Autumn. Even a year later, it is still too much for her to accept. Why her? All the others had so much more reason to live. But she alone was saved. Now she is trying to put her life back together and maybe even help the families of those killed.

Autumn was initially mistaken for Vivian, mother of 2 and wife to Paul. As the weeks and months pass, Autumn and Paul find themselves thrown together by various situations. But both are carrying so much guilt and grief, that they are just barely holding themselves together.

Autumn begins work on a tribute to those lost in the explosion. Through this experience, she finds closure to her own pain.

This is a wonderful story of healing and forgiveness. It explores deep places in the character’s lives and how God’s grace and forgiveness will solve man’s deep problems.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The One True Love of Alice-Ann” by Eva Marie Emerson, book review

“The One True Love of Alice-Ann” by Eva Marie Emerson, book review

December 7, 1941.
Alice-Ann has been counting down the days until her 16th birthday for weeks. But now the party and her life is ruined! Why did the Japs have to bomb today? How can she make Mak understand that he is the one for her if he enlists before she can declare herself. Life is just a mess.

So begins this story of Alice-Ann’s coming of age during WWII. She lives on a farm in rural Georgia, far from the front lines of the way. But along with all Americans, her family is impacted in so many ways.

I really enjoyed this story. It shares many day to day details of family life during the war. No glamour here, just hard working people trying to support their family and their county. Great read!!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Written in Love” by Kathleen Fuller, book review


“Written in Love” By Kathleen Fuller, book review

Jalon is working each and every day to overcome the mistakes of his past. Some days is it easier than others. But he is thankful for his supportive family and friends. But he is lonely.

Phoebe is also thankful for her family and the way they stood by her during the last 4 years. But when the Bishop tells her she must marry a man in her district to cover her sins, she leaves. Her aunt Bertha opens her home, but not her heart to Phoebe an her 4 year old son.

One day the post office brings a miss directed piece of mail to Phoebe and in returning it to the sender, she finds a pen pal. Over the next couple of months, Jalon and Phoebe become friends. When Phoebe suddenly stops replying to his letters, Jalon fears Phoebe is in trouble.

This is a heartwarming story of 2 broken hearted people who find love, forgiveness and acceptance. I enjoyed the story and how both Jason and Phoebe show love for those around them. I was disappointed with the negative way the Amish church leadership was displayed in this book and hope that is if very much a fictional description. This book is part of a series, but stands on its own without any problems.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Centurion” by Ken Gire, book review

“The Centurion” by Ken Gire, book review

Lucius is has the ambition to be a great leader in the Roman army. He follows orders of his superiors even when the task is less than desirable. We first meet his as Jesus is being crucified and he is to handle the details. While attending the work, he meets Mary and other of Jesus’ friends and disciples.

Mary is overcome with grief at the death of her beloved Jesus. But as a leader in the community of believers, she most keep going with the daily details of life. When the Centurion is asking genuine questions, she answers honestly. And begins a relationship that will cover many years and miles.

This book is rich in language and description. It is definitely told from a male perspective, which allows for deep emotional and physical details. While we have all heard the story of Jesus’ death, this book gives the reader a new perspective.

I enjoyed the book. It was easy to read but included a very rich description of the characters and locations.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, and all opinions expressed are my own.

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“With Love…Wherever you are” book review

“With Love…wherever you are” by Dandi Daley MacKall, book review

WWII has changed everything! Families are spread around the world, to places most have never even heard of before being shipped out there. And not just the boys, but the girls too- as nurses, in the case of Helen.

Helen knew nursing was her ticket out of the small town where she grew up. And it was. She landed a job in a big hospital caring for wealthy women in the OB-GYN wing. But after one bad day, she quit. Suddenly, she needed a job and the Army was her solution. Before she know what had happened, she is in Battle Creek working in the Army Hospital.

Dr. Frank Daley was able to defer his military service long enough to finish medical school. But the day after graduation, he was at boot camp and then assigned to the Army hospital in Battle Creek. That is where he met Helen, as she was exiting the men’s rest room. It was love at first sight for him and he did all he could to capture her attention. But when he is suddenly deployed, he cannot even tell her good bye. It is only through letters and a quick weekend wedding that this love story continues.

This is a bitter sweet story of war time romance kept alive through letters. I enjoyed the story and the characters.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“An Uncommon Protector” by Shelley Shepherd Grey, book review

“An Uncommon Protector” by Shelley Shepherd Grey, book review

Laurel has somehow survived the War, but now she must keep her ranch going. Following her father’s death, Laurel learns he has left her the ranch. But without help, she is not sure how she can keep up with all the work. And now she has discovered squatters in the North pasture. Where can she find the help she needs?

Thomas Baker fought bravely during the War but landed in jail for a stupid gambling debt. He has learned his lesson. He will serve his time and then get an honest job. While a prisoner, he is forced to work on Laurel’s farm, which is a welcome distraction from the boring days in jail. When his sentence is completed, he may be able to get out if someone, anyone, will purchase his services for 1 year. He hopes someone needs a worker.

This is a story of hope and goodness, as well as evil and greed. I enjoyed the characters and the way that good won out in the end.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Grace and the Preacher” by Kim Vogel, book review

“Grace and the Preacher” by Kim Vogel, book review

Her uncle is stepping down as pastor of the small town church. But before his last sermon, he chose his replacement from the Bible College graduates. And the new preacher is on the way. Grace has been corresponding with him for a few weeks, filling him in on details about their small town and people. But she has also fallen in love with the new single preacher, Ruffus.

Theo is just trying to keep his head low and stay out of trouble. Since that day 8 years ago when his cousins staged a robbery and coxed him into stealing the horses for a quick get away, his life has been difficult. Actually, the last 8 years have been better than his growing up years, because the cousins went to jail for the crime, but Theo was free, because he would not be apart of the scheme. Now, they were set to be released, so Theo knew it was time he head out of town. With the money he had saved by working in the livery the last 8 years, he bought a horse and headed out. Who he met along the way would completely change his life.

This story is a quaint love story between two young people just trying to find their way in the world. I really enjoyed the sweet story. Very refreshing and easy to read.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Sisters of Sugarcreek” book review

“The Sisters of Sugarcreek” by Cathy Liggett, book review

This contemporary novel about three women who seemingly have little in common, but in the end share a love for God and a love for others in common.

When the community church burns, Jessica not only loses her church, but also her beloved Aunt Rose. After moving into Aunt Rose’s apartment upstairs from the yarn and quilt store, Jessica must put her life back together. As a young single mother, that is not an easy task.

Lydia does not attend the Community Church, as she is Amish, but when it burned it affected the whole community. For her personally, the fire caused a lot of problems, as her husband was killed. Now, she must make her own way without his help and care. But in some ways going it alone is easier.

Liz was Rose’s best friend. Rose’s death was tough for Liz, especially because it reminded her of her husband’s death a few years ago. Liz has moved on well with her life, alone, but now may bet interested in the handyman she has hired to fix her kitchen ceiling.

All three of these ladies are part of secret group who makes items and delivers in the middle of the night. It is incredible to see how the community reaponds.

This is an upbeat and enjoyable book. It does move a little slow during the day, but the characters are deleloped well.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“You Carried Me” by Melissa Ohden, book review

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“You Carried Me: A Daughter’s memoir” by Melissa Ohden, book review

This book is a very heart felt story of the journey of her own life, which begins with her birth- which was supposed to be the day of her death. Her mother attempted to abort her, but she was born alive and saved by a caring nurse. She was adopted and raised in a loving home.

The author tells her story. It is full of feeling and emotions. She learns the truth of her birth at age 14, and begins a journey to locate her birth parents. After years of searching, she is finally rewarded with answers to many of her long held questions.

I enjoyed this book. I was not sure what to expect when I started it, but was pleasantly surprised. It was easy to read and the story moved at a steady pace. The author shared many significant details of her life and was very honest. I would suggest this book for anyone who wants to learn more about abortion, adoption and the difficult choices many women face.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.,

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“The Returning” by Rachelle Dekker

“The Returning” by Rachelle Dekker, book review

Twenty years ago Carrington and Remko had to leave baby Elise captive in the Authority City. It was the worst day of their lives. They have never stopped thinking about her. Every year on her birthday, Carrington writes a letter to her baby, who is now a young woman.
Now the times are changing and the Seers along with Aaron are on the move. As they face incredible forces of evil, they are focused on just one goal which is to bring light to the darkness in the city.

This is the third book in the series- following “The Choosing” and “The Calling.” I have not read the other books in the series, and had a difficult time following the characters and truly understanding the plot. I often read books which are part of a series and am able to enjoy the book, as the author will give enough back ground to fill in the wholes. “The Returning” does not give enough of back ground information for me to understand and enjoy reading the book. So, I suggest you read the first 2 books in the series first.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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