“A Stranger at Fellsworth” by Sarah E. Ladd, book review
Following her father’s death, Annabelle faces an uncertain future. Her brother controls everything about her life, until she leaves to take a teaching position. Faced with the daily hardships of earning a living wage, Annabelle learns life lessons, sometimes the hard way.
Owen has two goals in mind- provide and protect his daughter and keep poachers at bay. He works tirelessly at both of these. During a chance encounter, he meets Annabelle. This new friendship changes so much about his well ordered life. As their friendship grows, many forces attempt to derail their budding love.
This is a wonderful romance with just enough mystery thrown in to keep the reader actively engaged. The characters are well developed. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to another in this series.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
“When God Made You” by Matthew Paul Turner, book review- children’s book
Everyone wants to be assured that they are loved! And children from a young age long for love and acceptance. Parents are the first to give this love. And as Christian parents, we desire to instill the knowledge that each child is made in God’s image and loved by Him.
This precious picture book by Matthew Paul Turner uses easy to understand words, rhymes and whimsical pictures to softly and carefully convey the message of God’s unique love for each of us.
The illustrations are a bit cartoonish, not realistic, but add a sweet tone to the book. This book will be treasured for many years to come and be a bedtime favorite.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
“Back in the Saddle” by Ruth Logan Herne, book review- Double Ranch book 1
When things become too tough financially on Wall Street for Colt, he decides it is time to come home. Of course, he reasons, his dad is getting older and needs help on the farm. But he is not as warmly received as he had anticipated. Especially by the new house manager, who greets him with a gun.
His younger brother, Nick, is not eager for Colt to come home either. They have some adjustment time as each finds his place in the new order of the ranch. But as the Stafford brothers begin to work together, they become a force to be respected by the town’s people, as the neighbors are not being very neighborly.
This is the first book in the Double S Ranch Series. The characters continue to the next books, Home on the Range and Peach in the Valley. These books show the reader some of the real challenges of living on a Ranch.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Multnomah. All opinions expressed are my own.
“The Memory of You” by Catherine West, book review
Natalie Mitchell has to do something to pull her life together. The broken engagement is just the last straw. So when her father suggests, or rather, insists that she go to California and check on her grandfather, so heads out. The vineyard and winery were the place she spent most of her childhood summers. Until THAT summer…
Tanner Collins was a friend when she was little, and now he is the vintner at the winery. While they have not seen each other in about 13 years, they still seem to know each other, or maybe not. Tanner is dealing with so much, and now that it appears that Natalie will close down the winery, he is just about overwhelmed with it all.
As Tanner and Natalie become friend again, they both learn about God’s love and forgiveness.
This is an interesting book that deals with complex family and medical issues common in todays world. The author does a good job helping the reader understand how really overwhelming it all can be.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.
No Neutral Ground: A World War II Romance (Book 2)” by Terri Wangard
Jennie has traveled to Sweden to be with her parents, as he father was stationed there for the duration of the war. When she arrives, it becomes obvious she has more to do than just be a tourist. And her artistic ability becomes invaluable in providing sketches of people who may be friends or foes.
Rafe and his mother left Germany when Hitler started his power grab. After being in America for 10 years, he has enlisted in the US Air Force. But now he is faced with flying over Germany. What if he crashes over German soil, will he be treated as a traitor? And what if he drops bombs on his friends? So many feelings.
This is book #2 of the series, and I had read book #1. I would suggest reading these books in order, as there is so much in the first book that continues into the second. It was full of intrigue and adventure!
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
“Treasured Grace” by Tracie Peterson, book review
Grace is on her way to a new home, having left all that is familiar behind, except her two little sisters, Mercy and Grace. When their parents died, Grace decided the only way to support herself and sisters was to marry the Right Reverend and accompany him west. This was a loveless marriage, purely for convenience. Grace needed a man to support her. The Right Reverend needed a wife to the mission board would allow him to do mission work.
Neither counted on the hardships on the trail. Grace was well prepared to handle the medical needs of the wagon train folks, as she had been trained as a healer. Using her knowledge of herbs and general medical care, she maintained her health and that of those around her. But the Right Reverend did not want to be bothered with in conveniences like boiling water for drinking. And he became ill and died on the trail.
This begun a new set of hardships for Grace and her sisters. They stopped at a mission outpost and hoped to winter there. A measles outbreak caused much sickness at the mission and with the local Indians. This caused tensions between the two groups to mount.
This is an interesting story of settlers from the east coming to the land of the Native Americans and how the two groups conflicted.
I enjoyed the book. The story was interesting and fast paced. I look forward to the next story in the Heart of the Frontier series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.