Saturday, April 16, 2016


Denise Hunter always seems to write a captivating story. The Goodbye Bride doesn't disappoint. A spirited bride, a hunky hero and of course the conniving rival, all make for a book that you just have to keep turning the pages.

For months Zac Callahan searched for Lucy Lovett after she disappeared seven months ago. Now he has tried to move on, then he receives a phone call, from Lucy asking him to come get her.

Lucy  awakes with no memory of the last seven months. The last she remembers she's engaged to Zac. with the wedding around the cornor. She's in a wedding dress, so believes she it's the day she is to marry  Zac.

Who is she about to marry if not Zac? Why did she run? She has lost seven months of her life. Does she want to remember since running is what she does best? Will She return to the latest fiancé or will her and Zac find their way back to each other?

As always I found Denise's storytelling compelling. She has a way of weaving her characters into believable and endearing people. With just a touch of intrigue her books are hard to put down.

I received this book free for an honest opinion from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, April 11, 2016


I have read several of Tracie Peterson's books and enjoyed them although they are often involved and sometimes hard to read because of it. A TREASURE CONCEALED is one that I really found hard to finish because of that. It became so predictable although involved. I found myself frustrated at the way the story was evolving and irritated at the characters in the story.

Emily Carver is the daughter of a gold crazy man and his ill wife who feels compelled to take care of her parents. Caeden Thibault is a young man born of privilege who resents his dad's business ethics and lack of parental love.

Caeden proceeds to get a college education, turns his back on his dad's business and become a geologist. He travels to Montana where he meets Emily and her parents. Before he died his dad had made some arrangements that Caeden refuses to acknowledge.

I received this book free for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.


FAITH by Lyn Cote is the first Quaker book I've read. The Quaker's are similar to the Amish in some ways but there are some marked differences. They both believe in non violence, which is the issue here, but the Quakers are also known for being abolitionist. 

Faith Cathwell, a Quakeress, in an attempt to find a freeborn friend,  has become a nurse during the Civil War. Honoree, the sister of the girl they are searching for, also a nurse,  accompanies Faith.

Faith encounters Devlin Knight, a Colonel in the Union Army, and enlists his assistance. Dev is dedicated to preserving the union but he owns a slave and refuses to free him as promised. He knows he will join the war and he fear that he will be killed.  

Faith and Dev, in spite of the many obstacles are drawn to each other. Will their differences be to many and too much to overcome?

Lyn has written a captivating tale which shows much of the confliction of the Civil War. It really was family member against family member. Often meeting on the battle field.

I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Beverly Lewis understands and write of the Amish Culture better than many who attempt to put pen to paper. Being born in Pennsylvania and living among them she writes with a perceptive and thoughtful heart.

The Atonement is a story of a young Amish woman, Lucy Flaud, who is dealing with grief and guilt from a long past time in her life. She has spent the intervening years trying to atone by loving and doing for others.

Her Daed, Christian, is also grieving, for the same incident, however, for a much different reason. He starts attending a grief group where he meets Englischers  and befriends one young man, Dale Wyeth.

Tobe Glick is Lucy's best friend but has secretly loved her for years. However, Lucy holds her secret so close she feels unworthy to return his offer of courtship.

Will she be able to get past her long-ago sin to forgive, live and love again? Will Tobe be able to see the woman she is now or will he reject her?

I loved this book as I have all of Beverly Lewis's novels. As always there is much to glean and learn from her writings.
I received this book free for an honest review from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group.