Sunday, January 4, 2015

FLORIDA MEETS MICHIGAN



The latest Amish novel I just finished was by a new author for me, who writes an intriguing and captivating story.  A WOODLAND MIRACLE by Ruth Reid is one I didn't put down until I had finished it.

Grace Wagler, is a young maedel, in an Amish district in Michigan. When  Ben Eicher and Toby Graber, two Floridian Amish, get into trouble they are sent to the Michigan district to work the timber mill with Toby's uncle.

The differing district odnung's is just one of the hurdles confronted by the trio. Grace has a noticeable physical handicap that has caused her to put up walls, Ben and Toby's reason for being in Michigan, the men all being gone to the lumber camp and an escaped mental patient also add to the plot.

Ruth draws you in and holds you with her narrative and brings you to a satisfactory, if not totally desirable conclusion.

I recommend A Woodland Miracle and I will definitely add Ruth Reid to my list of author's to read again.

I received this book free for an honest review from Harper Collins Christian Publishing via Thomas Nelson.

Monday, December 15, 2014

LEGALIZE OF DIVORCE




Susan Rieger  has written a different type of book in The Divorce Papers. She uses only the papers involved in the dissolution of a marriage. The emails, memos, legal papers etc. that take you from the start to the finish of the divorce.

For me the book was hard to get into, however, it did get somewhat more interesting. I did skim over legalize of the actual papers.

I would have preferred to have had some actual story line with some back narrative.

I always knew divorces could get ugly but seeing it in a novel in this way is not entertaining. When there are children involved it helps if people can at least be civil and put the child first.

I received this book free for a fair and honest review from WaterBrook Publishers.

FROM RICHES TO RAGS AND BACK




Julie Christie's Magnolia Market is a good that reinforces the independent strong woman overcoming adversity. Avery Broussard is a young widow of modest  background who had the misfortune of marrying money and family name.

Avery has worked hard to prove herself to her husband's family. She's turned a failing boutique into a profitable business only to have it seized from her by her snobbish mother-in-law and left destitute unless she bends to their demands.

T.J. is a carpenter who has been hired to make some alterations to the shop as it's snatched away. His friend Ross Broussard ask him to look in on her.  He is caught by Avery's beauty but more than that it is her resolve and strength of character.

Will Avery succumb to the Broussard's pressure or will she be able to establish a place for herself? Who is T.J.? Will Avery be able to get past who he is to trust him?

Julie has written a compelling novel that takes you into society and the way some look on others and at the same time show there are those who have the ability to overcome peer  pressure and to change.  
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher for a fair and honest review.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FORBIDDEN LOVE



I just finished the latest Cindy Woodsmall book, A LOVE UNDONE . Again I wasn't disappointed in her storyline, her knowledge and understanding of the Amish faith and community, and her ability to draw you in and empathize with the characters.

The subtitle says it well, "An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace."

On the eve of her wedding we find Jolene, a young woman who is orphaned one stormy night, the oldest of six children. Her fiancé, Van Bieler are faced with decisions. What will they decide to do? How will it affect them all?
 
When the decisions were being made, one of the siblings said "Maybe we were given life and are in this family for their  sakes."

The decision was not an easy one and ten years later the story is picked up.  Where is the Jolene and Van? What has happened to the family?

"there were different kinds of forgiveness. The type Jolene had given was between her heart and God's. She had let go of her anger and the unfairness of the situation to Him. But Van and Donna were now asking that she give direct forgiveness to them."

We may not always understand other faith's, however we need to respect and in this instance, admire the commitment to hold to what is the honorable thing to do. The honorable is not always the easiest or the one the heart wants. 

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