Thursday, August 20, 2015

~Review~ The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I adore Shelley Shepard Gray's books. This series is no exception.I have already reviewed book one earlier this year. I just love how her stories flow and how uplifting they are. This like the other books teaches us how to go on with our lives and that better things are always to come. It teaches us love, compassion and how to follow your dreams. It also teaches us the importance of loved ones and the time we have with them. I don't want to give the whole book away but just now, you will love it as much as all of the others. Just a loving, uplifting addition to an already good series!

About the book: The Proposal at Siesta Key (Avon Inspire, May 2015) A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery---the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author's new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister's tragic death, they've wanted nothing more than to keep her safe...even if it means never leaving the house. But tonight, she's bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family ---is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael---how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others---and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own. Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can't stop time. Soon, Michael's time in Pinecraft will be over and he'll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she's sure she'll never have the courage to do?

About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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Monday, August 17, 2015

~Review~ Hutterite Diaries by Linda Maendel

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I love this kind of book. Real details about a plain and simple life. This one does not draw you in as quick. It's more of a read a bit here, read a bit there kind of book. The author is basically telling you things she remembers from her Hutterite Community. It was a sweet read but not as detailed as I had expected it to be. There is a question and answer at the very end, but it's also not super detailed. It was very interesting though. If your just interested in reading some good short non fiction stories, then you will adore this book. It makes you wish and hope for a plain and simple life.

About the Author

Linda Maendel is a Hutterite author, blogger, and educator who lives in Elm River Colony outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

About The Book

What would it be like to share all your possessions and live in Christian community? In Hutterite Diaries, Linda Maendel offers a rare glimpse into the daily routines and communal faith of her people, the Hutterian Brethren. From stories of working together to bring in the fall potato harvest to laugh-out-loud tales of sisterly love laced with revenge, Maendel invites readers into her Bruderhof, or colony, nestled on the prairie of western Canada. Here children and adults work, play, eat, and worship together, crafting a community of goods and living out an alternative to the individualism and consumerism of mainstream society.

Few outsiders know anything about the Hutterites, a Plain Christian group related to the Amish and Mennonites. Maendel's story invites readers into deeper understanding of this community of faith, calling us to take seriously the example of Jesus and the early church in our daily living.

Hear straight from plain Christians as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book in the series includes "A Day in the Life of the Author" and the author's answers to FAQs.

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~Review~ Jody Hedlund's Hearts Made Whole

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This book just touched me heart and soul. As a women it is so hard to think we can not do what men can do. I can not even imagine not being allowed to try. Hearts Made Whole was just full of such beautiful emotion. I had such respect for Caroline and then such sadness for her. I can not even imagine if all of that trauma had happened to me, and how I would react. The writing in this book just speaks to you. Its one of those you do not want to put down. I love and hated Ryan all at the same time. The story just drew you in to sides, until finally you were rooting for the both of them. The story speaks so greatly of loss and heartbreak, but also of renewal and compassion. I just love Jody Hedlund's writing style. It just keeps you wanting more.

Book Excerpt

1865 Windmill Point, Michigan

Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?

After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope...and possibly love?

Author Biography

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.

She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.

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