Friday, April 29, 2016

Wonderland: A Coloring Book Inspired by Alice's Adventures by Amily Shen

Artist Amily Shen takes adult coloring book fans on a magical journey inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.


About the Author



AMILY SHEN is a renowned Taiwanese artist. She had worked as a custom and shoe designer and is now a full-time illustrator and art instructor. She has published three bestselling drawing books. WONDERLAND is her first adult coloring book.

What a delightful and reminiscent of childhood adult coloring book, and a joy to begin putting my personal stamp on.
Amy Shen has created a beautiful coloring book, and a book full of delightful drawings; you will be able to spend hours getting lost in this one. From one page to the next, you will be contemplating how this page is going to look once you are finished with it. “Off with their heads”, and down the white rabbit’s hole, and an adventure with Alice and Wonderland and of course the Cheshire Cat, and as the cover states your invited to a new and strange beautiful world of coloring.
A winner!
I received this book through Blogging for Books, and was not required to give a positive review.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother by Marianne Jantzi

Young Amish homemaker Marianne Jantzi invites readers into her family s life and Amish community. The mother of four young children, Jantzi writes about her daily routines and heartfelt faith with equal measures of wit and warmth. Sewing, cleaning, cooking, gardening, and helping to manage the family store take up most hours in her day, but Jantzi finds time to pen columns for the Connection, a magazine beloved by Amish and Mennonite readers. Never sugarcoating the frustrations of motherhood, Jantzi tells it like it is, broken washing machine and bickering children and all. But through her busy days, Jantzi finds strength in simple pleasures of family, fellowship with her Amish community, and quiet time with God.

About The Author

Marianne Jantzi

Marianne Jantzi is an Amish writer and homemaker in Ontario, Canada. Formerly a teacher in an Amish school, Jantzi now educates and inspires through her “Northern Reflections” column for The Connection, a magazine directed mainly to Amish and plain communities across the U.S. and Canada. She and her husband have four young children and run a shoe store among the Milverton Amish settlement of Ontario.

My Review

Marianne Jantzi gives a wonderful opportunity to look into the home and life of a young Amish woman, and her family. The book takes us with her and her daily life, and a very busy one at that.
We are given a chance to see through Marianne’s eyes what she does each day, and you will need to come up for air, she seems to be the energizer bunny. Of course, life is not always easy, as with everyone, and she has had her struggles, and times of rushing her son with asthma to the hospital. Loved how honest she is with sharing, like a lot of Mom’s his medicine with her younger son. She suspected that Karl with his barking cough has developed the same aliment as Eric, and she used his puffer, in the end she has to take Karl to the hospital and finds he has croup, so like the rest of us.
You are given a rare opportunity to be privy to this busy woman’s life, and although sometime it is a bit rambling, I enjoyed my time with her.
Life isn’t just riding around in buggy, especially when you have four you children, and a shoe business to tend. Loved her thoughts when she admitted as a school girl she loved going back to school, and leaving the endless work behind, but in the end as an adult she enjoyed doing all the cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning, etc.
If you have an interest in Amish family life, don’t miss this chance to really be absorbed into their home.
I received this book thought Liftuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Magnolia Duchess (Gulf Coast Chronicles #3) by Beth White

Fiona Lanier is the only woman in the tiny Gulf Coast settlement of Navy Cove. While her shipbuilding family races to fill the demand for American ships brought by the War of 1812, Fiona tries to rescue her brother who was forced into service by the British Navy.

Lieutenant Charlie Kincaid has been undercover for six months, obtaining information vital to the planned British invasion of New Orleans. When a summer storm south of Mobile Bay wrecks his ship and scatters the crew, Charlie suffers a head injury, ultimately collapsing in the arms of a beautiful mermaid who seems eerily familiar. As Charlie's memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political loyalties begin to collide, they'll each have to decide where their true heart lies.

About The Author


I grew up in the South, specifically North Mississippi, which has a rich tradition of fostering writers, storytellers, and musicians. I’m fond of both music and literature, so I amuse myself by teaching chorus and piano in an inner-city public high school by day, while conducting a secret life as a romance writer by night.

Anyway, I find myself, after more than half the years I’ve been alive, still married to my last college boyfriend. He still makes me laugh, he still gives me the warm fuzzies, and he still checks my tires, so I guess I’ll keep him. We somewhat successfully raised two young adults, who are both married and have begun producing amazing grandchildren. My cup runneth over.

Anyone who wants to know more about me should read my books and my blog. I am something of a hermit In Real Life, except in the classroom and on my computer, but I am very much interested in what makes my readers tick. And what ticks them off. And what makes them smile. So please email me here. I promise to answer. 

My Review

The Magnolia Duchess is the third book in this historical series, we are back for another visit with this strong family and we catch up on their lives.
This is Fiona Lanier’s story, a young woman who would rather muck out horse stall than work at ladies genteel things. The War of 1812 is now raging its ugly head, and a chance ride on the beach at Navy Cove is about to change her life.
She rescues an old friend from England, the enemy, but how had he washed up on her beach, and what is he doing here. He seems to have no memory at this time, but he is holding secrets. Will Fiona be able to resist her growing feeling for the invader, or will she be labeled a traitor?
We know how this war ends up, but you won’t know what happens to the people we have come to know and follow, there is a lot going on, what with Sawyer being held captive, Maddy being a widow, and I loved being reunited with Desi. You are really immersed in this area of our country, the Gulf Coast, and the author has painted wonderful word pictures that carry us though and looking at this part of our world. Be ready for a fast paced, intrigue, espionage, and family-reuniting story.
I received this book through the Revell Bloggers Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

An Amish Match (Amish Hearts, #2) by Jo Ann Brown

A Convenient Wedding

With a baby on the way, a toddler son to care for and a run-down farm, Amish widow Rebekah Burkholder is worried for her family's future. So when a kind, hardworking Amish widower with three children proposes marriage for sensible reasons, Rebekah accepts. She'll oversee Joshua Stoltzfus's household, be a loving mother to his children and try to reach his rebellious teenager. Joshua will make a wonderful father to her young son and the little one soon to be born. But as Rebekah unexpectedly falls for her new husband, dare she hope that Joshua will reopen his heart to love, too?

About The Author

jo ann brown bio
Jo Ann Brown has been creating characters and stories for as long as she can remember. Her first stories were populated with her friends and sisters. She wrote her first novel in high school, and it happily resides in the very back of her file cabinet. Fast forward through college, serving in the Army as a quartermaster officer, getting married, and increasing her blessings with three children...and Jo Ann sold her first book (a western historical romance) in 1987. Since it was published in 1988, she has sold over 100 titles and has become a best-selling and award-winning author. Romantic Times called her "a truly talented author." She writes romance, mystery, and paranormal under a variety of pen names. She currently writes for Harlequin Love Inspired Historical and Guideposts mystery series as Jo Ann Brown, and she writes paranormal, Regency romances, and mysteries for ImaJinn. She also is co-authoring an Amish series for Berkley with Cameron Dokey. They write as Marianne Ellis.
Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages and are sold on every continent except Antarctica. A sought-after speaker, she has been teaching creative writing for over 20 years, and she established several popular fiction courses at Brown University.
She has always lived on the east coast, but now resides in Nevada with her husband and two chubby cats.

My Review

It didn’t take long for me to begin walking in Rebekah Burkholder’s shoes and become absorbed in her life and her darling three year old Sammy. When Joshua Stoltzfus’s family badgers him to remarry he thinks of Rebekah a recent widow and decides he might as well help the both of them.
Rebekah was married to one of Joshua’s best friends and he know he can never fill his shoes or replace her love for him, he is also three years widowed and still madly in love with his deceased wife.
Rebekah is keeping secrets from her new husband, and he has noticed how she flinches from his touch, will he regret his decision? His family of two sons and a daughter welcome Rebekah and Sammy and love they way the house has cleaned up and the mouth-watering meals that they are now enjoying.
Will all of this come to an end because of Rebekah’s past? Will his children decide they don’t want her in their live as a mother?
Come and enjoy this really sweet, page-turning read. I’m so glad I turned the first cover.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harlequin, and was not required to give a positive review.

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 Gratitude Journals by MK McClintock 

 WHAT TALENTS HAVE YOU BEEN blessed with? What challenges have you faced and overcome? Who has impacted your life in a positive way, no matter how large or small the good deed? How did you feel when someone gave you a helping hand? When we focus on the positive things in our lives, we are replacing negative energy with positive affirmations. To put it simply, gratitude means being grateful for everything you have and are, every single day. This journal is a powerful instrument that provides a simple, yet effective foundation for your personal declarations of gratitude and thanksgiving. Discover your voice, your dreams, and the profound moments of your life with daily expressions of appreciation. 100% of all author royalties from the Africa Collection gratitude journals goes to the Africa Heartwood Project.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sense and Sensibility: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen's Classic (The Amish Classics #4)

Henry Detweiler dies unexpectedly, leaving his second wife and three daughters, Eleanor, Mary Ann, and Maggie, in the care of John, his oldest son from a previous marriage. John and his wife, Fanny, inherit the farm and, despite a deathbed promise to take care of their stepmother and half-sisters, John and Fanny make it obvious that Mrs. Detweiler and her daughters are not welcomed at the farm. When Edwin Fischer, Fanny’s older brother, takes notice of Eleanor and begins to court her, much to the disapproval of his sister, Fanny makes life even more difficult for the Detweiler women.

In their new home, Eleanor wonders if Edwin will come calling while Mary Ann catches the attention of Christian Bechtler, an older bachelor in the church district, and John Willis, a younger man set to inherit a nearby farm. While Eleanor quietly pines for Edwin, Mary Ann does not hide her infatuation with John Willis. When the marriage proposal from John Willis does not materialize, Mary Ann is left grief-stricken and humiliated as the Amish community begins to gossip about their relationship. In the meantime, a broken-hearted Eleanor learns that Edwin is engaged to another woman.

Will admitting her affections for him result in the marriage proposal Eleanor has always desired?


About The Author

The author of over 25 novels, Sarah Price brings her Anabaptist roots and over 25 years experience with the Amish to her books, many of which have been Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers (Plain Fame, Plain Change, Amish Faith, & others). 

Initially, she published as an Indie author, but now publishes with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book for Realms, First Impressions: An Amish Tale of Pride & Prejudice was released in May 2014 and debuted in the ECPA Christian Fiction Top 25 Bestseller List in June 2014.

The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. The name later changed to Price. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years. 

Twenty-five years later, she now splits her time between her husband and children in the NYC Metro area and a home that she shares with an Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she retreats to reflect and write. As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years.

My Review

Sarah Price does an amazing job with this story and unfortunately for me I had it all read in less than a day, I wanted more, and there was with the epilogue, which I loved.

When Henry’s oldest son takes a vow on his deathbed to take car of his family, and John agrees, you could feel the sick man’s sigh of relief. Of course, things are not about to be running smooth, when John’s wife banishes the family to the dawdi house, and talks her husband out of giving them the money he was supposed to give them. I hated that she had Maggie’s favorite climbing tree cut down, could really dislike Fanny.

Wait until you see what God has planned for Eleanor and Mary Ann, and will choose correctly? What a read you are about to experience, and once you start you won’t be able to put it down.

We meet manipulators at their worse, and you want to shake them, but we can only hope that these girls will come the their senses and follow God’s plan for their lives. We find that sometimes, the evil some people display does come back to haunt them, and then I felt sorry for them also.

Don’t miss this great read you won’t be disappointed!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Realms, and was not required to give a positive review.