HOME ON HUCKLEBERRY HILL

31 05 2018

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Mary Anne Neuenschwander knows she should be content with what Gotte has given her. She has a comfortable house, a fruitful farm, and a good, steady husband. But after nearly six years of marriage, she still longs for a baby. Yet her husband, Jethro, seems to care more about fishing than about his wife. Unable to bear Jethro’s indifference, Mary Anne moves into a tent in the woods where he won’t have to be bothered. But when her mammi and dawdi find out what she’s done, they’ll stop at nothing—including a little camping trip of their own—to help save their granddaughter’s marriage . . .

Jethro’s greatest blessing is his beloved wife, Mary Anne. Nothing else in his life has turned out anywhere near the way he expected. Rather than burden Mary Anne with his disappointment, he shields her by spending less and less time at home and more time on the river. But when he finds that she’s moved out, he’s shocked. What will people think? What is Mary Anne thinking? And what clever plans are her grandparents hatching?

 I truly enjoyed this book.  I did notice that this is not old order Amish, but it was enjoyable.  You get to feel for Mary Anne.  You understand why she left Jethro, but the elders were none too happy about it.  Her family stood with her and they all were camping in the woods behind the house.  What was most enjoyable was when Jethro began to understand why she left and started to court her again.  A truly enjoyable romance.

Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA nominated and award-winning author of the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill and The Honeybee Sisters series, as well as a number of novellas. Novels in her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series have been RITA® Award and RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award finalists. Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for inspirational fiction and Huckleberry Hearts was named a Booklist Top 10 Inspirational Fiction Book of the Year. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

 

I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook for this review from NetGalley.

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THE ROAD HOME

18 05 2018

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Grieving the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her nine close-knit siblings, Lena Rose Schwartz consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County won’t be forever. Surely someday soon she will return to her beloved Michigan settlement, including her beau. But even as she holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Will she find the courage to open her heart to other possibilities?

I loved this book!  It was very difficult to put down.  I felt for Lena – having to leave the only home she knew in Michigan and go to Pennsylvania to family she didn’t even know.  The sorrow of her parents dying in an accident and leaving all her siblings and her beau – I can’t even imagine it.  By the end of the book, I was in tears of joy.  You got to feel as if Lena Rose was your friend.  What was especially good, was how she learned to completely trust in God and step out of His way.  That is something we all have to deal with.

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Beverly Lewis was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country and she has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in 12 languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking, biking, making music, and spending time with their family.

 I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review.





TEARS IN A BOTTLE

9 05 2018

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This is a verse that got me through a very rough time in my life.  Just think of it.  God keeps track of our sorrows.  Everything that we are going through; every hurt; every problem.  He knows and He keep track of them all.  He collects my tears in His bottle.  This was a Jewish custom, that when a spouse at least, you put your tears in a bottle.  So, in this context, God collects every tear that I have shed into a bottle.  I can tell you, I have shed a many tear in my day.  I have had many heartaches.  I cried over all of them.  Just to think, my God has saved those tears.  It is beyond words for me.  Then, on top of that, He records them into a book!  I think He writes that I cried on a certain day and time and the sorrow that caused those tears.  I also believe that He saves every happy tear, too!  This scripture says all tears, so I have to believe sad, mad, happy, and joyful tears!  Every kind of tear is in that bottle with my name on it.  He cares enough for me that He saves them.

So today, if you are hurting and shedding a tear, just remember, God is on your side and saving every single tear.





THE TIME RESCUERS

7 05 2018

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Time travel. Nobody really believes in it, but when Claire, Gerald and Wally wake to find themselves trapped in a strange, glass dome, they’re forced to face the fact that a) it exists and b) there’s stranger still to come.

Lifted from a place of danger, somehow each have been whisked through time to…here. Their one common memory before blacking out is a silver globe spinning in the air, and when it reappears, a spirit life form inhabiting the object is revealed. Axolear, their rescuer, tells of their parents, who have been taken by the Nephilites, an alien race responsible for the destruction of Axolear’s kind. Now they have their sights set on earth and Axolear seeks vengeance upon them, but needs the help of these three to do it.

He aims to bring about a confrontation with this evil empire with only himself and the Remnant of his race. Determined to save their parents – and now in spirit forms themselves – the three teens embark on this mission, little knowing the pitfalls and catastrophes that lie in wait. And what about Axolear – can they trust him? And if they don’t, what worse events could be in store?

This was an interesting story and definitely SciFi.  It took me awhile to get into this because it is not my usual genre of books.  After awhile, though, I started getting interested.  I wanted to help these kids find their parents and get them in their right minds.  Towards the end, I couldn’t put it down.  I was hooked.  I was taken aback by the ending, but was good.  I do recommend this, especially to those SciFi buffs.

Alan Crosby was born and raised in North London, but moved to New Zealand after meeting his wife, who was on her OE. Time has always been a fascination for him.

I Received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley for this review.

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A NEW THING

7 05 2018

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Do you have times where nothing goes right?  Seems like the whole world is against you?  Well, let God make new.  He says I am doing a new thing.  He may be preparing you for something new that you know nothing about.  Yes, it can seem as if everyone is against you.  But I know Someone who isn’t.  God is always for you.  He is always on your side.  But the question remains – Are you on His side?  Do you do what He wants you to do?  I know, those are hard questions, but they need to be answered.

This is a good verse for the beginning of a new week.  If last week was the pits, let this week be new.  Start on a fresh new page – with God at the helm.  Let Him pick you up and make you new again.  He loves you so much.

Have a wonderful week!