28 09 2018

Horse Gentler cover

Now younger readers can saddle up and join Winnie and her family at the Willis Wyoming Ranch!
Winnie is the star of the bestselling Winnie the Horse Gentler series that sold more than half a million copies and taught kids around the world about faith, kindness, and horse training. Winnie could ride horses before she could walk, but training them is another story. In this new series, eight-year-old Winnie learns the fine art of horse gentling from her horse wrangler mom as they work together to save the family ranch.

When Winnie’s snobby classmate threatens to stop boarding his champion thoroughbred Princess at the Willis family ranch, Winnie has to come up with a tricky solution to convince him to let her stay. She learns that with God, all things are possible!

This is a very good book.  This will definitely be a Christmas gift to my grand-daughter.  Having not read any of the other books in this series, it was still easy to get into.

You really feel for Winnie.  She loves horses and wants to be like her mother who gentles them.  Mr. Green and his son, Austin, own Princess, who is from a racing line.  Princess is in need of gentling, but Austin wants to ride.  He has no desire to do anything of the preliminaries to becomes friends with Princess.  That’s where Winnie comes in.  She becomes friends with Princess, and the two come to trust one other.  To keep the ranch going, they have to keep Princess around.  Well, I’m not going to tell you the rest of the story.  You need to read all about it to see how this comes out.


Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe, their three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for this review.



27 09 2018

second chance dogs cover

Second-Chance Dogs was riveting.  There are 30 short stories about how dogs who need rescued and people who need rescued by dogs.  In the beginning of the book, I was laughing until I had tears running down my face.  

The area I wish to comment on is the very last story.  It is something my husband and I are dealing with right now, so naturally, I was crying.  This was talking about her feelings about one dog dying and another one needing to be put down and her need to get another dog to fill the empty space.  I feel with her and know exactly how she felt.  It has helped me in knowing that we have made the right decision about our dog.  

I would highly recommend this book, as it has many happy endings how both dogs and people needed each other and how they got together in the first place.  It all comes down to one four-letter word: Love.  They both needed love.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.


14 09 2018

A Simple Singing cover

For years Marie Bachmann thought of herself as the “good” daughter. She was the most loving to their mother, the most dedicated to their Amish way of life. But when a Mennonite farmhand, Gordon Martin, shows interest in her she can’t help but be flattered–until her mother sends her off to Florida. While there, Marie begins spending time with bad-boy Eli Jacob, the bishop’s son from back home.

When Gordon shows up in Florida to volunteer in a homeless shelter, her life becomes even more complicated. At the same time her aunt begins telling her of a Civil War-era ancestor and the woman’s uncommon bravery . . . a story that begins to work at Marie’s heart.

Marie hopes returning home may simplify life, but Eli soon follows. As Marie grapples with whether she should court Eli or leave the church for Gordon, the story of Annie Bachmann shines a light on what God has for Marie’s future.

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.  A Simple Singing has two of my favorite types in one book – Amish and the Civil War.  When Marie’s aunt begins telling her about her ancestor, Annie, who lived through the Civil War, I was enraptured.  Leslie Gould has a flair about her writing that pulls you right in, as if you were Marie yourself.  You understand her learning to be more thoughtful of others instead of herself.  She was so wrapped up in the rules and regulations of the Amish faith that she forgot about God and what He wanted her to do.  There were times you felt she was going to go one way and she ended up going another.  You begin pulling for her.  Your heart goes out to her to learn a very valuable lesson.

L Gould

Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including two Lancaster Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Oregon. Learn more at  

Look for the third book in this series, A Faithful Gathering, set to be published February 5, 2019.

I received a copy of this ebook from NetGalley for this review.



3 09 2018


First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future—and very lives—hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.

I will have to admit that it took me quite awhile to get into this book.  I felt it took forever to get to the interesting part – too much preliminaries.  But, after I really got into it, I got to understand why Tessa Afshar went into so much detail.  You needed to understand where this family was coming from.  We talk about dysfunctional families today, well this family was definitely dysfunctional!  You have to realize that we are talking early Church time in Corinth and Athens.  

You have Ariadne, the daughter.  She is following in her father’s steps as being a thief.  She is limber and very athletic.  After her father came into the faith, he decides to stop being a thief.  But she knows that they can’t make ends meet without it.  So, decides to go out on her own, but her father saw her slip out in the night.  Anyhow, that is how he got hurt.  Paul, the apostle, comes into the picture.  This is where the book gets really interesting.  If you want to know more, you will have to read the book.  I will say, that when I got within the last 15 chapters, I had trouble putting the book down.  Good job, Tessa!


Tessa was born in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever.  Visit her online at

Tyndale Publishers provided me with complimentary copy of this book for this review.