22 10 2019



I could not put this book down!  Jan Drexler did it again, where you continued in the story of Weaver’s Creek with the Civil War entering the Amish life.  You have main characters Ruby Weaver and Gideon Fischer.  Gideon enters Weaver’s Creek from Maryland with his 4 children and very ill wife, Lovinia.  Lovinia ends up passing away soon after, but not before she becomes close friends with Ruby.  She then asks both Ruby and Gideon to marry after her death.  With both of them grieving deeply, neither one wants to marry, but they do want the children taken care of, so that falls upon Ruby.  A short question is, will they end up getting married?  Will they end up falling in love?


On the Civil War end, there are some Confederate marauders that enter Weavers Creek.  These are not good men.  They end up shooting Abraham, Ruby’s father.  They also steal his horses.  Later they also end up burning his barn down.  The question here is, will Abraham recover from his wound?  How will the community react to this?  You will need to read the book to get the answers to the questions.


Ruby Weaver’s curly red hair isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from her Amish community in 1863. Twenty-eight and single, Ruby doesn’t believe a woman needs to be married in order to be happy. Her ailing friend Lovinia Fischer, however, has other ideas and wants Ruby to promise to marry her husband after she dies. Never imagining she’d have to fulfill that vow, Ruby agrees. And she’s not the only one. Lovinia has extracted a similar promise from her husband, Gideon.
With both Ruby and Gideon reluctant to keep their promises, a compromise must be reached. Ruby will spend her days with Gideon’s family–helping to raise the children and keep the house–but her nights will be spent at her sister’s neighboring house. But this arrangement raises eyebrows in their conservative Amish community, and it soon becomes clear that Ruby must make a decision–marry Gideon or turn her back on her friend, the children she’s grown to love . . . and their father.




Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of thirty-five years, where she enjoys hiking in the Hills and spending time with their expanding family.


The Roll of the Drums became available for sale October 1, 2019.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and ebook from NetGalley for my honest review.


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17 10 2019

a distance too grand cover


This is one of those books that the more you read, the more you get hooked into the story.  The main characters are Captain Ben, who is an engineer in the Army and Meg Pero, a photographer who was hired by the Army.  There is a group, mostly Army, who have ventured to the Grand Canyon to get samples and pictures of the Canyon and to see if there is a way to get across the Canyon.  Now Ben and Meg used to be sweethearts a few years before this, but she had turned down his marriage proposal.  While you can tell they still have strong feelings for each other, Meg is the one who keeps putting those feelings down.  At the same time, there are trials and tribulations along the way.  One big trial for Ben is that his father, the Colonel, had been through this area two months earlier, but never returned.  That is Ben’s secret mission:  To see what happened to his father.  This all comes together in the end after a forest fire that they all could have perished.  The questions remain:  Will Ben be able to find his father?  Will Ben and Meg get together?  You will need to read this book to find the answer to these questions and more.


Meg Pero has been assisting her photographer father since she was big enough to carry his equipment, so when he dies she is determined to take over his profession–starting with fulfilling the contract he signed to serve on an Army survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1871. What she doesn’t realize is that the leader of the expedition is none other than the man she once refused to marry.
Captain Ben Coleridge would like nothing more than to leave without the woman who broke his heart, but he refuses to wait even one more day to get started. This survey is a screen for another, more personal mission, one he cannot share with any member of his team.
As dangers arise from all sides, including within the survey party, Meg and Ben must work together to stay alive, fulfill their duties, and, just maybe, rekindle a love that neither had completely left behind.


Regina Scott


Regina Scott is the author of more than 40 works of warm, witty historical romance.  Her writing has won praise from Booklist and Library Journal, and she was twice awarded the prestigious RT Book Reviews best book of the year in her category.  A devotee of history, she has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research.  She and her husband of 30 years live south of Tacoma, Washington, on the way to Mt. Ranier.


A Distance Too Grand became available for sale October 1, 2019.


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


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7 10 2019

river cover


This was a very interesting book.  You have a bit of history put into a story.  This is set in 1844 and heading from Missouri to California by wagon by the Stephens-Murphy-Townsend families.  What they didn’t expect was snow – lots of snow.  They end up separating.  First one group separates and goes following the river.  Then another has to separate and stay with the heavier wagons.  Then with the remainders, the men separate leaving mostly women and children behind in a crudely made cabin that is made from the lighter weight wagons. There are 8 women and 17 children, including two newborns.  They end up eating their oxen until there is no food left and no game nearby to kill.  The question is, will there be a rescue party to gather up everyone.  If there is, will there be survivors?  Will they live through this?  That is where you will need to read this book to find out.


In 1844, two years before the Donner Party, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-dominated land and enjoyed a safe journey–until October, when a heavy snowstorm forced difficult decisions. The first of many for young Mary Sullivan, newlywed Sarah Montgomery, the widow Ellen Murphy, and her pregnant sister-in-law Maolisa.
When the party separates in three directions, each risks losing those they loved and faces the prospect of learning that adversity can destroy or redefine. Two women and four men go overland around Lake Tahoe, three men stay to guard the heaviest wagons–and the rest of the party, including eight women and seventeen children, huddle in a makeshift cabin at the headwaters of the Yuba River waiting for rescue . . . or their deaths.
Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick plunges you deep into a landscape of challenge where fear and courage go hand in hand for a story of friendship, family, and hope that will remind you of what truly matters in times of trial.




Jane is internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.


A New York Times Bestselling author, her works have appeared in more than 50 national publications including The Oregonian, Private Pilot and Daily Guideposts. With more than 1.5 million books in print, her 30 novels and non-fiction titles draw readers from all ages and genders. Most are historical novels based on the lives of actual historical women often about ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives. Her works have won numerous national awards including the WILLA Literary Award, the Carol Award,, Will Roger’s Medallion Award and in 1996, her first novel, A Sweetness to the Soul, won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage and National Cowboy Museum. Her novels have also been finalists for the Spur Award, the Oregon Book Award, the Christy, Reader’s Choice and the WILLA in both fiction and non-fiction. Several titles have been Literary Guild and Book of the Month choices and been on the bestsellers list for independent bookstores across the country, in the Pacific Northwest and the Christian Booksellers Association. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Finnish and Chinese.


One More River to Cross became available for sale September 3, 2019.


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


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