THE REFUGE

18 05 2019

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This was a very good book and kept be enraptured. You have two stories entwined into one and it keeps you trying to figure out how they are going to get together. You have Darcie and Walter who move into the Shaker community in 1849 to escape the cholera epidemic. Walter dies in an accident and leaves Darcie alone. She never had the chance to tell him she was expecting and she needs to find a way to get out of there before the elders separate her from her baby.

You then have Flynn, a widow, who has a daughter, Leatrice. They are living with his father-in-law, Silas. Flynn ends up putting Leatrice in the Shaker community temporarily. But Leatrice ends up helping Sister Darcie with the baby and Flynn meets her when he comes to visit his daughter.

Will there be a way that the two get together? Will Darcie and her baby be separated? You will need to read this book to find out!

When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It’s meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique–and lonely–position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?

Ann Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She’s published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800’s, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960’s. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann’s website at annhgabhart.com.

The Refuge became available for sale April 30, 2019.

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

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HAPPY STORIES FOR KIDS

23 04 2019

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This was an enjoyable book to read.  I have seen the Robertson’s on TV, but it was nice to read about them, like when Willie was a young boy; or even about their children.  We each have a story; probably plenty of them.  So Korie and Chrys have compiled some of these stories and put them together.  Each chapter is a different story.  With each story is a scripture to go with it.  There are also questions on some things in the story and if you have gone through something similar.  At the end of each chapter is a short devotional that goes along with the story.  Very well written.  Holli Conger did an awesome job with the illustrations, too.

Have you heard about the birthday sleepover where Will forgot one very important item?

What about Survivor Day—a special day at camp when the kids are given a really big challenge?

Or did you hear about the ski trip when 2-Mama and Bella got lost and everyone learned a big lesson . . . ?

Well, cozy up and listen close, because you’re about to hear all these stories—and more!

Full of mostly true-ish stories from the Duck Pond comes Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids. Korie Robertson and her mom, Chrys Howard, have partnered to bring you hilarious and heartwarming stories that demonstrate valuable lessons and family values. Whether it’s the importance of being prepared, working hard, or relying on God when you’re scared, the Duck Dynasty gang has a story for you!

Featuring lively art and solid moral lessons, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids will illustrate these ideas in fun, engaging ways. Cuddle up with your kids, and laugh together as you read about the silly antics of America’s favorite family—and talk about how the same principles are true in your life too.

Sometimes the silliest stories can teach us the most important things about loving others and being kind. With its fun illustrations and sweet messages, Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids is the perfect way to share these truths with your children.

Korie Robertson

Korie Robertson is known for her role on A&E’s hit reality television series Duck Dynasty. The mother of six is known for her domestic and international philanthropic work and serves on the board of Help One Now, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and caring for orphans worldwide. Korie and her husband Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander®, are active advocates for adoption and foster care—having adopted two of their own children—and were honored for their work at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute Angels in Adoption Gala in Washington D.C. in 2013, and they now serve on the CCAI board. Korie and Willie also founded the Drive Adoption Fund in 2016, which was created to promote domestic and international adoption awareness and education.

Korie oversees several business ventures including their local Louisiana-based retail store Duck & Dressing and also serves as a spokesperson and advocate for women on behalf of the natural skincare line made for women of all ages, Naturmetic. Korie is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing credits include The Women of Duck Commander, Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables of Jesus and The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids and Strong and Kind: Raising Kids of Character. Follow her online @bosshogswife or DuckCommander.com.

Chrys Howard

Chrys Howard is the mother of Korie Robertson, star of the A&E® hit TV show Duck Dynasty®. She was a senior editor and creative director for Simon & Schuster. She has edited and cowritten more than 100 books and is the author of nine books with more than 1,000,000 copies in print in six languages. She received a Silver Angel Award from the Hollywood based Excellence in Media organization, the J. C. Penney Golden Rule Award, and has been named among the Who’s Who of American Teachers. Chrys Howard lives in West Monroe, Louisiana, with her husband, John. They have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.

Holli Conger

Holli Conger has been a professional artist for 20 years and has had the opportunity to use her artistic talents as a graphic designer, children’s book illustrator, licensing artist and a three-dimensional fine artist specializing in found object/mixed media art. She has worked one-on-one with over 100 illustration and design clients, licensed designs to over 25 manufacturers from all over the world. From magazine, greeting cards and advertising, to CD covers, packaging and children’s books, she approaches each project with whimsy and creativity guaranteed to put a smile on any child’s (and parent’s) face. A Nashville native, she left the land of Country Music for the land of Krispy Kreme and currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC, where her husband, daughter and son give her plenty of inspiration.

Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids has been out since February 21, 2017.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins for this review.

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PSALMS FOR LITTLE HEARTS

15 04 2019

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Psalms for Little Hearts is a book that children would definitely like. Dandi Daley Mackall picked out 25 psalms and wrote poems that the children would identify with. It is written in a sing-song pattern, which will make it fun for kids. Cee Biscoe also did a great job illustrating. The pictures match each “psalm” perfectly. Good job, gals!

With over 1 million copies sold, A Child’s First Bible has taught countless children to love God’s Word. Now the series continues with Psalms for Little Hearts.

I will still praise you and sing you my song.
You pour your love on me all the day long.

This rhyming paraphrase of 25 of the best-loved Psalms is both playful and tender, perfect for soothing your child before they sleep or for encouraging them in morning devotions. Instill a lifelong love of the Psalms in your child as you teach them that God’s Word was written for them.

Features:
25 rhyming Psalms are written just for your little one
Topical table of contents helps you find the right Psalm for every occasion
Beautiful, kid-friendly, four-color illustrations throughout make Scripture accessible
Scripture from the original Psalms bring you and your child back to the Bible

dandi daley mackall

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.

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Cee grew up surrounded by paintings and sculptures and was encouraged to draw from an early age. After school, she studied Graphic Design and began a tentative illustration career whilst at college, designing punk record covers and gothic stationery! Then she had other jobs for many years, which were totally unrelated to art. It wasn’t until 2000 that she focused on drawing again and once she had some commissions she left her office job to concentrate on illustration, starting with greetings cards and craft designs. In 2008, she attained her MA in Children’s Book Illustration and since then she has illustrated several picture books and board books. She finds inspiration in nature and has a fondness for creepy crawlies, which means they often turn up in her pictures! She paints in watercolour and acrylics and loves getting messy in her studio (a converted shed in the garden), where she watches the birds from her window.

Psalms for Little Hearts became available for sale March 5, 2019.

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

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WHEN LIFE DOESN’T MATCH YOUR DREAMS

8 04 2019

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I was not impressed with this book and quite disappointed.  When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams is written like two books rolled into one, but in a confusing style.  You start out with the woman from the bible as a narrative fiction style, then you go to teaching, then back to the narrative, then back to the teaching, and then you end up with discussion questions – all for each chapter.  Very confusing.  It would have been better if Jill Eileen Smith had written two books, instead of putting it all into one.  I had to force myself to read this book.  I will say that the fiction part was the more interesting part of it.

Life is full of twists and turns. Relationships falter, careers fizzle, health fades. We may be faced with choices we never wanted to make or have situations pushed upon us we’d never expected. Yet, in all of it, God is at our side–even when he feels far away.

Drawing on her extensive research into women of the Old Testament, novelist Jill Eileen Smith turns her pen to the lessons in trusting God that we can learn today from women like Eve, Noah’s wife, Sarai, Hagar, Lot’s wife, Rebekah, Rachel, and more.

Readers will learn from what these ancient women did right–and even what they did wrong–when faced with dashed expectations and deferred dreams. And they’ll come away with the confidence that ours is a faithful God who loves us and is forming us through our trials into the women he longs for us to be.

jill eileen smith

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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





A TENDER HOPE

21 03 2019

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A very good book.  Well worth the read.  You get caught up in the lives of 3 people right away:  Thea, Aimee, and Jackson.  There is the Gang of 4 that Jackson needs to catch.  You have Aimee looking for her birth mother.  Thea is running away from her past.  They all end up in Cimarron Creek – a very innocent town.  There is also love in the air.

The first question is, will Aimee find her birth mother and how will the reaction be from both of them?  What is the reason her mother gave her up?

What does the Gang of 4 have in common with Thea, a midwife?  Is she connected to them in some way?  Is that why Ranger Jackson Guthrie has shown up?

So many questions that will be answered in this book.  It kept me glued to it.  By the time I got half-way through the book, I couldn’t put it down!  Good job, Amanda Cabot!

As far as Thea Michener is concerned, it’s time for a change. Her husband murdered and her much-anticipated baby stillborn, there is nothing left for her in Ladreville. Having accepted a position as Cimarron Creek’s midwife, she has no intention of remarrying and trying for another child. So when a handsome Texas Ranger appears on her doorstep with an abandoned baby, Thea isn’t sure her heart can take it.

Ranger Jackson Guthrie isn’t concerned only with the baby’s welfare. He’s been looking for Thea, convinced that her late husband was part of the gang that killed his brother. But it soon becomes clear that the situation is far more complicated than he anticipated — and that he’ll need Thea’s help if he’s ever to find the justice he seeks.

Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart and A Borrowed Dream, as well as the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series.  Her books have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly and been finalists for the ACFW Carol, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers’ Best awards.  She lives in Wyoming.  Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

A Tender Hope became available for sale March 5, 2019, and has also been nominated for Book of the Month by Interviews and Reviews.

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





MENDING FENCES

24 02 2019

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Mending Fences is a very good book. You have two people living at Windmill Farm as a rehab to get back into society. Luke, who was raised as an Amish, and Izzy, from the English side. Izzy has already be at the farm and learning much from Amos and Fern Lapp when Luke moves in – into the barn. She wants to be Amish, but does she want to embrace God, too? The mending fences title comes from following Luke, who in the past, had hurt many people with practical jokes. Through this, he begins to heal and come to God whole-heartedly. But are these two beginning to like each other? You will have to read the book to find that out for yourselves!

Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he’s hurt–a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn’t so simple. It’s gut-wrenching.

And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke’s clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research. For fun, too.

Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. She has an underlying belief in her books–you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.

When Suzanne isn’t writing, playing tennis, or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.

Mending Fences became available for purchase on February 5, 2019.

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





THE TEACHER’S BRIDE

4 02 2019

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The Teacher’s Bride is a book that will keep you glued to the pages.  I got caught up right from the very beginning.  There are a few “mini stories” within this book, so you get to know everyone. You have Christian (or “Chris”), who is the teacher in Birch Creek.  He is very organized personally and at work.  Then there is Ruby, who, for lack of words, is a klutz.  She moved to Birch Creek and moved in with her brother, Timothy, and his family to prove to herself that she is responsible and to make a new start.  These two are looking for mates.  Well, Christian knows nothing about how to communicate with a woman.  While Ruby keeps having accidents.  He is looking at Martha, his sister’s friend.  Ruby is looking at Seth, the bishop’s son.  Meanwhile, Ruby is teaching Christian how to communicate and act around a woman.  So, do they match up with the people they are looking at?  Are they going to get together themselves?  That is what you will need to read the book for!

If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom — or his life — it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who seems to bring mayhem wherever she goes?

Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He’s determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: finding a wife. Of course, that would be much easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.

When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby’s exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian’s careful methods and he worries his students will never be the same.

With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too . . . much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can’t seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.

What she doesn’t anticipate is that Christian’s heart is slowly catching up with his mind — and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.

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Kathleen Fuller (born September 11, 1967) is an American writer, specializing in Christian and Amish romantic fiction. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and currently resides in Geneva, Ohio with her husband, James Fuller, and three children.

As a stay-at-home mother of three Kathleen Fuller became enamored with Christian fiction. She started writing in 2000, and a year after published her first short story. By 2003, she published her first novella, “Encore, Encore” and by 2004, Kathleen would release her first full-length novel, Santa Fe Sunrise under Avalon. Since then Kathleen has authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and some freelance non-fiction works.

Kathleen’s break out year came when Thomas Nelson Publishers offered her several opportunities to write and participate in a series of Amish romance novels. In 2009, Kathleen’s novel, A Man of His Word, was released and became a CBA and ECPA bestseller. Kathleen followed that with the successful release of the anthology An Amish Christmas featuring her novella “A Miracle for Miriam.” The anthology would go on to become a CBD, CBA, and ECPA Bestseller.

The Teacher’s Bride became available for sale December 4, 2018.

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

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