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REVIEW: SUSANNA’S DREAM by Marta Perry

Susanna's Dream (The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley Series #2)SUSANNA’S DREAM

MARTA PERRY

http://www.martaperry.com

http://www.penguin.com

Genre: Inspirational Fiction

Series: The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Series: The Lost Sisters (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425253759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253755

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As young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about each other.  When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later, two of the grown women reconnected.  Now they reach out to the third…

Susanna Bitler’s life is in complete turmoil. Still reeling from the death of her mother, she is further disheartened when her business partner hints that she is going to quit the gift shop they run together in a town near Pleasant Valley. But the biggest revelation is yet to come.

Grateful for their own hard-won relationship, Lydia Beachy and Chloe Wentworth are eager to reveal themselves to Susanna as her long-lost sisters.  But their news utterly distresses Susanna, who is heartbroken to learn that the woman she’s been mourning was not actually her mother.  Despite Lydia and Chloe’s best efforts to make amends, Susanna resolves to keep them at arm’s length. It may take a force of nature to sweep away her fears.  Will that storm demolish all that the three women most value…or unite them in bonds of deep and abiding affection?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

SUSANNA’S DREAM by Marta Perry is a delightful Inspirational Fiction set in Pleasant Valley, PA. #2 in “The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Vally”, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading Book 1 also. See, “Lydia’s Hope”.

“As Young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about one another. When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later. Two of the grown women reconnected. Now they reach out to the third.”

This is Susanna Bitler’s story. Her life is in turmoil, a long held family secret is about to be revealed that could destroy her, two sisters-she didn’t know she had, is about to reveal themselves,the woman she thought and mourns for, she is soon to learn, is not her biological Mother. A heart wrenching tale, that will stay with you long after the last page, but a very compelling and loving tale of the bond between sisters. An Amish lovers dream. A very enjoyable read. I would recommend to Amish lovers, and anyone who enjoys a sweet, tale that could either destroy one sister, or bring them all together. First, Susanna must face her own fears. Loved it! Well done!! Received for an honest review.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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REVIEW: MY AMISH BOYFRIEND by Melody Carlson

MY AMISH BOYFRIEND

My Amish BoyfriendMELODY CARLSON

http://www.melodycarlson.com/

http://www.revellbooks.com

Genre: Christian Teen Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722265

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Sixteen-year-old Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer, and she can’t wait to get to them. Unbeknownst to her, however, her widowed and ailing mother has plans of her own–to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can look after her. Shannon quickly learns that living a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, she’s ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. But does Ezra share her attraction? Will Shannon really make the jump into this new way of life? And will it be for the right reasons?

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another sweet story of worlds–and families–colliding, exploring themes important to teen girls through an engaging tale.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

MY AMISH BOYFRIEND by Melody Carlson is an interesting Inspirational Amish Teen Fiction set in Amish country in Ohio. Meet  sixteen – year old, Shannon McNamara as she and her mother move to Ohio in the Amish country. Her mother has fallen ill and so off they go to her relatives who can help them. Shannon meets a young Amish boy, Ezra, but is he what or who she really thinks he is or what she really wants in life?

“My Amish Boyfriend” is not just another Amish tale of a simple life but a tale of struggles, hardship, decisions, faith and so much more. This story has so much to offer not just teens, and young readers, but adults as well. It shows us so much and once again Ms. Carlson has written a story of faith, family, friendship, with spiritual truths and the struggles teens are faced with on a daily basis. It was interesting to watch as Shannon matures and grows not only in her faith, but in her desires also. A quick read! Well done, Ms. Carlson! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

*Coming in February from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: Sweet

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

BLOG TOUR: THE GIFTED by Ann H. Gabhart….review

THE GIFTED

ANN H. GABHART

www.annhgabhart.com

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Series: The Shaker Books/Harmony Hill Shaker village (book #5)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

The Shaker Book Series:(from the author’s website)

THE GIFTED by Ann H. Gabhart

The 5th book in the Shaker Book Series

By 1849, Jessamine Brady has been in the Shaker Village for half her life, but in spite of how she loves her sisters there, she struggles to conform to the strict rules. Instead she entertains dreams of the world outside. When Tristan Cooper seems to step out of those dreams to entice her into the forbidden realm beyond the Shaker Village, her life turns upside down. Will Jessamine be able to survive the storms of the world? Or will she retreat back to the peace of Harmony Hill?

To purchase this book follow these links: Christianbook.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

MY THOUGHTS:

THE GIFTED by Ann H. Gabhart is another outstanding inspirational historicl romance set in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill,Kentucky. Book #5 in “The Shaker” books/Harmony Hill Shaker village series,but can be read as a stand alone. See, “The Believer”,”The Outsider”,”The Seeker” and “The Blessed”. A wonderful inspirational story where comes can come true. The characters are engaging and the plot intriguing. Follow Jessamine Brady,a Shaker and Tristan Cooper,as they journey through life in Harmony Hill and come to find love. Fast paced, story of forgiveness,faith,love,Shaker faith,danger,healing and redemption. Ms. Gabhart is a wonderful storyteller. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group,the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction and More

WORLD’S COLLIDE by Karen Wiesner…review…

WORLD’S COLLIDE

KAREN WIESNER

www.karenwiesner.com

www.whiskeycreekpress.com

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

Series: The Family Heirlooms (Book 6)

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Print Length:233 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage:Unlimited
  • Publisher:Whiskey Creek Press LLC (March 15, 2012)

 

Product Description(FROM AMAZON)

Dr. Marcus Samuels is a medical missionary in Japan, and his life has been God’s work despite a severe anxiety disorder associated with being far from home. After twelve years of watching his happily married siblings and their children, he can no longer deny the chronic ache inside him and knows he should start his own family life back in the States—though he has serious doubts about his wife-hunting abilities at the age of forty. Spurred into motion by his mother’s sudden illness, he’s caught off-guard when he realizes just how much he’ll miss Keiko Oichi and her brother Haruki, fellow pediatricians at the Children’s Christian Mission Hospital. The two have not only been his lifeline while in a foreign, distant place, but have also become family to him.
Keiko and Haruki grew up in the United States as foreign exchange students. It was through their host family that she and her older sibling became Christians. Her conversion to Christ, as well as getting to know Marcus, have radically altered her emotionally-detached acceptance of her traditional Japanese future. When Marcus says he’s leaving Japan for good, she feels lost at the prospect of living without her closest friend. Only with Marcus can she be the woman she truly is inside—if she can shed the cocoon of lifelong familial tradition and impossible expectations and be free.
Knowing Keiko has been betrothed since she was a child, Marcus had trained himself not to see her as a potential mate. But learning of her unhappiness and fear of being unequally yoked to an immoral man she can never love opens his eyes to possibilities he hasn’t allowed himself to consider. Who better to fall in love with than your very best friend? When Keiko’s parents learn of her conversion and feelings for a Christian man, the couple faces a crossroads in love and faith that will change both of their lives irrevocably.

Available now from Whiskey Creek Press

978-1-61160-019-3 (trade paperback);

978-1-61160-018-6 (electronic)

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MY THOUGHTS:

WORLD’S COLLIDE by Karen Wiesner is an interesting inspirational contemporary romance. It is book 6 in “The Family Heirlooms” series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”Baby,Baby”,”Shadow Boxing”,”Foolish Games”,”Glass Angels”,and “Shards of Ashley”. The romance was great between Keiko and Marcus as they defy Japanese tradition.I liked the characters. “World’s Collide” is a book you don’t want to put down. A good story full of faith,and love. Marcus,a Christain man,and Keiko,who has been betrothed since a child to an immoral man,and is very unhappy,learn that they must face a crossroads that could change their lives forever.Received for an honest review from the author. Details can be found at the author’s website,Whiskey Creek Press, and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING: 5

HEAT RATING: Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.

REVIEWED BY: DorothyA,My Book Addiction and More

PRIZE OF MY HEART by Lisa Norato…review….

PRIZE OF MY HEART

LISA NORATO

www.lisanorato.com

Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Library Thing.

Paperback:299 pages

Publisher:Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (March 1, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0764209426

ISBN-13: 978-0764209420

From the Back Cover(from amazon)

Massachusetts, 1815. Will His Love Endure Once He Learns Her Secret?
Three years ago, Captain Brogan Talvis’s late wife abandoned their son, leaving no clue as to the boy’s whereabouts. After searching relentlessly, Brogan discovers his son was adopted by a New England shipbuilder. And the man’s daughter, Lorena Huntley, acts as loving guardian to the child.
Lorena, who hides a dark truth, finds herself falling for the handsome captain and ex-privateer who’s come to secure ownership of one of her father’s ships. She’s unaware of Brogan’s own secret when another’s deceit has her sailing toward Europe against her will.
Haunted by thoughts of Lorena in peril, Brogan is compelled to choose between the boy he longs for and the woman who has captured his heart.
MY THOUGHTS
PRIZE OF MY HEART by Lisa Norato is a wonderful inspirational historical romance set in 1815 Massachusetts. This is the story of Lorena Huntley, a shipbuilder’s daughter,and Captain Brogan Talvis,whose wife abandoned his son with someone and will not tell Talvis, then dies.With high seas adventure,divided loyalties.secrets,romance,deceit,and love. “Prize of My Heart” is am emotional  love story of the love of one’s child,determination to find said son,secrets revealed,truths you will not see coming and a love that can survive all obstacles. A true trial of faith,as Talvis,finds long hidden truths,and Lorena hides a dark truth. “Prize of My Heart” has not only mystery,and suspense as you follow Talvis and Lorena on their journey of peril and love. A Great read! Received for an honest review from Library Thing and the publisher. Details can be found at Bethany House Publishers,the author’s website and My Book Addiction and More.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

TRAUMA PLAN:GRACE MEDICAL by Candace Calvert…review…

TRAUMA PLAN:GRACE MEDICAL

CANDACE CALVERT

www.candacecalvert.com

Genre: Inspirational Romance/Medical Drama/Suspense

Series: Grace Medical

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Paperback:416 pages

Publisher:Tyndale House Publishers (April 19, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1414361114

ISBN-13: 978-1414361116

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 19, 2012 | Series: Grace Medical
Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to her former duties as an ER nurse. But how can she show she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.
Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.
As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassion—and stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack’s rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode and Riley wonders if it’s dangerous to trust him with her heart.
MY THOUGHTS:
TRAUMA PLAN:GRACE MEDICAL by Candace Calvert is a heart stopping inspirational romance/suspense/medical drama. I liked all the characters,especially,Riley Hale,an ER nurse who had been viciously assaulted and Jack Travis,a Dr. of a small clinic. I liked the romance between the two of them. Riley was always willing to volunteer in the clinic. She loved people.With dangers lurking,protests escalating and with her budding romance with Dr. Jack Travis ,Riley wonders if she should trust her heart with Jack. A good book! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: DorothyA, My Book Addiction and More

THE HEART’S FRONTIER by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith

THE HEART’S FRONTIER

LORI COPELAND AND VIRGINIA SMITH

www.loricopeland.com

Paperback:320 pages

Publisher:Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0736947523

ISBN-13: 978-0736947527

SOURCE: Received for an honest review from Wynn-Wynn Media and the publisher.

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 1, 2012 | Series: The Amish of Apple Grove

An exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

Kansas,1881—On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged—do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?

MY THOUGHTS:

THE HEART’S FRONTIER by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith is an inspirational historical fiction set in 1881 Texas and Kansas. It is book 1 in the “The Amish of Apple Grove” series.  A Wild West and Amish adventure. I liked the Maummi character,she stuck to what she believed in no matter what. I also like the ways the of Amish people.Their plain,simple life. I also,like the way they put God first in their lives, and how God Blessed them for doing that. I enjoyed how Emma, found her happiness outside of the Plain life. A good story! Received from Wynn-Wynn Media and the publisher for an honest review. Details can be found at Harvest House Publishers,the author’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.

 RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVEWED BY: DorothyA,My Book Addiction and More

THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL by Julie Klassen…

THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL

JULIE KLASSEN

www.julianklassen.com

Paperback:416 pages

Publisher:Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0764207091

ISBN-13: 978-0764207099

SOURCE: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: January 1, 2012
Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt–and sweet independence. But can she remain hidden as a servant even when prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall?
Observing both brothers as an “invisible” servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life? And can she avoid an obvious trap meant to force her from hiding?
On her journey from wellborn lady to servant to uncertain future, Margaret must learn to look past appearances and find the true meaning of “serve one another in love.”
MY THOUGHTS:
THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL by Julie Klassen is an interesting inspirational historical fiction set in 1815 London. I like the charactrr Margaret,how she was able to hide her identity and how sh managed to fine a job. The twist in this story makes you want to keep on reading. The author has done a wonderful job of bringing the characters to light. I would highly recommend thips book to everyone, you will not regret reading “The Maid Of Fairbourne Hall”. A very good story. Received from Bethany House,a division of Baker Publishing Group for an honest review. Details can be found at the author’s website,the publisher’s website,and My Book Addiction and More.
RATING: 5
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: DorothyA,My Book Addiction and More

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