Seeds of Hope {Litfuse Review}

Seeds of Hope

Litfuse Review

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About the Book Seeds of Hope:

Seeds of Hope.
A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you can be found in Seeds of Hope.
Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather’s farm, but he’s convinced the Amish life isn’t for him. There’s so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can’t be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather’s farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.

About the Author of Seeds of Hope:

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers ofAmerica Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
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My Thoughts:

Miriam still hasn’t found the man she wants to marry.  She’s part of the Amish church but none of the men have made her heart do strange things.  Except of course for the man she can’t have because he’s English.  Not just English but also a lawyer.  A high profile guy that isn’t likely to visit often and even less likely to return her feelings.  That is until life throws him a curve.

Mark Byler often visited his grandfather’s farm and enjoyed his experiences there.  He also appreciated the friendship he made with a local Amish girl named Miriam.  But the idea of staying there or giving up the rest of his life never occurred to him.  Until he needed a place to escape to.

When a case goes wrong and his client is arrested again for the same type of crime his office gives him some “time off”.  Not knowing what to do with himself and having received a message from his grandfather that he needed him he decided to spend his time down on the farm.

Can Mark figure out why his innocent client has again been arrested?  Who is the guilty party?  What is he going to do with his life?  And just how sick could his grandfather be?  Oh and then there is Miriam.

Great read.  As most Amish fiction, this is a nice read.  Not a fast read but a nice slow read that you are still drawn into and feel as if these characters are your friends.


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Home to Paradise {Litfuse Review}

Home to Paradise

Litfuse Review

Home to Paradise
Home to Paradise is the highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.
Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community-especially to marry.
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
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My Thoughts:

I was a little left out feeling because I haven’t read the first two in this series.  But that didn’t affect the overall story.  Just made me wish I’d taken the time to track down those first books first!  I loved getting to know our Amish, not so patient wants to rule her own life and destiny and wants it all to happen now, Rose Anna.  And then there is John.  He pretends he’s loving his running around time, but he’s really not.
After a few scrapes with the law and deciding the partying life isn’t for him, John spends his hours at home.  All alone and tired or being alone he helps out his brothers when he can.  Then he lands his dream job of working with horses and befriends the elderly man who owns the farm.  As he repairs his relationship with Rose Anna and learns about himself he grows closer to the farm owner and the horses.
Rose Anna is getting impatient with John to wise up and realize he wants to be Amish and wants her to be his wife.   Will she take matters into her hands? Or will she allow God to have his way?  
This is a great Amish fiction title and I loved watched the characters develop and grow.  The story does have a few unexpected turns and twists though.  Ever heard of an Amish horse breeder who is friends with an attorney?
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Amish Style Christmas {Litfuse Review}

Join me for an Amish Style Christmas

Join me in an Amish Style Christmas through two great new Amish fiction books.  You’re going to love them as much as I do!

Amish Style Christmas

About the book: 
An Amish Family Christmas (Avon Inspire, October 2016)

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s fourth book in her Charmed Amish Life series, an unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love.

Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Newly returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi is trying to fit into his old life, only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

But when Julia, his young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, Levi finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a job Levi takes personally. Soon enough, friendship grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help having doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true . . .

Like Levi, Julia Kemps has survived her fair share of hardships—but only by hiding the truth of her past. Being an unmarried mother in an Amish community was unthinkable. Feeling hopeless, Julia did the only thing she could do: she moved to a new town and pretended to be a widow. But meeting Levi, she’s hopeful for the first time. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret, and eventually . . . perhaps even sharing her life with him.

Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together . . . in order to find the healing, support and love they so desperately desire.

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About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.


My thoughts:

I have loved this series(book three below) and love this family.  I really enjoyed this book and taking a step into an Amish family Christmas.  The sense of family that follows this group of young people around and their love and care for each other are real.   Well to me at least!  They are my friends and I love how this author weaves her stories with just the right amount of mystery and suspense.  Her characters are real with real problems that they have to overcome.  In overcoming their problems they grow and become even more lovable.  Definitely recommend this book and the entire series.


And the second book that is part of this set!  It’s actually book 3 in the series and I did read it before An Amish Family Christmas but it seemed a bit more appropriate to place it in the second slot as we gear up for the holidays.



Amish Style Christmas

About the book:

A Sister‘s Wish (Avon Inspire, September 2016)

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.

Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get . . . but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.

Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past . . . unless it pertains to Amelia.

He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love . . . but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.

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My thoughts:
This third book in the Charmed Amish Life series is just as good as the other two(and the Christmas book).  I have loved getting to know the family and their ins and outs of fears and insecurities.  Poor Amelia feels she’s been smothered and babied and protected long enough.  It’s time for her to make decisions on her own.  But will her older brother ever let her?  Will the man she loves let her decide that he is worthy of her love?
Great read!  I loved this one and how quickly it read.  I fell in love with the characters all over again.  They are like family and as such I wanted to knock a few of their heads a time or two but all in all I love how it turned out and hope we’re not bidding them farewell for good.
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A Daughter’s Dream {Litfuse Review}

A Daughter's Dream {Litfuse Review}
About the book A Daughter’s Dream:

A Daughter’s Dream (Avon Inspire, May 2016)

A young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past . . . and finding love in one another.

Rebecca Kinsinger has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she’s given the opportunity she’s been waiting for at Charm Amish School, she’s dismayed to discover that teaching is hard work—work she’s afraid she’s not very good at.That is, until Lilly Yoder joins the class. A thirteen-year old who’s just lost her parents, Lilly is in need of someone like Rebecca. For the first time since starting her new job, Rebecca feels a sense of purpose. But when she meets Lilly’s uncle, Jacob, his good looks and sweet, easy-going temperament are hard to ignore. How can she even entertain romantic thoughts of Jacob when his niece is her student?Suddenly becoming Lily’s sole caregiver, Jacob Yoder never thought he’d be a single parent—or a farmer. Having been living in Florida as a carpenter, Jacob feels more at home wielding a hammer than a backhoe. The only bright spot in his life is Rebecca Kinsinger. As Lily and Rebecca develop a bond, Jacob’s fondness for the pretty teacher grows, too.

But when a fateful accident brings them together, Rebecca and Jacob must choose between duty and desire. Will they follow the path before them? Or set out to find true happiness . . . and true love?

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About the author of A Daughter’s Dream:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
My thoughts:
I loved the first book that brought us to Charm and I can’t wait to read the next one as well!  This book the second in the series was no disappointment either.  I enjoyed getting to know Rebecca better and learning more about what she dreamed of in life.
The problem is when she’s given the chance to pursue her dreams she begins to realize that maybe it wasn’t really her dream after all.  Can she find out what her true dream is?  What she really wants to do with her life?  
When a new teenager comes to school while Rebecca is helping out and she meets said girls uncle her world becomes even more turned upside down.  Can she make a decision about love when she can’t even decide where she wants to work or what path is right for her?
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A Dream of Miracles {Litfuse Review}

A Dream of Miracles {Litfuse Review}
About the book:

A Dream of Miracles (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)

Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.

Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw acheof a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible oftrials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

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About the author:
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School ofPharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.
My thoughts:
I’m a huge fan of Amish fiction as many may know.  I didn’t recognize the name of this author though when the opportunity to review her book came out.  Oh but the description sounded appealing!  So I signed up to give it a read.  I’m so glad I did!  I really enjoyed this book and found it a fast read.
Who would have ever thought that a Child worker grew up Amish?  Or that illnesses might present themselves in very unique ways on a rare percent of the population?  
As  a parent I am very glad that Mattie had someone to stand up for her and help her through something so traumatic.  To be accused of child abuse!  To be jailed!  Especially when that woman is Amish and probably had never seen the inside of a jail before!  And all because someone had an ulterior motive.  I’ll let you find out the rest for yourself, but really this is a great read and I’d love to find out what happens next to these characters!
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A Son’s Vow {Litfuse Review}

A Son’s Vow
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A Son's Vow {Litfuse Review}
About the book:

A Son‘s Vow (Avon Inspire, January 2016)

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.

Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy. 

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About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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My thoughts:
I love Shelley Shephard Gray.  She’s probably one of my favorite Amish fiction authors.  Her new book, A Son’s Vow, continues her tradition of bringing the Amish and their lives to life.
Meet Darla.  Darla lives a life that is different from what she’s previously known.  Her father died in a fire that most say he caused along with several other men.  Her mother ran away.  Her brother has turned angry and abusive.  One of the main targets of his anger is her lifelong best friend and possible suitor Lukas Kinsinger.  His father also died in the fire, but it’s his mill that the fire happened in.
Blame is thrown around but most people have settled down to their own lives and their quiet Amish way.  Not true for Darla’s brother and Lukas’ brother.  They still have some anger and resentment.  If only Darla could get her brother to talk to the elders and come to terms with his anger and grief.  Instead, he takes that anger out on her and it only gets worse when Lukas wants to rekindle their friendship and start seeing her as more than a friend.
Can Darla give up true love to keep some peace at home?  Or will Lukas learn the truth and protect her?  Can they get her brother the help he needs before his anger turns to others?  
Wonderful book.  Easy read and definitely captures your attention.  You’re going to love A Son’s Vow!  And bonus it’s the first in a new series!
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A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn {Litfuse Review}

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn {Litfuse Review}

About the book:
A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
(Avon Inspire, September 2015)

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

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About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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My thoughts:

I have long been in love with Shelley Shepard Gray and her Amish series.  This new one all about the lives of the Amish in Pinecraft and the Orange Blossom Inn in particular is amazing!  I’ve read the others in this series(this is book three) and A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn is a charming and funny addition to the series.  I loved meeting our two families and learning about their background.  I also adore Frankie.

Frankie is a beagle with a tendency towards trouble.  He has a voracious appetite for pizza and wedding cake(oh yes I said wedding cake).  He also is so cute and loveable that no one can be mad at him for long.

You’re going to love meeting Emma and her three young daughters as well as Jay and his three sons(one grown, one teenage, and one young still).  Both are widowed and not looking for love.  But love finds them anyway in Pinecraft!

Can Emma break free from what her parents and in laws expect of her?  Can Jay let himself see it’s okay to love again?  And who will get married first, Jay or his oldest son?  So much romance and fun going on in this book.  I literally sat down to read it and then it was all over!  Definitely not long enough!  I can’t wait for the next book to come out!


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The Proposal at Siesta Key {book review}

The Proposal at Siesta key book review
About the book:
The Proposal at Siesta Key (Avon Inspire, May 2015)

A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

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About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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My thoughts:
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and knew without even opening the book that I’d love this one, just like I know I’m going to love the third as well.  Shelley Shepard Gray is a wonderful and talented writer who can draw you into being a part of her story.  You become tied to it.  You must keep reading.
I read this book in less than a day.  I read while I was making breakfast and when the baby was napping and after the kids were asleep.  I was in love with the characters and had to see how it all worked out in the end.
Some moments that made me giggle definitely included when Eric’s girlfriend ran out of the Inn.  The way she vividly described the scene made me laugh!  I cried learning why Penny was so sheltered and secluded and I cringed learning how Michael lost part of his leg.  All of the characters have something that they must overcome and come to terms with.  Including the Inn’s owner(or manager?)’s niece who shows up unexpectedly.  
You’re going to love these characters as much as I do.  Trust me when I say this.  
I’m not sure how much of the story to tell you, but both Penny and Michael have to stand up to their family with what they want to happen in their lives whatever that may mean.  It’s a great learning experience for them both and hopefully the reader will take away a lesson or two as well.
I did have to wonder whether Michael remains Mennonite or goes back to his Amish roots.  
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The Promise of Palm Grove #bookreview @Litfuse

The Promise of Palm Grove
About the book: 

The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her—and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

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About the author: 

Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-time New York Times bestseller, a two-time USA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.


Find Shelley online: website
My thoughts on The Promise of Palm Grove:
I love Amish fiction.  It has a special spot in my heart.  I also went into this book knowing that I love the writings of Shelley Shepard Gray.  I’ve read many of her novels and really enjoy her style.  You feel drawn in and a part of the book.  You feel that your best friend is now the main character.
Our main character Leona is quite the likeable girl.  But she’s engaged to quite the unlikely fellow.  He’s brass and rude and overbearing.  She loves to travel and have fun in life while he does not.  They’re very ill matched.  When she goes off on a pre wedding trip to Palm Grove with two girlfriends and meets a man who immediately captures her interest she must make a choice to either break things off with her fiance or stay away from the handsome stranger.  My vote immediately went to the handsome stranger!
But Leona isn’t the only character of interest.  Our handsome stranger, Zachary, has a younger sister with quite the disease. Her bones break very easily but she is the sweetest thing ever.  And she has the typical struggles you would expect.  Including having siblings that think they must watch over her all the time.  She longs for some independence and looks without pity.  She and Leona get along splendidly!
I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to you to read as well!  It’s a great little romance with some other fun thrown in as well.
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Anna’s Crossing

Anna's Crossing



Suzanne Woods Fisher does it again in Anna’s Crossing.   She brings us our beloved Amish people and tells their story.  She makes them come alive!  They become our best friends and our worst enemies all at once!

Anna did not want to leave her home land.  She didn’t want to get on that boat.  She certainly didn’t want to feel anything for the ship’s carpenter.  It was almost as if she knew him.  As if he knew her and they were connected somehow.  When he, Bairn, realizes who she is and how they are connected, will he tell her?  Will he embrace his Peculiar side?

In this time the Amish were called Peculiars by those who are on the ship with them but not of their religion.  They are not well liked.  They are thought to bring bad luck even.  We are getting a close look at a new era from Suzanne Woods Fisher and I for one loved it.  

I loved the story line and loved the way they came together.  I loved meeting Bairn and seeing him interact with the young boy he finds reminds him of himself.  I love Anna and her quiet strength and determination.  She carries with her a single rose bush that she is determined to keep alive.  A bush that her love gave her before he went to cross the ocean never to return.  She thought he had died.  But had he?  Or is he coming back into her life now but as a different person and a man to boot?  Such a wonderful book full of surprises and twists.  I highly recommend it.  Anna’s Crossing is full of excitement and things shall never be the same again.


About the Book Anna’s Crossing:

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home–assuming she survives. She’s heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship’s carpenter Bairn resents the somber people–dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands–who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing–and the lives of two intrepid people who braved it.


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