The Mark of The King {Litfuse Review}

The Mark of the King

by Jocelyn Green

 
The Mark of The King
 
About the book The Mark of The King:

The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2iKM4uj

 
About the author of The Mark of the King:
 
 
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg;Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.
 
 

My thoughts:

I have read the works of Jocelyn Green that center around the Civil War and LOVED them.  So I knew that I loved her writing.  When this book arrived I knew that I wanted to read it and read it quickly.  I was not disappointed.  This book is amazing.
 
Travel back in time.  I’d never even heard of this!  Forced marriages so you could get out of jail and go colonize a new world.  I personally don’t think I’d have chosen hardened criminals for this but I’m guessing the king just wanted people over there.
 
Anyway back to the book!  Julianne is an intriguing character that you can’t help but be drawn towards.  She has great strength and makes the most of her lot in life.  Being a gifted midwife she can’t practice since she’s imprisoned for killing a mother.  Well, she really didn’t kill her but you’ll have to read the book to find out!  Then she marries a man she doesn’t know, travels across the ocean, and sleeps in the mud and rain.  Such fun!  But it gets better!  Her brother is supposed to be in this new land.  The brother she raised and loved and nurtured like a mother would.  Will she ever find him?
 
And what about this husband?  Can he be a good man or is he bound by his criminal past?  Will she be able to hide the mark on her or will the world find out and make her an outcast again?
Oh guys!  This is suspenseful and full of good plot twists and characters.  I love the little girl she gets to mother and the complexities of her character.  I love her relationship with Marc-Paul and lets not even get into her brother.
 
Definitely one I’m keeping on my shelf to reread!  Well after it comes back from making the rounds of all my avid reader friends. 
 

The Elusive Miss Ellison {Litfuse Review}

The Elusive Miss Ellison

Litfuse Review

 
The Elusive Miss Ellison
 

About the book The Elusive Miss Ellison:

Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.
That’s the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister’s daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won’t take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia’s pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother-who stole the most important person in Livvie’s world.
 
Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he’s just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there’s already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.
 
That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn’t the only heart that needs to change.
 
These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society’s opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.
 
Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister’s daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God’s grace and the true strength of love.
 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author of The Elusive Miss Ellison:

 
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.
 
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My thoughts:

I adored this book.  To me it’s written in the style of the Bronte sisters.  A good strong heroine who can take care of herself and isn’t afraid to speak her mind.  Who then has to learn how to allow her heart to have a voice as well.

Poor Miss Ellison.  I loved her character.  She’s worked so hard to make herself the doer.  The one who cares for the poor and unfortunate because she knows no one else will, certainly not the landed gentry who are supposed to do this.  After all, they own the houses the poor live in, the ones that are crumbling.

Then she meets that new landowner.  The new master of the village if you will.  She’s already got her mind made up about him though.  He’s horrible, he’s arrogant, he’s only out for a good time and spending money.  And of course, he will never care for these people.  Mainly because he and his brother caused the death of her mother.  Something she’s never been able to let go of much less forgive.

Such a wonderful book.  Well written.  It flies when you’re reading it.  I loved getting to know Miss Ellison and making her my new friend.  And of course there is some suspense and danger as well.  And you get the chance to love and hate the same character but at different times.  I won’t give away the ending but I will say Miss Ellison, sweet Lavinia, learns a lot about herself and who she is.  That may have to do with a side of the family she’s never known or it might have to do with who she is inside.  I’ll let you find out whether she’s rich in money or love or both!!

 

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Riding the Range {Homeschool Review Crew}

Riding the Range

Homeschool Review Crew

Riding the range is something that captivates most young children.  They play cowboys and Indians and ride imaginary ponies across the yard.  My kids are no different.  They love to pretend and play like they’re on a big ranch.  Part of this play lately comes from reading the newest Andi books from Kregel Publications and Susan K Marlow.  These newest titles in the Circle C Stepping Stones series are Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top.  We received both of them through the Homeschool Review Crew so we could read and review!

 

Andi Under the Big Top
 

My children love to read!  Several of my kids have already devoured these two books and are ready for more.  Since we aren’t buying any new books right now they’ve gone back to read the other Andi book we have.  And any other horse and farm related books they can find!

We’ve read some of the older chapter books about Andi and now these two books.  My kids love Andi and her adventures riding the range.  They’re great read alouds or for kids to read on their own and discuss.  We highly recommend the Circle C books.

About the Books

The new series is intended to go between the beginner series and the longer chapter books for older children.  So the age range for this new series is 7-10.  At present there are six titles that are going to be in this series. Your kids will love riding the range with Andi and her horse Taffy.

Andi has a pretty Palomino horse that she loves to ride named Taffy.  Her older brother Justin is a lawyer.  Chad(another older brother) runs the ranch while her older sister Melinda cares more for her appearance than the ranch or her younger sister.  Mitch is another older brother who has a horse named Chase.  A Spanish cook completes the household.  Andi’s mother is described as being “very nice” while unfortunately her father has passed away.

 

Riding the Range

 

Andi Saddles Up

In Andi Saddles Up we find her celebrating her ninth birthday with a new saddle and bridle for Taffy.  It’s the first book in this new series.  Andi wants to learn to be a trick rider but her brother does not approve of that plan!  Instead she finds a new friend.  But this new friend is on the wrong side of a feud between her father and Andi’s brother Chad.  Can they still be friends?  What about this feud?  Can Sadie and Andi find a way to stop the feud?  104 pages of fun and excitement will help you find out!  At the end of the book there are two pages of fun history facts that relate to the story within.

Andi Under the Big Top

Andi Under the Big Top has a circus coming to town!  While you might get that from the title you won’t know that Andi again finds a new friend!  This young man is named Henry Jackson and he works for the circus selling treats.  As Andi gets to know Henry she finds out some sad news.  Henry ran away from home to join the circus.  He’d like to go home now but he can’t.  He’s trapped.  Andi wants to help him but how?  As Andi comes up with a plan will she be able to save Henry without suffering any losses of her own?  Great story line that not only helps your children have a fun read but opens up doors to talk about strangers and what to do if they ever get lost.  This book is 105 pages long.

 

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If you’re interested in learning more about Susan K Marlow and Kregel Publications plus their newest Circle C Stepping Stones titles please check out the main Homeschool Review Crew blog where all the reviews are linked up.  You can also find Kregel Publications on twitter and facebook as well as Susan K Marlow on twitter and facebook

 

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Of Stillness and Storm {Litfuse Review}

About the book Of Stillness and Storm:

Of Stillness and Storm
 

Of Stillness and Storm (Thomas Nelson, December 2016)

“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”

It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing.

At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.

Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale oftroubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gzxgeq

 
About the author:
 
 

Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is a consultant, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own advocacy venture under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and paths to healing.

 
 

My thoughts:

 
I almost can’t put them down into words.  This is a powerful book.  It also is a very true book that most of us can relate to in some point or another.  How many of us have felt alone and isolated?  How many of us have wondered if our spouse is finding someone or something more important than family?
 
These are hard questions and realities to face.  Yet we must face them head on. What we decide can shape our present and our future.  All too often we don’t realize just how many other lives are being touched and affected by our choices as well.
 
That being said.  I don’t know if I could manage to live the way she does in this book.  I’m sure if it was a cause on my heart I could and would.  I like to think that I could “rough” it if needed.  I think what I would be missing the most are the friends, the confidantes, the people I know, trust, and love to talk to.
 
This is a book that I say go and pick it up.  Read it.  It’s going to take time though.  This book was not one that I could just sit down with and read straight through.  I had to take time off and digest what I was reading.  Think about it and how it related to me and my life.  
 
 
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Pursuing Gold {Litfuse Review}

Pursuing Gold 

 
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About the book:

Pursuing Gold (Elk Lake, October 2016)

With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis.

With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner’s daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter’s forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue goldon behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2gCb1pb

 
About the author:
 

Cynthia L Simmons and her husband, Ray, have five children and reside in Atlanta. She has taught for over thirty years as a homeschool mother and Bible teacher. She’s a columnist for Leading Hearts Magazine and she directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cyndi has a heart for encouraging women in today’s crazy, upside-down world. She loves history and peppers her speaking and teaching with fascinating vignettes from the past. Her first book, Struggles and Triumphs, was nominated for 2008 Georgia Author of the Year. She co-founded Homeschool Answers and hosts Heart of the Matter Radio.

 
 
 
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I love historical fiction and so I knew I wanted to read Pursuing Gold.  It’s a great book about a “border” area during the war.  The journeys of one man and one woman are chronicled as they try to maintain true to what they believe without landing themselves in loads of trouble.  Plus add in the fact that her father makes him vow to marry her and it just gets better.  Oh and there might be a Confederate officer trying to get Peter to invest in a scheme while also trying to court Mary Beth.  It just gets better and better.
 
I wanted to comment on the cover as I’ve read some negative reviews about it turning people off on the book.  I’m here to say that if you like history you’re drawn to this cover.  Civil War buff here and this cover drew me in.  It’s a period piece and the way the cover is done reminds me of other works that are biographies or letters from the war.  i immediately knew I had to read this one!
 
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The Most Wonderful Time of The Year {Litfuse Review}

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

 

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

About the book:

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Abingdon, October 2016)

Celebrate 31 days of a Christ-filled Christmas season.

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.

From December to New Year‘s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2frWQG8

 
About the author:
 
 
Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas.
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I really liked how positive this book was.  It’s full of positive uplifting stories to help us celebrate and remember the true meaning of this most glorious time of year.  I’ve enjoyed reading this book outloud as a family.  My youngest children don’t understand or glean a lot from some of the stories, but the older ones do.  It’s a great thing to read aloud during a meal and then encourage discussion about. 
 
I highly recommend using this as an alternative to Advent or alongside Advent for a new tradition.  Growing up I did not do Advent but I’ve enjoyed learning about it with my children and watching them learn and grow during this season.  This book shall remain on my shelf to be used over and over again.
 
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Trust My Heart {Litfuse Review}

Trust My Heart

 
Trust My Heart
 
 
About the book:

Trust My Heart (Waterfall Press, October 2016)

Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible.

The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.

After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2fg7WKG

 
About the author:
 
 

From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special-events decorating company, Carol J. Post’srésumé reads as if she hasn’t yet decided what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love of writing. She started as a child composing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles for religious and children’s publications. Now she pens fun, fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book award and selected as an RT Top Pick. When Carol isn’t writing, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. She also plays the piano and sings with her music-minister husband. Their two grown daughters and their grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all her nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.

 
 
My thoughts:
 
I really enjoyed this book.  I wasn’t sure at the beginning whether I would or not.  The cover is nice but nothing really caught my eye.  But then, I began reading and I didn’t want to stop!
 
Jami has finally got a job she wants. She’s convinced her lukewarm boyfriend that she won’t marry him(now if she could just convince everyone else she’s not planning a wedding).  Finally she’s getting a great article to write.  Only problem is her subject wants nothing to do with a journalist and really doesn’t like them in general.
 
The characters are so fun and lovable.  You become their friend(or really don’t like them) and cannot wait to find out what happens next.  Or at least, that’s what happened to me!  I loved this book and couldn’t wait to read the next page and the next.  Also the adopting of two dogs.  Swoon.  Who doesn’t love dogs?  And rescuing is amazing.  That’s how we’ve gotten all of ours!  Nothing not to like about this book.
 
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Christian’s Hope {Litfuse Review}

Christian’s Hope

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About the book:

Christian’s Hope (Herald Press, October 2016)

When Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted.

Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christian’s budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.

Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family—who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?

Christian’s Hope tells the story of the younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob, whom readers have come to love in the first two books in the Return to Northkill series. Based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family,Christian’s Hope brings the sweeping epic of the Return to Northkill series to a soul-stirring end.

 
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2eAZmVi

 
 
About the author:
 
Ervin R. Stutzman is author of Jacob’s Choice,Joseph’s Dilemma, Tobias of the Amish, and Emma,A Widow Among the Amish. Born into an Amish home in Kalona, Iowa, Stutzman based the Return to Northkill series on the life of his ancestor, Jacob Hochstetler. He has been featured on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?
 
 
 
 
 
My thoughts
 
This book.  I almost don’t know what to say.  It’s an amazing piece of literature.  I’ve not read anything quite like it.  Based on real facts and events but with a spin all it’s own this book is truly a work of historical fiction but centered around the Amish of days gone by.  
 
You’ve got a boy captured by Indians when he was very young and raised as one of them.  But then he’s told he must go back to where he was captured from and become a white man again.  Not just any white man, but an Amish white man.  Those two lives are about as different as they come.  Christian struggles with who he is and where to make his place in this world of his.  He has an ally of sorts in his older brother who was captured with him but his father and step mother still perplex him.
 
Will he come to terms with who he is or will he forever be a part of two worlds?
 
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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.

 
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2dYRwqr
 
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.

Purchase a copy:http://bit.ly/2e2XBTQ
 
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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God Bless Us Every One {Litfuse Review}

God Bless Us Every One

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God Bless Us Every One {Litfuse Review}
 
About the book God Bless Us Every One:

Charlene Dixon—called Charlie by family and friends—is devastated at the recent loss of her job. 
 
For the last five years, the twenty-seven-year-old has blossomed as the activities director of an exclusive all-girls school. But when a misunderstanding with the headmistress leads to a pink slip right before the holidays, Charlie packs up her dreams and returns to her grandmother, Sis, who raised Charlie as her own in the mountains of North Carolina.

When Charlie arrives—broken and confused—Sis immediately puts her granddaughter to work behind the scenes of the local school’s Christmas play, A Christmas Carol. Charlie prickles at working with Dustin Kennedy, the drama teacher and her old crush from schooldays, but is even more put out at that the choice of the Dickens’ classic for the holiday performance. When she discovers her estranged father’s involvement her world turns on its head once more. But when Sis and Dustin encourage her to take a deeper look at the story behind A Christmas Carol, Charlie learns about trust, faith, and forgiveness and the needs of people in their own community.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2bUfaqD

 
About the author:
 
 
Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning speaker and author of The Road to Testament, Things Left Unspoken, This Fine Life, Chasing Sunsets, Waiting for Sunrise, Slow Moon Rising, and The Potluck Club series (with Linda Evans Shepherd). She is the president of Word Weavers International, Inc., a member of AWSA, ACFW, RWA, the director of Florida Christian Writer’s Conference, and the contest director for Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. She and her husband make their home in Casselberry, Florida.
 
 

My Thoughts:

 
This book is amazing.  It read quickly but still kept me interested.  It’s a light read.  Nothing too dramatic, nothing too mysterious or suspenseful.  We simply find a daughter who felt she was abandoned by her parents when they chose drugs and drug running over her and found themselves in prison.  She went to live with her grandmother and from there lived a wonderful life.
 
That is, she had a wonderful life until her father suddenly reappears.  Not to mention she lost her job because she doesn’t like classical anything.  She doesn’t want to do anything from the past.  Which probably isn’t a good thing when she’s a drama/music teacher.  Back at grandma’s or Sis as she calls her, she has to find out who she is and confront her past so she can embrace her future.
 
Can she forgive her dad and come to terms with their past together?  Can she truly believe him and accept that he’s changed?  Maybe she does have some Tiny Tim in her after all!
 
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