My Daughter’s Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould #giveaway

Disclosure: I received this book for review; opinions shared are mine.

I’ve always loved the written word.  My earliest memories include sitting in our family’s huge papasan chair, snuggled in the soft cushions, reading The Poky Little Puppy with my mom.  When I learned to read, it was like windows to the world opened!  I’ve experienced some losses in the past year, with the passing of both my father and grandfather.  They each left behind a brief but precious record of their lives in journal form.  Though the journals weren’t completed, it was nice to hear just a little bit from these two men who helped me grow up.  It’s a written document that creates a legacy.

In the book My Daughter’s Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, the written word becomes a powerful way to access the past.   [Read more…]

A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd #giveaway

Disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse group. Opinions shared are mine.

Family dynamics are a tricky matter.  Everyone has “that person” in their family…unless they are “that person.”   It was something I didn’t realize until adulthood.   As a child, I was used to covering family secrets and hiding what was going on at home.  It was normal to give vague answers when someone asked about my dad or brother.  Even now, I don’t like to visit my home state of Kentucky because of the bad memories it brings.  In the book A Letter from Lancaster County, author Kate Lloyd touches on the tender relationships that sometimes haven’t healed, even after years and years.

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His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray book review @Litfuse blog tour

Disclosure: I received this book as part of the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine.

Today we get to share another new Amish of Hart County novel from Shelley Shepard Gray. His Guilt is a companion novel to Her Secret.  Though it’s part of a series, it is a completely different story.  You can definitely read it as a standalone.  [Read more…]

True to You by Becky Wade Prize Pack and $100 #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received this book for review; opinions shared are mine.

“Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn’t all fun and games.”  ~Nora Bradford, True to You by Becky Wade

What an eyebrow-raising first line!

Just as you’d expect from a line like that, True to You‘s main character Nora was spunky and sarcastic. I usually find Becky Wade’s characters to be a little too sweet for my taste, so right away I was Nora’s fan.  [Read more…]

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti book review

Disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse. Opinions shared are mine.

Cynthia Ruchti is one of my favorite Christian authors. As an interesting observation, it seems that most of the Ruchti books I’ve read centered around a dysfunctional marriage. A Fragile Hope carries on that tradition.
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Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray

Disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse. Opinions shared are mine.

It might seem like Amish families would be immune to modern “English” problems.  Unfortunately, they’re just as susceptible to bad situations in life, as one could read in Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray. [Read more…]

Home at Last by Deborah Raney – Chicory Inn novel @Litfuse

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I’ve enjoyed the Chicory Inn series from Deborah Raney. Like other Christian series novels, this one follows the members of the Whitman family as they grow up and spread their wings. The final chapter in the series, Home at Last, wraps up the saga. [Read more…]

Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison Kindle #Giveaway

Meet The Elusive Miss Ellison. This Regency romance is so doused with swoon you’ll be longing for a fainting couch.  Fans of Downton Abbey will wonder how Miss Ellison could possibly share a name with Matthew’s Lavinia (as in, Squire).  They’re polar opposites!

Disclosure I received a copy of the book from Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review; opinions shared are mine. [Read more…]

Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron @Litfusereads

Disclosure: I participated in the book tour and received a copy of the book. Opinions shared are mine.

It’s starting to feel like spring around the Savings in Seconds homestead.  This week, the temperatures have been in the high 60’s and low 70’s. Unbelievable that it’s comfortable enough to wear short sleeves and sandals!  A few times, I’ve enjoyed reading outside while the kids play.  It’s glorious!

One book I recently read was Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron.  This is perfect for fans of traditional Amish fiction, where the biggest concern is getting to sit alone with your sweetheart.  [Read more…]

When You Don’t Mind a REAL Story – Life After by Kate Ganshert

Disclosure: I requested this book from Blogging for Books. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Normally when I settle down with a book, it requires me to carve out time that I’d otherwise spend doing something productive like laundry or cleaning.  In other words, it’s gotta be worth it!  That’s why most of my book picks are “mind candy” — they help me escape from the reality of the daily grind.  As refreshing as it is to always have a happy ending, sometimes it’s just as rewarding to hear a story that mimics real life. If realistic fiction is your genre, check out Life After by Kate Ganshert (available 4/18/17).

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