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!

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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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When Last We Spoke by Marci Henna #giveaway FREE BOOK #WhenWeLastSpoke #FlyBy

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This morning was supposed to be relaxing. My sister invited my son to come over and play for the morning while my husband and daughter went to a school activity.  Sadly, my cat was injured last night (we’re still not sure how….dog attack, maybe?) and he wasn’t doing so well this morning.  I gathered my courage to take him to the vet, worried about the outcome and hoping for the best.  He ended up being just fine, thanks to a powerful antibiotic shot and some rest.  After bringing him home, I breathed a sigh of relief and a prayer of thanks. Isn’t that what we do for those we love?  We soldier on, doing what needs to be done, and feel so gracious when things turn out okay.   In the book When Last We Spoke, we’re reminded of the power of family connections.  [Read more…]

The Angel’s Share by James Makert @BookLookBloggers

Disclosure: I received this book as a BookLook Blogger. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Stories with down-home appeal don’t often come my way, but The Angel’s Share was a great find.  Recently published by James Markert, this novel is based in my home state of Kentucky.  Now, I’m not a bourbon drinker, but I still recognize the importance of distilleries to the Bluegrass economy.  The richness of this literary drink was a surprise!

In this story, remnants of the Prohibition follow the sleepy town of Twisted Tree like a bad dream.  Though the McFee family seemed to fare better than most, it was only a financial facade.  They had their share of devastating loss times two.  Although it took a while to really get into the mystery portion of the plot, it was worth the wait.   The Angel’s Share wasn’t the type of book I could skim.  My tendency to breeze through a book stopped in its tracks because I just had to savor the chapters.  So many characters took shape that it was sometimes hard to keep up!

There was an otherworldly feel that I didn’t expect, and I enjoyed the sweet children who helped bring some levity to an otherwise heavy book.  My only issue was that so many events seemed to be unrelated, or that their connection was stretched, until I almost forgot about them.  In some ways, I wish this had been a series with each book devoted to a certain “chapter” in William’s life, or maybe focusing on one of his family members instead.

In passing, one of Markert’s other book topics is mentioned in The Angel’s Share. I’m interested in learning more about A White Wind Blew, a story about a doctor who uses music to help patients in a 1929 tuberculosis sanatorium.
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An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Disclosure: I am a Bethany House blogger and received this book from the publisher.  Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Sometimes the truth can threaten to topple us!  In the novel An Elegant Facade, Georgina lived that threat every day. [Read more…]

Welcome Winter with a Cozy Book

Disclosure: I received this book from Buoyancy PR. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Winter activities like playing in the snow don’t really appeal to me. Now, reading….yes!  The reviews for Shepherd, Potter, Spy, and the Star Namer by Peggy Miracle Consolver were upbeat and positive, so I can’t wait to check it out.   [Read more…]