Saturday, December 8, 2012

An Amish Kitchen

The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.
Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania always brings a brisk change in the weather. This time also provides unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.
Fern has a green thumb for healing herbs and flowers, but longs for love to bloom in her life. The next-door neighbor’s oldest son Abram comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until an incident threatens to end their growing attraction.
Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?
When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.
Three Amish stories—each celebrating love, family, and faith—all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.

These three stories are a wonderful way to spend a few hours taking a break from a busy life. Stories of love and redemption with characters that overlap in small ways through the other stories. Nothing here to give away what happens in the other stories so they can be read in any order.

I enjoyed all three stories although I did feel one of them ended rather abruptly, just when it seemed like it was building to something, it was over. But all in all, they were all enjoyable.

There are recipes in the back of the book as an added bonus.


My Kindle copy of this book was provided by BookSneeze for my honest review.

Courting Cate

Courting Cate is the first book in the Courtships of Lancaster County by Leslie Gould.

When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty--and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County!

However, the sisters' wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn't have any suitors--until Pete comes to town, that is.

Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate's feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she's immediately suspicious of his interest.

Is Pete courting Cate because of the other bachelors? Is he interested in her wealthy father's money? Is it possible he really is interested in Cate for herself?

I enjoyed this book. The thing with the "bonnet romances" is that you know where they're going to end up. The fun thing is how each individual author chooses to get to that ending. Cate and Pete faced some unusual challenges that I don't normally see in these kinds of books but I enjoyed the telling. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


My Kindle copy of this book was graciously provided by Bethany House publishers.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Wreath Of Snow

Liz Curtis Higgs' Christmas novella is a wonderful way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit.

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

Follow Margaret and Gordon through the detour on the road to redemption and forgiveness. Can they find a place of peace and happiness at Christmas or will the past threaten their future?

Mrs. Higgs' is a wonderful author and this book certainly does not disappoint.

Highly recommend.


My Kindle copy was generously provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for my honest review.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Marriage of the Heart

Three Stories That Share the Adventures of First Love and Second Chances.
A Perfect Secret—Rose Bender’s betrothed, Luke Lantz, is safe and dependable, maybe a little too much so. Or so she thinks until she sees him in the woods one night and discovers a secret he’s been keeping. Now his secret haunts her. She wasn’t sure about marrying a man she knew too well. But should she marry a man she doesn’t understand at all?
Christmas Cradles—When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers’ quilts, and unexpected help from the handsome and brooding Asa Lapp.
A Marriage of the Heart—Since her mother’s death, Abigail Kauffman has lived alone with her father. She longs to escape the emptiness of the farmhouse that has never felt like home. Joseph Lambert is a newcomer in their close-knit community. Only after suddenly marrying do they begin to understand the tender truths of life-long love.

These three short stories are perfect for a snowy day cuddled up under a quilt - or just about any time.

It was wonderful to follow these three separate couples as they fell in love - or discovered something new about the one they already loved. 

Finishing off the book are a few recipes that sound absolutely delicious.

Highly recommended.


My Kindle copy of this book was provided free of charge for my honest opinion by the BookSneeze program.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Season For Tending

Book One in Cindy Woodsmall's newest series,  Amish Vines and Orchards, is a book you won't want to put down until you have finished it.

In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business. 

Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable. 

Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions.
Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family? 

Ms. Woodsmall has found a wonderful way to bring two families together to help each other and just maybe find some love.

I loved the characters, I learned so much about apple orchards, and I completely lost myself in this book. My only complaint - I have to wait until next Spring for the next book!

Highly recommended.


My copy of this book was graciously provided by WaterBrook MultNomah for my honest review.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Band Of Sisters

Maureen O’Reilly and her younger sister flee Ireland in hope of claiming the life promised to their father over twenty years before. After surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that their benefactor, Colonel Wakefield, has died. His family, refusing to own his Civil War debt, casts her out. Alone, impoverished, and in danger of deportation, Maureen connives to obtain employment in a prominent department store. But she soon discovers that the elegant facade hides a secret that threatens every vulnerable woman in the city.

Despite her family’s disapproval, Olivia Wakefield determines to honor her father’s debt but can’t find Maureen. Unexpected help comes from a local businessman, whom Olivia begins to see as more than an ally, even as she fears the secrets he’s hiding. As women begin disappearing from the store, Olivia rallies influential ladies in her circle to help Maureen take a stand against injustice and fight for the lives of their growing band of sisters. But can either woman open her heart to divine leading or the love it might bring?

Cathy Gohlke has written a fascinating story about life for an immigrant in the United States and the pitfalls women faced alone in a new country. A thought provoking, page turner that will keep your light on well into the night. Highly recommended.

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My copy of Band of Sisters was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review.

Over The Edge

The third book in Mary Connealy's Kincaid Brides series is just as enchanting as the first two books.

This book centers on Seth, the third Kincaid brother.

Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he's never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he's gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever.

After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he's got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she's come to the Kincaid family's ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband.

Callie isn't a long-suffering woman. Once she knows her husband is alive, she wants to kill him. She's not even close to forgiving him for abandoning her.

Then more trouble shows up in the form of a secret Seth's pa kept for years. The Kincaid brothers might lose their ranch if they can't sort things out. It's enough to drive a man insane--but somehow it's all making Seth see things more clearly. And now that he knows what he wants, no one better stand in his way.

Revisit with Rafe and Julia, Ethan and Audra and get to know Seth and Callie and a few other new characters. And maybe we'll even find out what happened to the fortune Julia's father is supposed to have hidden before he died.

Highly recommended - but be sure to read the series in order as they do build on each other.


My copy of this book was graciously provided by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Bride Wore Blue

The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson continues the story of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek. Headed toward a fresh start but tethered by her past, Vivian longs to break free, to find forgiveness and love. At last, the sisters are reunited! The youngest Sinclair, the family“ baby”, is moving from Maine to Cripple Creek, Colorado and joining Kat, Nell, and Ida. But Vivian is a young woman with a will of her own, and made some decisions back in Portland that have begun to haunt her. Will she be able to live up to the expectations of her three perfect and now happily-settled sisters? The sisters warmly welcome Vivian to the mountain west, but the wild-and-woolly mining town isn’t ripe with opportunities for a respectable young woman. The youngest Sinclair sister is determined to make her own way, so when she’s off ered a job as a hostess in a sporting house, she takes it, thinking the position is appropriate for a tainted, unlovable woman like herself. Although she’s convinced she’ll never be asked to entertain privately, Vivian keeps her employment a secret from her sisters, knowing they’d be mortified—as will Carter Alwyn, the kind and godly sheriff ’s deputy who’s sweet on her. Vivian is descending into a life of secrets, lying to the very people who love her and could help her heal from her mistakes. Will an outpouring of grace remind her that she is still God’s beloved and that her past can be washed as clean as Rocky Mountain snow? This is a great follow up to the two previous books. While this book does center on Vivian, we do get a glimpse into the lives of her older sisters and updates on what has been happening with them. And Vivian has an interesting story of her own to tell also. Jody My copy of this book was graciously provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah for my honest review.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Anniversary Waltz

At their sixtieth anniversary party, Adam Carlson asks his wife, Elizabeth, for their customary waltz. After the dance they gather the family and share their story—a story of love and courage overcoming adversity and thriving in the face of overwhelming odds. It’s the summer of 1946, and Adam has just returned from the war to his home in Reunion, Montana. At a town festival he meets Elizabeth Baxter, a young woman going steady with his former high school rival and now influential banker, Nathan Roberts. When Adam and Elizabeth share a waltz in a deserted pavilion one evening, their feelings begin to grow and they embark on a journey, and a dance, that will last a lifetime. This was a simply fabulous book. I was enchanted by the characters, the setting and the premise. I felt as though these folks could have been my friends. Slide under a quilt, get cozy, open the cover and let the story carry you away. You won't want to put it down until you finish it. Jody My copy was graciously provided by GlassRoad Publications for my honest review.

Friday, June 1, 2012

After All

After All is the third book in Deborah Raney's Hanover Falls Triology and the final book of the series does not disappoint. Susan Marlowe lost her husband and four other firefighters when the homeless shelter she started burned to the ground eighteen months ago. And she's finally beginning to heal. That is until she learns a secret David took with him to the grave. For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable? Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls' fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters who lost their lives that awful November night. Can he ever shake the feeling that he should have somehow prevented the tragedy? As he tries to rebuild the team at Clemens County's Station 2, it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected. Touching, romantic and suspenseful, After All has it all. A love triangle, a mysterious chain of events, and real characters only Deborah Raney can bring to life. What a great opportunity to visit with some old friends and get some updates on their lives and the circumstances surrounding the fire that altered so many lives. A very satisfying conclusion to a great series. Jody My copy of After All was graciously provided by Glass Road Publications for my honest review.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Farm Fresh Southern Cooking Straight from the Garden to Your Dinner Table

Is there anything better than a kitchen countertop spread with the spoils of a Saturday morning at the farmers’ market? Every trip yields some new assortment of old favorites and newfound treasures. One week, you’re tempted by the sun-warmed heirloom tomatoes and the Mason jars brimming with orange blossom honey. Another week, it’s the slabs of milky Havarti cheese and the Red Haven peaches heavy with juice, enticing you to spend just a little more than you planned. Kentucky pole beans, silky ears of sweet corn, and sacks of stone-ground buckwheat flour may find their way into your basket on another visit.

Whether you shop with a list or purely on impulse, you’ll always find the truest taste of home at the local farms, roadside stands, and produce markets in your community. These are the places that offer up the native flavors of the South and all its seasons. They are your portal to the fields, the waters, and the vines where your food is cultivated. Get to know the origins of what you eat and the people who produce it. Tammy Algood’s Farm Fresh Southern Cooking celebrates this experience with delicious recipes that will enhance the natural flavors of your latest market haul and stories of the South’s most dedicated growers and culinary producers.

This great cookbook is chock full of delicious recipes and little tips with each recipe regarding serving options or how the recipe came about. But what I enjoyed the most were the stories mixed in amongst the recipes about the places where the author picked up fresh food items.

Highly recommended.


My Kindle copy of this cookbook was graciously provided by BookSneeze for my honest review.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

In Too Deep

Ethan Kincaid proposes marriage with the same casual detachment he gives every decision. He never expected his bride to affect him—or anger him!—so much.

Audra Gilliland accepts Ethan’s proposal so she can stop being a burden to her newly married stepdaughter. She absolutely does not need a man to care for her.

It was supposed to be a marriage of convenience. But now, heaven help them, are they in too deep . . . or are they deeply in love?

Book 2 in Mary Connealy's The Kincaid Brides series focuses on second brother Ethan and his relationship with Audra as they begin life as man and wife.

This is a wonderful continuation of the first book in the series. The events flow seamlessly from one book to another and changing the focus from one brother to the other, Rafe in the first book to Ethan in the second book, is done smoothly.

We are treated to plenty of time with all the folks we met in the first book and the story continues as the boys and their wives settle in to their new homes and try to find the money that Audra's first husband Wendell hid somewhere - and they aren't alone. Jasper's men have followed them and are not about to go away without that money.

Highly recommended.


I received my copy from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Beauty for Ashes

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a Southern gentleman with a thirst for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

After losing her husband in the Civil War, Carrie Daly is scared she will never have the family she longs for. Eligible bachelors are scarce in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, but Carrie Daly has found love. Not the weak-in-the-knees kind, but something practical. Still, she isn't quite ready to set a wedding date with Nate Chastain.

Griff Rutledge is a former member of Charleston society, but has been estranged from his family for years. He’s determined to remain unattached, never settling in one place for too long. But when asked to train a Thoroughbred for an upcoming race in Hickory Ridge, he decides to stay awhile.

Despite objections from the townsfolk, and her fear that true happiness has eluded her, Carrie is drawn to Griff's kindness and charm. It will take a leap of faith for them to open their hearts and claim God's promise to trade beauty for ashes.

Dorothy Love takes us back to Hickory Ridge for the second book in the series.

As the story opens, Carrie is picking up her dress for the wedding of her only brother (only family for that matter, as their parents have been long dead) Henry to Mary Stanhope. Carrie has misgivings. Mary treats Carrie more like a servant than a sister-in-law. And Mary's boys! Oh my goodness - those boys need put over someone's knee for a good paddlin'! And they will all be living together on the farm Carrie and Henry have lived on all their lives. Or will they? Carrie soon finds that she can't continue to be treated badly in her own home so she leaves.

Where will that leave Henry, Mary and her boys? And what part does handsome stranger Griff play? Very attractive, very friendly - and clearly not in the market for a relationship and, even more clearly, not planning to stay in Hickory Ridge once the race is over. Will Carrie change his mind?

Highly recommended.


My copy was provided via Kindle by BookSneeze for my honest review.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sonoma Rose

As the nation grapples with the strictures of Prohibition, Rosa Barclay lives on a Southern California rye farm with her volatile husband, John, who has lately found another source of income far outside the federal purview.

Mother to eight children, Rosa mourns the loss of four who succumbed to the mysterious wasting disease that is now afflicting young Ana and Miguel. Two daughters born of another father are in perfect health. When an act of violence shatters Rosa's resolve to maintain her increasingly dangerous existence, she flees with the children and her precious heirloom quilts to the mesa where she last saw her beloved mother alive.

As a flash flood traps them in a treacherous canyon, only one man is brave-or foolhardy-enough to come to their rescue: Lars Jorgenson, Rosa's first love and the father of her healthy daughters. Together they escape to Berkeley, where a leading specialist offers their only hope of saving Ana and Miguel. Here in northern California, they create new identities to protect themselves from Rosa's vengeful husband, the police who seek her for questioning, and the gangsters Lars reported to Prohibition agents-officers representing a department often as corrupt as the Mob itself. Ever mindful that his youthful alcoholism provoked Rosa to spurn him, Lars nevertheless supports Rosa's daring plan to stake their futures on a struggling Sonoma Valley vineyard-despite the recent hardships of local winemakers whose honest labors at viticulture have, through no fault of their own, become illegal.

I finished the latest installment in the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chaiverini this week and I have to say that I don't really see it as an "Elm Creek" book. Yes there are a couple of mentions made of Elizabeth Nelson (Sylvia's cousin) and Rosa and Lars were first introduced in an Elm Creek novel (Triumph Ranch) but other than that, there is nothing to connect this book to Elm Creek Quilts. Quilting also only receives brief passing mentions.

That said, the book was very good. Ms. Chaiverini really educated herself on the wine growing process and Prohibition. The book was very well researched. The descriptions were, as usual for the Elm Creek books, very detailed.

All in all it was a great book but if you are looking for a book about quilters and quilting or even a continuation of the Bergstrom story or life at Elm Creek Quilt Camp, this is not where you will find it.


The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people, like those revered by her beloved grandfather. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.

But as spring moves into Pennsylvania and Annie spends time amongst the cherry trees with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget how deeply the lines between the Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite are drawn.

Can Annie and Aden find a place for their love to bloom in the midst of the brewing storm?

In this story we get better acquainted with some characters we met in The Christmas Singing.

This book has all the charm of a Cindy Woodsmall book but it just didn't grab me the way her books normally do. The writing was good but I just didn't find myself drawn to the characters the way I do in most of her books.


My free copy was given to me by WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Creative Slow Cooker Meals

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (February 1, 2012)

***Special thanks to Karri James, Marketing Assistant, Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***


Cheryl Moeller is a seasoned mother and a standup comic. She is also a syndicated columnist with her own blog ( and contributes monthly to several online parent websites. Cheryl has coauthored two books on marriage with her husband and has written for and Marriage Partnership. Cheryl does comedy for parenting classes, MOPS groups, wedding or baby showers, church retreats, women’s conferences, and those in line at the grocery store.

Visit the author's website.


From the celebrated coauthor of The Marriage Miracle comes a new kind of cookbook and a new attitude toward planning meals. With an eye toward the whole menu, not just part of it, columnist Cheryl Moeller teaches cooks to use two crockpots to easily create healthy, homemade dinners.

Don’t worry about your dinner being reduced to a mushy stew. Each of the more than 200 recipes has been taste-tested at Cheryl’s table. Join the Moeller family as you dig into:

  • Harvest-time Halibut Chowder

  • Salmon and Gingered Carrots

  • Mediterranean Rice Pilaf

  • Indian Chicken Curry

  • Apricot-Pistachio Bread

  • Shrimp Creole

  • Rhubarb Crisp

... and many more! Perfect for the frazzled mom who never has enough time in the day, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals gives readers more time around the table with delicious, healthy, frugal, and easy meals!

Product Details:

List Price: $14.99

Spiral-bound: 272 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (February 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0736944915

ISBN-13: 978-0736944915

AND NOW...THE FIFTH CHAPTER (click on pages to enlarge):

Beautiful book. Love the spiral bound cover that allows the book to lay open flat. Lots of delicious recipes and who doesn't like the ease of the crock pot?


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sisters of the Quilt

In book one: Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp desires to break with custom, forgo baptism into the faith, and marry outside the cloistered community. She’s been in love with Mennonite Paul Waddell for three years, and before returning to college for his senior year, Paul asks Hannah to be his wife. Hannah accepts, aware that her marriage will change her relationship with her family forever.

On the evening of their engagement, tragedy strikes and in one unwelcome encounter, all that Hannah has known and believed is destroyed. As she finds herself entangled in questions that the Old Ways of her people cannot answer, Hannah faces the possibility of losing her place in her family, in her community– and in the heart of the man she loves.

Book two: Her relationship with fiancé Paul Waddell in tatters, Hannah Lapp has fled her secluded Old Order Amish community in hopes of finding a new home in Ohio with her shunned aunt. Hampered by limited education and hiding her true identity, Hannah struggles to navigate the confusing world of the Englischers.

Back in Owl’s Perch, Pennsylvania, Paul is wracked with regret over his treatment of Hannah. Fearing for her safety, he tries to convince Hannah’s remaining allies–brother Luke, best friend Mary, and loyal Matthew Esh–to help search for his love. Hannah’s father, however, remains steadfastly convinced of her sinful behavior. His blindness to his family’s pain extends to her sister, Sarah, who shows signs of increasing instability.

Convinced her former life is irreparably destroyed, Hannah finds purpose and solace in life with her aunt and in a growing friendship with Englischer Martin Palmer. Will the countless opportunities in her new life persuade Hannah that her place is amongst the Englischers— or will she give in to her heart’s call to return home and face her past?

And in book three: After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood.

Having fled in disgrace more than two years earlier, she finally has settled into a satisfying role in the Englischer world. She also has found love and a new family with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she is helping him raise. But almost immediately after her arrival in Owl’s Perch, the disapproval of those who ostracized her, including her headstrong father, reopens old wounds.

As Hannah is thrown together with former fiancĂ© Paul Waddell to work for her sister Sarah’s mental health, hidden truths surface about events during Hannah’s absence, and she faces an agonizing decision. Will she choose the Englischer world and the man who restored her hope, or will she heed the call to return to the Plain Life–and perhaps to her first love?

What better way to read an ongoing series than in one big book? I love it when I don't have to wait for months for the next book in the series to come out.

All three of these books were wonderful. Great descriptions, developing characters and a most satisfactory ending to it all.

Highly recommended.


My copy of Sisters of the Quilt was graciously provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for my honest review.

His Steadfast Love

The Civil War - a defining time of great sacrifice, change, and betrayal which determined the fate of the Nation.

It isn’t until it comes into her very home that Amanda Belle must face impossible choices of love, loss, and loyalty.

It's the spring of 1861 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Although Amanda never thought she would marry because of her promise she made to her dying mother, her attraction to Captain Kent Littlefield is undeniable.

When Texas secedes from the Union, her brother Daniel marches off to war to fight for the Confederate States and Kent remains with the Union troops.

Her heart is torn between the two men she loves and the two sides of the conflict. When she turns to God for help, Amanda expects direction and support, but hears nothing. Is God listening to her anymore? Where is God in the atrocities of war—and whose side is He on?

Amanda senses her life is at a turning point. But she must trust God to bring her family through the chaos that threatens her home, her family, and the beloved state of Texas . . . with her heart, and her faith, intact.

I love Civil War era books and this book did not disappoint. Great characters, loss and love and a great wrap up at the end.

Highly recommended.


My Kindle copy of this title was provided by BookSneeze for my honest review.