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.