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A Cowboy at Heart by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith July 14, 2013

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Summary: Kansas, 1886–Jesse Montgomery is beginning to feel restless. He’s been off the Chisholm Trail and on a family farm for a year now. Though he is grateful to Luke and Emma for helping him get on his feet again after a few bad choices and some hard living, surely the Lord doesn’t want him to stay in Apple Grove forever. Doesn’t the Almighty have plans for this reformed rowdy cowboy to build a life of his own?

When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Lovely Katie Miller, a healer in the district, tends to him while trying to guard her heart. This young Amish widow cannot risk falling in love again–especially not with an Englisch cowboy. And yet…could God possibly have a plan for both of them far beyond what they can see?

Author Bio: Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than 20 inspirational novels and over 50 articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

My Review: This is the third book in The Amish of Apple Grove series. I read the first two books as well, and it was nice to have the characters from the previous books in this one as well. Once again these two authors wrote a splendid story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The lifestyle of the Amish is rather interesting, so reading about them makes for a nice relaxing read.

I loved the main characters. Jesse is an Englisch cowboy who was an alcoholic and finally got his life straightened out staying with his friends, Luke and Emma. When one of their Amish friend’s land is taken, Jesse goes to stay with him to help protect the rest of the land. In the process of defending the property, Jesse gets hurt. He is tended to by Katie Miller, an Amish widow. Katie begins falling in love with Jesse, but does not see any hope for a relationship with Jesse since he is not Amish.

I would definitely recommend this book, and also the two previous books in this series. These two authors work very well together in creating stories that are pleasant to read and keep me coming back for more.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. You can read more about these authors and other books by this publisher at their webite: http://www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

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The Heart’s Frontier by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith June 5, 2012

Summary: Kansas, 1881–Halfway through a six-day journey to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their posessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking to the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for somene to help. When a dusty cowboy lands in the street at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. The Switzers prove difficult to deny, and it’s not long befor romance whispers in the whistling Kansas wind.

But plain and rugged–do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?

Author Bios:

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than a dozen inspirational novels and more than fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with ecclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

My Review: I just realized looking back that I read a previous book with these two authors paired together. This particular novel is an Amish novel in The Amish of Apple Grove series. This is book one. I definitely liked it enough to be on the lookout for the nex book.

Emma is traveling with her family on their wagon when they are robbed and lose everything they have, including their wagon. They continue on not knowing what to do but pray. As they pray for someone to come alone to help them, God answers them in the most curious way, or at least they think it is an answer to their prayers.

Luke has troubles of his own trying to fit into his new position as trail boss. He has a lot riding on this job, as his father is well known for being the best trail boss out there and he is trying to live up to his expectations. Running into a family of Amish was definitely not what he had planned, and the detour takes him further away from his plans than he could have imagined. Following the story of these two is well worth the time it takes to relax with this book.

I loved the characters and once again the pairing of these two authors. I will be on the lookout for A Plain and Simple Heart, book two in this series, set to come out in September 2012.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. You can read more about these authors and other books by this publisher at their webite: www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.  

 

 

More Bethany House Reviews April 12, 2010

Levi’s Will by W. Dale Cramer

Summary: Dusk. An Amish farm in Ohio. Will’s father doesn’t recognize him at first–it’s been eight years–so he holds a match up to Will’s face to see him better. “I thought you were dead,” Levi Mullet says, then blows out the match and walks away.

This is not how it’s supposed to be. Where’s the fatted calf? The party?

For years, Will has worked to overcome the ban of his father and the Old Order Amish community. Only now, when the life of his own son hangs in the balance, does he begin to see the truth–that love is the proof of God, and forgiveness the peroof of love.

Levi’s Will is the mesmerizing story of an Amishman seeking to build a bridge across three generations.

Author Bio: W. Dale Cramer, author of critically acclaimed novels Sutter’s Cross and Bad Ground, lives in Georgia with his wife, Pam, and their two sons.

For more information visit www.dalecramer.com.

Levi’s Will was awarded the 2006 Christy Award in the Contemporary Fiction (Stand-Alone) category. Levi’s Will was also recognized by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2005. Levi’s Will was named best Christian novel of the year by Booklist (Oct. ’04 – Oct. ’05). Levi’s Will was named Best Christian novel of 2005 by Christian Fiction Review.com

My Review: What an interesting tale of a man who wants to escape his Amish life and yet once he does he still cannot escape who he once was. I love Amish stories, and this one was not any different. I really enjoyed the characters throughout the story. I sometimes had a difficult time with the changing back and forth between the 1980s and the 1940s, but the story itself overall was definitely worth the read. I have always been fascinated by the life of the Amish. I would recommend this book and probably would seek out other books by this author for a comparison.

A Measure of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Summary: Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has been studying medicine under Dr. Elizabeth Bjorklund’s direction and dreams of joining her practice in Blessing. But when a missionary arrives and tells of the need for medical ministry in Africa, he seems to look directly at her. Could God be calling her to go to Africa?

Joshua Landsverk left Blessing two years ago, but he’s never forgotten Astrid. Returning to town, he seeks to court her, and love begins to bloom. When the opportunity opens for Astrid to go to Chicago for fu rther training, she finds it difficult to leave home…and Joshua. They agree to correspond, but after receiving only one letter from him, she learns he’s left town–again. Believing Joshua no longer loves her, Astrid makes an impetuous heart-wrenching decision. Will she regret the choice she’s made?

Author Bio: Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author of over 60 books, fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over two million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, a basset named Chewy, and a cockatiel watch bird named Bidley. They make their home in California.

My Review: I love to read historical novels. The settings of our country before what they look like now seem so serene. When I read this book I did not know that it was a continuing saga of this particular family. I was informed of this by a friend. I do believe you could read this book without having read the previous ones, but I also think you would get more details if you read the previous books. A Measure of Mercy is book one in t he Home to Blessing series.  It took me a few chapters to get engrossed in it, but once the storyline got going I did want to know more about the characters. I was disappointed by the end of the book, as I did not get the resolution I was seeking. It was left open for another book to follow, and that is what I was disappointed by.

I received a copy of these books from the publisher to read and review. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given these books. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

 

THE SOUND OF SLEIGH BELLS BY CINDY WOODSMALL October 13, 2009

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Sound of Sleigh BellsSummary:  

Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.

Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?

Author Bio:cindy woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and The New York Times Best-Seller When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty-one years. 

My Review:

Let me just say how much I love the books written by Cindy Woodsmall. This happens to be my third blog post having to do with Cindy Woodsmall. The Sound of Sleigh Bells certainly did not disappoint when it comes to what I expect from the caliber of books written by this author. This was a simple love story with its share of disappointment and heartache, but the characters were overall believable with real emotions. I loved this book just as much as I have enjoyed her other books and would definitely recommend it and pass it along.

Please visit the Random House website to see all of the different options where you can purchase the book online:

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307446534

As a participant in this blog tour, I have received a copy to read and review. I also received a copy as a giveaway. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I do not like the book I would definitely not give a raving review or recommend it.

If you would like to win a copy of The Sound of Sleigh Bells, please post a comment and leave your email address in code to avoid spam such as name[at]charter[dot]net. Tell your friends about this giveaway also. If you post about it on your blog be sure to give me the link to get a second entry in the drawing, or if your friend posts a message and mentions your name, you will receive an extra entry in the drawing. I will draw a name on October 16th.

 

AMISH LOVE May 28, 2009

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What’s all the hubbub about Amish fiction? Major media outlets like Time and ABC Nightline are covering it, and authors like Cindy Woodsmall are making the New York Times bestseller list regularly. What makes these books so interesting?

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 Check out the recent ABC Nightline piece here (http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=7676659&page=1) about Cindy and her titles When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. It’s an intriguing look at Amish culture and the time Cindy has spent with Amish friends.

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And don’t forget that Cindy’s new book The Hope of Refuge hits store shelves August 11, and is available for preorder now.

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