Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Reluctant Bride (An Amish of Birch Creek Novel) by Kathleen Fuller

Book Description:  She never wanted to marry. He hopes to make amends for past wrongs. Can love find a way to heal both of their hearts?
Sadie Schrock swore she would never marry. All of her other Amish friends could court and marry—she was content to manage the family business and eventually take it over when her parents are ready to retire. But all of that changes when a reckless driver kills both of her parents and seriously injures her younger sister. With mounting hospital bills adding to the pile of debt her parents left behind, Sadie is left with no choice: she must marry. And not just any man—the man who saw her at her weakest and walked away.
Aden knows what his brother did to Sadie years ago was inexcusable. And every day since that incident, Aden has lived with the guilt for not intervening sooner. When he is faced with the chance to protect Sadie once again, he can’t let her down—even if it means living with the scorn of the woman he loves for the rest of his life.
Working alongside Aden at the store, Sadie realizes he isn’t the same boy who once betrayed her. Just when Sadie starts to let her guard down and perhaps develop feelings for her new husband, dangerous secrets are revealed. Now everything Sadie has worked so hard to protect is threatened, and she must find a way to save her family—and herself.

My Thoughts: Sometimes it's great to pick up a novel that is fresh and thought provoking.  Yes, A Reluctant Bride is a thought provoking Amish read.  Why is it thought provoking?  I'm so glad you asked, reader.  It's thought provoking because the story is about an Amish woman who does not want to marry.  Not wanting to marry in the Amish community is kind.of.like not wanting to drive in the English community.  Just kind of hard to understand.
Sadie does not want to marry.  She is content taking care of the family business...and then everything changes in a  flash!  Her parents are killed by a reckless driver.  Both her parents are gone! And her youngest sister is seriously hurt and is in the hospital.  
Mounting hospital bills seem like a huge mountain that will never be conquered.
Sadie then realizes that she will need to marry for the sake of her family. 
As she works alongside Aden her once boyfriend, she realizes that he isn't the young man that betrayed her all those years ago.  In fact, she marries Aden and begins to feel that he is the man she was meant to marry.
And then secrets and more dangerous secrets come to the front of their marriage.  
Kathleen Fuller writes a fantastic novel of the Amish world that is filled with secrets, love and faith!

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Series: An Amish of Birch Creek Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718033159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718033156

Monday, August 31, 2015

COTT {Clash of the Titles} The July Release Clash is on!

Beautiful New July Covers!

Welcome, fellow book lovers! As we wrap up summer, we're bringing you four wonderful reads to take out on your deck chair. From the mountains to the rugged west, these books offer a great variety of escapes. But if you could only pick one, which would make it into your need-to-read pile? Vote at the end--and don't forget to leave a kind word for your favorite author.

The Lady and the Mountain Fire by Misty M. Beller 
Claire Sullivan's desire to help others carried her all the way to the Montana Territory to care for her blind grandmother, but the callous, hardworking doctor she meets there doesn't fit her expectations. When disaster strikes their rough mining city, Claire must face her her greatest fear to help the man she's come to love.
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A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears
Silas and Kate are both wary of love after failed mail-order engagements, but when a common interest in a motherless boy leads to an interest in each other, they begin to think they can set aside past hurts. However, neither is prepared for the secrets that have yet to come to light.
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To Soar on Eagle's Wings by Renee Blare
While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell launches his first wildlife investigation of the season, but the trouble follows him—straight to town.

The Daughters of Jim Farrell by Sylvia Bambola
Pennsylvania 1873: When Jim Farrell is hanged for murder, his three daughters resolve to clear his name. But all too soon their dangerous quest rips the family apart and could cost them the men they love.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

We have an abundance of tomatoes in our garden this year and so I'm making these:  Parmesan Baked Tomatoes (again, another great recipe from Pinterest!)

Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

2 medium tomatoes
1/3 cup (50g) freshly grated Parmesan
fresh oregano
freshly ground pepper
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 450 F (230 C).
Cut the tomatoes lengthwise into approximately 1/3-inch (1 cm) slices. 
Place them on a baking sheet. 
Top with Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper (season according to your taste). Drizzle with some olive oil and bake until tomatoes are tender and the cheese is melted, for about 10-15 minutes.

**We eat them like this but some say they like them on French bread, hamburgers, sandwiches . . . well, the list is endless!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Berenstain Bears Bible for Little Ones by Jan and Mike Berenstain

Book Description:The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones is perfect for young children. Now toddlers have a padded board book edition designed just for them, with simple text, bright art, and a padded cover. This cute and durable edition provides an overview of the Bible with ten stories from the Old and New Testaments that follow the Bear family as they explore Scripture. The Berenstain Bears Storybook Bible for Little Ones is fun and enlightening for kids and a great resource for parents and educators. 

My Thoughts:  The Berenstain Bears seem to have been around as long as ice cream.  One just can't seem to remember when the family of bears didn't exist.  
When my son was little he loved the bears.  We read the books and had a few of the videos.  The fun family of bears always had a lesson to go with the escapade that one of the smaller bears would get entangled in.
But now The Berenstain Bears have a Storybook Bible for Little Ones that explores scripture from the Old and New Testaments.
Some people may have a problem with a bear teaching a cub about the things of God but our family liked the colorful pictures, the hardback book with its padded cover (that is so easy to wipe clean with a damp rag.)  
The stories are biblically sound just told simply and to the point.  It's not a theologian's nightmare nor is to for those who like bigger more important sounding words. 
It's simply a retelling of the scriptures for little ones. The suggested age for this book is 4-8 but I found that two year olds like this book, too.
Little people like color and animals so in my opinion this is a great book to read to little ones.  After all, reading scripture never hurt any one.  

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: Berenstain Bears/Living Lights
  • Board book: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition (August 4, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310749417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310749417

Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, Book 1) by Karen Kingsbury

Book Description:  “I’m afraid there’s been a car accident...”
As Hannah Ryan waits for her family to return home from a camping trip, she realizes she has everything going for her—a husband other women admire, two charming teenage daughters, and a loving Christian home. As the sunny afternoon turns into twilight, her uneasiness grows along with the shadows. Then a car pulls into Hannah’s driveway, bringing two police officers...and devastating news that shatters her life forever.
In the days that follow, Hannah struggles with unspeakable feelings of sorrow and rage—feelings that fuse into one chilling purpose for living: revenge against Brian Wesley, the drunk driver who has caused all her pain.
In her fury, Hannah shuts the Lord out of her life. She’s determined not to forgive Wesley or the God who allowed this tragedy to happen. Can two caring people help Hannah rediscover her faith...before bitterness destroys her?

My Thoughts:  Waiting for Morning:  The first book in the Forever Faithful series. This is a heart.rending read that left me feeling bereft but also left me with high hope...there is always a tomorrow. Imagine losing your beloved husband and oldest daughter to death caused by a drunk driver who walks away from the accident barely scathed!
I felt Hannah's despair... I truly did! Because Ms. Kingsbury writes with such emotion! One can feel the emotions of the character.  
But then Brian, the drunk, who killed Hannah's husband and daughter, has a story too.  Can he overcome?
This interesting book is filled faith and hope has the most unusual story line, in that, the story isn't just about Hannah and her lost but it's also about the drunk driver, Brian.  Both peoples lost something in that tragic accident and both peoples must overcome guilt, sadness and then go on with life.  Waiting for Morning is a fantabulous title for this read...
the telling of both sides of the story.  Honestly, Karen Kingsbury does an outstanding job of writing in this novel.
Will hate, angry and despair take up the meaningful lives of two people who don't even know each other?  
Great read!  Forgiveness and God's mercies are ever so evident in this story!

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Mutnomah*

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (April 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590520203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590520208

Monday, August 24, 2015

COTT {Clash of the Titles} Featuring Author Misty M. Beller's Latest Work

A delightful transport through time, The Rancher Takes a Cook brings history to life with realistic characters, a colorful setting, and comfort food that teases your appetite~ Melody Carlson, author of 200+ books

About the book:

When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart’s only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch. 

Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well-controlled plans. 

When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands…and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?


About the author, Misty M. Beller:

Misty M. Beller was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. 

You can find her on her websitereader blogmarketing blog for authorsGoodreadsTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest. Or check out her books The Lady and the Mountain ManThe Lady and the Mountain Doctor, or The Lady and the Mountain Fire. Or her latest book, The Rancher Takes a Cook.

Misty's favorite Scripture and prayer for readers:
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy. (NKJV)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

One last hurrah before school begins and the fun is just beginning with these s'mores! 
 I love the peanut butter cup s'mores!  {I found these on BettyCrocker.com!}


graham cracker squares
milk chocolate candy bars (1.55-oz each), each halved
large marshmallows
long-handled forks
  • On each of 4 graham cracker squares, place candy bar half.
  • Spear each marshmallow on long-handled fork; toast over campfire coals or over grill with low heat.
  • Place 1 toasted marshmallow on top of each chocolate bar. Top each with cracker; press together and hold for a few seconds to melt chocolate.


    Mint S´Mores - Substitute chocolate-covered mint cookies for the crackers.
    Peanut Butter S´Mores - Substitute chocolate-covered peanut butter cups for the candy bars.
    Rainy Days S´Mores - Substitute marshmallow creme for the toasted marshmallows. Spread marshmallow creme on cracker tops.
    Scotchie S´Mores - Substitute chocolate graham crackers for the regular graham crackers. Drizzle butterscotch ice cream topping over the candy bar before adding marshmallow.
    Striped S´Mores - Substitute chocolate-striped cookies for the graham crackers.
    Keep S'Mores ingredients on hand for upcoming backyard cookouts. At a picnic, put out a variety of chocolate candies so everyone can experiment and discover their favorite combination.