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The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall March 31, 2020

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A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads .

Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She’s set herself aside. Raising four children, she’s followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own.

But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream is gone–and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman–her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy’s child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?

My thoughts:

Cindy Woodsmall writes some very interesting Amish Fiction. The storyline here is not one you would expect in an Amish community. For sure my favorite storyline in this book was what was going on between Roy and Jemima.

The storyline of Abigail and Chris didn’t draw me quite as much and at times the internal dialogue and the reasoning behind some of their decisions didn’t really make sense to me.

I knew whatever happened between Roy and Jemima would require some major forgiveness on Jemima’s part and I was curious to see how that would all play out.

Overall, a very interesting read.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.

 

Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese March 30, 2020

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Lauren Bailey may be a romantic at heart, but after a decade of matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there’s only one match she’s committed to now–the one that will make her a mother. Lauren is a dedicated first-grade teacher in Idaho, and her love for children has led her to the path of international adoption. To satisfy her adoption agency’s requirements, she gladly agreed to remain single for the foreseeable future; however, just as her long wait comes to an end, Lauren is blindsided by a complication she never saw coming: Joshua Avery.

Joshua may be a substitute teacher by day, but Lauren finds his passion for creating educational technology as fascinating as his antics in the classroom. Though she does her best to downplay the undeniable connection between them, his relentless pursuit of her heart puts her commitment to stay unattached to the test and causes her once-firm conviction to waver.

With an impossible decision looming, Lauren might very well find herself choosing between the two deepest desires of her heart . . . even if saying yes to one means letting go of the other.

My thoughts:

Why have I never read anything by Nicole before? I have no idea, but I have a new favorite contemporary romance author.

This book touched my heart so deeply. Starting with Nicole being a teacher (made me miss my classroom and kids), to Joshua’s fun-loving attitude.

The build up to their first kiss was spot on, the tension tangible in my heart.

And then the end…yes, I cried. I am a bit more sensitive these days but still, it was cry worthy. So, so good. The ending was perfection. And be sure to read the author’s notes at the end to give a bit more insight into the story and the meaning.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear March 26, 2020

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About the Book

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Book: The Blue Cloak
Author: Shannon McNear
Genre: Christian Historical/Suspense
Release Date: March, 2020
Evil Incarnate Leaves a Trail of Destruction across the Frontier
Book 5 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History
Rachel Taylor lives a rather mundane existence in 1797 at the way station her family runs along the Wilderness Road in Tennessee. She attends her friend Sally Rice’s wedding only to watch the marriage dissolve into horror has the groom, Wiley Harpe, and his cousin Micajah become murderers on the run, who drag their families along. Declaring a “war on all humanity,” the Harpes won’t be stopped, and Ben Langford is on their trail to see if his own cousin was one of their latest victims.
How many will die before peace can return to the frontier?

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About the Author

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Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, Shannon McNear loves losing herself in local history. She’s a military wife, mom of eight, mother-in-law of three, grammie of two, and a member of ACFW and RWA. Her first novella, Defending Truth in A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® finalist. When she’s not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies. Connect with her at www.shannonmcnear.com, or on Facebook and Goodreads.

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How dark is too dark for a Christian to write?
That was the question I wrestled with when deciding whether or not to take on the story of the Harpes. The histories in Scripture itself aren’t rated G, but writing fiction requires a level of detail and depth of emotion I wasn’t sure would be wise, or helpful, to explore in this case. But as I prayed and sought the counsel of those whose discernment I trust, the answer came back, overwhelmingly …
Is God stronger than the darkness, or not?
Well, of course He is. And nothing in human history has ever escaped His notice, or taken Him by surprise.
So, was there something redeeming to be found in the tale of the Harpes?
For the first few weeks of research, I walked around in a state of shock at the horror of the historical accounts, but details surfaced that helped me shape my fictional characters Rachel and Ben. With Rachel working in her family’s trading post near the wild frontier town of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ben a lawyer who recently passed the bar, the real-life Hugh Lawson White provided a handy connection point between them. Many other details fell together in ways I had not foreseen when I began developing the story. Sally Rice Harpe, however, rose to the forefront. This was more her story than anyone’s, but realizing I couldn’t properly write the book without using her point of view? That was scary. I knew the moments I’d have to visit, some of them in real-time.
Despite the tragedy, however, I could see an overarching story of spiritual warfare. Felt a growing conviction that prayer must have played a vital role in bringing the Harpes’ reign of terror to an end. So it is my hope that against the backdrop of one of the most chilling episodes of our country’s early history, the hand of God shows clearly, and that yes, the reader finds it redemptive.

Blog Stops

Just the Write Escape, March 24
Texas Book-aholic, March 24
Inklings and notions, March 25
Girls in White Dresses, March 25
Emily Yager, March 25
Godly Book Reviews, March 26
Genesis 5020, March 26
Remembrancy, March 26
Among the Reads, March 27
Through the Fire Blogs, March 27
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 28
Christian Bookaholic, March 28
Inside the Wong Mind, March 28
For the Love of Literature, March 29
For Him and My Family, March 29
Betti Mace, March 30
Older & Smarter?, March 30
deb’s Book Review, March 30
Robin’s Nest, March 31
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 31
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 1
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, April 1
Stories By Gina, April 1
By The Book, April 2
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, April 2
Blossoms and Blessings, April 2
A Reader’s Brain, April 3
Connie’s History Classroom, April 3
Artistic Nobody, April 3 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 4
Back Porch Reads, April 4
Daysong Reflections, April 4
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 5
Pause for Tales, April 5
Britt Reads Fiction, April 5
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 6
Hallie Reads, April 6
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 6

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Shannon is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of The Blue Cloak and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

This is a good one. I couldn’t put it down. What a horrible thing these men did, really unimaginable. But Shannon did a wonderful telling the story. At many point I read and just had to stop and comprehend what just happened, or what was happening.

It’s funny because Rachel seems almost a secondary character yet she isn’t but she isn’t directly involved in the hunt for the men. But we have Ben who is and his role is very important.

The balance of the romantic element with the suspense of when these people would be found was done very well.

A great romantic suspense that I recommend yet it isn’t for you if you are sensitive to some subject matter.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Encountering God’s Heart For You by Diane Stortz March 25, 2020

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About the Book

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Book: Encountering God’s Heart For You
Author: Diane Stortz
Genre: Christian non-fiction, Devotional
Release Date: September 3, 2019
God put the Bible together for you, and he wants you to understand and know him better. But sometimes you can get lost in the details and miss the big picture. The Bible is more than just a collection of wisdom, instructions, and history. It’s one unified story of the incredible love of God!

Encountering God’s Heart for You
takes you on a daily journey through the full narrative of Scripture in a year. And in the process, it will draw you nearer to God as you discover his love and compassion. It won’t cover every verse, or even every chapter, in the Bible, but by the time you’re through, you’ll have a strong grasp of what the Bible is all about.
Reading Scripture isn’t just a way to collect information or check something off a to-do list. Let this book bring you into God’s presence to better understand the Bible’s story of love, sacrifice, and redemption as he draws you to himself.

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About the Author

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Diane Stortz is a multipublished author who writes to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Diane’s books for women, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year and Encountering God’s Heart for You, both from Bethany House, encourage women to get to know God through His Word, the Bible. Her children’s releases include the best-selling Say & Pray Bible and I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, both from Tommy Nelson. Diane and her husband have two married daughters and five grandchildren—all boys! Visit her at www.DianeStortz.com.

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Twenty years ago, I was invited to join a women’s Bible study group planning to read through the Bible in a year to get to know God.

Although I’d been a Christian for many years and had read many parts of the Bible and used the Bible in my work as an editor, I had never actually read the entire Bible.

I joined the group. We read about three chapters a day and met weekly on Monday nights to discuss what we’d read.

I’ve repeated that experience in various forms most years since then, and it has changed my life in so many ways. (Getting to know God does that, right?)

I’m convinced that one of the most loving things we can do for someone else is to invite and encourage her to become a lifelong reader of the Word, and to read it together.

That’s how I view my new devotional, Encountering God’s Heart for You. It’s an invitation to every woman to pick up her Bible, read along with me, and look together for all the ways God teaches us about himself on every page.

Blog Stops

For the Love of Literature, March 21
Through the Lens of Scripture, March 22
Holly Jo Morris, March 22
Inklings and notions, March 23
amandainpa, March 24
deb’s Book Review, March 24
Genesis 5020, March 25
For Him and My Family, March 26
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 27
Spoken from the Heart, March 28
Lights in a Dark World, March 29
SPLASHES of Joy, March 29
Texas Book-aholic, March 30
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 30
She Lives To Read, March 31
Remembrancy, April 1
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 2
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 2
Lis Loves Reading, April 3

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away the grand prize package of a journal, a set of Scripture cards, and a set of gel pens!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f6ec/encountering-god-s-heart-for-you-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This is a great idea for a devotional. Each day you get a chapter or two to read from the Bible. Some chapters are skipped, so you won’t read them all, then after reading the chapters you read a short devotional and prayer.

I really enjoyed the pages I did read (obviously with it being a year long I didn’t read it all). I also loved reading the Bible from the beginning again, who doesn’t need to do that every once in a while? I sure do.

If you are looking for a way to read the Bible through in a year this is a resource I recommend.

Grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Chasing the White Lion by James R. Hannibal March 24, 2020

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In Talia’s world everyone has an angle and no one escapes unscathed

CIA officer Talia Inger may have reconciled with the man who assassinated her father, but that doesn’t mean she wants him hovering over her every move and unearthing the painful past she’s trying to put behind her. Still, she’ll need him–and the help of his star grifter, Valkyrie–if she hopes to infiltrate the Jungle, the first ever crowdsourced crime syndicate, to rescue a group of kidnapped refugee children.

But as Talia and her elite team of thieves con their way into the heart of the Jungle, inching ever closer to syndicate boss the White Lion, she’ll run right up against the ragged edge of her family’s dark past. In this game of cat and mouse, it’s win . . . or die. And in times like that, it’s always good to have someone watching your back.

My thoughts:

If you like thrillers this book is for you. High action, not sure who to trust, things going on on the other side of the world that don’t add up but you know must be connected to the bigger picture.

I always want to like books like this but I’m don’t always like them, but this one I did. I could easily follow what was going on. I appreciated Talia’s faith and her desire to be baptized to show her profession of faith outwardly.

Overall and engaging read that I enjoyed.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund March 23, 2020

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Haunted by Mistakes in Her Past, Will She Ever Again
Trust Her Heart to Another?

Wealthy Arabella Lawrence flees to British Columbia on a bride ship, still bearing the scars of past mistakes. One of the few single women in the boomtown, she immediately attracts suitors, but she is determined not to find herself trapped again by making a poor choice.

Vying for her hand are two very different men. Lieutenant Richard Drummond is a gentleman in the Navy, held in high esteem. Peter Kelly is the town’s baker who has worked hard to build a thriving business. He and Drummond not only compete for Arabella’s affections, but also clash over their views of how the natives should be treated in the midst of a smallpox outbreak.

As Arabella begins to overcome her fears, she discovers someone in dire need–a starving girl left behind by her tribe. Intent on helping the child, Arabella leans on Peter’s advice and guidance. Will she have the wisdom to make the right decision, or will seeking what’s right cost both her and Peter everything?

My thoughts:

Jody Hedlund is by far my favorite historical romance writer (and she’s a Michigander too!!). The way she builds romantic tension is like no other Christian author I have read.

Arabella is trying to find herself. She thinks she knows who she should be, based on the expectations placed on her from her family, but in this world she is discovering parts of herself she didn’t know existed and things that actually make her happy.

Pete is also overcoming a past that wasn’t very respectable but he is determined to leave the past behind and move on with Arabella.

A wonderful historical romance that Jody Hedlund fans are sure to love.

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Grab you copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Star of Persia by Jill Eileen Smith March 20, 2020

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Love. Duty. Fear. Courage. In the court of the king, which will prevail?

In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’ wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

My thoughts:

I love Esther’s story. I did a Bible study several years ago and learned so much about this wonderful woman. I have also read other Biblical fiction accounts of her story but each one has its own spin and I find them all interesting. Of course, anything by Jill is always captivating.

Reading the first part of this book the author shows us the great love the king has for Vashti. I just couldn’t imagine what I knew was to come, yet it did come and all the heartache with it.

Esther is living her life and deals with heartache and disappointment as well. Things are not going as she had planned. And then the unimaginable happens, she becomes queen.

What happens next is a wonderfully put together story that Biblical fiction lovers will thoroughly enjoy.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette March 19, 2020

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Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander’s kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.

Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to discover his beloved daughter is dead. After his vow to hunt down her killer leads to months of fruitless pursuit, his last hope is in a family connection that comes with strings attached–strings that force him to pose as a mercenary and rescue an infuriating woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted.

When an opportunity to pave a path to a Hebrew victory arises, can Tirzah convince Liyam to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will Liyam’s thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, his God, and the woman he’s come to love?

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I love getting a look at what could have gone on behind some of our favorite scenes in the Bible and getting a new perspective on some of the people we read about in the Bible.

Tirzah wants a purpose, she wants to do something for the Hebrews and willingly puts herself in danger to do so.

Liyam is dealing with a need for revenge. I was excited to see how his heart might change and soften and what part Tirzah might play in that.

Overall, an excellent story that is well-written.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Dying to Meet Jesus by Randy Kay March 18, 2020

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Be Prepared to Meet the Author of Love

A child in trouble . . . financial stress . . . broken relationships . . . Is it possible to find God’s heart when barriers seem to stand in the way?

We all face difficult times when we struggle just to keep looking up. For author Randy Kay, the challenge was extreme: He died. But at that juncture he met God and was restored to a life of joy he had never thought possible.

Kay had spent most of his adult years as a devout agnostic. Then one day, after an accident that ended his life, he met the One he had sought to disprove. From that time, though many challenges lay ahead, his sense of emptiness was transformed into genuine joy.

Through his own and many other riveting stories, Kay demonstrates not only that God is present when we need Him, but that our trials can actually lead us to true intimacy with the One who loves us beyond all measure.

My thoughts:

I’ll be honest, I am always a bit skeptical of books from someone who claimed to die and meet Jesus, not because I don’t believe it could happen but because so many stories have come out on this subject.

What I liked about this book was that the author really didn’t focus on that subject. He talked about his overall relationship with Jesus, that moment of dying is part of his story but not the only part.

One chapter in particular spoke to my heart during this time of uncertainty. This chapter dealt with why bad things happen, what can we learn from it? So many words of wisdom and I was writing down quote left and right in my journal.

Basically, this is a book that will challenge you to grow in your faith, to use the good and the bad that comes into our lives to glorify God.

Visit Randy here.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: His Unexpected Amish Twins by Rachel J. Good March 16, 2020

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About the Book

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Book: His Unexpected Amish Twins
Author: Rachel J. Good
Genre: Amish Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2020

When Micah Miller’s brother and sister-in-law are killed in a buggy accident, he’s devastated, but he fulfills a promise to raise their seven-year-old twins, Abby and Isaac. While struggling to deal with the twins’ grief and Abby’s anger toward God, he discovers an Amish farm offering horse therapy for grief. And he’s thrilled to find the owner cares about and prays for the twins.
Hope Graber had to find a way to save the family farm after her daed’s unwise decisions. Even selling off many of the horses didn’t cover all the bills. After deciding to use the remaining horses for animal therapy, she brings on Logan Russell, an experienced trainer, to help her. Together they not only start paying off the debts, but they also make positive changes in children’s lives.
Hope loves helping each child, but she takes a special interest in the twins and determines to help them heal both emotionally and spiritually. As she gently guides Abby back to God and makes the little girl smile again, Hope also makes Micah’s life brighter. As he emerges from his depression, he longs to make them one happy family, but only God can overcome the many obstacles in their path.

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About the Author

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USA Today bestselling author RACHEL J. GOOD writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. She grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming – the bestselling Love & Promises, Sisters & Friends, Unexpected Amish Blessings, Surprised by Love (2021), and two books in Hearts of Amish Country – as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books. In addition, she has stories in many anthologies, including Love’s Thankful Heart,Love’s Christmas Blessings,Plain Everyday Heroes, Love’s Truest Hope,and the forthcoming Amish Christmas Twins (Fall 2020) with Shelley Shepard Gray and Loree Lough.

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Phobias and Faith

“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14: 27b KJV)

In every book I write, I like the hero and heroine to experience character growth. I think it’s important that they change and become different. So, in His Unexpected Amish Twins, Micah faces several life-changing events. First, his life is turned upside-down when he becomes the guardian of his niece and nephew, seven-year-old twins. Although he loves the children dearly, as a young, single man, he isn’t quite ready to handle his lively, rebellious niece and his silent, withdrawn nephew, especially not when he’s grieving himself.

But with the help of horse therapist, Hope Graber, Micah puts aside his own pain to concentrate on caring for the twins. But Micah is also hiding a deep-seated phobia.

As a child, he had a terrible experience, one that scarred him for life. One that still haunts him and terrorizes him. One that may destroy his future relationship with Hope.

Getting over fear is never easy, and Micah prays for strength. But it isn’t until he’s forced to make a choice – give in to his fear or save a life – does he push past that fear.

Like Micah does, we often go through life hiding our fears. We make excuses not to do something that frightens us. When a fear turns into a phobia, it can become paralyzing.

For me, public speaking was my greatest fear. I managed to avoid it until I was asked to do a simple two-minute introduction each month for the Christian Women’s Club. I didn’t have to answer right away. They asked me to pray about it, and let them know my answer in a few days.

If they’d asked for an answer right away, I would have made an excuse. I had four small children and an ill husband. But the truth was – I was scared. Not just scared, but petrified. Petrified about even standing in front of an audience.

When I discussed this opportunity with my father, he suggested God might be giving me a chance to get over my fear because He had something greater for me to do in the future. My first thought was that it had better not have anything to do with public speaking.

Dad encouraged me to take a speech class, so I signed up for one. Eight people attended this informal course in the teacher’s living room. The first night we had to give a two-sentence introduction of ourselves. We didn’t even have to stand up.

I went last. My turn came, and my mind went blank. I couldn’t even remember my name. With prompting, the teacher got me to stumble through my name and hometown.

Our assignment for the following week was to prepare a three-minute demonstration of one of our hobbies. We could use notes and props. I mumbled through the speech, rushed out the door to my car, and vomited in the street. Yes, I was that frightened by public speaking.

I told my father I planned to quit the class, but he encouraged me to continue. And several months later, I stood in front of the women’s club. My eyes blurred, and I couldn’t see the people in front of me. I hurried through my memorized two-minute introduction clutching my note cards in case I forgot the words. I had no idea what I said, but several people mentioned that they liked it. And I went on to do it every month for two years.

And my father was right. God did train me for a future job. Wouldn’t Dad be surprised to know that, as an author, I speak in front of audiences around the country? He died before my first book was published, but I suspect he’s up in heaven cheering me on. And I could never have done it without God’s help.

Micah and I both had to learn to trust God’s promise: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1: 9 NIV)

Blog Stops

For the Love of Literature, March 4
Maureen’s Musings, March 5
The Avid Reader, March 5
Through the Lens of Scripture, March 6
Texas Book-aholic, March 7
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 7
For Him and My Family, March 8
janicesbookreviews, March 8
Inklings and notions, March 9
deb’s Book Review, March 9
Blossoms and Blessings, March 10
Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 10
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 11
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, March 11
Vicky Sluiter, March 12
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 12
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 13
Splashes of Joy, March 14
Bigreadersite, March 14
Artistic Nobody, March 15 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Blogging With Carol, March 16
Genesis 5020, March 16
EmpowerMoms, March 17
My Devotional Thoughts, March 17

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of the book and $25 VISA gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

As I have mentioned in my other reviews of Amish fiction, I sometimes struggle with enjoying it. However, with Rachel that is not an issue.

The storylines she developed are highly engaging and has many layers that keep the reader going. This book is a perfect example of that.

First we are introduced to Hope and what she is dealing with when it comes to her father. Then she is thrown into the lives of these twins and then we meet Micah, who has his own things to deal with.

The twins are so sweet and will make your heart ache for what they have lost.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.