Friday, October 21, 2016

Litfuse Review: Christian's Hope by:Ervin R. Stutzman

 Christian's Hope (Return to Northkill, #3)
About the Book:
When Christian Hochstetler returns to the Amish after seven years in captivity, he finds that many things have shifted. Captured as a child during the French and Indian War, Christian has spent much of his life among Native Americans, who cared for him and taught him their ways. Now that Christian is home, his father wants him to settle back into their predictable Amish life of farming, and Christian's budding friendship with Orpha Rupp beckons him to stay as well.

Yet Christian feels restless, and he misses his adoptive Native American family--who raised him as their own son. When faced with a life-altering decision, will Christian choose the Amish identity that his father desires for him? Or will he depart from his family and faith community yet again?

"Christian's Hope" tells the story of the younger brother of Joseph and son of Jacob, whom readers have come to love in the first two books in the Return to Northkill series. Based on actual events and written by a descendant of the Hochstetler family, "Christian's Hope" brings the sweeping epic of the Return to Northkill series to a soul-stirring end.

My Review:
 This is a very neat story! It is written from a different perspective than your typical Amish fiction. Christian Hochstetler has just returned to a life that in a sense has been forgotten. He was captured as a child during the French and Indian War, so he basically grew up around native Americans. Amish people and their beliefs are very much different than the native Americans he is use to. 

 Going back to a life that you can barely remember is not so easy for Christian, his parents expect him to mesh right back in to life before he was captured but it's not going so well for Christian and he has even had thoughts about returning to the only family he has ever know.

 Come join the fans of the Northkill series as they find out the final end to series and the fate of Christian. Will he be able to return to the life that beckons him or the one he left behind?

 The author gives you a different take on Amish life with this addition to the series. It was a soul stirring end and perfect balance to the rest of the series.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land by:Vicki Marquez

About the Book:
The Rootlets are four fun-loving and adventurous kids, with veggie hair and healthy habits - whose lives, up until now, were undoubtedly ordinary. 

My Review:
 Who doesn't love a good amusement park and just one whole day of having fun?! The Rootlets are no exception to this. They can have just as much fun as the next person, right? It all started the opening day at Mr. Fungo Fungi's, Plantasy Land. The Rootlets were very excited and once they arrived they realized all too soon that this park and this day would be very different than anticipated.

 As they went on each ride or maze, things just did not seem fun as an amusement park should. It wasn't long before the crew figured out that something was amiss and they had to do something about it before someone got hurt. They knew it too, because how would an amusement park on opening day already have so many problems and issues. The Great Zucchini was causing all the problems and something had to be done about it.

 The book was a great one! The latest adventure of this veggie family was a great tale and the mystery to figure out who was turning the park into complete and utter chaos was fun. We loved the illustrations, as well.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Litfuse Review: Kosmo's Christmas Delivery by:Deb Kalmbach

About the Book:
 Kosmo, the king of troublesome terriers, takes trouble to a whole new level! He's a one-of-a-kind, corn-on-the-cob nibbling, ice cream licking, always-into-mischief dog. Kosmo's Christmas Delivery is told from the point-of-view of an older, but not necessarily wiser dog, Kramer, who laments the acquisition of Kosmo by his family, especially his girl, Emily Jean. 

 When the inquisitive Kosmo jumps on board the Yellow Package delivery truck a few days before Christmas, Kramer, secretly wishes the pup will be lost forever. He reluctantly agrees to help Emily Jean search the snowy streets of their small town for Kosmo. Through a series of unusual events, the missing terrier finally comes home, but not a moment before his older sibling realizes how much he cares about his young friend.

My Review:
 The whole time while I sat reading Kosmo's Christmas Delivery, I was thinking poor Kramer. This poor dog that had been the one and only, top dog if you will, for this family feels like he is a big fat number two upon the arrival of Kosmo. Kosmo, a rough and rowdy new puppy is wreaking havoc in Kramer's world.

 Kramer no longer gets all the attention he did before since this new puppy moved in and he wants more than anything for this Kosmo to go away, that is until something happens and he does. Emily Jean and her family wait feverishly for Kosmo's return but what happens to poor Kramer in the middle of the latest Kosmo fiasco surprises even him. We learn about the Christmas delivery that changed everything on Christmas day for the entire family.

 The author wrote a sweet book about the present day of two dogs that have to find a way to mesh. I really loved the sweet story and the quirky illustrations.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Litfuse Review: A Sister's Wish by:Shelley Shepard Gray

A Sister's Wish (The Charmed Amish Life, #3)
About the Book:
New York Times Bestselling Author

In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.

Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get… but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.

Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past…unless it pertains to Amelia.

He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.

But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love… but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.

My Review:
 Amelia has been falling over and over for a boy that is otherwise off limits to her. He is off limits because he is a boy that finds himself in trouble quite a bit, even to the point of doing time over it. It is such a shame to this sweet girl and her loving heart. Soon love comes a calling as they say. Because Simon is determined to make a better life for himself and hopefully move past all he has done and is known for.

 Simon and Amelia have a lot of growing to do in the love department. They both need to trust each other a lot more. And Simon definitely needs to stay as straight as possible so that he does not hurt Amelia.

 I love this series by Shelley Shepard Gray! The Charmed Amish Life series is so sweet and has some roughness around the ages. Loved it immensely!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Litfuse Review: An Amish Family Christmas by:Shelley Shepard Gray

 An Amish Family Christmas: A Charmed Amish Life Christmas Novel
About the Book:
In Shelley Shepard Gray’s fourth book in her Charmed Amish Life series, an unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love. 

Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Newly returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi is trying to fit into his old life, only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.

But when Julia, his young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, Levi finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a job Levi takes personally. Soon enough, friendship grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help having doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true…

Like Levi, Julia Kemps has survived her fair share of hardships—but only by hiding the truth of her past. Being an unmarried mother in an Amish community was unthinkable. Feeling hopeless, Julia did the only thing she could do: she moved to a new town and pretended to be a widow. But meeting Levi, she’s hopeful for the first time. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret, and eventually…perhaps even sharing her life with him.

Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together…in order to find the healing, support and love they so desperately desire.

My Review:
 The best thing about Christmas especially Christmas in Charm is the love that drifts in like the fresh, fallen snow. Watching love sprout and blossom between Julia and Levi is so sweet in Shelley Shepard Gray's latest release in the series entitled, Charmed Amish Life. An Amish Family Christmas is one about "do overs". Levi and Julia need a fresh start and when they meet and they grow closer and closer they both start to feel that maybe their lives are making a turn for the better.

 But both of these dears have skeletons in their closets that need to be brought out into the open. But because of the fear they feel only condemnation and judging will be the only result. Will they ever be free to love again? The freedom that comes with the first step of trust?

 An Amish Family Christmas is a heartbreaking story, but the author teaches us that through love and forgiveness anything is possible. A truly precious story told around the greatest seasons of the year!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Litfuse Review: Cold-Case Christianity for Kids by:J Wallace/S. Wallace

 Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective
About the Book:
 Between the ages of 8 and 12, kids often start to wonder if Christianity is true. In Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, detective J. Warner Wallace draws readers into the thrill of high-stakes investigation by showing them how to think rather than telling them what to think. In this children's companion to the bestselling Cold-Case Christianity, detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.

 Includes author illustrations and links to a website ( where kids can download activities, fill in case notes, and earn a certificate of merit. Detective Wallace gets kids excited about testing witnesses, examining the evidence, and investigating the case for Christianity.
My Review:
 I tried to explain God's presence to my 6 year old the other day and it didn't go so well. Mainly, because it is hard for his little mind to comprehend the expansion of God and how He exists. Some things on my own journey are hard to explain. I can only imagine it is the same if not worse for my son and other children. It is almost they borrow our faith until they can come to their own conclusions and decisions about God and who He is.

 So this book entitled,  Cold-Case Christianity for Kids is written by a real detective and I have to say it is a real neat little book that I think 8-12 year olds will enjoy thoroughly. It takes you to a real briefing room and it gives you a few characters to follow on their investigation of Jesus. From testing witnesses to examining evidence this book will take the case of Jesus and all His glory to a whole other level for our children to not only enjoy but to learn more about the Creator and what role He needs to play in their lives.

 My 11 year old son is very excited to dig into the book. He enjoys mysteries even ones he feels he knows the answers to. If this book turns into a series I know none of us will be disappointed. It is a very thorough book and our family loves it.

 The author produces us with a very current and relevant text for our time. I love teaching my children even more about Jesus and this book can help me achieve just that.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Guess How Much I Love You DVD Sponsored by:N Circle Entertainment

 Autumn Journey: Guess How Much I Love You
About the Product:
Enjoy these adventures based on the classic picture book that has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram and published by Walker Books. Keeping love as the major theme, each adventure is set against the backdrop of a season with this collection focusing on the bright colors of autumn. Join Little Nutbrown Hare and Little Field Mouse as they leave a trail of acorns to find their way home, but Little Grey Squirrel unknowingly collects the acorns. Oh no! Now they are all lost in the woods! Will they be able to find their way back home? Enjoy these autumn adventures and more with Little Nutbrown Hare and friends!

My Review:
 Autumn is upon us and everyone in the Patterson household are so incredibly happy and excited for all the upcoming holidays and all the fun things we do during this time of the year. The book, Guess How Much I Love You is such a precious book that my children absolutely loved. I'm so glad that there is a  DVD series to expand on the book. In this latest addition it is all about Autumn. There are 6 episodes to start the season off right. They are Spider's Web, The Collection, Autumn Journey, Cloudy Meadow, Autumn Play, and Now You See Me.

 Come and join in on all the autumn season fun with Little Nutbrown Hare  and all of his friends as they learn all things about fall and start to prepare for the season that is already upon them. Look below for your chance to win an N Circle Entertainment DVD.


**Disclosure** This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the creator of the product.