Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: The Amish Wanderer by:Laura V. Hilton

 The Amish Wanderer
About the Book:

Desperate for a Ticket Out Bethany Weiss is ready to leave town. Tongues haven't stopped clacking in Jamesport, MO, since her daed, the bishop, was admitted to a mental hospital after hurting their small Amish community. But her sharpest wounds Bethany hides from prying eyes, quietly biding her time until she can take a chance at a new life—away from Jamesport and away from God.
Searching for a Home
Silas Beiler was kicked out of his own family's home. Dogged by a rough childhood and a family who blames him for each new disaster, he begins hitchhiking across the country, sleeping in barns where he can, working for food when possible—headed for Pennsylvania, in the hope of some stability.
A Memory of Lemonade
When Bethany spies a man asleep in the hayloft, she first fears the return of an unwelcome suitor. But when it is Silas who turns and speaks, the memories flood back: a happy summer six years ago full of lemonade, long walks, and budding courtship. Now, however, those months of bliss seem naïve and idyllic. Will their old love overcome new pain? Or will hurt and rejection continue to haunt their path?

My Review:
 Poor Bethany! And Poor Silas!

 I feel for both characters right away in Laura Hilton's latest, The Amish Wanderer.

Bethany just wants to disappear after her Daed does some unspeakable things to all the cats in the district. Not really unspeakable but a little humiliating to say the least. While her Daed is in a mental hospital paying his penance Bethany and Timothy are in charge of the household chores. While taking care of said chores Bethany makes a very curious discovery in the barn, one that send her back in time.

 As soon as Silas and Bethany lock eyes Bethany knows immediately and Silas, well it took him a minute to recall who she was. Silas seemed to have other plans all those years ago. He just keeps reminding himself that he is just passing through Jamesport. Because seeing Bethany after all these years complicates things a great deal.

 Laura Hilton is not new on the scene. I have read several of her books and her writing is exemplary. She gives us a captivating story line and good, solid characters. The lemonade memory is my favorite part of the story. The Amish Wanderer is a hit!

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: Investigator's Holy Bible, NIV by:Zondervan

 NIV Investigator's Holy Bible, Hardcover: Uncover the Truth of the Bible
About the Book:
Have you ever used a magnifying glass? It makes everything bigger and easier to see, right? Detectives and scientists magnify things to understand them better. Well that’s just what this Bible does—it’s a magnifying glass to help children understand the Word of God better.

The Bible is a gift from God, but many of the things written in the Bible are hard for kids to understand. In fact, sometimes they’re downright mysterious to kids. Using kid-friendly language and a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible explains the Bible text for kids ages 6–10. Two central mystery-solving characters invite children to investigate the Bible using the following features:

Evidence—Bible book introductions answer what kind of book it is, who wrote it, what happens, and the “best part”

Breakthrough—answers questions kids might ask, such as “Who were the Philistines?” and “What is The Spirit of God?”

Scene—includes descriptions highlighting geographical information pertinent to a verse

Witness—explains the meaning and history behind Biblical names

Detective—quizzes students on what they have learned

Case Closed—explores how the events of a particular book of the Bible relate to children as individuals

My Review:
 Bibles were always a part of my childhood. I earned my first one for memorizing John 3:16 when I was a very young child around the age of 5. I was so proud of that little New Testament. Bibles have come a long way since then. You can get them in many different versions, types, colors, coverings, etc. This little ditty is perfect for your child or grandchild that loves a real good mystery or investigation.

 He or she will love the adventure this Bible will take them on. It has lots to keep their little hearts and minds busy. I listed above all this sweet Bible has to offer. My favorite features of the Bible are the quizzes given to the children to test what they have learned and the evidence section. I really like that this Bible goes in further depth to explain the how's and why's behind some of the stories listed. In my opinion it is a way to break them in to get a study bible later on.

 This Bible is geared for ages 6-10 years and grades 1-5. It retails for $27.99.

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Historical and Theological Foundations of Law 3 Book Set by:John Eidsmoe

About the Book:
The Law! What is it, and where does it get its authority? Because someone with a crown and scepter has commanded it? Because a council has adopted it? Because a judge has upheld it? Or is law "law" because a Higher Authority has ordained it so? The Laws of Nature? And of Nature's God? Do "echoes of Eden" remain, faintly reminding us of an Original Plan? What is the Common Law? When did it begin? Is it relevant or binding today? And what of the Laws of the ancient Hebrews-an irrelevant footnote, or the cornerstone of all true Law?
With unparalleled scope and minute detail, Historical &Theological Foundations of Law studies the legal systems of ancient societies all across the earth, explores their common threads and differences, and traces their development through history, and notes common trends that should cause hope or alarm today. Embark with us on a journey to discover the earliest origins of Law.

Volume I - Ancient Wisdom
Volume II - Classical and Medieval
Volume III - Reformation and Colonial John

My Review:
 The foundation as well as the creation of law existed way beyond the current or even previous generations. This is a known fact, of course. The Bible even has God's laws as its foundation. The author has set about to discover, research, and write about the law as it was in ancient times dating back before recorded history. He takes us through history in chronological form to; if you will, take us back to where it all began.

 His research and well worded commentary is simple, straight forward and to the point. It is completely understandable and it was something very interesting to me. Law isn't just a simple thing to wrap your head around. I see it as very cerebal and can take on a shape all its own.

 The author goes on to explain many things about the different foundations of law. He is very thorough. I think my favorite part of volume one was when the author discusses Hebrew law. I love how the author was able to further explain law and its happenings during Biblical times. Lot and his daughters and when Abraham bargains with God just to name a few.

 Fascinating commentary and forethought that really gets you to discovering more things about the Bible. Therefore gaining in knowledge and just overall, learning more about its foundations.

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: Two Suitors for Anna by:Molly Jebber

 Two Suitors for Anna (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel)
About the Book:
In 1903 Ohio, a young Amish woman must choose between the life she has long planned for and a new, very different future… Since Anna Plank moved to Berlin, Ohio, with her widowed mamm and two schweschders, she’s found a real sense of belonging. As soon as her beloved Noah Schwartz proposes, they’ll begin a new chapter here together. But Noah has a surprise for Anna: once they’re married, he wants them to travel and live in other communities. Anna, who loves her home and her job at the quilt shop, is distraught when he takes her hesitation as rejection—and leaves.

Daniel Bontrager’s arrival adds to Anna’s confusion. Since taking over his late brother’s farm, the handsome roofer has offered friendship and gentle attentions. Yet the pull of first love is strong and deep, especially when Noah returns. Through each revelation, Anna must search her faith for guidance, knowing she is choosing not just a husband, but a life to nurture and to share…

My Review:
 When Anna got married to Noah, I don't think she anticipated moving around a lot. She plans on staying in her community and enjoy her family and friends and those around her, but Noah has other plans. Soon Anna is hit right between the eyes with attentions that she didn't quite expect from roofer, Daniel. This more than complicates things for Anna, she realizes she has many decisions to make.

 At first Anna was enjoying life again after Noah's departure but when he comes back to town it complicates things for Anna. She feels like she is being pulled in two different directions. This is a love triangle that no one will seem to win. The story was a good story and had a lot of interesting characters. Can't wait to see what else the author will do in the future.

 I think Anna was having a real tough time before the arrival of Noah which only seem to complicate things. Poor Anna, like we all; must make a choice.  A choice that seems fitting for all. I really didn't like the position that Anna was placed in and frankly Noah was in my opinion messing everything up for a love that he already had. I was really aggravated with him and his behavior. I personally wanted Daniel to win her heart.


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


Friday, February 10, 2017

Review: An Amish Home by:Wiseman/Clipston/Reid/Fuller

 An Amish Home
About the Book:
A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.

My Review:
A Cup Half Full
Trying to see the cup half full when you are confined to a wheelchair is very difficult, I am sure. Sarah had an ideal life before the accident and then this so called blessing of an accident changed her life. Abram is doing his best to lift her spirits and he thinks he may know what will do the trick. Poor Sarah soon realizes that she and her family are what makes her life ideal not a set of perfect circumstances.

Home Sweet Home
Chace and Mia feel like this is not what they signed up for. After accepting Chace's boss' offer on new living conditions they seem like they are having more problems now than before. After they start accepting help from their Amish friends their seemingly simple existence turns out to be exactly what they needed all along.

Building Faith
 Faith has always enjoyed carpentry. She seems to have a real knack for it. She is even getting offers of some work trickling in and she couldn't be happier. As she sets to work on her recent cabinetry job she finds out that she is set to work with Silas a past love of hers. How will she be able to get past all the history between the two of them and give Martha a finished product that she will be proud of?

A Flicker of Hope
Thomas and Noreen thought they knew all too well what a fractured family looked like especially when accessing their rocky marriage. But soon they were given something even harder to deal with and now they aren't so sure what to make of it. Soon after the fire it seems there is still hope for them, after all.

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

Review: A Lesson in Love & Murder by:Rachel McMillan

 A Lesson in Love and Murder (Herringford and Watts Mysteries, #2)
About the Book:
From political danger to personal drama, life is about to get explosive...

The legacy of literary icon Sherlock Holmes is alive and well in 1912 Canada, where best friends Merinda Herringford and Jem Watts continue to develop their skills as consulting detectives.

The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem's flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent.

While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm's way.

As Merinda and Jem close in on the danger they've tracked from Toronto to Chicago, they uncover a sinister plot to assassinate presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt. Will they be able to save the day and resolve the troubles threatening their future happiness before it's too late?

Independence, love, and lives are at stake in A Lesson in Love and Murder, the gripping second installment of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries series.

My Review:
 Merinda and Jem come together once again for another iconic mystery. A mystery that involves a missing person amid a political upheaval of sorts. Merinda accepts the case and poor Jem has got problems of her own. These two girls seem to always have something going and they are always in harms way but always seem to come out on top.

 The setting to this case takes place in the early 1900's and involves a plot to assassinate President Theodore Roosevelt.  Amid all the chaos these girls try to hang on to their love life gripping all craziness in their lives with both hands, will they manage to set the world upright again?

 This is second in the Herringford & Watts Mysteries series. It is just if not more gripping than the first. I cannot wait for the next one! The author has a talent unheard of in this generation. She gives us a plethora of good girls fighting the fight!

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: The Newcomer by:Suzanne Woods Fisher

 The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings #2)
About the Book:
In 1737, Anna Konig and her fellow church members stagger off a small wooden ship after ten weeks at sea, eager to start a new life in the vibrant but raw Pennsylvania frontier. On the docks of Port Philadelphia waits bishop Jacob Bauer, founder of the settlement and father to ship carpenter Bairn. It's a time of new beginnings for the reunited Bauer family, and for Anna and Bairn's shipboard romance to blossom. 

But this perfect moment cannot last. As Bairn grasps the reality of what it means to be Amish in the New World--isolated, rigid with expectations, under the thumb of his domineering father--his enthusiasm evaporates. When a sea captain offers the chance to cross the ocean one more time, Bairn grabs it. Just one more crossing, he promises Anna. But will she wait for him?
When Henrik Newman joins the church just as it makes its way to the frontier, Anna is torn. He seems to be everything Bairn is not--bold, devoted, and delighted to vie for her heart. And the most dramatic difference? He is here; Bairn is not. 

Far from the frontier, an unexpected turn of events weaves together the lives of Bairn, Anna, and Henrik. When a secret is revealed, which true love will emerge?

My Review:
 Coming to a new land that is so far from home is at the same time exciting yet daunting. Anna and the other passengers aboard the ship are more than a little afraid as they step out of the ship onto dry land. Being Amish in a completely different country has drawbacks as well as limitations.

 Jacob realizes this the minute his feet touch the ground in the new Pennsylvania frontier. But his son Bairn feels the heat of his father breathing down his neck and he suddenly feels sickened by the whole idea of the new world. Much to Anna's dismay Bairn does something that makes Anna question everything about their future together.

 Soon upon Bairn's departure someone else strikes Anna's fancy Henrik. He seems to be everything Bairn is not and soon Anna is considering him for Bairn's position in her life.

 Suzanne Fisher Woods is a fantastic author that can write just about anything. She is a thoroughly researched and it shows. Her stories are captivating and thick with indulgence!

A great giveaway to take advantage of, here.

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