Monday, February 24, 2020

The Englisch Daughter {Review}


Husband and wife, Roy and Jemima, have weathered the storm and come out stronger.  Or so it would seem.  After Roy recovers from a devastating accident, the two start to pull their lives back together.  But as time goes on, Roy begins behaving stranger than ever.  Till one day Jemima discovers that her life savings, meant to buy a food truck and start a business, has mysteriously disappeared.  And that's only the tip of the giant secret Roy has been keeping from her.

Can Jemima recover from this betrayal in order to love an innocent child?  And can Roy begin to unravel the mystery of what truly happened?  Or will the two simply find this secret to be too much?

A long time Cindy Woodsmall fan, I was excited to read this newest novel written in partnership with Erin Woodsmall.  These two have collaborated in recent years and written some incredible books.  The Englisch Daughter follows the tale of a man riddled with guilt and a family fraying at the seams. At times, I wanted to scream at both Roy and Jemima, begging them to see what was happening.  Raw and real, this novel takes a hard look at the work, and the rewards, of marriage.  And the grit required to find, and bring out, the best in each other.  An entirely different storyline than I've ever seen in Amish fiction and satisfyingly good to the very end.  If you enjoy this genre, The Englisch Daughter ranks right up there with one of the best I've read.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Forever Hidden {Review]


At 23 years old, Hayvn Powell lives an enchanted life in Nome, Alaska.  Supported by her loving mother and grandfather, Hayvn and her sisters have grown into a trio of strong women.  All seems ideal, until a mysterious illness strikes her grandfather, leaving the family looking for a way to hang on to their livelihood.

An unknown gentleman arrives to keep the farm running, but the girls uncover documents that may prove him less than noble.   With grandfather and then their mother both falling ill, the girls must search out the truth amidst a sea of secrets and romance.  Before they lose everything.  

Another wonderful read by Peterson and Woodhouse.  The authors of The Heart of Alaska series return to a familiar setting and place this story in the 1900's gold rush.  Melding history and romance, they write a cast of well-rounded characters, each unique and distinct in their own right.  Forever Hidden also includes the rich details of both the gold rush period and Alaska itself that make it an interesting read.

While some aspects of the story were predictable, others were not.  And some characters that seem flat later came to life, providing twists and turns throughout the story.  For anyone that loves historical Christian reads, Forever Hidden will not disappoint.  The only problem is... now I'm anxiously awaiting book #2.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, January 10, 2020

2020 Read Aloud List


Journey to Jo'Burg


Snow Treasure


The Whipping Boy


Call it Courage


The Family Under the Bridge


Caddie Woodlawn


The Vanderbeeks of 141 Street


Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


Letters from Rifka


Number the Stars


The Chestry Oak


Homer Price

What are you adding to your read aloud list?

Monday, December 30, 2019

Midnight Mom Devotional {Review}


This year long devotional by Becky Thompson focuses on prayer for a mom's heart.  Each day has a prayer for different circumstances of life, including:

*military spouse who's husband/wife is deployed
*mom who is struggling with a teenager
*the grieving mom
*the mom with a sick child
*the new mom
and many more.

Each prayer is a page or so long, and includes space to reflect on whether the prayer is for the reader or someone in their life.  This is also a great place to write further notes as the Lord leads.

I really enjoyed this quick little devotional.  I found it to be a good tool in prayer for myself and my family, as well as those around me.  It was interesting to see how the Lord highlighted in my mind as I prayed.  I allowed me to get my focus off my own advice and helped me to lay my loved ones in his hands.  This would be a sweet devotional to start in the new year.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

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