It’s time for First Line Fridays. What is First Line Fridays?? It’s where we share the first line only of a book we are currently reading, or one that is on our shelves. So today my First Line Friday will be from The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter Here is the first line from The Farmer’s Market Mishap: A bone-chilling wind lashed at the trees, scattering bits of debris across the yard. I just finished this book and it was really good! Here’s more about the book: The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter Expected Publish Date: June 1, 2017 Return to Amish Country in Topeka, Indiana, and the Hochstetler twin sisters who are pulled apart by life s changes. Elma is living alone for the first time in her life after Thelma married. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love. Will she remain alone while Thelma moves on to build a family? Find out in this brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter. Purhase on Amazon My fellow bloggers are also joining the fun… Read more »
My Thoughts Amy Clipston has always been a favorite of mine. Her books are always tenderly written, drawing me to the heart of each story. The characters she creates always become like family, leaving me with all their emotions. The Beloved Hope Chest was no exception! The Beloved Hope Chest is the final Amish Heirloom book, making it an even more emotional book for me. I’m not ready to say goodbye yet! But, that said, this conclusion was a beautiful one. The story that captivated me instantly isn’t one I’ll soon forget. Mattie, Leroy, and all the sweet loving characters in this book, stole my heart for good. They are simple, as Amish are, yet extremely complex. The emotions they share jump off the pages, cocooning the reader in warmth and grace, and sometimes sorrow. I loved that! This book is in my top 10 reads of 2017. Amy has taken a story of grief and heartache and turned it into a story filled with longing, hope, faith and understanding. It is the 4th and final book in the series, and while I recommend readers to read all four books (they are all great!), it is easy to read this… Read more »
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray Expected Publication: July 2017 Pre-Order: Amazon New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County seriesâ€”a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves. Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay… Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesnâ€™t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.Â Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of… Read more »
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish . I’m new to this so bear with me. Let’s see what you come up with in YOUR lists too! Happy Reading 🙂 Today’s TTT is about Summer Reads. I’m choosing to list my top 10 books that I want to read this summer. The Cottage At Firefly Lake by Jen Guilfoy Love Story by Karen Kingsbury His Guilt by Shelley Shepard Gray The Blessing by Wanda Brunstetter Morning Glory by Sarah Jio Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen A Name Unknown by Roseanna White Harper’s Wish by Cerella Sechrist Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand I am highly anxious to read these all….they come with high recommendations from lots of people! I hope that you will join us in Top Ten Tuesday for more great postings each week!
My Thoughts I didn’t just love this book. I loved this book. It’s moving. This book isn’t just a biography of Rory Feek’s life. It’s the story of a true love, that will last beyond death. A love that is strong and unbreakable no matter the circumstance. It is a book that left me smiling, and left me with tears. This is a book that will be with me forever and I will turn to it many times over. As a woman who is married to her best friend, I couldn’t imagine going through what Rory did with Joey. I wouldn’t be able to stay strong and move on. It would be too heart shattering, in my opinion. But, through reading Rory’s story, I know I can do it. I know I can remember the good things, the fun times, the inspiring moments that my best friend left me with. Rory’s story is filled with hope and faith. The way he talks about Joey is incredibly moving and I loved feeling a part of his life, if just for a little bit. Reading this book, however, opened new feelings for me! I followed this story closely, especially since my husband… Read more »
Excerpt The small brown freckle under Annie’s right eye that he’d teased her about as a kid had developed into something of a beauty mark. It belonged there. To Levi’s dismay, his pulse picked up speed. He wanted more time with her. She was of Rumspringa age, so she could do non-Amish things. But that would only be for a couple of years, not forever. Behind them, Aunt Abigail followed in a separate buggy with Aidan and Elijah. As Levi glanced back at Jake, the kid responded with a big grin. To Levi’s surprise, an unexpected appreciation for the ambience in the buggy, often referred to as the fiberglass box, welled in his chest. He sat back as the horses stepped it up. Automatically, Levi looked down. There wasn’t a trace of dirt on the beautiful navy velvet cushion that softened the hard bench. He remembered when his mother had used a lint brush to clean their buggy. On the sides were two small viewing windows and one in the back. A blue homemade quilt was rolled up and slightly draped over the backseat. He’d forgotten what it was like being in a means of transportation with no seat… Read more »
My Thoughts If you have a young reader in your life, this is a book just for them! Nancy Stewart is a talent author and has created a book that is filled with colorful illustrations that really catch the eye, and two sweet girls that I loved to read about. This book is super quick to read, and filled with a touch of mystery for the young sleuths who read this book. Bella and Britt are two sweet girls and they are in for an adventure as they encounter a manatee and all the whirlwind that comes with the encounter. They find a smuggling ring and they’re out to save the day. This is definitely a 4 star worthy children’s book that I enjoyed reading for myself. I am going back to look for more in this fun series, and will be on the look out for more work by this incredibly talented author!
Cafinated Reads is hosting a different type of review today. It’s a CD review! I am so happy to talk about this today on the blog. Here’s more about the CD I’m reviewing. Story Behind The Album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df27myDpm1c Acoustic Video for Unfinished: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQFpXcvFI0A Purchase link: http://smarturl.it/OutOfTheDark.all?IQid=flyby Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today…but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of The Dark’ because that is exactly where God lifted her out of! You can watch her talk openly about… Read more »
About the Book Blogger Hop The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings Of A Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. This week’s question is: What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews) My Answer I do all three! I will donate them to libraries, thrift stores, etc, but I also take to used book stores, sometimes just to get rid of them sometimes for trade credit. But, I also have a some piles where I set them aside for my cousin or my grandmother. So, at the end of the day/week, I do a little of all three! It’s rewarding… Read more »