Friday, June 22, 2012

The Fiddler

The Fiddler is the first book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series by Beverly Lewis.  Amelia Devries is at a crossroads.  Her family and beau pressure her to continue her career as a violinist, but she feels drawn to fiddling and other dreams such as a family.  She begins to perform as a fiddler with the stage name of Amy Lee.  After a fiddling performance Amelia becomes lost and broke down in a rainstorm.  She goes to a lone cabin in the woods where she finds Michael, an Amish man trying to decide which world to belong to.  Their chance encounter leads to Hickory Hollow, an Amish community.  Amelia finds peace and resolve by spending time with the Plain people and maybe something much more with Michael. 

This is both my first Beverly Lewis read and Amish novel.  I am hooked on both.  Beverly Lewis paints a beautiful  place to get lost in with Hickory Hollow.  I was fascinated by the Amish lifestyle and watching the Plain and Fancy ways clash.  Amelia and Michael’s journeys to discover what God has in store for them was lovely to watch unfold.  A tender love story and getting to take a walk with the Plain people was satisfying indeed.  Looking forward to other novels by Beverly Lewis. 
Fiddler, The (Home to Hickory Hollow)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Captive Trail

Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis is the story of Taabe Waipu, a runaway captive of the Comanche.  Taabe was stolen away from her white family as a small child, but has always held on to the dream of escaping and being reunited with her loved ones.  Now a woman, a Comanche Chief seeks her hand in marriage.  It is now or never for escape.  Gravely wounded during her escape she is rescued by Ned Bright a stagecoach driver and nuns of a newly established mission.  Ned and the nuns nurse Taabe back to health and search for her family.  Taabe is not only in danger of losing her heart to Ned, but the Comanche Chief will not take the jilt lightly and will come for her.   Will Taabe have to choose between her newfound freedom and keeping her loved ones safe?
This is the fourth book I have read by Susan Page Davis and I have really enjoyed her work so far.  This book is in the Morgan Family Series, but can be read as a standalone.  This has all the good ingredients of a good western and was delight to read.  This book was very exciting and I enjoyed Taabe’s journey back into her rightful place.  I was fascinated by the mission and the school established by the nuns.  That historical aspect was very interesting.  The love story between Taabe and Ned was very sweet.  Definitely Recommend! 
This book was provided by the publisher for review.   
Captive Trail (The Texas Trail Series)

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Doctor's Lady

The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund is the story of Priscilla White who lost every dream of marriage and children with a devastating sickness left her barren.  Priscilla has turned to new dream to feel this void, missionary work.  She feels that God has called her to the mission field, there is just one problem.  The Mission Board will only send married couples to spread God’s word.  Dr. Eli Ernest is haunted from his troubled childhood and is only happy when serving the Indians as a doctor and missionary.  He longs to open a clinic for the Nez Perce, but is only allowed to go west if he marries.  Priscilla and Eli marry in name only to answer God’s calling, but both their hearts have different plans as they journey into the wilderness. 

This book is my new favorite.  Jody Hedlund has really done her research and offered a very authentic read.  I really enjoy Laura Frantz and Julie Klassen novels because of the research that they put into their work and Jody Hedlund is now on my list of very impressive novelists.  My heart ached with Priscilla with her longing for a family and her journey into the unknown leapt of the pages.  This book had such a clean love story, but offered so much heat between Priscilla and Eli that it just made you want to sigh.  This is one of the few books that has to go on my keeper shelf because I will be reading it again! Don’t miss out on this one!
Doctor's Lady, The

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Quest for Good Manners

Quest for Good Manners by Karin Lefanc is the story of Princess Rosalind and her dragon Sparkler’s rude manners.  These two friends start out on a quest for good manners or the queen will banish Sparkler from the kingdom.  With a help of a wizard, fairy, Lady Grace and a poor boy, the princess and dragon discover that gratitude, table manners and consideration for others have a touch of magic in them. 

My three year old loved this book!  The illustrations are very bright and fun and this is a great conversation starter for the importance of good manners.  I am always looking for tools that reinforce skills I want to teach my children and this is a book that we will go back to again and again.  It is a very fun story that will help your child discover why good manners are important!  I highly recommend this one!

Provided by the author for review
A Quest for Good Manners

Choose Joy

Choose Joy by Kay Warren explores what joy is, how joy is different from happiness and how God equips us to be joyful through all circumstances.  Using scripture and personal experiences, Warren shows the reader that joy is a quiet confidence in God no matter what life throws at us where happiness is based on our current feelings and circumstances.  Using her personal journey Kay walks us through how we can change our thought process, take care of our physical and spiritual needs and reach out to others to bring real joy into our lives as women.  Life is full of storms, we need to be equipped with true joy to not just survive, but thrive.  Our joy through any circumstance can be a great testimony to others. 

Let me start off by saying that I am not a nonfiction person, and it is usually hard for me to get into something other than a novel, this book was definitely the exception.  This book had incredible insight, but was not heavy.  It was an easy read that I got a lot out of.  I am very optimistic and cheerful person and didn’t know what this book would have for me.  It had a lot!!  I have always been very happy, but tended to crumble when something went wrong.  This book really delved into how to have true joy no matter what.  I was taken aback at how honest Kay Warren was about her life.  She opened up about having to overcome negativity, going to marriage counseling, and several hurtful circumstances that I couldn’t imagine sharing with such a wide audience-I am so thankful that she did!  This book is not for happy women, sad women, it is for all women.  Don’t put this book on your shelf when you are done-share it with a girlfriend and tell them to keep passing it! 

Provided by the publisher for review
Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough

Monday, June 4, 2012

Beloved Enemy

Beloved Enemy by Al Lacey is the story of Buck Brownell and Jenny Jordan falling in love across enemy lines.  It is the beginning of the Civil War and Jenny’s father is a top advisor to President Lincoln and an important spy for the South.  As the war continues to become more turbulent for both sides Jenny’s father pressures her to not only hide his efforts but become actively involved.  To add to her plight she has fallen in love with a Union officer.  Buck Brownell is very much the patriot and very much in love with Jenny.  Buck and Jenny must discover if the lines between them are too deep for their love to flourish. 

This is my first Al Lacey story.  The story really takes you onto the Civil War battlefield.  There is so much history embedded into the story.  I enjoy fiction from the Civil War and found this to be a sweet love story.  This book is perfect for the true Civil War history buff.  Al Lacey definitely does his research to give readers an authentic story. 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group  for this review.

Beloved Enemy: Battle of First Bull Run (Battles of Destiny #3)