A Must Read

“If you don’t mind a bit of advice, be careful not to judge mountain folks by city standards. We’re all human beings and have thoughts and dreams like everybody else.” The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods is a story about the life of Cora Wilson Stewart in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky during 1911, she brought literacy to the illiterate mountain folks. The

A story of perseverance, love, and faith. Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky to help her cousin, Cora Wilson Stewart. Lucy comes from the city and gets more than she bargained for as she becomes a caring young lady who is ready to fight for the rights of the mountain people. Moonlight Schools based on a true story brings illiteracy to the front.

I enjoyed the book and am now more aware of how many people can not read and how it can affect them. Part historical fiction, part true events, part love story. The Moonlight School brings to light the story that shocked a nation into taking adult literacy. A must read! I highly recommend the book.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my opinion. All opinions are my own.

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Rain

My Review

Rain by author Dana McNeely will pull you in from page one. A story based on Elijah, the prophet and Jezebel. Dana wrote a story of people struggling to understand God and how he directs their path when they decide to follow him. Truth and lies. Idols and God and finding friends in unexpected places.

A master story teller, Dana McNeely is a debut author to watch. Her first book blew me away. I highly recommend Rain. I received a copy of the book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own

A Dance In Donegal

My Review

Peg continued. “It doesna matter what the world says I am. It dosna matter even what I believe myself to be- and I have some dark thoughts when it come to me own heart, to be sure. If I believe in the Larid Jesus Christ, and what He did fer me, I canna be condemned.”

A heartwarming debut novel! Moira’s mother fulfilled one thing before passing away. She secured a teaching job for Moira in the small town of Ballymann, Ireland. Determined, Moira decides to travel to where her mother came from, so she journeys from Boston to someplace completely foreign to her. Moira proved to the townspeople that we should help those who need help regardless of who they are. The sharing of faith regardless of background, to love others is not easy, but Moira did just that and reminds me that we all should do the same.

The descriptions from the people to the scenery to hearing the ocean waves, someplace magical, wishing I could pack my bag and go visit.

Jennifer, I did not want the book to end, looking forward to your next one. Highly recommend.

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Roots of Wood and Stone

About the book

This historic home holds the keys to their destiny . . . and their hearts

Abandoned at birth, her family roots a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to making sure others know theirs. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn’t expect much from the common artifact . . .until she finds real treasure inside: a nineteenth-century diary. Now she’s on the hunt to find out more.

Garrett Anderson just wanted to clean out his grandmother’s historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. With her advancing Alzheimer’s, he can’t afford to be sentimental about the family home. But his carefully ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles: Sloane, who’s fallen in love with both the diaries and the house, and his own heart, which is irresistibly drawn to Sloane.

A century and a half earlier, motherless Annabelle Collins embarks with her aunt and uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love–and a God who faithfully carries her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned, which will change them in ways they never imagined.

This warm, beautifully written split-time novel will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God’s plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations.

About The Author


 

 

Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions contests. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist.

Wen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and regularly contributes author interviews for their Fiction Finder feature. She also frequently interviews authors for her blog and is a contributor to the God Is Love blog. Her debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, releases from Kregel Publications on February 2, 2021.

In addition to her writing, Wen is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team. She serves as a choral accompanist as well. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Wen lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.

To find Amanda Wen’s blog and short stories, visit www.amandawen.com. Readers can also follower her on Facebook (@AuthorAmandaWen)Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen).

My Review

“You would forgo a comfortable, companionable marriage in favor of teaching in a ramshackle schoolhouse? Or setting broken bones and treating burns?”

A beautifully well-written story that weaves the past with the present. From the 1800’s with Annabelle and Jack to current day Garrett and Sloane. A story of love, loss and life set on the beautiful prairie of Sedgwick County, Kansas. Roots of Wood and Stone is Amanda Wen’s debut novel that will have you quickly falling in love with all the characters. I was able to relate to Sloane, sitting on the porch in beautiful Kansas with the wind blowing.

We are to trust God with our life, that we can not do it on our own and that He has the best plans for us. Pull up a rocking chair and carve out time to read “Roots of Wood and Stone,” you will fall in love with all the characters. This is one book that will be a keeper. Highly recommend!!

I received an early copy of the book from Kregel Publications. All opinions are my own.

All Because of You

A wonderful story of second chances that will pull the reader in from page one. All Because of You is the second novel in Lindsay Harrel’s new Walker Beach Romance series.
Come along on the journey with Madison and Evan as they learn to trust and move on from their past.
A clean, sweet romance that we can all relate to.
I received an e-copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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Trial and Error

“Trial and Error” by Robert Whitlow was a definite page turner. A story of second chances and forgiveness.

Buddy, a small-town lawyer is searching for his daughter for eighteen years. Now another girl turns up missing and Buddy is determined to find them with the help of Mayleah, a new detective in town and long-time friend, Gracie.

The power of God’s restoration is throughout the story as well as the power of prayer. The story is well written, and the author tackles hard topics like human trafficking.

I received a copy of the book from Just Read Tours and the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Shadows of the White City

“Where we are weak, God is strong. He can take our smallest offerings and make of them a feast. But for now we focus on finding her.”

Shadows of the White City is the second book in the Windy City Saga series and takes place twenty-two years after the Great Chicago Fire that was in book one. Ms. Green is a master storyteller as she weaves a beautiful story of love, faith, and family. The amount of research that went into this book is incredible. The way the author describes the fountains, the buildings, I could hear the fountains, the footsteps of others, the music of the symphony. Each character had to learn to trust God and that He would provide for them even mending hearts.

I highly recommend reading Veiled in Smoke and Shadows of the White City. Take a trip back to the World’s Fair. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

All That We Carried

“All That We Carried” by Erin Bartels is a story of love, forgiveness and hope. Sisters Olivia and Melanie are complete opposites and have not seen each other since their parent’s funeral. Olivia is the kind of girl-what you see is what you get. Melanie is a little of this, a little of that, whatever makes you happy kind of girl.

The sisters embark on a hike in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to rebuild their relationship. They both face their deepest fears, question their beliefs and begin to heal.

I enjoyed the book and was able to relate to the sisters. The author, Erin Bartels has become a favorite author and look forward to her books.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Publisher’s. All opinions are my own.






Eye if the Storm

Eye of the Storm is the second book in The Storm Series. The book was not an easy read, it takes place in 1917 during the Bolshevik revolution, and uncertainties of life. Katarina is struggling like many other Russians, who to trust, how to survive like everyone else. Johann is attempting to keep his faith while leading his family as he looks to God.
I had a hard time following the characters and do not know much about the Russian Revolution.
I received a copy of the book from Just Reads. All opinions are my own.

The Mulberry Leaf Whispers/A Must Read

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Mulberry Leaf Whispers by Linda Thompson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Series: Brands from the Burning #2

Author: Linda Thompson

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink

Release Date: December 15, 2020

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

A WWII Japanese naval officer. The teenage daughter of a legendary Christian samurai. Three centuries separate them, but a crucial question binds their destinies together.

Which lives have value?

In the highly anticipated sequel to her award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, Linda Thompson provides a riveting story inspired by true events.

“Splendid story!… Rivals Shogun with its sweeping story of passion and faith, of survival and hope…. Be prepared to be enriched, moved and deeply satisfied.” – Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of Something Worth Doing

“Gorgeous… not-to-be-missed…” – Sarah Sundin, bestselling and Carol Award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series

1587. Bartered off in a peace agreement to the ancient enemies of her illustrious house, is Sono a war prize, a hostage, or a bride? One hope sustains her. If she can provide an heir to the dashing husband she just met, she’ll ensure decades of peace for the beloved family she was forced to leave behind. But when a dark secret threatens her desperate bid to purchase their security, she must rise to a battle she never dreamed she’d fight.

1942. Akira Matsuura’s naval vessel explodes under enemy fire. Everything he has lived for disappears in flames with it. His command, his crew, his future—all lost. Worse, his honor is eternally decimated. A prisoner’s life is of value to no one. Least of all to himself. But a stunning twist reveals his family’s secret shame. Can a long-buried truth provide the vital spark that reignites his will to live?

Thrill to two poignant journeys of courage, duty, and sacrifice, deftly woven through the centuries to inspire with dynamic faith that conquers despair.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Thompson

Linda Thompson stepped back from a corporate career that spanned continents to write what she loves—stories of unstoppable faith. Her debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, was a Cascade Award winner and a Christy- and Carol-Award finalist. Linda writes from the sun-drenched Arizona desert, where she lives with her husband, a third-generation airline pilot who is also her Chief Military Research Officer, one mostly-grown-up kid, and a small platoon of housecats. When Linda isn’t writing you’ll find her rollerblading—yes, that makes her a throwback—taking in a dramatic desert moonrise, or enjoying their first grandbaby.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a copy of the soon-to-be-released audiobook for Linda’s award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, her latest release, The Mulberry Leaf Whispers, in winner’s choice of Kindle or paperback format, plus a $10 Amazon gift card!

The Mulberry Leaf Whispers JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 4, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 11, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where

A WWII Japanese naval officer. The teenage daughter of a legendary Christian samurai. Three centuries separate them, but a crucial question binds their destinies together. Which lives have value?

The Mulberry Leaf Whispers is the second in the Burning Series. The story goes deeper into the past of Miyako from the The Plum Blooms in Winter. Miyako proves that there is no greater honor than serving one’s country. He loses all his shipmates in a bombing and taken as a prisoner of war. Does becoming a prisoner of war mean shame upon his family? Will his trip back home to Japan change his life?

I normally prefer reading historical fiction but enjoyed going back to late-16th century Japan. The author weaved courage, determination and hope throughout the story. While reading the book I could hear the sounds and smell the smells. I highly recommend the series,

 “I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.” 

A WWII Japanese naval officer. The teenage daughter of a legendary Christian samurai. Three centuries separate them, but a crucial question binds their destinies together.

Which lives have value?

In the highly anticipated sequel to her award-winning debut novel, The Plum Blooms in Winter, Linda Thompson provides a riveting story inspired by true events.

“Splendid story!… Rivals Shogun with its sweeping story of passion and faith, of survival and hope…. Be prepared to be enriched, moved and deeply satisfied.” – Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of Something Worth Doing

“Gorgeous… not-to-be-missed…” – Sarah Sundin, bestselling and Carol Award-winning author of When Twilight Breaks and the Sunrise at Normandy series

1587. Bartered off in a peace agreement to the ancient enemies of her illustrious house, is Sono a war prize, a hostage, or a bride? One hope sustains her. If she can provide an heir to the dashing husband she just met, she’ll ensure decades of peace for the beloved family she was forced to leave behind. But when a dark secret threatens her desperate bid to purchase their security, she must rise to a battle she never dreamed she’d fight.

1942. Akira Matsuura’s naval vessel explodes under enemy fire. Everything he has lived for disappears in flames with it. His command, his crew, his future—all lost. Worse, his honor is eternally decimated. A prisoner’s life is of value to no one. Least of all to himself. But a stunning twist reveals his family’s secret shame. Can a long-buried truth provide the vital spark that reignites his will to live?

Thrill to two poignant journeys of courage, duty, and sacrifice, deftly woven through the centuries to inspire with dynamic faith that conquers despair.

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 4, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 11, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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All of You Always

I am a huge Lindsay Harrel fan. “All of You, Always” is the first novel in Lindsay’s new Walker Beach romance series. With all the craziness going on in the world today, this book came at just the right time, I was swept away in the story. The book reminds us that it does not matter what other’s think about us or who we are, God knows exactly who we are. Cannot wait for the next book in the series.

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinion’s are my own.

A Cowboy For Keeps

“But I reckon you’d rather she come to you with her problems than run away.” “Very true.” “The good Lord wants us to do the same. He says: ‘Cast they burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.” I enjoyed the book and finished it in one day. I loved the family element that the author weaved into the story, the romance, suspense, and characters that I could relate to.

A great start to a new series. “A Cowboy for Keeps” is set in 1862 in Fairplay, Colorado and the Colorado territory. Greta was determined to help her sister get better. She traveled to Colorado as a mail order bride and ended up marrying Wyatt who was not the man who brought her there. I love historical romance books and highly recommend “A Cowboy for Keeps.”  This is a first in the and looking forward to reading the next book.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

When Twilight Breaks





Sarah Sundin, in her latest novel, “When Twilight Breaks,” discovers the rise of the Nazi Party and Jewish persecution through the eyes of an American Foreign Correspondent, Evelyn Brand. The story takes place in Germany, 1938 as two Americans watch the world around them fall apart, questioning their values, pulling them deeper into danger as the world marches towards war.
Evelyn is struggling to be a correspondent in a male dominated field with a boss who constantly undermines her writing. She is tired of having to write fluff articles and convinced a bigger story is brewing. Concerned with how the Jews are treated in Germany, she sets out to alert Americans to their future.
 Peter Lang, an American graduate student working on his PhD in Germany, begins to rethink his political views. As their feelings change towards each other, who can they trust?
Sarah Sundin is a master storyteller as she tells the story of the Jews during a difficult period of history in Germany. I highly recommend the book for those who enjoy historical fiction. I am looking forward to the next book.
I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing/Revell through Interviews & Reviews.