the Meek | Amos Wyse, Laura J Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing the Meek, a new Amish Romantic Suspense novel by Amos Wyse & Laura J Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For the English, it was the end of the world as they knew it. For the Amish, it was Tuesday.

Jedediah Wenger lost his family to an Englishe drunk driver. He has yet to put his life back together including the long-forgotten courting of the Bishop’s daughter, Felicity Troyer. When he’s suddenly faced with the task of helping the fading mid-western town of Prosperity survive, he realizes the task is greater than the town or the District can overcome.

Hearing about Prosperity through a ragtag ham radio, the remnants of the Government sends U.S. Cavalry Captain Jimmy Flanagan to protect the town which has evolved into a symbol of hope for all of America. His nagging concerns about his family in Nebraska keep him restless where he would otherwise find contentment.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

As I’ve previously said, I am a huge fan of Amos Wyse & Laura J Marshall… who have a new Amish Romantic Suspense out — and it’s truly amazing!

Jedidiah Wenger is an awesome young man who, after losing his parents and siblings, hires three couples to help him with the harvest and the canning of food he’ll need to get through the winter. He has no idea early one morning when he sees the sky light up with flashes of what he believes to be lightning, that the English world is forever changed. 

The sheriff in town confirms reports of power outages all across the country, causing widespread panic, looting, and rioting everywhere. Most of the people in the community are happy to work with the Amish and Mennonite families, because daily life for them is the same…

I love how the authors did such thorough research that I found myself deeply involved in the story. The characters are realistic, the action is more than enough to hold your interest and the ending… well, you’ll see (if you read it).

There’s so much more I could tell you, but I’d really rather encourage you to read the Meek for yourself. If you enjoy Amish suspense novels, you’ll love this new story by these amazing authors!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

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A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, the fourth book of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Christmas has come to Pinecraft in bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final Amish Brides of Pinecraft novel, an uplifting story that proves anything is possible when you follow your heart

When manager Beverly Overholt’s beloved Orange Blossom Inn is broken into, she’s shaken to the core. The inn has been her whole life since arriving in the quaint Amish vacation town of Pinecraft, Florida. Hoping to repair what’s been lost, Beverly calls Eric Wagler, the inn’s handsome owner. To her surprise, he promises to be on the next flight out of Philadelphia.

Ever since her fiancé jilted her, Beverly’s been closed off to love. However, with Eric things feel different. She can’t help but be hopeful that their work relationship will turn into something more—even though they are from different worlds. She grew up Amish and is now Mennonite. Eric, on the other hand, grew up on the city streets of Philadelphia. How could they ever find common ground?

But as Beverly and Eric put the inn back together, prepare for Christmas, and even witness romance blossoming for another couple, the trust—and love—between them grows. Will Christmas bring a second chance for Beverly? And if it does, will she be brave enough to take it?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love this final story. . . and how Shelley completes the series in such a productive, satisfying way. Oh yeah, I was over-the-top by the end!

Thank you, Shelley!

In The Promise of Palm Grove, you met Beverly Overholt, who runs the inn, and receives some disturbing news from Eric Wagler.  In the sequel, The Proposal at Siesta Key, Beverly hears from Eric again, as well as several other unexpected guests. In this final story, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, Beverly has trouble adjusting to being at the inn after a break-in. Will Eric be able to convince her to stay? I think Shelley handled everything perfectly, bringing everyone together at the end.

Don’t miss this amazing series!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft

 

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

Today I am reviewing A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, the third book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the third book in New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, a wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone.

Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely.

But when she meets Jay Hilty — a handsome widower with three young sons of his own — Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles.

Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship — and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations.

Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I really, really want to move to Pinecraft, Florida!

As a matter of fact, after reading this series, we are planning a trip to Pinecraft this year!

Pinecraft is noted for it’s Amish and Mennonite population — and I’m not Amish or Mennonite — but I really think I’d love living there among the plain people. My family has been adapting our lifestyle for several years, letting go of bits and pieces, hoping to adapt to a plainer life.

When I opened my mail and found A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, I immediately began reading it –- and didn’t stop until I reached the end! It’s an easy read… mostly because it’s interesting, and portrays a story that seems real. Of course, I know it’s fiction – but I enjoy pretending…

The characters in this sequel are delightful! Emma Keim and Jay Hilty have both lost their spouses; they both have three children –- Emma has three daughters and Jay has three sons -– and to marry would make life easier for everyone involved.

Unfortunately, in a strange turn of events, Emma’s parents -– and in-laws –- all want Emma to stay single –- to honor her husband’s memory. Or is there another reason?

You’ll love this story… Shelley Shepard Gray writes awesome Amish romances!

Don’t miss this amazing series!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft

 

A Wish on Gardenia Street | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Wish on Gardenia Street, a novella to be read after The Proposal at Siesta Key and before A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, also part of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series with a special addition—a tale of wishing and wanting…and what the heart really needs

Good things may come to those who wait, but Mattie Miller is confident that great things come to those who go after what they want…and Mattie wants Danny Brenneman. Danny is the reason she’s returned to the sunny Amish community of Pinecraft, Florida—well, that and to see her best friend Leona get married.

Mattie’s met Danny only once before but she knows the spark between them is sure to lead to something special. Despite a missing cat, wedding day chaos, and Danny himself, she’s confident this vacation can only end one way: in an engagement of her very own!

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved reading about Mattie Miller, who we met in The Promise of Palm Grove. In this sequel, Mattie returns to Pinecraft for her friend’s wedding. But Mattie is also hoping to re-connect with Danny Brenneman, the young man she’s been corresponding with since her first visit.

Does Mattie find love in Pinecraft? Well, I could tell you… and ruin the story for you, but I’m not about to do that. So I’m not going to tell you. Instead, I encourage you to get a copy of this ebook and read it for yourself. If you’re reading this series, you won’t want to miss this exciting story!

Happy Reading…

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft

 

On This Christmas | 5-year journal

 

 

Today I am reviewing On This Christmas, a five-year journal of your favorite traditions, memories & gifts.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Capture five years of your favorite Christmas memories in this beautiful, keepsake guided journal. Building on the highly popular “one line a day” journal concept, On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories, and Gifts is an interactive keepsake that allows you to record your holiday celebrations over the course of five years.

Every joyful Christmas season you think, I’ll never forget this! But the memories slip quietly away over time. Now you can save them and treasure them all in one place. This Christmas is a five-year guided journal with thought-provoking prompts such as “The gift I’m most excited to share,” “We are choosing to slow down the holiday by ______,” “A special blessing we enjoyed,” and “Our favorite tradition this year.”

With Scripture and inspirational thoughts, This Christmas will help you preserve precious times with friends and family as you celebrate the Christmas season.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I was very impressed with this 5-year journal. First, it’s a beautiful, hard-bound, book that’s small enough to tuck into your bookcase among your other favorite Christmas books.

And it’s the perfect keepsake… a special place to preserve all your memories of each Christmas season, beginning on the very first day of the month and ending on Christmas Day — not just for one year, but for 5 years!

What a wonderful idea… a journal to share with your children and grandchildren during future holiday seasons.

HINT:  This would also make a great, early Christmas gift for family and friends.

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

The Proposal at Siesta Key | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Proposal at Siesta Key, the second book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Penny Troyer never disobeys her parents. But tonight she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx — the most famous member of the Knoxx Family, a traveling Mennonite evangelical family — is scheduled to speak.

Penny has heard of Michael — how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others — and knows she must meet him… even if it means challenging her parents’ strict rules and taking the first step toward her own independence.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest… to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers that Penny has also survived a terrible ordeal.

But as Michael’s time in Pinecraft comes to an end, Michael and Penny are left to wonder what kind of future they could possibly have together. Are they brave enough to take the chance given to them? Or will they choose to cling to what is familiar, even if it pushes away their dream of happiness?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Once again, Shelley Shepard Gray has won me over – with another Amish Brides of Pinecrest story…

I love how Shelley creates wonderful, true-to-life characters that I can identify with. She shows the reader that everyone has issues; it’s how her Amish folk handle their problems – with faith and hope – that make a difference to me.

The Proposal at Siesta Key revolves around the Orange Blossom Inn, as well as the community of Pinecrest. You’ll meet Penny Troyer, a grown woman who still lives at home with her parents, and Michael Knoxx, who travels with his family, speaking to groups and witnessing of Jesus’ love.

If you read the first book in the series, then you’ve already met Beverly Overholt, who runs the inn. Beverly received some disturbing news in The Promise of Palm Grove. In this sequel, Beverly hears from Eric again, as well as several other unexpected guests – will they be trouble for Beverly? Even the book title invokes questions – is there a proposal at Siesta Key? Who will it involve?

I guess you’ll have to read the novel to find out. Oh, how I’d love to tell… but I can’t spoil it for you. Take my word – there are a few unexpected events – and you’ll be surprised at them, but delighted in the end.

Don’t miss this amazing series!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft

 

The Promise of Palm Grove | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I’m reviewing The Promise of Palm Grove, the first book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in beloved New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series

Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancé.

Edmund is a good man and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her—and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kaufmann, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.

Leona must decide: Should she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

 

 

My thoughts:

All right… now I want to move to Pinecraft, Florida!

I know what you’re thinking… Pinecraft is noted for their Amish and Mennonite population — and I’m not Amish (or Mennonite) — but I really think I’d love living there among the plain people.

I had the hardest time putting this book down (don’t start it at night — you won’t want to put it down until you finish it).

I have to say, I figured Edmund wasn’t much to like… and when I was done, I still didn’t find much to like about him. I could say much more, but I’ll leave it at that… if you want to know more, just read the book!

You won’t lose interest in this story… not just the main characters, but some wonderful characters building up their own story. I’m hoping we’ll hear more from them in the sequel.

Thank goodness I don’t have to wait to read book 2 (a review coming up next time).

Great job, Shelley! Of course, I wouldn’t expect anything but the best from you!

 

 

Happy Reading!

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft
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