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Book: A Plain Widow

Author: Diane Craver

Genre: Amish romance

Release Date: March 10, 2017

Molly Ebersol’s life changes in a few minutes when an arsonist torches their barn. Her husband, Caleb, rushes inside the burning barn to save his horses. Although Amish firefighter, Jonathan Mast, tries to save Caleb, he fails. Suddenly Molly becomes a widow.

A month later, an anonymous person gives money to cover the lumber and food expenses for the barn raising. One late night more money is left for Molly on the porch. The fire investigator wonders if the arsonist feels guilt about Caleb’s death and is responsible for the money gifts.

During the continued investigation, it’s learned that Caleb had secrets he kept from Molly. She is crushed by what Caleb did before meeting her. How could the love of her life kept his English past from her?

Her new neighbor, Jonathan, helps her to make the difficult transition from wife to widow. Although Molly develops feelings for Jonathan, can she ever trust him to be truthful to her? She isn’t sure she can fall in love again. Her trust in relationships is shattered because of Caleb’s past actions.

About the Author

Diane grew up on a farm outside Findlay, Ohio, and she often acted out characters from her own stories in the backyard. In high school she would read during classes and hide a novel in front of her in a propped up textbook. After Diane graduated from the Ohio State University, she became a schoolteacher and play director.

She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage, and they married three years later. Diane says that it took her that long to convince him she was the one for him! While raising their family in southwestern Ohio, she started writing nonfiction and was published. Later, Diane decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction. They were blessed with five daughters and one son. Two daughters were born with Down syndrome and live at home. Their other children live close by. Diane has four adorable grandchildren. Her favorite vacation is going to the beach with the whole family.

Non-fiction articles of Diane’s have been published in Woman’s World Weekly, The Catholic Telegraph, Virtue, Down Syndrome Today, WritersWeekly.com, and other publications. Several of Diane’s books have been a reviewer’s top pick from Night Owl Reviews as well as receiving 5 star reviews and A Joyful Break (Dreams of Plain Daughters) received the CTRR Reviewer’s Recommend Award from Coffee Time Romance and More.

Diane gives thanks daily to God for all her blessings.

Guest Post from Diane Craver

Back in 2012, when I told our adult children I had written my first Amish book, they looked surprised. In the past I had written contemporary Christian romance, but I had never mentioned anything about researching the Amish faith for my future books. My great-grandfather was a Mennonite minister, but I never knew him. My mother shared stories about his faith and his strictness in raising children. With many similarities between my great-grandfather’s faith and the Amish beliefs, I was drawn to learn more about the Plain life.

Another influence came from my father. While growing up in Findlay, Ohio, my father respected and enjoyed talking with the Amish from Kenton, Ohio. As a farmer, he used both work horses (something he had in common with his Amish acquaintances) and a tractor. In my book, A PLAIN WIDOW, my character, Jonathan Mast, is from Kenton. Unfortunately, my children never knew my father, but they learned how precious he was to me from reading my book, A GIFT FOREVER.

Now several books later, I am still writing Amish fiction. I feel blessed that God directed me on this writing path. A wonderful aspect of writing in this genre is finding Amish recipes to prepare in my kitchen. One of my favorite recipes is also my character Molly’s specialty in my new release. This Amish recipe is an easy bread to make and takes around twenty minutes to prepare.

Delicious Amish Cinnamon Bread

(Makes 2 loaves)

Batter:

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:

2/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs. Add milk, flour, and baking soda. Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans. (Basically pour 1/4 of the total batter into each pan.)

Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan. Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. Or until toothpick tester is clean.

Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away:

GRAND PRIZE: Diane is giving away a set of the Dream of Plain Daughters Series (4 book series) and a $20 Amazon gift card. If the winner is outside of the US, ebooks will be substituted.

RUNNER-UP: A copy of AMISH BABY SNATCHED, the first book in The Bishop’s Daughters Series and a $10 Amazon gift card.

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b54a

Butterflies on Breezes | Valerie Comer

 

Today I am reviewing Butterflies on Breezes, the second book in the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series by USA Today Best Selling Author Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Like a butterfly on a summer breeze, love rarely lands where it’s expected.

Working for her dad’s landscaping business stifles Linnea Ranta.

When she’s invited to design and build a community garden with an intriguing master carpenter, she seizes the chance to unfurl her wings, but at what expense to her heart?

Logan Dermott eases back his flirting when he senses Linnea’s fragility, but she has more backbone than he suspected.

As they work together, Logan finds he’s falling for her, but it may be too late to win her love.

Will Linnea break free of her chrysalis and fly away before Logan realizes what he almost had?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Great story!

Linnea Ranta wants to spread her wings, but it’s not so easy when you work for your dad. I know; I worked for my dad for awhile after I graduated high school. He expected me to get the work done, but he also treated me more like family at times, rather than an employee . . . this can be a good thing — or a not-so-good thing.

Logan Dermott, who we met in Secrets of Sunbeams (book one), is a master carpenter and plays the piano at his church (my favorite instrument is the piano). Logan is surprised to find himself falling for Linnea, but would it — could it — work out for them? Maybe.

Maybe not. Linnea has a lot of growing up to do. And relationships are a big step — and a lot of hard work. If you’re curious about what happens, do what I did . . . read the book and find out. It’s a lovely story — one you’ll be sure to enjoy.

Valerie Comer continues to bless readers with her wonderful books!

Happy Reading!

 

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

Secrets of Sunbeams | Valerie Comer

 

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Today I am reviewing Secrets of Sunbeams, the first book in the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Good fences make good neighbors… especially if your neighbor is a goat.

Eden Andrusek knows she should have fixed her fence last week.

It’s too bad her runaway goat makes a less-than-ideal first impression on her new neighbor, who turns out to be cute, brilliant… and a little uptight.

Solar architect Jacob Riehl is furious when he returns outside to find a goat eating his presentation.

As someone who likes everything in its place, he has little sympathy for a farm animal in the city or its tattooed owner, but there’s something about the lovely Eden that captures his attention.

What will it take to win over a man whose only pet was a goldfish?

And how long can Jacob and Eden go without addressing the goat in the room?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

What a cute story!

Eden Andrusek and her pet goat Pansy are two of my favorite new characters!

Jacob Riehl is less than thrilled when Pansy gets into his yard, attempting to eat anything in sight, including his coveted plans. Even when he starts spending time with Eden, he just can’t get used to having a goat around.

Will Eden choose Pansy over Jacob? You’ll have to read the whole story to find out. It’s a really great story and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Valerie Comer has delighted me as a reader . . . she’s written a new series, while including some of the characters from her Farm Fresh Romance series. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

Valerie, I’ll be patiently waiting for each sequel…

In the meantime, readers, be sure to get your copy of Secrets of Sunbeams and . . .

Happy Reading!

 

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

© 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

Merry Kisses | Valerie Comer

 


Today I am reviewing Merry Kisses, the fifth book in the Riverbend Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Fired from her retail position for saying Merry Christmas to a customer, Sonya Simmons chafes at the over-commercialization of the season and the difficulties of finding a new job.

If only she’d actually said Merry Christmas instead of Merry Kisses to the tall, good-looking man buying enough toys for at least a dozen children. How embarrassing!

It was fun to fluster the pretty toy store clerk, but Heath Collins, the mall’s volunteer Santa Claus, hadn’t meant to get her fired.

When his elf assistant comes down with a bad cold, Heath offers Sonya a few days’ work, only to discover she believes Santa is nothing but a liar and a fraud instead of an opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives.

Can Sonya and Heath embrace each other — opinions, traditions, and all — in time to share merry kisses for Christmas?

The characters from Secretly Yours, Pinky Promise, and Sweet Serenade are back for a visit in this Christian romance novella!

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I love Christmas stories — anytime of the year!

Valerie Comer creates unforgettable characters and events in her stories!

Sonya Simmons isn’t allowed to say Merry Christmas at work. Pardon my language, but that sucks! I make it a point to wish people a Merry Christmas (in December), and a Happy New Year (at the end of the year), and blessed weekend (on Fridays), and a good day (EVERY day).

Anyway, she gets fired for telling a customer Merry Christmas, even though she didn’t say that — she said Merry Kisses! And she said it to a tall, handsome guy! Well, that part makes sense, right?

Heath Collins has his work cut out for him — trying to bring Christmas cheer to Sonya.

…I could say more, but I’d rather you read it for yourself. In the meantime, enjoy Merry Kisses!

Happy Reading!

 

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

© 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

Team Bride | Valerie Comer

 


Today I am reviewing Team Bride, the fourth book in the Riverbend Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The characters from Secretly Yours, Pinky Promise, and Sweet Serenade are back in this Christian romance novella!

Sarah Jamieson has avoided weddings since a traumatic stint as a flower girl, but reluctantly agrees to stand up for her best friend.

Only why does the best man have to be one of those confident, life-of-the-party types?

Even worse, why does the bride make her promise to go on one date with the guy?

Easy enough to agree, because she’ll make sure he never asks.

Corbin Morrissey takes his responsibilities for Team Groom very seriously, but coaxing smiles out of the maid-of-honor is harder — and more addictive — than he expected.

To his surprise, she agrees to go out. There really isn’t any way a date to the Fall Fair could go amiss. Is there?

Can Corbin convince Sarah he’s ready to settle down and make her the head of her own Team Bride, or will their past keep getting in the way?

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Valerie Comer  continues the Riverbend saga with another great story!

When planning a wedding, you pretty much need a team! There’s just so much to be done.

And of course, you have to have your best friend standing beside you all the way to the part where you say “I do”. Sarah Jamieson would rather avoid weddings, but she can’t avoid this one — and her best friend is determined to make certain she has a good time — even with arranging a date or her.

Corbin Morrissey is a wonderful guy, but sort of the “opposite” of Sarah. Will she give him a chance? yeah. Will she give herself a chance to fall in love with him? hmm…

I hope so. I really like this couple. And if you’d like to know the answers to these (and other) questions, grab a copy for yourself and check it out. You’ll love it!

Happy Reading!

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

© 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

Sweet Serenade | Valerie Comer

 


Today I am reviewing Sweet Serenade,the third book in the Riverbend Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

River guide and canoe builder Reed Daniels stands by as his lifelong friends pair off.

After all, he’s waited this long for the right woman… what’s a little longer?

But when newcomer Carly shows up at the gang’s bonfire, he’s mesmerized.

Could she be the answer to his prayers?

Water-sport enthusiast Carly Thorbergsen is starting over in Riverbend.

Hired as a canoeing and hiking guide, she’s ready to focus on work and leave the personal stuff behind.

That is until the competition, Reed Daniels, offers her a ride in his cedar-strip canoe.

No resisting that!

But no matter how much they have in common, Carly can’t erase her past, and Reed is bound to discover the truth.

When a date finds Carly and Reed running rapids on the outside of the canoe, they come face to face with the real reasons their new relationship might capsize.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Sweet, sweet story!

Reed Daniels watches his friends fall in love . . . will it ever happen to him?

Carly Thorbergsen just might be the one he’s been waiting for, but she’s not too terribly impressed with him when she meets him — and she has a few issues of her own that might just scare him off.

One tiny bit of spoiler… don’t expect to love Brittany — she’s the type that — well, I’ll leave this for now, so you can read it on your own. Who knows? You might like her (let me know if you do).

Valerie Comer writes wonderful romance stories! I just can’t seem to get enough of them. Thankfully, she keeps writing them (and I’ll keep reading them).

Happy Reading!

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

© 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

Pinky Promise | Valerie Comer Marathon

 


Today I am reviewing Pinky Promise,the second book in the Riverbend Romance series by Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Kelly Bryant’s young daughter wants a daddy and sets her sights on her new best friend’s single father.

The man may be charming, sweet, and a believer, but Kelly is embarrassed.

She extracts a pinky promise from her six-year-old to stop proposing to men on her behalf.

Ian Tomlinson isn’t looking for a wife but does need care for his daughter during spring break the week after his move to Riverbend.

He hates to ask Kelly — and plant ideas in the girls’ minds — but he’s rather low on options.

How can two single parents fall in love for real with a pair of mini-matchmakers pushing from both sides — pinky promises or not?

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

What a funny, cute story!

Kelly Bryant doesn’t know what to do with her daughter Elena, after the child meets Sophie Tomlinson. Not only does Elena and Sophie share a birthdate, but they want to share even more . . .

When Elena latches onto Sophie — and Sophie’s dad, who happens to be Kelly’s new boss, it puts Kelly in a tough position. When Ian is forced to ask Kelly to care for his daughter during spring break . . . well, let’s just say it’s things are about to get interesting!

Don’t worry; I’m not about to reveal any spoilers. I wouldn’t want to ruin the book for you. You should get a copy and read it. As a matter of fact, you can get this story, along with the first story (reviewed yesterday) absolutely free today! So don’t wait! Get it — HERE — and read it.

Valerie Comer writes wonderful romance stories! I enjoy them so much, I have digital–and paper–copies of all of them!

Will Kelly and Ian become a family? Read Pinky Promise — and find out.

Happy Reading!

 

And don’t forget to check out the intro post to find out how you can WIN!

VALERIE COMER: JANUARY 2017 MARATHON

 

God bless you!

© 2017 DJ Mynatt


 

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