Category Archives: Clean Reads

Love By the Numbers | Laura V. Hilton

 


Today I am reviewing Love By the Numbers, a novel by Laura V. Hilton.

Here is a brief synopsis:

After a buggy accident claims the life of her fiancé, Lydia Hershberger makes a fresh start in Jamesport, Missouri, managing a gift store.

It isn’t long before she meets the young man hired to handle the bookkeeping—Caleb Bontrager, whose handcrafted cuckoo clocks are sold in the store.

And it isn’t long before Caleb has made up his mind about her: bright and sparkly but not right for him. Alarmed by his attraction to her, he determines to settle down with someone more practical. Less sparkle. More logic.

But he can’t seem to shake his feelings for Lydia.

When false allegations by the bishop back home catch up with Lydia and threaten to ruin her reputation, can she clear her name and find lasting happiness? Or will her sunny disposition fade away into heartbreak?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Tall. Sandy-blond hair. Clean-shaven face. Milk-chocolate-brown eyes.

Pardon me but, YUM!

All right, Laura. You definitely have my attention right away. I mean, who in their right mind would lay the book down now! Not me. And you shouldn’t either!

But if that’s not enough, there’s more action than you’d expect, keeping you glued to the story until the very end. I have authors who keep me awake half the night, finishing their book.

Laura, you definitely keep me awake at night–when I’m reading one of your books I can’t put it down!

Love By the Numbers is a wonderful story. . . and you know, that’s just the way people act. They want something — even when they don’t want it!

But enough clues… get a copy and read this book for yourself. You’ll love the interaction between the characters and how much like real life the author writes. Read it. You’ll soon forget you’re reading a story… and feel like you’re right there in the middle of the action.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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Seeds of Hope | Barbara Cameron

 


Today I am reviewing Seeds of Hope, the first book in the Harvest of Hope series by Barbara Cameron.

Here is a brief synopsis:

They live in completely different worlds. Can love bring them together?

Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since they were teenagers. She knows they can never have a relationship:

Mark is a big-city attorney—an Englischer—and Miriam loves her quiet way of life in her Amish community. But when Mark unexpectedly shows up in Paradise, Pennsylvania, Miriam realizes it’s going to get a lot harder to hide her feelings.

Even though Mark always loved visiting his grandfather’s farm as a boy, he’s convinced the Amish life is not for him.

But when he suddenly finds himself out of a job and without direction, Mark heads back to the farm just in time to help with the harvest. Coming for a visit and coming to stay, however, are two very different things.

Everything changes when Mark sees that Miriam, the girl he remembers from his youth, has grown into the kind of faith-filled woman he wants in his future. Could life in this simple world be right for Mark after all? Has Miriam finally found her happily ever after? True love sprouts from seeds of hope.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Seeds of Hope is a lovely story. . . and the title is perfect. Seeds of hope are planted in more than one home—one life. Barbara Cameron has been a favorite author of mine for many years and she exceeded my expectations with Seeds of Hope.

I enjoyed getting to know Miriam Troyer and Mark Byler. Their friendship is a very special one.. . one that, if given the chance, could grow into something much more. Will they get the opportunity, or will their different beliefs always keep them apart? Read Seeds of Hope to find out…

I hope the story blesses you as much as it did me.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

FEBRUARY 2018 MARATHON | Kelly Irvin

 

 

I am honored to feature  KELLY IRVIN on my bookshelf blog this month

 

 

KELLY has graciously offered to sponsor a surprise giveaway…

 

 

 

     For a chance to win, do the following:

1) follow Kelly on Facebook HERE

2) follow Kelly on Twitter HERE

2) follow Kelly on her website HERE

 

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Now go enter!

And tell all your friends about this contest!

 

 

Blessings!

Marathon © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

 

Liza’s Second Chance | Molly Jebber

 

Today I am promoting Liza’s Second Chance, the first book in the Amish Charm Bakery series by Molly Jebber. Be sure to pre-order your copy today!

 

 

 

 

About the Book

Book: Liza’s Second Chance

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Amish Historical Romance

Release Date: January 30, 2018

The sweet welcome of straight-from-the-oven sugar cookies and hot cocoa. The warm invitation of apple pie and fresh cold milk. In 1912 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery is the heart of a close-knit, faith-nourished community, where people can find a refuge, a place to start again—and love that can make their lives new . . .

For Liza Schrock, the bakery her late husband bought was an unexpected haven from their unhappy arranged marriage. Now she’s perfectly content to cook up mouth-watering delights for her hometown, give to those alone or in trouble—and remain happily unwed. And though she’s willing to give handsome, newly-arrived widower Jacob Graber all the help he desperately needs, she is sure they can stay just friends . . .

But as Liza also tries to aid Jacob’s troubled teenage daughter, she starts caring far too much for his gentle ways and steadfast hopes. And when a wrenching secret she must keep comes between them, can Liza find the faith to risk opening her heart again—and reach for one more chance at real love?

 

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God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

Joshua’s Bride | Molly Jebber

 

 

Today I am reviewing Joshua’s Bride, part of a compilation of three stories in Amish Brides by Jennifer Beckstrand, Molly Jebber, and Amy Lillard.


MY THOUGHTS:

Madeline Lehman was thrilled to accept Joshua Stutzman’s marriage proposal. . . but she doesn’t want to marry until his parents approve.

But will they ever forget the past and give their approval to the marriage?

When Maddie adopts her sister’s baby, marriage to Joshua seems hopeless. . .

I could tell you what happens, but that would spoil the book for you! And I really don’t want to do that! So… get your own copy and read it. And while you’re at it, read the other two stories, too.

Happy Reading!

 

About the Book

Book: Joshua’s Bride

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Amish Historical Romance

Release Date: May 30, 2017

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Madeline Lehman fears her fiance’s family will never accept her because of her rebellious sister. She’s postponed her wedding to Joshua Stutzman until they see the truth.

But when Maddie adopts her sister’s abandoned baby, can she and Joshua find a way to unite their families through forgiveness as well as love?

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

Two Suitors for Anna | Molly Jebber

 

 

Today I am reviewing Two Suitors for Anna, the third book in the A Keepsake Pocket Quilt series by Molly Jebber.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Molly Jebber  has written a superb sequel in this series!

Normally, the first book of the series is the hardest to write. After all, the writer is introducing the main characters, the community, and creating a story around them. And Molly did a great job with Change of Heart, the first book in the series.

But I have to say how much I enjoyed reading Two Suitors for Anna. . . poor Anna has a difficult, if not impossible, task of getting through to Noah, who brushes off her ideas, her opinions, and her decisions.

Noah may be a wonderful person, but honestly, I wanted to smack him upside the head a few times! I don’t want to ruin the story for you, so I’ll stop now. . . with a plea to read this amazing story!

Happy Reading!

 

About the Book

Book: Two Suitors for Anna

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Amish Historical Romance

Release Date: January 31, 2017

In 1903 Ohio, a young Amish woman must choose between the life she has long planned for and a new, very different future…

Since Anna Plank moved to Berlin, Ohio, with her widowed mamm and two schweschders, she’s found a real sense of belonging. As soon as her beloved Noah Schwartz proposes, they’ll begin a new chapter here together. But Noah has a surprise for Anna: once they’re married, he wants them to travel and live in other communities. Anna, who loves her home and her job at the quilt shop, is distraught when he takes her hesitation as rejection—and leaves.

Daniel Bontrager’s arrival adds to Anna’s confusion. Since taking over his late brother’s farm, the handsome roofer has offered friendship and gentle attentions. Yet the pull of first love is strong and deep, especially when Noah returns. Through each revelation, Anna must search her faith for guidance, knowing she is choosing not just a husband, but a life to nurture and to share…

 

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God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

Grace’s Forgiveness | Molly Jebber

 

 

Today I am reviewing Grace’s Forgiveness, the second book in the A Keepsake Pocket Quilt series by Molly Jebber.


MY THOUGHTS:

I’m enjoying this series much more than I expected to at first! This second book is easy to identify with, as I have had several friends with birthmarks, and I understand how difficult it is to live with at times, especially if it’s on or near your face.

Grace was born with a large birthmark on her face — and it seems like no one can look past it and see who she really is.

And no, I’m not going to tell you what happens, Because I don’t want to spoil the book for you! So… get a copy and read it.

You’re gonna LOVE it!

Happy Reading!

 

About the Book

Book: Grace’s Forgiveness

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Amish Historical Romance

Release Date: January 26, 2016

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community.

His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

 

About the Author

6-10-2016-close-head-shotMolly Jebber’s books have been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today’s HEA, and Romantic Times has given them a near excellent rating. She’s on RWA’s Honor Roll. She’s a speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and she offers presentations on writing, publishing, Amish lifestyle and traditions. She has received widespread media coverage, including live interviews, across the United States for her books and speaking engagements.

She’s just signed a new contract for four more Amish books! She loves interacting with her readers. She loves God, her husband, family and friends. She has a hard time saying no to cupcakes, swimming, nine holes of golf, and walks on the beach. Coconut, oatmeal, and onions, on the other hand, are not hard to say no to!

 

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God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


 

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