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His Risk | Shelley Shepard Gray


Today I am reviewing His Risk, the fourth book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.



What lengths would you go to to protect the person you love? Find out what one undercover English DEA agent will do to protect the Amish girl he loves in Shelley Shepard Gray’s His Risk. When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can’t help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she’s lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

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(Avon Inspire, March 2018)

An undercover English DEA agent will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.

Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother’s illness can bring him back to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he’s finally found.

Alice shouldn’t like—or want—Calvin. He’s English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can’t help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he’s worthy of her, she’s torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.

When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can’t help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she’s lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

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Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

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Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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.




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!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck


Today I am reviewing The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck.

Here is a brief synopsis:

An old, forgotten chapel holds the key to love and forgiveness.

Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—building a wedding chapel for Collette Greer, the woman he fell in love with in 1949. But now a realtor wants the land the chapel sits on, and he sees no reason to hang onto the past.

Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family’s string of failed marriages.

When she falls head-over-heels for Jack Gillingham, a top ad man, their whirlwind romance and elopement leave her with doubts. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to find the right way to show her he really cares.

When a post-mortem letter from Taylor’s Granny Peg shows up, along with an old photo, she is driven to uncover family secrets and the secret to her own happiness, starting with an assignment to photograph an unknown, obscure wedding chapel back in Heart’s Bend.

Taylor begins a mission to convince Jimmy that the chapel is worth saving—and that forgiveness and healing might happen within the chapel’s walls . . . for both of them.


Heart’s Bend, Tennessee
July 1948

Rachel Hauck is such an amazing storyteller!

This book begins in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Since I was born and raised in East Tennessee, I felt a kinship right from the start.

The Wedding Chapel follows several people… Colette and Jimmy; as well as Taylor and Jack. It moves back and forth in time (flashback) for two of the characters, relating how they thought their lives would be – and how they are living now.

Rachel portrays their different points of view, showing the two couples and how their lives re-connect in Hearts Bend, Tennessee, at the wedding chapel.

A wedding chapel that, ironically, has never hosted a wedding.

This was a unique perspective — and I was quickly caught up in the story. Don’t miss out on this wonderful, entertaining book.


God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt



Is sixty years too long to wait for love? Two stories of romance, one in 1949 and one in the modern day, meet in Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Chapel. When Taylor Branson takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time. When Taylor’s journey intersects with Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

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Rachel Hauck

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as “The Wedding Dress,” “Love Starts with Elle,” and “Once Upon A Prince.” She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, “Softly and Tenderly,” one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

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A Season to Wed | 3 Winter Love Stories


 Today I am reviewing A Season To Wed, a collection of wedding stories by the first book in the Pacific Coast Private Eyes series by Cindy Kirk, Rachel Hauck and Cheryl Wyatt.

Here is a brief synopsis:

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.

Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Sometimes the road to happiness is paved with youthful mistakes.

Ten years after what she thought was her almost-wedding, Hope Prentiss discovers that the ceremony counted—and, as fate would have it, the jilted John Burke has just ridden back into town.

After spending some time with John and helping plan a Christmas wedding for a mystery couple, Hope begins to wonder if she really wants a divorce . . . or a real wedding of her own.

A Brush with Love by Rachel Hauck

Revealing the beauty in other women might be Ginger Winters’s specialty—but it will take an unexpected kind of love to help Ginger see the beauty in herself.

Ginger Winters will be the “beauty-maker” for the Alabama society wedding of the decade.

But when high-school crush Tom Wells shows up looking for a haircut, Ginger’s thinly veiled insecurities threaten to keep her from love once again . . . despite Tom’s best efforts.

Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

Meadow knows how to serve delicious food to match any wedding theme. But can she accept love when it’s served up on a silver platter?

Meadow Larson is having the mother of all Mondays when her roof caves in during a blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career.

Renovation contractor Colin McGrath offers to fix Meadow’s roof, even though he knows he is the last person she would accept help from.

But the more Meadow gets to know the new Colin, the more she realizes God may have something more permanent in store than a new catering kitchen.


This is a fantastic collection of stories!

Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Hope Prentiss discovers ten years after a wedding that she thought wasn’t legal, that it really did. When the groom, John Burke shows up, Hope has some tough decisions to make…

What will happen to Hope and John? Read the story to find out.

A Brush With Love by Rachel Hauck

Ginger Winter knows how to make other women look their best, but she needs a course in self-confidence. Tom Wells would love to be the one to show her how special she is – but will she succeed – or fail – at love? Read this amazing story by Rachel to find out…

Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt

Meadow Larson is trying to prepare for an important event, when her roof caves in during a blizzard. When Colin McGrath offers to help, Meadow gets flustered… should she accept his help – and his love – or turn him away.

Read. The. Book.

Happy Reading!!!
God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt


Love Arrives in Pieces | Betsy St. Amant


Today I am reviewing Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.

Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn t trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to her brokenness so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but always falls short. So she keeps her passion for her secret art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn t get another job soon, she ll be stuck living with her parents.

Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancee in a car crash. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town s old theater, and is shocked to learn former flame Stella is the designer for the project.

Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and their pasts as they struggle to compromise and come together on a vision for the theater. Chase doesn t understand why Stella is such a subdued version of herself, while Stella doesn t get Chase s constant need for productivity and speed. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness and their unresolved feelings for each other until Chase breaks through Stella s walls and convinces her to enter her mosaic tile art in a contest.

A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force both Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from the broken.



I’m a Betsy St. Amant fan!

What a wonderful story… I’ve been divorced and it’s an event I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Betsy handles the telling of how it affects people – especially the one who tried to hold things together.

Now I was never a beauty queen, nor in a pageant, so I can’t really identify with Stella’s feelings, but I can imagine how stressful such events would be, especially those who don’t win – after doing everything that is expected of them.

And being a runner-up… well, no one likes to lose, and even someone who places first, second, or third runner-up still doesn’t win, do they?

I especially am excited about how Betsy uses God’s grace in her novels; if you want to be inspired and uplifted, read Love Arrives in Pieces!


God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt


Two Roads Home | Deborah Raney


Today I am reviewing Two Roads Home, the second book in the Chicory Inn series by Deborah Raney.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Minor-but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman’s initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans son-in-law, Jesse.

Jesse Pennington’s friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle.

But Corinne and Jesse are both restless and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other.

Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk. With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams.

Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

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Deborah Raney writes the best family sequels!

Audrey and Grant Whitman take a leap of faith and turn their empty nest into the beautiful Chicory Inn – a cozy bed and breakfast – but their dreams may turn into a nightmare when their youngest daughter arrives, with a few secrets of her own.

No sooner do Landyn and Chase work out their problems, then Jesse and Corinne fall into a mess!

If you read the first book in this series, you’ll love going back to “Chicory Inn” again.

I feel like I identified more with Corinne than I did with Landyn – I too, have been in her position and in my own opinion, it’s a difficult time to go through – whether things work out or not. Marital disharmony is one of the hardest issues to affect a family. Deb did an amazing job handling this situation.

Will Corrine and Jesse be able to work out their differences? Will they end up closer than ever — or will it tear them apart?

I can’t tell you how everything works out — I can’t! No one likes spoilers — and I won’t do that to my readers! Read the book… as a matter of fact, get them both, read the first, and dive right back in with the second one. You’ll be glad you did.

If you want to read a great series, be sure to check out the “Chicory Inn” series…


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God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt


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