Category Archives: New Releases

More Than Words Can Say | Karen Witemeyer



Today I am reviewing More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

After being railroaded by the city council, Abby needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed, and a man she can control, not the stoic lumberman Zacharias who always seems to exude silent confidence.

She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him. But as trust grows between them, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.




I stayed up half the night reading this story…

YES! It was that awesome! By the time I got close to the end, there was no way I was putting it down until morning — not when Abby and Zach both felt like they were waiting for the other shoe to drop.

And it did. Oh boy, did it ever!

Interesting characters. . . exciting twists and turns. . . and the best romance I’ve read in a very, long time. If you enjoy clean reads — and great romance — you’re gonna LOVE this story!

I’m not going to say anything else. You have enough information to tell you this is a great read! Now, go read the story. Find out what happens when Abby is forced to make a choice she doesn’t want to make. . . and how everything turns out.

Happy Reading!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt


Sweet Horizons | Jean C. Gordon


Today I am reviewing Sweet Horizons, an Indigo Bay Second Chance Romance by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

There’s nothing like a wedding to bring people together, but family dynamics can be complicated, especially newly blended ones.

Sonja Cooper is thrilled that her daughter Lauren is marrying Jesse Brewster and giving her a ready-made granddaughter in the irrepressible 3-year old Shelley. The fact that Jesse is also Sonja’s business partner in the launching of the Morrison Mansion B&B is just a bonus.

Custom bike shop owner Jeff Brewster is also delighted that his son Jesse is marrying Lauren and building a new family. The one awkward aspect is the unexpected attraction he feels towards Sonja. For although Sonja feels the same spark, having been burned in her divorce from Lauren’s father, she’s determined never to be dependent on a man again.

Then the Indigo Bay Business Association pits Sonja and Jeff against each other by having their businesses compete for the coveted “New Business of the Year Award.” All’s fair in love and war, but hearts don’t always listen!

This is the 3rd novel in the Indigo Bay Second Chance Romances series, but all books can be read as standalones.




I loved these stories so much I stayed up till 2 AM this morning to finish reading them!

Although Sweet Horizons is from a different series, the story takes up where Sweet Entanglement ends. I want to be very careful to not give away too much from either story, in case you haven’t had time to read them yet. And if you haven’t read Sweet Entanglement, please pick up a copy and read it first; you’ll be glad you did. . . although it’s fine as a standalone, too.

Sweet Horizons continues Jesse and Lauren’s story, but focuses more on their parents — Jeff and Sonja. When a disaster seems to be headed their way, will they work together to keep their dreams alive? Or will they let past mistakes pull them apart?

Don’t miss this exciting sequel to Sweet Entanglement to find out. . .

Happy Reading!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

June 2019 | Jean C. Gordon Feature


I am excited to feature the newest books from

Jean C. Gordon

on my bookshelf blog this month



I’ve featured Jean on my bookshelf blog in the past,

so this month I’d like to concentrate on Jean’s newest books. . .



AND… I have a surprise to give away to one of my readers…


For a chance to win,

leave a comment on one of the posts for this month.



Donna’s BookShelf is featuring Jean C. Gordon this monthTweet this!




Feature © 2019 DJ Mynatt

The Tinderbox | Beverly Lewis



Today I am reviewing The Tinderbox …by Beverly Lewis.

Here is a brief synopsis:

With her Amish parents’ twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise–the old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life.

Sylvia’s bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide.

Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda’s relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia’s recent engagement to the preacher’s grandson.

Can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness and acceptance?



WOW! I did not see that coming!!!

Sylvia Miller is much more stubborn than anyone would expect–and she is determined to discover the secrets in her dat’s tinderbox. But when she finally discovers his secrets, she’s more than a bit upset at herself. . . for causing more problems–and hurt–than she would ever have dreamed.

Beverly created a wonderful community of characters that will entertain and hold your attention to the very end… which has another little surprise.

If you don’t already have a copy, pick one up. Then sit back and enjoy…

Happy Reading!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

More for Mom | Kristin Funston



Today I am reviewing More for Mom, Living Your Whole and Holy Life, by Kristin Funston.

Here is a brief synopsis:

More for Mom will encourage women to stop believing the lie that more is needed from them, and start living with the truth that more is available for them.

With real-life talk, humor and convicting biblical truths, Kristin Funston helps hard working mamas to look at each day and each facet of their life to discover what happens when they believe God has more for them than what they think the world needs from them.

And what He has available is a whole and holy life, just waiting to be claimed-a salvation and day-to-day reality complete just as it is. The pieces of each mom’s life-the work life, mom life, social life, etc.-are mended together through Christ to complete her one whole life, set apart because of Him.

This book is a stepping stone to help working mothers reset their spiritual and emotional health, habits, and relationship with God. There are performance pressures at work, home, and mind-sets that affect a mom’s ability to feel complete and live more closely aligned with God. This book includes the beginning steps for moms to walk in wholeness and holiness by asking God for more.



This book is for moms… who give everything they are… to others. Family. Friends. Job. Community.

More for Moms is a huge helping hand to moms everywhere, helping them to accept that they can receive as well as give. No, it’s not easy. Too many moms feel that they have to give way more than they receive. Learning to make time for yourself is well worth it.

Happy Reading!


And… I have an extra copy to give away to one of my followers! If you’d like to win a copy of More for Moms, please leave a comment. You could be the lucky winner!


Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

An Amish Reunion | Clipston, Wiseman, Fuller, Irwin



Today I am reviewing An Amish Reunion by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four stories about reuniting with those you love.

Their True Home by Amy Clipston

When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey’s father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?

A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman

Ruth and Gideon Beiler experienced one of life’s most tragic events. Unable to get past their grief, the couple abandoned their Amish faith and went in different directions, though neither could bear to formally dissolve the marriage. When their loved ones reach out to them to come home for a family reunion, Ruth has reason to believe that Gideon won’t be there. Gideon also thinks that Ruth has declined the invitation. Family and friends are rooting for them to reunite, but will it all be enough for Ruth and Gideon to get past their grief and recapture a time when they were in love and had a bright future ahead of them?

A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller

Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek’s resident octogenarian matchmaker, is surprised when Richard, a man from her Englisch past, arrives in Birch Creek for a visit. While he and Cevilla take several walks down memory lane, they wonder what the future holds for them at this stage of life—friendship, or the possibility of something else?

Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin

At eighteen Hannah Kauffman made a terrible mistake. Her parents and members of her Jamesport Amish community say they’ve forgiven her. But she feels their eyes following her everywhere she goes with eighteen-month-old Evie. Thaddeus, Evie’s father, escaped this fate by running away from Jamesport. Now that Thaddeus is gone, Hannah’s old friend Phillip is stepping up to be by her side. He has waited patiently for Hannah to realize just how much he cares for her.

But when Thaddeus returns after two years, Hannah can’t deny the love she feels for him. Does the fact that Phillip has waited patiently for her all this time mean that she owes him something? Can she trust either one of them? Can she trust herself? She has repented and been forgiven by the One who is most important—her heavenly Father. But is she willing to risk making more mistakes by opening herself up to love?



I loved reading these awesome stories… by some of my favorite Amish fiction authors.

THEIR TRUE HOME — Amy Clipston

I enjoyed the reunion of Marlene Bawell and Rudy Swarey… and sweated bullets worrying about if Marlene’s father would force her to move away from Bird-in-Hand again just as she’s finally beginning to hope for a future in her beloved town. I was a bit surprised at the ending but, as usual, Amy did a great job!


The story of Ruth and Gideon Beiler is very sad… with several twists and turns along the way. I was more than a little thrilled to discover how they worked to overcome the past… and find a way to put their sorrow behind them.

A CHANCE TO REMEMBER — Kathleen Fuller

Cevilla Schlabach is amazing! I just love her! When she meets someone from her past, is there any chance for love to finally bloom? Chances are slim, considering she’s Amish and he’s English. Kathy came up with the best ending for this story! It’s one that I’ll enjoy reading again and again.


Hannah Kauffman has paid for her past sins… but those in her community, although they forgave her, refuse to forget it — and she feels as if she’ll never overcome the shame and humiliation of it. If only Thaddeus had stayed… and married her, everything would be different now.

Of course, he would return… just when Phillip, one of the few people who remained friends with her, is ready to make her his wife! Thaddeus is determined to convince Hannah that he wants her to marry him! Oh gee, what’s a woman to do! What will she do? Who can she trust?

I won’t say anything more about it, except that I was delighted with Kelly’s solution… and the rest of the story.

Happy Reading!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Hearts in Harmony | Beth Wiseman



Today I am reviewing Hearts in Harmony, the first novel in the An Amish Journey series, by Beth Wiseman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

They both love music. Will God deny what brings them such joy?  

Musical prodigy Levi Shetler hasn’t touched a piano since he secretly played one years ago. His strict Amish community forbids instruments or the singing of any music not in their approved songbook. Levi asks God often why music tempts him when playing an instrument isn’t allowed in his world.

One person knows Levi’s talents: Mary Hershberger, the girl who promised years ago to keep his secret. Mary comes from a more liberal district than Levi, but she’s facing family troubles of her own. The mutual care for an aging Englischer, Adeline, reunites Mary and Levi as young adults. They realize that, despite their differences, they have a shared love of music—and a shared confusion about whether their talents are God-given gifts or temptations luring them into the Englisch world.

The couple realizes they must compromise or part ways, but a tragic accident shakes their decision. Both Mary and Levi will need to reconcile what they love with what their hearts say is right—because even as their passion for music brings them together, it could be what tears them apart.

The first novel in the new Amish Journeys series by bestselling author Beth Wiseman, Hearts in Harmony explores how far the heart will travel for the melody of love.



I loved reading about Mary Hershberger and Levi Shetler… honestly, I worried a bit over how Levi would figure out how to live with his desire to play an instrument that wasn’t allowed by his church rules. And if Mary would just make things worse if she encouraged him —or supported him in his determination to continue to play.

And if I reveal what happens, I’ll spoil the story for you, so I won’t say anything more about it, except that I was delighted with Ms. Wiseman’s solution… and the rest of the story.

Don’t miss this wonderful beginning of a great series!

Happy Reading!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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