Category Archives: New Releases

Once Upon a Farm | Rory Feel

 


Today I am reviewing Once Upon a Farm, with lessons on growing love, life, and hope on a new frontier, by New York Times Bestselling Author Rory Feek.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Sometimes it’s not only what we plant but where we’re planted.

Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.

When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land . . . and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way.

Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith.

A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way.

As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences.

“This isn’t a how-to book; it’s more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.”

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

“A man famous for loving his wife is challenged to rise to an even greater love as a father.”

This is such a sweet, touching story. . . one that begins with Rory Feel and his teenage daughters moving into a run-down house on a farm in Tennessee. At the time, he had no idea that he would meet and marry the love of his life, nor that she would be taken from him long before he was ready to say goodbye.

When you pick this book up and turn to the first page, you’ll be drawn into the stories. . . and you won’t want to put the book down until the end. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to have tissues handy. The stories are sweet, sassy, and sometimes emotional.

Get the book.  Read the book.  Then share the book.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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Through the Autumn Air | Kelly Irvin

 


Today I am reviewing Through the Autumn Air, the third book in the An Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A mysterious English stranger appears in Mary Katherine Ropp’s kitchen one autumn night, heralding the beginning of a new chapter in the widow’s life.

The mother of ten, Mary Katherine is an empty-nester who lost her husband four years earlier. She misses her husband so much, she still talks to him. She pours her creative spirit into writing stories and serves as the district’s Budget newspaper scribe. An avid reader, her dream is to open a bookstore with her English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned combination store.

When an English man breaks into her house looking for food, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to her good friend, Ezekiel, who needs a cook at the restaurant he started after his wife died ten years earlier. Mary Katherine and Ezekiel set out separately to make sure their new friend isn’t caught up in the investigation, and their efforts keep bringing them together. They’re both still so in love with their long-gone spouses, so when the sparks begin to fly, they are beyond confused. Is it possible to find “The One” more than once in a lifetime?

But as Mary Katherine stands by her dear friend after the death of her husband, Mary Katherine is reminded of the terrible risk in giving her heart to someone. Can these two people, well-versed in the pain of loss, put the past behind them and trust in the hope of the future?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Through the Autumn Air is an awesome read!  I love the interaction between Mary Katherine and Ezekiel; they’re like teenagers again. And I hate to admit it, but I for sure didn’t like how Thomas felt like he could boss her mother around. Even if he’s a wonderful husband and father, he’s not a respectful son — and it’s not right. He didn’t show respect for his mother when he ordered her to do things his way.

Okay, other than him, I loved the story… and I hope there’s more about Burke in the last story of this series.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Arms of Mercy | Ruth Reid

 


Today I am reviewing Arms of Mercy, the second novel in the Amish Mercies series by Ruth Reid.

Here is a brief synopsis:

He lost her once to a rash decision.

He will not lose her again.

On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control.

When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything to flee the source of her shame.

Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.

Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road—and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost—no matter the cost.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Ruth Reid has been a favorite Amish fiction author of mine since I picked up her first book and Arms of Mercy didn’t disappoint. . . on the contrary, it has become one of my favorite books!

Catherine Glick runs away from home when she makes a rash decision. Elijah Graber, her old boyfriend who recently returned to their community, feels he must follow her if he ever has hope of winning her back. I found myself caught up in their story, determined not to put it down until the very end.

The characters are lifelike and entertaining and the story definitely held my interest. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you’ll enjoy Arms of Mercy.  If you enjoy reading about miracles from above, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Arms of Mercy today, because you’re gonna love this story!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Amish Celebrations | Beth Wiseman

 


Today I am reviewing Amish Celebrations, which includes four novellas by Beth Wiseman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Gift of Sisters

Hannah and Elizabeth are fraternal twins approaching their sixteenth birthday—a time when they will be allowed to spread their wings and enjoy their rumschpringe. The sisters couldn’t be more different: Hannah is outgoing and beautiful, while Elizabeth is shy and withdrawn. And when newcomer Abraham Stoltzfus arrives in Lancaster County, both women fall head over heels for him, each fighting for his affections in their own ways and driving the sisters to turn on each other. Who will Abraham choose? And will Hannah and Elizabeth reunite after a devastating heartbreak?

A New Beginning

Rebecca and Noah are in love and about to be baptized. But when Noah decides to enjoy one last night of his rumschpringe a few weeks before the ceremony, he does something that causes Rebecca to reconsider his proposal. As Rebecca and Noah navigate the turn in their relationship, Rebecca must learn to forgive Noah or abandon her dreams of marrying him. If Noah won’t forgive himself in time for the baptism, his guilt could cause him to run from his love for Rebecca and leave his community behind.

A Perfect Plan  (previously published in An Amish Wedding)

Priscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester pops the question on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. But everything begins to fall apart as Chester works to build a house for his new bride, only to have one disaster after another occur. Can true love take this couple through the challenges that threaten their union, or will they begin to doubt that they are on the right path, the one God has chosen for them?

A Christmas Miracle

Mary is twenty-seven years old and already has five young children. Married to her husband at age eighteen, she wasn’t quite prepared for motherhood, and exhaustion and frustration are sending her into a downhill spiral as the holidays approach. Too proud and ashamed to ask for help, Mary’s situation begins to take a toll on her marriage. But when an elderly man in a red suit and his sidekick elf befriend Mary, showering her with wisdom and advice, she must choose to accept help, learn to cope with her situation, and ultimately find the true meaning of Christmas.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Amish Celebrations by Beth Wiseman is a wonderful book. . . I thoroughly enjoyed the four novellas and how the characters interact with each other.

Each story is so good that it’s nearly impossible to choose a favorite! I really felt for Hannah and Elizabeth, who had no idea what was really happening in their twins’ lives, but I think I identified mostly with Mary King and her family. My favorite time of year has always been Christmas, and this story is a special holiday tale.

I hope these stories bless you as much as they did me.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

An Amish Family | Kathleen Fuller

 


Today I am reviewing An Amish Family, which includes four novellas by Kathleen Fuller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In An Amish Family, beloved author of Amish romance, Kathleen Fuller, invites readers into the lives of four Amish families.

Building Trust

Grace Miller and Joel King are in love. They’ve dated secretly for the past year and when he proposes marriage, Grace eagerly agrees. But when she tells her parents about the wedding, she’s shocked when her father tells her she can’t marry Joel. Can Grace get to the bottom of her father’s animosity toward Joel so they can have the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of?

A Heart Full of Love  (also in An Amish Cradle)

Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight—and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.

Surprised by Love

In a desperate move to evade her match-making mother, Emily Shwartz announces that she’s already seeing someone: Reuban Coblentz. The trouble is, Reuban is barely even a friend. Seeing how desperate she is, Reuban plays along. But when the past sneaks up on them, will this temporary arrangement turn into everlasting love?

A Gift for Anne Marie  (also in An Amish Second Christmas)

Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Kathleen Fuller has been a favorite author of mine for many years and I was thrilled to receive a copy of An Amish Family to read and review.

I enjoyed these stories so much that I barely put down the book down until I reached the end. Fuller writes wonderful Amish fiction and she doesn’t disappoint with these four love stories. Although each story is a keeper, my favorite story is Surprised by Love. . . because I love it when two friends unexpectedly discovers a romantic love for each other!

I hope these stories bless you as much as they did me.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Sweet Entanglement | Jean C. Gordon

 


Today I am reviewing Sweet Entanglement, from the Indigo Bay Sweet Romance series by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Is three the charm?

Lauren Cooper is on her way to her life’s dream. She’s financed and finished college and law school all on her own. And she’s up for partner at the largest law firm in Indigo Bay.

There’s nothing to stop her from concentrating everything on achieving that goal. Until Jesse Brewster, the man who broke her heart twice, shows up sleeping off the night before on the beach, and she’s called in to serve as his public defender.

Looking to make a new start after the racing accident that ended his lucrative motocross career and sent him spiraling into darkness, the former champion had envisioned an entirely different scenario if he ever saw Lauren again.

That vision was more along the lines of the successful businessman he’d be once he rehabbed the seaside mansion he’s inherited from his uncle and sold it to open a custom bike shop.

Sparks fly between them, and Jesse vows to fan those sparks once he’s got the project successfully underway. But someone starts sabotaging it, putting Jesse behind on the deadline he has to meet to get the property off the Indigo Bay Planning Board’s condemned property list. And Lauren has a sick suspicion that her bosses are somehow involved.

Jesse and Lauren had once promised they’d wait for each other while they pursued their career dreams. Despite that broken promise, neither can deny the love that’s still between them. But now that they are on the cusp of reaching those dreams, are they willing to risk everything to renew that love?

Team Macachek: Fall in love with the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.

This is the 12th novel in the Indigo Bay series, but all books can be read as standalones.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I had to laugh when I read how Jesse Brewster planned to impress Lauren Cooper if they ever met again. . . nope, not anywhere near what he had envisioned. On the contrary, he couldn’t have made a worse impression.

But the sparks are still flying and cannot be ignored. Will they go for their dreams? Or will they let love guide them? Read Sweet Entanglement to find out. . .

Don’t miss this sweet story of love and hope!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

The Wedding Quilt Bride | Marta Perry

 


Today I am reviewing The Wedding Quilt Bride, the second book in the Brides of Lost Creek series by Marta Perry.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

The single mom’s second chance…

To become one of the Brides of Lost Creek!

Widow Rebecca Mast returns to her Amish community with her son and a dream—to own a quilt shop.

Carpenter Daniel King is determined to help Rebecca and revive their childhood friendship.

But as he bonds with her son, Rebecca’s afraid the secret she’s been keeping will be revealed.

Can Daniel convince Rebecca he’s a man she can trust—and love?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Rebecca Mast is determined to make it on her own. . . not exactly the Amish way of life, but she has her reasons. Only thing is, Daniel King is determined to help her, whether she wants his help or not!

Marta Perry caught my attention right away and held it til the end. This was a wonderful story, without delving too deeply into the dark side, yet showing what pain and suffering can do to families.

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

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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