Category Archives: New Releases

Her Secret Daughter | Ruth Logan Herne


Today I am reviewing Her Secret Daughter, the fifth book in the Grace Haven series by Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Her Secret Child

Josie Gallagher has plenty of reasons to be wary of Jacob Weatherly–considering he’s working for the hotel chain that’s forcing her restaurant to close.

But when he shows up there with a little girl by his side–her little girl–she’s dismayed.

How has this bachelor wound up with custody of the baby Josie placed with a married couple six years ago?

The handsome hotel executive has no idea that Addie is Josie’s biological child, and Josie can’t afford to tell him.

As he helps save her business, Josie and Jacob unexpectedly grow closer.

But will her secret stand in the way of their happily-ever-after?




Her Secret Daughter is so much more than I expected, even by Ruthy!

This is a story that needs to be told. . . and the title is perfect. Josie Gallagher has had a rougher life than some of the Gallaghers, but she’s back on track, plus she can smoke and cook barbecue than anyone on the east coast!

Jacob Weatherly comes along, bringing the little girl Josie gave up six years ago — and Josie’s life will never be the same! But a word of warning. . . you’ll need tissues before you get to the end of the book.

I enjoyed getting to know Josie, Jacob and Addie. Their friendship is the start of something very special, unless her secret messes everything up. Read Her Secret Daughter to find out what happens. . . and if they have a chance at happily-ever-after or not!

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

Happy Reading!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


Book Review | His Risk


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.

Enter to win a copy of His Risk. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced March 28 on the Litfuse blog!




(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.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

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

Treacherous Trails | Dana Mentink



Today I am reviewing Treacherous Trails, the second novel in the Gold Country Cowboys series by Dana Mentink.


Here is a brief synopsis:

Falsely accused…

Can she escape the real killer?

In this Gold Country Cowboys story, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name.

Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her.

But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?



WOW!  That is one nasty killer!

I’m glad I didn’t choose to read this at bedtime. . . this is definitely a great story, but one that scared the heebee jeebee’s out of me!

This new series is really suspenseful. . . and awesome!

Gold Country Cowboys!

The code of the West rules the land for these men!

And thank goodness it does! Owen Thorn certainly lives by the code. Ella has known Owen practically her whole life; the kid sister who, of course, had a crush on big, brooding brother figure. Now he’s determined to protect her from the big, bad guys. And that’s a good thing — because the big, bad guy is determined to get her! And that’s all I’m telling. . .

I don’t want to spoil the story for you, so pick up your own copy and dig in!

Happy Reading!


God Bless You!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


Beneath the Summer Sun | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing Beneath the Summer Sun, the second book in the Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry, and with two men pursuing her, she doesn’t have to look far. But after the pain she’s experienced, can she open her heart to love?

It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to shed her grief and remarry for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is it isn’t grief that’s holding her back, but rather a fear of a repeat of her abusive marriage.

Paul Graber has known–and loved–Jennie since they were children, and he’d hoped to court her when they were teenagers. But when he was fourteen, Paul’s father died suddenly in his arms. Ever since he’s been afraid of the searing pain of loss that comes from opening himself up to love. Now Jennie’s free again and he’s fighting to have the courage not to lose her a second time.

Nathan Walker is a Mennonite book salesman who makes it a point to stop by Jennie’s farm as often as he can. He’s grown to care for her, but he knows he has no right to court her unless he resolves his own struggle with his faith. He will have to change everything about his life in order to join the Jamesport Amish community. But would he be embracing a new life or running from his old?

The path isn’t clear for any of them. These three people, drawn together by circumstances and God’s plan, must come to grips with their pasts in order to discern God’s plan for their futures and find peace beneath the summer sun.




Four years after the death of her spouse, Jennie is pursued by not one, but two men. Leo Graber has been in love with Jennie since before her first marriage. Nathan Walker has been in love with her for years. Leo Graber is Amish. Nathan Walker is Mennonite.

Meanwhile the community can’t understand why Jennie hasn’t married and provided a father for her seven children. But Jennie has a terrible secret. . . and, in my opinion, the author addresses it in the best possible way.

This story deserves its’ own box of tissues.

These stories has had a profound effect on me and I am looking forward to the next two books in the series. They will definitely capture your attention and hold it tightly until the very end.

Kelly Irvin has written an heart-felt story! Don’t miss this wonderful series. Pick up a copy today. . .

Happy Reading!!!


God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


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?




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!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

WINNER of “The Road to Paradise” by Karen Barnett


Last November I reviewed The Road to Paradise, a Vintage National Parks Novel by Karen Barnett.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In 1927, Margie Lane, an avid naturalist, convinces her Senator father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainier National Park.

Since Ranger Ford Brannon lost his father in a climbing accident, he doubts his ability to protect the park and its many visitors.

He certainly doesn’t relish the job of watching over an idealistic and privileged young woman with no practical survival skills.

When Margie’s former fiance sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, Margie and Ford will have to work together to preserve the beauty and simplicity of this mountain hideaway, but the developer’s plans might put more than just the park in danger.




I was excited to meet Karen Barnett at the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat this past August… and she graciously gifted me a book. When I offered to read and review her book, she autographed another book for a giveaway!

I meant to announce the winner of the autographed copy… but with the holidays, the winner was never chosen. Well, today we’re going to announce the winner!!!




Happy Reading!



Giveaway © 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

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