Category Archives: New Releases

the Meek | Amos Wyse, Laura J Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing the Meek, a new Amish Romantic Suspense novel by Amos Wyse & Laura J Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For the English, it was the end of the world as they knew it. For the Amish, it was Tuesday.

Jedediah Wenger lost his family to an Englishe drunk driver. He has yet to put his life back together including the long-forgotten courting of the Bishop’s daughter, Felicity Troyer. When he’s suddenly faced with the task of helping the fading mid-western town of Prosperity survive, he realizes the task is greater than the town or the District can overcome.

Hearing about Prosperity through a ragtag ham radio, the remnants of the Government sends U.S. Cavalry Captain Jimmy Flanagan to protect the town which has evolved into a symbol of hope for all of America. His nagging concerns about his family in Nebraska keep him restless where he would otherwise find contentment.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

As I’ve previously said, I am a huge fan of Amos Wyse & Laura J Marshall… who have a new Amish Romantic Suspense out — and it’s truly amazing!

Jedidiah Wenger is an awesome young man who, after losing his parents and siblings, hires three couples to help him with the harvest and the canning of food he’ll need to get through the winter. He has no idea early one morning when he sees the sky light up with flashes of what he believes to be lightning, that the English world is forever changed. 

The sheriff in town confirms reports of power outages all across the country, causing widespread panic, looting, and rioting everywhere. Most of the people in the community are happy to work with the Amish and Mennonite families, because daily life for them is the same…

I love how the authors did such thorough research that I found myself deeply involved in the story. The characters are realistic, the action is more than enough to hold your interest and the ending… well, you’ll see (if you read it).

There’s so much more I could tell you, but I’d really rather encourage you to read the Meek for yourself. If you enjoy Amish suspense novels, you’ll love this new story by these amazing authors!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

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On This Christmas | 5-year journal

 

 

Today I am reviewing On This Christmas, a five-year journal of your favorite traditions, memories & gifts.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Capture five years of your favorite Christmas memories in this beautiful, keepsake guided journal. Building on the highly popular “one line a day” journal concept, On This Christmas: A Five-Year Journal of Your Favorite Traditions, Memories, and Gifts is an interactive keepsake that allows you to record your holiday celebrations over the course of five years.

Every joyful Christmas season you think, I’ll never forget this! But the memories slip quietly away over time. Now you can save them and treasure them all in one place. This Christmas is a five-year guided journal with thought-provoking prompts such as “The gift I’m most excited to share,” “We are choosing to slow down the holiday by ______,” “A special blessing we enjoyed,” and “Our favorite tradition this year.”

With Scripture and inspirational thoughts, This Christmas will help you preserve precious times with friends and family as you celebrate the Christmas season.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I was very impressed with this 5-year journal. First, it’s a beautiful, hard-bound, book that’s small enough to tuck into your bookcase among your other favorite Christmas books.

And it’s the perfect keepsake… a special place to preserve all your memories of each Christmas season, beginning on the very first day of the month and ending on Christmas Day — not just for one year, but for 5 years!

What a wonderful idea… a journal to share with your children and grandchildren during future holiday seasons.

HINT:  This would also make a great, early Christmas gift for family and friends.

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

Gathering of Sisters | Darla Weaver

 

 

Today I am reviewing Gathering of Sisters: A Year with My Old Order Mennonite Family, by Darla Weaver.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Once a week Darla Weaver bundles her children into the buggy, hitches up her spirited mare, and drives six miles to the farm where she grew up. There she gathers with her four sisters and their children for a day with their mother.

In Gathering of Sisters, Weaver writes about her horse-and-buggy Mennonite family and the weekly women’s gatherings that keep them connected. On warm days, the children play and fish and build houses of hay in the barn. In the winter, everyone stays close to the woodstove, with puzzles and games and crocheting.

No matter the weather, the Tuesday get-togethers of this Old Order Mennonite family keep them grounded and centered in their love for God and for each other.

The rest of the week is full of laundry, and errands, and work that never ends. But Tuesdays are about being sisters, daughters, and mothers.

Hear straight from Amish and Mennonite people themselves as they write about their daily lives and deeply rooted faith in the Plainspoken series from Herald Press. Each book includes “A Day in the Life of the Author” and the author’s answers to FAQs about the Amish and Mennonites.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This book is part of the Plainspoken Real-life stories of Amish and Mennonite… stories read mostly by other Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites, and rarely by the larger public. I’m not certain why the groups enjoy reading these stories, but I’m pretty sure there are many other readers that are curious about the Amish, Mennonites, and Hutterites.

Darla Weaver shares a year in her life — and the life of her family — with interesting anecdotes and a joy many of us can only wish for. I lost myself in the stories time and again, wishing I could spend my Tuesdays with them. If you would like to get a better look into Old Order Mennonite life, check out Gathering of Sisters.

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

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Finding a Plain Christmas | Amos Wyse, Laura J Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Finding a Plain Christmas, a wonderful Christmas Barnville story by Amos Wyse & Laura J Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Kirsten Bergman, writer for Harrisburg Magazine, is busy checking off the boxes on her Christmas lists.

Her boss and secret crush, Richard Collins, unexpectedly assigns her to a story in Amish country, which seems like he’s setting her up for failure.

But is he actually giving her the greatest gift of all?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I am a huge fan of Amos Wyse & Laura J Marshall!

I’ve enjoyed reading their books since I picked up the first one — and now I have a new favorite!

Finding a Plain Christmas

You’re gonna love this Christmas story…

Kirsten Bergman reminded me of myself — and how I love to make lists, and decorate for the holiday, and buy the perfect gifts for loved ones, and plan Christmas parties. When she’s assigned a story by her editor, Richard Collins, about how the Amish celebrate Christmas, she heads to Amish country. What she finds is no help at all!!!

No Christmas trees… no decorations… no parties… no Santa…

What will she do? She has no idea how — or what — to write about the holiday.

With Richard’s help, she learns how to enjoy Amish Country… and Christmas — in a different, better way. Oh my goodness! I loved this story!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

FEATURE | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

I am excited to feature several Amish series by 

SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY 

on my bookshelf blog this month

 

 

Blessings!

Feature © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

 

A Baby For the Minister | Laurel Blount

 


Today I am reviewing A Baby For the Minister, a Love Inspired book by Laurel Blount.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A minister with a heart of goldand a pregnant bride with no groom!

Jilted at the altar, Natalie Davis has no one she can turn to – until Jacob Stone steps in.

The single minister’s drawn to the beautiful mummy-to-be and wants to help…even if it goes against his congregation’s wishes and could cost him his job.

But when she refuses to accept charity, can he convince her she’s more than a ministry project?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

A Baby For the Minister was an enduring story. . . and the title is perfect. When Natalie is jilted at the altar, her substitute minister, Jacob Stone, steps in to help her.

I loved how Jacob refused to worry about his job. . . or the gossip flying all around. . . and did whatever he could to make Natalie’s life in an old, run-down house, bearable.

This is the first book I’ve read by Laurel Blount — but it certainly won’t be the last. Entertaining from beginning to end, you’ll love meeting Jacob Stone. . . and his enthusiasm for helping others! He is truly a blessing. . . and I hope this story blesses you as much as it did me.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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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