Category Archives: New Releases

A Seat by the Hearth | Amy Clipston

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Priscilla Allgyer knows she cannot leave the past behind. But can love lead her toward the promise of healing?

Priscilla Allgyer left the community to escape the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return—along with her six-year-old son—to the place she thought she’d left behind forever. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her father is cold and strict. He allows Priscilla to stay with them provided she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.

As Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day—while Mark, unused to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won’t give up the pursuit of her friendship. Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark, even if she doesn’t realize it—and after Priscilla’s father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, their relationship becomes more complicated than ever.

As affection quietly grows between them, Priscilla struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I can’t recall a book written by Amy Clipston that I didn’t enjoy! And this one is no exception. It’s the third book in the Amish Homestead series and a powerful story of love, abuse and forgiveness. Although heart-breaking at times, A Seat by the Hearth is one of the author’s best stories yet!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. A Place at our Table
  2. Room on the Porch Swing
  3. A Seat by the Hearth
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Catching Christmas | Terri Blackstock

 

 

Today I am reviewing Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock.

Here is a brief synopsis:

This Year, Christmas Comes Just in Time

As a first-year law associate, Sydney Batson knows she will be updating her resume by New Year’s if she loses her current court case. So when her grandmother gets inexplicably ill while she’s in court, Sydney arranges for a cab to get her to the clinic.

The last thing cab driver Finn Parrish wants is to be saddled with a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. But because Miss Callie reminds him of his own mother, whom he failed miserably in her last days, he can’t say no when she keeps calling him for rides. Once a successful gourmet chef, Finn’s biggest concern now is making his rent, but half the time Callie doesn’t remember to pay him. And as she starts to feel better, she leads him on wild goose chases to find a Christmas date for her granddaughter.

When Finn meets Sydney, he’s quite sure that she’s never needed help finding a date. Does Miss Callie have an ulterior motive, or is this just a mission driven by delusions? He’s willing to do whatever he can to help fulfill Callie’s Christmas wish. He just never expected to be a vital part of it.

“Terri Blackstock’s latest offering touches tender places with its quirky characters and stirring plot. Catching Christmas explores what happens when the paths of a disenchanted Taxi driver collide with that of an overworked attorney. Blackstock weaves a compelling, romantic tale that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!” —Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Honeysuckle Dreams

“Blackstock’s Catching Christmas is not your average romance. Darling and laugh-out-loud cute, it makes the reader think about the important things in life. I read it in one gulp and wished there was more. Highly recommended!” —Colleen Coble, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Hope Beach series and the Lavender Tides series

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved reading about Finn Parrish, a taxi driver who picks up Miss Callie, a wheelchair-bound old lady with dementia. This strikes close to home for me, since I’ve been a part-time caretaker for a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease. Finn, who was previously a gourmet chef, is now concerned most with paying his rent, but spends time trying to help Miss Callie, even on his days off.

When Finn meets Miss Callie’s over-worked granddaughter Sydney, he’s not quite sure what to think of her. What happens next? I’ll let you read this entertaining Christmas story for yourself and find out!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

The Alien’s Daughter | JC Morrows, Macy Morrows

 

  


Today I am reviewing The Alien’s Daughter, the 1st chapter book in the Tales of a Teenage Alien Human Hybrid series, by JC Morrows and Macy Morrows.

Here is a brief synopsis:

As if being a teenager isn’t hard enough. . .

Can you imagine how it feels to wake up one day and find out that you are not who you thought you were?

If you’re anything like me, you know it’s hard enough trying to fit in—in high school—without having to deal with the knowledge that your dad is an alien part of the time. I don’t even get how you can be an alien part of the time. . .

Not to mention all of the crazy new alien gifts you really wish you could return.

Oh well, at least I have an explanation for the blue hair.

So, not only do I get to deal with school bullies this fall, who I’m apparently not allowed to use my new abilities on, I have to keep anyone from finding out my secret. . . and keep my grades up.

Could life get any crazier!

Book one of the Tales of a Teenage Alien Human Hybrid series.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Zoe is a really cool character… with blue hair — and a few new strange powers that have just shown up!

And she has two dads!

Well… not really. But her dad has two very different personalities, so much so that she calls one of them Nice Dad and the other one Not-so-nice Dad.  Personally, I wish Not-so-nice Dad would take a hike!  Unfortunately, if he does, Nice Dad won’t stay around, either. Even if she wants him to…

How does Zoe learn to control her powers? What happens with her dad? Read the story and find out, like I did… and once you do, you’ll want to know more (like I do) and you’ll be anticipating the return of Zoe (and her dads) in The Hybrid Challenge.

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Lost Christmas Memories | Dana Mentink

 

 

Today I am reviewing Lost Christmas Memories, the fourth — and final — novel in the Gold Country Cowboys series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A witness with amnesia…

Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?

Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw.

Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her.

With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember… and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love reading suspense stories by Dana Mentink… and she doesn’t disappoint with her newest release, Lost Christmas Memories.

The fact that I began reading it tonight and didn’t stop until I reached the end — at 12:58 AM — should tell you that this story is an amazing one… and one you won’t want to put down until the end, either.

You won’t believe everything that happens to Tracy Wilson!  First, she witnesses a murder, then she’s involved in a car accident and can’t remember anything about the murder, then no one really believes her story — except for Keegan Thorn. But Keegan has his own set of problems, and Tracy’s grandpa almost convinces her that Keegan is the one who’s endangering her life. And that Keegan isn’t the nice guy she thinks he is!

Oh mercy!  This is such a great story! And as soon as I have time, I’m going to go back and read all four stories in order… Cowboy Christmas Guardian, Treacherous Trails, Cowboy Bodyguard, and Lost Christmas Memories (again). This is an awesome series!

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas | Ace Collins

 

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

 

 

Today I am reviewing Stories behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

Here is a brief synopsis:

The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.

The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of Christmas—gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more—infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus’ birth. Discover how:

• after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus’ incarnation.

• the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.

• the magi’s three gifts—gold, frankincense, and myrrh—are filled with spiritual symbolism.

The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

If you’re looking for a Christmas book full of traditions, stories and information, this is the one to pick! I was very impressed with this wonderful book. 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… with stories and information about everything Christmas… from advent to mistletoe to The Nutcracker Ballet…

This is a wonderful book to share with your children and grandchildren during the holiday season.

 

God Bless You!

and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

An Amish Homecoming | Clipston, Wiseman, Gray, Fuller

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing An Amish Homecoming, by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Kathleen Fuller.

Here is the synopsis:

Four brand new Amish stories of coming home.

No Place Like Home  by Amy Clipston

Estranged daughter Eva Dienner has been staying with her in-laws, the Riehls, since her husband was killed in a fire, but now she wants her son to meet his maternal grandparents. Upon her return, Eva finds that the man her parents always intended for her is living in their daadihaus and running the dairy farm for them for free, despite her suspicions of him taking advantage of her family. Eva knows she should put the past behind her, but is she ready to move into the future?

When Love Returns  by Beth Wiseman

Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn’t face her stern parents’ reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused him—until he meets Sarah’s daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Sarah and Abram must find a way to face the truth of their past so they can rekindle their first love.

The Courage to Love  by Shelley Shepard Gray

After the death of her Englisch husband, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for helping them around the house. But when Mary Ruth and Henry’s son Marcus comes around, he isn’t pleased with the woman they’ve taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren’t always what they seem.

What Love Built  by Kathleen Fuller

Independent and headstrong, Carolyn is determined to forge ahead with the opening of her bakery, a lifelong dream, in the Birch Creek home she left ten years ago. But she’s in over her head and needs help with the cleaning, shopping, and deliveries. Carpenter Atlee Shetler is visiting Birch Creek to escape the memories of his late wife. He takes a job renovating the new bakery and finds the project—and its owner—to be much more than he bargained for. Both Carolyn and Atlee must face pains of the past if they want to have the bright future God has planned for them.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

His Promise | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

 

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

Here is a brief synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest Christmas novel in her Amish of Hart County series.

It’s set to be a white Christmas in Hart County, and Grace King is pet-sitting in a beautiful home with only a difficult dachshund for company. Just as she starts to miss the bustle of her large Amish family, Grace runs into a familiar face. Living right next door is John Michael Miller. He’s a fireman now, but five years ago, he had courted her older sister, then broke her heart. Seeing him again stirs Grace’s anger, but also reminds her of deeper feelings she’s done her best to deny.

The infatuation John Michael once saw in Grace’s eyes is long gone, though his complicated attraction to her remains. He had walked away all those years ago when he realized he was falling in love with the wrong sister.

Now, as suspicious fires are set in their community, that’s not an option. Grace dismisses his warnings, and John Michael vows to keep an eye on her. But he can’t help wondering if he’s reconnected with Grace, only to risk losing her again.

Now all John Michael wants for Christmas is to keep Grace safe, in the hopes that they can one day have a future together.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. Her Secret
  2. His Guilt
  3. The Gift
  4. His Risk
  5. Her Fear
  6. His Promise

 

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