Category Archives: Novella

A Match Made in Williamstown | Jean C. Gordon


Today I am reviewing A Match Made in Williamstown, one of three stories in The Matchmakers, by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Ellie Alexander is in love. And the only thing sweeter would be if Libby, Natalie, and Stephanie, her three unmarried, unattached granddaughters, could find the same happiness. Maybe with a little help from her and her beau Blake Parker . . .

Libby Schuyler has avoided dating since her break-up with college-sweetheart Jack Parker. Out of nowhere, Jack shows up claiming Ellie is swindling his grandfather, Blake, through a travel agency partnership they’ve formed.

Libby and Jack team up to protect their grandparents and get to the bottom of Ellie and Blake’s business and romantic relationship. While Libby and Jack fight their reignited attraction, Ellie and Blake conspire to bring the two together.




I wasn’t sure what to expect. . . and I found myself completely entertained. I was happy for Ellie, who found a special friend in Blake, at a time when they can appreciate their new relationship. And, of course, she wants her three granddaughters to find the same love and contentment that she and Blake have found. . . if she can just find the perfect matches for each of them.

Libby hasn’t really been able to get over her first love. Ellie and Blake use this to try and bring Libby and Jack together again — hoping this time true love will conquer all. Reading this story, I could just imagine  how heart-broken they both were when they broke up — and I hoped they could put the past behind them and make a future together.

I won’t say anything more, lest I spoil it for you, but I think you’ll love getting to know the characters in A Match Made in Williamstown. They’re funny, loving, compassionate, adventurous, and kind. I’d love to plan my next vacation to visit Williamstown!

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

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

Christmas Blessing | Martha Rogers



Today I am reviewing Christmas Blessing, part of the Christmas Mail Order Brides series by Martha Rogers.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Annelle Pugh is the daughter caretaker of her retired sea captain father who is in poor health.

As she approaches age thirty, he smothers any of her attempts at a social life, and Nelle becomes discouraged and fearful she’ll never have a home of her own.

While her aunt is visiting and taking care of the Captain, Nelle grabs the chance to go west and become one of the Mail Order Angels requested by a group of men in Wyoming.

Riley Thornton is a rancher mourning the death of his wife and desperately needs someone to care for his three children. After several nanny attempts fail, Riley signs up for one of the Angel Brides who consented to come to Wyoming.

Riley almost backs out when he sees how petite Nelle is and doubts she’ll be able to handle two growing daughters and a barely walking son as well as take care of the cooking and cleaning.

Despite her doubts, Nelle begins to love Riley, but at every turn her fear of being sent back East keeps her from letting her feelings be known. As they work together, Riley comes to realize Nelle is special and truly his blessing from God at Christmas.





Christmas Mail Order Bride…

I’m not sure I have the words to tell you how much I enjoyed reading this wonderful Christmas story! It touched my heart much more than I expected . . .

Annelle Pugh has been a good and faithful daughter, yet her father demands she stay at home, while criticizing her for neglecting her duties. His sister, her Aunt Aleanor, isn’t much better. Annelle knows the only future she has – outside her father’s home – is to accept Riley Thornton’s offer to become his mail order bride.

Martha Rogers writes a superb story of hope and love. I literally couldn’t put the story down until it was finished. The characters are so life-like, I could smell the cooking and see little Katie, with her missing tooth!

Don’t miss this excellent Christmas read . . . it will warm your heart and make your holiday soar.



Review © DJ Mynatt 2018


The Christmas Scrapbook | Philip Gulley




Today I am posting my review of The Christmas Scrapbook by Philip Gulley.

Here is a brief synopsis:

It’s autumn in Harmony, and Pastor Sam Gardner has vowed to be ready for Christmas.

Determined to redeem a dreadful history of gift giving, Sam enrolls in a scrapbooking class to make a Christmas gift his wife will never forget.

However, Sam’s absence from their home every Wednesday night, coupled with his fishy alibi of attending a men’s group, raises her suspicions.

Meanwhile, Sam struggles in the class and must attempt to complete his project with only the help of his faithful secretary, Frank.

As Christmas fast approaches and rumors of Sam’s Wednesday night absences swirl along with the snow, a series of mishaps leads to a Christmas no one will soon forget.



Philip Gulley is an amazing author… funny, quirky, and sometimes almost “too” true to life! I’m crazy about his Harmony Series about a Quaker minister — Sam Gardner and how he relates to family, his church, and his life.

Gulley has written the Home to Harmony series and it is one of my favorites! I can identify many of the characters with people from my own past and present life. I usually grab a hankie — just to wipe the tears from all the laughter when reading his books.

The Christmas Scrapbook is an 89-page novella that would be a quick read, except that I laugh so much I cry and keep reaching for tissues to dry my eyes.

The trouble begins in September, when Sam tells his wife he joined a men’s group, when the truth is he joined a class to make a scrapbook for his wife’s Christmas gift.

Several clues (and help from friends) lead his wife to believe that he is either cheating on her . . . or dying!

Read about the trouble Sam has with Dale Henshaw’s progressive Nativity scene, Mrs. Gruber, plus an absolute disaster with scissors and superglue. Thankfully it all works out.

Read the story this month… you’ll be glad you did.

God bless you!

Merry Christmas!


Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

A Reunion in Pinecraft | Shelley Shepard Gray



Today I am reviewing A Reunion in Pinecraft, the fourth book of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery.

After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister.

He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?




This was such a cute, little story. I was holding my breath until Graham revealed the truth about what happened, but, of course, everything worked out! If you enjoy stories by Shelley Shepard Gray, you’ll enjoy A Reunion in Pinecraft!

Happy Reading!


God bless you!

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.



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft | Shelley Shepard Gray



Today I am reviewing A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, the fourth book of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Christmas has come to Pinecraft in bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final Amish Brides of Pinecraft novel, an uplifting story that proves anything is possible when you follow your heart

When manager Beverly Overholt’s beloved Orange Blossom Inn is broken into, she’s shaken to the core. The inn has been her whole life since arriving in the quaint Amish vacation town of Pinecraft, Florida. Hoping to repair what’s been lost, Beverly calls Eric Wagler, the inn’s handsome owner. To her surprise, he promises to be on the next flight out of Philadelphia.

Ever since her fiancé jilted her, Beverly’s been closed off to love. However, with Eric things feel different. She can’t help but be hopeful that their work relationship will turn into something more—even though they are from different worlds. She grew up Amish and is now Mennonite. Eric, on the other hand, grew up on the city streets of Philadelphia. How could they ever find common ground?

But as Beverly and Eric put the inn back together, prepare for Christmas, and even witness romance blossoming for another couple, the trust—and love—between them grows. Will Christmas bring a second chance for Beverly? And if it does, will she be brave enough to take it?




I love this final story. . . and how Shelley completes the series in such a productive, satisfying way. Oh yeah, I was over-the-top by the end!

Thank you, Shelley!

In The Promise of Palm Grove, you met Beverly Overholt, who runs the inn, and receives some disturbing news from Eric Wagler.  In the sequel, The Proposal at Siesta Key, Beverly hears from Eric again, as well as several other unexpected guests. In this final story, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, Beverly has trouble adjusting to being at the inn after a break-in. Will Eric be able to convince her to stay? I think Shelley handled everything perfectly, bringing everyone together at the end.

Don’t miss this amazing series!


God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft


A Wish on Gardenia Street | Shelley Shepard Gray



Today I am reviewing A Wish on Gardenia Street, a novella to be read after The Proposal at Siesta Key and before A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, also part of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series with a special addition—a tale of wishing and wanting…and what the heart really needs

Good things may come to those who wait, but Mattie Miller is confident that great things come to those who go after what they want…and Mattie wants Danny Brenneman. Danny is the reason she’s returned to the sunny Amish community of Pinecraft, Florida—well, that and to see her best friend Leona get married.

Mattie’s met Danny only once before but she knows the spark between them is sure to lead to something special. Despite a missing cat, wedding day chaos, and Danny himself, she’s confident this vacation can only end one way: in an engagement of her very own!




I loved reading about Mattie Miller, who we met in The Promise of Palm Grove. In this sequel, Mattie returns to Pinecraft for her friend’s wedding. But Mattie is also hoping to re-connect with Danny Brenneman, the young man she’s been corresponding with since her first visit.

Does Mattie find love in Pinecraft? Well, I could tell you… and ruin the story for you, but I’m not about to do that. So I’m not going to tell you. Instead, I encourage you to get a copy of this ebook and read it for yourself. If you’re reading this series, you won’t want to miss this exciting story!

Happy Reading…


God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft


The Amish Shop Girl | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall



Today I am reviewing The Amish Shop Girl, a new Barnville Story by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

To the English, she’s “that Amish girl”.

To the Amish, she’s that girl who went chasing her “dream man”.

Now unable to leave the city, what chance does she have to find her perfect match?



I enjoyed reading The Amish Shop Girl. . .

Hannah Hershberger follows her boyfriend, John Miller, to the city, where she discovers that he has bad intentions. But since she signed a lease on her apartment, she’s stuck there for six months. This story is very intriguing, with more than a few surprises along the way.

Does John get Hannah in trouble? Does he take advantage of her? Will she stay the six months? Is there a happy ending? Grab a copy of this book and read it for yourself.

Happy Reading!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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