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.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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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.

 

 

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Blessings!

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?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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!

A REUNION OF HEARTS — Beth Wiseman

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.

MENDED HEARTS — Kelly Irvin

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!

 

Blessings!

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.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I LOVED CHRISTMAS BLESSING!

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.

Blessings!

 

Review © DJ Mynatt 2018

 

The Christmas Scrapbook | Philip Gulley

 

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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.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

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