Category Archives: Novella

Building a Future | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Building a Future, the fifth and final story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

After wedding season excitement, the couples settle down to the challenges of newly married life.

While the households are being set up, Ruby has concerns, and Naomi feels some growing pains of her own.

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Caleb and Ruby are happily married, as well as his sisters, Emma, who is wed to Peter Miller, and Lizzie, who is wed to John Beiler.

Married life can be wonderful; however, couples are not without their difficulties. While Caleb and Ruby discover a problem of their own, Naomi lies to protect the reputation of a young man, but it turns around on her and could prove difficult to overcome.

Don’t miss this great story about family, friends, and life in Burnsville, PA.

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you’ll love the stories about The Fishers. . .

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Forging Friendships | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Forging Friendships, the fourth story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Sometimes the best way to see where we’re headed is to consider where we have been.

This is the story of Otto Lapp and how God uses imperfect men in His perfect plan.

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh cool!

This is the story of Amos Lapp, who lived near the Fishers before Samuel King bought the place.

I was always a bit curious about how it happened — and now I know.

This was a great story and it was nice reading about Otto Lapp, as well as catching up on the Fisher’s past and learning a bit more about the King family, too!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

A Harvest of Brides | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Harvest of Brides, the third story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Caleb and Ruby’s big day is approaching quickly.

However, this courting season, his sisters’ find that their path towards marriage is not so smooth.

Along with usual wedding preparations, Caleb is distracted. What is the secret his father is keeping?

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Somebody is getting married!!!

In book one, Planting Seeds, Caleb Fisher meets, and eventually woos, Ruby Stolzfus. In book two, Pulling Weeds, Caleb’s twin sisters find their own gentleman callers.

Now the Fishers are planning not one, but three weddings! Isn’t that exciting!

This calls for lots and lots of celery, which is used for cooking as well as for decoration. And more food to be prepared than many of us see in an entire month. Because Amish weddings are big.

BIG.

HUGE.

Don’t miss this great story about family, friends, and weddings in Burnsville, PA.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Pulling Weeds | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Pulling Weeds, the second story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Caleb Fisher’s “interchangeable” twin sisters, Emma and Lizzie, are up to their old tricks. When their prank backfires in the worst possible way, can Caleb sort out his sisters and their suitors?

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved reading about Lizzie and Emma Fisher and their “twin” antics. . . identical twins enjoy fooling family members, friends, and others in the community. And when they meet a couple of boys at the youth meeting and find that they’re not as suitable as they hoped, they inadvertently switch places — and find that they’re delighted at the change.

These are such fun stories, you will be entertained from the first one to the very last.  I know I was.

Let me encourage you to try these stories.  You won’t be disappointed. . .

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Planting Seeds | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Planting Seeds, the first story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Caleb Fisher and his family welcome the new neighbors to their community.

When a misunderstanding takes all of the quiet out of his peaceful life, he begins to wonder what type of seeds he has sown.

Is the red-headed Ruby a gift from God or a thorny weed in his garden?

Follow the Fisher family in this Amish serial novel by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

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The Fishers from Barnville, PA
Population 1300
The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved reading about Caleb Fisher and his family. . . when another Amish family move move nearby, Caleb does the neighborly thing and offers to help Samuel King by teaching him how to “make iron bend”.

Samuel’s wife, Rebecca, has a twin sister who lives with them. Ruby finds herself thinking of Caleb. . . but after one misunderstanding after another, it seems impossible for the couple to ever agree on anything. Will Caleb ever find love?

Don’t miss this fun story about family, friends, and life in Burnsville, PA.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

The Fishers | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 


Tomorrow I will begin reviewing stories from the The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

Follow the Fisher family in this Amish serial novel by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

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The Fishers from Barnville, PA
Population 1300

 

 

 

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Promise of Peppermint | Valerie Comer

 

 

Today I am reviewing Promise of Peppermint, an intro to the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series by one of my favorite authors, Valerie Comer.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Will fear choke out a second chance at love?

When Wade Roper discovers the woman who fled from his proposal four years before now lives in his new neighborhood, he believes God is offering a second chance to win her love.

He vows to take it as slow as she needs but, this time, he won’t let her get away.

Rebekah Jackson’s fears run deep since a traumatic incident in her youth.

If perfect love casts out fear, then what she’d felt for Wade couldn’t have been love. Seeing him again brings all her longings and fears back to the surface.

Can she put her trust in him and in the God who loves them both? Because, while second chances are rare, third chances are all but unheard of.

 

Promise of Peppermint… the intro to Urban Farm Fresh Romance by Valerie Comer!Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Promise Of Peppermint is a sequel to the short story Peppermint Kisses . . . and a prequel to the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series!

I loved this quick read! It’s awesome!

It’s always enjoyable to visit with familiar characters, such as Rebekah and Wade, who are featured in this story. Valerie’s stories are a blessing, with helpful — and healthful — references to locally grown food. This novella connects Valerie’s Farm Fresh romances and her new Urban Farm Fresh Romances.

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

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.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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!!!

 

TERRESSA

 

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Giveaway © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Mending the Motocross Champion | Jean C. Gordon

 


Today I am reviewing Mending the Motocross Champion,l by Jean C. Gordon.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Physical therapist Dana VanAlstyne’s dreams of a family were lost in the dust of a motocross racecourse. Although she’s filled her life with her work and church activities, it hasn’t filled the empty space inside her.

Nor has it eased the heartache of being abandoned by a man who wasn’t ready for a wife and children. Now her dream is to open her own private practice. All she needs is the capital to make that happen.

Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice. Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die.

Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?

TEAM MACACHEK: Meet the strong women and fearless men of the motocross circuit.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved the story of Dana and Mac. . .

Wow! What a story!

Dana VanAlstyne loved Anton “Mac” Macachek, but she couldn’t risk her heart when he was risking his life on the motocross racetrack. After she receives a call that he’s been in an accident,  will she stay, or leave him again? Read the story and find out for yourself. By the time you finish it, you’ll be reaching for the tissues!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

The Road to Paradise | Karen Barnett

 


Today I am reviewing 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.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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!

If this book sounds interesting and you would like to win a copy, leave a comment… and you just might be the winner of a copy of The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel.

The promised view of the mountain peak waited, cloaked in mist like a tissue-wrapped gift not ready to be unveiled.

Doesn’t that make you want to keep reading? I certainly did…and I did!

This book is inspiring, with humor and colorful characters. Margaret Lane, the daughter of a U.S. Senator, and Chief Ranger Ford Brayden are indeed inspiring characters, as they fight to save the national park. 

Get your own copy today…

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

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