Dangerous Testimony | Dana Mentink


Today I am reviewing  Dangerous Testimony, the fourth book in the Pacific Coast Private Eyes series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:


Four weeks before she’s set to testify at a gang murder trial, someone is determined to make sure that Candace Gallagher Andrews never takes the stand.

When nowhere is safe for the private investigator or her little girl, Candace turns to the only person she can trustlongtime friend and former navy SEAL Marco Quidel.

For Marco, protecting Candace is not just another duty. As the trial date nears and the killer stalks ever closer, Marco knows fear for the first timethe fear of losing Candace and her daughter.

But while Marco begins seeing Candace as more than just a friend, her late husband’s memory is never far from her mind.

So he must keep Candace alive—and not get emotionally involved—long enough to put away a killer.



Candace Gallagher Andrews is shocked when she witnesses a murder…

Whew… exciting stories!

In this fourth book of the series, tension mounts as Jay Rico convinces Candace that her entire family is in danger unless she does exactly as he says. . .  and she’s determined to protect her family. I’d love to say more, but I’m afraid if I do, I’ll give too much away! Get this book! Read it! Today!

Dana Mentink creates complex, interesting characters – and if you haven’t read the other stories in this series, let me encourage you to do so… you can read just one – or all four in sequence – but just do it!

Happy Reading!


God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

PS… Dana, I didn’t give away Marco’s nickname — but I love it!


Winner | Kelly Irvin Marathon



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THANK YOU to everyone for entering!


God bless you!

Giveaway © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Through the Autumn Air | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am promoting Through the Autumn Air, the third book in the Every Amish Season series by one of my favorite authors, Kelly Irvin.  Be sure to pre-order your copy today!




About the Book

Book: Through the Autumn Air

Author: Kelly Irvin

Genre: Amish Romance

Release Date: August 14, 2018

A mysterious English stranger appears in Mary Katherine Ropp’s kitchen one autumn night, heralding the beginning of a new chapter in the widow’s life.

The mother of ten, Mary Katherine is an empty-nester who lost her husband four years earlier. She misses her husband so much, she still talks to him. She pours her creative spirit into writing stories and serves as the district’s Budget newspaper scribe. An avid reader, her dream is to open a bookstore with her English friend, but the church elders want this wayward widow to work in an Amish-owned combination store.

When an English man breaks into her house looking for food, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to her good friend, Ezekiel, who needs a cook at the restaurant he started after his wife died ten years earlier. Mary Katherine and Ezekiel set out separately to make sure their new friend isn’t caught up in the investigation, and their efforts keep bringing them together. They’re both still so in love with their long-gone spouses, so when the sparks begin to fly, they are beyond confused. Is it possible to find “The One” more than once in a lifetime?

But as Mary Katherine stands by her dear friend after the death of her husband, Mary Katherine is reminded of the terrible risk in giving her heart to someone. Can these two people, well-versed in the pain of loss, put the past behind them and trust in the hope of the future?


Through the Autumn Air… an Every Amish Season novel by Kelly Irvin – Tweet this!


God bless you!

Promo © 2018 DJ Mynatt


Beneath the Summer Sun | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing Beneath the Summer Sun, the second book in the Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry, and with two men pursuing her, she doesn’t have to look far. But after the pain she’s experienced, can she open her heart to love?

It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to shed her grief and remarry for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is it isn’t grief that’s holding her back, but rather a fear of a repeat of her abusive marriage.

Paul Graber has known–and loved–Jennie since they were children, and he’d hoped to court her when they were teenagers. But when he was fourteen, Paul’s father died suddenly in his arms. Ever since he’s been afraid of the searing pain of loss that comes from opening himself up to love. Now Jennie’s free again and he’s fighting to have the courage not to lose her a second time.

Nathan Walker is a Mennonite book salesman who makes it a point to stop by Jennie’s farm as often as he can. He’s grown to care for her, but he knows he has no right to court her unless he resolves his own struggle with his faith. He will have to change everything about his life in order to join the Jamesport Amish community. But would he be embracing a new life or running from his old?

The path isn’t clear for any of them. These three people, drawn together by circumstances and God’s plan, must come to grips with their pasts in order to discern God’s plan for their futures and find peace beneath the summer sun.




Four years after the death of her spouse, Jennie is pursued by not one, but two men. Leo Graber has been in love with Jennie since before her first marriage. Nathan Walker has been in love with her for years. Leo Graber is Amish. Nathan Walker is Mennonite.

Meanwhile the community can’t understand why Jennie hasn’t married and provided a father for her seven children. But Jennie has a terrible secret. . . and, in my opinion, the author addresses it in the best possible way.

This story deserves its’ own box of tissues.

These stories has had a profound effect on me and I am looking forward to the next two books in the series. They will definitely capture your attention and hold it tightly until the very end.

Kelly Irvin has written an heart-felt story! Don’t miss this wonderful series. Pick up a copy today. . .

Happy Reading!!!


God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


Upon A Spring Breeze | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing Upon A Spring Breeze, the first book in the Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

After a devastating winter, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident.

Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?




What an amazing author!

I felt like I was in the midst of the story myself when Aiden came into the house to give the news to Bess and her mother-in-law Mattie. And Kelly Irvin did a wonderful job at showing how different people deal with bad news. . . and how difficult it can be for those who take longer to get over it

Bess and Aiden take longer than everyone to deal with their grief. . . Bess can’t see beyond her loss, and Aiden can’t seem to forgive himself for his part in his best friend’s tragic death. Will they ever look toward the future and leave the past behind?

This series promises a wonderful look at the different seasons of life. Grab a copy of this first story and don’t forget to have plenty of tissues on hand.

Kelly Irvin has written an awesome story! I enjoyed it so much, I couldn’t wait to write the review and pick up the next book in the series to continue reading.

Happy Reading!!!


God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


Love By the Numbers | Laura V. Hilton


Today I am reviewing Love By the Numbers, a novel by Laura V. Hilton.

Here is a brief synopsis:

After a buggy accident claims the life of her fiancé, Lydia Hershberger makes a fresh start in Jamesport, Missouri, managing a gift store.

It isn’t long before she meets the young man hired to handle the bookkeeping—Caleb Bontrager, whose handcrafted cuckoo clocks are sold in the store.

And it isn’t long before Caleb has made up his mind about her: bright and sparkly but not right for him. Alarmed by his attraction to her, he determines to settle down with someone more practical. Less sparkle. More logic.

But he can’t seem to shake his feelings for Lydia.

When false allegations by the bishop back home catch up with Lydia and threaten to ruin her reputation, can she clear her name and find lasting happiness? Or will her sunny disposition fade away into heartbreak?




Tall. Sandy-blond hair. Clean-shaven face. Milk-chocolate-brown eyes.

Pardon me but, YUM!

All right, Laura. You definitely have my attention right away. I mean, who in their right mind would lay the book down now! Not me. And you shouldn’t either!

But if that’s not enough, there’s more action than you’d expect, keeping you glued to the story until the very end. I have authors who keep me awake half the night, finishing their book.

Laura, you definitely keep me awake at night–when I’m reading one of your books I can’t put it down!

Love By the Numbers is a wonderful story. . . and you know, that’s just the way people act. They want something — even when they don’t want it!

But enough clues… get a copy and read this book for yourself. You’ll love the interaction between the characters and how much like real life the author writes. Read it. You’ll soon forget you’re reading a story… and feel like you’re right there in the middle of the action.

Happy Reading!



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.




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!!!




Happy Reading!



Giveaway © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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