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Introducing A MOTHER FOR LEAH by Rachel L Miller

 

 

 

Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?
Don’t miss this Sweet Amish Romance about loss, life and new love!

 

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And keep reading below for more about this fantastic book.

 

 


  

BEHIND THE SCENES:

10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT A Mother for Leah
      THE INFO BELOW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

1. The prologue for A Mother for Leah did not exist in the rough draft. It was added later—then removed at the request of an interested agent, then added back in at the request of the agent Rachel signed with.

2. Initially, Leah was a very unlikeable character. Fortunately, with edits (and the addition of a secondary romance), Leah became the charming, sweet girl we see in the final story.

3. The name of Leah’s father’s love interest changed four times before the author settled on Naomi.

4. A Mother for Leah is book 1 in a series. At the moment, there are three books proposed and contracted.

5. There is a companion series proposed, though it has not been finalized at this time.

6. A Mother for Leah takes place in upstate New York and, though Windy Gap is a fictional community that the author created, there are “real” Amish settlements in the area that inspired this novel and several others.

7. Leah is mentioned briefly in Naomi Miller‘s Lemon Tart Mystery – book 3 of her Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series. And yes, before you ask, a crossover has been discussed with the authors

8. The shop in Windy Gap named Sew Sweet is not a misspelling. It is an intentional play on words because the neighboring shops “Sew Sweet” and “SewNice” are owned by quirky sisters who thought it was a clever marketing ploy that customers would enjoy.

9. A Mother for Leah was written during Rachel’s very first NaNoWriMo session. (Yes, she won)

10. Rachel was introduced to Amish fiction (as a reader) and to the idea of writing Amish fiction—by her mother

 

Today I am reviewing A Mother for Leah by Rachel L Miller. 

I was hooked from the first page…

I could easily picture a little girl, standing on her porch, then rushing through the pouring rain to the waiting buggy… I’ve lost both parents and both sisters and I’m the last family member, so I’m sure you’ll understand when I cried buckets at the funeral. The rain falling on the big, black umbrella seemed totally appropriate.

Ten years pass and Samuel Fisher has remained single, albeit a difficult thing to do in his Amish community. Even after ten years, Leah is still missing her mother, while caring for her father and brothers. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll let you read it and discover what happens when Leah’s father decides it’s time to search for a wife.

Rachel L Miller writes with great depth and emotion. Her characters are well-developed and entertaining, and the story will leave you with feelings of love, hope and joy. If you enjoy reading Amish romance stories, you’ll LOVE reading A Mother For Leah.

A Mother For Leah is the first book in the Windy Gap Wishes series… I’m thrilled to help promote this awesome book — and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

 

ABOUT A Mother for Leah:

Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?

Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher’s death?

Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day.

Will she be able to recognize love when it’s right in front of her?

Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry… or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother?

Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder’s happiness at the same time?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel L Miller writes sweet Amish romance with a focus on faith, family and friendship.

She feels very strongly that God has led her to live a simpler lifestyle – thus her deep kinship with the plain people. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing fun, simple things like swimming, making sun tea, sitting outside watching the sunrise or listening to rain fall on the tin roof.

Rachel enjoys writing Amish fiction and hopes that the purity of her stories will allow God’s message to shine through more clearly. She also writes Contemporary Inspirational Romance – and with all of her stories she focuses on presenting romance the way God intended it to be.

Readers can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and her website: rlmauthor.com

 

 

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God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

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The Beloved Hope Chest | Amy Clipston

Today I am reviewing The Beloved Hope Chest, by Amy Clipston.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.

But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?

Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.

The Beloved Hope Chest… Don’t miss this new Amish fiction story by Amy Clipston Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I’ve read everything written by Amy Clipston — and I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Amy Clipston.

I have enjoyed the Amish Heirloom series, and the final story does not disappoint.

My heart went out to Mattie… and to Leroy, who tried so hard to comfort her. The story will pull you in and you’ll find yourself reaching for the tissues.

Don’t miss this story . . . I suggest you read the entire series if you can.

Happy Reading!

 

About Amy:


 

AMY CLIPSTON is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. She has sold more than 1 million books, and her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA.

Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats.

Visit her online at amyclipston.com on Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks and Twitter: @AmyClipston

 

A note from Amy Clipston

I am thrilled to share the The Beloved Hope Chest, which is the final installment of my Amish Home series.

In The Beloved Hope Chest, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of. Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past. But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades? Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it’s a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it’s past time to share it.

This book is very close to my heart since it is the last in my Amish Heirloom series. I’ve grown to love the Fisher family, and writing Mattie and Leroy’s story was bittersweet. This is a very emotional story, and I poured my heart and soul into it. I hope you enjoy this book since it reveals all of the mysteries that have been placed throughout the series.

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Giveaway:

 

To celebrate her tour, Amy is giving away a copy of An Amish Home and an handpicked Amish goodie chosen by Amy to two winners! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b3b3

 

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you’ll LOVE The Beloved Hope Chest!

God bless you!

 

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

 

My Thoughts

Anna Helmuth, with her husband Felty’s help, is determined to marry off Titus, one of their favorite grandsons. We met Titus in the first book of the series, and he’s taken an active part in each of the other books in the series. I always liked Titus, and wondered when Anna would pick out a wife for him.

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill | Jennifer Beckstrand

 


Today I am reviewing The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill, a novella by Jennifer Beckstrand found in The Amish Christmas Kitchen.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A dash of joy brings everything together . . .

Something’s always baking in an Amish oven, and at Christmastime, all the ingredients for joy are at hand. Wrap yourself in the warmth of the Amish home—and the Plain peace of hearts joined by love. 
 
When shy Katie Rose Gingerich’s dat sends her to Huckleberry Hill to secure a marriage proposal, she never expects to long for carefree Titus Helmuth—or to hope that he might want to spend every Christmas with her . . .

 

Anna and Felty Helmuth, Huckleberry Hill’s fav matchmakers, are at it again… Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

In The Amish Christmas Kitchen, Jennifer Beckstrand adds another novella to her amazing list of stories in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series…

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill

 

Anna Helmuth, with her husband Felty’s help, is determined to marry off as many of her grandchildren as possible . . . please don’t ask how many grandchildren they have — there’s too many! Trust me!

When Katie Rose Gingerich is sent to Bonduel to find a husband, the man her family chooses is Adam Wengerd. If you’ve read other books in the series, you’re probably agreeing with me that Adam is someone who needs a good, swift kick in the pants. (If you don’t agree with me, it’s ok).

In the meantime, Anna is concerned about Titus (remember him . . . he’s the one who always has a toothpick stuck in his mouth). When Anna decides to find a wife for Titus, there’s no stopping her. And when Katie shows up, Anna knows just what to do.

What happens with Adam, who is making himself look pretty good . . . and Titus, who’ll do anything for Anna and Felty . . . is nothing I’m going to reveal here!  Ha! You’ll have to get a copy of the book and find out for yourself.

And if you’ve enjoyed the series up to now, run, don’t walk, but run to the nearest bookstore, library, or make it easy on yourself and order one online . . . you could be reading it RIGHT NOW!!!

 

OK, no more chitchat… let me just say this novella is a perfect addition to the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Huckleberry Hearts | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL MARATHON

Today I am reviewing Huckleberry Hearts, the sixth book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by one of my very favorite authors, Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren.

And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…

Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction.

Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.

Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without — she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith.

Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love…

 

HUCKLEBERRY HEARTS by Jennifer Beckstrand… can matchmaker Anna Helmuth make an Englisch match? Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Once again, Jennifer Beckstrand has written a superb, entertaining, delightful story!

Anna will do most anything to make sure her grandchildren are properly wed… and Felty, although not as sure about matchmaking as Anna, will go along with the love of his life, his Annie-Banannie.

This time it’s Anna who is having surgery — and she’s delighted that her granddaughter will be caring for her. Cassie thinks she’s safe, because she’s joined the Englisch world. Will Anna really try to marry off her granddaughter to an Englischer?

My advice is to read the book and find out for yourself. I’ve read all six stories (plus a novella) in the series and I have yet to be disappointed; indeed, I’ve been delighted with each story — enough to read them over again several times.

What else can I say… wonderful, lovable characters, along with a matchmaking streak that has worked out perfectly so far. I don’t think Cassie has a chance to escape!

But don’t take my word for it; read it for yourself. PLEASE!

You’ll love it!

5-stars

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Huckleberry Harvest | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL MARATHON

Today I am reviewing Huckleberry Harvest, the fifth book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by the very talented Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s zest for matchmaking is unstoppable — and with grown-up grandchild number three on her way to their home in lovely Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, what better reason to put their talents to work once more?…

When Mandy Helmuth hears that her best friend Kristina’s heart has been broken, she decides to visit her grandparents and cheer her up.

Mandy never liked Noah Mischler anyway, with his rough exterior and outspoken ways. Unfortunately, she can’t avoid him — especially after he saves her life…

If he weren’t helping Felty with home repairs, Noah would be more than happy to stay away from uppity Mandy Helmuth.

Of course, then he wouldn’t have been able to rescue her — and she wouldn’t have had the chance to discover the real Noah beneath the tough persona — the one she falls in love with…

 

Felty steals the show! …in Huckleberry Harvest by Jennifer Beckstrand Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

WOW! Just when I think I can guess what Anna’s going to do next — I get a BIG surprise!

Of course, we know how she enjoys matchmaking… and so far she’s been very successful. This time I think it’s possible she was trying a bit too hard — she certainly was surprised when one of the boys she tried to match her granddaughter with wasn’t Amish!

This time Felty steps in and tries his hand at matchmaking! As usual, Anna does her thing, pulling him along for the ride. But this time something’s different! I’d love to tell you more, but I just can’t! You HAVE to read this for yourself!

Huckleberry Hill was awesome, but the sequels just keep getting better and better! I REALLY hope Kensington knows what a GEM they have found in Jennifer Beckstrand! Every book she writes is fresh and original – and just plain fun to read.

Each story is wonderfully different – I don’t know how she does it – and each character is unique, yet fits into the family perfectly! One grandson was determined to not marry; another was eager to marry; yet another had been arrested several times!

As a series, it’s familiar and comfortable, but nothing – except for Anna’s cooking – is the same from book to book. Even Anna’s matchmaking is a little different with each story. It’s a good thing Amish families are so big – Anna and Felty have plenty of grandchildren left for Jennifer to write about!

Jennifer takes you on a wild ride with Anna and Felty. You usually end up in the same place, but you’re a happier person at the end. Read the Huckleberry Hill series… you won’t want to miss a single one!

Don’t miss this amazing series!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Huckleberry Spring | Jennifer Beckstrand

 

MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL MARATHON

Today I am reviewing Huckleberry Spring, the fourth book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by the amazing, wonderful, multi-talented author, Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Nothing gives Anna and Felty Helmuth greater satisfaction than seeing their grandchildren happily married–except for planning their next matchmaking venture.

And as springtime comes to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the air is filled with promise. . .

Ever since the Helmuths’ grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins.

She can put her heartache aside to help Ben’s Mammi with her own pumpkin patch.

At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi. . .

Gardening side by side with pretty, nurturing Emma is a sweet kind of torture for Ben. She could have her pick of suitors who can offer what he can’t, and he cares too much to burden her with his secret.

Leaving once more is the only option.

Yet Emma’s courage is daring him to accept the grace that flourishes here, and the love that has been calling him back to Huckleberry Hill…

 

HUCKLEBERRY SPRING by Jennifer Beckstrand… will Anna’s matchmaking work this time… or not? Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Exciting… wonderful… awesome…

Huckleberry Spring was such a great read — I count it as one of my best gifts!

I’m going to do my best to not give away anything — well, not much. Because I want all my readers to enjoy this book every bit as much as I did.

I gotta confess, when my daughter asked me why I wasn’t laughing halfway through the book, I might have (un)intentionally led her to believe some things were or were not happening in the story… I can’t say what… but she really shouldn’t have asked about it.

Whenever she asks me how a book (or movie) turns out, I usually tell her the main character either broke up, ran away or died — and whichever I pick, she won’t know until she finishes the book (or movie). More often than not it isn’t true; once in a blue moon I tell the truth, so she never knows when to believe me! I can’t believe she still asks, but she does… so I might have misled her — just a teensy bit.

I don’t like to give anything away… okay?

And there’s a lot to not give away in this book — because…

I REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

 
Jennifer is amazing! She creates the most wonderful characters!

Poor Emma… after falling in love with Ben (Anna and Felty’s grandson) and planning for a wedding after he proposes, she finds it impossible to get over the pain and move on — after he breaks their engagement — and her heart!

Anna has no idea why Ben broke his engagement to Emma, nor why he ran off to Florida to live afterwards. But she’s determined to get them back together, no matter what it takes — just ask Felty!

OK, no more hints… you’ll love this story; it’s wonderful — absolutely wonderful!

5-stars

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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