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Top 25 Authors of 2018

 

 

 

 

This was a VERY difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I have well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu.

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TWENTY-FIVE AUTHORS for 2019:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Vannetta Chapman    Valerie Comer    Rachel L. Miller

   Dana Mentink    JC Morrows    Macy Morrows    Tricia Goyer    Ruth Logan Herne

   Jean C. Gordon    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    Charlotte Hubbard 

   Ruth Reid    Shelley Shepard Gray    Molly Jebber    Kathy Fuller    Kelly Irvin

   Lilian Jackson Braun    Emma Miller   Amos Wyse    Laura J. Marshall    

   Grace Livingston Hill    Philip Gulley    Jan Karon

 

God bless you!

 

Blogpost © Donna J. Mynatt 2018

 

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Seeds of Hope | Barbara Cameron

 


Today I am reviewing Seeds of Hope, the first book in the Harvest of Hope series by Barbara Cameron.

Here is a brief synopsis:

They live in completely different worlds. Can love bring them together?

Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since they were teenagers. She knows they can never have a relationship:

Mark is a big-city attorney—an Englischer—and Miriam loves her quiet way of life in her Amish community. But when Mark unexpectedly shows up in Paradise, Pennsylvania, Miriam realizes it’s going to get a lot harder to hide her feelings.

Even though Mark always loved visiting his grandfather’s farm as a boy, he’s convinced the Amish life is not for him.

But when he suddenly finds himself out of a job and without direction, Mark heads back to the farm just in time to help with the harvest. Coming for a visit and coming to stay, however, are two very different things.

Everything changes when Mark sees that Miriam, the girl he remembers from his youth, has grown into the kind of faith-filled woman he wants in his future. Could life in this simple world be right for Mark after all? Has Miriam finally found her happily ever after? True love sprouts from seeds of hope.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Seeds of Hope is a lovely story. . . and the title is perfect. Seeds of hope are planted in more than one home—one life. Barbara Cameron has been a favorite author of mine for many years and she exceeded my expectations with Seeds of Hope.

I enjoyed getting to know Miriam Troyer and Mark Byler. Their friendship is a very special one.. . one that, if given the chance, could grow into something much more. Will they get the opportunity, or will their different beliefs always keep them apart? Read Seeds of Hope to find out…

I hope the story blesses you as much as it did me.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Home to Paradise | Barbara Cameron

 

Today I am reviewing Home to Paradise, the third book in the Coming Home series by  Barbara Cameron.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children.

But John has other ideas.

He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community–especially to marry.

Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold.

John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered.

Who will win this battle of wills?

Will love prevail?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

What is Rose Anna supposed to do… if John doesn’t return to their community?

After Rose Anna’s two sisters and John’s two brothers have married, Rose Anna continues to hope that John will choose to return to their community. But it doesn’t look good. . .

I love how Rose Anna doesn’t give up on John. I won’t say anything else, so I don’t ruin the story for you, but if you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you’ll enjoy this third sequel to The Coming Home series.

Happy Reading!

 

HOME TO PARADISE BY BARBARA CAMERON | BLOG TOUR AND AUTHOR CHAT PARTY

Home to Paradise, the final book in author Barbara Cameron’s The Coming Home series, is not to be missed! Rose Anna Zook always thought she and John, one of Stoltzfus brothers, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John, enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world, has other ideas. Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?

Join Barbara on Thursday, March 9, for a live author chat party on her Facebook page with fun prizes to be won! Click the graphic below for more details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there—bring a friend or two who loves Amish fiction!

  

 

{MORE ABOUT HOME TO PARADISE}

Home to Paradise (Abingdon, February 2017)

Highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.

Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community—especially to marry.

Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?

Learn more and purchase a copy

Barbara Cameron

{MORE ABOUT BARBARA CAMERON}

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

Find out more about Barbara at http://barbaracameron.com.

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

Top 10 Quilts of Love Books/Authors of 2014

 

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For this series, I am listing the author — and book — for my top ten favorites!

Note: I am reviewing Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn next week… and A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliot soon, so I wanted to mention them, but I don’t yet know if they’ll be favorites.

So… without further adieu

Here’s my personal list of the TOP 10 QUILTS OF LOVE BOOKS/AUTHORS for 2014:

1. The Christmas Quilt – Vannetta Chapman

2. Scraps of Evidence – Barbara Cameron

3. Quilted by Christmas – Jodie Baker

4. A Promise in Pieces – Emily T. Wierenga

5. Aloha Rose – Lisa Carter

6. A Grand Design – Amber Stockton

7. Tempest’s Course – Lynette Sowell

8.  Path of Freedom – Jennifer Hudson Taylor

9. Rival Hearts – Tara Randel

10. Swept Away – Laura V. Hilton, Cindy Loven

 

…and I’m listing several that I enjoyed, but never considered a favorite – because I had not yet fallen in love with the World War II era… now that I have, I plan to re-read these:

1. A Wild Goose Chase Christmas – Jennifer AlLee

2. Maybelle in Stitches – Joyce Magnin

3. Pieces of Her Heart – Bonnie S. Calhoun

Please check back tomorrow… for my list of favorite inspirational authors!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Top Inspirational Authors of 2014

 

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This list includes several authors who are pretty much on every favorite inspirational author list… their books have been a lifeline at times!

So… without further adieu

Here’s my personal list of the TOP INSPIRATIONAL AUTHORS for 2014:

Jan Karon   Philip Gulley   Barbara Cameron   Vannetta Chapman

Robin Jones Gunn   Rachel Hauck   Hannah Alexander

Angela D. Meyer   Holly Michael   Grace Livingston Hill

 

Please check back tomorrow… for my list of favorite Quilts of Love authors!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Top 10 Authors of 2014

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This was a very difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I had well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — but I finally had to list my favorite authors by genre — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TEN 15 AMISH AUTHORS for 2014:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Amy Clipston    Vannetta Chapman    Ruth Reid    

   Emma Miller    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    BJ Hoff

   Mary Ellis    Cindy Woodsmall    Laura V. Hilton    Wanda Brunstetter    

   Charlotte Hubbard (also as Naomi King)    Beth Wiseman    Jerry Eicher    

 

… and I have to mention two new Amish authors who are wonderful:

    Elizabeth Byler Younts      Rachel L. Miller

 

 

Please check back tomorrow… for my list of favorite historical authors!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

Barbara Cameron Marathon – A Road Unknown – Book 1 of the Amish Roads series

A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron

BARBARA CAMERON MARATHON

A Road Unknown is the first book in the Amish Roads series by Barbara Cameron.

Here is a brief synopsis from Abdingdon Press:

Will Elizabeth’s rumschpringe lead her away from her home and her faith—or show her a new world of love and happiness?

Elizabeth is at a crossroad. She’s been given the chance to experience life outside of her community, away from the responsibility to care for her eight younger siblings, but Elizabeth Bontrager can’t decide which road to take. Goshen has its charms and pressures, but Paradise, Pennsylvania, sounds . . . well, like paradise. And it’s also home to her Englisch friend, Paula. Decision made. Elizabeth is Paradise bound.

But will the small town live up to its name? When Elizabeth meets Paula’s friend, Bruce, she quickly learns he wants more than a friendship. And the same might be true of Saul Miller, her new boss at the country story that sells Amish products to the Englisch community. As the two compete for her attention, Elizabeth is surprised to realize she misses her family and becomes even more uncertain about where she belongs. She has a choice to make: return home or embrace this new life and possibly a new love?

MY THOUGHTS:

This was actually the first book I read by Barbara Cameron! Once I did, I was immediately hooked and we hurriedly purchased many of her other books. We didn’t realize until we began reading them that the three series we purchased were all connected, not only the characters but the communities as well.

I really identified with Elizabeth, being expected to do all the chores that no one else wanted to do. I’m not sure how realistic the story is of her parents not allowing her to date or go to the young people’s fellowships, as they kept her busy with chores and caring for her younger brothers and sisters.

But the story grabbed me and I could barely put down the book until I was finished with it. This was another story that involved a situation that could have been described as abusive, in that the daughter was totally controlled by her parents, without any love shown toward her. Barbara handled it with tact and respect.

I encourage you to read this story. At the least, it’s educational. But it’s so much more! It’s a great story about hope, love and family. Just read it!

HERE is a link to the book page at Abingdon Press

HERE is the book page at GoodReads

HERE is a link to the author’s website.

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