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How the Light Gets in | Jolina Petersheim



Today I am reviewing How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim.

Here is a brief synopsis:

“Compellingly woven by Jolina Petersheim’s capable pen, How the Light Gets In follows a trail of grief toward healing, leading to an impossible choice–what is best when every path will hurt someone?” –Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

From the highly acclaimed author of The Outcast and The Alliance comes an engrossing novel about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on.

When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law Mabel to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together next steps.

Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she’d lost forever.

But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead after all.



How the Light Gets In is nothing like I expected it to be!

When Ruth’s husband is killed in a bombing overseas, Ruth and her daughters return to her husband’s community to help her mother-in-law bury her husband and son. I’m sure by now you’ve realized that this is modern retelling of The Book of Ruth.

I wasn’t prepared for the twists and turns… and after finishing the book, I put it down for awhile, then picked it back up again. I’ll be the first to admit it’s not always easy to multi-task while reading a new novel. I just plain missed a few things. When I went back over several sections of it, it was much clearer, and I was glad I gave it a second chance. I found myself enjoying the last part of the book so much more this time.

If you’ve read anything by Jolina Petersheim, I encourage you to read this. It’s not light. It’s not easy. But it’s worth every moment you spend with it.

Happy Reading!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt


Jesus Calling | 50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith



Today I am reviewing Jesus Calling… 50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith by Sarah Young.

Here is a brief synopsis:

If you’re looking to move from knowing about God to having a personal relationship with Him, this is a wonderful devotional for you. Jesus Calling®: 50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith brings the warmth and insight that more than 25 million people have enjoyed through Jesus Calling® in devotions curated to help you grow and nourish your faith.

The Jesus Calling®: 50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith features 50 topical readings from Jesus Calling® gathered together in a new way and combined with relevant Scripture verses on the topics of faith and spiritual growth.

This book is part of a three-book series for teens, each focusing on a felt need. The other two books in the series focus on themes of thankfulness and dealing with busy days. These books are great for an individual study and make a great set for gift giving.

Readers around the world already love how Sarah’s words help them connect with Jesus. Now the new Jesus Calling® topical devotionals offer a way to focus even more deeply on the major felt needs in your life . . . and the lives of your friends, family, church, school, and friends.

With a beautiful, classic cover and affordable price point, these topical devotionals are a natural addition to the Sarah Young brand.



This is such a beautiful, inspirational book. I’ve already promised it to my teenage granddaughter, who fell in love with it — just as I did — when it arrived.

Each picture is truly inspiring, along with the perfect Bible verse. And the devotions did indeed speak to my heart. I began reading it the moment I received it… and didn’t put it down until I had reached the end. This devotional will encourage and inspire everyone who reads it.

Awesome job, Ms. Young!

Happy Reading!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Peace in the Valley | Ruth Logan Herne



Today I am reviewing Peace in the Valley, the third book in the Double S Ranch series by Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In spite of their differences, Trey Walker Stafford knows he owes his life to cowboy and legendary rancher Sam Stafford–the uncle who rescued him after his parents’ death.

Trey had left the Double S Ranch to pursue music against Sam’s wishes, but returns to central Washington when he learns he’s the best match for a procedure that could save Sam’s life.

Although Trey’s found country music fame and success, he’s also endured the tragic loss of his wife. He croons about love, but struggles with a yawning emptiness he can’t explain.

Overwhelmed by a growing list of challenges, but mistrustful of Stafford men, single mother Lucy Carlton reluctantly accepts Trey’s help to revive her crumbling farm when Sam instructs him to repay the overdue debt to her family.

As the two grow closer, Trey slowly begins to open his heart to this beautiful woman and strives to let go of the grief he’s held for years. Lucy has a complicated history of her own. Can Trey accept her as she is, learn to forgive the past, and find the elusive peace he’s sought for so long?




This is another series by Ruth Logan Herne for my TOP SHELF!

When Trey Stafford learns that his uncle needs him, he returns home, prepared to do the right thing. While he’s there, he meets Lucy Carlton, who needs his help, too.

This is such an intriguing story. . . a member of my family had the same procedure, so it was very familiar to me. The story was great, with colorful characters facing more than one challenge.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful new book from Ruth Logan Herne.

Get your copy today!

Happy Reading!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Home on the Range | Ruth Logan Herne



Today I am reviewing Home on the Range, the second book in the Double S Ranch series by Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A cowboy romance with a heart of gold…

In Home on the Range author Ruth Logan Herne returns readers to the Double S Ranch where God and family are first, but love is certain to follow the Stafford menfolk.

Nick made all the wrong choices for all the wrong reasons. His father had failed at marriage and fatherhood. Nick was determined to show him up. He’d be a better husband, better father and a better ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever hoped to be.

But Nick’s wife Whitney hated the ranch and she walked out on Nick and their two beautiful daughters three years ago. For a long time Nick pretended everything was fine and when his stubborn nature is finally challenged by trouble with his young girls, he’s faced with the changes he should have made long ago.

Psychologist Dr. Elsa Andreas had a thriving family therapy practice, a school commission, a good life, but tragedy pushes Elsa to walk away from her life. Three years later, she’s tucked herself in the backwoods of Gray’s Glen.

When her sister encourages her to help Nick Stafford’s daughters, Elsa takes a chance. But Nick’s ex-wife comes back to town, threatening the girls’ newfound stability. Can Nick find the forgiveness and Else the courage to build their own “Home on the Range”?




Back In The Saddle was so much fun to read . . . Home On The Range is every bit as good, although I won’t say it’s all fun. Ruthy deals with some painful subjects, such as divorce, desertion, plus a panic attack or two thrown in for good measure.

Nick Stafford has made his share of mistakes, but he’s determined to do his best, where his two daughters are concerned. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that his best is enough — his oldest daughter is failing school — and has more attitude than she needs!

Elsa needs to rejoin the world, starting with helping Nick and his girls. Can she overcome her past long enough to reach for a future that includes a family? You won’t know until you read the book – and you really should read the book. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did… to the very end.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic new series from Ruth Logan Herne.

Get your copy today!


Happy Reading!


Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Back In The Saddle | Ruth Logan Herne



Today I am reviewing Back In The Saddle, the first book in the Double S Ranch series by Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Prodigal Is Coming Home

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street.

But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington.

He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor.

And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?



Ruth Logan Herne is beyond amazing!

Somehow, even though I’ve read most of her books, she continues to amaze me with her wonderful stories, full of interesting, colorful characters, living in small towns and/or big cities.

Back In The Saddle was so much fun to read . . . Angelina Morales isn’t happy to see Colt Stafford return to the Double S ranch – and she isn’t afraid to show it. Colt comes crawling back, broke and hoping to step back into the place he held before he left home.

But will it be as easy as he thinks? You won’t know until you read the book – and you should read the book. I’m sure you’ll be as entertained as I was… all the way to the end.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic new book from Ruth Logan Herne.

Get your copy today!


Happy Reading!!!
God bless you!

© 2019 DJ Mynatt


GRIT & grace | Suzanne Hadley Gosselin, Gretta Kennedy



Today I am reviewing GRIT & grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Hang in There, Mama!

For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace.

This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom.

As you read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.

In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life right now and in every moment.




Grit and Grace is such an encouraging book of devotions!

By the time I finished the book, I felt as if I knew Suzanne and Gretta personally — and their families. I laughed — and cried along with them as they told their stories of love, tears, frustrations, temptations, fellowship, and grace.

. . . and I really LOVED the prayers!

Please check out GRIT & grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms… and read the words of encouragement that have helped Suzanne and Gretta through many of the difficult times we all experience.

Happy Reading!


Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy first met as roommates at Multnomah University. They are quick to admit they did not like each other when they first met due to opposite personalities. However, they worked out their differences and became best friends who roomed together for all four years of college. Two decades later, during a phone conversation, they realized God was laying on their hearts the desire to write a devotional for moms of young children to encourage and strengthen them in their role as mothers. It was then the idea for Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms was born.

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin
is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood.

Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.

Learn more about Gosselin at www.suzannegosselin.com. She can also be found on Facebook (suzannegosselinauthor), Twitter (@gosselinsh) and Instagram (@suzannegosselin).

Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his full-time camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.

Grit & Grace is her first book.

Keep up with the Kennedy family’s adventures at www.travelingislanders.com and on Facebook (travelingislanders), Twitter (@traveislanders) and Instagram (@travelingislanders).

Fellow Grit & Grace Warrior Moms can connect on Facebook (gritandgracemoms), Twitter (@Gritandgracemom) and Instagram (@gritandgracemoms).





Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

A Christmas Coffee | Laura J Marshall



Today I am reviewing A Christmas Coffee, an inspirational Christmas Romance by Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Villa Bellissimo along with Master Chef Antonia Coronada invite you to Sicily where you will be immersed in the art and passion of Italian culinary delights.

Sarah Cooper is still trying to find her place in the world after her husband died two years ago on Christmas Day. When her parents give her an early holiday gift, it may be just the opportunity she needs.

Parker Matrone is the founder and CEO of the billion dollar company, Coffee Grounds. There’s something about Sarah he can’t resist, but he’s been burned before and is now raising his two young sons alone.

Will they decide loving again is worth the risk? And what of the antique Christmas quilt beneath which Sarah dreams of Christmas’ past, present, and future?

Come explore Italy in this Christian Christmas romance where dreams do come true and life begins anew.




A Christmas Coffee doesn’t seem like the typical Christmas story at first, with joyous preparations for the holiday. Instead, it focuses on Sarah Cooper, who lost her husband two years ago on Christmas Day.

Well, it’s no wonder that she doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas! I wouldn’t want to, either.

When her parents send her to Italy to take a cooking class, she meets Parker Matrone, a man who is definitely NOT looking for a relationship. And the rest of the story… well, you’ll find out when you read it.

Happy Reading… and Merry Christmas!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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