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Her Secret Daughter | Ruth Logan Herne


Today I am reviewing Her Secret Daughter, the fifth book in the Grace Haven series by Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Her Secret Child

Josie Gallagher has plenty of reasons to be wary of Jacob Weatherly–considering he’s working for the hotel chain that’s forcing her restaurant to close.

But when he shows up there with a little girl by his side–her little girl–she’s dismayed.

How has this bachelor wound up with custody of the baby Josie placed with a married couple six years ago?

The handsome hotel executive has no idea that Addie is Josie’s biological child, and Josie can’t afford to tell him.

As he helps save her business, Josie and Jacob unexpectedly grow closer.

But will her secret stand in the way of their happily-ever-after?




Her Secret Daughter is so much more than I expected, even by Ruthy!

This is a story that needs to be told. . . and the title is perfect. Josie Gallagher has had a rougher life than some of the Gallaghers, but she’s back on track, plus she can smoke and cook barbecue than anyone on the east coast!

Jacob Weatherly comes along, bringing the little girl Josie gave up six years ago — and Josie’s life will never be the same! But a word of warning. . . you’ll need tissues before you get to the end of the book.

I enjoyed getting to know Josie, Jacob and Addie. Their friendship is the start of something very special, unless her secret messes everything up. Read Her Secret Daughter to find out what happens. . . and if they have a chance at happily-ever-after or not!

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

Happy Reading!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


Book Review | His Risk


Today I am reviewing His Risk, the fourth book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.



What lengths would you go to to protect the person you love? Find out what one undercover English DEA agent will do to protect the Amish girl he loves in Shelley Shepard Gray’s His Risk. When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can’t help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she’s lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

Enter to win a copy of His Risk. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced March 28 on the Litfuse blog!




(Avon Inspire, March 2018)

An undercover English DEA agent will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.

Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother’s illness can bring him back to Hart County. Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he’s finally found.

Alice shouldn’t like—or want—Calvin. He’s English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can’t help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he’s worthy of her, she’s torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.

When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can’t help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she’s lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Shelley Shepard Gray


Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

The Gift | Shelley Shepard Gray


Today I am reviewing The Gift, the third book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt…or worse.



As long as Shelley keeps writing Amish fiction, I’ll keep reading it… because I have LOVED each and every one of her books!

I can only imagine how difficult it would be to move to a new home just before Christmas. A place where you don’t know anyone and everyone seems unfriendly. Neil Vance knows Susanna Schwartz and her family are not responsible for his family losing their farm. And the accidents. . . well, he thought they were truly accidents. Obviously, I lost myself in the story, but will I find my way back out? Join me and spend Christmas with the families in Hart County.

Shelley truly does give us a story full of love and blessings–one we’ll cherish at Christmas time.

Whatever you do, don’t miss out on this wonderful story.



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

| His Guilt | Shelley Shepard Gray


Today I am reviewing His Guilt, the second book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray delivers the next novel in her Amish of Hart County series—a suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home.

When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay…

Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn’t believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta’s is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty.  But what hurts most is Neeta’s sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?




His Guilt introduces the Fisher boys… Mark and Calvin come from the worst sort of home, so it’s no surprise that they leave Hart County to explore the English world. Mark returns two years later and goes to work for his friend Henry Lehmann. But it’s sweet, innocent Waneta Cain who touches his heart. But Neeta doesn’t trust Mark. . .

When Mark is suspected of attacking someone, people in the community continue to doubt his innocence. Should he stay even when neighbors are pushing him to go? I know just what I would tell him to do. . .

I loved this story! If you enjoy reading Amish fiction by Ms. Gray, I’m thrilled to recommend His Guilt for your bookshelf. Get your copy today!

Happy Reading!



Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Her Secret | Shelley Shepard Gray



Today I am reviewing Her Secret, the first book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it.

Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone—even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.



Oh my!  This is a very good beginning to The Amish of Hart County series…

I was a bit trepidatious, given the story plot, but as I have always enjoyed Ms. Gray’s Amish fiction stories, I felt certain I would enjoy this one, too.

Once I began reading, I did not put down the book until I finished it!

I was in the store with Hannah when she opened the brown envelope… I moved from Ohio to Kentucky with her… I walked through the woods with her… and I stayed with her until the very end.

Hannah Hilty and Isaac Troyer are definitely two of my favorite new characters. Isaac is prone to not rush into things, but he is quick to step up and take responsibility — and action — when needed. That Hannah and Isaac took their time getting to know one another, instead of rushing into a relationship, made the story much more realistic to me.

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction by Ms. Gray, I’m thrilled to recommend Her Secret  for your bookshelf. Get your copy today — and immerse yourself in what’s happening in Hart County.

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


Treacherous Trails | Dana Mentink



Today I am reviewing Treacherous Trails, the second novel in the Gold Country Cowboys series by Dana Mentink.


Here is a brief synopsis:

Falsely accused…

Can she escape the real killer?

In this Gold Country Cowboys story, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name.

Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her.

But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?



WOW!  That is one nasty killer!

I’m glad I didn’t choose to read this at bedtime. . . this is definitely a great story, but one that scared the heebee jeebee’s out of me!

This new series is really suspenseful. . . and awesome!

Gold Country Cowboys!

The code of the West rules the land for these men!

And thank goodness it does! Owen Thorn certainly lives by the code. Ella has known Owen practically her whole life; the kid sister who, of course, had a crush on big, brooding brother figure. Now he’s determined to protect her from the big, bad guys. And that’s a good thing — because the big, bad guy is determined to get her! And that’s all I’m telling. . .

I don’t want to spoil the story for you, so pick up your own copy and dig in!

Happy Reading!


God Bless You!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


Love at First Bark | Dana Mentink


Today I am reviewing Love at First Bark… a novella for Dog Lovers by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

There’s Just Something About Jackson

When Marcy Deveraux’s romance series catapults to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, no one is more surprised than Marcy herself.

After all, she barely passed high school, flunked the driving test four times, and fell into a pool at her sister’s wedding.

Marcy is keen to continue her literary success, but she cannot think of a single idea for her next book.

Hounded by her agent, family, and friends, she decides to sequester herself in a rustic cabin in the mountains. There, she finds herself face-to-snout with a surprise visitor—a rascally black dog who must have escaped from his owner at a nearby campground.

Enter hunky cowboy Jackson Parker, who runs the stables for the campground and helps Marcy survive the antics of the ill-behaved, zany dog. There’s something tender and gentle about this man, who could easily grace the cover of any romance novel. Soon Jackson has Marcy rethinking her own beliefs about what heroes are really made of…and what God intends for her life.

It’s cowboys, canines, and capers galore in this charming novella for animal lovers.



Oh my! Love at First Bark is the cutest dog story I’ve read all year!

Adorable dog…Adorable story…

I love this story! It’s not often that we read about a man who’s shy. . . and a gentleman!

Dana Mentink creates complex, interesting characters – and that’s just what she does in this cute, cuddly series. if you haven’t read the other stories in this series, let me encourage you to do so…

Happy Reading!


God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt


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