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Once Upon a Farm | Rory Feel

 


Today I am reviewing Once Upon a Farm, with lessons on growing love, life, and hope on a new frontier, by New York Times Bestselling Author Rory Feek.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Sometimes it’s not only what we plant but where we’re planted.

Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.

When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land . . . and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way.

Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith.

A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way.

As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences.

“This isn’t a how-to book; it’s more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.”

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

“A man famous for loving his wife is challenged to rise to an even greater love as a father.”

This is such a sweet, touching story. . . one that begins with Rory Feel and his teenage daughters moving into a run-down house on a farm in Tennessee. At the time, he had no idea that he would meet and marry the love of his life, nor that she would be taken from him long before he was ready to say goodbye.

When you pick this book up and turn to the first page, you’ll be drawn into the stories. . . and you won’t want to put the book down until the end. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to have tissues handy. The stories are sweet, sassy, and sometimes emotional.

Get the book.  Read the book.  Then share the book.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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Faith, Love and Fried Chicken | Laura J. Marshall

 

Tomorrow I will begin reviewing stories from the Faith, Love and Fried Chicken series by Laura J. Marshall.

 

Faith, Love and Fried Chicken includes four stories:
Book 1  Summer
Book 2  Fall
Book 3  Winter
Book 4  Spring

Volume 1, Summer: Excitement. That’s what Jaycee has been saving for since high school. With plans to leave rural Twain, Georgia, the “to where” and the “to what” have been the only questions stopping her. Will her intentions change when Dash Matheson pulls her wandering heart in his direction? Feel the summer heat of the Fourth of July in this southern series as Jaycee finds love. Christian Contemporary Romance.

Volume 2, Fall: It’s autumn in Twain, Georgia. Jaycee has herself a new job and with it, a new problem. Is it something bug spray can fix? Dash is struggling with more than just the reality of the pain from his injury. Could Jaycee be hiding something from him? The pumpkins are ripe on the vine and the pecans are ready to be shelled. Come spend Thanksgiving week in this southern series as Jaycee finds love.

Volume 3, Winter: Public humiliation. That’s what Jaycee faces on a regular basis the days leading up to Christmas. And wrapped up in the off-the-wall job is a thief waiting to be caught. Dash is planning for perfection, yet when push comes to shove, is there such a thing? Christmas in all its hustle and bustle with bright colored lights has arrived. Slow down a spell in this southern series as Jaycee finds love.

Volume 4, Spring: Marriage plans are in full swing, but circumstances around Jaycee and Dash’s wedding have gone from stressful to worrying. Will the pains of life cause them to postpone for a more convenient time? Let the peach-perfumed air of spring caress you in this last installment of this southern series as Jaycee finds love.

 

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

The Amish Shop Girl | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Amish Shop Girl, a new Barnville Story by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

To the English, she’s “that Amish girl”.

To the Amish, she’s that girl who went chasing her “dream man”.

Now unable to leave the city, what chance does she have to find her perfect match?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I enjoyed reading The Amish Shop Girl. . .

Hannah Hershberger follows her boyfriend, John Miller, to the city, where she discovers that he has bad intentions. But since she signed a lease on her apartment, she’s stuck there for six months. This story is very intriguing, with more than a few surprises along the way.

Does John get Hannah in trouble? Does he take advantage of her? Will she stay the six months? Is there a happy ending? Grab a copy of this book and read it for yourself.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Through the Autumn Air | Kelly Irvin

 


Today I am reviewing Through the Autumn Air, the third book in the An Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

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?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Through the Autumn Air is an awesome read!  I love the interaction between Mary Katherine and Ezekiel; they’re like teenagers again. And I hate to admit it, but I for sure didn’t like how Thomas felt like he could boss her mother around. Even if he’s a wonderful husband and father, he’s not a respectful son — and it’s not right. He didn’t show respect for his mother when he ordered her to do things his way.

Okay, other than him, I loved the story… and I hope there’s more about Burke in the last story of this series.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Building a Future | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Building a Future, the fifth and final story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

After wedding season excitement, the couples settle down to the challenges of newly married life.

While the households are being set up, Ruby has concerns, and Naomi feels some growing pains of her own.

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Caleb and Ruby are happily married, as well as his sisters, Emma, who is wed to Peter Miller, and Lizzie, who is wed to John Beiler.

Married life can be wonderful; however, couples are not without their difficulties. While Caleb and Ruby discover a problem of their own, Naomi lies to protect the reputation of a young man, but it turns around on her and could prove difficult to overcome.

Don’t miss this great story about family, friends, and life in Burnsville, PA.

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you’ll love the stories about The Fishers. . .

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Forging Friendships | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Forging Friendships, the fourth story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Sometimes the best way to see where we’re headed is to consider where we have been.

This is the story of Otto Lapp and how God uses imperfect men in His perfect plan.

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh cool!

This is the story of Amos Lapp, who lived near the Fishers before Samuel King bought the place.

I was always a bit curious about how it happened — and now I know.

This was a great story and it was nice reading about Otto Lapp, as well as catching up on the Fisher’s past and learning a bit more about the King family, too!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

A Harvest of Brides | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Harvest of Brides, the third story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Caleb and Ruby’s big day is approaching quickly.

However, this courting season, his sisters’ find that their path towards marriage is not so smooth.

Along with usual wedding preparations, Caleb is distracted. What is the secret his father is keeping?

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Somebody is getting married!!!

In book one, Planting Seeds, Caleb Fisher meets, and eventually woos, Ruby Stolzfus. In book two, Pulling Weeds, Caleb’s twin sisters find their own gentleman callers.

Now the Fishers are planning not one, but three weddings! Isn’t that exciting!

This calls for lots and lots of celery, which is used for cooking as well as for decoration. And more food to be prepared than many of us see in an entire month. Because Amish weddings are big.

BIG.

HUGE.

Don’t miss this great story about family, friends, and weddings in Burnsville, PA.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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