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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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Top Love Inspired Authors/Books of 2014

 

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This was difficult, as it includes…

Love Inspired
Love Inspired Classics
Love Inspired Suspense
Love Inspired Historical

There are surely others, but I’ll stop with these. Love Inspired includes Amish novels — there isn’t a unique category for it.

Here’s my list of the TOP 10 LOVE INSPIRED AUTHORS:

Emma Miller   Irene Hannon   Patricia Davids   Rebecca Kertz

Rachelle McCalla   Marta Perry    Lenora Worth   Lyn Cote

Loree Lough   Ruth Logan Herne

 

Emma Miller is the author of the Hannah’s Daughters series:

#1 – Courting Ruth
#2 – Miriam’s Heart
#3 – Anna’s Gift
#4 – Leah’s Choice
#5 – Redeeming Grace
#6 – Johanna’s Bridegroom
#7 – Rebecca’s Christmas Gift
#8 – Hannah’s Courtship

 

My favorite Love Inspired books (including Amish & Suspense):

1. Noah’s Sweetheart by Rebecca Kertz

2. Jedidiah’s Bride by Rebecca Kertz

3. The Lawman’s Holiday Wish by Ruth Logan Herne

4. The Firefighter’s New Family by Gail Gaymer Martin

5. Defending the Duchess by Rachelle McCalla

6. Royal Wedding Threat by Rachelle McCalla

7. In Pursuit of a Princess by Lenora Worth

8. The Soldier’s Mission by Lenora Worth

9. A Certain Hope by Lenora Worth

10. A Certain Love by Lenora Worth

 

…and my favorite Love Inspired Amish Suspense books:

1. Plain Admirer by Patricia Davids

2. Plain Pursuit by Alison Stone

3. Plain Secrets by Kit Wilkinson

4. Hidden in Plain View by Diane Burke

5. Danger in Amish Country by Marta Perry, Diane Burke, & Kit Williamson

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

New Reading | Hannah’s Courtship by Emma Miller (Hannah’s Daughters #8)

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Today I am reviewing Hannah’s Courtship. This is the eighth novel from the Hannah’s Daughters series by Emma Miller.

I have no idea if there will be others, but I would welcome more novels about Hannah’s daughters or other family members… even friends in their community.

(by the way Emma, I’d love to read about Irwin and Dorcas…)

This is what GoodReads has to say about Hannah’s Courtship:

Second Chance At Love…

Amish widow Hannah Yoder never intended to marry again. Yet when her friendship with veterinarian Albert Hartman begins to bloom into something more, Hannah wonders if perhaps she’s finally ready for a new love.

Albert waited his whole life to find the right woman, only to realize Hannah was there all along.

But there’s more than their friendship to consider. Albert is a Mennonite, born-and-bred, and Hannah cannot – will not – leave her Amish faith, not even for him.

Does Albert have the courage to give up his modern life for Hannah…and will Hannah have the courage to let him?

Hannah’s Daughters: Seeking love, family and faith in Amish country


MY THOUGHTS:

Emma Miller is one of the best Amish authors today! So many authors are writing Amish stories based on the classics or even childhood fantasies that we grew up with, but Emma writes stories about everyday life in a large, wonderful Amish family.

The “Hannah’s Daughters” series begin with Ruth, the second daughter, in a family of seven daughters and their widowed mother. In the fifth novel, another daughter no one knew about shows up!

In this book, all of the daughters, except for Suzanna (the youngest and a “special” blessing), are married… leaving Hannah and Suzanna alone in their big house.

I cannot imagine Hannah leaving the Amish church and returning to the Mennonite faith… just to marry again, but if she begins a courtship with Albert, what else can she do?

Emma does a superb job of working in the previous lives as we get to know Hannah better in this story.

Honestly, you will enjoy this story much more if you take time to go back and ready the previous seven stories, but even if you decide to go ahead and read this one first, you will catch up quickly with the family… here is the complete list:

1. Courting Ruth

2. Miriam’s Heart

3. Anna’s Gift

4. Leah’s Choice

5. Redeeming Grace

6. Johanna’s Bridegroom

7. Rebecca’s Christmas Gift

8. Hannah’s Courtship

 

Hannah’s Daughters by Emma Miller, published under Love Inspired.

Click HERE to read about the author

Click HERE to find the book on GoodReads

Click HERE to purchase the book on Amazon

 

Re-reading | Rebecca’s Christmas Gift by Emma Miller (Hannah’s Daughters #7)

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Today I am reviewing Rebecca’s Christmas Gift. This is the seventh novel from the Hannah’s Daughters series by Emma Miller.

This is what GoodReads has to say about Rebecca’s Christmas Gift:

Housekeeper For The Holidays

During the Christmas season, Rebecca Yoder agrees to help new preacher Caleb Wittner with his mischievous daughter.

Amelia’s turned the community of Seven Poplars upside down. Only Rebecca can see the pain hidden beneath the little girl’s antics — and her father’s brusque manner.

After losing his wife in a fire, Caleb’s physical scars may be healing, but his emotions have not. Yet Rebecca’s sweet manner soon has him smiling and laughing with his daughter — and his pretty housekeeper.

Soon Caleb must decide whether to invite Rebecca into his life — or lose her forever.

Hannah’s Daughters: Seeking love, family and faith in Amish country.

MY THOUGHTS:

Hannah’s daughter Rebecca has her work cut out for her…

Everyone else who has tried to help Caleb Wittner has quit, saying he is impossible to please. He has been called boring, rude and harsh. And his daughter has been described as spoiled and hard to manage. Why would Rebecca want to get involved…

The author does a superb job showing Rebecca’s reasons for hesitating… on top of the many complaints, Caleb has just been chosen to be one of the preachers – a job that will last all his lifetime.

Well, she doesn’t want to get involved. But she does offer to help out as housekeeper and babysitter. I won’t say anything else, except to encourage you to read the book!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading more about Hannah and her daughters… and this story is a great continuation from the previous ones.

Ms. Miller does a great job with the characters… reading this series, I feel as if I have already met the family and am part of the community! I got so involved I was ready to give Rebecca advice as to what to do next!

Again, the author moves into the future at the end of the book to show how well everything turns out.

At the end of each book in the series, Emma skips ahead and gives us an epilogue – a look at a few weeks, months, or even a year down the road. Then when the next book in the series is written, Emma returns to the end of the previous book – before the epilogue, so that you can begin again just where the previous story ended (not counting the epilogue) so we don’t miss anything. I love this! Thank you, Emma!

 

Hannah’s Daughters by Emma Miller, published under Love Inspired.

Click HERE to read about the author

Click HERE to find the book on GoodReads

Click HERE to purchase the book on Amazon

Re-reading | Johanna’s Bridegroom by Emma Miller (Hannah’s Daughters #6)

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Today I am reviewing Johanna’s Bridegroom. This is the sixth novel from the Hannah’s Daughters series by Emma Miller.

This is what GoodReads has to say about Johanna’s Bridegroom:

Will You Marry Me?

Bold widow Johanna Yoder stuns Roland Byler when she asks him to be her husband. To Johanna, it seems very sensible that they marry. She has two children, and he has a son.

Why shouldn’t their families become one?

But the widower has never forgotten his long-ago love for her; it was his foolish mistake that split them apart. This could be a fresh start for both of them. Until she reveals she wants a marriage of convenience only.

It’s up to Roland to woo the stubborn Johanna and convince her to accept him as her groom in her home and in her heart.

MY THOUGHTS:

Emma Miller shows the strength and determination found in Amish women when Hannah’s eldest daughter, Johanna, stays with an abusive husband until she fears for her son’s life. Wilmer eventually takes his own life and Johanna moves back home with her family.

Emma Miller goes into the thoughts and feelings of someone who has been abused and the battles they face after it ends. The fear and anguish doesn’t end just because the abuse has ended. Now Johanna has to live with the fear that perhaps she could have done more to help him.

It’s easy to identify with Johanna, who fears the idea of loving another man, and the fact that another marriage will once again put her under another man’s authority, effectively taking away her freedom.

Ms. Miller does a great job showing how Johanna struggles with the decision of whether or not to marry Roland, her childhood sweetheart.

And I love how the author always moves into the future at the end of her books to show how well everything turns out. At the end of each book in the series, Emma skips ahead and gives us an epilogue – a look at a few weeks, months, or even a year down the road. Then when the next book in the series is written, Emma returns to the end of the previous book – before the epilogue, so that you can begin again just where the previous story ended (not counting the epilogue) so we don’t miss anything. I love this! Thank you, Emma!

 

Hannah’s Daughters by Emma Miller, published under Love Inspired.

Click HERE to read about the author

Click HERE to find the book on GoodReads

Click HERE to purchase the book on Amazon

Re-reading | Redeeming Grace by Emma Miller (Hannah’s Daughters #5)

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Today I am reviewing Redeeming Grace. This is the fifth novel from the Hannah’s Daughters series by Emma Miller.

This is what GoodReads has to say about Redeeming Grace:

With nowhere to turn, penniless widow Grace Yoder travels with her young son to the Amish community of Seven Poplars. She hopes to reunite with the Plain father she never knew—and become part of the community.

Though her father is deceased, his new family still welcomes her. Grace is overcome with gratitude.

But when handsome family friend and Mennonite John Hartman offers her a job in his veterinarian office, Grace discovers a beautiful bridge between the two worlds. And prays John will ask her to stay by his side

MY THOUGHTS:

Hannah and her girls are shocked when a young woman shows up late one night during a rough storm…

A young woman with a small boy…

When she says she’s come to see Jonah, her father, Hannah and her daughters are shocked!

Ms. Miller not only writes about five of Hannah’s daughters and their marriages, she goes even farther and introduces a daughter no one knew about!

But she does a delightful job of showing the true love and acceptance that the Amish are known for when Hannah and her daughters take in another daughter – one even their dat never knew about.

Grace finds exactly what she and her son needs… unconditional love and family.

And included at the end is the special part in Emma’s books… at the end of each book in the series, Emma skips ahead and gives us an epilogue – a look at a few weeks, months, or even a year down the road. Then when the next book in the series is written, Emma returns to the end of the previous book – before the epilogue, so that you can begin again just where the previous story ended (not counting the epilogue) so we don’t miss anything. I love this! Thank you, Emma!

 

Hannah’s Daughters by Emma Miller, published under Love Inspired.

Click HERE to read about the author

Click HERE to find the book on GoodReads

Click HERE to purchase the book on Amazon

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