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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

 

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 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 Historical Authors of 2014

 

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This was more difficult a list to complete than I could have imagined… after all, I refer to Amish fiction as my #1 favorite genre… but apparently I have lots of favorite authors who write historical fiction — and I refuse to part with their books!

So… without further adieu

Here’s my personal list of the TOP 12 HISTORICAL AUTHORS for 2014:

Janette Oke   Melanie Dickerson   Mary Ellis   Sarah Loudin Thomas

Rachel Muller   Sarah Sundin   Tracie Peterson   Colleen Coble

Cara Putman   Mary Conneally   Martha Rogers   Loree Lough

 

Please check back tomorrow… for my list of favorite inspirational 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

The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Inn at Eagle Hill #1)

Today I am reviewing The Letters. This is the first novel in the Inn at Eagle Hill series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

 

This is what Baker Publishing Group has to say about The Letters:

Welcome to a place of unconditional love and unexpected blessings When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be problems. The reaction of her cantankerous mother-in-law for one. Disapproval from the church for another.

But what she doesn’t expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. She also never expects the kind of help and support she gets from Galen King, the quiet and rugged horse trainer next door.

Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways. With inspiration from a true story and her signature plot twists, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a fresh story of simple pleasures and strong faith in a complex world.

MY THOUGHTS:

I snuck right into the story from the beginning… I could see the beautiful view from the hill, and stood with Rose as she prayed, asking God to look down and let her know what she ought to do… then she saw a shooting star!

It is so easy to get involved with Suzanne’s characters; although I’ve never lived in Pennsylvania, I found myself identifying with them.

This is such an amazing series… Rose is one in a million! A member of the Mennonite church, she married a divorced man with two older children and continued to care for them after his death. Now they’re grown and one is in trouble… but Rose continues to pray for him.

After her husband’s untimely death, Rose joins the Amish church and moves in with his Amish mother to care for her… and the family.

When the financial burden becomes too much, she gets permission from the Bishop to create a small apartment in the basement to rent. Will she ever be able to relax?

Suzanne doesn’t think twice about showing the pain and difficulties that people go through – apparently even Amish families! And the difficulties aren’t cleared up easily, as one would presume.

Even so, I have been so blessed by this book. It’s truly inspiring!

Even when I got to the end of the book, and I was left wondering about Tobe, Jake, Dean, Vera, Delia and Charles, Rose and Galen, Bethany and Jimmy, Mim and Danny.

and I couldn’t wait to read the sequel….

 

Click HERE for more about The Letters from The Baker Publishing Group.

Click HERE to read more reviews and find other info on GoodReads.

Click HERE to purchase the book on ChristianBooks and HERE for Amazon

Click HERE to visit Suzanne Woods Fisher’s website.

 

Spoken For by Robin Jones Gunn & Alyssa Joy Bethke


…embracing who you are and whose you are

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Today I am reviewing Spoken For, a wonderful love story for each of us. This novel is written by Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke.

Here is a brief synopsis from Random House:

Say Yes to the Love Story of Your Life

A great romance was set in motion before you were born. A relentless Lover is pursuing you, and He has made His intentions clear. He wants you to be His forever. How will you respond to the One who longs for you to be His with your whole heart?

In Spoken For, Robin Jones Gunn and Alyssa Joy Bethke speak to your heart about what it means for you to belong to Christ, who you are because of His love, and how that affects the way you live.

Drawing on biblical promises and their personal experiences, these two friends share what it’s like to live out God’s unfolding love story.

You are not up for grabs. You are spoken for.

MY THOUGHTS:

Before I had even finished the first chapter, I knew this would be something that I wanted my daughter… and my granddaughter… to read.

Robin and Alyssa use the perfect examples in telling how their first loves were not the forever love they each thought it would be. In contrast, Jesus loves us with an everlasting love and is ever present and ready to receive our love.

Then they discuss how wonderful it is to be pursued (in a good way)… the closest I can relate to this is the job I have now. A co-worker asked me if I would be interested in transferring to the main office for a better position – and a promotion!

Of course, I was thrilled… and even more so when I learned that my future supervisor – and his supervisor – both thought I was the perfect choice!

However, being a bit scary, since it would require a move to another city, I continually prayed about if I should apply for this position (and if moving my family to another city 3 hours away would work out) and I asked God to show me in several specific ways, which He did, in ways I couldn’t doubt.

Robin and Alyssa go on in the next few chapters to explain that this is what God does… He patiently draws us to Him. Robin speaks of how God delights in you – not because of anything you do or don’t do – just because you are His.

God wants you. He loves you and is continually pursuing you. He has called you out of this world because you are of great value. You are His Peculiar Treasure. You are set free. You are covered, and my favorite, you are promised to Him. You are “spoken for”…

 

Read the book. It’s a really great book.

An even better idea is to buy the book, read it, then pass it on to a sister, a daughter, or a girl friend.

But read it thoroughly… and take in all it says about how special you are to God, and how much He loves you. You belong to Him… you are Spoken For

 

Click HERE to find more about the book at Random House

Click HERE for GoodReads

Click HERE for ChristianBook.com

Click HERE for Robin Jones Gunn’s website

And click HERE for Alyssa Joy Bethke’s website
God bless you!

Seasons of Tomorrow by Cindy Woodsmall (Amish Vines and Orchards #4)

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Seasons of Tomorrow
is the fourth (and possibly final) book in the Amish Vines and Orchards series by Cindy Woodsmall.

Here is a brief synopsis from WaterBrook Multnomah:

As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming.

More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine.

Time has helped to heal the wounds of Rhoda’s recent severed relationship, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom for her future.

She is happy to be working alongside the King family and the love of her life as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard.

Yet when Leah King’s involvement with Englischer Landon Olson becomes known outside of the Maine community, her disregard of the Ordnung could threaten all the Orchard Bend Amish are building. In the midst of addressing the discord, a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.

When several members of Orchard Bend Farms are displaced, the estranged King brother is called upon to return. Can those who founded the new Amish community in Maine unite Or will the lingering pain of past hurts and present struggles result in the end of their dreams?

MY THOUGHTS:

I thought Seasons of Tomorrow would never get here! Cindy Woodsmall has such an amazing way of portraying her characters in the Amish Vines and Orchards series.

But it did – and although I was in the midst of transferring to another job… in another city… I spent the next weekend reading the book – and I didn’t quit until I was done.

Did I say amazing? Yes, I did… Cindy takes people, problems, and situations from the three previous books in the Amish Vines and Orchards series… and neatly wraps it all up in Seasons of Tomorrow.

I don’t know how she does it – but she does.

I admit not everything turned out the way I expected, but that’s ok. Life usually doesn’t turn out the way I expect… and Cindy writes about serious life challenges.

Rhoda Byler is one of my favorite characters ever written… she has an unusual gift – unfortunately, it’s one that continually gets her into trouble. She does whatever she can to help those around her, even going as far as denying her love with the one man she was meant to be with. But she never gives up!

This is an exceptional series and one you do NOT want to miss!

 

Click HERE to find more about the book at WaterBrook Multnomah

Click HERE for GoodReads

Click HERE for ChristianBook.com

And click HERE for Cindy Woodsmall’s website

 

Who wants to win a book?

I am giving away a brand new copy of Cindy Woodsmall’s latest book:

Seasons of Tomorrow – the final book in her Amish Vines and Orchards series.

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Who wants to win a copy? 

My review of this book will be posted on Saturday, June 28th… I am doing a look back at all the book in the series:

Book 1 – A Season For Tending (Monday, June 23)

Book 2 – The Winnowing Season (Wednesday, June 25)

Book 3 – For Every Season (Friday, June 27)

Book 4 – Seasons of Tomorrow (Saturday, June 28)

I hope many of you return each day to read each review!

Alright, down to details now. How do you win?

You don’t have to go to register on any other websites…

All you need to do is fill in the form below and click SUBMIT. Then on Sunday, June 29, I’m going to print off each entry and let my grandson randomly choose one to pick the WINNER!

 

Only one entry per person and…

PLEASE share this post! Put it on Facebook. Tweet about it. Re-blog the post. Send your friends this way – because I am hoping that once they check out my reviews, they will want to follow me! *LOL!*

 

In the meantime, here are a few places you can read more about Seasons of Tomorrow

Click HERE to find more about the book at WaterBrook Multnomah

Click HERE for GoodReads

Click HERE for ChristianBook.com

And click HERE for Cindy Woodsmall’s website

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