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Introducing A MOTHER FOR LEAH by Rachel L Miller




Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?
Don’t miss this Sweet Amish Romance about loss, life and new love!


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1. The prologue for A Mother for Leah did not exist in the rough draft. It was added later—then removed at the request of an interested agent, then added back in at the request of the agent Rachel signed with.

2. Initially, Leah was a very unlikeable character. Fortunately, with edits (and the addition of a secondary romance), Leah became the charming, sweet girl we see in the final story.

3. The name of Leah’s father’s love interest changed four times before the author settled on Naomi.

4. A Mother for Leah is book 1 in a series. At the moment, there are three books proposed and contracted.

5. There is a companion series proposed, though it has not been finalized at this time.

6. A Mother for Leah takes place in upstate New York and, though Windy Gap is a fictional community that the author created, there are “real” Amish settlements in the area that inspired this novel and several others.

7. Leah is mentioned briefly in Naomi Miller‘s Lemon Tart Mystery – book 3 of her Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series. And yes, before you ask, a crossover has been discussed with the authors

8. The shop in Windy Gap named Sew Sweet is not a misspelling. It is an intentional play on words because the neighboring shops “Sew Sweet” and “SewNice” are owned by quirky sisters who thought it was a clever marketing ploy that customers would enjoy.

9. A Mother for Leah was written during Rachel’s very first NaNoWriMo session. (Yes, she won)

10. Rachel was introduced to Amish fiction (as a reader) and to the idea of writing Amish fiction—by her mother


Today I am reviewing A Mother for Leah by Rachel L Miller. 

I was hooked from the first page…

I could easily picture a little girl, standing on her porch, then rushing through the pouring rain to the waiting buggy… I’ve lost both parents and both sisters and I’m the last family member, so I’m sure you’ll understand when I cried buckets at the funeral. The rain falling on the big, black umbrella seemed totally appropriate.

Ten years pass and Samuel Fisher has remained single, albeit a difficult thing to do in his Amish community. Even after ten years, Leah is still missing her mother, while caring for her father and brothers. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll let you read it and discover what happens when Leah’s father decides it’s time to search for a wife.

Rachel L Miller writes with great depth and emotion. Her characters are well-developed and entertaining, and the story will leave you with feelings of love, hope and joy. If you enjoy reading Amish romance stories, you’ll LOVE reading A Mother For Leah.

A Mother For Leah is the first book in the Windy Gap Wishes series… I’m thrilled to help promote this awesome book — and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!


ABOUT A Mother for Leah:

Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?

Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher’s death?

Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day.

Will she be able to recognize love when it’s right in front of her?

Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry… or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother?

Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder’s happiness at the same time?



Rachel L Miller writes sweet Amish romance with a focus on faith, family and friendship.

She feels very strongly that God has led her to live a simpler lifestyle – thus her deep kinship with the plain people. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing fun, simple things like swimming, making sun tea, sitting outside watching the sunrise or listening to rain fall on the tin roof.

Rachel enjoys writing Amish fiction and hopes that the purity of her stories will allow God’s message to shine through more clearly. She also writes Contemporary Inspirational Romance – and with all of her stories she focuses on presenting romance the way God intended it to be.

Readers can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and her website: rlmauthor.com



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God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt


Huckleberry Christmas | Jennifer Beckstrand


Huckleberry Christmas
is the third book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by Jennifer Beckstrand.

Here is the synopsis for Huckleberry Christmas:

Now that they’ve happily married off two of their grandchildren, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next matchmaking challenge.

What better way to celebrate the most heartwarming of seasons–and make Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the place for unexpected love…

A difficult marriage has left the Helmuths’ widowed great-granddaughter, Beth, finished with wedlock. She’s content to live with them and make a life for herself and her toddler son.

But once she turns down handsome Tyler Yoder’s proposal, it seems only fair to encourage him to find a suitable wife.

Trouble is, his gentleness and generous ways are showing her how joyous a real meeting of hearts can be…

After a failed courtship, Tyler thought the best he could hope for in a wife was mere companionship. But spirited Beth is the one he longs to protect, and hold close. Earning her trust is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.

And soon, both will discover that forgiveness and understanding are gifts that only rekindled faith — along with the happiest of holidays — can bring.



I find it close to impossible to choose a favorite from the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series!

Huckleberry Hill was my favorite story… until Huckleberry Summer came out and I read it… then it was my favorite — I loved it when Lily called Aden’s dog Piecrust!

Now I have a new favorite… Huckleberry Christmas!

Oh my… it is perfect!

I don’t have a clue how Jennifer’s books just keep getting better and better, but that’s my honest opinion! They just keep getting better!

Not only does Jennifer continue to amaze us with her wonderful stories with Anna and Felty, but each book adds new characters to the ones we previously met, and the surprises, along with twists and turns, keep us glued to each book (or our tablets)!

Take a woman who has been submissive for too many years, with too many others taking advantage of her, of treating her more unkindly than they probably would their horses or other animals.

Yes! It was past time for her to finally begin to stand up for herself; only did she have to just when the perfect man appeared and wanted to help!

OK, no more hints or clues… but let me assure you that you’ll love this story; it’s absolutely wonderful!

Happy Reading!


God bless you!

Review © DJ Mynatt 2016

The Devoted | Suzanne Woods Fisher




Today I am reviewing The Devoted… the third book in The Bishop’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Fan Favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher Offers Readers Tender Romance, Humor, and Plenty of Surprises

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Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she’s earned her GED, saved her money—but she can’t quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.

Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished—especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

Ruthie’s next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back—and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred—and the promise of hopes fulfilled—complete with Fisher’s signature twists that never fail to leave readers delighted.



In this long-awaited novel, Suzanne takes us back to Stoney Ridge to follow along Ruthie Stoltzfus’ journey. It is not an easy one—and not one, but two young men stand in her path to leaving the plain life.

There is much more to Ruthie than what you see on the surface. She has secrets. She has dreams. She has plans. What is keeping her in Stoney Ridge? Could it be her family . . . or the new young man in town . . . or the boy next door — the ex-boyfriend who is determined to win her back?

I’m not certain even Ruthie knows, but something is holding her back.

Will she choose faith, family and love — or will she set off on her own to explore a world outside of Stoney Ridge?

You’ll have to read it to find out. In fact, I recommend you read the whole series. You’ll be blessed by it.

Happy reading!


God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt




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About the Author



Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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February 2015 MARATHON | Ruth Reid


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I am dedicating the month of FEBRUARY on my bookshelf blog to:


Ruth has graciously offered to sponsor 3 weekly giveaways
and 1 (one) GRAND PRIZE giveaway!


ONE WINNER will be selected each Saturday during the month… these 3 WINNERS will each receive one of Ruth’s inspiring books — autographed — and sent to you directly from the author!

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected (and announced) on the last Saturday of this month… February 28th… and will receive three of Ruth’s books!


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January 2015 Week #5 WINNER | Aynne Cynar Marathon


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It’s time to announce the weekly winner for an autographed copy of

Erased With Grace!






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January 2015 Debut Author Marathon | Aynne Cynar


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I am dedicating the entire month of JANUARY on my bookshelf blog to:


Each week I will be featuring a new author!

These five authors are especially talented in their respective genres.


The featured author for week five is…


My daughter attended a local ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writer) meeting last October 2014. While chatting with others, she mentioned that her mother — that would be me — reviews books.

Aynne Cynar, who was also attending the meeting, gave my daughter a book for me to review… well, since it wasn’t going to be published until mid January, I put in on my TBR (to be read) bookcase, past the ones due in December — and didn’t really think of it again until recently.

I had promised the other authors that I would feature them in January 2015, so I worked diligently on their weeks. Then I ran across Aynne’s book. Now Aynne hadn’t asked me to feature her — just to review her book. But once I began reading Erased With Grace, I knew I had to include her in this special debut author month! I quickly contacted Aynne, worked out the details, and now Aynne is my 5th debut feature!

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THIS is our FINAL debut author giveaway for January…

ONE WINNER will be selected to receive the FINAL giveaway book… autographed and sent to you from the author!


For a chance to win Aynne’s book, do the following:

1) follow this blog (if you don’t)

2) leave a comment for one of the featured authors

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