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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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The Teacher’s Bride | Kathleen Fuller

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Teacher’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Beloved and bestselling author of Amish romance Kathleen Fuller reminds us that sometimes opposites really do attract.

“A heartwarming story of unexpected romance woven with fun and engaging characters who come to life on every page.”–Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth

If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom—or his life—it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who seems to bring mayhem wherever she goes?

Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He’s determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: finding a wife. Of course, that would be much easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.

When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby’s exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian’s careful methods and he worries his students will never be the same.

With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too . . . much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can’t seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.

What she doesn’t anticipate is that Christian’s heart is slowly catching up with his mind—and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.

“Kathleen Fuller has written a sweet, oftentimes humorous, romance that reminds readers that the perfect match might be right in front of their noses.”–Kelly Irvin, bestselling author of the Every Amish Season series

“Kathleen Fuller is a master storyteller and fans will absolutely fall in love with Ruby and Christian in The Teacher’s Bride.” –Ruth Reid, bestselling author of the Amish Mercies series

“Kathy Fuller’s characters leap off the page with subtle power as she uses both wit and wisdom to entertain!”–Kelly Long, national bestselling author

“The story will captivate you from the first page to the last with Ruby, Christian, and engaging characters. You’ll laugh, gasp, and wonder what will happen next.” –Molly Jebber, Speaker and Award Winning Author of Grace’s Forgiveness and the Amish Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Christian Ropp is hoping to court Martha Detweiler.  Ruby Glick is hoping to court Seth Yoder. Neither of them seem to have any luck when it comes to attracting Martha and Seth. On the contrary, both Christian and Ruby experience one disaster after another.

I was entertained from beginning to end, as Christian and Ruby work harder and harder to win the hearts of Martha and Seth. Of course, everything will work out the way it should… but does it work out the way they plan? You’ll have to read The Teacher’s Bride to find out!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

An Amish Homecoming | Clipston, Wiseman, Gray, Fuller

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing An Amish Homecoming, by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Kathleen Fuller.

Here is the synopsis:

Four brand new Amish stories of coming home.

No Place Like Home  by Amy Clipston

Estranged daughter Eva Dienner has been staying with her in-laws, the Riehls, since her husband was killed in a fire, but now she wants her son to meet his maternal grandparents. Upon her return, Eva finds that the man her parents always intended for her is living in their daadihaus and running the dairy farm for them for free, despite her suspicions of him taking advantage of her family. Eva knows she should put the past behind her, but is she ready to move into the future?

When Love Returns  by Beth Wiseman

Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn’t face her stern parents’ reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused him—until he meets Sarah’s daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Sarah and Abram must find a way to face the truth of their past so they can rekindle their first love.

The Courage to Love  by Shelley Shepard Gray

After the death of her Englisch husband, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for helping them around the house. But when Mary Ruth and Henry’s son Marcus comes around, he isn’t pleased with the woman they’ve taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren’t always what they seem.

What Love Built  by Kathleen Fuller

Independent and headstrong, Carolyn is determined to forge ahead with the opening of her bakery, a lifelong dream, in the Birch Creek home she left ten years ago. But she’s in over her head and needs help with the cleaning, shopping, and deliveries. Carpenter Atlee Shetler is visiting Birch Creek to escape the memories of his late wife. He takes a job renovating the new bakery and finds the project—and its owner—to be much more than he bargained for. Both Carolyn and Atlee must face pains of the past if they want to have the bright future God has planned for them.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

An Amish Family | Kathleen Fuller

 


Today I am reviewing An Amish Family, which includes four novellas by Kathleen Fuller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In An Amish Family, beloved author of Amish romance, Kathleen Fuller, invites readers into the lives of four Amish families.

Building Trust

Grace Miller and Joel King are in love. They’ve dated secretly for the past year and when he proposes marriage, Grace eagerly agrees. But when she tells her parents about the wedding, she’s shocked when her father tells her she can’t marry Joel. Can Grace get to the bottom of her father’s animosity toward Joel so they can have the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of?

A Heart Full of Love  (also in An Amish Cradle)

Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight—and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.

Surprised by Love

In a desperate move to evade her match-making mother, Emily Shwartz announces that she’s already seeing someone: Reuban Coblentz. The trouble is, Reuban is barely even a friend. Seeing how desperate she is, Reuban plays along. But when the past sneaks up on them, will this temporary arrangement turn into everlasting love?

A Gift for Anne Marie  (also in An Amish Second Christmas)

Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Kathleen Fuller has been a favorite author of mine for many years and I was thrilled to receive a copy of An Amish Family to read and review.

I enjoyed these stories so much that I barely put down the book down until I reached the end. Fuller writes wonderful Amish fiction and she doesn’t disappoint with these four love stories. Although each story is a keeper, my favorite story is Surprised by Love. . . because I love it when two friends unexpectedly discovers a romantic love for each other!

I hope these stories bless you as much as they did me.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

An Amish Harvest | Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman

Today I am reviewing An Amish Harvest by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Beth Wiseman and Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn.

Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman

When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again . . . until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi’s heart—and give Brock his own second chance at love?

Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman

When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the house is broken into, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends—and discover an unexpected new love?

A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller

Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he’s different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love—and the blessing of God—be enough to overcome their doubters?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I am glad to review four novellas by four of my favorite Amish fiction authors!

Although two of the stories deal with serious issues, the authors, Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, create good stories that hold the readers’ interest. Vannetta Chapman always writes a great mystery, which I found hard to put down.

However, my favorite story was the one by Amy Clipston . . . it’s a bit more light-hearted, which I’m enjoying more lately, and it’s a wonderful story that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!
Happy reading!

God bless you!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

An Unbroken Heart | Kathleen Fuller

 


Today I am reviewing An Unbroken Heart,the second book in the Amish of Birch Creek series by Kathleen Fuller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident.

Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain — after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same — not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt.

Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father. If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

What a romantic tale…

“An argument. A crash. In an instant, Joanna’s world is changed forever.”

I knew the moment I read that description, I would have to read this book. And I was pretty sure, if it lived up to that line, that I would enjoy it!

Oh my! I loved this story . . . when Joanna proposes to Andrew, then calls it off before the wedding, I just knew they would both be miserable, unless they could work things out. And I’d like to say more, but it’s much better for you to read it for yourself.

I just hope I haven’t already given away too much. One thing I want — is to make certain you know how much I loved the story — and how much I want to encourage you to read it.

Kathy Fuller has written an amazing story of love, courage, and forgiveness. You’ll love Joanna and her relationship with Andrew. Be sure to get a copy and read it for yourself.

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

© 2016 DJ Mynatt


 

An Amish Market | Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman

Today I am reviewing An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!

Love Birds by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it. Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I have enjoyed each collection of novellas in the Amish compilations published over the past few years! The authors always entertain me with a featured subject, and each story fits perfectly in the book.

An Amish Market is another great compilation. I was blessed by each of the stories, as I’m sure you will be.

In Amy Clipston’s Love Birds, Ellie is determined to support herself and her mother, hiding the truth of their situation from her next-door neighbor Lloyd and others in the community. But when her desperation causes her to betray him, will these two ever have a chance to be together? Read their story and find out…

Kathy Fuller’s A Bid For Love was too cute! I could just picture Ezra with a freezer full of butter. But when Ezra tells Hannah he’s made a mistake, will he break her heart? I was sitting on the edge of my seat, refusing to put down the book until I finished this story… and all I can say to you is, “Don’t miss this story!”

Kelly Irvin’s Sweeter Than Honey is my favorite story in this compilation. Grumpy, fussy old Will is as prickly as a cactus. When Isabella makes a mess – that Will cleans up – the first time she meets him, she’s certain he wants nothing to do with her. I was cheering her on, and hoping she would learn from her mistakes. After all, the small community has already lost too many families – and young adults. Will Isabella be able to find a home in Bee County? Read the story and find out…

Last, but certainly not least, is Vannetta Chapman’s Love In Store. Vannetta is another favorite Amish author of mine, and she wrote a wonderful story. I identified with Stella more than any of the other characters in this compilation, and I was over-joyed when she was brave enough to help David Stolzfus solve the mysterious happenings at the Old Amish Mill. Don’t stop reading until you’ve read this story!

God bless you!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt
 
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.

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