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Grand Prize Winner | Kelly Irvin Marathon

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Kelly Irvin . . . Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this special Author Spotlight!

First, a bit about Kelly…

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Kelly is the author of more than a dozen Amish books. Her latest release, The Saddle Maker’s Son, is the third novel in the Amish of Bee County series. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. Among her other works are novellas in two collections, including An Amish Christmas Gift and An Amish Market. Both novellas were reviewed this week on Donna’s BookShelf.

Kelly is currently working on a four-book series entitled Every Amish series. The first book, Upon A Spring Breeze, will release in Spring 2017. Her novella, One Sweet Kiss, will be included in a novella collection, An Amish Summer, also slated for release in 2017. An as yet unnamed novella will also appear in a second collection entitled An Amish Christmas.

Kelly’s novel, The Beekeeper’s Son, was a 2016 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest. Another novel, Love Redeemed, was a 2015 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest.

The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter. She recently retired after working 22 years in public relations for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers.

Kelly is married to photographer Tim Irvin.  They make their home in San Antonio, Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors, especially mysteries and romantic suspense novels.

 

Readers can learn more about Kelly at www.kellyirvin.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and Goodreads.

 

A spotlight with Kelly Irvin . . . today on Donna’s BookShelf.Tweet this!

 

For today’s spotlight, I am doing something a bit different. I’m going to feature some of my favorite blog posts from Kelly’s website:

 

Disappointment–it’s what’s for dinner!

Disappointment–it’s what’s for dinner!

Disappointment is something we would all like to banish from our lives. However, the older I get and the more I experience disappointment, the more I see how it shapes and molds me into a more thoughtful person. Disappointment helps us grow up, no matter how old we are. I know that sounds ridiculously self-righteous,… Read More

 

Medicine & Prayer Make Powerful Partners

Medicine & Prayer Make Powerful Partners

The other night my husband and I were watching a TV program in which a fictional medical examiner said, “I’m a doctor, I don’t believe (in miracles, in prayer, in God).” Irritated, I turned to Tim and remarked that one did not preclude the others. He rolled his eyes and said, “It’s a TV show.”… Read More

 

On buggies and choosing to slow down

 

On buggies and choosing to slow down

It seems as if I’m always in a hurry. Even when I’m not. I retired in February so I no longer throw myself out of bed at five-thirty a.m. to rush downtown to an office where I finagled an hour of writing before beginning my day job. I rushed home to fix supper, exercise, shower,… Read More

   

Thanks, Kelly!

And THANK YOU for joining me for this very special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!


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Blessings!

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Sweeter Than Honey | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing Sweeter Than Honey, one of four Amish novellas found in An Amish Market, by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

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.

 

 

AN AMISH MARKET — Great stories by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman. Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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 of Bee County 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…

Don’t stop reading until you’ve finished this story!

God bless you!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

A Christmas Visitor | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing A Christmas Visitor, one of three Amish novellas found in An Amish Christmas Gift, by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.

Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt Abigail and her husband Mordecai.

After all, she knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome but Englisch farmer boy back in Missouri.

It’s best to put those feelings aside, no matter how hard it is. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case.

Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?”

 

Experience the joy and wonder of God’s greatest gift: His Son, Jesus. Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas – with some tough decisions ahead of her.

And like most Amish stories, her well-meaning, but interfering family do everything they can make sure Frannie makes the right choices – the right decisions (well, what they consider the right decisions).

I’d rather be reading about a cold, snowy Christmas, but this story takes place in the blazing heat of Texas . . . for those of you who don’t like cold, snowy days, you might enjoy reading this at Christmas time.

As a matter of fact, Frannie would rather be in Missouri, too, until she gets a visitor…

Now you know I can’t say anymore, but read it… you’re gonna love it!

Happy Reading!

And Merry Christmas!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Week #3 Winner | Kelly Irvin Marathon

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The Saddle Maker’s Son | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing The Saddle Maker’s Son, the third book in The Amish of Bee County series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Rebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn’t create. Tobias Byler is haunted by regret. Can two young runaways from half a world away teach them the healing power of true family?

Rebekah isn’t like her sister who left the Amish faith, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close-knit Amish community makes her feel as if she’s been judged and found lacking.

The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have.

Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can’t erase the past that accompanies his every thought.

A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy.

In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek

 

Rebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn’t create . . .Tobias Byler is haunted by regret.  Read The Saddle Maker’s Son by Kelly Irvin – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Another amazing, romantic story!

Be warned – you won’t want to put this book down. If you pick it up, do so when you have plenty of time to sit back and enjoy it! And believe me, you are going to LOVE the story! Kelly Irvin is an amazing writer — and The Saddle Maker’s Son is a fantastic story!

This is such a powerful story . . . it  delves into the problems people face across the border — and how the Amish community and English community view it. When Mordecai King seeks out Jesse to get his help with a difficult situation, it could be a good thing for both families.

Will things work out — or will it push the Amish and Englischers farther apart?

Read the book! Find out for yourself. Kelly has created a wonderful community in Bee County Texas. The characters in these three books — plus two novellas — are stubborn, stodgy, determined — and a little surprising at times. But this makes them real to the reader! When Rebekah shivers and tucks her cold hands under her arms, I think I shivered for a moment, too – it was so real to me!

Just read it for yourself (with a sweater . . . and a box of tissues).

If you’re reading The Amish of Bee County series, you won’t want to miss this sequel…

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


 

The Bishop’s Son | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing The Bishop’s Son, the second book in The Amish of Bee County series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith?

Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions.

One day he wants to come courting, the next he seems to be putting distance between them.

Jesse may be the bishop’s son, but his faith has been wavering of late. If he is so unsure, is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide?

Then there’s Will, Jesse’s cousin. He has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires?

Leila knows she can choose Will and be secure in her own future. But when her heart speaks, it’s Jesse’s name she hears. When will God make His will known to her? Could leaving everything she knows—even her own faith—be a part of God’s plan?

 

Will Leila choose with her heart or with her faith? The Bishop’s Son by Kelly Irvin – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

What an amazing story!

I would imagine that being the son of a bishop would be about as difficult as being the son of a preacher. I was the daughter of a preacher – and my dad took his role very seriously. Jesse is the son of a bishop. But Jesse is sneaking around – and sneaking around usually means trouble!

Kelly Irvin writes a wonderful story! It’s much more complex than I expected it to be, yet it was very simple. Life is usually like that, too. But finally, you reach the point where decisions – tough decisions – have to be made. And lived with.

Leila has cared for Jesse for many years, but when he begins staying away from home, running with Englischers, she must make a choice – a decision – of what is best to do. Jesse’s cousin Will would like her to choose him – and be baptized. Will Jesse accept this? And will he stay or will he leave?

This is a powerful story . . . one that delves deeply into the faith and beliefs of the Amish community and the English community. When Jesse gets involved with a church in town, his faith in his own church comes into question. Which is the right choice?

Great story! Great characters… Amish and English both. I’m certain parts of this story was difficult for Kelly to write, but she did a fine job.

If you’re reading The Amish of Bee County series, you won’t want to miss this sequel…

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


The Beekeeper’s Son | Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing The Beekeeper’s Son, the first book in The Amish of Bee County series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A strange, mystical place allows Deborah and Phineas to see themselves and others with new eyes.

When Deborah Lantz arrives in Bee County, Texas, she expects to find a great oasis of citrus groves and olive trees.

Instead, she finds a tiny Amish district struggling to make ends meet on a barren, drought-stricken land. Deborah longs to go home to the lush, green countryside of Tennessee, but she wants her mother, a widow with six children, to be happy again.

Even if that means accepting Stephen as her future stepfather. She can’t believe God created such an ugly place filled with strange animals, twisted, stunted trees, and not a drop of rain for months. Then she meets the beekeeper’s son.

Phineas King’s face is disfigured by scars from an accident that killed his mother and destroyed his trust in God. Through their encounters both begin to realize the beauty in all of God’s creation. Deborah walks through the strange land of figs, Mexican squash, and wild cucumbers to see Phineas, who finds solace in his work keeping the bee hives and harvesting honey for his father.

Both are rarely alone, but always lonely. Deborah begins to see Bee County through Phineas’ eyes and Phineas learns to see himself through hers.

 

Sometimes it takes a barren landscape to see the beauty of God’s creation. The Beekeeper’s Son by Kelly Irvin – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This may be my favorite series by Kelly Irvin — so far!

I was intrigued from the first page — and once I met Stephen, I knew I had to find out what would happen between him and Abigail. Then I fell in love with the King family . . . and I couldn’t put the book down until I reached the end.

I really enjoyed getting to know Deborah and her family — and Phineas and his family. Kelly writes about them beautifully… I could feel Phineas’ embarrassment when he thought Deborah had screamed at the sight of his face — but she was just as embarrassed because of her clumsiness.

But wait — there’s another couple… the reason for moving from Tennessee to Texas is so widowed mom-of-5 Abigail Lantz can marry up with Stephen Stetler.

Be warned – you won’t want to put this book down. If you pick it up, do so when you have a good opening of space to sit back and enjoy the story! I had so much fun reading this book. I began yesterday evening and I honestly didn’t put it down until I was done. I even finished the last few chapters in bed, using my iPhone flashlight.

And believe me, you are going to LOVE the story! Aside from the fact that Kelly Irvin is an amazing writer, it’s a fantastic story!

Kelly has created a wonderful community in Bee County Texas. The characters are a little surprising at times (for Amish folk)… with their whining, questioning, assertive personalities. But this is exactly what makes them real to the reader! When Deborah mentions sharing a room and having to deal with someone else’s sweat and bad breath – well, it certainly made it real to me!

Read it for yourself!

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


 

Week #2 Winner | Kelly Irvin Marathon

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A Plain Love Song| Kelly Irvin Marathon


Today I am reviewing A Plain Love Song, the third book in The New Hope Amish series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Adah Knepp wants nothing more than to make music. It’s all she’s ever desired–to sing and play the guitar and write her own songs.

That’s a dream that will never come true in the confines of her strict Amish community.

But then she meets Jackson Hart, and all of a sudden she finds the chance for a different kind of life.

A real stage, a real guitar, and a real opportunity to sing her songs to a real audience!

But pursuing her dreams means turning her back on her family and community–and saying goodbye to Matthew, the gentle Amish farmer she can’t get out of her mind. Is it worth giving up the only home she’s ever known to pursue her dreams?

 

She had to find her way to God… A Plain Love Song by Kelly Irvin – Tweet this!

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This is such a wonderful story!

When Adah Knepp clean houses, she sings . . . sometimes along with the radio, and sometimes she sings the songs she writes — songs that glorify God. She has a voice like an angel, but she knows this is something she can’t share with anyone, especially those in her community.

When Jackson Hart persuades Adah to let him teach her to play the guitar, he realizes that she’s a natural — and he pushes and pushes until he convinces her to go with him to Branson to write music.

Although Adah loves singing, she isn’t at all prepared for what happens next!  And I don’t want to share too much, so I’m going to suggest you read this book if you want to discover what happens to Adah and Jackson.

I’ll share this much with you… I LOVED the ending!!!

So go pick up a copy — or the whole series — and spend this weekend reading about the New Hope Amish community…

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


 

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