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Nominating A MOTHER FOR LEAH by Rachel L Miller for an INSPY award!

Join me in nominating this heart-warming book for an INSPY award!  

 

Click on the image to visit nomination page

 

I enjoyed this wonderful story of hope and healing and family togetherness. Rachel has brought Amish romance back to where I feel it belongs.

 I reviewed A Mother for Leah by Rachel L Miller when it was released. You can read that POST for my full review, but I’ve posted a snippet of that review below as well as the blurb for the book itself.

 

I was hooked from the first page…

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.

 

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?


I hope you’ll join me in nominating this wonderful debut novel. I feel it deserves to win!

Here is the link again: http://inspys.com/?page_id=1183 

In the meantime, you can connect with Rachel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and her website: rlmauthor.com

 

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

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!

 

Enter to WIN a Favorite Reads Prize pack!

This giveaway is open from August 15th – 30th. One winner will be chosen! Click the image below to enter. The winners will be announced August 31st on the author’s BLOG!

And keep reading below for more about this fantastic book.

 

 


  

BEHIND THE SCENES:

10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT A Mother for Leah
      THE INFO BELOW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

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?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

 

 

THANK YOU for your participation!

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

NEW books for 2015-2016… | Mary Ellis Marathon

 

 
Here’s a look at what we have to look forward to from Mary Ellis:

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MARY ELLIS has a NEW series coming out: Secrets of the South Mysteries
The first book in Mary’s NEW series is Midnight on the Mississippi
COMING in August 2015!

 

Midnight on the Mississippi begins the new Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These complex crime dramas follow an investigator’s quest to make the world a better place… solving one case at a time.

 

New Orleans—Hunter Galen, a stock and securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, may be involved in embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship based on suspicion alone. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.

Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder, recover the missing millions from the client accounts, and establish herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman with an agenda longer than the Mississippi River. Ashley seems to be hiding something, but is Nicki’s growing attraction to Hunter—a suspected murderer—her true reason for disliking Ashley?

As they encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and murder, Nicki and Hunter’s only option is to turn to God as they search for answers, elude lethal danger, and perhaps discover love along the way.

Blackmail… Embezzling… Murder… Don’t miss this NEW Southern Mystery series from Mary Ellis! Coming August 2015.CLICK TO TWEET!

 

 

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The second book in Mary’s NEW series is What Happened on Beale Street
COMING February 2016!

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What Happened on Beale Street continues the new Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These complex crime dramas follow an investigator’s quest to make the world a better place… solving one case at a time.

 

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I know I can’t wait to read and review each new story Mary releases!

 

 

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter Mary’s GIVEAWAY contest!

Mary Ellis Marathon | Giveaway!

God bless you!

 

Copyright © 2013-2015 DJ Mynatt

The Wishing Season | Denise Hunter

 

Today I’m reviewing The Wishing Season , the third book in the Chapel Springs Romance series by Denise Hunter.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

She daydreams of whipping up sauces and souffles in her own restaurant. His heart is set on helping foster children. Both dreams are at stake. So are their hearts.

With grand plans to open her own bed & breakfast in Chapel Springs, PJ McKinley can’t afford the most crucial part: the brick and mortar. But when the owner of a local historic home announces a contest and promises her property to the worthiest candidate, PJ makes a fervent wish and tosses her name into the hat.

Cole Evans is cool, confident, and successful, but he’ll never forget his roots. He’s thankful for how far he’s come and knows his life could have turned out drastically different. If he can win the stately old mansion, he’ll turn it into a home for children aging out of the foster system.

When the eccentric house owner narrows the entries down to only two applicants, she extends the contest, giving PJ and Cole one year to prove which one of them can make the best use of her beloved home. As the pair competes in close proximity, something deeper than rivalry sparks between PJ and Cole.

And in this battle, they’re likely to lose their hearts.

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MY THOUGHTS:

This is the first book I have read (and reviewed) in the Chapel Springs series… and it’s awesome!

… but I can assure you — it won’t be the last!

I’m already compiling a list of Chapel Springs books… I can’t wait to read Barefoot Summer and Dancing With Fireflies. Once I’m done, I plan to re-read The Wishing Season, before delving into Married ’til Monday. Whew!

Now back to The Wishing Season

I think I was hooked just after a french violet in a sturdy clay pot left PJ’s hand and landed on Cole’s head. Since most men are pretty thick-headed, I imagine PJ didn’t think she’d hurt him. And can you think of a more suitable match than Susie Sunshine and Mr. Grumpy — they’re perfect for one another.

WHAT A GREAT STORY!

I love that Denise Hunter writes about a young man who grew up in foster homes, knowing the difficulties those like him face when grown, to do whatever he could to open a transitional home for post-foster care children.

The characters that Denise creates are amazing! They’re funny… and sweet… oh yeah — and they truly are inspirational. When Cole bullies PJ to scoot over to the passenger seat so he can drive her to the hospital, I knew this was the sort of person I would like to know (too bad he’s a made-up character).

I sincerely hope I haven’t give too much away; that was not my intent. If you haven’t read the Chapel Springs series or The Wishing Season, I urge you take the time to do so… you will be inspired and encouraged to make the world a better place.

I love reading the Chapel Springs series!

You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE and from Thomas Nelson HERE

You can find more about Denise Hunter on her website… HERE

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

God bless you!

 

Title: The Wishing Season
Series: Chapel Springs Romance
Author: Denise Hunter
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: December 2014
ISBN: 978-1401687045

Copyright © 2013-2015 donnasbookshelf.

NEW books for 2015-2016… | Angela D. Meyer Marathon

 

Here’s a look at what we have to look forward to from Angela D. Meyer:

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Where Healing Starts

Life at Applewood Hill series — book 2

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Where Healing Starts focuses on Joanna and Blake.

Joanna, full of bitterness over the past, can no longer ignore the growing storm inside her and is bent on self-destruction as she seeks to ease her pain. But the refuge she seeks is always out of her reach.

Blake must choose between what has always been safe and what he has always wanted, but never found. One mistake after another leads him down a dangerous path.

The one for all, all for one sibling bond can’t help them now. They are both determined to hang onto their anger, never forgetting. Never forgiving. They see no reason to trust God.

After so many years of turmoil, will the Hannigan siblings find refuge in the God who loves them? Or will they get lost along the way?

  ** An official synopsis has not been released yet, but Angela has graciously provided an unofficial look at book 2…

 

Don’t miss Where Healing Starts – book 2 in Angela D Meyer’s Life at Applewood Hill series.CLICK TO TWEET!

 

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Where Joy Starts

Life at Applewood Hill series — book 3

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Where Joy Starts continues the story of the Hannigan siblings…

Book 3 is still in the editing stages — even though I am unable to give you more information, I wanted to include it, since it is part of the series… be sure to watch Angela’s website or subscribe to her newsletter to read more about this sequel.

 

 

 

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If you’d like to know more, I invite you to check out the Life at Applewood Hill  blog site. Karen has just begun blogging about her wonderful bed and breakfast — she would love for people to stop by and check it out!

 

I would like to encourage you to sign up for Angela’s NEWSLETTER for book updates, author news and between-the-books short stories – as she continues to give us insights into her characters and their journeys!

 

I know I can’t wait to read and review each new story Angela releases!

 

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the…

Angela D Meyer Marathon | Giveaway!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2015

* BONUS* A Spoonful of Love | Amy Clipston Marathon


Today I am reviewing…

A Spoonful of Love, a novella contained in the Anthology – An Amish Kitchen by Amy Clipston.

This anthology also includes stories from Beth Wiseman and Kelly Long.

This is what GoodReads has to say about A Spoonful of Love:

Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn–but her life feels nothing like Paradise.

She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room.

Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

 
 

My thoughts:

This is my first taste of anthologies… and I like it!

Amy Clipston consented to write a novella for An Amish Kitchen; she joins Beth Wiseman and Kelly Long – both well-known authors – in this endeavor.

This is such a great story… I have to admit, I totally identified with Hannah’s mother, who was worried about Hannah and Stephen being alone together – in the Inn, as well as anywhere else.

And when Jason shows interest and asks her if he can take her to the next singing, it seemed to me that Jason’s and Hannah’s mothers had probably had a hand in it; although it was fun to watch Jason and Stephen’s reactions to one another.

I really liked Stephen from the start. And it was so refreshing to see that Hannah, although she didn’t agree with her mother, was duly respectful and thoughtful of her.

Amy Clipston writes such great stories! I’m never bored – usually I can’t put them down until I’m done! And she has done an amazing job on this novella… in such a short time, she puts everything together perfectly and I was delighted with it (especially the end, with Stephen’s being able to let go of the past).

Now – there! I hope I haven’t given away too much, but you really should read this – especially if you’re an Amy Clipston fan (as I am), you will NOT be disappointed!

 

Happy Reading!

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the BIG contest!

Amy Clipston Marathon | GIVEAWAY!

 

Click HERE for more about Amy’s books from Zondervan.

You can 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 Amy Clipston’s website.

God bless you!

 

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

destination unknown | Amy Clipston Marathon


Today I am reviewing destination unknown, the sequel to roadside assistance by Amy Clipston.

This is what GoodReads has to say about destination unknown:

It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect.

When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the ‘right’ college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades.

Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship.

Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor.

Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver’s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity—and God’s plan for her life—before she throws everything away?


MY THOUGHTS:

I was thrilled to discover destination unknown, a sequel to the equally amazing roadside assistance!

Although I’m miles past my young adult years, it was much simpler than I expected to re-connect with my teenage thoughts and feelings – I have a theory that Amy Clipston writes such amazing books that she makes it easier to connect because she writes it just as I remember it to be.

Don’t let the cover fool you… Whitney stays and shows everyone that she knows what she wants and she’s willing to do what it takes to get it.

Without giving away too much (hopefully), I could so identify with Whitney when she lies to cover up a truth that she knows will just upset everyone else. She tries to convince herself it really isn’t much of a lie, but she knows better. And when the truth comes out, lots of people end up hurt – including Whitney!

Fortunately, she is learning to depend on God through prayer, as well as being strong enough to face her family and friends with the truth – and sincere apologies.

Amy is an amazing writer!

I’ve been told not to expect any other YA novels after Miles From Nowhere is published, but I’m hoping in the years to come that Amy will be able to publish more YA novels… teenagers need to read and hear her sage advice, hidden inside her novels.

Happy Reading!!!

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the BIG contest!

Amy Clipston Marathon | GIVEAWAY!

 

Click HERE for more from Zondervan.

You can 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 Amy Clipston’s website.

God bless you!

 

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

roadside assistance | Amy Clipston Marathon

Today I am reviewing roadside assistance, a young adult (YA) novel by Amy Clipston.

This is what GoodReads has to say about roadside assistance:

Emily Curtis is used to dealing with her problems while under the hood of an old Chevy, but when her mom dies, Emily’s world seems shaken beyond repair.

Driven from home by hospital bills they can’t pay, Emily and her dad move in with his wealthy sister, who intends to make her niece more feminine – in other words, just like Whitney, Emily’s perfect cousin.

But when Emily hears the engine of a 1970 Dodge Challenger, and sees the cute gearhead, Zander, next door, things seem to be looking up.

But even working alongside Zander can’t completely fix the hole in Emily’s life. Ever since her mom died, Emily hasn’t been able to pray, and no one—not even Zander—seems to understand. But sometimes the help you need can come from the person you least expect.

MY THOUGHTS:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up roadside assistance to read… one thing I knew for sure, was if Amy Clipston had written it, it would be a “great read”… but since I’m nearing retirement, I wasn’t sure if I could see it from the eyes of a teenager, which would make sense, as it is being listed as YA fiction.

While it is true that I identified easily with the adults… Brad, Darlene and Chuck, Pastor Keith and Jenna… it was also remarkably easy to identify with the main character.

Seventeen-year-old Emily loses her mom, her boyfriend, and then her home. She and her dad are forced to move in with his sister and her family. Emily turns away from God, feeling like she’s lost everything that matters (except her dad).

I really loved this story… it drew me in quickly and without warning; before I knew it, I was over half done and obviously I wasn’t going to put it down until I was finished. Thankfully I began reading early, with minor interruptions, so I was able to finish and get to bed before midnight.

Normally wait until I have written the review before picking up another book, but I couldn’t wait to get started on the sequel, destination unknown… this story focuses on Emily’s cousin Whitney! Cool!

I’ll be posting my review of destination unknown in a couple of days, but let me just say it’s every bit as good as roadside assistance. I know, because I read it during my lunch hour at work and had the hardest time putting it down and going back to work. I will even admit that I left the book at work and didn’t remember until I reached home – where I promptly turned around and went back after it!

We’re talking Nashville traffic, people… during rush hour! My normal trip home usually takes 25 minutes; this round trip took almost 90 minutes!

But I finally got home, ate dinner and wrote this review… now I can finish destination unknown!

Happy Reading!!!

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the BIG contest!

Amy Clipston Marathon | GIVEAWAY!

 

Click HERE for more from Zondervan.

You can 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 Amy Clipston’s website.

God bless you!

 

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

A Mother’s Secret (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel #2) | Amy Clipston Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing A Mother’s Secret, the second novel in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series by Amy Clipston.

This is what GoodReads has to say about A Mother’s Secret:

Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever?

Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin’s father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion.

Her brother simply will not forgive her. His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn’t convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter.

When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn’s brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance.

After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family—and the unconditional love—she’s longed for?

 

My thoughts:

Amy Clipston writes great Amish fiction!

I have another new favorite series… the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series!

I love how this book is part of the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series; it’s not necessarily what happens in the hotel that is most important – the focus is on the characters in their homes and community. But the ladies who work at the hotel are imperative to the story!

I was glad to see that Hannah and her children are doing well, although they’re living as Englishers now (well, all but one). Amanda seems to be thriving – and hopefully she’ll be able to connect with her twin sister. I also like how this story doesn’t talk about Hannah, except in passing. The author realizes that readers are still interested in knowing how Hannah is doing, and mentions her without taking away from the main character in this book.

In the last story, I was rooting for Joshua, but I thought the story ended well. He is still a focal point in this story and I’m happy to say he is doing better than ever! Let me just say that by the end of the book, I was mighty proud of him!

I’m trying to not give away anything – at least anything pertinent – so bear with me. If you enjoyed A Hopeful Heart, you’re gonna love A Mother’s Secret… but it’s really terrific if you read them in order.

If you haven’t read A Hopeful Heart yet, read it… then dive right in and read A Mother’s Secret… and thankfully (whew) A Dream of Home is expected to be released soon (see pertinent information below).

I enjoyed every moment of this story… even better, Amy has entrusted me with an advanced copy of A Dream of Home to read and post my review this month along with the others in the series. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy from Amazon… don’t wait until the price goes up, click the link below and get your copy ordered (release date is November 4, 2014).

PRE-ORDER HERE

Keep watching… I’ll be posting my review for A Dream of Home very soon!

…Amy has worked very hard and she has a 4th installment coming out next year called A Simple Prayer. You can count on me to read and review it – as quickly as possible!

Happy Reading!
And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the BIG contest!

Amy Clipston Marathon | GIVEAWAY!

 

Click HERE for more from Zondervan.

You can 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 Amy Clipston’s website.

God bless you!

 

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

A Hopeful Heart (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel #1) | Amy Clipston Marathon

Today I am reviewing A Hopeful Heart, the first novel in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series by Amy Clipston.A Hopeful Heart

 

This is what GoodReads has to say about A Hopeful Heart:

In A Hopeful Heart, the first novel of the new Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from best-selling author Amy Clipston, Hannah finds herself at a crossroads in her life.

Her community offers her love and support after the untimely death of her husband, but an Englisher offers her the chance of a new life after her unexpected tragedy.

Wealthy businessman Trey Peterson is surprised by his attraction to the gentle Amish woman who works as a housekeeper in the Lancaster Grand Hotel. They share a common bond of loss and are able to offer each other comfort and support as they journey through their grief. Joshua Glick wants nothing more than to offer his friendship and love to Hannah and her family. Not only is he her late husband’s brother and business partner, he has always been in love with Hannah.

A Hopeful Heart is filled with surprising twists as Hannah tries to balance her life in the Amish community and her growing love for an outsider.

MY THOUGHTS:

I thought I knew Amy Clipston’s writing… after all, I have read (and reviewed) all the novels and novellas in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, which includes five full-length novels, two novellas and one YA (young adult) novel – that’s a lot of writing – and Amy does a superb job of keeping the reader’s interest.

But the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series immediately gives the reader the impression that the characters have changed… grown… and to be prepared for the unexpected!

Is Hannah tempted to change everything because an Englisher shows interest and concern for her, or because he offers her the life she’s always wanted… will she consider taking a chance on losing her home, her friends, her church, even her children… or will she accept an offer of marriage from one who has loved her for many years, yet never had the courage to show it.

If you’re curious, read the book – don’t read the reviews that give too much away – read the book! It’s a wonderful story, with a few twists to confuse everyone, but an ending that you probably won’t be surprised to discover.

Amy Clipston writes Amish fiction as if she’s lived the life… and knows the feelings of her characters. I enjoyed every moment of this story and I can’t wait to read the next installment (thankfully it’s on my bookshelf, so as soon as I post this review, I’ll be pulling it off the shelf and digging in, although this means I’ll have trouble putting it down and going to sleep at a decent hour)!

Happy Reading!!!

And don’t forget to click below to find out how you can enter the BIG contest!

Amy Clipston Marathon | GIVEAWAY!

 

Click HERE for more from Zondervan.

You can 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 Amy Clipston’s website.

God bless you!

 

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

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