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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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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

 

 

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Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

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The Christmas Cradle | Charlotte Hubbard & Naomi King Marathon

 


Today I’m reviewing The Christmas Cradle, the sixth book in the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise.

Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night.

Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she’s starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate. And she isn’t sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home.

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support.

Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true…

 
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MY THOUGHTS:

I was unexpectedly blessed with an advance copy of The Christmas Cradle so I could add it to the wonderful Seasons of the Heart series – and post my review for my wonderful readers!

This is a wonderful story to read at Christmas time… or anytime!

I began reading The Christmas Cradle, thinking about a certain baby being born…. I just love babies (so do the Amish)!

You are probably not going to be surprised when I “reveal” that even at Christmas time, guess who shows up… nope, it’s not Santa. It’s Hiram – again – and he’s determined to spoil the good time the folks in Willow Ridge are planning. Hmm, perhaps the shoe fits in this book – he’s a scrooge!

No matter… Charlotte does a superb job introducing a few new characters, made to feel welcome by the folks in the community (of course). I declare, the characters are more “real” than most of the people I know. And they know that with God, all things are possible.

I love how their faith shines through, yet nothing about these books are “preachy” – just good common sense, along with faith, love and hope. And that’s exactly what we all need in our own lives today!

If you enjoy reading great stories, with wonderful, “real” characters going through problems, yet not giving up, I cannot encourage you enough to read the Seasons of the Heart series!
 
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Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

Harvest of Blessings | Charlotte Hubbard & Naomi King Marathon

 

Today I’m reviewing Harvest of Blessings, the fifth book in the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The tranquil little town of Willow Ridge is facing a startling challenge.

Wealthy Nora Glick is determined to make it her home again–and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family, Nora can’t reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father.

But she’ll do anything to help her community embrace the future . . . and make amends to the daughter she had to give up. So, she certainly has no time for her reckless new neighbor Luke Hooley.

They disagree about almost everything. And how can she trust him if he always seems to believe the worst about her?

Somehow, though, his unexpected support and passionate heart are helping her find her own way in faith. And Nora will discover that even in the face of insidious lies and unyielding judgment, God creates unexpected chances for forgiveness–and love.

 
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MY THOUGHTS:

I knew he’d be back again!

Hiram Knepp might have moved away, with big plans to start a new Amish “colony” – but he just can’t stop sticking his big nose into the happenings in Willow Ridge.

When Nora Glick buys Hiram’s abandoned property in Willow Ridge, he starts getting into her business, too. Poor Nora has a pretty rough time; her father refuses to acknowledge her, her neighbors are always catching her off guard, and Hiram keeps showing up – even coming into her house and trying to buy back the barn and land from her.

What really gets my goat is when Hiram meets Nora at the house – on the very day his daughter is getting married. So far, he has interrupted several weddings… I won’t say more, so I don’t spoil it for you. But take it from me – Hiram’s made more than his share of trouble.

Charlotte has created the perfect community, filled with realistic characters – so much so that she could probably write another five books and not run out of interesting characters and events. I love the people of Willow Ridge (except Hiram Knepp – no one could love him).

Nora has a really rough time with her dat at first, but she’s a strong lady, and if anyone deserves happiness – it’s her. Read it… you’ll see just what I mean.

Don’t miss out on this great addition to Seasons of the Heart series.
 
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God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant | Charlotte Hubbard & Naomi King Marathon

 

Today I’m reviewing A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant… a novella found in An Amish Christmas Quilt. This story is a part of the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Seth Brenneman didn’t expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kauffman and her two children. . .or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow.

But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts–and work a miracle for a lifetime?

 
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MY THOUGHTS:

This story begins with Mary Kauffman and her two stepchildren arriving in Willow Ridge, looking for her “Aunt Miriam”; but before they find her, Mary goes into labor!

Mary is another wonderful character created by the amazing Charlotte Hubbard. When Seth Brenneman gets a visit from a strange dog, who compels Seth to follow him, he finds Mary and the children.

I love how Charlotte continues to give her readers more stories from the wonderful series we love. This story, A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant, is part of the Seasons Of The Heart series, and if you’re reading the entire series, it should be read after Breath of Spring (and just before Harvest of Blessings).

All the other wonderful characters we love are here… and ready to welcome Mary and the children to their community. Charlotte does an awesome job creating – and maintaining – interesting, realistic characters.

Honestly, they are so interesting; most of us would just love to visit them. Story after story, the characters grow and develop, adding life, love, faith and hope to each story.

Charlotte’s books promote love, faith, hope and family – and this novella continues the tradition. Of course, there’s a wonderful Christmas message, too.

There are lots of interesting events packed into this novella… I don’t want to leak any spoilers, so I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to read for yourself. You’re going to LOVE it!

I hope you’ve read the first book in this series… it’s definitely my favorite way to read continuing stories. Although each book can easily be read as a stand-alone, it’s much better to enjoy the Willow Ridge saga, as it continues.

 
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God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt
 

Breath of Spring | Charlotte Hubbard & Naomi King Marathon

 

Today I’m reviewing Breath of Spring, the fourth book in the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past.

Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious she has taken her five siblings to live with her. She’s never been truly at home in her faith. . .or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she’s gladly shouldered.

True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakeable helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn’t think of someone so lost as more than a friend.

Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find in a moment of surprising revelation that God can work impossible miracles–and that love makes all things new.

 
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MY THOUGHTS:

He’s back… Hiram is back — and more trouble than a barrel of monkeys! As a matter of fact, I think I would rather have a barrel of monkeys to deal with than have to face Hiram Knepp!

And I never thought I would say it — especially since Hiram is very prominent in this book — but this might just be my favorite… so far.

I just knew we would have to make time to deal with Hiram — the dirty, old snake. If you’ve been reading along with me, you will remember that when Hiram left, his two oldest daughters, Annie Mae and Nellie, refused to stay with him.

This story is mostly about Annie Mae, one of the sweetest girls you would ever meet — and of course, she’s been missing her little brothers and sister. But who shows up, but Yonnie Stoltzfus, who Annie Mae was spending time with before her father left town.

Now Yonnie can be pretty persuasive, if you know what I mean, and he’s determined to spend time with Annie Mae. You’ll have to read the story to find out if his intentions are honorable or not, but I will say it’s a bit intriguing for Annie Mae to have two boys trying to befriend her.

Charlotte Hubbard just wows me with her stories! I find myself wanting to read one after another; it’s so much fun getting caught up in them! Once again, we’re back in Willow Ridge with Miriam and her extended family… and friends.

Don’t miss out on this truly awesome story!

 
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God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

An Amish Country Christmas | Charlotte Hubbard & Naomi King Marathon

Today I’m reviewing An Amish County Christmas, which includes special Christmas stories to follow Amanda Weds a Good Man (One Big Happy Family series) by Naomi King – and Winter of Wishes (Seasons Of The Heart series) by Charlotte Hubbard.

An Amish Country Christmas includes The Christmas Visitors by Naomi King — and Kissing the Bishop by Charlotte Hubbard. These 2 novellas create a wonderful bridge between the Cedar Creek and Willow Ridge communities.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In Willow Ridge, Missouri, the Christmas season is a time when faith brings peace, family brings warmth and new romance brings sparkling joy…

The Christmas Visitors

For spirited Martha Coblentz and her twin Mary, the snow has delivered the perfect holiday and birthday present to their door–handsome brothers Nate and Bram Kanagy. But when unforeseen trouble interrupts their season’s good cheer, it will take unexpected intervention–and sudden understanding–to give all four the blessing of a lifetime…

Kissing The Bishop

As the year’s first snow settles, Nazareth Hooley and her sister are given a heaven-sent chance to help newly widowed Tom Hostetler tend his home. But when her hope that she and Tom can build on the caring between them seems a dream forever out of reach, Nazareth discovers that faith and love can make any miracle possible…

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MY THOUGHTS:

Time for more confusion? Nah, I think you can figure it out easily this time. Keeping these book in chronological order, now it’s time for An Amish Country Christmas, which occurs just after the previous two books I reviewed.

Have I mentioned that Charlotte Hubbard/Naomi King is/are one of my most favorite Amish author(s)? If you haven’t heard me say so before, pay attention! What a cool idea it is to join together both Charlotte and Naomi’s series to create a couple of stories.

While I’m not one to believe in “love and first sight”, these stories are light-hearted and fanciful–and just plain fun (no pun intended). I will readily admit that the second story was really my favorite—and I don’t mind telling you why…

It’s simple… I am much closer to the age of Jerusalem and Nazareth (and the bishops–Tom and Vernon), so I found it much easier to identify with them—as well as enjoy the way these two couples enjoyed being together and doing some things they hadn’t done in many years.

And of course, I was intrigued by just the title—Kissing the Bishop! And I will be honest enough to say that I never—not even in my wildest dreams—pictured a bishop speaking of such romantic, intimate subjects. But Charlotte did her job well—making these bishops appear human—as human as anyone else in their community.

Of course, I can’t really say much without giving away anything, but that’s enough for now. If you’ve been following along with me this month, you know much has been happening in the Willow Ridge and Cedar Creek communities.

Keep reading with me… I’m headed back to the Seasons of the Heart series… and there I’ll stay until the end of the month. I even have a special treat for you near the end!

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God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

Winter of Wishes | Charlotte Hubbard & Naomi King Marathon

 


Today I’m reviewing Winter of Wishes, the third book in the Seasons Of The Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

As another year draws to a close in Willow Ridge, life seems to be changing for everyone but Rhoda Lantz.

Her widowed mother is about to remarry, her sister is a busy newlywed, and soon Rhoda will be alone in her cozy apartment above the blacksmith’s shop.

An ad posted by an Englischer looking for someone to help with his mother and children may offer just the companionship she’s looking for, but if she falls for the caring single father, she may risk being shunned by her community.

Certain she can only wish for things she cannot have, Rhoda must remember that all things are possible with God, and nothing is stronger than the power of love.

 
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MY THOUGHTS:

I hope I don’t confuse you… I’m trying to keep these book in chronological order, so if you’re reading along with me this month, you’ll know the correct order to read them. We began with the Seasons of the Heart series (by Charlotte Hubbard); then switched to the Home At Cedar Creek series (by Naomi King). With that series complete, let’s head back to Willow Ridge (Seasons of the Heart)…

Winter of Wishes was fantastic! I can’t say enough about it!

In this installment, Miriam is preparing to marry Ben, Rachel is happily married to Micah, but Rhoda is left on her own—something she hasn’t gotten used to—and she applies for a job with an English family. What will happen to her if she gets more involved with the family—especially the dad who is divorced—and how would such a thing affect her family… and her community?

I loved how Charlotte showed Hiram’s character flaws, without going further than necessary. Oh my, such a realistic situation (well, I hope there aren’t bishops out there who behave as he does, but it is certainly possible—even quite probable). Charlotte writes about what is happening between Hiram and several members of his community, while showing how compassionate the people—and the bishops from neighboring communities—are towards him, while not downplaying his wrongs.

Of course, I can’t really say much more without giving away anything, but I think that’s enough for now. After all, if you’ve been following along with Summer of Secrets and Autumn Winds, you know much has been happening in Willow Ridge.

Keep reading with me… I’m headed to Naomi King’s One Big Happy Family series next…

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God bless you!

 

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

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