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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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A Reunion in Pinecraft | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Reunion in Pinecraft, the fourth book of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery.

After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister.

He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This was such a cute, little story. I was holding my breath until Graham revealed the truth about what happened, but, of course, everything worked out! If you enjoy stories by Shelley Shepard Gray, you’ll enjoy A Reunion in Pinecraft!

Happy Reading!

 

God bless you!

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

 

His Promise | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing His Promise, the sixth book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest Christmas novel in her Amish of Hart County series.

It’s set to be a white Christmas in Hart County, and Grace King is pet-sitting in a beautiful home with only a difficult dachshund for company. Just as she starts to miss the bustle of her large Amish family, Grace runs into a familiar face. Living right next door is John Michael Miller. He’s a fireman now, but five years ago, he had courted her older sister, then broke her heart. Seeing him again stirs Grace’s anger, but also reminds her of deeper feelings she’s done her best to deny.

The infatuation John Michael once saw in Grace’s eyes is long gone, though his complicated attraction to her remains. He had walked away all those years ago when he realized he was falling in love with the wrong sister.

Now, as suspicious fires are set in their community, that’s not an option. Grace dismisses his warnings, and John Michael vows to keep an eye on her. But he can’t help wondering if he’s reconnected with Grace, only to risk losing her again.

Now all John Michael wants for Christmas is to keep Grace safe, in the hopes that they can one day have a future together.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. Her Secret
  2. His Guilt
  3. The Gift
  4. His Risk
  5. Her Fear
  6. His Promise

 

Her Fear | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing Her Fear, the fifth book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest novel of suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, an EMT falls for a woman with ties to an Amish community where people are dying similar, suspicious deaths…

Sadie Detweiler never imagined she’d move to Kentucky, yet here she is: a pregnant, unmarried Amish girl banished by unforgiving parents to live with kin she barely knows. The men are gruff and her cousins are secretive. Worst of all, elderly matriarch Verba becomes mysteriously ill shortly after Sadie moves in.

When EMT Noah Freeman arrives, Sadie immediately notices he’s unlike any other Amish man she’s met. Noah is warm, confident, and has an easy way with practically everyone in the community, both Amish and English. Though Sadie is drawn to him, she has little hope he will reciprocate her feelings once he learns she’s with child.

Noah can’t understand how a girl as sweet and lovely as Sadie ended up sleeping on a cot in Verba Stauffer’s kitchen. He also senses Sadie is terrified of something. Concerned, he checks up on her. Eventually they strike up a friendship and soon their attraction is undeniable. When Verba later dies at the hospital and her death is followed by two others, Noah’s boss wants him to dig around the Amish community for clues. He agrees—for Sadie’s sake—because only the truth will keep her safe and by his side.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. Her Secret
  2. His Guilt
  3. The Gift
  4. His Risk
  5. Her Fear
  6. His Promise

 

His Risk | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing His Risk, the fourth book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray brings us another compelling suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, this time featuring an undercover English DEA agent who will do anything to protect the Amish girl he loves.

Calvin Fisher left the Amish community at fourteen and never looked back. Only his brother’s illness can bring him back to Hart County.  Now, as Calvin works to make amends, he meets Alice, a local nursery school teacher, and falls hard for her. But he has a secret that could threaten the happiness he’s finally found.

Alice shouldn’t like—or want—Calvin. He’s English, has a questionable past, and an even more questionable job. Still, she can’t help being intrigued. Though Calvin assures Alice that he’s worthy of her, she’s torn between surrendering to her growing feelings and steering clear of him.

When a sudden surge of criminal activity alarms the community and even targets Alice, Calvin fears that his double life has put everyone he loves at risk. As for Alice, she can’t help but wonder if the brave and honorable man she’s lost her heart to is far more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. Her Secret
  2. His Guilt
  3. The Gift
  4. His Risk
  5. Her Fear
  6. His Promise

 

The Gift | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Gift, the third book in The Amish of Hart County series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt…or worse.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

As long as Shelley keeps writing Amish fiction, I’ll keep reading it… because I have LOVED each and every one of her books!

I can only imagine how difficult it would be to move to a new home just before Christmas. A place where you don’t know anyone and everyone seems unfriendly. Neil Vance knows Susanna Schwartz and her family are not responsible for his family losing their farm. And the accidents. . . well, he thought they were truly accidents. Obviously, I lost myself in the story, but will I find my way back out? Join me and spend Christmas with the families in Hart County.

Shelley truly does give us a story full of love and blessings–one we’ll cherish at Christmas time.

Whatever you do, don’t miss out on this wonderful story.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. Her Secret
  2. His Guilt
  3. The Gift
  4. His Risk
  5. Her Fear
  6. His Promise
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