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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 Christmas Gift for Rose | Tricia Goyer

 

 

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Today I am posting my review of A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family.

But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind,

Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I typically avoid books about war but I’m really glad I picked this one to read! I love Christmas stories and this will be a welcome addition to my collection. This is An Amish historical novel dealing with the effects on families from World War 2.

It’s a wonderful story. There is conflict and resolution. The characters and the story are both completely believable.

It took lots of twists and turns that I did not see coming. That’s always a good thing. Too many books these days are absolutely predictable. This one is not. It’s great!

This story is truly a wonderful, inspiring story.

Happy Reading — and Merry Christmas!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

A Christmas Gift for Rose | Tricia Goyer

 

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Today I am posting my review of A Christmas Gift for Rose, a Christmas story by Tricia Goyer.

This story is truly a wonderful, inspiring story.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family.

But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind,

Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I typically avoid books about war but I’m really glad I picked this one to read! I love Christmas stories and this will be a welcome addition to my collection. This is An Amish historical novel dealing with the effects on families from World War 2.

It’s a wonderful story. There is conflict and resolution. The characters and the story are both completely believable.

It took lots of twists and turns that I did not see coming. That’s always a good thing. Too many books these days are absolutely predictable. This one is not. It’s great!

Happy Reading — and Merry Christmas!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Christmas: An Amish Second Christmas | Wiseman/Fuller/Reid/Goyer

 


Today I’m reviewing An Amish Second Christmas by some of my favorite authors. . . Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid and Tricia Goyer.

Here is the brief synopsis:

When Christmas Comes Again by Beth Wiseman

Katherine Zook and her four children are facing their first Christmas without a loved one, and the future seems dim.But when a mysterious “Englisch” man begins to show up in the most unlikely of places, Katherine can t help but be suspicious . . . and a bit curious.

Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid

WhenJoy Stolzfus s boyfriend tells her he wants to court other women, she s shocked.She pours her heart out in a letter, butit mistakenly reaches Noah Esh. The two begin writing letters back and forth, but a misunderstanding threatens to topple the relationship they re building.

A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller

Anne Marie Smucker s life is pretty perfect. Until she discovers her widowed mother is getting married and they re all moving. On top of that, Anne Marie s relationship with her friend Nathaniel has changed, and she s more confused than ever about her feelings for him.

The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer

Esther Glick bakes a Christmas pie for a fundraiser, and she soon finds herself sitting across from bachelor Ammon Schwartz. Esther receives many orders for pies, but when she breaks her wrist, she discovers what community and love are all about.”

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

WOW!… I don’t think I can do these authors justice… they’re truly amazing!

Celebrate an Amish Second Christmas… this is a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances!

Each story in this book is a wonderful look at how the Amish celebrate Christmas… and even more important, how they celebrate Second Christmas.

Beth Wiseman wrote a very different kind of story than I was expecting; although unexpected, it was intriguing and entertaining and definitely worth your time!

Kathleen Fuller wrote a wonderful story about love and how we should deal with the boundaries – a very pertinent subject matter.

Tricia Goyer wrote another wonderful story of the Kootenai Amish; I have read (and I own) her others; I’ve enjoyed them thoroughly and knew this one would be great! It’s always fun to read about those sneaky bachelors and the women they seek to win!

Ruth Reid wrote a wonderful story… I totally loved Noah! What a sweetheart! I was relieved when Joy learned to stand up for herself and that her brother-in-law finally listened to her. I’m hoping this story is just the beginning of a series, because I can’t wait to read more!

I was amazed at how easily I went from story to story… nothing clashed; it was a delightful read and I’m hoping to find a few more to help me celebrate the coming holidays!

If you’re looking for a great Christmas read… pick up a copy of An Amish Second Christmas… it’s not too late!

Merry Christmas!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

Her Christmas Pen Pal | Ruth Reid Marathon

 

 

Today I’m reviewing Her Christmas Pen Pal, by the fanciful Ruth Reid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This novella can be found in An Amish Second Christmas – along with three others by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Tricia Goyer.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman.

But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I LOVED IT… LOVED IT… LOVED IT!

Her Christmas Pen Pal was such a great read… this is one story I will be reading year after year – and I really hope Ruth gets the chance to write more about this nice community and these wonderful characters!

From the very first page, Joy captured my attention, with the loss of her parents — to the apparent lack of feelings on Henry’s part… Henry, who she has been courting. After patiently waiting for him to propose, he seems to be moving farther away from her — and when he takes another girl home, Joy writes out her anguish — 10 pages worth — to her friend. Only the address is difficult to read and it’s delivered to a stranger!

Oh my! I can just imagine her embarrassment when she receives a reply!

Noah Esh is the young cabinetmaker who the letter (and a box of sweet treats) is delivered to by mistake — but after reading the letter, he feels compelled to write back.

OK, I guess you can tell that I enjoyed the book so much, its’ characters are real to me; so much so that I’d love to meet Joy — she sounds like a wonderfully sweet maedel. She deserves someone much better than Henry, who seems selfish to me.

Ruth writes a great story, but the community she creates and the characters are what makes this story unforgettable!

If you enjoy reading a fun, heart-warming story, you’ll LOVE Her Christmas Pen Pal

 
5-stars
 

Her Christmas Pen Pal is an amazing story of love, life and the nearly lost art of letter writing!Tweet this!

 
 
You can read more reviews and more about the book… HERE

You can find more about Ruth on her website… HERE

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

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God bless you!

 

Copyright © 2013-2015 donnasbookshelf.

A Christmas Gift for Rose | Tricia Goyer

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Today I am reviewing A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

Rose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family.

But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers?

When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good.

Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

MY THOUGHTS:

A Christmas Gift for Rose is a wonderful story. There is conflict and resolution. The characters and the story are very believable…

I found myself too often looking up occasionally and being surprised that I wasn’t “in the midst of the story”.

This Christmas story is truly a wonderful, inspiring story.

Tricia led me on lots of twists and turns that I did not see coming. That’s something I’ve come to appreciate; too often a story is predictable — this one is not!

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

And click HERE for Tricia’s website!

God bless you!

 

© Donna J. Mynatt 2014

An Amish Second Christmas | Wiseman/Fuller/Reid/Goyer

Today I’m reviewing An Amish Second Christmas by some of my favorite authors. . . Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid and Tricia Goyer.

Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:

When Christmas Comes Again by Beth Wiseman

Katherine Zook and her four children are facing their first Christmas without a loved one, and the future seems dim.But when a mysterious “Englisch” man begins to show up in the most unlikely of places, Katherine can t help but be suspicious . . . and a bit curious.

Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid

WhenJoy Stolzfus s boyfriend tells her he wants to court other women, she s shocked.She pours her heart out in a letter, butit mistakenly reaches Noah Esh. The two begin writing letters back and forth, but a misunderstanding threatens to topple the relationship they re building.

A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller

Anne Marie Smucker s life is pretty perfect. Until she discovers her widowed mother is getting married and they re all moving. On top of that, Anne Marie s relationship with her friend Nathaniel has changed, and she s more confused than ever about her feelings for him.

The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer

Esther Glick bakes a Christmas pie for a fundraiser, and she soon finds herself sitting across from bachelor Ammon Schwartz. Esther receives many orders for pies, but when she breaks her wrist, she discovers what community and love are all about.”

MY THOUGHTS:

WOW!… I don’t think I can do these authors justice… they’re truly amazing!

Celebrate an Amish Second Christmas… this is a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances!

Each story in this book is a wonderful look at how the Amish celebrate Christmas… and even more important, how they celebrate Second Christmas.

Beth Wiseman wrote a very different kind of story than I was expecting; although unexpected, it was intriguing and entertaining and definitely worth your time!

Kathleen Fuller wrote a wonderful story about love and how we should deal with the boundaries – a very pertinent subject matter.

Tricia Goyer wrote another wonderful story of the Kootenai Amish; I have read (and I own) her others; I’ve enjoyed them thoroughly and knew this one would be great! It’s always fun to read about those sneaky bachelors and the women they seek to win!

Ruth Reid wrote a wonderful story… I totally loved Noah! What a sweetheart! I was relieved when Joy learned to stand up for herself and that her brother-in-law finally listened to her. I’m hoping this story is just the beginning of a series, because I can’t wait to read more!

I was amazed at how easily I went from story to story… nothing clashed; it was a delightful read and I’m hoping to find a few more to help me celebrate the coming holidays!

If you’re looking for a great Christmas read… pick up a copy of An Amish Second Christmas… pick up a few extra for gifts — just in time for Christmas!

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

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.

God bless you!

 

©Donna J. Mynatt 2014

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