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The Christmas Quilt | Vannetta Chapman

 

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Today I am posting my review of The Christmas Quilt by Vanetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches.

She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs.

She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam.

Annie s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the “boppli” arrives.

With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan.

Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

A Simple Amish Christmas and The Christmas Quilt have been two of my favorite books to read… not to say that nothing bad happens and all is happy and well, but my faith was restored when Annie, without question or hesitation, returned home when she received word that she was needed. And once home, she knew she was there to stay!

It was fun to read about Annie and Samuel again…

The Christmas Quilt is the sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas (where the story of Samuel and Annie first begins) and this novel picks it up at the perfect time…

In A Simple Amish Christmas, Samuel proposes to Annie at the end… and The Christmas Quilt begins with their wedding… Annie and Samuel marry on the same day as Adam and Leah… then they share a few other surprises!

I laughed and cried with them as they struggled through the joys and sorrows of life.

And it’s easy to get to know the characters; you soon think of them as people, friends, family. And the everyday happenings are so “real” it’s a joy to read… but when you reach the end of the book, you’re not ready to let them go!

If you get the chance, buy both of the books and read A Simple Amish Christmas first, then jump right into The Christmas Quilt! I am certain you will enjoy every minute!

Happy Reading!

And Merry Christmas!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

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A Simple Amish Christmas | Vannetta Chapman

 

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Today I am posting my review of A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman.

A Simple Amish Christmas was the first novel I read by Vannetta Chapman (more than two years ago). I began reading it on my iPhone after checking out a digital copy of it from the public library… and I immediately fell in love with it!

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Will Annie find acceptance in the Amish community she left behind?

Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now.

As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness.

She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and important choices to make.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Vannetta puts so much “character” in her characters!

I wasn’t surprised in the least when Annie immediately gave up her job and returned home when she heard of her father’s accident and that she was needed. I laughed and laughed at how Samuel treated her… having no idea that she was professionally trained, since she was too stubborn to admit to him that she knew exactly how to care for her father.

Once you realize what is happening between Annie and Samuel, it’s easy to see why they both resist their feelings. And of course, there’s another suiter to take into consideration, whom Annie seems pretty fond of. Which one will she choose?

I don’t want to give away anything else, so I’ll let you read the book for yourself.

When I read A Simple Amish Christmas, I had to wait three years for the sequel, The Christmas Quilt to be published. Now you can read them both — one right after the other — and hopefully, you’ll be just as delighted as I am, when I read them!

Happy Reading!

And Merry Christmas!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

An Amish Harvest | Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman

Today I am reviewing An Amish Harvest by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Beth Wiseman and Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn.

Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman

When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again . . . until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi’s heart—and give Brock his own second chance at love?

Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman

When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the house is broken into, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends—and discover an unexpected new love?

A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller

Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he’s different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love—and the blessing of God—be enough to overcome their doubters?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I am glad to review four novellas by four of my favorite Amish fiction authors!

Although two of the stories deal with serious issues, the authors, Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, create good stories that hold the readers’ interest. Vannetta Chapman always writes a great mystery, which I found hard to put down.

However, my favorite story was the one by Amy Clipston . . . it’s a bit more light-hearted, which I’m enjoying more lately, and it’s a wonderful story that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!
Happy reading!

God bless you!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

An Amish Market | Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman

Today I am reviewing An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!

Love Birds by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it. Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

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.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I have enjoyed each collection of novellas in the Amish compilations published over the past few years! The authors always entertain me with a featured subject, and each story fits perfectly in the book.

An Amish Market is another great compilation. I was blessed by each of the stories, as I’m sure you will be.

In Amy Clipston’s Love Birds, Ellie is determined to support herself and her mother, hiding the truth of their situation from her next-door neighbor Lloyd and others in the community. But when her desperation causes her to betray him, will these two ever have a chance to be together? Read their story and find out…

Kathy Fuller’s A Bid For Love was too cute! I could just picture Ezra with a freezer full of butter. But when Ezra tells Hannah he’s made a mistake, will he break her heart? I was sitting on the edge of my seat, refusing to put down the book until I finished this story… and all I can say to you is, “Don’t miss this story!”

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 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…

Last, but certainly not least, is Vannetta Chapman’s Love In Store. Vannetta is another favorite Amish author of mine, and she wrote a wonderful story. I identified with Stella more than any of the other characters in this compilation, and I was over-joyed when she was brave enough to help David Stolzfus solve the mysterious happenings at the Old Amish Mill. Don’t stop reading until you’ve read this story!

God bless you!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt
 
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.

An Amish Market | Clipston, Fuller, Irvin, Chapman

Today I am reviewing An Amish Market by four wonderful Amish fiction authors, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!

Love Birds by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it. Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

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.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

I have read – an enjoyed – each collection of novellas in the Amish compilations published over the past few years! The authors always entertain me with a featured subject, and each story fits perfectly in the book.

An Amish Market is another great compilation. I was blessed by each story, as I’m sure you will be.

In Amy Clipston’s Love Birds, Ellie is determined to support herself and her mother, hiding the truth of their situation from her next-door neighbor Lloyd and others in the community. But when her desperation causes her to betray him, will these two ever have a chance to be together? Read their story and find out…

Kathy Fuller’s A Bid For Love was too cute! I could just picture Ezra with a freezer full of butter. But when Ezra tells Hannah he’s made a mistake, will he break her heart? I was sitting on the edge of my seat, refusing to put down the book until I finished this story… and all I can say to you is, “Don’t miss this story!”

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 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…

Last, but certainly not least, is Vannetta Chapman’s Love In Store. Vannetta is another favorite Amish author of mine, and she wrote a wonderful story. I identified with Stella more than any of the other characters in this compilation, and I was over-joyed when she was brave enough to help David Stolzfus solve the mysterious happenings at the Old Amish Mill. Don’t stop reading until you’ve read this story!

Order your copy of An Amish Market today!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2015…

 

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Today I have the very difficult task of listing my favorite books of 2015…

Of course, I have hundreds of favorite books . . . but this year, in this post, I’m only mentioning 70 favorite books that I’ve read and reviewed on my book blog this year… a modest 1/3 of the 200+ books I reviewed.

And now… here are the 70 books!

A Cunning Masquerade – JC Morrows
A Little Bit of Charm – Mary Ellis
A Perilous Assignment – JC  Morrows
A Plain Man – Mary Ellis
A Reluctant Assassin – JC Morrows
A Town Called Christmas – Ruth Logan Herne
A Treacherous Decision – JC Morrows
A Widow’s Hope – Mary Ellis
Abby Finds Her Calling – Naomi King
Always His Providence – Ruth Reid
Always In My Heart – Mary Ellis
Amanda Weds a Good Man – Naomi King
An Amish Family Reunion – Mary Ellis
An Angel By Her Side – Ruth Reid
Andi Unstoppable – Amanda Flower
Anna’s Healing – Vannetta Chapman
Appalachian Serenade – Sarah Loudin Thomas
Autumn Winds – Charlotte Hubbard
Breath of Spring – Charlotte Hubbard
Brian’s Choice – Vannetta Chapman
Brush of Angel’s Wings – Ruth Reid
Dandelion Moon – Hannah Alexander
Dandelions For Dinner – Valerie Comer
Dangerous Tidings – Dana Mentink
Emma Blooms at Last – Naomi King
Falling For the Lawman – Ruth Logan Herne
Hallowed Halls – Hannah Alexander
Harvest of Blessings – Charlotte Hubbard
Hazardous Homecoming – Dana Mentink
His Mistletoe Family – Ruth Logan Herne
Holiday Homecoming – Jean C Gordon
Huckleberry Harvest – Jennifer Beckstrand
Letters From Grace – Rachel D Muller
Living in Harmony – Mary Ellis
Longing For a Miracle – Ruth Logan Herne
Love Comes Calling – Deborah M Piccurelli
Love Comes to Paradise – Mary Ellis
Maggie’s Mission – Rachel D Muller
Miracle in a Dry Season – Sarah Loudin Thomas
Murder Freshly Baked – Vannetta Chapman
Never Far From Home – Mary Ellis
Out Of the Ashes – Sandi Rog
Plum Upside Down – Valerie Comer
Protected – Vannetta Chapman
Raspberries and Vinegar – Valerie Comer
Return to Pelican Inn – Dana Mentink
Romance By Design- Donna Reimel Robinson
Romance in Recovery – Donna Reimel Robinson
Rosemary Opens Her Heart – Naomi King
Sailing in Style – Dana Mentink
Sarah’s Christmas Miracle – Mary Ellis
Secret Refuge – Dana Mentink
Summer of Secrets – Charlotte Hubbard
Sweetened With Honey – Valerie Comer
The Birdhouse – Laura V Hilton
The Captive Maiden – Melanie Dickerson
The Christmas Cradle – Charlotte Hubbard
The Fairest Beauty – Melanie Dickerson
The God of All Tomorrows – Donna Reimel Robinson
The Healer’s Apprentice – Melanie Dickerson
The Lawman’s Holiday Wish – Ruth Logan Herne
The Postcard – Laura V Hilton
The Princess Spy – Melanie Dickerson
The Promise of An Angel – Ruth Reid
The Snow Globe – Laura V Hilton
The Way To a Man’s Heart – Mary Ellis
Where Hope Starts – Angela D Meyer
Wild Mint Tea – Valerie Comer
Winter of Wishes – Charlotte Hubbard
You CAN Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days – DJ Mynatt

 

Donna’s BookShelf has chosen 70 books – from the 200 books reviewed in 2015! What are your favorites? Tweet this!

 

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Happy Reading!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

FAVORITE AUTHORS OF 2015…

 

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Today I have the very difficult task of listing my favorite authors from 2015…

Of course, I have other favorite authors . . . many others . . . but this year, in this post, I’m only mentioning 20 favorite authors, whose books I’ve read and reviewed on my book blog this year…

And now… here are the 20 authors (listed alphabetically)!

Amanda Flower
Amy Clipston
Charlotte Hubbard
Cindy Woodsmall
Dana Mentink
Donna Reimel Robinson
Elizabeth Byler Younts
JC Morrows
Jean C Gordon
Jennifer Beckstrand
Laura V Hilton
Melanie Dickerson
Naomi King
Rachel Muller
Ruth Logan Herne
Ruth Reid
Sarah Loudon Thomas
Shelley Shepard Gray
Valerie Comer
Vannetta Chapman

 

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Happy Reading!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

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