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"The Guardian," by Beverly Lewis

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"The Guardian," by Beverly Lewis
Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis's celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.

When Jodi Winfield comes to Lancaster to house-sit, the last thing she expects to find is a disheveled little girl alone on the side of the road. The young teacher is mystified when she learns there have been no reports of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can't speak English. It's as if the child appeared out of nowhere.

Then Jodi turns her attention to Hickory Hollow--and the cloistered world of the Old Order Amish--in search of answers.

As always another good book by Beverly Lewis.  If you like books about the Amish, with a little bit of mystery and romance mixed in, this is the book for you.  It's nothing earth shattering, but it is a book that will want you turning just one more page to see wh…

Mennonite Girls Can Cook - Celebrations

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Mennonite Girls Can Cook - Celebrations


Life is a gift from God, so why not celebrate?

The bestselling authors of Mennonite Girls Can Cook return with a second course in their new Celebrations cookbook. From mouthwatering mini-muffins and succulent soufflé to campers' stew and lattice-topped grilled apples, the Mennonite Girls share recipes to honor all of life. Join the girls for brunch celebrating a child's birth, campfire cooking with family, and even the more somber celebrations of a life well-lived. Filled from cover to cover with devotional reflections, personal stories, and beautiful photos, this book contains much more than recipes--it will soon become your kitchen companion for life's celebrations.

Like their first book, Mennonite Girls Can Cook: Celebrations includes many gluten free adaptations!


What a wonderful book this is.  Not only is it a recipe book, it's a book with many other qualities, including lovely stories, poems and psalms.  The photography is grea…

"Sweet Mercy," by Ann Tatlock

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"Sweet Mercy," by Ann Tatlock
Stunning coming-of-age drama set during the Great Depression and Prohibition

When Eve Marryat's father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he is forced to support his family by leaving St. Paul, Minnesota, and moving back to his Ohio roots. Eve's uncle Cyrus has invited the family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge.

Eve can't wait to leave St. Paul, a notorious haven for gangsters. At seventeen, she considers her family to be "good people," not lawbreakers like so many in her neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a "safe haven," Eve soon forms an unlikely friendship with a strange young man named Link, blissfully unaware that her uncle's lodge is anything but what it seems.

When the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. Does she dare risk everything by exposing the man whose love and generosity is keeping her family from ruin? And when thi…

"Jennifer," by Dee Henderson

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"Jennifer," by Dee Henderson
It's a summer of change for Jennifer O'Malley.

The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, Texas, and meeting and falling in love with surgeon Tom Peterson is adding a rich layer to her life. She's sorting out how to introduce Tom to her family--she's the youngest of seven--and thinking about marriage.

She's falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested, and in a way she didn't expect. The results will soon transform her entire family.


Inside the front cover of the book it says this:

In this "story behind the story," of Dee Henderson's popular O'Malley series, Dr. Jennifer O'Malley meets the man who will love her for a lifetime.........

I forgot about this as I was reading this book, which was a problem as this book would have made more sense, as it was I finished the book thinking, "well that was a weird book."  At the end there is an Auth…

"Undeniably Yours," by Becky Wade

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"Undeniably Yours," by Becky Wade

When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father's Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who's determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.

Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their relationship--and their belief that God can work through every circumstance--survive?


Another super book by Becky Wade.  Great story that keeps you interested from the first pag…

"When Love Calls," by Lorna Seilstad

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"When Love Calls," by Lorna Seilstad
When romance calls, will she choose to answer?
Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list does not include following rules. So when she must apply for a job as a switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won't be easy. Hello Girls must conduct themselves according to strict-and often bewildering-rules, which include absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Hannah doubts it will be difficult to keep that rule-until a handsome young lawyer starts getting under her skin.


I loved, loved, loved this book!  Did I mention I loved this book?  All the characters were great; they all meshed together well.  Hannah and Lincoln's love story was good.  I loved the historic detail of the book.  It was an interesting subject set around the Hello Girls, and you can read more about them here

This is the first in a series about the Gregory Sisters and you can be sure I will be reading the rest of the series…

"Adoring Addie," by Leslie Gould

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"Adoring Addie," by Leslie Gould
Not Since Romeo and Juliet Has a Couple Faced Odds This Long

The Cramers and Mosiers have been angry with each other for as long as anyone can remember. Things had cooled to a simmer...until Addie Cramer and Jonathan Mosier fell head over heels for each other. Now old tensions are renewed, and Addie's parents insist she marry stolid and uninspiring Phillip Eicher.

Distraught at a future apart, the two decide their best hope is to reconcile the two families...but that means digging into the past to see what tore them apart. Will their love be enough to keep them together or will long-held secrets ruin their chance at happiness?


One of the things I loved about this book, was that Leslie made the family so real, warts and all.  Very few families are perfect and the ones portrayed in the book were no exception.  That in itself made the book more relate able; at least to me.  Addie falling in love with the "enemy" not only makes things w…