Monday, October 31, 2016

Book Review, Tour, and Giveaway: "The Devoted" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the Book

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Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she’s earned her GED, saved her money—but she can’t quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.
Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished—especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.
Ruthie’s next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back—and Patrick Kelly is in his way.
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred—and the promise of hopes fulfilled.

My Thoughts

"The Devoted" is Ruthie Stoltzfus' story and is the third book in the Bishop's Family series. It could be read as a standalone, but it would be beneficial to read them in order. It is especially helpful to read the other 2 books to see the growth in Jesse Stoltzfus, who has a point of view story line in all three books. This book also follows the father, David Stoltzfus, and his sister, Ruthie's aunt, Ruth Stoltzfus, as well. You can really feel Ruthie turmoil and indecision on what she should do with her life. I liked Patrick and his enthusiasm for not wasting a moment of time. I had suspicions as to why, but they didn't turn out exactly like I thought, but close. It was thrilling to see Jesse's maturity and how he viewed things now. There were a few not-quite-tied-up story lines that I could see continuing to another book, but I think that this is the last book in the series, unfortunately. I really enjoyed reading this book and was sad when it was finished.

About the Author


Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Blog Stops

October 18: cherylbbookblog
October 18: Blogging With Carol
October 18: Mary Hake
October 19: Simple Harvest Reads
October 20: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
October 21: Daysong Reflections
October 22: Back Porch Reads
October 23: Lighthouse Academy
October 23: The Power of Words
October 24: Bigreadersite
October 25: Artistic Nobody
October 25: Donna’s BookShelf
October 26: Pause for Tales
October 26: Bukwurmzzz
October 27: Splashes of Joy
October 27: Bibliophile Reviews
October 28: ASC Book Reviews
October 28: Vic’s Media Room
October 28: inklings and notions
October 29: Jeanette’s Thoughts
October 30: Book by Book
October 30: Quiet Quilter
October 31: Two Girls and a Book


To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a copy of The Devoted and an iPad Mini 2 16GB! Click here to enter:

"The Devoted" is available in paperback:
  • Series: The Bishop's Family (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 4, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800723228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 5722 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 4, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I freely offer them. No compensation was received

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Book Review: "Where Two Hearts Meet" by Liz Johnson

Caden Holt is content in her kitchen as executive chef of the Red Door Inn. When a travel writer comes to check out the inn for a possible inclusion in an exclusive magazine, Caden's boss asks her to show him around Prince Edward Island and get him to love it as much as she does so that he will write a favorable article to help save the Inn.

Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical from his job at the newspaper, but also to uncover a story that will help redeem his past mistakes. What he didn't expect was to fall in love with PEI or his lovely tour guide.

What will they do when the preconceived notions are proven wrong and Adam's article could do more harm than good?

"Where Two Hearts Meet" is the second book in the "Prince Edward Island Dreams" series. While it is possible to read this book as a stand alone, I would suggest that the first book is read first, just to lay the ground work for what happens in this book. I liked Caden and Adam and their interactions. It was fun watching them fall in love. The characters learned more about themselves and how to overcome their difficulties. I also liked the secondary characters Levi and Esther and how they helped Adam by taking him under their wing. The setting of the story was beautiful and charming. I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series.

"Where Two Hearts Meet" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080072450X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800724504
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 4091 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 080072450X
  • Publisher: Revell (October 18, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HMPHD50

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own and voluntarily given. No compensation was received.

Book Review: "The Flaming Sword" by Heather L.L. FitzGerald

"The Flaming Sword" is the second book in the 'Tethered World Chronicles' series and picks up right after the first book leaves off. It would be extremely beneficial to read the first book, "The Tethered World", before reading this book as it sets the stage for the Larcen family and their connection to The Tethered World and it's "mythical" creatures, trolls, gnomes, dwarves, ogres.... Now would be a good time to get the first book as it is free for Kindle until November 2, 2016. This book was non stop action from the beginning when Aunt Jules shows up at their house sporting a black eye and a mysterious note, all the way to the very end. There were so many twists and turns in the story that I was never sure what was going to happen and who to trust. It was nice to meet up with Xander, Joannie, Lava, and other characters we met in the first book. Sadie continued on her path of growth and realizing her own strength under difficult circumstances. The book is written in Sadie's first person point of view like the first one, but this book also includes sections that follow Brady in the third person. The book is recommended for 9-17 year olds, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and think others will, too. I can't wait for the third book to come out.

There is going to be a Facebook book release party on Nov. 1, 2016 from 7-9pm EST.

"The Flaming Sword" is available in Kindle edition starting Nov. 1, 2016:
  • File Size: 2574 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink (November 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JTEG12S

I got a free copy of this book. All opinions and thoughts are my own and were given freely. No compensation was received.

Book Review, Tour, and Giveaway: "A Week of Werewolves,Faeries, and Fancy Dresses" by Nicki Chapwell

About the Book


Chelsea Welling is a completely normal fifteen year old girl… well normal except for the pesky fact that she thinks she is going crazy. Either that or she really is being transported to a magical world known locally as Amar. However when Chelsea is transported to Amar with her friend Easton, she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that these little trips are more than figments of her imagination. Then the unthinkable happens. Chelsea, Easton, Chelsea’s brother Clint, and their mutual friend Bobby are all stranded in Amar. They cannot return to Earth until they finish a dangerous quest that their fathers set out on over twenty years ago.
Chelsea is in for one trying week as she flees from werewolves, faces down faeries, and fits into fancy dresses- all while she struggles alongside her friends to fulfill the all-but-impossible tasks of finding out what the quest their fathers set out on was, and succeeding where their fathers failed.

My Thoughts  This book was an interesting concept with the kids getting sucked into a different dimension/world. It is written for the young adult/middle grader range of readers, but I liked it as well. There were some editing and spelling issues, but not a huge amount. The most confusing thing was that chapter 19 was tacked at the end of chapter 2 so it didn't make any sense. Also I found the Preface and chapters 10 and 11 at the very end of the book beyond the "about the author" section. The preface was actually just a section from chapter 14, though. It would have made the book easier to follow had they been in the right place. The story kept you guessing what adventure was going to happen next. Most of the book is written in first person from Chelsea's point of view, but there are a few sections that are in third person following Bobby, Clint, or Easton. I liked the little hints at the budding romances. I found the book to be well written (other than the errors I mentioned before) and look forward to what Nicki Chapelway does in her future. This is not a stand alone book, however, and ends with a cliffhanger. 

About the Author

Nicki ChapelwayNicki Chapelway is the pseudonym used by a completely ordinary- as in you could pass her in the street and not be the wiser- teenage girl. She is only fifteen years old- I know, a real child prodigy- and this is the first of- hopefully- many stories written by her. She enjoys reading, writing (she wrote this book for her own entertainment- not yours; you just get to benefit from her hobby), swimming when she can, and obsessing about other peoples’ stories almost as much as her own. She also enjoys watching TV, her favorite movies and TV shows include: Doctor Who, Avengers, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Nicki currently resides in Ohio with her family of eight and two dogs, Rylie and Zoey. She is now working on the next books in this series- when she’s not distracted by other stories (both hers and others’). You can contact her at

Guest Post from Nicki Chapelway

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to write. I wished this even before I enjoyed reading (I actually spent the first half of my childhood hating to read and avoiding books like the plague).
I believe that the desire to write was inspired by my older sister (an author herself). When I as younger she would tell me stories that took place in the books that she was writing. In my eyes these books were the coolest things in the whole wide world, and my sister was one of the smartest, cleverest, most ingenuous people I have ever known (besides my parents of course) to have come up with them. I wanted to be just like her. The only problem?
I couldn’t write.
While my sister was writing great works (at least to my young mind) like Julien and Juliet I was trying to write lame stories such as The Princess in the Sewer. I thought it would be a great idea to write about a princess living in a sewer (you know ignoring the whole disgusting-ness of it all). However, that was as far as I ever got. As soon as I tried to come up with the prince and the villain, or at the very least an explanation what the princess was doing living in a sewer I realized that I was in way over my head.
After that I didn’t give up on writing per se but I certainly stopped trying so hard. I contented myself to simply play with myself, devising worlds and making up bad guys for myself to fight. I acted this all out, using my imagination to transform my Living Room into an enchanted forest. I devised whole worlds with interesting characters, strong heroines (played by mwa), and evil villians. Little did I know that I was world building and creating stories, something that I had previously thought impossible for me to do.
Fast forward some years and now I’m eleven years old. It’s two months till my sister’s birthday and a crazy idea comes to me. I can write her a story for her birthday based off of a game we played together called The Blue Butterfly. I figured that since it was already a reasonably well-developed story I would be able to just write the story without getting caught on the thing that always got me every time I tried to write a book, my inability (or so I thought) to come up with a story and a plot all my own. But it didn’t exactly work like that, I surprised myself by taking my own path while writing the story, changing some things and developing a different plot. I was shocked that the ideas for writing a story actually came to me. Then I realized something, I had been doing this all along when I had been playing my games, and if I truly wanted to be an author I could just write what I had been playing all these years.
At this realization, flood gates opened. Suddenly whole worlds- worlds that I never thought possible for me to see- were opened to me. All at once I got ideas for half a dozen books, and it seemed that everything I looked at gave me at least two other ideas. To a person who had spent her whole life up to this point in time simply languishing to come up with one doable idea this was all quite overwhelming.
I no longer had problems coming up with ideas, no my problem was now quite the opposite. I wasbombarded by ideas. I spent three years simply flitting from idea to idea never able to settle on one long enough to actually write it before I was distracted by something new and shinier.
Finally the summer of my fourteenth year I sat myself down and told myself that I was going to have to come up with a book idea and stick with it until I finished it, and so My Time in Amar book one A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses was born. Which I am so excited to have on a blog tour at Celebrate Lit. I really want to thank everyone on the Celebrate Lit team who made this possible, most especially Sandra, as well as everyone who is a part of this tour.
And to all my future readers, I hope you enjoy the book!

Blog Stops

October 26: Simple Harvest Reads
October 27: Blogging With Carol
October 28: Book Babble
October 31: Genesis 5020
November 1: Ashley’s Bookshelf
November 2: A Readers Brain
November 3: Bukwurmzzz
November 6: The Power of Words (Spotlight)


In honor of her tour, Nicki is giving away a signed copy of A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses as well as a signed copy of Nicki’s soon-to-be-released second book! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!

"A Week of Werewolves, Faeries...." is available in paperback:
  • Series: My Time in Amar
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1519179715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1519179715
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Boos BOoks (February 13, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 13, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

I received a digital version of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I give them voluntarily. No compensation was received. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book Review: "Wild Montana Skies" by Susan May Warren

Kacey Fairing is on leave from military service after a harrowing experience following a helicopter crash. She is hoping for some time to recover mentally and reconnect with her teenage daughter, but when Ben King ends up being on the same rescue team as her, she is confronted with her past failures. When Ben sees Kacey again, he finds himself wishing for a do-over on their relationship. Will they find a new ending to their story?

Ever since I picked up a copy of the 2nd book in Susan May Warren's Christensen Family series, I've been hooked on her books. I always find myself wanting to read faster, but having to force myself to slow down as I miss things otherwise. Sort of like savoring a delicious meal instead of gulping it down. This book deals with having a child without being married. I'm not a fan of this topic and I know it happens to Christians, but I try to read books I can share with my pre-teen daughters and I don't want them reading about that in a book. I want to instill that they wait to be married. That said, this book's conflict wouldn't exist without the "secret baby" theme. Susan May Warren always deals with issues like this in a manner that is not crass or indelicate.  There is a lot of Christian message woven through this book and how God can take our failures and redeem them for Himself. The characters in this book discovered this and grew in their walks with God. The story is told from both Ben and Kacey's point of view (3rd person) but also follows Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose in a secondary plot. Ben and Kacey's story reaches a happily ever after, but the secondary plot is not wrapped up and I'm assuming we will get more of it in the other books in the series. I cried, I laughed, I yelled at the characters, and I really wanted to shake some of the characters and ask them how could they do what they did. This book has elements of mystery and adventure as well as the romance.

"Wild Montana Skies" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Montana Rescue (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800727436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727437
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 5911 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 18, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions and thoughts are my own and are given at my own volition. No compensation was received.

Book Review, Tour, and Giveaway: "Aboard Providence" by Keely Brooke Keith

About the Book

Aboard Providence - Cover

In November 1860, Jonah Ashton boarded the Providence with a plan to escort his family to their new settlement in South America and then return to medical school in Pennsylvania before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he didn’t count on was getting lost at sea and falling in love. When they finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart?

My Thoughts

I honestly didn't remember signing up for this tour so when I got the welcome letter, I was surprised. I am, however, glad that I got the chance to participate in the tour and read this terrific book. I was quickly drawn into the story and the lives of the characters and read it in a day. The descriptions of the conditions on the ship helped you to understand how it must have been to have traveled in those conditions, but without being oppressive or too graphic. Once the settlers reached the Land, I wanted to know whether it was a real place and what was going on. I wanted to know more about what happened to them. I was happy to discover that "Aboard Providence" was written to give the history of how the Land was settled as a back story to the Uncharted series that Keely Brooke Keith has written. I will definitely be reading them!

About the Author

Keely Brooke KeithKeely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series (Edenbrooke Press) andAboard Providence (CrossRiver Media). Her novels are known for blending genres in unconventional ways. When she isn’t writing stories, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely resides with her husband and their daughter on a hilltop south of Nashville where she dreams up stories, hoping to encourage, comfort, and inspire readers. She is a member of ACFW.

Guest Post from Keely Brooke Keith

The Uncharted series has a past…
The Uncharted storyline begins in the 21st Century in a hidden land that was settled in the 1860s by Americans. Throughout the Uncharted books, the characters refer to their founders’ history. Soon after the release of The Land Uncharted, readers expressed their desire for more. Why did the founders leave America in 1860? How did they plan the group migration? Where did they believe they were going? How did they establish what is now a fascinating culture?
I too was drawn by the founders’ story. When I set out to write it, I enjoyed fleshing out the mystery of how the founders arrived in the Land and what it was like for them, not only for the characters who wanted that adventure, but also those who didn’t. I became swept away on a journey of faith, sacrifice, and God’s unfailing provision.
The result is Aboard Providence (CrossRiver Media, 2016).
Join the founders as they embark on their voyage to an uncharted land.

Blog stops

October 21: 1994
October 22: A Greater Yes
October 23: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
October 24: cherylbbookblog
October 26: I Hope You Dance
October 26: Mary Hake
October 27: Genesis 5020
October 28: A Readers Brain
October 29: Bigreadersite
October 31: Bibliophile Reviews
November 1: Pause for Tales
November 1: Karen’s Krayons
November 2: Proverbial Reads


In honor of her tour, Keely is giving away The Uncharted Series ebooks! Click the link below to enter; be sure to comment on this post to claim your nine bonus entries for this giveaway!

"Aboard Providence" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CrossRiver Media Group (October 14, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193650135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936501359
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 959 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Publisher: CrossRiver Media Group (October 18, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M6Z6CTU

I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I voluntarily give my review. No compensation was received.