Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

where trust lies

I have been a fan of Janette Oke since I read Love Comes Softly at a young age.  Her books are always so well-written and are such great stories.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was offered the chance to read a book Janette co-wrote with her daughter.  I must say I wasn’t disappointed.  This book is written in true Janette Oke style.

This book has everything one expects in a Janette Oke book:  family with strong ties, love of God, strong morals.  This book was a little difficult for me at the beginning since I hadn’t read the first book in the series.  I had to familiarize myself with the characters but once I did the book was easy to read.

I would recommend this book to any fan of Janette Oke.  You will not be disappointed.

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Courting Emily by Amy Lillard

courting emily

Emily Ebersol loves Luke Lambright and has for as long as she can remember. She wants to marry and raise a family of her own. Luke loves Emily but he also loves race car driving. He leaves Emily and the Amish life to pursue a career as a race car driver. Elam Riehl has loved Emily for as long as he can remember but has said nothing about his feelings because everyone knows Emily loves Luke. Elam also has the responsibility of caring for his family since his father’s accident that left him childlike. Emily and Elam become close after she goes to the Riehl’s house to help out. Can Elam win her heart or will the return of Luke ruin everything?

I really enjoyed this sweet Amish romance from Amy Lillard. Amy is a new-to-me author and I like her writing style. This was an easy to read book with a slightly different tone than other Amish books I’ve read. It has a bit of a contemporary flair but still stays true to the Amish fiction that we have all enjoyed reading.

The characters in the book are all likable and well-rounded. Amy has written them so you can relate to them and their life. I must admit Elam wasn’t my favorite at first but he softens up throughout the book and I soon wanted him to be the winner of Emily’s heart.

This story is set in Wells Landing, Oklahoma, which isn’t your typical Amish fiction setting. I liked this. It was nice to see a book set in a place other than the typical Amish settlements.

I would definitely recommend this book and will be reading more from Amy Lillard. She has made me a fan with this book!

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love

the bracelet

Do everything you need to do to read this book uninterrupted. Why? Because once you start reading this book you won’t want to stop for anything. Dorothy Love has written a book that has it all: historical setting, romance, drama and mystery. This story will pull you in and hold you captive until you have read the last word.

Celia Browning’s life is near perfect. She has everything to be desired: loving father, comfortable house, money, social status, and is almost engaged to the love of her life, Sutton Mackay. His homecoming and proposal are the only things that would make life perfect. That is until Leo Channing, news reporter, starts showing up and asking questions about the family’s past. In Savannah, social status is everything and Leo’s questions could destroy Celia and her family’s happiness. Soon Celia starts receiving veiled messages and gifts. One of which is a bracelet that holds a message. A message that puts her on edge and ever more curious to find out what happened when she was just a child.

I completely enjoyed this book. Celia was likable from page one. As were most of the other characters in the book. I wasn’t quite sure about Ivy, the cousin who was raised alongside Celia. I wanted to like her but just didn’t trust her. Dorothy Love did a fantastic job with this character. She made her vulnerable and somewhat likable yet at the same time I didn’t quite trust her.

I loved the descriptions in the book. I felt like I had actually been transported to pre-Civil War Savannah. This was the perfect setting for this story. The history of the town added to the story and made the characters come to life.

I was completely fascinated by the bracelet and it’s story. I was intrigued by the message in the jewels storyline. I think it would be so neat to have received a piece of jewelry with a hidden message (maybe not quite like Celia’s though).

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, clean read with romance and a touch of mystery. I can’t wait to read the next book with Celia in it that will be out later this year.

The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard Gray

the promise of palm grove

This first book in the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series does not disappoint. Shelley Shepard Gray has woven a tale of love and friendship that will hook the reader from the first page and keep them interested until the very last word.

This book was a quick and easy read. The story line is good and flows so well that the pages practically turn themselves. The characters are all likable (except maybe Edmund–don’t worry, you will understand once you start reading) and the setting is wonderful. Shelley has written with such detail that I felt like I was actually in sunny Pinecraft, FL instead of cold and snowy Indiana.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Amish fiction or someone who is looking for a nice lighthearted read. This is a good book to read on a snowy, rainy or sunny day

Amy Clipston’s Bakery Bunch

I was so excited to be chosen as a member of my friend Amy Clipston’s street team.  If you don’t know Amy is an author of Amish fiction and Young Adult fiction.  Her books are fabulous and if you haven’t already you need to grab a book of hers and start reading.  You won’t be disappointed.

As a member of The Bakery Bunch (the name given to the street team) we were all sent a box of goodies.  Some of the items were for us to keep and some were to be used to promote Amy and her books.

The contents of our box of goodies from Amy.

The contents of our box of goodies from Amy.

I take my tumbler to work with me.  It makes drinking water more fun!

I take my tumbler to work with me. It makes drinking water more fun!

Elizabeth with bookmarks

Even though my niece is too young to read Amy’s books she loves the library. Here she is getting ready to give the librarians some bookmarks to promote Amy’s Amish fiction books.

A Dream of Home, the third book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotels series, spotted at our local Walmart.

A Dream of Home, the third book in the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotels series, spotted at our local Walmart.

bag with luggage tag

I love my purple reusable tote.

at grocery store

Grocery shopping is even more fun with my bag!

Steadfast Heart

steadfast heart

I really had high expectations for this book. The description of the book sounded interesting. A young lady who is being strongly encouraged by her father to marry a business partner of his meets a young man who comes to Seattle in search of his sister. The two are attracted to each other and wonder if this is true love.

I am sorry to say this story just fell flat. The story starts off with Lenore, the young lady being encouraged to marry by her father. Soon though it seems as if the main character in the story is Lenore’s friend Abrianna. Abrianna is a kind and sensitive girl who wants to make life better for the impoverished. She is escorted through the city streets by Wade, a friend who seems to want more than just friendship but doesn’t realize it yet. Lenore shows up sporadically in the book and then again becomes the main character towards the end of the book.

This book moved at such a slow pace and lacked direction. It felt like there were a lot of words and descriptions added in just to get the word count up. I found myself bored and not able to focus well at times. The book just didn’t grab and hold my attention. I was so excited to read this book by a new-to-me author who seemed highly recommended. I have other books by this author on my Kindle but after reading this one am in no hurry to read them.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

a most inconvenient marriage

I liked the idea of this book: Girl nurses guy during war and on his deathbed marries him and goes to live on his farm to help take care of his mother and sister.  Upon her arrival she finds out that the family and neighbors are not quite sure of her story and are uncertain of her.  Things aren’t what they seemed to be when Jeremiah described them to her.  Shortly after her arrival things are really stirred up when Jeremiah himself shows up and they find out she is married to someone who is very much alive.  Distrust abounds as the two meet and try to figure out what is really going on.

I’m not quite sure what it was about this book but I found it lacking.  As mentioned above I really liked the idea of the story and couldn’t wait to download it and start reading. However, I was soon looking to see how much more time I had to read to be finished. The story didn’t seem to move at a fast enough pace for me.  There were times it started moving along and then seemed to go nowhere in a hurry.

The character development in this book was good.  There was conflict, which was needed to give the story depth.  The plot line was good. It was just the pace of the book. I think the book could have been edited down a bit and been better.  It would have had better flow and been an easier read.

With this being said, this was the first book I’ve read by this author.  I will definitely give her books another try.  This would be a good book for anyone who enjoys war time stories, horses, or lost love.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion which I have given.