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Comment by Margaret Graham on October 2, 2015 at 12:06pm

I love reading Suzanne Woods Fishers books.  I have read all that I can obtain from my library and interlibrary loan.  I am looking forward to reading her new book Imposter.  I know it will be just as well written and intriguing as her others.

Comment by Kristina M. Anderson on August 24, 2015 at 1:52pm

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart is an historical Christian novel.  It is September of 1865 and Carlyn Kearney has not heard from her husband in two years.  He went off to fight in the Civil War and she did not hear from him after the summer of 1863.    Carlyn is out of money and has no way to pay the lien on their property and home.  Carlyn does not know what to do.  She does not want to leave their home in case her husband, Ambrose comes back.  Ambrose was listed as missing in action. 


Sheriff Mitchell Brodie arrives one day with Curt Whitlow.  Curt owns the lien on the property.  He has offered to help Carlyn out in exchange for certain favors (we all know he means sex).  Curt is married with a family of his own, but that does not stop his roving ways.  Sheriff Brodie is very nice and polite to Carlyn.  Carlyn greets them at the door with a shotgun and her dog, Asher.  Asher has been her friend since the day he arrived starving on her doorstep.  Asher does not like Curt and is very protective of Carlyn.  Carlyn has one week to leave.


After much prayer Carlyn decides to go to the nearby Shaker village of Harmony Hill.  Carlyn is accepted into the village, but not Asher.  Carlyn asks Sheriff Brodie to watch Asher for her and give him a good home.  Carlyn tries to fit into life at the village, but it is very different.  They all have to dress the same way, no violence, a lot of work, many rules, and they are always being watched.  Sister Edna is assigned to be Carlyn’s teacher or guide.  Sister Edna seems to resent Carlyn (for her looks) and is always finding fault.  One day Carlyn overhears an argument between Brother Henry Stratton and Curt Whitlow.  The next night their barn with the horses is on fire and Brother Henry cannot be found.  Sheriff Brodie sets out to find out who set fire to the barn and who wanted Brother Henry dead (poor man is found under a hay bale).  Then Curt Whitlow is missing (and assumed guilty).  When Sister Edna is found at the bottom of some steps during the night by Carlyn, Carlyn is accused of pushing her.  What is going on in this village?  Sheriff Brodie has his work cut out for him.  Mitchell Brodie is also having feelings for Carlyn.  He would like to get to know her better, but he is unable to with her in the village (Shaker’s are against marriage).  Can Mitchell keep her safe and find a way to get to know her better?  Does Carlyn have feelings for Mitchell?


Read The Innocent to find out who is messing with the Shaker village and the fate of Carlyn and Mitchell.  I give The Innocent 4 out of 5 stars.  I liked it, but I admit to not loving it.  It is heavy in scripture (a tad preachy).  I enjoyed the mystery in the story (I cannot help it if I like mysteries).   I found pleasure in how the story ended.  Ann H. Gabhart is a good storyteller.  I have read books of hers before, and I will definitely will read more of them in the future.  She has a good understanding of the Shaker culture and put it together very nicely into this book (there are others as well).


I received a complimentary copy of The Innocent from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

Comment by Paula Young on August 10, 2015 at 11:00am

Hearts Made Whole is a fabulous historical Christian romance written by Jody Hedlund.  Although this author is new to me, I definitely will be reading more of her books!  I began reading this book after I received it in the mail about 9:00 on a Thursday and finished it on Friday afternoon.  I just couldn’t put it down! 

The heroine, Catherine Taylor, is a strong young woman who had been helping her father run the Windmill Point Lighthouse in Gross Pointe, Michigan on the shores of Lake St. Clair as well as helping to take care of her four siblings since the death of their mother.  After watching her father’s boat capsize during a furious storm, and he and the doctor he tries to save drowns, she discovers that the District Lighthouse Director views her unfit to continue taking care of the lighthouse because she is a woman although she is doing a great job, and he informs her that a veteran of the Civil War has been hired, and she must leave.  What will she do?  How will she support her siblings?  Carolyn remembers her father’s last encouraging words to her, “God is good all the time” and claims that for her life. The wounded war veteran, Ryan Chambers, arrives early.  Although he is a disheveled drunk and pain killer addict who is haunted by memories of the war, Carolyn sees past all his shortcomings to see who he really is and could be if he turns his life over to God and heals both in body and soul.  He makes an offer to Carolyn for her and her family to stay and be his assistant at the lighthouse, but someone does not like this arrangement and several strange and threatening incidents happen.  This story line does not get dull and will keep your interest until the conclusion of the book.  I received a copy of this book in a giveaway, but the choice to review it was mine.

Comment by Debora Wilder on June 9, 2015 at 9:17pm

Are the winners of the May contests going to be posted here? It would help if the title of the book won was part of the discussion title within this group.

Comment by Melony Teague on April 21, 2015 at 10:12am

I won "Where Rivers Part" by Kellie Coates Gilbert.

This book keeps you guessing right up until the end.  Dr. Juliet Ryan has spent most of her life to aquireing her considerable scientific knowledge to bring a high level of safety to the food and beverage industry. Her newly acquired position at Larimar springs is all that she dreamed of, or so it seems. While her life and career unravel before her, tragedy strikes from all sides and she must dig deep to uncover the truth. The truth about the company she works for and in her personal life, the truth about where she stands in relationship to her father with whom she has some issues.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its plot twists and turns. A hard one to put down once I got started.

Comment by Tina Rice on March 30, 2015 at 11:42am

In the last drawing I won a copy of The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan.

When will they mail the books out?



Comment by Melissa M. on February 21, 2015 at 10:41pm

I didn't know I was supposed to comment when I won a book, so I'm late in doing so!  I won "A Promise to Protect" by Patricia Bradley. I haven't yet had time to read it because I'm reading so many other books, and I want to read the 1st in the series first, but I'm glad I won it. :)

Comment by Beverly L Terry on February 6, 2015 at 1:39am

I won Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliot. I couldn't find where to put the review for this (December hasn't appeared yet), so I'm putting it here for now. 

I posted this review on my blog http://wp.me/p2IVQi-SE and Wordpress sends it out to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. I also posted this review on Shelfari, Goodreads, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, CBD, deepershopping, Chapters, LibraryThing, 

Good humor is a valuable commodity. Let me re-phrase that. Good clean humor is a valuable commodity. Clean humor is not as easy to find as you might think. Much of the humor of the past three or so decades is based on making fun of someone else or of other ideas. It capitalizes on someone's mistakes. It belittles and minimizes someone else's worth. To find good humor means leaving that base in the dust and finding things that are truly funny at no one else's expense. Even the definition of clean has variations and shades of meaning.

As a parent, when my children were young, I didn't want them to think that devaluing someone else was funny. Slapstick was fine, as well as play on words and incongruities. We loved all things animal humor. Those were our standards. This book contains a similar standard. It is written for young children, perhaps from 6-10 years. The content is squeaky clean. Many of the jokes date back to my childhood years with a few new ones sprinkled here and there. There are 126 pages of fun.

It is divided by chapters by categories:

Chapter 1: Questions and Answers
Chapter 2: Awesome Animal Jokes
Chapter 3: Knock Knock Jokes
Chapter 4: Tongue Twisters
Chapter 5: Some Things to Think About

One of the Question and Answers I've never heard before goes like this:

Question: What did the alien say to the flower bed?
Answer: Take me to your weeder.

Here's one from Chapter 2 I haven't heard before:

Question: Where do bees come from?
Answer: Stingapore and Beelivia

Do knock knock jokes make you groan?

"Knock, knock!"
"Who's There?"
"Everest, who?"
"Do we Everest from telling knock knock jokes?"

One parting shot:

"If a fly didn't have wings, would we call it a walk?"

Now, I found this is just one book in a collection. There are many more books just like this one. They came out with a new one in 2014 if you are looking for more. I recommend this to anyone who wants pure and simple humor for their children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) on behalf of Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Comment by Becky Lewis on December 2, 2014 at 10:45pm

Review for The Brickmaker's Bride:

Brickmakers Ewan McKay and his uncle Hugh Crothers consider buying the brickyard belonging to Laura Woodfield's deceased father. Little do they know that it will not be a "clean sale." Laura, who as a young deb, should only concern herself with social niceties, will retain a keen interest in the performance and success of the brickyard. Add integrity, laziness, greed, shameless manipulation, trust in God, caring for the poor, political aspirations and societal expectations together; and you get a turbulent look at the re-establishment of a brick-making business. Will it succeed or fail? Given the mix of the characters' personalities, the reader is apt to want the business to do both!

Miller has done a tremendous amount of homework to be able to describe the brickmaking process so meticulously. At times, it seemed a lot of detail to take in. I absolutely loved the ridiculous relationship between Uncle Hugh and his ultra-controlling wife, Maggie. Tragic to see in real life, it was rather fun to read about. To me, the characters in this book give it life and breath, whether
we think about the brickmakers who were careless and had to be retrained, politically inclined Winston, or reserved Kathleen with her struggles against her sister. A book for the keeper shelves.

I won this book in a drawing at bookfun.org. in exchange for an honest review. I have posted this review on Amazon, B&N, Booksamillion, CBD, DeeperShopping, FamilyChristian, Goodreads, LibraryThing, with links to FB and Twitter, NovelCrossing, Parable, and Powell's.

Comment by Virginia Winfield on November 20, 2014 at 6:39pm
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