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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

This is the third book I’ve read by Jaime Jo Wright and in my humble opinion, the best one yet, although they are all great reads!

This is a time slip novel that went back and forth from the early 1900s to present day but in the same small town.

I was held “captive” from the very first chapter right up to the end. Thea, from 1908, and Heidi, from present day were two very lost souls that had me sad because of their plights. Neither felt loved nor…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 15, 2019 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Where the Heart Takes You by Virginia Wise

I enjoy books on the early settling of America. This one was about the earliest Amish settlers that came for religious freedom. The second group of Amish came in 1737 to a beginning settlement in Pennsylvania. The hardships were not stressed as much as in other books I’ve read but still they were hit upon. That is what fascinates me and makes me want to learn more. It’s hard to realize they came with practically nothing and had to rely on the land as well as each other. Strong, hardworking…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 15, 2019 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

This was different from most books I read. I don’t love the 1930s, nightclubs and heavy alcohol drinkers. All of these things and more are found in this novel. It took me a while to get through the 337 pages because it wasn’t inspiring my interest or curiosity but I’m not a quitter. The murder was almost a side note to the whole plot. There seems to be some shady things going on with thugs carrying walking sticks, guns and attitudes. The bad guys always showed up when you least expected…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on January 8, 2019 at 6:05pm — No Comments

Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

This novel was a real eye-opener for me. I had heard of and read about the Holocaust of course and seen many horrific pictures but never knew about the prison camp that held gypsies. I had only heard about the Jewish camps. Although fiction, this book held lots of truth. Helene Hannemann was a real person that was held in Auschwitz-Birkenau with her five children. Her husband was separated from them and sent elsewhere. Many of the names of doctors, guards, and officials were real and…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 31, 2018 at 9:24pm — No Comments

The Devoted Life a creative devotional journal by Marjorie Jackson

This is a perfect devotional journal to begin the new year with. There are 31 sections or chapters with titles such as How to Read the Bible, Standing Up for What’s Right, Joy, Living Wisely along with 27 other timely and relevant topics. Each section has a short devotion, scriptures pertaining to the subject, journal prompts in the form of questions with several blank lines under each one and two coloring pages with scriptures and section topics.

There is a beautiful…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 31, 2018 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Gift From Above by Rachel J Good

Helping prepare for her sister Emma’s wedding, Sarah is outside cutting celery in the garden when a plane flies low to the ground. As Sarah looks up she sees an orange object floating toward a close by hill. Investing she discovers a man has parachuted and landed in a heap claiming to have broken his leg. He also adamantly claims he is in danger and his life is at stake. He needs Sarah to hide him and not tell anyone, including her family. And thus the deceptions begin!

Sarah, being…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 29, 2018 at 2:41am — No Comments

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

I’ve read a couple of books by Carrie Stuart Parks before but this one was totally different. A psychological thriller for sure! The main character Murphy is really messed up. She has experienced terrible things that put her in an asylum of her own will. When the story begins she is out and hiding from a killer that is after her. She changes her identity and appearance to better keep him at bay. Suffice it to say there were so many twists and turns during the story that I got confused a few…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 28, 2018 at 1:31pm — No Comments

My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge by Pepper Basham

I loved this story! Pepper Basham’s penned in time series is great but these more modern stories from the Blue Ridge area are my favorites. She has written tales from her own relatives past and put a fictionalized version into My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge. The year is 1918 and Jonathan is coming from an affluent family in London to a remote area in the mountains of North Carolina. His uncle has been there for a while as a missionary type preacher to the people. He encouraged…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 27, 2018 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin

In my own mind I saw a parallel in the title of the book and the main character Mary Katherine. Although it is autumn in the story I also saw Mary Katherine as in the “autumn of her life”. I liked that an older character was featured as the main “heroine” of the story. Even the cover pictures an older Amish woman rather than a young “spring chicken”. Mary Kay as she is sometimes called, is very outgoing and outspoken, not your usual Amish submissive woman. She is a widow of seven years with…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 18, 2018 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Searching for You by Jody Hedlund

I read this book slowly. I savored every single word. I was so sad to see the Orphan Train Series end and I will miss the characters. But I can revisit them anytime I want to by picking up any of the three in the series. But I was very satisfied with how the author concluded the stories.

Young Sophie Neumann, age 19, had taken on so much in her life already. I really felt for her. She had such a low opinion of herself because of the things she had to do to survive. Living on the streets…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 16, 2018 at 12:07am — No Comments

Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock

This was such a great story that really warmed my heart. And though there were some tear-worthy moments, overall a great message of how you can have a do-over in life. It was a quick read for me because it had all the great elements I enjoy. A deep, caring story full of humor, hope and inspiration.

I’ve read many of Terri Blackstock’s books and enjoyed each and everyone. This one was different from any other of hers I’ve read. Usually drawn into romantic suspense and…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 15, 2018 at 11:02pm — No Comments

Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher

This was an entertaining story full of family, faith and generations. The two main characters, Jessica and Ridley, had painful pasts to deal with, lots of baggage. There was also interspersed tidbits of Jessica’s great grandfather as he dealt with the Great Depression and family issues. Jessica’s mother gave Jessica a Bible that belonged to him with his personal notes, underlined scripture and family history.

This brought a special meaning to the whole story with both…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 11, 2018 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter

The title is to me a little deceiving. Actually there are two women of courage, Amanda and Mary. The story begins in 1837 and follows the travels of Amanda Pearson, a Quaker, heading from New York to the Oregon Territory. Her goal is to be a missionary to the Nez Perce’ Indians.

She starts out with her father and a guide. There are many trials and setbacks. They are hindered by the weather, unfriendly Indians, treacherous travels and occasionally a lack of nutrition. It…

Added by Gail Hollingsworth on December 2, 2018 at 6:18pm — No Comments

The Liberty Bride by Marylu Tyndall

I'm loving this Daughters of the Mayflower series, every single book! The characters in The Liberty Bride were realistic and believable. The war of 1812, where America was fighting for independence against Britain was front and center. Spies, cannons and muskets, oh my!

On the ship the Charlotte, Emeline soon found herself along with all the other passengers, captured by the British and put on board the HMS Marauder. She soon was used for her medical skills learned from helping her…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on November 27, 2018 at 12:13am — No Comments

The Amish Midwifes Secret by Rachel Goode

From the very first chapter a secret was alluded to and grabbed my attention to where it was hard to lay the book aside to do mundane everyday things. I read whenever and wherever I could grab an hour or three.

I felt for both characters. Leah was a baptized Amish church member which restricted her somewhat in what she felt God was calling her to do, deliver babies. She also ran her family's herbal store and strongly believed in natural remedies.

Kyle was just finishing up his…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on November 26, 2018 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Emergency Case by Dr. Richard Mabry

Another great novella by Dr. Mabry! Being a retired physician himself, he writes with experience and knowledge that makes his stories more realistic and more interesting. This was suspense at its best with a surprise perp at the end. And no, I didn't figure it out ahead of time and I also didn't sneak a peep the end. That spoils the fun!

Although Kelly is a doctor and her husband Jack is an attorney, the action centered more in the criminal/police area than the medical. I enjoy the…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on November 13, 2018 at 10:32pm — No Comments

My Heart Belongs in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania by Murray Pura

This book had several elements to it. Clarissa is a lover of her home town of Gettysburg, a believer in freedom for everyone and at times a secret conductor on the Underground Railroad. She amazed me with her strength and courage. Kyle, a seminary student, also believes in freedom but to Clarissa's dismay refuses to enlist when the conflict between the north and the south heats up. Liberty, a hooded conductor on the Underground Railroad, also gets under her skin but she admires his…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on November 13, 2018 at 2:13am — No Comments

In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn

I love books where the ending is a total surprise, so I love this one! The dive team is called in when a car is found submerged in Lake Porter with a female occupant. She is deceased and they ponder, suicide, failed brakes, was she run off the road, murder? As the investigation goes deeper and deeper they find more twists and turns. The female main character, Sabrina, is attacked at her home and almost dies, then she along with two others are almost killed when a bomb explodes within a few…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on November 10, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter

A very interesting story that includes a florist, a pastor, an internet connection and secrets that have been hidden for years. Unknown to Daisy, the florist, Pastor Jack has held a torch for her for two years or longer. Through counseling sessions, church services and friendly get togethers at the local hangout, The Rusty Nail, he has kept his secret. A friend seeing the potential for the two of them, sets the pastor up with a profile on a dating site that Daisy is already on. Daisy begins…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on November 6, 2018 at 7:03pm — No Comments

100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls by Jean Fischer

I don't think I can say enough great things about this book! Geared toward young girls ages 8 and up but encouraging for older women like me. One hundred women are featured from the Bible, history, and to present day. I recognized many but also learned about women I had never heard about. Each is a one page biography along with a drawing of the person and scripture at the bottom relating to their story and also to inspire those reading. Some of my favorite women were included like Elisabeth…


Added by Gail Hollingsworth on November 5, 2018 at 1:38pm — No Comments

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