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Book Review, “Heart on the Line,” Karen Witemeyer author

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Heart on the Line, by Karen Witemeyer, is the second installment of the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. It follows No Other Will Do. Harper’s Station is located in the old west, with mainly female residents.

Grace Mallory relocates to Harper’s Station after witnessing her father’s murder. She brings with her, however, evidence of a crime that her father was attempting to turn over to a Pinkerton agent. When those implicated located her, sending a threatening message, Amos Bledsoe rushes to the rescue.  He and Grace, both telegraph operators, have been developing a relationship over the wires. He hopes to save her from danger and become her hero, but upon arrival Amos discovers that Grace and the other residents of Harper’s Station are not as helpless as he originally thought.

Even though I had not read the first book in this series, I enjoyed this book. Though some events from the first book are referenced, one does not need it to understand this one.  I liked the independent nature of the women in this book. I especially appreciated Amos’s sense of humor and the nicknames he gave people, such as Revolver Granny.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading western or suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Just Look Up,” Courtney Walsh author

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Just Look Up, by Courtney Walsh, is a charming novel.  Set in the present day, it tells a story of love and forgiveness not just with friends and coworkers, but also within one’s own family.

Lane Kelly is a busy interior designer climbing to the top of her Chicago-based firm. When she receives a call with news that her brother has been involved in an accident and is in a coma, the last thing she wants to do is return home to Harbor Point, Michigan, to help.  She left her family behind years ago and has no interest in returning to them.  Ryan Brooks never thought he would settle in Harbor Point. But after returning from fighting overseas with the army, he found himself drawn to the place that brought him peace as a child.  When the two reunite over Nate, Lane’s brother and Ryan’s best friend, Ryan realizes that he has always loved Lane and sets about building a relationship with her.

This was a wonderful story. The many examples of patience and love, not just with Lane and Ryan but with the entire family, are inspiring. I especially liked the contrast between the busy city life and the peaceful life of a small town. I also was drawn to Betsy, the patient and loyal friend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Peace in the Valley,” Ruth Logan Herne author

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Peace in the Valley, by Ruth Logan Herne, is the third book in the Double S Ranch series.  This book illustrates what can happen to people when they follow God’s plan rather than their own. It completes the story of the Stafford family.

Trey Walker Stafford returns home to central Washington to give part of his liver to his uncle/father, Sam Stafford, the man who rescued him after his parents’ death and took him in as his own son. When Sam asks Trey to help him repay Lucy Carlton’s family for his past uncaring behavior by restoring her crumbling farm, Trey is happy to help.  But as Lucy and Trey work together and grow closer, he discovers Lucy’s past and is reminded of his late wife’s mistakes. He must decide if he can put the past aside and move on to share a life with Lucy and her children. His country singer superstar status only complicates the matter, leaving Lucy to guard her heart and expect disappointment.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fitting conclusion to this beautiful story of forgiveness and restitution. I found Lucy a very down to earth person, easy to relate to in real life. I especially liked Isabo, who seemed to lovingly take control when others needed her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “Upon a Spring Breeze,” Kelly Irvin author

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Upon a Spring Breeze, by Kelly Irvin, is the first book in An Every Amish Season series. It tells the story of an Amish woman progressing through the grief process. The book includes discussion questions at the end.

Bess Weaver, just twenty-years-old and expecting her first child, is shocked when her husband, Caleb, is suddenly killed when a car strikes his buggy. Devastated, she begins by just getting through each day. But eventually, she takes a job at a local bed and breakfast cleaning and planting flowers to help her move forward. Aiden, Caleb’s best friend, is also grieving. In addition, he is in love with Bess, and struggles over the idea of reaching out to her. With his own farm recovering from a bird infection, he must begin from scratch. Having loved Bess since childhood, he is not sure how to proceed or what actions would even be appropriate.

This was a great book. I found it a little slow in the beginning, but could not put it down by the end. It tells a beautiful story of loss, love, and friendship. I  especially liked the three other widows who gathered to help Bess through this difficult time.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Deep Extraction,” DiAnn Mills author

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Deep Extraction, by Diann Mills, is the second book in the FBI Task Force series.  In her “Note From the Author,” Mills describes it as a novel showing “how people can grow and become better people for their circumstances or sink into the depths of degradation.” Set in Houston, Texas, it centers around the murder of Nathan Moore.

FBI Special Agent Tori Templeton is shocked at the murder of her friend Nathan. Best friends with his wife Sally, Tori is determined to find out who hacked Nathan’s pacemaker and killed him. When Deputy US Marshall Cole Jeffers, also a close friend of the family, reinstates and joins the task force, the two are paired to solve the murder. As they investigate, they find that Nathan was not the man they thought, keeping many secrets that weave a tangled web of evidence to sort out. With Sally a suspect, they are motivated to find the truth and clear her name.

This was an excellent book.  I found it hard to put down.  The characters are very realistic, with flaws that any person could possess. I especially enjoyed Tori’s devotion to her friends and appreciated her honest struggle with faith in God.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

 

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Book Review, “The Sisters of Sugarcreek,” Cathy Liggett author

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The Sisters of Sugarcreek, by Cathy Liggett, is a very sweet novel. Set in Sugarcreek, Ohio, the story brings together three women who become friends in the wake of a tragedy.

Lydia Gruber has just lost her husband, who died helping fight the fire that burned down a local church. Not sure how long she will survive on the money from the sale of her husband’s possessions, she heads to town to find a job. Jessica Holtz has lost her aunt Rose in the same fire. Trying desperately to keep open her aunt’s knitting and quilting shop but knowing very little about either one, she hires Lydia to help. Liz Cannon, Rose’s best friend, recruits both women to assist her with the Secret Stitches Society, which she and Rose began to deliver anonymous gifts to suffering people.  The three begin to form a friendship that helps them through the suffering and uncertainty ahead.

I enjoyed this book. The three women’s friendship is a relationship that most women would love to have. I thought it unrealistic that the Amish and English in the story would mingle so readily, as the Amish tend to keep mainly to themselves. However, the story was easy to follow and very charming.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.

Kara

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Book Review, “The Wish,” Beverly Lewis author

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The Wish, by Beverly Lewis, is a marvelous novel.  Set in Lancaster County and Arkansas, it tells the story of a young Amish woman who reaches out to an old friend in order to bring her back into the faith.

Leona Speicher felt like an only child, with only a much older brother, until Gloria Gingerich and her family moved in nearby. Originally from Arkansas, Gloria’s family appeared to be perfect in Leona’s eyes, until the day they suddenly moved. Years later, Gloria contacts Leona. Leona then decides to visit Gloria in Arkansas in order to attempt to convince her to return to the Amish faith. Once she sees Gloria’s new life, however, she begins to wonder if she has made the trip for naught. Unexpectedly, Gloria decides to return home with Leona for a visit. Leona prays that this will be the chance she has been waiting for.

I enjoyed this book very much. I have not ever before read a story where an Amish woman was allowed to travel far away from her home and visit a non-Amish family. Also, I found it unusual for a character to return to the faith without his or her family.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Amish Fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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