Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Can I give a book more than 5 stars? I loved every word of this story. The two main characters were adorable together, and I loved their relationship growth.

My Synopsis:

Esther Miller lost her fiance, Jacob, two years ago, and she’s still mourning him. Her wedding dress still hangs in her closet, and her heart is not open to others. She spends her days helping her mother teach the children, and making soap to sell in an extended family member’s store.

Visiting town, Esther bumps into Lucas Brenneman, her fiance’s older brother. Lucas went on his Rumspringa ten years ago and never returned. Now it seems he is back in Honey Brook and is working as a Physician’s Assistant. Esther immediately has questions for him. He might hold the answers she has been looking for to be able to move on from the loss of Jacob.

One meeting turns into two, then three, as they find an unlikely friendship. They both have internal struggles that they are trying to resolve and find solace in each other’s conversation and company.

Their relationship, however, would not be taken well within the Amish community, as Lucas is not part of the community any longer. Guilt and doubt overtake Esther as she tries to figure out where this “platonic” friendship could be headed.

How I Felt:

It has been quite a while since I have read an Amish fiction book, and I’m now kicking myself for falling away from this genre for so long! This was a beautiful, slow-burn romance filled with Christian themes, the strength of family, and some fabulously humorous scenes.

Continue reading “Never an Amish Bride by Ophelia London”

The Water Keeper by Charles Martin

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Charles Martin has this beautiful writing style that draws the reader in immediately. I enjoyed every word in this book because of his prose.

How I Felt:

Murph, the main character, was heartbreaking and raw with emotion, and yet he finds it in himself to overcome those feelings to help others every time he can. He comes across a multitude of characters on his journey and they are all wonderfully built and add so much to the story.

Continue reading “The Water Keeper by Charles Martin”

A Delicate Dance of Souls by Karen D. Hamilton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Delicate Dance of Souls is a beautiful story focusing on the struggle a person goes through in a relationship. I really enjoyed the characters in the story. I felt connected to them in such an emotional way!

The story introduces us to Matt, a military veteran, who returns home to a marriage that is destroyed. He takes a trip to a Wyoming campground to spend some time alone to reflect and heal in A Delicate Dance of Souls.

Nicole is struggling with her own relationships and meets Matt during his camping trip. Together they explore their fears and find a connection together that neither of them saw coming.

Continue reading “A Delicate Dance of Souls by Karen D. Hamilton”

The Socialite by J’nell Ciesielski

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the writing in this story! I felt completely sucked into the characters and the story. The mixture of action and relationships was perfect. It was wonderfully written and had a great romance subplot that I thoroughly enjoyed!

How I Felt:

The writing was beautifully done. The story felt fast-paced, but at times, there was a nice pace change that gave me enough time to settle in and understand the premise and the characters. The story was intriguing and filled will secrets and dangerous situations as well as such a lovely romance.

Continue reading “The Socialite by J’nell Ciesielski”

One Woman Falling by Melanie Campbell – Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

One Woman Falling was such an emotionally impactful book, it almost hurt to read. I am so impressed with Melanie Campbells’s ability to write about the topic of domestic violence with such beautiful words. I was so drawn into this book and it deeply touched me.

How I Felt:

The characters felt so real in this story. Melanie Campbell created Cassie Peterson, a woman living a life filled with domestic abuse and made her come to life on the pages. Her story takes the reader through the emotional impact domestic abuse has on a person. Cassie comes to realize that she is worthy of love and that this relationship is not a loving one. Her faith helps to guide her to understand her own strength and empower her to make a change.

Continue reading “One Woman Falling by Melanie Campbell – Book Review”

The Forgotten Rabbit Tale by Christy Garnhart – Easter Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Have you ever gotten chills from reading a story that utterly touched your heart? THAT is what this book did to me. I know the history of Easter, but the interlacing of Easter’s events and a beloved children’s holiday tradition created a beautiful combination that left me speechless. I loved this story.

Continue reading “The Forgotten Rabbit Tale by Christy Garnhart – Easter Book Review”

Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green – A Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Jocelyn Green’s writing has a beautiful way of captivating a reader. I loved the story she told with a mixture of historical information and a mystery!

Continue reading “Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green – A Book Review”

More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson – A Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

More Than We Remember had the most beautiful writing. I was so connected to the three main characters. The author did an amazing job of giving them each their own piece of the story. I felt drawn into each of the women’s thoughts and actions. It was amazing to read.

Continue reading “More Than We Remember by Christina Suzann Nelson – A Book Review”

The Cracking of Monday Egg by B.T. Higgins – A Middle-Grade Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved that this was a story within a story, an allegory. I loved the references to things like the “second making.” It’s a book that you can read on the surface and enjoy, but you can also dig deeper into the words and get a more profound meaning.

How I Felt:

The Cracking of Monday Egg is such a deep story when you really start thinking about it. I feel that, while this was targeted for young children, it’s perfect for a young adult to adult reader. The story could definitely be read aloud to a child and a wonderful discussion could happen afterwards, however, older students are going to continue to think about the story and process all the heavier stuff.

The main story focuses on Monday’s awakening and life. We see him making friends and becoming interested in girls. The main idea though, is focused around his knowledge and understanding of “The Maker”. I was impressed with the writing of this story and the ability of the writer to create these ideas that were symbolic for something else. I think that each reader will get their own individual experience and take-away from reading this book because of the way it was written.

To Read or Not To Read:

I highly recommend this book for people that are interested in a more spiritual twist on a story. This will be most enjoyed by someone with a higher power background, I don’t know that you need to be Christian necessarily to enjoy it.

This can absolutely be enjoyed by children with an assist from an adult.

Where to Find This Book:

The Cracking of Monday Egg by B.T. Higgins is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Amazon | Goodreads

The Maker created Monday Egg for a very important reason. Monday just doesn’t understand it yet. Being an egg with arms and legs has its advantages. Monday can run like the wind and climb trees easily, but he is an egg. What happens when he cracks?

The Cracking of Monday Egg by B.T. Higgins is the story of a cranky crow, a sick little girl, a kind squirrel and Monday’s struggle to deal with his own crackability.

Just the Facts:

  • The Cracking of Monday Egg by B.T. Higgins
  • Series: Egg World Allegory, Book 1
  • Genre: Middle-Grade / Christian
  • Page Count: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
  • Pub Date: October 31, 2019

I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

All Amazon links are affiliate links.

#shejustlovesbooks #bookreview #bookblog #shejustlovesbooksforkids #kidslit #middlegrade #thecrackingofmondayegg #bthiggins

Dark Magi by Joanna White

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Kyren the main character was so lovable. He goes through his changes on the path to redemption and I just loved watching that happen.

How I Felt:

Joanna White has done an amazing job of creating a beautiful story that has so many different emotions built in.

It is full of love and heartache, loss and redemption, and sacrifice and betrayal. I was captivated by her writing and her story.

My heart just broke for Kyren the moment the story starts. Cast down from his station as a prince to a lowly slave by his own family. Forced to live and work for them while they treat him like dirt. It was so frustrating and I felt for him.

The book is fairly short and is an easy read with a great story. I would like to see some grammatical errors corrected, but other than that, this is a solid book with an interesting plot!

To Read or Not To Read:

If you enjoy the magical part of fantasy, this is a book you should check out! It’s filled with magical battles and will have you fully immersed in the story!

Kyren was once a prince, but has been cast down to the bottom as a slave. His father captures his wife and family, forcing Kyren to help gather the remaining Magi for a fight to the death in the arena. Kyren will do whatever he can to save his family and he agrees to King Vaxon’s terms.

Can Kyren keep his promise to the King as he begins to see the high body count from his actions? Will he do anything to save his family, even at the cost of his own life?

Just the Facts:

  • Dark Magi by Joanna White
  • The Republic Chronicles Series Book 1
  • Page Count: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2019

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

Full list of adult book reviews
Full list of children’s book reviews

Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver – A Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved our main character, MacKenzie’s curious habits. She has obviously been a bit nosy her whole life, her brother, the Pastor even comments on it. I thought it was an endearing trait and made her relatable.

How I Felt:

This is officially my FIRST cozy mystery! One of my 2020 goals was to read one and I’m so glad I got the chance to read this one! If you haven’t read a cozy mystery before, they are a sub-genre of crime fiction taking place in a small town. Violence and sexually are downplayed making the story softer for readers that enjoy a mystery, but don’t want all the gritty details.

The characters included a wide variety of personalities from grizzly and grumpy to syrupy-sweet. I appreciated the differences in these characters and felt that it led to a well-rounded story.

The plot started just like a mystery should….on a dark and stormy night. It was a fun and mysterious read. When MacKenzie and her brother find the murdered body of a judge, she is immediately on the task as an amateur sleuth. Ignoring the slights from detectives telling her to stick to casseroles, she goes to task to solve this case.

Overall, this was a cozy read. A wonderful and enjoyable story for readers of this genre! With delightful characters and an intriguing mystery, readers will enjoy Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver.

To Read or Not To Read:

This book has a dominate christian theme with prayer, devotion, and christian characters. This is perfect for someone looking for a christian mystery!

Check out Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver at these sites!

Goodreads | Amazon Kindle | Amazon

Advertisements

The first book in the Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery Series!

“Fiction is a waste of time.”

The heated comment made by a church library ministry team member shocks MacKenzie Baker, but it quickly becomes the least of her worries.

MacKenzie Baker is an impetuous, eavesdropping small-town librarian who lives in the apartment above the parsonage garage and refuses to be defined as the pastor’s single sister. She thought she was happy for years re-shelving books and helping patrons find their next great read, but as she turns forty, she suddenly struggles to figure out what more to do with her life. Solving murders in her small town of Grace Pointe wasn’t a part of her plan…until she and her brother find a local judge who had come to Pastor Baker for counseling murdered in his chambers, hit over the head with a massive volume of the Indiana Code.

Now, to clear the name of a family friend, she begins to work with the handsome criminal justice professor Ian Canter. Even though the detective with the chocolate brown eyes tells her to stick with making casseroles for the church pitch-in, she soon discovers the Judge’s scheming wife, his rebellious teen daughter, a network of lawyers in Grace Point who were disgruntled with the Judge, and even secrets that lurk among the library ministry team. But with the help of her new kitten Mr. Darcy, her best friend Callie, and her always-pastoring brother, MacKenzie debates the pros and cons of attending law school mid-life while she searches out a killer.

Welcome to Grace Pointe… where most of the people are friendly, the church is to die for, and the sleuthing is as strong as the coffee.

  • Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver
  • Grace Pointe Cozy Mysteries Series Book 1
  • Genre: Cozy Mystery
  • Page Count: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Carol Street Books
  • Pub Date: October 28, 2019

By sixth grade, Meghan Carver knew she wanted to write. After earning a degree in English from Millikin University, she detoured to law school, earning a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University. She then worked in immigration law and taught Comp 101 at the local college.

Now, she home-schools her six children with her college professor husband, writing her stories of cozy mystery and romantic suspense in the nooks and crannies of her time. Her debut novel hit the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. When she isn’t writing, homeschooling, or planning the family’s next travel adventure, she is active in her church, sews for her kidlets, and reads.

I received this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The main characters, Phillip and Arabelle had such depth. I felt like they were real people. They had wonderful backstory and enough details to really enjoy and connect with each of them. Arabelle was a strong female lead with a deep spiritual belief system and Phillip is a wounded man that you can’t help but love.

How I Felt:

The religion in this book was very prominent. Sometimes books will have a little of it here or there, but this book created some characters that were incredibly religious, and it made for a wonderful Christian romance.

The story line of On Wings of Devotion was absolutely enchanting! There were little twists and turns in the story that made this a beautifully written book. I loved the change that Phillip goes through in this book. Taking a very negative persona and changing to a positive was a lot of fun to read.

This is my first book by Roseanna M. White, but I understand that there were characters throughout this story were from her other books, so regular readers of her books will really enjoy these cameos! Not knowing these characters, as this was my first book by her, did not in any way impede my enjoyment of the story though, so new readers, do not worry!

To Read or Not To Read:

Christian romance readers will really enjoy this story. Additionally, if you are already a reader of Roseanna M. White’s books, you absolutely need to pick this one up!!

Against Every Warning, She’s Drawn Ever Closer to the Man Known as “Black Heart”

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing–and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope–and to each other–if they want to survive.

  • On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White
  • Book 2 in The Codebreakers series
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Pub Date: January 7, 2020

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes.

When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free from Bethany House Publishing and JustReads Tours. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.