To celebrate my 73rd birthday, I went to Florida with daughters April and Christina! The funny thing is we stayed at a hotel on Treasure Island and realized that we were close to where we went two years ago. The previous time we were at Maderia Beach.That time April and Emily went with me. I enjoyed being on the beach again and we were fortunate to only have one rainy day. On Saturday, there was a wonderful festival with sand sculptures featuring nursery rhymes. There were vendors and food trucks. That night we enjoyed watching fireworks from our hotel balcony. It was stressful on Tuesday getting on a flight home to Cincinnati with many travelers going places for Thanksgiving.
What are the chances that accidentally knocking over someone' s trash cans on a dark street would lead to a new lease on life?
Moving to Chestnut Crossings is Lucy Carrington‘ s only chance to live her Christian beliefs free from ridicule. But when she runs over the church trash cans, her new beginning gets off to a rocky start. Thankfully, the pastor is as forgiving as he is handsome.
Pastor Jim Sullivan is impressed by Lucy. She's a woman of her word and doesn't seem to take the easy way out. But when he offers her a job, he soon discovers her quirks---she's always late, embraces as a blessing something he views as a curse, and is hiding something about her past...not that Jim should judge. He has issues of his own he'd like to keep hidden.
When Pastor Jim asks Lucy to sing at the Christmas pageant, she's faced with a difficult and emotional decision.
Will singing free her heart from painful family memories... and inspire Jim to forgive himself, too?
In Light a Christmas Candle, discover a holiday season filled with challenges, forgiveness, love and restoration.
If you haven't pre-ordered The Amish Mother's Secret and are interested in buying it when it releases, it would help my rankings for you to pre-order now!
Links for the pre-order:
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Sometimes a miracle comes to you at exactly the wrong time…
Lindsay is 40 and single when tragedy strikes. Diagnosed with stage 4, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, her instinct is to right the wrongs in her life. Driven to break free of her alcoholic mother at 17, she fell for Harris.
Harris' life was already planned out for him. Falling for Lindsay had been a dream. However, compelled to wed the woman his parents chose for him, he'd left her to endure a shaky marriage.
Pregnant with identical triplets, Lindsay adopted two daughters to an Amish couple, the Yoders. In the years that followed, Mrs. Yoder worked hard to keep her away.
When you let go of a miracle, can you ever capture it again?
Revealing the truth may prove more devastating than the hurdles that came before…and all that will surely come after for a woman fighting for her life.
I loved walking with the grandkids in the neighborhood plus with Bart, April and Christina. Kelly passed out the candy at the house.
This book started out slow in the first few chapters but the pace picked up from there. I found myself getting more drawn into the book the further I read into the story. The book was emotional and sometimes sad and near the ending became intense as the story turned to make the books title a reality. It was a quick read but I felt it was very good and I enjoyed reading the book. The characters were a mixture of English and Amish. I loved that the story is geographically located close to where I live and I know many of the places the author mentioned in the book. This book has been out for a while but it is the first time I’ve read anything by this author and I will make it a point to read more of her books in the future.
Chloe Parrish is an 18 year old high school graduate who comes from a well to do family. She and her boyfriend are planning a trip to Europe with friends but when Chloe finds herself pregnant her plans are changed. Her boyfriend doesn’t want to take responsibility and her parents send her away to live with her Aunt and work at her restaurant. Chloe pretty much feels like she is left alone and that her parents are ashamed of her because of her pregnancy . Her parents also want her to put her baby up for adoption and Chloe thinks they will not support her should she decide to keep her child. She is torn between keeping the baby and adoption. She is not sure how she could support the baby if her parents didn’t help her financially but if she gives her baby up for adoption will she regret it for the rest of her life?
I recommend this book to readers of Amish fiction and Christian Fiction. This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
By Shirley Chapel and 5 Stars
I am excited to share my book news! You can now pre-order my ebook, The Amish Mother's Secret, Book 1 in my Amish Adoption Series! Click here to pre-order it!
Sometimes a beautiful miracle comes to you at exactly the wrong time…
Lindsay Prescott is forty and single when tragedy strikes. Diagnosed with stage 4, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, her instinct is to right the wrongs in her life. Her unfortunate childhood with an alcoholic, verbally abusive mother drove her to break free in desperation at the age of 17. While working at a hotel along the beach on the East Coast, she met Harris Manning. He took her breath away and she gave herself to him in love.
Harris' life was already planned out for him by his wealthy parents. Falling for Lindsay had been a dream. However, compelled to wed the woman his parents chose for him, he’d left her to endure a shaky marriage.
Though Harris never knew it, Lindsay found herself pregnant when he left her with no way to care for identical triplets on her own. When the triplets were five months old, she reconnected with an Amish couple—Katie and Roman Yoder—who were unable to have children. The Yoders adopted Amy and Jenna while Lindsay kept Phoebe. She couldn’t bear to give all three babies away. In the years that followed, Katie worked hard to keep her away from her adopted daughters.
When you let go of a miracle, can you ever capture it again?
After Harris learns his ex-wife intercepted Lindsay’s calls years ago to tell him she was pregnant, he rushes to her side, thrilled to discover he’s a father. But life rarely gives fairytale endings. Revealing the truth may prove more devastating than the hurdles that came before…and all that will surely come after for a woman fighting for her life.
Yesterday was awesome at the Author Panel & Discussion & Book Signing! I enjoyed meeting two of the authors in person for the first time and I loved talking with the readers. We had a nice group of people attending the event! The authors in the top photo with me are:
Shelley Shepard Gray, Mindy Steele, Cathy Liggett, and Laurie Stroup Smith!!
The bottom photo is from Starbucks. After the author event, we met for coffee with agent, Julie Gwinn. She is with the Seymour Agency and her clients are Shelley, Mindy, and Laurie. I was included because my agent, Leslie Sabga is also with the Seymour Agency. Julie was great sharing publisher news. She also made wonderful suggestions for book ideas.
I am giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, my Christmas of Hope book, and Suzanne Wood Fisher's book, Amish Proverbs in this nice tote bag! Each guest will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a giveaway from each author! The Amish Fiction Multi-Author Panel Discussion and Signing is this Saturday, October 8th, from 2 - 4 at the Clermont County Public Library, Miami Township Branch in Milford, Ohio. Shelley Shepard Gray, Cathy Liggett, Mindy Steele, Laurie Stroup Smith and I will be on the panel!
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Shelley Shepard Gray, Cathy Liggett, Mindy Steele, and I are compiling a list of fun questions we will answer at our Panel Discussion and Signing event next month. There will be giveaways! Please note registration is required. Registration opens on Thursday, September 8 at 10am.
We were married on August 2, 1975 in Findlay, Ohio. It's hard to believe we are celebrating our 47th anniversary! We didn't go away this year but enjoyed staying home. We ate at Texas Roadhouse! Sara and Amanda are at a 5 day respite, so it's nice for them to have lots of fun summer activites to do. It's been a nice break for us too.
I love how the sun rays are shining on us -- looks like heaven is blessing us!
I am busy working on Book 2, An Unexpected Gift, in my Amish Adoption Series. I need to get it finished and off to my publisher.
I write Amish fiction, Christian fiction, Historical Christian fiction, Contemporary Romances, and Chick-Lit Mystery. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I have 6 wonderful children and 6 adorable grandchildren. I give thanks to God for being a cancer survivor!