REVIEW by DIANA COYLESchoolteacher Judith Hershberger dreams of obtaining a GED even though she’s Amish and she doesn’t need to further her education past their mandated eighth grade level. It’s something she’s always wanted to do and now since she’s in her Rumspringa, she feels it’s the perfect time to achieve her goal since she hasn’t been baptized into the Amish faith yet. But her decision doesn’t sit well with her family because they fear that once she gets her GED, she’ll probably want to go to college too. If that’s the case, it’ll probably make Judith decide that since she has the taste of freedom like an English person, she may not want to be baptized – even though this will lead to her being shunned from the Amish community. Her family all prays and hopes that God will show Judith the correct path she needs to take in her life.
Meanwhile, she begins getting close to Amish fellow Jacob Weaver. He also is in his Rumspringa and is thinking about obtaining his driver’s license to help drive a truck at the lumberyard he works at. He really likes Judith, but fears that with them both going through Rumspringa things could seriously change for them. He puts his concerns into God’s hands and prays he’ll be directed onto the path God has chosen for him.
Does Judith get her GED? Does Jacob decide to get his driver’s license? Do they both enjoy their time during Rumspringa and then join the Amish faith? Is there the possibility that Judith and Jacob could court and get married?
Ms. Craver penned a wonderful addition to the Dreams of Plain Daughters Series. I fell in love with Judith immediately and I enjoyed her thirst for knowledge. I wanted her to get her GED, but I wondered if she did get it, would that be enough for her so she could then work on getting baptized? When Jacob was introduced into the story, I enjoyed getting to know him and I knew that I wanted him paired with Judith. In doing so, I also knew that they both had to make quite a few serious decisions before they even decided on courting each other. The author held my attention from the very first page until the very last word. If you’re an Amish novel reader, this is one series you should definitely consider looking into.Link to review!Buying Links:
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Jaimee Sherman has to leave her job in Seattle to sell her brother’s house in the Three Cross, Texas area. Christian recording artist Austin Cole lives on the ranch beside the home. Since his wife, Niki, is pregnant, they ask Jaimee to help them. In exchange, they’ll fix up her brother’s house and sell it for her. Jaimee loves her job and falls for one of the ranch hands who's also a member of Austin's band, Mac Cooper.
Jaimee realizes she's in over her head trying to keep the secret of her past non-Christian life while taking care of Austin’s home and dating Mac. It’s not until her ex-boyfriend shows up on Austin’s doorstep and takes her hostage that she has to come clean and tell the group about being held in an evil cult growing up. MY REVIEW I enjoyed the first book in the Three Cross Faith series so I wanted to continue and read the second book, Touching the Love of a Texas Sunset. Instantly, I liked the characters of Jaimee Sherman and Mac Cooper. I was intrigued that Jaimee had a lot of baggage and wasn’t raised as a Christian. When Mac buys her a Bible, she is touched and starts reading it. She is so open to learning more about the Christian life. I liked how Eryn Grace used a character like Jaimee to show that when a non-Christian opens their heart and mind, they will not be disappointed and will be blessed to receive new life as a Christian. It was truly a joy to see how Jaimee understands how important Jesus is in her life when before she knew so little about the Christian faith. No matter what age a non-believer finds herself or himself at when they learn about Jesus, it’s never too late to accept Him as Savior. When a surprising event happens during the story, Jaimee realizes that she now has the courage to do the right thing to put away some bad people. I don’t want to say too much and spoil the plot for any reader so won’t say anymore about this development. Mac is a wonderful hero and the perfect guy for Jaimee, even though she protests about the whole dating thing at times. I enjoyed reading about Jaimee’s special musical talent that she shares with Austin’s band. I also liked reconnecting with the characters, Niki and Austin from Book One. It was wonderful to read about their growth as a family unit.
This is a great series because I like reading about Christian musicians and their trials and joys in life. In each book the characters are well-developed, and they also have a sense of humor which I appreciate while reading Christian fiction. Buy the book: Amazon
BLURB AND LINK: Justin Reeves is a man who has it all: a good job, a loving wife and children who are the center of his universe. Justin also has a secret he’s hidden from everyone his entire life. Quite innocently seven-year-old Debby, stumbles upon her father’s secret on a summer night in 1957. She confronts her father with the awful truth. Justin is touched by her concern and offer of help.
When nothing is done by any of the adults in the family, Debby prays to Jesus for someone to help her father. Not only is her eloquent prayer instrumental in changing her father’s life, but it starts a chain reaction in each family member’s life. The older sister, Gail, is in love with a man Debby doesn’t like. Her middle sister, Kathy, who wanted to be a dancer, struggles with the physical infirmity that has crippled her every bit as much as their father’s once-secret flaw limits him. Debby’s brother, Carl, worries about the future because of his commitment to the army. Even their mother, Lucille Reeves, although devoted to her husband and children, now hopes to broaden her personal horizons. Justin, his wife and children all are blessed by positive life changes because of Debby’s prayer.
Father and daughter together embark upon a journey which takes Justin from the darkness of shame into the light of victory. When he finally accomplishes what he wanted his whole life, Justin reaches out to his family in a special way on Christmas Day. His gift to his wife, daughters and son influences them all for a lifetime. Get A GIFT FOREVER FREE: AMAZON
What a great deal - you can buy a copy of my novella for just 99 cents. In two days, it goes up to $1.99, then after this it will be the regular price of $2.99. Buy here: AmazonBLURBTwenty-eight Sydney Smith decides it’s time to move out of her tiny apartment and become a homeowner. Blake Smith, no relation, also wants to see the duplex. A mix-up has them viewing it together. They both love the house. Sparks fly between the handsome engineer and the beautiful columnist. Sydney wonders if she should mention home buying as a way to meet someone in her column, “Sydney’s Sassy Suggestions to Singles.” A highly sensual story of fun, home buying, romance and love. REVIEWS for YOURS OR MINE"It's a sweet and entertaining story that will keep you hooked 'til the end. Since the beginning you know something good will be at the end but it doesn't stop you for staying captivated by the progression of the story. Enjoy it. " By reader from Santo Domingo,Dominican RepublicAnother Reader:
"I really enjoyed this story. He is a widow with a 7 yr. old son. She is single. They are both named Smith, so the real estate agent assumes they are married and sets up an appointment to see a duplex at the same time. They both have plans to live in one side and rent out the other for income. Of course, you can tell where this is going. It was a fun read and I enjoyed every bit of it. Good fun read and I highly recommend it. Naturally there is a HEA. Definitely a feel good read."
I couldn’t stop reading Do Overs by Cerian Hebert because I became so invested in the character Lila. Although getting the chance to do your life over is an improbable event, Hebert made it seem realistic with her smooth transitions as Lila jumps back into a much earlier time in her life. Do Overs will make you think about your own past, and what you might do if you could only have a second chance to correct past life altering mistakes. This time travel is well-written and the ending is wonderful. I highly recommend this creative story. It's only 99 cents and hope you buy a copy!
Available here: AmazonBLURB for DO OVERSWhat would you do if life gave you another chance to go back and get it right?
No one needs a mental health day more than forty-four year old Lila Weidner, but when the overworked HR director wakes up in her twenty-three year old body, she’s left wondering what is going on. Where is her life as a successful business woman? Where is her equally successful husband? And how is she going to maneuver through the day in order to stay on the same path she followed over twenty years earlier? Lila soon rediscovers old dreams and old friendships that she left behind and wonders if this is her chance for another shot at a truly fulfilling life. Does she dare to step off her original path and take advantage of the do overs life has given her?