Litfuse Blog Tour: A Son's Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Son's Vow
by Shelley Shepard Gray
Copyright 2016
ISBN: 9780062337795
The Story:
Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family.

Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.

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Introducing Night Hawk by Lindsay McKenna!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Night Hawk
by Lindsay McKenna
Copyright 2015
HQN Books
ISBN: 9780373779956

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The Lady's Command by Stephanie Laurens - My Review

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


The Story: 

His to cherish
Declan Frobisher chose Lady Edwina Delbraith as his wife. Scion of a bold, seafaring dynasty, he’s accustomed to getting his way—Edwina would be the woman who graced his arm, warmed his bed and remained safely at home when he returned to sea. But once the knot is tied, Declan discovers Edwina is unconventional and strong-willed, and his marriage promises to be as tempestuous as the high seas.
Hers to command
Edwina’s fairy-princess beauty hides a spine of steel. Born into the aristocracy—born to rule—and with Declan’s ring gracing her finger, she expects to forge a marriage by his side. Then bare weeks into their honeymoon, Declan is recruited to sail on a secret mission. Edwina—naturally—declares she must accompany him.
Theirs to conquer
Facing unforeseen perils and unexpected enemies while battling to expose a dastardly scheme, Declan and Edwina discover that their unusual marriage demands something they both possess—bold and adventurous hearts.
JOIN THE ADVENTURERS—four couples whose passionate voyages will transport you. Start the journey here and follow the adventures, the mysteries and the romances to the cataclysmic end!

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TV I Love: Endeavour, Season 3 Trailer (2016)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I have a thing for a certain ginger detective, so when I found this trailer a few days ago on Youtube, I was a liiiittle excited to say the least. I have no idea when it will debut on PBS, but it's airing right now on ITV! If you've seen the show, please feel free to post your thoughts on it in the comments section. Since none of us here in the US have seen it yet, please try to keep your comments spoiler free. AFter the season two cliffhanger, I can't wait to see what happens next.





Litfuse Blog Tour: The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Wedding Chapel
by Rachel Hauck
Copyright 2015
ISBN: 9780310341529
The Story:
For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.
Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in ‘49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be—a place for love—and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.
Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family’s abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.
When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.
When Taylor’s journey intersects with Coach’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

The Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen ~ My Review

Monday, December 21, 2015


The Painter's Daughter
by Julie Klassen
Copyright 2015
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764210723

The Story:
Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists--including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape. 

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley's responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host's daughter in serious trouble. 

Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother's, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage "in name only" to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn't come to regret it?

Litfuse Blog Tour: Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray

Saturday, December 12, 2015


Whispers in the Reading Room
by Shelley Gray
Copyright 2015
Zondervan Publishing
ISBN: 9780310338499

The Story:
Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.
Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.
Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.
Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.
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It's after 2am but this had to be shared...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Guys. You know I love my Marvel and my Cap and his bromance with Bucky, so this trailer hit me right in the feels. I should be sleeping, but I know my fangirling heart will not rest until I share this clip. Some spoilers for those of you who haven't seen the Avengers films. Don't say I didn't warn ya. xx

Litfuse Blog Tour ~ A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

Monday, November 23, 2015


A Thousand Shall Fall
(Shenandoah Valley Saga, Book 1)
by Andrea Boeshaar
Copyright 2015
Kregel Publishers
ISBN: 9780825443817
The Story:
A Story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off--only to find she's fallen into the hands of the enemy.
Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they're all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.
Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally--and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?
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My Thoughts: 
Sadly, my library of Civil War fiction is severely lacking. I love reading stories set during one of the most tumultuous times in American history, and there just haven't been many options in that category of late.  Five or six years ago, a different story, I guess the trends are changing!

Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman ~ My Review

Saturday, November 7, 2015


The Story:
She stole his heart. 
He stole her peace. 
Can hope steal their pain? 

Isle of Hope
by Julie Lessman
Copyright 2015
Available as an e-book
Paperback coming soon
At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O'Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?

The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ My Review

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Imposter
The Bishop's Family, Book 1
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Copyright 2015
ISBN: 9780800723200
The Story:
A heart once deceived should not be easily fooled again . . .

Katrina Stoltzfus thought she had life and love all figured out: she was going to marry John and live happily ever after. But as her plans crumble before her eyes, she struggles to face an uncertain future. When a widow asks for help starting a new business, Katrina quickly agrees. She needs time to heal her broken heart, to untangle her messy life, to find a purpose.

What she doesn't need is attention from Andy Miller, a farmhand who arrives at the widow's farm just when help is most needed--and who always seems to say the right thing and be in the right place, at the right time. Is Andy for real or too good to be true? She's been deceived once before, and she isn't planning on experiencing it again.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a tale of love, uncertainty, and trusting God to write your story.


My Thoughts:
It seems that somehow every autumn I end up visiting Amish country. Unfortunately this year is one of the few times that I haven't yet had the opportunity to explore Sugarcreek, Ohio, and the surrounding towns in person. As all bookworms know, however, you can journey just about any where through the pages of a book.

Coco and Toby ~ Warmer Days Will Return Soon!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sir Toby 
If you know me at all you know I love summer. I can't stand to be cold and I can't stand to wear layers of clothing. I like to lather up with sunscreen and curl up on the back deck reading or running around the yard throwing sticks for my two fur babies to catch.

For fall, it's a pretty decent day in spite of all the rain. 70 degrees is pretty great for a late October day. Since it's probably the last decently warm day of the month, I thought it would be fun to share a few photos of my collies, Coco and Toby, to remind us all that it will be warm again soon. Soon.