Litfuse Blog Tour: A Sister's Wish and An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard Gray (Review + Giveaway!)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Don’t miss books three (A Sister’s Wish) and four (An Amish Family Christmas) in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Charmed Amish Life series. In A Sister’s Wish, when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces Amelia and Simon to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love . . . but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past. In An Amish Family Christmas, Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together . . . in order to find the healing, support and love they so desperately desire. Enter to win a book pack (a copy of A Sister’s Wish and a copy of An Amish Family Christmas) from Shelley. Five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced November 7th on Shelley’s blog!

Don't forget to read what others are saying about these books on the Litfuse website!


A Sister’s Wish (Avon Inspire, September 2016)
In Shelley Shepard Gray’s third book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a respectable young woman finds herself falling for an Amish man from the wrong side of the tracks.
Amelia Kinsinger is the perfect Amish woman—at least according to her neighbors. And while Amelia takes pride in her role as homemaker, she’s also harboring a secret: She’s been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Too bad he’s about as far from “perfect” as an Amish man could get… but that’s exactly why she’s so drawn to him.
Life hasn’t been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home at fifteen and things went downhill from there. Eventually, Simon landed in prison. But the experience changed him. Now back in Charm as a grown man, he’s determined to make a new life for himself and not think too much about his wild past…unless it pertains to Amelia.
He’s loved Amelia for years. To him, she represents everything good and kind in the world. When he realizes that she returns his affections, he starts calling on her in secret, even though her older brother Lukas—who just happens to be Simon’s best friend—has made it perfectly clear that Amelia deserves better. Simon disagrees and believes he’s the only one who can truly make her happy.
But when Amelia gets hurt, it sets off a chain of events that forces them to consider their future together—and face their past mistakes. There’s a chance for love… but only if Simon dares to trust Amelia with the secrets of his past.


An Amish Family Christmas (Avon Inspire, October 2016)
In Shelley Shepard Gray’s fourth book in her Charmed Amish Life series, an unlikely Amish romance reveals that Christmas is a time for family, miracles—and love.
Ever since his father died in a tragic fire, Levi Kinsinger has felt adrift. Newly returned to Charm, Ohio, Levi is trying to fit into his old life, only to discover he seems to have outgrown it.
But when Julia, his young widowed neighbor, asks for his help with a Christmas project, Levi finds a sense of purpose for the first time in months. She and her daughter are new to Charm and could use a friend, a job Levi takes personally. Soon enough, friendship grows into attraction, but Levi can’t help having doubts. There’s something about Julia that doesn’t ring quite true…
Like Levi, Julia Kemps has survived her fair share of hardships—but only by hiding the truth of her past. Being an unmarried mother in an Amish community was unthinkable. Feeling hopeless, Julia did the only thing she could do: she moved to a new town and pretended to be a widow. But meeting Levi, she’s hopeful for the first time. Little by little, she begins to imagine telling him her darkest secret, and eventually…perhaps even sharing her life with him.
Christmas is a time for family, and as the holiday draws closer, Julia and Levi will have to face their pasts together…in order to find the healing, support and love they so desperately desire.

My Thoughts on A Sister's Wish...
A Sister's Wish is the fresh, uncomplicated romance that I needed this weekend! While Shelley Shepard Grey's Amish romances tend to be hit or miss for me, The Charmed Amish Life series has been pretty darn good!

Continuing the Kinsinger family saga, this time with the youngest sister, Amelia and her former childhood crush, Simon Hochstetler, A Sister's Wish is a straight-up, short and sweet love story. It reminds me a little of my very favorite story from Shelley, Autumn's Promise, in which a forbidden love beats the odds. While there are no Englischers in this book, Simon is as close to being a man of the world as it gets for a member of the Amish community. He has a checkered past that he believes Amelia and her family will not be able to overlook. What hooked me on this story was that Amelia never wavered in her adoration of Simon, from a nine-year-old girl crushing on the neighbor boy to Amelia as an adult realizing that love is worth the wait. Is there really a better romance than one that has stood the test of time? I think not.

I can't say enough about the sweetness of this book. That said, it wasn't overdone. Sometimes stories can be so saccharin, my teeth start to hurt. A Sister's Wish is a great book to spend the Saturday with!

The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rae Cobb ~ A Review

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Sound of Diamonds
Rachelle Rea
Copyright 2015
WhiteFire Publishing
ASIN: 1939023599
The Story:
With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.

Meet the author and learn more about the story on her website!

My Thoughts:
Historical fiction is the genre I read when I'm craving an escape. No texts, no Facebook, no snaps, just romance…Hopefully. When I had the chance to grab up this book by relatively new to the scene author, Rachelle Rea, I jumped on it. It's not everyday a novel comes around set during the Iconoclastic Fury. For a debut novel, The Sound of Diamonds, is impressive in its scope covering topics from murder, faith, mistaken identities, and romance among other things.  

The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea Cobb Birthday Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

As I promised a few weeks ago, the end of October is going to be a busy time at Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot. Be sure to keep an eye out for fun giveaways, reviews of some pretty great books and, of course, loads of treats and no tricks! Here's the first of a few book tours I will be posting this week. Don't forget to check out Rachelle's giveaway below to enter to win this stunning necklace and your choice of books from the author!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below to win a beautiful necklace created by Baubles, Beads, and Stuff and your choice of any one of Rachelle’s three books (the series begins in Book One, of course, but in case you have one or two of her books already, Rachelle will gladly send you the next one to read!). 

International friends, the paperback & necklace giveaway is open to continental U.S. addresses only (sorry!). But do still enter, because one international winner will also be chosen to receive an e-book.

ABOUT The Steadfast Love SERIES
In 16th-century Europe, the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics. Gwyneth, half-Dutch, flees from England to Holland to escape the man who murdered her parents. When he follows her there and insists he came to rescue her, will she trust this man called Dirk? When tragedy strikes, will their steadfast love erode?


Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago--her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote the Steadfast Love series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She's a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after in Small Town, South.


Instagram: @RachelleReaCobb

Autumn Update!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hello all! Happy Fall!

It has been a little quiet here of late, but never fear, good things are coming soon. I have a few book giveaways in the works as well as reviews of books that are sure to encourage and lift your spirits. I don't know about you, but as the days get shorter and the nights get chillier, I get a little bummed. I'm a child of the summer. The beach, the sun, even the humidity, I miss it. Fall and winter are perfect seasons for snuggling under the covers with a good book and a hot cuppa.

Fall is also a great time to sneak a peek at what's to come. Publishers' catalogs of the books to come in spring and summer are making their debuts online. Perusing them is a hobby of mine. You have to get ahead and decide which books you just NEED to preorder. Am I right? says the girl with an already overflowing TBR pile! Hey, one can never have too many books! I'm really looking forward to A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd as well as Laura Frantz's A Moonbow Night and in the general market, Julia Quinn's The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband!