Reckless Heart

Title of Book: Reckless Heart

Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Illness
Series: Kauffman’s Amish Bakery
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: April 17, 2012 (Paperback, 272 Pages)
Book Source: E-book
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Synopsis: is from Author Website
Lydia Bontrager’s youngest sister is frighteningly ill, and as a good Amish daughter, it falls to Lydia to care for her siblings and keep the household running, in addition to working as a teacher’s assistant and helping part time at her grandmother’s bakery. Succumbing to stress, Lydia gives in to one wild night and returns home drunk. 

The secret of that mistake leaves Lydia feeling even more restless and confused, especially when Joshua, the only boy she’s ever loved, becomes increasingly distant. When a non-Amish boy moves in nearby, Lydia finds someone who understands her, but the community is convinced Lydia is becoming too reckless. With the pressures at home and her sister’s worsening condition, a splintering relationship with Joshua, and her own growing questions over what is right, Lydia could lose everything that she’s ever held close.

My Thoughts on this Book:
I truly fell that his it a good read. You learn about Lydia youngest sister Ruthie and Lydia struggles. You may to start crying while reading this book. I now I did. I felt like i was a part of the story myself. We also meet the  Kauffman’s Family.We meet some of the Kauffman Family member from the Kauffman’s Amish Bakery series. This story is about the Elizabeth and Eli granddaughter Lydia Bontrager.

Lydia starts out with being stressed out about her little sister illness. She makes several mistakes and she starts to understand a bit. Her parents are stressed out as well about their youngest daughter and what she might have.

Lydia works two jobs. One is at her grandmothers bakery, the other is as teacher assistant to the Amish Primary School in her district. You will have to read to find out what happens to her and if she get her dream and what job she chooses for full time. I do recommend this book all readers young and old. This book can stand along a bit. Though if you want to get to know the rest of the Kauffman’s Family I suggest that you read the “Kauffman’s Amish Bakery” series.

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A Season of Love


Book Title: A Season of Love

Author: Amy Clipston
Genres: Amish, Amish Fiction, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Series
Series: Kauffman Amish Bakery #5
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: September 12, 2012
Book Source: Borrowed from the Library

In the fifth and final novel of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, three young women are about to change their lives. Lizzie Anne and Samuel have decided to get married, and Lindsay is about to be baptized in the Amish faith and is courting Matthew. While Katie Kauffman is happy for her friends who seem to have settled their futures, she is also finding herself something of a fifth wheel. When Lindsay’s sister Jessica returns to Bird-in-Hand, she finds that Jake Miller has moved on with his life. He lost hope that Jessica would ever be satisfied to settle in rural Pennsylvania and takes comfort in becoming close friends with Katie. However, it’s not an easy road as Jake is Mennonite and Katie has just been baptized in the Amish faith. Her father forbids them to see each other, adamant that his daughter marry an Amish man. A Season of Love is filled with surprising twists that will grip you to the very last words. As the stories of your favorite Amish community draw to a close, join Lindsay, her friends, and all the people of Bird-In-Hand for one last volume.

My Thoughts:
This is one of my favorite book. I really enjoyed this series altogether and I will miss it. I love this one for it get you see three friends find what they were looking for. Lindsay finally get what she wants and she also gets her dreams with Matthew Glick. Katie though she get what see want in the end. She struggles mostly though it. Her friend Lizzie Annie get her wish as well. Though you will be surprise with who and how soon.

Mainly this story sit around Katie. Though it is also surrounded by Lindsay as well. You get to see two woman love struggles and blooms. Find out more about it and read the story of how it ends. Though I hope there some more novel that surrounds this family and I hope to find out if Lindsay and Katie get married and have children. I like to find out if Lizzie Annie has children as well.

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An Amish Kitchen

Book Title: An Amish Kitchen

Author: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Long
Genre: Christian Romance, Christian Fiction, Amish, Amish Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: December 18, 2012 (338 Pages, Paperback) – E-book
Book Source: Download from Book Sneeze for an Honest Review

Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance–until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction.

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn–but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

“Three Amish stories–each celebrating love, family, and faith–all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.”

Also Includes Reading Group Guide and 45 Old Order Amish Recipes

“Fans of Amish fiction will find triple the enjoyment here thanks to this gathering of novellas in one book.” –“Publishers Weekly” for “An Amish Wedding”

My Thoughts:
Fern and Abram not getting in the love. Abram is taking care of his siblings for a amount of time. He is always turning to her for something. The way they get together is quite different from any other way and I really enjoyed it.

Each book or story in the book is different. They found their romance differently form each one. Each story tell a different story. I like this some for that means there are three different ways. Each one is a wonderful read and enjoyment. You can read it if you like and decide for yourself.

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Idaho Brides

Book Title: Idaho Brides

Author: Erica Vetsch
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction,
Series: Romancing America
Publisher: Barbour Books
Pub Date: June 1, 2011

Experience the Wild West through the eyes of the three McConnell brothers who long to overcome their troubled childhood as drunkard’s sons. Can Alec show that he’s worthy of the ranch boss’s daughter? Can Trace help a distraught woman trust again? Will Cal prove his innocence to a U. S. Marshal in disguise? Will they each find a woman with whom they can trust their tender hearts?
My Thoughts:
I loved this book. It got some romance in it but it based on the actions and the wild west kinda sett The McConnell brothers all face trouble. It starts with Alec McConnell and Cattle steeling. Clara get involved and things start to happen. Cattle start to disappear. But can Alec save the ranch and Clara? to find out you need to read it for yourself.

The second story is about Trace McConnell. He goes on a kidnapping case once Lilly niece gets kidnapped by two men. This stories connected with the first for their a Boss and they are looking for him and his gang. This story starts in Money Creek and then goes to Jardin and once other place. Lilly is deterimed to find her niece after she loose her sister. Wondering what happens to Trace and Lilly? Do they save the children that were kidnapped. Find out by reading this book.

The third story is about Cal  McConnell. This story is really base in the town of Money Creek. This story is some fun and scary for they find the Boss and where he been staying. They also stage a McConnell. Cal is the stage Coach driver. Trace is away and Alec is at the ranch. Maggie Davis comes and things get a little strange. Will Maggie help Cal out? Do they find who the Big Boss is and his Helper is? You need to read this book for yourself to decide. I dislike giving surprises to anyone about the end of the story. The only thing I will say is that the three stories connect to each other.

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Kentucky Weddings

Book Title: Kentucky Weddings

Author: Terry Fowler
Publisher: Barbour Books
Pub Date: June 1, 2011 (368 Pages, Paperback)
Genre: Christian Fiction
Series: Romancing America
Book Source: I bought the book for myself

Visit blue grass horse country and meet the three Truelove siblings who have big dreams concerning their careers that don’t include unlikely romances. Val wants to turn a horse farm into a wedding business, but each of her ideas is countered by an architect with a grudge. Heath wants to finally put his education to use, but the return of his first love makes him face long held fears. Opie wants it all, including a culinary career and a family, but a date with Paris’s most eligible bachelor shows her just how old-fashioned some men can still be about marriage.

My Thoughts:
This book about the 3 oldest children. It starts out about Val Truelove. She and her siblings are to help pay for the younger siblings education. Val put her heart in the a prayer to god. She is reward with lottery ticket from her boss. She does not know that she wins or anything right away. She prays about it and ask her dad what to do. Doe’s Val get her wish to make a wedding venture which is her dream. Doe’s see get her wish and something un-expecting as well.

Heath wants to do something with is education but what does he do when his first love come to work at the farm. Heath not sure if he should do what he loves doing or get a real job. Does Heath and Jane get together? To find out you will need to read it.

Opie has a mind to work in her chosen career. But her sister buy her a date with a Batchlor of the month at an auctions and things get a little more strange and hard for her. Things start to get a better but their now story though out the three stories together.

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The House That Love Built

Book Title: The House That Love Built

Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub Date: April 2, 2013 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance
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Brooke has only loved one man. Owen’s heart is filled with bitterness. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?

In the small town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising six-year-old Meghan and ten-year-old Spencer on her own two years after her husband’s death. Being a single-mom and running the family’s local hardware store keep her busy.

While Meghan longs for a daddy, Spencer has threatened to run away if Brooke even goes out on a date. But the last thing on Brooke’s mind is falling in love. When a stranger moves to town and buys a house with a mysterious past, Brooke can’t contain her curiosity. As she spends time with the new owner, she wonders if maybe God is giving her another chance at happiness.

Owen Saunders fled the big city to start over in a small, rural town famous for baking the world’s largest gingerbread man. Then he bought an old house to restore-for all the wrong reasons. If anything needs restoration, it is Owen’s heart in the aftermath of his failed marriage. With little hope and lost faith, Owen is tempted by happiness when he meets Brooke, but his heart remains sealed shut.
As they learn more about Owen’s house, one thing becomes obvious to both of them: God has put them together for a reason.

My Thoughts:
What a way this book starts and how it ends is amazing. You get to see how a god works in a way though a completely different way. Brooke is trying to get over her grief of her husband. She caring for her two children. Though she also has her struggles. Owen is new in town. He buys a house that big for him out spite of his ex-wife. Owen starts doing repair in this house. There something adventures. There a big surprise that
you will not expect to happen.

You learn about forgiving and you learn about how to handle grief.

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Prairie Song

Book Title: Prairie Song

Author: Mona Hodgson
Series: Hearts Seeking Home #1
Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction,
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub: August 6th 2013 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Receive for free and I did not have to review it unless I want to and I want to for the fact I could do giveaway of the book if I win.

The first step in a challenging journey is often the one that means the most. 

Though it means saying goodbye to the beloved friends and spiritual mentors of her St. Charles, Missouri quilting circle, Anna Goben is certain that she needs to enlist her family in the Boones Lick Company wagon train. The loss of her beloved brother in the Civil War has paralyzed her mother and grandfather in a malaise of grief and depression and Anna is convinced that only a fresh start in the Promised Land of California can bring her family back to her. Although the unknown perils of the trail west loom, Anna’s commitment to caring for her loved ones leaves no room for fear—or even loving someone new.

During the five-month journey, trail hand Caleb Reger plans to keep a low profile as he watches over the band of travelers. Guarding secrets about his past and avoiding God’s calling on his life, Caleb wants to steer as far from Anna as she does him, but she proves to be just as he assessed her from the beginning— independent, beautiful trouble.

Led by a pillar of hope, the group faces rough terrain that begins to take a toll on their spirits. Will the wilderness of suffering lead them astray, or will the gentle song of love that echoes across the prairie turn their hearts toward God’s grace and the promise of a new home?

My Thoughts:
This book is really good. I loved it from the beginning. You will be reminded of a book from the other series that you may think that it connected to it. It was really intruding. You will learn how to deal with some really serious issues.

The issues are a various of different things. One person in this book can show how they deal with geif and it not all good. You get to experience some things going on Trail as well. I would recommend this book to any one that likes historical fiction, a bit of civil war era, romance.

Though I am not going to make you decide I will let you decide for yourself if you want to read it or not and rate for yourself.

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Rose Harbor in Bloom

 Book Title: Rose Harbor in Bloom

Author: Debbie Macomber

Series: Rose Harbor #2

Genres: Romance, Fiction

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Pub: August 13th 2013 (336 Pages, Paperback)

Book Source: I won this in a Library-\thing giveaway for an honesty Review


Now Macomber returns to the charming Rose Harbor Inn, where each guest finds a second chance and every room comes with an inspiring new view.

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it’s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don’t always see eye-to-eye—and at times he seems far removed—yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys.

Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate her grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she’s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all.

High-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she’s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends.

Compassion and joy await Jo Marie, Annie, and Mary as they make peace with their pasts and look boldly toward their futures. Rose Harbor in Bloom is Debbie Macomber at her heartwarming best.

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I read in this series. It a great book to read. I love enjoyed the people in the book as well. You get some interesting stories though her books. You friendship and Love and second changes with it. I would recommend any of her books and this book as well. You find out things about Marie, Annie and Mary in this book.

This is lovely book and lovely series. Once your read one of Debbie Macomber books you get hooked and you start in the middle of series to get hooked.

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Wishing on Willows

Book Title: Wishing on Willows

Author: Katie Ganshert

Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Pub: March 19th 2013 (320 Pages, Paperbook)

Book Source: I review this for Honesty Review (E-book)


A three-year old son, a struggling café, and fading memories are all Robin Price has left of her late husband. As the proud owner of Willow Tree Café in small town Peaks, Iowa, she pours her heart into every muffin she bakes and espresso she pulls, thankful for the sense of purpose and community the work provides.

So when developer Ian McKay shows up in Peaks with plans to build condos where her café and a vital town ministry are located, she isn’t about to let go without a fight.

As stubborn as he is handsome, Ian won’t give up easily. His family’s business depends on his success in Peaks. But as Ian pushes to seal the deal, he wonders if he has met his match. Robin’s gracious spirit threatens to undo his resolve, especially when he discovers the beautiful widow harbors a grief that resonates with his own.

With polarized opinions forming all over town, business becomes unavoidably personal and Robin and Ian must decide whether to cling to the familiar or surrender their plans to the God of Second Chances.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book that I think is in a series but what series I do not know. I love this book as much as the first one. It more about Cafe and Cafe Owner. Sorry  I can not remember her name or her son at the moment. It been a while since I read it. Though it was this year and only a couple of months ago. I will let you decide for yourself if you download the e-book or buy the paperback.

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