The Heart’s Frontier

Title of Book: The Heart’s Frontier
Authors: Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith
Series: The Amish of Apple Grove #1
Genres: Amish, Historical, Romance, Adult, Young Adult, Western, Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Adventure
Publishers: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: March 1, 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Books Source: Borrowed from Library
Contact Authors: Website / Virginia Smith Goodread Profile

Synopsis: from Goodreads
Kansas,1881–On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged–do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?

 
My Thoughts on Book:
This is unique kind of story in itself. It about a family in Apple Grove along with Luke Carson and his men on a trail. There are some things that happen along the way. Emma and Luke relationship starts to form.
In the prologue you learn about Luke Carson, and his pa. Luke was picked to be a trail boss to take Mr. Hancock cattle to market. He is to take the cattle drive from Texas to Hays. We find out what some of what Luke Carson wants in life and it bit different then this fathers life.
Emma Switzer and her family were on their way to Troyer. Emma does not want to leave Apple Grove to go to Troyer to live with her aunt. Her Grandmother  Switzer insisted on going with Emma to Troyer.
We start out on the trail in Kansas going from one Amish community to another Amish community. When unexpected things start to happen to the Switzer’s family. They are robbed of their belongings, and were left with nothing, but their lives. Emma Switzer’s father Jonas, sister Rebecca and grandmother Switzer’s were all traveling to Troyer, KS. They were hoping that Emma would find husband, as their were more Amish men available there.
After they are left on the trail, they pray for God’s help and is provided with assistance from Luke Carson. He is on a cattle drive, and is in a anxious to get to Hays, KS with his animals.
Wait until you hear what Grandma Switzer…. says and does on the wagon ride. It to funny.
So if you are in a need to laugh or you just want to read it read about to see what up with this wonder of a book. The best way to put on smile is to laugh at something. As they say laughter is best medicine.
I would recommend it but to read this it up to you to decide. These are my honest feeling and for this review. It is a fun and funny book, but if you do not like western or cowboys or rustlers this may not be a book for you but that is up to you to decide. I do not like to many histical or western stories but this one got my attention and did like it.
 
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A Plain and Simple Heart

Book Title: A Plain and Simple Heart
Author: Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith
Genres:  Amish, Historical, Romance, Adult, Young Adult, Western, Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Adventure, 1884, Series
Series: The Amish of Apple Grove #2
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: September 1st 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Won it in a giveaway on Goodreads

Synopsis:
A Plain and Simple Heart, an exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

1884-Several years earlier, young Rebecca Switzer lost her heart to Jesse Montgomery, a rugged but dissolute cowboy on a dusty cattle trail near the Amish settlement of Apple Grove. Now she is grown up, and when she hears one day that he has been spotted nearby, her desire is plain and simple: She must see him.

Sheriff Colin Maddox is counting the days until he can leave law enforcement and follow his dream of starting a church. When a lovely woman, new to town and looking travel weary and a bit lost, gets caught up in the middle of a temperance riot, she is arrested along with the leaders. He can hardly believe she is what she claims?a Plain and simple woman. Nor can he believe how quickly he loses his heart to her. Can Colin convince her to forget Jesse and give him a chance?

My Thoughts:
This book is the second in the series called “Amish of Apple Grove.” Really enjoyed this book for it quiet funny to see Rebecca get in a mess of things when she arrives in Lawrence, Kansas. She starts out day dreaming about her love for Jesse who she met four years earlier on a cattle trail drive. She hear of his aware about and heads for it.

Sheriff Maddox learns what it takes to keep peace in the small town. He just hoping things are peaceful during this time before the new sheriff arrives to take over. But things start to get quite interesting the mintue Rebecca arrives in Lawrence Kansas. Colin see her and judges she there for a protest of the night she arrived.

There are a few thing that are surprises throughout the book and believe me it a book to read. I do not want to giveaway any of the secrets of what happens to Rebecca  or Colin for that matter. I do not want to tell you want happens to a few of the folks in the town. To find out it book to pick up. Another book to pick up is called “The Heart Frontier.”

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Dandelions on the Wind

Book Title: Dandelions on the Wind
Author: Mona Hodgson
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: February 19, 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction
Series: Quilted Hearts #1
Book Source: E-book, Honesty Review for Blogging for Books

Synopsis:
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household.

But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she can see that Wooly desperately needs to reconnect with the family he abandoned when his grief sent him running toward the army—and into the Civil War. She also senses there could be something more between the widower and herself, if either can move beyond their past hurts.

Comforted and counseled by the wisdom of the women in her beloved quilting circle, Maren begins to discover the cost such decisions demand of her heart. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan? Is it too late for love to be stitched into the fabric of her life?
My Thoughts:

Maren is helping a widow raise her granddaughter after a war. But soon something unexpected happens. Wooly come back and wants to raise his daughter. His grandmother has a hard time welcoming her son in law back from the war.

Did the war break a family or did the loss to almost everything also destroy the family. Wooly come back he want to see his daughter and help around the farm. He has his regrets as well as Maren. Can both get over past hurts or will their be no second chance at love.

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Naomi’s Gift

 

Title of Book: Naomi’s Gift

Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Christmas, Christian Fiction, Young Adult
Series: Kauffman’s Amish Bakery
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: September 12, 2011 (Hardcover, 184 Pages)
Book Source: Borrowed from Library
Contact Author: Facebook /Website / Twitter
Buy this Book: Christianbook.com,ZondervanAmazonBarnes & NobleBooksamillion.com

Synopsis: is from Goodread
Naomi’s Gift re-introduces twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches—a time of family, faith, and hope for many others—Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family’s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down. Naomi’s story of romantic trial and error and youthful insecurities has universal appeal.

My Thoughts on this Book:
This story keep my interest but it did not take my heart to want to a point where I was wanting to know to What going to happen next. I will say this it is good read and a Christmas story to itself. I hope it was meant to stand alone. Just my thought because I liked does not meant it will be for you it up to you to decide.
In the beginning of the story, Caleb and his daughter Susie (Susan) are coming to visit Caleb family. Susie want to stop at the market to get a pie or something to take to her Aunt Sadie’s place. They stop in the farmer market. Susie run to a quilt stand and starts talking to Naomi King.
The Kauffmans are some what talked about though out the book. Though most of the story is around Caleb,  Susie and Naomi along with a snip of Kaffuman family. It centered around the Christmas season. You see Caleb’s sister side of the story as well and try to match her brother up with Irene Wranger.
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Review: Dandelions on the Wind

Book Title: Dandelions on the Wind
Author: Mona Hodgson
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: February 19, 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction
Series: Quilted Hearts #1
Book Source: E-book, Honesty Review for Blogging for Books

Synopsis:
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household.

But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she can see that Wooly desperately needs to reconnect with the family he abandoned when his grief sent him running toward the army—and into the Civil War. She also senses there could be something more between the widower and herself, if either can move beyond their past hurts.

Comforted and counseled by the wisdom of the women in her beloved quilting circle, Maren begins to discover the cost such decisions demand of her heart. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan? Is it too late for love to be stitched into the fabric of her life?
My Thoughts:

Maren is helping a widow raise her granddaughter after a war. But soon something unexpected happens. Wooly come back and wants to raise his daughter. His grandmother has a hard time welcoming her son in law back from the war.

Did the war break a family or did the loss to almost everything also destroy the family. Wooly come back he want to see his daughter and help around the farm. He has his regrets as well as Maren. Can both get over past hurts or will their be no second chance at love.

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Review: The Heart’s Frontier

Title of Book: The Heart’s Frontier
Authors: Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith
Series: The Amish of Apple Grove #1
Genres: Amish, Historical, Romance, Adult, Young Adult, Western, Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Adventure
Publishers: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: March 1, 2012 (320 Pages, Paperback)
Books Source: Borrowed from Library
Contact Authors: Website / Virginia Smith Goodread Profile

Synopsis: from Goodreads
Kansas,1881–On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged–do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?


My Thoughts on Book:
This is unique kind of story in itself. It about a family in Apple Grove along with Luke Carson and his men on a trail. There are some things that happen along the way. Emma and Luke relationship starts to form.
In the prologue you learn about Luke Carson, and his pa. Luke was picked to be a trail boss to take Mr. Hancock cattle to market. He is to take the cattle drive from Texas to Hays. We find out what some of what Luke Carson wants in life and it bit different then this fathers life.
Emma Switzer and her family were on their way to Troyer. Emma does not want to leave Apple Grove to go to Troyer to live with her aunt. Her Grandmother  Switzer insisted on going with Emma to Troyer.
We start out on the trail in Kansas going from one Amish community to another Amish community. When unexpected things start to happen to the Switzer’s family. They are robbed of their belongings, and were left with nothing, but their lives. Emma Switzer’s father Jonas, sister Rebecca and grandmother Switzer’s were all traveling to Troyer, KS. They were hoping that Emma would find husband, as their were more Amish men available there.
After they are left on the trail, they pray for God’s help and is provided with assistance from Luke Carson. He is on a cattle drive, and is in a anxious to get to Hays, KS with his animals.
Wait until you hear what Grandma Switzer…. says and does on the wagon ride. It to funny.
So if you are in a need to laugh or you just want to read it read about to see what up with this wonder of a book. The best way to put on smile is to laugh at something. As they say laughter is best medicine. 
I would recommend it but to read this it up to you to decide. These are my honest feeling and for this review. It is a fun and funny book, but if you do not like western or cowboys or rustlers this may not be a book for you but that is up to you to decide. I do not like to many histical or western stories but this one got my attention and did like it.

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