Bittersweet

Book Title: Bittersweet

Author: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Author Info:

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Publish date: May 13, 2014

Disclaimer: “I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Genres: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Gothic, Woman Fiction,

Description: On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact – and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev’s world her own.

My Thoughts: If you are looking for a mystery and secrets, you have come to the right place for you get a lots of that and history about the place. Though this book It start out in college and it really get more and to where you want to find out more. The family clan Winslows. There a all kind to find out.

Things you will find out about Mabel Dagmar. Mabel want to be friends with her roommate and be a part of her. She find so family secrets that snows about and some Murders to go along with. You will not want to put this book down for you will find that their two boys that are part of the clan and when they do. you either be surprise or shocked or even just wanted to know more,

g There is just so many things and if you like to head summers  or history in cottages and for you may want to read it. I though the author had me guessing wanting to read more and I was stuck with this book in hand for a whole day reading it and I really did not want to put it down.

An Amish Miracle

Book Title: An Amish Miracle

Author:  Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid, Mary Ellis

Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish, Romance

Disclaimer: I received e-book from netgalley for an honesty Review.

Series: Amish Miracle

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pub date:  December 3, 2013

Description: Always Beautiful by Beth Wiseman

Becky Byler is eighteen and overweight. She is overwhelmed by the embarrassment she feels when comparing herself to other girls her age. Having lost all hope, she considers taking her own life. As she stands before rushing water, unable to swim, Becky begs God for a miracle. In just several months, Becky sees her prayers answered as food and temptation lose their hold over her. She s finally pleased with how she looks, but does she like the person she has become? And has the man she has dreamed of been right beside her all along, loving her exactly as she is?

Always His Providence by Ruth Reid

Widow Rosa Hostetler has one month to pay her delinquent taxes before the county auctions her farm. She s prepared to sell whatever is necessary to pay the lien, but she isn’t willing to request money from the community s widow fund. She s embarrassed and refuses to admit she needs help. Rosa depends on income from selling eggs, but when that income is threatened, only a miracle can help Rosa accept the kindness of a neighbor.

Always in My Heart by Mary Ellis

Hope Bowman believes God is punishing her for giving up her firstborn son when she was a teenager. She s hidden this secret from her husband, who is thankful for their daughters but longs for a son. Hope prays desperately, but the son God sends her isn’t a new baby but the fifteen-year-old boy she gave up years ago.

 

My Thoughts: Always Beautiful I wonderful story about how to deal with someone that overweight and the it does not matter what you look like on the outside of the body but what matter is how you act on the inside. Though she ask god for help. She get her wish or not. Doe she find love just being herself. She does not know what to do or change herself to get all she wants and dreams. Will she like herself or not?

Rosa has a hard time accepting help from her community. Will she survive or will she love everything she owns? She does not want to be a widow or take from it. She sells eggs but will that be enough. Friends and Neighbors want to help but she refuses their help for she seem scared. When really happens to threaten her only way of income will she then ask for help? You will need to read to find out.

Always in my heart is sweet loving story. Hope thinks that she is being punished for giving up her son. She yet to tell her husband and daughter about her secret. They love there daughter. But she longs for a son with husband. She ask god to help. Soon she get surprise visit from someone that she so wanted. Thing get to a point that she wants to adopt him. Her husband and her need to do some things and you should read it to find out how it ends.

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Caputured by Love

Book Title: Captured by Love

Author: Jody Hedlund

Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Woman Fiction, War,

Series: Michigan Brides #3

Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House for an honesty Review.

Description: It is 1814 and the British have taken hold of Mackinac Island and its fort, forcing American residents to swear an oath of loyalty to the British crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a voyageur–a fur trader who left his family home to find freedom and adventure. He’s been gone five years and when he returns, his family’s farm is at the mercy of the British invaders.
Torn between the life he’s grown used to and guilt over leaving his brother and mother, he’s drawn back into the loyalist fight against the British–and into a relationship with Angelique Mackenzie, a beautiful local girl who’s been befriended by the daughter of the British commander. As tensions mount and the threat of violence increases, both Angelique and Pierre must decide where their loyalties rest, how far they will go to find freedom, and how much they will risk to find love.

Publisher: Bethany House

Publish date: July 1, 2014

My Thoughts: Wonderful story about how life was kind of dealt with at that time. This story tell about the battle of 1812. There a lovely story about two people and their love. They have a few thing to go though. Their tail and error and you do learn about the fur trading and much more. It is really cool and fun way to see how the battle of 1812.There adventures in the book as well. It a book with leaves you wanting more. I so really would love to have read the other two books in series. I tend to do so at some point. Love history well this a book for you. Love American history this is a book for you as well. It has Romance in it as well. It’s a great book all around.

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Seeing Your Face Again

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Book Title: Seeing your Face Again

Author: Jerry S. Eicher

Genres: Christian Fiction, A mish, Fiction

Series: Beiler Sisters #2

Disclaimer:  I received this book for free in estranged for an honesty Review

Description: Debbie Watson is a new convert to the Amish faith and still learning the plain ways of the community in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. She has already attracted two suitors: the insecure but lovable farmer, Alvin Knepp, and the brash Paul Wagler who reminds Debbie of the boyfriend she happily left behind in the Englisha world. When Alvin leaves the community for the big city, Debbie is crushed. Though her heart is with Alvin, she considers Paul’s continued interest in her. Should she simply give in and marry Paul….or wait to see if Alvin comes home?

Seeing Your Face Again is another Amish fiction treat you’ll love. With Jerry Eicher’s sales at more than half a million books, his Amish fiction fans continue to wait eagerly for his next heart-felt story, brimming with the authenticity he brings from his own Amish background. Book 2 in The Beiler Sisters series

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

Publish date: June 1, 2014

My Thoughts: This book is a great read. I enjoyed it. Though I would have loved to read book 1 to understand it better as how it started and they left off in book 1 and pick it up in book 2. Though book 2 does go though bit of how Debbie ends up in the Bailer house. This is about Debbie in this book. I want to keep reading after this book. It is that good. I enjoy this author book and would love to read the others. I hope things are better and I would like to pick up the book soon to read on and find out. If you enjoy this author then you may like others amish related authors. You may also like other amish books as well.

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Minding Molly

Book Title: Minding Molly

Author:  Leslie Gould

Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction

Disclaimer: I received this book for free for an honesty review

Series: The Courtships of Lancaster County #3

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Pub date: February 1, 2014

Description: Molly Zook’s always liked being in control, so she’s struggling with her mother’s wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He’s from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He is tall and muscular and confident–Molly has never met anyone like him and she’s sure he feels the same about her.

Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly’s best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place . . . but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead! Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?

My Thoughts:  Mary wonders if their a way to save her family farm. Molly also struggles with controlling everyone and making them happy. Her mother wants her to fall in love with Mervin and to save  the farm. Mary does not love him in that way. He like a big brother to her.  She upset that her father had died of a heart attack. Her brother and sister were older and have come to help out as well. She does to become quite a friendship with a Leon. During the camping trip, thing start to go astry and things are happening. They run into a neighbor as well.

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A Mother’s Secret

Book Title: A Mother’s Secret

Author: Amy Clipston

Genres: Romance, Christian Fiction, Amish, Horses

Disclaimer: Received from Book Look Bloggers for a Honesty Review.

Series: Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel #2

Publisher: Zondervan

Pub date: June 3, 2014

Description: Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever? Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin’s father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her. His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn’t convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter. When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn’s brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance. After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family—and the unconditional love—she’s longed for?

My Thoughts: I thought this was something. She wants to marry for love. Her brother thinks she should get married for her son sake. Benjamin get blamed for something he did not do. Though Joshua Glick and others. She fears about her secret coming out and destroying any love in her life. Carolyn need to learned to trust god. Her brother Amos has to learn so lesson as well. Find out what happens durning love triangle with Carolyn Lapp.

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A Sensible Arrangement

Book Title: A Sensible Arrangement

Author:  Tracie Peterson

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

Disclaimer: Received from Bethany House for any Honesty Review

Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Western, Adult

Series: Lone Star Brides #1

Description: Marty Dandridge Olson is a widow looking for a way out of Texas. Widower Jake Wythe has secured a job as a bank manager in Denver, only to discover that the bank board wants him to be a married man. With Texas in his roots, he advertises for a Lone Star bride, and Marty answers the call. They both agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.
Marty works to carve out a new life in high-society Denver as Jake works to guide the bank through a collapsing economy. But when money goes missing at the bank and accounting discrepancies point to Jake, he must find a way to prove his innocence. Yet all he wants to do is go back to Texas and own his own ranch. Marty, on the other hand, owns a ranch–one she’s never told her husband about. She hates Texas because it represents the losses in her life. But as the couple grows closer and love begins to bloom, Marty realizes she needs to tell Jake the truth. Can she come to terms with the past and her anger toward God in order to make room for love?

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My Thoughts: I was surpised in the way this was set up. Though I am not all for it. It was good.  There some things that is relates to romance. I would not to be hard on the rating. I think it a four star rating. It could have been more of a plot. It does have some mystery to it. It is a good book. I enjoyed it. The way she lost her husband was something new.

A Table by the Window: A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes

Book Title: A Table by the Window: A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes

Author: Hillary Manton Lodge

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Pub Date: March 18, 2014

Series: A Table by the Window #1

Genres: Christian, Romance

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Book for bloggers for free and for a honesty Review

Description: The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?

After the death of her grandmother, Juliette discovers an antique photograph of a man who looks strikingly like her brother. As the truth behind the picture reveals romance and dark secrets, Juliette struggles to keep the mystery away from her nosy family until she can uncover the whole story.

Inspired by her grandmother’s evolving story, Juliette resolves to explore the world of online dating. To her surprise, she finds a kindred spirit in Neil McLaren, a handsome immunologist based in Memphis, Tennessee. With a long-distance relationship simmering, Juliette faces life-shifting decisions. How can she possibly choose between a promising culinary life and Neil, a man a world away in more ways than one? And is it possible her Grandmother’s story can help show the way?

My Thoughts:

I never thought I would like a series like this one. It was new to me and I did enjoy it. You get something that no other book does or often. You get recipes at the end of each chapter. I want to finish out this series when the books come out. I hope it soon. If you like recipes this book may be for you. None the less I hope you can decide for yourself. I hope you enjoy reading it. I hope you have a good experience with it but if not it okay. I really had a hard time putting it down. My other this is I had a little bit of a hard time reading it. It had nothing to do with the author or her writing. It had something to do with me myself and understanding the concept.

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Bluebonnet Bride

Book Title: Bluebonnet Bride

Author: Colleen Coble

Series: Butterfly Palace #1.5

Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, short stories

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pub Date: April 1, 2014

Disclaimer: I got this e-book from BooklookBloggers for an Honesty Review.

Description: At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides.

Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new life with a Texan named Nathan White to be safer than the one she left behind in Finland. And as she glimpses her future husband and his darling niece at the train station, she instantly knows her risk will prove the best decision she’s ever made.

Until he became the guardian of four-year-old Hannah, Nathan White never took an interest in marriage, arranging a mail order wife to simply love and care for his orphaned niece. That is, he never took an interest until he laid eyes on the beautiful Elli Korpela.

After a fairytale ceremony in the gardens of the grandest estate Elli’s ever seen, a place called Butterfly Palace, their peaceful beginning takes a disquieting turn as an intruder brutally attacks Elli in the middle of the night. Nathan intervenes, but the devil escapes unidentified, leaving Elli to face two chilling possibilities: either the attack was arranged by strike workers in Nathan’s employ or her shadowy past followed her into the present – and across the sea.

As the danger mounts, Elli and Nathan must face their enemy together, fighting to stay alive – and fighting to stay man and wife.

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My Thoughts:

This mystery is somewhat fun to read about. There a mystery that keep you interested in the book. I wonder what is to happen for this couple and family. Who is behind the attacks? Why would they want to attack. Will Elli or even Nathan going to solve this. So far this book has me want get the other books in the series. My first reaction is good so far. I would rate this 4 stars or 4 Rats in my case. I would recommend the author Colleen Coble to others if they asked. I want you to decide if this for you or anyone else to read. Just because I liked it does not mean that you like it. It is up to you.

Eventide

Book Title: Eventide
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Pub Date: September 3, 2013
Book Resource: Won in a giveway on Goodreads First Reads
Genres: Christian Fiction, Fiction, Series, Amish
Series: The Days of Redemption #3)
Synopsis: Eventide is the riveting conclusion to The Days of Redemption trilogy by Shelley Shepard Gray, celebrated author of tender Christian romance novels set in Amish country.

Honest and faithful Elsie Keim falls for her new neighbor, Landon, but she can’t bear to tell him the truth: She’s going blind.

Landon is enamored with Elsie. When Elsie’s brother Roman steps in and shares the truth of Elsie’s disease, Landon is floored. His job is demanding and takes him away from home, sometimes for days at a time. He wonders how he’d be able to keep up with his responsibilities and take care of Elsie.

In Eventide, three generations of the Keim family come together to make their dreams come true.

Shelley Shepard Gray, bestselling author of the Sisters of the Heart books, draws her Days of Redemption trilogy to a heart-warming finish.

My Thoughts:
I love this book. Though it the third book in the series. I would love to read book 1 and two. This book deals with someone who struggling to deal with herself and her Illness a bit and building a relationship. This book does go into several thing about dealing the illness and how to over come it and several different issues. I really do believe the author did a great job. I will let you decide it you ever want to read it and come away with your own thoughts on it.

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