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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The Last Bride

Book Title: The Last Bride
Author: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date: April 1st 2014
Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish, Romance, Family, Amish Fiction,
Series: Home to Hickory Hollow #5
Synopsis: Of her Old Order parents’ five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but her father opposes the match. Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they’ll convince the Millers to give their love a chance. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?

My Thoughts:
Tessie does something that goes against her father and mother. Though they try and live as single until her father can give their love a chance. They go about it for it seem to work. Then a tragic happens to her husband. Though thing go even more strangely/ Everyone thinks she did something that is a sin. She does not feel the need to repent and she also knows she could get shunned.

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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
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Synopsis:
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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The Amish Midwife

Book Title: The Amish Midwife
Author: Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould
Series: Women of Lancaster County #1
Genres: Amish Fiction, Family, Christian Fiction, Inspirational, Series, Adoption
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: February 1, 2011 (324 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Paperback

Synopsis:
A dusty carved box containing two locks of hair and a century-old letter regarding property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die. Lexie steps in to assume Marta’s patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word “demut, “which means ?to let be? as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God. A compelling story about a search for identity and the ability to trust that God securely holds our whole life?past, present, and future.
My Thoughts:
This was about Lexie finding her biological family. She is searching for her Identity. Her father died and told her about a box that came and when she finds it set her on mission to find her birth parents. She goes to Pennsylvania to help a midwife in trouble. Though she was to start working in Philly.

She learns some Amish words though her patients that she learns with some true meaning. People in her family are hiding information about her. She arrives at Marta Bayer home and Marta get angry at her. If you want to read more about the surprise or not for she finds a surprise that will be quite suprising to find out. Does Lexie get her Story. You need to read to find out.

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The Amish Nanny

Book Title: The Amish Nanny
Author: Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould
Series: Women of Lancaster County #2
Genres: Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction, Family, Mystery, Series
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: July 1, 2011 (344 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Paperback

Synopsis:
Bestselling author Mindy Starns Clark and coauthor Leslie Gould offer readers The Amish Nanny, Book 2 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Plain women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love.

Amish-raised Ada Rupp knows it’s time to make a commitment to the faith and join the church, especially if she wants a future with the handsome Amish widower Will Gundy.
But when she has the chance to travel to Switzerland as the caregiver of a young child, she leaps at the opportunity.

Anxious to learn more about her forebears, Ada enlists the help of a young Mennonite scholar named Daniel, but even as she develops feelings for him, she cannot get Will from her mind?or her heart. At a crossroads, Ada must decide what she is willing to give up from the past in order to embrace her future.

My Thoughts:
This book is about the story of Ada Rupp. When her sister found her story. Ada now she need to commit to the faith. She was raised Amish. Though she has love for the widower Will Gundy. She is restless and want to find her story. So she finds out that a few of her family members are traveling to Switzerland.

Her family and Grundy family need to work something out with the deed all the way back in the Switzerland. Alice and Christy go and Ada goes represent a member for her grandmother. Things her she start to want feeling for Daniel there travel companion though will she have found her true love and her story. She also is hoping to talk to her mother who is staying in Switzerland. Find out more by reading. You learn about Switzerland a bit as well.

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Missing

Book Title: Missing
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Genres: Mystery, Amish, Series, Romance, Fiction, Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
Series: The Secrets of Crittenden County #1
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Pub Date: March 20, 2012 (245 pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Borrowed from the Library

Synopsis:
Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community?

Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry’s former girlfriend, and Perry’s best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.

Lydia and Walker know they didn’t have anything to do with Perry’s death, but they both hold secrets about his final days. Do they dare open up about the kind of man Perry had become? In the oppressive shadow of these dark times, they discover strength in a most unlikely companionship: one that offers solace, understanding, and the promise of something more.
My Thoughts:
There mysterious murder that brings about some things. It bring out some secrets from a few folks. The biggest one in this book is how Perry died and also about Lydia. Lydia find out something and has a hard time accepting it. She starts talking to Walker Anderson.

Walker Anderson is having trouble with what happen and what he seen. There detective that comes to town and people start becoming closed mouthed and things do look strange. The detective also is struggling with some things as well. Though he want wants to got back to Chicago, he starting to fit into this little commuitty that has this mysterious murder.

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Brush of Angel Wings

Book Title: Brush of Angel Wings
Author: Ruth Reid
Genres: Amish, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction
Series: Heaven On Earth #2
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Pub Date: April 10, 2012 (368 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Got it though Book Squeeze to Review in the form of E-book

Synopsis:
He doesn’t plan to stay Amish. She doesn’t have a plan.

Then an angel draws their hearts toward God . . . and each other.

A buggy-racing champion, a hardworking field-hand, and a terrible cook, Rachel Hartzler does not fit her Amish community’s standards for an eligible bride. Hurt by their rejection and still grieving the loss of her brother, Rachel is ready for change.

She’s not, however, ready for Jordan Engles. Rachel’s father hired him to help tend the fields so Rachel can learn to cook and sew, thus increasing her chances of finding a husband. She can’t understand why her father doesn’t want her help and blames Jordan for trying to replace her beloved brother.

Jordan plans for his time on the Michigan farm to be short. Before his mother passed away, he promised her he’d give her Amish roots a chance. Upon her death, uncertain about what else to do, he came to stay with his Uncle Isaac in Hope Falls. He’s curious why his mother left the community she obviously loved. But it doesn’t take Jordan long to conclude that the strict lifestyle and the three hour church services are not for him.

But there isn’t just human interaction at play. Nathaniel, an angel of God, sees the potential in Jordan and Rachel’s hearts from heaven’s perspective. His goal is to shepherd them toward the path of healing and love.

When tragedy strikes, then strikes again, this angelic being is sent to guide them toward the healing and abundant life promised in God’s Word – if only they will listen.
My Thoughts:
This was fun to read and see that an angel speaks in this book. It there to help two people. It was sweet to see the two angels battle in the book. The funny things they do to get the two people to listen. I really like it with Jordan that he get different things.

It was kinda different for Rachel. Though Rachel need to understand what happened to her brother and learn about forgiving. You would be surprise with all the things that happen and what comes of it.

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Courting Cate

Book Title: Courting Cate
Author: Leslie Gould
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Amish Fiction, Christian, Christian Fiction, Romance, Series,
Series: Courtships of Lancaster County
Publisher: Bethany House
Pub Date: November 1, 2012 (252 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Won Though LibraryThing Early Reviewer

Synopsis:
When Amish farmer Pete Treger moves to Paradise Township, Pennsylvania, seeking a better life, he meets sisters Cate and Betsy Miller. Both are beautiful, but older sister Cate is known more for her sharp tongue and fiery temper than her striking appearance. Betsy, on the other hand, is sweet and flirty–and seems to have attracted most of the bachelors in Lancaster County
However, the sisters’ wealthy father has made one hard and fast rule: elder sister must marry first, before the younger can even start courting. Unfortunately for poor Betsy, and for the men who want to court her, her older sister, Cate, doesn’t have any suitors–until Pete comes to town, that is.
Though he finds both sisters attractive, something about Cate’s feisty demeanor appeals to him. Soon the other bachelors in the district convince Pete to court Cate. She hardly seems receptive to his overtures, though. Instead, she’s immediately suspicious of his interest.

My Thoughts:
Cate is quite different. She love to read and is reading something. Her father make a edit that the oldest must do everything before the youngest can even court. Both girls do not like this rule at all. Cate want nothing to do with this rule though their no way out of it.

Betsy has suitors though out and quite attractive. Pete Treager comes to Lancaster County for a job. While he there, Marvin and Martin in all trying to get Pete to court Cate. Cate though has her suspicious and it get in her way a bit. She jump to collusion and when she finds out about her little sister Betsy problem. I am not going to tell you for I do not want to spoil the ending the surprises that come though out.

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Seasons of Tomorrow

Book Title: Seasons of Tomorrow
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: April 15, 2014
Declaimer: “I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”
Series: Amish Vines and Orchards #4
Genres: Amish, Amish Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Christian Fiction,
Synopsis: As love restores Rhoda, a sudden tragedy is the test of faith she never saw coming… 
More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Though it has been almost a year since one brother left, Rhoda is happy to be working alongside the other brother as they tend and nurture the settlement’s orchard. Time has helped to heal Rhoda’s wounds, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God’s wisdom and purpose for her life. 
But when an Englischer friend’s grandchild is taken deeper into hiding from her grandmother, can Rhoda’s gift make a difference or will it simply be a catalyst to another season of doubt and misunderstanding? As she resolves to stay on course, suddenly a shocking tragedy challenges the young settlement like never before, threatening to uproot Rhoda’s peace and the future of everything she holds dear.


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My Thoughts:
Rhoda has started feeling settle in Maine. She starts to follow her god talent and tries to help an englisher with finding her grandchild. Soon a family tragedy happens and things start unravel a bit in Maine. Will the new settlement stay and be able to establish. Samuel dat come to make a demand about his daughter Leah. What will happen to all though who are making it a go in Orchard Bend, Maine. You may like how it ends up and see all the battles the new settlement need to overcome?

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

 

Book Title: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction, Romance, Fiction
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: February 21, 2012 (208 pages, Hardcover)
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Synopsis:
Annie Martin loves the Plain ways of her Old Order Mennonite people, like those revered by her beloved grandfather. Retreating from a contentious relationship with her mother, Annie goes to live with her Daadi Moses in Apple Ridge.

But as spring moves into Pennsylvania and Annie spends time amongst the cherry trees with the handsome Aden Zook, she wishes she could forget how deeply the lines between the Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite are drawn.

Can Annie and Aden find a place for their love to bloom in the midst of the brewing storm?


My Thoughts:
I loved this book. It gives you the respective of two people though their eyes. One is a Old Order Mennonite and the other is from Old Order Amish. There are something going on between both families.

Both families now each other. Annie Martin grandfather is a partner of Zook Dinner. For they need his partnership to keep it running. Aden and Annie are finding it hard to settle their hearts. They try to to go separates ways. Annie grandfather tries to threaten the partnership.

You will need to read it to find out if they make it work. Who decides to change faiths to really get love the one they both want.

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