Thursday, February 10, 2011

And third review...

Patchwork Dreams

What a wonderful, sweet story of healing and coming of age. In the Amish community they have a time in a young persons life where they go from being children to adults. It is called a rumspringa. After that time period they have to decide if they will then join the church and be fully committed to the Amish way of life or to choose to live a life outside the Amish community. As with any teenagers, the world has many temptations to draw them into things that will only get them into trouble.

Becky made some mistakes during that time by allowing a boy outside the Amish community to sweet talk her into seeing him. Because of that boys lies and the fact that she had a baby from that relationship she was shunned by her community. She had made amends in front of the church but people didn't forgive her mistakes the way the Lord did.

Jacob thought he had his life all figured out. He was dating Susie and was planning on marrying her during the upcoming marriage season. But when he meets Becky he sees something in her that he doesn't see in Susie. His feelings for Becky are very different, as well. As he works with Becky's dad in the blacksmith shop he starts to see things from a mans point of veiw instead of a boys. Jacob changes from the boy who liked to run around and be irresponsible to a man with a trade that he can use to provide for a family and a desire to have a woman who followed the Amish order of life instead of someone trying to drag him away from it.

This book shows you honor and commitment to the Lord, a way of life and people you love. It shows you how a simple life can be one of fulfillment and happiness. It was a pleasure to read Patchwork Dreams and I recommend it to anyone who loves a sweet romance.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Second review for Patchwork Dreams

Patchwork Dreams is the first Amish book I've read and I really enjoyed it. One of the things I liked most about this book was the closeness of Becky Troyer's family and their unconditional love for her. My heart broke for Becky and what she had endured, and I adored the character of Jacob - Becky's own knight in shining armor.

This is a touching story of love and its impact on a hurting heart. It's a great start to a new series and I would definitely recommend it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

I'm in the CBD catalog!!!

I got this message from a friend today...

Hi Laura,
I just received the CBD fiction catalog in the mail yesterday and Patchwork Dreams is on page 5! I just wanted to say congratulations!!! I am hoping to write a review for you this weekend to post on I really enjoyed reading your book and can't wait to see what characters will be in the second one.

Have a wonderful weekend!


It made my day! Can't wait to get my copy in the mail.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New book releases for February

February is starting out with good reading weather in my neck of the woods. What else is there to do but snuggle up with a good book when there's a blizzard outside? Here's the latest new releases from ACFW authors!

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW FictionFinder website.

1. Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart -- General Fiction from Revell. It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine Merritt, works hard to keep her family together during the Great Depression. Who could imagine that a dirty, abandoned little girl named would be just what the Merritts need?

2. Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman -- General Fiction from Bethany. What would you give for a second chance to make things right? When life gets complicated, Grace Graham runs. But now her sister, Jana, is giving her once last chance.

3. Blood Covenant by Lisa Harris -- A Thriller/Suspense from Zondervan. Paige Ryan and Nick Gilbert must put their own lives in the hands of God as they fight for the safety of the refugees under their protection.

4. Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze -- A Thriller/Suspense from Waterbook-Multnoma. Her enemy will stop at nothing for control. She will risk everything for freedom.

5. Hometown Dad by Merrillee Whren -- A Romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A pair of rowdy boys would be exhausting for two parents—little wonder single mom Melanie Drake feels overwhelmed. Enter Nathan Keller—respected banker, descendant of the town’s father...and baseball coach.

6. Journey to Riverbend by Henry McLaughlin -- A Western Historical from Tyndale. A chance for redemption was something they never expected. A chance for love was something they never dreamed of. Sometimes the journey is only the beginning . . .

7. Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes -- A Romance from Revell. By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, what he, a British aristocrat, is doing on American soil working as an indentured servant.

8. Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate -- General Fiction from Bethany House. Adventure is the last thing on Andrea Henderson's mind when she moves to Moses Lake. But when a little girl is seen with the town recluse, Andrea and the new game warden are drawn together in the search for her identity. The little girl offers them both a new chance at redemption and hope--and may bring them closer than either ever planned.

9. Letting Go; Healing Hearts Series, Book 1 by Michelle Sutton -- General Fiction from Sheaf House. From an early age Diane Simmons was trained by her parents in the art of seduction, but she hates that about herself and wants to be loved for who she is, not what she looks like.

10. Raider's Heart by Marcia Gruver -- A Romance from Barbour. Dawsey Wilkes wakes up deep in the Carolina swamps, the prisoner of a rowdy family who support a vigilante intent on bringing justice to the poor. Wooed by the competitive McRae brothers and shunned by their sister Ellie, Dawsey remains intent on getting back home to her ailing father. But has it been God's plan all along to unite these two very different families?

11. Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones -- A Romance from Thomas Nelson. You’re invited to the engagement of the most unlikely couple of the year.

12. The Outlaw's Return by Victoria Bylin -- A Historical Romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical. J.T. Quinn would know Mary Larue's beautiful voice anywhere. He just never expected to hear her singing in a Denver church.

13. Turbulance by Dana Mentink -- A Thriller/Suspense from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Romantic Suspense. Someone wants to ensure that the flight bringing Maddie Lambert and a transplant organ to her father never reaches its destination. Someone who's desperate enough to sabotage the plane.

14. When All My Dreams Come True by Janelle Mowery -- General Fiction from Harvest House. An adventurous novel of faith, hope, and love in the Wild West.

15. Words by Ginny Yttrup -- General Fiction from B&H Publishing. Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word-Jesus Christ.