A Unique Amish Civil War Story

The American Civil War is the setting of many novels, but have you ever read a story from the Amish perspective of the War Between the States? Jan Drexler’s new release from Revell Publishing, entitled “The Sound of Distant Thunder”, combines historical research with a compelling personal saga as it explores this very question: how can a group of people, who are nonresistance-based due to religion, live conscientiously in times of war and especially when the draft (compulsory recruitment) is brought into play? Continue reading

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A Perfect Book for Any Dog Lover – Guest Review by Hayley

I love inspiring stories, especially when they are true.  That being said, I’m also a BIG dog lover having only gone a few weeks of my entire life without a canine companion.  “Second Chance Dogs”, then, was an easy choice of read for me, as it is a feel-good collection of true stories of “the dogs we rescue, and the dogs who rescue us.”   Continue reading

Gentle, Comforting, Encouraging – Guest Review by Hayley

“Hope Your Heart Needs” by popular author Holly Gerth is a lovely little addition to the devotional genre.  Published by Revell in 2018, “Hope Your Heart Needs” is the newest title in the growing list of books by this author. Continue reading

Wisdom and Inspiration to Pray the Scriptures

“Praying God’s Promises: The Life-Changing Power of Praying the Scriptures” by Linda Evans Shepherd is the type of resource that you can return to again and again, obtaining different insight and wisdom from it during varying seasons of life. Published by Revell in the summer of 2018, this little volume is overflowing with Scripture-based prayer-starters, practical applications, inspiring bits of wisdom, and ideas for personal reflection to help readers learn how to pray through the promises that God has given us in His Word. Continue reading

Chilling New Addition to the “Blue Justice” series

Whenever a new Romantic Suspense novel by Lynette Eason is released, it automatically goes on my TBR list. Filled with twisting and turning intrigue and spine-chilling suspense, “Called to Protect” is the second book in the “Blue Justice” series published by Revell. It tells the story of Officer Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner Hank, as well as Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum in his race against time to save his kidnapped daughter. The kidnapper’s only request? For Blake to commit murder if he wants to see his daughter alive again. Continue reading

A Perfect Gift for Kids and Tweens – Guest Review by Hayley

Knock-Knock:  It’s “Crack Yourself Up: Jokes for Kids”!  Sandy Silverthorne’s new release to the joke book genre is sure to please both young children and tweens.  It is a small-sized book (easy for travel) but is packed with kid-friendly knock-knock jokes, stories, goofy lists, puns, and riddles that will entertain kids for hours.   Continue reading

A Touching Story You Won’t Soon Forget – Guest Review by Hayley

The synopsis of “River to Redemption” drew me in from the moment I read the back cover.  It promised to be a tale of tragedy, healing, hope, and freedom given to those who should have never been enslaved.  This book delivered all of that, and more.   Continue reading

A Beautiful Debut Novel by Rachel Fordham

It’s no secret that my favorite genre of reading material is Christian Historical Fiction. When I discover a new author who possesses a special gift for bringing this beautiful genre to life with strong writing skills, themes that whisper of biblical wisdom and truth, and realistic characters who leap off the pages, well… it’s exciting to say the least! After reading the description for a new debut novel published by Revell in the summer of 2018, I guessed this would be just such a story – and I was correct. “The Hope of Azure Springs” is the first published novel by Rachel Fordham, and is a sweet and memorable story that will instantly earn a place on your keeper bookshelf – and in your heart. Continue reading

A Second Visit to Nantucket

“Minding the Light” is Suzanne Woods Fisher’s newest release in the “Nantucket Legacy” series, a unique story filled with fascinating history, a secondary plot from an earlier generation (in the form of a journal), and the unique setting of Nantucket Island in the 19th century. Published by Revell in the summer of 2018, this story of the Quakers who made a living from the dangerous whale trade is a must-read for all of Ms. Fisher’s Amish fiction fans. Continue reading

A Fantastic and Fun Guide for Girls of All Ages!! Guest Review by Hayley

“The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life” is a wonderful new volume that will guide young women of all ages to handle new situations with confidence.  Written by Erica and Jonathan Catherman, this book includes topics ranging from how to change a tire, how to throw darts, how to wear a scarf, and how to introduce yourself.  Clearly, a lot of time and thought was put into choosing this amazing range of topics. Continue reading