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Monday, May 2, 2016

A Dream of MIracles

Title:  A Dream of Miracles (An Amish Wonders Novel #3)
Author:  Ruth Reid
Pages:  352
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 stars.
Mattie is a young widowed woman with two young children to raise without her husband who died of an illness.  Now Mattie is having a rough time even with all the help the community is offering along with working on her herb and honey business.  When her oldest son, who is three, gets severely sick the case baffles the doctors so much their original diagnosis calls in CPS workers.  In a short amount of time, Mattie loses her kids to the system and she is arrested.
While that is happening, Bo, the case worker, is trying to help her through the hoops and closing out the case because a more viable diagnosis comes to the doctor’s attention.  Just as she starts to get her life back to normal literally her whole world collapses again and this time it is a grave matter.
What comes to light about Bo’s past, I cannot share because it would spoil the enjoyment for readers to know.  All I can say is WOW!  The strength of Mattie’s character is under the microscope of strangers, and her faith is wobbly as is her health.  Bo is not the enemy she thinks he is at first.  In fact, he becomes more entangled with Mattie’s life including their hearts.
Ruth Reid writes novels that are clean, suspense filled and realistic in what some of the Amish like Englishers have to deal with in the world.  The author makes them seem like real people and doesn’t elevate them to unrealistic status nor do her stories make their life seem better than someone else’s.  I appreciate that quality in Amish books as sometimes the Amish or Mennonite people are lifted up to be looked upon as almost godlike status instead of the flesh and blood that they are.
I hope you read all three novels in the series:  A Miracle of Hope, A Woodland Miracle and finally A Dream of Miracles.  Each will grab your attention from start to finish along with tugging on your heart strngs!

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Running on Red Dog Road Author: Drema Hall Berkheimer

Title:  Running on Red Dog Road
Author:  Drema Hall Berkheimer
Pages:  208
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Zondervan
My rating is 5 stars.
I must admit that it is the cover that first drew my attention to the book, then reading the summary I was intrigued.  Reading how life was for others is a favorite pastime for me, because I tend to forget that life for others isn’t a duplicate of mine.  Each place and person mentioned in this biography is unique and treasured by the author and her descendents.
As I read I saw such a stark difference to the way I grew up not only because I am from a different generation, but also from a different place.  Sometimes we look around us and think that what exists has always been so, but when you read a biography the light goes on inside our minds.  We are reminded that life while ended for some, impacted people for generations.
I think the author does a great job sharing some of her memories and granting readers a peek into the past and at people very dear to her.  I can imagine too what a book of memories might mean to those who are descendents from those who leave behind a written map.  You see as we look at our ancestors we in some ways begin to understand ourselves; this is a clear point in the book.
The author is thankful to God for those who raised her and her family as a whole; they weren’t perfect, but they are hers and they are treasures.  It wasn’t just family either; it was best friends who grew up together, kept each other’s secrets and reminisce even today about yesteryear.  I wonder with all our electronic gadgets if we aren’t losing some of our memories because we aren’t making time to journal them for the next generation.
Maybe, like me, you will read this biography and consider writing down your memories, both good and bad so that those who come after will understand where they came from and how important your walk with God was to living life daily for Him.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Code 13 by Don Brown

Title:  Code 13 (The Navy Jag Series)
Author:  Don Brown
Pages:  400
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Zondervan
My rating is 5+ stars.
Sometimes when reading other reviews after I finish the novel myself can be confusing, exasperating or fun.  Don Brown’s latest novel for me was par excellence!  Don’s personal knowledge and experiences while in the Navy show through each novel as well as his understanding of events of the past or present.  In Code 13, expect to become engaged and staying there once you start the book.
I admire those who served and serve in the military and I enjoy suspense novels, which are just two of the elements in Code 13.  As I read I continued to wonder if how the Pentagon was described in the story was in any way reflective of how the building really is or was.  The part of the novel that is central to the book is how a JAG brief will be written in support for or against the use of drones over land 100 miles inside America.  I wish I could know what elements of the Constitutional areas in contention in the JAG office actually are real and what elements are not.  There were parts of the story that brought a lump in my throat and occasionally I would laugh at how Don had one or two of the characters talk about something.
The brief has to deal with the possible ramifications of the 4th Amendment.  While that makes for an interesting tidbit, there are also two opposing parties who desire different outcomes of the brief.  When I got towards the end of the novel, I was amazed at how it was shaping up to conclude.  I never saw the final twist in the plot, which took my breath away!
My condolences to the author who was working on the novel when his mother passed away; I love how he dedicates the novel in her memory.  If you’re looking for a suspense-filled, blood-pumping, action-filled novel, look no further because here it is!  I wonder what the author has up his sleeve for the next JAG thriller.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Woodland Miracle (An Amish Wonders Novel #2)

Title:  A Woodland Miracle (An Amish Wonders Novel #2)
Author:  Ruth Reid
Pages:  352
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 stars.
Whew!  This one really had me on the edge of my seat with every page I turned…wow!  I thought I couldn’t read fast enough as the suspense and danger in the book kept climbing!  Grace is the oldest child who has had to shoulder the care for the house and her younger siblings.  What has made it more difficult is Grace’s disability and at times fear.
Ben and Toby were sent to Michigan by their fathers to stay and hopefully mature while working for an uncle.  However, when they arrive, the uncle isn’t expected to return for weeks because he has gone timbering.  Oh, but there is danger lurking as a man said to be dangerous by police may be in the area while Ben at first toys with Grace’s feelings.
The suspense and twists with turns in the plot kept me up most of the night reading as I couldn’t close the book.  The tension is set on high throughout the book and readers never foresee where the author is going to take the story.  I love reading novels that tell a good story and keep me engrossed while also entertaining me.  I wasn’t disappointed!
I hope you read all three books in the series as they are worth the time to enjoy and share with friends and family.  Now, I must move on to the third book titled, A Dream of Miracles.  I hope to hear about your reading, sharing and thoughts about the books soon.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”