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Hope you remember His Blessings to you this year!

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May Your Christmas be filled with His Presence!

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May You be touched by His Love for you!

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Merry Christmas to all! May The Lord Bless You!

An Arizona Christmas

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Title:A Place At Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel)
Author: Amy Clipston
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Amy Clipston is one of my favorite Amish authors as her stories have real substance to them!The author tells a tale that really at times caused me to inhale as I didn’t see where she was taking the characters.Some of the time it was heart-wrenching what the people were dealing with such as grief, loss, guilt and more.
The main character that stuck out to me was Jamie Reihl, a young man who had so much on his plate.Jamie is a volunteer firefighter and helps run his father’s growing dairy farm, which truly doesn’t leave Jamie much of a social life.When his mother suddenly is no more, Jamie can’t seem to right the world under his feet. On top of that, some of the family dynamics make the grieving period much more difficult to walk through.
Kayla is a young Amish woman in the same community who knows how Jamie is feeling, but because of different experi…

A Colorado Christmas

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Title:A Colorado Christmas
Author: William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone
Pages:336
Year: 2016
Publisher: Pinnacle
My rating is 5+ stars.
Each year the Johnstone family releases a Christmas novel that brings together some of the best of both older and newer characters into a blazing, riveting story!Here is another one that is without parallel to other Christmas Westerns.There were other novels written the last few years by the Johnstones and I highly recommend reading each and every one.While they are standalone books, it is fun to see what Wild West ride the author schemes to take the audience on!Prior Christmas novels are as follows: A Lone Star Christmas, Rocky Mountain Christmas, A Big Sky Christmas, A Frontier Christmas, and A Texas Hill Country Christmas with the newest one this year titled, A Colorado Christmas.
As usual I was captured by the story, especially when the author brought back a couple of older characters like Preacher and Eagle Eye Callahan.There is a stranded orphan …

A Texas Hill Country Christmas

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Title:  A Texas Hill Country Christmas
Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone
Pages:  336
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Pinnacle
My rating is 5+ stars.


Each year a new Christmas novel is released by the Johnstones that includes some of their most beloved characters.  Each Christmas novel stands alone and the previous ones are A Lone Star Christmas, Rocky Mountain Christmas, A Big Sky Christmas and A Frontier Christmas.  Now we can add to the Christmas themed novels this year’s story, A Texas Hill Country Christmas.


Each year I have read the newest book, enjoyed it and shared my review with you.  For me, this year’s novel is my favorite one thus far with the Jenson family members coming together in several ways that really is genius!  The year is 1975 and a descendant of the Jenson family sits down to tell yet another story of her ancestors to the youngest generation about the “old, old days”.  So, Helen Sievers begins to talk about Smoke, Matt, Ace, Chance and other Jenson members…

A Frontier Christmas

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Title:  A Frontier Christmas
Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone
Pages:  416
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Pinnacle
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

This is a simply heartwarming story set in the west with characters that I am familiar with, being a fan of Johnstone books.  However, whether you are familiar with the characters or authors matters not as readers will be engrossed not just in the budding romance between Meagan and Duff, but the action with increasing tension will keep you glued to the book!  A Frontier Christmas is the fourth book in the series Western Christmas Stories that also includes A Lone Star Christmas, Rocky Mountain Christmas and A Big Sky Christmas.  Each book can be read as a standalone or grab all four and be prepared to be entertained for hours!


The Johnstone’s Western Christmas Stories will capture your imagination, heart and emotions that run a wide range with each book.  A Frontier Christmas tells the story of small towns preparing for Christmas an…

A Big Sky Christmas

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Title: A Big Sky Christmas
Author:William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone
Pages:416
Year:2013
Publisher:Pinnacle
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
J. A. Johnstone has authored, The Big Sky Christmas, with as much heart as the previous tales titled, A Rocky Mountain Christmas and Lone Star Christmas.Each novel is thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable with a mix of adventure and romance.Here, in the latest Christmas book, A Big Sky Christmas,readers are introduced to characters with a true moral or spiritual compass and others with evil intent along with a host of surprises in the story line.
In the fictional tale, Johnstone uses flashback as a way to tell the story of a set of elderly twins and their experiences growing up on a wagon train bound for Montana.McAllister is a mountain man whose years were originally filled with locating those who took the life of his beloved wife Katie.When a brawl causes the original wagon master to sit this trip out, McAllister feels duty-bound to lead them s…

A Rocky Mountain Christmas

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Title:A Rocky Mountain Christmas
Author: William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone
Pages: 336
Year: 2012
Publisher: Kensington
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
A Rocky Mountain Christmas is the latest in Johnstone’s writing repertoire, taking place during the Christmas holidays.Some of the characters from the previous book, A Lone Star Christmas, continue to develop in this story.Here, the story enlarges to include a corrupt judge and a rancher accused of murder being taken on a train to go to jail along with another convict.
Rebecca is now an older woman, but was 6 years old at the time of a train accident that would change her life forever.She was the daughter of a senator and his wife.Her parents were going to a speaking engagement when an avalanche changed every passenger’s plans.Rebecca is now being approached for an interview before her flight leaves. The only reason she agrees to participate in the interview is due to a delay in her flight. Her only condition for the interview is that …

A Lone Star Christmas

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Title:A Lone Star Christmas
Author: William W. Johnstone
Pages: 336
Year: 2011
Publisher: Pinnacle
Since I was a little girl, westerns have been the one genre I knew I could best use to identify who I was.Whether it was watching westerns on TV, a movie, reading non-fiction as well as fiction, I always wanted to know more about the West with a passion.Recently, with my sons having become men, I joined the NRA, took a class, and bought my first firearm.I am also a member of SASS.Even though I don’t attend anything, I learn a lot from this group.I knew a few western writers growing up though because of my Nana I knew more about Louis L’Amour and his books. Growing up and watching my parents get her the latest novel or seeing her read those books are memories I will always remember.When Nana died, I was blessed with her entire collection of westerns that included a few Luke Short books and some others.It wasn’t until earlier this year that I came across the name of William W. Johnstone.
Every …

Death at Thorburn Hall (Drew Farthering #6)

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Title:Death at Thorburn Hall (Drew Farthering #6)
Author:Julianna Deering
Pages:329
Year:2017
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
While visiting a distant cousin who lives in Scotland, her husband falls off his horse during a ride and dies.Drew asks a few questions and is satisfied it is truly an accident.The victim’s daughter, however, is not.Her father was an excellent horseman.She begs Drew to look more into the matter, and Drew soon discovers that the death was not an accident.Someone had tampered with the saddle, but who would want Lord Rainsby dead?
Drew delves deeper into the lives of the Rainsby family with the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison.Nick has more on his mind than murder, however.The woman he hopes to marry has arrived, but she is very troubled being around murder and the ensuing investigation.Nick is afraid she will return to America and stay away another three years or perhaps more.So, Drew is juggling a murder investigation, his best friend’s ro…

Yuletide Suspect (Secret Service Agents)

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Title:Yuletide Suspect (Secret Service Agents)
Author: Lisa Phillips
Pages: 224
Year: 2017
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Liberty Westmark is a Secret Service Agent on her way to forewarn her ex-fiancée about those on their way to arrest him.What is the charge?Terrorism.Liberty doesn’t believe that Tate is capable of such a thing; yet, the evidence is daunting to disprove.When Liberty gets to Montana’s mountains to speak with Tate, the danger starts right off and doesn’t let up throughout the whole journey of trying to prove who the real terrorists may be.
What complicates the dangerous and perilous times they spend together tracking down those who might be culpable is that their past love for one another hasn’t dimmed.Yet, Tate has no idea why Liberty called off the relationship and while the major angst is gone, he still wants to know the real reason Liberty was so willing to walk away.
The constant suspense and action, twists and turns of the book will keep y…

Courage for the Unknown Season

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Title:Courage for the Unknown Season
Author: Jan Silvious
Pages: 208
Year: 2017
Publisher: NavPress
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
When I started reading the book, I wondered if it would have any nuggets of wisdom for me to glean, and it truly did have some!There were a few places I didn’t quite glean as much. Perhaps that is based more on my season of life than anything.Either way, I think chapters 8 & 9 have much to share with those who are caretakers or were caretakers of aging parents.
I had the blessing of being able to be that person for my husband’s parents. It wasn’t always easy and sure it did not always feel like a blessing at that time.When one sees parents aging and declining, there is grief that goes right alongside other emotions that are mixed and complicated.It has been a few years since that season for me and now both my husband and I look back and are seeing the wonders God did and the memories we have that we cherish.
Now, as my sons grow into adults and one recently marri…

Exalting Jesus in John (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary)

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Title:Exalting Jesus in John (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary)
Author: Matt Carter & Josh Weedberg
Pages: 288
Year: 2017
Publisher: Holman Reference
My rating 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
At the time this commentary was offered for review, I was partaking of a study in the Gospel of John with a group, so the timing was not coincidental, but obviously of God’s design.One reason I enjoy these commentaries is that there are questions at the end of each chapter that can be used to further delve into the Word, used in a small group setting or used in teaching a group.Another reason is the insight I glean from what is revealed about Christ in a particular book of the Bible.
Readers, students, or lay people don’t have to be of academic background to understand and grow deeper in their understanding.The authors write so that any believer of God can pick up a commentary and unearth the treasures of Scripture study. The books are written for the purpose of not just building the mind, but to help feed…

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

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Title:Imperfect Justice
Author: Cara Putman
Pages: 352
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.
The Justice series begins with the first book titled, Beyond Justice.In her latest novel, Imperfect Justice, Cara really ups her game by placing before readers a thoroughly addictive story that was hard to put down. Though, to be truthful, I didn’t want to put it down!Having read her first novel, I was very much interested in seeing where the plot would go and how the characters would develop that were introduced in the first book.
Here in book two what an amazing, heart-grabbing and heart-pounding sequel!The main female lawyer, Emilie Wesley, has been through an abusive relationship and empathizes with those women who are seeking to escape from their significant others who are harming them in a multitude of ways.Emily’s most daunting reality though is the one case she never got to court; the one woman she felt she let down.Kaylene Adams along with her two daughters Emily w…

A Place At Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel)

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Title:A Place At Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel)
Author: Amy Clipston
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Zondervan
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Amy Clipston is one of my favorite Amish authors as her stories have real substance to them!The author tells a tale that really at times caused me to inhale as I didn’t see where she was taking the characters.Some of the time it was heart-wrenching what the people were dealing with such as grief, loss, guilt and more.
The main character that stuck out to me was Jamie Reihl, a young man who had so much on his plate.Jamie is a volunteer firefighter and helps run his father’s growing dairy farm, which truly doesn’t leave Jamie much of a social life.When his mother suddenly is no more, Jamie can’t seem to right the world under his feet. On top of that, some of the family dynamics make the grieving period much more difficult to walk through.
Kayla is a young Amish woman in the same community who knows how Jamie is feeling, but because of different experi…

Christmas Double Cross

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Title:Christmas Double Cross
Author:Jodie Bailey
Pages:218
Year:2017
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Danielle Segovia is trying to make ends meet.She runs her own gift shop with art, pottery and various decorations for the home.She is also raising her 15-year-old brother, who has recently begun hanging out with gang members.She has tried to tell him how dangerous this is, but he believes the gang will take care of them.Danielle gave up finishing her college degree to raise her brother and run the shop when her parents died in a car accident.A handsome man enters her shop just before closing and talks to her about things she knows nothing about.What is going on?
Colt Blackthorn is undercover as an illegal art dealer to ascertain the identity of a particular art shop owner.He has received intel that she is the sister of a Mexican drug cartel leader.She has stolen a huge cash of drugs from her brother and he wants it back.He will do anything to retrieve it as th…

'Christy' Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Facebook Live Party

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Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall's beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, some see her-and her one-room school-as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy's determination and devotion be enough?

Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!


TWO grand prize winners will receive:
One copy of ChristyOne $50 Visa Cash CardEnter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5. The winner will be…

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice

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Title:My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice
Author: Angie Dicken
Pages: 256
Year: 2017
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Each book in the “My Heart Belongs” series is unique and a stand-alone, and I’ve enjoyed reading each novel!In this latest novel set in the early 1900s, a young widow named Leanna wrestles with her unforgiving heart toward her husband and herself.On top of which Leanna decides to help two Greek children in the coal mining community along with her other students. Leanna has known sorrow, hunger and being disinherited by her family as she followed her heart in marrying beneath her social status and following what she believed was God’s call on her life.
Now, with very little means to support herself, Leanna is fighting prejudices and the elements just to survive.Leanna is a very caring, loving character though she recognizes within her heart she would be just as high and mighty as others in the coal town who are acting against the Greeks a…

Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)

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Title:Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)
Author: Catherine Marshall
Pages: 512
Year: 2017
Publisher: Evergreen Farm
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
I don’t know exactly when I had heard of the book or read it, so reading the anniversary edition was fun.I think the best part was learning how it relates family history, to be specific Catherine Marshall’s mother and her life in the 1900s.This was a time when a young woman embarked to a place where strangers were welcomed easily and winning the trust of folks took a lot of work and faith.
I loved reading how Catherine’s mother related so much history to her daughter and challenged her to put it into writing.I am thankful that once again it is made available for a new generation to read and learn what occurred long before they were born.To learn how different life was back then and the dangers Christy faced when she entered a small town as a complete stranger.
Don’t let the number of pages keep you from enjoying the true story of a woman’s courage wri…

The Lights of Hanukkah

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At Any Cost

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Title:At Any Cost
Author:Lauren Nichols
Pages:216
Year:2012
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Beau Travis is a carpenter whose skills are in demand.His current job is doing some remodeling at a local bed and breakfast.The owner is an attractive woman, but she rarely leaves the inn.He sees the first-rate security system she has installed and wonders why, but he doesn’t like personal questions posed to him so he doesn’t ask them of her.Jenna Harper has lived in fear for the past two years and pretty much jumps at her own shadow.With the help of her Aunt Molly, she has begun to slowly return to venture out a little and have her fears lessened.She can’t deny that her new carpenter is quite handsome, and she thinks he finds her attractive as well.She knows he has a reputation of dating around and leaving a trail of broken hearts, so she is wary of him at first.He remembers overhearing her father years ago saying that Beau wasn’t good enough for his daughter.With th…