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A wonderful telling of a Bible story!


J.E.B. Spredemann gives us a wonderful story based on the book of Genesis.  An Amish Honor is Joseph’s story.

This Joseph was Amish and had loving parents….and not so loving half-brothers.  His father loved his mother very much but wasn’t allowed to marry her.  He had to marry one of her sisters.  When she died, he was finally able to marry the love of his life.  Unfortunately, he out-lived her too.  She gave him two sons though that he cherished.  Joseph was the oldest of the two.  As with all siblings, there was discord but, Joseph’s half- brothers took it to the extreme they were so jealous of his relations with their father.

I loved reading Joseph’s story!  Pick up a copy, you’ll love it too!

Thank you J.E.B. for another wonderful read!


Never judge!


Elijah Beiler couldn’t figure his neighbor out.   She was recently widowed so he offered to gather her eggs and milk her cows.  What he couldn’t figure out was, when he brought in the milk and eggs, she was always busy making jam.  What kind of mother was she?  Was making jam more important than caring for her two small children?  This irritated Elijah to no end.

Melvin Fisher had changed since he lost his job.  He became so ill-tempered little Levi was fearful of him.  Grace had to do all the chores, inside and out, and she made jam to raise some money.  When he died, she made even more because she didn’t want to depend on the community.

Not too long ago, I didn’t know anything about Rachel Good but, after reading one of her books, she’s now on my must-read list.

Read Grace’s story.  Rachel will be on your must-read list too!

A Page Turner!


Vannetta Chapman is one of my favorite authors of Amish fiction and she definitely didn’t disappoint with this Love Inspired story.

Caleb Wittmer was out mending a fence on a cold December day when he thought he saw someone staggering down the road.  He had to be imagining things.  Nobody would be out walking in this weather!  Caleb finally realized there was someone walking down the road. A woman.  With no coat.  An Amish woman with no coat.  What in the world?!  By time he reached her, she had collapsed in the snow.

When she woke up on the couch in the Wittmer home, she couldn’t remember who she was or what she was doing there.  She had been carrying a small book of poems with the name Rachel written in it.  That’s all she or any of them knew about her.  Her name was Rachel.  Rachel what and where did she come from?  The color of her dress wasn’t from their district.

You won’t want to put this book down until the mystery of Rachel is solved!!

Another great read!


In this third book of The Sister’s of Lancaster County we again find a mix of Amish and Military.  Gould does an excellent job of writing both into her stories.

Leisel left her Amish home to pursue a nursing career.  She didn’t leave her Amish faith however.  While waiting to take her state boards, Leisel receives news that her sister Marie has cancer.  Family is everything to her so she packs up her study material and goes back home to help with Marie’s care.

Leisel’s English boyfriend, Nick, had mentioned to her the idea of joining the military to pay off his student loans.  Of course, having been raised Amish, she wasn’t happy with that idea and wouldn’t really discuss it with him.

When she finds out Nick enlisted, she broke up with him even though it broke her heart.  She just couldn’t be with someone in the military.  Whenever there was time, her Aunt told Leisel stories about her grandparents.  Her grandfather was an Amish man who drove ambulances during the war.  Her grandmother was an army nurse.  How did they work things out?  Did he leave his family and community?  Did she become Amish?  Does their story help Leisel?

Pick up a copy of this book and read Leisel’s story.  You’ll thoroughly enjoy it!

Loved Luke’s story!


This is the first book in the Bishop’s Family series and I can’t wait for the next one!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Luke’s road to redemption.  Luke had been a trouble maker and did some harmful when he was young.

Ms Fisher gives us a wonderful story of second chances, making amends and finding your way back to God and community.

A Must Read!


Life happens and the “Eight” didn’t get together as often as they used to.  They’re together now though.  Well, seven of them are.  They’re at a funeral.  Andy’s funeral.  Not only one of their own but their leader.  The worse part, he killed himself.

This story starts out on a sad note and is filled with so many emotions.  Anger, blame, hurt, love.  Promises were made.  Promises to stay better connected with each other.  Questions, so many questions.  How could Andy have done that?  Why didn’t he reach out to any of them?  They were a close-knit group of life-long friends.  How did they not see he was troubled?

This story captures your attention from the first paragraph and keeps you wanting more.  You can’t put the book down.  You have to see how these friends, from three different cultures, help each other deal with their loss.

Follow the lives of the remaining “Eight” and watch friendships get stronger.  Some even turn to more.  See who makes sacrifices to be with the one they love.



A Strong Bond


When Andy Warner got a call from his little sister Tricia while he and his parents were in Florida, he knew exactly what to do.  He called Logan Clark.  Logan was his best friend and, along with Andy, a member of the Eight.  As children, this group, some Amish, some Mennonite, and some English, had formed a fast friendship and a deep bond.  They made a pact to always be there for each other.  Now in their twenties, that bond still held.

All the Warners where supposed to go on vacation but Tricia hadn’t wanted to go.  What she did do however, was very reckless.  She went to the family cabin in the woods and got stuck there due to a bad snow storm.  What a predicament she had gotten herself in!  The power was out.  Her phone was dying.  The only way she could charge it was to go out to the car.  It was freezing and she was alone in the middle of nowhere.  Until she wasn’t.

Pick up a copy of Gray’s newest novella.  You won’t be able to put it down!  Read Tricia’s story.  Find out who went to her rescue and what happened in the cabin.