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REVIEW: The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

Nurse practitioner Mia Robinson had a quick jolt to adulthood when she took on raising her 10 year old sister at her own 20 years of age. Fast forward about 10 years to Lucy’s time to make her own life. Mia wants to make sure that Lucy is making wise decisions; she’s protective with good right. It’s also a time for Mia, though, to get her own God-directed path in line. Into the picture enters Jake with PTSD who is great friends with Lucy’s guy, Sam. Mia wrestles with the missionary plans she has had for years.

I found the story to have more depth than expected and I enjoyed it greatly. Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Amish Cooking Class – The Blessing by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Heidi is back as a cooking teacher, giving much more than just cooking lessons.  Six students from all walks of life take her class and learn more about themselves than they might about actually cooking.  Heidi and her husband are barren and the cooking class allows her an outlet for her talents as she waits on God for direction.  Her faith is demonstrated to the class members as she shares wisdom and Scripture each session.

Characters from book 1 are mentioned in the story.  Other than Heidi’s storyline, it is possible for a new reader to start the series with this book.

Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover that their divorce was never finalized.  With much hurt between them, they don’t want to encounter one another to take care of legal issues.  However, to move on with their lives, they have to make some time for one another.  This is a Hosea and Gomer type story, though Josie isn’t as unfeeling as we’re led to believe of Gomer.  So many times a person’s history influences their steps.

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The severity of the snowstorm was a surprise for me and that part of the storyline added to the plot.  Set over a three week timespan, this book moves quickly.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Home by Ginny L. Yttrup

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Melanie Vander, author, and her contractor husband, Craig, are disconnected.  They live a grand life with many materials things, but they are not happy.  For Melanie it shows itself in her inability to write her next book.  For Craig, it stems from a down market for his construction company.  They need each other, but they continue to drift alone.

Neighbors Jill and Marcos provide another good storyline in this novel about finding one’s way home. Each person in the story much reach inside, reach to God, and grieve, regroup and grow.

Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Brooklyn and her daughter Alycia’s have the chance to move back to Brooklyn’s hometown in Idaho.  Brooklyn’s estranged husband, Chad, has died and left them his family home.  He also asks neighbor Derek Johnson to become a father figure to Alycia.  It’s a heart-warming story, though we never really learn why Chad was estranged.  His story isn’t told.  It was enjoyable, though predictable.
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Thanks to Thomas Nelson for an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Amish Cooking Class – The Seekers by Wanda Brunstetter

The Seekers (Amish Cooking Class #1)

A group of Englishers and one Amish man come together for an Amish cooking class.  Instructor Heidi Troyer suffers from infertility and is taking on the class to help others and distract herself.  Like any small group, this one works together to help each other overcome issues.  Heidi and her husband Lyle also look on this class as an opportunity to witness to the class.  A war veteran, Ron, seems to need the most patience of all.
Brunstetter weaves an interest and almost believable story of the power of friendship and listening.  Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson

Great read! Although it was based in the Thanksgiving to Christmas time period, I felt like it could be read at any time. The four main characters struggle to get back on their feet after their friend dies in her mid-forties. Their friend had been the glue in holding the group together and they were unsure how to move forward with their lives and with each other. Author Melody Carlson always does a nice job with contemporary stories, using everyday women as her main characters. That means they are relatable!

 


Thanks to Revell to providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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