My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island

 My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island by Carrie Fancett Pagels  A little deception went a long ways in this wonderful story. A story of life of the rich being targeted by men and women looking for a marriage to success and wealth! A wonderful family story, with a little sweet romance! I really enjoyed this story and hope there will be a continuing series with these interesting characters..

 

About the book:

Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed in this Gilded Age romance?

About the Author:      Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA-bestselling award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Gladden the Heart by Olivia Newport

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My thoughts:

When Noah begins preaching while under trances, the Amish community is at odds on how to handle it. The Bishop thinks it’s against the Amish law, the English think it is something they have seen before and the close family members know it is not Noah pretending to preach to get attention.  This story had a very strong spiritual theme and I enjoyed learning more about the beliefs of the Amish and the Methodist’s at that time. There is a little romance but it helped show how difference of opinions can still overcome the difficult situations that come up in life.  I enjoyed this slower paced family, faith and coming together of a community story.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

About the book:

“When you have experienced the Holy Ghost as I have, you would see that it is difficult to turn back.”

When the lively fervor of nineteenth century revivalism endangers the staid customs of the Amish community in the lush but rugged Kishacoquillas Valley of central Pennsylvania in 1847, the Amish church must deal with a divisive question: What is a genuine spiritual experience?

The question turns personal when Susanna’s beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and even though he is not a minister he gives long sermons that attract increasing attention. Curious, she helps to keep Noah safe during his trances. At the same time Adam, Susanna’s intended, feels pressure from the bishop to speak out against the ways of revivalism.

Susanna and Adam are pushed to opposite sides of a controversy that threatens their traditional Amish faith.. Now they must grapple with whether love is possible…even if they come to different conclusions.

When Noah goes missing at a time of day when he often preaches while asleep, circumstances thrust community members with divergent opinions into a crisis that demands they recognize the humanity they share regardless of beliefs. But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?

About the Author

Olivia Newport
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. She chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Her books include the Avenue of Dreams series set in 1890s Chicago; the Valley of Choice series, which intertwines contemporary and historical Amish stories; the historical Amish Turns of Time series; and Hidden Falls, a warm, contemporary, small-town novel.

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands by Cynthia Hickey

Wonderful collection of stories! Written with the reality of life after the Civil War, the mayor of Turtle Springs, Kansas with the vote of the women of the town, runs an ad for Mail-Order Husbands.. Each author features a different women and the husband they choose. I loved these stories about the loss, the struggle to survive the aftermath of the war and the romantic conclusion of these sit down interviews with those men who showed up looking for a bride. If you like stories of mail-order brides… you will love this twist of Mail-Order Husbands!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands
by Cynthia Hickey, Susan Page Davis, Darlene Franklin, Gina Welborn, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Patty Smith Hall, and Susanne Dietze

Seven women seek husbands to help them rebuild a Kansas town.

Meet seven of Turtle Springs, Kansas’, finest women who are determined to revive their small town after the War Between the States took most of its men. . .and didn’t return them. The ladies decide to advertise for husbands and devise a plan for weeding out the riff raff. But how can they make the best practical choices when their hearts cry out to be loved?

Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll

Weaver's Needle

 

Suspense, a hunt for a legendary treasure and it’s full of twists and turns! This is a clean romance with good Christian aspects and loaded with action. A page turner! If you like romantic suspense… check out this one!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Two recovery specialists.
One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.

Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.

After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.

A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.

Can Landry and Nickolai work together despite their distrust of each other to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost? Will they find the real treasure isn’t the gold, but something more valuable. . .true love and understanding?

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

Amish Cooking Class, The Seekers

Amish Cooking Class - The Seekers by [Brunstetter, Wanda E.]  Amish Cooking Class, The Seekers  by Wanda E Brunstetter         “Suddenly cooking classes at Heidi’s house become life lessons.. and their souls are healed one meal at a time.”

 This was a story of an Amish Cooking Class that taught more than just cooking lessons.. We get into the lives of the students and how the faith and gentle love of the teacher brings a change in their lives. There was definitely some ahhh moments and I felt like a classmate as we cooked and visited. This is one I will be adding to my favorites list!

*The recipes used in the lessons are found at the end of the book.

ABOUT THE BOOK:  Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students. But Heidi’s cooking lessons soon turn to life lessons as they each share the challenges they are facing. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes?