Two Steps Forward by: Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Synopsis

Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him–until they didn’t. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N’ Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She’s offered him a job, but nothing else.

The last thing Sylvie Schrock King needs around Rising Star Farm is a grown boy working for her, especially her neighbor Edith’s son. The woman holds a serious grudge against Sylvie and her son, and hiring Jimmy Fisher will only fan the flames of Edith’s rancor. But Sylvie is desperate for help on the farm, and Jimmy understands horses like no one else. 

While Jimmy’s lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie’s heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land. Has Sylvie made another terrible mistake? Or is it too late to outfox the fox? More importantly . . . just who is the fox? 

Writing with both wit and warmth, Fisher delivers a supremely satisfying conclusion to the popular Deacon’s Family series.


Author Suzanne Woods Fisher

About The Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children’s books (‘The Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series) to novels (“The Choice”) to non-fiction books (“Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World”). 

When Suzanne isn’t writing, she’s probably playing with puppies. She’s been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can’t stop at one. 

Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne’s website at: http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 6:5

My Review

This third installment of The Deacon’s Family series wrapped up many loose ends from books one and two. The disappointment, for me, was that Luke’s brother, Sam was only mentioned twice and his wife wasn’t mentioned at all. I think book two hinted at some concerns about Sam’s wife. Those concerns were never resolved. I was hoping to find closure on that subject in this third and final book of the series, but did not. 
Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite Amish book authors. She is a true storyteller in that she draws you into a story and allows you to feel as if you are a member of a family or inside a circle of friends. In Two Steps Forward the Spiritual content is wonderful as well. There are examples of how some people confuse religion and Christianity. Being a Christian is having a relationship with Christ, not just going through motions and man made rules. Also, this story shares how the Amish and all Christians depend upon God in various situations. And shows that anything worth having is worth working for. God’s timing is always right and NOTHING is impossible with Him, our Heavenly Father. 

I would like to thank Revell for gifting me a copy of this title. I was under no obligation to post a review and all opinions are my own.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this brand new release. I certainly enjoyed reading it! Suzanne Woods Fisher is not only an awesome author, she is also a delightful person. I hope you’ll visit her website. http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com ………………………….You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Blessings Y’all!

🌼Mandy🌼

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The Gray Chamber

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Synopsis:

Will Edyth prove her sanity before it is too late?

On Blackwell’s Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving.

With her late parents’ fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. And Edyth fears she will never be found.

At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self?

Also Look for:
White City by Grace Hitchcock (March 2019)
Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma (June 2019)
Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken (August 2019)
Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear (March 2020)

Author Grace Hitchcock

About the Author:

Grace Hitchcock is the author of three novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. The White City is her debut novel and releases March 2019 with Barbour Publishing. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son. Visit Grace online at GraceHitchcock.com.

My Review:

The Gray Chamber

I’m going to be honest… When I was given the chance to read this book I took it without thinking it through. I had heard great reviews of other books in this series, but true crime is just not “my thing”. After I got the book in my hands I just did not want to read it since it was way out of my comfort zone. Also I had never read a book by this author. But, I had already told myself I would give it a try. I am so glad I did!!! This book will not be my last by Grace Hitchcock and I have already added other books in this series to my wishlist! This book had a sweet love story that gave just the lightness this story needed to balance the crime portion. Thinking the whole book would be dark and depressing, I was pleasantly surprised when that was not the case. Spiritually I took away from this read the importance of hiding God’s Word in your heart. Such a vital part of a Christian’s life. The research the author did to write this work was amazing. You won’t need to ask if that is true once you read it. It is apparent in the very first chapter. I’m thinking I need to get out of my comfort zone more often.

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

Blessings Y’all!

Mandy

Review: An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Blurb: Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.

Worth The Wait! I learned two years ago that Laura Frantz was writing another pioneer book. Those are my favorite books to read, especially by the talented Laura. I was excited, but I knew there was a two year wait. There was no description of the story, no cover, and no title. I tried, without success, to put this pioneer read out of my mind. But even with hardly any information, I still just couldn’t let it go. Fast forward two years to the present. The book is here! It has a cover, a title, and the story is out of this world! It will forever be on my “keeper shelf”. Yes! It was worth the wait! Read my review below.

Award winning author, Laura Frantz

About The Author: Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky and also Washington State. 

My Review of An Uncommon Woman:

I just finished An Uncommon Woman and I feel as though I have been on an 18th century vacation. I had anticipated this story for two years and I was not disappointed when it finally came my way. Every word, sentence, and paragraph was placed in the perfect spot to make me feel as if I was on this journey side by side with Tessa and Clay. Oh what a journey! Oh what love and friendship! I grew spiritually and learned no small amount of American history as I read this story. We as 21st century Americans take many many things for granted. This book points to some of them. This read, and all others by Laura Frantz will reside on my keeper shelf. I thank God for an author like her that goes above and beyond when it comes to historical research. Also, she isn’t afraid to acknowledge our Father in Heaven in her books. Words I think of when I think of An Uncommon Woman are: Lovely, Mysterious, Friendship, Love for God, and Love for each other. I think of frontier, pioneer, and unexplainable bravery. Without people like the ones we read about in this story our country would not be as blessed as it is today. For that I am thankful. Everyone who even remotely enjoys a historical read needs to read this book!

I was given a copy of this book from Revell. All opinions or descriptions are my own.

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🌼Mandy🌼

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Just In Time For Christmas by Davalynn Spencer

Hello from Kentucky, Folks!


I personally have a rule for Christmas. That rule is no Christmas before Thanksgiving. But, for you, the reader, I made an exception. I wanted to get my recommendation of this book out to you so you can add it to your Christmas reads list. The book we are talking about today is Just In Time For Christmas by Davalynn Spencer. She is no stranger to The Reading Daisy and she is an author whose books I thoroughly enjoy. I would love to hear from any readers who enjoy her books like I do! Just In Time For Christmas is her newest novella, which was released on November 1st, 2019. This is another historical read and is set in the author’s home state of Colorado. Below is the synopsis of the book and more information about the author.

She’s seventeen with a ranch to run, a fear of heights, and a cowboy intent on stealing her heart.

Abigale Millerton leaves a Denver women’s school and returns to her grandparents’ high-country ranch to find the boy she’d grown up with not a boy any longer—and butting in on her challenge with local timber thieves. If he’d stop telling her what to do, they might get along.

Seth Holt has loved Abigale since before he knew better. And now that she’s back in the high country, she’s still as bull-headed as ever. But Seth can match her, and he’s determined to keep her out of harm’s way and in his line of sight. Trouble is, he’d rather keep her in his arms.


About Davalynn Spencer
When the handsome, dark-eyed cowboy sauntered into my life, the gate to adventure swung wide. And what a ride! Yes, I married him and became the wife and mother of rodeo bullfighters. My front-seat view on a fast-paced life provided great opportunities to write for national rodeo markets and win awards in the process. Today I’m living my dream as a novelist and living for real on Colorado’s Front Range with Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Join me in the inspirational Western romance world for stories about rugged cowboys, their challenges, and their loves.

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http://www.facebook.com/AuthorDavalynnSpencer
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My Review

Oh, how I truly enjoyed this novella! Davalynn Spencer is one of my favorite authors to go to when I need a good story to take me away from the craziness of this world. Just In Time For Christmas is a timeless story for the ages, one I could read every year at Christmastime. It has everything I could want in a book. It’s easy to read, it’s funny, it’s romantic, there’s a cowboy, and the Lord is in the middle of it all, just as He should be. It may sound cliche`, but it’s true, this story warms my heart. 
Amazon has the ebook on sale right now for $1.99!

Blessings Y’all!
🌼Mandy🌼

First Line Friday #5

Welcome To First Line Fridays!

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Psalm 37:3

Today’s first line comes from the Christmas novella, Just In Time For Christmas, by Davalynn Spencer. I will be sharing my review and more about this story on Tuesday, November 19th. Folks this is Western writing at its best! I really needed a pick-me-up read this week and this novella fit the bill!
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Here’s The First Line!
Autumn 1875
The Catamounts, El Paso County, Colorado Territory
The chair tipped beneath her boots.
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I hope you will stop back by The Reading Daisy on Tuesday November 19th when I dive a little deeper into Just in Time For Christmas. Thank you for being with me today! I sure hope you feel at home here!
Blessings Y’all!
🌼Mandy🌼

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First Line Friday #4

Today my First Line comes from Amish Front Porch Stories by authors Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter. It’s a family affair since Jean is Wanda’s daughter in law and Richelle is Wanda’s granddaughter.

Here’s the First Line: The tip of Anna Hostettler’s pencil broke when she picked it up to write in her journal.

Synopsis:
Amish Country is known for an atmosphere of peace and quiet, perfect for front-porch sitting with a good book. Join New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, her daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, as they share 18 heartwarming stories from Amish Country. These fictional short stories include journeys we can all relate to as we seek how to live led by love, joy, peace, patience, and other Fruits of the Spirit. Meet Anna, who struggles to show love to a cantankerous neighbor; Laura, who endures infertility; Nora, whose pride threatens to consume her life; and other women who walk in their faith each day.

This book is on sale now on Amazon and all other major bookstores. I hope you give it a read and enjoy it!
Did you know that Wanda is also a ventriloquist? This photo is of her practicing ventriloquism for the scholars in an Amish one room schoolhouse. Yep, Amish school children are referred to as scholars. This photo is from Wanda’s website. http://www.wandabrunstetter.com



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Blessings Y’all!
Mandy

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First Line Friday #3

Today’s First Line is from Stitches In Time by Award Winning Author, Suzanne Woods Fisher. Here’s the FIRST LINE!🌼

It took a lot to shock Luke Schrock.

Now it’s your turn! Tell me what your first line is in the comments!

Here’s the synopsis for Stitches In Time🌼

Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .

New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together.

Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.

There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shell–an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Author Bio🌼

Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children’s books (‘The Adventures of Lily Lapp’ series) to novels (“The Choice”) to non-fiction books (“Amish Peace: Simple Living for a Complicated World”).

When Suzanne isn’t writing, she’s probably playing with puppies. She’s been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can’t stop at one.

Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne’s website at: http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com


My Review 🌼

Suzanne has been one of my favorite authors since my friend, JoEllen, introduced me to her books in 2010. Now I know if it is a book (especially Amish) that she has written I will enjoy it. I have even read a few of her contemporary books, and contemporary is usually not my cup of tea. She has written several series set in the Amish community of Stoney Ridge and I have been there every step of the way. It feels like home to me. I can see it in the heart of my mind. I love visiting these old friends. And it thrills my heart to meet new friends along the way. From the very first page of Stitches In Time I felt welcomed back for a visit in Stoney Ridge. This read is book two of The Deacon’s Family series. There are more than two main characters. Yes, there is the story of Sam and Mollie, but in the midst of their thread are other stories up front. I never tire of these people or this place and I appreciate the fact that Ms. Suzanne has the ability to continue making these characters come alive and remain interesting to readers like me. I have enjoyed seeing how Luke Schrock is making a respectable man of himself, how Ruth is getting along without Amos, and how poor Hank has not lost one decibel of volume when he talks. The Amish People are ones I respect. They are humble, honest, and full of humility. They take life at a slower pace than the rest of the world and they know what it means to love your neighbor as Christ loved us. They don’t scream their beliefs in your face. They show it in their actions loud and clear. These traits of the Amish are portrayed beautifully in Stitches In Time. I’m giving this great read 4 stars! ****

I would like to thank Revell Publishing and Netgalley for providing me a copy of Stitches In Time. Please give this read a try!

I would also like to thank Hoarding Books for hosting First Line Fridays! What an awesome platform for readers and bloggers!

Blessings Y’all!
🌼Mandy🌼

Reader Interview: Julie Baldridge

Julie with her beautiful family.

I have known who Julie was for most of my life. We live in a tiny town and she was a cousin to one of my best friends in school. She is younger than me, so we were not in the same class, and therefore were not close friends. She and her family began coming to the same church as me and my husband about seven years ago. We were talking one night at church and she said she liked to read. Well, I latched onto that statement like chickens on a June bug, as we say here in the South. My reader’s heart was silently begging her to love the same books as me, but I didn’t count on it, I didn’t want to be disappointed. I finally asked, “What kinds of books do you like to read?”
She replied, “I read Christian fiction, mostly historical. Do you know Jan Watson?”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! I’d never met anyone who knew Jan Watson and her amazing Troublesome Creek series! I then asked, “Have you read anything by Laura Frantz?” She hadn’t, but already Courting Morrow Little on her Kindle. She read it, and was hooked like me! Well, folks, that’s all she wrote as they say. We have been friends ever since! We only live about 4 miles from each other, and we continue to go to church together. We are sisters by blood……..the blood of Jesus Christ! She was excited that I asked her to be a guest on my blog, I was excited too. She did an interview for The Reading Daisy and she’s bringing an audiobook review to us as well. I hope you enjoy this post full of friendship, faith, and fantastic books!
If you have met a friend through the love of reading ease share your story in the comments!

TRD

If you could depend on only 2 Bible verses for the rest of your life,  what verses would you choose?


Julie:  Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

TRD: If you could read only one fiction book for the rest of your life what book would you choose?

Julie:  Courting Morrow Little By Laura Frantz – early Kentucky history, romance, and Red Shirt. Nothing else needed!

TRD:  Which genre (within Christian Fiction) is your favorite to read?

Julie:  Historical Romance 

TRD: Who are your top five favorite authors?

Julie:     

1. Laura Frantz  2.  Elizabeth Camden  3.  Tamera Alexander  4.  Karen Witemeyer  5.  Amber Lynn Perry          Do I have to stop?

  
TRD: What is the best thing an author or promoter can do to make you want to read their book?

Julie: Eye-catching cover! I think the cover can completely set the tone for the story. And the details better match the story! I will totally notice.

TRD:  What is the best thing an author or promoter can do to make you want to read their book?

Julie:  Avid Readers of Christian Fiction. I love getting new recommendations there as well as starting conversations about books.

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Julie’s Thoughts On Audiobooks and A Review of “The Number Of Love” by Roseanna M. White

My latest reading love is audiobooks! I was hesitant to begin at first, because I was like, “Is this really reading?! Can I still get engrossed in the story?” I have discovered that the answer to both is a huge “YES!” Since I commute 70 miles each day that I work and my family travels a lot, this is the absolute best way to pass drive time.
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There are some authors that I have discovered and LOVE that I have only “read” their books through audio versions. One of these authors is Roseanna M White. Her newest release, The Number of Love, was amazing!

Here’s the blurb: 
Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.
Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

Julie’s Review

First of all, I have to say that the narrator of this book was amazing! That can make or break an audiobook for me. If the story is good enough, I will continue with a narrator that isn’t great, but it definitely detracts from the overall experience. Back to the book at hand. The Number of Love has one of the most unique heroines I’ve ever read and the author absolutely brought her to life in the story. She had such a “voice” that you had no question about which character’s POV was being expressed just based on her words, thoughts, etc.  And lets not forget the military hero. SWOON! I am so excited that this is the first book in a new series. I absolutely cannot wait for the second book to release!


Thanks for having me, Mandy! You’re the best and you know how much I love to talk books!

The Roll Of The Drums by: Jan Drexler

Happy Friday Reader Friends!

Today I’ll be sharing my honest review of The Roll Of The Drums by Jan Drexler. Last week on the blog post named First Line Fridays #2 I added the synopsis and author information for this book. Head over to that post to check it out. I don’t want to bore you with it by giving it to you twice. 😉 If you have read this book be sure to chime in in the comments and let me know what you thought about it. Let’s jump into my review!

🌼My Review🌼

Reading The Roll Of The Drums was my first time experiencing the writing of Jan Drexler. I love, love, love the fact that this book is about the Amish during the American Civil War. For me, it was the best of two worlds. I enjoyed seeing two of my favorite genres meshing in one incredible story. I fell in love with the characters from the start. In the beginning Ruby reminded me of a feisty Anne of Green Gables, and not only because of her red hair! But, as the book progressed I feel Ruby grew. I truly appreciate the Godly, Spiritual growth that was shown in this book from more than one character. As I read the growth within the characters it also ministered to me. People with real problems were presented. They were not perfect, bit like me, they served a perfect Savior, Jesus Christ!

If I had one complaint it would be that the phrase “for sure” was overused in an annoying way. It seems petty, I suppose, but it was ridiculous how many times it was in this book. I have read hundreds of Amish books, I have been to Amish Country several times, and have even had dinner in Amish households, and I have never heard an Amish person say for sure. That doesn’t mean some of them don’t use it, but it just seemed odd to me. 

All in all it was a great read! I would like to thank Revell and Netgalley for my copy of this book.

This book gets…⭐⭐⭐⭐!

American Civil War Drum

I hope this helps when deciding to read this title. It was a great book, and I’m glad I was introduced to this author. It will not be my last selection written by her! I pray you all have an awesome weekend.

Blessings Y’all!

🌼Mandy🌼

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. PSALM 33:12