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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Review of A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman

Reading A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman will put you in the holiday mood for sure! From the cover to the characters to the happy ending, this book delivers a cozy Christmas setting with a sweet story all tied up with a big red bow.

In a few short months, Franny Martin's life changes from one of solitude on the farm she inherited when her parents died, to an unhappy short stint in Oklahoma City, then back to the farm where she is no longer lonely.

The cause of this change is due to her meeting Charlie Landau, a man who has all the things money can buy, but none of the sweet life Anita experienced growing up.

What starts out as a simple romance soon builds into a story with twists and turns and mysteries not revealed til almost the end, making this a page-turner. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present by buying yourself a copy of this joyful book. And while you are at it, purchase a copy or two for a friend who likes Christmas stories. You'll both be glad you did!

And for a chance to win a copy of this book, check back on December 1st for a post by the author along with the opportunity to leave a comment to be in the drawing for this book.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Review of Kim Vogel Sawyer's When Hope Blossoms

Kim Vogel Sawyer's books always give us hope, and with the title When Hope Blossoms, I knew this one would be no exception.

After the death of her husband, Amy Knackstedt is forced by a shadow over her husband's death to move from the Old Mennonite community she has lived in most of her life to a new town in the same state (Kansas) where another Mennonite group is forming a community. She is accompanied by her three very unique children. They move into a house next door to a former Mennonite who helps the family, but wants nothing to do with their religion.

Unlike many of Kim's books this story is contemporary which gives Amy a chance to live out her plain Mennonite lifestyle while using a machine to stitch parts of her quilt and to market her quilts with the help of a computer!

There are several very touching scenes with the children, and with Tim Roper, the neighbor who befriends them. The mystery of her husband's death hangs over Amy until almost the end of the book. Even that mystery ends with hope for a new life in their new home.

Another great inspiring read by Kim Vogel Sawyer. And if you have never read any of her books, I suggest you check them all out!

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes, but this review is totally from my heart.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Book Review of The Reunion by Dan Walsh

 Dan Walsh's book The Reunion is an excellent one to review this week of Veteran's Day and the month before Christmas because this story of a Viet Nam vet who quietly helps out others culminates in a happy ending around Christmastime.

Aaron Miller, a decorated war hero, lives in obscurity as a handyman at a trailer park in Florida until he saves the life of one of the occupants. I love how the author interweaves Aaron's story with a love story involving Aaron's long-lost daughter and the man sent to find the war hero. It reminds me of how God is the "Author" of our lives and is working and planning all along how our stories will end.

I have read all of Walsh's books, and they just keep getting better and better! Buy yourself a copy of this heart-warming story and pick up a few copies as Christmas presents for friends and family, too.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Book drawing winner and chance to win my Christmas book!

The winner of Murder at Tapestry Court by Amy Barkman is Shannon Vannatter, so I will mail the book as soon as I hear back from her. Since the next book drawing will run until Dec. 1st, and will be sent out in time to read for Christmas, and since I still have copies of my book Christmas Belles of Georgia, I will be sending a copy of it to one of our commenters with a US address this  month. So, if you didn't get the book last year, you have another chance! Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you for your mailing address.