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Life After by Katie Ganshert

Publication Date: April 2017

Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Waterbrook Multnomah

 

“Bad things happen all the time, all over the world. And we believe in God’s goodness. We believe He is good. We say He is good. Until the bad things turn personal. That’s when we start to question.”

-Grandma Ally, the Sunday after 9/11, on our way home from church         

Autumn Manning lives in a world of her own since the accident. She struggles perpetually with the question of why. Why did she get on that particular train? Why did she survive? Why did her life get intertwined with that of Vivian Elliott? Even a year later the whys are endless in Autumn’s mind.

This deeply emotional and poignant tale shares the story of Autumn’s recovery and her involvement with the Elliott family. As Reese Elliott, the twelve-year-old daughter of Vivian and Paul Elliott, struggles to find a way to grieve the death of her mother. Her path to recovery from the traumatic loss of her mom leads her to inadvertently draw Autumn into the family’s personal turmoil.

A haunting and emotional story! The characters have depth and personality, each unique and slightly broken in their own way. The book draws the reader in from the beginning and it’s hard to put down. This is a serious read that deals with deep subjects such as why bad things happen to some people and not others and how God comforts us in different ways and in his own time. I very much enjoyed the book. The ending leaves the reader with a feeling of possibility and hopefulness. I would definitely recommend the book to readers of Christian fiction and contemporary fiction.

I received this book free from Netgalley and Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The above thoughts and opinions I have expressed are wholly my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

Series: Double S Ranch Series

Publication Date: May 2016

Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers

ARC from Waterbrook Multnomah and Netgalley.com

 

 

Once again Ruth Logan Herne takes us back to the Double S Ranch owned by the Stafford family in a lush green valley of Washington. The last of the Stafford brothers, Trey Walker Stafford, takes a break from his flourishing career as a country and western star and comes home for an extended stay. Trey doesn’t even make it to the ranch before creating turmoil with the nearest neighbor, Lucy Carlton, a struggling single mom raising four children.

The story includes the entire family from the first two novels. The large, all encompassing family is busy shifting with the changes that are underway in their lives. Weddings are being planned; houses are being built; and illness is being dealt with. All around them, the cycle of ranch life continues as they work to rebuild their town as well.

As change swirls all around them, they must remember to trust in the Lord for the answer to each of their prayers. The real story revolves around Trey and Lucy and whether two people from such diverse walks of life can find a place to meet in the middle. Once again the author does a great job of incorporating faith and the balance of life into the book.  Readers of contemporary inspirational fiction will enjoy this family saga.

This ARC copy was received from Waterbrook Multnomah and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund

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Publication Date: September 2016

Publisher: Waterbrook and Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House

 

 

 

“If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness, he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity befalls you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing.”

-William Law from A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

Jody Hedlund once again weaves a story around a very real historical man named John Newton, adventurer and philanderer and his wife-to-be, Polly Catlett, a devout and beautiful young woman raised in an upright manner. John meets Polly when he becomes late and is forced to stop at a distant cousin’s home one evening on his way back to the coast. John is an irresponsible person with no real sense of ambition when he initially meets Polly.

The story deals primarily with John Newton’s life after meeting Polly. Their story is one of Polly’s loves of music, hymns, and education and John’s struggle to become a person that deserves a girl like Polly. The characters in the novel, particularly John, undergo transformations as they mature and undergo life altering circumstances. From deckhand to writer of one of the most beloved hymns of all time, Amazing Grace, John grows and develops into a devout, Christian man. As a young man John tended to make the same mistakes over and over before he finally learning some valuable lessons. One of these lessons was the quote at the beginning of the review. This becomes one of his life mantras by which he learns to live.

The message carried throughout the storyline is that God loves us absolutely regardless of what we do and how we behave. The story also carries the underlying theme of the prodigal son, acceptance and forgiveness. This book will appeal to serious readers of Christian fiction and inspirational historical fiction. The story starts out a little slow, but gains momentum as it progresses. I liked the book and very much enjoyed the historical notes and details at the end of the novel.

 This ARC copy was received from Waterbrook and Multnomah and Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 4/5

 

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A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

Benton, Lori A Flight of Arrows

 

Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from author and Waterbrook Multnomah

 

 

 

“It is a thing to think long about, the consequences of one act that follow many down the paths they take to escape it, driving them like the lashes of a gauntlet.”

                                                                               -From a story of an Indian warrior                                                               

A Flight of Arrows continues the Pathfinder series, an epic tale that encompasses stolen children, imprudent love choices, and friendship and faith so deep it knows no bounds.  With two sons on opposite sides fighting the ongoing, ever closer battles of the Revolution along the Mohawk Valley in New York, the Oneida Indian named Stone Thrower has much on his mind as spring leads into the summer of 1777.

Prior to departing for the war one son, Two Hawks, tries but fails to adjust to living among the white men at Schenectady in order to further his relationship with Anna Catherine Aubrey.  Soon he finds himself scouting for the rebels in order to find his missing brother, William. Stone Thrower and Reginald Aubrey share a vow to try and find the missing son who is fighting for the enemy. As they join the hunt after Two Hawks sights William, the story intensifies along with the fighting. Bonds of family and friendship unlike any they could have imagined are forged and tested.

As the men make their way to the battlefront, Anna Catherine and the women in her life, Lydia McClaren, her mentor and friend who has loved Reginald for years, and Good Voice, Two Hawks’ mother and Stone Thrower’s wife,  are left to continue their daily lives and care for those remaining behind. Their stories of acceptance, faith, and love are heartening as they learn to really care for each other in new ways as their lives become further enmeshed.

Throughout the novel, the characters undergo a transformational experience in their life that changes them forever. The theme in this novel stands strong as one in which God orchestrates all things to work for the good of those who love him, even in difficult times when we least expect it. The events that led to the ending of this story touched me as the reader in a very deep and profound way. Redemption and grace shine through the pages of author Lori Benton’s story. A truly inspirational read!

Sample Chapter available

Lori Benton: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/

Lori on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriBenton#

This ARC copy was received from Lori Benton and Walter Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Amish North Star by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert

Woodsmall, Cindy Amish Christmas at North Star

 

Publication Date: October 2015

Publisher: Waterbrook Press, a division of Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC Copy from Blogging for Books.com

 

 

A collection of heartwarming Christmas tales centered on a group of four young people called Rebekah’s Babies unfolds around the holidays as each young person’s special story comes to light. Katie Ganshert does a great job of introducing the main storyline and tying it all together at the end.

Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert

Chase Wellington, a young man who writes for the North Star Tribune in his spare time and manages a construction business, comes across a newspaper story from 25 years ago about Rebekah’s babies and decides to check out a follow up article. His first visit to Rebekah’s birthing center uncovers the mystery of baby Anna and her mother, Ruth. Chase’s investigation leads him to a young woman named Elle, who was adopted as a baby. The story opens the reader’s heart to the conflict involved in deciding to pursue birth parents.  I enjoyed the blending of Englisch life and Amish family. Katie Ganshert does a wonderful job of exploring these deeply emotional conflicts at a special time of the year.

Morning Star by Amanda Flower

An Amish mystery surrounds this tale of the second of Rebekah’s babies, Eden Hochstetler. Eden spends her days reading Jane Eyre and making fudge for her father’s candy shop. When her best friend, an Englischer named Gina, talks her into sneaking around and investigating the death of her friend, Isaac Yoder. Isaac was like the grandfather that Eden did not have and she had treasured their daily visits. While exploring the farm where Isaac died, the girls meet Jesse Yoder, the young Amish man who inherited his uncle’s property. The more they explore; the deeper the mystery becomes. Read this quick little mystery and find out who murdered Isaac!

In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall

Two young Amish people are torn apart by a lack of faith and trust in each other. Kore Detweiler and Savilla Beiler are in love and headed towards marriage when Savilla unexpectedly pulls away. Kore leaves North Star for Virginia and a new life. However, as much as he would like to forget Savilla and North Star, Kore is pulled back into life in North Star as a result of a family emergency. Can Kore find out why Savilla left him? Can Savilla keep her secret? Read this story to find what happens when faith and trust open your heart.

Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

This delightful story touched my heart with its tale of a younger brother’s love for his older brother. Sam, an enterprising young Amish boy of twelve, challenges his older brother, Andy, to come home for Christmas. The challenge involves a girl, a train ticket, and a job. Sam has a great sense of family and an innocent trust. In his quest to bring his brother home, Sam takes a job with a crusty old English man in town who fires him on his first day for being Amish. Crushed, Sam steps back and revises his plans. A wonderful tale of forgiveness and faith!

This ARC copy was received from BloggingforBooks.org and Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

The Wood's Edge

Publication Date: April 2015

Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from author

“But as she spoke, the knowledge of what had been done burst inside her head like one of the big fort guns exploding.”

During the in fall of Ft. William Henry in August of 1757, Good Voice, wife of Oneida warrior Stone Thrower, has given birth to twin boys, one brown, one white. What should have been a rare event to be celebrated with much joy has turned into a tragic occasion. When she awakens after having given birth, one baby is dead and one still lives.

Rescued and returned to Stone Thrower with one living son, Good Voice begins a different life than the one she anticipated prior to the birth of her babies. The chain of events that unfolds as a result of the white baby’s death forever changes the families of Reginald Aubrey and Stone Thrower. Both men suffer and grieve in very different ways; all parts of their lives revolve around the death of the boy at Ft. William Henry. One man is bitter and unforgiving and the other man guilty and distant.

The storyline is complex, involving several characters that play primary roles in the novel. Anna Catherine, a young orphan rescued by Reginald as they fled Ft. William Henry, grows into a beautiful, bright young woman whose life becomes complicated over the years as she becomes good friends with Two Hawks, the son of Stone Thrower and Good Voice. Lydia McClaren, daughter of the apothecary that gives aid and a home to the Aubreys, is another young woman with character and loyalty. The two girls form a bond over the years as their lives become entwined. William Aubrey, son of Reginald and his wife, grows from an overprotected young boy to a fine, intelligent young man over the years.

Throughout the novel, someone is frequently at the wood’s edge; emotionally, spiritually, or physically. Once in awhile, it was even me as the reader. Read this amazing story to grasp the significance of being at the wood’s edge. The book will grip your attention as you follow it through the years from 1757 to 1776 and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Absolutely amazing read! The characters stay with you long after you put the book down. Anxiously awaiting book two of The Pathfinders!

Sample Chapters available: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Woods-Edge2.pdf
Lori Benton: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/
Lori on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriBenton#

This ARC copy was received from Lori Benton and Walter Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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