Showing posts from February, 2012

Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early  Margaret Brownley Thomas Nelson

Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest novel for the emptiness of the desert. Answering an ad to be “heiress” to a vast cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory, Kate hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels. But what awaits her is a life harder than the one she just left. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early. But she is tenacious. Having been abandoned by a string of men, Kate has no intention of ever marrying. But she didn’t expect to meet Luke Adams, either. Luke awakens feelings inside Kate she doesn’t recognize, and his steady presence is a constant distraction. She has only written about love in the past, never known it herself. But her feelings for Luke stand in the way of all she has to gain if she is chosen as the heir. Perhaps God brought Kate to the barrenness of…

Joyfully At Home

Joyfully At Home Jasmine Baucham  Vision Forum
"A Book For Young Ladies on Vision and Hope"
     I greatly enjoyed this book. I actually read it about a year ago, but recently picked it up off my shelf and thought it would be nice if I did a quick, short review of it.
     Jasmine Baucham is both honest and funny. So many times as she was drawing on examples from her own life I was nodding my head and smiling because so many of our feelings and struggles are the same. The introduction had me laughing because all I could think about was, "that is so me!"
     Was this book convicting? You bet! I winced just as much (if not more) than I smiled because so many things hit home.
     Joyfully at Home is one of my favorite non-fiction books, and one I highly recommend- if you buy it, make sure to write your name on the front cover, as you'll be wanting to loan it out to friends! It's a great encouragement to stay-at-home daughters and those who wish to follow the Lor…

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms

The Scent of Cherry Blossoms Cindy Woodsmall Waterbrook

     As Annie Martin copes with her father’s absence, her brothers’ rebelliousness, and a contentious relationship with her mother, she is suddenly forced to live indefinitely with her grandfather.
Part of the Old Order Mennonite People, Annie’s family has always been good friends with the nearby Amish families. But a marriage between the two groups is absolutely forbidden by either church. When Annie falls for Amish Aden Zook, they both must face the choice between their love and the church’s rules.
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms was rather interesting in the fact that I had never really thought much about the religious differences between the Mennonite and Amish communities. Though Aden and Annie do not believe they would be disobeying the Lord by their marriage, they would be disobeying the church.
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms is a short, sweet, clean story that Amish fiction lovers will want to pick up.

Rating: 7

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Blue Moon Promise

Blue Moon Promise Colleen Coble Thomas Nelson Publishers

A love like Lucy and Jesse's only comes along once in a blue moon....
Lucy Marsh has lost everything but her determination to provide for her brother and sister. When she realizes her father was likely killed by an intruder who is now after her brother, she decides to accept a proxy marriage in order to get her siblings out of harm's way. But trouble follows her to Wichita, Texas, and nothing there is as she expected. Not the man she came to marry nor the family ties she'd hoped to find. Can it be true that real security is in letting go of her own strength and trusting in the One who is far stronger than she?

     I'm not overly fond of Westerns...and not really for any reason. They're just not my "thing". However, I did read Colleen Coble's Mercy Falls series and enjoyed them quite a bit. I was a little worried at first, since this was one of those "marriage of convenience" novels- and si…