The Christmas Cradle (Hubbard)

The Christmas Cradle (Hubbard)

The last of the Seasons of the Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard introduces some new residents to Willow Ridge … a nice story based during the Christmas season. Title: The Christmas Cradle Series: Season of the Heart #6 Author: Charlotte Hubbard Genre: Christian Fiction (Amish) Publisher: Zebra Release Date: September 15, 2015 Format: Audiobook (Hoopla) Pages: 368 pages (9 hours, 30 minutes) For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old…

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A Simple Vow (Hubbard)

A Simple Vow (Hubbard)

Charlotte Hubbard writes Amish stories not like any others.  The Amish communities in her stories are usually a bit more on the liberal side than what you typically read about.  They always seem to have lots of money, but they aren’t without their trials and troubles.  I enjoy her stories … they are different. A Simple Vow is book one in a new series for Hubbard, but I would recommend reading the Seasons of the Heart series first.  That series…

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Amish Millionaire Series (Brunstetter/Brunstetter)

Amish Millionaire Series (Brunstetter/Brunstetter)

I feel like this series was a marketing ploy.  They could have easily (and better) told the story in one regular novel.  I feel like they were trying to force people to buy multiple books, and for someone like me trying to listen to them on Hoopla, it ate up an entire month’s of checkouts! I have decided I am not a fan of books written by Wanda AND her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.  I really wonder if Jean isn’t doing…

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Julie (Marshall)

Julie (Marshall)

I enjoyed this story … if readers have read and enjoyed the author’s more popular title “Christy”, I think they will enjoy this one. Title: Julie Author: Catherine Marshall Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Zondervan Release Date: December 31, 2001 Format: Audiobook (Hoopla) Pages: 381 pages (14 hours, 43 minutes) Inspired like Christy, by Catherine Marshall’s own life, Julie explores the miracle of faith against a background of small-town America coming of age, with a story and a heroine who is…

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The Queen of the Tearling (Johansen)

The Queen of the Tearling (Johansen)

I enjoyed this story, although it is not for the faint of heart.  There are several scenes that include graphic violence and the language is at times rather foul.  The premise of the story is good and interesting though. Title: The Queen of the Tearling Series: Queen of the Tearling Author: Erika Johansen Genre: YA/Dystopian Publisher: Harper Release Date: July 8, 2014 Format: Audiobook (Overdrive) Pages: 448 pages (14 hours, 30 minutes) An untested young princess must claim her throne,…

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At Home in North Branch (Richardson)

At Home in North Branch (Richardson)

Recently, while at a wedding reception, I got to chatting with  a fellow book lover and in the course of the conversation I mentioned that I was a “transplant” to this area.  I’m originally from a small town in the thumb called North Branch (Lapeer County).  Imagine my surprise when she said not only that she knew where that was (most people think they know, but they really know where West Branch is, which amusingly, is north of North Branch),…

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Wonder – R. J. Palacio

Wonder – R. J. Palacio

Auggie Pullman’s year is going to get a LOT different. For a kid with a pretty rare facial deformity, going to middle school is the last thing he wants to do. Told by the perspective of Auggie, his sister Via, her boyfriend, and a few of Auggie’s classmates, Wonder is a story about how hard it can be to fit in middle school—whether you’re the one who looks differently than your peers or you’re the normal kid befriending the kid…

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An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

Okayyyy I came away with this with a few different thoughts and feelings, all of which were good. I think the first and foremost of these is that Margaret Rogerson can write. Every single page was so beautifully crafted! Seriously, the way she described Isobel’s paintings and the fairy world was so rich and lovely. I had such clear and vivid pictures in my mind of what everything and everyone looked like. Sighhhh. Also the story was good and the…

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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Estes)

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Estes)

I really enjoyed this book … another novel told with two main characters in two different time periods but connected in some way. This book also really made me think about how as a country, we have many examples of discrimination in our history … more than many of us realize, or want to admit.  We always tout ourselves as being a welcoming country, a melting pot, but that hasn’t been/isn’t always the case. I had never heard of the…

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The Beach at Painter’s Cove (Noble)

The Beach at Painter’s Cove (Noble)

Issy is called home by her 7? 8? year old niece whom she barely knows, when her grandmother takes a fall and ends up in the hospital.  What she finds when she gets home is a mansion that’s falling apart and a family that’s also falling apart.  Although she is a successful museum exhibit designer, Issy knows she has to stay and help repair not only her family, but work to keep the family home, a well known artists haven…

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