Archive for December 2013

Plain Peace: A Booksneeze Review

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Plain PeacePlain Peace by Beth Wiseman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have waited so long for another book in the Daughters of the Promise series!

Beth Wiseman is such a fantastic writer and this particular series is one of my favorites. I enjoy getting to go back and see characters I’ve met in passing or read about before.

If you’re looking for a great book series in the Amish genre I would recommend this one for sure.

Anna’s parents died in a car accident and she is being raised by her grandparents. They’ve always provided her with a stable home but she longs for love—a near impossible feat since everyone is afraid of her grandfather who happens to be the bishop. Sure, they have loved her but she longs for a family of her own, children and a husband.

Jacob is determined to win her affections though and is determined to earn her grandfather’s trust; despite a poor first impression. Unfortunately it seems that everything he does backfires and diminishes his standing with the bishop even more.

This book was really good and it had some serious moments, light-hearted moments, a bit of romance and even some laughs along the way. I love a book that includes a range of emotions, reactions and situations because it is much more realistic.

I was very interested in the inclusion of Lucy from a previous book. Lucy is an English woman who had a child by a married Amish-man. Ivan ended up being killed in an accident and his wife moved on with someone else while Lucy is pretty much ostracized as the scandalous harlot by her own mother and those around her. I’m interested in knowing if her storyline will be explored further in future books because I would love to see her come full circle as a daughter of the promise. I want to know how things conclude with her mother’s issues and her making friends with the bishop’s wife.
I will definitely be reading more from this author and I’m really hoping she continues to write more in this series.
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Beth Wiseman is hailed as a top voice in Amish fiction. She is a Carol Award winner and author of numerous bestsellers including the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. She and her family live in Texas.

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My Mama & Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child: A Tyndale Review

Monday, December 2, 2013

My Mama & Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your ChildMy Mama & Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child by Crystal Bowman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Super cute! I enjoyed the little devotions presented in this book and my daughter really enjoys it as a bedtime story. Colorful illustrations will keep your little one interested. It is more appropriate for toddlers than for older children but it introduces them to the idea of a devotion time. Simple and cute.


Crystal Bowman is a former preschool teacher, author, and speaker. She graduated from Calvin College with a degree in elementary education and studied early childhood development at the University of Michigan. Her writing career began in 1990 as a lyricist for children's piano music. She began writing children's books in 1993 and has since written more than 70 books for children and 3 for women. She has written books for many popular children's series, such as Little Blessings, BOZ the Bear, MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and I Can Read!

 Crystal and her husband, Bob, have enjoyed 38 years of marriage and are the parents of 3 grown children and 1 grandchild. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

The Miner's Lady: A Bethany House Review

The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water #3)The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I really did!

I enjoyed everything from the beautiful cover to the story.

This author takes the time to really build her characters so that you get to know them and care about their outcome.

I have only read two of three of this series, I’ve not yet had a chance to pick up The Icecutter’s Daughter but these books are standalone stories in the series so it doesn’t really matter which order you pick them up to read!

This book had a Romeo and Juliet twist with Chantel’s younger sister falling for the sworn enemy of the Panetta family. No one really knows why this ridiculous feud still exists but both families are determined to see that it remains intact.

When an accident happens in the mines, Chantel’s father learns a valuable lesson in faith and forgiveness. It’ll take a miracle to get these families on speaking terms though or maybe even a tragedy—it’s sad but oftentimes a tragedy is the only way to get stubborn people to put aside their hate and see the truth.

I loved this book so much that I don’t want to ruin the plot but just know that you’ll get romances for both sisters and while there are bitter moments you’ll still be pleased with the ending. Fantastic! I can’t wait to read more by this author.
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Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 95 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell and her daughter Jennifer.

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