Monday, December 31, 2012

Jessie's Joy by Zenobia L. Silas-Carson*A Review

In the second book of the "Jessie" series, we find that Greater Faith church is growing by leaps and bounds. Ministries are getting stronger and there is an air of excitement that has captivated the

entire congregation. Jessie Mae Hardaway, an author and widow, is considering what it will be like to be a "first lady" if Pastor Julian, whose wife has also passed away, should ask her hand in marriage.

Meanwhile, a stranger—who, as it turns out, is not such a stranger—returns to the city of Brooklyn Center Minnesota, and his arrival could eventually change the lives of many. As if that was not enough, a newcomer to Greater Faith has ulterior motives that may cause certain members of the congregation to fear for their very lives.

Jessie's Joy is intriguing and exciting book that will keep you at the edge of your seat while intertwining the importance of unfailing faith and "letting go" while God works it all out.

Affectionately called "Zee", Zenobia was born and raised in the fast paced city of Chicago, Illinois. A precocious and
curious child, she began writing short stories and poems at the tender age of nine. She also attended Chicago Art Institute at a young age, and won prizes for her collages and cartooning. She has worked extensively with children most of her adult life in the areas of special needs and pre-kindergarten programs. Returning to her writing in 1990, she began working on her first published work, Jessie's House, and often put it aside to finish raising her family. During that time, Zee wrote theatrical plays and appeared in local theater production in her adopted state of Minnesota.

Writing for The Loft, a wonderful place for writers to unite, Zenobia was gifted with two mentorship awards and met with Nikki Giovanni and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who encouraged her to keep writing. In 2008, she revisited Jessie's House and in 2009 the work was completed.

Zenobia is the mother of six children, grandmother of 13, and still resides in Minnesota, where she is writing a non-fiction sequel to the Jessie's series entitled, "Minnie's Gift", in tribute to her mother. God is an ever present force in Zee's life, and she depends on Him faithfully, for her every need.

  Jessie’s Joy is a sweet read. I really like how these books are about older couples and how they make it through every day life and all of the pitfalls and problems that come about. This book also is a very sweet mystery.
 I like the Jessie character as she isn’t perfect, but is a growing example of us all. She makes mistakes, but keeps trusting God and lets Him lead her.
 In this book Jessie is being romanced by the pastor of their church and she likes the attention, but is she ready for another relationship?
Also Jessie’s granddaughter is in love and the very worse thing happens as Jessie learns how to trust others.
  A new character comes into the story and she is very sinister, but acts very sweet and loving and helpful. How will she interact with Jessie, the pastor and many in the church.
 I enjoyed Jessie’s Joy as a nice book with a superb ending. Worth reading.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs*A Review

Wrapped in a cloud of steam, the engine rolled to a stop, the screech of metal against metal filling the frosty air. Snow blew across the railway platform and around Meg’s calfskin walking boots. The weather definitely was not improving.

She ordered tea with milk and sugar, eying the currant buns and sweet mincemeat tarts displayed beneath a bell jar.
Later, perhaps, when her appetite returned. At the moment her stomach was twisted into a knot.

“Anything else for you?” the cashier asked as she handed over the tea, steaming and fragrant.

Meg was surprised to find her fingers trembling when she lifted the cup. “All I want is a safe journey home.”

“On a day like this?” the round-faced woman exclaimed. “None but the Almighty can promise you that, lass.”

“A Wreath of Snow glows with warmth, charm, and grace. A wonderful read.”
—BJ HOFF, author of The Riverhaven Years series

Christmas Eve 1894

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 2, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1400072174
ISBN-13: 978-1400072170
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of thirty books, with more than three million copies in print. Her six Scottish historical novels have won the hearts of readers and reviewers around the globe. Whence Came a Prince received a Christy Award for Best Historical Novel. Here Burns My Candle won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and Mine Is the Night, was a New York Times bestseller.

Liz is happily married to Bill Higgs, who serves as director of operations for her speaking and writing office. When she’s not traveling to Scotland for research, Liz can be found curled up with a good book in their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse near Louisville, Kentucky.

  This is the first book I’ve read written by Liz Curtis Higgs and it is just a marvelous story. A Wreath of Snow is a Christmas story with such love, compassion and forgiveness all wrapped together. Also put in some romance and this book is a winner.
  Besides the beautiful story, the cover and title are fantastic. The title A Wreath of Snow has two meanings, of course we know a wreath is a Christmas decoration, but also it is a word of the Scots meaning a bank or drift of snow. So that gives you a little idea what the title means and what might happen in the story.
Meg and Gordon are such fantastic characters that I soon grew to love. They both are running away from the same small town they grew up in. Gordon doesn’t want Meg to find out who he is or what he did, but wants his secret to be over and to be forgiven. A Wreath of Snow is a very powerful story that will touch your heart and make you realize that we must always forgive others no matter what they do on accident or purpose.
  I highly recommend A Wreath of Snow. It will become one of your Christmas favorites. A great read in front of a fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. Five plus star book.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Healing Love by Laura V. Hilton* A Review

Life gets a lot harder for Amish midwife Kristi Lapp when a buggy wreck lands her in the hospital and leaves her with a pronounced limp. Among her biggest concerns is the well–being of her dog, Chinook, as she is no longer able to keep up with the high–energy Siberian husky. Adding insult to injury, she fears she’ll never marry for love, for what man would willingly wed a woman who needs help with even the most basic of household tasks?
Shane Zimmerman moved to Seymour for a fresh start. The veterinarian is still reeling from the loss of his young wife, who died in childbirth—an aneurysm, the autopsy determined, but he still blames the midwife and the herbal remedies she administered. He meets his next–door neighbor, Kristi, when he discovers her wrecked buggy and takes her to the hospital. Eager to deepen the friendship that forms between them, he offers to take care of exercising her dog. But the harsh words of Kristi’s father discourage him from pursuing a relationship further—for the time being. Shane isn’t Amish, although his grandparents were, and Ira Lapp would rather his daughter marry an aging Amish widower than a young Englischer.
Despite all the forces that would keep them apart, Kristi and Shane can’t deny the strong attraction between them. So, their on–again, off–again relationship persists, as Kristi submits to physical therapy for her leg and Shane reevaluates his reasons for being Englisch. But will they find a way to stay together? Or are their differences too divisive to resolve?

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (September 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603745068
ISBN-13: 978-1603745062
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

     Laura V. Hilton is a pastor’s wife, mother of five, author and book lover. Although for her formal education she studied marketplace issues -- she holds a degree in business -- reading is Laura’s lifelong passion, and writing a gift she’s developed to the delight of her growing fan base and to the glory of God. Prior to The Amish of Seymour Series for Whitaker House, Laura published two novels for Treble Heart Books: Shadows of the Past and Hot Chocolate. She’s also a contributor to the Zondervan’s It’s The Year Life Verse Devotional.

     While she did not grow up in an Amish community, Laura has become an expert in Amish customs and traditions, learning from her Pennsylvania Amish grandparents. She’s a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) for whom she reviews primarily Amish fiction for the ezine, Afictionado, Laura is also on staff at the Christian Suspense Zone and a professional reviewer for the Christian book market. She’s written for a wide variety of Internet sites including Dancing Word, Faith Webbin, A Romance Review, and Christian Review of Books. At last count she’d published over 1,000 reviews.

     A stay-at-home mom who home schools her children, Laura, her husband Steve, and their children live in Arkansas.  To read her daily book reviews go to: For other Laura V. Hilton news:

  Healing Love by Laura V. Hilton is a very sweet, enjoyable book. It started out slow, but soon was well worth reading.
  I enjoyed how Kristi and Shane got to know each other. They lived next door to each other, but never really met.
Kristi has a buggy accident and Shane is the one who finds her and gets her help. Then he finds out she won’t be able to walk or run her dog, so being the good neighbor he helps.
  Shane and Kristi find out that they share more than their love of animals and find out they are kindred spirits.
  Shane is a vet, but is missing love in his life. His wife died after only being married a few years.
  Kristi is a midwife and finds herself alone in life.
If they fall in love one of them has to leave their way of life to join the other. Will Shane forget his modern conviences of being a vet to live with the Amish? Will Kristi leave the Amish and be shunned to be with Shane? Her family has already lost her older brother to the world. Will she put her family through more heartache and pain?
  There just doesn’t seem to be a way this couple can find true happiness. Will there love for each other heal their hearts or will it be just to much for them to go through?
Very good book. I recommend it for your Amish reading pleasure.

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Deadly Image by Tamelia Tumlin*A Review

Gone without a trace ...

Lexi Yates knows she hasn’t harmed her three-year old daughter, yet the Louisiana town of Gator Bayou seems to think she’s guilty. With her daughter missing, the evidence stacking up against her and her faith in God tested to the limit, Lexi must find a way to convince FBI agent Ace Valdez she’s innocent before she becomes the next target.

Ace Valdez doesn’t trust easily, and he certainly knows better than to fall for a case, yet there’s something about the widowed mother that makes him want to believe she’s innocent, but evidence doesn’t lie. Or does it?

Long Novella - about 36,000 words

File Size: 282 KB
Print Length: 113 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (July 6, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

ABOUT Tamelia Tumlin
Juggling motherhood, teaching and writing as a single mom is a challenge to say the least., but I still find time to squeeze in a bit of "me" time  which includes traveling.
However, writing is my passion.
When I get ready to start a novel the possibilities are endless and the excitement insurmountable.

 Just wanted to say this first, I love Tamelia’s faith-based books, but don’t care for the others.
Saying that I want to say her faith-based books are the best.
  From the very first line to the ending line of Deadly Image I was very spell bound and intrigued. This is just a super, fantastic book. I could have read it in one day, but started late so had to put it down to sleep, but couldn’t wait to finish it.
  Deadly Image is a kindle book, but I got it on Adobe Digital Edition on my computer. I ONLY complaint I have with this book is the print on my computer was smaller than I like, but I’m sure the Kindle version would be much better.
  I like how Lexi and Ace get along. At first it was blaming each other for the loss of Lexi’s little girl. Lexi was blamed for kidnapping her own daughter and Lexi blamed Ace the FBI investigator for not doing more to help find her.
  I was quite captivated and intrigued with each turn of events and couldn’t believe how it all came to an end. I really, really love Deadly Image for the fast-paced, suspense and romantic story plot. A book that gets a five-star and wishing I could give it more. Tamelia Tumlin is a first time author for me and will enjoy reading more of her inspirational intrigue books. Highly recommend!!!!

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The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine * A Review

Once again, the Widows of Butternut Creek are determined to find a bride for Pastor Adam. This time, their candidate is as gun shy as the pastor!

A traumatic experience as a college freshman has left Gussie Milton 'once bitten, twice shy.' Although she'd like a relationship, she's frightened, so she's thrown herself into caring for her aging parents, her photography business, and her church. In the eyes of Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes, aka 'the Widows,' Gussie would make their young pastor the perfect wife. And though the attraction proves mutual, first Gussie's past and then the pastor's hopes for the future threaten to keep them apart. Can the Widows' meddling be the catalyst that changes the couple's lives forever?

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (November 20, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0892968958
ISBN-13: 978-0892968954
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Jane Myers Perrine started writing while in grade school. Although her spelling was terrible--she blames that on dyslexia--her third-grade teacher predicted she'd be an author. Jane attended Kansas State University. Majoring in both English and Spanish, she read the best literature in both languages. After years as a Spanish teacher and minister, she began writing. Her novels include Regency settings and Western historicals as well as stories which take place in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas where she now resides. An award-winning author, she presently writes about a young minister, Adam Jordan, and his life in Butternut Creek, TX.

  I didn’t get to read the first book in the series, but I really loved book 2 and it’s a great stand alone book also.
  The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek is a charming, old fashioned type of book with all of the modern day problems and the faith to see the people through.
  Pastor Adam is such a kind, helpful person and he doesn’t take offence at the Widows trying to find him a wife and how they try to have him do everything they way. He shows them love and compassion, but does things the right way for everyone involved.
  Gussie is afraid of relationships and stays home to take care of her parents, even though they don’t need taken care of.
  When I first heard of the Butternut Creek series it made me think of Jan Karon’s Mitford series, but they aren’t anything the same except for the same kind of small knit town and how the people care for each other.
  The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek is a book well worth reading. It is full of fun, romance, comedy, grace and forgiveness. I would highly recommend this fantastic book.

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I received my free copy from Sarah Reck at Faith Words/HachetteBookGroup, for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255