Monday, November 11, 2013

“A Christmas Gift for Rose” by Tricia Goyer

I must say that when I first received a copy of this book I was not sure that I would like it. I thought to myself, “how could a man like a book about an Amish girl”? I was pleasantly surprised and to my delight this book was a reminder of what we can do with faith in God and a loving family on our side! Tricia uses words to show how a simple Amish family can help change the heart of a community and how they perceive those around them. When Rose finds out that the man she loves has seemingly turned his back on her and her community she not only struggles with her feelings toward him but her family and the town. I never thought the story would turn out the way it did.

This book has a great story and I want to tell you so much more about it! I always have a little trouble writing about books because I want to tell the whole story. I encourage you to pick up or download a copy of this book. You will enjoy reading it over and over again. I have read it twice already and see things in a different light each time. I think Tricia Goyer was right on the mark when she penned this awesome little novella. My kudos to her! I give this book a 10. It was insightful and heartwarming without being predictable.

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I received this book free of charge from the publisher. I am grateful to post a review about it!

Celebrate Christmas early with Colleen Coble, Tricia Goyer, and Beth Wiseman!

Authors: Colleen Coble, Beth Wiseman, Tricia Goyer, and
Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas with your hosts Colleen Coble, Tricia Goyer, and Beth Wiseman! Learn more about each of their books as well as a host of other titles to ring in the Christmas spirit and warm your heart.

HarperCollins Christian is giving away 10 copies of 12 different books each day between November 1-12th. Then on the 12th join Colleen, Tricia and Beth for a merry Facebook party {5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern} and ring in the holiday season.

ENTER each day’s giveaway here.
RSVP for the Christmas Party here!

{More about Holy Night and Silent Night}
Aloha Reef Christmas eNovellas

Holy Night:
One sinister phone call has derailed their wedding. Will they let it tear them apart forever?

A Christmas wedding on the beach—what could be more perfect? Poinsettias and fragrant pikake blossoms, soft sand and mistletoe, the gentle sound of the surf and the wedding march played on a ukulele. This wedding has been a long time coming, with Bane’s trust issues and Leia’s worries about her childlike sister, Eva.

Now they can hardly wait for the day to arrive. Thrilled to be a bridesmaid, Eva keeps trying on her ruffled dress. The tent is reserved, the caterers paid. Everything is going as planned—until Leia’s phone rings and her world skids out of control. A muffled voice informs Leia that Eva’s been kidnapped and will be killed unless Leia calls off the wedding without explanation—and no police! If she disobeys instructions and tells Bane, she’ll risk her beloved sister’s life. But how can she ever handle this without his help? And how can he ever trust her if she lies to him now?

Purchase a copy here.

Silent Night:
As Christmas day nears, Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor.

Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas guests, but her heart is reeling from the recent and tender loss of her unborn child. Her sister-in-law, Lauri, suddenly turns up on the doorstep of the lighthouse home Bree shares with her husband, Kade, in Rock Harbor. Secretive and withdrawn, Lauri seems curiously intent on discovering what happened to a parachuter who disappeared in the North Woods along Lake Superior’s icy shore.

As Bree and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog, plunge into the search, Bree wonders if Lauri may know more than she’s admitted about the parachuter. And then the clues lead them to the trail of a young woman whose family fears the worst about her disappearance.

Will the search on this snowy, silent night lead Bree and Samson to more than clues about the missing girl? And will Bree’s prayer for a baby ever be answered?

Purchase a copy here.

Learn more at Colleen’s website.

{More about A Christmas Gift for Rose}
Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? And was her intended’s gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?

Don’t miss award-winning author Tricia Goyer’s first Christmas novella.

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Tricia’s website.

{More about Plain Peace}
A Daughters of Promise book.

Anna’s grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband.

Anna Byler should be enjoying her Rumspringa as allowed by her faith. But because of the strict rules enforced by her grandfather—the bishop—the available suitors in town are afraid to court her. Even Anna’s grandmother is keeping a big secret from Anna’s grandfather in an effort to keep the peace. Under her grandfather’s oppressive watch, Anna begins to feel her faith slipping and wonders if God has forsaken her.

Jacob Hostetler and his family have relocated to Lancaster County following a family tragedy in Ohio. As his family struggles to rebuild their lives, Jacob is forced to act as head of the household when his father is unable to cope with recent events. It’s been a long time since Jacob has felt any joy. Until he meets Anna Byler. But will Anna’s grandfather succeed at keeping them apart? And can Jacob put the past behind him and open his heart?

Purchase a copy here.
Learn more at Beth’s website.

{More About Colleen Coble}
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

Find out more about Colleen at

{More About Tricia Goyer}
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.

Find out more about Tricia at

{More About Beth Wiseman}
Beth is a Carol Award Winner, Inspirational Readers Choice Winner, INSPY Winner, and the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list and the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list. She grew up in Houston, Texas and now resides in a small town west of Houston with a population of around 300. She lives with her husband, two dogs, two cats, two pot bellied pigs, two chickens and a pygmy goat. Her two grown sons also live in Texas. Beth has been writing in some capacity for most of her life. She’s a former award-winning journalist with eleven honors, including ‘First Place News Writing’ for The Texas Press Association. However, writing love stories with a spiritual message is where her heart is. When Beth isn’t writing (which is seldom these days) she enjoys traveling, cooking, fishing, reading, or just settling in for a good movie. Her best times are spent with family and friends!

Find out more about Beth at

Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas! They've teamed up with three of their authors for a Merry Facebook Party on November 12th {5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern}. Colleen, Tricia, and Beth will host an evening of book chat, Christmas traditions, and of course plenty of presents!

But wait! There's more! Each day between now and November 12th a different book (10 copies of each book) will be given away on the Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Facebook Page. Ring in the holiday season and warm your heart with some great reads from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan!


Click here to ENTER each day's giveaway here.

RSVP for the Christmas Party here!

Good luck and hope to see you on the evening of the 12th!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Just One More Thing Before You Leave Home"

I am very excited to get back into blogging with this book! It was a great read that spelled out things that parents should be relaying and instilling in their kids before they leave the house for college and life on their own. It gave insights into the kinds of things that a child should be prepared to face by themselves without the parents close at hand with an ample supply of wisdom up for grabs.

From talking about faith and everyday life- the knowledge that we want to impart to our children as they prepare to enter to world without mom and dad holding their hand is contained concisely within the pages. David and Bernice feel a deep burden to tell there kids what to expect when they get to places they have never been and how to rely on their faith to make better decisions and to know that we can still make the wrong ones.

David and Bernice use stories from their own lives to paint pictures that show how important it is to find out who you and in Christ and how you fit into His plan while leaving His mark on the world by being a willing vessel. I truly believe that our family will treasure this book for many years to come!

With simple and practical advice to your teenager and my pre-teen who will be exiting the nest in a couple of years I boast on behalf of the authors that our children will be better for having this knowledge base. I wish I had been as fortunate to have this resource before I left home, then came back, then had to try it again before I was successful. I highly recommend that you and your children will benefit from picking up a copy of this book!

About the book: This is the book we wish our parents gave us.
Just One More Thing: Before You Leave Home is a packed guide to help young adults enter life on their own. In the book, the Gudgels use stories, perspectives, and dialogues to discuss 30 indispensable topics to help teens survive, including: worldview, financial challenges, use of time, career moves, moral dilemmas, sex, painful experiences, and spiritual life, among others. Written from a Biblical perspective, the book is more of a guide to making good decisions than a lecture on how to live., It's perfect for a parent and teen to go over together or to give as a thoughtful gift. This is a book they'll reference for years to come.

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Here is a little bit about the authors below:

Meet the authors: Dave & Bernice Gudgel are committed to walking intentionally with God and helping others do the same. Bernice has a degree in Psychology and has focused her adult life on raising three kids and leading various ministries in the church where people can connect with God and each other. Dave is a pastor and teaches for Walk Thru the Bible.

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Julie | More Of Him
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Crystal | Tidbits of Experience
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April | ElCloud Homeschool: Busy Minds, Busy Hands, Busy Feet

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Leila | All Meant To Shine
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 I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review. I appreciate the publisher for giving me the opportunity to enjoy this book! I give it a 10 out of 10 for humor, validity, and relevancy.