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Abiding Mercy

Abiding Mercy

On 10/29 Athena wrote: About the Book: Abiding Mercy is the first book in author Ruth Reid's Amish Mercies series.  Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents' restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon. When ... Book Review~Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid

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4 Stars

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The Promise of a Letter

The Promise of a Letter

On 9/9 Athena wrote: About the Book:A letter brings him back to his Amish family. It will take someone truly extraordinary to make him stay.Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects ... Book Review~The Promise of a Letter

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5 Stars

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The Beloved Hope Chest

The Beloved Hope Chest

On 8/9 Athena wrote: About the Book (from the back cover):When Mattie packed her hope chest, she put away the heartache of her past. But as her daughters begin to unpack it, she discovers a healing more powerful than she ever hoped for.Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. ... Book Review~The Beloved Hope Chest

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5 Stars

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Written In Love

Written In Love

On 6/9 Athena wrote: About the Book: When a postal error creates pen pals of two young Amish people, can they put behind their past mistakes to see the bright future God has written for them?Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted ... Book Review~Written in Love

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5 Stars

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An Amish Home

An Amish Home

On 6/9 Athena wrote: About the Book: A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. But all of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her ... An Amish Home

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5 Stars

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The Cherished Quilt

The Cherished Quilt

On 3/5 Athena wrote: About the Book:Tragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning. Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, ... Book Review~The Cherished Quilt

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4 Stars

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Love Bears All Things

Love Bears All Things

On 1/17 Athena wrote: Book Description:Could God be offering Charlotte a second chance at true love? Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in ... Book Review~Love Bears All Things

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5 Stars

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A Love Made New

A Love Made New

On 11/30 Athena wrote: About the Book:  Abigail Schrock knows God can make all things new, but does that include her broken heart? It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can’t help but feel that if she’d ... Book Review~A Love Made New

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4 Stars

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The Courtship Basket

The Courtship Basket

On 9/19 Athena wrote: About the Book: Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself. Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Determined ... Book Review~The Courtship Basket

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5 Stars

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Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

On 9/1 Athena wrote: About the Book:Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death. Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth-a researcher on the life and ... Book Review & Giveaway~Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

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3 Stars

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An Unbroken Heart

An Unbroken Heart

On 6/23 Athena wrote: About the Book: An argument. A crash. In an instant Joanna's world is changed forever.One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, ... Book Review~An Unbroken Heart

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5 Stars

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Parables

Parables

On 3/15 Athena wrote: About the Book: "The Parables of Jesus are more than teaching tools. They are the secret keys to the mysteries of God's Kingdom. Many assume that Jesus told parables to make His teaching easy, accessible, and comfortable in order to reach the widest possible audience.The reality is Jesus spoke in parables ... Book Review~Parables

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4 Stars

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The Bishop's Son

The Bishop's Son

On 1/11 Athena wrote: About The Book: Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith? Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come courting, ... Book Review~The Bishop's Son

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4 Stars

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An Amish Christmas Gift

An Amish Christmas Gift

On 12/9 Athena wrote: About the Book: Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston Naomi has started to think that she isn't meant to find love, but she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas. Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love, has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas ... Book Review~An Amish Christmas Gift

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4 Stars

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A Reluctant Bride

A Reluctant Bride

On 10/17 Athena wrote: About the Book: "When tragedy strikes an independent Amish woman, she must accept a marriage proposal from the man she vowed never to marry. As the oldest daughter in an Amish family, Sadie's life was mapped out since the day she was born. She would join the church, marry an Amish man, and eventually ... Book Review~A Reluctant Bride

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5 Stars

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The Plain Choice

The Plain Choice

On 9/24 Athena wrote: About the Book: As a young adult, Sherry Gore dreamed of a radio career, but instead, a series of terrible mistakes left her wrecked and alone. Then one morning she walked into a church and the truth of Jesus' forgiving love shattered her world-and put it back together again. She began to rid her life ... Book Review~The Plain Choice: A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life

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5 Stars

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The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

On 8/31 Athena wrote: Zonderkidz has published a great new sticker and activity book, designed by Judy Langley. The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book is 16 pages long and includes over 50 reusable stickers!Notice how glossy, bright and colorful the cover is?  Well, the entire book is just ... Children's Book Review~Wild About Creation Sticker & Activity Book

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5 Stars

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A Simple Prayer

A Simple Prayer

On 8/6 Athena wrote: About the Book: Linda Zook is a 32-year-old unmarried Amish woman who has convinced herself that she will never marry.  A tragic buggy accident when she was four years old left her an orphan with a leg injury. She had been raised by her Uncle Reuben, who was not kind to her, and now she cares for ... Book Review~A Simple Prayer by Amy Clipston

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4 Stars

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A Faith of Her Own

A Faith of Her Own

On 7/2 Athena wrote: About the Book: Jeremiah thought leaving Middlefield was the hardest thing he'd ever do. That was nothing compared to returning home. When Jeremiah left his Amish community to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian, he left more than just his faith behind-he walked away from his family and his ... Book Review~A Faith of Her Own

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4 Stars

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An Amish Cradle

An Amish Cradle

On 5/25 Athena wrote: An Amish Cradle is a collection of four novellas written by well-known authors of Amish fiction.  Here are each of the novella's descriptions, and my thoughts on this collection.In His Father's Arms by Beth Wiseman: Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly ... Book Review~An Amish Cradle

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5 Stars

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A Cry from the Dust

A Cry from the Dust

On 4/1 Athena wrote: About A Cry From The Dust: (from the publisher) A secret from a grim page of American history threatens to destroy thousands of lives.Gwen Marcey was tops in her forensic field. Then cancer struck, her husband left, and her teenage daughter engaged in active rebellion. Gwen's best chance to start ... Book Review~A Cry From The Dust

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5 Stars

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Still Life

Still Life

On 2/20 Athena wrote: Book Summary: A tragic plane crash. One woman who lost her husband. Another who gave up her seat for him.Adah spent her first twenty-five years with her family as part of a fringe religious sect. Her only contact with the outside world was through customers at their farm store. Then she met Julian, ... Book Review~Still Life by Christa Parrish

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5 Stars

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A Woodland Miracle

A Woodland Miracle

On 1/29 Athena wrote: A Woodland Miracle is the second book in the Amish Wonders series by author Ruth Reid.  I've read several of Ruth Reid's books in the past and have always enjoyed them.  In A Woodland Miracle, Grace Wagler is tired of struggling.  She has a limp and weak muscles, and although she is a ... Book Review~A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid

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Murder Tightly Knit

Murder Tightly Knit

On 1/29 Athena wrote: You all know I love my Amish fiction, but you may not know that I also enjoy a good murder mystery.  Well, those two worlds came together in author Vannetta Chapman's new book, Murder Tightly Knit.  Oh-I also love knitting, so this book was a win-win-win for me!  Murder Tightly Knit is ... Book Review~Murder Tightly Knit: An Amish Village Mystery

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4 Stars

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A Star for Jesus

A Star for Jesus

On 11/25 Athena wrote: A Star for Jesus is an adorable board book for ages 4-8 written by Crystal Bowman and illustrated by Claudine Gevry.  It is published by Zonderkidz.  The book is die cut to have a star shape on one side, which my grandson liked.  It is a sweet, rhyming story that tells about the star shining ... Children's Book Review~A Star for Jesus

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5 Stars

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The Legend of St. Nicholas

The Legend of St. Nicholas

On 11/25 Athena wrote: The Legend of St. Nicholas is a beautiful hardcover book written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey.  It is published by Zonderkidz.  The story begins with Nick going Christmas shopping with his Dad.  He knows he should buy gifts for the family and friends on his ... Children's Book Review~The Legends of St. Nicholas

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5 Stars

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Goodnight, Ark

Goodnight, Ark

On 9/22 Athena wrote: My children all loved the story of Noah from the Bible, and now my grandson does too!  I think it is a favorite Bible story of children because of all the animals.  I recently had the opportunity to review a new spin on the story of Noah called Goodnight, Ark,  published by Zonderkidz.  ... Children's Book Review~Goodnight, Ark

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5 Stars

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Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish

On 9/22 Athena wrote: Jonah and the Great Big Fish is a delightful hardcover book, written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Margaret Spengler.  It is published by Zonderkidz, and is about 22 pages long.  It tells the Bible story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale.  This has always been one of my ... Children's Book Review~Jonah and the Great Big Fish

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5 Stars

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Plain Faith

Plain Faith

On 7/29 Athena wrote: I love Amish fiction, and read a lot of it.  Actually, I love reading about the Amish, but you just don't find much besides fiction.  So I was very excited to read Plain Faith by Irene and Ora Jay Eash, with Tricia Goyer.  Tricia Goyer is one of my favorite Amish Fiction authors, so that ... Book Review~Plain Faith

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5 Stars

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The Kissing Bridge

The Kissing Bridge

On 5/18 Athena wrote: The Kissing Bridge is the latest book in author Tricia Goyer's Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series.  Rebecca Troyer is a young Amish woman who has decided to leave her strict community to travel across the country and attend nursing school.  After the devastating loss of her sister in childbirth, ... Book Review~The Kissing Bridge

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5 Stars

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An Amish Garden

An Amish Garden

On 4/26 Athena wrote: An Amish Garden is a collection of four Novellas written by four of my favorite authors.  The stories all have the garden as a central theme, and each is approximately 100 pages, perfect for a weekend read.  All four were delightful to read!Rooted in Love, by Beth Wiseman, tells ... Book Review~An Amish Garden

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5 Stars

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The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love

On 3/12 Athena wrote: The Gift of Love: One Woman's Journey to Save a Life was written by Amy Clipston.  I have read several of her Amish fiction books in the past, so when I heard about this book about her personal journey, I was intrigued.  I already knew she was a good author!The Gift of Love is the story of ... Book Review~The Gift of Love by Amy Clipston

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A Miracle of Hope

A Miracle of Hope

On 1/31 Athena wrote: A Miracle of Hope is an Amish Wonders novel by author Ruth Reid.  Lindie Wyse is Amish, unmarried, and pregnant.  She accepts an offer to marry fellow Amish widower Josiah Plank in Michigan.  This is to be an arrangement 'in name only', and Lindie would be expected to care for Josiah's ... Book Review~A Miracle of Hope

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One Light Still Shines

One Light Still Shines

On 12/7 Athena wrote: The nation was shocked seven years ago when a man entered an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania and shot ten girls.  I remember wondering how something like this could happen, especially to such peaceful, non-violent people?  The nation grieved with the Amish community, and was amazed to find ... Book Review~One Light Still Shines

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4 Stars

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A Hopeful Heart

A Hopeful Heart

On 9/18 Athena wrote: Hannah is a widowed Amish mother.  Her brother-n-law Joshua helps her run the horse farm her husband started, and he also secretly loves Hannah.   Hannah would love to be married again, yet hasn't found the right Amish man.  She works at the Lancaster Grand Hotel, and meets an ... Book Review~A Hopeful Heart

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5 Stars

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Letters to Katie

Letters to Katie

On 6/13 Athena wrote: Letters to Katie is part of the Middlefield Family Novel series by author Kathleen Fuller.  Katie is a young Amish woman who is not yet married, while most of her friends are married and having babies.  She has always loved Johnny, since their childhood, but he acts like they are just friends.  ... Book Review~Letters to Katie

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4 Stars

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Threads of Grace

Threads of Grace

On 3/19 Athena wrote: Threads of Grace by Kelly Long is a new book in the Patch of Heaven series.  The main character is Grace Beiler, a newly widowed young Amish mother.  She recently relocated to Pine Creek, Pennsylvania, having fled a haunting past.  There she meets Seth Wyse, who has strong feelings for ... Book Review~Threads of Grace

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An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen

On 1/5 Athena wrote: An Amish Kitchen is compiled of three Amish novellas: A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long,  A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston, and A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman.  I have previously read and enjoyed books by all three authors, so I knew I was in for some good reading time!If you've ever read ... Book Review~An Amish Kitchen

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5 Stars

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A Marriage of the Heart

A Marriage of the Heart

On 11/19 Athena wrote: A Marriage of the Heart is a collection of three previously released novellas by author Kelly Long.  I enjoy reading novellas-they are long enough to get deep enough into a story, but not as long as a regular novel-perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon!  I have enjoyed books written by Kelly ... Book Review~A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long

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4 Stars

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

On 10/1 Athena wrote: Book Description: An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure all things?Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man.Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father—Matthew Lapp—will do the ... Book Review~His Love Endures Forever

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5 Stars

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The Reason

The Reason

On 9/2 Athena wrote: Looking for a book you won't be able to put down?  If you are looking for a real page turner, I suggest reading The Reason by William Sirls.  In a small Michigan town, lightning hits the church's wooden cross and splits it in two.  This event is the beginning of a riveting story about ... Book Review~The Reason

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5 Stars

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Brush of Angel's Wings

Brush of Angel's Wings

On 5/16 Athena wrote: Brush of Angel's Wings by Ruth Reid is the second novel from the 'A Heaven on Earth' series.  I previously read the first in this series, The Promise of an Angel, and very much enjoyed Ruth Reid's talent as a writer.  Brush of Angel's Wings was just as enjoyable!Rachel Hartzler is young Amish ... Book Review~Brush of Angel's Wings

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 11/24 Athena wrote: An Amish Wedding is comprised of three novellas written by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long about the busy Amish wedding season.  I've read two other collections like this one written by these talented  authors, so I knew I was in for some good reading!!  You might think ... Book Review~An Amish Wedding

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5 Stars

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The Wonder of Your Love

The Wonder of Your Love

On 10/18 Athena wrote: Katie Ann Stoltzfus is a 40-year-old Amish widow with a new baby to raise alone. She lives in Canaan, Colorado, which has a small Amish community. She has several close friends and family there, but wonders how she will raise Jonas as a single parent.  At her nephew's wedding, she meets Eli Detweiler, ... Book Review-The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

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5 Stars

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Treasuring Emma

Treasuring Emma

On 9/3 Athena wrote: Emma is a single young Amish woman who has been through much heartache.  Both of her parents have passed away, and Adam, the boy she loves, has left her and the Amish church to live in the modern English world.  Being plain-looking and heavyset, Emma doesn't hold out much hope for finding love. ... Book Review~'Treasuring Emma' by Kathleen Fuller

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4 Stars

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The Blessing

The Blessing

On 7/5 Athena wrote:                                                    ... Book Review: 'The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance' by John Trent and Gary Smalley

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4 Stars

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The Promise of an Angel

The Promise of an Angel

On 6/7 Athena wrote: Anyone who knows me well (or has been reading this blog for a while) knows I enjoy Amish fiction.  'The Promise of an Angel' was the first book of Ruth Reid's I had ever read.  I assumed it would be a typical Amish fiction story, but I was wrong!  This story still contained the principles, ... Book Review: 'The Promise of an Angel' by Ruth Reid

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5 Stars

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Please Stop Laughing at Me

Please Stop Laughing at Me

On 4/24 Athena wrote: 'Please Stop Laughing at Me' by Jodee Blanco is a heartbreaking, true story of the author's many years of bullying, taunting, and abuse at the hands of her schoolmates.  For all accounts, she was a normal little girl, and popular for many years in elementary school. She also had loving, ... Book Review: 'Please Stop Laughing at Me' by Jodee Blanco

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4 Stars

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Seek Me with All Your Heart

Seek Me with All Your Heart

On 3/13 Athena wrote: I had the pleasure of reviewing 'Seek Me with all your Heart' by Beth Wiseman, and it was a treat!  This book is the first in a new series, 'A Land of Canaan' novels.  The Canaan referred to in this book is Canaan, Colorado.  The Detweiler and Stoltzfus families have moved from their lives ... Book Review-'Seek Me with all your Heart' by Beth Wiseman

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What's He Really Thinking?

What's He Really Thinking?

On 2/16 Athena wrote: 'How to be a relational genius with the man in your life.'  That is the subtitle of this book by  Paula Rinehart.  It intrigued me.  This book is written from a Christian perspective, with biblical and scriptural examples scattered throughout it.  The author uses real-life illustrations, ... Book Review-What's He Really Thinking?

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4 Stars

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An Amish Love

An Amish Love

On 1/7 Athena wrote: January 7, 2011- 'An Amish Love' is a compilation of three Amish novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long.  I enjoy reading Amish fiction, and this book was a treat! I have read each of these authors before, and they did not disappoint in this book.There is a glossary of Amish terms ... Book Review-'An Amish Love'

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5 Stars

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An Amish Christmas, expanded edition

An Amish Christmas, expanded edition

On 11/30 Athena wrote: I was so excited to receive 'An Amish Christmas, December in Lancaster County' to read and review.  This book is a collection of four Amish Christmas Novellas: 'A Miracle for Miriam' by Kathleen Fuller, 'A Choice to Forgive' by Beth Wiseman, 'One Child' by Barbara Cameron, and 'Christmas Cradles' ... Book Review of "An Amish Christmas, December in Lancaster County"

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You Were Made to Make a Difference

You Were Made to Make a Difference

On 11/10 Athena wrote: I was recently provided a copy of 'You Were Made to Make a Difference' by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop to read and review.  Max Lucado is a well-known author, and this is co-written with his married, young-adult daughter.  The book is aimed at the teenage population, to inspire them to ... Book Review-'You Were Made to Make a Difference'

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5 Stars

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The Nativity Collection

The Nativity Collection

On 11/2 Athena wrote: I had the pleasure of receiving a copy of 'The Nativity Collection' by Robert J. Morgan to read and review. This beautiful gift book contains six short stories, each uniquely different but all centered around the Christmas season. J.P. Morgan is a talented author, and I really enjoyed this book. The ... Book Review-'The Nativity Collection'

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5 Stars

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The Boy Who Changed the World

The Boy Who Changed the World

On 9/9 Athena wrote: I recently received the book 'The Boy Who Changed the World' to review from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their Booksneeze program. The basic concept of 'The Boy Who Changed the World' by Andy Andrews is the butterfly effect: "When a butterfly flaps its wings, it moves tiny pieces of air...that ... Book Review-'The Boy Who Changed the World'

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4 Stars

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Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go

On 7/9 Athena wrote: 'Never Let You Go' by Erin Healy is the second book I have reviewed for Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I received this book for free and was not required to write a positive review. This book is a supernatural mystery/thriller and kept me on the ... Book Review of 'Never Let You Go'

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4 Stars

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A Summer Secret

A Summer Secret

On 5/24 Athena wrote: I recently received a free book from Thomas Nelson publishers, in exchange for writing a review. The name of the book is 'A Summer Secret' by Kathleen Fuller, and it is book 1 in The Mysteries of Middlefield series. Thirteen-year-old Mary Beth is overwhelmed with all her brothers and chores in her Amish ... Book Review

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4 Stars

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