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Beneath Copper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls

On 9/25 Pam Burke wrote: Colleen Coble's Beneath Copper Falls is an intriguing story of murder and mystery that stretches from Washington state to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.The story is filled with interesting characters, including several who are involved in and work with search and rescue dogs.  A variety of characters ... Intriguing mystery -- Beneath Copper Falls

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4 Stars

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An Amish Summer

An Amish Summer

On 6/30 Pam Burke wrote: An Amish Summer is an enjoyable collection of sweet Amish stories, great for quick reading in the summer -- or any time of year.The good thing about novellas is that they are quick to read.  The bad thing about novellas . . . is that they are quick to read; the stories are sometimes over too soon, ... An enjoyable Amish collection -- An Amish Summer

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4 Stars

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You'll Think of Me

You'll Think of Me

On 4/23 Pam Burke wrote: Robin Lee Hatcher's You'll Think of Me is a moving love story, but it is also so much more. Brooklyn and Derek each have many challenges from their past to overcome.  Brooklyn must learn to trust, not an easy thing for her after a history of multiple rejections.  She is primarily focused ... Moving love story -- You'll Think of Me

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5 Stars

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Written In Love

Written In Love

On 4/3 Pam Burke wrote: Kathleen Fuller bases her Written in Love on a somewhat unusual premise -- unintentional Amish pen pals.  The result is a captivating story.The cast of characters for this story is quite an interesting group.  The main characters, Jalon and Phoebe, both have big issues from their past to deal ... Unintentional Amish pen pals -- Written in Love

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5 Stars

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The Illusionist's Apprentice

The Illusionist's Apprentice

On 3/18 Pam Burke wrote: Kristy Cambron's The Illusionist's Apprentice is a story filled with illusion and intrigue.The main story takes place in 1926/27, but flashbacks to various other periods of time are essential elements to putting all the pieces together.  The mix of history and fictions makes for an intriguing story ... Illusion and intrigue -- The Illusionist's Apprentice

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5 Stars

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An Amish Home

An Amish Home

On 2/25 Pam Burke wrote: An Amish Home is quite possibly the best collection of Amish novellas that I have read.  I have read several of these 3-4 story anthologies, and there is usually one that just doesn't strike me as well as the others.  But each of these four authors penned a story that was very enjoyable.Three ... A very enjoyable collection -- An Amish Home

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5 Stars

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Because You're Mine

Because You're Mine

On 1/18 Pam Burke wrote: Colleen Coble's Because You're Mine is a romantic mystery where the main characters make up an Irish band currently touring in the southern United States.  Colleen brings a generous sampling of Irish brogue into the story, helping to set the stage for the reader.The characters are interesting and ... Irish-influenced romantic mystery -- Because You're Mine

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4 Stars

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Love Bears All Things

Love Bears All Things

On 11/27 Pam Burke wrote: Beth Wiseman's Love Bears All Things is a great continuation to her Amish Secrets series.  The story could be read as a stand-alone, but it will definitely be better enjoyed after reading Her Brother's Keeper.Charlotte is an Englisher who has previously connected (in the first book of the series) ... Engaging, complex story -- Love Bears All Things

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5 Stars

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

On 9/19 Pam Burke wrote: Colleen Coble provides just the right blend of suspense and romance in Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, the conclusion of her Sunset Cove series set in a small town on the coast of Maine.  This may well be the best of the several books I have read by this author. As in Colleen's other books, it does ... Love and danger on the coast of Maine -- Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

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5 Stars

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An Amish Harvest

An Amish Harvest

On 8/31 Pam Burke wrote: (Be sure and read to the end of this post for a chance to win a copy of the book.)For the most part, I enjoy full-length novels, and even series of novels, where you really get to know the characters and follow their stories in detail.  I have found, though, that the Amish novella collections that ... A diverse collection of Amish stories -- An Amish Harvest (with a giveaway)

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5 Stars

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An Unbroken Heart

An Unbroken Heart

On 4/4 Pam Burke wrote: Kathleen Fuller's An Unbroken Heart is an excellent addition to her Amish of Birch Creek series.Kathleen has once again put together a story filled with complex characters with deep emotions.  She deals with difficult topics with a good dose of reality, combined with compassion, forgiveness, and ... An emotional story -- An Unbroken Heart

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4 Stars

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Keeper of the Stars

Keeper of the Stars

On 2/9 Pam Burke wrote: Robin Lee Hatcher put a smile on my heart with her latest book -- Keeper of the Stars. Even when following the characters through struggles of of guilt, blame, and uncertainty, there was always the sense that things were going to come to some good point of resolution.  And the "take-it-easy" pace ... Put a smile on my heart -- Keeper of the Stars

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5 Stars

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Parable Treasury

Parable Treasury

On 11/28 Pam Burke wrote: Parable Treasury is a collection of four stories for young children by the gifted Liz Curtis Higgs.Each parable is set in a different season of the year and teaches a Biblical principle in words that little ones can relate to.  Even for those too young to fully understand the parable, the bright ... Sweet stories for little ones -- Parable Treasury

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4 Stars

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Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

On 11/14 Pam Burke wrote: Children are never too young to hear God' story on their level.  Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury is a great way to share some of that story with little ones.The stories are divided into three sections:  God is Trustworthy (stories from the Old Testament), God is Good (truths from ... A Sweet Way to Share God's Story -- Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

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5 Stars

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Prayers That Changed History

Prayers That Changed History

On 10/30 Pam Burke wrote: Tricia Goyer shares her passion about the value of prayer in Prayers that Changed History.  Although the book is aimed at young readers, it contains interesting information and valuable insights for adults as well.Tricia has compiled stories of 25 people whose lives and prayers played important ... A great read for kids and adults -- Prayers that Changed History

Pam's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Plain Choice

The Plain Choice

On 9/28 Pam Burke wrote: Before reading The Plain Choice, I had gotten to know quite a bit about Sherry Gore through social media and glimpses of her Plain life that she shared in her cookbooks.  Her faith and relentless spirit through difficulties shine through in any contact with her.  But I knew little of the detail ... Fascinating Story -- The Plain Choice

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5 Stars

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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

On 7/16 Pam Burke wrote: I Hope You Dance is a sweet, fairy-tale type story that is Robin Lee Hatcher's contribution to the Year of Weddings novella collection.Skye Foster, a dance instructor and lover of horses, spends a lot of time thinking about her dream wedding.  All that's missing is the groom.  Grant Nichols ... Sweet romance -- I Hope You Dance

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4 Stars

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Deception on Sable Hill

Deception on Sable Hill

On 7/7 Pam Burke wrote: Shelley Gray's Deception on Sable Hill continues her Chicago World's Fair Mystery series in grand style.  It picks up very shortly after the conclusion of Secrets of Sloane House (my review is here) with Eloisa Carstairs as one of the main characters.The extravagance of the Gilded Age is once again ... Even more mystery in Chicago's Gilded Age -- Deception on Sable Hill

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5 Stars

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Her Brother's Keeper

Her Brother's Keeper

On 7/5 Pam Burke wrote: It has been a while since Beth Wiseman has started a new Amish series, but she certainly hasn't lost her touch.  Her new Amish Secrets series is off to a great start with Her Brother's Keeper.This is a story with lots of layers and deals with some very difficult subjects -- like depression, mental ... A multi-layered beginning to a series -- Her Brother's Keeper

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5 Stars

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Murder Freshly Baked

Murder Freshly Baked

On 6/10 Pam Burke wrote: Vannetta Chapman finishes her Amish Village Mystery series in great style with Murder Freshly Baked.  This book works fine as a stand alone, although there are several references to events from the previous books in the series.This story is a mixture of several elements, some of them very difficult ... An enjoyable mystery in an Amish setting -- Murder Freshly Baked

Pam's Rating:

4 Stars

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Whenever You Come Around

Whenever You Come Around

On 5/18 Pam Burke wrote: Whenever You Come Around is a sweet romance set in the midst of the beauty of Kings Meadow, Idaho.  In typical fashion, Robin Lee Hatcher creates rich characters with deep emotions who interact through an engaging plot filled with just the right amount of tension and intrigue.The promise of budding ... Sweet Romance -- Whenever You Come Around

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5 Stars

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An Amish Cradle

An Amish Cradle

On 3/5 Pam Burke wrote: An Amish Cradle is another fantastic anthology of stories from some of the best authors of Amish fiction.  This collection provides an excellent opportunity to get a taste of the writing of multiple authors -- whether you're trying them out for the first time or wanting to enjoy more from those ... Fantastic anthology -- An Amish Cradle

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5 Stars

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An Amish Second Christmas

An Amish Second Christmas

On 12/29 Pam Burke wrote: An Amish Second Christmas is a collection of four sweet Amish stories, all connected in some way to the Amish tradition of "Second Christmas" -- celebration with family and friends on the day after Christmas.  Each of the four authors provides a fun story filled with loveable characters who find ... Sweet Christmas Stories -- An Amish Second Christmas

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4 Stars

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 9/24 Pam Burke wrote: The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron is a story that I found emotionally gripping -- not in the tears streaming down my face kind of way, but in way that touched me deeply nonetheless. Kristy writes with vivid detail that allows you to see and feel the horrors of the concentration camp, while ... Emotionally gripping story -- The Butterfly and the Violin

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5 Stars

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Plain Faith

Plain Faith

On 6/16 Pam Burke wrote: Plain Faith is an inspiring, thought-provoking look at one couple's journey to find assurance in the love of Jesus.  The tragedy they suffered in losing two young daughters led them to search out, and eventually find, the truth of God's grace.The tone of this book is very relaxed.  I felt as ... An inspiring true story (with a GIVEAWAY) -- Plain Faith

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5 Stars

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The Gift of Love

The Gift of Love

On 4/13 Pam Burke wrote: In The Gift of Love Amy Clipston shares a very open, transparent look at the joys and struggles she and her family endured in a life-and-death journey toward healing for her husband.The 200-plus pages of this book make for a very quick read.  The story is written in such a way that leaves you feeling ... A transparent story of love and perseverence -- The Gift of Love

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4 Stars

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Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed

On 3/24 Pam Burke wrote: During a six-hour road trip today, I had the pleasure of enjoying Vannetta Chapman's latest book.  Murder Simply Brewed is not your typical Amish fiction.  Instead, it is a "special blend" with a little something for everyone -- Amish, mystery, romance -- a "who-dun-it" that keeps you turning ... Great mystery, with an Amish flavor -- Murder Simply Brewed

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5 Stars

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InScribed Collection

InScribed Collection

On 3/10 Pam Burke wrote: I'm always on the lookout for good Bible studies -- either for individuals or small groups.  So I was definitely interested when I had the opportunity to review these first four books in a larger, ongoing collection.  Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers program for providing these books in exchange ... Bible Studies for Women -- InScribed Collection

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5 Stars

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Butterfly Palace

Butterfly Palace

On 3/9 Pam Burke wrote: I've not read many of Colleen Coble's books, but I'm fast becoming a fan of her work.  She is a masterful storyteller and offers her readers a real treat -- whether in a modern-day setting or on an adventure that takes us back to a different time and place. Butterfly Palace is a great story ... Historical Romance and Mystery -- Butterfly Palace

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4 Stars

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Plain Peace

Plain Peace

On 12/29 Pam Burke wrote: Plain Peace is the sixth book in Beth Wiseman's Daughters of the Promise series.  According to Marianne Byler, one of the main characters in this story, a daughter of the promise is "a woman who is on a spiritual journey and discovers new meanings to the the words faith, hope, and love."  Those ... More Daughters of the Promise -- Plain Peace

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5 Stars

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

On 10/25 Pam Burke wrote: I surely wish with all my heart, This day of Jesus’ birth, That peace and love and happiness Soon cover all the earth. Mary Engelbreit rings in the holiday with a Christmas collection that includes many of her favorite carols, the story of Jesus' birth, and beloved poems that touch the heart and ... A Lovely Christmas Collection -- Peace on Earth

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4 Stars

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A Bride for All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons

On 10/13 Pam Burke wrote: A Bride for All Seasons is a collection of delightful stories of mail-order brides from years gone by.  The adventures -- and sometimes misadventures -- of these young ladies and their intended husbands provide short snippets of interesting reading and escape from the present day for a short time.I've ... A Delightful Collection -- A Bride for All Seasons

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4 Stars

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Rosemary Cottage

Rosemary Cottage

On 8/25 Pam Burke wrote: If you're looking for a good Christian story filled with suspense, action, and romance, Colleen Coble's Rosemary Cottage is a great choice.  The setting is inviting, the characters are well-developed, and the suspense grabs you from the very beginning.  This story illustrates one of the ... Mystery on Hope Beach -- Rosemary Cottage

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5 Stars

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Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

On 5/14 Pam Burke wrote: Unbeknownst to many folks outside the Amish Mennonite population in America, Pinecraft, Florida - a village tucked away in the heart of Sarasota - is the vacation paradise of the Plain People. Unlike any other Plain community in the world, this village is a virtual melting pot of Amish and Mennonites ... More than just a cookbook! -- Simply Delicious Amish Cooking

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5 Stars

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 4/3 Pam Burke wrote: Beth Wiseman hooked me with her excellent Amish fiction.  But she has proven her ability to write excellent fiction in more than one genre.  The House that Love Built is her second non-Amish novel, and it was a delight to read.Brooke, Owen, and the other characters come alive on the pages.  ... Healing Love -- The House That Love Built

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5 Stars

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 3/23 Pam Burke wrote: How does she do it . . . over and over again???  Terri Blackstock grabs you on page one, pulls you right into the middle of a story, and doesn't let you go -- even after the last page is finished!Truth Stained Lies may just be her very best book yet!  The characters are unforgettable, real ... Terri Blackstock does it again! -- Truth Stained Lies

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5 Stars

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Threads of Grace

Threads of Grace

On 2/19 Pam Burke wrote: My Thoughts Threads of Grace is the fourth Amish novel I have read by Kelly Long, and it is definitely my favorite of her books so far.  The story of Grace -- and grace -- kept me engaged to the very end.The developing love story between Grace and Seth certainly drives the plot of the book.  ... A Sweet Story of Grace -- Thread of Grace

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4 Stars

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An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen

On 1/1 Pam Burke wrote: The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.Fern has a green thumb for growing ... Food, Family and Love -- An Amish Kitchen

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4 Stars

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

On 10/21 Pam Burke wrote: Book DescriptionAn 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 right ... Another Visit to Canaan -- His Love Endures Forever

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5 Stars

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Faithful to Laura

Faithful to Laura

On 8/26 Pam Burke wrote: Faithful to Laura is the second of Kathleen Fuller's Middlefield Family novels and just may be her best book yet!Laura Stutzman -- who came onto the scene late in Treasuring Emma -- is dealing with scars, physical and emotional, caused by Mark King.  She is intent on making up to her family for ... Kathleen's Best Yet -- Faithful to Laura

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5 Stars

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 6/24 Pam Burke wrote: Book Description In a small Southern community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go. Hope Springs, North Carolina, is the epitome of small town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place ... A Visit to a Small Town -- Hope Springs

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4 Stars

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Arms of Love

Arms of Love

On 5/19 Pam Burke wrote: Arms of Love by Kelly Long is set in a time period quite different from most Amish stories.Book DescriptionThe year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths ... An Amish story from long ago

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4 Stars

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Love Lifted Me

Love Lifted Me

On 1/18 Pam Burke wrote: Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck is a sweet love story of two souls with lots of baggage learning to trust each other and God.Jade Benson has accepted her husband's son from an affair he had just before they married.  Now she is waiting for Max to come home from rehab in Texas ... A Sweet Love Story of Forgiveness and Redemption

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4 Stars

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 11/29 Pam Burke wrote: An Amish Wedding is a compilation of three novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long.In A Perfect Secret, Kelly Long introduces Rose and Luke -- a young couple who have known each other all their lives and have been expected by everyone around them to be married some day.  Rose begins ... An Amish Wedding

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5 Stars

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The Christmas Note

The Christmas Note

On 10/25 Pam Burke wrote: The Christmas Note is the latest of Donna VanLiere's heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) Christmas stories, and it was another great one!  Her previous books include The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing, and The Christmas Hope.Gretchen Daniels and her two young children move to ... The Christmas Note -- A Heartwarming Story

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5 Stars

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The Wonder of Your Love

The Wonder of Your Love

On 10/1 Pam Burke wrote: Beth Wiseman has shared another great story in The Wonder of Your Love, book 2 of her Land of Canaan series.Katie Ann Stoltzfus is faced with raising her new baby boy as a single mother in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado.  Her husband Ivan left her and moved back to Pennsylvania to ... A Sweet Story of Love and Trust

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5 Stars

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Treasuring Emma

Treasuring Emma

On 7/18 Pam Burke wrote: Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller is a quick-to-read Amish story which starts the new Middlefield Family series.Emma Shetler has faced much loss in recent years. Her mother’s death to cancer and her father’s death three years earlier have left Emma and her grandmother alone on the family farm. When ... Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller

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4 Stars

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The Promise of an Angel

The Promise of an Angel

On 5/15 Pam Burke wrote: The Promise of an Angel by Ruth Reid blends Amish characters and angels into an engaging story of love and faith.Judith Fischer wants to live the typical Amish life, marrying a man of common faith and raising a house full of children.  She has loved Levi Plank for years and anxiously awaits her ... A different kind of Amish story

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 4/18 Pam Burke wrote: Do you have questions about . . .  well, about . . . LIFE?  Does God really care?  Am I really forgiven?  Does prayer really change anything?  How do I control my worries about my children?  How do I get out of a bad mood?During his years as a writer and a minister, Max ... Max on Life by Max Lucado

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5 Stars

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Plain Proposal

Plain Proposal

On 3/13 Pam Burke wrote: Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman is the 5th and last book in her Daughters of the Promise series, and what a great finish!  (Correction: Good news! I have found out that I misunderstood, and this may not be the final book in the series.) Miriam Raber has her eyes on Saul Fisher, but Saul has somewhat ... Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman

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5 Stars

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The Shelter of God's Promises

The Shelter of God's Promises

On 1/21 Pam Burke wrote: Provision, peace, confidence, love, grace, hope, strength, more and home – aren’t these things each of long to find in our lives? In The Shelter of God’s Promises, Sheila Walsh uses Scripture and stories from her own life and the lives of others to share the gems of truth in God’s promises to ... The Shelter of God's Promises by Sheila Walsh

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5 Stars

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