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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 3/6 Sally Riley wrote: I read this book after quite a dry spell with reading and I found it very engaging. The book was somewhat predictable, but not completely, and the not completely part made it quite a page turner. Erica lives the American dream. She is successful, beautiful, curious and just plain smart. Her quest for ... The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

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4 Stars

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The Bishop's Son

The Bishop's Son

On 2/20 Sally Riley wrote: It took me a little bit to get into this book, but I really liked it. The thought that the Amish would ban or shun a member who got involved in a different church group is unbelievable to me. Also the thought that they feel that they cannot share their faith bothers me. It makes it sound like a cult, ... The Bishop's Son

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4 Stars

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A House Divided

A House Divided

On 9/19 Sally Riley wrote: These books always grab my attention – a Christian based novel with mystery and suspense. I also love law and lawyer-type books. This story is straight out of today. Christian families dealing with alcoholism, illness, and issues of forgiveness. Interesting characters, riveting story lines, and family ... A House Divided by Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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Love Arrives in Pieces

Love Arrives in Pieces

On 7/18 Sally Riley wrote: I heard a lot of good things about this book - good romance, great beach read, and I saw it on many TBR lists for the summer. Stella, who grew up in a pastor's home, is not a typical pastor's daughter. She won beauty contests, she's been married and divorced, and now she was just about ready to move ... A Great Summer Read!

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4 Stars

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A Simple Prayer

A Simple Prayer

On 5/23 Sally Riley wrote: I took a break from reading Amish fiction and came back to read this great one! To be Amish, or not to be Amish - that is the question! I could hardly put this book down. The ending (which wrapped up the whole series - Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel), kept me in tears. Needless to say, it was a ... A Great Amish Read!

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5 Stars

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A Faith of Her Own

A Faith of Her Own

On 4/11 Sally Riley wrote: Amish Fiction at it's best - Not everyone is cut out to be or stay Amish. Jeremiah and Anna Mae certainly were not. They had a deeper calling of service - Jeremiah's to veterinarian service and Anna Mae's to something she wasn't quite sure of yet. Three love stories occur simultaneously as well - Bekah ... A Faith of Her Own

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5 Stars

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River's Edge

River's Edge

On 3/14 Sally Riley wrote: This book was first published back in 2004. I read it then and loved reading it again. I think I'll go and read the whole series again. Terri Blackstock is a great writer. She pours over her story until she gets it just the way she wants it. You can definitely tell this when reading. I was surprised ... River's Edge by Terri Blackstock (Cape Refuge Series)

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4 Stars

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Love Without End

Love Without End

On 1/17 Sally Riley wrote: In reading this book we are following the lives of a couple of different people - Anna, Kimberly, and Chet and their respective families. The story was engaging enough although I felt it kind of dragged along in a few places. I normally really enjoy Robin Lee Hatcher, but this book was just ok. If you ... A Western Romance

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3 Stars

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Forever Christmas

Forever Christmas

On 11/11 Sally Riley wrote: Great holiday read on the order of A Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life. I felt like there was going to be no lesson learned throughout most of the book which frustrated me, but it was part of the story which had to be told. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but not sure of another way ... A Great Holiday Read!

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4 Stars

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An Amish Second Christmas

An Amish Second Christmas

On 10/19 Sally Riley wrote: Another winning Amish novella series. This was the second book I read for the 24-hour marathon, otherwise I could have read each in one sitting and been totally immersed and engaged. I loved each of these stories - they were uniquely different and different from each other. The romance was super sweet ... Another Winner - Amish Novella

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4 Stars

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David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson

On 10/8 Sally Riley wrote:

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4 Stars

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Four Weddings and a Kiss

Four Weddings and a Kiss

On 8/23 Sally Riley wrote: What a fun read - full of romance between such unlikely characters! I like reading about strong women and men who can handle them! This is a great book for picking up and reading a story in a day or two, or even maybe a couple of hours. I would have loved to have this book while traveling - one story ... Four Great Romances

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4 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 7/7 Sally Riley wrote: I love books that combine suspense and medical information. Not only does this book have that, but the main characters are preacher's daughters, which hits close to my home and heart. There are a few interesting twists and turns. I was led to believe someone was involved in the crime who wasn't. I like ... Critical Condition

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4 Stars

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A Mother's Secret

A Mother's Secret

On 6/21 Sally Riley wrote: Absolutely loved this book. I felt the writing showed both sides of legalism and grace and both were quite believable. I loved Carolyn. She was a real person with real problems, yet strong and quite likable. It was interesting to read about unwed parenting from the Amish point of view. I read while ... Amish Fiction at its best "A Mother's Secret" by Amy Clipston

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5 Stars

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The Kissing Bridge

The Kissing Bridge

On 5/18 Sally Riley wrote: My Comments: I had a difficult time getting through this book, although Tricia Goyer is one of my favorite authors. I think I was annoyed at the main problem of the main character - not really "getting it" I guess. I would never presume to think that I could prevent death from happening - guess I ... The Kissing Bridge by Tricia Goyer

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3 Stars

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/23 Sally Riley wrote: I read this book in just a couple of days. I was engaged throughout. Distortion is the second book in a new series by Terri Blackstock entitled Moonlighters Series and this book continues somewhat where the first book, Truth-Stained Lies left off. I can't even imagine finding out my husband life was ... Terri Blackstock's Distortion

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4 Stars

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Runaway Saint

Runaway Saint

On 3/18 Sally Riley wrote: This was a riveting read - very different from books I usually read. The story kept me wanting more. My daughters have always loved Lisa Samson's writing, but this was the first of her books that I read fully. Her characters are multi-faceted and interesting. Christianity is presented in a completely ... A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

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4 Stars

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A Promise Kept

A Promise Kept

On 2/5 Sally Riley wrote: My Comments: This book kept me engaged throughout. I can’t relate to the main character as far as her exact experiences, but I could relate to the sentiment. I would love to find journals of a relative who has gone on. I know next to nothing about my heritage, and I didn’t even know my grandparents. ... A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher

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4 Stars

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 1/2 Sally Riley wrote: My Comments: This book is written in letter form, so as I began reading, I wasn’t sure I could make it through. I am so glad I did! I read some reviews before finishing and found that it was based on Daddy Long-Legs and I noticed that on Netflix – let me warn you don’t watch that until AFTER ... Daddy Long-Legs Revisited “Dear Mr. Knightley” by Katherine Reay

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4 Stars

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Stones for Bread

Stones for Bread

On 12/7 Sally Riley wrote: Although this book has a story line that would normally interest and engage me, the writing style doesn’t appeal to me, so I found it unenjoyable. Although I love to EAT bread, it has been many years since I have actually BAKED bread, so the recipes woven throughout the book held no special interest ... Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish

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3 Stars

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Heart Failure

Heart Failure

On 10/26 Sally Riley wrote: When her fiancé’s dangerous secretsturn her work upside down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her ownsafety and the man she loves—and thought she knew. Dr. Carrie Markham’s heart was brokenby the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice istaking off, her fresh ... Richard Mabry’s Latest Mystery – HEART FAILURE

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5 Stars

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Wounded by God's People

Wounded by God's People

On 9/28 Sally Riley wrote: Tucked into Abraham’s biography is the story of Hagar, a young Egyptian slave with whom Abraham had a son named Ishmael. Hagar stood out because she was wounded—not physically, but in ways that were as emotionally and spiritually painful as any injury to a body would be. Some wounds were provoked by her own bad ... Wounded by God’s People by Anne Graham Lotz

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5 Stars

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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

On 8/29 Sally Riley wrote:   Amy Clarke’s dreams are coming true—and that’s the problem. Legal secretary by day, romancenovelist by night, Amy Clarke lives with a precious secret. For years, she hastraveled to a holy place in her dreams—a sublime place she calls the LivingRoom. When she awakes, her faith and energy ... The Living Room by Robert Whitlow

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4 Stars

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The Living Room

The Living Room

On 7/31 Sally Riley wrote:   Amy Clarke’s dreams are coming true—and that’s the problem. Legal secretary by day, romancenovelist by night, Amy Clarke lives with a precious secret. For years, she hastraveled to a holy place in her dreams—a sublime place she calls the LivingRoom. When she awakes, her faith and energy ... The Living Room by Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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A Hopeful Heart

A Hopeful Heart

On 6/28 Sally Riley wrote: In A Hopeful Heart, the first novel of the new Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series from best-selling author Amy Clipston, Hannah finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Her community offers her love and support after the untimely death of her husband, but an Englisher offers her the chance of a new ... Amy Clipston’s – A Hopeful Heart (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel)

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5 Stars

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The Sky Beneath My Feet

The Sky Beneath My Feet

On 5/23 Sally Riley wrote: When I began this book I got very excited. I thought I was reading a book I could really relate to. As the book went on, however, I felt a little lost and found it harder to relate to what I was reading. This story was good at showing how real people in ministry are - they have the same thoughts and ... Lisa Samson's The Sky Beneath My Feet

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3 Stars

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Joni and Ken

Joni and Ken

On 4/28 Sally Riley wrote: I love reading anything by Joni and this book was no exception. My little problems just seem to fade away when I realize that there are people that have it far harder than I do. Joni and Ken are such an inspiration to me. They are real, honest, and live out their faith. I would never idolize them, ... A Love Story - Joni and Ken

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4 Stars

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 4/20 Sally Riley wrote: I kept reading this book to find out WHY? I enjoy Richard Mabry's books and have read several. I stay engaged while reading and I had a difficult time putting this book down. Stress Test includes mystery, suspense, romance, and Christian principles in a hospital setting. Thank you to Thomas Nelson's ... Stress Test

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4 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 4/5 Sally Riley wrote: This book kept me turning pages and on the edge of my seat. I love that Mia Quinn's life is full of mystery itself. Her marriage, her job, her children, her father have secrets untold. I have read all of Lis Wiehl's books and this one so far is my favorite. The protagonist is a single mom (widow) ... A Mia Quinn Mystery

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5 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 3/15 Sally Riley wrote: My Comments: If you enjoy sweet romances in a small town, you will love this book. The authors have made a sequel to the short romance book Smitten, also reviewed on my blog. I enjoy all of the authors individually, and I love the way they collaborated to write this book about a family of a single ... Secretly Smitten

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4 Stars

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Threads of Grace

Threads of Grace

On 2/14 Sally Riley wrote: Kelly Long wrote an engaging Amish romance a little different in content. This book kept me with it and I read it quickly. I was troubled in parts, happy in parts, confused in parts, and angry in parts. I learned a little more about Amish life from reading this book, and became angry at the treatment ... An Engaging Review

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4 Stars

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Come to the Table

Come to the Table

On 1/22 Sally Riley wrote: I found this book somewhat slow at the beginning, but I am glad I stayed with it. I'm hoping this is not the last book about this group of people in Chicago because I love reading about them! This book could reach a demographic of all ages. The main characters are college age, but there are also characters ... Come to the Table

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4 Stars

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An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen

On 12/29 Sally Riley wrote: My Comments: Amish Kitchen is three stories in one book. The first two stories are romance driven and the last story is relationship driven. As much as I love romances, these were kind of fast paced. Because they are short stories, character and plot development are lacking. Although after saying ... An Amish Kitchen - Three Stories in One Book

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4 Stars

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Lovelier Than Daylight

Lovelier Than Daylight

On 11/24 Sally Riley wrote: Great book that really made me think! I didn't know what to expect when I asked to review this book, but I was engaged from beginning to end. I could so relate to the main character Susannah. The story takes a twist I didn't completely expect or agree with, but kept me riveted. This is the third book ... Lovelier than Daylight by Rosslyn Elliott

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5 Stars

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A Marriage of the Heart

A Marriage of the Heart

On 11/4 Sally Riley wrote: This is a great collection of stories. Each has been published in different books with multiple authors and this book puts all of Kelly Long's stories all together. They do not relate to each other, but each is good all by itself. I love being able to sit down and read a story at a time. Because ... Three Great Amish Stories

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4 Stars

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A Path Toward Love

A Path Toward Love

On 10/20 Sally Riley wrote: I haven’t read historical fiction for quite a while, so I found this book especially enjoyable. I loved the main character Katherine. She was strong, full of faith, honest, and hard-working. Andrew the second main character was a selfless man, willing to wait for the woman he loved. Katherine’s ... A Path Toward Love by Cara James

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4 Stars

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The Choice

The Choice

On 8/31 Sally Riley wrote: I loved this book. Usually I don't like it when a male writes from a woman's point of view or vice versa, but Mr. Whitelow did a fairly good job making the main character, Sandy, reasonable, logical, and un-stereotypical (if that's even a word). This book has a great message without being preachy. ... A Choice I Would Never Want to Make

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5 Stars

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Hope Springs

Hope Springs

On 8/3 Sally Riley wrote: For the first quarter of this book I didn't realize that it was the third book in a series and I was kind of confused. I didn't even realize it was written by an African-American author until then either. However, with all that being said, I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the mix of white and ... Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate

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3 Stars

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