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An Amish Christmas Love

An Amish Christmas Love

On 11/14 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Containing four Christmas novellas (Winter Kisses, The Christmas Cat, Snow Angels, and Home for Christmas), the new collection in An Amish Christmas Love is written by several successful Amish authors. Filled with stories surrounding Christmas, each well- developed short story is similar yet ... An Amish Christmas Love

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4 Stars

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Perennials

Perennials

On 11/7 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Haunted by a fire that happened years ago, Lovey (Eva) leaves town, far away from her bitter sister, Bitsy (Elizabeth). Living her own life while dealing with guilt, disappointment, anger and loss over the shed fire, Lovey is called back home to help plan her parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. ... Perennials

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Church of the Small Things

Church of the Small Things

On 11/1 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: New York Times bestselling author and blogger at The Big Mama Blog, Melanie Shankle in her new book, Church of the Small Things, shares her personal little moments that add up to so much more. Wondering if those small things really matter, she tackles the tough questions while she journeys to ... Church of the Small Things

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5 Stars

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Christmas at Carnton

Christmas at Carnton

On 10/10 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Set in the mid 1800’s during the time of the Civil War, Christmas at Carnton deals with the casualties, harshness, bareness and heartache of that period. With a small child in tow and another one ready to be born, Mrs. Warren Prescott (Aletta) needs a way to support her growing family without ... Christmas at Carnton

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5 Stars

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Beyond the Castle

Beyond the Castle

On 10/6 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: How does Walt Disney World create the magic known to so many people? Is it possible to continue the magic even after the vacation is over? Where do you find your “happily ever after”? These questions and so many more are explored and shared in author Jody Dreyer’s new book, Beyond The ... Beyond the Castle

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5 Stars

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Abiding Mercy

Abiding Mercy

On 9/4 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Growing up in the Amish community, Faith is content to work at her parent’s restaurant, The Amish Table. As a hard worker and part of an Amish family, though she struggles at times, nothing compares to the heartbreak and controversy she soon must address. With questions swirling, answers needed ... Abiding Mercy

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5 Stars

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Before You Hit Send

Before You Hit Send

On 9/3 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Everyone has been there…sending the immediate message, only to regret it later. In his new book, Before You Hit Send, author Dr. Emerson Eggerichs hopes to help put the brakes on those messages sooner than later. Working through four important criteria for messages, both written and spoken, ... Before You Hit Send

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5 Stars

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A Fierce Love

A Fierce Love

On 8/31 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: With her marriage on an uncontrollable downward spiral, author Shanna Shanks decides to take 1 Corinthians 13 literally and follow it word, for painstakingly word. Faced with a request for a divorce after her husband admitted to an affair, in her new book, A Fierce Love, the author shares her tumultuous ... A Fierce Love

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5 Stars

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She's Still There

She's Still There

On 8/9 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Losing yourself in the midst of life is easy to do but finding yourself again can be a daunting task. With compassion, encouragement, faith, trust and personal experience, author Chrystal Evans-Hurst shares her own story and insights on life. Lending a hand yet allowing you to stand on your ... She's Still There

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The Turquoise Table

The Turquoise Table

On 8/5 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: With humor and grace, author Kristin Schell shares her crazy life and yearning for a connection with community. Inviting her neighbors and friends to join her at the turquoise table (a painted table on the front lawn), she establishes friendship, ministry, love, safety, connections and thus, ... The Turquoise Table

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The Weekly Prayer Project

The Weekly Prayer Project

On 6/29 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Encouraging readers to be more intentional in their connections with God, author Scarlet Hiltibidal presents a personal journal filled with scripture, Bible verses, writing prompts and pages of lined paper for journaling thoughts, ideas, prayers, and dreams. Each two-page layout is broken into ... The Weekly Prayer Project

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Chasing Grace

Chasing Grace

On 6/17 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Sharing her successful yet difficult story of running and life, author and Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross writes of her triumphs and downfalls, happiness and heartache, achievements and collapses, all while realizing we cannot do it alone. Applying her 4-Ps approach (Push, Pace, Position ... Chasing Grace

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This Life I Live

This Life I Live

On 6/10 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Growing up in rural America with little money and less direction, country singer and award winner Rory Feek shares bits of his life culminating with his greatest love story. As an American country and bluegrass duo, nothing prepared him for the loss of the love of his life. Sharing his wife ... This Life I Live

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5 Stars

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Devotions from the Kitchen Table

Devotions from the Kitchen Table

On 5/7 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Filled with 90 devotions surrounding the kitchen, Devotions from the Kitchen Table invites readers to rest a moment, pause with friends, gather at the table, and enjoy the many blessings bestowed in the comforts of home. Supper, pinwheels, crumbs, gardening and fingerprints are just a few of ... Devotions from the Kitchen Table

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5 Stars

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KJV, Thinline Bible, Large Print, Imitation Leather, Black, Red Letter Edition

KJV, Thinline Bible, Large Print, Imitation Leather, Black, Red Letter Edition

On 4/11 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: With high quality leather-soft covers, gilded edges, readable larger type size, new Thomas Nelson KJV font style, double ribbon markers, words of Christ in red, and in the King James translation, the KJV Large Print, Thinline Bible is also portable and durable. Convenient for travel while being ... KJV Large Print, Thinline Bible

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If I'm Found

If I'm Found

On 3/28 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Casey Cox is still on the run, hoping not to be found. With Dylan Roberts chasing right on her heels, he might just catch her, but not quite. As the tension continues from If I Run, book 1 of the If I Run series, Casey finds herself facing yet another injustice involving a small child. Though ... If I'm Found

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The Illusionist's Apprentice

The Illusionist's Apprentice

On 3/2 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Wren Lockhart, an apprentice not a magician, is independent, confident and sad. Trying to cover her past, she is drawn into a crime investigation for the apparent re-death of a man. Set in the early 1900’s, all the jazz, vaudeville, secrets and culture of the era make appearances in this new ... The Illusionist's Apprentice

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Zip It

Zip It

On 2/27 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Everyone needs a reminder at some point to keep it shut rather than opening the mouth. Though not always easy, author Karen Ehman makes it a bit easier with her 40-day challenge devotional. Beginning with the many scriptures surrounding words, each short devotional progresses through a brief ... Zip It

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4 Stars

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Cherish

Cherish

On 2/22 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: More than love, “cherish” includes respect, gratitude, honor and adoration. When cherish is combined with love in a marriage, it has the power to change everything within that relationship. In his new book, Cherish, author Gary Thomas explores and shares the positive effect cherishing another ... Cherish

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A Spectacle of Glory

A Spectacle of Glory

On 2/8 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: As a person who has lived her life with a disability, author Joni Eareckson Tada has not let it define her but wakes up to embrace each day despite the struggles associated with it.  Her new devotional, A Spectacle of Glory, shares scriptures, thoughts and prayers for each day. As a yearly ... A Spectacle of Glory

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Because You're Mine

Because You're Mine

On 1/11 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: As the main fiddler in the popular band, Ceol, Alanna Connolly is enjoying the success associated with her Celtic band. With her husband as the drummer of the group, when tragedy strikes, Alanna finds she must protect herself and the one she loves. Forced to make decisions about her future ... Because You're Mine

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The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition

The Jesus Bible, NIV Edition

On 1/2 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Reading the most popular book just became even more enjoyable. With the full NIV text accompanied by essays, sidebar notes, book introductions, full-page articles and journaling room, The Jesus Bible invites readers to meet and greet Jesus and follow His story throughout the Bible. As a sturdy ... The Jesus Bible

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Grace for the Moment Large Deluxe

Grace for the Moment Large Deluxe

On 12/14 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Packaged in a beautiful chocolate brown, leather-like covering, Grace For The Moment offers inspirational verses, scriptures, thoughts and encouragement for daily encounters with God. In a deluxe edition with a larger print size, the font is more easily readable. Organized into daily readings ... Grace For The Moment

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Courage To Soar

Courage To Soar

On 12/6 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Determined, dedicated, strong, kind, encouraging, positive and balanced are just a few of the words that describe Olympic gold-winner, Simone Biles.  The most decorated American female gymnast as a four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time all-around World gymnastics champion, she stands ... Courage To Soar

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The Silent Songbird

The Silent Songbird

On 11/16 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Promised in marriage by her cousin, King Richard, to the nasty Earl of Shively, Evangeline knows she must escape. A bit naïve due to being locked away in the castle for her own protection, Evangeline soon finds herself outside the Berkhamsted castle and part of the traveling group under the ... The Silent Songbird

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Long Way Gone

Long Way Gone

On 11/2 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Musician and songwriter Cooper O’ Connor heads to Nashville at the age of eighteen counting on his musical ability. When tragedy strikes, Cooper returns home to Colorado to sort things out with his father, whom he left years ago. Realizing he must face his past, find his faith and hope for ... Long Way Gone

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5 Stars

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The Wonders of Creation Holy Bible (NIV)

The Wonders of Creation Holy Bible (NIV)

On 10/28 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: With the full length version of the NIV Holy Bible complemented with over 50 pages of black and white illustrations to color, the Wonders of Creation Bible is a beautiful version. Filled with the original thin pages of the Bible but immersed with thicker pages for the drawings, the included ... Wonders of Creation Bible

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A Royal Christmas Wedding

A Royal Christmas Wedding

On 10/12 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Volleyball champion Avery Truitt is going through a rough time. Helping her mom with the Barbeque place on the beach, having recently lost her dad, and receiving some disheartening news about her beloved sport of volleyball, Avery is also still nursing a broken heart over the Prince of Brighton ... A Royal Christmas Wedding

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4 Stars

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5 Minutes with Jesus: A Fresh Infusion of Joy

5 Minutes with Jesus: A Fresh Infusion of Joy

On 10/10 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Filled with hard “stuff” in life, many people don’t feel the joy that is so longed for these days. Financial woes, broken relationships, difficult illnesses and shattered dreams all surmount to rob away the joy that is yearned for. With a focus on finding and experiencing joy in everyday ... Five Minutes with Jesus

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

On 10/6 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Set near the coast of Maine, Kate Mason witnesses a murder that leaves her wary. Dealing with a difficult past, Kate must try to move forward though certain things are making it difficult. Renting a summer cottage to Drake Newham and his nieces, Kate soon realizes the time may not be right for ... Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

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5 Stars

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Uninvited

Uninvited

On 9/22 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Being rejected is never easy. In her new book, Uninvited, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa TerKeurst, shares her own rejection and the joy she has still been able to achieve. With scriptures, quotes, compassion, personal stories and grace, she ... Uninvited

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The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop

On 9/12 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Having finished her time with the military, Haley Morgan returns home to Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. While pondering what direction God may want her to take, Haley visits the remains of The Wedding Shop, a former store building which she and her now deceased best friend, Tammy, pinky-swore they ... The Wedding Shop

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The Captain Takes a Wife

The Captain Takes a Wife

On 9/6 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: On his way to Georgia via train, Captain Harry Richardson is most surprised when a young lady, Sarah Franklin, literally throws herself into his arms begging for his help. Harry soon realizes Sarah may need protection from more than the arranged marriage her Uncle prepared for her. With a new ... The Captain Takes A Wife

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Unstuffed

Unstuffed

On 9/1 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: With tons of items cluttering homes, minds, souls and in turn, whole lives, now seems like a good time to unstuff. Sometimes an overwhelmingly personal, emotional and physical action, often it may more simply left undone. Through encouragement, knowledge, compassion and direction, New York ... Unstuffed

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5 Stars

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Life Is Better at the Beach

Life Is Better at the Beach

On 6/28 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: With short thoughts, inspirational ideas, gentle encouragement and beautiful pictures, Life is Better at the Beach is the perfect book for enjoying on the beach next to the moving waves. Broken into 15 rules of the beach (take long walks, read a good book, build sandcastles), each intention ... Life is Better at the Beach

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5 Stars

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The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

On 6/21 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: As the maidservant to Lady Dorthea, daughter of the Earl of Plimmwald, Avelina has only two requirements when taking Lady Dorthea’s place at Thornbeck Castle…no one must know her true identity as a maidservant and she must make sure the Margrave of Thornbeck does not chose her as his bride. ... The Beautiful Pretender

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The Pug List

The Pug List

On 5/30 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Having their house burned down by an arsonist, the Hodgson family experienced grief, loss, new reality and turmoil to make it through a difficult situation not only intact, but perhaps stronger with a better perspective at the other end. Through faith, sharing, family, friends, hope and perseverance, ... The Pug List

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4 Stars

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Dawn at Emberwilde

Dawn at Emberwilde

On 5/16 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Isabel and Lizzie Creston have been students at Fellsworth School for many years until recently. Plucked from the only life they have known for the past years, the girls soon find themselves living with their unknown relatives. As her tidy, controlled, repressed world expands into an unpredictable ... Dawn at Emberwilde

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Wonders of Creation

Wonders of Creation

On 5/4 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Full of animals found in the savannah, the forest, and the sea, each finely detailed, well illustrated page beckons to be colored in gorgeous hues. Elephants, rabbits, porpoises, monkeys and moon jellies are only a few of the many creatures which fill the sturdy, white, smooth pages found within ... Wonders of Creation

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Honest Wrestling

Honest Wrestling

On 5/2 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Written as an account of the immense struggle during his wife’s battle with cancer, author K. Howard Joslin shares the events leading up to the diagnosis, the treatment plans, the emails to friends and family, the prayers offered by many, the effect on the children, as well as the thoughts ... Honest Wrestling

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4 Stars

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Pressing Pause

Pressing Pause

On 4/3 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Being instructed to press pause from the crazy, intense, frazzled life of motherhood and take a deep breath while immersing in the calm, sweet and loving time with Jesus, authors Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk help with that transition. Through personal stories, encouraging statements, an appropriate ... Pressing Pause

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Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy

On 3/27 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Almost a badge of honor for women to wear, being crazy busy is the norm for many. Between scheduled activities, careers, children, home-life, volunteering and responsibilities, life just seems to become unmanageable and out of control. With humor, compassion, strength, humbleness and faith, ... Breaking Busy

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If I Run

If I Run

On 2/15 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Deciding to run rather than be framed for a murder she did not commit, Casey Cox is certain to be scared. Trying hard not to leave any footprints of her direction, Casey doesn’t realize veteran Dylan Robert is almost upon her. While both deal with similar symptoms from their pasts, though ... If I Run

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Mermaid Moon

Mermaid Moon

On 2/3 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Mallory Davis left her childhood home of Mermaid Point fifteen years ago. Guilt, shame and a broken heart took her to Bangor, Maine, where she made a new home with her teenage daughter. Receiving a call that her father was murdered, Mallory must return home. Obviously in the path of danger, ... Mermaid Moon

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4 Stars

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The Feathered Bone

The Feathered Bone

On 1/18 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Accompanying her daughter’s class on a fieldtrip to the Big Easy (New Orleans) during Halloween, Amanda Salassi is on edge. With costumed people, various vendors, a heavy rainstorm and strange acquaintances, the chaperones keep the 12 year-olds close. While responsible for a group of the ... The Feathered Bone

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The Golden Braid

The Golden Braid

On 12/30 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Living alone with her mother, Rapunzel realizes she has certain skills (knife throwing) but is lacking the one skill she yearns for the most- being able to read. Hastily moving due to interest from a suitor, Rapunzel and her mother, Gothel, move to medieval Hagenheim. Along the way, they encounter ... The Golden Braid

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The Wedding Chapel

The Wedding Chapel

On 12/9 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Built for a bride who never returned, the beautifully built stone chapel hides quietly in the woods. Football hall-of-famer, Coach Jimmy Westbrook, lovingly erected the Chapel for the love of his life. With only memories left, both wonderful and sorrowful, Jimmy must decide if the time to move ... The Wedding Chapel

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Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

On 11/20 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Time-tested, family-favorite recipes are the staple of New Southern Table. Growing up in the South, author and chef Whitney Miller learned at home to cook, extend hospitality and always make sure lots of food was on hand for the many guests. Taking traditional, classic recipes and adding new ... Whitney Miller's New Southern Table

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The Girl From the Train

The Girl From the Train

On 11/5 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Jumping from a train bound for Auschwitz, six-year old Gretl Schmidt can only hope for the same safe result while searching for her sister, mother and grandmother. Realizing she will be alone, Gretl stays with Jakob Kowalski, a young adult Polish student and member of the Home Army, who planted ... The Girl From The Train

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Hands Free Life

Hands Free Life

On 10/8 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Life is busy, hectic, overwhelming, over-scheduled and downright hard sometimes. Add to that self- pressure, perfectionism, lack of forgiveness and the need to control, and it spells disaster. Way too easy to get caught-up in the traffic of life, blogger, author and coach, Rachel Stafford, explores ... Hand Free Life

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All Is Bright

All Is Bright

On 9/23 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Run off the road and thrown into the ocean, Delilah Carter almost suffers the same fate her parents did years ago. In the midst of planning a wedding for her friends at Tidewater Inn, Delilah experiences another scare when she starts to receive threatening phone calls and is attacked again. ... All Is Bright

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4 Stars

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For the Love

For the Love

On 9/9 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Blogger, HGTV star and author, Jen Hatmaker is also a Pastor’s wife and mother of five children. Realizing that everyone needs grace, starting with self and working outwards, she realistically extends that branch through humor, stories, a bit of subtle faith and then more humor. Through laughter, ... For the Love

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The Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas

On 9/2 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Not originally composed as Christmas carols, in fact, many not even containing words at the beginning, several Christmas tunes evolved from folk songs, street singing or plain music. Influenced by many nationalities, carols were first sung on the street rather than church but have found their ... The Carols of Christmas

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Falling Like Snowflakes

Falling Like Snowflakes

On 9/1 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Cold, alone, scared and penniless, Eden Martelli and her son, Micah, are running away. When her car fails, Eden finds shelter in a storage shed but soon meets the owner, Beau Callahan. As past abuse and emotional baggage surface for Eden, she tries to shut herself away but finds her heart may ... Falling Like Snowflakes

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The Looney Experiment

The Looney Experiment

On 8/18 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Just trying to get through middle-school unnoticed, Atticus Hobart cannot seem to make it happen. With an overactive imagination, a crush on a cute girl in class, the brunt of many jokes and a weird name, Atticus needs some help. Enter substitute English teacher Mr. Looney who happens to have ... The looney Experiment

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The Curiosity Keeper

The Curiosity Keeper

On 7/10 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Set in England, in the early 1800’s, Camille Iverness works in her father’s Curiosity Shop as a bookkeeper and clerk. Caught in the middle of a mystery regarding the Bevoy (a ruby rumored to bless or curse the possessor), Camille must make difficult choices concerning her family, loyalty, ... The Curiosity Keeper

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Murder Freshly Baked

Murder Freshly Baked

On 6/11 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Taking place in the Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, Murder Freshly Baked provides poetic clues in the freshly-baked pies and an alarming murder at the finish-line. With both English and Amish neighbors working together to strengthen the community, the mysteries must be solved before ... Murder Freshly Baked

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4 Stars

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The Inn at Ocean's Edge

The Inn at Ocean's Edge

On 5/18 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Lost in the woods for a year at the young age of 4, Claire Dellamare revisits the area many years later. Unable to remember any of the details, Claire must rely on her parents, members of the community, handsome Luke Elwell and stubborn Kate Mason, to fill in the blanks. Set on the coast of ... The Inn at Ocean's Edge

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A Faith of Her Own

A Faith of Her Own

On 5/4 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Living in her Amish community, Anna Mae Shetler is confused by some very important, complex decisions she must make regarding her future. Anna’s childhood friend, Jeremiah Mullet, has made some difficult decisions already but must re-evaluate those decisions as he goes forward. When the two ... A Faith of Her Own

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A Sparrow in Terezin

A Sparrow in Terezin

On 4/6 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Present and past collide in this hauntingly beautiful yet heartbreakingly sorrowful novel. In 1942, Kaja Makovsky escapes Prague to begin life anew in London; however, she decides to return to save her parents left behind. In present day, Sera James hastily marries William Hanover, accused of ... A Sparrow in Terezin

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How to Catch a Prince

How to Catch a Prince

On 3/13 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Corina Del Rey, an American-born heiress, meets the love of her life in a whirlwind romance, resulting in marriage. Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom, war-veteran turned rugby-star, has a secret he deems necessary to keep, resulting in a divorce. Forgiveness, honesty, redemption and love must ... How to Catch a Prince

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Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

On 3/6 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Committed to remodeling and redesigning the Higher Grounds Cafe, Chelsea Chambers doesn’t have the time nor energy when her NFL superstar husband decides to leave. Taking care of two children, reopening the Cafe, struggling with bills, and staying out of the public spotlight all require some ... Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

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Twisted Innocence

Twisted Innocence

On 2/18 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: While keeping the identity of her baby’s father a secret, Holly soon discovers she may be in deep trouble. When the police need her help in finding Creed Kershaw, her child’s father, Holly uses her investigating skills to assist them. As she makes connections, realizes mistakes, and questions ... Twisted Innocence

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River's Edge

River's Edge

On 2/6 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: onathon and Morgan are still reeling from the death of Morgan’s parents when a good friend, Lisa Jackson, is found dead. Lisa’s husband, Ben, who is a candidate in the mayoral race is a prime suspect; however, evidence and suspects continue to surface making an arrest nearly impossible. ... River's Edge

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4 Stars

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Still Life

Still Life

On 1/28 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: A plane wreak. A tragedy. Lives torn apart. Katherine Cramer is forced to accept her actions caused Julian Goetz, known photographer, to accept her seat on the plane during the crash. Julian’s widow, Ada, must now face life alone while Katherine deals with the shame of the reason behind giving ... Still Life

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Dashing Dish

Dashing Dish

On 1/20 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Dashing Dish emphasizes clean eating- not a diet but a healthy lifestyle approach to eating which utilizes whole foods that have not been altered or processed and have no chemicals/ preservatives added but are in their natural state. Full of healthy, nutritional, tasty recipes accompanied by ... Dashing Dish

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The Bracelet

The Bracelet

On 12/9 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Set in Savannah, Georgia, in the mid 1800’s, Celia Browning and her family must protect their upstanding character within the community while a nosy newspaper writer, Mr. Leo Channing, suspects differently. When Celia becomes engaged to Sutton Mackay, she finds she must discover the truth ... The Bracelet

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Rhythms of Grace

Rhythms of Grace

On 11/22 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Busy, busy, busy. Seems everyone is busy these days with daily schedules getting out-of-control, priorities being lost, rest and relaxation falling by the sidelines and relationships becoming difficult. Though busy can be productive, it can also disturb our inner peace and focus, primarily our ... Rhythms of Grace

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Secrets of Sloane House

Secrets of Sloane House

On 10/30 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Set during the 1893 World’s Fair, Rosalind Perry deceptively accepts employment at the illustrious Sloane House in hopes of discovering what happened to her sister, Miranda. While working as a housemaid, Rosalind befriends Reid Armstrong, becomes wary of the advances of Douglass Sloane, struggles ... Secrets of Sloane House

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An October Bride

An October Bride

On 10/22 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Set in Mayfair, Wisconsin, during the stunning autumn weather, Emma accidentally discovers her terminally ill father’s bucket list…which includes walking Emma down the aisle. Having recently broken off her engagement, Emma sets out to find a willing groom to help her dad achieve that event… A ... An October Bride

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A September Bride

A September Bride

On 10/1 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Finally finding home in Red Leaf, Wisconsin, Annie Price hopes to become a respected member of the community. Working as the manager of Second Story Books bookstore, Annie finds herself paired with Jesse Kent, son of the bookstore’s owner, in a reenactment of a wedding at the historical society. ... A September Bride

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Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love

On 10/1 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: As author and founder of an online Christian magazine, internet devotions and popular blog, Darlene Schacht tackles the complexities of marriage in her new book, Messy Beautiful Love. Financial problems, rambunctious children, aging parents, true exhaustion and mixed attitudes are just a few ... Messy Beautiful Love

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5 Stars

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Prelude for a Lord

Prelude for a Lord

On 9/3 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Lady Alethea Sutherton inherited a beautifully sounding Stradivarius violin from Lady Arkright. Unbeknownst to her, someone is searching for the violin and will stop at nothing to recover it. Set in the Regency Period, Prelude for a Lord just keeps delivering a most compelling read… A PENNY ... Prelude for a Lord

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An August Bride

An August Bride

On 8/27 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Kelsey Wilcox, left at the altar, wants nothing to do with weddings. Reluctantly though, she agrees to take part in her cousin’s wedding which is when most of the trouble begins. Due to her past, Kelsey wants nothing to do with men…especially gorgeous cowboys! Enter Brent Corbin, a hunk ... An August Bride

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 7/31 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Set in present day New York City yet intertwined with the past in Vienna, Austria, Sera James feels a strong connection to the woman, Adele Von Bron, in the painting. Owning an art gallery in New York, Sera remembers when she first saw the painting of Adele with the shaved head, tattoo on her ... The Butterfly and the Violin

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A July Bride

A July Bride

On 7/30 Jen Pen wrote: Stood up at the altar by the man who apparently still loves her, Alyssa Pennington just cannot make sense of it all. A beautifully decorated church, the dress of her dreams, family and close friends all in attendance…and Brendan Myers gets cold feet at the last second. Faced with embarrassment, the ... A July Bride

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Plain Faith

Plain Faith

On 7/9 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Living in an Amish community, Irene and Ora Jay live a traditional Amish farm life. When a buggy accident occurs which takes the lives of their two young daughters, Irene and Ora Jay struggle to move past it yet in the process realize perhaps their beliefs and way of life must change. Through ... Plain Faith

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The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook

On 6/19 Jen Pen wrote: A flavorful cookbook derived from shared community potluck recipes, The Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook combines recipes with scrumptious pictures, preparation tips, author thoughts as well as ideas for starting your own community potluck. Based on farmer’s market items, favorite shared recipes ... Casual, seasonal recipes...

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The Loving Kitchen

The Loving Kitchen

On 6/17 Jen Pen wrote: With the kitchen as the basis for love, LeAnn Rice shares recipes, thoughts, Bible verses and humor to bring family and friends together around the table. Nothing overly fancy but really good, delicious, “do-able” recipes including breakfast items, breads, salads and soups, sandwiches, entrees, sides ... The Loving Kitchen

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The Heart's Pursuit

The Heart's Pursuit

On 6/5 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Deserted at the altar, Silver Matlock vows to find her ex-fiance who stood-her-up and stole from her family. Hiring bounty-hunter Jared Newman, Silver encounters a bit more than what she bargained for when accompanying Jared through desolate mining towns, rugged terrain and arduous travel. Silver ... The Heart's Pursuit

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Twirl

Twirl

On 4/23 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Who doesn’t love a good twirl…falling down to the ground in a rush of giggles? Patsy Clairmont takes that feeling and weaves stories, thoughts, quotes, verses, questions and faith into remembering to spin and enjoy life. Each short chapter addresses thoughts to ponder (dance, fragrance, ... Twirl

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/27 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Watching her husband murdered in a U-haul parking lot right before her very eyes, Juliet Cole’s life turns upside down. Initially treated as a random shooting, Juliet and her sisters soon discover there may be more…much more…to the act. Could innocence turn to guilt, victim turn to criminal, ... Distortion

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Storming the Black Ice

Storming the Black Ice

On 2/26 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Having discovered oil under the iced continent of Antarctica, Chile and Britain form a treaty to recover it; however, Argentina, through the use of an intelligence agent, wants claim to the oil also. A battle ensues. A submarine, questioning of priorities and values, professionalism of the modern ... Storming The Black Ice

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A January Bride

A January Bride

On 2/11 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Madeline Houser makes the move to be closer to her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. However, much to her chagrin, she finds she is not able to meet her writing deadline due to the current construction associated with the house renovation. Arthur Taylor, a recent widower and owner ... A January Bride

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A February Bride

A February Bride

On 2/10 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Jilted at the last moment at the altar, Marcus Hall never saw it coming. His future bride, Allie Andrews, just couldn’t marry him and put him through the Andrew’s family curse so she ran (actually drove) fast away. Over the course of the next months, Allie and Marcus cross paths in some ... A February Bride

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Princess Ever After

Princess Ever After

On 2/6 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Having just left her job with an accounting firm to open her own classic car restoration business, Reggie Beswick is stunned to find out she may truly be a princess…not just any princess but Princess Regina Alice Beswick Augustine-Saxon of Hessenberg. Regina soon finds that the ancient nation ... Princess Ever After

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The Headmistress of Rosemere

The Headmistress of Rosemere

On 1/14 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: As headmistress of the Rosemere School for Young Ladies, Patience Creighton takes care of the Rosemere estate, the young girls at her boarding school as well as her mother who lives depressed after her husband’s death. With her hands so full, she hardly has time to take an interest in William ... The Headmistress of Rosemere

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Stones for Bread

Stones for Bread

On 12/11 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Liesl McNamara loves bread. For as long as she can remember, bread has been a part of her life. After following her dream, she opens a bread shop named “Wild Rise”. But soon her life is turned upside down by new employees, unexpected friendships and being featured on the Cooking Channel. ... Stones for Bread

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Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea

On 10/28 Jen Pen wrote: Miranda Hunt disguises herself under the name “Annie Beckman” as she attempts to capture the train robber known as the Phantom. Working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda (aka Annie) finds herself on the Last Chance Ranch undercover. Yet, while searching for the Phantom, she uncovers another ... Gunpowder Tea

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A Bride for All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons

On 9/24 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Four authors contribute to this Mail-Order Bride Collection. Each of the four novellas take place in a different season but with the same premise: a mail-order bride hoping to find ever-after happiness. Meddling in the mist though, is the owner of the Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalog, ... A Bride for All Seasons

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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

On 8/21 Jen Pen wrote: Harriet Beamer recently moved across the country to live with her son and daughter-in-law. Harriet’s son eagerly suggested she find friends in the area to help her become comfortable; however, Harriet found more than friends. Harriet befriends a young girl and her father – yet, she also takes on ... Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 7/23 Jen Pen wrote: SUMMARY: Told from her boyfriend of twelve years that he “found the right ring but the wrong girl”, Susanna vows to search for her one-true-love. Through a series of misfortunes and heartbreaks, Susanna does meet the man of her dreams but discovers he is unavailable due to his birthright of being ... Once Upon a Prince

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