Reviews by Brittany
On 4/26 Brittany wrote: I have read every book that this author has written. They are always enjoyable novels that have fully immersed me in the time period. But I can say, without a doubt, that The Weaver’s Daughter is definitely my favorite book by Sarah E. Ladd that I have read so far. These characters! Oh My! I just ... Loved This Story!
On 3/29 Brittany wrote: I had recently heard about Reader’s Bibles, which are printed without any extra footnotes, tools, or study aids, and laid out more like a book. The theory is that this allows a more uninterrupted reading of God’s word. I was curious about how I would like this format in a Bible, so I decided to try ... I am very impressed with this Bible!
On 3/16 Brittany wrote: Amish Sweethearts is a nice collection of sweet Amish stories. Be advised that two of the stories, Love and Buggy Rides and Love Birds, were previously published in other novella collections. The other two stories are new. I enjoyed all of these stories. Sometimes it was hard to watch as certain events ... Sweet Collection of Stories
On 2/14 Brittany wrote: This was a captivating novel! It is the third in the Amish Letters series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, too. I could not turn the pages quickly enough to find out what happened with these two characters! Their romance definitely bloomed toward the second half of the story, and not in the typical ... Captivating!
On 2/4 Brittany wrote: Admittedly, The Lost Castle was a bit of a slow start for me. There were three timelines of stories being told and I had to get used to jumping between time periods. However, once I fell into the rhythm of the storytelling, I really did enjoy seeing how things came together. All three time periods were ... The Lost Castle
On 1/15 Brittany wrote: This story is such a good addition to the Every Amish Season series! The author handles the very difficult topic of spousal abuse and the after effects of that kind of treatment. Jennie Troyer had a lot of fear, doubt, and guilt to overcome and this story walks with her on the journey to healing and ... Beneath the Summer Sun
On 1/15 Brittany wrote: The View from Rainshadow Bay kept me guessing. There was a lot going on in this novel and at times I felt as if I was suffering from information overload. There were so many clues, multiple characters, and scenarios from both the past and present that had to be sifted through. It was very entertaining ... The View from Rainshadow Bay
On 1/2 Brittany wrote: Well, the title promised it…and I did (love this book, that is)! You’re Gonna Love Me is book two in the Thunder Creek series, however, it can easily be read as a stand alone title. I enjoyed Samantha, Nick, and grandma Ruth so much! This story is a contemporary romance set in a small town, which ... Loved This Story!
On 11/20 Brittany wrote: Denise Hunter writes stories that I have a hard time setting down. They capture me! That was definitely the case with Blue Ridge Sunrise. The story centered around two people who loved each other, but were seperated years ago because of misunderstandings and lies. I enjoyed reading about Zoe and Cruz ... A Story of Second Chances
On 11/17 Brittany wrote: Wow! What a dynamic and emotional introduction to this new series! A Place at Our Table was a powerful book, full of heartache, uncertainty, guilt, love, loss, and so much more. The author truly delved deeply into the hearts of the characters, brought out their insecurities and failings, then allowed ... Amazing start to a new series!
On 10/8 Brittany wrote: Love Held Captive is the third book in the Lone Star Hero series, but it can serve as a stand alone story. This book contained flashbacks to the Confederate Prisoner of War camp that the men in this story were held in, along with other men from the two previous books. These friends, who were as close ... Love Held Captive
On 10/1 Brittany wrote: This is a sweet collection of novellas that will help readers usher in the Christmas season. The stories were short enough to make for a quick read, but long enough to help me connect to the characters. Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman – I enjoyed the humor of this lighthearted story. The grandmother ... Sweet Stories to Usher in the Christmas Season
On 8/29 Brittany wrote: To Wager Her Heart was a great wrap up to the Belle Meade Plantation novels. Although if you haven’t read the other books, don’t worry, this one can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. This author always takes me right back in time and makes me feel as if I am really living in the time period that ... Good Story
On 8/25 Brittany wrote: This novel is book two in the Amish Letters series, however, I believe readers can pick this book up and enjoy it even if they have not read the first book in the series. It is also set it Birch Creek and some characters from the Amish of Birch Creek series make appearances. So, for me it was fun to ... I Really Enjoyed This Story!
On 7/21 Brittany wrote: I enjoy these Amish novella collections. I like that the stories can be read in a short amount of time, either introducing me to new characters, or building on a series that I already enjoy. I liked An Amish Summer and recommend it to Amish romance fans who are looking for light and enjoyable reading. A ... Enjoyable, Sweet Stories!
On 7/2 Brittany wrote: The Beloved Hope Chest is book four in the Amish Heirloom series. It can easily be read as a stand alone if you have not read the other novels leading up to it. However, this story is even richer in meaning if you have read the other books. So, whether you read books one through four in order, or read ... My New Favorite of the Series!
On 6/3 Brittany wrote: Sweetbriar Cottage delved deep into the heart of some very intense and painful subjects. This novel explored the past and present of the lives of the main characters, Josephine and Noah. I loved the way the story switched between the present day, the very distant past of Josephine’s youth, and the ... Sweetbriar Cottage
On 5/30 Brittany wrote: The Noble Servant was an entertaining fairy tale with a light romance and some villains who were up to no good! This wasn’t my favorite of the author’s novels that I’ve read, however, I did enjoy it and found it to be a rather easy and fast read for me. I also appreciated that it was a clean story ... The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
On 5/12 Brittany wrote: A Stranger at Fellsworth was a very nicely written story. I felt transported back in time with the author’s descriptions of life in early 1800’s England. It was hard to see the way Annabelle was treated toward the beginning of the book. The actions of her brother and the men he associated with made ... A Stranger at Fellsworth
On 4/20 Brittany wrote: This was a very emotional story! I found my reactions flip-flopping all over the place as Bess had to deal with one worry after another. It was tough to watch her grieve her husband and sink into depression after the birth of her child. I found myself so frustrated with the way her familiy and most of ... Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin
On 4/11 Brittany wrote: You’ll Think of Me was packed with emotion! I loved the two main characters, Brooklyn and Derek, as well as Brooklyn’s daughter, Alycia. The author really captured the feelings of these individuals and wove a story that I could hardly set down. I simply couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out ... You'll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher
On 3/15 Brittany wrote: Written in Love is the first book in the new Amish Letters series by Kathleen Fuller. A portion of this story takes place in Birch Creek, so readers (like me) who loved the Amish of Birch Creek series will be happy to recognize the setting and a few familiar faces. I really loved this book! The characters ... Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller
On 3/13 Brittany wrote: An Uncommon Protector is a great addition to the Lone Star Hero collection. The stories in this series can stand alone. Each story contains a hero who was part of a group of Confederate POW soldiers. These men formed an incredible bond that proved to be strong even after the war was over and these stories ... An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray
On 2/24 Brittany wrote: This was an absolutely wonderful collection of Amish novellas. I have really enjoyed these collections in the past, and An Amish Home is one of the best of these groupings that I have read. Three out of the four stories began with such dire situations that it made me wonder how the author would pull ... An Amish Home
On 12/18 Brittany wrote: The Silent Songbird was such a fun fairy tale to read. A retelling based on the story of The Little Mermaid, it had danger and adventure, along with a heroine who longed to be loved and valued for herself. I liked Evangeline and Westley so much! Even when Westley wasn’t sure if he could trust Eva, ... Great for Teens and Adults Alike!
On 11/27 Brittany wrote: I have enjoyed all of the books in the Amish Heirloom series, however The Cherished Quilt is definitely my favorite of the novels. The author was able to wrench so many emotions out of me with this book! When Emily felt hurt or heartbroken, I could feel it, too. When Chris was dealing with overwhelming ... The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston
On 10/31 Brittany wrote: I was so impressed by this book! It is book two in the Amish Secrets series. I did read book one, Her Brother’s Keeper, and for some reason, book one did not resonate well with me. It was an interesting story but I just didn’t connect with the characters. Well, that was definitely not the situation ... Intriguing Story!
On 10/29 Brittany wrote: This Bible is so neat! My teenage daughter has completely claimed this Wonders of Creation Holy Bible and has begun coloring in the fun illustrations that match up with the Wonders of Creation Coloring Book that we have both enjoyed using. Some of the great things about this Bible are the size, the ... This Bible is so neat!
On 10/13 Brittany wrote: I am SO impressed with this beautiful Bible! It is exactly what I was looking for! Throughout the pages are verses printed out in various beautiful ways. I have colored three of the verses so far. I used colored pencils and Crayola twistable colored pencils and have not had any bleed through. I have ... Truly Beautiful! Exactly What I Was Looking For!
On 10/2 Brittany wrote: I really enjoyed returning to the characters and setting of the Sunset Cove novels. Twilight at Blueberry Barrens is book three in the series. The relationship between the sisters, Kate and Claire, will be more easily understood if book one is read first, however, I thought the author did a good job ... Full of Suspense and a Heartfelt Romance
On 9/23 Brittany wrote: I have been anticipating this story since reading the very first book of the Summer Harbor series…and it did not disappoint! Riley and Paige had been best friends since childhood, yet Riley’s feeling for Paige changed from friendship to love many years ago. It was heartbreaking to see him struggling ... Absolutely Wonderful!
On 9/13 Brittany wrote: A Love Made New is book three in the Amish of Birch Creek series. It is a great conclusion to a truly enjoyable set of books. I loved the characters that the author focused on in this book. Abigail carried so much worry and pain regarding her appearance. She had a lot to deal with in the last year, ... Great Story!
On 8/16 Brittany wrote: The Loyal Heart was an interesting story. I liked the setting of post-Civil War Galveston, Texas. I also enjoyed reading the flashbacks to the prisoner of war camp. I felt as if these flashbacks allowed me to understand Robert Truax and the men he served with. I was intrigued with the way Miranda Markham’s ... The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray
On 8/15 Brittany wrote: If you are a fan of Amish fiction, An Amish Harvest is a collection of novellas that you won’t want to miss! I really enjoyed these stories. Each and every one of these novellas felt like a full story to me. They were shorter than full length novels, obviously, but each story had characters that felt ... An Amish Harvest
On 7/21 Brittany wrote: To Love a Stranger is a newly published edition of a previous work of Colleen Coble. Having read some of this author’s earlier stories, I grabbed this book when I had the chance. It did not disappoint. Since it is an earlier work, the story line is not as deep as current novels by this author, however, ... To Love a Stranger
On 7/6 Brittany wrote: This story was so good! The author did such a great job of packing many different emotions into The Courtship Basket, from betrayal and a broken heart, to nervousness about possible new love, to happiness as relationships grow, to heartbreak and overwhelming loss. This book has it all. It wrung a lot ... The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston
On 5/11 Brittany wrote: I loved this story! I really enjoy Denise Hunter’s books and The Goodbye Bride was no exception. The plot for this book was a great one to begin with, but the author did such an amazing job of carrying it off with little details that really brought the emotions of the characters to life for me. Lucy ... The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter
On 4/29 Brittany wrote: Wonders of Creation has quickly become one of our family’s favorite adult coloring books. My three daughters (one teen and two elementary age) and I are all enjoying coloring in this book. Even though it has many fine lines and small spaces to color in, there still seems to be plenty for the younger ... Wonders of Creation
On 4/3 Brittany wrote: Although this is book two in a series, An Unbroken Heart can be read and understood without having previously read book one, A Reluctant Bride. I have read book one and definitely recommend that wonderful story, so I really enjoyed returning to the families and communities of Birch Creek. An Unbroken ... An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller
On 1/30 Brittany wrote: This was a really nice collection of novellas and I enjoyed it very much! All of the stories can stand alone for those who have not read other books by the authors, however, I thought it was fun to read the novellas that were connected to books I have recently enjoyed. Love Birds by Amy Clipston – ... An Amish Market: Four Novellas
On 1/13 Brittany wrote: I was really looking forward to reading this story because I have enjoyed many of Amy Clipston’s books in the past. What a pleasant surprise it was that this book ended up being even better than I expected. Guy meets girl. Guy falls for girl. Girl might be falling for guy. Girl doesn’t know that ... The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston
On 11/17 Brittany wrote: This is a fun collection for the Amish fiction fan to enjoy at the Christmas holidays! I had a great time reading all three novellas. Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston was probably my favorite of the three. I just really felt for Naomi. My heart hurt for her and how Sadie gossiped about her. It set the ... An Amish Christmas Gift
On 11/13 Brittany wrote: This was such a great story! I loved the small town setting and I connected with these characters very easily. There is humor and fun in the novella, but also a lot of soul searching on each side. Josh still doesn’t understand how things could have fallen apart so many years ago. He’s had a bruised ... Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade
On 10/11 Brittany wrote: The Bishop’s Son is book two in the Amish of Bee County series. Book one, The Beekeeper’s Son, was one of my favorite Amish books to read this year and I highly recommend it. However, The Bishop’s Son can stand alone if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading book one yet. I really enjoyed The ... The Bishop's Son by Kelly Irvin
On 10/4 Brittany wrote: Now that I have read A Reluctant Bride, I am so excited that this is only the first book in the Amish of Birch Creek series. I can look ahead and anticipate returning to these great characters in future novels! This story was so good! The set up was ripe for tension, with Sadie and Aden ending up in ... A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller
On 9/3 Brittany wrote: This novella was just downright fun! Told in first person, the reader sees the world through Amelia’s eyes. I really liked Amelia and was amused by the situation she found herself in. But, what I loved about this novella was reading the emails that sailed back and forth between Amelia and Nate. Even ... The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story by Katie Ganshert
On 8/31 Brittany wrote: For months I have anxiously awaited the first book in the Summer Harbor series, titled Falling Like Snowflakes. Having read Married ’til Monday from the Chapel Springs Romance series, I was already familiar with Summer Harbor and a few of the main characters. I really liked the way the author set these ... Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter
On 8/25 Brittany wrote: I have enjoyed quite a few of these Year of Weddings novellas that have released in the past two years. There are a handful that have become favorite stories, and this is definitely one of them. The author did a great job of creating two main characters that I connected with immediately upon meeting ... Love on a Deadline: An August Wedding Story by Kathryn Springer
On 8/23 Brittany wrote: I have read all of Beth Wiseman’s other Amish books and they continue to be some of my favorites. That was not the case with this story. Don’t get me wrong, it was very well-written and a had a creative premise that intrigued me. I simply did not connect with the characters and was not very invested ... Her Brother's Keeper by Beth Wiseman
On 8/11 Brittany wrote: I have not read the first book in this series, All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes, yet I had no problem following the story in Love Arrives in Pieces. It stands alone very well. I thought that this story, featuring two very broken people, was well done. Although I did get frustrated with the main character, ... Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant
On 8/5 Brittany wrote: This was a fun, easy novella to read. It can stand alone, however, it is also connected to the King’s Meadow series. I liked these characters and thought that the storyline was a good one. Since it is a novella, the plot has to move quickly and the romance and characters are not able to be as fully ... I Hope You Dance: A July Wedding Story
On 7/2 Brittany wrote: I really enjoyed this mysterious and suspenseful story! The author did a great job of crafting a tale that kept me guessing till the very end. Deception on Sable Hill is book two in the Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series. It can definitely stand alone, however, Eloisa Carstairs is the heroine in this ... Deception on Sable Hill by Shelley Gray
On 6/18 Brittany wrote: Time to settle in for another entertaining, cozy story in Vannetta Chapman’s latest installment of her Amish Village Mystery series. I really enjoyed Murder Freshly Baked. There are a couple of different mystery themes going on in the book. One revolves around a murder and the possible reasons that ... Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman
On 6/8 Brittany wrote: I have been wanting to know Ryan’s full story since book one of this Chapel Springs Romance series, and the author certainly did not disappoint me! In fact, I have really enjoyed this entire series. Dancing with Fireflies, book two, was previously my favorite of the books…but now I can wholeheartedly ... Married 'til Monday by Denise Hunter
On 5/16 Brittany wrote: A Simple Prayer is the fourth book in the Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel series. I think it could definitely be read as a stand alone novel, because the author does a good job of explaining the characters who have recurring roles from earlier books. I have read books one, two, and four in the series. ... A Simple Prayer by Amy Clipston
On 5/4 Brittany wrote: Whenever You Come Around is another enjoyable addition to the King’s Meadow Romance series. It is book three in the series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, as well. I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. It caught my interest right from the start and I ended up reading it very quickly. ... Whenever You Come Around by Robin Lee Hatcher
On 4/29 Brittany wrote: This mystery grabbed me! And, wow, what a great romance! The Inn at Ocean’s Edge was a great and spooky suspense. I loved Claire and Luke’s relationship story. The attraction between these two made for a great romantic read. I also thought that the tension they both experienced in the beginning ... The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble
On 4/5 Brittany wrote: Serving Up a Sweetheart was such an enjoyable story! This storyline works very well in novella form, since the two main characters know each other from the past. They now must get to know each other in the present and in this novella that proves to be the biggest challenge of all. Meadow Larson carries ... Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt
On 3/14 Brittany wrote: I love the fact that Kathleen Fuller has written another novel set in Middlefield, where she has set many of her other books. A Faith of Her Own actually contains characters who are from her Secrets of Middlefield series that was written for middle school aged readers. I have not read the books that ... A Faith of Her Own by Kathleen Fuller
On 3/8 Brittany wrote: The Beekeeper’s Son is a wonderful beginning to a new series. I had not read any books by this author before, but I will definitely be reading other books by her in the future. I enjoyed the story from the start to the finish. The vivid descriptions of the south Texas landscape really made the story ... The Beekeeper's Son by Kelly Irvin
On 2/1 Brittany wrote: It was fun to return to the small Amish community of Badger Creek. This is an interesting setting, because things are done a little differently here. It is a very small community. Roads aren’t well cared for, residents are tucked away back in the woods, and it is bitterly cold in the winter. A Woodland ... Review: A Woodland Miracle by Ruth Reid
On 1/20 Brittany wrote: Lizzy & Jane is the first book that I have read by author Katherine Reay. I was pleased to discover how much I love her writing style. She has a wonderful ability to make the characters really come alive in the story. The sisters, Elizabeth and Jane, have built up a lot of resentment between each other ... Review: Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay
On 12/12 Brittany wrote: PJ McKinley is out to prove that she can achieve her dream of owning her own successful restaurant. Years of being treated as the baby of the family has left PJ resentful of her family’s attempts to guide her in her decision making. Cole Evans wants to help foster children transition into successful ... Review: The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter
On 12/9 Brittany wrote: Alethea and Dommick are two people who love creating music, particularly on their violins. But they are also two people with things from their past that haunt them and make them unable to truly trust in love. This engaging story is set in the Regency time period in England, full of strict social structure ... Review: Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliot
On 11/25 Brittany wrote: I have read some mixed reviews on this novella. I have to say that I found it a cute story. Hope and John are thrown back together when they discover they have been married for the past ten years. The struggles in the book range from intense attraction, actions that can’t be undone, and Hope’s very ... Review - Love at Mistletoe Inn: A December Wedding Story by Cindy Kirk
On 11/18 Brittany wrote: What an enjoyable story! Secrets of Sloane House is the first book in Shelley Gray’s Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series and after reading the preview chapter for book two, I can’t wait to read that story, as well. Secrets of Sloane House started out a little slowly for me as the author set the ... Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray