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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Wonder of Your Love is the story of love between a more mature couple who have both lost their lifemates. Katie Ann was deserted by her husband for another woman and met a tragic end. She has a young son that his father never saw. They had tried for quite a few years to have a child together and now at 40 Katie will have to raise their child alone. Eli Detweiler's wife died leaving him with 6 children to raise and he did raise them and resisted friends and family's pushing him to marry soon after his wife's death. Now that his children are adults, he wants to travel and see the world without the obligation of a wife and more children. Once again, friends and family will push him to meet and consider Katie Ann to be his new wife. There is a spark between Katie Ann and Eli, but do they really want to marry and start a new life together?

This story was very interesting to read. The use of cell phones for other then emergencies or business surprised me. The various friendships in the story kept my interest, that and all the various interactions between the characters. I've enjoyed reading Amish stories and this one is one of the best.

This book was provided to me to read and review by

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas

Christmas usually brings a sense of happiness and joy to many people. Mattie Riehl  has been hoping to tell her husband Sol that she is with child. A visit to the doctor did not bring the report that she has been hoping for. Jaime and C.J. are an English (non Amish) couple looking forward to a Christmas cruise with Jaime's father. Jaime was also at the doctor's office waiting to get a prescription to renew her sleeping pills that she has been taking since her mother died. When Mattie's son leaves a valued handmade whistle at the doctor's office, Jaime is asked to drop it off on her way home. Both couples meet but a car mishap and a big snowstorm keeps them together longer then any of them wish to be at this time.

The story is a lovely tale about the love between two very different couples. The additional story of how the Riehl's offer their home to the English couple to stay in during an emergency gives us a view into Amish life. The Jaime character was more then annoying to me and detracted from enjoying this book as much as I would love to have been able to say. All in all though, the book is a good short read and is worth reading.
This book was provided to me to read and review by Litfuse Publishing Group.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Charlotte Beck is not like other young women her age. She doesn't seem to want to do all the partying most young women looked forward to around the late 1880's. These parties brought the eligible bachelors and the lovely young ladies together to check each other out. The ladies looked to make a good match with a nice rich husband thus keeping up appearances and social standing. Charlotte wants to attend college and join her father's business but her behavior has finally exasperated Mr. Beck and he has an offer that she can't refuse or so it seems. He has a man in his sights for Charlotte. An astronomer from England you also happens to be a Viscount and his family business is in dire need of saving by Mr. Beck's business interests. If Charlotte will marry the Viscount, she will be permitted to attend college and the money from some business transactions between the Beck's business and the Viscount's family business will save his family from ruin. The only problem is that they both seem to not like each other very much.
This is a very cute story that I really did enjoy very much. Isn't it funny to imagine a father choosing who his daughter should marry and she goes along with it to get what she wants. I can't see this happening in our modern times, but I suppose there are areas of the world that still allow the father in a family to choose mates for his daughters, how sad that is in my humble opinion. Buffalo Bill Cody is a character in this book and the interaction of Charlotte and Colonel Cody is a fun part of this story. I always enjoy reading about the not so distant past and a little romance thrown in makes a very enjoyable read.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.