Amazing Gracie by Sherryl Woods

Goodreads synopsis: Laid off from her job and utterly disenchanted with men, Gracie MacDougal pours all her attention into turning an old Victorian house into a bed and breakfast, with the help of its owner, an indolent but charming Southern lawyer. Original

My Thoughts: Old-fashioned romance at it’s finest. That is what I thought of this sweet tale by Sherryl Woods. From a luxurious hotel chain in Europe to a modest Victorian bed and breakfast in Virginia, follow Gracie Macdougal as she finds her passion in her business and in her lovelife. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys lots of characters who all end up with happy endings!! Happy Reading everyone!!

About the author: Sherryl Woods

With two other careers to her credit before becoming a novelist and four states in which she’s lived for extended periods of time, Sherryl Woods has collected friends and memories, along with way too much unnecessary junk.

“The friends are the only things I’ve brought with me through the years that really matter,” she says. “I could probably live without one more chintz teacup, another tin-litho sandpail or another snowglobe, but I need those friends.”

The theme of enduring friendships and families is always central to Sherryl’s books, including her latest Chesapeake Shores series — THE INN AT EAGLE POINT, FLOWERS ON MAIN and HARBOR LIGHTS.

Author of more than 100 romance and mystery novels, Sherryl Woods grew up in Virginia. Over the years she had lived in Ohio and Florida, as well as California. Currently she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia, the small, river-front town where she spent her childhood summers.

A graduate of Ohio State University School of Journalism, Sherryl spent more than ten years as a journalist, most of them as a television critic for newspapers in Ohio and Florida. For several years she also coordinated a motivational program for the more than 8,000 employees at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis

Goodreads synopsis: When her sister falls gravely ill, twenty-year-old Marlena Wenger takes on the responsibility of caring for her infant niece, Angel Rose. Worried that this turn of events portends a more complicated future than he is prepared for, her beau ends their relationship. Marlena is devastated, but is determined to give Angel Rose the best care possible.

Though from the Beachy Amish herself, Marlena meets Ellie Bitner, an Old Order Amish mother who offers quilting and needlepoint classes. They soon form a bond, and Marlena is drawn into the circle of Ellie’s family. Ellie’s handsome cousin seems rather taken with Marlena, but after her recent breakup, she is cautious where her feelings are concerned.

But things begin to change when Ellie’s young son Jacob discovers an older homeless man camped out in the nearby abandoned mill. Suffering from some cognitive disorder, the man has few prospects and fewer possessions–among them a small clutch of letters apparently from his own courting days. Could these letters be the key to the old man’s identity? And can they bring healing and hope to Marlena and Ellie as well?




My thoughts : Beverly Lewis never disappoints me in her wonderful Amish stories. In this one, choosing how to care and explore your faith are huge elements for these wonderful characters. Marlena Wenger has chosen to stay with her grandmother after the loss of her grandfather for the summer. While there, she also loses her sister and ends up caring for her baby daughter, Angela Rose, much to her beau’s dismay. Choosing with her heart, Marlena must make serious decisions on how she wants to live her life. Also, the neighbors of Marlena’s grandmother, the Bitners, are struggling with their Old Order beliefs and how to become a strong and loving family once again. Follow how a stranger with dementia shows them how to connect and be together for one another. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any who enjoys the different facets of the Amish faith. Happy Reading everyone!

About the author: Beverly Lewis

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Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country and both a schoolteacher and an accomplished musician, has been an award-winning author for over a dozen years. Her acclaimed novel, The Preacher’s Daughter, was a 2006 Quill Book Award finalist in the romance category. Her books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times. She and her husband, David, live in Colorado.

April New Releases

Hello everyone and happy new month to you! Here are some of the new releases coming out this month. Some of them sound really good. Looks like I will be adding to my TBR pile! 🙂 If any of them sound good to you, please comment and let me know. I would really like to know what you think!! Here we are:

The Hope Chest by Wanda Brunstetter

Goodreads synopsis: Rachel Beachy wants something she can’t have-her sister Anna’s boyfriend. Silas Swartley has been in love with Anna since they were children, and Rachel has loved Silas nearly as long. Rachel feels that her swiftly moving days are spent without hope, but when Anna unexpectedly leaves the Amish faith, Rachel’s hope is rekindled. She begins filling her hope chest as she initiates a campaign to win Silas’s heart. Can Silas set the pain of Anna’s rejection aside and see Rachel as anything more than a child? Will Rachel be disappointed in Silas and in God, or will she learn the true meaning of hope? The Hope Chest is book 4 in the Brides of Lancaster County series. Other books in the series include A Merry Heart: Book 1, Looking for a Miracle: Book 2, Plain and Fancy: Book 3.

Rating: 5 stars

My Thoughts:

I love Amish fiction and this one surely did not disappoint me. Wanda Brunstetter sets wonderfully graphic scenes that make you feel like you are right there with her sweet characters. In this story, 2 sisters find themselves in 2 very different life situations but rely on faith and love to keep their families connected. 

Follow Grace and Anne Beachy as they follow their hearts to be with the men that they love! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about the Amish ways mixed with sweet romance. Happy Reading!!

About the author: Wanda Brunstetter

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com.

Kindle Freebie for Today: Murder Under a Mystic Moon by Yasmine Galenorn

With her teenaged daughter’s birthday on the horizon and the town’s autumn festival in full swing, Emerald has her hands full with party preparations and teashop specials. But a request from her friend Jimbo has her using her abilities to look into the disappearance of his friend. In the woods surrounding the Klickavail Valley enclave, Emerald senses a strange energy manifesting itself-before literally stumbling across the body of Jimbo’s friend. While the police are willing to blame the death on a cougar attack, Emerald knows there’s something else wandering the forest-something that resembles the Klakatat monster of legend, but may actually be a monster of a more human kind.

My Review of Murder She Barked by Krista Davis

Goodreads synopsis

The Sugar Maple Inn in Wagtail, Virginia, is the country’s premiere vacation hot spot for pet owners who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind. But this tourist town smells trouble when a killer goes on the prowl….

Holly Miller’s life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend’s former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but loveable Jack Russell Terrier is scattering crumbs all over her borrowed car. Just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, a troubling phone call about her grandmother sends her rushing home to the family inn on Wagtail Mountain.

The staff—and a frisky Calico kitten named Twinkletoes—adopts Holly and her new dog on arrival. But someone in this friendly town is bad to the bone. One of the employees at the inn has been killed in a hit-and-run accident—which is looking anything but accidental. Now Holly and her furry companions will have to nose out the murderer before someone else gets muzzled.

My thoughts:
This was the first book that I have read by Krista Davis and it certainly won’t be my last. I absolutely love the cast of characters in this pet-loving town of Wagtail, Virginia. Visit Holly Miller as she goes from losing her high-powered job in D.C. to going to take care of her Oma at the Sugar Maple Inn and gaining a lovable furry companion along the way. Meet Trixie and Twinkletoes and a host of other pets and their owners as Holly and her friends figure out how two of the local residents ended up dead and why. If you enjoy pets, especially dogs, like I do, this cozy mystery will definitely fill the bill!! Happy Reading everyone!

Rating: 5 stars

About the author:

Krista Davis lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she writes three mystery series. She lived in Northern Virginia for many years and resided for a time in Old Town Alexandria where her Domestic Diva Mysteries take place. 

Krista also writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries, which debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. They are set in a resort town that caters to people who want to vacation with their dogs and cats. Alas, charming Wagtail Mountain, Virginia, where dogs and cats are welcome everywhere is fictional.

Her newest series, the Pen & Ink Mysteries, features covers that can be colored! Read the book and have fun coloring the cover.

She likes to cook and bake (okay, what she really likes is eating) so it was only natural for her to include recipes in her mysteries.

Her dogs and cats have inspired the animal characters in her books.