Hope Crossing: The Complete Ada’s House Trilogy {Review}

I’m reading Hope Crossing, which is a 3-in-1 novel omnibus that includes the entire Ada’s House trilogy. I love omnibus trilogies. This is not my first, as I also own Cindy’s Sisters of the Quilt Trilogy as one as well. The Christmas in Apple Ridge collection of Christmas set stories is also one as well. Cindy Woodsmall is my go-to Amish Fiction for contemporary stories author. I love her writing. She is so good at grabbing my interest and holding me there. Her stories linger with you and give you a hunger and thirst for reading more. While I didn’t love The Hope of Refuge, I find that to be more due to the circumstances surrounding the lives of the characters and the down right aggravating features of certain antagonists that are very antagonistic! Yet don’t let me make you think this is a poor book because it’s not. The main. . .

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Christmas Reading has begun!

Well if you’re a book blogger, or you know me, you know I’ve already started reading and reviewing Christmas reads in September. But now it has really started. I’m reading them for review as well as my own pleasure. I was hoping to crack out the Halloween/All Saints Day/Fall and Thanksgiving reads and hopefully I can still share those, but today with this chill in the air it’s the Christmas reads that I’m desiring. Perhaps it is because we just got a bagful of fabulous hand-me-downs for AppleBlossom with the red and green Christmas spirit, snowmen, reindeer and all, but either way, that’s today’s pleasure. Today I’ve read myself halfway through Christmas at Harmony Hill by Ann H. Gabhart (Revell Books). It’s an American Civil War historical, but it also takes place partially within a Shaker village. I’m definitely a fan of Ann’s historical novels, but I have yet to. . .

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Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport {Preview}

Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

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The Amish Family Cookbook by Jerry and Tina Eicher {Preview}

From bestselling author Jerry Eicher (more than 350,000 books sold) and his wife, Tina, comes this warm and inviting peek into an Amish kitchen, complete with recipes, Amish proverbs, and a dash of Amish humor. Readers will laugh, pray, and eat robustly with The Amish Family Cookbook at their side.

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Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard {Preview}

Gideon Fisher wants one thing out of life — to be left alone. This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife and son to the point of losing his faith. He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community. But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does Gideon have but to let her in?

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A Woman Torn between Two Cultures–Old and New

Olivia Newport Creates a Riveting Love Story That Transcends All Generations A woman searches for protection and discovers a new life and love amid the Amish in Accidentally Amish, book one in Olivia Newport’s new series Valley of Choices, releasing October 2012. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie Friesen runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known? About the Author Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through. . .

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The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Clubby Wanda E. Brunstetter Genre: Christian Amish Fiction Pages: 320 Trade Paperback Date Published: April 2012 Publisher: Barbour Books Amish widow Emma Yoder’s first quilt class brings the most unlikely people together. There’s Star, a young woman yearning for stability; Pam and Stuart Johnston, a struggling couple at odds in their marriage; Paul Ramirez, a widower hoping to find solace in finishing a quilt; Jan Sweet, a rough and tough biker doing some creative community service; and Ruby Lee Williams, a preacher’s wife looking for relaxation when parish problems mount. But as these beginning quilters learn to transform scraps of material into beauty, their fragmented lives begin to take new shape with the helping hands of each other and the healing hand of God. www.wandabrunstetter.com

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The Heart’s Frontier by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith {Preview}

An exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

Kansas,1881—On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged—do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?

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Promised to Another by Laura V. Hilton {Preview}

Annie Beiler is a spunky schoolteacher, but she’s been struggling ever since Luke, the man she is promised to, “jumped the fence,” and leaves the Amish of Seymour community. Annie has caught the eye of Joshua Esh, who’s moved to Missouri from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, as part of a “man swap” meant to bring new blood into Seymour. Disheartened to discover that Annie is promised to another, Josh fills his social calendar with singings and frolics, taking a different girl home from every event — much to Annie’s dismay. When Luke returns to “claim” Annie, Josh decides to literally fight him for her affections. Add to the mix a buggy accident and forced marriage, and the normally a peace-loving Amish of Seymour community explodes.

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The Wings of Morning by Murray Pura

Lovers of Amish fiction will quickly sign on as fans of award-winning author Murray Pura as they keep turning the pages of this exciting new historical romance set in 1917 during America’s participation in World War I.

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To Love and to Cherish by Kelly Irvin

In author Kelly Irvin’s first installment in the Bliss Creek Amish series, readers will find a charming, romantic story of how God works even in the darkest moments.

It’s been four years since Carl left. Four years since he left the safety of the small Amish community for the Englisch world. And in four years, Emma’s heart has only begun to heal.

Now, with the unexpected death of her parents, Emma is plunged back into a world of despair and confusion. It’s a confusion only compounded by Carl’s return. She’s supposed to be in love with him…so why can’t she keep her mind off Thomas, the strong, quiet widower who always seems to be underfoot? Could the man she only knew as a friend be the one to help her to heal?

In a world that seems to be changing no matter how tightly she clings to the past, this one woman must see beyond her pain and open her heart to trust once again.

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