Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer – Review

This review is from my blog, A Book A Day. Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one. This was my first time reading a book by Dale Cramer, and I was not disappointed! Paradise Valley is the first book in the new series, The Daughters of Caleb Bender by Dale Cramer. Paradise Valley is very unique as far as Amish fiction I have read goes.  Not only is it period fiction … Continue reading

A Time to Love in stores today!

Brand new from Abingdon Press in stores today is A Time to Love by Barbara Cameron, the first novel in the Quilts of Lancaster County series. War correspondent Jennie King thinks she’s just a temporary guest in her grandmother’s Amish community while she recuperates from the devastating injuries sustained in a car bomb attack that changed her world. But when she meets Matthew Bontrager, the man she had a crush on as a teenager, she wonders if God has a new plan for her. Barbara Cameron is the author of 21 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies (HBO-Cinemax), … Continue reading

Christmas Amish: Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray

GRACE by Shelley Shepard Gray On Sale October 26, 2010 304 pages; 5 5/16 x 8 “Gray’s latest embodies the meaning of Christmas. It is a reminder that all situations — good, bad or inconvenient — happen for a reason: It is God’s plan.” — Romantic Times Book Reviews “In placing the two lifestyles [Amish and English] side by side — as happens in real-life Amish communities — Gray has built a kind of tension that’s classic to romance stories: a forbidden, or at least problematic, attraction.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer on Winter’s Awakening For fans of the Sisters of the Heart … Continue reading

The Silent Order in stores today!

Brand new from Summerside Press in stores today is The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson. Cleveland, Ohio, 1928. Secrets bind the notorious Cardano family together, but Detective Rollin Wells is close to exposing the family’s dark secrets. The Cardanos are working in the hills south of Cleveland, and when Rollin travels to Sugarcreek to investigate, he discovers that the Cardanos want him dead. Rollin hides out in an Amish home, trying to uncover why the Cardanos are in Amish country and who is collaborating with them. As he gets closer to the truth, he also attempts to find out what … Continue reading

The Waiting by Susan Woods Fisher (+ Kindle Giveaway)

She was waiting for love–and found it in the most unexpected place. Jorie King’s life is on hold. She has been waiting for Ben Zook to return to Lancaster County. Waiting for him to settle down and join the church. Waiting to marry him. But when news arrives that Ben has been killed, Jorie is devastated. She finds unlikely comfort in the friendship of his brother Caleb. Friendship ripens into love, and two broken hearts plan for a life filled with the promise of a fresh beginning–until their worlds are turned upside down. With her realistic characters whose weaknesses develop … Continue reading

More than Words by Judith Miller {Preview}

More than Words by Judith Miller (Daughter’s of Amara, book #2) Genre: Christian Bonnet Fiction Pages: 384 Trade Paperback Date Published: September 1, 2010 Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Journey to the charming villages of the Amana Colonies, 1885 Gretchen Kohler is an Amana storekeeper’s daughter with a secret passion for writing. But artistic pursuits are frowned upon in her conservative Amana village, so she confines her poems and stories to her journals, letting only close friends read them. When a young reporter comes into her store, she believes she’s found a kindred spirit. She shares a few of her stories … Continue reading

The Thorn in stores now!

Brand new from Bethany House Publishers and author Beverly Lewis is a new series, The Thorn, book one in the Rose Trilogy is available now! Lancaster County, with its rolling meadows and secret byways, may seem idyllic, but it is not without its thorns. The Rose Trilogy is the stirring saga of two Amish sisters, and the events and decisions that change their lives. Spirited Rose Ann Kauffman has long enjoyed a close friendship with the bishop’s rebellious foster son. Rose’s older sister, Hen–who knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man–cautions her against him, but Rose … Continue reading

More Than Words in stores now!

Brand new from Bethany House Publishers is another story in a series from author Judith Miller, More Than Words, book two in the Daughters of the Amana Series following up on Somewhere to Belong. Journey to the charming villages of the Amana Colonies, 1885 Gretchen Kohler can’t help but dream of a life beyond tending her father’s general store and keeping an eye on her younger brother and senile grandmother. She enjoys creative writing and believes she has a talent for it, but her traditional Amana village frowns upon artistic pursuits of that sort. So Gretchen confines her stories and … Continue reading

The Thorn by Beverly Lewis {Preview}


Lancaster County, with its rolling meadows and secret byways, may seem idyllic, but it is not without its thorns. THE ROSE TRILOGY is the stirring saga of two Amish sisters on the fringes of the church, and the unforeseen discoveries that change their lives.

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A Plain and Simple Christmas in stores now!

Brand new in stores from Zondervan is A Plain and Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston In the tradition of her widely popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series, author Amy Clipston tells the tale of Anna Mae McDonough who was shunned by her family four years ago when she left her Amish community in Lancaster County, PA, to marry an “Englisher” (non Amish) man and move with him to Baltimore. Now, eight months pregnant when her first child, she longs to return home for Christmas to reconcile with her family, especially her stern father, who is the religious leader for her former … Continue reading

A Hope for Hannah by Jerry Eicher {Preview}

Growing more popular with each new novel (over 100,000 copies in combined sales), author Jerry Eicher continues the Hannah series with this intriguing glimpse into a young Amish couple’s early marriage.

Hannah Byler is now married. She and Jake live in a small Amish community near Montana’s Cabinet Mountains, and the rough log cabin is far from everything Hannah holds dear. Anxious about her new role as wife and soon-to-be mother, Hannah understands she must learn to control her anxious heart if her marriage is to survive.

Just as the young couple settles into their new routine, Jake loses his timber job and answers the call to ministry. With winter pressing in and money scarce, Jake and Hannah discover hardships can either drive them apart or draw them closer. Determined to find hope despite fearful conditions, they struggle to survive in this harsh land and bear their responsibilities with grace.

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A Dream for Hannah by Jerry Eicher {Preview}

Having grown up in the Amish faith, author Jerry Eicher (over 100,000 copies in combined sales) treats his fast-growing readership to his firsthand knowledge in A Dream for Hannah.

Hannah Miller’s Amish faith is solid. Her devotion to her family and Indiana community is unquestionable. Yet her young spirit longs for adventure and romance. As troubling circumstances give her good reason to spend the summer at her aunt’s Montana horse ranch, Hannah soon discovers she has much to learn about life and love.

Her heart is awhirl with emotion as she dreams about her future. Sam, the boy Hannah has known all her life, is comfortable and predictable. Peter is the wild one, the boy who is on rumspringa. And Jake is unpredictable, intriguing, and living in the Montana wilderness.

Hoping for a dream come true, Hannah must decide how to fulfill her heart’s desire while staying true to her faith.

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Wanda E. Brunstetter Celebrates New Release in Ohio's Amish Country

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Wanda E. Brunstetter Celebrates New Release in Ohio’s Amish Country Uhrichsville, OH—Lydia’s Charm, set in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, is the anticipated new release from New York Times Bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter. Beginning August 31, the author will be in many city and rural locations visiting with readers and promoting this new Amish fiction release. Set in Charm, Ohio, readers who have visited the area will recognize many of the Holmes county settings used in the story. One of the tour stops includes Keim Lumber, a landmark in Charm, for … Continue reading

The Way to a Man’s Heart by Mary Ellis

Mary Ellis (A Widow’s Hope and Never Far from Home) concludes her bestselling The Miller Family series with another engaging story set in Holmes County, Ohio.

Leah Miller is living her dream come true as she invests in a newly restored diner that caters to locals rather than tourists. Can Jonah Byler convince this shy, quiet young woman that she should leave her adoring fans and cook only for him?

Leah’s sister, Emma, is trying to adapt to married life as New Order Amish along with her husband, James, who gave up his Englischer ways to make Emma his bride. Will his commitment to Emma and to God stand firm when temptations from his past come to call?

Ellis offers readers another captivating novel filled with strong characters and a loving look at how faith in God and connection with family can fill to overflowing an open, waiting heart.

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Katy’s Debate by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Katy’s Debate is the second book in the Katy Lambright Series by bestselling author Kim Vogel Sawyer, which follows sixteen-year-old Katy as she adjusts to life outside her Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. Katy’s dad is courting Rosemary Graber, and Katy decides to use her new debate skills to end the romance before it can go any further. At the same time, Katy is developing a crush of her own

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PR: Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter Releases Book Two in Historical Brides of Lehigh Canal Series

For Immediate Release Tuesday, March 09, 2010 Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter Releases Book Two in Historical Brides of Lehigh Canal Series Betsy’s Return Hits Stores in May 2010 Uhrichsville, OH—A young woman returns home to care for her ailing father and finds more than she bargained for with the town’s new minister in Betsy’s Return by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Released years ago only in Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book club, Betsy’s Return is now available in full-length fiction format. The second in Brunstetter’s historical Brides of Lehigh Canal series, the book releases in May 2010. After being jilted at … Continue reading