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About this book
A Cowboy at Heart, an engaging Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, weaves a clever and romantic tale of new starts and second chances.
1886–Jesse Montgomery is beginning to feel restless. Though he’s grateful to his friends Colin and Emma for helping him get on his feet again after a few bad choices and some hard living, surely the Lord doesn’t want him to stay in Apple Grove forever. Doesn’t the Almighty have plans for this reformed rowdy cowboy to build a life of his own?
When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Lovely Katie Miller, the young healer in the district, attends to him while trying to guard her heart. This sweet Amish widow cannot risk falling in love with an Englisch cowboy, charming though he may be. And yet–she believes God has a life for her too that is more than what she can presently see. Could there be a future with Jesse only He could bring about?
Welcome to the first Google Hangout On Air interview! I’m so excited to do this first online interview with Ginny Smith. In 2008, she put a request for influencers to the ACFW Book Club group for her new book Stuck in the Middle. This not only introduced me to a wonderful writer and expanded the genres I read, but I meant a wonderful godly woman. I had great fun today doing this interview.
Once again Copeland and Smith take us to 1800′s Kansas and the Amish community of Apple Grove and back with dear friends, the Switzer Family. In this installment we see a lot more of Jonas Switzer, his passion for his family and his faith. We also see the side of Jonas as he struggles with the principles of his faith in the face of adversity. Maummi Switzer, though slowing down some in her old age, is still feisty and always ready with a proverb to fit any situation. In this edition we get to know Katy Miller the young widow of Samuel Miller, and daughter-in-law of Bishop Miller. Also in the spotlight is Jesse Montgomery, Luke’s cow hand from the first book, and the object of Rebecca’s journey in book two.
I found Katy’s story especially touching. She faced several heartaches, that many women face today, however, women today have so many resources that weren’t available to women in the 1800′s. Jesse’s story is also a familiar one, he was an alcoholic struggling to stay sober. But one thing about Jesse is he will have some fun, especially with Maummi Switzer. There are some great dialog between the two of them. The authors also did a great job of adding some twists to the story that I did not see coming.
There is so much more I could say about this book. Copeland and Smith write a story with several subplots that tie everything together and move the main story along. Even though this story deals with some more serious topics than the previous books, there are some fun and lighthearted moments. One particular scene had me rolling on the floor laughing and cheering for Jesse.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book, is it appears to be the last in the Apple Grove Series.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
The Give Away
Leave a comment with your home state and on June 30th I’ll pick a winner. Be sure to check out “Rules Page”
About this book
A Home for Lydia, the second book in a new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, centers again on the Plain community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.
Aaron Troyer simply wants to farm like his father and grandfather before him. But instead he finds himself overseeing the family’s small group of guest cabins nestled along the banks of Pebble Creek. That also means he must work with the cabins’ housekeeper, Lydia Fisher.
Lydia is the most outspoken Amish woman Aaron has ever met, and she has strong opinions about how the guest cabins are to be run. She also desperately needs this job. Though sparks fly between boss and employee at first, when the cabins are robbed, nothing is more important to Aaron than making sure Lydia is safe.
Together they work to make the vacation property profitable, but can they find out the identity of the culprit before more damage is done? And is Lydia’s dream of a home of her own more than just a wish and a prayer?
This was a surprisingly enjoyable read for me. I don’t consider myself a “fan” of Amish fiction, so I was surprised when I received this book. However, I tried to read it with an open mind and found I it was worthwhile. Here’s why?
The characters were strong and interesting. Lydia was a hard working and faithful to provide for her family. The spoke her mind and backed up her words with actions. Aaron was cranky early on because he didn’t want to be Wisconsin helping family he didn’t know when his fields needed to be planted. Over the course of the story it was a joy to watch him change. My favorite character was Gabe Miller, although not a primary character in this story his quick wit and humor added a great deal to the story.
The story itself was good. I think the thing I liked the most about the story is the reminder that sometimes God puts in situations and places that are outside our comfort zone. He does it for a reason bigger than ourselves.
This is a book two in a series. I didn’t read book one but I didn’t feel lost with book two. There are references to things that happened to Gabe’s daughter from the first book that made me wonder, but didn’t impact this story.
DisclaimerI did receive this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
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Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publish Date: February 1, 2013
Author’s Website: http://vannettachapman.com/
The Give Away
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About this Book
The people of Appleseed Creek in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country are under attack. Soon after the dust has settled on a buggy accident that turned out to be murder, an unknown assailant begins cutting off the long hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men.
New to the area, computer specialist Chloe Humphrey may not share their customs, but she is certainly alarmed over these crimes against the Amish and worries how such events will impact her growing number of friends who are more connected to that way of life.
In this small community, when Chloe discovers the body of an Amish businessman who was stabbed in the back and whose beard was cut off, she knows that finding the murderer and restoring peace to Appleseed Creek is as much her responsibility as anyone else’s.
It’s my pleasure to have Amanda Flower visiting here at FCB.
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Amanda: The Apostle Peter. He was always my favorite disciple. I’m a pretty quiet person and am fascinated by people with loud boisterous personalities like Peter had.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Amanda: It would be “Can you tell me a story?” I would love to hear his first person account of Christ’s life on Earth.
FCB: When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
Amanda: As a child, I loved to draw and paint, so I wanted to be an artist. I still love to do those things but just for fun.
FCB: What prompted you to write Amish stories?
Amanda: When I was twenty-four, which is the same age as Chloe in the series, I moved to Ohio’s Amish Country to take a job at a small rural college. I live and worked in that town for three years and saw Amish on a daily basis. Years later, I realized that it would be great basis for a mystery series.
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Amanda: Reviews and reviewers are essential to success of any author or book. Without them, readers wouldn’t know what’s available to read, so I have I great appreciation for reviewers, such as yourself, who spend so much time and energy reading and reviewing books. My only advice would be to be fair and honest. Fair and honest reviews are always the best.
Thank you so much Amanda. I’m so glad you spent time in the Amish Country.
To learn more about Amanda you can visit her on website at: http://www.amandaflower.com/
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed it so much I went back and read book 1, A Plain Death.
I loved the characters in this story, especially the contrast between Chloe and Becky. Chloe, the tech savvy director of computer services at the local college, and Becky, the former Amish girl, currently on probation for driving without a license. I loved watching them as they grew as friends and understanding each other’s worlds.
This story includes a mystery that the reader is allowed to solve alongside Chloe that was interesting and different. There is romance as well as in the developing relationship between Chloe and Timothy. You also see the return of characters from the first book and some interesting developments with them.
The author’s style is easy to follow and it was a fast easy to follow storyline. Although this is a book two I didn’t feel lost from not reading the first one. In this case, book two made me want to go back and read book one. I’ve not read a lot of Amish fiction and the ones I have generally show the Amish as a forgiving and open community. This series shows a more closed, judgmental Amish community with controlling leadership.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a nice mystery with romance in the setting of Amish community.
I did receive this book through the netgalley.com program, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.