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About this Book
The daughter of a pagan priestess believes Noah’s prophecy…especially when she discovers the horrifying secret behind her city’s primary export. Belief in the One God is dangerous in Cainlan, a city founded on the worship of the god Cain. But when Eliana meets the son of a religious fanatic she is drawn to Shem’s caring manner and deep faith. She believes his assertion that the One God will wipe the earth clean of the corruption that fills it, especially when she discovers a terrifying secret known only to those high in the government’s ruling council. Though desperate to escape her destiny, Eliana’s life has been preordained. Not even Shem’s God can rescue her from the fate for which she was born – becoming the next high priestess to Cain.
- Author: http://www.virginiasmith.org/
- Paperback: 374 pages
- Publisher: Next Step Books (August 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937671119
- ISBN-13: 978-1937671112
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
One of the things that makes the story of Noah great for fiction is we don’t know much details about Noah, his family, or what the culture was like during this timeframe, other than it was full of corruption. This gives an author a lot of freedom to develop a story. The author did a great job of developing an interesting and touching story.
I think my favorite character was Shem. He was a strong man with a deep love and conviction to his family and to his God. But yet he was honest about his doubts and his struggles, which made him very believable. I can’t imagine what life was like for Noah’s family as they built the ark. Eliana was also an excellent character as she struggled with her heritage and her destiny in light of what she learned the truth about her mother, husband and the One God. The supporting characters, Jarrell, Bitra, and Devon also added a special dimension to the story with their subplots.
This story with its subplots made it a real page turner that I had a tough time putting it down. The imagery surrounding building the ark as well as some humor that is a natural part of a building project like an ark and the idea of dealing with all those animals brought some lightness to the story. The thing that impressed me most is the night after finishing the book, I dreamed about it. I’ve never read a book that caused me to dream.
Disclaimer: I did receive the book from the author but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
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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.
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The second installment of the Amish of Apple Grove series is as good as the first and maybe a little better. This story focuses on the younger Switzer daughter, Rebecca, who has never given up on the love of her life, Jesse Montgomery, that she met four years earlier. She is determined to find Jesse and prove they are meant to be together. What she finds is a whole lot of trouble as she travels to Lawrence in search of Jesse.
This story made me laugh several times as Rebecca found herself in more and more trouble. I loved how the authors pulled aspects from the first story into this one. However, you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy the second one.
The characters in this story are wonderful. Rebecca is stubborn and feisty while Colin is looking for the simpler life as a pastor. The secondary characters add so much to the story, especially Sassy. There was lots of fun watching the contrast between Rebecca and Sassy.
This is a great story for anyone who is looking for a relaxing, entertaining story with fun characters. It was one of those stories that I could guess how things would turn out, but it was a very enjoyable story. I can’t wait to see what happens next to the Amish of Apple Grove!
I’d like to thank Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this story. I am under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
If you would like to know more about the authors you can check them out at: http://loriandginny.squarespace.com/
You may enjoy checking out a blog post Virginia Smith did on the Sexual Habits of the Amish and Other Things I’ve Learned