The Proving by Beverly Lewis

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  Book Description
After five years as an Englisher, Amanda Dienner is shocked to learn her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. What's more, the inn will only truly be hers if Mandy can successfully run it for twelve months. Reluctantly, Mandy accepts the challenge, no matter that it means facing the family she left behind--or that the inn's clientele expect an Amish hostess! Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this prove a dreadful mistake?
My Review
This book is one of my top favorites in my growing Beverly Lewis collection! The setting was wonderfully done, and felt very real. I loved how the story took place at a beautiful Amish bed-and-breakfast! And it was easy for me to connect with Amanda. She went through some hard things, and was betrayed in a terrible way. But unless she can move forward and find a way to forgive she may not survive running the business for a whole year!

  I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
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Free Patterns of the Month

Monday, October 2, 2017

This month we have two beautiful free patterns from Jo Creates! She has lovely designs that are sure to become favorite accessories.
First up we have the Cosy Cables Bobble Hat. It is a very cozy knit hat that is easy and quick to make. And the simple cabled style gives it such a clean classic look that it is a must have accessory! Plus with the option of a yarn pom-pom or a fur pom-pom, you can finish it off with your choice of a classic or modern touch.
 Next up we have the Rough Diamonds wrap
It is a lovely wrap that is made with crochet. It comes with a simple chart and written row by row instructions, so you are able to use your favorite method. 
The wrap has an interesting design that stands out beautifully. And it is extra fun when made with a pretty color changing yarn like Scheepjes Whirl. For more info about this wrap also check out the designers blog at
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The Writing Desk By Rachel Hauck

Friday, September 15, 2017
 Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. But now that she is trying to write her next book, writers block has set in. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley for help through her upcoming chemotherapy, Tenley feels like she needs to help. So she packs up and heads to Florida. Where, in between helping her mom, she struggles to write her next book at an old antique desk.

A century earlier another woman wrote at the same desk. Birdie Shehorn was the daughter of a wealthy family in the Gilded Age. But her mother was strict and controlling. Planning out Birdie's life herself without a say so from her daughter. But Birdie dreamed of writing novels and making her own choices in life. When her mother goes a step to far to manipulate her daughter's future, Birdie must choose between giving in to her mother's will, or finding a way to choose the life she really wants.
The Writing Desk By Rachel Hauck was such an amazing book! It was hard to put this story down, and it had me staying up late to finish it. It was wonderfully written and it was easy to connect with the characters. Normally when I read a book with two stories going on in it, I really get into the one side of the story and the other side just feels like it is in the way. But with this book the modern story and the historical story were both so wonderfully done I loved them both! Being a history lover, I really enjoyed seeing how the stories blended together perfectly. I highly recommend this book!

I received this book free from the publisher, Zondervan, through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. The opinions are my own.
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The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Book Description
Opportunities are scarce in Norway, so when Rune and Signe Carlson receive a letter from Rune's uncle, Einar Strand, offering to loan them money for passage to America, Rune accepts. Signe is reluctant to leave her home, especially as she is pregnant with her fourth child, but Einar promises to give them land of their own, something they could never afford in Norway.

But life in Minnesota is more difficult than Signe imagined. Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone to pay off their debt. Afraid they will never have the life they dreamed of, she begins to lose her trust in God. When the dangers of the North Woods strike close to home, will she find the strength she needs to lead her family into the promise of a new dawn?
 My Review
I loved reading Lauraine Snelling's new book, The Promise of Dawn. I really liked how this story took place with a new side of the family. I loved the family in her former series. But since I never got the chance to read all of her former books, I always felt like I was missing part of the adventure. But with this new series it is starting out with someone new. So I am getting to be there for the beginning of their life's story.  
Signe and her family went through a lot to come to America. Even though they were not afraid to work hard, their new home was not what they were expecting. This book had lots of historical details on how things used to be done. And it gave me a great look at what life was like back then. This book does not have a fast plot, but I enjoyed the speed of the story. The plot was really interesting and it had some big surprises along the way. I would highly recommend this book to all
Lauraine Snelling fans!
  I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
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