Monday, July 18, 2016

Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh with #Review


Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.

When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn’t come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail’s new landlord, and he’s threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.

As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?

MY THOUGHTS- Courtney Walsh has quickly risen to one of my top ten authors. After reading this one and her newest, Change of Heart, I realized what talent was being brought forth. This story is a whirlwind tale of romance, a gaggle of women who are well meaning busybodies, and a town ready for love. Absolutely loved this deep read and how it brought some things to light in my own life. Definitely an author I would urge you to take a chance on!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Murder Mezzo Forte Blog Tour With #Review

Murder Mezzo Forte 

He is a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations. . . .
She a headstrong professor of religion, a converted Wiccan. Earlier, they solved a campus murder, but now police say they formed two-thirds of an illicit love triangle with a newly-murdered female colleague and they’re probably guilty of her murder. A leak of the alleged scandal to the college administration threatens their jobs.
Their desperate attempt to prove themselves innocent of the triangle and the murder plunges them into a tangle of unsavory corporate relationships among college trustees. And it puts their lives in danger from a mysterious criminal organization that seems to have tentacles everywhere.
Can this ill-matched pair’s stumbling efforts succeed against the entrenched forces of the police, the college’s incompetent administration, and that powerful but unseen criminal organization? If not, they may end up unemployed, in prison, or suffering a fate much worse.

MY REVIEW- Donn Taylor is a new author to me. I have read many mysteries, and I almost didn't request this one when I saw the part about her being a former Wiccan. I really don't like when references are made to anything like that. But I went ahead and requested it since I do love a good mystery.

Needless to say my feelings are mixed about this one. The characters were entertaining and the dialogue was fun, but there were times I felt it moved really slow. Sometimes the pace was quite good and things moved along fast, but then it would drag. It wasn't enough to keep me from finishing the book for sure, but it was enough that I felt it needed mention. The mystery aspect was good and while the Wiccan stuff was definitely in the book, it wasn't an overwhelming part. Overall a good book but not a favorite.

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Ringmaster's Wife By Kristy Cambron with #Review

The Ringmaster's Wife

An ounce of courage. A split-second leap of faith. Together, they propel two young women to chase a new life---one that's reimagined from what they might have become.

In turn-of-the-century America, a young girl dreams of a world that stretches beyond the confines of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures to call her own, Mable steps away from all she knows, seeking the limitless marvels of the Chicago World's Fair. There, a chance encounter triggers her destiny---a life with a famed showman by the name of John Ringling.

A quarter of a century later, Lady Rosamund Easling of Yorkshire, England, boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her life is planned out for her. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties in the grandest ballrooms the country has to offer. The Jazz Age has arrived, and with it, the golden era of the American circus, whose queen is none other than the enigmatic Mable Ringling.

When Rosamund's path crosses with Mable's and the Ringlings' glittering world, she makes the life-altering decision to leave behind a comfortable future of estates and propriety, instead choosing the nomadic life of a trick rider in the Ringling Brothers' circus.

A novel that is at once captivating, deeply poignant, and swirling with exquisite historical details of a bygone world, The Ringmaster's Wife will escort readers into the center ring, with its bright lights, exotic animals, and a dazzling performance that can only be described as the greatest show on earth!

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MY THOUGHTS-Kristy Cambron is an author I have really enjoyed. Her books delve into a whole different world and bring the readers along for the ride. This one was no different and just might be my favorite, though I would be hard pressed to decide between this one and The Butterfly and the Violin. While she pens a novel set in a certain time period, she also swaps timelines, normally going back and forth between two stories set many years apart.

In this one we have Rosamund, a princess in her own right, who wants something more than just marriage and the boring life that has been laid out for her. So when the opportunity arises to leave it all behind and go on a journey she grasps at the hand of the one who offers it, Colin. It isn't always exciting or thrilling, being a trick rider in the circus, and her life has its ups and downs, but she finds fulfillment and enjoyment.

I found myself totally enthralled with this story. After all, who doesn't enjoy a story about the Big Top and it's early days. Lots of history enclosed in these pages! The plot reminded me of Water for Elephants and the characters are realistic. It made me fall in love with both story lines, how they weave in and out, only to all end up together at the final chapter. What a wonderful novel from Kristy!! Loved it so much!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, June 17, 2016

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Monday, June 13, 2016

My Father's House by Rose Johnson #Review

My Father's House 

Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to one constant --- her father's love.

But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning. There begins Lily's struggle to find herself and the life she's lost. . . . Marriage promises fulfillment, but her happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon. Her husband's sophisticated fa├žade hides a brooding man with even darker secrets.

When all illusions shatter, Lily must make hard choices --- abandon her husband or risk losing much more than her marriage. She flees their home in Detroit and sets out on a fearful journey to a house in Georgia that her husband knows nothing about. This is one woman's compelling tale of love and survival as she finds her way back home to who she's meant to be . . . in her father's house.

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MY THOUGHTS- Hmm, this one was a very different and somewhat difficult read for me. The story starts off slow and at times I was tempted to put the book down but something kept me reading. About chapter 5 or 6 it really started to pick up. Though fiction novels are my favorite, this one almost sounded more like a memoir, but definitely a good one. Lily Rose is such a good character. At times making you want to tell her where to go or how to respond, while at other times she has such a strength. It made me realize that we can't always control how others respond, but only ourselves. Again, this book deals with a difficult subject of an abusive marriage so please, if that bothers you at all, do not pick this up. The author does a great job at being tactful but sometimes things hurt so I would caution readers to be careful if that might be an issue for you.

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, June 6, 2016

Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh #Review @courtney_walsh

A Colorado senator’s wife, Evelyn Brandt seems to have it all. But her carefully constructed life comes toppling down when the FBI crashes her society brunch with news that her husband has been arrested for embezzlement, and he’s far from repentant. It turns out this was only the start of his indiscretions—for which he has little regret. As the weeks following the scandal turn into months, Evelyn withdraws, even shirking her duties with the philanthropic Valentine Volunteers. The inquisitive women of the group are determined not to let Evelyn’s divorce destroy her. They have big plans for her to use her long-forgotten artistic talent to reimagine the city’s iconic lamppost hearts. But doing so will force Evelyn to work closely with Trevor Whitney, her ex-husband’s former best friend. Though she and Trevor used to be close—and he’s been letting her hide in his guesthouse—his gruffness conveys his unease with the situation. 
Amid the beauty of Trevor’s farm and the comfort of a paintbrush, Evelyn starts to reclaim the dreams she sacrificed to become the perfect politician’s wife. And as creativity inspires them both, Whit begins to see the girl he fell in love with before his friend—and his own mistakes—stole his chance. Possibilities for a new beginning emerge, but long-kept secrets threaten to ruin everything. After so much time, is a change of heart too much to hope for?

MY REVIEW- What a delightfully intriguing story I found inside the pages of Courtney Walsh's new book, Change of Heart! I have read the first novel, Paper Hearts, and when this one popped up for review, I knew I had to request it. When it arrived I put it on the shelf because I try to keep them in order of what needs reviewed first, but I couldn't stay away for long.

The cover is amazing and would draw me in, even if I didn't know how talented of an author Courtney is. The book centers on Evelyn Brandt, whose husband Christopher is arrested for fraud and embezzlement, as well as Trevor Whitney, farmer and woodworker extraordinaire. Trevor I found to be a different kind of hero. He is sullen, moody and withdrawn, a big change from most of the tough guy leads that we see so often. I loved watching Evelyn change from who she had become as a politician's wife to the woman she used to be. A free spirit and quite skillful with her painting. This is the second book I have read recently with someone going back to drawing and I enjoyed seeing it in both of the stories. There are several secondary characters who are delightful such as Lillian, Trevor's aunt, Casey and Marin, as well as the older ladies, the Valentine Volunteers, who are in charge of the Sweetheart Banquet. Full of wisdom but not always the most tactful :) This book deals with some tough situations and I applaud Mrs Walsh for her plot. An excellent page turner!!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Jesus Inspires Me Activity and Coloring Book #Review

ABOUT THE BOOK (32 pages): 

Everyone loves the familiar faces on the Knowing My God series board book covers. And now these characters step out into an expanded new role as Soul Mates, Friends for Life™ who involve your little artist in their world of drawing, coloring, reflecting, solving, decorating, and imagining. With the breezy flair of artist Missi Jay, each original page in the book ties in facts and themes from the well-regarded Knowing My God series, while inspiring creativity and a personal connection with Jesus. The beautiful glossy cover and just-right size make this newest addition to the line a perfect companion to the Knowing My God books on any family trip. Are we there yet? With the Graham Blanchard Soul Mates showing them the way, young passengers might be willing to ride a little longer.

MY THOUGHTS- Inside the pages of this activity book I found a cute book that any child would be interested in. Lots of Bible verses are entwined through the coloring pages so that the child is learning while they are enjoying themselves. Definitely a plus in my book! This would be great for a child, grandchild, birthday present, etc. My idea would be to make a gift basket and include this, some crayons, colored pencils and maybe a story book from the Knowing My God series. Voila!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Richard Mabry’s ‘Medical Judgment’ e-Reader Giveaway

Medical Judgment 

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she's about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn't think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her---and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband's best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it's too late, and they're both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won't protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

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MY REVIEW- Richard Mabry is an author whom I enjoy reading. His books are medical suspense and they are quite thrilling while immersing the reader into the world of doctors and detectives. This one is no different with a woman trying to start over alone. But someone isn't going to let her start over, at least not without a fight. She has two men wanting to step in and help, but can she trust them? An amazing story that had me reading into the wee hours of the night. Don't let the medical aspect scare you away!!


Just what the doctor ordered: heart-thumping suspense and intrigue, courtesy of Richard Mabry’s new medical drama, Medical Judgment. Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?

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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sister Eve and Blue Nun Book #Review!

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn’t a cold-blooded killer.
Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death.
Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth—a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-century’s revered “Blue Nun”—and a set of irreplaceable historic documents have disappeared before they could even be examined.
When all evidence seems to point to the victim’s brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain.
Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive.

MY REVIEW-This is a book I wasn't quite sure about reviewing. After all it is a different religion than mine, and while I know about the Catholic faith, I normally don't read books dealing with nuns :) But I do love a good mystery and this one definitely sounded like a good one!

The plot was good and the characters were different, especially Sister Eve. She was fun to watch but not your normal nun. She drives a motorcycle and wears boots. I had somewhat of a hard time following some of the dialogue as the writing was different.  I also have to say, there are lots of references that went above my head. I didn't know what all the terms meant by any means, and I know quite a bit about the Catholic faith. Overall it was a fun read, but not sure I will re-read.

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Eleventh Preview! Family Friendly Series from FEELN

I recently had the privilege of previewing an episode of a new family friendly series called, The Eleventh. This is an exclusive show through Feeln, a streaming service that allows you to watch many family films and shows, including the Hallmark Hall of Fame features. I was somewhat hesitant with starting this series but boy am I glad I previewed it! Can't wait to watch as they release this year.

The Eleventh is about a young girl, I thought she was in her teens but from something that is said in the first episode, it appears she is a young adult. It starts off leaving the viewers in the dark about what exactly is going on, so you definitely feel the pull of persevering to the end to see what happens. Of course, that leaves you wanting even more! Janine is a teenager who is getting ready to leave for college and we see her ringing a doorbell where an older lady appears. Janine tells the older woman that she works at Goodwill and they found an envelope in a book that was donated so she wanted to give it to her. I don't want to give it all away so I will leave the rest of the episode to your imagination.

Let me just give you this real quick. There are devastating secrets about to be revealed as well as families that will never be the same. We see a teenager who is trying to deal with the death of her mother and a father who is doing his best to protect her, but something seems a little off with both sides so I cannot wait to see how it turns out!

I do know many iconic actors and actresses from a bygone era appear in this series as well as some new faces for me. The acting was well done, definitely grabs your attention from the start and I believe it will interest young and old alike. I only have two things that I didn't care for. One is that the father is sitting there drinking and has a pack of cigarettes on his stomach. I just felt it was better left out of a family show. The other thing is the deception/lying going on from the start. Janine lies to the older woman, then promises her father something only to turn around the next day and disobey that. There are obviously issues from the past, and I understand adults making decisions that will impact their children for better or for worse, but I don't like how easy it was for Janine to go against her father's wishes in a heartbeat.

Overall an intriguing start to a series that I will definitely be catching up on as they come out. Feeln is a streaming service I would urge families to look into. I know several of the shows I saw on their website are good and I couldn't believe some of the great ones I saw on there! If you wish to check out the full episodes of The Eleventh, as well as the other great shows they have available, please follow the link below. Enjoy it!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, May 30, 2016

A Daughter's Dream by Shelley Gray with 5 Book #Giveaway!

A Daughter’s Dream 

A young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past . . . and finding love in one another.
Rebecca Kinsinger has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she’s given the opportunity she’s been waiting for at Charm Amish School, she’s dismayed to discover that teaching is hard work—work she’s afraid she’s not very good at.
That is, until Lilly Yoder joins the class. A thirteen-year old who’s just lost her parents, Lilly is in need of someone like Rebecca. For the first time since starting her new job, Rebecca feels a sense of purpose. But when she meets Lilly’s uncle, Jacob, his good looks and sweet, easy-going temperament are hard to ignore. How can she even entertain romantic thoughts of Jacob when his niece is her student?
Suddenly becoming Lily’s sole caregiver, Jacob Yoder never thought he’d be a single parent—or a farmer. Having been living in Florida as a carpenter, Jacob feels more at home wielding a hammer than a backhoe. The only bright spot in his life is Rebecca Kinsinger. As Lily and Rebecca develop a bond, Jacob’s fondness for the pretty teacher grows, too.
But when a fateful accident brings them together, Rebecca and Jacob must choose between duty and desire. Will they follow the path before them? Or set out to find true happiness . . . and true love?

MY THOUGHTS-Shelley's most recent series has been a real joy to me. I enjoy her shorter novels that often pull me into the world of the Amish, a culture much different than the one I live in, and yet many times with the same struggles and trials. Such is the case of Rebecca Kinsinger, a girl with dreams and ambitions but when she is finally able to realize some of them, she finds out that not everything is as she thought it would be. Rebecca is a great female lead and I loved her interactions with the children, even the difficult ones, and how she handled things.

The book can be read as a stand alone but I would suggest reading them in order. This is the second in the series and certain things come into play that will be best understood by reading the other book. Cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment of, The Charmed Amish Life!


**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, May 27, 2016

I Have Seen God Book #Review

The miraculous founding of a top class hospital for some of the world's poorest people

Klaus-Dieter and Martina John--both brilliant, talented, and highly qualified doctors--turned their backs on lucrative careers to follow their dream to open a first-rate medical facility for the Indians of the Peruvian Andes, some of the world's poorest people. The Peruvian Andes natives suffer appallingly from the diseases of poverty and, although they make up approximately 40 percent of Peru's population, are ignored by the authorities.
Having studied at the universities of Harvard, Yale, and Johannesburg during his training as a surgeon, Dr. Klaus-Dieter John together with his wife, Dr. Martina John, a pediatrician, developed a concept for a modern hospital in the Peruvian Highlands.
Turning down other offers, including a professorship, they set themselves the task of raising the millions of dollars needed. God opened the hearts and consciences of individuals and companies to create not just a health center, but a fully equipped hospital. Their story and vision has captured attention around the world and today they have the backing of 180 corporations and 50,000 private supporters.
The hospital’s name, Diospi Suyana, means "we trust in God" in Quechua, the native language of the people it serves. It is a testament to their experience that with God the impossible can happen. The incredible conviction and profound faith of the Johns will refresh your heart and stir your spirit.

MY THOUGHTS- I have always found biographies to be intriguing. When you see people have faith and lots of it, I tend to find my faith strengthened. I had personally never heard of this work with the Diospi Suyana hospital founded in Peru, but nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about it. The author definitely has a way with words and pulls the reader into the story of their trials, their struggles and yet also the overwhelming goodness of God. His guidance led them through many valleys and rivers but in the end, the work that was done was all for His glory! A most amazing story!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Creating a Mood with Incense

Incense can serve a variety of purposes. Although it may have its origins in religious ritual, incense has many other uses as well. You can purchase incense at a place like Patchouli Garden for some of the uses below. 

Make a New Space Your Own

If you're moving into a new house, apartment or room, you might want a way to claim that space and make it feel like yours. Burning some incense can be a great way to give the place a cleanse and claim it for yourself. A bonus is that it will drive out any harsh cleaning smells or lingering odors from previous tenants. 


For contemplative activities such as meditation, yoga or prayer, incense can help produce a calming atmosphere that helps separate where you are and your activity from the rest of the world. Nag Champa incense sticks are one type that can be great for this purpose.

Cover Bad Smells

Sometimes you just need incense for its most straightforward use. You might have burned something in the kitchen, had a heavy smoker visit or created an unpleasant smell in some other way that will eventually dissipate on its own, but in the meantime, incense can make the space bearable.

Repel Insects

Some types of incense will keep mosquitoes and other pests away. You may have to experiment to find out what works best. 

Religious or Spiritual Uses

Many different religions use incense in their ceremonies and rituals including Catholics, Hindus, Pagans and Buddhists. These might be used formally in temples and churches or informally in a believer's own home.

Create a Mood

There are so many different scents available that incense can be used to create a variety of moods and atmospheres in your home from wholesome and cheerful to woodsy to mysterious and decadent. 

Fight Insomnia 

Some people find certain scents help soothe them to sleep when they are struggling with insomnia. Lavender may be particularly helpful in this regard. 

You can keep a mix of incense sticks to hand so that you have a choice depending on your mood. There are so many options that you are sure to find a scent that suits you and your purposes.

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Quieting by Suzanne Fisher with #Giveaway

My Review- Suzanne Fisher has written an excellent novel, the second in a series, that I thoroughly enjoyed. Amish books are not normally something I pick up, but there are a couple authors I know will keep my attention and Suzanne is one of them. This series has been very good, but this book really kept my eyes glued to it. The whole community that has secrets, a lineage that may not be what it seems, and characters we will remember from other books all pull together to make a fascinating read. I was drawn mainly to Birdy. Her compassion and kindness made for a great character. Of course seeing Ruth as a nurse intrigued me. There is one part where she is talking to David Stoltzfus and something she said stuck in my mind. "There are many ways to serve God, David. The Amish don't have the corner on that. They just think they do."

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About the Book

The Stoltzfus family faces serious problems, both in the church and at home. Everyone in the community expects minister David Stoltzfus to fix things–fast. But David doesn’t work fast. He prefers to wait for God to work in individual hearts. However, even he is left wondering if the solution to their most pressing problem might be a Quieting. When David’s mother arrives, uninvited, more upheaval is in store. She has matchmaking plans for everyone in the family, including David and her eligible granddaughters–and especially for David’s niece Abigail. When Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem–but will it create another? Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher takes fans back to Stoney Ridge, delivering the twists, turns, and romance they adore.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author whose most recent novels include Anna’s Crossing and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.  

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Guest Post from Suzanne Woods Fisher

Twenty years ago, my husband and I attended a large church with a dynamic senior pastor. Each Sunday, we would sit spellbound during 40 minute sermons—he was that good a preacher. And then a terrible thing came to light—this very man had been taking advantage of vulnerable women during counseling sessions. Fourteen women, it turned out, and the pastor remained unrepentant. As issues were dealt with, our entire church suffered. We were a hurting community. The sins of one affected all.

As I plotted out ‘The Bishop’s Family,’ I wanted to borrow the theme of how a leader’s sins hurts the church community. (Now, I need to clarify that this is not a novel that addresses sexual sin. However, it does address unrepentant sin in an ordained leader.) First, I spoke to some Amish friends to see if my story idea had any merit. Was I was on the right track? To my amazement, a similar situation to my novels had occurred in one Amish friend’s church, and it resulted in a “quieting.” That’s an Amish phrase that means revoking the responsibilities of an unrepentant ordained leader. Just like it sounds–he is, essentially, “quieted.”

In this novel, you’ll see the behind-the-scenes of Amish church leadership, and get a sense of how a community is hurting. And how it begins to heal, too.

This series began in the Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania community with The Imposter. More twists and turns are coming to Stoney Ridge after The Quieting—so stay tuned for The Devoted to hit bookshelves in early October. Just in time for autumn reading by a warm fireplace!

Warmly, Suzanne


To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grab bag of Amish-made gifts worth over $100! Click the link to enter:

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**
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