Archives for October 2016

Gina’s Review: An Amish Harvest by Patricia Davids

An Amish Harvest (The Amish Bachelors, #1)

An Amish Harvest (The Amish Bachelors, #1)
written by Patricia Davids
published by Love Inspired, 2015

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Disclosure: Gina’s review was first published on Sip, Read, Love.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I’ve always seen these romance covers with the beautiful Amish maid or an Amish man working on the farm, I just never picked one up to read. So last year when I received a Patricia David novel in a book box, I was curious. I noticed it was part of a series, so I went to the library to find the first book, An Amish Harvest.

It is a small book at 220 pages, and it took me two days to read. However, if I had a whole day free I could have finished it easily. It would make a great weekend read if you are going on a fall trip somewhere. There’s also a Hallmark movie quality to it that I really liked. It makes me feel warm and gooey inside like a cookie.

Rebecca and Samuel as a couple are well matched. Rebecca lost her husband and Samuel lost his sight. They both have to struggle to find what it is that will make them feel complete again. They use their faith in God and love from their friends and family to heal. I now understand fully why this is an “inspirational romance.” It’s uplifting, simple, and sweet. The perfect book to read when you are in a reading slump.



“I chose cedar because I know it will always remind you of the man you loved before me. I know he holds a special place in your heart. The water drop is because you have quenched the thirst in my soul I didn’t know existed until I met you, and because you threw water on a sick man.”

5 stars


Would I recommend it: Definitely!



About the book – from Goodreads: Nursing His Heart

When Amish carpenter Samuel Bowman is injured in an accident, he fears he’ll never see again. He’s always provided for his family—and now that it’s harvest season, the Bowmans are needed in the fields, not at his bedside. So when a young Amish widow becomes his nurse, Samuel expects Rebecca Miller to make his life easier. But his caregiver is bossy, outspoken and challenges him to move on with his life. Though Samuel’s sight is in question, he can plainly see the woman he’s come to care for won’t let herself love again. Now it’s Samuel’s turn to heal her heart.


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Spotlight: The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (giveaway)

the-secret-chordThe Secret Chord
written by Geraldine Brooks
published by Penguin Books, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected.  We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him—from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age.



“A thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating reconsideration of the story of King David…I dare readers to take in Brooks’s rendition of [David’s life] without crying at least once. (I did, three times.)” —New York Times Book Review

“A page turner… Brooks is a master at bringing the past alive.” —Washington Post

“It’s this David — gifted artist, vainglorious alpha male, conflicted husband and father — that we meet in THE SECRET CHORD, the beautiful, subtle, grave new novel by Geraldine Brooks. For Brooks, a former journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for March (2005), David is interesting not for his status as the most beautiful man in art history but, rather, for his matrix of contradictions, his prodigious talents at least balanced, if not nullified, by his instinct for self-gratification.” —USA Today

“The best historical fiction. . .Brooks gives the whole king his due. . .It’s a tall order to breathe life into such a human being, and she manages it admirably.”—

“There’s something bordering on the supernatural about Geraldine Brooks.  She seems able to transport herself back to earlier time periods, to time travel.  Sometimes, reading her work, she draws you so thoroughly into another era that you swear she’s actually lived in it.  With sensory acuity and a deep and complex understanding of emotional states, she conjures up the way we lived then. . .Brooks has humanized the king and cleverly added a modern perspective to our understanding of him. . .[Her] vision of the biblical world is enrapturing.”  —The Boston Globe


About the author: Geraldine Brooks is the author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning March and the international bestsellers Caleb’s CrossingPeople of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign CorrespondenceCaleb’s Crossing was the winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Christianity Today Book Award, and was a finalist for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Born and raised in Australia, she lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz.


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Melissa’s Review: Keep Her by Leora Krygier

Keep Her

Keep Her
written by Leora Krygier
published by She Writes Press, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
Listen, I know this is a YA novel and I’m decidedly NOT a YA (what with the mortgage and the children and all), but I’m having trouble with Krygier’s name choices. In my brain, people named Maddie and Aiden ought to be writing reports on their favorite presidents and dreaming about getting their own cell phones, not balancing their father’s books and fathering children. It’s my own fault–my brain won’t process the fact that someone named Maddie could possibly be any older than eleven, or that someone named Aiden could be doing anything other than playing with Thomas trains. I also have no idea how my daughter managed to turn one without me noticing . . . I swear we just brought her home last week (And holy cow, when did my son learn how to button his own buttons?). But I digress.

Names notwithstanding, I enjoyed this book when I didn’t think I was going to. I needed something to read at the beach, and the bit about whales in the blurb seemed appropriate, so I went for it. I was expecting a light read, and I happily ended up with a lovely, real bit of depth. I’m pleased about the ending–don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s refreshing to read a book that ends much the way things end in the real world.

3.5 stars


Would I recommend it: Listen, if you can picture someone named Maddie as a young adult, go for it. It’s a sweet little book.



About the book – from Goodreads: 
Destiny doesn’t factor into seventeen-year-old adoptee Maddie s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on as safe and reliable. Still, Maddie is also an artist who draws on instinct and intuition to create the collages she makes from photographs and the castoff scraps she saves. But when her brother falls in with a Los Angeles street gang, Maddie loses her ability to create art. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Aiden is haunted by the death of his younger brother, and a life-changing decision he must now make whether or not to keep his baby daughter. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales, and a worn-out copy of Moby Dick all collide to heal and save them both.”


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Fall Reading Challenge: An Address in Amsterdam by Mary Dingee Fillmore (spotlight, giveaway)



an-address-in-amsterdamAn Address in Amsterdam
written by Mary Dingee Fillmore
published by She Writes Press, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Rachel Klein hopes she can ignore the Nazis when they roll into Amsterdam in May 1940. She s falling in love, and her city has been the safest place in the world for Jewish people since the Spanish Inquisition. But when Rachel s Gentile boyfriend is forced to disappear rather than face arrest, she realizes that everything is changing, and so must she so, although she is often tired and scared, she delivers papers for the underground under the Nazis noses. But after eighteen months of ever increasing danger, she pushes her parents to go into hiding with her. The dank basement where they take refuge seems like the last place where Rachel would meet a new man but she does. An Address in Amsterdam shows that, even in the most hopeless situation, an ordinary young woman can make the choice to act with courage and even love.”




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Fall Reading Challenge: We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly (spotlight)



We Are UnpreparedWe Are Unprepared
written by Meg Little Reilly
published by Mira, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Ash and Pia’s move from Brooklyn to the bucolic hills of Vermont was supposed to be a fresh start—a picturesque farmhouse, mindful lifestyle, maybe even children. But just three months in, news breaks of a devastating superstorm expected in the coming months. Fear of the impending disaster divides their tight-knit rural town and exposes the chasms in Ash and Pia’s marriage. Ash seeks common ground with those who believe in working together for the common good. Pia teams up with “preppers” who want to go off the grid and war with the rest of the locals over whom to trust and how to protect themselves. Where Isole had once been a town of old farm families, yuppie transplants and beloved rednecks, they divide into paranoid preppers, religious fanatics and government tools.




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Boost It Tuesday! – October 18, 2016

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.


What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.


Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!



This week’s featured author is Michelle Mankin! Visit their Facebook page and give it an extra Boost!


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EFC Promotions Social Media Blitz Sign-Up: Nightfall Bay by Carolyn J. Rose





Nightfall Bay
written by Carolyn J. Rose
expected publication November, 2016


About the book: 

When her grandmother dies, Rain Paxton inherits an extraordinary gift—the ability to follow a phantom dog into the afterlife to a place called Nightfall Bay. There, at the edge of a dark sea, the souls of the missing and murdered wait for earthly mysteries to be solved.

Pierce Jennings is a wealthy man, rich enough to fund a crime task force. But money can’t buy what he wants most—to know where his wife is, and whether she’s dead or alive. Missing nearly three years, Ariel is one of a dozen women taken by a serial killer known as the Peddler.

Drawn to Pierce, and longing to learn Ariel’s fate and free the souls of the Peddler’s victims, Rain prepares to journey to Nightfall Bay. But the Peddler will kill to keep her from speaking with the dead and learning his identity.



carolynAbout the author: Carolyn J. Rose is the author of the popular Subbing isn’t for Sissies series (No Substitute for Murder, No Substitute for Money, No Substitute for Maturity, No Substitute for Myth, No Substitute for Mistakes, and No Substitute for Motives), as well as the Catskill Mountains mysteries (Hemlock Lake, Through a Yellow Wood, and The Devil’s Tombstone). Other works include An Uncertain Refuge, Sea of Regret, A Place of Forgetting, and projects written with her husband, Mike Nettleton (The Hard Karma Shuffle, The Crushed Velvet Miasma, Drum Warrior, Death at Devil’s Harbor, Deception at Devil’s Harbor, and the short story collection Sucker Punches).

She grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, graduated from the University of Arizona, logged two years in Arkansas with Volunteers in Service to America, and spent 25 years as a television news researcher, writer, producer, and assignment editor in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. She’s now a substitute teacher in Vancouver, Washington, and her interests are reading, swimming, walking, gardening, and NOT cooking.

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The Sunday Post – October 16, 2016

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Hi, Everyone! I can’t believe we are halfway through October. Fall is my favorite season. I’m loving the cooler fall weather. I love the smell of bonfires and the changing leaves are beautiful! I hope you’ve had a great week. =)

Last week at EFC:

  • Monday: I kicked of the blog tour for Emily’s Choice by Heather McCoubrey.
  • Tuesday: Boost It Tuesday! And we celebrated our 5th Blogoversary!! There’s an awesome celebratory giveaway going on. Check it out!
  • Wednesday: Our new reviewer, Jaclyn, reviewed Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon for BookSparks’s Fall Favorites Blog Tour.
  • Friday: One of my favorite authors, Aven Ellis, recently released a new book, Green Tea Latte To Go. Check out my review!
  • Saturday: I reviewed Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale for BookSparks’s Fall Reading Challenge.

This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: A new signup for EFC Promotions will be posted for a Social Media Blitz for Carolyn Rose’s Nightfall Bay.
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!! We will also be featuring another Fall Reading Challenge selection.
  • Wednesday: Be on the lookout for a giveaway of a Fall Reading Challenge book.
  • Thursday: Gina will be reviewing An Amish Harvest.
  • Friday: It’s the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!
  • Saturday: A new In the Kitchen review!

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Fall Reading Challenge: Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale (Chrissy’s review)




everything-we-keepEverything We Keep
written by Kerry Lonsdale
published by Lake Union Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I really did! This is another selection for the Fall Reading Challenge that has kept me turning pages. I read Everything We Keep every free chance I had.

Aimee and James were childhood friends, high school sweethearts, and engaged to be married. When tragedy strikes, Aimee has to pull herself up and move on with her life after James is killed on a business trip. But the twists and turns that followed kept me reading. Some things I guessed, some things I was surprised by, and some things left me with more questions than answers. There were some scenes and instances that didn’t quite fit with the story for me, but those scenes weren’t enough to make me stop reading or stop enjoying this read. Ian was a sweetheart, but I think there is way more to his story. Laney/Lucy/Lacy is still a question mark for me. Was she just a means to an end or does she play a bigger role in the next book? The end left me a bit heartbroken. But not for who you may think from reading this review. (I’m not going to spoil the story or the ending.)

4 stars

Would I recommend it: I would! I can’t wait for the next book!


About the book – from Goodreads: 
A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.




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Chrissy’s Review: Green Tea Latte To Go by Aven Ellis

green-tea-latte-to-goGreen Tea Latte To Go
written by Aven Ellis
published by RJM Publishing, 2016

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy it. It kept me reading and left me with a smile on my face.

Payton is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who loves all things Duchess Catherine. Brooks is an exotic pet vet from England. When the two meet at the coffee shop one morning, a connection is formed. This connection is fueled during a rather adventurous trip to the vet with one of Payton’s concierge client’s pet pigs, Mr. Not Bacon. (I love that name for the pig!) Although Payton is young, early twenties, she has a good head on her shoulders and she is really making something with her blog. She has the business of blogging down, even though her parents don’t see that. She’s making a name for herself, and she should be proud. Brooks is a sweet man getting over a broken heart. Their relationship is fast but sweet. They go together. I loved that Brooks was so supportive of Payton and her blogging. He got her and her dream.

Green Tea Latte To Go is a sweet romance that will keep you turning pages.

4 stars

Would I recommend it: Sure! I love Ms. Ellis’s books.



About the book – from Goodreads: 
Perfect Drink: Green tea latte with coconut milk and raw honey.

Perfect Fashion Icon: The Duchess of Cambridge. Always on point with her fashion, dressing appropriately for every occasion and not afraid to recycle things from her wardrobe, I truly admire her class and style.

Perfect Place: Seattle.

Perfect Activity for Relaxation: Yoga. I’m terrible at it, but I’m determined to perfect downward dog. Someday.

For Seattle blogger Payton James, life is all about trying to achieve perfection. Payton is determined to be her best self in all areas, and she refuses to rest until she achieves it.

However, an imperfect moment in a coffee shop completely changes Payton’s life. When her drink order gets switched by mistake, Payton finds herself face-to-face with a gorgeous British man named Brooks. Payton is instantly attracted to the witty stranger who is quick with his words—and has a beautiful smile.

Brooks is an exotic veterinarian with a huge passion for animals. Heartache in his past has led him to focusing on his career out of fear of getting hurt again. But there’s something about Payton that makes this vet want to know more about the bubbly blogger he has met via fate—and has him reconsidering his stance on love.

But will Brooks ever be free of his fears to truly open his heart? And will Payton’s drive for perfection cost her the one thing she loves most? Or will she learn to embrace imperfections?

And maybe perfect is the one thing Payton doesn’t want after all . . .



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