Whispering to Horses Review

About the Book

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An old fence separates a modern community from their Amish neighbors, until a little boy opens the gate and breaks down barriers between them. Main characters, Matt and Eli, find friendship, hope, and a future through a mutual need, which creates an opportunity for them to learn to understand each other. Eli and his little sisters will touch your heart by Whispering to Horses.

My Two Cents

Aaaaarrrgggghhhh!!!!!! I so wish this book was longer! I absolutely LOVED it! This is my first experience with Thomas Nye’s work, and let me just say, I don’t think it will be my last. I was sucked into this story from the very start. I loved his character Eli and found myself wanting to help out with Matt’s yard too. I really want to know what happens next for Matt! I highly recommend this book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Thank you to Celebrate Lit and Thomas Nye for a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Thomas Nye, author of the Amish Horses Book Series, Lives near an Amish community where he grew to know and respect his Amish neighbors. During grade school Thomas developed an interest in history and loved reading anything he could find about the 1800s. His love of farm, history, and horses all came together in real-life experiences with his Amish friends, who also happen to share his Christian faith. He purchased draft horses from Amish farmers in his neighborhood and set out to learn the art of working with horses in harness. After years of buying, selling, and trading work horses with Amish farmers in his community, Thomas had many wonderful memories of those experiences. His novels based on those adventures. Learn more about Thomas Nye on his website.

Guest Post from Thomas Nye

Last spring, I visited numerous Amish communities throughout the state of Indiana. My original goal was to bring awareness of my Amish Horses book series to the Amish and tourists in that region. As I traveled down quiet country roads, my heart was overwhelmed by beautiful farm scenes. Conversations with Amish families, and especially Amish children, brought a new awareness and inspiration to me. Springtime and its rich aromas flooded my senses and filled my heart with a story, Whispering to Horses.

Whispering to Horses is a very short novel which spans several generations. It is the story of two families that live side-by-side for years, and yet are strangers to each other. A fence that was installed to keep livestock apart has become a dividing line, separating Amish from their non-Amish neighbors. Years ago, when putting in the fence, an Amishman remembered his grandfather’s advice, almost prophetically, “… a gate opens the way for help in time of need.” Generations later, a gentle Amish boy named Eli, seems to have inherited his great-great-grandfather’s wisdom, as he opens the gate and communication between neighbors.

Kalona, Iowa has been my home for the past 35 years. Living in an Amish/Mennonite community, I have experienced many situations exactly like the one described in this book. It is so easy for us to look over a fence and have a disdain for people we don’t know, or understand. Sometimes, a little child can use their simple wisdom to break through our misconceptions, and soften our crusty opinions. In my hundreds of visits to Amish farms, it has been the children that have surprised me most. Even though English is their second language, Amish children speak with wisdom that has become a treasure to me, and I want to share it with you. I hope the story of Whispering to Horses opens your eyes, and brings back memories of your own childhood, when we all shared that simple wisdom.

Blog Stops

June 7: Quiet Quilter

June 8: ArtisticNobody

June 8: Petra’s Hope

June 9: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

June 10: Cindy’s Book Reviews

June 10: Blossoms and Blessings

June 11: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

June 12: Bigreadersite

June 13: Through The Open Window

June 14: A Greater Yes

June 14: Cassandra M’s Place

June 15: Texas Book-aholic

June 16: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

June 17: Lighthouse Academy

June 18: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

June 19: Red Headed Book Lady

June 20: Rockin’ My Mom Jeans

June 21: Simple Harvest Reads

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Thomas is giving away an entire set of his Amish Horses Series! Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/9b7f

New Beginnings Review

New Beginnings by Pamela Jo is a 95 page novel in the Christian Amish genre. It is published by BHG Publishing and was released on December 22, 2015. To purchase your copy from Amazon, click here.

About the Book

Upon her return from her best friend Charlie’s wedding, Victoria found that the beautiful city of Chicago had never seemed emptier and neither had her soul. She realized she was surrounded by all the people in the world and she still felt lonely. Deciding to take her friend Charlie’s advice and make a change in her life, she packed her bags and moved to the west coast of Florida. Little did she know that the young Amish girl that she met on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico would begin a spiral of emotional changes for both of them.

My Two Cents

I must say that I love the way Pamela wrote Victoria and her personal journey throughout this book. I do however, feel that for me personally, the story was a bit slow at times. That being said, I cannot say enough about how great the writing of Victoria’s character was. Pamela Jo did a wonderful job making her feel real. She reacted like how I would expect someone with her thought process to react. I love it when authors make realistic characters.

I give this book a four out of five stars. Again, I love the character development in this story!

Thank you to Pamela Jo and CelebrateLit for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Author Pamela Jo, best known as “Whoopie Pie Pam”, is the author of several wonderful story/cookbooks, and the best-selling co-author of the #1 Best Selling series, The Divine Secrets of the Whoopie Pie Sisters. She is also the founder and creator of the Whoopie Pie Book Club, a well know social media site.

While battling Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, Pam created the Whoopie Pie Book Club. For years, she called a group of ladies in her family by that same name. Every year, they travelled to Amish Country for a retreat of reading Amish fiction, seeing the Amish sights and eating plenty of Whoopie Pies.

Inspired by the Amish for their simplicity in facing life, love of God, and honor for family, Pamela found a connection with the Amish. As a result of her many years of traveling and conducting business with the Amish, she has established close friendships with many Amish families, friendships that she cherishes. She refers to them as her extended family.

Contact the author at:

Email: pamelajo@BHGPublishing.com

http://whoopiepieplace.com

www.facebook.com/whoopiepiepam

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of her newest book, Pamela Jo is giving away a special beach bag, including a Kindle fire tailored for your special day of relaxing at the beach.

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Blog Tour Stops

March 4: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

March 5: Christian Bookaholic

March 6: Bukwurmzzz

March 6: Splashes of Joy

March 7: Mary Hake

March 8: Quiet Quilter

March 9: The Power of Words

March 10: ArtisticNobody

March 11: Debbie’ Dusty Deliberations

March 12: Simple Harvest Reads

March 13: A Greater Yes

March 14: Singing Librarian Books

March 15: Texas Book-aholic

March 16: Cassandra M’s Place

Grace’s Forgiveness Review

Grace’s Forgiveness by Molly Jebber is a 320 page novel in the Christian Amish genre. It is published by Kinsignton Publishing Corp and was released on Jan 26, 2016. To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

My Two Cents

Grace’s Forgiveness was such a cute story! I loved watching the interactions between Mark and Grace; their relationship was absolutely adorable. This story is full of lessons for readers: forgiveness, love, and friendship. For readers who love Amish books, this story should be on your list to read. Molly Jebber did a beautiful job writing this novel and I would highly recommend it to other readers!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Grace’s story is a beautiful one that was a joy to read.

A special thanks to Molly Jebber and Celebrate Lit for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities. Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

Blog Tour Stops

Jan 26: Cheryl’s Book Blog

Jan 27: Texas Book-aholic

Jan 28: Rockin My Mom Jeans

Jan 29: Book Bites, Bee Stings & Buttergly Kisses

Jan 29: Bukwurmzzz

Jan 30: Quiet Quilter

Jan 31: The Power of Words

Feb 1: Our Perfectly Imperfect Life

Feb 1: Cassandra M’s Place

Feb 2: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberation

Feb 3: Just Commonly

Feb 4: Big Reader’s Site

Feb 4: Artistic Nobody

Feb 5: Seasons of Opportunity

Feb 6: Through the Open Window

Feb 7: A Greater Yes

Feb 7: Simple Harvest Reads

Feb 7: Reader’s Cozy Corner

Feb 8: Jeannette’s Thoughts

Feb 8: Splashes of Joy

Feb 9: Red Headed Book Lady

Giveaway

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Huckleberry Hearts Review

Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand is a 352 page novel in the Christian Amish fiction genre. It is published by Zebra Publishers and was released on November 24, 2015. To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren. And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…

Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.

Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without —she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love…

My Two Cents…

Huckleberry Hearts is a cute story that I fell in love with. I would definitely say that Anna and Felty are quite the characters! Cassie’s relationship with her Mammi made me cherish the relationship I have with my family. I love that Cassie is strong and she doesn’t back down from the things that she believes in. This is one of the few Amish books that I have enjoyed. Jennifer Beckstrand did a wonderful job with the way her story unfolds. It is captivating and exciting; her book leaves the reading wanting more!

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. This story was so much fun to read; there were just one or two inconsistencies that kept me from giving it five stars.

I would like to thank Jennifer Beckstrand and Celebrate Lit for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.

Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

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Change of Heart Review

Change of Heart by Molly Jebber is a 288 page novel in the Amish Historical genre. It is published by Zebra and was released on June 20, 2015.  To purchase your copy, click here.

Overview

A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance to discover love’s true way home…

Ohio, 1899. Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith’s strict rules—until her fiancé jilted her before their entire community. She’s never been away from home, but the bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt’s wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman.

With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances .

My Two Cents

Change of Heart is the best Amish book I have read so far. I’m normally not a big fan of Amish fiction, but I couldn’t not put this book down! This is a beautiful story about how love can conquer any obstacle. I loved watching Becca’s love story unfold as I continued to read. Becca is a strong woman who holds fast in her faith and trusts God during whatever trial comes her way. Matt is a strong and kind man who is absolutely perfect for Becca. They are such a cute couple and I was rooting for them from the start!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  It was a joy to read and kept me interested throughout the entire length of the novel. Like I said before, I don’t usually enjoy Amish fiction, but I am so glad I read this one!

Thank you to Molly Jebber and Celebrate Lit for a free copy of Change of Heart in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.

About the Author

Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

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