June 22, 2015

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"In Firefly Valley"
Amanda Cabot

Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow's End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa's dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake's real identity?

This warm and witty story of dreams deferred and mistaken identity will have you believing in second chances.

Amanda Cabot know how to write an easy, laid-back read.  Her books are always light, and have good life lessons in them.  

I was a bit disappointed that Laurel and Drew didn't get their own book, but they did get their story.  

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Dee Henderson

Abducted at the age of sixteen, Shannon Bliss was held captive for eleven years.  Shannon was finally able to escape her kidnappers.  She has chosen Matthew Dane to help her take care of some unfinished business and re-acclimate her back into society, as well as rejoin her family.  

Matthew, a retired cop, has had personal experience with this difficult task, through the experience of his own daughter's kidnapping.  

Shannon seems to have an amazing grip on her emotions keeping them locked away and only allowing tiny bits at a time to emerge.  This has Matthew puzzled and concerned.  He wonders when these carefully locked up emotions will burst out.  

Shannon contains information about the family that held her hostage and wants them brought to justice.  Her abductors believe Shannon to be dead and she must be kept out of the press.  A difficult thing to do, considering her brother is running for governor.  

Matthew is trying to unravel the facts behind Shannon's disappearance and the trail is leading to a member of Shannon's family.   

Not having Dee Henderson's previous books "Unspoken" & "Full Disclosure", I was lost in regards to some of the characters.  I would recommend reading them before you read "Taken".   

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June 12, 2015

The Proposal at Siesta Key 
"The Proposal at Siesta Key"
Shelley Shepard Gray

Penny Troyer's parents treat her as if she were four years old instead of twenty-four years old.  She's not allowed to go further than the front porch by herself, much less  enjoy doing the things a twenty-four year woman would do.  She understands why her parents are over protective.  It was all because of the tragedy that happened to her sister twelve years ago.  But Penny can't stand being smothered any longer.  Tonight she is going to defy them and go to hear the famous Michal Knoxx.  

Michal is part of a traveling Mennonite evangelical family.  Michal lost his leg in a terrible accident and uses his experience to inspire others.

An unexpected turn of events pushes Penny & Michael together and Michael begins to wonder if maybe it's time for him to settle down.

But what about Penny's parents?  Will they approve?  What will Michael's parents say he quits traveling with the family?

This is an easy read, one to enjoy when you need to relax.  It shows that we all need to trust in the Lord no matter what circumstances come into our lives.

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May 23, 2015

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"Love Letters"
Beverly Lewis

Merlena Wenger is being sent to help her Mennonite grandmother, who has just buried her husband.  She doesn't want to go.  It's not that she doesn't want to help her grandmother, but if she is to marry in the fall, she has to take baptismal classes during the summer.  Now she will have to wait another whole year.  She wonders if her parents have an ulterior motive in sending her away, maybe to get her away from Nat, her Old Amish Order beau.  

While there, Merlena starts her own search for God and His will for her life.  She feels that His will includes taking care of her deceased sister's baby.  Her sister who turned away from Plain life and went fancy. But Nat doesn't think Marlena should care for the child because she is "an Englischer".  Marlena tells Nat that she believes it is what the Lord wants her to do, so he ends their relationship.

Her heart really breaks wen Gordon, who was missing in action, shows up to claim his daughter.  What does the Lord have in store for Marlena now and will her breaking heart ever mend?

This book was sad at times, but very heartwarming.  It showed how we must let go and let God control our lives.  Beverly Lewis always writes a captivating story that you cannot put down until it is finished.

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May 22, 2015

When Grace Sings 
"When Grace Sings"
Kim Vogel Sawyer

Found on a door step by Suzanne Zimmerman, who had just given up her own baby for adoption, Alexa Zimmerman wonders if the Old Order Mennonite community will ever except her.  Suzanne takes little Alexa, certain she is a gift from God.  When Suzanne's mother is injured in an accident, Suzanne, who is a nurse, is asked by her siblings to come home.  Reluctantly, she goes, taking Alexa with her.  

Suzanne's mother comes to love Alexa, even though she isn't a blood relative.  Alexa decides to stay and help her grandmother and sets about to turn her home into a B&B.  Her first guest is Briley Forrester, a reporter for a scandal magazine.

He is out to dig up dirt about the Old Order Mennonites to prove they are not as goody-goody as they let on.  He may very well find it too, because another border is Anna-Grace Brawn.  She knows she is adopted, but doesn't know her real parents.  But Alexa knows the truth.

Add to this the secrets of Anna's fiance.  

Will things ever work for these 4 people?  Who each have their own set of problems?

Can't wait for book #3 to see how things turn out.  

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May 21, 2015

A Love Like Ours 
"A Love Like Ours"
Becky Wade

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

This was my first time reading a Becky Wade novel, but hopefully not my last.  She has an enjoyable writing style that is uniquely her own.  She makes the characters and their stories so real, that you feel that you actually know them and are pained by the trials they're facing and rejoice with the good things.

Lyndie and her family have not had it easy, but they still believe and know that God is good.  I love that!  I love that Becky Wade writes in such a way that her readers can relate to.  Yes, we all have different trials and face a variety of different things, but God is good.  That is something that we all need to remember through the good times and the bad.  

This book is a keeper!  Now I'm going to hunt down the first two and read them!  

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