Anna’s Crossing

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I am going to be very honest here. I don’t usually read any books about the Amish people. It’s for a couple of reasons. First of all, I haven’t read one I ever liked before. Secondly, while I love the way they watch out for each other and live a simple life, it seems to me that they’re more concerned with works than they are the heart. I usually find it to be too harsh.

So, when I was given this book to review, I really questioned whether or not I would like it. I was PLEASANTLY surprised to find that it is well written. This book held my attention, had a great storyline, and it was extremely researched. The history and knowledge that went into this book was phenomenal. I mean, really!!

The story centers around Anna (and some Amish and Mennonite families) crossing the ocean to have religious freedom in America in 1737. It really is a story of redemption and shows 1 Peter 3:1,2 in a wonderful light. (Well, it wasn’t exactly a woman winning over her husband, but you get the idea.) Her innocent and passionate love for her Savior won the hardened heart of another.

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So, Suzanne! You have managed to win me over (: The kindness of Anna in this book won my heart. Also, the knowledge of you spending quite a bit of time with the Amish people, thus knowing their hearts, has given me a completely new perspective.

Thank you, Revell, for giving me this book. As always, this is my honest review!! Here’s to many more!!!

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Suzanne Woods Fisher has so graciously agreed to sign a copy and send it to one lucky winner!!!! Click on the rafflecopter link and you will be able to enter multiple times!!!

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After a Fashion

by Jen Turano

Oh my goodness! It’s been a while since I wanted to cry when a book ended!!! What a great read! This is the first book that I have read by Jen Turano. I absolutely recommend this book.

Harriet (I am sorry, but that is the most dreadful name!) finds herself in quite the pickle when she, as a hat lady, delivers some to a spoiled family. After multiple series of unforeseen events, she finds herself engaged to the richest man in New York. Of course, it is just an arrangement and not a real engagement. You can probably guess the rest of the story from there (;

I found Jen’s insertion of funny characters (people and animals) to be amusing and a fun part of the story. It was definitely ridiculous, but in a great way!!!! You find yourself lost in the story and the characters are absolutely lovely. Often times when reading, I find that I am only attached to one or two, at most. Each character was interesting and had their own storyline that I cared to learn more about.

I want to add that there is not a strong Christian storyline. God is mentioned and prayed to, but that isn’t a huge part of the story. That would be my only recommendation for future books.

When I told Jen that I had not read any of her books before, she replied, “Before you check out any of my other books, if you have an e-reader, there is a free prequel novella out there – Gentleman of Her Dreams – it’s short, but a complete story and introduces you to characters from the first series – The Ladies of Distinction.”

Link is in the pic (AND IT’S FREE!!!!)

Ok, so, if you haven’t seen it yet, this morning I posted a Face-Off with Jen. It was so fun learning a little more about her (even if I did lose…)

Now, here’s the AWESOME news!! Jen Turano has offered to give a SIGNED COPY of After a Fashion to one lucky reader!!!! Just follow this link and you can enter multiple times!!! This is one hot item! So, MAKE HASTE!!

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Here are a look at her other books! I have a feeling they are just as good as this one. AND AREN’T THESE COVERS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!?????

 

Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and Into the Arms of the Savior

by Annie Lobert

This book stuck with me. This book stuck with me for days and days. How quickly, how easily women can be sucked into this lifestyle. Can be treated as if they are worthless and love is a beating, slavery and selling yourself.

Annie has shared her heart, her testimony and her bared her soul in this book. God is using this beautiful woman to bring Him much glory. I ask you to please take a look at this book. Please read this and share it with others. It is so frightening to see how quickly a young girl can be “broken” and become hopeless. This needs to be in the hands of every friend you know.

As the title indicates, Annie was in the sex industry for many years. As life became more and more hopeless, God showed His love to her. She is now free from the bondage. Free from the guilt. Free from all of it because there is freedom in Christ!!!!

Instead of turning her back and running away, she looked into the eyes of the girls she knew and realized what she must do with her life. She began a ministry called Hookers for Jesus. Yes, I realize that is a bit awkward to say, but it is based off of this simple verse:

Jesus called out to them: “Come follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”  Matthew 4:19
“Hookers For Jesus is a non-profit organization which addresses the harmful effects of prostitution, sex trafficking, and sexual exploitation linked to pornography and the sex industry.

The primary mission of Hookers For Jesus is to Hook (Outreach) Give Hope (Jesus) Heal (emotional & spiritual restoration) and Help (Transitional Assistance) for those who have been negatively affected by sex trafficking and the adult entertainment industry.”

I asked Annie a few questions and she was gracious enough to answer. I asked her if she was fearful of staying and living in the same town where she was threatened and beaten so often.

She is not.

I asked her about bringing God glory, and she wants to use her past to help as many people as she can.

As for her favorite verse? Jeremiah 29:11

A few fun questions, she DOES NOT go Black Friday shopping! She has eaten a Sea Urchin!!!! She does NOT hang out with Chumlee and Crew (Pawn Shop). Her dream is to travel the world non-stop (but I know that comes second to her amazing ministry). Oh, and she’s a mac (as in apple) girl! I love her even more!

So, how can those of us outside the city help? How can we contribute to this amazing ministry?

“The best ways to be involved from outside of the Las Vegas area is to pray, contribute financially, and spread Hookers for Jesus information via social media.”

So, here is a beautiful picture. You know what’s even more beautiful about it? It contains a link to contribute to Annie’s mission. To help those that are stuck in the sex industry to have a hope and a future.

PLEASE USE IT!

The Hesitant Heiress (Review and GIVEAWAY!!)

by Dawn Crandall

The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles Book 1)

So, when was the last time that a first time author completely knocked it out of the park? Oh, let me tell you. August 1, 2014. That’s when. Dawn Crandallhas completely declared to the world that she can write! And, boy can she!!

The Hesitant Heiress is so many things. It’s centered around Amaryllis Brigham and her life full of inconsistencies, mystery and betrayal. Who can be trusted? Who can love her for all the stigma attached to her name? When she doubts her own worth, how can she trust that anyone would find her to be more. To be worthy?

There are many characters in this book, which would normally be an annoyance to keep up with. However, Dawn has found a way to intertwine them all and cause you to care, in your own way, about each one. The romance is maddening and beautiful. There couldn’t be a more perfect hero. IMG_5535He reminded me very much of Captain Wentworth of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. *sigh*

I absolutely loved it!!  I am excited to be able to review the next two books in the series over the next two months.

NOW, to the good news. What you’ve been waiting for!!!! Dawn has very graciously agreed to giveaway a copy of this book. SQUEEEE!!!!! I know, totally exciting. Go ahead and just yell it. You know you want to!


For those of you that just can’t wait to get your hands on a copy, just click on the pic. It’ll take you right to Amazon!

However, if you are incredibly patient and can hold out to see if you win a free e-book copy, simply follow this link:

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Thanks, so much, Dawn! I had a great time (: Looking forward to the rest of the series!

Dauntless

by Dina Sleiman

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Ahh. What to say?! Where to start? Coming off of my Divergent high, the name of this book obviously intrigued me. It’s a YA book with some major girl kicking butt power!!

Lady Merry has lost her family under the cruel reign of King John (Yup! Like Robin Hood’s arch-nemesis). She and some other children had escaped and lived in the forest for 2 years. They lived off what they could find, or steal, and learned how to defend and take care of themselves.

This is such a fun book. I know it is a YA novel, but I think it will be passing through quite a few Mommas’ hands before making its way to their kiddos. It’s an adventurous story, the characters are deep and you really care about them. I enjoyed watching the way God was working in multiple lives throughout the book. Usually that is not the case. Dina found a way to show different characters struggling to make sense of God and what He was doing in their lives without it being too much of a side story, or too preachy.

Love it! Make sure you read my face-off post to get to know Dina a bit more and then head on over to Amazon and get yourself a copy of Dauntless (Valiant Hearts Book #1)!! Make haste! It’s a great price and won’t stay for long (:

Thanks, netgalley, for this great book. As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!