One moment, Carrie Weaver is planning to elope with Lancaster Barnstormer Solomon Riehl, leaving their Amish community behind. The next, she is staring into a future as broken as her heart. Now Carrie faces a choice. An opportunity. But will this decision, this moment in time, change her life forever? “Fisher kicks off a refreshing new series, Lancaster County Secrets, with characters that are strong, both in body and spirit. They also have weaknesses that develop into strengths with the choices they make.”
4 stars, Romantic Times
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Suzanne is a wife and mom, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and an author of Christian books, both non-fiction and fiction.
Her relatives on my mother’s side are Old Order German Baptist Brethren, also known as Dunkards. That’s where her interest in Anabaptist traditions began. Suzanne’s grandfather was born into a family of 13 children, started his career as a teacher in a one-room school house in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and ended it as one of the very first publishers of Christianity Today. “We called him “Deardad” even though he was a very stern fellow. Still, Deardad’s life inspired me to write.”
After college, Suzanne was a freelance writer for magazines and became a contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today. Her work has been featured in Today’s Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Worldwide Challenge, among others. She took the plunge into books a few years ago and now she’s hooked. To learn more about Suzanne, visit her website at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com
My Thoughts… This is the first book I’ve read from author Suzanne Woods Fisher and it certainly won’t be my last. I enjoy how Suzanne writes, as her writing style was easy to read and the captivating story kept it hard to put down. I read The Choice in a day in a half and am so sad that the story is over. I’m really look forward to more books in the Lancaster County Secrets Series!
The Choice is a tale full of moral values, family, faith, and tragedy. I was quite intrigued learning about the Amish ways as I’ve always been very interested in their culture. At times, I wish life was more simple as keeping up with all the hustle and bustle in our current society can be overwhelming and very stressful. I long at times for the sense of family and friendship that the Amish community values so true, if only people would stop focusing on self and more on others. Though I know the Amish is a tight knit community and they don’t think too much of those on the outside, I think I long for it to be like Christ intended much like the character Abel in this story. I guarantee reading this book will definitely put some new thoughts into your head and shine light on new to you revelation. I loved it and I sure others will too.
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Winner of the
2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest!
Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. But things begin to unravel when a stolen Hemingway first edition is found in her possession, framing her for a crime she didn’t commit. With no one to turn to, she yearns for her estranged younger sister, May, whom she abandoned after their parents’ untimely deaths. Soon, Christy’s fleeing from her shattered dreams, her ex-boyfriend, and God. Could May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven she’s searching for? Will the sisters realize that each possesses what the other desperately needs before it’s too late?
As soon as I began reading this novel, I was drawn in right away as there was never a dull moment. The suspense and mystery kept me wondering what was going to happen next and I was excited in seeing it come to pass with each turning page.
This story is told in the point of view of several characters but our main focus is on the two sisters, May and Christy Williams, sisters that grew apart after the fatal death of both of their parents. I felt these characters were real and had issues that most people deal with on a daily basis, such as struggles of rejection, guilt, and hopelessness.
Many topics such as alcoholism, abortion, brokeness, and abusive relationships are covered as well as grace and redemption all without being over the top. I can admit to reading some books in the past where many topics such as these were covered and they felt just thrown in because they could leaving a huge mess that really didn’t feel right.
Of the two sisters, I relate the most to May and can only hope I can learn to have a Faith as big as hers as well as a cheerful demeanor even when things are going wrong. Though at times in my life, I’ve found myself with characteristics that Christy held such as not feeling worth the forgiveness God and others chose to give me.
This book kept me on my toes and also left me in tears. I look forward to more works from author C. J Darlington but until then, I think I’ll read this book again.
With careful attention to detail, emotion, and scene-setting, C.J. Darlington scores with her debut effort. Here is a special writer you won’t want to miss. —Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best selling author
If you love a good read filled with adventure and ultimately redemption, I encourage you to brew the tea, settle into your favorite chair and pick up the page turner that is C.J. Darlington’s imaginative new novel of a modern day sisterhood that triumphs over separation and the raw challenges of life to find the real endurance of both family ties and God’s amazing grace. —Rebecca St. James, Grammy award winning Christian singer and bestselling author With Thicker than Blood, C.J. Darlington proves she’s a novelist for the long-haul, a strong new voice in Christian fiction. This book speaks to the heart, from the heart, about the heart. Readers will not soon forget it. —Sibella Giorello, Christy award-winning author of The Rivers Run Dry & The Clouds Roll Away
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About the Author:
C. J. began writing the story that would become Thicker than Blood (her first novel) when she was a fifteen-year-old homeschool student. She has been in the antiquarian bookselling business for over a decade, scouting for stores similar to the one described in the novelbefore cofounding her own online bookstore. Thicker than Blood was the winner of the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel.
C. J. co-founded the Christian entertainment Web site TitleTrakk.com with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction through book reviews and author interviews. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Visit her website www.cjdarlington.com for more info.
Help your daughter journey into womanhood with a healthy self-image and knowledge of who she is in Christ! Writing from their personal experiences, co-authors Farrel and Hanna stress the importance of creating a rite-of-passage ceremony for your young woman; provide helpful tips in chapter-end “Mentor Moment
The book Raising a Modern-Day Princess by authors Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna has moved me and it’s entirely changed my way of thinking in how to raise my own daughter as well as taught me how to influence the young woman around me.
Grace, dignity, inner beauty, and self worth, traits every daughter of the King should have instilled into her life. Often enough no one is taking the time to celebrate daughter’s journey into becoming the woman God has created them to be. It’s not hard at at all to do this, in fact Raising a Modern-Day Princess suggest many types of rite of passage celebrations both big and small that can change and impact a girls life forever. The examples of personal testimony of mothers, fathers, and daughters that took part in this are ever so moving.
Not often is it that a book speaks such revelations that tugged at my heart strings and left me in tears. I encourage every sister as well as brothers in Christ to pick up this book and read it.
I promise you, if you take the advice of this book, whom ever God has laid on your heart will feel purpose, value, and strength in moving forward and following the path God has laid in front of them.
This book is on the top favorite reads for 2010 and ten for me, and I am quite honored and blessed by those that contributed in writing these words of truth. If I could, I would personally give everyone I know a copy of Raising a Modern-Day Princess.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
***Special thanks to Christy Wong of Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***
By Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss / Summerside Press
In 1890, Julia Cavanaugh travels west from New York City to unite orphans in her care with new families. Imagine her horror when she discovers that she’s to be “delivered,” too—as bride to an uncouth miner! But with no return fare, Julia’s options are bleak. What does God have planned for her in Montana? 320 pages, softcover from Summerside.
I was glad for the opportunity to read a title in the Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie series. I’m a fan of historical christian fiction and also of warm tales of those finding love when they least expect it.
As I began to read this book, I swept into the story of Julia, a young woman whom ended up being led away from her own comforts and into a land great, wide, and quite unknown to her. On her journey, she grows to learn more about God and the gentle loving hearts of those she encounters.
Julie as well as the male lead (a parson) in the story though not realizing until quite sometime learn that God’s plan and their own are quite different. This is definitely a story of faith and the benefits of trusting God’s plan for us.
This book was easy to read, the characters were believable, and the story takes you on an adventure with roaming buffalo, gun fights, trials, a little bit of love, comedy, and more!
Disclaimer: I was sent this book to review from Summerside Press . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this book review.
I Run to the Hills: Reflections on the Christian Journey by C. Maggie Woychik is full up uplifting, inspirational, words of wisdom that will challenge it’s reader personally on the road in which their journey with Christ has taken them.
This book is not huge in size so it’s a really good read for when you may have that little time alone or if you have a whole day to yourself. I believe this book and the unique writing style in which it’s written will be quite refreshing in places where other books have not.
“I Run to the Hills” was exactly what I needed throughout the hustle and bustle that life has been taking me on personally . Peace is one thing that can be so hard to come by, especially during the Holidays so I’m grateful for the God ordained words that C. Maggie Woychik choose to share throughout the pages. I highly recommend it to all!
You can find this book to purchase at Amazon for 8.99.
Poems from the Heart Of a Child of God by Megan Lowmaster
A little bit about the author…
Megan grew up mostly in Oregon. She was homeschooled from 4th grade through high school. She attended Puget Sound Christian College, Washington 1998-2002 graduating with a Bible certificate. And enjoys writing as a hobby. Her hope and prayer is that the poems in her book become an inspiration to all who read them.
I’m very blessed today in sharing about my sister-in-laws book, Poems from the Heart Of a Child of God. She wrote this book after feeling God’s tugging at her heart to share her words of inspiration with those around her.
I really enjoyed reading Poems from the Heart Of a Child of God. I personally can see much heartfelt dedication as Megan’s very character and personality seeps through each and every poem featured throughout her book.
You can purchase Poems from the Heart Of a Child of God by Megan Lowmaster at Amazon and at createspace for $16.00. Note that part of the proceeds go to African New Life Ministries.