An Amish Heirloom, a four novella collection, featuring Kelly Irvin

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Another Amish Novella collection. This one features short novels loosely linked by the theme of heirlooms–such as a special quilt, a cedar chest, a book, etc.  Kelly Irvin’s contribution was as excellent as ever, and she’s the reason I reviewed this book. As you know, I am not a particular fan or consumer of Amish fiction (aka bonnet fiction), but I am a fan of the superior writing of Kelly Irvin. For the sake of enjoying her work, I recommend this book!

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This review is by Susan Karsten.

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936 Pennies – Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting, by Eryn Lynum

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Susan here, with my latest book review….This book is super-inspiring. The title concept refers to a jar the author received when her child was very young. The number 936 relates to the number of weeks in your child’s life from birth to eighteen years old.

The mom takes one penny out every week and meditates, contemplates, and looks within, making sure to relish, maximize, and enjoy the parenting journey. Reading about this plan is fascinating and the author brings out many anecdotes to spark one’s understanding of the momentous privilege of raising children.

For me, personally, if was a little sad to read, since I am done with those years. But, I would love to give someone a jar of pennies some day. This was a nice book to read and reflect on the ideas presented.

Note from the blogger: My own debut fiction book came out last August. If you like Regency romance, or want to check it out, please find A Match for Melissa, available on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble. Thanks, Susan Karsten

A Borrowed Dream, by Amanda Cabot

By now, my readers know that Amanda Cabot is one of the better active authors in the Christian fiction world. Her stories are engaging and hold up well.

This offering by Cabot has a little more of a dark edge than some of her books. You’ll find a character whose father beats the tar out of him, a character hiding out from a vengeful criminal, and a mysterious scarred woman.

The second book in the Cimarron Creek Trilogy, A Borrowed Dream is a book you will want to read and enjoy from start to finish, especially if you like stories set in the American small town settler frontier days of the 1880s. Catherine’s romance is believable and the suspense level is high enough to keep you reading, but not put you on edge.

I liked it, and hope you investigate this author’s other books, especially her contemporary romances, which are excellent too.103_1520.jpg

Note from the blogger: My own debut fiction book came out last August. If you like Regency romance, or want to check it out, please find A Match for Melissa, available on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Tracie Peterson’s “In Places Golden”

I was attracted to this surprising story by my interest in the setting. In the past, I have read some interesting books set in and around San Francisco. This story opens with a group of women on a train trip. Headed for San Francisco, each has a reason for undertaking such an unusual journey. Even though they have a place to stay once they arrive, they must make plans to seek jobs. Set in 1905, the story’s set-up is intriguing, while still being fairly fanciful. It’s apparent that the women haven’t known each other long, but have thrown their lots together. In the first chapter, one of the characters says, “…fate has brought us together,” which I found somewhat unusual for a Christian imprint, no?

I was also a little surprised to encounter the names Camri and Kenzie in that time period. Also surprised to read a statement encouraging and espousing women having careers while having children. It was a VERY rare woman who did this in that day. Even on into the 1960s, schoolteachers, for example, left the teaching field when they had their own children.

Besides the fact that the book gives tacit approval to putting career over raising one’s own children, it’s just plain too preposterous to blithely include that detail with no over-arching reason for it.

Also odd, is that the house they go stay in is richly appointed. Leather armchairs, a piano, and much more adorn the interior of this well-off domain. (The home belongs to Camri’s missing brother.) Since cash is scarce (the journey took most of the resources she had) and the situation with her brother missing is dire, it seems that selling some of the contents of the house would allow for time to locate brother or solve the mystery. But no, the three ladies stick to their plan to go on a job hunt. Snicker.

The first book in a series, I would predict that Kenzie and Judith will have their own stories releasing in the next couple of years. If you like this one, those are sure to be more of the same.

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A Soldier’s Song, by Renie Onorato

pexels-photo-210764.jpegThis excellent, highly enjoyable novel takes you into the life of pianist Aria Greco. She’s a lovely, trusting young lady whose father is the commander of an Army unit. One of his men, Dex, gets to meet her for the first time at the wedding of a mutual friend. Wow, does he fall hard!

The rest of the story takes the reader on the gentle, but thrilling roller-coaster ride of their love story. Separated geographically, the couple’s long-distance romance is full of tender yearning and joyous reunions.

As I mentioned when I reviewed the last book by this author, she loads many interesting details into the story. Little things that add to the charm, and the realism. Things like what it’s like to work in a music store, to meet a world-famous conductor, on down to the idiosyncrasies of the main characters — their flaws and all.

I won’t tell you the satisfying details of how it all unfolds, because you’ll want to take your time and enjoy every page. This book is a really worthwhile romantic read.

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Here’s a picture of the author, Irene Onorato:

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A Soldier’s Song, by Renie Onorato

pexels-photo-210764.jpegThis excellent, highly enjoyable novel takes you into the life of pianist Aria Greco. She’s a lovely, trusting young lady whose father is the commander of an Army unit. One of his men, Dex, gets to meet her for the first time at the wedding of a mutual friend. Wow, does he fall hard!

The rest of the story takes the reader on the gentle, but thrilling roller-coaster ride of their love story. Separated geographically, the couple’s long-distance romance is full of tender yearning and joyous reunions.

As I mentioned when I reviewed the last book by this author, she loads many interesting details into the story. Little things that add to the charm, and the realism. Things like what it’s like to work in a music store, to meet a world-famous conductor, on down to the idiosyncrasies of the main characters — their flaws and all.

I won’t tell you the satisfying details of how it all unfolds, because you’ll want to take your time and enjoy every page. This book is a really worthwhile romantic read.

Here’s the cover image:Inline image

Here’s a picture of the author, Irene Onorato:

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