The Angel of Forest Hill

The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas Romance by [Woodsmall, Cindy]Ok. So I haven’t posted since December so I thought I’d better get to posting! It wasn’t that I stopped reading! Never! So I read this book by Cindy Woodsmall at Christmas time. How appropriate? I love everything I’ve ever read by this author! This book was not a disappointment either!

It’s hard to realize and understand that these situations actually take place in today’s society, but I’m sure that this story has some truth to it

A young Amish girl is asked to leave her home to help a widower with his children after the death of his wife. As the story goes, she becomes his wife, not because of love, but because of circumstance. She falls in love with him and slowly brings him back to a place in his life where he can love again as well.

This is an endearing and lovely story!

 

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Home on the Range

111Ruth Logan Herne catches your attention from the beginning in this lovely book! The characters are so real and the life situations hit home! Nick, the single dad, has gone through a lot being a single-working parent and needs help! His two little girls are endearing – even the little scallywag! Through all his struggles with family and work, you will see Nick’s faith grow on a daily basis! There may also be a love interest – just saying! This was a lovely read!

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“Fraying at the Edge”

9781601427014When I first got this book, I noticed that it was the second book in The Amish of Summer Grove series. If you’re like me, no way could I start with number two! So, I check out the first book at the library, Ties That Bind. I’m so glad I did! The first book is where you fall in love with the characters of Summer Grove and book two draws you deeper into their lives. The story plot is a great one! I’m not going to give too much away because that would ruin it for you. Fraying at the Edge takes you into the world of the Old Order Amish and mixes their world with the Englisch world.

The struggles of the two young ladies in the story are not unlike many stories in our world today. It’s enlightening to see how Cindy Woodsmall has the characters handle these trials! This is definitely a must read! Get ready to read another one after this one because the ending will leave you hanging!

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juneThere are VERY few books that I can say in my lifetime that I could not put down, but this is one! From the very first page, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, captures your attention and pulls you in! The characters in this book are awesome! (Even the ones you don’t really like.) I also love the way the story is not just about the characters but the house as well. This is one you won’t be able to put down and the ending may be surprising! Great book! I’m going to read it again and I NEVER do that! Happy reading!

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“Evicted”

This book was a stretch for me. I normally do not read non-fiction but I went out on a limb on this one and was pleasantly surprised!

Matthew Desmond did an excellent job on the writing and research of this book. The book tells the story of eight families in a constant cycle of being evic9780553447439ted from their homes in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee. When these families are evicted (numerous times) they lose most everything they own along with relationships, jobs, food, schools, and neighborhoods. Most of them have no place to go and their hardships continue and escalate a lot of times causing them to give up or seek answers to these issues in drugs, alcohol, and crime.

Desmond suggests one solution is to expand housing voucher programs – a universal housing voucher program. He says the idea is simple. “Every family below a certain income level would be eligible for a housing voucher. They could use that voucher anywhere they wanted, just as families can use food stamps to buy groceries virtually anywhere, as long as their housing was neither too expensive, big, and luxurious nor too shabby and run-down.” Desmond also believes a voucher program would change “the face of poverty in this country”.

While I’m not sure if I agree with the housing voucher program, Desmond has opened my eyes to the struggles faced by American families on a daily basis when it comes to what some of us would simply call our “home”.

 

 

 

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“Room for Hope”

Okay! Here we go! My first book review. I do NOT claim to be a great writer so just bear with me.

In the book, Room for Hope, Kim Vogel Sawyer writes a great story about love, forgiveness, and compassion. While reading the book, it reminded me so much of the love, forgiveness, and compassion that Christ has for us!9780307731371

The book’s main character, Neva’s, life is literally turned upside down from betrayal and death, but through it all she displays the type of Christ-likeness that I would love to be able to display in my life but just seem to never get there!

In the end, God blesses her and her children, ALL of them! (You’ll need to read the book to see how three children are unexpectedly added to her family.)

I highly recommend Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer!

Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

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