An Amish Homecoming: Four Stories by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller (review)

anamishhomecoming_zondervanI’ve enjoyed each of these themed Amish novella collections that I have read, and they widened my reading of authors of Amish fiction, but I tend to get a little more excited about them when Shelley Shepard Gray is thrown in to the mix.  So it’s no surprise that I liked this particular set of four stories very much.

In the first story, No Place Like Home by Amy Clipston, a sympathetic character who is a mainstay in the background of her Amish Homestead series becomes the focus as she returns to her family home.  When firefighter’s widow Eva Dienner’s young son asks to meet his other grandparents, she can’t tell him no. Continue reading

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His Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray (review)

hispromise_gray_avoninspire.jpgIn her sixth Amish of Hart County novel, Shelley Shepard Gray treats readers to a second Christmas themed novel.  In this instance, the promise of the title is tied to God’s promise as well as John Michael Miller’s promise to look after Grace King when a rash of local fires linked to home robberies threaten her during a dog-sitting job over the holidays. Continue reading

Old West Christmas Brides: 6 Historical Romances Celebrate Christmas on the Frontier (novella collection review)

oldwestchristmasbrides_barbourI enjoyed each story in this collection, whether from tried and true writers Margaret Brownley, Darlene Franklin, and Vickie McDonough, or those that are new or newer to me, Rosey Dow, Marcia Gruver, and Debra Ullrick.

These are stories of faith, perseverance, survival, and ultimately of love. Whenever the mood strikes for historical fiction set in the old west, with a Christmas theme, this is a great choice.  Though a story or two may seem to drag slightly from time to time, this is a collection full of determined heroines, eligible heroes, and wonderful secondary characters who help them Continue reading

A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep (novella review)

ataleoftwohearts_griep_barbour copyMichelle Griep’s first novella in her Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series won a 2018 Christy Award, and it wouldn’t surprise me if 2019 sees a repeat with A Tale of Two Hearts.

Mina Scott, the bookish and pretty innkeeper’s daughter, has fallen for a customer.  Above her station, William Barlow is on the verge of remaining penniless unless he convinces his uncle that he is married, and Mina quickly agrees to help him keep the family fortune from his unpleasant and grasping cousin.  Neither of them, though, has thought through the consequences of the scheme and are soon finding their actions going against their consciences and their newly shared faith. Continue reading