A Faithful Gathering – Sisters of Lancaster County by Leslie Gould


A Faithful Gathering is the third book in the Sisters of Lancaster County series.  This is a time slip series, showing how the lives of the present day Bachman sisters are influenced by stories about their ancestors.

Liesel has been my favorite of the Bachmann sisters and I was anxious to see how her story unfolded.  Liesel’s life could have easily gone in three directions – Amish, Mennonite or English – and she prayerfully discerned which path God was leading her down.  Liesel found her calling over the pages of this book and I was happy with her journey.

Leslie Gould is a solid author and writes interesting, complex characters.  I look forward to what she writes next!

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an inspirational Amish novel.  To purchase this book, visit Christian Book DistributorsA Faithful Gathering is available now!

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  Opinions expressed are my own.


Upcoming Reviews February – June 2019

Thanks for stopping by!

Here are the fiction books I have scheduled to review through the end of June 2019. They are in order of release date, not review date.

A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould – February 5th
Hearts in Harmony by Beth Wiseman – March 12th
A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer – April 2nd
The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis – April 2nd
An Amish Reunion by A. Clipston, B. Wiseman, K. Fuller and K. Irvin – April 9th
Sweet on You by Becky Wade – April 30th
Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter – May 21st
The Farmer’s Bride by Kathleen Fuller – June 4th
More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer – June 4th
Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett – June 18th

Other books will pop up as well, so please be sure to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any surprise reviews!

Please leave a comment below – what book mentioned above are you most looking forward to reading?

Have a great day!
~ Jen 🙂

The Sky Above Us – Sunrise at Normandy Series by Sarah Sundin

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“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  Matthew 20:16 NRSV-CE

Yep.  I totally gave this book a hug.

This was so good!

The Sky Above Us takes place in the months leading up to D-Day, during the exact same time as the first book (The Sea Before Us) .  Some scenes even overlap!  When they did…it was awesome!  I’m not sure I’ve ever read a series where all the books take place simultaneously this way and I love it!

There are moments in this book that will tug at your heartstrings.  Some will make you shout for joy.  Others will remind you that all is forgiven with God’s great love and mercy.  Prayerfully discerning God’s plan made Violet and Adler changed them for the better.

There was a plot twist I didn’t see coming and when it happened, my jaw hit the floor!  The timing and execution was perfect!

Sarah Sundin knows her genre and it shows!  This is a very well researched story with an impressive attention to detail!  It was easy to get lost during this pivotal time in history with this book.

The only thing I’m struggling with is how hard it’s going to be to wait another year for the next book in this series!  There’s a preview chapter at the end of this book and I’m already intrigued by its leading lady.  I can’t wait to read Clay’s point of view of what happened between the Paxton brothers.

Five Stars!!  I absolutely recommend this book!  The Sky Above Us is available now!  Purchase your copy today at Christian Book Distributors .

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Spotlight: February 5, 2019 New Releases

It’s Tuesday!  That means more books are out in the world!!

Here’s a sample of some Christian fiction titles releasing today, February 5th:

Mending Fences – The Deacon’s Family Book One
Suzanne Woods Fisher
My Review

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The Sky Above Us – Sunrise at Normandy Book Two
Sarah Sundin
(Review to come tomorrow!  *  SPOILER ALERT – I loved this book!! *)

A Faithful Gathering – The Sisters of Lancaster County Book Three
Leslie Gould
Bethany House Publishers
(Review to come!  I’ve scheduled this to be read next week!)  
Here’s a review on book two from this series A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould

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With Winter’s First Frost – An Every Amish Season Novel
Kelly Irvin
My Review

Releasing today as individual e-books:

These stories were originally released in print under the  The Cost of Betrayal romantic suspense novella collection.

Comment below – are any of these on your reading list?  Do you have a February release you’re looking forward to??

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Take care!

The Forgiving Jar by Wanda Brunstetter


The Forgiving Jar is the second book in The Prayer Jar series, picking up where
The Hope Jar left off.  The conclusion, The Healing Jar, releases later this year.

You can always count on Wanda Brunstetter to deliver some of the cleanest stories in Christian fiction.  Her books are filled with many beautiful prayers as her characters learn to build their relationship with God.  You can trust her stories to have a good message for all readers.

If you liked The Hope Jar, you will love The Forgiving Jar!  It’s available now – visit Christian Book Distributors for your copy today!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

Spotlight: February 1, 2019 New Releases

It’s a busy few days in the world of Christian fiction!  Here is the first of my two spotlight posts featuring some new books you might want to take a glance at!

The Coffee Club Mysteries
Various Authors
Barbour Publishing
My Review

The Forgiving Jar – The Prayer Jars Book Two
Wanda Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing
(I have an advanced reader’s copy of this book and will be reviewing it very soon!)

The Sleuth’s Dilemma – The Librarian Sleuth Book Two
Kimberly Rose Johnson
Mountain Brook Ink
My Review

Your turn!  Do any of these books make your list?  Share your favorite upcoming February release in the comments below!

Check back Tuesday, February 5th to see what books are featured on their release day!

Thanks for stopping by!

January 2019 Recap

First monthly recap of 2019!  Here we go!

Code of Valor by Lynette Eason
The Sleuth’s Dilemma – The Librarian Sleuth Book Two by Kimberly Rose Johnson
The Coffee Club Mysteries
Seasons of an Amish Garden – A Novella Collection by Amy Clipston
21 Ways to Worship – A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration by Vinny Flynn
Jane by the Book – A Novella by Pepper Basham
Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher
With Winter’s First Frost by Kelly Irvin

Happy New Year – Happy Release Day!

Goodreads Reading Challenge Tally:  10/60

Favorite Book Read in the Month of January:
The Coffee Club Mysteries –
This book was just too much fun!

February Sneak Peek:
Shout out to Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher – it releases February 5th!

Currently Reading:
The Sky Above Us – Sunrise at Normandy Series by Sarah Sundin – also releasing February 5th!

Comment below:  What was your favorite book in January?

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again soon!

INSPY Nominated Books I Read In 2018

The long list for the INSPY Awards was just released!  I was reminded of stories that I really enjoyed and others that are still on my TBR.

Here are the nominated books I have read personally with links to their reviews:

Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
Falling For You by Becky Wade
Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh
All Made Up by Kara Isaac
Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

Debut Fiction
The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

General Fiction
Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh

Historical Fiction
The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings

Mystery and Thriller
A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris

The short list of books moving on to the next round will be announced April 30, 2019.  Good luck to everyone!

Comment below – which books on the INSPYS long list do we have in common?

Thanks for stopping by!

I am not affiliated with the INSPYS.  I was not contacted to share a post like this. 
I just like sharing good, clean Christian books.  🙂

With Winter’s First Frost – An Every Amish Season Novel by Kelly Irvin

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“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NRSV-CE

The Every Amish Season Series by author Kelly Irvin is about a group of women who are all in different seasons of life.  They differ by age and number of children, but they all share one thing in common – they have all lost their husbands and are now facing life after loss.

With Winter’s First Frost focuses on the budding relationship between Laura Kauffman and Zechariah Stutzman.  Laura and Zechariah are in their seventies and have 100 grandchildren between them (and 48 great grandchildren!)  He’s cantankerous.  She’s got an answer for everything.  Both are both quite opinionated.  And particular.  And set in their ways.

Toss in some funny, snarky banter and a whole bunch of family drama and you’ve got yourself an entertaining read!

See how it all unfolds on February 5, 2019 when this book is released!

With Winter’s First Frost marks the conclusion of the Every Amish Season Series.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know this community and hope we’ll get to see glimpses of them in novellas in the years to come!

To purchase this book or others by Kelly Irvin, visit  Christian Book Distributors  .

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley.  A positive review was not required.  All opinions shared are my own.

Mending Fences – The Deacon’s Family Book One by Suzanne Woods Fisher


It’s my first time reading anything by Suzanne Woods Fisher and I’m at a loss for words.

Trust me.  This is a good thing!

Unique writing style.  Beautifully detailed characters and setting.  God’s redeeming love.

The humor!  The tenderness!  The twists!!

Totally did not expect this book to unfold how it did.  To end how it did.

Five Outstanding Stars!!  Loved this!  LOVED THIS!!  Strongly recommend!  I am thoroughly impressed and absolutely looking forward to the next book!

Mending Fences, the first book in a new series called The Deacon’s Family, is available February 5, 2019.  Preorder today – ChristianBook.com

I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley.
A positive review was not required.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.