Wednesday’s Words

I think this is especially relevant as we head into the new year.

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Tuesday’s Tale

12 Brides

I got way behind on reviewing Christmas stories. Christmas just snuck up on me this year! Therefore, there will be a few more Christmas stories soon!

The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Margaret Brownley, Amanda Cabot, Mary Connealy, Susan Page Davis, Miralee Ferrell, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Amy Lillard, Vickie McDonough, Davalynn Spencer, and Michelle Ule

About Book

Enter the heartland of historical America at Christmastime through twelve inspiring romance novellas from acclaimed Christian authors. Meet Alma, Lucy, Esther, Marilee, Polly, Deborah, Annabelle, Sophie, Maddie, Karen, Arabella, and Kate who are surprised by how God brings them the desires of their hearts. Watch as faith, romance, and heartfelt gifts open each of their hearts to love.

My Thoughts

Originally, each of the novellas in The Twelve Brides of Christmas Collection released as individual features and later re-packaged as one book. The novellas each cover a different location of our country during the 1800’s. I liked how each story identified the date and state where the story took place. The book is a wonderful collection featuring many authors I know and several I don’t know. I enjoyed reading every story.

The twelve tales are short, roughly just 50 pages long. They are all wholesome Christmas stories capturing the true meaning and unique perspective of the season. Moreover, they highlight a romantic angle from a Christian viewpoint.

I opted not to review each novella individually. I felt a fair review of each story would almost require another book!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Luke 2:6, 7  (KJV)

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Christs Birth

Wednesday’s Words

Mary and Joseph

Luke 2:2-5 (KJV)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Monday’s Fiction

Christmas Star Novella

Christmas Star Sapphire: A Second Generation Jewel Series Novella (The Jewel Series Book 6)

by Hallee Bridgeman

About Book

MADELINE VISCOLLI finds herself on the Gulf shores of Alabama, where she takes part in a graduate program to earn her MBA. On her first day there, she meets JOE WESTCOTT, team leader for a campus ministry. Despite a mutual attraction, Joe’s personal rule of no romance with any student keeps any kind of deep relationship from developing.

Joe has no desire to have a relationship with anyone, ever, anyway. He left a life of luxury and his family’s business behind to live alone on a sailboat and serve in ministry. Then Madeline walks into the auditorium the week school starts and Joe suspects his personal rules might not apply to this graduate student.

That is, until he discovers Madeline is one of the Viscollis, and that her destiny lay in running her father’s massive corporation. Having rejected wealth and all its trappings since childhood, Joe finds himself falling for the vivacious sapphire-eyed beauty. Madeline knows she loves Joe, but is not willing to throw away her destiny of taking over at the helm of Viscolli Enterprises.

A Christmas Eve funeral washes all Joe’s plans away. Will their love succumb to the rising tide caused by their differences in lifestyles, or will raging seas calm and allow them to sail off into the sunset?

My thoughts

Hallee Bridgeman introduces the second generation of the Jewel Series with Christmas Star Sapphire.

In this charming novella, we catch up with Madeline Viscolli, daughter of Tony and Robin Viscolli of the vast Viscolli enterprises. Madeline moved to Gulf Shores, Alabama (a beautiful area, by the way!) to earn her MBA. During her undergraduate years, she has been very active in Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ).

On Madeline’s first day, she meets Joe Westcott, team leader for Cru. She is understandably too tired, after a lengthy flight to stay for the meeting. However, after further meetings and getting to know Joe, she feels a deep attraction to him. Joe, on the other hand, has sworn off love, especially if the woman involved comes with lots of money.

As Joe and Madeline get to know each other better, Joe begins to question everything he, heretofore believed. Can he put aside his attraction? Should he even put it aside?

Hallee Bridgeman has written an interesting and intriguing story highlighting the struggles faced when one has a lot of wealth. She has developed the characters well and imbued them with a deep spiritual connection to God.

Christmas Star Sapphire works well as a standalone, but the story is so good you want to read the stories of the first generation Viscollis.

Miss Bridgeman has also included discussion questions and a delicious luncheon menu, complete with recipes, at the end of the story.

I received this book from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review.

Friday’s Fiction

A Shenandoah Family Christmas


Lisa Belcastro has written an intriguing book about Christmas of 1777, during the Revolutionary War.

Rebecca Reed traveled through a time portal, which took her from modern day to the Revolutionary War Era in 1777. She is grappling with extreme fear when her toddler, Felicity, contracts smallpox. She desperately wants to travel back to modern time but knows she doesn’t dare because there are no guarantees that she will return to the right time.

Unable to contain her fears, she convinces a group from the Shenandoah (the ship her husband captains) and some of her male relatives to find a way to obtain a forbidden vaccine for cowpox.

Lisa Belcastro has done a great job of writing a believable story. In fact, she convinced me, someone not usually a fan of the genre, to give it another chance. A Shenandoah Family Christmas, a novella based on the trilogy Winds of Change, works well as a standalone story.

I was provided with this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author Interview

Lisa Belcastro Interview Questions via Singing Librarian Books

 How did you get started as an author? What or whom inspired you?

My “professional” writings began as a journalist. After graduating with a degree in journalism and equine studies, I was hired by The Chronicle of the Horse, a weekly sport horse magazine. I LOVED my job! I traveled the States and overseas covering major equestrian competitions. I loved the travel, loved the friends I met and saw at the competitions, loved the horses. I never thought I’d give it up. Then, I got married and had a baby. I loved being a mom more than I loved travel, writing, and horses combined. I gave up the magazine job, and worked from home for years. As time went on, I got the itch to write again but knew traveling multiple weekends a month was out of the question. I went back to school, mostly online, for creative writing. A few more years passed, and I volunteered to organize and chaperone my daughter’s school trip aboard the schooner Shenandoah. Sailing across the Vineyard Sound, I imagined I was transported in time to colonial Boston. I wrote some notes, took a lot of pictures, and the Winds of Change series was born.  I often chuckle that becoming a mom shifted my focus away from writing, and then being a mom brought me back to writing.

 What writing projects are you currently working on? What can you tell us about these projects?

I have two novels and one novella coming out in 2016. Audition for Love is the second book in the Possible Dreams trilogy.

Audition is a contemporary romance set on Martha’s Vineyard. Broadway star Felicia Jenson is on Island for a two-week performance at the Vineyard Playhouse. Eric Young attended the Community Service Possible Dreams auction fundraiser, and purchased a walk-on appearance for his niece in Felicia’s show. Felicia has had one miserable relationship after another. Her director in NYC is hitting on her, and she’s ready to quit. Eric, a NYC attorney, is struggling to get over his brother’s death four years earlier, convinced that he should’ve died instead. Buried under the weight of guilt, Eric’s sole interest in women is to take care of his niece and his brother’s widow. Eric will soon discover that he can’t afford the stunning Felicia when her name appears on a list of witnesses for his newest case. Audition for Love releases next summer.

Shenandoah Song, the sixth story in the Winds of Change series, will focus on Jonah and Ava, who we meet in A Shenandoah Family Christmas. Ava’s beautiful voice, and Jonah’s love of music, bring them together. The Revolutionary War will tear them apart. One accident will throw them together, while a second tragic event will separate them physically and emotionally. My heart breaks for them as I’m typing this.

I’ll be writing another Christmas novella for release next November. I have until March to decide whether it will be a story with Ryan, Laurel, and Gracie from A Dream for Love, or whether I’ll focus on Tess and Hawk for the Winds of Change series.  Who knows, maybe I’ll write both!

What authors inspire your writing?

I am a book nerd, always have been. I grew up dreaming I was Laura Ingalls living in a little house on a prairie. C.S. Lewis took me away to worlds beyond my imagination, and I still read his books today.  I own dozens of Karen Kingsbury books. Her love stories, especially the Baxter series, have drawn me in and kept me turning pages as I sighed, cried, laughed, mourned, and rejoiced. I discovered Sandra Orchard’s romantic suspense books a couple of years ago, and have now read all of her novels. My bookshelves are filled with well-read books by Denise Hunter, Colleen Coble, Bodie and Brock Thoene, Cynthia Riggs, Jerry Jenkins, Robert Parker’s Spenser-for-Hire series, William Sirls, Janette Oke, and the list goes on and on.

What period of history interests you the most? Does this influence your writing?

I love, love, love the American Revolutionary War period in history. Perhaps because I was born in Boston, and grew up surrounded by the history of that era. When I first dreamed up the idea of Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change series, I knew exactly where I wanted to the set the book. I love writing a series during the War, and also writing a second series, Possible Dreams, set on Martha’s Vineyard now.

What inspired the idea for A Shenandoah Family Christmas?

My characters in the Winds of Change series, the Roberts family and the Reed family, live on present-day Martha’s Vineyard or in colonial Boston. In 2014, I wrote A Shenandoah Christmas about the Roberts family, and set the story in present day on the Vineyard. This year I wanted to visit with the Reed family and see how they were doing during the Revolutionary War. The second smallpox outbreak in Boston added a nice bit of tension to the story, and I had fun researching the disease.

What other hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?

I am a passionate runner. I run for TEAM413, and have completed a full marathon in every state in America. I love gardening, growing flowers and vegetables. I’m an avid reader, and total Disney fan.  I’m also the person you can call and say, “Want to go to XYZ?” I’m always up for travel or adventure (as long as I can afford it!).

Book Snippet

Chapter One

“Come on, sweet girl, take a sip of water.” Rebecca Reed held the teaspoon against Felicity’s lips. Although the baby burned with fever, she turned her head away, refusing the water.
Less than two months ago, they’d celebrated Felicity’s first birthday. Now, Rebecca feared her precious girl had contracted a serious case of influenza. For two days, she’d lain limp and despondent, her temperature reduced only with cold compresses and body wraps.
People died from influenza. Lots of people. Rebecca shuddered. She’d grown up untouched by fatal illnesses or the fear of contagious disease. Life in 1777 was so very different from everything she’d lived before she’d unknowingly entered the time portal in her now-husband’s ship, Shenandoah. In this time that was now her present, the colonists were battling Britain for their freedom. Disease and poverty ran rampant and soldiers died every day, victims of starvation, sickness, and freezing temperatures. Rebecca had known all this was going to happen, but she never thought her family might be, or would be, one of the casualties.
Shaking off the thought, Rebecca plunged the damp cloth into the pail of frigid stream water with melting chunks of ice Ben had brought upstairs a half hour ago. She wrung out the excess, then pressed the cloth to Felicity’s neck for a minute. Her temperature had to be close to 103, possibly higher. The cloth warmed almost instantly.
She turned over the beige fabric and placed the cooler side on her daughter’s forehead. Felicity barely moaned, her body wilted from hours of infection.
What Rebecca wouldn’t give for a bottle of children’s ibuprofen, a digital thermometer, and a prescription for Tamiflu. But that was a lifetime ago. Medicine, at least the kind she’d grown up with, wasn’t an option. Herbal treatments, ice baths from the nearly frozen-over stream, and vigilant care were her only options.
Rebecca attempted to give Felicity another sip of feverfew tea she’d boiled and let come to room temperature. The liquid merely dribbled down the side of her sweet little face. Swallowing back sobs, Rebecca rocked Felicity against her chest. “Lord, we need Your healing touch. Please deliver Felicity. Please don’t take my little girl.”
God was close to the sick and brokenhearted. How many times had Rebecca read those verses? Today, she needed to feel Him in the room, next to her, with Felicity. The swag of pine branches and red bow adorning the window reminded her that Christmas was coming. Felicity was too young to understand the holiday’s importance, but Rebecca couldn’t bear to think about Christmas arriving with Felicity still sick . . . or worse.
She kissed her baby on the cheek, then rose and carried her back to the crib. Last week, when General George Washington sent orders that Ben was to sail south before the weekend, Rebecca had moved the crib into the cozy spare room. Ben couldn’t afford to get sick. A fire burned in the hearth of the room that would one day be Felicity’s, and any sisters she might have. Rebecca positioned her in the crib nearer the far wall.
She gingerly lowered Felicity to the bed, which Ben had lined with sailcloth to protect the mattress during the cooling sessions. If only her baby girl would stir, resisting the separation from her mama. She didn’t. Her fourteen-month-old body didn’t react. Not so much as one finger reached out.
Another sob built in Rebecca’s throat. She fought against the sadness and fear. She would cry later, after Felicity was better, after this nightmare was over.
Determined to beat whatever ailed her daughter, Rebecca dunked a sheet into the cold water, and then covered Felicity. The goal was to bring her fever down and keep it down. She had halved two large onions and put them on rags around the crib. Whether it was an old wives’ tale or not, many women swore by sliced onions for guarding against germs. Rebecca would do all she could. She couldn’t fail Felicity. Nothing else mattered.
She glanced out the window. The diminishing light of the setting sun signified the dark days of winter and gave Rebecca an uncomfortable twist in her stomach. She moved across the small room and lit the oil lamp. She needed light—and hope.
Sitting in the rocking chair next to Felicity’s crib, Rebecca began singing the nursery rhymes of her childhood. The songs filled her with sweet memories of her mother and grandmother. She willed Felicity to hear her. How she longed to see her daughter rock from side to side, smiling as her mama sang to her.
“Rebecca!” Ben burst through the door. “I need to see Felicity.”
Startled, Rebecca jumped to her feet. “What’s wrong?”
“Let me examine Felicity first, then I shall explain.”
Her husband, Captain Benjamin Reed, was a kind and loving man, and also a man of detail. He ran a tight ship, missed little, and had earned the respect of his crew and fellow patriots. Feeling their daughter’s forehead, opening her mouth and examining her lips, Ben shook his head.
A new grip of fear crushed Rebecca’s heart. “What is it?”
“My love, I believe our daughter has smallpox.”
“No!” Rebecca wobbled, her body folding in on itself as the news delivered a brutal blow to her mind and body. Smallpox . . .
The dreaded disease that claimed thousands of victims over the last year, the scourge that Rebecca had taken such care to protect her daughter from—how could it have happened? It wasn’t possible for her to be sick. It just couldn’t be!
“How do you know? How can you be so sure?”
Ben drew a cloth from the bucket of ice water near the crib and laid it on Felicity’s head. “I sent notice to the crew that we were to sail to Delaware Bay to bring supplies to our troops who would winter at Valley Forge. A messenger arrived at the docks an hour ago with a note from William’s father. Upon discovering I was not present, the stable lad gave the note to Jonah, who arrived moments hence with the missive. William is covered in pox, severely ill, and in isolation.”
Rebecca gasped. Ben’s first mate, William Barton, was such a strong, rugged young man, she couldn’t imagine him sick. Felicity had looked so small in his arms the last time he visited—
“William was here two weeks ago. He played with Felicity. He—” Rebecca couldn’t finish her sentence, couldn’t say aloud what her mind did not want to hear.
“Aye, my love. It seems that the day after he returned from our meeting, William broke out in the rash. I remember how tired he looked, but I made no inquiry as to his health. William has never been one to complain. He made no mention of a fever or feeling ill.”
Rebecca shuddered. William was the Barton’s only son, the oldest of five children. “Is Jonah downstairs? I want to write Mrs. Barton a letter.”
Ben shook his head. “I sent my brother on his way immediately, telling him that our darling Felicity had been ill and that I now feared she could have smallpox.”
Running a finger along Felicity’s forehead, Rebecca felt for any sign of the telltale bumps. Nothing. Maybe it was simply the flu. The flu was bad enough, but nothing compared to smallpox. There was hope. “Is anyone else sick?”
“Nay.” Ben kissed Rebecca’s cheek, and then gently pried open Felicity’s lips to check her gums more thoroughly. No spots. Easing a finger between her gums, Ben opened Felicity’s mouth. No spots.
“Nothing,” Rebecca said, the relief
Ben cupped her chin and looked into Rebecca’s eyes. “I do not wish to give you false hope, Becca. We must be prepared for the worst. In the coming days, the course of the disease will reveal itself. Or it will not.”
What if Ben was right? What if William died? What if that dreaded disease had its grip on her daughter?
Ben wrapped his strong arms around them, and began to pray. Rebecca buried her face in the crux of Felicity’s neck and listened to her husband call upon the Lord.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies . .
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A Shenandoah Family Christmas Blog Tour

December 16–Fiction, Faith, and Fun
December 17–Bookworm Lisa | Reading Is My SuperPower
December 18–Captive Dreams Window
December 19–Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
December 20–Katie’s Clean Book Collection
December 21–Mel’s Shelves | Singing Librarian Books
December 22–Anna Weaver Hurtt, Inspirational Author | Red Headed Book Lady


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Wednesday’s Writing

The Wedding Chapel

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

About Book

A lonely wedding chapel built as a tribute to lost love just might hold the long-awaited secret to hope and reconciliation.

For sixty years, the wedding chapel has stood silent and empty. Retired football hall-of-famer Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook built the chapel by hand, stone by stone, for his beautiful and beloved Collette Greer, whom he lost so many years ago. The chapel is a sanctuary for his memories, a monument to true love, and a testament to his survival of the deepest pain and loss.

Photographer Taylor Branson left her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, to make a new life for herself in New York. She had lots to run away from, not least of all a family history of broken promises and broken dreams. Love catches Taylor off guard when she falls for Jack Forester, a successful advertising executive, and their whirlwind romance leads to an elopement—then to second guesses. Jack, in spite of his very real love for Taylor, is battling his own demons and struggles to show her his true self and the depths of his love for her.

Taking a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, Taylor is thrown back into a past of family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. When Taylor and Coach’s journeys collide, they each rediscover the heartbeat of their own dreams as they learn that the love they long to hold is well worth the wait.

My Thoughts

Photographer Taylor Branson left her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, for the bright lights of the big city of New York. She elopes with Jack Forester, an old friend from Heart’s Bend who is now an ad executive in New York, too. Both Taylor and Jack have wounded spirits due to family dysfunction.

Taylor and Jack are struggling in their marriage when Taylor acquires a photo shoot job back in Heart’s Bend.  Her assignment is to photograph a wedding chapel that even the residents of Heart’s Bend didn’t know existed.

In its 60 years of existence, the beautiful chapel, lovingly built by hand, never saw a wedding.  Its creator, Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook, turned it into a memorial to a time and a love he lost all those years ago.

Rachel Hauck has done a great job of weaving a tale from the 1950’s to modern day. The Wedding Chapel is a story of pain, loss, heartbreak and betrayal, but ultimately a tale of forgiveness and love.

The Wedding Chapel is a little more real and raw than most Christian novels. Some passages may be difficult for a few readers. However, the story is one of forgiveness, redemption and love, making it a worthwhile book to read.

I received this book from Litfuse and TNZ in exchange for an honest review.

More Info and Giveaway

****Giveaway has ended****

Is sixty years too long to wait for love? Two stories of romance, one in 1949 and one in the modern day, meet in Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Chapel. When Taylor Branson takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time. When Taylor’s journey intersects with Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

Join Rachel in celebrating the release of The Wedding Chapel by entering to win a copy and a $100 cash card—perfect for finishing up your Christmas gift shopping!

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  • A copy of The Wedding Chapel
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 31st. The winner will be announced January 4th on Rachel’s blog.

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Monday’s Mention

Basket Brigade

A Basket Brigade Christmas by Judith Mccoy Miller, Nancy Moser, Stephanie Grace Whitson

About Book

A 3-in-1 collection of Civil War Christmas novellas inspired by the true story of the Basket Brigade women of Decatur, Illinois. . . . In A Pinch of Love by Judith Miller, Sarah McHenry is drawn to Jacob Curtis, but can he control his jealousy over her care for other soldiers. In A Stitch in Time by Stephanie Grace Whitson, Lucy Maddox wins the attention of a handsome private. . .but his intentions don’t seem noble to Silas Tait, who has loved Lucy secretly for years. In Endless Melody by Nancy Moser, word of Zona Evans’s musical ministrations reaches her long-lost love, Dr. Cardiff Kensington.

My Thoughts

We meet Lucy Mattox in A Stitch in Time, by Stephanie Grace Whitson. Lucy immerses herself in working for the Basket Brigade, a group of women who provide food and clothes for the young men riding the train that makes a short stop in Decatur.  Lucy’s mother worked for the Basket Brigade before she and Lucy’s father passed away.

Lucy is fulfilled and happy as a single young woman. After all, there aren’t that many single men left in Decatur, Illinois due to the Civil War. Moreover, the one boy she truly cared for died in the war.

Feeling the first stirrings of love when Private Oscar Green makes a special trip to see her, Lucy is ready to declare her feelings. However, no one else thinks Private Green is the right person. Especially not Silas Tait, the manager of her mercantile. Will Lucy find love?

Judith Miller introduces Sarah McHenry to us in A Pinch of Love.

Sarah’s twin brother Samuel is fighting in the war, so Sarah assists her parents in the family bakery. All is going smoothly until Sarah’s mother falls ill. Now Sarah has not only her bakery duties but also assisting with the basket brigade, a job she swore she would never do.

As Sarah becomes acclimated to the rigors of the basket brigade, she meets the enchanting Corporal Jacob Curtis. Corporal Curtis, much to his dismay, is diverted from combat duty to escort the injured men on the train through Decatur.

Over time, Sarah and Corporal Curtis become friends and begin writing letters to each other and spending stolen moments together when he comes through town. However, jealousy gets the better of the Corporal, and when he is injured he doesn’t let Sarah know.

Confusion and misunderstanding take over their lives. Will they be able to forgive and start anew?

Endless Melody by Nancy Moser brings us the story of Zona Evans, a spinster and musician.

Years earlier, Zona’s betrothed, Cardiff Kensington, left to fight in the Mexican War. Never hearing from him again, Zona resigned herself to the life of a single woman.

Zona is busy getting things ready for the church’s Christmas Musicale. However, things aren’t going her way. Feeling the only way to fix things is through a “mild” deception, Zona takes matters into her own hands with disastrous results.

Will Zona be able to make things right and be forgiven, and what about Cardiff Kensington?

I enjoyed reading A Basket Brigade Christmas very much, especially since it is based on the true story of the women of the basket brigade of Decatur, Illinois.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Friday’s Fiction

When Love Returns

When Love Returns (The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy)

by Kim Vogel Sawyer.

About Book

Riddled with doubt and lingering regrets, will Suzanne and Paul find strength in God to explore a second chance at love?

It wasn’t easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mother, Suzanne and Alexa—the daughter she raised as her own—have spent months rebuilding relationships with her family.

Now with the upcoming wedding of their biological daughter, Suzanne and Paul find themselves drawn to one another once again—but with new challenges to face. They have been single parents with painful pasts. Can Paul and Suzanne find the strength to rebuild the loving relationship that was torn apart by their teen pregnancy so long ago?

Suzanne must also let go of Alexa as she heads back to Indianapolis to visit friends–and as her chance to find her birth parents. Leaving the bed-and-breakfast in Suzanne’s apprehensive hands, Alexa embarks on a journey that will certainly change her life completely. Can mother and daughter trust God to restore all things in His timing?

My Thoughts

Kim Vogel Sawyer does a marvelous job of ending The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy with a very satisfying conclusion in When Love Returns.

Suzanne Zimmerman has returned to her home, not an easy task considering being sent away as a pregnant teenager, shamed and afraid, over twenty years earlier. She has returned with her daughter Alexa to help take care of her mother. In addition, Alexa has started a bed and breakfast in the family home.

Against all odds, Suzanne finds herself drawn to Paul Aldrich, the father of the baby she was forced to give up when she was sent away. Paul is becoming overwhelmed with being a widower raising his son alone. Can they put the past behind them?

As Suzanne and Paul wrestle with their feelings, Alexa is facing her own battles. She has an opportunity to meet her birth mother, but can she? What would she say? Moreover, is it really worth it?

Miss Sawyer tells the story from the point of view of the major characters, giving us, the readers, way more insight into each individual’s thoughts and feelings. As you read, you begin to feel as if the people are and could easily be your friends.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.