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ANNOUNCING OUR WINNER!!!!!

PLUS ANOTHER GIVEAWAY COMING UP!!

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Congratulations! You won the random drawing!!

I will get in touch with you, to get your information, later today.

I am doing a different giveaway next week. I will attempt to use Rafflecopter. Apparently, WP makes it hard for someone that is not a part of WP (WordPress) to make comments. I was unaware of this problem and apologize to anyone that tried to comment and was unable to, due to needing to make a WP profile.

Gathering the Threads (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall AND GIVEAWAY

My Review

Gathering the Threads is third and the final book in The Amish of Summer Grove Series by Cindy Woodsmall. Because of a brief synopsis of books one and two at the beginning, you could read it as a stand-alone. However, I feel you would lose a lot if you did not read the other two first.

Arianna is back in her Amish home. However, she has experienced so many new and stimulating things while living with her biological parents; she has a hard time adapting to her former Amish lifestyle. Yet, she’s right where she wanted and fought so hard to be.

The book opens with the Arianna battling in her mind, hearing the voices of everyone she knows and loves plus all she’s heard while away from the Amish. Each voice is vying for her attention and acceptance. The first two paragraphs so poignantly express her plight that I could have cried for her and the dilemmas she faces.

Adding to the confusion, Skylar decides to stay with her Amish family indefinitely instead of returning back to her Englisch family, leaving life in flux for Arianna.

Ms. Woodsmall has crafted a well written, fascinating tale for the finale of the trilogy. There are so many loose ends that are brought together in a very compelling way. Everyone’s life changes due to being forced to make significant concessions to protect the Amish midwife. The characters are well developed, and you feel their hurt, confusion and questioning as you read. Gathering the Threads is not a typical Amish story of love, romance and eventual marriage. There are hard-hitting situations that are difficult to deal with for the characters. However, the tale resonates with faith, hope and forgiveness, creating a satisfactory ending to a story you hate to see come to an end.

I received both books from Waterbrook Press through Cindy Woodsmall’s Launch Team. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,
Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—
or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.

Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

 

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Leave a comment to enter the drawing.

Drawing will be open August 9th to August 13th.

One name will be randomly drawn as winner.

Check back on Monday, August 14th  to see if you won!

GOOD LUCK!

 This giveaway is open to U.S. only, it is void where prohibited by law and you must be at least 18 to enter. The odds of winning depend on the number of comments received.

Blessings to everyone~

This giveaway has ended.

Fraying at the Edge (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall AND GIVEAWAY!!!

My Review

Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall continues where Ties that Bind left off. Unlike some series, these books do not work as stand-alones.

Arianna, an Amish girl, discovers she was switched at birth, when her biological mother, an Englisher, was forced to seek a midwife when she went into labor far from home. Skyler, an Englisher, discovers she is the baby switched with Arianna. The switch occurred when their midwife’s home burned down while the mothers were giving birth.

Arianna is forced to live with her biological parents, both of whom are married to people other than each other. Her father can only be labeled a tyrant, and that’s putting it mildly, while her mother shows her care and concern much more kindly. Still, for Arianna, life is not happy.

Skylar receives an ultimatum to go into rehab or live with her biological parents. The ultimatum leaves her reeling. She must give up her drug providing boyfriend and all modern conveniences.

My heart ached for both girls as I read Fraying at the Edge. Both Arianna and Skylar have the rugs jerked out from beneath them with little to no warning. I cannot imagine how I would handle the same situation!

Ms. Woodsmall has written a compelling, faith filled book. We experience both Amish and Englischer lifestyles through the eyes of Arianna and Skylar. We see faith questioned through the eyes of Arianna’s biological father’s professed atheism, and we see faith in action through Skylar’s biological families’ care and concern for her. Arianna and Skylar’s plights are not your typical Amish stories. However, they are well written with a gripping, thought-provoking and stimulating premise.

Fraying at the Edge is book two of the Amish of Summer Grove series.

I received both books from Waterbrook Press through Cindy Woodsmall’s Launch Team. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Family, community, faith, and love.
These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life.
When they are pulled to pieces,
will anything familiar remain?

The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can steady the tilting ground between Ariana’s two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?

At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and a deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.

New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?

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Leave a comment to enter the drawing.

Drawing will be open August 9th to August 13th.

One name will be randomly drawn as winner.

Check back on Monday, August 14th  to see if you won!

GOOD LUCK!

 This giveaway is open to U.S. only, it is void where prohibited by law and you must be at least 18 to enter. The odds of winning depend on the number of comments received.

Blessings to everyone~

Ties That Bind (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall AND GIVEAWAY!!!

My Review

Arianna and Quill were childhood buddies. But, Quill left the Amish with Arianna’s best friend, hurting her more than she thought possible. However, Arianna may be hurt deeper and more anguished than anyone can predict.

Cindy Woodsmall’s first story in the Amish of Summer Grove is full of surprises. The tension holds you spellbound as the suspense begins to mount. This is truly not your typical Amish story.

There are several threads sewn together in Ties that Bind leaving many of the characters at a loss as to what is and isn’t true or real. The mystery pulls you in and doesn’t let go.

I really came to care for the people in the story. I cried on many occasions as I read it, especially the ending. If I had any complaint, it would be that the ending was a HUGE cliffhanger. Fortunately, I had the next book in the series and could begin reading it immediately.

I received Ties that Bind and Fraying at the Edge from Waterbrook Press through Cindy Woodsmall’s Launch Team. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Guess what? I received an extra copy of both Ties that Bind and Fraying at the Edge, so I’m having a giveaway! Plus, if you win, you won’t have to wait like I did for the second novel, and can relish the next book in the series.

Publisher’s Summary

Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.

Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.

Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.

Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

*********GIVEAWAY CLOSED**********

Leave a comment to enter the drawing.

Drawing will be open August 9th to August 13th.

One name will be randomly drawn as winner.

Check back on Monday, August 14th  to see if you won!

GOOD LUCK!

I’m sorry I forgot to add this: This giveaway is open to U.S. only, it is void where prohibited by law and you must be at least 18 to enter. The odds of winning depend on the number of comments received.

Blessings to everyone~

This giveaway has ended.

Spur of the Moment Bride by Anne Greene

My Review

After being labeled as a tease by her father, and being told to find a husband within 30 days, or lose her inheritance, Abby Hollister sets out to comply.

I enjoyed Abby’s pluckiness in setting out to find a husband. Her experiences on the stagecoach leave you feeling as if you were there with her, feeling cramped, gawked at and made uncomfortable. Also, the dangers of stagecoach rides are aptly illustrated in the portrayal of bad guys, rough terrain and consequences from harsh elements.

Anne Greene is a new author to me and this is the first of her stories I have read. Overall, I enjoyed the story and its uniqueness. However, there were a couple of incidents where Abby’s reference to another character’s personal attributes that possibly could not be helped and a couple of items on her list, were not kind. (I feel it gave me a small insight into the author’s thoughts on other people.)

Spur of the Moment Bride by Anne Greene is a short story, quick and easy to read.

I received the book from the author through The Book Club Network. However, I was not required to write a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Heiress Abby Hollister’s Papa demands she stop toying with young men’s hearts and marry within a month or be disinherited. After reading an ad for a mail-order bride in untamed Laramie, Wyoming, Abby makes a list of characteristics she expects for her husband and sets off to claim the perfect mate and secure her personal fortune.

Stage coach driver, Zach Tyler likes his exciting job where he outsmarts robbers and Indians and keeps the stage running regardless of weather, break-downs, and ornery passengers. But passenger Abby Hollister proves to be an unusual challenge. He protects her on the journey to Laramie, but in that town women are as scarce as a bird’s nest in a cuckoo clock, and men go crazy when the beauty arrives.

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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

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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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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Wedding Chapel
  • A $100 cash card

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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Tisket, Tasket

We are 26 away from 1,000!!!!

A tisket, a tasket, we will soon give away a basket!

A basket filled with goodies for the winner.

If the winner is a woman she will receive a basket and if the winner is a male he will receive a cooler along with the items mentioned below.

We will have coffee or tea, depending on your preference along with a teacup or mug for the beverage of choice.

We will have chocolate! After all what is a basket (or cooler) without chocolate?

There will be an inspirational book and other trinkets like key chains, bookmarks, pen and pencil set along with a small journal and pocket daily calendar plus a few more goodies!

Hope to have pictures soon.

Good Luck!

 

For details go to: https://captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/winner-wanted/

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Winner Wanted

Winners being sought!

My blog has almost 1000 email followers. When we hit 1000,Grace Galore: Gifts, Books and More has graciously offered to donate a prize to a randomly picked follower.

There will be a prize for male or female winner.

Current email followers just leave a note in the comments with your blog and email address and whether you want a male or female gift basket. Also, note if you like tea or coffee better.

If you are not a follower, just click on the follow email tab to the right, then in the comments section include your blog, and email address. Also include whether you want male or female basket  and your preference for coffee or tea.

UPDATE:  Due to international rules this will only be open to US residents.

More info about the basket in a future blog.

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