Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"When All My Dreams Come True" by Janelle Mowery

About the Book

Bobbie McIntyre dreams of running a ranch of her own. Raised without a mother and having spent most of her time around men, she knows more about wrangling than acting like a lady. The friendship of her new employer awakens a desire to learn more about presenting her feminine side, but ranch life keeps getting in the way.

Ranch owner Jace Kincaid figures the Lord is testing his faith when a female wrangler shows up looking for work. Bobbie has an uncanny way of getting under his skin, though, and he's surprised when she finds a home next to his heart. But when his cattle begin to go missing and his wranglers are in danger from some low-down cattle thief, can Jace trust God, even if it may mean giving up on his dreams?

An adventurous novel of faith, hope, and love in the Wild West.

About This Series: Straight from the heart of the Old West, adventure, humor, and romance by award-winning novelist Janelle Mowery.

This book was released in February 2011
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed

My Review

“When All My Dreams Come True” by Janelle Mowery is the first book in her 'Colorado Runaway' series and the first book I have read by Ms. Mowery. I have to say I can't wait to dig into the rest of the series in the next day or so for I just couldn't put the book down. This is a book that I have picked up one other time before at the library but time ran out before I read it so I picked it up again when I needed more reading material, and now I am completely kicking myself for not making time before. I was laughing, crying, and beyond frustrated with the story-line (in a good way).

This story has so much action that once things seem to slow down some, something else pops up. At the beginning I suspected one person to being the villain, then it seemed as if things were pointing to someone else, and then another person popped up on the villain radar. Now who the villain is I am not going to say, but I am going to say that there are a lot of leads that kept me guessing right up until the villain was revealed. The action like I have said is just constant and not often do I like action packed stories like this one, but this one I loved the way it all came together. Though it was a lot it really seemed to work so well in the story because of how it is used, and at the same time there are down times where our hero and heroine get to know each other and others.

Here is Bobbie McIntyre who is trying to do what she needs to do in order to be able to run her own ranch, and she isn't afraid of work. She is not a typical 1872 woman for she is more comfortable around men with her wearing mens pants than a dress, but she is quite comfortable how she is. Her heart is soft and tender, though she hides it so that others don't know when their comments hurt. She is confident her in her work and is willing to prove herself in regards to her work. There are things that she wants in life though she is not fully sure what she is looking for other than fulfilling a dream.

Jace Kincaid is a young man with a lot on his shoulders without a doubt. Things are not going easy for him on the ranch, and he is willing to do anything to protect his property, his employees, and especially his loved ones, well almost anything. After all he has faced and is facing, his faith is strong and barely waivers, which is a positive influence of Christ's love. Please don't me wrong this man has his flaws for he is short tempered at times, and most time has a reason for his short temper, and a few other perfectly human flaws.

There is a wonderful surprise of humor sprinkled liberally throughout the story that had me laughing out loud at numerous times. I really didn't expect the type of humor but it really made the whole book that much better. Maybe the humor was a way to break up all the tense moments that are part of the book, and if that is the case it really worked to do that as well as show a little more depth to the character or characters who show this humor and in the ways they do. Honestly it was the humor that had kept me into the book when I was getting frustrated with the whole “Who is the Villain?” story-line. That “Who is the Villain?” story-line just wasn't following a line of thought like I wanted it too, so I needed a stress relief myself which the humor provided quite nicely.

There were scenes that had me in tears aching for the one who was involved. I understand that these things really did go along with what was going on, I didn't care for them at all. There are some descriptive scenes but they have such huge parts to play in one of the characters life so I understood the scenes, I just didn't care for them. Well I guess they were great for showing that regardless what bad happens in life, there is always some good that comes out of it, for good does come out of it without a doubt, and the readers don't have to wait until the very end of the book to see the good.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. I hope that everyone who reads this book enjoys it as much as I have.

Other "Colorado Runaway" books

When Love Gets in the Way
When Two Hearts Meet

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"An Amish Second Christmas" 4 Novellas in 1

About the Book

Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances. 

“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine  begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store. 

“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid
Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast. 

“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins. 

“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.

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Please visit Ruth Reid's website
Please visit Kathleen Fuller's website
Please visit Tricia Goyer's website

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This book was released in October 2014
This was a loved library book that was reviewed

My Review

An Amish Second Christmas” by Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller and Tricia Goyer is four short novellas centered around the Amish Second Christmas and love. Maybe not all have that romantic love, but love none the less for the family, friends and more.

Each story stirs the emotions in a different way while reminding the reader that somethings are better when we let go of what we think we want and let God in control.

I would have to say that this is a must read Amish Christmas book that is for sure. Enjoy the book as much as I did. 

When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman

Oh here is a short story of about 90 pages that is not really a romance but a story with a message of ministering to strangers. Things are interesting during this time for the Zook family who is experiencing their first Christmas without Elias, husband and father. Then there is an 'Englischer' who appears with some interesting stories that is for sure.

There is a lot of healing that takes place over the course of this story and at times there is some humor. Actually there was quite a bit of humor, or at least I thought so, even if it was a bit embarrassing. There was one scene that involves with sitting on a hat (and that is all I am going to say about that) that I found so funny I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Part of that is all that happened but also because it was the perfect scene that show that sometimes the Amish teens deal with the same thing as non-Amish teens do.

As the story progresses, which is pretty quickly, the truth is revealed and understanding along with acceptance is accomplished. Truly this is a story that could have gone in so many different directions, and some not in the best of ways either. Instead love shown through even when uncertainty was there, and acceptance was given even when weariness was there, then in the end so much more was received by simply taking the chance.

Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid

This is a story that I had to groan, and loudly I might add, at the end of the whole story for I got so into the story that when it ended, perfectly I might add, I was wanting more. This story might be an Amish version of “You Got Mail” but at the same time there is a lot more friendship without the fighting that goes along with the movie.

Joy is a woman with a lot of things happening all at once and with a mix up with the post office (like that doesn't happen) just one more thing doesn't go as she planned. Oh as the story goes on it is figured out that everything happened was planned just not her own.

I actually found the interactions between Joy and the cabinetmaker interesting not to mention at times pretty humorous, considering one knows who the other is while other is still in the dark. When the truth comes out though, I couldn't help but cry because that wasn't how it was suppose to be, and my heart broke for both the cabinetmaker and Joy. Then as I said I couldn't help but groan with the way it ended for as I said it ended perfectly but I would have loved an epilogue.

A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller

This is a wonderful little story about almost missing the best thing that is in front of you when you are not paying enough attention, and friendship can lead some of the best futures possible. This is a story of how things almost didn't happen because comfort was reached and no one seemed to want to move out of that comfort zone.

Both Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been friends since little kids, but they are too blind to what so many other people see. It is so heartbreaking to see what these two friends go through when news reaches them that she is moving out of state. Really only one of two choices is going to happen for either she is staying or she is moving. It is their struggles to figure out what is happening that makes this story so heartbreaking at times.

This is a good story to remind people to never get so comfortable that they can't see something so special that is right in front of them until it is too late.

The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer

If this story is not part of her 'Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors' series then it could be for it takes place in West Kootenia, Montana where the series takes place. This short story is a story of learning to value oneself for who they are and maybe finding love along the way.

Esther is a woman who loves to serve others while staying in the background, and this is what makes her shine so much. She has also taken to heart some advice her mother has passed down and makes sure she listens to that advice to the best of her ability.

Things are not as simple as she thinks they are when she makes a family pie to help the local community and is not informed about some vital information about that event, but as things always do, everything works out as planned. Friendships develop and something more even begins to grow.

I really wish this would have have been a full length novel for I so enjoy the 'Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors' but I will take what I can get when love is in the air.