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Today I am going to post a line from
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice
by Angie Dicken.
My First Line:
Castle Gate, Utah, 1910
Leanna McKee pushed her hat by its brim, hiding her face as best she could
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About the Book
Publication Date: October 20, 2017
Paperback; 300 Pages
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Historical
She fancied herself part of a timeless chain without beginning or end, linked only by the silver strong words of its tellers.
In the year 1841, on the eve of her departure from London, Bride’s mother demands she forget her dead father and prepare for a sensible, adult life in Port Phillip. Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairytales to the far side of the world.
When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller and fellow traveller realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets and the words written in Bridie’s notebook carry a dark double meaning.
As they inch towards their destination, Rhys’s past returns to haunt him. Bridie grapples with the implications of her dad’s final message. The pair take refuge in fairytales, little expecting the trouble it will cause.
About the Author
When Elizabeth Jane Corbett isn’t writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Celtic Club, writes reviews and articles for the Historical Novel Society and blogs atelizabethjanecorbett.com. In 2009, her short-story, Beyond the Blackout Curtain, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, Silent Night, was short listed for the Allan Marshall Short Story Award. An early draft of her debut novel, The Tides Between, was shortlisted for a HarperCollins Varuna manuscript development award.
Elizabeth lives with her husband, Andrew, in a renovated timber cottage in Melbourne’s inner-north. She likes red shoes, dark chocolate, commuter cycling, and reading quirky, character driven novels set once-upon-a-time in lands far, far away.
For more information, please visit Elizabeth Jane Corbett’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Goodreads.
Book Blast Schedule
Monday, October 16
Passages to the Past
Tuesday, October 17
The Never-Ending Book
Wednesday, October 18
A Book Geek
Thursday, October 19
The Reading Queen
Friday, October 20
What Is That Book About
Sunday, October 22
Faery Tales Are Real
Monday, October 23
To Read, Or Not to Read
Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots
Tuesday, October 24
Wednesday, October 25
History From a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, October 26
Jenn’s Book Vibes
Friday, October 27
WS Momma Readers Nook
Monday, October 30
I Heart Reading
So Many Books, So Little Time
Tuesday, October 31
Wednesday, November 1
Thursday, November 2
Singing Librarian Books
Friday, November 3
A Holland Reads
Monday, November 6
A Book Drunkard
Tuesday, November 7
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Wednesday, November 8
Just One More Chapter
Thursday, November 9
Locks, Hooks and Books
Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings
Friday, November 10
What Cathy Read Next
About the Book
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.
The Books in the Series
About the Author
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written seventeen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.
She's won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer's Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.
Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn't realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn't allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy's house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them--afraid that if they didn't, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann's because her family didn't own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults' disapproval and the obstacles in each other's lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy's family moved to another region of the US.
As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities--from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.
Book one, Ties that Bind, in Cindy Woodsmall’s series The Amish of Summer Grove is an enjoyable and sweet Amish novel that readers will enjoy. Although it may take readers a couple of chapters to get into the story, Woodsmall eventually captures the attention of her readers with the charming and relatable characters. Woodsmall brings to life the struggles and challenges that some Amish have with wanting to turn to the outside world, rather than staying amongst their own people. This is a pleasant story that fans of Amish fiction will want to pick up.
Series: The Amish of Summer Grove
Genre: Amish, Christian
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Publication date: September 8, 2015
Number of pages: 339
A review copy of this book was provided by Blogging for Books. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Our Family Chrismas: Creating Meaningful and Memorable Christ-Centered Traditions by Christie Gardiner -- Book Tour Review
About the Book
Draw closer to the Savior as you set aside a few minutes each day to celebrate the season with your family using this inspiring, fun-filled countdown to Christmas as your guide. From Christmas songs to holiday stories to activities for old and young alike, this compilation of Christ-centered ideas is designed with one goal in mind: to bring families closer together and closer to Christ this holiday season. Whether you're taking a quick moment to connect or are engaging in a longer opportunity to create memories, the stories, recipes, activities, and music on these pages are just the beginning of faith-affirming togetherness for families of all ages and stages during the Christmas season.
GOODREADS (not currently available) | AMAZON | DESERET BOOK | SEAGULL BOOK
About the Author
Christie has enjoyed participating in speaking engagements across the country where she loves reminding groups of women that with God, they are not alone and are enough. Christie's heartfelt and quick-witted writing was first enjoyed in blog form on behalf of the Utah Jazz and Illume Gallery of Fine Art. Her performing career has spanned three decades in theater, television, film, commercials, podcasting and voiceover work. She is a longtime faculty member at the Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts where she inspires young people to increase their self-esteem through participation in the arts. She enjoys serving in her church's youth program. In her spare time you will find Christie with her husband and children, in nature or in the yoga studio teaching a class. She makes her home in Utah and occasionally, the Oregon coast.
Our Family Christmas: Creating Meaningful and Memorable Christ-Centered Traditions by Christie Gardiner is an excellent book for counting down and getting into the true spirit of Christmas. Gardiner has filled this book with personal stories, stories to read as a family, scriptures, hymns, recipes, and fun and spiritual ways to count down the days until Christmas. This book is perfect for families with little ones or with teenagers; it’s just a book filled with fun for the entire family. Families will not want to miss this beautiful, fun, and enlightening way to count town the days till Christmas.
Genre: non-fiction, holiday, Christmas count down
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Publication date: October 2, 2017
Number of pages: 200
A review copy of this book was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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