Thursday, September 28, 2023

Lost and Found by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 Lost and Found
Book Summary

Trudy Yoder shares a passion for birding with Micah Weaver--and she has an even greater passion for Micah. Their friendship is finally turning romantic when Micah abruptly grows cold. Worse still, he wants to leave Stoney Ridge.

Micah Weaver thought he was over Trudy's older sister. A year and a half ago, Shelley had broken his heart when she ran away from Stoney Ridge to pursue a singing career in Nashville. Then, out of the blue, she's started to leave distressing phone messages for him.
When the bishop asks for volunteers to scout out a possible church relocation in Tennessee, Micah is the first to raise his hand. Despite scant details, he's confident he can find Shelley. After all, his reputation as a field guide is based on finding birds that don't want to be found.

What Micah doesn't know is that what you're looking for isn't always what you find.
My Thoughts

Lost and Found by Suzanne Woods Fisher takes us back to Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania.  I always enjoy returning to Stoney Ridge to catch up with the characters.  I feel bad for Bishop David Stoltzfus who needs to come up with a solution for the community.  Families are leaving left and right.  They do not want their children to be influenced by the Beachy Amish who are more progressive than their Old Order Amish community.  Just when Micah Weaver is finally taking notice of Trudy Yoder, he becomes distant.  Poor Trudy has no idea what is going on with Micah.  The characters are developed with each one having a unique personality.  Hank manages to keep up on the latest gossip and makes sure others in the community are up on the latest events.  I do not know how his wife puts up with the volume of his voice (you would think he had hearing troubles from the way he shouts, but his hearing is excellent much to the bishop’s dismay).  

Birding is featured throughout the story.  It is an unusual theme for an Amish story.  I can tell the author did her research on birding (it is educational).  I enjoyed Trudy’s bird watching entries at the end of each chapter which include Biblical references.  I did not know there were so many bird references in the Bible.  I like how the bird is compared to an individual in the story.  There is someone new in the Stoney Ridge permit office (there is a reason she was sent to work alone in this one-person office).  She is quite a character, and it turns out that she is a bird watcher as well.  In Lost and Found, we see that you never know who might be suffering from a mental illness.  When a family member has a mental illness, it affects the whole family.  Lost and Found can be read as a standalone for those new to the series.  I have enjoyed every story set in Stoney Ridge.  It has allowed me to get to know the characters and the setting.  I loved the humor sprinkled throughout the story.  You can always count on Hank for entertainment.  Lost and Found is a special story with families taking leave, mystifying messages, a land dilemma, romance miseries, a special fowl sighting, trip troubles, and happy people.  

Lost and Found is available from Amazon*.  A Season on the Wind is the first book in the Stoney Ridge birdwatching series.  You can find Suzanne Woods Fisher's other novels here.  Thank you for joining me today.  I am heading outside to continue working on my Halloween display.  I have to get the lights up next.  Then, I will move on to the side yard display (it faces a side street).  Are you decorating for Halloween? I will return on Tuesday, October 3 with Sisters by the Sea by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Lorine Brunstetter Van Corbach.  I hope that you have a fun weekend.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The Flower Quilter by Mindy Steele


About the Book

Barbara Breaks from Amish Tradition to Express Her Artistry

Full of faith, hope, and romance, this new series takes you into the Heart of Amish country.

Barbara Schwartz was born into a family of quilters, but she would rather eat dirt than partake in another quilting frolic or sew on another binding. When her parents send her to Indiana to help her grandmother in her quilting shop, she finds herself amongst a very different community. It’s only one summer and then she will be back in Kentucky where she belongs.

Melvin Bontrager’s world stopped six years ago when his parents died. Now when his only means of providing for his widowed sister and niece is threatened, Melvin finds his landscaping business disappearing too. When spring delivers a newcomer who is immune to his salty moods, Melvin does something he has never done before, accepts help.

What blooms is the last thing Barbara ever expected, and everything Melvin could ever want.

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About the Author

Mindy Steele is the award-winning author and bestselling author of over a dozen novels and novellas in Christian fiction. Raised in Kentucky timber country, Steele has been writing since she could hold a crayon on the wall and lives in northeastern Kentucky—where many of her stories are set.

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The Story Behind the Story

I’ve connected with many wonderful readers since my debut in 2021 and while attending my first multi-author and reader event in Shipshewana, Indiana, I was blessed to finally meet many of them in person. I connected with my amazing assistant, my Mississippi fishing buddy, and the golden girls who have been with me from the beginning. God handpicked each of these women and I am so thankful he did.

I knew before leaving home I would not be writing about Shipshewana or the touristy areas considering I love our small rural communities, but you know what they say about thinking you know everything. . .

I was charmed at a little Bed and Breakfast and further charmed by Bridgett the owner. After touring the Amish Market and a few other memorable sites, my husband and I spent an afternoon with our dear friends Barb and Mel. Barb insisted I see her favorite place, the Krider Fair Gardens. Being a lover of flowers and gardening myself, I was entranced. I walked over every inch and stored its details in my heart. I even called my mother.

I quickly learned the quilt gardens were signature in Indiana, sprawling along the Pumpkinvine Trail and covering multiple counties. From May to September, thousands come to photograph the designs that change each year. There is even an app for that now.

I had learned so much about Amish gardens and greenhouses from my neighbors who had family-owned greenhouses which I wrote about in An Amish Flower Farm.

It was also a no brainer that I would include quilting into the story. I love to quilt, much more than my dear sweet heroine needless to say.

I was especially happy to include the quilt shop, just a block down from The Blue Gate and the owner was thrilled her shop was the inspiration to Anna Beechy’s quilt shop.

Writing about two different Amish communities was a fun challenge made easy thanks to dear friends from both. Especially Anna Mae, the best garden tea maker north of Ohio who never let my questions bother her.

What was most memorable about writing this book over all others?

I had no desk!!!

I love writing about new things not explored yet, and well…my writer heart was ready to start before we even got home. Often, I let an idea percolate a few days, but this story unfolded like a favorite re-run and I knew all the words. It was time to get writing, but suddenly we had covid and hours turned to days and weeks. It was a scary time as my husband struggled with it terribly, but we got through and then Hurricane Ida struck the south and my husband was called up. I decided to travel with my husband and son to deliver Fema Relief.

My family needed me, and I needed to write this book!!! So, in pure Mindy fashion, I packed up my notepads, extra fine tip pens, and did both.

The draft of The Flower Quilter was written in the back of an old semi that leaked like a strainer as we delivered trailers and supplies from Kentucky to the hardest hit areas of Mississippi and Louisiana nonstop for nine days.

I hope to never try that again, but no matter what we encountered, those gardens of Indiana keep popping up and adding a little sunshine to the chaos around me. God sure knows how to keep beauty in focus when everything gets turned upside down.  He also knows how to take our worst traits and turn them into something remarkable.

I hope you love this story and my take on the gardens as much as I did. Thank you for being part of the tour!!! And may God bless and keep you!

My Thoughts

The Flower Quilter by Mindy Steele is a heartwarming Amish story.  I thought the story was well-written with developed characters.  I enjoyed getting to know Barbara Schwartz and Melvin Bontrager.  I also liked Barbara’s grandparents (they are sweet, caring people) and Sarah (Melvin’s sister).  Barbara’s mother and grandmother are both excellent quilters.  Barbara would rather be outside working in the gardens than getting her finger pricked by a needle (she really should wear a thimble).  Her quilting challenges were amusing.  I understood her struggle.  Barbara wants to please her family, but with regard to quilting, she is all thumbs.  Barbara managed to get herself into some comical situations.  I laughed often while reading The Flower Quilter

I enjoyed learning about quilt gardens and the Heritage Trail in Indiana.  It turns out there is more than one way to quilt. It was interesting learning the differences and similarities between Amish communities (in this case, Kentucky and Indiana).  I can tell that the author did her research for this book.  The Flower Quilter is a story full of emotions, and I like that I was left smiling when I closed the book.  The Flower Quilter is the first book in The Heart of the Amish series, and I am looking forward to the next installment.  One of my favorite quotes is, “Finding something you love, even for as short as a single summer, is a gift.  So is finding beauty in what others tend to overlook.”  The Flower Quilter is an uplifting tale with quilt quibbles, beautiful blooms, troublesome twins, amusing misadventures, bevy of red barns, and gorgeous gardens.  


To celebrate her tour, Mindy is giving away the grand prize package a $25 Amazon gift card and a print copy of the book.  Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter.  Good Luck!

The Flower Quilter is available from Amazon*.  Mindy Steele has Courting an Amish Bishop coming out April 1, 2024.  It is the next book in the Heart of the Amish series.  You can find Mindy Steele's other novels here.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Lost and Found by Suzanne Woods Fisher.  I hope that you have an uplifting day.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway and leave a comment for extra entries.  Good Luck and Happy Reading!


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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Having a Fudgy Christmas Time by Nancy Coco

 Having a Fudgy Christmas Time
Book Summary

Fans of the perennially popular Candy-Coated Mystery series featuring Allie McMurphy are treated to a holiday e-novella in which Allie’s frequent sleuthing partner Carol Tunisian gets mixed up in a holiday homicide.

Carol is looking forward to finishing plans for the Mackinac Island Senior Center Christmas Ball. But when she arrives at the center, she finds the door jimmied open and a dead man inside. The victim is a local senior who seems to have been sleeping in the center at night—but why? Although she promises Officer Rex Manning not to involve her book club in solving the mystery, Carol finds a way to fudge around that. Rallying her troop of silver-haired sleuths—and with some support from Ally in between her batches of Christmas fudge -- Carol sets out to discover which grinch tried to steal this Christmas. All she wants from Santa is to get this case wrapped up with a bow!
My Thoughts

Having a Fudgy Christmas Time by Nancy Coco is a cute story.  The story is told from Carol Tunisian’s point of view instead of Allie McMurphy’s.  It did take me a beat to adjust.  Carol is amusing.  I love her attitude.  It is winter on Mackinac Island, and I could feel Jack Frost nipping at my nose thanks to the author’s vivid descriptions.  I like the author's writing style.  It is friendly, which makes the story easy to read.  Carol is quick to rally the troops (aka the book club) when a local man is found murdered inside the senior center.  Rex Manning may have “requested” (aka told) Carol to keep her nose out of the case and to not involve the senior sleuths.  Carol had no intention of listening to Rex (I believe her fingers were crossed behind her back).  

The mystery is not complex, but it is fun to follow. There are some incidents along the way and the seniors learn sleuthing can be dangerous.  I thought it was amusing when Carol would stop a moment during the investigation and wonder what Allie would do (Allie has created a monster).  I love the members of the book club.  They are a lively, quirky group of seniors.  I would be honored to be a part of this book club.  There is plenty of holiday cheer as well as tasty treats.  The ending was not what I expected. Having a Fudgy Christmas Time is A Candy-Coated Mystery Novella.  Fans of the series will enjoy this enjoyable novella and it can be read by those who are new to the series.  Having a Fudgy Christmas Time is happy holiday tale with a murdered man, senior sleuths, a cold climate, flavorful fudge, Christmas cookies enticements, menacing calls, and a scheme to catch a killer.  

Having a Fudgy Christmas Time is available from Amazon*.  You can find the other A Candy-Coated Mysteries here.  You can follow Nancy Coco on Amazon and receive an email when she has a new book release.  Here are some of the other books that were published today:  Hunted at Christmas by Dana R. Lynn, Lost and Found by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Tracked through the Woods by Laura Scott, Down to the Wire by Patricia Sargeant, On Moonberry Lake by Holly Varni, The Teacher's Christmas Secret by Emma Miller, Now You See It by Carol J. Perry, Bright Lights Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews, An Amish Cinderella by Shelley Shepard Gray, Hanging by a Thread by Dorothy Howell, Murder in an Italian Village by Michael Falco, A Furry Little Christmas by Laurien Berenson, and Christmas Mittens Murder by Lee Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, and Maddie Day.  There is something for everyone.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am featuring Hunted at Christmas by Dana R. Lynn.  It is the latest book in the Amish Country Justice series.  I hope that you have a cheerful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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Monday, September 25, 2023

The Prayer Jar Devotional: Forgiveness by Wanda E. Brunstetter

 The Prayer Jar Devotional:  Forgiveness
Book Summary

Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter’s The Prayer Jars series. . .
The Prayer Jar Devotional: Forgiveness delivers the same life-changing inspiration as Wanda E. Brunstetter’s unforgettable stories. Every reading will help you draw closer to your heavenly Father. Your prayer life will be transformed as you read through these dozens of encouraging devotional readings centered around the theme of forgiveness. With each turn of the page, you’ll discover unchanging truths of God’s Word alongside meaningful prompts that guide you to write out your personal prayers or favorite, grace-filled Bible verses and then add to your very own prayer jar. (Simple instructions are included in the introduction.)
Once you’ve finished reading the last page, you’ll have a full prayer jar of your very own. Use it to infuse your heart with inspiration and encouragement when you need it—or share it with a friend who could use some faith restoration of her very own!
The Prayer Jar Devotional:  Forgiveness is available on Amazon*.  Wanda Brunstetter along with Richelle Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, and Lorine Brunstetter Van Corbach has Sisters by the Sea coming out October 1.  I will return tomorrow with Having a Fudgy Christmas by Nancy Coco.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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Thursday, September 21, 2023

The Book Club Hotel by Sarah Morgan


The Book Club Hotel

Book Summary

This Christmas, USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan returns with another heartfelt exploration of change, the power of books to heal, and the enduring strength of female friendship. Perfect for fans of Emily Henry and Jennifer Weiner.

With its historic charm and picture-perfect library, the Maple Sugar Inn is considered the winter destination. As the holidays approach, the inn is fully booked with guests looking for their dream vacation. But widowed far too young, and exhausted from juggling the hotel with being a dedicated single mom, Hattie Coleman dreams only of making it through the festive season.

But when Erica, Claudia and Anna—lifelong friends who seem to have it all—check in for a girlfriends’ book club holiday, it changes everything. Their close friendship and shared love of books have carried them through life's ups and downs. But Hattie can see they're also packing some major emotional baggage, and nothing prepares her for how deeply her own story is about to become entwined in theirs. In the span of a week over the most enchanting time of the year, can these four women come together to improve each other’s lives and make this the start of a whole new chapter?

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.

Romantic Times has described her as 'a magician with words' and nominated her books for their Reviewer's Choice Awards and their 'Top Pick' slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family.

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My Thoughts

The Book Club Hotel by Sara Morgan is a cozy read with a charming inn, good food, friends, a book club, a precocious child, and holiday cheer.  I found The Book Club Hotel to be easy to read.  We get to meet a group of people who are realistic and relatable.  The story is told from alternating points of view.  It is easy to differentiate between each voice.  I loved the Maple Sugar Inn which is brimming with coziness and charm.  It is the type of place you do not want to leave.  There is a small town nearby that provides a large circle of friends (a family) for Hattie and her daughter.  There is a bookshop where I could spend hours browsing and reading.  I liked how close Erica, Clauda, and Anna were.  They had been friends since college.  They were there for each other through the good and the bad.  Of course, they can only help if you share what is bothering you.  One of them has a secret and she will need her friends when the truth comes to light.  There is some romance as well.  I like that the story had little angst (you do not want too much drama in a holiday story).  I did feel that the story was a tad long (368 pages).  The Book Club Hotel is a good book to read on a rainy or snowy afternoon while nestled in a comfy chair with a cup of hot chocolate and a soft blanket.   The Book Club Hotel is a heartfelt tale with loving friends, a surprising secret, a precocious child, an appealing inn, fantastic food, and a happy holiday.  


Maple Sugar Inn, how may I help you?” Hattie answered the phone with a smile on her face because she’d discovered that it was impossible to sound defeated, moody or close to tears when you were smiling, and currently she was all those things.

“I’ve been planning a trip to Vermont in winter for years and then I spotted pictures of your inn on social media,” a woman gushed, “and it looks so cozy and welcoming. The type of place you can’t help but relax.”

It’s an illusion, Hattie thought. There was no relaxation to be had here; not for her, at any rate. Her head throbbed and her eyes pricked following another night without sleep. The head house­keeper was threatening to walk out and the executive chef had been late two nights running and she was worried tonight might be the third, which would be a disaster because they were fully booked. Chef Tucker had earned their restaurant that coveted star, and his confit of duck had been known to induce moans of ecstasy from diners, but there were days when Hattie would have traded that star for a chef with a more even temperament. His temper was so hot she sometimes wondered why he bothered switching on the grill. He could have yelled at the duck, and it would have been thoroughly singed in the flames of his anger. He was being disrespectful and taking advantage of her. Hat­tie knew that, and she also knew she should probably fire him but Brent had chosen him and firing him would have severed another thread from the past. Also, conflict drained her energy and right now she didn’t have enough of that to go around. It was simpler to placate him.

“I’m glad you’re impressed,” she said to the woman on the phone. “Can I make a reservation for you?”

“I hope so, but I’m very particular about the room. Can I tell you what I need?”

“Of course.” Bracing herself for a long and unachievable wish list, Hattie resisted the temptation to smack her forehead onto the desk. Instead, she reached for a pad of paper and pen that was always handy. “Go ahead.”

How bad could it be? A woman the week before had wanted to know if she could bring her pet rat with her on vacation—answer: no!—and a man the week before that had demanded that she turn down the sound of the river that ran outside his bedroom window because it was keeping him awake.

She went above and beyond in her attempts to satisfy the whims of guests but there were limits.

“I’d like the room to have a mountain view,” the woman said. “And a real fire would be a nice extra.”

“All our rooms have real fires,” Hattie said, “and the rooms at the back have wonderful views of the mountains. The ones at the front face the river.”

She relaxed slightly. So far, so straightforward.

“Mountains for me. Also, I’m particular about bedding. After all, we spend a third of our lives asleep so it’s important, don’t you agree?”

Hattie felt a twinge of envy. She definitely didn’t spend a third of her life asleep. With having a young child, owning an inn and grieving the loss of her husband, she barely slept at all. She dreamed of sleep but sadly, usually when she was awake.

“Bedding is important.” She said what was expected of her, which was what she’d been doing since the police had knocked on her door two years earlier to tell her that her beloved Brent had been killed instantly in a freak accident. A brick had fallen from a building as he’d been walking past on his way to the bank and struck him on the head.

It was mortifying to remember that her initial reaction had been to laugh—she’d been convinced it was a joke, be­cause normal people didn’t get killed by random bricks fall­ing from buildings, did they?—but then she’d realized they weren’t laughing and it probably wasn’t because they didn’t have a sense of humor.

She’d asked them if they were sure he was dead, and then had to apologize for questioning them because of course they were sure. How often did the police follow we’re sorry to have to tell you…with oops, we made a mistake.

After they’d repeated the bad news, she’d thanked them po­litely. Then she’d made them a cup of tea because she was a) half British and b) very much in shock.

When they’d drunk their tea and eaten two of her home­made cinnamon cookies, she’d shown them out as if they were treasured guests who had honored her with their presence, and not people who had just shattered her world in one short con­versation.

She’d stared at the closed door for a full five minutes after they’d left while she’d tried to process it. In a matter of min­utes her life had utterly changed, the future she’d planned with Brent stolen, her hopes crushed.

Even though two years had passed, there were still days when it felt unreal. Days when she still expected Brent to walk through the door with that bouncing stride of his, full of excite­ment because he’d had one of his brilliant ideas that he couldn’t wait to share with her.

I think we should get married…

I think we should start a family…

I think we should buy that historic inn we saw on our trip to Ver­mont…

They’d met in England during their final year of college and from the first moment she’d been swept away on the tide of Brent’s enthusiasm. After graduating, they’d both taken jobs in London but then two things had happened. Brent’s grand­mother had died, leaving him a generous sum of money, and they’d taken a trip to Vermont. They’d fallen in love with the place, and now here she was, a widow at the age of twenty-eight, raising their five-year-old child and managing the historic inn. Alone. Since she’d lost Brent she’d tried to keep every­thing going the way he’d wanted it, but that wasn’t proving easy. She worried that she wasn’t able to do this on her own. She worried that she was going to lose the inn. Most of all she worried that she wasn’t going to be enough for their daughter. Now Brent was gone she had to be two people—how could she be two people when most days she didn’t even feel whole?

She realized that while she’d been indulging in a moment of maudlin self-pity, the woman on the phone was still talking. “I’m sorry, could you say that again?”

“I’d like the bedsheets to be linen because I do struggle with overheating.”

“We have linen bedding, so that won’t be a problem.”

“And pink.”

“Excuse me?”

“I’d like the linen to be pink. I find I sleep better. White is too glaring and drab colors depress me.”


“I’ll make a note.” She grabbed a notepad and scribbled Help followed by four exclamation marks. She might have writ­ten something ruder, but her daughter was a remarkably good reader and was given to demonstrating that skill wherever and whenever she could, so Hattie had learned to be mindful of what she wrote and left lying around. “Did you have a partic­ular date in mind?”

“Christmas. It’s the best time, isn’t it?”

Not for me, Hattie thought, as she checked the room occu­pancy. The first Christmas after Brent had died had been hid­eous, and last year hadn’t been much better. She’d wanted to burrow under the covers until it was all over, but instead, she’d been expected to inject festive joy into other people’s lives. And now it was the end of November again and Christmas was just weeks away.

Still, providing she didn’t lose any more staff, she’d no doubt find a way to muddle through. She’d survived it twice, and she’d survive it a third time.

“You’re in luck. We do still have a few rooms available, in­cluding one double facing the mountains. Would you like me to reserve that for you?”

“Is it a corner room? I do like more than one window.”

“It’s not a corner room, and there is only one window in this particular room, but it has wonderful views and a covered balcony.”

“There’s no way of getting a second window?”

“Sadly not.” What was she supposed to do? Knock a hole through the wall? “But I can send you a video of the room be­fore you make your choice if that would help.”

By the time she’d taken the woman’s email address, put a hold on the room for twenty-four hours and answered the rest of her questions, half an hour had passed.

When the woman finally ended the call, Hattie sighed. Christmas promised to be a nightmare. She made a note under the reservation. Pink sheets. Linen.

How would Brent handle it? It was a question she asked her­self a million times a day and she allowed herself to glance at one of the two photographs she kept on the desk. This one was of Brent swinging their daughter high in the air. Both were laughing. Sometimes, she’d discovered, remembering the best of times sustained you through the worst.

The Book Club Hotel is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million,, and Harlequin.  You can find Sarah Morgan's other novels here.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be back on Tuesday, September 26 with Having a Fudgy Christmas Time by Nancy Coco.  It is A Candy-Coated Mystery Novella.  I hope that you have a relaxing weekend.  I am gearing up for Halloween decorating.  I have all the decorations (and necessary extension cords) as well as a plan.  I will begin on Friday, September 29.  It will take me a couple of days to get everything in place.  My design is based on the idea of Frankenstein and his family going out for a night of fun at the local cemetery.   I will share pictures when I have everything in place.  Do you decorate your yard for Halloween?  I would love to see pictures and hear your ideas.  Take care and Happy Reading!