Phoebe’s Gift by Jerry E. Eicher Peace in the Valley #2

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Pages: 352

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

Published: August 1, 2017

The second installment of The Peace in the Valley series is a good story with a great motto: the more you believe in yourself the more you can accomplish.

After the passing of her beloved grandma, Phoebe must decide if she will return home to Lancaster or stay and turn the farm into her grandmother’s dream of a healing farm for mistreated children. A terrible action in Phoebe’s childhood has caused her to lose her self-confidence. Will her neighbor David help her to find it again? Will Phoebe help David convince his sister, Ruth, to not jump the fence to the English world?

I’m quickly becoming a fan of Jerry S. Eicher’s work. He is able to the Lord’s words and apply it to every day obstacles without making one feel they are reading a heavy sermon. He makes you think about your life and how you should apply the lesson to yourself.

I had one complaint with this book. The beginning was a bit confusing. I had to reread paragraphs several times to fully understand what was happening. Phoebe’s waffling within herself made me feel waffled. Other than that another great book for teens and adults.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers for a free copy to read and review with my honest opinion.

Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper (A Teapot Collector Mystery #1)

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Pages: 304

Publisher: Berkley

Published: June 3, 2014

Sophie has decided to move to her grandma’s in upstate New York after her restaurant fizzles and help her grandma with her tearoom. Next door one time best friend of grandma Rose, Thelma has opened her own tearoom with limited success. While Thelma is hosting an engagement tea for her granddaughter, the future mother in law is murdered. Sophie decides to investigate while getting reacquainted with her summer friends.

I enjoyed this book and want to continue reading the series but I’m sure you are wondering why 3.5 stars? It starts out quick and ends spectacularly but the middle was a tad sluggish. A few times my interest was not there.

Sophie is a very likable character and feels like someone you would run into on the street. She’s caring and doesn’t appear to be hung up on herself. She is just trying to figure out her life after the devastating blow of closing her restaurant.

I am left with one question: what ever happened to the dead mother in law’s cat?


Silvia’s Rose by Jerry S. Eicher (Peace in the Valley #1)

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Pages: 352

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

Published: August 1, 2017

Do you trust God enough to direct you toward your soul mate? Do you trust God enough to lead you to another great love after you’ve been widowed? These are the great questions that Arlene, Joseph, Isaiah and Esther must answer.

Esther and her daughter move to the Amish district where Isaiah is a minister. Esther must trust that Isaiah is the husband she longs for and the dad that her daughter needs. Will a disagreement over flowers derail their love?

Joseph moves to the district with his son after his wife died from cancer. Arlene has her heart on saving him and his son from starvation and a dirty house by making Joseph fall in love with her. Can their love bloom through the harshness of Arlene’s words about his love of roses?

I’ve not read much of Jerry S. Eicher so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I enjoyed this book. The writing is easy to read and the plot moves between the two romances seamlessly. This is a clean romance for any teen or adult.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers for a free ARC copy for my own honest review.

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock

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Pages: 384

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Published: July 11, 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable book set in the 1930s and 1950s. Dorothy Garlock has a writing style that I can only describe as classical beauty. As the reader you fall into the story and become one with the characters.

The main character, Lily, finds herself at a crossroads in life. Should she stay in Hooper’s Crossing and stay the librarian or move to NYC with her best friend? As she is making her decision she befriends a Life photographer during the famous fall festival and finds herself falling in love. Will he be the reason she leaves?

I have never been disappointed with a Dorothy Garlock book and you make it about a small town librarian and I’m hooked.

Whether this is your first Garlock book or your 20th you will not be disappointed.

Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for an ARC for my own honest review in return.

Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler

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Pages: 384

Publisher: Revell

Published: June 6, 2017

I would have given 3.5 stars if the option was available. The reason for 3/3.5 stars is the book started out very slowly for me. The blurb made the book sound so good I kept at it but it did not pick up for me until a little over a quarter of the way through it. The last forty percent of the book was very good.

A few years before the book starts Naomi adopted a young boy, Davey, her and her family found hiding in his family’s chimney after a tornado destroyed the property and killed his family. They have since moved to LaGrange, Indiana with other Amish families to start a new settlement. Davey befriends the new neighbor, Cap, and has his heart set on making him his new friend and dad. As Davey works on his plan, a few scrapes and almost near tragedies almost derail the plan. Will Naomi and Cap fall in love to create the family Davey so desperately desires?

As I mentioned before the book had its slow spots but it is a book I would recommend to others. The history woven into the story is very interesting. I also found it interesting as I have visited the modern day LaGrange, Indiana to see the Amish and I found it fascinating to learn about how it started.

This is the third book in a series. I have not read the first two but have put them on my list of books to read.

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella


Pages: 320

Publisher: St. Martins Press

Published: July 11, 2017

The perfect read for the busy woman on the go. The chapters are short enough to read while waiting for the doctor, picking up kids from sports and waiting in the grocery store line. Beware, you will laugh out loud probably at the most inappropriate moments. Between Lisa and Francesca every woman will find something they relate to in their stories.

My favorite line in the book: “…when we all know that the one and only aphrodisiac is a man volunteering to build you some bookshelves.” Finally, someone who gets me. Build me some bookshelves and I will love you forever. Come to think of it, I think that is how my husband got me.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC to read. This review is based on my own honest opinion.


The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

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Pages: 432

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Published: June 13,2017

I fell in love with Elin Hilderbrand through her Winter series and am working my way through the rest of her books. Her love of Nantucket shines through her writing and because of that I want to visit every summer. What better way that her books. Put on your favorite flip flops with your beach hat, grab a drink, and sit in the sun. You won’t be disappointed.

Harper and Tabitha are identical twins who have lived on separate islands, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard since they were 18. For the last fourteen years they haven’t spoken or acknowledged one another. Tragic circumstances have caused them to speak and for the summer they decide to switch lives. Will they find themselves and back to one another this summer?

I couldn’t put this book down. I wanted to read by flashlight as my hubby slept just so I could learn what happened next.

If you are looking for a beach read that is not set in the south this is the book for you.