Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Beloved Christmas Quilt was written by Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brnstetter and Richelle


Three beautiful stories written by 3 very talented women. Each story will fill with warm, peace and a
bit of sadness as well.

Whether your taken by Luilla's Promise, Karens Gift or Roseanna Groom each story will touch your heart and leave you with a warm fell of the season.

It is, my opinion that these 3 ladies have a wonderful future as writers especially the newest comer
Wanda's grand daughter Richelle.  I look forward seeing more writing from each one of these ladies.

I was give a copy of this book for my honest review which I have given.


avorite Verse of Scripture:

Proverbs 17:22 — “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Wanda believes that everyone needs a daily dose of humor, because laughter is good medicine.

Favorite Hobbies:

Wanda enjoys photography, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and visiting her Amish friends, whom she has come to know and love so well. She also enjoys every chance she gets to spend time with her family.

Besides writing, Wanda is a professional puppeteer and a ventriloquist. She often entertains children and adults with one of several ventriloquist figures. One of Wanda’s favorite figures is a little boy puppet dressed in Amish clothes, which she often uses when she visits Amish or English schools.
Wanda’s husband, Richard, is an avid photographer who loves to take captivating images of the Amish country. Several of his pictures are available for purchase or as a free download. Click here to view Richard’s gallery.

Favorite Places to Visit:

Wanda and her husband enjoy traveling, and take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the United States. They have Amish friends in every community that Wanda writes about. Wanda and Richard have visited many Amish settlements in several states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Montana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, and Missouri.
Wanda also enjoys Hawaii, which is her favorite place to go when an “Englisher” just wants to relax.


2014 Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award: Wanda was awarded the 2014 Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award for her book, Woman of CourageView the entire list of winners here.
2013 Career Achievement Award: Wanda won the Career Achievement Award for Inspirational novels at RT Book Reviews. View the announcement here.
2013 Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award: Wanda was awarded the 2013 Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award for her book, The Tattered QuiltView the entire list of winners here.
2011 Author of the Year: Family Fiction named Wanda the 2011 Author of the Year. Read the interview with Wanda in the May/June issue of Family Fiction magazine.

2011 Retailers Choice Award: Lydia’s Charm won the 2011 Retailers Choice Award in the Contemporary Romance category.
2006 Retailer’s Choice Award: The Storekeeper’s Daughter received the 2006 Retailer’s Choice Award for Women’s Fiction.
You can also find Wanda and Jean on Facebook.


After all the heartache Kayla Dienner had suffered, she vowed to protect her heart, she however, wasn't 

expecting Jamie Riehl to come into her life.

Jamie Riehl is a young man devoted to his family and working hard on their farm. Between his family, farm work 

and volunteering at the local fire department, Jamie is having a changllenging time finding balance in his life, 

especially finding a relationship.


Within the turn of the first few pages, I was hooked. Before you continue make sure have some tissue with you

 or at near you, because Amy Clipston is about to take you on a journey that will be sure to pull on your heart in 

her first book of her new series A Place at Our Table Amish Homestead.

I am not sure how clips ton does it! Each story she writes, she developed a unique story that draws you in, and 

makes the emotions of each character tangible.

It is, my opinion, this is one of Clipstos's greatest examples of her talented writing and storytelling skills. By the 

time you have finished, you are bound to feel loved, and found new friends and know that you will always have  

A Place at Our Table.

I was given an electronic copy of this book rom the author/publisher for my honest review. 


Early Years

A native of New Jersey, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I often joke that my fiction writing “career” began in elementary school as I wrote and shared silly stories with a close friend. However throughout school, I only considered writing a hobby, and I never dreamt of being an author.
In 1991, I graduated from high school, and my parents and I moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia. My father retired, and my mother went to work full-time. I attended Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, and I graduated with a degree in communications. I met my husband, Joe, during my senior year in college, a few days after my father had a massive stroke. Joe and I clicked instantly, and after a couple of months we started dating. We married four years later.
After graduating from VWC, I took a summer job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, which turned into an eleven-year career. I worked in the Public Affairs Office for four years and then moved into Planning as a writer/editor.
During that time, I continued writing for fun. It was something I did to escape stress and unwind. I didn’t share the stories with anyone except for a couple of close friends. In fact, I was even afraid to admit to my husband that I wrote.

Writing as a Career

One day while surfing the Internet for a professional editor’s group, I accidentally found a local fiction writing group, Chesapeake Romance Writers. I attended a meeting and I met writers in all stages of their careers. The group helped me realize that I did want to be an author, and it was my dream to see my name on the cover of one of my novels.
Through Chesapeake Romance Writers, I learned how to plot, write, and edit a novel, and I also learned how to pursue an agent. I signed with Mary Sue Seymour at the Seymour Agency in 2006, shortly before Joe and I moved my parents and our sons to North Carolina.
My dream came true when I sold my first book in 2007. Holding my first book, A Gift of Grace, in my hands was exhilarating and surreal.

My Amish Books

My Amish series include the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series. My books have achieved the Christian Fiction bestseller lists, including the CBA (Christian Book Association) bestseller list and the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) bestseller list.
I love writing about the Amish, and an Amish friend in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, reads my manuscripts for accuracy. I was always fascinated with the Amish when I was a child. I remember visiting Lancaster County, and my father, who was a German immigrant, told me that the Amish speak the same dialect of German as my relatives. I was drawn to their simplicity and faith. Due to my German heritage, I feel a loose connection to the Amish and their culture.
My plots come straight from my heart and all involve family issues intertwined with faith.

My Memoir about my Kidney Donation

I’m an advocate for organ and blood donation. I donated a kidney on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation, my husband received a second kidney transplant. My husband and I matched another couple and we swapped kidneys with them. I gave a kidney to my husband’s donor’s wife. I share our story in my memoir, A Gift of Love. Feel free to email me and ask me what it was like to be a kidney donor. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. If you’re healthy, please donate blood! Also, become an organ donor.
Thanks so much for visiting my website and checking out my books!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


GENRE:   Amish/Inspirational Romance



Making rugs for the Simple Gifts store has taught Loretta Riehl that an unassuming pattern can reveal surprising depth. People, too, have a way of defying first impressions. Drew Detweiler came to Willow Ridge under a cloud, but the  handsome craftsman has gained the community's respect for his upholstery skills and commitment to making amends for his mistakes. As her new brother-in-law's twin, he's joining the family for dinners and Sunday visits, and Loretta can't deny enjoying his attentions.

If only  her dat were willing to let a little joy into his life. Cornelius Riehl grows sterner with each day, and Drew suspects there's more to his moods than missing Loretta's late mamm. Hoping to fulfill Loretta's wish to live in a  peaceful, happy home again, Drew sets out to learn the truth. It's a journey that will bring to light painful realities—but also the chance to forge a new, honest, and loving future together...


When Loretta looked across the road, she noticed that one of the Detweiler brothers was coming out of the stable in an open buggy pulled by a tall black Percheron. Asa and Drew, identical twins, owned matching horses, so it was impossible to tell which one of them was heading down the long lane toward the road.

She held her breath. Was it her imagination, or was the driver of that buggy looking right at her?

“I—I’ve never forgiven myself for turning my back on the love we shared, Loretta,” Will said again. He stopped the swing so suddenly that Loretta’s long, loose strips of rug fabric fluttered to the porch floor. “We both knew we had a love that would see us through a lifetime together. I was so upset about your Dad splitting us up that I didn’t realize Molly was coming on to me too fast, too soon,” he lamented, gazing at her with the soft brown eyes of a begging dog. “I am so sorry, Loretta.”

Loretta was feeling more unsettled by the second, because Will’s soul baring was leading her down a path she no longer wanted to follow. How could she tell him she wasn’t interested in rekindling their relationship? It would break his heart and depress him further while he still mourned the death of his wife and their misguided marriage.

Sighing, she chose her words carefully. “God has a reason for everything He does—every stumbling block He places in our paths—”

“But I see the world so clearly now!” Will blurted out. “I’ve prayed over these things night and day since Molly died and left me with her six-month-old twins. And while I never wished such a horrible death from cancer would take her, it gave me hope that you and I could—”

Loretta stood up, dropping her unfinished rug onto the swing between them. As the Detweiler buggy approached the road, coming toward her, she realized that Drew surely must be driving because Asa and Edith were inseparable—they went everywhere together and took the twins with them, in their baskets. Her pulse quickened. Drew was gazing right at her, pulling out of the Detweilers’ lane and stopping the buggy on the roadside in front of her.

“Loretta, I’ve got a gut steady job now, farming for Luke and Ira Hooley,” Will was saying, oblivious to the buggy. “Soon I’ll be planting a vineyard for them—can you imagine that? And I’ll be asking the Brenneman brothers to build us a house—”

“Hey there, Miss Loretta!” Drew called out from the buggy. “I have an errand to run. Want to come along?”

For a moment, Loretta felt lower than a worm, but she couldn’t allow Will to believe he could take up where they’d left off. He hadn’t heard a word she’d said as she’d gently countered his suggestions. Loretta nipped her lip, glancing apologetically at the handsome young man who’d gone through such an ordeal these past several months. Without a word, she hurried down the porch steps and across the front yard toward Drew Detweiler.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Charlotte Hubbard is the acclaimed author of Amish romance and fiction that evokes simpler times and draws upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi. Faith and family, farming, and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle—and the foundation of all her novels. A deacon, dedicated church musician and choir member, she loves to travel, read, try new recipes, and crochet. A longtime Missourian, Charlotte now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and their border collie, Vera. Please visit Charlotte online at
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