Monday, February 29, 2016

The English Son

Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter are back at it again with, The English Son, which is book one of a six part series.  

Wanda and Jean invite us to go with them to Holmes County, Ohio. Here they introduce us to  Joel Byler, an young business man raised in the Amish community and has now been living in the English world for seven years. It is during this period he meets and falls in love with an English girl, Kristi, whom he plans to marry.  

When Joel gets in over his head financially, Kristi worries for their relationship and wonders why Joel is unwilling to share his concerns with her.  Joel, however, does his best to reassure Kristi that everything is fine and she has no need to worry.

 Joel decides to go home, back to his old Amish community, to ask his father for help. Though he knew that is would be a difficult thing to do, he thought his father might be able to offer some advice.The last thing he expected, was to have a conversation with his father, that would change and mend their estranged relationship.

If this is the first book all I can say is...WOW! I cannot wait until the rest of the books in this series are released. I hope to see more writings form this wonderful writing duo.

I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley from my honest review which I have given.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lydia's Bonnet, by Lillian Stoltzfus, is a short story about her mother growing up as a young Amish girl.  The book is beautiful in its simplicity. Though it is a short story, Stoltzfus is able to illustrate the life her mother had, and depicts the inner workings of the Amish community.

Lillian is an incredibly talented writer, who is able to tell a beautiful story in just a few pages. I hope to one day see Lillian write a novel that involves the Amish community. With her talent, I'm sure whatever she writes next will be a page turner. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

An Amish Mrket

The Amish Market is a book comprised of four beautifully written stories. Each story is unique and overflows with inspiration from God. Sit back grab your favorite cup of tea, your favorite sweets, and get lost in these heart-warming stories.

The first book, Love Birds, written by Amy Clipston introduces us to Lloyd and Ellie. Llloyd, who has known Ellie for quite some time, beings to view her in a different light after he witnesses’ her fall into mud while chasing a cow. Can this new romance, be a lasting one? Or will Lloyd and Ellie issues with trust be too difficult for these lovebirds to overcome?

In the second story, A Bid for Love, by Kathleen Fuller tells a story of what lengths people will go through to show the love they have for one another.  In this story, we meet Ezra and Hannah. Ezra, who is struggling to tell Hannah the way he feels, continues to visit her at the local market to buy butter, unable express the true reason for his frequent visits. Instead of telling her, Ezra decides to show Hannah how he feels. He bids on a beautiful quilt that Hannah has had her eyes fixed on. When Hannah notices Ezra’s action, she starts to wonder if there is a possibility that he has feelings for her and if they will ever be more than friends.

Sweeter than Honey, the third book which is written by Kelly Irivine, takes you back to a familiar place, Bee County, Texas. This is where you will find and catch up with Will Glick and the happenings of Bee County. A new family has recently moved into the area that seems to give Will a chance at finding love again. In this story, will learn if he can let go of all his hurt and learn what it means to truly forgive?

The final story, Love in Store, by Vanetta Chapman, is a heartwarming journey of a man’s faith and trust in God. David Stolfzfus never thought he would have lost his beloved Beverly; he questions how he will ever move on. Things seem to turn around for David when he crosses paths with Stella and he sees a gentle side that gives him hope that he may be able to find happiness again.

It wouldn’t be possible to pick just one story as my favorite. Each one is filled with faith, love, and learning to follow God’s path for us.  These ladies have a way of bringing each character into your heart and leave you wanting to know more about them.  I am excited to see what next set of stories these talented women with write.

I have been give a free copy from Net Galley for my honest review.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Mud Sale Dates for Lancaster, Pa

2016 Lancaster County Mud Sale Schedule:

February 27 - Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale

See our blog post, photos, and video from a previous Strasburg Spring Auction Mud Sale.
Strasburg Fire Co., 203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17579, 717-687-7232

March 4 - 5 - Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale

Bart Township Fire Co., 11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566, 717-786-3348

March 11 -  12 - Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

See our blog post and images from the Gordonville Auction & Mud Sale.
Gordonville Fire Co., Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566, 717-768-3869

March 17 - Farmersville Volunteer Fire Co. Sale

Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company, 74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522

March 18 - 19 - Penryn Volunteer Fire Co. Sale

Penryn Volunteer Fire Company, 1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545

March 19 - Bart Township Building Materials and Craft Sale

Bart Township Fire Company, 11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566, 717-786-3348

March 19 - Airville Fire Co. Spring Consignment & Quilt Auction

Airville Volunteer Fire Co., 3576 Delta Road (Rt. 74), Airville, PA 17302 (York County), 717-862-3806

March 25 - 26 Gap Fire Company Sale

Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527, 717-442-9549

March 26 - West Earl Fire Company Annual Quilt & Consignment Auction

West Earl Fire Company, 14 School Lane Ave, Brownstown, PA 17508, 717-989-5986 (No Sunday Calls)

April 2 - Robert Fulton Sale

Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Co., 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy. (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563, 717-548-8995

April 9 - Rawlinsville Sale

Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Co., 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532, 717-284-3023

May 21 - Weaverland Valley Sale

Weaverland Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17528, 717-445-5072

May 14 - Honey Brook Fire Company Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction

Honey Brook Fire Company, Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344, 610-273-2688

June 11 - Kinzer Fire Co. Mud Sale

Kinzer Volunteer Fire Co., 3521 Lincoln Hwy. East (Rt. 30), Kinzers, PA 17535, 717-442-4121

June 24 - 25 - Refton Fire Company Sale

Refton Volunteer Fire Co., 99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568, 717-786-9462

June 24 - 25 - Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction

Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company - Location: Across from the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant on Route 340, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-392-0112

August 12 - Gap Relief Auction

Benefits Mennonite Central Committee, Solanco Fairgrounds, 172 S. Lime Street, Quarryville, PA 17566

August 27 - Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction

Bareville Volunteer Fire Company, 211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540, 717-656-7554

September 10 - Christiana Fire Company Antique & Craft Auction

Christiana Fire Company, 214 S. Bridge Street, Christiana, PA 17509, 610-593-2124

September 24 - Gordonville Fall Sale & Auction

Gordonville Fire Co., Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566, 717-768-3869

October 22 - Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale

Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company, 3135 Limestone Road, Cochranville, PA 19330, 610-593-5800