Thursday, February 23, 2017

Buried Secerts


"How does it feel to hold your first grand baby, Reuben,?' Mammi asked. Dat's face screwed up in anguish. "Oh, Gott forgive me, " he cried. "Someone please take the boppli."

"Buried Secrets" is the second book in the series "Sisters and Friends" by Rachel Good.  In this book we get to me a lovely young girl, Emma Esh, whose has lost the past year or so of her life due an accident resulting is a lapse in memory.  Emma finds herself living with her sister and brother-in-law who are expecting their first set of twins. Lydia, being the big sister, was way over protected and did everything she could to keep a secret about Emma's life before the accident, knowing, she would not be able to handle it. Like all secrets, they can never truly stay hidden. Emma can't believe what she's learned of her past when her family finally comes to visit, and the truth is revealed. 


I throughly enjoyed this book. Once I started reading, it was impossible to put down. With each turn of the page, I was in suspense, and like Emma, I was trying to figure out what this secret was.  I had no idea where Good was taking me, but when the truth was finally revealed, it left me in complete shock.  I asked myself, how can keeping such a secret, even if we think it's the best thing to do, be good for anyone? As parents, we do what we think is best for a children no matter the age. We pray that God will give us peace over the decisions, especially, if we are unsure of the choices we make. This story was was a true delight to read, and recommend it to anyone looking for some suspense. 

I was given a copy through NetGalley in return for my review for which I have given. 


Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for her Amish novels. A former teacher and librarian, she completed her MA from Vermont College while raising five children. She is presently an MFA student at Hollins University. In addition to having more tha 2200 articles and 30 books in print or forthcoming under several pseudonyms, she also juggles freelance editing and illustration careers. 

If you would like find out more about the author you can visit her web site or find her on Facebook

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Miss Tina's Snitz Pie Book Review: More Than A Marriage

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Miss Tina's Snitz Pie Book Review: Chat Party

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More Than A Marriage


"NO"! Not until he realized that their marriage was in trouble, that they needed to work on it. That he needed to get rid of his phone and pay more attention to what really mattered.

Find out why, Jacob and Tess's marriage is heading down a dangerous path, in Amy Lillard's "More Than A Marriage" Wells Landing Series. 


In this incredible read,  Lillard brings to real life situations into the lives of a young amish couple Jacob and Tess. As you read through this story you find yourself relating to this couple and wanting them to find their way back to each other and to the marriage they once had. 

 The ability of this story to be so relatable will capture your heart. Lillard has a way of bringing these real-life situation to the surface is not afraid to show that the Amish, have problems much like those aren't Amish experience. Lillard brings a universal theme to this story, and reminds us how important it is not to compare our life situations to others,  how dangerous it is in doing so.  I loved the way Lillard shows that God has a plan and purpose for each of our lives, and when we begin to embrace that, everything else starts to make sense. 

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

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?)  Rob and I have been married for over twenty-five years and have a son–a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels–not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
Favorite movies–(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940’s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

An Amish Home

An Amish Home is a heart warming Novella written by some of the most talented authors. Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid & Kathleen Fuller. Each of these authors brings their own touching story to create this beautiful collection. I could easily write a lengthly review on all of these stories, however to keep this semi-brief, I have decided to write a review on, Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston.


"Don't be so hard on yourself" Isaac wrenched open the passenger side door. "Vera and I struggled when we were young. Every couple endures tough times, and you and Mia will come through this stronger. Vera and I will do all we can to help you. "With a quick nod, he hopped out of the truck and started toward the front door of the store.


This story is full of emotion, hopelessness, and failure. You know that feeling, when you have no idea how where your life is headed and how you'll walk the difficult road you've found yourself on? These are feelings felt by, Chace and Mia, a young couple who find themselves on a patht they never imagined. Their fear, confusion and sadness feel overwhelming, until they meet a sweet Amish, Isaac and Vera. This couple deeply understands and empathizes with the young couple.  They show Chase and Mia compassion that they forgot existed. The understanding and love shown to them will inspire you to be a beacon of hope an light in the hardships of the lives around you. 

Amy Clipston once again, does not disappoint. I love how Clipston brings this story and the characters to life by making their struggles and feelings immensely relatable. I'm sure we've all felt the way Chace and Mia feel at one point in our life. We've all needed some type of help and I'm sure we can all think of that special person, or family member that have acted as a spiritual light. The rest of the stories in this Novella, are equally as touching, and truly delightful to read. 

I was gifted this book for my honest review which I have been given.

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.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Chat Party

Hi all. I have a chat coming up February 23, 2017 at 7:30pm EST over on my Facebook Page. Hope you can join me along with Author Amy Clipston. We should have a fun evening with some giveaways. Oh and yes, we will be discussing her book The Cherished Quilt.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Seekers

Wanda Brunstetter is at it again, with her newest series "Amish Cooking class book 1 The Seekers".

In life, there's no such thing as having enough friends, especially when they are good ones! Follow Wanda to Sugar Creek, Ohio, where you'll meet some people you'll love - hopefully as much as I did. Two people from this story particularly captured my heart, but I won't give away anymore than that. You'll just have to read and find out! So find a cozy and comfortable place to read, because one you start this tory and you meet Heidi Tryoer, you wont want to stop.

Heidi decides to begin teaching Amish cooking classes out of her home, just as her aunt taught quilting classes. Heidi hopes to fill the emptiness she fills, and starts to think God may have different plans for her life. What she didn't anticipate was that she would meet so many incredible people who would touch her life and fill her with more joy and blessings than she ever dreamed.

This story effortlessly captures the heart, with characters Wanda so beautifully brings to life. She beautifully shows each person's life affected just by taking Heidi's class, and in turn, how they affect her. Along with his touch story, the recipes from Heidi's class can be found in the back of the book. I had the pleasure of making the German pizza one night for my family who absolutely loved it! It's my new go to recipe when I am not sure what to make. Thank you, Wanda for adding these to the book, it brings the story that much more to life.

I was given copy of this book from NetGalley for my review which I have given.


Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of nearly 70 books with more than 9 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York TimesPublisher’s WeeklyUSA TodayCBAECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time MagazineUSA TodayNewsweekGood Housekeeping, andCountry Woman. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.
Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.
All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.