The Bridesmaid (Book 2 in the Home to Hickory Hollow series) by Beverly Lewis

Joanna Kurtz has made several trips to the altar, but never as a bride. The young Amishwoman is a closet writer whose stories aren't her only secret. Eben Troyer hopes to make Joanna his bride--if he can ever leave his parents' farm in Shipshewana, Indiana. Yet Eben's hopes to build a life with Joanna hinge on his brother's return from the English world....

Oh I almost squealed when I saw this in my mailbox (actually I think I did!) LOL!!!! But I was just so ecstatic after I reread the fiddler in anticipation for The Bridesmaid and it didn't disappoint! I came to love Johanna Kurtz through the first book and was so excited to hear more of her story. I don't even know how to review this book without giving it all away. But we come to learn more about Johanna's love interest and more about the Amish way of life.
This is a story about faithfulness and love and secrets.
I was a bit diappointed Amelia (the main character from the first novel) didn't make an appearance, especially since her and Johanna were such good friends.
The only con is I have to wait til April 2013 for the next book in this series, lol!!
I would definitely recommend this book, this series actually, read it from the beginning, it's such a heartwarming story!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

A Hidden Truth (Book 1 in the Home to Amana series) by Judith Miller

In the closed communities of the Amana Colonies, hidden truths are about to change everything for two young women....
East Amana, Iowa
When Karlina Richter discovers that a new shepherd will be sent to her village, she fears she'll no longer be allowed to help her father with the sheep. She'll be relegated back to kitchen work, stuck inside all day. Her fears increase when the new shepherd shows little interest in the flock--or in divulging why he's suddenly been sent to East. Is he keeping secrets that will impact Karlina's family?
Dovie Cates visits the Amana Colonies to learn more about the place where her mother grew up. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother's past, no one seems willing to reveal anything, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Will the answers she finds spell disaster for her future plans and the longings of her heart?

Iwas a little skeptical on this book because I just can't get into books that speak a lot about history, but I found this one spoke more towards the matters of the heart.
There is some history in this book about the Amana Colonies which I've never heard of until now. It provides great insight into how the things work and their way of life.
It seems every character has some sort of secrets which are revealed as the story progresses. There is a good bit of Mystery and romance wrapped up in a bundle of history. Not sure I will continue with this series as it was too far in history for my liking. I prefer a more modern storyline or something within the last 50 years, lol.
Judith is a great writer, this was just not my type of story.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

My Journey to Heaven: What I Saw and How It Changed My Life by Marvin J. Besteman with Lorilee Craker

An unforgettable trip to the gates of heaven and back
As Marv Besteman lay in a hospital bed, visions of celestial beauty were the last thing on his mind. He had just had surgery to remove a rare pancreatic tumor. Alone after visiting hours ended, Marv tossed and turned, wanting more than anything else to simply sleep and escape the excruciating pain and misery for a while.
He was about to have an experience he never could have imagined--and could never forget.
In My Journey to Heaven, Marv Besteman shares the true story of his experience of heaven with astounding detail. You'll meet the angels who accompanied him to the gate, overhear his conversation with St. Peter, and feel the joy as he recognizes friends and family members who touched his life.
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, or even if you just wonder about what happens after we die, you'll find peace, comfort, and encouragement in Marv's story.

Have you always wondered what Heaven must be like? If you answered yes then this book shoulddefinitely be on your MUST read list! Marv gives his true account in wonderful detail of how glorious and celestial Heaven is. It is a great book to read if you are questioning what happens after you pass from this world.
The description of the colors and the happiness and joy that was experienced helps the reader form a picture of the wonderful places that awaits us. I don't believe us as Humans could ever fathom the beauty and peace that lives there.
This book is also great for someone who has experienced loss (which is most everyone). It gives the reader a feeling of comfot and contentment as the author describeswho he saw and people he talked with. Even babies at different stages, from a few week old fetus. Makes me even more certain on my stance on the miracle of life.
I would definitely reccomend this book. It will heal you, comfort you and make you smile. Great read!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

What a Difference a Mom Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Mom Leaves on Her Son's Life by Dr. Kevin Leman

Boys will be boys--always. And no one has a more powerful impact on them than you, Mom.
Surprise! Your boy wants to please you, and he cares deeply about what you think. Those driving needs will stay with him throughout his lifetime. That gives you, Mom, a lot of influence over your son. You can set him up for success in life.
In What a Difference a Mom Makes, the New York Times bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman reveals how you can make a positive imprint on your son--from the moment you first hold him in your arms until the moment he leaves for college. And the best news? It's never too late to start, no matter what age your son is now.
Through Dr. Leman's expert advice, you'll understand who your son is on the inside, the truth behind sibling squabbles (and how to handle them), a secret for discipline that works every time, and how to navigate the critical teen years. You'll also discover how your parenting style impacts your relationship with your son and how you can respond in a healthy way to his growing interest in sex and relationships.
Want to capture your boy's heart? Want a man you'll be proud to call your son? You can make a difference, because you are the one who matters most in your boy's world. Even if he won't admit it.

Oh how I cherish this book already and my son is only 2! I'm sure I'll appreciate it when he get's older as well. Dr. Leman helps us as Mom's to realize how, from the time our sons are born until they grow up and move on, to make a positive imprression on our sons lives.
There is a lot of advice in this book that I'm sure I will reference back to as the years progress such as secrets to discipline and navigating the teen years.
I see so much wisdom contained in this book that I highly reccomend it to Mothers and Fathers alike. There is some great ideas contained within.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Nothing To Hide By T. Mark Bertrand

From the Back Cover:
The Stakes Have Never Been Higher for this Homicide Cop
Publishers Weekly calls J. Mark Bertrand's writing "gritty and chilling." He returns once more to the streets of Houston for another twisting mystery featuring Detective Roland March. This time, a new case is launched by the discovery of a headless corpse...only the investigation quickly becomes complicated when a blood sample analysis brings a phone call from the FBI.
The body was an undercover agent working to bring down Mexican cartels. The feds want the case closed rather than risk exposing other agents in the field, but March can't abide letting a murder go unsolved. And he doesn't have to dig long to figure out something isn't right. Someone is covering something up, and it seems that everyone has something to hide. Maybe even March, as the case soon intersects, unexpectedly, with the murder that led him to become a homicide cop, all those years ago.

This is the third book in the Roland March detective series. I haven't read the previous two. It is a great entertaining suspense novel with an occasional grizzly scene. The author does provide flashbacks to where Roland March began his career which was greatly helpful when starting in the middle of a series, lol. There are some major plot twists which adds a whole new perspective to the book. When the murdered is revealed I was so stunned, I couldn't believe it. Now I want to go back and reread knowing what I know now.
This is my first book by T. Mark Bertrand, but now I want to go back and read the previous 2. I would definitely reccomend this book!

Book has been provided by Bethany House Publishers a division of Baker Publishing Groupin exchange for an honest review


Undaunted By Josh McDowell

Undaunted—both the book and an upcoming movie—chronicles the riveting true story of a young farm boy named Josh who carried unspeakable memories of an alcoholic father and a farmhand’s abuse, causing him to defy God’s existence. Yet God redeemed a horrible situation with his unbelievable grace. Today Josh McDowell is one of the most popular evangelists in the world who defends the reality of Jesus Christ to millions through his presentations and classic book More Than a Carpenter. Undaunted unfolds the dramatic spiritual transformation in Josh’s life when he faces his past head-on and puts everything entirely in God’s hands. The result is an undaunted faith, a gift freely offered to everyone who seeks it.

First off, I have to say, cannot wait for the movie! Just curious to see how it will translate to film. The story is a true one of how a boy grew up with an alcoholic Father. It then goes to show how that boy grew into a manand how God transformed that man and his anger and hatred towards his own father for the abuse he endured.
It is a very hard story to read and at times I did cringe, but Josh focused more on God and how he used that experince to mold Josh and make him what he is today. This story goes to show how we never understand why people do the things they do, but putting Faith and trust in God can turn that turmoil or situation around and use it for his glory.
I would reccomend this book, although I felt it was a heavy read at times, I still couldn;t put it down.

Provided By Tyndale in exchange for an honest review