Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: When the Morning Glory Blooms....


Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world. Sixty years earlier, with her fiancé Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn't know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy's listening ear until the day she suspects Anna's tall tales are not the ramblings of dementia. They're fragments of Anna's disjointed memories of a remarkable life. Finding a faint thread of hope she can't resist tugging, Ivy records Anna's memoir, scribbling furiously after hours to keep up with the woman's emotion-packed, grace-hemmed stories. Is Ivy's answer buried in Anna's past? Becky, Ivy, Anna--three women fight a tangled vine of deception in search of the blossoming simplicity of truth.

If you would like to read the first chapter of When The Morning Glory Blooms, go HERE


Cynthia writes stories of hope that glows in the dark, merging her love for storytelling with inextinguishable hope for inexpressible hurts.

Cynthia spends her days diving into words, worship, and wonder and celebrating 40 years of marriage, three grown children, and five outrageously adorable grandchildren. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she served as the assistant director and a faculty member of the Quad Cities Christian Writers Conference, has served as worship and devotions staff for the Write-to-Publish conference, and teaches at other conferences as opportunities arise. She speaks to women’s groups, at mother-daughter banquets, and for women’s refresher days and retreats. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team. Rather than “busy,” she likes the term “active.”

For 33 years, Cynthia wrote and produced the radio broadcast The Heartbeat of the Home. The scripted radio drama/devotional broadcast aired on as many as 50 radio stations and two cable/digital television stations over the years. Cynthia was the editor of the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine, a twenty-page, twice annual publication that reached 5,000 homes, churches, and parachurch outreaches.

I highly recommend this book!



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review: A Season for Tending....

Good evening everyone!  I hope your April is off to a good start...mine has been busy but good so far so what more could I ask for? :)

Tonight I'm sharing a review on a book I received from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know I enjoy reading Amish Fiction almost as much as historical fiction!  I've actually reviewed a couple of Cindy Woodsmall's books before so I was all for getting this one.  And I wasn't disappointed!

A Season for Tending is the first book in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series from Cindy Woodsmall.  It starts out by introducing Rhoda Byler, an Old Order Amish woman who has a knack for gardening and how the strict community she lives in views it.  Preferring to spend time alone allows Rhoda to tend to her garden and process a tragedy that haunts her daily.

Samuel King is a kind, responsible and hard working Amish man who lives in the neighboring town of  Harvest Mills.  He runs his family's apple orchard business and tries to hold everything together when he too endures a tragedy. 

God brings these two families together in a way that only He can.  Many choices have to be made and relationships are tested as business and love start to merge. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to get my hands on the next one in the series!

Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing this book free of charge in return for my honest review.


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