Fridays with Friends–Ann H. Gabhart’s Innocent

Ann Gabhart is a good friend of mine and so are all her books, so I think this book review still fits my “Fridays with Friends” category!

Ann has written seven Shaker books now, including Christmas at Harmony Hill. Her latest book set in Shakertown is Innocent. Her heroine is innocent, but this book includes murder, mayhem and more!

Ann dedicates this book to her son-in-law who gave her the idea of writing a book about a Shaker lady who meets a sheriff. I think this is one of the best Shaker-setting books I have read, and has a little more drama than most.

Carlyn Kearney, the heroine, is maybe a widow, but no one knows for sure since her husband went missing before the end of the Civil War. So, Sheriff Mitchell Brodie tries to talk himself out of falling for her, but that is hard to do when a dog and other things going on at Shaker Village keep putting them in each other’s paths.

The author has done a great job of writing another romance set among the Shakers who believe romance and marriage are sinful. This series of books are all set at Harmony Hill, but are stand-alones each with their own hero and heroine’s love story, although there are some carry-over or minor characters in all the stories. So, you can read the books out of order, but I suggest you read them all, plus Ann’s other books, especially my favorite, Anger Sister, a story loosely based on her mother and her mom’s sisters. I finished reading this book in front of our fireplace on a snowy day, so hope you will order this book and others by Ann Gabhart–a fine way to spend a chilly winter’s day. This love story will warm your heart!

PS. I just realized I failed to announce the winner of my Home for Christmas giveaway, although I did draw a winner and send it to her–Media Witten!

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Giveaway of Home for Christmas

51CItXRsi9L._SY399_BO1,204,203,200_Merry Christmas to all my returning readers and I hope, new readers, too. In the Christmas spirit I am doing a giveaway drawing from now until December 31st for one copy of my latest book out–Home for Christmas, a collection of 7 novellas, including one by me.

All those who sign up for my blog or newsletter or click my FB or Twitter icon on my website can earn one chance for each sign-up/click, so that is 4 chances. You must leave a comment on my blog to let me know which things you clicked so I know how many times to put your name in the proverbial hat for the drawing on Dec. 31stIf you win, the book will be sent to your Kindle on January 1st, so you can stay in the Christmas spirit in January by reading my novella Christmas Grace and novellas by 6 other authors!

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Friday Friends–Shelia Stovall

I am so happy to welcome another KY writer to my blog. Sheila and I met at the 2014 smallACFW conference and hit it off right away. She has written a very personal, timely, and helpful guest post, so let’s join her.

Overcoming the Holiday Blues

by Shelia Stovall

God blessed me with a cheerful outlook, however, since the death of my parents, I struggle with a deep sadness during the holidays, and it’s an effort for me to demonstrate Christmas joy.

Sometimes it’s a smell, such as wood smoke, that triggers the oncoming gloom, or a taste may prompt my December malady. My younger sister bakes Mom’s chess cake and I can barely swallow a small bite for the lump in my throat when I sample the familiar flavor. Continue reading

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Friday Friends–Ann H. Gabhart Giveaway &Guestblog

9780800726768Welcome to Ann H. Gabhart, a fellow KY writer and friend. I have posted about several of her books over the years and am very happy to showcase her newest venture–small town mystery in Murder at the Courthouse. Plus a guestblog about her writing.

Hunting “The End” by Ann H. Gabhart

One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. ~Hart Crane

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Book Review–When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I need to start today’s blog with a big apology for not being able to post the past 2 months due to computer woes, then purchasing an Apple which has been a huge learning curve for me, then having trouble getting into WordPress! But I think everything is working fine now, and even though I still have a lot to learn about the Apple, I do like it and plan to post at least once a week on Fridays and occasionally other times, to.

I love all of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books, and was so happy to receive this one for review as I’ve been waiting since the first book to find out if Suzanne will reunite with her former love. It is the third story in The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy, a saga covering three generations of an Old Order Mennonite family. I hope  you have read the other two book in this series–When Mercy Rains, and When Grace Sings. Spoiler Alert: You may want to read them first before proceeding with this review! Or, you can read those reviews on this blog by searching for the titles or KimVogel Sawyer.

In the first two books, we learn of the unwed pregnancy of Suzanne Zimmerman whose mother sent her away as a teen, in order to not shame her family. But, she is back at the homestead now and has made peace with her mother, but there are still secrets to be uncovered in the Zimmerman family and those whose lives touch theirs. A satisfying ending to this story, but I also see a chance for one or two more books in the series, so we can all hope for that!

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Home for Christmas–Boxed Set

12049572_10153288379534858_766068546070786812_nI am so happy to be part of this boxed set collection of seven Christmas stories. My book Christmas Grace is one of these seven books. Even if you’ve read it, it’s still a great deal to get the whole 7 book collection for only 99 cents on Amazon kindle. A great line-up–the other six authors are Debra Ullrick, Lynette Sowell, Hallee Bridgeman, Lee Tobin McClain, Valerie Comer, and Autumn Macarthur. Pre-orders are available now, and will be sent to your e-book reader on October 15th so you can start getting in the Christmas mood soon.

Home for Christmas: Seven Heartwarming Christian Romance tales that bring you Home for Christmas! Take some time for yourself during the holiday season to enjoy these warm inspirational stories.

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