Wednesday, December 11, 2019

an amish christmas bakery FB bannerAbout the Book

Book:  An Amish Christmas Bakery
Author: Various Authors
Genre: Amish Fiction, Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2019
Amish Christmas BakeryFrom bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four delicious novellas perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the holiday season.
Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston
As Christmas draws near, Alyssa Byler dreams of a window display for the bakery where she works. When she decides to design and build a sugar cookie nativity scene, all she needs is the right cookie cutters-and handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker is the one she asks for help. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa creates a striking display that brings more tourists to the bakery than she can handle.
And when shoppers request handmade cookie cutters of their own, Kyle finds himself overwhelmed by the demand. As Christmas approaches, Alyssa realizes she’s been too caught up in work to focus on the true meaning of Christmas-and too distracted to explore the feelings she has for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush and spend their time celebrating the season that has brought them together.
Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman
As the only girl in a family of eight, Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery while her mother recuperates from surgery. At first, Katie doesn’t think tending to the bakery alone will be difficult. She’s worked alongside her mother for years. But Christmas is coming, and with the holiday comes a flood of patrons, both regulars and tourists. When Katie becomes overwhelmed with the orders she is receiving, she is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by purchasing propane ovens to help with the workload. She finds help from an unexpected source-childhood friend Henry Hershberger, who has harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. He’s been afraid to tell her how he feels, but he’s sure that this Christmas is his moment. As the demands of the bakery only get more intense, both Katie and Henry have to decide what really matters . . . and find the courage within themselves to go after it.
Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller
Mattie Shetler is an expert baker, so when her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. What she doesn’t know is that her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion, and he’s asked none other than Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work side by side, though, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love.
Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin
Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies in preparation not only for Christmas but the many community weddings, including her sister’s. To help during this busy season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days, but soon discovers that still waters run deep. The more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery, but both Martha and Ambrose are too timid to make the first move. That’s when the town matchmakers step in.

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Read an excerpt of An Amish Christmas Bakery here.


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The four stories in this delightful book are set around a bakery. Each story is filled with wonderful characters who experience faith, love, hope and family. Join the authors on a journey during a holiday that brings laughter, joy and unconditional love.

Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston

I loved the excitement Alyssa had as she decides how to decorate the big display window in the bakery. Christmas was coming soon and she wanted a display that would bless everyone. Her idea was wonderful and I enjoyed learning about cookie cutters. The hard work that Kyle puts in to make just the right cookie cutters was heartwarming. Who knew how much attention his designs would get? As you read the story, get ready to find the urge to rush to the store. You will be wanting to buy every cookie cutter available. Feelings get hurt as Alyssa is more focused on the bakery than her family. It is a good lesson in forgiveness.

Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman

Oh my what a wonderful story this was. I loved Katie and how she stepped up in her family's bakery. With her mother recovering from surgery Katie is left alone to run the bakery. The bakery has always had wonderful reviews from customers and the wooden stove Katie uses to bake with is the secret to their success. I was overwhelmed with Katie as she continued to get orders in. She is juggling trying to meet deadlines and having a young man interested in her.

David means well, but is kinda pushy. He seems to put Katie down a little as her district is more strict than his. When Katie makes a decision that goes against her beliefs , will it cause the bakery to lose customers? Henry has always been a steadfast friend and wants to express his feelings. He is not sure if Katie feels the same, but he still is the one person she can count on. I loved how the author shows the commitment Henry has for Katie and goes out of his way to try to help her.

The story is one that will remind readers how important tradition is and what happens when you try to cut corners. Henry was my favorite character because of his integrity. Family and believing in yourself is a wonderful theme throughout the story. Don't miss the special message tucked in the story about the woman and the loaves of bread.

Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller

Mattie has come to help her aunt at the bakery when employees leave unexpectedly. Christmastime is especially busy at the bakery and Mattie is glad to help. She loves baking and fits right in as she helps her aunt out. Everything is going well until her uncle announces someone is coming to help him with the expansion of the bakery. Just hearing the name Peter sends Mattie into a bad mood. There is animosity between the two and now they are stuck seeing each other for the next several weeks. I did chuckle at Mattie because she is very stubborn when it comes to forgiving Peter. She says she will forgive him later, but we all know God wants us to forgive quickly.

There are a few surprises in the story which I loved. Isn't it just like God to show up and bless you when you least expect it. Katie's aunt and uncle have their hands full and I think they are in shock about news they receive. The story is a wonderful example of true friendship. It is easy to not like someone when your best friend tells you how they were treated badly . Katie will learn a hard lesson in friendship and trust. God wants us to love each other and to always be kind.

Peter is a nice character who has gotten a bad reputation thanks to Katie's friend. As they say "actions speak louder than words." Peter has his work cut out for him to get Katie to see the real him. Rumors hurt and cause people to judge others .In this story you will find a lesson on friendship, trust and forgiveness.

Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin

Ambrose is a sweet character. Some may call him simple minded, but I think he is just the kind of person we all want to be. He forgives easily and always looks for the good in everyone. When he is bullied by high school boys, he turns the other cheek. I loved how the author took a character like Ambrose and showed how he could do things like everyone else. His qualities are God given and
Martha just might be interested in him.

Martha is a gifted baker and has the opportunity to design and bake a special wedding cake for Christmas. It will be profitable for the bakery and Martha will be able to use her skills to make the perfect cake for the wedding. She is bothered by the way Ambrose is treated by some and tries to help him when he is tripped on his way out of the store one day. Instantly I could feel chemistry between them. I couldn't wait to find out how their relationship develops.

Ambrose gets a big shock when his cousin comes to the farm with news . I felt sorry for Ambrose as he feels like no one thinks he can do things like run a farm on his own. Joshua has come to be part of running the farm, but I didn't like his attitude towards Ambrose. Joshua is someone to watch out for and with friends looking out for Ambrose, Joshua will be watched carefully.

I loved this story because it shows how important friendship is and gave Ambrose confidence he needed to be more open with Martha. Her friendship is refreshing and I liked how she never thought of Ambrose as lacking intelligence. It is a beautiful story filled with friendship, acceptance and unconditional love.

I received a copy of this book from the authors and Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Christmas on breakers point

About the Book

Book:  Christmas on Breakers Point
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction, Christian Romantic Fiction, Christmas
Christmas on Breakers PointOne man’s last Christmas wish might change two lives forever.
Mallory Barrows has one last Christmas with her uncle.  She’s determined to make it the best one he’s ever had.
She knows when she asks what he wants as his final gift, it won’t be a tie or a new mug. He won’t need those where he’s going, and he’s quite happy about that.
Mallory just didn’t think he wanted a miracle wrapped in paper and tied with a shiny red bow!
Christmas on Breakers Point is the introductory book to the Independence Islands Series.

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About the Author

ChautonaChautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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The book opens with a phone call that goes like this:
Her phone buzzed. Without taking her eyes from the page, Mallory Barrows fumbled about until her hand closed around it. The book held her bound in ropes of suspense as the villain slipped into the party unannounced—unseen. While she followed him around the edge of the imaginary room, her thumb swiped, tapped, and answered the call as if on autopilot.
Even as Mallory said, “Hello?” her breath caught. The guy had found his prey.
“Mallory, honey?”
Without a second look, she dropped the book and sat up, feet planted firmly on the floor and all attention on the call.  “Is it time?”
“’Fraid so, darlin’. Doc says it’s a matter of weeks or a month or two. And I promised.”
“I’ll be there Friday afternoon.”

Just days after I wrote those lines, I woke up to a message from my sister.  “Call Mom.”
I called.  Mom said, “I need you to come.”  That was Thursday.  I walked into Mom’s house on Saturday evening and our lives changed forever.
I don’t know if God prepared me for this change by having me write that scene just days before, but I have to say it felt like it!  Everything went crazy for over a month as I tried to wrap up my mother’s affairs in Missouri, I had to try to finish three books in a time of upheaval and turmoil.  No, it’s not the same as trying to help a young woman reclaim her True First Love so she could reclaim her first earthy love.  It isn’t the same as starting a whole new life and a new business.  But… oh, how it felt like it.
Another parallel in the story and my life was how Mallory struggles to try to get Uncle Bud to eat. I did the same thing for most of my time in Missouri.  Mom struggled and hard just to swallow and just wanted to eat.  So, while I was writing, I worked hard to come up with a recipe that Mallory might use to convince Uncle Bud to eat something.  The result were these Coconut Lime Cookies. I hope you love them as much as Uncle Bud did.

Coconut Lime Cookies
Ingredients:
2 ¼ cups white flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup sugar
3 oz room temp cream cheese—cubed
½ tsp vanilla
Zest of 1 lime (key limes may be preferred)
½ cup (1 stick) melted butter (warm)
1 egg
1 TBS milk (whole is the most delicious… and half & half is even better)
1 TBS lime juice (again, some may prefer key limes)
½ cup powdered sugar  (reserved for rolling cookies in)

Directions: (oven preheats to 350)
Stir together the first five ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside
Stir together sugar, cream cheese, and lime zest in a large mixing bowl. Cream butter in. Repeat with egg, milk, and lime juice, one at a time. Make sure your ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Add dry ingredients slowly. Mix well.
Roll dough into approximately 1” balls.  Roll each ball into powdered sugar and place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for approximately 11-12 minutes until lightly golden.

Before you eat, close your eyes and imagine yourself beneath swaying palm trees with warm sand between your toes.  Merry Christmas!



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I have found  a new book to add to my favorites for 2019.  This book also is my favorite book  from  the author. It is an emotional journey I was hesitant to take because it deals with someone who has colon cancer. My brother passed away in March from colon cancer and  I  took care of him until he passed. The author does an excellent job of being sensitive to death as we get to know Uncle Bud. 

I loved everything about him but especially his faith. Oh how that man loved God and wanted everyone else to know him as well. His relationship with Mallory is special and their time together was spent laughing, reminiscing and sharing God with each other. Uncle Bud has one last gift he wants from Mallory before he dies. Will she be able to give him the gift ?

Mallory is everything I hope for in a character. She is loving, giving and always thinking of others. Taking care of her Uncle Bud is a time for her to cherish memories and give him comfort and peace during the time he has left.  I loved how faith is shared in the story and the discussions that take place between several characters. The doubt that someone has about God is well written. I have often asked some of the same questions in my walk. I do find that people get legalistic and judgmental. It is hard to fit in sometimes when you see things that don't line up with the bible. 

The story is a beautiful reminder that life is short and we need to take every moment to share God, love each other and be a Godly example to others. I can't count how many times I cried throughout the story but I do know they were healing tears. I needed this book at this moment to help me grieve my loss. Before my brother passed, I was determined to lead him to Christ. The Friday before he passed he said the salvation prayer the best he could. With tears streaming down both our cheeks, he gave his heart to Jesus.

I appreciate an author that isn't afraid to give both sides of the debate whether God is real or not. The author's voice can be heard in the characters as they give their arguments and right there is sweet Uncle Bud loving how bold his niece is. His heart was full of love and he knew he could prepare himself for his "expiration date." 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

WELCOME TO DECEMBER CHRISTMAS BOOKS PRESENTED BY TEXAS BOOK-AHOLIC.




From Book 1: An arranged marriage just in time for Christmas.

Alice has never felt so lonely. Having lived both a life of poverty and then of riches due to her father making his fortune later in life, Alice finds herself sent from America to England, in order to marry the Charles, the Earl of Allerton.

Charles is much too generous. Over the years, he has given his brother too much money to free him from debts and is now forced to find a rich bride. Knowing that Miss Jones has a large fortune, Charles prepares to meet his betrothed.

He is horrified by her lack of manners. Mortified by his beautiful yet embarrassing bride to be, Charles tries to keep his distance, whilst still preparing for their Christmas wedding. Alice finds him distant and unfriendly, whilst his aunt, Lady Fossett, is nothing short of cruel. When offensive notes begin to arrive, Alice struggles against the urge to return home, leaving her new life in England behind.

With their Christmas wedding only a few weeks away, Charles and Alice must find a way to come together. Will Alice be able to confront Charles about the notes? Or will Charles continue to push her away, right when she needs him the most?





Lady Georgiana is now betrothed. Her brother, the Earl of Allerton, has chosen a suitable gentleman but when Georgiana meets him, she finds him rude, arrogant, and selfish.

Knowing it would be unwise to cry off, Georgiana tries to build a regard for Lord Poole, only to find her heart stolen by someone entirely unsuitable - Mr. Oliver Lowell, a wealthy financier from Boston. Whilst Mr. Lowell is treated with respect by society, Georgiana knows she cannot let him steal her heart. Yet Lord Poole is even worse than she expected.

Aware that Mr. Lowell will return to America after Christmas, Georgiana cannot bear the thought that she will never see him again. But if she leaves with him, then the scandal will be so great that she can never return to England! And what will her betrothed, Lord Poole, do if he discovers she intends to cry off?

Will Georgiana do what is expected ... or follow her heart?








While their father has fallen victim to the national financial panic, their mother has fled to a sanitorium, leaving the three sisters to fend for themselves. Minnie, Clara and Hazel come from a life of privilege and are forced to make the painful decision to leave their home in Boston behind and head West.

When Minnie comes up with a plan that will fix everything, her sisters reluctantly agree. They will become Mail Order Brides and head West to Colorado.

The fairy-tale doesn’t end there. When Minnie arrives, a devastating snowstorm strikes, and Gavin Clifford, her husband-to-be, tells her that can’t marry her. Minnie, a girl of spirit, tells him that she traveled all this way to be his wife and he’s a coward if he doesn’t marry her. Stung by her accusation, Gavin relents and marries her, even though he doesn’t know how he’ll manage to keep his land. But Minnie’s indomitable strength won’t let him give up and she arranges for him to receive a loan so that he can switch from cattle to sheep to make a living. As the pair move forward in their venture, falling in love along the way, Minnie’s two sisters come to Colorado to meet their husbands. But as Christmas approaches, Minnie finds her spirits low as she yearns for the holiday celebration that was familiar to her in the past. Her husband, her sisters, and her brothers-in-law join forces to make Minnie’s Colorado Christmas one that she’ll treasure—right down to the cranberries on the Christmas tree!

Join Minnie, the first of the Ellis sisters to leave Boston, as they head west in this sweet heartwarming and unpredictable love story.




For beautiful, blonde-haired Hazel Ellis, the trip west as a mail-order bride is fraught with uncertainty. She and her sisters have decided that they must leave Boston, where their father’s financial downfall has left them with no marriage prospects in elite Beacon Hill society. Their husbands await them in Colorado so they must go there.
Wealthy rancher Harley Wyatt is a man whose cattle and acres mark him as someone of importance in the growing town of Newton. Aloof and used to getting his own way, Harley has secrets he’s unwilling to share with a woman he doesn’t even know. It doesn’t matter she’ll be his wife, she’ll have to earn his trust.
He expects her to fulfill her role as Mrs. Wyatt, the wife of the area’s most prosperous rancher. But he offers little insight into what that position entails and timid Hazel is reluctant to ask him. She is equally reluctant to ask him about the identity of the ten-year old girl named Oakley who lives at the ranch.
Colorado will prove to be a challenge of the heart for sweet and naïve Hazel. Will the bonds of her new life be powerful enough to overcome the beloved memories of her home back East, particularly as the Christmas season arrives?







Clara Ellis, one of the beautiful Ellis sisters of Beacon Hill, Boston, thought she knew what her destiny would be—marrying one of the blue-blooded aristocrats of Boston society.

However, after her father’s business ventures failed, Clara and her sisters find themselves in dire financial straits. This is when her resourceful sister Minnie decided that they will all three leave Boston and travel West to Colorado as mail-order brides.

Peter Edwards, Clara’s intended, is a miner who is sure he’ll strike it rich with his labors.

But…when Clara arrives in Colorado, she discovers that amiable, easy-going Pete Edwards is a far cry from her familiar Boston swains.

Clara’s indomitable spirit is challenged by the primitive setting of her new home and she struggles to say the least.

As she and her sisters adapt to their new home in Colorado, they must come to terms that Boston is very far away and it looks as though the Christmas holiday will be spent without their parents. Will the Wild West ever feel like home for the holidays?




♥ When Hannah Wyatt returns home to her family's Colorado ranch for the holiday season, she thinks the biggest surprise is the early inheritance of land parcels that her parents are gifting her and her four siblings.

Little does she know that her pen-pal from the UK is about to add to the exciting homecoming! Especially when she realizes that the British friend she thought she knew, is ready to unveil a surprising twist…one that has the ability to throw an additional wrench into Hannah’s new life equation...

~From sweeping scenery to trusting-your-heart life decisions to magical snowstorms~ Join Hannah and her family as they navigate the long holiday season: A fun and bumpy ride starting with a heartwarming Thanksgiving, snowshoeing through a perfect Rocky Mountain Christmas, and into what just may be a very, merry New Year!






A heartbroken cowboy billionaire might have a chance to mend his heart this Christmas when he meets the one that got away.

Cowboy billionaire Walker Edwards returns home to Denver for Christmas after finding out that his wife cheated on him. He isn’t in the mood to celebrate, and he’s definitely not in the mood for love. But sparks fly when he runs into his ex-girlfriend, Ava Diaz who has brought back some old memories. Colorado, the winter wonderland of snow, lights, and festivities might make their second chance at love a reality.

Walker and Ava want to make this holiday one they will never forget, but the question still remains. Why did Ava break up with him in the first place?

Will her secrets lead to another heartbreak for Walker? Or can they put the past behind and resurrect their relationship in the snow-capped mountains of Colorado?






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