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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Love’s Thankful Heart Kick-Off Package
About the Book
Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. good, Thomas Nye
Genre: Amish Thanksgiving Collection
Release Date: November 1, 2017
As Thanksgiving approaches, Becca Troyer finds herself overwhelmed with an abundance of winter squash and pumpkins that she isn’t a bit thankful for. Desperately trying to sell them at a farmer’s market so she won’t have mountains to can, she’s surprised when a mime drops to his knee in front of her and proposes marriage.
Yost Miller is helping the volunteer firefighter raise funds at the city park when he notices his long-time crush Becca selling vegetables. Drawn across the grass, he spontaneously proposes marriage. But afterward, Yost isn’t sure how to proceed to show her that his feelings are real.
Just as he begins to find solid footing, confidence is yanked away, leaving him floundering. Will he lose Becca to another man? Or will this Thanksgiving be a season of blessings and wishes come true?
Faithe Beiler believes God wants her to feed the poor at her family’s restaurant, but when she mistakes Crist Petersheim for a homeless man and gives him a free breakfast, he’s offended. Yet he can’t help being intrigued by this pretty waitress with a giving heart.
Crist blames God for the tragedies in his life, so the last thing he wants is to get involved with an Amish girl, who trusts God in all circumstances. He fears for Faithe’s safety, though, when she invites every homeless person in the neighborhood, including drug dealers and criminals, to a free Thanksgiving dinner. Street savvy, Crist risks his life to protect her from danger.
As Crist’s heart softens toward God, Faithe finds herself falling him. Then she discovers his deception, and her world is shattered. Can she ever trust him again?
The Thanksgiving Frolic
Monroe has the prettiest girl and the fastest horse— but pride goes before a fall.
Monroe’s girlfriend, Rosemary, and her family organize the ThanksgivingFrolic, a service project to help Amish folks who have fallen on hard times. Monroe wants to go along but his dad won’t let him. Furthermore, Monroe’s dad thinks Rosemary’s family should clean up their own messy farm before they try to help others. Will the contrast between Monroe’s and Rosemary’s families end their relationship for good? Rosemary’s grandpa tries to offer words of wisdom, but people don’t take him seriously. The Thanksgiving Frolic heats up to a fever pitch, before a moment of silence changes everything.
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster, PA, the setting for many of her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends special time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel is the author of several Amish series, including Sisters & Friends (Charisma), Love & Promises (Grand Central), and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series (Annie’s Book Club). In addition, she has two Amish Quilts Coloring Books as well as stories in several anthologies, including Springs of Love (CelebrateLit).
Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend. Walking a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service keeps Thomas close to nature and affords him many quiet hours which he uses to dream up novels. Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that he weaves into his writing. To find out more, visit: amishhorses.blogspot.com
This is a wonderful collection of stories by three amazing authors. They each have their unique style of writing which give readers a variety of charming stories to enjoy. I love these authors and know that each time they write, it is with compassion and warmth. Thank you for giving readers stories that give us hope, make us smile, to be thankful always and remind us that love is unconditional.
Gingerbread Wishes by Laura V. Hilton
I loved Becca right away. She was sweet and a hard worker. As many young women do, they yearn for a young man to notice them. Becca is unsure of herself at times and has a hard time believing someone would want her. Yost has been in love with Becca for so long. He wants to marry her, but he has self esteem issues. He has a hard time trying to convince himself that Becca would want to be with him. I loved the story because it talks about seeing someone as Jesus does. When Yost is in danger , Becca doesn’t hesitate to pray for his safety. Will they learn to trust God ? Can they find happiness with each other. The ending is beautiful and it made me feel so content.
Thanksgiving Strangers by Rachel J. Good
We have all seen homeless people walking along the road in threadbare clothes and unkempt hair. How many of us have ignore them , while at the same time judging them? Crist feels embarrassed as he goes into a restaurant to stay warm. As his waitress comes over, he can sense her caring attitude but still feels uncomfortable. Faithe is compassionate and brings Crist more food than he ordered. I loved how the author talked about pride and how it can get in the way of letting someone help you. Faithe has such a big heart and wants to help everyone. Crist is starting to be more friendly when he sees Faithe, but he is angry with God. What has caused Crist to become bitter?
I really enjoyed the intrigue in this story. It kept my attention and I loved learning about Crist’s brother. The pain that Crist has experienced in life has caused him to not trust anyone. The story is filled with love, danger and a time of thanksgiving that will warm your heart.
Thanksgiving Frolic by Thomas Nye
Rosemary and Monroe like each other and want to be married someday. There is an obstacle that they will have to overcome for that to happen. In this story the author talks about pride and how it can make a person turn against others. Monore’s father has always had the perfect farm and made sure his boys did their chores. He hated things out of place. What I liked most about this story was how pride was shown as a way to judge others and not feel you should lend a hand to your neighbors in need. My favorite character was Monroe’s father. Joe has worked hard to have a very well maintained farm. He is guilty of shying away from families that don’t take pride in their farms. When asked to help a few families who are struggling, he says no. He feels he must continue keeping his farm in perfect order. What happens that softens Joe’s heart? Will he be able to let God remove his pride and allow himself to ask forgiveness. I loved the story and how the characters had flaws but were willing to ask forgiveness, Have you ever dealt with pride? What was the hardest thing about letting go of pride?
I received a copy. Of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.