Friday, September 13, 2019

First Line Friday and GIVEAWAY - September 13, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

Do you have special plans for the weekend? Some of my in-laws are visiting so I'm looking forward to a fun-filled weekend with them. :) 

My first line today comes from The Amish Christmas Matchmaker by Vannetta Chapman. You can read my review here and enter to win the book and some other great prizes!

"Annie Kauffmann thought she'd just experienced a perfect day - business had gone well, the fall weather was exquisite and each member of her family was happy and healthy."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Amish Christmas Matchmaker by Vannetta Chapman Blog Tour, Review, and GIVEAWAY

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Amish Christmas Matchmaker by Vannetta Chapman, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


The Amish Christmas
Matchmaker by Vannetta Chapman 

Title: The Amish Christmas Matchmaker

Series: Indiana Amish Brides #4

Author: Vannetta Chapman

Publisher: Love Inspired 

Release Date: September 1, 2019

Genre: Inspirational Amish Fiction

She’ll find him a wife for Christmas…

Which of these Indiana Amish Brides is next?

With her wedding business thriving, Annie Kauffmann could never leave her beloved Amish community.

So when handsome Amish cowboy Levi Lapp tries to convince her father to move the family to Texas, she must put a stop to it.

If Annie finds Levi a wife, he might forget his dream of moving…but can she keep from falling for him herself?


I enjoyed this book! I was a little slow to get into it and I wasn’t connecting with the characters in the beginning, however as soon as Annie and Levi pretended to be “stepping out”, the story really picked up for me.

I liked that Annie was a successful businesswoman. I thought it was realistic that she so adamantly did not want her family to move to Texas, however I didn’t like her initial animosity toward Levi. I liked Annie’s relationship with her best friend and business partner.

It was fun that others could see the feelings blossoming between Annie and Levi before they could and I enjoyed the chemistry between them.

If you like Amish Christian fiction, I recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner, a Christy finalist, and she also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and resides in the Texas hill country.

CONNECT WITH VANNETTA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a copy of The Amish Christmas Matchmaker (print or digital), a quilted Amish mug mat, a woven Amish mug mat, and $10 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on these tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule on this tour shown below. Giveaway begins at midnight September 9, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 16, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid. 

For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!


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Friday, September 6, 2019

First Line Friday - September 6, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

Can you believe it's the first Friday of September? Did your summer go by fast? Mine sure did.

My first line today comes from You Belong With Me by Tari Faris. I'm excited to start reading this book because I've heard such good things about it!

I hope you have a great weekend!

"Was she really the only one left who cared about this town?"

Thursday, September 5, 2019

New Review: An Informal Affair by Heather Gray

Title: An Informal Affair
Author: Heather Gray
Series: Informal Romance Book 5
Publication Date: 2017
Length: 195

From the Back of the Book

Online dating was supposed to make life easier.

Lia Promise is a nurse who enjoys the fast pace of the ER. Why, then, is her love life moving at a snail’s pace? She decides to take matters into her own hands with online dating. That ought to speed things up, right?

Maverick Hoyt is the hospital’s IT guru and all-around ordinary guy…for the most part. When his long-time friend Lia asks for moral support – which means joining her in the world of online dating - he agrees. What could possibly go wrong?

Lia and Maverick meet regularly to tell each other about their horrible dates. After all, misery loves company. As their impressive bad-date streak grows, Lia struggles with her self-image while Maverick questions why he’s even dating. How will God show these two — both set on doing things their way —that He’s had a perfect plan all along?

Friday, August 30, 2019

First Line Friday - August 30, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

My first line today comes from Reunited In the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus. I'm planning to read this book soon. I think the cover is such a peaceful scene.

"Twenty-four hours ago, Jude Stephens had his life figured out."

Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

Title: A Broken Kind of Beautiful
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publication Date: 2014
Length: 308 pages

About the Book

Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the fa├žade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still? 

Friday, August 23, 2019

First Line Friday - August 23, 2019

Welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books

My first line today comes from An Informal Affair by Heather Gray. This book revolves around on-line dating and has made me chuckle more than once. I tried on-line dating for a year or two and the stories I could tell! One of the best is a dinner where my "date" picked something out of his teeth, flung it under the table and it landed on my leg. I'll save my second best story for my review of this book so be sure to check back! :)

"Lia Promise stared at the man across the table from her. This couldn't be happening. He reached for his fork, pried one of the tines wide, and used it to scratch the inside of his ear."