Fiction Books

Amish Christmas Kitchen Blog Tour with Giveaway

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My Review: 

If you love Amish fiction then The Amish Christmas Kitchen is for you. A collection of three novellas written by three of todays top Amish writers and each story includes a recipe from that Author.

Baking Love on Ice Mountain by Kelly Long is about newlyweds Clara mast and Daniel Kauffman who have little to give this Christmas season but love. This story is inspired by the Gift of the Magi and one that I felt was very heartwarming and filled with love.

The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand. Katie Rose Gingerich is a shy, her dat sends her to Huckleberry Hill to secure a marriage proposal, she never expects to fall for the carefree Titus Helmuth. Will Titus feel the same way about Katie? Will he want to spend every Christmas with her?

The Special Christmas Cookie by Lisa Jones Baker the story about overcoming obstacles and more lessons to be learned for Emma and Jonathan.

These three novellas are just what you need to get yourself more into the Christmas spirit. Each is filled with love, lessons, family and Christmas joy.

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required.

About the Book

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The Christmas Bakery at Huckleberry Hill

When shy Katie Rose Gingerich’s dat sends her to Huckleberry Hill to secure a marriage proposal, she never expects to long for carefree Titus Helmuth—or to hope that he might want to spend every Christmas with her . . .

About the Author

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Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014.

Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

Guest Post from Jennifer Beckstrand

What do you get when you combine Anna and Felty’s earnest grandson, Titus, with a pretty girl who’s practically engaged to someone else, a sleigh full of Christmas bakery orders, and two mischievous Christmas goats?

A wild, wacky, and wunderbarr Christmas, that’s what.

Anna and Felty Helmuth are determined to make this the most romantic Christmas ever on Huckleberry Hill, but have they bitten off more than they can chew trying to match their slightly scatterbrained grandson Titus with timid Katie Rose Gingerich? Titus tends to be a little thick in the head when it comes to love, and Katie Rose is too shy to open her mouth. It might take every potholder Anna can knit plus a determined goat and a little Christmas magic to bring Titus and Katie Rose together.

Titus would do anything for his Mammi Anna, even eat her very bad cooking and learn how to knit, but why does he have to be the one to care for Mammi’s new goat? Goats give him the willies. But when Titus meets the pretty girl staying with his grandparents for Christmas, he doesn’t mind the goat so much. The more he sees of Katie Rose’s gentle ways and loving spirit, the more he wishes he were the kind of boy she would bake a pie for. Can he convince her to love him without offending her boyfriend? And will Mammi notice if he gets rid of her goat?

After I wrote Huckleberry Hearts, I just knew there had to be someone special out there for Titus Helmuth, Anna and Felty’s lovable grandson. Christmas is the perfect setting for “A Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill” because Titus is one character who seems to have the spirit of Christmas in his heart all year long. When Katie Rose is homesick, Titus does his best to make her feel welcome and comfortable on Huckleberry Hill. He delivers her Christmas goodies, writes poetry for her, and sings Christmas songs. When he finally realizes he loves her, he’s going to have to use both Christmas goats and every trick in the book to convince her to marry him. It’s a fun, heartwarming, wonderful-gute Christmas romance.

“A Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill” is in The Amish Christmas Kitchen novella collection, and it will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Blog Stops

December 15: Daysong Reflections

December 15: cherylbbookblog

December 16: Karen Sue Hadley

December 16: Jeanette’s Thoughts

December 17: Quiet Quilter

December 17: Moments Dipped in Ink

December 18: The Power of Words

December 18: A Greater Yes

December 19: Christian Bookaholic

December 19: Lighthouse Academy

December 20: Neverending Stories

December 20: D’S QUILTS AND BOOKS

December 21: Reading Is My SuperPower

December 21: Autism Mom

December 22: Bigreadersite

December 22: Splashes of Joy

December 23: Blossoms and Blessings

December 24: A Baker’s Perspective

December 25: Eat, Read, Teach, Blog

December 26: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

December 26: Southern Gal Loves to Read

December 27: Bibliophile Reviews

December 27: Donna’s BookShelf

December 28: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away three copies of Huckleberry Christmas. Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post to earn 9 extra entries in the giveaway! https://promosimple.com/ps/acec

Bible Studies, Non-Fiction Books

Let. It. Go and Let God!!

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Let me begin by giving you a brief description of the new book, Let. It. Go. By Karen Ehman.  “Many women are wired to control. You’re the ones who make sure the house is clean, the meals are prepared, the beds are made, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to work, school, and other activities on time. But trying to control everything can be exhausting, and it can also cause friction with your friends and family. This humorous, yet thought-provoking book guides you as you discover for yourself the freedom and reward of living a life ‘out of control,’ in which you allow God to be seated in the rightful place in your life. Armed with relevant biblical and current examples (both to emulate and to avoid), doable ideas, new thought patterns, and practical tools to implement, Let. It. Go. will gently lead you out of the land of over-control and into a place of quiet trust. A companion video-based study for small groups is also available.”

I am not ashamed to say that I am this woman, the woman who has to be in control of everything, and if I am not in control, I will go crazy. After reading the first chapter, my toes hurt from stepped on by Karen’s words.  Karen tells us in on page 13, “We Women crave control.”  She goes on to describe how we are born with this and we are ready to take charge of everything.

Karen uses humor, stories about her life and as well as stories about others to teach us how to LET IT GO and to LET GOD have control. It is definitely not something that will happen overnight but takes time. She also includes inventories for us to read and circle how we rate those activities or personalities.

I really enjoyed the chapter on our schedules and how we should think about how busy we are and how each family members activities affect each other. I love how Karen says, “ Being busy is the new measuring stick of family success.” This made me realize just how busy my life is, girl scouts on Tuesday’s, Church on Wednesday’s, Church on Sunday’s and whatever else comes up.  I really need to be praying about activities before I take them on and stop controlling what my family does.

I truly recommend this book to all women, young or old, it truly is a teaching tool that we can use to teach our daughters, and granddaughters about letting go of the control and keeping our faith.

“I received this book from the publisher for my honest review.”

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Movies, Thoughts

Me Again!!!!!

Tonight was family movie night and we chose to watch Me Again, a movie put out by Pure Flix Entertainment. Here is the description taken from http://pureflix.com “Be careful what you wish for.

From the outside looking in, Rich Chaplin (David A.R. White) has everything that any Pastor and family man could ever want. In reality he has lost sight of everything that matters the most, including his family. When he wishes for a life other than his own, he suddenly finds himself trapped within the lives of everyone his apathy has affected.

This unforgettable journey brings Rich to view life through the eyes of a diverse cast of characters including an elderly woman (Della Reese), a top fashion model (Logan White), his own wife (Ali Landry) and even a goldfish! It might even take an encounter with a strangely familiar angel, (Bruce McGill) to help him realize that he is wasting his chance to love and impact the most important people in his life. Join Rich as he finds himself on a wild and hilarious ride that will change his life forever.”

During the movie, our oldest daughter Marissa was on one side of her dad and I on the other, our youngest daughter was playing with her ponies and watching the movie, our middle daughter and youngest son were sitting beside each other. We all enjoyed this movie and we laughed at times, cried at times, but most of all we were happy to be together. It was a wonderful time together, something we haven’t done in a while, something that we need to make time for.

After watching Me Again, I started to compare my life to that one of Rich Chaplin’s and realized that we are no different. There are times when I try to be someone I am not or wish things could be better, and even feel like there is something better for me out in this world. After having my eyes opened by this movie but most importantly by God, I need to love and tell others around me about the love of Christ and by realizing this I can be Me Again.

This weekend God has really made it clear just how important my family is: Family game night on Friday night, Family movie night tonight and tomorrow is Church and who knows what we will do tomorrow night. Whatever God has in store for us, I am going to cherish it all and have mental pictures that will last a lifetime.

I am currently reading Praying Circles around Your Children by Mark Batterson, this is a wonderful book and a must have for all parents. My review of this book will be posted the week of January 14th per the publisher’s request. I would love to give one of my readers a chance to win this small and delightful tool to help them learn to pray circles around their children.  A few rules apply: I need you to be a follower of my blog, leave me a comment about something you and your family enjoys doing together, and share this blog post to your friends on FaceBook. I will choose and announce the winner on Monday afternoon, what a great ending to this year.

Can’t wait to hear what all of you have to share!!!!

God Bless,

Crystal