Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Runner by A. Wayne Gill

About the Book
The Runner front cover
The Runner by A. Wayne Gill
What happens when a brilliant attorney combines his legal knowledge with his insight into relationship? Well, imagine Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham got together and decided to write a novel. Wayne Gill's The Runner is the story of a preacher's son who foregoes a path to the pulpit for law school in the city. 
Michael Knight has the perfect life - a perfect family, a perfect relationship and a perfect future. Groomed to follow in his father's footsteps, Michael's career as a preacher is laid out before him. But he has a secret that will take him from being a small town preacher's kid to the heart of the big city, where everything seems golden, glittery and glamorous. When he gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Michael glimpses a future of power, influence and wealth. The whole world is his for the taking, but at what cost? Will he trade in all he has been for all he could become?
About the Author
Wayne Gill When he isn't crafting legal dramas, Wayne Gill serves as CEO and Managing Partner of Gill Dion & Forsyth P.A., a law firm with offices in Florida and Georgia that serves some of the top companies in the world, including AT&T, Hilton Hotels Corporation, SunTrust Bank, and American Express.
This husband and father earned his B.A. in English from Trinity College and law degree from George Washington University. His first book, Tales My Grandma Told Me - a Business Diversity Fable, has been referred to as the "Bible" of supplier diversity.

Wayne has been recognized among the 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in South Florida and the Who's Who in Black South Florida. He's received Macy's Crystal Award for Outstanding Minority Business Advocacy, and he's received several honors from NMSDC affiliates and the local Bar Associations. In 2002, he received Northwood University's Arthur E. Turner Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Betterment of Mankind. He is a board member of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County and Secretary of the Board for The Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council.

While practicing law, running a successful law firm, and writing novels keeps him super busy, Wayne is also a passionate, committed co-founder and legal advisor to Oasis Compassion Agency, a non-profit empowerment agency for the disadvantaged. 
 My Take:I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the others in the series.  I read this book in one day.  I just kept coming back to it because I wanted to see what would happen next.  this book just shows you that even though you may be doing what you think is your dream, God may have other plans for you.  this book also had a very straight forward presentation of salvation.  Although this is a Christian book not everything is wrapped in a tidy little bow at the end.  The Christians in this book come up against some very real problems and some not so nice people.  Very refreshing read. Enjoyed it very much. 
I received a review copy of this book in exhcnage for my honest opinion from Glass Road.

Monday, January 28, 2013

It's Monday What Are You Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading? is a fun meme that Sheila over at Bookjourney hosts.  We get to share what we have read over the last week and what we are currently reading and what we plan to read.  Check it out you may just find your next favorite book. 

Last Week on the blog

Book Review of

Candle Bible for Toddlers
Candle Bible for Toddlers

Book Review of

Accidentally Amish
Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

Book review of

The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen 

Book Spotlight of
 The Moses Quilt
 The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias

Guest post by Monica Daddio

This Week on the Blog

Audiobook Review of

Operation Screwtape: The Art of Spiritual War

Book Review of

Product Details

The Runner by A. Wayne Gill

Book Spotlight of

Hurt: A Novel

Hurt by Travis Thrasher

Audio Book Review of
I, Rhoda

I, Rhoda by Valerie Harper

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Coming up

Unbreakable (Road to Kingdom, #2)
Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl

A Home for Lydia
A Home For Lydia by Vannetta Chapman

 My Amish Childhood: A True Story of Faith, Family, and the Simple Life

My Amish Childhood by Jerry Eicher

What's on Your Reading Horizon?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Guest Post by Monica Daddio

I have found that the world of an author has changed drastically over the past few years.  That it doesn’t make any difference whether you are a new or established author. The amount of time and effort put into promotion is the same. One needs to have a presence on the internet by doing Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, any sites that cater to readers and writers along with book signings and joining a writer’s group in your area is also helpful.
In addition to these outlets I am also taking advantage of YouTube which gives the viewer a more personal experience with the author. I’ve made several unique videos but my favorite is, I had a lot of fun doing this video where I incorporated my favorite holiday (Halloween) into the theme.  That’s right folks, Music, Halloween and a story all tie in together. “Humanizing the Jaguar” is dedicated to many of my favorite artists. It is a full-length fictional story about a boy who overcomes his troubled childhood and becomes a successful musician. And it’s also an Interactive book. You might ask what is that? I purposely put hidden music clues through out the text for the reader to find. In this video I dare Eddie Trunk, a well known music expert from “That Metal Show” to read my book and find these clues. I put my love for music and writing together to create my unique story.  Watch the video and for a few minutes you’ll be entertained.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Spotlight The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias

The Moses Quilt
The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias


The Moses Quilt

The Moses Quilt is a contemporary novel that bridges racial and generational divides. With a realistic and compassionate look into a twenty-first-century dilemma, multiple award-winning author Kathi Macias introduces readers to a confused and apprehensive young woman, Mazie Hartford. Facing major decisions about the love of her life and her future, she must also wrestle with a nagging question about her family's past. She finds the answer to her questions in a most unexpected way--her great-grandmother's Moses quilt. As her great-grandmother begins to explain how each patch represents a story of courage and freedom, Mazie must decide if she has the courage and freedom to overcome her own personal fears and prejudices

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

About The Tutor's Daughter

Filled with page-turning suspense, The Tutor's Daughter takes readers to the windswept Cornwall coast-a place infamous for shipwrecks and superstitions-where danger lurks, faith is tested, and romance awaits.
Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father when his boarding school fails, accompanies him to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But soon after they arrive and begin teaching the two younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte at night, only to find the music room empty? And who begins sneaking into her bedchamber, leaving behind strange mementoes?
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry Weston, wrestle with problems-and secrets-of their own. They both remember the studious Miss Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her...
When suspicious acts escalate, can Emma figure out which brother to blame and which to trust with her heart? 
Link to buy the book:    

Meet Julie:  
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. 
Find out more about Julie at

My Take:  I like the show Downton Abbey and in many ways this reminds me a bit of that show.  The family has the staff helping them dress and whatnot.  Also there is certain places you can be depending on your station.  Emma has found herself in a kind of limbo.  Not quite on the same level of the family but not a servant either.  All is not what it seems at this particular house in England.  Everyone in the house seems to have a secret of some sort or another.  Emma is determined to find out what the secrets are.  I didn't think that I would like this book at first but I found myself reading just one more page to find out what happens.  this is not really a mystery or a romance but somewhere in between.  I would recommend it if you like either of those genres and I wouldn't be surprised if you too found yourself reading just one more page.  

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. 
Enter Today - 1/14-1/30! Julie Klassen Downton Abbey Kindle Giveaway

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

Accidentally Amish
Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

From Goodreads:

 Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

My Take:  This book is really two stories in one.  One is the modern day story of Annie as she accidentally meets the Beiler family while she is hiding out away from a hostile takeover of her software company by her partner and her boyfriend.  The other is the story of the Beiler family ancestors who have come to the new land of America so that they can practice their religion.  I personally enjoyed the historical story much more than the modern day story as I found some of what happened in the modern story a bit unbelievable.  I would recommend this story for the historical story alone and I highly recommend it if you like Amish stories.   

I received an egalley from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Candle Bible For Toddlers by Juliet David

Candle Bible for Toddlers
Candle Bible For Toddlers

From Goodreads:
 "The Candle Bible for Toddlers" has all the favorite stories in the Bible: Noah and the Flood, the Lost Sheep, Jonah, and many more. Each classic story is retold in clear words and simple sentences. A great book full of Bible stories and colorful illustrations written especially for toddlers and perfect for first-time readers.

My Take:  Having a 1 year old granddaughter, I am always looking for books that will engage her as she loves books.  Books with a Christian message are especially wanted. This little book is just the right size for her to carry around and it is filled with many well known Bible stories that make the perfect introduction to the Bible for a little one.  The pictures are great as they are colorful and hold the attention of the child as you read the story to them.  This is a perfect start for hopefully a lifelong learning experience from the Bible.  

I received a copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, January 21, 2013

It's Monday What Are Reading?

It's Monday what are you Reading? is a wonderful meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey.  I haven't participated because I kind of took a mini hiatus over the holidays and am just now getting back into the groove of things.

It has been pretty quiet on the blog this month but here is what has been going on .

Book Review of The Lesson by Suzanne Wood Fisher

First Chapter Peak of Under the Summer sky by Lori Copeland

Book Review of Secretly Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Dian Hunt, Denise Hunter

Coming up this week on the blog.

Book Review of
Accidentally Amish
Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

Book Review of

The Tutor's Daughter
The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

Book Spotlight of
The Moses Quilt
The Moses Quilt by Kathi Macias

Audio Book review of
Operation Screwtape: The Art of Spiritual War
Operation Screwtape by Andrew Farley

See Sidebar for Current reads.

Coming up

A Quilt for Jenna
A Quilt for Jenna by Patrick E. Craig

Unbreakable (Road to Kingdom, #2)
Unbreakable by Nancy Mehl

A Home for Lydia
A Home for Lydia by Vannetta Chapman

What's on Your Reading Horizon?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Secretly Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristne Billerbeck, Dian Hunt and Denise Hunter

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About Secretly Smitten: 
Summer, fall, winter, spring-Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There's a secret in Grandma Rose's attic-a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?
The mystery intrigues Rose's three granddaughters-Tess, Clare, and Zoe-and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?
Join popular romance novelists-and real-life BFFs-Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.
Link to buy the book:     
Meet "The Gals":  
RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several best-selling romantic suspense novels, including "Tidewater Inn", and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. * Christy Award finalist and two-time winner of the ACFW Book of the Year award, Kristin Billerbeck has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times. Her books include "A Billion Reasons Why" and "What a Girl Wants." * Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of several novels, including "A Cowboy's Touch" and "Sweetwater Gap." She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana. * Diann Hunt has lived in Indiana forever, been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, her dog, and, well, chocolate.

My Take:  This book was a nice little read that takes several stories about different people and has a common storyline thread running through them all.  It was interesting to see how each writer took a different character and told their story to add to the enjoyment of the overall book.  Yes this is a romance book and there were really no big surprises in the romance area.  It is all rated G as this is a Christian romance.  The story overall was very good and the mystery helped tie everything together.  Very light read and a quick read.  I did not read the first in the series but I will be going back to read it.  If you haven't read the first book it won't make your enjoyment of this one any less.  
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Under the Summer Sky by Lori Copeland First Chapter Peak

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2013)

***Special thanks to Ginger Chen for sending me a review copy.***


Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren.

Visit the author's website.


After a man named Jones rescues Trinity Franklin from a river, they find their destination is the same: a small town in North Dakota. A seemingly coincidental beginning comes to a delightful and charming ending when orchestrated by the One who can put the pieces of any lost and broken life together.

Product Details:
List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736930205
ISBN-13: 978-0736930208


Near Piedmont, South Dakota, 1893

“Don’t put me in that barrel!”

“Do you want to die, woman?”

“No! That’s why you can’t put me in the barrel—I can’t swim!” She had gone to the river for a simple bucket of water when this beast had swept in and captured her. She loved the good Lord, but she wasn’t ready to meet Him face-to-face. The sound of rushing water overwhelmed her senses as iron hands gripped her waist. War whoops filled the air as three riders poured over the hillside. She pounded the solid wall of flesh that enveloped her. “Let me go!”

“I’m trying to save your life, lady.”

The stranger heaved her over to the barrel and unceremoniously dumped her inside, stuffing her head between her knees before he slammed the lid down on top.

“I can’t swim!” Her muffled voice echoed in her ears. Was he deaf    ? Mad? What kind of man would put a woman in a barrel and send her over the rapids when she couldn’t swim? She banged on the wooden sides. “Let me out!”

All bedlam broke out, and even through the barrel Trinity could hear grunts, shouts, and the sound of bare fists meeting flesh. Her heart hammered in her chest. She willed herself to be still, but she could feel the barrel shifting underneath her, teetering at the water’s edge. “Don’t let me fall in, don’t let me fall in,” she whispered. A flour mill sat downstream, but if she reached it she would be too late. A few minutes in the turgid waters and she would drown.

Grunts. More fists.

Please, God. Please, God.

She swallowed back the urge to shout. Calling out would mean certain death. Her brother, Rob, had written tales of rebels, both Indian and white, banding together to plunder and commit unspeakable acts, but never in her wildest dreams would she have thought to encounter one of the lowlifes. A gunshot—then another. Trinity’s heart crowded her throat as the fighting grew fiercer. The barrel shifted again.

Don’t let me fall in. Don’t let me fall in.

A deep rumble. A shove. Trinity’s heart sputtered. She was close—too close. She could almost smell the cold, rushing water. She heard the shuffle of men’s boots—though now it sounded as though there were fewer of them. Maybe two? Against overwhelming odds, the stranger appeared to be winning.

Rapids rushed in the distance. Relax. That beast of a man is strong. He still faced formidable odds, but it sounded as if he were besting the enemy. Trinity felt the tension draining away from her. The ruckus would be over soon and he would release her from her wooden prison.

And then she would demand to know who he was and how he’d had the audacity to risk her life!

Locked in a duel, the men’s groans filled the air as they strained against one another. The sheer force in their tones made her cringe. Then—the unthinkable. A boot caught the edge of the barrel and sent it toppling into the churning water.

Trinity screamed as the current caught the barrel and bounced it downstream. Terror-stricken, she watched the water seeping through the cracks in the wood. The rapids were only two hundred yards downstream—she had to be getting close.

She was going to die. Rob had perished far too young, and now she was going to join him. And it was all her fault. She should never have left her nice, safe café job in Sioux City and come to this rugged land. She had refused to accompany Rob a year earlier when he’d pleaded with her to join him and help him settle Wilson’s Falls, the plot of land their family had owned for generations. She should have held to her belief that no good would come of her visiting this remote country for even a short time. No amount of money on earth could keep her safe now—not even the handsome sum the railroad was likely to offer for the family’s parcel of land.

The trip was supposed to be brief. Never once had she thought her journey would end at the Pearly Gates.


Jones whirled when he heard the barrel hit the water. The man locked in his grip took advantage of the distraction and landed a blow that took Jones to his knees. He swung wildly, landing a punch that momentarily staggered his opponent.

His eyes swung back to the barrel. Only a few moments before it went over the rapids. The other thug came at him and he managed a hard right and then his signature left, the knock-out blow. His opponent slumped to the ground and Jones took off running down the bank. His boots thrashed through a heavy thicket as his eyes followed the bobbing container. When he reached a wide spot, he dove in and surfaced just within reach of the barrel.

“Hold on! I’m here!” he yelled.

The girl’s reedy voice came back. “I can’t swim! Get me out of here!”

“I’m trying!” He lunged, his hand brushing the barrel in vain. Charging again, he only managed to hurry the barrel along. It flew over the rapids and he heard her screams until the roar of rushing water snatched them away.

Shoot. She was going to be mad as a wet hen.

“Are you still there? I can’t hear you!”

He couldn’t imagine why not. She was yelling loud enough for them to hear her all the way to Canada.

“I’m here! Just hang on!”

“I can’t swim!”

Like he hadn’t heard her the first eight times. Closing his eyes, he dove under the swift current.


The thin wood split as the water and rocks smashed the barrel into kindling. Trinity gasped for air, her breath lodged in her throat. The wind and water whipped wildly about her. Where was he?

Anger churned with panic as she bumped along. Objects blurred as she choked, struggling to right herself. She went down, down, down, thumping and bumping over rocks. This was it. This was the end. She’d never done anything worthwhile in her nineteen years. Nothing but wait tables and serve others—but that was good. To her knowledge she’d never caused anyone an ounce of trouble, so she could meet her Maker in good faith.

Now she would draw her last breath—gurgle it, more like—but…she broke the waterline, choking. A strong hand latched onto her hair as she went under again.

Pain blinded her—pain the likes of which she’d never experienced. Her very roots were being ripped out. She struggled to break the fierce hold, and did, momentarily, but then something snared her and yanked her back to the surface.

“Stop fighting me!” a male voice demanded.

She saw him then—the man who’d stuffed her in the barrel. At the moment it didn’t matter what he’d stuffed her in; he was an anchor in the storm. Her efforts ceased. She wrapped her arms around his neck and held on tight.

He was a strong swimmer, but she was dead weight. Dragging her through the water, he reached a ledge and paused to catch his breath. Paralyzed with fear, her heart threatened to pound out of her chest, and for the first time in her life she couldn’t find the words she wanted. His arms around her were powerful, and the feel of his prickly dark beard against her cheek brought a blush to her face. She’d never been this close to a man before—except Rob, of course. When she poured coffee at the café she bent close, but never this close. She could smell him, hear his ragged breath in her ear.

“Sorry I scared you,” he said, swiping his face to clear the water out of his eyes. “I didn’t mean for the barrel to go over.”

She nodded, still not able to find her voice. She was in the middle of a rushing rapid, standing in the arms of a stranger, finding her brush with death very difficult to comprehend.

“Hold on.” He hitched her up and swam the remaining distance to shore. Throwing her on the bank like a landed carp, he crawled out and collapsed beside her. For a moment they lay in the warm sun, gasping for breath. In a novel the moment might have been romantic, Trinity thought. Instead it was wet and cold and ghastly.

“Who are you?” she asked, finally finding her breath. Since she could speak she should probably thank him—it was only polite—though at the moment she wanted to throttle him for putting her life in danger in the first place.

“Doesn’t matter. I’m just passing through.”

“What’s your name?” She had the right to know who’d almost killed her, didn’t she?


“Jones what?”

“Just Jones.” Rolling to his back, he stuck out his hand. “Are you all right?”

Trinity stared at the proffered hand, stultified. “Why did you stick me in that barrel?”

“I saved your life.”

“You could easily have taken it. I don’t…”

“Swim. So you’ve said.” Struggling to his feet, he removed his left boot and dumped out a stream of water. “Sorry I upset you, but those men would have distressed you more.”

Her gaze fixed on the tall stranger. She knew she should feel nothing but gratitude, but he’d scared the wadding out of her. “Well, before you stick a lady in a barrel and send her downstream, you might want to make certain you can save her.”

Jones dumped the water out of his right boot. “Don’t figure there’s any reason for me to apologize for saving your neck.” He glanced up. “What are you doing out here alone, anyway?”

“I was doing my wash.” She pushed to her feet and brushed the wet hair out of her eyes.

“You live around here?”

“Not live. I’m staying here for a while. I’m in the process of selling my land, and once I do I’m going back to Sioux Falls.”

“Nice town.”

“You’ve been there?”

He nodded, shoving his foot, wet sock and all, back into his boot. “Couple of times. Do you want me to walk you back to your place?”

“No, thank you.” She’d had quite enough of him for one day.

Nodding, he set his Stetson on his head and adjusted the band. “You might want to keep a close eye out for the others. The men scattered, but they’ll meet up again.”

Trinity swallowed, trying to retain her composure. She’d get home, and then she wouldn’t rest until she’d sold the land and left this godforsaken place behind her forever. “Thank you. I’ll be careful.”

“You think you can handle these wilds?”

She lifted her chin. “Of course I can handle myself.” Granted, he had caught her in a bad circumstance, but chances were that the men were only passing through and she’d have no more trouble with them.

“Do you have a gun?”

“My brother left one.”

“Do you know how to use it?”

The chin rose higher. “I do—if necessary.”

He paused, a slow grin starting at the corners of his mouth. Dark curly hair, penetrating brown eyes, and skin browned by the long hours in the sun. He was handsome, no denying it, but Trinity had more important things on her mind. “I see you’ve got things well in hand.”

She nodded coolly. He had every right to suspect that she was one of those helpless simpering females, but she was far from vulnerable. She’d been on her own since Rob had left to work this land, and she’d learned to care for herself nicely.

He started off and then turned back. “By the way…”

She pushed another lock of soggy hair out of her eyes. “Yes?”

His gaze drifted down. “You lost your skirt in the water.”

Gasping, she looked down. She was wearing nothing but her bloomers! And he hadn’t said a word until now.

When she looked up, he was gone. Drawing herself up straight, she sniffed. And a good riddance it was.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Lesson by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Enter Today - 1/3 - 1/20! Suzanne Woods Fisher The Lesson iPad Giveaway 

  About The Lesson: Centered on one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's most loved characters, this is the story fans have eagerly anticipated. The precocious M.K. is all grown up (well, almost) and ready to take on the world-with surprising results. Fisher's trademark plot twists and turns are as unexpected and satisfying as ever in this third book in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. In her wildest dreams, spunky and impulsive nineteen-year-old Mary Kate Lapp never imagined herself behind a schoolteacher's desk. A run-in (literally) with the schoolteacher compels her to act as a substitute teacher, just as her restless desire to see the world compels her to apply for a passport . . . just in case. The only thing of interest to M.K. in the sleepy Amish community of Stoney Ridge is the unexplained death of a sheep farmer that coincided with the arrival of a mysterious young man into the community. Frustrated that no one takes the crime seriously, she takes matters into her own hands. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case for M.K., she jumps headlong into trouble. Link to buy the book:


Meet Suzanne: Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a brand new grand-baby, and a couple of dogs. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Suzanne has contracts with Revell for six more books about the Amish, both fiction and non-fiction. She is also the host of "Amish Wisdom·" on, a weekly radio program featuring guests who are connected to Simple Living. Find out more about Suzanne at

My Take:  This book was delightful from beginning to end. It was also a satisfying end to the Lapp Family books.  The book Started out with a bang and kept you on the edge of your seat not with suspense but with wondering what M.K. will come up with next.  Because of an incident that she has with the school teacher she becomes the substitute teacher which she feels is a total injustice.  We also meet Chris and his sister Jenny and we slowly learn what kind of life they have had to live.  I would recommend that you read this book and you will want to start at the beginning.
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.