BOOK REVIEW: A GILDED LADY BY ELIZABETH CAMDEN.

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Title: A Gilded Lady

Genre: Christian Historical Romance/ Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance

Publication date: 02 June,2020

Publisher: Bethany House

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gilded-Lady-Hope-Glory/dp/0764232126

Book Blurb

Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the first lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she’s hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason. 

Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president’s Secret Service team. He is immediately suspicious of Caroline despite his overwhelming attraction to her quick wit and undeniable charm. Desperate to keep the president protected, Nathaniel must battle to keep his focus fully on his job as the threat to the president rises. 

Amid the glamorous pageantry of Gilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel will face adventure, danger, and heartbreak in a race against time that will span the continent and the depth of human emotion.

My Review

A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden is the first book I am reading ,written by the author. She is a new to me author and I am so proud to know her through this book.


Chapter one drew me in and I promised myself to read through the end. I am glad I was patient enough to enjoy this good story.


I was impressed by Caroline. What an honour to work by the side of the First Lady of USA in the novel. I love their banter. It is worth admiring although Mrs Ida can be so annoying but Caroline has the strength and grace to handle the situations.


I went on a trip to the US White House through this book pages. I enjoyed my experience. Elizabeth Camden writes well.


I love Nathaniel. He seems so cut out for his job. So much toughness but there is a heart underneath the tough exterior.
His budding romance with Caroline looks healthy to me.


Wow! I felt lots of emotions while reading this book. You can relate to it on a human level.


I admire Caroline’s love and support for her twin brother, Luke who was imprisoned in far away Cuba. The saying “blood is thicker than water” is true in this case.


This book is action packed and full of suspense. I love some characters in the plot. Themes of love,forgiveness, family and God were well navigated here.


I love Caroline’s words to Nathaniel when he was depressed over a situation in the book. She said” You are unconditionally loved. Unconditionally forgiven. You are a child of God, deserving of more credit than you’re giving yourself “.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About The Author

Elizabeth Camden is best known for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian. Her novels have won the RITA and Christy Award and have appeared on the CBA bestsellers list. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books. Learn more at http://www.elizabethcamden.com.

BOOK REVIEW: JEB’S WIFE BY PATRICIA JOHNS

Author: Patricia Johns

Title: Jeb’s Wife

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Amish Romance

Publisher: Kensington Books,Zebra

Publication date: 25th August,2020

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jebs-Wife-Patricia-Johns/dp/142014913X

Book Blurb

Patricia Johns’ sensitive storytelling brings depth and heart to this tender story of second chances, as an Amish woman embarks on marriage with the gruff farmer next door . . .

Once, Leah Riehl prayed for a husband. The man she loved chose another, wanting the children that Leah can’t provide. But she’s found a measure of peace, keeping house for her brother, Simon, and teaching in a nearby town. Now though, Simon’s debts to an Englisher gambling ring have left Leah with a desperate dilemma–and a surprising offer from her scarred, reclusive neighbor. Jebadiah King needs to marry in order to claim his family farm. A union, for appearances only, will help them both.

Jeb knows his scars make him a less than ideal husband, but he can be a useful one. It’s the least that Leah deserves. But despite the promises he made to himself, Jeb can’t help longing for his lovely, warmhearted new wife. His first marriage brought heartbreak, but Leah’s gentle smiles spark hope again. Are they willing to take the leap that love requires–and open themselves to all the challenges and joy a true marriage could bring?

My Review

Jeb’s Wife by Patricia Johns is a beautiful book that deserves a 5 star rating by me.


First of all, I love the book cover. I used the woman on the cover to imagine along with the author. I love reading Amish books. It is a new and interesting genre to me.


Themes of love,support,family,good food that makes me hungry are well navigated here.


Goodness gracious!,you need to meet a character called Jeb. I could empathise and sympathise with him at the same time.


My heart went out to Leah who has to deal with her gambling addict of a brother. I wanted to yell at Simon to quit gambling and be useful.


This book raised lots of emotions in me. I am glad I could connect to the book in a realistic human level.


I love the happy ending. There is beauty in ashes I must say!


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the author

Patricia Johns is also the author of The Bishop’s Daughter and Thursday’s Bride, as well as fifteen books published by multiple Harlequin series lines. You can learn more about her at patriciajohnsromance.com.

BOOK REVIEW: STORING UP TROUBLE BY JEN TURANO.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Storing-Up-Trouble-American-Heiresses/dp/0764231693

Author: Jen Turano

Title: Storing Up Trouble ( American Heiresses 3).

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Historical Romance

Publication date: 05 May,2020

Publisher: Bethany House

Book Blurb

When Miss Beatrix Waterbury’s Chicago-bound train ride is interrupted by a heist, Mr. Norman Nesbit, a man of science who believes his research was the target of the heist, comes to her aid. Despite the fact that they immediately butt heads, they join forces to make a quick escape. 

Upon her arrival in Chicago, Beatrix is surprised to discover her supposedly querulous Aunt Gladys shares her own suffragette passions. Encouraged by Gladys to leave her sheltered world, Beatrix begins working as a salesclerk at the Marshall Field and Company department store. When she again encounters Norman on a shopping expedition, he is quickly swept up in the havoc she always seems to attract. 

But when another attempt is made to part Norman from his research papers, and it becomes clear Beatrix’s safety is also at risk, they soon discover the curious way feelings can grow between two very different people in the midst of chaos.

My Review

Storing up Trouble by Jen Turano is an interesting book. It is book three of The American Heiresses series but this can be read as a stand alone even though, I haven’t read the first two books.


The opening pages promised  me of an interesting adventure between the pages.


I love Beatrix Waterbury. She is so lively and funny. I love her spunk and guts!
She is one of the great American Heiresses. My oh my! I love her spunk and bluntness. I can’t stop repeating it.


There is enough humour to enjoy in this novel. I highly recommend this book. Even the book cover is alluring.


I couldn’t stop laughing at Beatrix and Norman ceaseless banters. You will understand the story behind the book Storing Up Trouble.


I love the bible verse Aunt Gladys gave Beatrix. That’s my favourite bible verse given to me by my mother. I could understand the meaning perfectly in this book.


I have read Jen Turano’s books but I laughed and  smiled so well while reading this particular book although I must warn you,Norman is too knowledgeable. You need to bear with him.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the author

Jen Turano

Jen Turano, a USA Today bestselling author, has written four historical romance series. She is a member of ACFW and RWA and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at http://www.jenturano.com.

BOOK REVIEW: A BEAUTIFUL ARRANGEMENT BY BETH WISEMAN

Author: Beth Wiseman

Title: A Beautiful Arrangement

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Amish Fiction

Publication date: 07 April, 2020

Publisher: Zondervan

Book Blurb

Can Lydia and Samuel find love in their marriage of convenience?

Lydia still can’t believe that she is Mrs. Samuel Bontrager. Or that she is seventeen with a six-month-old daughter. As Baby Mattie grows fussier by the day, Lydia wonders how she will survive a lifetime of marriage to a man she doesn’t love—at least not in the way she wants.

Samuel knows that he and Lydia did the right thing by marrying when Lydia became pregnant. He has even grown to love Lydia, though he never seems able to say the words out loud. What if she doesn’t love him back? After all, she pushes him away whenever he tries to draw closer.

When Lydia and Samuel introduce their mutual friends Beverly and Joseph to each other, they are as envious as they are delighted to watch their friends fall in love. But just as Samuel thinks Lydia might be softening to him, she gets involved in investigating the mysterious past of a local homeless woman—a curiosity that threatens to drive the couple further apart.

The third and final novel in the Amish Journeys series by bestselling author Beth Wiseman explores how wounds from the past must come to light before they can hope to heal.

My Review

A Beautiful Arrangement By Beth Wiseman is a beautifully well written Amish tale full of suspense.


I could understand Lydia’s attitude in her marriage but I am thankful for Joseph and Beverly presence in her life.


I love the delicacies described in this book. I really wanted to taste the garlic bread Lydia made for her husband. They eat so much good food!


I was amused at Joseph and Beverly plan to have 10 kids. Like 10 kids? How amusing!


Some scenes were emotional. My heart cried literally.
The author sure knows how to write well. This is an emotional but attention grabbing book with an Amish setting.


I read this book on a rainy day with a cold wind in the environment and this book ,my sweater and blanket kept me company. You can imagine  how cool it was?


Theme of forgiveness,kindness and compassion  were  buttressed well in the plot.


This is a beautiful book that will leave you in tears and gratitude to God.


I finally understood why the book is titled “A Beautiful Arrangement“.


I am thankful for this book. Everything works beautiful in God’s time.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the author

Beth Wiseman

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over two million books, her novels have held spots on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller List, the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series—Seek Me With All Your Heart—was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying country life in Texas.

BOOK REVIEW: THE FARM STAND BY AMY CLIPSTON

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Farm-Stand-Amish-Marketplace-Novel/dp/0310356474

Author: Amy Clipston

Title: The Farm Stand

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Amish Fiction Romance

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication date: 05 May,2020

Book Blurb

Experience some sweet, garden-fresh romance in the next installment of Amy Clipston’s Amish Marketplace series.

Salina Petersheim runs her own booth at the Amish market, where she’s known for having the freshest and most delicious produce in the area. Her father is the bishop of her church district, and her brother is a deacon. They are a very close family, yet sometimes she tires of being compared to her older brother, Neil, who is married and has two children. She also feels the pressure of having to be the perfect daughter for her parents.

Salina has been dating Josiah for almost a year now, but he feels more like a friend than a boyfriend. Her parents approve of Josiah, who is a hardworking roofer. He’s handsome and easy to talk to, but he just doesn’t warm her heart the way she feels a boyfriend and future husband should. She secretly longs for more.

Along comes William “Will” Zimmerman, a Mennonite chef who runs a restaurant located next door to the Amish market. He wants Salina to supply the produce for his restaurant, and as they forge a business relationship, they both feel themselves falling in love. Salina especially tries to deny her feelings for Will since her father wants her to marry within the community.

Both Salina and Will feel stuck in their current relationships, but they cannot deny what they feel for each other. Will they follow their hearts or bow to the pressure of family? Or will God provide a surprising new road for them?

My review

The Farm Stand by Amy Clipston is a wonderful book that deserves a 5 star rating by me. This is the first book of hers I am reading and I am happy to add her to my list of favourite authors.


I am so happy to be reading another Amish book. I am excited to say I have found a new genre for myself. It is the Amish fiction genre.


The first few pages warmed me up. I can’t help admiring the strong family ties and the food. I wanted to open my own booth right there in the Farm Stand with Salina and Christiana.


I was impressed by Salina’s business ways. She was so precise,thorough,neat,organised and friendly.
I could understand why Will was always coming to her booth for his  restaurant food supply.


I love the book cover. It helped me in imagining Salina in her farm stand. That’s  a beautiful cover.


There is an animal in this book,a cat called Daisy. She is the market cat and loved by Salina and her cousins. I love how worried they were over not seeing Daisy for a week. I am happy to see characters that has sympathy and love for animals.


While enjoying this book,I was envious of Salina’s garden. The way the author described it,I wanted to buy a land and plant home grown corps!


Oh! You really need to meet a character called Sara Ann in this book. I laughed at her conversations and her nosiness in other people’s business. She seems kind but nosy at the same time.


I enjoyed the happy ending! God surely wants his children to be happy and he granted Salina and Will their heart desires.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the author

Amy Clipston

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, Amish Homestead, and Amish Marketplace series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.

BOOK REVIEW: THE ONE WHO DANCED AWAY BY JOANNA ALONSO

Book is available on Amazon,Bookbub and Goodreads.

Author: Joanna Alonso

Title: The One Who Danced Away

Genre: Christian fiction/ Romance

Publication date: 20th May,2020

Publisher: Istoria Publications

Pages: 197

Book Blurb

MAX
His past and present is consuming him too much for him to see her as his future.

When Jenna dances her way back to Max Owens’ life, her presence triggers memories of his secret past. Pressured by his new position as youth pastor of their church, Max isn’t ready for how Jenna’s vulnerability awakens in him a protectiveness he had only felt for one other person in his life–someone whose last words haunts his past, present, and future.

JENNA
She dances away all her heart break until she discovers healing in true love’s arms.

Max awakens in Jenna Marquez a yearning for a brand of romance she’s never had before. He coaxes her to return to her childhood home to look after her father, and somehow, makes her want love even if she can’t see herself falling for him. After all, someone like him will never go for someone as tainted as her.

Will they remain blind to their chemistry? Or will they let their hearts free fall—like she does with her aerial hoops—and still find themselves safe and deeply loved?

My review

The One Who  Danced Away by Joanna Alonso.
This is the third book I am reading by the author,Joanna Alonso. 

I love the three major characters, Max,Rachel and Jenna (Crazy Jenna). Each person made this book so interesting.


One thing that struck me while reading this book is that nobody is beyond redemption. I understood Jenna’s reaction at bad boy Max suddenly saved and becoming a campus pastor. I totally understand that! I will repeat it again,nobody is too big or small to get redeemed by God.


This book has some good dose of humour and flashbacks to years when the characters were younger.

Some scenes is this book were emotional. I could handle them because they had an element of human reality in them.

The words are easy to understand. Simple and well written.


The author has a good amount of balance between the past years and the present year of her book characters. I commend her for that.


I love how the people in the church rallied round to help each other. That’s what true Christianity is all about. Being there for the other person in trying times.


This is a good book you won’t want to miss.
Isn’t the title catchy? You really need to read to know who actually danced away!


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the author

Author Joanna Alonso

Joanna Alonzo is a walking paradox. She is a beautiful, albeit messy, mixture of thought and emotion, expressed in the form of hopefully readable — and relatable — stories. She is a kingdom kid, who looks forward to being a writer and storyteller even when she reaches heaven. She is passionate about the unreached, about those who have yet to know the Love she found in the arms of the Almighty. She is intrigued by the world and its people, who day by day, continue to convince her that God is the greatest Storyteller of all.

AUTHOR LINKS

WEBSITE: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM

MAIL: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM/CONTACT

AMAZON: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM/AMAZON

GOODREADS: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM/GOODREADS

BOOKBUB: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM/BOOKBUB

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

FACEBOOK: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM/FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM/INSTAGRAM

TWITTER: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM/TWITTER

YOUTUBE: WWW.JOANNAALONZO.COM/YOUTUBE

BOOK REVIEW: PEACE IN THE VALLEY BY KELLY IRVIN

Author: Kelly Irvin

Title: Peace in the Valley

Genre: Christian Fiction. Amish Romance fiction

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication date: August 4,2020

Pages:352

Book Blurb

After a devastating wildfire sweeps through her town, one young Amish woman is shown a different way to practice her faith . . . but pursuing it could cost her everything she holds dear, including the man she loves. 

Nora Beachy loves her life. She works in the community store in West Kootenai, takes care of her family and courts with Levi Raber. She and Levi plan to marry, but Levi wants to wait until he has the money to buy them a house before he pops the question. Nora doesn’t want to wait. Is there something keeping Levi from marrying her? 

Nora’s peaceful existence is swept away when wildfires threaten her family’s home. She’s forced to evacuate to Libby where she stays with family in an Amish community that embraces a charismatic style of worship rejected by her own parents and the Kootenai district elders. Nora’s drawn to the emotional, powerful style of worship, the musical instruments, and the more relaxed lifestyle. She knows she’s headed for a shunning if she doesn’t stop breaking the rules, but she can’t understand why both forms of worship aren’t lovely in God’s eyes. 

Nora’s stuck in the middle. She loves her family and doesn’t want to lose them. She loves Levi. But she must make a decision: return to her traditional Amish life or embrace this new way of worshipping and living. Will she sacrifice her relationship with Levi and her family for a different kind of faith?

My review

Peace in the valley by Kelly Irvin is an interesting book and she is a new Amish author to me.

I must confess,her writing is  so wonderful. Immediately I started the first page,I kept on reading until I took a short break.


The author is so narrative. Her writing can command your full attention. So interesting and action packed.


I already fell in love with the character on the book cover,Nora.


Two beautiful things I love about the  Amish family are; the sumptuous food and strong family ties. Their meals are so healthy and appetizing as described in this novel.


I understood Nora’s dilemma when she attended a real church where there was a free flow of the HolySpirit. God can’t be held bounds by doctrines or traditions. Anywhere you invite him,he can dwell there in sincerity of worship.

The Plain Amish prefer their ways as best compared to the Englisher’s mode of worship. I found that amusing but who can blame them?

This is a good book I will recommend for anyone who wants to read an Amish fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the Author

Author Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at KellyIrvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.