Genre: Amish Christian Fiction Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publication date: 27 April, 2021

Book Blurb

What happens when a traditional horse whisperer clashes with an unconventional trainer within the charming Amish community of Honey Brook?

Grace Zook has always held a talent with horses, ever since she was a child growing up in her quaint Amish village of Honey Brook. Now, as an adult, she’s become a master trainer—but still struggles to prove to her father that she is worthy of taking over the family’s horse farm. With a fiery new stallion coming soon, Grace knows this challenge is her chance to prove she can finally take the reins.

When widower and horse whisperer Isaac King is offered the lead training job on a new farm out of town, he’s thrilled to finally make a name for himself and provide some permanent roots for his young daughter. But not only is the stallion seemingly unbreakable, so, too, is the owner’s headstrong daughter Grace, who has drastically different ideas about how to handle the impossible horse. Yet somehow, he can’t seem to get the confident, beautiful woman out of his mind…even though as his boss’s daughter, she is completely off-limits.

There’s too much at stake for Isaac to gamble his future on Grace…even though suddenly, he can’t imagine one without her.

Each book in the Honey Brook series is STANDALONE:
* Never an Amish Bride
* The Amish Cowboy’s Homecoming

My Review

Such an attractive book cover.

This is the second book of Ophelia London I have read.

I enjoyed this book more because of the two main characters. Grace Zook and Isaac King.

The Amish fiction genre is one genre I am yet to get tired of reading. The simple way of life of the Amish appeals to me.

Horses are one of my favorite animals so reading about horses in this plot is a bonus point from me.

Ophelia writes well. Her language and writing style is so easy to comprehend.

I must confess, it took me a while to get into this book. You will need a great deal of patience because the plot is promising and you would love to see if Grace’s enmity towards Isaac will last. No spoilers intended.

This is a clean Amish book and I recommend it for Amish fiction lovers.

Themes of friendship, faith, family life, community life and many more were explored in this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. In addition to her mystery series, Ophelia has authored several romance novels, and she encourages her readers to visit her on social media…but don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.

Tales of Sisi Excel

Sisi Excel’s Musings.

Sisi Excel.

If there is one thing I can thank God for about this digital age, I will thank God for technology.

Technology has made life relatively easier for us.

Sisi Excel was sitting quietly pressing her phone. She got a pop up icon on her screen from Google photos showing her memories from 3 years ago.

Sisi quickly touched the icon and memories came back.

She looked at the photos and she felt nostalgic.

The saying that “a photo keeps a thousand memories” is very true.

So if you’re reading this and you are not taking photos or saving them in the cloud, I think you might need to reconsider that choice.

This is not an advertisement or marketing strategy. I can say with all my heart that Google photos is the best in saving photos and it has space worth 15gb for free I think.

So here you go!

Have you taken photos from years back and you forgot about them and recently saw them? How was the feeling like? Please share with me.



Genre: Historical Family Saga Fiction

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

Publication date: October 27, 2015

Book Blurb

Can love survive when all is lost?

England is at war, but nothing can dim land girl Esther Wynford’s happiness at marrying the love of her life—fighter pilot Monty Grant. Their short honeymoon results in a baby, but on the birth of her daughter, Joy, Esther’s world falls apart. Esther’s dying mother confesses to a dark secret that she has kept to herself for 20 years: Esther is not her natural daughter but the result of an exchange of babies after her own child was stillborn. Esther’s real mother was being forced to give up her baby to an orphanage by her furious family, who were incensed about the unsuitability of their daughter’s lover, and Joy’s birth makes the reason clear.

Harshly rejected by Monty, and with the man Esther believed was her father breathing fire and damnation, she takes her precious baby and leaves everything and everyone she’s ever known, determined to fend for herself and her child. But her fight is just beginning.

My Review

The Colours of Love by Rita Bradshaw.

This is the first book of Rita’s I am reading and I love her writing style.

My heart bled at the amount of racism and prejudice done to people with different skin colour.

The main character, Esther is so strong and resilient. I really enjoyed her roles in the plot.

From this book,I learnt that the colours of our skins are not to be used as yardstick to know the real us.

This is a book that expertly covered racism and world war in an interesting way.

The fact that the author is a Christian makes this book more spectacular. She wrote this book in a way that anybody is welcome to read it.

I voluntarily reviewed this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Rita Bradshaw is the author of Born to TroubleBreak of DawnEve and Her Sisters, and The Urchin’s Song.


Genre: Biblical Fiction/Christian Historical Fiction

Publisher: Revell

Publication date: 02 March, 2021

Book Blurb

In her eventful lifetime, Miriam was many things to many people: protective older sister, song leader, prophetess, leper. But between the highs and the lows, she was a girl who dreamed of freedom, a woman who longed for love, a leader who made mistakes, and a friend who valued connection.

With her impeccable research and keen eye for detail, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith offers this epic story to fill in the gaps and imagine how Miriam navigated the challenges of holding on to hope, building a family in the midst of incredible hardship, and serving as a leader of a difficult people, all while living in her brother’s shadow. Follow Miriam’s journey from childhood to motherhood, obscurity to notoriety, and yearning to fulfillment as she learns that what God promises he provides–in his own perfect timing.

My Review

I have heard of Jill Eileen Smith so getting an ARC of this book was a great joy to me.

Miriam’s Song is a well detailed fictional book with Bible scenes meshed together to give you a glimpse of the life Miriam led in the Bible times.

Coincidentally, I was reading the book of Exodus when I got this ARC so I can say that this book helped me to understand the Bible because I could see some familiar characters Jill used from the book of Exodus.

Overall, this is a good book written by the author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of the biblical fiction series The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, and Daughters of the Promised Land, as well as The Heart of a King and Star of Persia: Esther’s Story. She is also the author of the nonfiction books When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams and She Walked Before Us. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at


Genre: Historical Saga Fiction/ Family Saga

Publisher: Headline

Publication date: December 9, 2010

Book Blurb

She would always love him. It was as simple as that.

Forever Yours is a heart-breaking saga of true love against all odds, from much-loved author Rita Bradshaw. Perfect for fans of Lyn Andrews and Sheila Newberry.

Constance Shelton is a few days old when a house fire takes her parents. She’s rescued by a young neighbour, Matt Heath, and grows up knowing she’ll be forever his. When she hears Matt’s wed to another, her heart breaks, but that’s not all Constance has to weather.

There’s a dark presence in the close-knit mining community and a shocking revelation puts Constance’s life in danger. Forced to leave, she makes a new life far away. But will she ever escape the tragedy surrounding her family and summon the strength to follow her heart?

My Review

Forever Yours by Rita Bradshaw is such a sweet and delightful book.

I enjoyed reading this book. It is so clean and the main character, Constance warmed my heart through the plot.

I could empathize and follow the turns of events in the novel.

Nevertheless, Rita Bradshaw is one author I would watch out for for clean historical sagas.

I voluntarily reviewed this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Rita Bradshaw was born in Northamptonshire, where she still lives today. At the age of sixteen she met her husband – whom she considers her soulmate – and they have two daughters and a son and four young grandchildren. In any spare moments she loves walking her dogs, reading, eating out and visiting the cinema and theatre, as well as being involved in her local church and animal welfare.

Tales of Sisi Excel.

Note to my International Readers : this is where I share and write my daily activities in the form of storytelling. The language and style of writing is common in my country, Nigeria.

The character “Sisi” is me of course. Sisi is a Nigerian slang for young lady.

Meet Sisi Excel the story teller and book reviewer.


My fingers has been itching to type(write).

I updated my blog in the early hours of the morning but I needed to write something.

I wrote on papers, my fingers were upset.

Okay, lemme paraphrase. The title of my story is “What Sisi Excel experienced at the market the day she made her hair”.

What a title!🤣

One day , Sisi Excel with the fine face looked at mirror and decided to loosen her ancient Dada of a hair. (I have natural hair and when it roughens early, it looks like dreadlocks).

She took her bath, wore a nice outfit, spray perfume and use a scarf to wrap her hair.
She applied lip gloss on her lips and wore her pink shades.
She cleaned her slippers and was ready for the trek to the market😂

As she was trekking, one fine car like that slowed down.

Sisi Excel decided to look at the car in case na Mr. Right aka UK visa and passport .🤭

She sharpaly carried her face away o.

It was one brother like that in her area.

The brother no hide the fact say he like Sisi Excel.

Is it greetings or free rides?

Sisi Excel no gree o. She no support neighborhood romance at all😂

But the look and expectancy on Brother’s face when he asked Sisi Excel of her destination made Sisi Excel to pity him.

True, that brother don try but Excel dey find something so she no fit agree for one sided relationship.

Sisi Excel entered the car based on pity. January to December, na so so shege the brother collect from her hand.

Them no dey force love.😂

As IyaAdura aka Sisi Excel entered the fine clean car like this. She turned her face to the window and starting binding and casting.

She prayed in her heart that the brother shouldn’t ask her out because the rejection fit make the guy to vex and Sisi Excel was enjoying the AC and free music.😂

As merciful as Jehovah God is, he answered her prayers by making Brother to pick one of the neighbors with her plenty children.😂

This was how everybody enjoyed free ride and quietness until Brother dropped everyone at the junction.

Sisi Excel turned to thank Brother and met this man smiling like he won 5 free tickets to UK and landed properties in Dubai.

Sisi Excel heart beat that moment. She turned to her neighbor, the woman was thinking of packing her kids from the car.

Excel looked at Brother again and smiled “Thank you, sir”.

She came out and Brother drove off too fast.😂

Sisi Excel got to the market. This was her first time of making her hair at the market as her usual hairdresser was unavailable.

Excel combed her massive Afro and the women around were exclaiming ” See long Virgin hair. Aunty, the hair dey pain you so? See as the hair too full and thick ” bla bla bla

When it was time to braid the hair, one fine auntie that was forming posh came to chat with the hairdresser plaiting Excel’s hair.

Sisi Excel got to the market. This was her first time of making her hair at the market as her usual hairdresser was unavailable.

Excel combed her massive Afro and the women around were exclaiming ” See long Virgin hair. Aunty, the hair dey pain you so? See as the hair too full and thick ” bla bla bla

When it was time to braid the hair, one fine auntie that was forming posh came to chat with the hairdresser plaiting Excel’s hair.

It was never Sisi Excel’s intention to eavesdrop but the conversation was above her hair directly close to her ears so she heard everything as in everything. 😂😂

I am not doing tatafo but the auntie no try too.

The hairdresser and posh auntie were gossiping about one of their friend that “surprisingly” got married.

They were shocked and were repeating ” So Cynthia just marry like that?”

Posh Auntie told the hairdresser that she plans on getting ” belle ” so the guy will marry her.

It seemed Cynthia was the bad egg among them so her marriage was shocking😂.

The hairdresser kept quiet.

Posh Auntie was embarrassed so she turned the conversation on Sisi Excel’s hair.
Na Virgin hair be dis? Auntie, which day you go put relaxer? Wait o, you no dey wear earrings so?

The hairdresser told Posh Auntie ” Na deeper life she be, she no dey wear earrings

Sisi Excel looked at the hairdresser and said ” Which day I tell you say I be deeper life? I just no dey wear earrings. E no get why”.

Posh Auntie started lecturing Excel on the fundamentals of jewelries. She showed Sisi Excel her two ears full of excessive piercings.
She remarked that she can’t step outside without her earrings, that she is surprised at Excel.

Excel had to look at Posh Auntie to assess why she found Cynthia’s marriage unbelievable.

The auntie looked like somebody in her late twenties sha. I am not sure.

The hairdresser replied ” _E good as she marry fast fast. Time no dey so make she born for the man before he go outside”.

Posh Auntie started doing self pity. It seemed like her relationship wasn’t heading towards marriage because she spoke about her “guy”.

Excel kept quiet and when Posh Auntie finally paused her lectures, she told Posh Auntie ” But I am beautiful na “.

Posh Auntie didn’t agree o. She told Sisi Excel that ” when you wear earrings, men go notice you”.

Excel had to seriously look at Posh Auntie and determine the colour of her confusion.

Sisi Excel had to mentally flashback to all the men she has seen who didn’t bother over the absence of earrings on her ears.
Sisi Excel was sure those men knew her ear holes were empty yet they chased her so where did Posh Auntie get the conclusion?

Finally finally, Posh Auntie left and the Hairdresser told Excel to ” no mind her. See the cloth she wear sef”😂😂

Fear Hairdressers.

Las las, Sisi Excel made her fine hair and went home.

The end!💃💃


Genre: Christian/General Fiction (Adult) / Women’s Fiction.

Publisher: Revell

Publication date: 02 March 2021

Book Blurb

While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she’s supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is nine time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But the reality is that she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun.

Then Liam’s three-year absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara struggles to find her footing, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous, faith is fragile, and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.

With emotionally evocative prose that tackles tough topics with tenderness and hope, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti invites you on a journey of the heart you won’t soon forget.

My Review

I must admit. This is not my usual “genre”. The title piqued my curiosity and I had to read it. I wanted to know why the book was titled “Facing The Dawn”.

The themes in this book are deep and realistic.

Grief has a way of shutting light but no matter what, there is always a Dawn.

Mara, the main character in the plot faced a lot. I am not going to give out spoilers but this book is deep with a capital letter “D”.

Thanks to awesome friends like Ashlee and Sol. They are characters in this book. They made me to appreciate the friends in my life.

The fact that this book has an essential part of its plot in an African country kept me glued. I live in Nigeria so I was interested in what happened at Uganda, the country mentioned in this book.

Cynthia Ruchti writes well. You need to have a strong mind because she writes tough themes that makes you to know that real things happen outside fiction.

This is a Christian fiction book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Photo from author’s page.

About the author

Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the novels Miles from Where We StartedA Fragile HopeSong of SilenceWhen the Morning Glory Blooms, and They Almost Always Come Home. Her books have been honored with more than 40 awards, including Romantic Times‘ Inspirational Novel of the Year, two Selah Awards, and three Christian Retailing‘s BEST Awards, and she has been a finalist for many others, including the Carol and the Christy. Former president of and current professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Cynthia lives in Wisconsin and can be found online at


About the Book

Book:  Torch

Author: R.J. Anderson

Genre: Christian YA Fantasy

Release date: February 9, 2021

Anderson - Torch

How do you fight fire without fire?

When a freak storm uncovers the entrance to a mysterious underground chamber, Ivy and Martin expect to find treasure. But what they discover is even more valuable: a barrow full of sleeping spriggans, magically preserved for centuries. With the vengeful piskey queen Betony determined to capture Ivy and her followers, the secret hideaway could be key to both their peoples’ survival.

But the piskeys and spriggans are ancient enemies, and when Ivy tries to make peace her own followers threaten to turn against her. Plagued by treachery, betrayal and desertion on every side, Ivy must find a way to unite the magical folk of Cornwall–or doom herself, Martin and everyone she loves to death at Betony’s hand.

Yet without the legendary fire-wielding power that marks a true piskey queen, can Ivy convince her people to believe?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Wow! Wow! Wow

Trust me to be addicted to Ivy’s and Martin’s stories. I really went on an adventure. Thanks to the author.

This is the final book in the Flight and Flame Trilogy. I am so blessed to have read all three books thanks to Celebrate Lit Tours for giving me those chance.

This book was stellar. Perfect! I am satisfied with the plot ending.

I was rooting for Ivy and literally screaming “Go girl! You can do it”

This book will make you come alive through the adventures.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit Tours. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author


Born in Uganda to missionary parents, R.J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a women’s Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel Knife has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. Rebecca lives with her family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

More from R. J.

What does it take to be a good leader?Looking at some of the religious, social and political leaders around us, it seems like a confident attitude, dramatic flair, and the ability to make stirring speeches are the keys to success. But is that the kind of leadership people really need, or is it only what we’ve grown used to?Ivy, the heroine of my book Torch, never wanted to become a leader, or expected anyone to follow her. After being exiled from her underground home by her proud Aunt Betony, she’s been struggling to make sense of her own life, never mind anyone else’s. But when a ragtag band of old friends and former neighbours turn up on Ivy’s doorstep looking for a new home, she has no choice but to help her fellow Cornish piskeys as best she can.What Ivy soon finds, however, is that her people’s hopes and expectations for her are much bigger than any she had for herself. They want a queen strong enough to defeat Betony and free their people — but how can Ivy stand up to her aunt’s ruthless tactics and magical fire-wielding powers, when she’s just a slight teenager with barely any magic at all?As I wrote this book, the last in my Flight and Flame trilogy about Ivy of the Delve, I wanted to explore the difference between the popular idea of a great leader, and the humble servant leadership taught and exemplified by Christ. Unlike Betony, who has become so obsessed with her own power and reputation that she’s blind to her people’s suffering, Ivy only wants to help and encourage her fellow piskeys and keep them safe from harm. She’s willing to sacrifice her own comfort, put aside her own feelings, and do whatever it takes to make sure her followers survive. And though she makes some mistakes and faces some painful challenges along the way, she never forgets that her goal isn’t personal fame or glory, but the good of everyone around her.Ivy’s personal journey also reflects some of my own recent experiences of caregiving, which can seem like an impossible task when the needs of our loved ones grow greater than our own strength and wisdom can bear. She has to learn, as I did, that the only solution is to ask for help and be willing to let others do it their own way, instead of trying to control everything ourselves.Torch is the last book of the epic adventure that began with Swift and continued in Nomad, taking Ivy from the depths of obscurity to heights she never imagined, and from a life of loneliness to a love sweeter — and stranger — than she ever dreamed she’d find. It’s a story that’s close to my heart, and I hope it will find a place in yours and your family’s as well!— R.J. Anderson

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To celebrate her tour, R.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a signed bookplate, bookmarks, notecards, and a copy of either SWIFT, NOMAD or TORCH!! (winner’s choice)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


AuthorCarrie Turansky

SeriesA McAllister Family Novel, Book 2

GenreHistorical Romance / Christian Fiction

TagsBritish Home ChildrenChristian FictionEnglish historical novelWW1

Publisher: WaterBook Multnomah – Penguin Random House

Publication date: 08 June, 2021

Book Blurb

A family long divided, a mysterious trunk, and a desperate journey across the ocean—all in the name of love. The epic saga of the McAlisters continues in this riveting sequel to No Ocean Too Wide.

In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth?
After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon—his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.

My Review

This book is a delightful book. The cover intrigued me and the page fascinated me.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Although, I never knew it was part of a series and it was not a problem for me.

This is the first time I am discovering the author and her writing captivated my heart. Her characterization is so realistic.

The themes of love, patience, endurance and most of all, ability to trust God were largely portrayed in the plot.

This is a Christian fiction book and I am so glad I read it. I highly recommend it.

P.S. I was doing my best not to give out spoilers but you will love Garth, Grace, Rob and Emma.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed are mine.

About the author 

Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than twenty novels and novellas. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the International Digital Award. She loved traveling to England to research her latest Edwardian novels, including No Ocean Too Wide, Across the Blue, and the Edwardian Brides series. Her novels have received starred reviews from Library Journal. They have also been translated into several languages and enjoyed by readers around the world


Genre: General Fiction (Adult)/ Historical Fiction / Women’s Fiction

Series: Book 3 of The Victory Sisters.

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Publication date: 18 March, 2021.

Book can be purchased online.

Book Blurb

Britain, 1943
Ronnie Linfoot may be the youngest of three sisters, but she’s determined to do her bit…

Against her strict mother’s wishes, Ronnie signs up to join the Grand Union Canal Company, where she’ll be working on a narrowboat taking critical supplies between London and Birmingham.

But with no experience on the waterways, she must learn the ropes quickly. She’s facing dreadful weather, long days, and rough living conditions. At least she isn’t on her own.

In the toughest times, will Ronnie and her fellow trainees pull together? For even in the darkest days of war, hope and friendship can see you through…

An uplifting tale of courage and camaraderie, perfect for fans of Nancy Revell and Elaine Everest

My Review

I was excited to see an email from the publisher informing me of an exclusive offer to read this book as they love the review I did of the previous book ( A Sister’s Song) in this series.

This time around, I read about Veronique’s story. I really enjoyed the twists and plots.
The characters in the plot were realistic and easy to follow.

I have read Molly Green book and I am happy to include her under my favourite authors of historical fiction sagas. Her style of writing is very unique and clean. I highly recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Molly Green is a seasoned author of fiction and non-fiction. She has sold lipstick in a Denver store, modelled in Atlanta, assisted the UN Narcotics
Director in Geneva, chauffeured a Swiss Gnome in Zurich, assisted a famous film producer in the UK, and cooked in a sanatorium in Germany. She now lives and writes in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.