BOOK REVIEW: THE PREACHER’S SON BY PATRICIA JOHNS.

Genre: Amish Christian Fiction /Amish Romance

Publication date: 26 January, 2021

Publisher: Kensington Books

This book can be purchased online.

Book Blurb

In this poignant new series, Patricia Johns introduces an Amish family striving to reclaim the promise of love, marriage, and community after a shocking change in circumstance. Her sensitive storytelling and realistically flawed, yet endearing characters bring depth and heart to this tender story about faith and second chances, as a young man and woman.

The Amish residents of Bountiful, Pennsylvania, are stunned when preacher Abe Yoder is imprisoned for fraud. For Abe’s son, Isaiah, the news cuts doubly deep. His daet’s misdeeds have cost Isaiah his family’s land and their good name. To support his sisters, he takes a job in the Glick family’s book-binding shop, though it means working alongside a woman who has every reason to resent him. Yet, his attraction to Bethany Glick’s beauty and warmth is undimmed… 

Isaiah’s daet’s actions helped drive Bethany’s fiancé to the Englischer world, and cost her own father his savings. Their shop is in need of Isaiah’s brawn and skill, but if she’s to start over after heartbreak, she needs a man she can trust. Not a Yoder. But Isaiah isn’t giving up so easily. And when Bethany faces a dilemma, there may be a way for each to find not just redemption, but a joyful new love…

My Review

What a delightful book written by the author.

I have read other books by the same author and this book didn’t disappoint me.

The characters in the plot are relatable. The storyline is unique itself and so many themes to glean.

The book cover and title made me curious.

Amish Christian Fiction genre will still remain my favourite genre. I really enjoy reading about the Amish life especially the tight knitted community and their love for sumptuous meals.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of second chances, forgiveness and many more.

4 stars rating.

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

About the author

Patricia Johns is the author of more than twenty sweet romance, including the Infamous Amish Trilogy, Jeb’s WifeThe Bishop’s Daughter,and Thursday’s Bride. She lives with her husband and son in Alberta, Canada. Visit her online at PatriciaJohnsRomance.com.

BOOK REVIEW: THE COFFEE CORNER BY AMY CLIPSTON.

Genre: Religion &Spirituality /Romance. Amish Christian Fiction

Series: Book 3 in the Amish Marketplace series.

Publication date: 01 December, 2020

Publisher: Zondervan Fiction

Book Blurb

In this third installment of Amy Clipston’s Amish Marketplace series, an acquaintance grows into love over a few well-timed cups of coffee.

Alongside her cousins who have booths of their own, Bethany Gingerich runs a busy and successful coffee and donut stand at the Amish market. Since she has café-style tables and chairs, her regular customers enjoy purchasing a morning treat so they can sit and talk to their friends.

Micah Zook and his grandfather, Enos, visit Bethany every Saturday morning to purchase coffee and donuts before going to work at Enos’s custom outdoor furniture shop. Bethany enjoys talking to Micah and Enos, and she’s always thought Micah was handsome—but she doesn’t think her crush will ever result in anything more.

When Micah and his grandfather don’t come to see her one Saturday morning, Bethany begins to worry. And when she learns that tragedy has struck, she wonders how to help Micah in his time of need. Turns out he needs a friend now more than ever, and Bethany may be just the kind of friend that God has provided for him

My Review

The Coffee Corner by Amy Clipston.


I am so glad to read another book in the series. My  review of The Farm stand, book 2 of The Amish Marketplace series can be found here on my blog.


Reading about Bethany and finding how her cousins were doing made the book more interesting to me.


This author touched lots of points in this book.


I enjoyed the characters and I can empathise with Micah.


This is a good book. Isn’t the cover just too beautiful?

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

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the bestselling author of A Gift of Grace and A Promise of Hope in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. She lives with her husband, Joe, and two sons in North Carolina

BOOK REVIEW: A WING AND A PRAYER BY M. W ARNOLD

Genre: Historical Fiction Saga

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Book Blurb

A Wing and a Prayer


When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why. Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them. Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.


Purchase Links


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My Review

Isn’t the book cover and title captivating?

I started reading this book some days ago and I must admit, it was quite a book.

I love the characters in the plot.

I was unable to finish the book due to a technical fault with my mobile phone which I use to read my novels. My tour date was close and I really don’t want to disappoint anybody who might check my blog.

When everything is resolved with my phone hopefully by God’s grace, I will return back to the book and finish up.

Until then, please pick up this book, read it and share with me in the comments section.

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


Author Bio –


Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.
Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.


Social media links –


https://www.facebook.com/MWArnoldAuthor


Twitter – Mick859


Instagram – Mick859

BOOK REVIEW: UNTIL WE CAN FORGIVE BY ROSEMARY GOODACRE.

Genre: WW1 / Historical Saga

Publisher: Hera Books

Book Blurb

Until We Can Forgive


They survived the Great War, but will life ever be the same?


Spring 1919: WW1 is over and a fragile peace has descended over the country. Now living in Cambridge with husband Edmond, Amy Derwent is settling into her new life as wife and mother to little Beth. But the shadow of the Great War looms large, particularly as the injuries Edmond sustained at Ypres still take their toll on him today.


Edmond’s cousin, Vicky, has now grown into a fine young woman, eager to help her country. Throwing off her privileged background to train as a nurse, she spends her days tending to the many soldiers still suffering the after-effects of their time on the battlefield.


Meeting Maxim Duclos, a young Frenchman who has arrived in Larchbury, fills her heart with joy – but when it is discovered that Maxim may be hiding the truth about his past, Vicky is faced with an impossible choice. Follow her heart’s desire and risk her family’s disapproval or keep her family – but deny herself the chance of true love?


The war may be over, but Edmond, Amy and Vicky must all face a new battle, finding their own peace in a country wounded by loss.


Purchase Links
AMZ: https://amzn.to/3ichWUY Amazon
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2GHIIqv

My Review

Until We Can Forgive by Rosemary Goodacre

I must gush on the beauty of the book cover. This was the reason why I signed up for this book blog tour.

The writing style of the author is nice. It is so easy to read and understand.
The plot is interesting too.


This is the first book by the author I am reading and she did a good job.


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

About the Author


Author Bio – Rosemary Goodacre is thrilled to have a three book deal with Hera Books. Her World War I romance Until We Meet Again will be released on 31/10/19. Her heroine, Amy, faces many challenges as she works as a nurse and struggles to spend time with Edmond, her sweetheart. Previously Rosemary has had a novella published, entitled A Fortnight is not Enough, and a science fiction story in the anthology Telescoping Time. Rosemary has always loved languages and travel, mainly in Europe. In her spare time she enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives in Kent, England.

BOOK REVIEW: VICTORY FOR THE BLUEBIRD GIRLS BY ROSIE ARCHER.

Genre: General Fiction( Adult) / Historical Fiction

Publisher: Quercus Books

Publication date: 29th October, 2020

Book Blurb

The heartwarming final chapter in the Bluebird Girls series. As war finally draws to a close and the lights come back on across Europe, what will victory and peacetime bring for the south coast’s favourite singing trio?

In their rise to fame over the course of the war, Bea HerronIvy Sparrow and Rainey Bird have faced down bombs and looked tragedy in the eye. They have also found love, created their own families and had careers that they never thought possible. 

With peace finally on the horizon, what will the new world hold for them?

My Review

I am so proud of myself. Firstly, my blog ” The Book Chic Blog” is among the Top 300 Book Review Blogs on the web by Feedspot.

I am so excited. Please check it out.

Secondly, this particular post makes it the 101 post I have made since becoming a blogger. The previous book review post I made is my “100th” post on WordPress.

Aren’t my reasons worth celebrating?

Now back to the book, Victory for the Bluebirds Girls by Rosie Archer.

What a book! War is really dreadful but victory will definitely triumph.


I was lost in the beginning of the book. I wasn’t aware that this book was part of a series hence the flashbacks at some parts of the plot.
I found it difficult to enjoy the book because I didn’t follow the series properly.


The characters are interesting especially the Bluebird Girls as they can be seen on the book cover. I really admired their strengths, friendship and courage.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Quercus Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Rosie Archer was born in Gosport, Hampshire, where she still lives. She has had a variety of jobs including waitress, fruit picker, barmaid, shop assistant and market trader selling second-hand books. Rosie is the author of The Munitions GirlsThe Canary GirlsThe Factory Girls and The Gunpowder and Glory Girls as well as a series of gangster sagas under the name June Hampson

THE TOBACCONIST’S WIFE BY ANNEMARIE BREAR.

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

Publisher: Lume Books

Publication date: 12 November, 2020

Description

From the bestselling author of The Slum Angel.

Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.

It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.

But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.

That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…

Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?

The Tobacconist’s Wife is the latest book from AnneMarie Brear, the highly acclaimed author of bestselling The Slum Angel. Perfect for fans of Catherine Cookson, Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin.

My review


What a book. Firstly, I was upset at the amount of domestic violence and abuse Thea had to go through in her marriage.
I really wanted to rescue her.

The plot was captivating even though it was slow paced. It felt good turning page after page and wishing nemesis will catch up with Ernie.

This author writes well. The characters in this book are interesting.

I am giving it 4 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Lume Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

An award winning and Amazon UK best seller, Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. She has a love of old country houses, travelling, chocolate (except dark chocolate – not a fan), researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.

BOOK GIVEAWAY: ONE WOMAN FALLING BY MELANIE CAMPBELL.

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for One Woman Falling by Melanie Campbell, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: One Woman Falling

Author: Melanie Campbell

Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink

Release Date: August 1, 2019

Genre: Inspirational Women’s Fiction


Cassie Peterson lives in an invisible prison of fear, chained by self-doubt and guarded by a relentless warden—her husband. Derrick’s verbal and physical abuse as well as his alcoholism have left Cassie alienated from her family, without friends, and certain she can’t survive on her own.


After an unexpected police visit, Cassie realizes the survival of her four-year-old daughter, Renee, depends on Cassie’s courage to leave. What she doesn’t plan on is Derrick’s vengeful custody fight.


While walking through the treacherous world of divorce, Cassie is encouraged by her spunky new friend, Missy Langdon, to pursue her love of waterfalls. Cassie finds solace in the waterfalls on the agonizing weekends she’s forced to hand Renee over to Derrick. Meanwhile, unexpected help comes in the form of Brian Sutton, an attorney at the firm where Cassie works—but what price will she ultimately pay for his assistance?


As Derrick’s threatening behavior escalates, Cassie questions her choices. How long will her daughter suffer before the custody case is resolved? Why is she drawn to waterfalls during this chaotic time? And who will stand with her when everything comes crashing down?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melanie Campbell’s debut novel, One Woman Falling, won the 2020 Oregon Christian Writer’s Cascade Award for contemporary fiction and is a finalist for the Selah Award for first novel. One Way Home, the second novel in her Whispers of Grace series, releases on November 1, 2020.
Melanie wrote her first story when she was eight-years-old and has been in love with the power of storytelling ever since. She is also passionate about social issues and holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, which she obtained during her stint as a single-mom. She’s now married and lives in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley with her family and several spoiled pets.
When not writing, Melanie enjoys exploring Oregon’s beautiful outdoors by hiking, kayaking, and going for drives in the country. In less-than-favorable weather conditions, you will find her enjoying an intriguing book and a strong cup of coffee.


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TOUR GIVEAWAY


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of One Woman Falling and a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 27, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 3, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.


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BOOK REVIEW: MY HUSBAND’S DAUGHTER BY EMMA ROBINSON.

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication date: 13th October, 2020

Publisher: Bookouture

Buy book online at Amazon, Kobo or wherever books are sold.

Book Blurb

Cara took a deep breath and let it out slowly. ‘She’s not just my daughter,’ she said as she turned in her seat to face Jack. This man she had once loved, but who she hadn’t seen for nearly five years. ‘Sophie is your daughter too.’

It is just past ten o’clock on a cold Friday evening when Rebecca and her husband Jack’s doorbell rings. Outside is a woman who introduces herself as Jack’s ex-girlfriend Cara. And she’s holding the hand of a shivering, blue-eyed, four-year-old girl. Who she claims is Jack’s daughter.

Rebecca is shocked to discover he has a child from his last relationship – even one he hadn’t known about. Because becoming parents isn’t part of their life plan. They like children, but they also love their freedom and spending time together uninterrupted; the way that, if they wanted to, they could travel the world at a moment’s notice.

But Cara needs them. Because Cara has a devastating secret that she can’t tell anyone yet. Not even her daughter. A secret with the power to change all of their lives.

A secret that will ultimately mean Rebecca has to ask herself – could she find it in herself to welcome her husband’s child into her home, and into her heart?

A heartbreaking and powerful emotional women’s fiction novel about love, friendship and what it truly means to be a parent, perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult and Kate Hewitt.

My Review

My husband’s daughter by Emma Robinson.

The prologue of this book warned my heart.
I really enjoyed the pages in this book.


Rebecca was so warm in the plot. I could understand her.


This book got all my attention. I would rate it 10 stars if I could.
I really enjoyed the plot. The storyline is believable and realistic.


Each chapter begins with either Rebecca or Cara’s point of view. I was eagerly looking forward to the next chapter.


I understood motherhood from Cara’s eyes and saw how stepmothers were viewed.


Grab some tissues, you are going to get emotional. I really really love Cara. She is such a good mother.


This is such a perfect book. I looove it!

I really wished I discovered Emma Robinson earlier. She writes so well. I am so glad I read one of her works and she is a prolific writer.

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

About the author

Emma Robinson is the author of several bestselling women’s fiction novels. She also blogs about the funny side of parenting and has contributed to podcasts such as Funny Women. Whilst her early novels are humorous, her recent work focuses on emotional themes and these novels are both heart-breaking and life affirming. Emma enjoys writing stories which explore the power of family and friendship in the most challenging circumstances. Emma currently lives in Essex, England with a husband, two children and a small black dog. Website: http://www.motherhoodforslackers.com Facebook: facebook.com/motherhoodforslackers Twitter: @emmarobinsonuk Instagram: emmarobinsonuk

BOOK REVIEW: FIRST LIGHT IN MORNING STAR BY CHARLOTTE HUBBARD.

Genre: Christian Amish Fiction

Series: The Maidels of Morning Star.

Publication date: 29 December, 2020

Publisher: Kensington Books

Book Blurb

In the second Maidels of Morning Star novel by fan-favorite author Charlotte Hubbard, the five friends who have teamed up to transform an abandoned barn into an Amish marketplace are enjoying the success of their fledgling enterprise. What’s even more remarkable is the gift the business bestows upon each of these unmarried women–the unexpected blessing of love as the new school teacher and the bishop find strength in their growing bond.

Leaving Flaud’s Furniture to teach at the community’s new school is a joy for Lydianne Christner. Old Order Amish, but new to Morning Star, she’s grateful that the congregation trusts her with the position–but she panics when handsome Bishop Jeremiah Shetler asks about the life she left behind. If anyone discovers the secret she’s hiding, she would, quite rightly, be shunned. 

A widower, Bishop Jeremiah admires young Lydianne’s youthful energy and skill with the children. He’s also curious about her past, and the burden he senses on her heart. When his request to court her is refused, he’s stung, and lonelier than ever. It isn’t until a crisis prompts a tearful Lydianne to confess to him that Jeremiah is faced with a choice that requires all of his faith–and teaches them both that love and forgiveness go hand in hand.

My Review

First Light  in the Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard.


I must seriously comment on the book cover. This is just too beautiful. I couldn’t resist the book and I am so glad I got a copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Lydianne has a wish. To be a school teacher at the school even though she has no experience in teaching. She carried a secret in her heart that influenced her desire to be the school teacher in that Amish community.

I really felt comfortable with the plot and the suspense. You need to be patient while reading this book.

Bishop Jeremiah is a good character. You can even relate with him so well.

To eat baked chicken and potatoes at an Amish gathering is so appetizing. I love how large and sumptuous they make their meals no matter the number of people eating it.

I really learnt a lot through this book. It is so good when love and forgiveness goes hand in hand.


I am rating this book 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books through NetGalley.

About the Author

Charlotte Hubbard is the highly acclaimed author of Amish romances celebrating simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle. A longtime Missourian, she draws upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, to create strong, inspiring characters and uplifting stories. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of all her Amish romance series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Nebraska with her husband and their border collie. You can learn more about Charlotte and her novels at CharlotteHubbard.com.

BOOK REVIEW: THE GIRLS IN BLUE BY FENELLA J. MILLER.

Genre: General Fiction (Adult)/ Historical Fiction

Publication date: 03 December, 2020

Publisher: Aria & Aries

Book Blurb

They’ll come together to do their bit for the war.

Jane Hadley has nothing to lose when she runs away to join the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Whatever faces her in war-torn London can’t be any worse than staying at home with her abusive father…

The city is nothing like she could have imagined, but she’s soon on the move, travelling from base to base for her top-secret training. Making plenty of new friends along the way, it doesn’t take long for Jane to embrace her growing confidence – especially under the attentive eye of dashing Officer Oscar Stanton.

Life as an independent woman is as rewarding as it is exciting, until Jane’s father tracks her down and it crashes to a halt. Jane will need all her new-found strength to find her way back to the frontline – and to the man she’s fallen for…

My Review

The Girls in Blue by Fenella J. Miller


I must compliment this book cover.


As usual, I am so pleased to read another of my favourite genre. Historical saga.


The heroines; Jane, Charlotte , Nora and Nancy. Each of them are so different in character but they really captured  my attention especially Jane.


I love how detailed the author was in her research on the history of women in the WAAF.
I learnt so much.


This book is totally different from the historical sagas I read. This is a WWII novel. I  am sure somebody will find this book interesting.

4 stars rating. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Aria & Aries through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the author

Fenella Jane Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker, hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer. She has over forty-five Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen variations, seven WW2 historical novels and three Victorian sagas. She lives in a pretty, riverside village in Essex with her husband. She has two adult children and three grandchildren. The new addition to her family is a British Shorthair kitten, Billy-Blue. Read more at Amazon’s Fenella J Miller Page