Saturday, November 21, 2015

Book review with a giveaway: Change of Heart by Molly Jebber

About the book:
A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance to discover love’s true way home…

Ohio, 1899. Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith’s strict rules—until her fiancĂ© jilted her before their entire community. She’s never been away from home, but the bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt’s wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman.

With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances.

My review:
This book was different from much of the Amish fiction I’ve read, because of the time period in which it was set, and also because the main character, Becca Yost, leaves her Amish lifestyle initially in the story.  But she was a character to be admired, because her faith in God, her desire to help people, and her diligence, all Amish values, remained at the forefront of her life.  It was also different because she and handsome doctor Matt Carrington declared their love for each other early in the story.  Matt is a hard-working man of integrity who demonstrates his love for Becca over and over again.

Matt’s mother proves to be the main source of conflict throughout the story, as she incessantly vocalizes her disapproval of Matt’s choice to court Becca.  She is overly concerned with Matt’s position in high society, and her perception of Becca’s inability to fit in to that group.

There were many other endearing characters in Matt and Becca’s lives, and I thought it would be lovely to visit the town and meet them in person.

I enjoyed the story, but I wished that descriptions of some events had been fleshed out in more detail, and that the dialogue was less stilted.  More careful editing would have improved it as well.  However, I found this to be a cozy, enjoyable story that fans of Amish fiction will certainly enjoy, and I plan to read more books by this author.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

About the author:
Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Book Review: Catch of a Lifetime by Candee Fick

“Don’t tell me you hate football.”

A last-minute change in responsibilities lands Cassie Parker a job assisting the university football team, the last place she wants to have to spend her time.  Looking for a fresh start, she has just moved to Colorado as a grad student in the Health and Exercise program, but things have started badly for her.  She rises, however, to the challenges before her:  academic oversight of the players, athletic training, classes, and tutoring.  Most importantly, she learns she can’t judge all football players by the poor decisions of one.

Reed Worthington is a first-year football coach, working hard to prove himself in front of the players, coaching staff, and his father.  Cassie and Reed soon discover that they have a shared faith and realize that there is an attraction between them.  But university football is demanding.  Can they overcome the many obstacles to their relationship?

This was a fun, quick read.  I loved the football setting, and it was great to watch the characters grow in faith and integrity.  I recommend this book, whether or not you are a football fan.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

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About the author:

Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, cross country, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.