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A single photo – no words – capturing a moment. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don’t even notice it ~ Sakyong Mipham


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Many Sparrows

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do-be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

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Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of “Burning Sky,” recipient of three Christy Awards, “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn,” Christy-nominee “The Wood’s Edge,” and “A Flight of Arrows.”
Find out more about Lori at http://loribenton.blogspot.com.

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My review : 4.5/5

My first book by Lori Benton and I’ll certainly be coming back for more.

Reading how a strong and determined Clare clings on to her faith and allows her trails to lead her closer to God fills is inspiring. Jeremiah, putting aside his own heart ache, reaches out to her and becomes a pillar of support. In this, he too shows how faith can make you move out of yourself.

I loved the descriptions of the settings, the characters and the brilliant story which brings home the importance of hope and faith.

“Don’t go judging the Almighty by (our) own understanding. We’re rarely given eyes to see the whole of what He’s doing in our lives . . . . . That’s why we are called to walk by faith, not by sight”.

The book left me enthralled and inspired.

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Disclosure : I received a complimentary Advance Reader Copy from the Litfuse review program on NetGalley on behalf of the publisher. I was not compensated nor required to render a positive review. Opinions are my own and freely given.

Gathering the Threads

Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.

Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves, will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together-or completely rip them apart?

After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?

Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity-and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.

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About the author:

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Cindy Woodsmall is the “New York Times” and CBA best-selling author of nineteen works of fiction and non-fiction with more than a million copies sold. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s “Nightline,” the “Wall Street Journal,” and a National Geographic documentary on Amish life. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.
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A Year in the Company of Freaks

Book Details:

Book Title: A Year in the Company of Freaks by Teresa Neumann

Category: Adult Fiction, 515 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: All’s Well House

Release date: Dec 21, 2015

Tour dates: Sept 11 to 29, 2017

Content Rating: PG + M (Little violence and profanity, no f-words, no sex, but some drug use)

Book Description:

It’s 1972 and a seismic clash-of-cultures is rattling northern California. In the redneck town of Trinity Springs, rumors of hippies migrating up from San Francisco have residents bracing for an invasion. When Italian-American hometown boy and Berkeley graduate Sid Jackson is busted for growing pot on his deceased parents’ farm, locals suspect the assault has begun. Will a crazy deferral program devised by the sheriff keep Sid out of prison? Or will a house full of eccentric strangers, a passionate love interest, and demons from his past be his undoing?

A “disarmingly appealing” tale of discrimination, transformation and restoration, Freaks is bursting with intrigue, drama, comic relief and romance. Reviewers agree this five-star, coming-of-age classic “very much reflects the attitude and mood of the times.”

Praise for A Year in the Company of Freaks:

“This coming of age story will draw the reader right in. Teresa Neumann demonstrates how much she values relationships in her writing … a precious skill. I held my breath all the way through to the final few pages. Five stars!” — The San Francisco Book Review

“As it relates to the complicated clash of culture and counterculture, Freaks acts as an authentic, strongly Seventies book. Northern California works as a strong presence in the novel that is vivid and omnipresent, but never overwhelming. Sure to intrigue and entertain, Freaks will have its digs in you before you realize how involved you’ve become.” — The Manhattan Book Review

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About the Author:

Author of highly-acclaimed “A Year in the Company of Freaks,” Teresa was raised in a large Midwest family and now lives in Oregon. She is also the author of “Bianca’s Vineyard,” and its sequel, “Domenico’s Table.” Both books are based on the true stories of her husband’s Italian family in Tuscany. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians.

Today I’m happy to interview Teresa.

Your main character, Sid Jackson, is uniquely different from the other characters in your book. He’s both shy and outspoken. Proud and insecure. Retiring and ambitious. Rebellious and compliant. Was there a reason you created him to be this way?

Sid is definitely a study in contrasts: something I’ve been accused of being myself! In no way did I create him to be a male reflection of me; rather I was able to craft his character more easily because I’m familiar with that type of personality. Part of Sid’s uniqueness is also, in part, a result of his mixed heritage. His Anglo-ness offsets his Italian-ness and vice-versa.

The attraction – and repulsion — of opposites is a theme throughout A Year in the Company of Freaks. Is there a lesson to be learned for readers?

If there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s one that each reader would have to find and apply to themselves and their own circumstances. The fact is, everything in life – the universe, relationships, our souls — reflects the incredible “push-and-pull” power of opposites. The poor wish they were rich. The weak are attracted to the strong. The unloved want to be loved. In Sid’s case, being orphaned when he was young, and the way he was orphaned, made him desperately want to be part of a family, but also desperately afraid of loss if he allowed himself to be vulnerable to love. Being forced to live for a year with virtual strangers, most of them entirely different from himself, allowed him to view his fears, dreams and life possibilities with a new perspective. We all learn and are influenced by others, sometimes even by people who are our polar opposites.

There’s one fairly central character in Freaks — a female — who is especially dysfunctional. Without giving the story away, is she patterned after someone you know who experienced the things she did?

If I’m honest, most of my characters are patterned a little – or a lot – on people I’m familiar with, but mostly they’re composites. The character I’m sure you’re referring to represents many different people I’ve known who made choices that either ruined them or saved them. In my book, as in real life, it’s nerve-racking having to helplessly watch someone make a train wreck of their lives. Even so, although no one can change another person, I’m a believer that it’s never too late to change.

It’s intriguing that some significant characters in your book are much older than most of the main characters who are younger. How important is that concept to you as an author?

Very important. All three of my books have both older and younger main characters. My mother-in-law once told me that she and her husband were considering moving to a seniors-only residential community in Arizona. They decided against it. When I asked her why, she said they realized that without children or young adults integrated around them, it just felt “sterile.” She hit the nail on the head with that observation. I believe that the more diverse the characters in a book are – in terms of age, at least – the more balanced, full-bodied and realistic the story will be.

Lastly, is there anything about the era of Freaks – that is, the early 1970’s – that you’re glad you experienced in your own life?

Honestly, not a whole lot. I lived so thoughtlessly and dangerously for much of the 1970’s, it’s a miracle I lived through it. For example, for the 2 years I lived in northern California during that time period I didn’t have a car, so I hitchhiked everywhere I went. Day and night. By myself. So stupid, I know. I can’t even imagine if that was my daughter doing that! I was also caught up in some very confusing relationships and struggled because I was really, at heart – like Sid — a product of the 1950’s and wanted the stability in life that was so elusive to me by my own choice. But, it wasn’t a total washout. The music was GREAT! And I still have some precious friendships that endured from that time. It was definitely a mixed bag.

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Me Without You

If you enjoyed Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, One Day by David Nicholls, or The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – then make time for Kelly Rimmer’s stunning, heartbreaking new novel Me Without You.

A story of how love can break our hearts – and heal them.

A year ago I met the love of my life. For two people who didn’t believe in love at first sight, we came pretty close.

Lilah MacDonald – beautiful, opinionated, stubborn and all kinds of wonderful in ways that words could never quite capture. The woman who taught me to live again.

My Lilah, who gave me so much, and yet kept from me a secret that she knew would break my heart.

My name is Callum Roberts, and this is our story.

Me Without You is a book to make you smile, bring you to tears and remind you to hold on tightly to those you love.

The Author:

Kelly Rimmer

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages.

My review:  ☆☆☆☆

I have confession to make. One way for you to check if I really liked a book is to ask me : ‘Did it make you laugh? Or did you cry?’. If a book makes me laugh at the conversation and some turn of phrase, then you will know I really liked it. But if it made me cry, then you’ll know that I loved it!

Kelly Rimmer’s ‘Me Without You’ is one that really made me cry. But before I cried, I smiled through the way Lilah and Callum met and how they hit it off so beautifully. The book is told in alternate points of view from both of them.

The author has done a stellar job with both characters – you’ll love them and yet, get frustrated with their choices, from time to time. But most of all their deep emotions expressed so well, will make you cry.

The ending is heartbreaking and yet you will celebrate a triumph of love winning over everything else.