Friday, May 31, 2019

Suzanne Woods Fisher's book On a Summer TIde


Three Sisters Island #1
"When her father buys an island off the coast of Maine with the hope of breathing new life into it, Camden Grayson thinks hes lost his mind. An unexpected event sends Cam to his rescue, and she discovers the island has its own way of living . . . and loving."
Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. “Moving on” is Cam’s mantra. But there’s a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on . . . and one who keeps moving.
Cam’s full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a remote island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson has a dream to breathe new life into the island–a dream that includes reuniting his estranged daughters. Certain Dad has lost his mind, the three sisters rush to the island. To Cam’s surprise, the slow pace of island life appeals to her, along with the locals–and one in particular. Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher harbors more than a few surprises.
With On a Summer Tide, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a brand-new contemporary romance series that is sure to delight her fans and draw new ones.
Series: Three Sisters’ Island, Book 1         Genre: Fiction
Publication Year: 2019
ASIN: 080073498X
ISBN: 9780800734985
I have not read a book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that I didn't like. "On a Summer Tide" is a contemporary romance. It is the first installment of the "Three Sisters Island" series.  We are taken to a small island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson, the father, and former sports broadcaster buys a camp called Kicking Moose Camp. He spent many summers there as a teenager and young adult. He Corinna, his wife there. Sadly she passed away in an accident a few years before the story begins. The camp is located on a small island off the coast of Maine, He decides to sell his house causing his daughters -- Camden, Madison, and Blaine-- to be upset. Fischer does a wonderful job of telling the story of this family and all the emotions they are going through. She also had some fun quirky characters in the small town. For example, the good looking schoolteacher Seth Walker.
The story is mainly told through the point of view of the eldest daughter Cam. She is a competitive businesswoman with a 7-year old adopted son, Cooper. Maddie is working on becoming a counselor, but lets anxiety and fear rule her.  Then there is Blaine the youngest of the sisters. She is easily influenced and doesn't know where she wants to go in life. We also get to see a glimpse of Maddie and Blaine's lives too. Blaine is the youngest of the sisters.   Each of these sisters is going through their own life struggles.  The biggest problem with all the girls is they only think about themselves and doesn't look at the other people around them. Each sister shows growth.
There is romance in the book, but it was clean.  When it comes to faith in the book it was perfect. It wasn't preachy. It had a nice amount. 
"On a Summer Tide" is full relatable family struggles. It contains a lot of lessons such as overcoming grief; "pray more, say less", we can choose to remain bitter in life or grow closer to God and forgive. There are many themes in the book. Everything from grief, forgiveness, acceptance, family, and love. 
I couldn't help but fall in love with this family.  I wish I could go to their island. Overall this is a great novel about family.  I look forward to reading another book by Suzanne Wood Fisher because she has never let me down.  Summer is now here and this would make a great beach read. 
"Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group & Celebrate Lit provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review."


Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She travels back east a couple of times each year for research. For fun, too.
Suzanne has great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. She has an underlying belief in her books–you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles into your life: simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God.
When Suzanne isn’t writing, playing tennis, or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.

Oh-So-Maine Blueberry Buckle
 Summer in Maine means plump, tart blueberries are everywhere. Here’s a family recipe that is nearly fool-proof….and so delicious! Especially with a scoop or two with vanilla ice cream.
 Ever wonder how it got the name Blueberry Buckle? While the batter rises as it bakes, but the blueberries and crumb topping weigh it down. This causes the surface of the cake to buckle…hence the name.


¾ cup sugar
¼ cup soft butter
1 egg
½ cup milk
2 cups sifted flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups drained blueberries
Crumb Topping:
½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup softened butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix sugar and butter with egg. Stir in milk Sift together and stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Carefully blend in blueberries. Put on topping before baking. Pour in a greased and floured 9” square pan.
Bake 45-50 minutes.


To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Carpe Diem, May 24
Mary Hake, May 25
C Jane Read, May 26
Empower Moms, May 27
Remembrancy, May 27
Hallie Reads, May 29
Quiet Quilter, June 3
By The Book, June 3
Suzanne Woods Fisher's Website: CLICK HERE 
Twitter: (@suzannewfisher) 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Just a Train Ride by Elizabeth Lehman Book Review and Giveaway


She was born during the Great Depression, dated a soldier shipped across the world into the upheavals of war. Despite the haunting scars of battle, she married that soldier when he returned. After the loss of her husband of sixty years, an annual trip to visit her grandson in Chicago always helped ease her loneliness. Yet in the face of ailing health, Callie had boarded a train and now needed to make her way back home to Michigan. She’d made the same trip many times before, yet this time it was clear to Callie it would be her last. That’s when she met Blaine. The young, agitated woman appeared to be seeking an escape which inspired Callie to remember her own struggles in life and love. Had their lives merged for a reason? They had a train ride from Chicago to Lapeer to find out.
Book: Just a Train Ride    Author: Elizabeth Wehman
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction    Release Date: September 1, 2017
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Elizabeth Wehman does a great job taking you back to the depression time.  We are taken into the lives of Callie, an 80+-year-old woman, her grandson, Mason. Callie is heading back home to Leeper Michigan.   Mason had to leave Callie alone waiting for the train because of work. While sitting there watching people she meets Blaine who sits next to her on the train.  She tells Blaine all to Blaine about being a bride of a veteran during World War 2 and the depression era and all the events her and her husband, Miles had to overcome. They didn't give up on their relationship they kept on going. She made a promise to always remain by his side no matter what. God puts people in your life for a reason because Blaine really needed to hear her life memories. 
In todays soceity, we married too fast and give up on relationships way too much. It is easier to just leave a relationship then work things out. 
The primary characters are very relatable.  I loved each character in "Just a Train Ride." We get to learn a lot about Callie and her husband miles through her eyes. I wish they would have given more stories about Blaine because I really wanted to know much more than given. 

The ending of the book surprised me. I never saw it coming. The structure of the story was well done. It was so heartwarming.  This book is great at telling what women's goals were and how they lived as well as how they got married. Callie has never had any man treat her as Miles did. 

Elizabeth Wehman is a very natural writer. She was able to tell all she wants and still holds the readers' attention. I was glued to it. I ended up reading it in one sitting. Her dialogue was very natural and not forced. There were good conflicts. It is a great story of marriage, love, war, and God. It is also a beautiful saga of faith, love, and commitment because they are so much information you can learn from this book. I think all couples should read this book. I agree with many others this book is impossible to put down until finished. It took me around 7 hours to read the book due to having dyslexia. Let just say I didn't get much sleep that night but for a good reason. The best part about it has a lot of Michigan locale. I wish in today's society we could sit down an listen to our elders and learn about things they went through. 


Raised in Michigan, Author Elizabeth Wehman loves to incorporate cities in the state for her inspirational fiction. Famous Michigan flowers adorn the back covers of her books from peonies to lilacs and apple blossoms. Her first novel, “Under the Windowsill,” reflects the tranquility and hidden treasures of Mackinac Island for a much-needed hideaway for Kenna, a young girl raised in Iowa. This coming-of-age story uses the growing pains of a quiet, country girl to reflect the dangers and unknowns of breaking away from family and security. From the frustrations of trying to make it alone, Kenna’s experience cements a permanent trust of the goodness of her past and a true hope for the future. Elizabeth’s second novel, reflects the tumultuous relationship between sisters in “Promise at Daybreak.” Two elderly sisters are forced together by illness which leads them to fulfill a pact they made at their mother’s grave. The story reflects the storms of dealing with dementia and the results of fulfilling a promise, despite its drawbacks. The setting for this novel is Elizabeth’s hometown, Durand complete with its historic depot and the thunderous noises of a train town. Both novel settings share historical and distinctive aspects of both Michigan cities. Elizabeth’s third novel, released the summer of 2017, and will be entitled, “Just a Train Ride.” All of her novels are clean reads, with a clear inspirational message for her readers. Elizabeth’s home is in Owosso. You can find more about Elizabeth at or on her Facebook page – Elizabeth Wehman/Author.


Just a Train Ride is a fictional version of my parent’s love story from the 1940’s. My father fought in WWII and he returned from his fighting experience after having a nervous breakdown. He suffered repercussions of that throughout his entire life. My mother sent off a different man than the one who returned home to her, but she was faithful to her promise to marry him. Their story and his experiences were a private matter, so I waited until after his death to write their story. Some of it is based on facts, other parts are just my imagination…filling in the details. I included the train ride as a major part, due to the fact that my mother had gone on a train to see my father just before he shipped off to war. My main purpose in writing JATR was to show how you can be faithful in marriage, despite the setbacks, sorrow, and fateful events that can ravage even the best of marriages. This is my third inspirational novel.


To celebrate her tour, Elizabeth is giving away a grand prize of a Michigan-themed basket!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! CLICK HERE TO ENTER 


Mary Hake, May 29
Bigreadersite, June 1

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

LYING NEXT TO ME by Gregg Olsen Nerd Book Blast and Giveaway


No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing.

Adam and Sophie Warner and their three-year-old daughter are vacationing in Washington State’s Hood Canal for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the perfect getaway to unplug—and to calm an uneasy marriage. But on Adam’s first day out on the water, he sees Sophie abducted by a stranger. A hundred yards from shore, Adam can’t save her. And Sophie disappears.

In a nearby cabin is another couple, Kristen and Connor Moss. Unfortunately, beyond what they’ve heard in the news, they’re in the dark when it comes to Sophie’s disappearance. For Adam, at least there’s comfort in knowing that Mason County detective Lee Husemann is an old friend of his. She’ll do everything she can to help. She must.

But as Adam’s paranoia about his missing wife escalates, Lee puts together the pieces of a puzzle. The lives of the two couples are converging in unpredictable ways, and the picture is unsettling. Lee suspects that not everyone is telling the truth about what they know—or they have yet to reveal all the lies they’ve hidden from the strangers they married.  


“Gregg Olsen's Envy is a riveting page-turner that I could not put down. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, Envy explores a serious topic--cyberbullying--in a fantastic, well-crafted story. Can't wait for the next Empty Coffin novel!” ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked saga, Dear Bully contributor

“Gregg Olsen's Envy offers an interesting view on the devastating effects bullying can have, not only on the individuals involved from both sides but on the community at large.” ―Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine trilogy

"Sure to spice up your reading repertoire!" ―

"Olsen's characters jump to life and his plots are so intricate you never see the killer coming….a definite hit!" ―RT Book Reviews

“Dark and addictive…” ―Jordan Dane, critically acclaimed author of In the Arms of Stone Angels

“Olsen writes with authority, drawing inspiration from actual headlines and crime…” ―Publishers Weekly




Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, nine novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner's Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.

In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People, Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).  


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