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Friday, September 28, 2018


MY THOUGHTS:
        A bit of a different outlook on the Amish way of life. I liked how the author elaborated on
Priscilla's rumspringa and the different ways of English life she is exposed to. Through it all, her Amish upbringing keeps her solid in doing what is right. She struggles with whether to be baptized into the Amish faith as does her boyfriend. This story was great in that it shows how Priscilla struggles with doing what God wants her do and not just what her family wants. It reminded me that regardless of what faith you are, Amish or non-Amish. We all struggle with decisions where we seek God's way and finding the answer isn't always quick or easy.  I also was glad to see Priscilla and her father bond over what a talent they both share is finally brought out in the open.  A sweet story anyone will love to read.

Blessings,
Karen
Rating: 5*
I received the book as a gift and all opinions are my own.

         

About the Book

Book Title: Priscilla’s Escape
Author: Diane Craver
Genre: Amish Romance, Contemporary
Release date: March 23, 2018
When faith and freedom collide, mistakes made in the past may decide the future.
Twenty-year-old Priscilla King is unsure about joining the Amish Church and wants to use her rumspringa freedom to paint beach landscapes. She’s been offered a two-month-long nanny position in Siesta Key, Florida by an author on a tight writing deadline. The opportunities presented are more than a little tempting for Priscilla, even if it means disappointing her parents and leaving her new boyfriend.
Stephen Hertzler grew up in an Amish family, but, like Priscilla, he’s undecided about joining the church. He loves Priscilla and wants to marry her, though he knows she’s not ready to decide about anything other than her summer plans. His biggest worry is that she’ll meet someone else in Florida and forget him.
When Priscilla’s parents sabotage her part-time job at a local fabric store to dissuade her from following a “worldly lifestyle” in taking the nanny position in Florida, Priscilla is distraught. She knows she would regret not taking this chance. Leaving a note, she sneaks out in disobedience of her parents’ wishes.
Free to paint, dreams she’s never fully envisioned before seem within reach…but at what price?

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About the Author

Diane grew up on a farm outside Findlay, Ohio, and she often acted out characters from her own stories in the backyard. In high school Diane would read during classes and hide a novel in front of her in a propped-up textbook. After her high school graduation, she attended Ohio State University. Then Diane became a schoolteacher and play director. She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage, and they married three years later. It took her that long to convince him she was the one for him! While raising their family in southwestern Ohio, Diane started writing nonfiction and was published. Later she decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction. Diane was blessed with five daughters and one son. Two daughters were born with Down syndrome and live with Diane and her husband. Their other children live close by in Ohio so that’s wonderful. They also have four precious grandchildren. Diane published through a variety of houses. Several years ago, she decided to self-publish her books, so requested the rights back to her previously published stories. From the beginning, she enjoyed self-publishing her Amish romances. Diane gives thanks to God daily for her many blessings.

Guest Post from Diane

Hello, Reader Friends,
 Priscilla’s Escape is Book 3 in The Bishop’s Daughters Series. This story features Priscilla King, and she is the fourth child born to Amos and Lillian King. You may remember meeting Priscilla in my Dreams of Plain Daughters Series. After I finished writing this series, I decided to continue to write about the Amish and English characters living in Fields Corner, Ohio. They became family and real to me.
The King family have six children with only one son. That is like our Craver family because we have five daughters and one son. Through the years, our family has faced certain challenges with two daughters being born with Down syndrome. Although Priscilla doesn’t have any siblings with special needs, she feels overlooked in her family. It’s like she’s invisible to her parents, especially to her father. He doesn’t understand her passion for painting but favors Molly’s talent for quilting. Everyone needs a cheerleader in their corner at times, and Priscilla is no different. Fortunately, her new boyfriend, Stephen, listens to her dream to paint beach pictures. He even understands her desire to wait to join the church.
All families suffer some type of hardships. It does seem like some more than others. A family’s faith in God gives them hope in their daily lives. Whatever the level of the pain, staying close to God and listening to his voice, gives us the strength to survive. The King family have their share of tragedies, but their faith reminds steadfast. When Priscilla leaves their close-knit unit, they all reach out to her by letter and phone calls. Her siblings even tell their father that he needs to share his secret with Priscilla.
I hope you will enjoy reading Priscilla’s Escape. There is a lot happening in the King family, so you can catch up with your favorite romantic couples in this novel. If you love going to the beach as much as I do, I think you’ll love reading about Priscilla’s beach experiences – some are good, and others are not.

Blog Stops

The Becca Files, September 22
The Avid Reader, September 22
Vicky Sluiter, September 23
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, September 24
Mary Hake, September 24
Splashes of JoySeptember 25
Inklings and notionsSeptember 26
Maureen’s Musings, September 27
Luv’N Lambert Life, September 27
KarenSueHadleySeptember 28
Quiet Quilter, September 29
Bibliophile Reviews, September 30
Carpe Diem, October 1
Texas Book-aholic, October 3
BigreadersiteOctober 5

Giveaway




To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon Gift Card & The Bishop’s Daughters: A Three Book Collection – Amish Baby Snatched, A Plain Widow, and Priscilla’s Escape (paperback or eBook)!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d35a/priscilla-s-escape-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, September 10, 2018



MY THOUGHTS:
           I LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK!!  The best time travel/romance story I have ever read.
The thoughts and feelings of Liz and her love for books made me feel right at home the minute I opened the book. The author has an exceptional talent in her writings. The thoughts, actions and personality of the characters flow so seamlessly throughout the book in a beautiful way. It is like A.M. Heath was inside my head as she wrote this fun-filled, humorous yet intriguing and challenging story.
What I liked is - she weaves the gospel in throughout the story, Liz's thoughts on reading mirror my own, the way Liz goes into time to live out what she thinks is a life so much better than the one she lives is written in an amazing way. It opens your eyes to the fact that what we think we want just might make you realize and grasp the truth that what you had to begin with is the right life after all. 

Blessings,
Karen Hadley
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are all my own.




Liz Cooke has two problems in life: Her social media is filled with brewing political conflict and her idea of a perfect man seems to have gone extinct a century ago. Inspired by the contents of an antique trunk, Liz dreams she time-travels to 1885. As she sets out to enjoy the Victorian era in all its glory, armed with knowledge gleaned through historical novels and period dramas, will she find the past to be all that she thought? And does the right man for her exist only in her dreams or has he been in her life all along?
Loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, A.M. Heath brings you a fun read chock-full of humor and whimsy with a special message for the avid reader in all of us.















                                  BLOG TOUR


Release Day Spotlights: 
Sept 4: 
Amanda Tero @ With a Joyful Noise
Becky Dempsey @ Blossoms and Blessings 
Alicia G. Ruggieri @ A Brighter Destiny
Reviews for If Only It Were Yesterday:
Sept. 5:
Laura Wilson @ Blue Eye Books
Sept. 6:
Alicia G. Ruggieri @ A Brighter Destiny
Sept. 10: 
Karen Hadley @ Karen Sue Hadley
Sept. 11:
Becky Dempsey @ Blossoms and Blessings
Sept. 12: 
Virginia Winfield @ Bigreadersite
Sept. 13:
Heather G. @ Blue Jeans and Teacups
Sept. 17:
Raechel Lenore @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae

Saturday, September 1, 2018

 HAPPY TUESDAY!!!

How is everyone?
Aren't you glad Fall is getting closer? I am.
I love the cooler weather, soft blankets, hot chocolate and of course, a good book.
Thankfully, I can read during any season and a good place to start is "FOOL'S NOTION".







MY THOUGHTS:
         A fun and delightful story. Within its pages, this author's talent for writing flows throughout each page. It is funny, suspense filled, encouraging and just an all around great read. The main characters of Alda, Cord and a few others are the kind you connect with in a flash. Each has their own secrets and past yet they strive to put it behind them and focus on the day ahead. It is a quick and easy read and one you will want to take time for and enjoy on any kind of day.

Blessings,

Karen
Rating: 5*
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.



About Lisa J. Flickinger

Wife of one, mother of three, and grandmother of nine. I live and write in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. My journey to publication began in the stacks of our local library where I devoured fiction as a young girl and created small books out of construction paper.

When I'm not writing or reading, you will find me combing through antique shops, walking in the woods with my faithful Labrador Zeke, or sipping a Creme Brulee latte with friends.