My Sister’s Prayer

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Clark, Mindy Starns. And Gould, Leslie. My Sister’s Prayer: Cousins of the Dove- Book 2. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2016.

SUMMARY:
As the second book in the Cousins of the Dove series, My Sister’s Prayer continues the Talbot family story, following the story of two sets of sisters-one contemporary and the other historical-separated by 300 years. Told in the first person point-of-view, alternating between present and past, the sisters’ lives run individually yet intertwine through a family heirloom. Romance, sisters, secrets, and hardships divide yet combine the centuries as sisters realize the importance of devotion.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Liking authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, I was ready to read their combined novel. Though perhaps just a bit confusing in the beginning, it wasn’t long before I caught on and sped through the book. (Confession- I did not read book 1, My Brother’s Crown, which may have helped my initial confusion.) Skillfully making the first person POV work well within the story, the added design of parallel yet perpendicular stories only enhanced the creativity. With book 3 already on the horizon, I most likely will read the previous novel to be ready for the May 2017 release of My Daughter’s Legacy.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of My Sister’s Prayer from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

Amish Promises

Gould, Leslie.  Amish Promises: Neighbors of Lancaster County- Book 1.  Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers.  2015.

SUMMARY:
amishpromisesSuffering from the effects of war, Joel Beck and his wife, Shani, make the move to Lancaster to provide healing and peace.  Moving next to Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, Shani soon befriends Eve Lehman, the sister of widower Tim Lehman, who is taking care of the household and children.  Peace quickly turns into turmoil, surprises, and difficulties mixed with friendship, understanding and mending…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Blending of Amish and English neighbors is probably never quite easy yet Leslie Gould takes a realistic approach and turns it into a heartwarming story.  As a new author for me, I enjoyed this novel enough to read her other books, which just happen to already be on my eReader.   I was fascinated by the possibilities of the children interacting as well as the life between neighbors though so different in their ways and beliefs.  Absolutely a series I will watch for the next book to be released in, I am definitely glad I was introduced to this author and series.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Amish Promises from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*