Reviews by JoyAnne
On 4/1 JoyAnne wrote: At the turn of the 20th century, Elli Korpela boards The Baltic with hundreds of eager women, all seeking new beginnings and brighter futures in America . . . as mail order brides. Escaping a forced engagement, Elli seeks refuge in a faraway marriage, desperately needing her new life with a Texan named ... BLUEBONNET BRIDE
On 3/1 JoyAnne wrote: Book Description When her aunt shows up homeless on her doorstep, Sara suspects anything but a miracle. Sara’s an artist with a supportive husband and a house that folks on her block admire outright. But she’s restless and bored with life. Then her legendary Aunt Bel shows up, wearing a smile ... RUNAWAY SAINT
On 12/20 JoyAnne wrote: They say seeing is believing … what if they’re wrong? That’s the dilemma Madison faces when a puzzling obituary prompts her to attend the funeral of a man she once loved. Grief and regret turn to disbelief when she sees him standing in the cemetery. It’s the first of many surprises as Maddy ... Mirror Images
On 11/19 JoyAnne wrote: When her fiancé’s dangerous secrets turn her work upside down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her own safety and the man she loves—and thought she knew. Dr. Carrie Markham’s heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice is taking off, ... HEART FAILURE
On 9/25 JoyAnne wrote: Best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher returns to the adventurous American West in the final book of her Where the Heart Lives series. This story is filled with Robin’s trademark heartwarming and emotionally charged message of faith, courage, and love. When Diana Brennan’s husband returns eight ... BELOVED by Robin Lee Hatcher
On 8/8 JoyAnne wrote: Amy Clarke’s dreams are coming true—and that’s the problem. Legal secretary by day, romance novelist by night, Amy Clarke lives with a precious secret. For years, she has traveled to a holy place in her dreams—a sublime place she calls the Living Room. When she awakes, her faith and energy ... THE LIVING ROOM by Robert Whitlow
On 6/26 JoyAnne wrote: Savvy, determined Ivy Marshall discovers that her husband has cheated on her on the very same day her sister's perfect boyfriend proposes on national television. When Ivy's mother asks her to return to her family's beach home to plan her sister's upcoming wedding, she decides to use the excuse to escape ... THE WISHING TREE by Marybeth Whalen
On 2/20 JoyAnne wrote: Being married to a saint isn't what it's cracked up to be. Beth's husband won't be joining the family on vacation at the beach this year. He's not even joining them in the house. Instead, Rick has holed up alone in the backyard shed. Nobody knows exactly what he's up to. Maybe he's immersing himself ... The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson
On 1/30 JoyAnne wrote: The past has come knocking on Julia's door. Can she summon the courage to answer betrayal with love? Julia’s best friend, Marney, broke up her parents' marriage years ago. Now Marney shows up at her Manhattan apartment, asking the impossible—come home to Edisto Island to care for the half-sisters ... Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart
On 1/8 JoyAnne wrote: Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery! There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the ... Secretly Smitten
On 12/4 JoyAnne wrote: Three Amish Christmas novella's, typical but still enjoyable. It's easy to get into the lives of each couple as they work out their issues and fall in love. The book starts with Miriam's story, next comes her younger sister, Lydia's, and then her friend, Sarah. Each woman's story is written by a different ... An Amish Christmas
On 11/28 JoyAnne wrote: The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope. Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women. Fern has a green thumb for growing ... An Amish Kitchen
On 11/20 JoyAnne wrote: Kat Davies is suddenly wondering if her good deed was a bad idea. Kat may be new in her faith, but she’s embraced the more radical implications of Christianity with reckless abandon. She invited Rochelle—a homeless mother—and her son to move in the apartment she shares with two other housemates. ... Come to the Table by Neta Jackson
On 10/31 JoyAnne wrote: Three Stories That Share the Adventures of First Love and Second Chances. A Perfect Secret—Rose Bender’s betrothed, Luke Lantz, is safe and dependable, maybe a little too much so. Or so she thinks until she sees him in the woods one night and discovers a secret he’s been keeping. Now his secret ... A Marriage of the Heart
On 10/2 JoyAnne wrote: An unplanned pregnancy. An absent father. Can love really endure all things? Danielle Kent is anything but Amish. But as destiny would have it, she has fallen in love with an Amish man. Now she’s 18, pregnant, and hopeful that the child’s Amish father—Matthew Lapp—will do the right thing and ... His Love Endures Forever by Beth Wiseman
On 9/20 JoyAnne wrote: “You were made for The River . . .” Gabriel Clarke is mysteriously drawn to The River, a ribbon of frothy white water carving its way through steep canyons high in the Colorado Rockies. The rushing waters beckon him to experience freedom and adventure. But something holds him back—the memory ... The River
On 8/18 JoyAnne wrote: Ava has a loving family, a beautiful house, and a solid faith.Suddenly, her ideal life will be completely broken . . . in the best of ways.Ava's life is full of great things. Her daughter is getting married to just the right guy, her husband's company has kept them financially thriving for years, her ... Song of the Brokenhearted
On 7/25 JoyAnne wrote: About the book:Get out here, now, or I'm gonna kill you!" he hollered.Little girls are hardwired to hold their daddies in high esteem, so it comes as a shock the first time a daughter feels the back of her daddy's hand across her face . . . or watches him punch and kick her mother to within an inch of ... Cruel Harvest
On 7/24 JoyAnne wrote: One Young Woman. Two Very Different Roads.The Choice will Change Everything.Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ancient woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing became even more ... The Choice
On 7/17 JoyAnne wrote: Laura’s Amish faith requires her to forgive, but she can only think of revenge.Laura Stutzman leaves her Kentucky community for Middlefield, Ohio, with one purpose: to find Mark King, the man who pledged his love to her, then left. She can’t move on with her life until he explains why.Sawyer Thompson ... Faithful to Laura
On 7/5 JoyAnne wrote: Welcome to Hope BeachWhere the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble appears with the force of a hurricane.Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the seaward shore of Hope Island could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. ... Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble
On 6/19 JoyAnne wrote: Sophia has her life all planned out—but her plan didn’t include being jilted or ending up in Dakota Territory.Sophia Makinoff is certain that 1876 is the year that she’ll become the wife of a certain US Congressman, and happily plans her debut into the Capitol city. But when he proposes to her ... Through Rushing Water
On 6/11 JoyAnne wrote: This book is enjoyable to youth as well as adults. Sam is a good boy who falls into the wrong crowd. He defends and befriends a girl who is being bullied and things get crazy dangerous from that point on. The characters are real and likeable. There's enough suspense to keep you thinking about it even ... Crazy Dangerous
On 6/10 JoyAnne wrote: In a small community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go. Publisher's Weekly had this to say about Hope Springs: In this engaging novel, Tate expertly crafts an intriguing narrative that explores unrequited love, true faith, and the complicated ... Hope Springs
On 4/17 JoyAnne wrote: Amanda’s heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope . . . and to fight for them to her last breath.Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are ripped from the arms of Amanda, ... Covenant Child by Terri Blackstock
On 3/27 JoyAnne wrote: When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.Married ... Need You Now by Beth Wiseman
On 3/8 JoyAnne wrote: Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you.Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman from a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family has all but disowned her. Kat’s enthusiasm ... Stand By Me by Neta Jackson
On 2/16 JoyAnne wrote: A page turner for sure! Join Jade as she makes her way through more crises' than anyone should ever have too. Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans is about a woman named Jade who has several crisis hit her once. Her husband is an addict, her sister is in danger on a daily in Guatemala and their mother has ... Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans
On 10/5 JoyAnne wrote: Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father ... The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman
On 8/29 JoyAnne wrote: A girl-meets-God style memoir of an agnostic who, through her surprising opportunity to study at Oxford, comes to a dynamic personal faith in God. Carolyn Weber arrives for graduate study at Oxford University a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to ... Surprised By Oxford by Carolyn Weber
On 8/1 JoyAnne wrote: Rumors of God is a call to Christians seeking a vision of the life God is calling them to, one that transcends the shallowness of our culture.Most Christians today live with tension. What is promised in the Scriptures seems like a far cry from what we experience in our lives. As a result, we can lose ... Rumors of God - a review
On 7/19 JoyAnne wrote: Though Alexia's client's life no longer hangs in the balance, eternal questions linger.The music stopped, the room emptied, and Baxter Richardson opened his eyes for the first time in months. He should have died from his involuntary plunge off a cliff. But he's alive, and mortal danger remains. Familiar ... Life Everlasting by Robert Whitlow
On 7/6 JoyAnne wrote: Five-year-old Josh and his two older brothers lose their parents in a drunk-driving accident. A series of foster homes and a shocking tragedy eventually separate them, leaving Josh alone, angry, and distrustful of most everyone. At age eighteen, Josh strikes out on his own to find work. With only a high ... A Place Called Blessing
On 5/10 JoyAnne wrote: Nineteen year old Judith Fischer is babysitting her younger brother who happens to sneak away and ends up getting hurt. Then Judith meets an angel and spreads the news leaving the community thinking she's crazy except for one person. Lots of interesting characters and happenings. This is a fast read, ...
On 5/1 JoyAnne wrote: "The Final Summit", a book review.Grieving the recent death of his wife the archangel Gabriel suddenly appears to David. He is told that the future of humankind is in danger and that God is thinking of starting over. But Before doing this He will give David a chance to lead humanity into restoration.I ...
On 4/18 JoyAnne wrote: "Max On Life", a Book Review. Max has done it again, another book full of information we can use. This time he answers tough questions from readers. He answers in a way that leaves you with understanding and the Word to back it up. This book is great for old and new believers, we all have questions ...
On 2/16 JoyAnne wrote: As Gabby's life is finally coming together after being homeless and losing her mother she is troubled when her estranged husband, Philip, wants back in her life and her lawyer, Lee, wants their relationship to go further. She calls on her House of Hope friends for prayer and guidance. Who Is My Shelter? ...
On 1/29 JoyAnne wrote: This book is about the practice of daily prayer. I’ve not been aware of the liturgical prayers before and this is something definitely worth researching. The Bible gives us instructions to pray without ceasing. You may struggle with this concept but Robert Benson explains the purpose and importance ...
On 1/19 JoyAnne wrote: LOVE. A Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study Review.I lead a ladies bible study weekly and am always looking for new studies so I was happy to see this one listed for review. I have to say I am pleased with it and plan to add it to my list of potential studies. There are questions for group discussion and ...
On 12/29 JoyAnne wrote: A review of "The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible". This is a beautiful Bible. The NKJV is easy to read and Max has given insight to scripture that inspires me to study deeper and I yearn to know God more intimately. There is an introduction to each book so you know a bit more about the writer and ...
On 10/19 JoyAnne wrote: “Grace. It’s what I crave most when my guilt is exposed”. Sound familiar? Andy Stanley’s newest book, “The Grace of God” is like a refresher course to those who have been walking with Christ for many years. It helps us to see and understand the grace of God all over again and in a deeper ... The Grace of God