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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 8/3 Michelle Barker wrote: Brooke has only loved one man, her late husband. Owen’s rebuilding after a painful divorce. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love? In the charming town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two young children on her own, supporting them by running the family ... Review: The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman

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4 Stars

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The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood

On 5/5 Michelle Barker wrote: Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything. Darbury, England, 1814 Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing ... Review: The Heiress of Winterwood

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4 Stars

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When Donkeys Talk

When Donkeys Talk

On 5/4 Michelle Barker wrote: I have to say that the title of this book had me intrigued, but does it live up to it? While I liked the idea behind the book, I found the method in which it was presented to be a little fantastical and bordering on medieval superstition. But, perhaps the author's intent was to make the reader think ... Review: When Donkeys Talk

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4 Stars

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An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen

On 2/16 Michelle Barker 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. The novellas in this book are as ... Review: An Amish Kitchen

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4 Stars

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Red Letter Revolution

Red Letter Revolution

On 2/7 Michelle Barker wrote: For all the Christians facing conflict between Jesus’ words and their own lives, for all the non-Christians who feel they rarely see Jesus’ commands reflected in the choices of his followers, Red Letter Revolution is a blueprint for a new kind of Christianity, one consciously centered on the words ... Review: Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo

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2 Stars

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His Love Endures Forever

His Love Endures Forever

On 9/13 Michelle Barker 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 ... Review: His Love Endures Forever by Beth Wiseman

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising

On 9/11 Michelle Barker wrote: The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising. Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he ... Review: Darkness Rising by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson

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4 Stars

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Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early

On 8/31 Michelle Barker wrote: Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest novel for the emptiness of the desert. Answering an ad to be “heiress” to a vast cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory, Kate hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels. But what awaits her is ... Review: Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley

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3 Stars

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The Wonder of Your Love

The Wonder of Your Love

On 8/29 Michelle Barker 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 ... Review: The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

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4 Stars

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The Southern Foodie

The Southern Foodie

On 8/28 Michelle Barker wrote: Filled with reviews of restaurants that are dotted around the southern states of you the United States, this book offers a delicious insight into local cuisine - its enough to make your mouth water! Sadly, a few of the recipes contain ingredients that may not be in countries outside the US ... the ones ... Review: The Southern Foodie by Chris Chamberlain

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4 Stars

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Dreams and Visions

Dreams and Visions

On 8/27 Michelle Barker wrote: Jesus appears to be revealing Himself to Muslims through powerful dreams and visions throughout the Islamic world today, and the results are dramatic. Eleven years ago, Pastor Tom Doyle felt God calling him to leave the pastorate and become a full-time missionary in the Middle East and Central Asia. ... Review: Dreams and Visions by Tom Doyle

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Faithful to Laura

Faithful to Laura

On 8/26 Michelle Barker 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 ... Review: Faithful to Laura by Kathleen Fuller

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3 Stars

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The River

The River

On 8/25 Michelle Barker 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 ... Review: The River by Michael Neale

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5 Stars

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Treasuring Emma

Treasuring Emma

On 8/24 Michelle Barker wrote: Emma has put everyone else first in her life. Now at nearly 25, has she missed her chance at marriage? Emma was Adam's first love but circumstances made them both choose different paths in life. Emma's heart breaks all over again when Adam returns to the Amish community of Middlefield, Ohio, years later. For ... Review: Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller

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3 Stars

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10 Christians Everyone Should Know

10 Christians Everyone Should Know

On 8/23 Michelle Barker wrote: Jane Austen, Sergeant York, Saint Patrick—What did they have in common? Two thousand years and still going strong: that’s the story of Christianity. And while the Christian martyrs and saints and orators may have gotten more press, the fact is the faith has been carried through history in the hearts ... Review: 10 Christians Everyone Should Know by John Perry

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2 Stars

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You Be Sweet

You Be Sweet

On 8/8 Michelle Barker wrote: If you have a sweet tooth you're going to love this book. You know how those Southern dessert recipes go—a cup of sugar here, a stick of butter there, eight squares of bak­ing chocolate, or a pint of the season’s juiciest fruit. That recipe for blueberry cream pie—it’s been passed around the ... Review: You Be Sweet by Patsy Caldwell and Amy Wilson

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Beauty for Ashes

Beauty for Ashes

On 4/10 Michelle Barker wrote: In the second installment of the Hickory Ridge series by Dorothy Love, we are introduced to Carrie. Carrie is a young woman who has had more than her share of tragedy in her life, with first her parents being killed in an accident and then her husband in the war between the states. When her brother marries ... Review: Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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I Am Second

I Am Second

On 1/31 Michelle Barker wrote: As a member of the I Am Second page on Facebook (found here) I was excited to see this book become available for review on Booksneeze.com. I had already viewed the videos of Brian "Head" Welch and some of the other people who had been included in the book, and was really impressed by what I saw. The videos may be viewed here. Now, on to the book... Review: I Am Second by By Dave Sterrett and Doug Bender

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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An Amish Wedding

An Amish Wedding

On 12/19 Michelle Barker wrote: Publisher's Description:Three Amish women yearn for the perfect wedding."A Perfect Plan" by Beth WisemanPriscilla King has been planning to marry Chester Lapp since she was sixteen years old, and when Chester proposes on Priscilla’s nineteenth birthday, wedding plans begin immediately. What wasn't ... Review: An Amish Wedding by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Long

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5 Stars

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Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog

On 8/23 Michelle Barker wrote: Publisher's Description:A blind man and his guide dog show the power of trust and courage in the midst of devastating terror.It was 12:30 a.m. on 9/11 and Roselle whimpered at Michael’s bedside. A thunderstorm was headed east, and she could sense the distant rumbles while her owners slept. As a trained ... Review: Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Surviving Your Serengeti

Surviving Your Serengeti

On 7/12 Michelle Barker wrote: Publisher's Description:As a brutal business environment meets a soft economy, business leaders and managers are looking for sources of both inspiration and survival. This compelling new business fable offers a riveting tale of life in Africa’s Serengeti and what lessons it holds for today’s beleaguered ... Review: Surviving Your Serengeti by Stefan Swanepoel

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Money Secrets of the Amish

Money Secrets of the Amish

On 6/19 Michelle Barker wrote: Publisher's Description:Discover the money-saving and wealth-building secrets of America’s thriftiest people, the Amish.Author, journalist, and descendant of the Amish, Lorilee Craker, was just like the rest of us, feeling the pinch from the financial fallout of 2008. As a freelancer, her income ... Review: Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Waiting Place

The Waiting Place

On 6/15 Michelle Barker wrote: Publisher's Description:A collection of essays describing the beauty and humor that can be found in what often feels like a most useless state—The Waiting Place.We all spend precious time just waiting. We wait in traffic, grocery store lines, and carpool circles. We wait to grow up, for true love, ... Book Review: The Waiting Place by Eileen Button

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5 Stars

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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

On 5/26 Michelle Barker wrote: Book Description from the Publisher: From story concept to character development to scene construction and beyond, this blueprint for dynamic storytelling makes putting together a strong novel, memoir, or screenplay easier than ever. Beginning writers in all genres, from fiction writers to nonfiction ... Book Review: Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

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5 Stars

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Take Action Bible, NKJV

Take Action Bible, NKJV

On 5/10 Michelle Barker wrote: The Take Action Bible is a Signature Edition New King James Version (NKJV) Bible printed by Thomas Nelson publishers in collaboration with World Vision. It is a part of the God's Word In Action campaign, which is lead by Thomas Nelson, and encourages believers to seek out ways to influence the world ... Review: The Take Action Bible

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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