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Anticipated Reads Winter 2018

Posted January 2, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in Amy Clipston, Anticipated Reads, Connilyn Cossette, Kathleen Fuller, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Lindsay Harrell, Mesu Andrews, Valerie Fraser Luesse, Vannetta Chapman, Wanda E. Brunstetter / 0 Comments

With the new year comes new books.  New books just fuels the need to read all the books.  In the quest to read all the books I’ve compiled a short list of books that I’m looking forward to releasing.  I have to add the caveat that the Minions of Mischief have created a delay for my Winter list since Meme Christmas always happens on New Years Eve and I am a procrastinator that somehow bought the lie I told myself that I could work while they were here. about that.  It’s a day late but that’s OK.  Enjoy!

Winter Anticipated Reads

I’m going to break them down over the next three months as I comb through books coming out that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  Trust me, this is no where near a comprehensive list!

January 2018

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Missing IsaacMissing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse
Published by Baker Books on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Christian, Coming of Age, Fiction, General, Small Town & Rural
Pages: 352

There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse’s stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople’s reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it’s all over, Pete–and the people he loves most–will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.

See my review here.

Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston

Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston
Published by Zondervan on January 9th 2018
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance, Small Town & Rural
Pages: 432

Love is in the air in these four sweet romances!

Love and Buggy Rides (previously published in An Amish Harvest)
Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

A Home for Lindsay
From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?

Where the Heart Is
Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.

Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market)
While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews
Series: Prophets and Kings #1
Published by Crown Publishing Group on
January 16, 2018
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Historical, Religious
Pages: 400


In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah’s household rises to capture the heart of the future king.

Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.

See my review here.


Amish Cooking Class: The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The CelebrationThe Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Series: (Amish Cooking Class #3)
Published by
Shiloh Run Press on February 1st, 2018
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Religious,
Pages: 320

Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class.

Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.   Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.   Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.   Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.   Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?

This is the third book in The Amish Cooking Class series. Book #1:  The Amish Cooking Class – The Seekers Book #2:  The Amish Cooking Class – The Blessing

See my review here.

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

A Light on the HillA Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge Book #1) by Connilyn Cossette
Published by Baker Books on February 6th 2018
Genres: Ancient World, Christian, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 336

Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies–and unexpected allies–she will encounter on her way.

Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller

Words from the HeartWords from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller
Published by Thomas Nelson on February 13th 2018
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Fiction, Romance, Small Town & Rural
Pages: 320
Her fingertips brushed against something else in the box of doilies. She lifted a bundle of letters, neatly tied with a thin red ribbon . . .

Ivy Yoder hasn’t heard from John King in over a year. She knows it’s time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but she’s humiliated to be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy is grateful for the distraction.

Noah Schlabach isn’t from Birch Creek, or even Ohio. His job as an auctioneer takes him around the country and away from a typical Amish life, but he still remains devoted to his family. So when his aging aunt asks him to help clean out her attic, he agrees. Plus, who knows what curious items he might find up there?

As Noah and Ivy work side by side, they come across a different kind of treasure: a packet of letters written during the Korean War. Soon they are swept up in the story of two young people falling in love—even as they remain determined not to fall in love themselves.

Words from the Heart is a moving story of lost love letters, fragile fears, and the beauty of taking another step forward.


Who the Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman

Who the Bishop KnowsWho the Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman
Series: The Amish Bishop Mysteries #3
Published by Harvest House Publishers on March 6th 2018
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 352

What You Don’t See Might Hurt You

Every year, residents of the small Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado, look forward to the Ski Hi Stampede, the state’s oldest professional rodeo. The rodeo is always good, clean entertainment for the hardworking farmers of the San Luis Valley. But this year, the Stampede turns deadly for one Amish man. Did rodeo fans see an unfortunate accident? Or something more sinister?

Amish bishop Henry Lapp is known far and wide for his uncanny ability to draw and remember the smallest details of anything he’s seen, skills that have served him well in past investigations. He was at the rodeo that day. The problem? He didn’t see Jeremiah Schwartz’s death.

With a murderer on the loose and members of his community being threatened, Henry must act fast. But can he solve a crime he didn’t see? This time around, Henry will have to rely on his keen sense of human character and observation, skills he’s honed in his role as bishop, if he hopes to crack the case.

Who the Bishop Knows is a story of accepting our talents, putting one another first, and trusting that God will care for His children.

The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrell

The Heart Between UsThe Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel
Published by Thomas Nelson on March 13th 2018
Genres: Christian, Clean & Wholesome, Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 336

Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, adventure, and learning how to live life to the fullest.

Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.

When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.

As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Beneath a Prairie MoonBeneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Published by Crown Publishing Group on 2018
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Pages: 352

Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer’s prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her.

Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?

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BOOK REVIEW: When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman

BOOK REVIEW: When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman

Posted December 5, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Vannetta Chapman / 0 Comments

Before we talk book let’s talk bigger picture.  I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle app for more than a minute.  Since before it was released if you must know.  But then things happened, like launching a whole new website, like forgetting I had a book due with only  days to spare, and during this time release day came and went.  I didn’t completely panic, just a little.  I like to post on release day but it was going to be OK.  Then it was October and my computer decided that it was time, and there I was with no computer for about 10 days.  And reading slacked off.  And then…it was November and I was drowning.  And then a thing happened.  I could breath again first but also realized I start a LOT of sentences with the word and.  However, if I scheduled things just right this book […]

Books of Autumn

Books of Autumn

It has to be said, this is my favorite time of year.  Minus the coming cold of course, and allergies.  But fall, autumn, whatever you call it is just as much a time of new beginnings as any other season.  New beginning for the plants and trees as they prepare for the coming cold.  New beginnings for kids as they return for another year of school.  When I think about what I would recommend reading for fall I come back to beginnings.  Back to some favorite authors and some of their first books.  Maybe not the first but the beginning.  I went scouring the internet with a specific theme in mind and came up with a few Autumn reads for you to reflect back to the beginning, all based on the colors of the cover.  Cheesy much? 😀  I have to tell you, narrowing it down like this was HARD.  […]

BOOK REVIEW: What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman

BOOK REVIEW: What the Bishop Saw by Vannetta Chapman

Posted May 24, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Vannetta Chapman / 2 Comments

Honestly, I’m not even sure where to begin.  It’s no mystery that you can win my heart by giving me a mystery.  Given a choice I’ll always go mystery, it’s just my niche.  However I have other preferred (please, you know I’ll read ‘anything’ except technical manuals people) genres and when you mix any other genre with a mystery it’s going to be right up my alley. Add to that an author that creates characters and setting that embraces you like a best friend and it can’t go wrong!  Henry Lapp suffered an accident as a child that resulted in a savant gift.  That gift, later in life, brought him into the English world in a way most English never get involved with.  After this encounter Lapp and many of his friends chose to relocate from their home to join a fledgling community in Colorado. There was so much to […]