Thursday, December 27, 2012


Why would anyone want to bring harm to a group of people that live by God's principles?  The people that live in Kingdom, only want to live their life in peace, adhering to the rules of the Mennonite Church.

Why would someone want to run Hope off the road?  Thankfully, Jonathan Wiese was on his way home and saw the red truck heading back her way again, after already running her off the road and turning her buggy over.  Then later, Avery was run off the same road and he was not so fortunate.  Who is trying to harm the people of Kingdom?  

Hope Kauffman, thought she had her life all together.  She and Ebbie Miller are looking forward to getting married in the near future.  That was until, Jonathan Wiese began to share his feelings the day he rescued her from the red truck and whoever was behind the wheel.  Is Hope drawn to Jonathan just because he would fight to protect her and shares his feelings with her, so unlike Ebbie? 

When  accidents begin to happen, the people of Kingdom begin to question.  Do they carry firearms or do they put their trust in the Lord, as they have been taught all their lives?  Jonathan wants to set up guards to watch over the town and carry guns,  while Ebbie wants to trust the Lord to take care of them.  Who is right and who is wrong?  

If the people of Kingdom were more open to protecting themselves, than relying on God, would things be different?  Doesn't God want them to protect themselves from harm?  When Hope is taken hostage, will Ebbie be able to save her or will it be Jonathan who comes to her rescue?  Which man will Hope decide to give the marriage quilt that she has been working on?

I definitely will recommend this book to others.  I loved the way that the author, Nancy Mehl, took the reader on a journey into the lives and emotions of the people of Kingdom.  Once I started reading the book, I did not want to put it down.  At every chance, I found myself sitting down with my Kindle and reading another chapter or two.

My mother-in-law introduced me to the books about the Amish and Mennonites early in my marriage and I have never gotten tired of reading about them.  I know that I could not live as they do, but I so admire the dedication that they put into everything they do.
If I was to rate this book. I would give it a 5 star rating.  

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Jesse Montgomery has changed his life from being a cowhand and  a drunk.  Staying with some friends, he realizes that he needs to get out and go forward with his life.  He can't continue living off the good graces of his friends.  When Jonas Switzer's land is being taken right from under him, Jesse knows that he needs to help.  The problem is that Jonas is Amish, and they don't believe in fighting.  

Jesse decides that he will go ride the fence line and is shot in the back and left for dead.  Will Jesse heal quick enough  to help Jonas save his land before it is burned to the ground?  Does God have a new life in store for Jesse or will his past keep him from taking a chance at a new life? 

This is the first book that I have read in this series.  If I had realized there were others before, I would have read them first.  I loved this book.  I started reading and did not want to quit.  As soon as I could I would grab my kindle and start reading again.
I was so glad that I was able to enjoy the book as much as I did, having not read the previous ones.  When I started reading, I wondered how an Englisher Cowboy would fit in with the Amish.  The authors, Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith are a great writing team.  I am hoping that there will be another book after this one.  I would love to read how the new community continued.

I would give this book a 5 star rating.  I received this book through Net Gallery as an ebook.  If you love reading about the Amish and their daily lives, this would be the book.  This book is not your typical Amish book that only deals with the Amish community.  It gives the reader a glimpse  of what they have had to go through to build their homes among the English.  You will not be disappointed.  This is a book that can be read alone.  But, how much more fun it would have been to start with the first one.  My daughter, Mandy and I have a thing about starting in the middle of a series, but if you don't have the others ones, you will surely enjoy this one.  Happy reading!

This book will be released in April 2013.


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