Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Sister’s Secret
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing, INC
P.O. Box 719 Uhrichsville, OH 44683
299 pages

Grace Hosteller was a young Amish woman who returned home after being gone for two years during her Rumschpringe. She soon settles down to the conventional Amish life. She is baptized into the Amish church and marries a kind and gentle young man in her community.

One thing Grace does not want her husband or parents to know, is the many secrets she has kept about the two years she lived in the English world. But then one day her past caught up with her and her world would never be the same.

This is the first book of, “Sisters of Holmes County.” I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Rated G

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Diamonds of Death

John Luck, M.D.

Five Star Publishing, Inc

POB 6698 Chandler, AZ 85246

Five Star

(408) 940-8182


318 pages

Dr. Tom Slocum was a whiz kid at County’s West Side Hospital in Chicago. His surgical skills made him well known. He was also called an arrogant S.O.B., when it came to yelling at nurses and berating young interns.

He enlisted in the military and was sent to Korea. While he was there it would change Dr. Slocum’s life forever. He was assigned to a field hospital where conditions were horrific. The floors were nothing more than dirt and covered with blood. No time to change gowns or gloves before another patient was put on the surgical table. One day he operated on a friend of his who died because of a mistake he made. He lost all confidence and did not know if he had the nerve to operate again. His days and nights were filled with flash backs of what happened during the war.

He returned to County Hospital with much trepidation. His first surgery was on a man who was shot in the stomach. Unbeknown to Dr. Slocum the man was a part of the Chicago Mob. What would happen next is for you to discover as you read this book.

I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It was not until the second chapter that I became really interested. This book took me for a wild ride that I never expected. It is a book that I would recommend to any friend. I would give it PG rating of 13 or older.

Five star rating.

Sandra Heptinstall

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Never Far From Home

Never Far From Home (The Miller Series #2)

Mary Ellis

Harvest House Publishers

990 Owen Loop North

Eugene, OR 97402


(541) 343-0123

298 pages

$10.07 at B&N

Emma Miller is a young Amish girl who has finished school. While she still has her chores to do, she also has her own wool business. Emma works hard as she knows her mom needs to have surgery. The Amish community relies on a central fund that they all donate money to in case someone needs medical help.

On a buggy ride to town to sell her wool along with her Aunt Hannah, Emma meets a young English sheep farmer named James. As they talk they find themselves attracted to each other.

After seeing him only twice, on her 16th birthday she announces to her family she wants to take her full Rumspringe. It is not long before they fall in love. Emma loves being Amish and never wants to be anything else. James has two years of college to attend. James promises that somehow he will make it work for them.

But can young love endure all the challenges? Can James really find a way for them to marry someday? I would recommend this book to all who love reading about the Amish. Also for new readers who might decide to read a book of this genre, to see why so many of us love books about the Amish. There is so much more I would like to say about the story but then I would spoil it for others.

This book is rated G

The Secret of Lies

The Secret of Lies
Barbara Forte Abate
Dog Ear Publishing
4010 W 86th Street, Ste H
Indianapolis, IN 46268
(866)823-9613 or (317) 228-3656
296 Pages
Retail Price $17.95

I have never read a book as intense as this book is. It is brilliantly written, and at times my husband swears I was saying, “No, you jerk, or don’t you dare.” That is how powerful this story line is. Eleanor twelve and her sister Stevie ten, leave their hometown of Callicoon, Pennsylvania to spend their vacation with their Aunt Smyrna and Uncle Cal at their summer home on Long Island, where the days are filled with swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and the sisters unending pursuit of an intriguing and mysterious boy.

That is until the summer of 1957…Eleanor is now seventeen and Stevie fifteen. What happened that summer is something that has to be kept a secret, or so Aunt Smyrna tells Stevie. Stevie is trapped in a vortex and it is not only destroying her teenage years but carries over into her adult life.

How many lives are altered by one moment in time, one decision made in that moment? How many moments does it take too completely and irreversibly alter one’s life?

To tell you more will ruin what makes this book so great. It is a must buy for your own personal library. In our economy today buying a book can be a luxury. I would buy this book.

I would rate this book G.