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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review~The Amish Groom

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Amish Groom
Harvest House Publishers (April 1, 2014)
Mindy Starns Clark
Susan Meissner


Mindy Starns Clark Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of the inspirational Million Dollar Mysteries, the Smart Chick Mysteries, and three standalone mysteries, as well as the nonfiction books The House That Cleans Itself and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. Her novels include A Penny for Your Thoughts, Don't Take Any Wooden Nickels, A Dime a Dozen, A Quarter for a Kiss, The Buck Stops Here, The Trouble with Tulip, Blind Dates Can Be Murder, Elementary, My Dear Watkins, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon, plus other books!

Mindy is also the author of numerous plays and musicals which have been performed all over the United States. She has written textbooks, articles, short stories, and more than 75 computer software manuals. A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite.

Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker, and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008 and a Carol Award winner. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of four young adults. When she's not writing, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. Visit Susan at her website: www.susanmeissner.com, on Twitter at @SusanMeissner, or at www.facebook.com/susan.meissner.


New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.

Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime.

Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him. When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all?

A poignant novel of hoping for romance and searching for identity, set in a beloved Amish community.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Amish Groom, go HERE.

My Thoughts: The Amish Groom was an interesting twist on Amish romance.  Since Tyler spent his first six years in the English world before being left with his Amish grandparents, he has a different perspective than his Amish friends and family.  Now as an adult, he feels something is missing, and wonders if it is his English heritage.  The story was exciting as Tyler travels to California to care for his half-brother, and is immersed in the English world.  I enjoyed The Amish Groom and look forward to more books in the Men of Lancaster County Series.  It's nice to have a series focusing on the men this time!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday~Signs of Spring


Product Review and Giveaway~Purex No Sort for Colors Laundry Detergent

Wouldn't it be great to not need to sort your clothes before they go in the washer?  Well, Purex has a new product-Purex No Sort for Colors laundry detergent!  This detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology that traps loose dyes in the wash and reduces color bleeding accidents in your mixed color loads. 

Now, Purex is not saying their detergent can perform miracles-it is suggested that you wash strongly colored clothes or new clothes, especially jeans, at least five times before doing a mixed color load with new Purex No Sort for Colors. 

Here are two of my husband's shirts that he has had for a while.  I would normally never wash these two colors together.  But, with Purex No Sort detergent, they came out just fine!  The scent of the detergent is nice and fresh. 


Purex is celebrating this new product with a sweepstakes! In The Rules Have Changed with New Purex No Sort for Colors Detergent Sweepstakes, one winner will win $1000 and a year's supply of Purex No Sort for Colors, and 100 others will win a bottle of Purex No Sort.  Click here to enter through April 28, 2014.  Good luck!


Two winners will each get one coupon for a free bottle of Purex No Sort for Colors detergent.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Winners will be emailed within 48 hours of the end of the contest.

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Disclosure: The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex No Sort for Colors detergent in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own. 

Book Review~A Promise in Pieces

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Promise in Pieces
Abingdon Press (April 15, 2014)
Emily T. Wierenga


A Word from the Author:

I’m Emily, and I’m honored and humbled to meet you, friend. We’re all stumbling along on this journey and you can approach me about anything okay? I’m an open book, with dog-eared pages and a worn cover.

I’m mama to two boys, ages two and four, and married to a farm-boy-turned-math-teacher. We live in a small Dutch hamlet with three churches, one Co-Op and no stop lights. There are a lot of fields out here, there’s a lot of space and sky for breathing and running and writing.

We foster two boys in addition to our own two, and before I had kids, I took care of my Mum who had brain cancer. She fought back and has recovered, all glory to God, and my pastor-father still holds her hand while they go for daily walks.

I battled anorexia nervosa as a child, and then again as a newly married woman, and I write a lot about body image now and have a passion for women to learn to love themselves.

My husband and I have battled infertility and are currently trying to adopt our third child through the local Alberta government.

I hurt for the church, and believe in it, and pray for it, as I’ve grown up inside its walls and have heard its groanings.

I have a heart for Africa, particularly Uganda, and went there in January on a bloggers’ trip with World Help.

My favorite things to do are read literary novels, play guitar, snowboard, paint with oil and acrylics and hug my babies.

I am the author of two books on eating disorders, a novel releasing this spring, and a memoir coming out this summer.

I hope you’ll connect with me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/emilytwierenga, or if you prefer, Twitter: @emily_wierenga. I’d love to have a virtual glass of wine, or cup of coffee, with you.

Peace to you friends,



After the end of World War II, Clara Kirkpatrick returns from the Women’s Army Corp to deliver a dying soldier’s last wishes: convey his love to his young widow, Mattie, with apologies for the missed life they had planned to share.

Struggling with her own post-war trauma, Clara thinks she’s not prepared to handle the grief of this broken family. Yet upon meeting Mattie, and receiving a baby quilt that will never cuddle the soldier’s baby, Clara vows to honor the sacrifices that family made.

Now a labor and delivery nurse in her rural hometown, Clara wraps each new babe in the gifted quilt and later stitches the child’s name into the cloth. As each new child is welcomed by the quilt, Clara begins to wonder whatever happened to Mattie—and if her own life would ever experience the love of a newborn. Little does she know that she will have the opportunity to re-gift the special quilt—years later and carrying even greater significance than when it was first bestowed.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Promise in Pieces, go HERE.

My Thoughts: I loved this story!  I'm very interested in midwifery, and so I enjoyed reading about Clara's experiences.  The entire story, from beginning to end, follows Clara's personal struggles, while the world around her is struggling through the war and its aftermath.  The quilt that Mattie gives her, and it's story as time goes on, is very sweet and emotional.  I read A Promise in Pieces very quickly, as I had a hard time putting it down!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review and Giveaway~Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh

Purex has come out with a new, limited edition Crystals scent.  It's called Fabulously Fresh, and it is a great addition to their line of in-wash fragrance boosters.  Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh makes your clothes smell great for weeks, does not reduce the absorbency of towels, and is safe for all loads, including children's sleepwear and athletic wear. 

Here is a picture of what the crystals look like-it doesn't take much to make a load of laundry smell great.  I'm a regular user of Purex Crystals, especially on bedding and towels, and I really like this new scent. 


Purex is celebrating new Fabulously Fresh Crystals with a Sweepstakes!  Enter the Bring on Spring with a Fabulously Fresh Wardrobe Sweepstakes for your chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree plus a years supply of Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh. In addition to the Grand Prize, 100 winners will win a free bottle of Fabulously Fresh Crystals.  Click here to enter, contest runs through April 28, 2014. 


Two The Loose Screw Readers will each win a coupon for a free bottle of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh!  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Winners will be emailed within 48 hours of contest end.  Good luck!

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*Disclosure: The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide Review and Prize Pack Giveaway!!

Are you planning on taking the family to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it comes out on May 2?   We are Spider-Man fans at our house.  I like whenever we can help our kids draw things out of popular movies that will help them in their lives.

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

My family had the opportunity to review the Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide.  It was great-I would love if every movie that came out had something like this.  In the Discussion Guide, there are six topics, each with questions to discuss.  The topics are:
*The Nature of Power
*You are Somebody Who is Needed
*Time is Luck and Life is Precious
*Live Your Own Life and Make it Count
*Choices and Destiny
The topics and questions are appropriate for adults and children, and are from a Christian perspective, with Bible verses.  They really make you think, and talk about some deep things.  I don't think our kids would ever have thought they could learn so much about life from a superhero movie!

Official website for the moviewww.theamazingspiderman.com/   


Propeller has provided my readers with a great Spider-Man 2 Prize Pack!!  One lucky winner will receive a Spider-Man 2 t-shirt, paper mask, and phone case.  My son is modeling the prize pack items in the photo above. You will also receive the Family Discussion Guide (electronic). 

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification."