Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Books Read in 2015


February thru April 









Free books received in exchange for an honest review. 

+ Re-visiting/reading old friends

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Great way to enjoy books ~ audible!

I joined audible over a year ago and I am really enjoying listening to their audio books. I never thought I would enjoy it so much! 

This post is  not related to the audible company in any way.  I have not been asked to write a post or received any paid service or freebies in exchange for posting this. I just want to share the word about such a great company and great book deals!    


My children have often listened to audio books from the library and as a family we enjoyed them. For myself though, the audio books that I chose seemed to have been a hit or miss experience.  

I often found that while I enjoyed the book, I didn't always enjoy the narrator's voice, speaking style or speed of talking. Another factor was that the high cost of buying audio books pretty much was out of our budget range.   

Here's why I am loving audible ... 

Membership prices VERY reasonable

Free 30 day trial

Listening sample available for every book

Return policy -  you can return any book with no questions asked
(yep it's true - I've returned books without any hassle, questions or problems!) 

Ability to vary speed of the narrator's speaking so you can adjust it to your preference 

Easy access to customer service and they are available 24/7

Ability to go from listening to reading when needed (if you purchase the e book and audio book together) 

More listening/reading time while I  knit, crochet, clean house, drive, etc.  

High quality production and quality narrators

Ability to roll over  monthly book credits (within membership plan limits and those limits are really reasonable!) 

Click  on the above logo to visit the web site.

I  have found audible to have great customer service, an easy to use website and high quality audio books with terrific narrators! You don't need to have a kindle to use this service as they have many other free apps that you can use. 

I love the freedom of going about my day and being able to listen and enjoy a book I just can't put down.  

I highly recommend audible and that's pretty high praise from me.  My first and foremost preference is to read a good solid (real) book so you can imagine my surprise when I found I love listening to audio books through audible! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Bachelor: A Novel ~ Book 2 of the Plain City Peace series

  • ISBN-10: 0825442168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825442162
  • Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish

The Bachelor  by Stephanie Reed is the second book in the Plain City Peace series.  The first book in this series is  The Bargain  and the 3rd book in this series, The Bride will be released in 2016.

The Bachelor opens with Betsy Troyer living in her Amish community during the stormy 1970s.  After boarding with an Englisher family for a time, she has returned home to resume her life within the Amish community and to care for her siblings. Her parents have been shunned and are no longer able to live at home. 

While Betsy grieves for her parents, struggles to keep a home for her siblings she also accepts the responsibility of caring for the daughter of the Englisher family she used to board with. 

As she works through these many challenges, she finds herself at a crossroad regarding her way of life, her faith and the two men she loves.  

Will Betsy listen as God guides tries to show her His plan for her?

Will she choose to follow her heart? 

The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed was an enjoyable  read and one that engaged me from start to finish.  The story was compelling, the characters engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

While The Bachelor can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone story, I recommend reading the whole series. I believe I would have enjoyed the story even more if I had had a better understanding of the history leading up to the events that occurred in this book. I can't wait to read the other books!

Many thanks to Kregel Publishing and Ms. Reed for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest reflection of my thoughts and feelings regarding this book.