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To Swim At Midnight by Suzanne D. Willi

912AsslwTOL._SL1500_Five years ago, Tristan Scott spent the last day of summer vacation with Brie as they went for a midnight swim in the lake. He has not seen Brie since then and has no idea that they have a son.

To Swim At Midnight
by Suzanne D. Williams
Self Published
July 2014

To Swim At Midnight by Suzanne D. Williams is a Christian love story but with a somewhat different plot than most Christian novels. Tristan Scott has returned to the lake where he spent the best summer of his life. His father has died and Tristan has to sell the lake house to pay the debts left by his father. He does not want to sell the house for it is filled with memories that he can’t forget and the best memory is Brie Angler. She and he shared a midnight swim that he will never forget. It has been five years since he has seen Brie but in driving by the house where Brie lived, he sees her in the yard and all the memories come rushing back. When Tristan stops to talk with Brie, he gets the shock of his life when he sees a very young boy who looks exactly like him. Tristan is at the lake house with his current girlfriend and she is not happy with the way he is acting for of course she has learned about Brie.

Suzanne has done it again with another great story. This Christian story is different for the main character does not become a Christian in the story. However, the reader is left with the feeling that he will become a Christian for Brie is now a Christian and is rearing their son with Christian values. The characters were so well developed that I was feeling each of their emotions right along with them. The dialogue of all the characters seemed to be exactly what would have been said in all the situations. I was pulling for Tristan and Brie to get together but I did feel a little sorry for the girlfriend. The author did have her speak her mind but she was not cruel as she could have been. There was some suspense in the plot line for I did not know if Tristan would marry the girlfriend or if he would end up with Brie. This story definitely showed the power of love and how it can change circumstances. The story had a good ending and I would like to see a sequel.

I definitely recommend this book even though it is not your typical Christian romance.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

Postmarked Ever After by Mary L. Ball

81O+O31+ZjL._SL1500_Serena Gray works as an emergency nurse and when she receives a letter stating that her husband has a daughter that he never knew, her life is filled with unanswered questions.

Postmarked Ever After
by Mary L. Ball
Lovely Romance Press
August 2014

Postmarked Ever After by Mary L. Ball is a very good Christian romance that leaves you with a good feeling when the story is finished. Serena Gray works as an emergency room nurse and is beginning to move on after the death of her husband. A letter addressed to her late husband arrives and it is from a woman dying of cancer telling him that he has a daughter he never knew. Through a chance meeting, Serena meets Adam Knox who just happens to be the husband of the woman who wrote the letter. Serena gives a talk on nursing at the school where Adam is the principal and one of the students at the lecture is Nicky, Adam’s daughter. Serena is sure that Nicky is her husband’s daughter and the story gets very interesting at this point. Should Serena show the letter to Adam or should she just remain quiet? Is there really an attraction between Adam and Serena?

Mary Ball did an excellent job in the development of this story. The characters came to life on the pages of the book and I actually felt as if Serena, Adam, and Nicky were close friends. It was good to have a pre-teen portrayed in such a loving and sweet way and the dialogue between Nicky and the adults was a joy to read. Scenes were so well described that I could see myself right in the middle of everything that was happening. Actually I was more standing in the background urging Serena to show the letter to Adam for I was sure that he knew that Nicky was not his biological daughter. The suspense throughout the story dealt mainly with Serena and the letter. Would she give Adam the letter or destroy it? Another little surprise was the dream of a young boy in the hospital and when he told Serena about the dream, she was not sure what to make of the dream. When the three main characters finally worked though all their problems, the story had a wonderful ending.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great love story with a Christian message.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

812Enaqf4dL._SL1500_Lauren, Bethanne, and Linda are friends and all are having problems in their relationships and/or businesses.

Blossom Street Brides
by Debbie Macomber
Random House
March 2014

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber is an inspiring story about three women and the problems in their lives. Lauren Elliott is dismayed when she learns that her younger sister is pregnant. Lauren has been waiting for years for Todd to propose. After deciding to take matters into her own hands, she meets a man named Rooster. Bethanne Scranton is a newlywed but she lives in Seattle and Max lives in California. Neither feels that they can move because of their businesses but the miles between them are beginning to cause problems. Linda Goetz is very happy with her husband Brad but she is deeply troubled about the future of her yarn shop for business has dropped off. The business is given a boost when someone starts leaving baskets all over town with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and to buy their yarn at A Good Yarn.

Debbie Macomber did an excellent job with all elements of this story. I felt as if I knew each character personally for they were so well developed. I must say that my favorite character was Rooster. You will have to read the book to learn his real name and why he was called Rooster. I became involved in all the scenes for again Debbie made them so realistic. The story kept me reading when I should have been doing something else because I had to know how each woman would solve her problems. I was not disappointed with any of the solutions.

I definitely recommend this book to all who love a good romantic story and enjoy books by Debbie Macomber.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Amish Blacksmith by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner

913lplqBa5L._SL1500_ Jake Miller is an apprentice blacksmith and he also has a unique way of handling horses. Priscilla Kinsinger has returned to Lancaster after six years and to Jake’s dismay, she also has a way with horses.

The Amish Blacksmith
by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner
Harvest House Publishers
August 2014

The Amish Blacksmith by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner is a delightful Amish novel that was a joy to read. Jake Miller is an apprentice blacksmith and he also has a way with horses. Priscilla Kinsinger has returned to Lancaster after being away for six years. Priscilla also has a way with horses but Jake is very skeptical of her ability. Jake is interested in courting Amanda Shetler and is quite upset when his boss, Priscilla’s uncle, asks him to help Priscilla become a part of the community again. Amanda thinks it is a great idea and immediately starts to play matchmaker and Jake unexpectedly begins to find himself drawn to Priscilla.

The authors developed the characters so well that I felt that I personally knew everyone and they all came to life on the pages of the book. When they were describing the work that Jake and Priscilla were doing with the horses, I was right there with them urging them on. The way the authors had Jake helping Priscilla to realize that her mother’s death was not her fault was very touching and even brought tears to my eyes. Amanda provided several laughs due to her working so hard to be a matchmaker. The unanswered questions surrounding the death of Priscilla’s mother were finally answered. The other question to be answered was would Jake choose Amanda or Priscilla?

If you are a lover of Amish fiction then you definitely want to read this book.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

A Call to Arms by P. G. Nagle

91sRDL0m-NL._SL1500_ Fictional story based on the real life adventures of Sara Emma Edmonds who served in the Civil War for two years as Private Frank Thompson.

A Call to Arms
P. G. Nagle
Evennight Books
April 2014

A Call to Arms by P. G. Nagle is fiction but based on the real life adventures of Sarah Emma Edmonds who served in the Civil War for two years as Private Frank Thompson. Sarah grew up on a farm with a father who wanted a son, therefore, she could ride and shoot as well as any man. Since she had a strong feeling of patriotism, she joined the 2nd Michigan Volunteers. In the army she worked as a nurse, a spy, and other non-combat jobs. Her greatest fear was that she would be exposed as a woman for this would have lead to a court-martial and disgrace. The story began many years after the war had ended when Sarah was in Washington seeking her pension.

The characters were well developed and they all came to life on the pages of the book. I could feel Sarah’s worry as she had to always be on guard that she did nothing to reveal that she was a woman. The battle scenes were very realistic and I was anxious to know the outcome of each battle. For me it seemed that the only mystery was if Sarah would be found out. We all know how the war ended so there was nothing to anticipate there. The author did a good job of switching between the years of the war and to the events happening in Washington twenty years after the war ended.

II recommend this book but be aware that there is some profanity.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis

91JHFxdboNL._SL1500_The infant daughter of Kelly Maines was kidnapped at birth, a victim of a black market adoption ring. Kelly has been searching for her daughter for eight years.

Child of Mine
by David & Beverly Lewis
Bethany House
June 2014

Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis is a wonderful story that touches the heart. Kelly Maines has been searching eight years for her daughter who was stolen at birth, a victim of a black market adoption ring. Finally, Kelly has a lead on a young girl that just may be her daughter. This young girl is the adopted niece of Jack Livingston and he has been rearing her since the death of her adopted parents. Jack travels a great deal in his work and when he is gone, Laura, an Amish nanny. cares for Natalie and loves her as if she were her own. Kelly arranges a chance meeting with Jack and this meeting leads to more meetings and Kelly realizes that she is falling for Jack and he is falling for her. This happens before she gets up enough courage to tell him the real reason they met. As Kelly gets to know Natalie she begins to wonder if Natalie is really her daughter.

The authors did an excellent job in the development of the story. All the characters were so well developed that I felt as if I knew each one of them personally. I especially loved Natalie, a little girl that could steal anyone’s heart. All the scenes were so real that I could feel myself being right in the middle of what was happening. Dialogue was great and I especially loved everything that was uttered by Natalie. There were many twists and turns in the story and these kept me guessing as to which woman was really Natalie’s mother. When the real mother was revealed I must admit that I was somewhat surprised. The story had a great ending with everyone being happy and content.

I recommend this book to anyone that loves a great story that has love, forgiveness, laughter, and tears.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Tattooed by Suzanne D. Williams

91fpGE2yJvL._SL1500_ Holden Lang was a rock drummer who had fame, fortune, and a body covered with tattoos. Through assumptions and misunderstandings, people thought that Charity Caswell was his wife.

Tattooed
by Suzanne D. Williams
Self Published
May 2014

Tattooed by Suzanne D. Williams was a great story and once I started I could not stop reading until I had finished the book at two in the morning. I don’t really care for tattoos but after reading a few pages I forgot about the tattoos. Holden Lang was a rock drummer and had fame, fortune, and a body covered with tattoos. His newest tattoo was “Laura” the name of the woman he hoped to marry. Laura refused his marriage proposal so he went to the tattoo artist who did all his tattoos and had her cover the name with another tattoo. Unfortunately, her ex-husband came into the shop and in a fit of jealously he threw Holden through the window of the building and then began beating him senseless. Charity Caswell just happened to be in the area looking at a site to rent for her bookstore when Holden came flying through the window. She called 911 and then all the mix ups began. The EMT thought she was Holden’s wife and that information spread through the hospital and then to the news media. At this point the story REALLY became interesting.

Even thought I do not care for tattoos or rock music, I think this may be my favorite story by Suzanne Williams. I was lost in the story from the very beginning. Her development of the characters of Holden and Charity were so well done that I felt as if we were good friends. All the other characters were also well developed and I felt as if I knew each one personally. Suzanne has a knack for scene development and I was feeling every punch that the ex-husband was giving Holden. I also experienced all the feelings of doubt and other misgivings that Charity was dealing with for they were so vividly written and I could almost feel the pain of Holden as he went through physical therapy. There were twists and turns in the story and one that dealt with Charity and her ex-fiance was a complete surprise. This was a story that touched my heart and showed how God is willing to heal the body, soul, and mind if we just ask, have faith, and believe. I liked the comment that we are “tattooed” on God’s heart. Never thought about tattoos that way. I hope there will be a sequel about Charity and Holden and I would also like to read a story about Julie and Eric.

I highly recommend this book to all that enjoy a great Christian love story and one that shows what the love of God can do in a person’s life.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

Play It For Me by Suzanne D. Williams

91bemUr9AEL._SL1500_Niccolo Cavatelli is a well known cellist but he has cut himself off from the outside world and lives in isolation.

Play It For Me

by Suzanne D. Williams
Self Published
June 2014

Play It For Me by Suzanne D. Williams is the last book in the Italian Series and I for one hate to see the series end. Niccolo Cavatelli is a well known cellist but has cut himself off from the outside world. His entire world is music and even though he hears notes night and day, they do not contribute to the security he so strongly desires but adds to his isolation as does his lack of faith and trust in God. Nancy Dennis, a lady in her fifties, has stayed with Niccolo for the past three years. She is with him day and night, six days a week, and also travels with him when he has concerts. She is finally taking a week vacation and her niece, Kati Dennis, will be staying with Niccolo. There is an instant attraction between Niccolo and Kati and this leads him to write his greatest song but a thoughtless word from Kati sends Niccolo into a rage and it appears that he has lost the music.

Just as with the first four books in the series, Suzanne has done a great job in developing the characters. My heart went out to Niccolo and I wanted to help him regain his life and music. Kati was so very real also but when she uttered the words that sent Niccolo into a rage, I wanted to shake some sense into her. All the scenes were so descriptive that I felt as if I were in them along with the characters in the story. When Niccolo went into his destructive rage, I was almost holding my breath for I could not believe what he was doing. But his actions did make Kati stop and think and she realized what she had done to cause him to lose his temper so violently. There were several turns and twists to the plot line but everything worked out for the good in the end. There was a happy ending but it also contained a little sadness. This story was about Niccolo but it was also about the love and salvation of God for His children.

I highly recommend this book to all that enjoy a great Christian love story that also shows what the love of God can do in a person’s life.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer

91F3M0iSm+L._SL1500_Dinah Hubley is the daughter of a prostitute and she is determined to have a better life and starts her journey by leaving the brothel that has been her home since she was born.

Through the Deep Waters
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Waterbrook Press
May 2014

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a story that is depressing at times but shows what the love of God can do to erase the shame in a life. Dinah Hubley has lived her entire life of seventeen years in the brothel where she was born to one of the prostitutes and has never known the true love of a mother. Dinah has one desire in life and that is to become a Harvey Girl which will allow her to work in an upscale hotel as a waitress. Unfortunately, Dinah is not old enough to be a Harvey Girl so she accepts the job of chambermaid in Mr. Harvey’s hotel in Florence, Kansas. Dinah’s co-workers try to be friends but she feels so much shame from the life she left behind that she simply cannot accept friendship when offered to her. Amos Ackerman, a chicken farmer with a handicapped leg, becomes interested in Dinah but she withdraws even more into herself. She feels that no one can love her because of the thing she had to do to survive before leaving Chicago for Kansas.

The author did an excellent job in developing all aspects of this story. The character of Dinah was so real that I was almost feeling shame right along with her. The other characters were very well developed and I felt as if I were right there with them trying to help Dinah. I especially liked Amos for he was such a kind, gentle,and loving man and I was almost in tears over the way that Dinah treated him at first when he was trying so hard to show her the love of Christ. All the scenes were so well described that I would end up feeling as if I had been working as a chambermaid all day. There were twists and turns in the plot line but they added a little suspense that made me wonder if Dinah would ever come to love herself and God.

I recommend this book to all who like a very good historical story that also shows how God can restore a life filled with shame.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Undetected by Dee Henderson

91hmdPSsO5L._SL1500_ Mark Bishop is the commander of a ballistic missile submarine and Gina Gray is an ocean science researcher. She has just come up with a new theory and needs his help.

Undetected
Dee Henderson
Bethany House
April 2014

Undetected by Dee Henderson is another great book by this author. Mark Bishop is the Commander of a ballistic missile submarine but when someone asks him what he does for a living he simply replies, “I’m in the Navy.” This is an extreme understatement for his job carries responsibilities that are not seen in any other job in the military. Mark is a widower and with all his heart he wants to come home to someone after spending several months at sea in a submarine with hundreds of men. He is attracted to Gina Gray but feels that maybe she is too young for him. Gina does ocean science research and her job is so important and secret that she has round the clock military protection. She would love to be married but due to a failed relationship, she spends nearly all her time working, sometimes even sleeping at her office. This work situation leaves her no time for a social life. She has just made a very important discovery and she needs Mark Bishop’s help to prove her theory. Fortunately, this will give them time together to get to know each other.

As with all her books, Dee Henderson did an excellent job in the development of all aspects of this story. It is very evident that she did the research necessary to write such a detailed story about life on a submarine and other jobs in the Navy. Also, she wrote in such a way that it was easy to understand what was happening on the submarine and with Gina’s work. All the characters were so well developed that I felt as if each one was a friend with Mark and Gina being close friends. Gina did not want to spend time on the submarine and this segment of the story was so real that I was feeling the same fear as Gina. There were several twists and turns to the plot line and these just added to the enjoyment of the story and kept me guessing as to what was going to happen. The characters and dialogue were so well developed that I had the feeling as if I were right in the middle of the action taking place on the submarine.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a well written story that is also a learning experience. There is romance and enough mystery to keep one reading and guessing.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.