Category Archives: Becky Freyenhagen

Travelers Rest by Tatlock

Seth, the war hero, is very injured and does not want to hold, Jane, his fiancé, to her commitment. She, on the other hand, has loved him forever and still wants to marry him. She meets many interesting people in the veterans hospital Seth is staying at and with their stories and Jane’s, she learns new things about herself while she is helping them.

Travelers Rest
by Ann Tatlock
Bethany House
May 2012

This book made me laugh and made me cry. The characters are described so well, that you feel like you are reading a true story and they are people you could one day meet in Ashville, North Carolina. I was drawn to reading this book because I knew it was about an injured soldier coming back from war and as a military wife and patriot, my heart is tender for them. I was not disappointed with this book.

Becky Freyenhagen is a wife and homeschooling mother of three. She also reviews at Booya! Books.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Inescapable by Mehl

Inescapable is about a girl named Lizzie who grew up Mennonite. She made a mistake as a young girl and fled to the city. Life in the city wasn’t easy for her and she had someone stalking her.

Road to Kingdom 1
by Nancy Mehl
Bethany House
July 2012

Circumstances got worse, so she decided to go back to her home town. The town she grew up in and her father shunned her for her mistake, but she is desperate enough to flee to safety. She encounters many changes in her home town, but one thing did not change and that was her father. She settles in to a new life, just begins to trust some people and feels safe until the stalker shows up again. She has to decide who to trust and what to do now. Does she face her troubles or does she run again?
I am not a huge fan of mysteries, but I thought I would try something new. This book was hard to get into and took me most of the book to get interested. I really only finished it because I thought I knew “who did it” and I wanted to see if I was right.

Becky Freyenhagen is a wife and homeschooling mother of three. She also reviews at Booya! Books.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Fiddler by Lewis

Let me first say, I am a huge Beverly Lewis fan! I love her style of writing and her story lines. She does not disappoint with this book.

The Fiddler
by Beverly Lewis
Bethany House
April 2012

Amelia is an accomplished violinist who loves playing the violin but feels like her life is missing something. Michael is an Amish man who is struggling with his decision to take the vow of baptism or become an Englisher. A crazy rain storm forces their paths to cross and they feel immediately at ease with each other.

Both of them are not sure what to do with their feelings, with Amelia having a boyfriend and a demanding lifestyle and Michael being Amish and having family who are anxiously waiting for him to join the church. Will they realize God’s hand in their meeting and follow their hearts and the life they feel led to live or will they follow the life path they are expected to do?

Becky Freyenhagen is a wife and homeschooling mother of three. She also reviews at Booya! Books.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

A Captive Heart by Cramer

I read the first book in this series so I was excited to be able to read this book as a reviewer. I loved it just as much as I loved the first book.

A Captive Heart
The Daughters of Caleb Bender #2
By Dale Cramer
Bethany House
January 2012

The series is about Caleb Bender’s daughters and the life they are making living in Mexico as an Amish family. This book is mainly about his daughter Miriam and her personal feelings for a Mexican man named Domingo. She thinks he has feelings for her and she for him, but Amish rules do allow marriage outside of the faith. Miriam struggles with her feelings throughout the book and must find a way to live with them.

I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to future writings by the author. The Captive Heart does a great job of telling Miriam’s story and telling the story of the difficulties of the Amish families as they try to make a life for themselves in Mexico.

Becky Freyenhagen is a wife and homeschooling mother of three. She also reviews at Booya! Books.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist

This was a great book! I had a hard time putting it down!

Love on the Line
by Deaanne Gist
Bethany House
October 2011

Georgie Gail is a single woman, living alone as a switchboard operator in the rural town of Brenham. She is well respected by the women of the town and she is an avid bird watcher. Luke Palmer is a Texas Ranger who is well known in Texas for capturing criminals except for the one who keeps getting away, Frank Comer.

Comer and his gang are much like Robin Hood and take from the “rich” and give to the “poor,” so most of the people in Texas care very little about his criminal activity and find it more interesting that Palmer can’t catch him. Luke is assigned to go undercover and work with Georgie at the telephone company. Georgie is not happy about this and is quite perturbed that a man is taking over some of her responsibilities and is bossing her around. They argue and do not get along. And then . . . something changes and as soon as Palmer starts getting closer to figuring out who is in Comer’s gang and capturing Comer, they start having feelings for each other.

Luke soon realizes that him being undercover is putting Georgie in danger. Now, he has to decide how he is going to proceed and if he can continue to care for Georgie and do his job at the same time.

This book has many twist and turns and I love Georgie and Luke’s relationship. It made me laugh out loud many times! Hold on tight to the end of this book, because it has a great ending.

Becky Freyenhagen is a wife and homeschooling mother of three. She also reviews at Booya! Books.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Mercy by Beverly Lewis

This is the third book in The Rose Trilogy. The story continues with Hen and her husband, who is temporarily blind from an accident, still trying to figure out how they are going to live their lives since Hen wants to continue living in her Amish roots and her husband does not.

The Mercy
Beverly Lewis
Bethany House
September 2011

He wants a divorce and to take their daughter with him back to the “English” world. Hen loves her husband very much and wants to have her family together but is not sure how to combine his world and her new desire to stay Amish.

As the story unfolds, Hen and her husband learn more about each other and how to move on with the changes in their lives. Hens sister Rose is looking for the path in her life after she broke off her engagement to Silas. She knows that most of the boys her age are already married or spoken for so she sets her mind to accepting her new lot in life. Then, along comes Issac and she starts courting. Things are going well, but Issac has ideas as to how he wants to live his life and Rose is not sure she wants to follow him.

Then one day, an old friend comes back into the community. This brings confusion to Rose’s life and to the community. She is desperately looking for that happy ending. Will she find it with the man she loves?

This book was wonderful and Beverly Lewis did a great job of ending her trilogy. All three books are highly recommended!

Becky Freyenhagen is a wife and homeschooling mother of three. She also reviews at Booya! Books.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us by Sonya Haskins

This book is a great, easy, relaxing read for someone who is trying to decide if they want to homeschool and for those who are already but might need some fresh ideas.

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us
by Sonya Haskins.
Bethany House
January 2010

Haskins really makes you feel relaxed about your decision and lets you know that there is no mold to a homeschool family. Homeschooling can be done many different ways. She addresses all the main homeschool arguments like: socialization, relationships, and extracurricular activities. She also has very helpful advice for academics and gives you a chart to fill out to see what kind of learning technique might work best for your family.

As a homeschooling mother of three I found her book to be very enlightening, helpful and funny. She has some great ideas and covers all her bases as to what kinds of things you might come across as you homeschool.

I highly recommend this book for those who think they might want to homeschool. It’s a small book with a lot of information and will answer some of the most basic questions and get you on the right road to whatever works best for your family.

Becky Freyenhagen is a wife and homeschooling mother of three. She also reviews at Booya! Books.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

A Most Unsuitable Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Stephanie Whitson did an excellent job writing this book. I was captivated with the story of Fannie and Samuel from the beginning to the end. While Fannie is living through a stream of life changing events , she stumbles across a family secret. She is a brave and independent girl and decides to get on a steamboat to Montana to find her long lost aunt. While on the boat she meets many people, one of them being Samuel Beck. She is not particularly fond of him, but after another life changing event they become travel partners both headed to Montana in search of family. Once they arrive in Fort Benton, they both run into difficulties with finding their family and difficulties with the harshness of Montana living during the gold rush. As winter is quickly approaching and with it the last steamboat south, Fannie must make some hard decisions about what she wants in her life and who will be included. This book was excellent and I highly recommend it. There are many twist and turns to keep you captivated.

Becky Freyenhagen is a wife and homeschooling mother of three. She also reviews at Booya! Books.

This book was free from the publisher.

An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser

This is a wonderful story of family loyalty, friendship, finding love and searching for your own path in life. Lucy, a dressmaker in New York, and Rowena, a socialite, become friends when Lucy helps her with her Newport wardrobe. Even though their social status doesn’t allow their friendship, Rowena devises a plan to get Lucy out to Newport and eventually Lucy’s younger sister, Sofia, and their mother. Rowena is troubled because of an arranged marriage. She wants to marry for true love but is not sure what true love feels like. Lucy listens and encourages as any friend would while she meets and falls in love with a man who is above her social class. She’s unsure of what her future holds with a man who should not marry her. Her sister, Sophia, finds common interest with a man and bonds quickly with him even though he is heir to family fortune and she is just a common seamstress. This story really captures your interest from beginning to end. I really had a hard time putting it down! I just couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next and if the girls were going to find happiness. This perfect love story also has a villain who is out for revenge. I truly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.

This book was free from the publisher.

Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock

Roz is a young girl who just moved with her mother, brother and sister to a new town in order to get away from an abusive husband. Tillie is an older lady who raised her family in the house Roz’s family just moved into and she does not want to live anywhere else until she dies. Roz’s mother decides to let Tillie live there to help her with the kids while she works. Mara is a girl from Roz’s school and they form a quick bond because both of them desire and dream of their fathers coming back into their lives. The girls make a promise to help each other and pray for their relationship with their fathers. Both girl’s fathers do come back into their lives, but does it turn out the way the girls hoped for? Ann Tatlock wrote an excellent book. The story was intriguing and kept you guessing. It was also a book which teaches you about who our true Father is and that someday all our dreams will come true when He finally calls us home.

This was a free book from the publisher.