Preview: Annie's Truth

Monday, May 21, 2012


This week, the
 
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
 
is introducing
 
Annie's Truth
 
Realms (May 15, 2012)
 
by
 
Beth Shriver
   



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Childhood memories of her grandfather's ranch came alive as Beth wrote her first Amish story. Her parents grew up in the country, so she understands pastoral life and respects those who make a living off the land. She frequents a nearby Amish community just south of Fort-Worth for an occasional church service or brunch with the bishop and his wife. And on the way home she stops at the community store to get some plum jam!



In 2003 Beth began writing her first book. A couple of years later it was published and she has been writing ever since. Beth received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a case worker before starting a family. Beth followed her passion and has written in a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction.    



ABOUT THE BOOK



After learning the truth about who she really is, can this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the safety and security of home?



Annie Beiler seems to have it all—a loving family in a tight-knit Amish community and the affections of an attractive and respected young man. But when she learns that she was adopted after being found as an abandoned newborn, she sets out on a journey to find out who she is.



Her father is strongly against her decision to leave, as it could mean Meidung, or excommunication from the community and even her family. But Annie knows she must find “the path that has her heart.”



As Annie’s search brings her into the fast-paced world of modern life, she is confronted with all of the temptations she was warned of. Can she make her way back to the order and security of her family? Or will she remain an outsider—torn between her two worlds?



If you would like to read an excerpt from the first chapter of Annie's Truth, go HERE.


Beyond Hope's Valley














Book Blurb:

After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook -- a marriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the idyllic farms and families of her upbringing, Marianna is surprised that Indiana is somehow making her long now for Montana.

As months pass, secrets that were hidden in winter’s frozen grasp thaw and take on a life of their own. The truths about a child, about a past relationship, and about God’s plans are being revealed. Walking through a valley of questions, Marianna must hold on to hope as she decides where and with whom her heart truly belongs.



Enter Today  - 5/2-5/20!


 
Celebrate with Tricia and enter to win a custom-made Amish Wall hanging in the colors of your choice ... and much more!




One fortunate winner will receive: 

  •  Custom Amish Wall Hanging {You choose the colors!} 

  • An Amish Doll {Sweet.} 

  • Amish-made basket {It’s picnic season!} 

  • Doilies, potholder and an Amish cookbook {All items form Bird-in-Hand, PA!} 

  • Three book Big Sky Amish series {Be swept away by this captivating series.} 



Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 20th. Winner will be announced at "All Things Amish" Author Chat Facebook Party on 5/21. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and more! 



So grab your copy of Beyond Hope's Valley and join Tricia on the evening of the May 21st for a fun chat, trivia contest (How much do you know about the Amish?) and lots of giveaways. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

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I just received my copy so I haven't had a chance to read it. I will write a full review when I can. I will say that you can't go wrong with Tricia Goyer!!!!

A Forbidden Love - Reviewed


















Moved by the desire for adventure and a yearning to help the Ute Indians, twenty-year-old Shiloh Wainright impulsively accepts a teaching position at the White River Indian Agency in northwestern Colorado. The new job, however, isn't what she imagined it would be, and Shiloh soon finds herself caught in the cross fire between the Utes, their unyielding Indian Agent, and the unrealistic demands of the US government. Her unexpected encounter with Jesse Blackwater, an embittered half-breed Ute and childhood friend, only complicates matters as they battle their growing feelings for each other amidst the spiraling tensions threatening to explode into a catastrophic Indian uprising.
Set amongst the wilds of the Colorado Rockies in 1879, this is a tale of a forbidden love and a faith tested in the cauldron of intolerance and the harsh realities of life on the untamed frontier. Bestselling author Kathleen Morgan deftly explores themes of mercy, fidelity to one's beliefs despite what others think or do, and compassion for those different from oneself as she plumbs the depths of the human heart and the healing power of God's love.



My Thoughts:  Shiloh is drawn to Jessie when she sees him as a young girl. Her sister Jordan causes problems for Jessie from the beginning. 
When Shiloh accepts the teaching position with the White River Indian Agency she sees Jessie again. Shiloh being white and Jessie being a Ute creates unimaginable tension.  Nathan Meeker the agent for the White River Indian Agency was not friendly at all to the Ute's or trying to make things more compatible between the Ute's and the whites. 
I was horrified at the massacre, yet not surprised, because of Mr. Meeker's behavior. 
The romance between Shiloh and Jessie was breath-taking! Kathleen can write some kissing scenes that will take your breath away!
One thing I love about historical fiction is that I learn something I didn't learn in history class. I did not even know about the Meeker Massacre, and I know about it now. 
This is a book not to be missed!!!
Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
 
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