About The Book: A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret. In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O'Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she's taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she'll face imprisonment. Still, something compels Nan to take in "flyboy" Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond. But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband's death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith? Learn more and purchase a copy.
About The Author: Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer's conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.
My Thoughts On The Book: I was hooked on this book from the first page. Ms. Dickson masterfully creates her characters within the confines of the story that takes place during war torn Ireland during WW II. I really enjoyed the strong female roles. The midwife, the doctor, and the female mechanic were all capable of taking care of themselves and others their community. Although Nan was a Christian and you knew it, it was not overwhelming. I love WWII romance novels and this one was solidly done. It was a great summer beach read for sure. Loved it! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! So glad you've joined us today, and if you've answered the questions add your link at the end of Joyce's post. Be sure to leave a comment for your neighbor because it's summertime and the commenting is easy. Something like that...
1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional) Frank and I chatted with our neighbors on Tuesday and Wednesday. Mrs. Peggy was in the yard so Frank walked over to check on her husband who had been in the hospital and then we went to the Assisted Living to see Mrs. Mildred who is there doing rehab from a car wreck. We live in a small town and neighbors talk to each other. My favorite venue for talking with neighbors is sitting on the front porch with my Porch People.
2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why? I choose ocean and waterfall. I love them both.
3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state? We've been to Delaware many times. The official state nickname of Alabama is "The Yellowhammer State". It also called "The Heart of Dixie" and "The Cotton State". The yellowhammer is a bird. I am ok with the nickname.
4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers? I made buffalo chicken rollups. OMG they were awesome! The men of my church stood there and ate them off the serving plate. It was a recipe I got on Pinterest and there was not one piece left. My go to dishes are usually baked beans, poppy seed chicken. hash brown casserole, and cobblers.
5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent? I have to agree with Joyce on this one....Trust your instincts, and remember parenting is a thousand moments spread out over the course of a lifetime. Having a bad moment or even a bad day doesn't make you a bad parent. Rest in the knowledge that the maker of heaven and earth knows your little one by name and loves him more than you can fathom. 6. Insert your own random thought here. If you could name your child something else....once they have developed a personality of their own....what would you choose? My daughter....Kathryn Leigh (and I love her name...and call her Kat)....loves lavender fields and sunflower fields. She and hubby, Brian are missionaries in Moldova...there a tons of lavender fields and sunflower fields. I should have named her Lavender Blue....or Sunflower....after all....her mom was a child of the 60's and 70's.
About The Book: A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves. Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay... Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn't believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her. Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta's is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta's sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim? Learn more and purchase a copy. About The Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.
My Thoughts On The Book: I have been a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray for a long while. I love her Amish genre stories and once I start reading one I cannot seem to put it down. His Guilt was a little different than most Amish genre books I have read but the suspense and storyline caught me from the start. The story is a heart pounding one and this is a series unlike anything Amish I have ever read. Even thought this is a series it is a stand alone, so you do not have to read book one before you read this one. If you love suspense then this is the book for you I cannot wait to see what the third novel will be like? Whatever it is....I know it will be awesome. Love! Love! Love!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.