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review 2017-07-26 01:51
The Amish Face the Technological Apocalypse with Grace
When the English Fall: A Novel - David Williams

I'll admit I was trepidatious about being assigned this novel to review at first. Much as the setup is catnip to me -- a fresh take on technological shutdown and societal collapse? Sign me up! -- I have a real thing about how the Amish are sometimes portrayed. They're sort of infantized and fetishized in a lot of contexts, like they're just these adorable weirdos who don't have electricity. Not to get too far into it, but any religious group who practices shunning is on my shit list, and that goes for Scientology as well. But! The Amish are no monolith, like any group, and embrace a number of societal ideals I find admirable, non violence being the main one. Anyway.


David Williams managed to sidestep all of my fears, and spin a compelling tale. His main character, Jacob, is not without faults, but his very active engagement with the rough realities of the technological failure of the English (that's us, to them) is deep and thoughtful. A very good book. 



My latest at B&N Sci-fi & Fantasy

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review 2017-05-31 23:02
Good Story and Characters
Amish Brides - Jennifer Beckstrand,Molly... Amish Brides - Jennifer Beckstrand,Molly Jebber,Amy Lillard

The Reluctant Groom:

Annie encouraged matches , she felt young men she be married before they made nuisances of themselves. Ester told Annie  it wasn’t her responsibility and Annie told her daughter  who else would make the matches  if she didn’t Annie’s husband Telly said “ if t wasn’t for your mamm half of Berduel would still be single”. Then Suvie came to Annie’s house and said she needed help finding a husband. Suvie said she couldn’t cook and that’s why she needed Annie’s help as every man wanted his wife to be able to cook, Suvie had three proposals but she wants to care/love the man not marry someone she cringes at when they are in the same room. Then Suvie said she had fallen in love with their great grandson Aaron Beachy.

Joshua’s Bride:

Madeline was happy whenever she was with Joshua and Joshua had just proposed and Joshua’s brother Nathaniel had fallen in love with Madeline’s sister Catherine but Catherine had left Nathaniel and the Amish without saying a word. So Joshua’s parents had not wanted Joshua to propose as they were afraid Madeline would also leave and break Joshua’s heart. But Joshua went ahead and asked the Bishop to marry them in June. The Bishop agreed after talking to Joshua for a few minutes. Then Catherine came back long enough to drop her daughter off to Madeline without even naming her as she didn’t want to be attached to the baby. Knowing Joshua’s family’s disdain would be even worse now Madeline broke the engagement even though it broke her and Joshua’s heart she now had to raise Ruthie as her father and her had named the baby after Madeline and Catherine’s mother. Mary would die an old maid who still loved Joshua.

A Summer Wedding In Paradise:

Reba was replacing the teacher as she was getting ready to marry;s Reba;s brother. Reba got up late this morning and then and to top it off her brother liked to play tricks on Reba and took the dress she put out to wear outside all night and it had rained all night. And Reba was behind on her laundry so Reba touched up a dress she had wore a couple of days earlier. Then she had to leave to walk to  the school. Then A buggy was approaching quickly and the man had no control of his horse and ran Reba off the road and she fell into a ditch now she was covered in mud and gook and had badly hurt her ankle and Reba could barely walk on it. Reba got to the school and sent her oldest niece to get a dress for her to change into. There was a stranger at the school to do some repairs especially on the roof when it rained as it leaked. Then it turned at the man at the school was the one who ran her off the road. Then it turns out Reba’s ankle was broken and she wasn’t ready to forgive the man Abel  was also do some work for her brother.

I really loved the first two stories and liked the third one a lot but it left you hanging a little on a couple of things.  But the stories were all really good . The plots were good.  I think everyone can pretty much find at the very least one of the stories to ;like a lot. These stories are well written, I loved the characters and the ins and outs of the stories and I recommend.

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review 2017-05-29 16:54
The Hawaiian Quilt, Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter
The Hawaiian Quilt - Wanda E. Brunstetter,Jean Brunstetter

I really enjoyed this clean Amish romance. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given this a 5* rating. I really liked this heroine and her friends. I liked that she stood up for what was best for her even though she seemed to loose things a bit. It also had a lot of interesting things about Hawaii.

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text 2017-05-26 19:36
Booklikes-opoly (Turns #11 and #12)
Her Last Breath - Linda Castillo
After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo
Vision Vol. 2: Little Better Than a Beast - Tom King,Michael Walsh

In honor of the US holiday, MR is giving us players two additional rolls FREE! So here goes...



Current Bank: $48.00

Current Square and Book: Electric Company/ Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston


May 26th first roll, part I: 8 (4+4)

New Square: BL. Rolled one 12-sided die for a 5. Collect $10.00 for myself and one other player....hey Url Phantomhive - here's a crisp, virtual Hamilton for you.


Current Bank: $58.00.


May 26th first roll, part II (seriously, again?): 6 (3+3)

New Square: Carsland 18 - Read a book with a car on the cover or that was published in the years 2006, 2011, 2013, or 2014. I picked Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder #5) by Linda Castillo, which was published in 2013. 320 pages =  possible $4.00 to the bank.


May 26th first roll, part III (and I hope is the last): 9 (6+3)

New Square: Adventureland 26 - Read a book tagged genre: adventure or thriller on GR. I picked After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo, as 37 users tagged this book as a thriller (#8 most popular tag for this book). 320 pages = possible $4.00 to the bank.


May 26th, second roll (please no doubles, LOL): 8 (6+2)

New Square: Tomorrowland 33 - Read a book set in space, tagged as science fiction on GR, or has robots/cyborgs. I picked Vision, Vol 2: Little Better than a Beast by Tom King, et al. I need to re-read the first volume so the story is refreshed in my mind before knocking this one out. 136 pages = $2.00 to the bank.

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text 2017-05-26 18:55
Friday Reads - Summer Holiday Weekend Part I
After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo
Her Last Breath - Linda Castillo
Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo
Death by Tiara (A Jaine Austen Mystery) - Laura Levine
Egg Drop Dead - Laura Childs
Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery) - Maggie Sefton
Nothing but Trouble - Susan May Warren
Diary of an Accidental Wallflower - Jennifer McQuiston

I feel like it has been a long time since I did a Friday Reads post. I hope all my fellow US'ians have a safe holiday weekend. I hope my British neighbors have a safe bank holiday weekend. We got caught in a heat wave (in the 80s come afternoon time) so I broke out the kiddie pool; forecast states we have one more beautiful summer day, then the rain and lower temps are coming by the end of the weekend. I am spending most of my weekend with books and a long walk in the Thetford Forest with the family before the rain comes.


Here is what I hope to read over the weekend/the final week in May.


1. After the Storm by Linda Castillo

2. Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo 

3. Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

      I picked these three books from the library. They're from the Kate Burkholder series (Amish police procedurals). I've wanted to try this series for a while now. These books are from later in the series.


4. Death by Tiara by Laura Levine

5. Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs

6. Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton

        Another bunch from the library, this time in really cute cozy mystery flavor. The first is from the Jaine Austen series, and the name of the series was enough for me to take it off the shelf. I tried one book from Laura Childs before (from that tea shop mystery series) and DNF'ed it, so I don't have much expectation for this one (from the Cackleberry Club series). The last one's titled just made me laugh.


7. Nothing But Trouble by Susan May Warren

           Borrowed this one from OverDrive because I kept getting recommended it (OD has the first three books in the series). I'm at the 62% mark and really liking it; PJ is not one of those perfect model of a Christian, but she is a Christian with good intentions and a good heart. The writing is different from a lot of Christian fiction without being profane. I am looking forward to book two and three.


8. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuinston

          My BL-opoly pick which makes it a priority. New to me author, but I loved the interviews she did for the Smart Podcast, Trashy Books podcast - she talked about her work at the CDC in general and her work in Africa dealing with Ebola outbreak specifically....along with her weekend job writing historical romances.





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