The Christmas Admirer–A Book Review


So a few weeks ago, Laura Hilton was my Friday Friend and she was here talking about her new book Christmas Admirer.

I read the book so wanted to review it for my readers. Keep in mind that Amish fiction is not my favorite genre but I do read it and enjoy it from time to time. So what’s the verdict on The Christmas Admirer?

I LOVED IT! It’s actually one of the best Amish stories I’ve read. Laura Hilton has crafted a wonderful story. I loved the authenticity of the characters along with the plot. One of my biggest complaints about Amish fiction is that it’s not all that realistic. I happen to live in Amish country in Ohio and so I know a little bit about the culture. Laura Hilton kept it real while still creating a great story with a Christmas theme. My only complaint–it ended a little too soon!

Great job, Laura.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.




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OK so as a writer of suspense and mystery novels, I LOVE THIS TITLE!  I mean really, how cute is OVER MAYA DEAD BODY? It’s one of those times when I say to myself, why didn’t I think of that.  Anyway…Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard is the continuing saga of FBI agent, Serena Jones. I read and reviewed ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DALI last year. Yes, another cute title!

I enjoyed Another Day, Another Dali so I decided to read and review Over Maya Dead Body and… drumroll please…I loved this one even more! Lots of suspense and action as well as just enough romance to keep my attention. This book kept me guessing–almost to the end. I definitely recommend this one if you love suspense, romance, and a little comedy thrown in for good measure!


A Primary Decision by Leman & Nesbit

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A PRIMARY DECISION by Dr. Kevin Leman & Jeff Nesbit drew me into the characters’ lives and made me want to get to know them better. The story centers around the Worthington family, their dreams, their secrets, and their struggles. Wealthy and political, the Worthingtons are always in the news for one thing or another–sometimes for good and sometimes not so much.

The patriarch of the family has set the bar high for his children. The main character of A Primary Decision is Sarah Worthington but the rest of her siblings have more than bit parts in this story of political intrigue as well as personal struggles as they all aim to be worthy of the Worthington name.

I enjoyed the story and would recommend it but it’s not a political thriller if that’s what you enjoy. It’s well written but is a slower-paced story. In other words nobody’s running for their life or getting shot at but you don’t always need that in a story to make it a good read. And this one is definitely worth your time.


This Shadow by Jerusha Agen

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I have to be honest. I wasn’t sure I was going to like THIS SHADOW by Jerusha Agen. After reading about 1/4 of the book, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like it but not liking a book doesn’t stop me from finishing it!

And in this case I’m glad I finished reading it!

Somewhere between the beginning and the end I fell in love with the characters and their stories. The problem I had with the book is that it was set in an urban school district. I retired from just such a district  so I know what urban schools are like and THIS SHADOW didn’t feel real… until it got very real. Which is much like what teaching in an urban school is really like.

Jerusha Agen has done a great job creating real characters with very real problems and yet shows them at their best and their worst. And yet shows how God can work through even the most difficult of situations to bring peace, joy, and love to his children.

I would definitely recommend THIS SHADOW by Jerusha Agen.



My Friday Friend–Chawna Schroeder



Chawna Schroeder is My Friday Friend. She loves stretching both imagination and faith through her novels. Living in Minnesota, she dreams of far-off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, and princes in disguise, just like her favorite Disney princess Belle. When she isn’t committing her dreams to paper, you can find her studying the biblical languages, working with fiber, or teaching about the importance of discernment.

Chawna has been gracious enough to offer a print copy of her book–BEAST–to one lucky winner. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the drawing. So here’s what I thought of the book:

Lillian’s Review of BEAST

I loved this book! This is not a book everyone will love but I certainly did. It’s different in a quirky sort of way but is a wonderful portrayal of God’s unconditional love for each of his children. Without giving the plot away, in the character Beast, Ms Schroeder managed to portray what each of us feel at some time in our life and for many of us–all the time. After all there is a beast in each of us that we often manage to hide from the world but is with us always, lurking for just the right time to show itself.

I highly recommend BEAST by Chawna Shroeder.


NOTE: This book was given in exchange for an honest review.


Don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to win a print copy of BEAST!




Another Day Another Dali by Sandra Orchard

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I mean really–how cute is Another Day Another Dali for a book title?

The title caught my eye but the characters kept me reading! Serena Jones isn’t just an FBI agent, her specialty is art. What a refreshing change for a mystery novel. And Serena isn’t the only interesting character–the book was filled with her crazy…um I mean unusual family members and what about the handsome hunks vying for her affections.

I’m not a big fan of first person novels, but this one was done extremely well. So much in fact, I forgot it was being written in first person.

It wasn’t just the characters that kept me reading, the plot did it’s job brilliantly as well.

If I had one complaint it would be that there’s not much Christian content in the book. There’s a mention or two of going to church as well as a prayer now and then. But all in all, I enjoyed the book.

Good job, Sandra!

NOTE: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which I’ve done.




The Devil and Pastor Gus by Roger Bruner

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Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to pursue his dream of writing Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church choir, plays bass on the praise team, and plays guitar at the weekly nursing home ministry. He also enjoys reading, web design, mission trips, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen.

Learn more about Roger and his writings at

So without further ado, here’s what I thought about The Devil and Pastor Gus…


The Devil and Pastor Gus by Roger Bruner

I loved this book! It was so very entertaining but also made me think. There are hidden spiritual messages if you’re looking for them. If not, then the book is still fun to read. Either way, I’d highly recommend this book to anyone.

My one caution is that if you don’t like books that are a bit out of the box, then you might not like this book because this book is definitely out of the box! The two main characters of the book are Pastor Gus and B.L. ZeeBub. I’m sure you can figure out who B.L ZeeBub is, right?

As you can imagine, B.L is up to his old tricks but Pastor Gus thinks he can out trick B.L ZeeBub. Can he? I’m not telling. If you want to know, you’ll have to read the book.

NOTE: I was given a copy of this book for an honest review, which I’m giving.

God Bless & Good Reading!