Where Two Hearts Meet – by Liz Johnson


Where Two Hearts Meet
by Liz Johnson

Revell, Baker Publishing Group. Pub Date: 18 Oct 2016.
ISBN: 9780800724504. PRICE: $14.99

Although food had such a strange, intoxicating and mysterious power, wielding it made Caden Holt feel significant at most times but vulnerable and fragile at other moments. Usually calm and collected in her lovely kitchen at the majestic Red Door Inn, on beautiful Prince Edward Island, executive chef Caden Holt felt competent until her boss requested her to show off the exquisitely beautiful island to a visiting travel writer to save the inn. Caden is compelled to confront a world outside her kitchen. Journalist Adam Jacobs, on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island, makes Caden wistfully wish that she was beautiful. He had an appealing easiness to his gait and demeanor. On assignment to uncover a story, he loves the island’s red shores and Caden’s delectable sweets. When Caden discovers that Adam is not what he appears to be, she realizes that apart from the dire possibility of his article ruining the inn’s chances for survival, he might also succeed in breaking her heart.

Readers will delighted to discover hope for the hurting, joy for the brokenhearted, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn in an enjoyable tale of faith and finding truth. ‘Where Two Hearts Meet’ will melt your own heart. Liz Johnson transports her avid readers to the enchanting Prince Edward Island. She writes that God’s lavish grace overcomes our deepest regrets. With a captivating setting, ‘Where Two Hearts Meet’ is a perfectly charming and endearing story of love and healing that will help us to find peace, hope and enough grace to face every situation. Liz Johnson brings the characters to life in the story. That is the poignant beauty of a great writer. We can relate to Caden Holt at so many levels. She might be pretty unsure of her calling, but she certainly loves food passionately, and she loves to make people smile, as she serves them delicious food. This book will escort you away on an adventure somewhere out there in the world. Enjoy the journey and happy reading!

Miriam Jacob



MATTIE’S PLEDGE – by Jan Drexler

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Mattie’s Pledge

by Jan Drexler

Revell, Baker Publishing Group.

Pub Date: 20 Sep 2016

ISBN 9780800726577. Price: $14.99

In a tender, poignant glimpse into the Amish Migration West from Pennsylvania, Jan Drexler presents the heartwarming story of Mattie’s Pledge. When heart, home and horizon threaten to pull Mattie in opposite directions, which will she choose? Mattie Schrock is used to having her life uprooted. When her father relocated with his family from one Amish community to the next, Mattie always settled well into their new surroundings. Now as the Schrocks plan to move west, Mattie hopes to connect with old friends like Jacob Yoder, who always held a special place in her heart, although they had grown into different people with different dreams and visions. Jacob longs to settle down, while Mattie envisions life beyond the western horizon. When an Englisher tempts her to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob anchor her to heart and home?

Jan Drexler weaves a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs into her writing. Mattie’s Pledge offers a revealing glimpse into Amish life in the 1840s, and into Mattie Schrock’s heart. In April of 1843, Mattie must make a choice about her life. Will she settle down in the Amish church or take off on a new adventure? Mattie’s Pledge is a historical romance with well-crafted, appealing characters and a good Christian theme. Jan Drexler weaves a beautiful storyline in her well-researched work. A compelling family story about difficult, exciting choices in life, Jan Drexler’s engaging Amish family share their joys and sorrows to embrace the adventure of life. Mattie’s unique adventure to the West begins with awesome descriptions of the journey in a Conestoga Wagon, traveling along twisting paths to achieve her goals. Moving from one community to another, Mattie Schrock knows how to adjust to different circumstances and situations. Yearning for new adventures and the chance to travel, Mattie has to decide between a new adventure in the West or the comfort of her own community based on a certain pledge.

With ancestry dating to the Amish immigrants in the 1700s, Jan Drexler’s special interest in this genre is well written and true to the Amish culture. Will the new land Mattie travels to give her a brand new beginning and a better life? Mattie struggles with her faith. The story deals with forgiveness in a very compassionate way. Mattie Schrock wants to move west to find her perfect destiny. She pledges not to leave her dearest friend, Jacob Yoder. But the pull is so strong to leave. Can Mattie keep her pledge? God is the main character. He alone knows the path to follow but Mattie ignores Him. The story was filled with hardship and adventure on their trek westward. MATTIE’S PLEDGE is a gripping story. Read it to find out why!

Miriam Jacob