Raging Storm: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Raging Storm

Raging Storm – Not Amish, but Amazing!

So, no surprise that I am a fan of Amish fiction. It draws me in like no other. But I seem to have found another genre to pique my interest: Dystopian (the opposite of Utopian). I was already a fan of Vannetta Chapman’s Amish fiction writings when I was given the opportunity to read the prequel to her Remnant series, Overshadowed. I was completely hooked. If you know me, then you know I’ve GOT to read things in order! I snagged a copy of Book One, Deep Shadows, before venturing into Book Two, Raging Storm. It is a serious page-turner! Mark my words: You will lose sleep reading this one!

Raging Storm picks up where Deep Shadows left off. Shelby and her devoted crew of friends are headed to Austin, along with the mysterious Dr. Bhatti. It seems that every corner, every road, every person is a problem waiting to happen. But Shelby is determined to get the much-needed insulin for her son Carter. Even if they CAN get to Austin, will they make it back? Carter is in High Fields with Max’s parents. High Fields has been tame and protected – until now. Who is the case of this danger in their little farm community?

I was given Raging Storm in exchange for my honest review. It was exceptional. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I HIGHLY recommend reading Deep Shadows first to give the story greater, richer context. Chapman’s writing is tremendous. I truly felt the struggles of Shelby’s group, and cheered them on all the way – and even got mad a couple of times! It’s been a while since I’ve read a book of this caliber. I just could NOT put it down. Bring on Book Three…NOW! I need my dystopian fix! If you liked the TV series Jericho, then you’ll love Raging Storm – which could easily be made into a movie or miniseries!

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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A Mother’s Love: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love – Add This to Your TBR Pile!

When you find a novel by Charlotte Hubbard, you know you are in for a treat. Each one is chock-full of romance, intrigue, and of course, Amish! What more could a reader want? Her latest release, A Mother’s Love, is no exception.

A Mother’s Love tells the story of Rose Raber – widowed with a precocious five-year-old and now caring for her widowed mother who is in her last days of her life. When Rose’s mother reveals a shocking secret on her deathbed, how will she be able to move on?

When Matthias Wagler literally runs into Rose at the local mercantile, he is immediately smitten with Rose’s daughter Gracie. When they keep running into one another, it seems like something more than chance is involved. And when Rose confides in Matthias, oh what a turn of events!

Will Rose and Matthias get together? How does Gracie fit into the picture? What is this secret? And is a mother’s love enough to handle all of these challenges? Read and find out!

I was given A Mother’s Love in exchange for my honest review. While storylines from previous novels are mentioned, it can easily be read as a stand-alone and they are not distracting. There were a couple of inconsistencies between the novel and actual Old Order Amish traditions that were a bit frustrating. One example of this was the fact that Gracie so well-spoken, speaking and understanding English – in real life, most Amish children at that age do not even learn English until they start school. Additionally, some of the Bible passages seemed forced (note that I am an evangelical Christian and love the Word, but it was a bit much.) All of that being said, A Mother’s Love was a fantastic read. Hubbard’s storylines were intricate and fascinating. The characters were tremendous: one meek, one charming, one stern, one bubbly, and one frightening! Definitely add this novel to your TBR pile.


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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An Amish Summer: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

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An Amish Summer – Bring it On!

When you happen upon a novel that contains the stories of four well-known Amish-genre authors, your heart skips a beat. Well, at least mine does – especially when I have the opportunity to read Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin! So when An Amish Summer arrived, I said, “Bring it on!”

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray follows sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer, who have made the trek to Florida for vacation…and perhaps something more. Sherry has been exchanging letters with an Amish man named Graham. Sherry and Graham have decided to rendezvous in Pinecraft. But Graham is shocked to find that he’s been writing to the wrong sister! Now he must choose who he really likes – but it’s not that easy. Who will get a match? Read and find out!

My Take: A Reunion in Pinecraft was a good, quick read. The characters were winsome, and Shelley Shepard Gray kept this reader guessing ‘til the end. Definitely a good start with this first novella of the collection.

Summer Storm by Amy Clipston tells the story of Arianna and her lifetime friend and fiancée, Jesse. All is going according to plan until one eventful night that involves Arianna’s brother (and Jesse’s best friend), Tobias. When Arianna’s dad forbids their union as a result, all plans come to a halt…and maybe that is God’s will after all?

My Take: Summer Storm was a page-turner. The story was believable and agonizing. I couldn’t put it down until I knew just what would happen! Now I want the story to continue!

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller takes you an a journey with Esther Coblentz. Esther has always struggled with comparing herself to her gorgeous younger sister, Sarah. She can’t even catch the attention of her secret love, Judah (whose smitten for Sarah.) When a handsome Yankee named Rhett comes to live with the Coblentzes, everything is turned on end.

My Take: Lakeside Love is a beautiful, charming story of summer romance. Sarah is a hoot – and the other characters are downright loveable. I’d love to go to their lake and just stay for a while. Outstanding novella.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin brings you to Bee County, Texas, Jacob King, and Martha Byler. Jacob only has eyes for Martha, and it seems almost everyone can see that but Martha. Martha is afraid to trust again – especially since her mother’s death. Her place is with her father, raising her siblings. Besides, Jacob is a poster child for rumspringas. Martha doesn’t need yet more responsibility. What will happen?

My Take: One Sweet Kiss was an amusing, captivating read. At one point my life had to stop so that I could finish this novella! The subplots were well-executed – I think we all know a Dwayne – and I adored the Simon/Amanda story and the way it was handled.

I was given An Amish Summer in exchange for my honest review. It was fabulous! Each novella held its own (not always the case with a collection of novellas.) This is the perfect book to take with you to the beach. Even if you’re not headed to the beach, don’t waste any time snagging your copy of An Amish Summer – it’s worth the read!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

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