What the Bishop Saw: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

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What the Bishop Saw – TBR-Pile-Worthy

I was so stoked to see a new release from Vannetta Chapman. What the Bishop Saw is such a captivating title! But would the novel measure up? Oh, yes! It’s a page-turner – go ahead and rest up before starting this one because many sleepless nights are ahead!

What the Bishop Saw follows Bishop Henry Lapp. After an injury in his childhood, he developed a unique condition. He can draw, to unbelievable precision, what his subconscious sees. It’s not anything he asked for, or really wants, but this gift may prove useful as his community faces off with a murderer and an arsonist. How many lives will be affected? Investigators must rely on what the bishop saw.

I was given What the Bishop Saw in exchange for my honest review. It was tremendous and thought-provoking. Vannetta Chapman did an amazing job of giving the characters depth and charm. Bishop Lapp is winsome and I found myself wishing I knew him in real life! A definite win for Chapman – add another 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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The Courtship Basket Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

The Courtship Basket – Recipe for Romance

Courtship BasketWhenever I get a novel by Amy Clipston, I can be guaranteed some sleepless nights ahead. As soon as I saw the cover of Clipston’s latest release, The Courtship Basket (second in her Amish Heirloom series), I knew I would have some night of insomnia ahead. Clipston delivers yet again!

The Courtship Basket follows heartbroken Rachel Fisher, who has taken a job as a teacher for kids that are learning disabled. Perhaps this new position will take her mind off her sad disposition?

When new student John Lantz joins Rachel’s class, his older brother Mike accompanies him. Mike carries the weight of the world on his shoulders: His dad is a very ill, and since his mom has passed away, he then plays both mom and dad to his young brother.

Rachel develops a soft spot for little John and his family and sends a picnic basket home with John to help the family out. Will this simple gesture help Rachel overcome her woes? Will it help relieve Mike of some of his burdens? Read and find out!

I was given The Courtship Basket in exchange for my honest review. I think this can be read as a stand-alone, even though it is part of a series. I have not read Book One yet, but I was too antsy and decided to give it a try. I am definitely one who likes to read book in sequence, but it was easy to follow along…so don’t let that stop you from reading this one now! Clipston does a phenomenal job of weaving Rachel and Mike’s stories together. I was completely invested in their stories – and truly cheered on little John as he struggled and triumphed with his learning disability.

Another keeper for the bookshelf, The Coursthip Basket is a recipe for romance!


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!

Amish Christmas at North Star Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Amish Christmas at North Star – Encore!

Amish Christmas at North StarAmish…Christmas…Cindy Woodsmall. Bring.it.on. I’ve read everything Woodsmall has written, so even if a pamphlet was being released this Christmas by her, I’d be reading it. Then, whoa! I receive this jewel called Amish Christmas at North Star and it includes four novellas – one by Woodsmall…then get this: One by Mindy Starns Clark and Cindy Clark, one by Amanda Flowers, and one by Katie Ganshert. Count me in!

Amish Christmas at North Star is tied together by the delivery of four babies one cold wintry evening by an Amish midwife over two decades ago.

Katie Gandshert’s Guiding Star follows Chase Wellington, an Englisher who tracks down an Amish baby that disappeared after being born at the Amish clinic that cold night.

Amanda Flower’s Mourning Star follows Eden Hochstetler – day dreamer and romance-lover – that works at her parent’s fudge shop. When one of her favorite customers unexpectedly dies, she and her English friend start their amateur sleuthing. Along the way, they uncover a list of suspects, including one who also becomes a possible love interest.

Cindy Woodsmall’s In the Stars follows Kore Detweiler and one of the bopplis born 20 years earlier – Savilla. Savilla and Kore seemed destined for one another – until Savilla breaks Kore’s heart. But when Kore’s grandmother faces unexpected trials that require the two of them to work together, can they find their way back to one another? And at what cost?

Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark’s Star of Grace follows Andy Danner. Andy has left North Star – to get away from the woman he loves. But his little brother Sam has other plans – he’s going to earn the money necessary to bring his big brother home once and for all. But things aren’t always as easy as they seem – especially with a crotchety Englisher to work for…and especially when tragedy strikes.

I was given Amish Christmas at North Star in exchange for my honest review. It was fabulous. I have read previous works by all of the authors except for Ganshert, and they have always delivered. I can now add Katie Ganshert to my list of great authors. This collection of novellas is a must-read for every Amish fiction fan this Christmas. It will be one to keep for years to come. My only critique is that I didn’t want the stories to end – they were that good! Instead, I wanted to shout, “Encore!”


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!