Friday, March 29, 2019

BOOK REVIEW ~ THE RECONCILIATION ~ Win a signed copy!!

Happy Friday, lovers of suspense and mystery! Mary Ellis here. Recently while on vacation I had the pleasure of reading The Reconciliation by Susan Lantz Simpson. Here is my review:


Each time I start reading an Amish romance/romantic suspense novel, I’m prepared to escape into the lives of those God-fearing, family-oriented, industrious people. I’m hoping for accurate details, a true respect for the Amish culture, and a well paced plot that draws me into their world and keeps me there until the end. With Susan Lantz Simpson’s The Reconciliation, I received all that and more. I learned much about the Amish of southern Maryland through Susan’s richly drawn, multi-dimensional characters. I fell in love with her earnest hero, Atlee, and felt Rebecca’s shame in the pit of my stomach. Although the mystery element was on the light side, not many authors capture the humility of the Amish as well as Susan.

Here's a little about the story: Winter in Southern Maryland’s Amish country brings brisk winds, crisp snow, and evenings spent nestled by a warm fireside. For one prodigal daughter, it may also bring a new beginning . . . On her baptismal day, Rebecca Zook ran from the church, leaving her stunned Amish community behind. She only wanted to see something of Gott’s vast world, but city life didn’t turn out as planned. Tricked into a sham marriage, Becky has come home humbled, wiser . . . and pregnant. Her mamm and daed are welcoming, and helping an overburdened young widow gives Becky a new sense of purpose. But after creating such scandal, Becky feels unworthy of a loving husband—let alone a wunderbaar man like Atlee Stauffer.

Atlee knows Becky’s situation—and understands why his mother advises him to be careful. Still, this once flighty, flirty girl has become a thoughtful, kind young woman. He’s drawn to Becky like a magnet to a nail. One day, he hopes to build a family with her. But first, he must convince her wary, troubled heart to accept forgiveness and love . . .


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53 comments:

  1. I would love to read this new to me author. Nothing like a good Amish book. Thank you for sharing. Blessings
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Amish suspence novels are some of my favorites! Thanks for sharing a chance to win a copy! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  3. I would love to read a signed copy of The Reconciliation. Thanks for a chance to win,

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  4. Mystery, suspense and Amish characters --- sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Sounds like one I'd love. Susan is a new author to me so would feel blessed if I win a copy, thank you for the chance.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  6. I haven't read you before. I love Amish books and would feel
    honored and blessed to receive a signed copy of The Reconciliation.
    Carol

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    1. Hi Patricia! So glad you enjoyed the book!!

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  8. This sounds like a great book!

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  9. Sound like a great book

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  10. Your description of The Reconciliation left me wanting to read this new-to-me author. bethz(at)new(dot)rr(dot)com

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  12. looks interesting
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  13. I love Amish books and would enjoy trying a new (to me) author to add to my list.

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    1. Thanks, Ronda. Good luck!

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  14. The Reconciliation sounds like a good read! Thanks for the chance.
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    1. Thanks, Linda. Good luck!!

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  15. I adore reading Amish stories and this one sounds wonderful! I was drawn to the cover the first time I saw it.
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    Gail Hollingsworth

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  16. Oh, this sounds very interesting! I live in Wayne County, OH (just above Holmes County, which has a large Amish population) & I am wondering what differences there are between the OH Amish and the Maryland Amish! Thanks for an opportunity to win! Badawson16 AT AOL dot COM

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  17. I would love to read this new to me author. I only know her name through Keeping Up With The Amish.
    robsnest60 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  18. I enjoyed your review. I would love to read this book. Have a blessed weekend! fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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  19. I enjoy reading Amish fiction. Susan is a new to me author. The story line sounds interesting.
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    Maryann

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  20. Love the Amish stories, just makes me long for a simpler time. pennyk10@aol.com

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    1. Penny, you're my lucky winner of The Reconciliation by Susan Lanz Simpson. I'll contact via email to get your address.

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    2. Hi Penny. Congratulations! Hope you enjoy the book!

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  21. Sounds like a great book. Can’t wait to read it.

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  22. Would love the chance to read this book! trichie@windstream.net

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  23. I love all Amish books and would love to win a copy of thisbook.

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    1. Hi Lori. I love Amish books, too! Hope you can read this one!!

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  24. I really enjoy reading Amish fiction and I liked the description of "The Reconciliation". Looking forward to reading the book.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. sounds so good. Love to read.
    Blessings
    Diana
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  26. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to leave Susan a comment. Penny Knowlton, you are the lucky winner of The Reconciliation. I'm contacting you via email for your address. And thanks, everyone, for being Suspense Sisters readers!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I appreciate your support!!! Good to "meet" all these people.

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