When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall – Review

About the Book
When the Morning Comes In When the Heart Cries, the wildly successful debut novel by author Cindy Woodsmall, readers were granted access to one of the most mysterious places remaining in America – an Old Order Amish Community. In the latest release from her SISTERS OF THE QUILT series, When the Morning Comes, Woodsmall continues the story of young Amish Girl Hannah Lapp. – from the publisher Waterbrook Press
About the Author Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall and her husband have three sons, whom Cindy home schooled for a number of years. With two children grown and attending college and the youngest entering public high school, she began pursuing her desire to write. The first chapter of When the Heart Cries, what became the first book in the SISTERS OF THE QUILT series, won second place in the Noble Theme Contest – a contest for unpublished authors sponsored by the American Christian Fiction Writers. Woodsmall and her family live in Georgia. – from the publisher Waterbrook Press

Not having read When the Heart Cries, I had no background knowledge of Hannah’s circumstances other than what was revealed in When the Morning Comes. Nevertheless, enough information was related so that this novel is able to stand on its own.

When the Morning Comes relates Hannah’s search for survival and for herself in a world totally different from the one she grew up in. She finds peace, love, and acceptance in her new home although her past remains unsettled. Back home, her family and her former fiance struggle with her continued absence.

In my opinion, the book would have been stronger had there not been so many subplots woven throughout the story. I was also disappointed that several major issues remained unresolved at the end of the book.

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Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter – CFBA Tour

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing


(Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007)
Denise Hunter


Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

surrenderbay.jpgWhen Sam’s estranged step-father dies, she inherits his ocean-front cottage in Nantucket–not because he kindly bequeathed it to her, but because he neglected to ever create a will. Sam returns to the island she left 11 years ago with her daughter Caden to fix up the house and sell it, but she isn’t counting on is the fact that Landon Reed still lives two doors down from her childhood home. As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Sam must face the fact that Landon still doesn’t know why she really left the island. Will the secrets she’s hidden all these years tear them apart? Or is Landon’s love really as unconditional as he claims?

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Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe – CFBA Blog Tour

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing

Illuminated(Thomas Nelson August 7, 2007)by

Matt Bronleewe


Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.

To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. Illuminated, in stores now, begins the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within.

Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.



August Adams has failed his family before. He’s sacrificed relationships in pursuit of adventure, fame, and money. Now the very lives of those he loves depend on his ability to decipher a centuries-old puzzle encrypted in the colorful hand-painted illuminations that adorn three rare Gutenberg Bibles.

It’s a secret that could yield unimaginable wealth, undermine two major religions, and change the course of Western civilization. Two ruthless, ancient organizations are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. And August has the span of one transatlantic flight to figure it out.

If he fails, those he holds most dear will die. If he succeeds, he’ll destroy a national treasure.

The clock ticks, the suspense mounts, and the body count rises as August pits his knowledge and his love for his family against the clock, secret societies, and even Johannes Gutenberg himself.

“…this rare breed of suspense thriller combines mysterious hidden clues, secret societies, buried treasure, double agents, and the Knights Templar…if you turned National Treasure into international treasure, traded DaVinci codes for Gutenberg Bibles, married it to Indiana Jones, and added the pacing of 24 you’d be in the neighborhood of Illuminated…on a scale of one to 10, this one goes to 11.”
Aspiring Retail Magazine


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