Friday, May 18, 2012

"Beyond Hope's Valley" Blog Tour & Contest

About the book:

Beyond Hope's Valley – Book Three in the Big Sky series

After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons: first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook -- a marriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the idyllic farms and families of her upbringing, Marianna is surprised that Indiana is somehow making her long now for Montana.

As months pass, secrets that were hidden in winter’s frozen grasp thaw and take on a life of their own. The truths about a child, about a past relationship, and about God’s plans are being revealed. Walking through a valley of questions, Marianna must hold on to hope as she decides where and with whom her heart truly belongs.

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About the Author:
Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of thirty-two books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

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See what others are saying about the book here

My Take:

When I started reading the first book in this series, Tricia Goyer was a new author to me. After finishing this series (and also reading another of her books, (Remembering You), Ms. Goyer is moving up the ranks of my favorite authors.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Beside Still Waters. It was so refreshing to read an Amish book that explored the fact that there can be salvation apart from the Amish church and way of life. I also liked the second book, Along Wooded Paths, but I felt the pace of that one was a little slower - more of a bridge between the first and second books, which is often the case in a trilogy.

As for Beyond Hope's Valley, it was the best one of the three.

I absolutely loved this book. I liked how it branched off and explored topics that had only been touched on in the previous books while still being an excellent conclusion to the series. I appreciated the depth of the exploration of the worlds of the Amish and the English and how each culture has its own issues, both spiritually and in their communities.

What I liked best of all was the romantic conclusion to the series, although I would have loved to hear/read the "Marianna" song!

I have had mixed feelings about the Amish fiction I have read over the last few years. But if Tricia Goyer (and Vannetta Chapman, author of the Shipshewana Amish mystery series) keep writing Amish fiction, I may just become a fan.

I will give Beyond Hope's Valley ... 4 ½ Bookworms!

About the Contest:

Win a Custom Amish Prize Pack from @TriciaGoyer in her Beyond Hope's Valley Giveaway!

RSVP for All Things Amish Party {5/21}!

Celebrate with Tricia and enter to win a custom-made Amish Wall hanging in the colors of your choice ... and much more!

One fortunate winner will receive: 
  •  Custom Amish Wall Hanging {You choose the colors!} 
  • An Amish Doll {Sweet.} 
  • Amish-made basket {It’s picnic season!} 
  • Doilies, potholder and an Amish cookbook {All items form Bird-in-Hand, PA!} 
  • Three book Big Sky Amish series {Be swept away by this captivating series.} 

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 20th. Winner will be announced at "All Things Amish" Author Chat Facebook Party on 5/21. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and more! 

So grab your copy of Beyond Hope's Valley and join Tricia on the evening of the May 21st for a fun chat, trivia contest (How much do you know about the Amish?) and lots of giveaways. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Enter via E-mail Enter via Facebook Enter via Twitter

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 21st!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Books & Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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