A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell

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A  Season of Change by Lynette Sowell

An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places
Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.
Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret—that she was once Amish.
When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways—and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?
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About Lynette

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Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of over 15 titles for Barbour Publishing, Harlequin, and Abingdon Press. Lynette was born in Western Massachusetts in the shadow of the Berkshire Mountains, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country. She loves reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip. When she’s not writing fiction, she works as a reporter for her city newspaper and has a weekly column called My Front Porch.

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~ Lynette is also very much a Sister and Kindred Spirit !  She always has time to chat and takes time to pray for those she knows. It is a joy to be included in those who love her books. Her love for the Lord and her love for others shows through in her writing.  I am glad to call her not only my sister in the Lord but also my friend. ~ Linda ~

My Review

A Change of Seasons is such a tale of love.  What touched me is how God can turn something of sadness into something that leads us to Him and his love.  I loved this story for its very different story line and also for its showing that indeed two different lives can be brought together if both follow the leading of the Lord.  I love that the characters in this story share God’s love and his desires for us to follow. Its touching to that someone would be willing to give up their own desires to allow another person to be happy, if that is God’s will for their lives.  If your looking for something just a tad different in Amish Romance, this book is for you ! I was touched by Natalie’s willingness to follow after the Lord and begin a new chapter in her life and the lives of others. Lynette, this is an awesome story and I can hardly wait for the next book to come out this fall…

~Linda~

 Lynette’s Books

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Book 2: A Path Made Plain November 2014, Abingdon Press

Betsy Yoder lives with her great aunt in Sarasota’s Pinecraft neighborhood, far from her family in Ohio. Heartbroken by a man who left her—and the Order—to marry someone else, Betsy instead pours her time and energy into her bakery, offering the village of Pinecraft delicious desserts from her Amish heritage, and is content in her hard-working yet peaceful life.

Enter the formerly Amish Thaddeus Zook, a pastry chef who has moved to Pinecraft after working in restaurants among the English. While Betsy nurses a hesitant heart, Thaddeus shows a similar hesitancy about rejoining an Amish community. Though neither can deny the attraction between them, Thaddeus is hiding a past that could threaten their future together. Betsy has lost one love already; dare she risk loving another who has adopt English ways? Or will Thad listen to the call of the open road and move on again . . . without the love of his life?

Book 3: A Promise of Grace May 2015, Abingdon Press

Also for 2014

A Jackson Hole Sleigh Ride September 2014, Barbour Publishing

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Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

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Dr. Frasier couldn’t save the gunshot victim on her front lawn. Now she’s fighting for her own life.

It began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier’s colleague, but became a nightmare when a man was shot on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar episode a decade ago. Then a midnight call from her sister, Megan, causes Shannon to fear that her sister is on drugs again.

Her “almost-fiancé” Dr. Mark Gilbert’s support only adds to Shannon’s feelings of guilt, since she can’t bring herself to fully commit to him. She turns for help to her pastor-father, only to learn that he’s just been diagnosed with leukemia.

Shannon thought it couldn’t get any worse. Then the late-night, threatening phone calls begin, the rough voice asking, “What did he say before he died?”

With everything around her in a critical state, simply staying alive will require all the resources and focus Shannon has.

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Richard L. Mabry M.D.

About Richard  

In addition to the practice of medicine, my past includes a stint overseas in the US Air Force, several periods as an interim music minister, and an all-too-brief experience as a semi-pro baseball player. In other words, there’s more to me than “M.D.” covers. Let me share a little about myself.

Education:

      My BA is from the University of North Texas (which was North Texas State University at the time). I graduated with an MD degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, then obtained my specialty training in otolaryngology (that’s “ear, nose, and throat” to most folks) at two major teaching hospitals in Dallas: Parkland and the VA Hospital.

Air Force:

       I served for almost three years as a Captain in the US Air Force at Lajes Field, in the Azores, a Portuguese possession in the middle of the North Atlantic. I’ve forgotten most of the Portuguese I learned there, but will never forget the friendships I made. Because I was involved in saving the life of a little Azorean girl whose airway was obstructed by a coin, I was written up in Stars and Stripes and received the Air Force Commendation medal. When there’s a recognition on Veteran’s Day, I’m proud to stand beside all the others who’ve served.

Religion: 

      I’ve been a Christian for six decades. For almost forty years, I was a Deacon in the Baptist church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and singing in the choir. After a recent move across the city, I’m proud to be a member of the Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where I get to hear Dr. Chuck Swindoll preach regularly.

Medicine:

      During the 36 years I spent in medicine, I wrote or edited eight textbooks, authored over a hundred professional papers, and was an invited guest speaker all over the world. I held the presidency or vice-presidency of three professional societies, and was privileged to receive a number of awards and honors. But if you asked my greatest reward in medicine , it would be in seeing patients get better under my care.

Hobbies:  

      Primarily golfing, usually once a week with the same golf partner for the past ten years or so. We don’t keep score (heresy to purists, I suppose) and we enjoy the fellowship. I’m also a voracious reader, mainly fiction, although I do read non-fiction books.

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Review: Spelling You See By Demme Learning

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Spelling You See Review

Are your kids tired of the constant drill of words each week and a spelling list that just bores them ? Are they reluctant to actually study words to learn how they are spelled and why they are spelled the way they are ? Well, no more boring list of Words and repetitive drills !  Today I am so happy to bring you a new curriculum  for spelling , called Spelling You See !  It is by the same folks as Math You See, Demme Learning.  This new Learning tool is meant for elementary ages, or for remedial work for older students. Spelling You See is designed to be used for short periods on a daily basis. This makes it easy for the children to grasp the concepts of using vowel chunks, two or more vowels that make their sounds.  You will just love this it is so easy to use for you and your children.  You use their guidelines and where your child is at in reading and spelling as a placement guide. Select the Level that is right for your child.  Finally, a spelling curriculum that doesn’t take you all day to teach.  Freeing you to help your other children or do those things that need doing in the home while they easily work their daily lesson.  Who could ask for more ? Right !

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We are using Spelling You See: Americana (Level D) this year. We received Level D Americana  Softbound Workbooks Part 1 and 2, as well as an instructor handbook.

Spelling You See: Americana (Level D)
Instructor’s Handbook $14
Student Pack $30.

You may want to purchase Erasable Colored Pencils or highlighters to use. I reviewed the instructor booklet for an evening and we were good to go ! No hassle at all to get started, that to me is a big plus. It is a new way to have the children learn spelling, A way that they won’t even know they are doing spelling.  No daily drill of words to test at the end of the week.  Americana is a way to actually teach Spelling, History and Reading if your using Level D Americana , least that is my take on using it.  I chose this Level as my girls are ages 10 and 11 and although technically we are doing two grade levels, they are both doing very well in Americana Level D.  I love it when I can combine subjects, it just makes our day go so much faster in learning and then we can get onto the more fun things of life !

We have been using this for 15 minutes to 30 minutes each morning. No really heavy teaching was needed. The girls could read their instructions and get right to work. If you are a parent who loves to teach and does not have more younger children to teach you can read them the story and instructions.  You can also work on making up extra things to teach subjects included in these books. The first day I read the story to the girls and explained how to do the lesson.  We also talked about the history involved in the lessons.  The first week we talked about the american flag and who made the flag, how many stars were on original flag and how many are on the American flag now and why.  Spelling  You See makes it so easy to learn many things while doing  their books.   We discuss  the lesson as well as the vowel chunks and the girls each read  the lesson to me aloud.  For us it makes our daily routine go smoothly when we combine our subjects.

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I liked the look of the curriculum and having actual workbooks to use as my girls seem to do better if they have their own books to write in. I really thought it would be a good fit for us.  After several weeks of trying it out, I am rethinking this.  The girls don’t like the lessons being the same everyday.  They don’t like repetitive dictation at all. It is not the subject matter, as they really like the things about history.  They truly enjoy using the colored erasable pencils to do their work in these workbooks. We will keep using this for the rest of the year to see if it is a good fit for us.

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 Sometimes I believe it is the kids who don’t care to do anything that isn’t computer based or electronic.  I personally think this is a great way to learn not only Spelling, but also other subjects we teach our children.  I also like that it is phonetically based and helps to instill good reading and decoding skills. I also like that it is not graded, but is Levels to master. This is a good thing for us as my girls are 14 months apart and my oldest thinks that she should be in a higher grade then her sister.  They are both doing wonderful in this  and they really are loving the colorful pages and the things they are learning. I don’t think they know they are learning to spell better !  Thats how fun its become for them.

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I would love to see more activities for each lesson and not just dictation, I feel this would make it a better fit for us personally.  So far they are both doing well in Americana Level D.  It has really taken us some time to adapt to no spelling lists and no list of words to test on each week, but I we are liking this  method a lot. I am going to keep using this with the girls till the end of this school year.  It really takes more then 6 to 8 weeks to see if it will really work for us.

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