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    Days 5 & 6, Celebrate Lit Virtual Tour!

    I got a little behind on telling you all about Days 5 and 6 of the Celebrate Lit virtual book tour of Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise. I had a book signing yesterday, and movie night with my daughter. But here we go with two days worth, and three amazing bloggers’ opinions/reviews of my book!

    First is Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy. Be sure to click on all the links below for three chances to win a print edition of my book, and a $25 Amazon e-gift card!

    https://truthandgracehomeschoolacademy.wordpress.com/

    Scroll down, as my book’s review is not the first you’ll see.

    Here is what Patti Pierce of Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy has to say!

     “Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise by Anne Blackburne is a work of Amish Christian fiction. A widow, Ruth tends her goats and makes a living by selling their milk and fiber. But the bishop believes she should sell her family’s farm to a family who can fill the rooms and marry again. Enter widower Jonas Hershberger, who has an adorable daughter, a basket-making business, and a pair of dimples that grab Ruth’s attention.

    Truly, this book will draw you in and keep you reading. I found myself unable to put the book down. Oh yes, read this book to learn about some adorable kittens and the bishop’s pushy granddaughter add to this story. The Amish typically do not keep house kittens or cats, but you need to read this book to find out who Ginger Snap is and its role in the story.

    So, if you enjoy Amish/Christian fiction, check out  Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise by Anne Blackburne for yourself.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.”

    Thanks, Patti!


    Next is Hannahbandanarama, who said this on her Instagram blog:

    Next up on the winter reads: I had the opportunity to read Anne Blackburne’s debut novel, Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise. As a true labor of love – a dream the author describes as being 30 years in the waiting – this book is a great read if you’re looking for a happily-ever-after story to get lost in on a long winter’s night. Not to mention two big dogs, a cat, and a few goats (clearly you see why I loved it now!). It is the first novel in a series she is working on, and I can’t wait to read the rest of them!

    What is even better is that to celebrate, Anne is giving away the grand prize of a print copy of the book and a $25 Amazon eGift card!! Click the link below to enter (also found in my bio!) – and comment on the blog stops below for nine extra entries!
    https://promosimple.com/ps/2924b/ruth-s-ginger-snap-surprise-celebration-tour-giveaway.

    Thanks, Hannah!


    Finally today is a lovely post from Kendra at her blog, Happily Managing a Household of Boys.

    Here is what Kendra has to say:

    “Amish Fiction is my favorite Genre of books.  Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise by Anne Blackburne is Book 2 in The Heart of the Amish Series. The series is written by various authors and they can be stand alone books. I read Book 1 in the series and was excited to read Book 2. 

    WOW, Jonas and Ruth’s story is hearbreaking yet heartwarming . I am glad I had an afternoon to sit and read, as I read until I was done, about 3hrs. Ruth and Jonas have been lost their spouses in recent years. Jonas has a daughter, Abigail, and runs a business. Ruth never had children and she focuses her time keeping up with tasks at her Farm. I really LOVE how both, Jonas and Ruth, live life day by day, even through the difficulties of life. Ruth is a very independent woman and her strength and determination throughout the book is awe inspiring.  The 2 begin a working relationship and they realize they have feelings for one another. I truly enjoyed watching Ruth and Jonas keep their faith and realize God’s plan is greater then their own plans. A VERY Sweet Romance blossoms! This is a WONDERFUL Story and anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction will enjoy this book! FANTASTIC BOOK!”

    And she gave it five stars! Thanks so much, Kendra!

  • Reviews

    Day 4: Celebrate Lit Tour for Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise!

    Each day from December 9-22, one or two popular bloggers will post about my new release, “Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise” as part of the Celebrate Lit virtual book tour!

    Today’s Blogger is Kris Anderson: The Avid Reader. Be sure to go to her site and click on the link to enter to win a print copy of the book and a $25 Amazon e-gift card! The link to her blogpost is below!

    https://bibliophileandavidreader.blogspot.com/

    Oh, and please scroll down past Avid Reader’s first review of Tricia Goyer’s “Trust the Stars”.

    Here is what Kris, The Avid Reader had to say about Gingersnap!

    My Thoughts (by Kris Anderson, aka The Avid Reader)

    Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise by Anne Blackburne is a sweet story.  I thought the book was well-written with realistic, developed characters.  I enjoyed getting to know Ruth Helmuth, Jonas Hershberger, and little Abigail Hershberger.  I could not believe that Ruth’s bishop, Abram Troyer suggested that she sell her family farm, which held many memories for her, because she lived alone.  The bishop felt a family could make better use of the large house and property.  Ruth is a good businesswoman.  She has her herd of wily goats.  Ruth uses their milk and fiber.  She comes up with other ways to utilize the property and earn money.  I liked learning about Jonas and his sister’s basket business.  Their baskets sounded lovely, especially the Christmas baskets.  You can feel that faith is a part of the character’s daily lives.  They pray to God for guidance and assistance.  They know that He will provide in His own time.  I enjoyed the humor sprinkled through the story.  The kitten that Ruth receives from her dear friend, Lydia Coblentz, provides many lighthearted moments.  Lydia knew what she was doing when she gifted the ginger kitten to Ruth.  A couple of Ruth’s friends also received kittens.  Lydia is an insightful woman.   Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise may be the second book in The Heart of the Amish series, but it can be read as a standalone.  I especially enjoyed the heartwarming ending.  I finished Ruth’s Ginger Snap Surprise with a smile on my face.