Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Planted With Hope

GIVEAWAY

GOYER, TRICIA
GORE, SHERRY
PLANTED WITH HOPE

When Hope Miller is offered a plot of land behind her sister's pie shop to start a garden, she jumps at the chance. Finally -- some space away from her four sisters! But everyone in town seems to have an opinion about what she should grow and how she should grow it.

When the widowed schoolteacher, Jonah Sutter, asks if his students at the Amish school can help turn the plot into a community garden, Hope wonders if she will ever find the peace and quiet she craves. But God has a different plan for Hope -- a plan that will open her heart to all the blessings in front of her.

My Review:

Two green thumbs up! I can so relate to Hope's introverted ways and her love of growing things. In fact, this book combines two of my favourite pastimes -- reading  and gardening -- so call me a happy camper.

Moving to Pinecraft, Florida has been a difficult transition for this farm loving girl. Hope is all about the four seasons: the anticipation of spring planting, the summer nurturing of a garden followed by the autumn harvest. Not to mention the bliss of winter planning for the following spring. Only a gardener can understand the way these cycles can ground a person. I totally get Hope. She hasn't quite found her footing in Florida so when the chance to garden crops up, she thinks she might have found a haven at last...until the garden takes on a life of its own!

Widower Jonah and his motherless daughter, Emma, are delightful distractions but also provide a new set of challenges. I loved the sweet, hesitant romance that develops -- so tenuous because of the need to protect little Emma from further heartache.

An unexpected connection with Victory Gardens of the second world war thrilled me right to my toes! And at the heart of it all is the witness of  God's desire for us to build community. Hope is forced out of her comfort zone and has to learn to place her trust in God in order to navigate her present so there is hope for her future.

This is the second book in The Pinecraft Pie Shop series and it is supremely delightful. Love all the little intricate extras that make these books stand out from the rest. Clever title tie-ins are one of those details, each a play on the heroine's name -- Made With Love, Planted With Hope and coming out in September, Sewn With Joy. And, like the first book, the authors have included recipes as well as interesting wartime gardening and household management tidbits throughout. A true gem of a book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Planted With Hope please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 21 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

32 comments:

  1. Reading and gardening are two of my favorite things as well. Thumbs up for your great review. 😉
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. We're kindred spirits, Diane. Nothing like a sprint of gardening punctuated by a marathon of reading. :-) Sorry, I have Olympics on my brain. Good luck, Diane.

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  2. What a great book! Thank you for the opportunity ti be a winner, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I really loved this one. My favourite of the series so far. Good luck, Melanie.

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  3. Sounds like such a sweet story! I would love to read it :)
    Thanks for the opportunity!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Samantha. Good luck.

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  4. This sounds like a great book! Being an introvert myself, I'm sure I'll be able to relate to Hope also.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. I think that's a quality a lot of us avid readers share...to some extent anyway. Good luck, Melody.

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    2. melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  5. Read there first book love it. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. You'll adore this second one, Kim. Good luck!

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  6. Two of my favorite authors. I still haven't read the first one so I need to catch up!

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    1. They make a great team. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  7. 2 words right away peaked my interest in the review of the book - widowed and schoolteacher. I know I'd love this book because those words are personal to me. I love reading how the Amish overcome obstacles in their life. (even in fiction) Thanks for this chance!
    Susan in NC
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. And these characters certainly face some formidable obstacles. Good luck, Susan.

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  8. Anything connected with these authors would be fantastic. So much to learn. Thank you. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. I'd be interested to know how they paired up. I'm enjoying this series. Planted with Hope is my favourite so far. Good luck, Kathleen.

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  9. I'm no gardener nor do I have a green thumb, I have a tendency to kill plants...lol! But I can live my love for flowers and plants through a book without the risk of killing them :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. And you may pick up some tips along the way! LOL Good luck, Trixi.

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  10. The cover of this book reminds me of the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. Adorable!
    Dianna

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    1. I've never heard of Gooseberry Patch cookbooks but I'm going to check them out. Good luck, Dianna.

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  11. I wasn't initially attracted to this series, but recently read more about them and the three books immediately went on my tbr. I'm also happy to find out you like to garden. Now I have another brain to pick. My enjoyment of gardening came when we bought a home with very established landscaping. I've had to learn by trial and error but found out I enjoy it. Although, keeping up with it can be stressful at times. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Ohhh -- a fellow gardener! I love to putter in my garden. I love being outdoors but I'm not the type of person that can just sit and soak up the sun so I garden. Lucky you getting a home with an already established garden. I started mine from scratch and learned along the way so by year three I realized all the things I'd done wrong and had to start fixing them. LOL Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. I was used to just weeding, and by year three our garden was like a jungle. I had to learn how to prune which can be very confusing from plant to tree to shrub.

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  12. Would love to win a copy of this book, it sounds great!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  13. This sounds good, though I do not have any "green-ness," let alone a green thumb in me! The funny thing? Green is my favorite color! hahah. This sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Annie
    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Ah, well, you can enjoy the results of the green thumbs around you. Good luck, Annie.

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  14. I am not a gardener, but I can certainly identify with Hope's introverted ways and her need for her own space!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Amen to that! Nothing like a little personal space to get some reading done, right? Good luck, Patty.

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  15. I don't think you could go wrong in reading a book by either of these authors. This series sounds like a great one to read soon. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. I agree -- they make a dynamic duo. Good luck, Donna.

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