Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Great Debut -- Pockets of Promise (with GIVEAWAY)

Welcome to the Blog Tour and Giveaway for Pockets of Promise 
by Laurie Stroup Smith, coordinated by the author.

About the Book:

Title:                 Pockets of Promise Series Title:      Book #1 in The
                         Pocket Quilt Series
Author:             Laurie Stroup Smith
Publisher:         Vinspire Publishing
Release Date:  April 30, 2020
Genre:              Amish

A young Amish woman—torn between two worlds and two men—travels to Pinecraft, where she receives wisdom and guidance through secret letters tucked into the pockets of a special quilt.

Mariah Mast’s best friend Josiah Weaver has concentrated his efforts on providing for their future together, but on her eighteenth birthday, Mariah finds herself edging away from Josiah and her faith. An encounter with police, a misunderstanding of intentions, and hurt feelings compound her confusion. Her grandmother sends her to stay with an aunt in Pinecraft and gives her a pocket quilt with handwritten messages tucked inside.

Thrilled to have her help at the bed and breakfast, Aunt Birdie introduces Mariah to a group of new friends, including Luke Yoder, a young Amish man who works for his father’s construction company. Spending time with him opens up a new world for Mariah. Her grandmother’s words of wisdom offer guidance as she makes a decision that will have lasting consequences for those she loves. Will she find fulfillment in Florida? Or does her heart belong in Holmes County?

Purchase your copy of the book at the following:  
AmazonBarnes and NobleWalmartBook DepositorySmashwords, or Kobo.

My Thoughts:

Laurie Stroup Smith's debut Amish fiction novel is a great addition to the genre. Pockets of Promise has a wide range of enjoyable characters and a very engaging story. 

Mariah, the main character, struggles to find what she really wants and who she really is through her typical Amish setting in Holmes County, Ohio, some ventures into the outside English world, and a time of branching out into the more non-conventional Amish setting of Pinecraft, Florida. The connection with her grandmother through the special messages she finds in the pocket quilt is a very heartwarming and important part of her story. Following her as she learns and grows is a delightful experience.

I would highly recommend Pockets of Promise to fans of good Amish fiction. I look forward to more great reading as this series continues.

Thank you to the author for providing me a copy of this book as a part of this blog tour. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.

About the Author:

While writing Amish fiction and contemporary romance, Laurie Stroup Smith strives to connect readers with friends and family through her stories while inspiring her audience to serve others. She was named a Finalist in the 2017 ACFW First Impressions Contest and a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 and 2019 ACFW Genesis Contests. She has been interviewed by Loveland Magazine.

Before writing, Laurie earned a bachelor’s degree in both athletic training and exercise science and later obtained her master’s degree in health promotion and education. She now writes full time and lives with her husband and their two daughters in Cincinnati. For a week or two each summer, they enjoy discovering new adventures along the western coast of Michigan.

You can connect with Laurie through the following social media links:

Website               https://lauriestroupsmith.com/
Facebook            https://www.facebook.com/lauriestroupsmith/
Instagram            https://www.instagram.com/lauriestroupsmith/
Pinterest             https://www.pinterest.com/LaurieMSmith/
Amazon               amazon.com/author/lauriestroupsmith
Twitter                 https://twitter.com/LStroupSmith


One winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Pockets of Promise, a $10 Amazon gift card, and a handmade pocket pillow.

Visit each stop on the tour and increase your chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 23, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on April 30, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US mailing addresses only. Giveaway terms and conditions can be found here.

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  1. I got to meet the author on facebook last night. She had a video where she talked about her book - her first. It was very interesting.

  2. Порталы для фрилансеров – это самый элементарный любому студенту метод заработка в сети. На площадке hydra москва обязательно присутствует работа хоть для неопытных копирайтеров. Благодаря фрилансу легко реализовывать достаточную прибыть. На данных платформах клиенты предоставляют подробные спецзадания, сделав какие работник заберет монеты на персональный ID учетной записи.