Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Simple Change



She never imagined a simple change could be so complicated...

Middle Amana, Iowa, 1881

When her parents decide to sell their home and move to the Amana Colonies, Jancey Rhoder must make a difficult decision. Should she give up her beloved teaching job and her carefree life in Kansas City to go with them?

Her suitor, Nathan Woodward, doesn't want her to go, but Jancey feels she must give this new life a try. Her mother is sick, and these next few months may be the last Jancey gets to spend with her. But will this move spell the end of her relationship with Nathan? And when life in Amana is far more mysterious and challenging than Jancey expected, will she choose to return to the city, or will she make this unique place her forever home?

My Review:

I always know I'm in for a treat when I open up a Judith Miller book. I know I am going to get a read that is steeped in history with engaging characters and surprising plot twists that leave me gasping "Wh-a-a-a-a-t?!"  And that's exactly what happened in A Simple Change. There I was reading along, enjoying the story, kind of plotting out what was going to happen next (I am such a back-seat reader!) and then wham, the story takes a sharp turn and dive into the unexpected. So then I had to stay up past midnight (and I am not a night owl) to delve into this new development. Talk about hooking your readers and reeling them in!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Simple Change, 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 11 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 


  1. Now you've got me wondering about that sharp turn and that dive into the unexpected. Include me, please! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

  2. Well, it's just that I didn't see that whole story thread coming at all! Good luck Cheryl!

  3. You had me even before you started talking about the twists and turns. I can see so many pros and cons for Jancey. I don't know what I would do except that I would really want to help take care of her mother!


  4. I have always been interested in the Amana Colonies. I'm looking forward to reading A Simple Change.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. Hi Kav. Thanks for another give-away. I have some off Judith's books and would love to win this one. Others were good, and very different.
    Please put my name in for the drawing. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  7. Wow awesome giveaway. Would love to read.

  8. You're in the draw Diana. Good luck!

  9. It's been a while since I've read anything by Judith Miller! Thanks for the chance to win.


  10. Sounds like a great read and I'm dying to read it, too. Haven't read any of Judith Miller's books but this I know I will. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    Karen G.

  11. Love stories about the colonies & relationships - would love to read/win this book! Thanks for the opportunity!


  12. I love these books. Judith Miller is a good author. Great review! Thank you for sharing and please enter me in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

  13. I'd love to give this book a try! Thanks for your review!


  14. Good review. Never heard of the Amana Colonies. Putting this on my wish list. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  15. Your welcome Kay. Good luck.