7 Year Tea Party Winners: Susan Craft's winner of her trilogy novels - The Chamomile, Laurel, and Cassia is: Lucy Reynolds, The winner of a copy of The Backcountry Brides is: Tammy Cordery, the winner of a silver quill charm is: Kathy Maher, Choice of one of three books by Carrie Fancett Pagels in paperback: Joy Ellis, A Bouquet of Brides Collection by Pegg Thomas winner is: Becky Smith, Janet Grunst's Selah-Award winning novel, A Heart Set Free, is: Sherry Moe.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Guest Review by Faye Oygard of Jennifer Hudson Taylor's New Garden's Hope

Guest Review by Faye Oygard
Novella review
New Garden's Hope
 by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

New Garden's Hope is a love story set against the the backdrop of a young America. When Josiah Wall asks his intended, Ruth Payne, to postpone their wedding for the second time, she refuses and instead breaks off the engagement. Josiah has other commitments, but he doesn't want to lose Ruth over them. Ruth doesn't understand how he could even ask to reset the date of their wedding, and for the second time no-less!

Will Josiah be able to prove where his love lies, and win Ruth back before it's too late?

It may be short in length but don't let that fool you! New Garden's Hope is a well written story with well developed relationships, and characters. I think what really made me like it so much was how it wasn't like they were building a brand new relationship, but repairing a solid, and somewhat broken one.

Another fun bit was the setting and the main characters being Quakers.And it was a nice change from all the Amish fiction that I like to read, and it was fun to be reminded some of the great political figures in our past such as James Madison a very prominent face in the forming of our great nation.

Overall, this story was a sweet romance, where I also learned and was reminded of a great time in America's history. I think that my favorite character was Josiah, because he saw the the importance of
being involved in things that could change the country, yet he also knew when other things were more important. New Garden's Hope is a lovely story with its historical setting woven into the backround with
a skilled hand. A story that I would highly recommend :)

With thanks to the publisher, Barbour, who gave me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win a copy of the book.


  1. And another reason why I think Jennifer is the busiest, most productive woman I know of. How does she do it all?
    Thanks Faye - I always enjoy your reviews.

    Congratulations Jennifer on the new story and I look forward to it--sounds like a setting and period I'd love and I know you'll have done a great job with the characters.

    1. She does have alot of books doesn't she?

      Thanks, Debra :)

  2. Sounds like an entertaining story! Thank you for the review and giveaway!


    1. Thanks for the review, Faye!

      Debra, you are so sweet! Only by God's grace can I get ANYTHING accomplished!

  3. Faye, great review!! I'd love to win a copy of this book! I'm always on the lookout for new books to read!

  4. Faye, Thanks so much for doing this guest review! So glad to have you visit with us at CQ!!!

  5. I just discovered this webpage and it looks great - some new stories to check out - thanks for the review

  6. Thank you for the review and giveaway.
    I so enjoy historical christian fiction. It is like stepping back in time and travel with those who founded our great country for a short time. This book sounds like it has everything I look for in a good book and I love Jennifer's books.
    Blessings, Tina

  7. Enjoyed reading your review. Hope I win the giveaway!!!

  8. Great review! This sounds like an interesting book. I enjoy reading about Quakers. Would love to win a copy.

    Karen Gervais

  9. Was delighted to see this review. Since my current WIP revolves around Quakers during the American Revolution, this book is now on my "must read" list.
    Judith Robl

  10. My current WIP is set about the turn of the 19th century and Quakers are a large part of the story. My Grandma Dermyer was raised a Quaker, so the interest to investigate them started with that. She didn't attend the Friends church until after Grandpa passed away. While married, they belonged to the Nazarene Church. It's interesting stuff! I'll have to read this story too.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  11. Great review, Faye! I look forward to reading NEW GARDEN'S HOPE!I love that it is about Quakers - it's a fascinating part or our history!
    rebecca demarino at gorge dot net

  12. What a review! :) This looks like such a great book, set in a great time period! :) I'm so glad I stumbled upon this blog ~ I can see that I'm going to learn a lot. By the way, the blog design is beautiful.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Isnt't it? I enjoy this blog so much too and I have learned a lot about this time period.

  13. I have such a love and respect for the Quakers - they shaped early America as few did. This sounds like a wonderful book and I know it will be a favorite! The cover is great and the individual stories are so intriguing and romantic and more. Bless you for such a great spotlight!!

  14. Sounds great... I really am interested in Quakers and their beliefs. I recently read another book that had them in it. I normally read a lot of Amish fiction. I also noticed that the series Christy has an Quaker woman in it. Very intersting!


  15. would love to read jennifer's latest novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  16. Great review, Faye! I love stories that are set during that era because of the rich history of our nation's beginnings. Add Quaker in the mix and it is right up my alley!


    1. Yes, there is so much history there. Once you start learnin about this time, you realize how much of it there is!

  17. I love Jennifer's books and have added this one to my wish list. Thanks for the great review Faye.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  18. JUDITH is our Winner this week! Congrats Judith! Watch for an email.

  19. So many good books & not enough time to read them all.
    Thanks for the give away.



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