Wednesday, October 28, 2020

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Taste of Home has some of the BEST recipes and these cookies
 are the BEST for a fall treat!

Angel Sugar Crisps


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Water
  • Additional white or colored sugar

Directions:

  • In a bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugars, egg and vanilla until
  • light and fluffy. Sift together flour, soda, cream of tartar and
  • salt. Add to creamed mixture; mix until blended. Shape into large
  • marble-size balls. Dip half of ball into water, then in sugar.
  • Place, sugared side up, on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400°
  • for 6 minutes or until done. Cool. Yield: 4 dozen.


Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/angel-sugar-crisps#ixzz3JL7SyMXk

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Love Without End (A King's Meadow Novel, book 1) by Robin Lee Hatcher

Book Description:  Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again? Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his seventeen year old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men. Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of become involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man. When 84-year-old Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet's families at last discover a love without end.

My Thoughts: I haven't read a book penned by Robin Lee Hatcher in quite some time so was excited to receive this book.
In my opinion, Robin Lee Hatcher and Mary Connelly write great western romances.
This was a little different than the usual for it was about two used-to-be-married people . . . one a divorced dad of two boys, Chet, and a widow, Kimberly, trying to raise a daughter on her own.
Kimberly needs help with her daughter, Tara's horse, and Chet has the ranch.  It seems that a horse may bring the two families together.  But better than that, sparks begin to fly when Chet and Kimberly meet.
Since I love anything western, I was drawn to the cover of this book.
At times the lost of loved ones and trying to get on with the new is heart rending.  But then there's sweet, kind Anna, who has come back to King's Meadow in her old age.  Anna seems to be of great help with "blended family issues."
A lovely romance about two families with issues and love trying to make it in this world.  
A clean, christian romance that was ever so enjoyable to read!




Sunday, October 25, 2020

{Kregel Blog Tour} The Sound of Falling Leaves by Lisa Carter


 Book Description:  After aspiring opera singer Tessa loses her voice in a fire, she needs both a place to heal and a way to keep music in her life. She retreats to her aunt's apple orchard in rural North Carolina to collect folk ballads. But amid the autumn splendor of this isolated Appalachian community, she uncovers an unnerving connection between a murder case and a long-ago disappearance. Tessa gets a glimpse into an almost-forgotten world, encounters a corrupt, small-town political dynasty, and finds superstition and prejudice at every turn.

She's also drawn to Zeke, the handsome but enigmatic orchard caretaker, who shows her that mountain justice is neither impartial nor just. But battling a conspiracy of silence, Tessa isn't sure if she can trust him. Yet somewhere in the mists of the Blue Ridge Mountains, evil lurks, and a killer is determined to keep the past where it belongs--dead and buried.

My Thoughts:  When I see a new book authored by Lisa Carter I grab it!   I love the way she pens words to create a story that sparks my imagination.      

This is an interesting story about Tess who longs to be an opera singer.  But she loses her voice...not a good thing for a singer.  So with few choices in her short repertoire she decides that visiting her aunt in the beautiful state of North Carolina is the thing to do.

Among the apple tress on her aunts orchard Tess discovers that small, isolated Appalachian towns can harbor the most unpleasant of secrets.  Sometimes secrets become a silence so deep that when one tries to delve into the past the past begins to rear its ugly head.  

Tess feels that it is her duty to clear the air of this vile secret but she can't do it alone.  When she and the caretaker, Zeke, begin to dig a little to deeply into the past a killer decides that his secret must remain buried.

I loved, loved this story!  The sense of urgency that prevails throughout the story kept me on the seat of my chair.  This is a not.to.be.missed.read!

*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*

  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1683700961
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1683700968
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : KREGE (October 20, 2020)
  • Language: : English

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Fabulous Friday



 Sometimes, just sometimes, don't we all 
look at the beautiful colors of the canopy 
and see that our world is full of color.
Color brings about so much happiness.
But, yet, when we look at each other we
don't always see the beauty in our color.
My family tends to lean toward a porcelain 
color and burns easily in the sun.  Which brings 
some of us great grief.
In college my best friend was Hispanic and 
had the most beautiful skin color.  She never 
worried about being brown but on the other hand she 
worried that people judged her by her skin color.
She began to live a lonely life until one day 
she met the Savior.  He didn't judge her at.all!
In fact, He is the One who formed her.
Psalm 139 became one of her favorite parts of His Word.
Her joy was not in her color but in His freedom for her life!
Rejoice for He made you as you are for His glory!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

{Revell Blog Tour} The Love Note by Joanna Davidson Politano

Book Description:  Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1865 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.
Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings--mostly negative ones--about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa's search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words. 

My Thoughts: A new author for me, Joanna Politano takes the reader on a trip into the late 1800's where women in medicine are a new item and where lost loves become a mystery to be solved.
The seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor sounds like a place where convalescence is a place of rest and recovery but as Willa Duvall finds out there is more to the Manor than meets the eye.
One thing about Willa she is a fighter and she is focused on her career in medicine.  
One day as she sits at her old writing desk st the Manor she notices a never-opened envelope with the most delicious love note in it.
She sets out to find the person to whom the letter is addressed and in doing so she comes across a mystery. The more she seeks to find out about the author oof the letter the more she finds that people do not seems to like him.  This puzzles her as the letter is most passionate.
This is such an interesting story.
I also loved how Joanna Politano pens words so artfully that they almost roll off the page.

*This book was provided for review by Revell Reads*
  • Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0800736893
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0800736897
  • Publisher : Revell (October 20, 2020)

The Blended Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter


Book Description:  Sadie Kuhns has a lot happening in her life. She is creating a unique quilt by blending a traditional Amish pattern with a Hawaiian pattern as a tribute to her time spent in the islands, and she is working on a self-published book. But her relationship with Wyman Kauffman has stagnated after six months of courtship. He can’t seem to commit to a profession that would secure a future, and he is jealous of the time Sadie gives to her own pursuits. Is there really any reason to drag this courtship out?  

My Thoughts:  I was so happy to see a new story out by Wanda E. Brustetters and Jean Brunstetter.  
I loved this story!  
Sometimes our lives are blended with intricate patterns such as quilts have in their design.  And this story blends the best of the Amish life and a little of the Hawaiian life.
I love how Sadie Kuhns can blend a traditional Amish pattern and a Hawaiian paternities into a quilt.  Quilt design and sewing amaze me. And maybe, that's why this story captured my attention...Sadie does something that I can only dream about doing.
But quilting isn't the only thing in this delightful story.  There's romance too.  Poor Wyman he seems to like maybe even love Sadie but her pursuits seem to make him slightly irritated.  Jealous, maybe?
And Sadie can't understand why Wyman is letting their courtship drag on and on.
Another great read by a dynamic writing duo!

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."

  • Item Weight : 1.11 pounds
  • ISBN-10 : 1643526014
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1643526010
  • Publisher : Shiloh Run Press (November 1, 2020)



WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

This really works!  
Made the cake so much better!