Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

After Christmas and ALL that fine eating I begin to tone down with more fruits and veggies.  I found this quick and easy recipe for one of my all time favorites~Baked Apples!

Apples in a Bag

  • 1 small apple (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith are my favorite)
  • 1 packet of sweetener (Splenda is my favorite), or a spoonful of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Small handful of raisins, optional

  1. Peel or don’t peel apple, core and slice or dice. Place in freezer-quality plastic zippered bag along with remaining ingredients. Seal bag and shake well to mix ingredients.
  2. Reopen bag just a touch to vent. Microwave on High for 2 minutes– longer if you use a big apple.
  3. Carefully (it will be HOT and steamy) open bag and pour over plain or cinnamon-sugar pita chips, flour tortilla chips, oatmeal or ice cream.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Secrets {Book One in the Glenbrooke Series} by Robin Jones Gunn

Book Description:  The Glenbrooke Series

Jessica ran from her past...but can she hide from love? Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets—including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her. Will Jessica’s deceit ruin all hope for the future? Or will she find a deeper peace that allows her to stop hiding the truth from those who love her most of all? This heartwarming bestseller, book one in the Glenbrooke series, introduces the fascinating people of Glenbrooke in a compelling tale of romance and spiritual truth.

My Thoughts:  Robin Jones Gunn is one of my MOST favorite authors, ever!  The Glenbrooke Series may be an "oldie" but it is definitely a "goodie!"
In Secrets, the first book in the Glenbrook series we meet Jessica.  The first chapter of this book begins with a lot of action and excitement.  So true to life.  
Jessica is and wants to begin a new start in life so she has chosen Glenbrooke.  However, as with any new move there are a few glitches and Jessica is hiding her true identity.  Only one person in town knows  the "real" Jessica.  Many secrets abound!  Sometimes when there are secrets it makes it hard to keep up with the truth.  Robin Jones Gunn brings out biblical truths in a great fiction read . . . there are no secrets with God.
I loved this book.  It's a light read and can be read in one setting...say on a cold, dreary winter day.
I plan to read the other books in this series.  From my understanding each book is a stand alone read and each is about a different person but since all the books take place in Glenbrooke I think it would be best to read them in order.
Cuddle up with a great book!

*This ebook was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah*
  • File Size: 2561 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (February 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4CDO

Thursday, January 11, 2018

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Imperfect Justice (Hidden Justice) by Cara Putman

Book Description:  To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?

My Thoughts:  Imperfect Justice is the second book in the Hidden Justice collection.
I read the first book, Beyond Justice, and each of these stand alone novels are about women and the law and how women help each other.
This was quite an interesting story.
An abusive husband and a wife/mother who is believed guilty of killing her daughter.
This was an emotional read.  How can a mother kill her child?
Well, as attorney Emilie Wesley knows.  She can't or didn't.  But to prove that a dead mother is innocent is hard to prove.
Then Reid Billings the brother of the deceased woman knows a whole different story of Kaylene's life, too.
So, when Emilie is approached by Reid she knows this may be the hardest case she will or has ever prosecuted.
The story of an abusive marriage and a demented man who claims to love his family but is so abusive he can kill a child.
Reid and Emilie strive to protect the living daughter.  
What a story!

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*

  • Series: Hidden Justice (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718083482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718083489

Devotions for the Hungry Heart: Chasing Jesus Six Days from Sunday by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Book Description:  "Whether you have a healthy craving for more Jesus, or the barely discernible taste for a relationship with Him that seems beyond your reach, the glorious truth is that God put that hunger in your heart in the first place, and He is more willing to fan that flame than you or I could ever be."
--From the Introduction

My Thoughts:  Each as we ring in the New Year I begin looking for a new devotional book.  I enjoy reading the Bible but sometimes having a companion book such as a good devotional book brings out things that will help me in my life.  Ad so this year I chose Devotions For The Hungry Heart.
I love the subtitle of this devotional book:  Chasing Jesus Six Days from Sunday.  Don't you just love that we should have Jesus in our everyday lives every day of the week.
This is a great devotional book.  Each devotion begins with the Hungry Heart . . . And the devotional are in weeks. And there are twenty weeks of devotions.
Then in the middle of the book is a short/mini section of recipes.  Refreshing recipes for the body. 
I love this devotional book.
I just have one dislike and that is the color of the print.  It is a light blue/aqua color which I find rather hard to read.  It may not bother a young person but an older person may not be able to see the print.

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

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (January 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683224329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683224327

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey by Amanda Barratt

Book Description:  Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband. 

Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister—even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.

On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love.  When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves?

My Thoughts:  I'm loving these My Heart Belongs reads.  Adele's Journey is a somewhat light read but, yet, there are may heart truths in the depths as one reads about Adele and Drew.
Adele is somewhat like a spy to me...she is utterly penniless but she comes to America to visit her cousins hoping to snatch a wealthy husband.  
It takes a lot of planning and escapades to try and snatch a wealthy husband.  Gotta give a lady credit for trying.  After all it wasn't easy for a lady to be single and independent if her daddy didn't have a dime but was suppose to be wealthy.
Now Dre Dawson is a character!  He plans to walk on a tightrope across Niagara Falls so he can earn money for he and his sister.  Drew remembers all to well the pain of growing up in an orphanage.  
This is a great story and a fun one too.

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

Be sure to check out the other titles:
My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss: Priscilla's Reveille by Erica Vetsch (January 2017)
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmella's Quandary by Susan Page Davis (March 2017)
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's Plight by Susanne Dietze (May 2017)
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels (July 2017)
My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma by Andrea Boeshaar (September 2017)
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice by Angie Dicken (November 2017) 

  • Series: My Heart Belongs
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books; Gld edition (January 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683223411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683223412

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

When a friend told me that she bakes her eggs instead of boils them because                they are less rubbery and no sulfur smell...I loved the idea and the taste!  
Got to try this for yourself!
2 - 4 dozen raw eggs ( or just the amount you'll eat for that day)
1  Position the oven racks in the center of the oven.
2  Place the eggs on the racks.
3  Place a baking sheet pan in the bottom of the oven (just in case an egg breaks).
4  Set the oven to 325F, and bake for 30 minutes.
5  When the eggs are done, fill a large bowl with ice water and move the eggs into the bowl.
6  Peel the eggs as soon as they're cool enough to handle, then return them to the ice water to thoroughly chill. ( I just peel and eat =)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Last Stop In Brooklyn *A Mary Hadley Mystery* by Lawrence H. Levy

Book Description:  It's the summer of 1894, and an infidelity case has brought PI Mary Handley to a far corner of Brooklyn: Coney Island. In the midst of her investigation, Mary is contacted by a convicted man's brother to reopen a murder case. A prostitute was killed by a Jack the Ripper copycat years ago in her New York hotel room, but her true killer was never found. Once again it's up to Mary to make right the city's wrongs.      
New York City's untouchable head of detectives, Thomas Byrnes, swears he put the right man behond bars, but as Mary digs deeper, she finds corruption at the heart of New York's justice system, involving not only the police, but the most powerful of stock titans. Disturbing evidence of other murders begins to surface, each one mimicking Jack the Ripper's style, each one covered up by Thomas Byrnes.     
As Mary pieces together the extent of the damage, she crosses paths with Harper Lloyd, an investigative reporter. Their relationship grows into a partnership, and perhaps more, and together they must catch a killer who's still out there, and reverse the ruthless workings of New York's elite. It'll be Mary's most dangerous, most personal case yet.

My Thoughts:  Once a again I picked a book by its cover and once again with a new author to boot I was delighted by a mystery that was hard to crack.
The setting of this tory takes place in 1894, a wee bit before my time.  But, yet, the history of the things sin the book are all too familiar.  Jack the Ripper, Coney Island, and people's attitudes towards women as PI's.
I like Mary.  She's not so tough that she overrides men.  She is still a lady.  And a lady always knows when to step a side and let a man help her.
When a prostitute is killed in a Jack the Ripper copy cat murder.  Mary is asked by the convicted man's brother to find the killer and clear his name.
So, Mary is on the case. And what a case it is!  
As Mary follows clues she meets Harper Lloyd, an investigative reporter.  
Harper is a great help to Mary.
A great story!  

*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Series: Mary Handley (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (January 9, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451498445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451498441