Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

I found this wonderful salad on Pinterest and it is super yummy!
  • For Salad:
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mixed greens such as spinach and arugula

  1. Cook quinoa according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add more water, if necessary.
  3. In a large serving bowl, combine cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, scallions and mixed greens; gently toss with Caesar dressing to coat.
  4. Serve chilled.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Confession by Robert Whitlow

Book Description:  In Holt Douglas's line of work, there's nothing sweeter than a confession of guilt. Assistant D.A. Holt Douglas makes his living exposing lies and sending criminals to jail in Ashley County, Georgia. His job is always easier when defendants, instead of remaining silent, blame someone else or try to excuse their actions. With a confession in his hand, Holt knows a guilty plea will soon follow.
But lurking in Holt's past is a dark secret that could end his successful career and possibly his relationship with Angelina, his hoped for fiance.
When Holt reopens a cold case involving the death of the town's wealthiest businessman--allegedly killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest--Holt doesn't believe it was suicide. Instead, he suspects murder.
As he investigates, Holt's own guilt threatens to destroy him and the cause of justice he's sworn to serve. While he knows his own confession could absolve him of his sin, it could cost him his future. Will he survive long enough to uncover the true crime that this small southern town has been hiding?

My Thoughts:  Robert Whitlow is one of those better than chocolate mystery/suspense writers so when I saw this book, The Confession, I was intrigued.

It seems that Assistant D.A. Holt Douglas has something in his past that is in his "repressed" memories. . . a memory that he has unconsciously blocked  since he was a teenager.  This repressed memory is triggered by a cold case.

This is  quite an interesting read.  Can a person truly repress something that is so horrific to him that he simply blocks it out of his whole life?

I like Trish Carmichael the Deputy Shriff.  Trish and Holt come together with this cold case that seems to be murder.  Can they prove it?  I like Trish . . . she is a steadfast christian with an unshakeable faith.  A faith that Holt needs to see and experience.  Holt is amazed and somewhat unfounded with Trish...Trish is good for Holt.
This story is more that a confession it's about confessions...a whole lot closet skeletons that need cleaning out.
The romance, the mystery, the suspense and one great read!

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401688861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401688868

Monday, June 26, 2017

Four Weddings & a Kiss

About the book: 

Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy

Maizy Place is an unruly tomboy. When she causes an accident, injuring neighbor Rylan Carstens, she becomes his unlikely caregiver. Rylan has never noticed how pretty his infuriating neighbor is,  and he never expected to fall in love.

Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher

Molly Everton is the outspoken daughter of the town newspaper's owner. When her father brings in an outsider to be editor, she tries to drive him out of town. But Jack Ludgrove is not intimidated. He's resolved to change Molly's mind about him---as an editor and as a man.

A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton

Katie Pearl is uninterested in men and love. But she needs help on her ranch and hires Treb Rayburn, a wandering cowboy looking to make a buck. Will Treb change Katie's mind?

Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley

Grace Davenport is either the unluckiest woman alive---or a killer. When her third husband is found dead, Grace is arrested. Attorney Brock Daniels isn't interested in the case---until he meets Grace. Only a miracle will prove her innocence, but the joining of two lonely hearts may be their saving grace.

Purchase a copy:


Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than thirty novels. Her books have won numerous awards and has written for a TV soap opera. @margaretbrownley 

Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. She is the author of over seventy novels and her work often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher 

Mary Connealy is an award-winning author of romantic comedy with cowboys. Mary and her Nebraska rancher husband have four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren. @MaryConnealy 

Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra's first book-to-movie aired on ABC Family and starred LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton

Four best-­selling romance novelists bring tales of feisty heroines, stubborn heroes, and unlikely love in the Wild West in Four Weddings and a Kiss. Don't miss the latest from the Western Brides Collection from Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gathering the Threads: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall

Book Description:  Finally back in the Old Order Amish world she loves,

Will Ariana’s new perspectives draw her family closer together—

or completely rip them apart?
After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?  
Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart. 

My Thoughts:  This is the third and final novel in the Summer Grove series.  AHH!  I hate when a great book or a wonderful series ends.  It's like the morning after Christmas.  A small grain of disappointment but, yet, a thrill of joy.
Gathering the Threads continues Araina's story.  I read Ties that Bind and Fraying at the Edge the first two books in this series.  And, yes, one needs to read the first two books so one can understand about Ariana and Quill.
Ariana has been away in the Englisch world and now she is back in the Old Order home.  It's a great time of mixed emotions for her.
Quill Sclabach is nice guy who helps Araina.  
Now remember Araina has been away from her Old Order family so when she questions her daed it doesn't go well.  The Old Order people see this has a rebellion.  Ariana should not asks questions.  We forget that English women have a lot of freedoms and we question, even direct our men and families. 
Then there's Skylar Nash.  Will Ariana be able to keep Skylar's past in     the past?
A great ending to a wonderful series!  

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

The first two books in this series:

  • Series: The Amish of Summer Grove (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (August 15, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601427034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601427038

Dark Deception (Defenders of Justice, Book 2) by Nancy Mehl

Book Description:  Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

My Thoughts:  I enjoy Nancy Mehl's stories.  So I was pleasantly surprised to receive Dark Deception the other day.  This is book 2 in the Defenders of Justice but don't worry each book is a stand alone read and the books do not reference the previous read.  

The story begins with a hair-raising scene.  Kate O'Brien is in trouble and has no one to help her.  So she calls the FBI and Tony DeLuca, a US Deputy Marshal, just happens to be in the office and answers her call.
Tony carefully guides Kate get out of the terrible situation.  And then he loses her call.
Not knowing what is taking place but feeling responsible Tony has to the place where Kate is suppose to be hiding.  
When he gets there Kate is gone.  But he tracks her and he knows if he can track her so can the "bad guy."
Kate is so afraid because four years earlier she and her twin sister were horribly attacked in their home.  Only Kate survived the vicious attack.
So with the attack in her history she is afraid the killer is on ht loose again.  She doesn't know what to do or whom to trust so her motto is Don't trust anyone.
She goes into hiding but tony is determined to help her because he knows she can't defend herself against this evil.
A heart pounding, emotional roller coaster! 

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

Book 1

  • Series: Defenders of Justice (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 6, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076421778X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764217784

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

And oh!So!good!  Another great recipe from Pinterest:


  • 2-3 heads of lettuce (such as butter crunch), washed, dried, cut in large pieces
  • 2 cups of watermelon, cut in small chunks
  • 2 cups of strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups of rotisserie chicken, chopped in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice


Cut the lettuce and place in a large bowl.
Cut the watermelon, strawberries, chicken, and basil. Lay on top of the greens.
Mix together the pesto, honey, lime juice.
Right before serving add the dressing; toss and serve.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility by Hillary Manton Lodge

Book Description:  Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

But life in Austin isn’t all sweet tea and breakfast tacos. Their unusual living situation is challenging and unspoken words begin to fester between Jane and Celia. When Jane meets and falls for up-and-coming musician Sean Willis, the chasm grows deeper.

While Sean seems to charm everyone in his path, one person is immune – retired Marine Captain Callum Beckett. Callum never meant to leave the military, but the twin losses of his father and his left leg have returned him to the place he least expected—Texas. 

In this modern spin on the Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility, the Woodward sisters must contend with new ingredients in unfamiliar kitchens, a dash of heartbreak, and the fragile hope that maybe home isn't so far away.

My Thoughts:  I just love the title of this book, Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility, sweet tea and sensibility....Oh.My.Lanta!  

I love Jane Austin books but I also love stories written by Hillary Manton Lodge and when I saw the title of this book I knew it would be a fun book.
Jane and her sister Celia Woodward live in Austin,Texas.  {Jane of Austin}  😊  Love the word play.  Anyway, if you live in Texas you understand that life isn't all about sweet tea and breakfast tacos.  Sweet tea and breakfast tacos just make life better and romantic.  True story 💗
Jane and Celia's father has a business scandal which basically ruins their lives.  Celia insists that they move to Austin.  So they pack up their younger sister, Margot, and what little they have and start a new in Austin.  
But with their living arrangements the sisters have words which cause some "hard" feelings and then Jane meets the charming Sean Willis.  Sean charms everyone he meets except for Captain Callum Beckett.  
Oh, my!  What a fun story!  A modern spin on Jane Austen's classic Sense and Sensibility.  

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (June 13, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601429347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601429346

Monday, June 19, 2017

COTT {Clash of the Titles}

Featuring Contemporary Novel "After"

After, an inspirational novel by contemporary Christian fiction author, Joy Ohagwu, is poised to spotlight the strength in transformation, courage in love, and hope in times of despair.


About the book:

One step will transform her life.

Sixty thousand people watched as Candace Rodriguez literally fell off the stage while performing the national anthem, wrecking more than her self-esteem. Is her music career over? Now, weighing 350 pounds and jilted by her fiancé after the shame of her public fall, can she find another chance at true love? Will her new Christian faith anchor her future hopes?
Former highbrow stock trader, "JB" Patrickson has had enough of life making mockery of his best laid-out future plans. His father insisted he'd never make it more than selling " chickn" stock in Kentucky. Proving him wrong, JB succeeded at the NY Stock Exchange, becoming one of the best US traders...until the market crashed in 2008. Seven years later and mired in debt, he can't shake the urge that God is leading him down a different path. The path of accepting his grandmother's request to come help manage her farm, couple hundred miles away, despite his little to nothing knowledge about farming. Has he fallen low enough to toil with his hands to eke out a single meal? What future could God plan for him on a farm?

Twenty years after returning to the US from a fulfilling medical mission in Asia, Dr. and Dr. Mrs. Cantwell gratefully send off two sons to college, purchase a flourishing twenty-acre farm, and prepare to settle into their empty nest stage. But what will they do if God leads one more life into their path, one needing stitches of the soul not of the body? Can they answer His call to service, or will overlooked pain from the past threaten the fragile peace they'd so desperately coaxed into existence to survive together?

What our voters had to say:
--I love the book, AFTER! The cover is catchy, and the contents, inspiring!
--Congratulations, Joy! A lovely book inside and out.~~~Deirdre Lockhart
--I personally saw the love poured into writing "After" and I hope it blesses everyone who reads it! It's Awesome!!!
--Thumbs up, Joy!
Q: Joy, what was writing After like?
A: Thank you for asking. First, I’d like to appreciate everyone that voted for After during the COTT contest. Thank you all very much. I started writing After during NaNoWriMo 2013. Then earlier in summer 2015, after I wrote Candace in as a character for Blossom and Josh's story(which is now After 2), her personality and voice got so strong that she took over the story! It was amazing. I trusted my gut, went with the flow, and ended up publishing Candace's and JB's story as the first in the AFTER series. The AFTER series is about transformation and positively changing one’s lifestyle through fitness. But more importantly, After shows us that we should allow God to assist us in every area of our lives, especially those places where everyone expects us to fail. You can read the story here. Although I enjoyed writing about Candace and JB, I'm glad that I finally completed Blossom and Josh's story as well and it released as After 2 in November 2015. 

Q: Can you share with us about your next book?
A: Sure. I'd love to. I'm presently writing Uncommon Ground, the first book in a romantic suspense series, and I’ll share what the story is about. Stella is a widow who's juggling a career and raising an older teen that doesn't believe in God. A disaster occurs that separates them and turns their world upside down. Stella's concerns multiply in the ensuing chaos after she meets Michael, a Christian man with a mysterious past and she wonders how many more unseen twists God trusts her to handle. Like Psalm 68 verse 5 says, God is a defender of the widows. Uncommon Ground is a story where we can identify with each of the characters’ struggles, and if we let it, it can potentially kick our faith higher into greater dimensions. After reading Uncommon Ground, we get to appreciate some of the things we usually take for granted as Christians. Uncommon Ground becomes available for preorder Jan 1, 2016, and I pray everyone gets their copy. 

Thank you very much for having me here. God bless you!

About Bestselling Author Joy Ohagwu:
Joy Ohagwu is the bestselling author of The New Rulebook suspense series. Her novels are romantic suspense and inspirational stories geared to engage, inspire and entertain readers. She earned a Masters' Degree in International Affairs from American University, Washington DC; and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Professionally, she’s been honored with multiple awards for pioneer academic research, student leadership and overall excellence. Joy is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers(ACFW) organization. She pens stories during evenings, weekends, and whenever the food takes too long to cook. Despite the many hurdles she has faced, she counts God as being faithful in her life. Joy lives in the beautiful State of Maryland.

You can connect with Joy on her website, and follow her Author page.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fun Friday . . .

The BEST way to read is to read a book that interests you!  😁

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Sweet Smell Of Magnolias And Memories By Celeste Fletcher McHale

Book Description:  Jacey and Colin shared the three most intense days of their lives together, waiting for help as Mississippi floodwaters surrounded them. Jacey knew Colin was the love of her life—until her rescue boat went under water, along with Colin’s last name and pieces of Jacey’s memory.  The last thing she remembered was being submerged in water. Again.  As Jacey walks down the aisle as the maid of honor in her friend’s wedding a year later, the last person she expects to see is Colin. The biggest surprise, though, is that the man of her dreams is not wearing jeans and flip-flops as he did when he held her through those long nights of the flood. He’s the preacher.  As Jacey’s memories come flooding back, it’s almost more than she can take. The fate of the young family trapped with them haunts her. The unwavering honesty—and support—of her best friend Georgia forces her to take a fresh look at herself. She’s spent her life afraid of love. But this flood is opening Jacey’s heart in the most unexpected ways.

My Thoughts:  Celeste Fletcher McHale is a brand new author for me.  
This was a cute.sort.of book.
The beginning is interesting when Jacey and Colin are stranded on a roof top during a flood.  
They become separated...he looks but can't find her.  And then, lo and behold, she is the maid of honor at a friend's wedding and as she looks up the aisle there he stands!  Colin is the preacher!  What a surprise!  and bit of shock for Jacey.
I was really enjoying this story and avidly reading and then I came to the part where Jacey gets flustered because she'll have to give up short skirts and margaritas. This was a bit of a disappointment and maybe I misread about Jacey...I thought she was a christian.  Yeah, I know margaritas and short skirts are okay for some christians but I like to think that most christians have some moral standard for not drinking alcohol and trying to look like the world.  
So this was an okay read for me.

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

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 23, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071803984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718039844

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3) by Sarah E. Ladd

Book Description:  In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, where her estranged uncle serves as the school’s superintendent. Upon arrival, Annabelle learns that she must shed her life of high society and work for her wages for the first time in her life.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to purchase land he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s death, Owen begins to consider a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

My Thoughts:  I just love when I've read two books by an author and am surprised when I receive the third book in the mail.  

Having read The Curiosity Keeper and Dawn at Emberwilde and now A Stranger at Fellsworth all in the Treasures of Surrey "series."  In my opinion this is a stand alone read as are the other two books.  

Annabelle seems to be in quite a pickle.  After her father dies and there is no money left, her fiancé  calls of their betrothal and now her brother wants to control her every move.  So what is a girl to do?  Why runaway to a better place, of course.

So Annabelle does the unthinkable and runs away to the school where her uncle whom she does not know is the school superintendent.  What a wake up call.  Annabelle learns that she is no longer a lady of leisure but must actually work for a living.

Annabelle meets Owen and his daughter but as their relationship seems to grow there seems to be mysterious strangers and all kinds of trouble.  Will these tests and trials pull the couple apart or will they learn to help each other.

Another great historical read with romance and adventure by Sarah E. Ladd!

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

  • Series: A Treasures of Surrey Novel
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 16, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718011856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718011857

{The Fiction Guild Blog Tour} The Beloved Hope Chest (An Amish Heirloom Novel) by Amy Clipston

Book Description:  When Mattie packed her hope chest, she put away the heartache of her past. But as her daughters begin to unpack it, she discovers a healing more powerful than she ever hoped for.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.
But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?
Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it's a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it's past time to share it.

My Thoughts:  Amy Clipston is a favorite author of mine.  I love the way she brings a story to life.
the Beloved Hope Chest is the story of how a mom used to be a young girl with hopes and dreams.  When Mattie Fisher's three daughters want to know the history of their parents romance and wedding the "hidden" things of Mattie's past come to light.
It's not a bad past, it's just a past that Mattie had to let go of...dreams of a lost love.
But as the story continues Mattie begins to see that her life, as it is now, is full now and that she has three beautiful daughters and a loving husband.
Mattie's story is a story of lessons learned but also of blessings given.  We all have things that we wish might "would have" been or what we think might have been but God directs our lives (if we let Him) to have fulfillment and joy.
Another fantastic Amish read by Amy Clipston.

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

  • Series: An Amish Heirloom Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 9, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310341973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341970

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

Book Description:  After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home―a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work―something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along―if only she’d just look up.

My Thoughts:  It's been quite awhile since I've read a novel by Courtney Walsh.  But the cover looked interesting and the back of the book description pulled me into this story.

Lane Kelley is one busy and tired young woman.  So when she receives devastating news from her brother.  She knows that she must go home, again.  
Memories . . . not all good, come rushing back making Lane curious if she can go back home again.
But home again she goes.
And she meets up with Ryan Brooks who is home again, too, after a tour duty.  
Ryan has secretly loved Lane but this homecoming isn't exactly how he envisioned it.  So with a rocky start to their meeting, Ryan begins to see that Lane isn't the girl she used to be.  
But because Ryan is no quitter he continues to have a friendship with Lane.
This is quite a touching story with good romance and family ties all bound up in one great story.

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

Another novel by Courtney Walsh:

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496421485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496421487

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

 Soapapilla Cheesecake is divine!

Sopapilla Cheesecake
2 cans Pillsbury Crescent rolls
2-8oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 stick butter (1/2 cup real butter not margarine)
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Unroll and press 1 can crescent rolls into the bottom of your baking dish press the seams together. In a separate bowl blend the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla  spread over top of dough. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and place on top of the cream cheese mixture pressing seams together again. Melt butter and pour over top layer of crescents. Mix the reaming 1/2 cup of sugar & cinnamon together. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture generously over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until bubbly and bottom crust is slightly brown. So easy and delicious! Cool, slice and enjoy!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel by Karen Barnett

Book Description:  An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainer National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow. 

But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.
When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?

My Thoughts:  The year is 1927, the president is Theodore Roosevelt and this is such a unique read!
President Roosevelt's vision for protected lands so that the people of America could enjoy God's creation.  And this story takes place in Most Rainier National Park.
When Chief Ranger Ford Brayden and the senator's idealistic daughter, Margie, meet it isn't a love at first sight kind.of.meeting.  In fact, Ranger Brayden feels that Margie is a spoiled socialite.
Then Margie's former fiancé comes to Most Rainier with a plan to build a Paradise Inn and make a tourist playground.  This plan is most unacceptable to the park and to Ranger Brayden.
I loved reading about the past and Ms. Barnett wrote such a unique and informative novel.  
But the way Margie matured and grew like a young sapling was interesting too.  Since poor Margie really had no understanding of nature but as she learned more about the park and the reason so many people want to preserve the land, was so well written. Made me want to take a trip to one of our national parks, right now!
Don't miss this grand story!

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (June 6, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735289549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735289543