Thursday, October 29, 2020

Fabulous Friday


 When I was in college we read The Road Less Traveled.
Of course, back then it didn't mean much to me....youngsters!
Today The Road Less Traveled means a whole lot more.
Is it the road I refused to take that could have caused me trouble?
Is it the road that meant riches but unhappiness?
Or could it be the road to despair?
But, yet, I think that maybe the road less traveled was
the road that I was traveling on. 
Not many people are going my way.  
The traffic is calm, the scenery is bright and lovely.
Why?  Because not many people choose the narrow way.
It's not a popular road but it is a satisfying road for I know 
the One to where the road leads.
Be encouraged today if you, too, are traveling on the 
road less traveled for we will gain a heavenly view one day.

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


  • 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


  • 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.

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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!

*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!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Fried Chicken: Recipes for the Crispy, Crunchy, Comfort-Food Classic by Rebecca Lang

Book Description:  An irresistible cookbook featuring more than 50 family-friendly fried chicken recipes--including classic Southern, globally influenced, and skillet- and deep-fried variations. 
     Fried chicken is comfort food at its finest. Served alongside a biscuit, atop waffles, or just on its own, fried chicken is one of the most universally loved foods around. In Fried Chicken, Southern chef Rebecca Lang collects 50 of the most tantalizing, crowd-pleasing variations on the classic. There are perennial favorites like Buttermilk-Soaked, Bacon-Fried Chicken Smothered in Gravy; Tennessee Hot Chicken; kid-friendly Chicken Fingers; and even Gluten-Free Southern Fried Chicken. Also featured are internationally inspired recipes, such as Saigon Street Wings, Chinese Lollipop Wings, Mexican-Lime Fried Chicken Tacos, and Korean Fried Chicken with Gochujang Sauce. All of these recipes are impeccably tested, foolproof, and will have the whole family singing the praises of perfectly fried poultry.

My Thoughts:  We LOVE chicken!  But, alas, I can't seem to cook chicken and especially fried chicken well at all. I was SO happy to receive this book, Fried Chicken:  Recipes for the Crunchy, Comfort-Food Classic by Rebecca Lang.
Ms. Lang begins the book with the basics:  different oils to use, different types of flours and the parts of a chicken.  This is a great introduction!
This is a smallish hardback book that is filled with some mouth watering chicken recipes.  My favorite recipe is on page 53, Camden's Favorite Chicken Fingers.  Oh!My! Move over Chick-Fil-A!  These chicken fingers are so delicious and were easy to make.  Now these are fried in oil on top of the stove.  
There is even a wonderful recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits on page 74.  And a recipe for Hot Honey Sauce on the opposite page so that you can make your own chicken and biscuits.  
The pictures are so nice and colorful (actually mouth watering!).
Most of the chicken recipes are either skillet fried or deep fried.  
A lovely cookbook!  Chock full of chicken recipes!
This Fried Chicken cookbook makes a wonderful gift for that cook on your list!

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

Meet the Author, 
Rebecca Lang:
Go HERE to read more about Ms. Lang!

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607747243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607747246

Monday, October 19, 2020

A Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter


Book Description:  Only the brave—or foolhardy—would attempt a cross-country journey late in the season. Three wagons meet up in Independence, Missouri, in April 1850, and their owners decide to keep forging ahead despite many setbacks and delays. December finds them in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when a sudden snowstorm traps them, obscuring the trail.
Cynthia Cooper is traveling with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

My Thoughts: I'm reading this wonderful Christmas story.  It's a keeper!
Three wagons with a few brave souls are headed to California make a monumental trip things don't go as planned.  
The three wagons left Missouri in April but the traveling has been slow.  So, low and behold, the people find themselves in a blizzard of epic proportions as they cross the Sierra Nevadas at Christmas time.
Cynthia Cooper feels that she has a responsibility to care for her mother and she plans to marry the man who is on the wagon train with them.  But when they all have to hunker down in cabin to wait out the storm Cynthia's feelings begin to change towards her intended bridegroom.
Loved, loved this heartwarming story!
A wonderful Christmas story about changes and following your heart.

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (September 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781683226574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683226574
  • ASIN: 1683226577

Hiding Places by Erin Healy

Book Description:  Family means safety. Family means protection. Until it doesn't.

Eleven-year-old Kate Whitby leads an invisible life, the youngest member of her odd family. They live in their historic small-town hotel, where she is an expert at keeping everyone’s secrets: her sister’s a thief, her great-grandmother isn’t as crazy as people think, her mother lives in the past, and her beloved grandfather might have killed his best friend.

Devoted to the people she loves—more than they have ever been to her—Kate vows to protect each one.

Charlie Fuse has lived on the streets since his alcoholic father threw him out. When Charlie’s powerful street family tests his loyalty by demanding that he kill the son of a rival gang leader, he refuses. They frame him for the murder, forcing Charlie to run.

When Kate finds Charlie injured and penniless, she hides him from his enemies and her uncharitable relatives, unaware that he has a connection to her family as old as the hotel itself.

The murderous gang tracks Charlie down. To flush him out, they take the clueless family hostage and threaten young Kate. Even then, Kate keeps Charlie hidden, putting all her childlike faith in one terrible hope: that the family who has never been able to protect her before might learn how to do it now. 

My Thoughts:  I was so excited when Thomas Nelson sent me this book, Hiding Places by Erin Healy.  I've been wanting to read this book but just hadn't taken time to get it. 
First of all, this is one of the most interesting fiction books because  Erin writes with an "unusual" twist of suspense and every day life.  
The most interesting "thing" about this read was the invisible life that eleven-year-old Kate leads.  She is so visible that she becomes invisible to those around her.  This part of the story made me think of all the people in my life that are quite visible with the eye but yet, I take them for granted so they become "invisible."
Since Kate is "invisible" she sees more than most of the adults realize that she is seeing.  However, Kate takes all the troubles she sees in stride....until she meets Charlie Fuse.
Kate thinks that Charlie needs help and so she hides him.  Kate never realizes in her child's mind that Charlie may have a past.  A past that may bring trouble to her family.
Wow!  What a read!
This is my first time to read something that Erin Healy has authored.  
I thought this was a grand read and I hope you enjoy this fiction read as much as I did.

  • ISBN-10: 1401689604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401689605

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Backlash (Capital Intrigue) Book 2 by Rachel Dylan

Book Description:  CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel that puts a target on her back. Though Layla never wanted to be a field agent, Langley had other ideas. After one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety. At the same time, the CIA opens up an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.Layla and Hunter soon discover a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team's identity to the cartel. She must clear her name with the Agency and protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter--the man who broke her heart--and hope they both come out of it alive. 

My Thoughts:  This is the second book in the Capital Intrigue series.  And, boy oh boy! what a read!
This story is classified as romantic suspense but it is SO much more than that.  It's a read about CIA analyst Layla, the DEA, a cartel, Layla's team members and Hunter McCoy.
It just so happens that Layla has made an enemy of a certain cartel.  And this is not a "good" cartel.  The people in this cartel want Layla know, as in dead gone.
Poor Layla!  She has unknowingly stepped into a snares trap.  Fortunately for he she realizes what is happening and calls on her team members to help her but it may too late.
And then her ex-boyfriend, Hunter, shows up to help.  Layla uint quite sure how he can help.  It seems that things are not as they seem.
This is a WOW! read with those nail biting and can't turn the pages fast enough moments.  All the criteria for a wonderful read of intrigue and suspense.

*This book was provided for review by the author and Bethany House *

  • Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0764234315
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0764234316
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (October 6, 2020)

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

We love peach cobbler and I was ecstatic to find a crockpot recipe on Pinterest.  It's delicious and so easy!  So great for those family get togethers!
  1. 29 oz Del Monte Sliced Peaches in Heavy Syrup
  2. 1 tsp cinnamon
  3. 16.5 oz yellow cake mix
  4. 3/4 cup pecans (chopped)
  5. 1 stick butter (sliced)
  6. Non-stick cooking spray
  1. Spray crock pot with non stick cooking spray. Layer remaining ingredients into crock pot in order shown. DO NOT MIX. Just sprinkle the ingredients on top of each other. Turn the crock pot on high for 2 hours. Remove from heat and enjoy with ice cream!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House) by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book Description:  Sparkling Regency Romance from a Captivating New Voice
Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned. 

When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

My Thoughts:   It's been awhile since I've read a Regency Romance (romance novels set during the period of the British Regency 1811–1820 or early 19th century).  
This is a fun read!  I loved Lady Miranda Hawthorne, maybe, because I married at "a later date" than most, so I related to her "problems."
Lady Hawthorne writes letters never intending to mail them to the duke.  But unbeknownst to her, her bother's new valet wanting to be helpful finds one of her letters and innocently mails it for her.  Just doing his job!  OOOPS!  
The duke receives the letter and actually begins a courtship with Lady Hawthorne.  It's a courtship my mail and Lady Hawthorne enjoys writing back and forth with the duke.  
However, she is mightily attracted to her brother's new valet Marlow. 
This is a fun, romantic read for those who enjoy Regency Romances.  
Two men and a decision for a lovely "sinister."  The men are different in temperaments and of course, Marlow, is a servant and it would be beneath her title to even like a servant.  But Marlow is so intriguing and there are secrets that seem to include Marlow.  
Then there's the duke.  He's witty and fun and it's so much fun to have a writing courtship but which man is for Lady Hawthorne?  
I thoroughly enjoyed the banter, courtship and secrets of this wonderfully written novel.

  • ISBN-10: 0764214322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764214325

Monday, October 12, 2020

Deadlock (FBI: Houston) by DiAnn Mills

Book Description:  Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

My Thoughts:  I've been waiting for this book!  I've read all of the FBI: Houston books.  Each book is about a different crime and different agents that work on the cases.  But  all the crimes take place in Houston, Texas.
Special Agent Bethany Sanchez and Special Agent Thatcher Graves couldn't be more different in their approaches to solving crimes.  She goes by the law and he goes by what he believes/feels.  They are placed as a team to solve two murders that have rocked Houston.
As their leads fizzle out it seems that this case becomes a deadlock...nothing is happening.
But then a third victim and an attempt on the agents lives turns up the heat on this case.
As the agents begin to rely on each other and trust each other.  They realize that their opposite ways of solving crimes can actually help them solve the crimes. 
Once again Houston FBI has some of the best agents in literary fiction!
Again, DiAnn Mills has written fantabulous story!  

  • ISBN-10: 1414389957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414389950

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Fabulous Friday

 When I was in college we read The Road Less Traveled.
Of course, back then it didn't mean much to me....youngsters!
Today The Road Less Traveled means a whole lot more.
Is it the road I refused to take that could have caused me trouble?
Is it the road that meant riches but unhappiness?
Or could it be the road to despair?
But, yet, I think that maybe the road less traveled was
the road that I was traveling on. 
Not many people are going my way.  
The traffic is calm, the scenery is bright and lovely.
Why?  Because not many people choose the narrow way.
It's not a popular road but it is a satisfying road for I know 
the One to where the road leads.
Be encouraged today if too are traveling on the 
road less traveled for we will gain a heavenly view one day.

Fabulous Friday

It's fall, y'all!
Enjoy the vibrant colors of this season.


{Blog Tour} Point of Danger (Triple Threat) by Irene Hannon

Book Description:  Radio talk show host Eve Reilly is used to backlash from her pot-stirring on-air commentary and interviews, but now it seems a disgruntled listener is resorting to more than angry words to express their displeasure. When a suspicious package arrives on her doorstep, Eve turns to law enforcement for help.

Police detective Brent Lange can't find any evidence to link the string of unsettling incidents that follows, but he's convinced they're connected. As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone wants Eve's voice silenced--permanently. 

But unless he can track down her foe, fast, the gutsy woman who is willing to take risks for what she believes--and who is swiftly winning his heart--may not survive.

My Thoughts:  Irene Hannon is one of the nest suspense mystery writers in my book.

Her newest book, Point of Danger, had me literally on the edge of my chair.  At first, I thought this is easy I know who did it!  Oh so, wrong!  And that's what I like...being wrong and still guessing up to the end of the story.

Eve Riley is not only gutsy but it is truly interesting to learn about the job of a radio talk show host and how much backlash they get.  The backlash becomes more than harassment and that's when Eve begins to understand that something more sinister is behind this development from a listener.  And then the packages begin to show uo at her doorstep.

I did love, well, great like police detective, Bret Lange.  He's clear headed and follows leads with his head not his heart.  But then Eve Reilly shows up and his heart beings to listen.

This is quite a mystery.  At first it all seems so simple and point blank just as police detective Brent Lange thinks it might be but things don't begin to add up and this where the whole mystery and Suspense sets in.  

What is going on?  And why?

I loved, loved this fantastic story!

*This book was provided for review by Revell*

  • tem Weight : 11.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0800736176
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0800736170
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Revell (October 6, 2020)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

 The fun is just beginning with these s'mores! 
 I love the peanut butter cup s'mores!  {I found these on}


graham cracker squares
milk chocolate candy bars (1.55-oz each), each halved
large marshmallows
long-handled forks
  • On each of 4 graham cracker squares, place candy bar half.
  • Spear each marshmallow on long-handled fork; toast over campfire coals or over grill with low heat.
  • Place 1 toasted marshmallow on top of each chocolate bar. Top each with cracker; press together and hold for a few seconds to melt chocolate.


    Mint S´Mores - Substitute chocolate-covered mint cookies for the crackers.
    Peanut Butter S´Mores - Substitute chocolate-covered peanut butter cups for the candy bars.
    Rainy Days S´Mores - Substitute marshmallow creme for the toasted marshmallows. Spread marshmallow creme on cracker tops.
    Scotchie S´Mores - Substitute chocolate graham crackers for the regular graham crackers. Drizzle butterscotch ice cream topping over the candy bar before adding marshmallow.
    Striped S´Mores - Substitute chocolate-striped cookies for the graham crackers.
    Keep S'Mores ingredients on hand for upcoming backyard cookouts. At a picnic, put out a variety of chocolate candies so everyone can experiment and discover their favorite combination.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

    Book Description: All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mother’s mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany.

    Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father is quickly ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, and a proper marriage for his daughter could help advance his career. Lieselotte is in love―but her beloved Lukas is far from an ideal match, as he secretly works against the Reich. Yet Lieselotte never imagined how far her father would go to ensure her cooperation.

    Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who is hiding wartimes secrets of his own. Longing for connection, yet shaken by all she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past and how their legacy will shape her future.

    My Thoughts:  Last summer I read Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke and was so enthralled with the story that when this book, Secrets She Kept, came out this summer, I jumped at a chance to read it. 


    This story takes place thirty years earlier and is more about Hannah's parents and then intermingles with Hannah's "today" life.

    Hannah wants to know the secrets of her mother's past (hence the title Secrets She Kept).

    Unfortunately, any time one tries to uncover a secret, the past or the secret isn't all that one will hope for nor is it always good to uncover what someone has gone through in the past.  Sometimes, people keep secrets because the hurt and hopelessness they had to go through felt too hard to share.  Or maybe, they keep a secret because they don't want to hurt their loved ones....whatever the case, Hannah uncovers more than she knew was lurking underneath the family skeletons.  
    Such a poignant story! And yet, so sad that at times I felt as if my heart would break.  {This, to me, is not just the sign of a great book but the sign of a fantastic author!}  
    Another fantabulous story by Cathy Gohlke!
    A definite must read for all WWII fans!

    • ISBN-10: 1496400801
    • ISBN-13: 978-1496400802