Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Monday, September 27, 2021
Sunday, September 26, 2021
|Number of Pages: 352|
Vendor: Bethany House
Friday, September 24, 2021
Can Nellie and Jean-Paul see the child to a safe haven while being pursued by the Nazis, who are pressed by the advancing Allies and determined to destroy all they can before they flee?
My Thoughts: I find it interesting that the author, Liz Tolsma, has an adopted daughter with special needs. I would say that Mrs. Tolsma is writing from first hand experience about a girl who needs to flee from Hitler's wrath.
Journalist Nellie Wilkerson wants to go to the front lines for real news of the war. So when the chance comes she jumps and lands in France where she asks Jean-Paul of the French underground to help her get to the frontlines.
Along the way she and Jean-Paul find a young special needs girl. As you probably remember from history Hitler wanted to wipe out all special needs people. So Nellie and Jean-Paul decide to risk it all and get this child to safety with the Nazis hot on their back as the Allies approach.
Such an interesting and different perspective of WWII. I loved this story and the author has done her research and knows exactly what she's talking about. A well written story.
*This book was provided for review by Barbour*
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
I found this recipe on Pinterest.
1-1/2 c. prepared coffee, cooled
1-1/2 c. chocolate ice cream, softened
1/4 c. chocolate syrup
1 c. frozen whipped topping, thawed
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3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers and crumbs, about 4 full-size cracker sheets
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use a hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).
- Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
- Add the graham crackers (include the fine crumbs too, they act as flour here and are important), chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut and beat momentarily to incorporate, less than 1 minute, or fold in by hand.
- Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat, or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 9 minutes for soft cookies because they firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy, gooey centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
- Store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
Monday, September 13, 2021
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Thursday, September 9, 2021
During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who's on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone's family's clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more.
My Thoughts: It's never too early for Christmas reads. And this story penned by Melody Carlson is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit, especially after the last year we all endured.
Simone is feeling weak, weary and discouraged. She finds a letter from her great-grandma. A letter that seems to suggest that Simone may be the heir family treasure. But in order to find out what this family treasure is she must conquer her fear of flying and get on a plane bound for Paris at Christmas.
She makes it on the plane and then she meets a charming man, Kyle Larsson, who is going to France to be an apprentice in clock making. Unfortunately, Kyle and Simone have to part ways rather quickly but as life would have it they meet again on the French Alps.
This isn't just a "regular" Christmas read and definitely not your everyday romantic read. If you know Melody Carlson then you know this is going to be a fun quirky story with a not so normal ending.
The fun is in the reading of this adventure!
*This book was provided for review by Revell*
Caden reveals to Ava that she may hold the key to the murders of three families, and he needs her help before anyone else is harmed. The hits show a pattern, and clearly the killer has an agenda. But if Caden and Ava can't discover what it is, Ava may be next on the hit list.
My Thoughts: This is the fourth book in the Danger Never Sleeps series. By Favorite suspense author and probably my favorite so far in this series.
I like Ava because she's gutsy and tough with a soft side too. But even tough people need an ally.
Ava is discharged from the military in an early release so that she can be with her dying mom. There's no one else to be with her mom at this stage in life so Ava deems it her responsibility. However, on the way to her vehicle she is attacked. the attacker got as good as he gave. but the whole thing shook Ava up. She doesn't understand the why of it all.
Then FBI Special Agent Caden Denning shows up and helps her fight off the attacker.
What Caden says later really has Ava in turmoil. Caden mentions that Ava may be the key to the murders happening in the area. this is where the story really begins.
A fast paced story with a twist of romance. I loved it and you may too!
*This book was provided for review by Revell*
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