Tuesday, March 20, 2018

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

Book Description: After losing her fiancé in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.

Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves Veronica.
When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love—or be loved—again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause.
Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life—a memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancée to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects—or wants—is to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica’s bake stand every week . . . and it’s for more than the raspberry pies.
Now, as Veronica’s heart thaws, Jason can’t bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died. Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed? Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

My Thoughts:  Amy Clipston is one of my favorite authors.  She writes with words that makes the reader feel as if she is in the story.  And once again, she writes a sweet love story about an Amish young lady who is dealing with feelings of misgivings as she tries to sort out her love life.  This is also the first book in the Amish heirloom series.
Veronica Fisher knows about pies and she bakes great pies...one can almost smell the heavenly aromas arise from the pages of the book.  But Veronica has lost her fiancee and plans to marry another man until that fateful day when she finds her Mammi's forgotten recipes.  Veronica bakes a raspberry pie from one of the forgotten recipes and takes it to the stand to sell.  
Jason Huyard comes to her stand and becomes a regular customer of he loves her raspberry pies.  Jason doesn't want to fall in love but as life would have it he meets Veronica at her stand and love begins to bloom. But he holds a secret...and this secret could destroy their relationship.
This is a story for the reader who enjoys Amish fiction, pies and sweet romance.  Also, don't forget Christmas is right around the corner and this book would make a great for that reader on your list.
A wonderful read!

*This book was provided for review by 
The Thomas Nelson Street Team*

  • Series: An Amish Heirloom Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031034199X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341994

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face by Lauren Toyota

Book Description:  In this bold collection of more than 100 recipes, the world of comfort food and vegan cooking collide as Lauren Toyota shares her favorite recipes and creative ways to make Philly cheesesteak, fried chicken, and mac 'n' cheese, all with simple vegan ingredients. Never one to hold back, Lauren piles plates high with cheese sauce, ranch, bacon, and barbecue sauce, all while sharing personal stories and tips in her engaging and hilarious voice. The result is indulgent, craveworthy food - like Southern Fried Cauliflower, The Best Vegan Ramen, and Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts - made for sharing with friends at weeknight dinners, weekend brunches, and beyond.

My Thoughts:  No, I'm not going vegan.  Just in case you were worried, er, wondering.  😊
But on occasion I like to eat lighter.  So, I ordered this interesting cookbook to see what eating vegan would be like.  Of course, we live in an area where beef rules but I'd like to cook slightly healthier and at times I'd like to cook without using any meat.  But I still want my family to get protein and a healthy meal.  And, of course, I am very interested in making the Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts.  Because pop tarts should always be healthy.  😬
First of all this cookbook wasn't exactly what I thought it would be...well, it's better.  The recipes are fairly easy.  I posted one recipe so you can see the easiness.  
Wonderful recipe to help us eat rather healthy.  
I was quite impressed with this lovely cookbook.
It would make a wonderful gift for the newlywed couple or for the person who wants to eat less meat and somewhat healthy.
 Just a side note:  This is a better way to eat in any ways but it's not a cheaper way to eat.  So our family is eating two of these meals each week for cost efficiency.  

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

Crabless Cakes

Prep Ahead:

The Horseradish-Dill Aioli

  • 2⁄3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vegan horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground pepper
Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.

Makes about 2⁄3 cup.
Preparation Time 15 minutes.
  • 2 cups drained marinated artichoke hearts, finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons liquid
  • 1⁄4 cup finely chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)
  • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 cup chickpea flour
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 to 2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
To make the crabless cakes, place all the ingredients except the oil and aioli in a large bowl. Combine well with a fork. It’s important that the artichokes, shallots, and celery are very small and uniformly chopped so that the cakes will stick together while frying. 
You should have a 1⁄2 inch of vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy-bottomed pan for frying. Heat it to a temperature of 350°F to 360°F on a deep-frying thermometer. 
To make the breading, place the chickpea flour in a wide, shallow dish. Use another shallow dish for the bread crumbs and a bowl for the milk.
Take 1⁄4 cup of the crabless cake mixture and press and form it into a thick patty with your hands. Gently place the cake in the chickpea flour and coat all sides evenly. Quickly submerge it in milk and make sure all the flour looks wet. Remove it from the milk and place in the bread crumbs. Using your hands, coat all sides of the cake well in the bread crumbs, then lightly shake off any excess. Set the coated cakes on a plate or baking sheet. Once they’re all assembled, immediately deep-fry in batches. 
Delicately place 2 or 3 cakes in the hot oil. Fry for about 4 minutes until golden brown, flipping halfway through. Gently remove the cakes with a slotted frying spoon and place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. 
Serve immediately with the aioli. Leftovers can be heated over medium heat in a pan lightly coated with vegetable oil.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”
Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.
Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart and left—without a word—years ago.
When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.
As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

My Thoughts:  At first I didn't understand the title to this book, Mermaid Moon seemed like it might be a moon with a special meaning but no, Mermaid Moon is named after a place Mermaid Point in Maine.  
This is the second book in the Sunset Cove series.  And packs quite a punch.
As the story begins we find that Mallory has been away from home for fifteen years.  Mallory decides to go back to Mermaid Point because she believes that her father was murdered.  And when she gets home her childhood sweetheart, Kevin O'Connor confirms her fears.
As Mallory begins to search for answers...including the mystery of her father's last words to her, "Find . . . mother."
What a read!  
The cat and mouse game, the twist and turns in this suspense read are all trademarks of Colleen Coble's great writing.  
Even though Mallory went home to find answers to her father's death, she ends up finding out more about herself and the man she left behind.
I loved this read...I hope you will check it out, too!
This is probably one of my most favorite Colleen Coble reads!

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild of Thomas Nelson*

  • Series: A Sunset Cove Novel
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401690289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690281

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets) by Tracie Petersen

Book Description:  On her way to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months ago, Camriann Coulter meets Judith and Kenzie, who both have their own mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. The women decide to help each other, including rooming together and working at Kenzie's cousin's chocolate factory.
Camri's search for her brother, an attorney, leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb. Patrick challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but he knows more about what happened to her brother than anyone else. Together, they move closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance. But as the stakes rise and threats loom, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he knows lie in the hidden places of the city?

My Thoughts:  First of all, this is a fantabulous cover.  So beautiful.  It makes one want to delve right into the story of Camriann (Camri), her brother Caleb and Patrick Murdock.
Camri meets two women, Judith and Kenzie, both of whom have mysteries of their own. The three women decide to room together which is probably a good idea considering the people that inhabit the booming town.
Camri is searching for her brother, Caleb.  Caleb is an attorney and which puts Camri right into the path of political corruption.
Camri needs Patrick's help and Patrick seems to know what happened to Caleb.  Camri feels that Patrick brings out all of her ideas and beliefs.  
Camri also finds out that people are selling people/human trafficking.  This is unspeakable and Camri is determined to find justice.
What a read!  

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

  • Series: Golden Gate Secrets (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764218999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218996

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

St. Patrick's Day is a fun day for us.  
This fun punch will be on our menu because it's green.



  • 2(1/4 ounce) packages Kool-Aid lemon-lime powdered drink mix
  • cups  sugar
  • 1(46 ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled
  • quarts  cold water
  • 2(2 liter) bottles ginger ale, chilled
  • quart pineapple sherbet or 1 quart lime sherbet


  1. In a very large punch bowl, mix the drink mix, sugar, pineapple juice and water.
  2. Add ginger ale and sherbet when ready to serve.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Pocketful of Hope by Robin Jones Gunn

Book Description:  You love the sweetness in his little smile and the way she wiggles her tiny toes in delight. You love the beautiful chaos that your life has become. And then come the challenges of motherhood. The exhaustion. The frustration. In A Pocketful of Hope for Mothers, Robin Jones Gunn reminds us that as moms, the only thing we need to do each day is to live with a selfless spirit, a tender heart, and all the gusto our giddy souls can muster. She reminds us that no matter how fragmented our lives may feel right now, all that matters is that we love well. God is near, giving us encouragement and hope as we care for the little soul that has been entrusted to us. This collection of heartwarming vignettes, inspiring quotes, and simple prayers makes a perfect gift of inspiration for all mothers and moms-to-be.

My Thoughts:  I absolutely love Robin Jones Gunn's writings.  I first found her when I began reading the Sisterchick stories.  She has a way with words and wit bringing women together through verse.
I usually read fiction but when I saw this cute and most charming book I knew I had to read it!  Ms. Gunn has a way of gently touching our souls with words of wisdom.
This smallish book is filled with lovely art work and words of encouragement. 
In today's world what mothers need most is encouragement!  
There are stories, there are poems, there are sayings by other people , there are scriptures but most of all there is encouragement for the worn out and tired mom.
This book makes a wonderful gift for Mother's Day, for a new mom or simply for the mom who is tired.
Here is a sample of one of the pages:

See how cute and encouraging the pages are to the reader. 
Love this book because it is A Pocketful of Hope for Mothers.

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 20, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496425561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496425560

Wounded by God's People by Anne Graham Lotz

Book Description: As the daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham, Lotz has lived among the faithful all her life---and knows that we are quite capable of hurting one another! Drawing wisdom from the biblical story of Abraham and Hagar, she explores the ways in which the wounded can become wounders themselves---and points us toward God's merciful healing grace. 

My Thoughts:  Reading Wounded by God's People by Anne Graham Lotz was like drinking a refreshing swig of cold water on a hot summer day.
I have often wondered why God's people, the very people who are suppose to show love, compassion and forgiveness, can be the most spiteful and mean to other christians and people?  The answer may lie in what Anne Graham Lotz calls the "wounders."  Those people, wounders,  have been wounded themselves so they want to strike out at others.
Throughout this read the story of Hagar and how she was severely wounded by Abraham and Sarah is the guideline for forgiveness and mercy.  While reading this book I saw that the "wounder" is not always or may never be the one who forgives but we must always draw closer to God for He is the healer of wounds. 
This is an easy to read not a dry philosophical book.  Anne Graham Lotz shares her hurts, sorrows and the love of Jesus.  More like a story within a story.  
I loved this book and will probably read it more than twice!  I, also, think this book would make a great gift for someone who may be going through a wounded time in his life.
*This book was provided by BookSneeze/Zondervan*

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310262895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310262893