Month: June 2017

BOOK REVIEW: With You Always by Jody Hedlund

BOOK REVIEW: With You Always by Jody Hedlund

When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She’s had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children’s Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn’t want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. The son of one of New York City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother’s shadow and is determined to win his father’s challenge. He doesn’t plan on meeting a feisty young woman […]

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners. I feel like maybe, perhaps I might have read this some years ago.  Maybe.  It’s been in my Kindle library since May of 2013.  It sounds so interesting to me! Fifteen-year-old April Somerfield is a shy, self-loathing misfit who would blend in with the wallpaper, if only the wallpaper were a little less attractive. In a family line of gorgeous, successful women, April’s a fluke. At Prescott High School, she’s a walking punch line. A school project sends April on the hunt for her mother’s mysteriously missing yearbooks, and upon finding them she uncovers a big secret. It turns out that being “hit with an ugly stick” is a […]

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RECIPE: Jacked Up Potatoes

RECIPE: Jacked Up Potatoes

I remember growing up my aunt frequently made some hash brown and cheese something that was called Party Potatoes.  I frequently made my own version thereof with shredded potatoes instead of frozen hash browns and just did my own thing with it.  It morphed a few times over the years but really settled when I made a mistake at the store one day.  Teach me not to pay attention when grabbing sour cream from the dairy case.  I got home with sour cream and chive dip.  The rest is history.  It has replaced sour cream in all the savory dishes and replaced French Onion dip for most chip dipping as well.  It’s fresh and light with flavor.  Who needs the other?  but I got sidetracked.  The reason I was buying sour cream to begin with is to make my potatoes.  I wasn’t going back to the store, one trip was […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Farmers’ Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter

BOOK REVIEW: The Farmers’ Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter

Return to Amish Country in Topeka, Indiana, and the Hochstetler twin sisters who are pulled apart by lifes changes. Elma is living alone for the first time in her life after Thelma married. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love. Will she remain alone while Thelma moves on to build a family? Find out in this brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter. Thelma and Joe have settled in across the street from Elma and are expecting their first child.  Elma has adjusted to a cat in the house and actually kinda maybe likes said cat. Things at the store are going well, well as well as they can with the hired help being who they are.  But…Elma is lonely.  She’s bored and lonely.  And a chance encounter, nee mishap […]

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