An Amish Summer, a 4-novella collection including one by author Kelly Irvin

Disclaimer: I don’t normally read Amish fiction. But, a while back, I discovered the writing of Kelly Irvin. I enjoy her books, not because they about the Amish, but they are well-written, and interesting. Irvin does not write about the Amish as if she wears rose-colored glasses. She brings it, warts and all. Also, she […]

Evidence Not Seen, by Carlene Havel

I recently read this novella and want to give it high praise. Remember this name: CARLENE HAVEL. Why? Because her writing is superior: enjoyable, deeply layered, nuanced, fun, and intersting. Not to mention, well-written. I enjoyed that the book was set in the 1980s. I was alive then, and she “nailed it” as far as […]

Thrifty Tip for gently used Aluminum Foil

This is just a little tip I picked up somewhere: When you have a nice piece of foil left from something you baked (maybe it covered a casserole and is pretty clean) fold it, clean side out, and use it for a spoon rest. When it has done its duty, dispose of it. Susan Karsten […]

Thrifty and Easy Rhubarb Jam

The large pot pictured above has a double batch of rhubarb jam in it. The recipe below is easily doubled. 5 Cups finely chopped Rhubarb 2 cups sugar 1 pack strawbery jello Placed chopped rhubarb and sugar in a pot, stir, and let sit overnight. Bring to a boil, boil and stir for 10 minutes. […]

Review of: Sandpiper Cove, by Irene Hannon

Here’s another enjoyable, well-written offering from one of my personal favorite contemporary romance writers. At first, I was wondering, “How are these two going to end up together?” But, Hannon resolved my wonderings, with her finely-crafted characters, gripping (but not nerve-wracking) plot twists, and a sprinkling of conflicts and impediments. All wrapped in a setting […]

A Stolen Heart, by Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot is one of Christian fiction’s most reliable authors. She pens contemporary romances as well as historical romances. I’ve enjoyed them all. This latest offering, set in 1880 Texas, is a very sweet romance–appropriate for a story featuring a heroine who makes candy and runs a candy store for a living. Learn a little […]

Still Life, by Dani Pettrey

Hi! Susan with my latest book review: I received this book from a blog program I sometimes review books for. The author, Dani Pettry, crafts a compelling group of characters, a complex storyline,¬†intriguing Baltimore setting, and a very satisfying journey to a thrilling¬†ending. A shocking, layered mystery must be solved before the hero can be […]