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 […]

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. […]

Guide to the Empty Nest, by Rainey & Yates

This. Wow, tears fell as I drank in the support and validation provided by this book. It was like they were reading my mind and speaking it back…understanding why it’s hard — even when you’ve launched your children well. Ambivalence…Things are good and not so good at the same time. That about sums up the […]

An Uncommon Courtship, by Kristi Ann Hunter ~ my latest book review

The premise of Hunter’s new book is quite original. In the Regency genre, close to 100% of the plots have a marriage at the end of the book. In An Uncommon Courtship, the wedding comes first. About the only typical Regency plot device found is the compromising of the heroine, and actions taken to prevent […]

The Baron’s Blunder, by Susan Baganz

The Baron’s Blunder is a Regency Romance novella (24K words) worth reading. The way the author, Susan Baganz, writes the romantic scenes alone is priceless, but she also takes you on a literary romp with her fascinating characters and their scintillating, sparkling dialogue. Many memorable scenes abound and you won’t want The Baron’s Blunder┬áto end. […]

Book Review: “A Noble Masquerade”, by Kristi Ann Hunter

If you like romance novels with delightful twists and turns, and a bit of tension thrown in for good measure,┬áthis debut novel from Kristi Ann Hunter will more than likely feed your literary desires. In A Noble Masquerade, the conflicts and tensions are “real-world”, which I like, and yet the whole setting “takes you away” […]