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 […]

Redeeming Grace, by Jill Eileen Smith

My latest book review: The latest of twelve biblical fiction novels by this author, she certainly has a way of bringing Bible days to life. In fact, her creative characters practically jump off the page, they are so real. In Redeeming Grace, we join Naomi who is a practicing midwife, before she leaves Israel for […]

Time Search, by Danele Rotharmel

Review by: Susan Karsten Time Search, the third book in the Time Counselor Chronicles, is a much-anticipated addition to what is stacking up to be a rousing, excellent adventure series. Beginning with some beloved characters from the first two books appearing in the new, third volume of the Chronicles, the story quickly ramps up with […]

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 […]

My first t-shirt Quilt

Hi, Susan here! My first ever T-shirt quilt. Made for my older daughter. She really likes it for its heaviness, warmth, and the fact that her t-shirts are no longer sitting in a bag in her closet. Each shirt represents an accomplishment, event, or trip. The backing is dark purple cotton flannel, and the batting […]

Feta & Freeways, Susan Baganz’s Latest Contemporary Romance

Let me tell you…this one grabs you and won’t let go! I am blogging about this book for a writer friend, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one on its own merits — just thankful she gave me a copy for the blog so I could read it. Baganz’s touch with romance is so deft, so […]

Grape Juice Recipe – for canning

To make the juice: In clean, sterile hot jars, place 1 Cup cleaned, de-stemmed grapes 1/2 – 1 Cup sugar Hot-boiling water to within 1/2 inch of top Put on lids and rings, and process for 10 minutes.   To use, strain, into a pitcher. It’s been a while since I made this, but I […]

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 to end. […]

Singapore Secrets, by Irene Onarato

Susan Karsten here with a really great read to tell you about. Irene Onarato is an author I have “met” through my own writing journey. She and I got to know each other while exchanging critiques on some of our novels. I am thrilled to do a review of one of her first published novels, Singapore […]

My new favorite measuring spoons

Lately, I’ve been enjoying using adjustable measuring spoons. I’ve had two of them in my kitchen implement drawer for a long time, but had forgotten to use them. I am realizing cleaning one’s kitchen drawers can unearth treasures. They’ve  got markings, and you slide a little “dam” to the marked lines for the amount needed. (The […]