Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Haven~ Another Great Amish Book

Okay my Amish Book Lover followers~ Remember The Keeper? Well here is the long awaited sequel to the Stoney Ridge Seasons Series. And just let me tell you it is a good one that you don't want to miss. Suzanne has become a bloggy and facebook friend of mine who just happens to be a great writer. She truly is a fantastic person.

 I recommend if you missed the first book~ get it first. The Haven stands on its own but you are missing out because they are both great books. Just my honest opinion.

The Haven is a love story full of friendship and adventure. It begins when Sadie Lapp is coming home from Ohio where she spent some time helping her sister and mentoring under an elderly Amish woman who has the healing touch to make the sick well. She learned the natural and healing ways of the simple people.

 Only things really heat up when she wakes up from a nap on the train and finds that someone has left their baby in a basket with her.With no where to turn~ she feels like she must take the baby home. Oh the rumors that begin swirling around about the young Amish girl who leaves and returns home with an infant~ as you can imagine.

She returns home to a family who has experienced their fair share of heartache. They had already lost their beloved mother. And her very young father has suffered a heart attack needing a new heart. Her father happens to get a heart when tragic strikes again claiming the life of the family's special son Menno. Now Sadie is returning home to help pick up the pieces. Maybe this baby she is bringing home will be the medicine they all need.

In a twist of fate~ the family inherits a house keeper named Fern~ who happens to be an Amish woman who is very militant. Over time the house realizes that Fern with her harsh ways is not at all what she is cracked up to be. Is she just what this family needed?

Poor Sadie returns to the affection of Gideon who has been in love with her since she was a school girl. She is just not so sure she returns his affection. Life just seems to complicated to think about it.

Very confused Sadie tries her best to find out God's will for her life. It all gets very complicated when an Englisher ~Will Stoltz walks into her world and her heart.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Banana~ Blueberry Bread

Happy Saturday~
Oh I was doing the happy dance this morning when I woke up to a crisp~ cool morning. It is a beautiful day here. After such hot days I am soaking up the cool air. 

This week I could not help myself when I spotted a huge bag of ripe bananas at the Grocer for only $1.00. I was just waiting for this cool morning to bake them up.  I have been wanting to try this recipe and it is so good and moist.

I am making an Amish size batch to use all those bananas. I made the recipe times four and it turned out wonderful. 

Blueberry-Banana Bread

1 cup mashed bananas
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 pecans~ chopped
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 5/8 cups of flour
3/4 cup of frozen blueberries or 1/2 cup of fresh

Dredge blueberries in 2 tablespoons of flour. Gently stir blueberries together with oats and nuts, 1 1/2 cups flour, soda, and salt.

In mixing bowl cream shortening, slowly adding sugar until light and fluffy then add eggs one at a time. Beating the egg after each addition. Stir in mashed bananas.

Mix the blueberry mixture with the creamed mixture~ stir until moist and well mixed.

Pour into greased and floured bread pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to cool completely on a wire rack.


Friday, August 10, 2012

The Kincaid Brides~ Next Book

Oh my stars I have been waiting for this book to come out and let me tell you it was worth the wait. I so enjoyed this book. When you combine a little history with a good love story it is my favorite kind of read.

I have decided Mary Connealy is becoming one of my new favorite authors. She has a way of stealing your attention from the first line. This book was a little retreat and we all need a little escape now and then to a more simple day and time. I could not put this book down.

This book series has been about the Kincaid brothers who by all imaginations are outcast. Book Three begins with Seth. This brother was burned in a cave when he was just a boy and it has left him with some traumatic emotional and mental scars. Having a horrible life up to this point~ he decides to marry Callie.

Only then he disappears~not to be found. Callie ~ a Texan spitfire is not at all a patient kind of woman takes her infant and sets out to find him.

She runs into more than her fair share of trouble and finds herself in the need of rescue. Who will save her?  Can she ever forgive a man who would abandon her and their child?

This book will keep you turning the pages.

Here is the excerpt from the book~


Seth Kincaid remembers almost everything… except getting married!
Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he’s never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he’s gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever.
After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he’s got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn’t happy to find out Seth doesn’t remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she’s come to the Kincaid family’s ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband.
Callie isn’t a long-suffering woman. Once she knows her husband is alive, she wants to kill him. She’s not even close to forgiving him for abandoning her.
Then more trouble shows up in the form of a secret Seth’s pa kept for years. The Kincaid brothers might lose their ranch if they can’t sort things out. It’s enough to drive a man insane–but somehow it’s all making Seth see things more clearly. And now that he knows what he wants, no one better stand in his way.
Mary Connealy


Mary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series, and her novel Calico Canyon was nominated for a Christy Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.
Find out more about Mary at

One winner will receive:
  • A Nook Color with GlowLight
  • The entire set Mary Connealy’s The Kincaid Bride series
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 28th. Winner will be announced at the “Over the Edge” Author Chat Facebook Party on 8/29. Meet Mary, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and more. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group.)!
So grab your copy of Over the Edge and join Mary on the evening of the August 27th for a chance to connect with Mary and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Tidewater Inn~ Book Review and Giveaway

I am confessing~ I started this book in one evening and read into the early morning hours until I finished it. The minute I picked it up I was captivated by Libby. A poor and struggling small business owner who restores historical buildings with her friend and business partner. They find themselves in the middle of big trouble when Libby's partner is kidnapped before her eyes~ all the while
Libby is the main suspect.

Libby learns that she has just inherited the Tidewater Inn from her father whom she thought was dead for many years. Only her new found brother and sister want nothing to do with her and bitter that their father would leave such any expensive piece of their inheritance to a daughter who had nothing to do with their father. Nothing is as it seems.

 This book is full of suspense, romance and hope. I so enjoyed reading this book.

About the Book: 

Welcome to Hope Beach. A place of intoxicating beauty . . . where trouble hits with the force of a hurricane.

Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the Outer Banks could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of the family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

But Libby soon realizes that the only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brother and sister are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, and Libby’s under suspicion for the crime.

Libby’s dream come true is becoming a nightmare. Her only option is to find her friend and prove her innocence, or lose everything on the shores of Hope Island.

Meet Colleen: 

Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

Visit her website at Twitter @colleencoble.

Click here to buy the book.

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  Colleen Coble Tidewater Inn

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Back-To-School Deals~

Ready or not~ here it comes~ Back-to-School. I love The Money Saving Mom~ she has saved our family a lot of money.

Happy shopping. Here in Missouri it is Back-to-School tax free weekend. Happy Shopping!

 Top 5 Back-to-School Deals for This Weekend (August 3-5, 2012) 
Crystal Paine, The Money Saving Mom, thought you might be interested in these great weekend deals.
Kid's Jeans for $9 Shipped From Old Navy: Old Navy has all their Kid's Famous Jeans on sale for $10through August 15, 2012. This sale is both in-store and online.

If you are planning on purchasing multiple pairs, you can sign up for Old Navy emails to get a $10 off $50 coupon. Plus, shipping is free on orders over $50. So you could potentially get five pairs of jeans for just $9 shipped each.

Kid's Jeans for as Low as $8 Shipped from The Children's Place: The Children's Place is offering free shipping on all denim orders, no minimum. Plus, you can use coupon code E6H76QDP82 to get an additional 20% off your order. They have jeans priced at $10, making them just $8 per pair shipped after this coupon code.

Crayola Crayons for $0.25 at Toys "R" Us: Through Saturday (August 5, 2012), Toys "R" Us has Crayola Crayons on sale 4 for $1. You must purchase in quantities of 4 to get this price. You can price-match at Walmart, if that's more convenient for you. These make a fantastic addition to Operation Christmas Child boxes.

Backpacks for $0.01 After MaxPerks Rewards at Office Max: Use your MaxPerks card to purchase a backpack or messenger bag from OfficMax and you'll get 100% back in MaxPerks Rewards minus $0.01. For example, if you purchase a backpack for $39.99 out of pocket, you'll $39.98 back in MaxPerks Bonus Rewards via an email coupon within 90 days. You can use this email coupon like a gift card to purchase anything at Office Max. This offer is good through Saturday, August 4, 2012.

Get In Free Weekend at Sam's Club: Non-members can stop by Sam's Club this weekend (August 3-5, 2012) for their Get In Free Weekend. Non-members are able to enjoy the same prices as members during this special weekend, no coupon is required. Sam's Club often has great deals on bulk office and school supplies, as well as bargains on electronics.

MSMCrystal Paine is a wife, mom of three, author of The Money Saving Mom®'s Budget. Visit her blog,, for the best back-to-school deals and for practical ideas and inspiration to get your life and finances in order. 



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