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Keep Mom guessing with these cozy mysteries!

With summer approaching, Ellie Avery’s schedule is ruled by attending end-of-the-year events at her kids’ school—and avoiding run-ins with her arch competitor. When a murder disrupts the core curriculum, can the two women form an alliance to teach the killer a lesson in justice?

As a regular volunteer at North Dawkins Elementary, Ellie would never miss the annual Mother’s Day breakfast—even if she has to tolerate the likes of Gabrielle Matheson. The rivals aren’t exactly sworn enemies, although Ellie still thinks there’s only room for one professional organizer in their small Georgia town.

But when Ellie sees Gabrielle in the hallway, she’s a mess. It looks like Gabrielle’s seen a ghost—or, as she explains, a dead body inside the supply closet. Before Ellie can get help the body vanishes . . . only to mysteriously reappear later at the school.

Little is known about the victim, a secretive snoop with a nosy nature and a penchant for keeping quiet about her own past. Ellie will leave no desk unturned to protect her kids and expose the cunning criminal’s identity. Because if she doesn’t, the killer may chalk up another textbook case of murder . . .

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with Fern Michaels!

One Step At A Time

In a city built on dreams, Trisha Holiday makes her living moving like one. But out of her dancer’s costume, she’s as down-to-earth as they come. That’s why she ignores the admiring note that arrives backstage after one of her ethereal performances. Yet the sender, a wealthy foreign prince, isn’t easily dissuaded. An American education has made Malik long for the freedom to choose his own bride—and the woman he wants is Trisha.

After a breathtaking visit to Malik’s kingdom culminates in a marriage proposal, Trish attempts to adjust to an opulent new lifestyle. In the midst of these dizzying changes, she vows to help her sister, Emma, whose marriage has ended in a bitter breakup. And through it all, she strives to stay true to what matters most—love, true friendship, and the ties that hold family together across the miles and the years—and embrace the everlasting dance of life.
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Celebrate Mother’s Day with These Amish Books!

Faith, tenderness, security—there’s nothing a mother won’t give. Now beloved author Charlotte Hubbard brings you an unforgettable tale of hope, courage, discovery…and the most precious gift of all.

For widow Rose Raber, it’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed that Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspires her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. And it isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

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Delicious Sponge Cake by by Lisa Jones Baker

This second novel in the Hope Chest of Dreams series introduces readers to Annie Mast, one of three young Amish women, each gifted with a hand-carved hope chest to hold her treasures. Baking delicious sponge cakes are Annie’s specialty and a source of comfort for her. The recipe is one she learned from a good friend, Esther, who has since passed away.  After she died, Annie decided to keep on Esther’s baking tradition to honor her memory. Healing, therapeutic, and calming, there is nothing that restores Annie’s faith more than seeing someone enjoy her baked treats. www.LisaJonesBaker.com

 

Ingredients

1 cup cake flour
6 medium eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. lemon extract
¼ cup cold water
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Frosting (optional) Continue reading “Delicious Sponge Cake by by Lisa Jones Baker”

Grandma Sophie’s Banana-Walnut Muffins by Peggy Jaeger

When private investigator Joshua Keane is hired to protect chef-lebrity Kandy Laine from a stalker, it’s a recipe for home cooking…and hot loving! Mix a dash of The Bodyguard with Top Chef Masters, toss in a handful of colorful and scrumptious relatives, add a cup of heart-stopping danger and a pound of delicious, romantic tension, and you’ve got Cooking with Kandy, the first book in Peggy Jaeger’s Will Cook for Love romance series. www.PeggyJaeger.com

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups all purpose white flour, sifted
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk (whole is best for baking)
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1-2 overripe bananas, mashed (should yield ¾ cup total)
1 cup chopped walnuts for topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, preferably a brand used for “baking.” Continue reading “Grandma Sophie’s Banana-Walnut Muffins by Peggy Jaeger”

Blog Tour for The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

April 25th
http://www.dawnalexanderbooks.com/book-reviews/
May 3rd
thehauntedreadingroom.blogspot.com
May 4th
http://nickislifeofcrime.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/review-girl-who-was-taken.html
May 6th
https://limitless-blue.net/lastpage/
May 9th
www.nebulaofbooks.com
May 10th
www.cedarhollowhorrorreviews.com
May 13th
www.escapewithdollycas.com
May 15th
https://lavendercoriander.wordpress.com/
May 16th
http://bookofsecretsblog.wordpress.com
May 17th
www.novelgossip.com
May 18th
www.bookjunkiemom.blogspot.com
May 22nd
http://www.wherethereadergrows.com
May 23rd
http://readdayandnight.blogspot.com
May 25th
https://lostbookmark.wordpress.com/
May 26th
www.facebook.com/purplebookstand
May 29th
www.melinathereader.com
May 30th
https://carolesbooks.blogspot.co.uk Continue reading “Blog Tour for The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea”

Roast Beef Po’boys by Rochelle Alers

Roast Beef and Gravy

4-6 –lb. inside round of beef, trimmed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
1 large yellow onion, quartered
1 whole garlic bulb, outer papery skin removed and bulb cut in half
2 bay leaves
½ tsp. dried thyme
½ tsp. dried marjoram
¼ tsp. black peppercorns
1-3 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

 

Sandwich

3 loaves poor-boy bread or 6 French baguettes, cut lengthwise and into sections 6-8 inches long

Garnish

1 head lettuce, shredded coarsely
8 tomatoes, thinly sliced
Mayonnaise
Dill pickle slices Continue reading “Roast Beef Po’boys by Rochelle Alers”

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes by Charlotte Hubbard

Faith, tenderness, security—there’s nothing a mother won’t give. Now beloved author Charlotte Hubbard brings you an unforgettable tale of hope, courage, discovery…and the most precious gift of all.

For widow Rose Raber, it’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed that Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspires her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. And it isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love. Continue reading “Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes by Charlotte Hubbard”

Guest Blog : The Making Of A Medical Examiner

The following is a guest blog from THE GIRL WHO WAS TAKEN author, Charlie Donlea. 

The Making of a Medical Examiner By Dr. Livia Cutty

The summer after my sister graduated high school, just as she was preparing to head off to college, she disappeared. She and another girl, actually. They both vanished from a beach party in our small North Carolina town. Their abduction sent Emerson Bay into a panic.

Every resident, neighbor and friend looked for these two girls, large packs of volunteers walking shoulder-to-shoulder through the woods hoping to stumble across any clue that might help located them. We held vigils, too, lighting candles late into the summer night in some strange show of faith that our girls would be returned to us.

This went on for two weeks, just long enough for me to secretly lose hope. And then Megan McDonald, the other girl who was taken along with my sister, resurfaced. She had escaped from a bunker hidden deep in the woods, ramrodding her way through the forest on a dark, rainy night until someone spotted her wandering on Highway 57.

My sister? She was never seen again. Continue reading “Guest Blog : The Making Of A Medical Examiner”

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