Monday, November 2, 2015

Currently Reading "Glazed Murder" by Jessica Beck

I'm currently reading "Glazed Murder" by Jessica Beck.   This is a Cozy Mystery book set in the Donut Hearts Coffee Shop in April Springs, North Carolina.

I dont like scary books, but I do like cozy mysteries.  If you have never read a Cozy Mystery -- they are less scary than a regular "mystery" book and the mysteries are "solved" by regular people ( not Policeman or Detectives, etc )

About the book:
Meet Suzanne Hart, owner and operator of Donut Hearts coffee shop in April Springs, North Carolina. After her divorce from Max, an out-of-work actor she’s dubbed “The Great Impersonator,” Suzanne decided to pursue her one true passion in life: donuts. So she cashed in her settlement and opened up shop in the heart of her beloved hometown.
But when a dead body is dumped on her doorstep like a sack of flour, Suzanne’s cozy little shop becomes an all-out crime scene. Now, everyone in town is dropping by for glazed donuts and gruesome details. The retired sheriff warns her to be careful—and they’re all suspects. Soon Suzanne—who finds snooping as irresistible as donuts—is poking holes in everyone’s alibis…
If you like Cozy Mysteries ( especially ones that feature Desserts )  - I think you will like this one!  There are currently 21 books in this series.  

Jessica Beck writes 4 different cozy mystery series.  For more about Jessica Beck and her books be sure and visit her website
I've added a addition to my blogs sidebar in honor of Thanksgiving coming up this month!  I read a friends blog this morning,  and she had a great idea!  She added a "30 Days of Thankfulness" on her blogs sidebar, listing one item each day that she is thankful for!
I thought that was a great idea, so....I have started a list on my sidebar also.  =)

What are you Thankful for this month? 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: The Way to a Man's Heart by Debbie Macomber

About the Book:  Meghan O’Day isn’t sure what captures her fancy more: the sexy stranger in her Wichita diner or his reading material. Before long, Grey Carlyle becomes a regular, ordering the nightly specials and chatting with the spirited redhead about the classics. Certain that her favorite customer has an appetite for more than home cooking, Meghan decides it’s time to teach the good professor a thing or two about romance.
Grey notices the sparkle in Meghan’s eyes the moment she opens up about her passion for literature. She’s the breath of fresh air and joy this reserved and lonely teacher needs in his life. They say opposites attract, and Grey becomes a true believer each time he holds Meghan in his arms—even as they hit a few speed bumps on the road to togetherness. But if Grey knows anything about great books, it’s that the best tales always have a happy ending.

My Review:   I really enjoyed this story!  I am familiar with some of the landmarks mentioned in this book, including Friends University - which made reading this story fun!

 I like the way that Meghan knows what she wants from life. Grey seems like a quiet professor, however he is open to the possibility of a romance in his life.  
Meghan's family is really nice and I liked how they interacted with Grey. 

 Meghan and Grey have to work thru several challenges while getting to know each other - will love be in their future?  You will have to read the book to find out!  =)

For more information on Debbie Macomber, visit her website

I read "The Way to a Man's Heart" in the book below 
"A Man's Heart" includes "The Way to a Man's Heart" and "Hasty Wedding".  I'm currently reading "Hasty Wedding."  and really enjoying the 2nd story in this "2 in 1 book"! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Spotlight - Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik

On a recent visit to my local library, I checked out a couple of books including
 Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik. 
I enjoy watching Mayim Bialik on "The Big Bang Theory"  
and I knew that I would enjoy this book! 

 I really enjoyed looking thru this cookbook!  There are lots of interesting recipes including recipes for Breakfast, Lunches, Desserts and much more! 

Book Description:
Many of us know the struggles and challenges of raising our children to be healthy eaters when the outside world presents all sorts of conflicting messages. Mayim Bialik has teamed up with Dr. Jay Gordon to help parents face those challenges head on. Interested in providing nutritious, delicious meals for your kids? Take their advice. Because, believe it or not, your child will eat greens if you just try a fruit-sweetened green smoothie.   From dispelling myths about a vegan diet to tackling the food pyramid, Bialik and Gordon outline how your family can eat healthier even on your busiest days.
 But don’t mistake this for a diet diatribe: this lively book offers 125 fuss-free recipes that will please everyone from the pickiest eaters to the savviest palates. This comprehensive guide helps parents set a foundation for lifelong healthy and delicious eating.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

Published March 2011

About the book: 

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.

My thoughts:   
This is really a wonderful book about traditions, friendships and families.  The more I read about the traditions of this town and The Blue Ridge Madam, the more curious I was to find out what happened so many years ago...There are untold secrets and mysteries that slowly unfold, leaving the reader wanting to know more. 

 The Womens Society Club members are holding a big Gala at the Blue Ridge Madam, and preparations are being made for this Big Event.  
As the time gets closer..and closer for the Gala Event, there are secrets and traditions that are finally understood.  

One of my favorite quotes from this book:
As she walked across the Parking lot to her Jeep, she thought she saw a few silver party streamers float into the night sky.
But she blinked and they were gone.

I also liked "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" by Sarah Addison Allen,  you can see my blog post here for this book

About the Author:


New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen brings the full flavor of her southern upbringing to bear on her fiction -- a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small-town sensibility. Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature - because, as she puts it, "I thought it was amazing that I could get a diploma just for reading fiction. It was like being able to major in eating chocolate."


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