Monday, September 22, 2014

Review - "Love Letters" by Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: August 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover, e-Book, Large Print, Audiobook
A Rose Harbor Novel

About the book:
In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove’s cozy Rose Harbor Inn, #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love—and a well-timed love letter—to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.
Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks’ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark’s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She’s determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own—and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.
Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She’s come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she’s been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie’s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings.
Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage—and to win back each other’s trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart.
For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve—and took pen to paper—that makes all the difference. Debbie Macomber’s moving novel reveals the courage it takes to be vulnerable, accepting, and open to love.  
My thoughts: 
"Love Letters" is the 5th book in the Rose Harbor series, but it can also be read as a "stand-alone book.  I'm a big fan of Debbie Macomber, and really enjoy all of her books!
As we visit the Rose Harbor Inn, there are some new guests checking in.  The owner, Jo Marie enjoys getting to know her guests ( without being too pushy ) and she also enjoys cooking breakfast for them, including some wonderful desserts!  
I enjoyed the story of Ellie and Tom.  They met online, and decide to meet in person in Cedar Cove.  Ellie is nervous and excited at the same time.  She really feels like her and Tom have a connection, and they both are looking forward to meeting!   Tom has a suprise for her, and you will have to read the story to find out more!  =)
Maggie and Roy are really trying to put some past mistakes in their marriage behind them, and they are hoping to "rekindle their romance" on this trip to the Rose Harbor Inn.  Will everything turn out OK for their marriage?

And,...Jo Marie is trying to find out more about her handy-man friend Mark.  She dosent know that much about him, and she finds him really interesting. Mark is kind of a quiet kind of guy, and he dosent share too much about himself.  So as Jo Marie asks her friends about him, ( and asks Mark questions ) - she begins to know more about his past.

This book is really hard to put down!  I enjoyed all the story lines and my visit back to Cedar Cove and The Rose Harbor Inn!

Debbie Macomber 

For more about Debbie Macomber, visit her website

Watch for her new Christmas book - "Mr. Miracle"
On Sale October 7th!

Sharing at these parties!
Sunday Link-up @ Kansas Women Bloggers
Treasure Box Tuesday @ Yesterfood and Memories by the Mile
Freedom Fridays with all my Bloggy Friends @ My Turn for Us and Love Bakes Good Cakes

Monday, September 1, 2014

Guest Post - Pencil Case Tutorial from Joy at Yesterfood

Today, I'm welcoming my friend, Joy from Yesterfood to share her wonderful Pencil Case project with us! 
I think this is such a cute case, and I'm thrilled to have Joy as my Guest-host today. 

Hi, I'm Joy from Yesterfood, and I'm really happy to be here at My Recent Favorite Books today! Thanks for having me, Melissa! Fall and Back to School projects are everywhere. I found a tutorial for a pencil case at Crazy Little Projects, and fell for it immediately. I added a couple of my own touches, and I love how it turned out. 

You'll need about 1/4 yard of outer fabric, and about 1/4 yard of lining. Or a fat quarter of each each would work well. You'll need a 9" zipper. Cut two 9.5" X 5.5" pieces of outer fabric and two of the same size lining fabric. I ironed some medium weight interfacing onto my outer panels so that the case would have a little structure to it. Assemble according to Amber's tutorial. The only thing I added was to finish my inside seams with zigzag stitching to prevent any raveling. Oh, and a little owl charm. I added that, too! :)

I made one for my daughter (who is using it for her crochet hooks), and made another to put in my Etsy shop. It made a fun project- what projects do you have in mind for fall?

You may also enjoy these fall goodies:

Thanks so much for sharing your Pencil Case with us Joy!  =)

Sharing at these parties!

 Treasure Box Tuesday @ Yesterfood
 Party in your PJ's @ The Cookie Puzzle

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Spotlight - Stirring The Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber - 3rd in Cookbook Nook mystery series

Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber
Third in The Cookbook Nook Mystery series
Penguin Books, Berkley Prime Crime

Release date - September 30th 2014

Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster…

Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there’s one unexpected addition to the menu: murder.

When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there’s no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth…

Visit this link for a Video Trailer for "Stirring the Plot"

What a perfect book to read to get ready for the Fall Season and Halloween! I really enjoy cozy mysteries, and this sounds like a very interesting story!  I'm really looking forward to reading it!  

Prior to her career as a novelist, Daryl wrote screenplays and created the format for the popular TV sitcom Out of this World. A fun tidbit for mystery buffs, Daryl was also an actress and co-starred on "Murder, She Wrote", as well as other TV shows. Daryl is originally from the Bay Area and graduated from Stanford University. She loves to cook, read, golf, swim, and garden. She also likes adventure and has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. She has been happily married for over twenty-five years, and Daryl and her husband have a grown son who has flown the coop.

Daryl Wood Gerber also writes the nationally bestselling
 "A Cheese Shop Mystery" Series under the pseudonym Avery Aames, click here for more information on all of her books!

To Pre-order this book, visit Daryl's website for the links

Follow Daryl Wood Gerber on Pinterest 

Visit Mystery Lovers Kitchen for great recipes and more information on some great cozy authors!

Sharing at Freedom Fridays @ My Turn for Us and Love Bakes Good Cakes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Home to Chicory Lane - $200 B&B Weekend Getaway Giveaway & 9/9 Facebook Party with Deborah Raney

The first book in Deborah Raney's new Chicory Inn series, Home to Chicory Lane, introduces us to Audrey Whitman, a mother who has launched all her children into life and now looks forward to fulfilling some of her own dreams during her empty-nest years. However, not all of her children are ready to stay out of the nest quite yet.

Deborah is celebrating the release of her new series with a $200 B and B Weekend Getaway and a Facebook author chat party.

  One winner will receive:
  • A B&B Weekend Getaway (via a $200 Visa cash card)
  • Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 9th. Winner will be announced at the Home to Chicory Lane Author Chat Party on 9/9. Deborah will be hosting a heartfelt book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at the next book in the Chicory Inn series!

So grab your copy of Home to Chicory Lane and join Deborah on the evening of September 9th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

For more information about this tour, visit

My Review:
   I love small town settings, and this book captured my attention from the very first page!
 I think the Bed and Breakfast that Audrey and her Husband, Grant open sounds wonderful. They turned their family home into the Bed and Breakfast for the community and others to enjoy. 
 When their Daughter returns home, ( during their Open House Tours ) they are suprised and delighted to see her, but she has some news for them!

 As the whole family helps get the new Bed and Breakfast open for Business,  Audrey and Grant get adjusted to their new Life thats full of suprises and love. I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series! 

Deborah's novels have also won the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, ACFW Carol Award, and numerous others.
Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, Kansas. They love traveling to writers conferences, and to visit four children and five grandchildren who all live much too far away.
For more information about Deborah Raney, visit her website

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I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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