Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

What comes to mind when you think of your
favorite Thanksgiving Dessert?

Pumpkin Pie is generally a top pick with whip cream (don’t forget the topping)!

PieMaybe you think of Apple Pie or Pecan Pie?

And let’s not even get started on the topic of how to correctly pronounce Pecan, because we could be here a all day on that discussion!

My In-laws enjoy a “Razzle-berry pie”. A delicious pie with various berries. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and it’s oh, so good!

Something unique happens with my family in November. We have birthday’s, lots of birthdays! Three of the birthday’s are right near (or sometimes on) Thanksgiving day.

My Grandfather’s birthday is November 24th

My Father’s birthday is November 25th

My Son’s birthday is Nov. 21st

We have had a long standing tradition that the birthday boy/girl get’s to choose the dessert for their day. This means that when we come to Thanksgiving, we have LOTS of dessert options!

coca_cola_cake  My Father’s favorite dessert is Coca-Cola cake (yes, there is such a thing). Quite simply it is a chocolate cake with coca-cola in it and chocolate frosting. It’s a very moist cake and quite tasty!

coconut cakeMy Grandfather’s favorite is a Coconut Cake. Light white cake with coconut & almond extract, vanilla frosting with fresh coconut shavings.

If you were to join us for Thanksgiving dinner you would find a table full of delicious desserts to choose from!

I’d love to hear from you!

What do you have for dessert on your Thanksgiving table? Do you prefer the traditional desserts, or you do you branch out to the more unique?

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Character Spotlight & Giveaway with Pepper Basham

Anyone who has read the two books in The Mitchell’s Crossroads series by Pepper Basham – Twist of Faith & Charming the Troublemaker is familiar with Ma Mitchell. For those who may not be familiar yet with this delightful series, you can read my reviews for both books by clicking on the titles above.

I’ve invited Pepper Basham to visit today and share with us about Ma Mitchell and the inspiration behind her character. If we are lucky, we may even get a homespun family recipe!

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As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. You can learn more about her on her website, www.PepperDBasham.com or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

 

  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

A Twist of Faith (Mitchell’s Crossroads #1)

 

Without further delay, I’m going to turn things over to Pepper and let her share with you in her own words with us about Ma Mitchell. Please give Pepper a warm welcome!

Some characters come purely from imagination and some are born from real life.

Ma Mitchell in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series has a whole lot of real-life inspiration with some imagination sprinkled in.

The matriarch of the Mitchell clan, she’s an ever-present sounding board, wisdom giver, gentle voice, or firm director. She kind of reminds me of a mother hen gathering up her chicks, whether they were biologically hers or not.

Ma Mitchell creates an environment of welcome.

Of belonging.

And, boy oh boy, can she cook!

SpencerfamilyWhen I started daydreaming about the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, I drew from my background of being in a large and wonderful Appalachian family, headed by a beautiful matriarch. My Granny Spencer.

A young widow with six kids to raise, her strength, wisdom, and welcome became the root for her own family as well as many other people who were looking for a good meal, friendly company, a compassionate heart, and a listening ear.

meandgranny1forweb (1)My memories are too many to mention, but some of my favorites are having Sunday lunch at Granny’s house where above 25 people at a time would gather and fellowship. I was also one of Granny’s “yard hoppin’” buddies (went to yard sales with her). Another thing that was particularly special to me was listening to family history stories. She could recount back 5 generations or more. Amazing stuff – and more inspiration 😊

So as Ma Mitchell swelled from my imagination into reality, she began to look a whole lot like my Granny in personality, not so much in physical appearance. (I had to leave some imagination in there)

A couple of things readers have enjoyed about Ma Mitchell are:

  1. Her wisdom- she’s always giving advice in unique ways. Sometimes directly and sometimes through story/example. That’s definitely an Appalachian thing 😉 We love storytelling (true ones and not so true)
  2. Her kindness – she has a sweet way of drawing the lonesome ones into the family. From Dee to Alex (and more to come), Ma Mitchell opens her home and heart to help people find a place to belong. Her faith definitely shines out in both her wisdom and kindness.
  3. Her cooking – Yep, she’s feeding a ‘gang’, as she calls them. Any time you enter Ma Mitchell’s house, you’re going to smell something cooking, whether it’s Breakfast Bake, Pot Roast, or Apple cobbler.

In celebration of the release of Charming the Troublemaker and in memory of my Granny, I’m gonna share a few homespun recipes straight from Ma Mitchell’s table.

This recipe is from a 1920 family journal.

Jam Cake

½ cup sugar
2/3 cup butter
½ cup jam (of your choice)
½ cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg

Mix all ingredients well and bake in layers put together with caramel icing/filling

Caramel Filling
     3 cups brown sugar
½ cup sweet milk or cream
Butter the size of a small egg
Boil and stir until thick and flavor with vanilla

Homemade Doughnuts

1 c sour cream
1 c sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
A little salt, ginger and cinnamon and flour enough to make dough to roll.

Fry in hot fat (or oil in our case 😊)

Thank you, Pepper for stopping by and sharing with us about Ma Mitchell and about your own Granny Spencer. It is always a special treat to have you drop by for a visit!
I loved the photo’s you shared. They brought back happy memories I have of my own Grandma.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Pepper Basham is giving away 1 (one) digital copy of her book “Charming the Troublemaker.” Please review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Do you have a favorite family recipe and when did you last make it?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

*** Giveaway Ended ***

Congratulations to Chanel M.

 

My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah (Leanna’s Choice) by Angie Dicken

Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where…
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him.  When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Rock. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.

My Thoughts:

With characters that take a hold of your heart and don’t let go, and a rich story with multifaceted points of interest, like a beautiful crystal sparkling rainbows across the window of your imagination. There is so much to love about this book!

Leanna McKee wanted more from life than to be a living doll in a fancy parlor, smiling, pouring tea, and sharing gossip with the other ladies of fashionable Boston. She left all that behind to follow her heart. But after losing her husband in a mining accident and finding herself alone in a rugged mining town full of prejudice, she is more than ready to leave it behind for culture & civilization.

Alex Pappas has a huge heart, he may feel defeated by the prejudice of those around him, but he doesn’t allow that to stop him from showing kindness to others. He helped bring his parents & his brother and family to America. Together they are trying to survive in a country that doesn’t seem to want them.

I enjoyed my time in Castle Rock with Leanna & Alex and his exuberant Greek family. I learned more about the Greek culture, and about early mining towns of the west. I fell in love with these characters and didn’t want this story to end. I give this book 5 stars and would encourage you to be sure to pick-up a copy of this book to enjoy!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

AngieDickenAngie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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  My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah

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5 Important Things

I’ve joined with a few blogging friends to share non-bookish things with my blog followers on Sunday. I’ll be testing this out for the next several Sunday’s and we’ll see where this leads.

This Sunday, we are challenged to share: “5 Important Things In My Life”.

To ensure we are on the same page, let’s take a brief look at the definition of the word. “Thing” is a noun and by definition, it is a material object without life or consciousness; an inanimate material object as distinct from a living sentient being. Thus, by definition, the list will exclude, God, People, & Pets. I will also leave out Books, as that just goes without saying.

1.) Music
My earliest memories of my childhood include music. Singing Hymns with family, listening to music in the car or at home on my parent’s vinyl record player (I may have broken a couple of needles much to my father’s aggravation), Taking Piano lessons, Singing special music at Church, and Writing my own songs. Music has played a significant role in my life.

148WorthenFamilyDVD2.) Nature
From a very young age, my parents would strap me in a carrier and off we’d go for a Sabbath afternoon hike into the mountains of western North Carolina. As I got older, I of course was on foot, hiking with them. Many places were hiked several times. We hiked up Mount Mitchel (the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak in mainland eastern North America at 6,684 feet), We traversed Bearwallow Mountain, Graveyard Fields, Craggy Pinnacle Trail, and many others. We explored the Natural Forest and parks. I learned about different flowers and trees, native birds and animals. We went camping and I learned how to safely start a fire, basic survival skills, and how to mark my trail so as to not get lost. We visited Zoos and Aquariums. We’d visit the Beach, and pick up sea shells, I learned about high & low tide, and the animals that call the Ocean home. I love being outside in Nature!

holly & trisha with grandfather3.) Food
One of my favorite things to do when I was little was to be in the kitchen with my Grandmother & Mother. Whether it was baking cookies, learning a family recipe, picking Blackberries to make a cobbler, learning how to take care of the garden, snapping green beans or shucking corn on the back porch while my grandparents shared stories of when they were little. Sharing meals together as an extended family on for Friday night supper and Sabbath dinner. I’m sure many can agree, memories are associated with food.

4.) Chocolate
This could be listed with food, but let’s be honest here, Chocolate deserves its own category! My grandmother often lovingly referred to it as “poison”. Not because she didn’t like it or thought that it was “bad” for you, but more because it tastes so good, you can’t stop at just one bite. I love chocolate! Ice Cream, Fudge, Mousse, & Hot Cocoa. Dark Chocolate is my favorite. I like it with peppermint. I like it with nuts. I like chocolate in my coffee. Excuse me, I need to go find some chocolate now.

5.) Cozy Pajamas & Fuzzy Socks
Yes, my savvy friend, I put two things together! Because to be truly honest, they go together. One of the first things I do, after I get home from work, is change into my cozy pajamas & fuzzy socks (let this be a fair warning to anyone who thinks to drop by unannounced, I may not open the door).

I’m sure you may have noticed that within the things I listed as most important you can find God, & Family. Both are essential and so tightly woven into the fabric of my life that they are an integral part of who I am.

I’d love to hear from you:

What are some important things in your life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda Warning (A Murder in the Mountains #1) by Heather Day Gilbert

FIERCELY LOYAL, COURAGEOUS AMATEUR SLEUTH TESS SPENCER
WILL WIN YOUR HEART.

Synopsis:

Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

My Thoughts:

I loved Heather’s Viking Saga and have been eyeing this mystery novel of Heather’s for some time now. Written in first person POV, this book kept me in suspense from the first chapter. Heather writes with such detail that I really felt like I was right there in the story.

Tess is quite the formidable heroine, while she has fears, she quickly rises above them and isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done. She has a strong sense of loyalty and wishes to see that justice is upheld. I couldn’t help but appreciate her fortitude in the face of uncertain disaster, and her strong support of her aging friend Miranda.

My favorite stories are heart-warming, sweet, feel-good romance. If that is the kind of story you enjoy and are looking for; then this may not be the story for you. Please don’t get me wrong, the writing is first-rate, top notch. The characters are vivid and dynamic, rich with their own unique personality. The plot line is phenomenal.

If you are searching for a story where the subject matter is intense and full of drama and intrigue. If you enjoy spine-tingling mystery and are searching for a story that will keep you up late into the night, and keep you guessing until the end, then my friend look no further.

(I purchased the kindle version of this book. I was not required to write a review. my thoughts and options are my own.)

Bonus:

Click here for a sneak peek at the first chapter.

Favorite Quote:

“We all get in over our heads at some point or another.
God never lets you down, even if it feels like it.”

About the Author:

HeatherDayGilbertHEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and Appalachian mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.” Find out more on heatherdaygilbert.com.

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  Miranda Warning (A Murder in the Mountains #1)

  Trial by Twelve (A Murder in the Mountains #2)

26001114 Guilt by Association (A Murder in the Mountains #3)Expected pub. Dec. 2017

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First Line Friday’s (9/8/17) The Case of the Clobbered Cad

Welcome to Friday and a chance to share the first line of a book that you are either reading or a book that you are planning to read soon.

This week I am choosing to feature a book that I finished a little bit ago (watch for my full review coming soon).

The Case of the Clobbered Cad is the first book from Debra E. Marvin that I have had the pleasure to read, and I’ll be going back for more of Debra’s books soon!

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Edinburgh, Scotland 1956

Heather Munro gazed down Victoria street so long, she became another gray-suited statue along the Royal Mile.

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima //  A Brighter Destiny // Sprinkles and Pink //

Would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog? Contact one of the following:
Rachel at Bookworm Mama // Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish
Sydney at Singing Librarian // Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower

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First Line Friday’s (9/1/17) Many Sparrows

Welcome to the first Friday of a new month!  In case you missed it, this week was the release of Many Sparrows. This stunning book zoomed right to the top of my favorites list. To read my full review (click here).

I had the great pleasure this week to visit with author Lori Benton here on my blog. Don’t miss reading the full interview & entering the giveaway (click here)

 

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May 1, 1774
Ohio River, Near Yellow Creek

Jeremiah Ring had witnessed death as often as the next man on the Allegheny frontier, but in all his thirty years he had encountered no deaths more dismaying than those confronting him now.

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima // A Brighter Destiny //

 

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact one of the following:
Rachel at Bookworm Mama // Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish
Sydney at Singing Librarian // Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower

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Cover Reveal & Interview with Sarah Monzon – The Esther Paradigm

Welcome, I am super excited to be teaming up with Sarah Monzon for the cover reveal of her latest book The Esther Paradigm. While this new book is a stand-alone, those who have read Sarah’s other books may notice a commonality with her debut book The Isaac Project. I’m happy to have Sarah with us today to share some inside details about The Ester Paradigm. But first, let’s take a look at this eye-catching cover!

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Hi Sarah, I’m getting excited about your new book, “The Esther Paradigm”. This cover is gorgeous. The lovely bride and the window frame around her. It sure captures my eyes and makes me want to know what her story is about.

Trisha:  Please tell us about “The Esther Paradigm”, what is the story about?

Sarah:  So you don’t get my canned “It’s a book about people who do stuff and fall in love” answer, I’ll just give you the blurb.

Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally, her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.

As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.

In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?

-casablanca-morocco-front-doorsTrisha:  What was your inspiration for this lovely cover?

Sarah:  Hmm…I’m not sure I had an inspiration, per se. In fact, I created three or four different mock-ups that didn’t fit for one reason or another. I only had one thing I knew I wanted, and that was a bride on the cover. This book is a stand alone, but it does have the same feel as my debut, The Isaac Project. Because they are both inspired by biblical stories, I wanted to loosely brand them together and did that through the titles and the bride. Besides that, I wanted something that would hint at the setting and the flavor of the book. Something that would immediately grab the reader and make them go, “Ooooh! I want to read that!”

 

Trisha:  This book obviously isn’t set in the US. Where exactly is the setting?the-window-bible-studies

Sarah:  Good question! And one I’m not answering. Haha. Actually, it’s never specified in the book. A bit of a mystery. The only thing I can say is that it is set in the 10/40 window–the region 10 degrees south and 40 degrees north of the equator where the majority of those un-reached by the Gospel live. This includes North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In a lot of these areas proselytizing and Christianity is illegal.

 

 

--princesses-wisdomTrisha:  What do you hope readers will learn when reading The Esther Paradigm?

Sarah:  I hope readers will come to it with an open heart. More than any of my books, this one wrote me more than I wrote it. There is a lot of diversity in the book. A lot of sensitive material not commonly found in a lot of Christian fiction currently on the market. I hope readers’ worldwide perspective will expand after reading the book. And, lastly, I hope readers turn the last page with a sense of enjoyment and contentment.

 

Trisha:  Thank you for sharing with us a little inside information today. One last question before you go: When can we look forward to reading The Esther Paradigm?

Sarah: You can pre-order it today for only .99 cents and it will automatically be downloaded to your kindle on November 2. =)

There wasn’t a question for this, but I wanted everyone to know that Trisha’s awesome hubby helped me out a bit with this cover. Thank you, Trisha’s hubby!!

 

SarahSarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book,Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.

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 The Esther Paradigm (pre-order today for .99c)

Sarah’s Other books:

 The Isaac Project

Finders Keepers (A Carrington Family Novel #1)

  All Of You (A Carrington Family Novel #2)

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First Line Fridays (8/25/17) Vow Unbroken

I don’t know about you, but for me Friday’s are busy! The good news is that all that by the end of the day on Friday we can hopefully relax and put up our feet for a bit. It kind of makes the weekend all that more enjoyable.

This Friday I’m happy to be featuring a new-to-me (this year) author, Caryl McAdoo. Earlier this month I had the privilege to read ‘Vow Unbroken’. Please make sure to enter the giveaway (click here)!

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This book will take you on a journey that you heart won’t soon forget. Filled with sigh-worthy tender moments as well as heart pumping action that will keep you turning pages long into the night. (see full review here)

Ok, so this isn’t the first line, I just had to share another favorite line from this wonderful book. Make sure to see the first line below!

Be sure to check out the author interview with Caryl McAdoo and enter the giveaway!

 

 

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He took the pinch of cotton Sue offered and rubbed it between his short, pudgy fingers. “I’m truly sorry, Mis’ess Baylor. Two cents is all I can pay.”

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Romances of the Cross // Jane Reads //
Singing Librarian // Moments Dipped In Ink // A Baker’s Perspective //
Lauraine’s Notes // Moments Dipped In Ink // Molly’s Cafinated Reads //
It’s Story Time with Van Daniker // Iola Goulton // The Christian Fiction Girl //
Book Reviews by Tima //

 

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact
Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.

 

The Last Summer by: Brandy Bruce

Synopsis:

For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.

Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.

While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.

But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.

Does growing older mean growing apart?

My Review:

I picked up ‘The Last Summer’ with memories of my own early 20’s floating thru my memory. Brandy’s writing is so smooth and seamless that I easily inserted myself right into the circle of friends as if they were my own. By chapter 3 I found my heart clenching in heartache and in chapter 4 my poor battered heart was flattened; I paused there to come up for air (okay, so my lunch break was over and I had to go back to work – isn’t that a cruel joke? Bahaha, as if I could focus well at that point). But don’t despair, dear friend, our heroine, Sara will be just fine.

I took two days to read this fabulous story (because work, family, life) and every time I had to put it down it was like coming out of a deep book fog. You know the one, I’m sure you’ve been there yourself.  I was so immersed in the story, It felt like literally climbing out of the pages.

Oh, and don’t even get me started on all the delightful feelings this book evokes, and then there is the handsome pilot, Everett, the old-flame Jason, and we can’t forget the best-friend, Luke. With such handsome, gentleman what’s a girl to do? If you asked Sara, I’d imagine she’d say, “Help my best friend plan a wedding and spend time chatting with the girls.”

I highly recommend this fantastic book. Trust me when I tell you that you won’t be able to put it down. The Last Summer easily earns 5 stars. I couldn’t go to bed without finishing this story, I was in too deep!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“God must ache with love for us. Hurting for us. Wanting us. And sometimes we respond to Him in kind. Other times we reject Him.”

Bonus:

Would you like to read an excerpt? CLICK HERE to drop by my friend, Katie’s blog.

For an wonderful author interview, stop by my friend, Becky’s blog (click here) 

About the Author:

BrandyBruceBrandy Bruce was scribbling stories in spiral notebooks at the age of 12. She finally traded in notebooks for a laptop and now writes romance novels. Having worked as a book editor for a traditional publishing house for more than a decade, Brandy is thrilled to work in an industry she loves. She’s currently a freelance editor, a writer, a wife, a mother to three fabulous children, and she’s someone who really loves dessert. Brandy makes her home in Colorado with her family.

 

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   The Last Summer

 

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