The Roche Hotel is the first episode in a collection of stories that have a theme of the Tudor era even though this is a modern tale. It is a story ofThe Roche Hotel is the first episode in a collection of stories that have a theme of the Tudor era even though this is a modern tale. It is a story of a young woman, Jane Seymour, see what I mean?, who after her husband absconds with another woman, finds herself in need of reinventing herself. The first thing she needs to do is find a job. She finds one at The Roche Hotel where she meets a variety of characters, including the previous owners wife who meddles in the running of the hotel. One day while she is manning the front desk she meets Henry, the Donut Guy who she is immediately attracted to and vice versa. Then a dead body turns up and the hotel is instantly thought to be haunted and there are people coming out of the woodwork to stay there.
I found this story to be a very fun short read, ending at just the right spot for the next episode to take over. Full of quirky characters, humor and romance, enough to keep the reader interested. I look forward to the next episodes!
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What is honey? "Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees is the one most commonly referred to,What is honey? "Honey is a sweet food made by bees using nectar from flowers. The variety produced by honey bees is the one most commonly referred to, as it is the type of honey collected by most beekeepers and consumed by people."
Spoonfuls of Honey is a definitive book on anything you ever wanted to know about honey, from the different types of honey, to explanations of crystallization, how it is removed from the comb to nutrition. There is a section on honey in the kitchen along with recipes. There is another section on what kinds to purchase and storing of the honey. There are light honeys, medium honeys and dark honeys.
Did you know that in WWI, honey was used on the wounded to treat their wounds? Honey has significant antibacterial properties and some cultures use honey for cuts and abrasions. Bees play an important role in pollination of plants and flowers and are crucial to the environment.
You can use honey as is as a syrup, in butters, and in most recipes that use sugar. I love honey in tea, I prefer it to sugar and honey used in recipes for meat are fantastic. One of the recipes is Chicken with honey, lemon and thyme. That sure does sound good, I think I will make this one the next time I have chicken. Not only can you use honey on meats but on vegetables and fruits as well. Great in sauces and dips.
I love this book, I will certainly be going to this cookbook for recipes with honey. I highly recommend this book for the discerning cook!
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You have been asked to bake something for a fundraiser or bake sale. What do you make? How much do you need to bake. Baking for a bake sale is not alwYou have been asked to bake something for a fundraiser or bake sale. What do you make? How much do you need to bake. Baking for a bake sale is not always the easiest thing to do. You have to be careful of food allergies, gluten free and whatever else you need to do to contribute to this bake sale.
Do you love chocolate? Most people do and this cookbook has any kind of chocolate dessert you need. From brownies to bars and cookies. Of course there are other kind of recipes here too, anything for that lover of sweets. I have not tried any of the recipes yet, but I sure plan on it. I love to bake and I definitely want to try some recipes out on my family. The book not only has recipes but it has tips on what kind of ingredients to use, what utensils you need and how to wrap and package your bake sale items. With Christmas fast approaching, I think this would be the perfect gift for the baker in your life!...more
Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads is a collection of 11 short stories that all have the same theme, sewing and quilting. A very clever wSewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads is a collection of 11 short stories that all have the same theme, sewing and quilting. A very clever way to incorporate the theme into these stories that are very different. These are all historical fiction and include a story about the tragedy that was The Shirtwaist Factory where 145 women died in a devastating fire, drug trafficking, 1960's Haight Ashbury during the free love and drug culture of the Vietnam War, and a quilt that was cursed from the Salem Witch Trials among others..
These are stories of love, courage and hope, each story having a moral, some happy and some sad. I really liked this collection of stories, it is a fast read and will keep the reader interested until the end. I love the way the author tells a story with well researched themes and I could tell that S.R. Mallery is passionate about what she writes. Her first published work was Unexpected Gifts that was also a very good read. I recommend this short book for the historical fiction and short story lover. You will not be disappointed.
How does one simple act affect those around you? It can have wonderful or devasting affects. That is what A Murder Country does. It takes place a in tHow does one simple act affect those around you? It can have wonderful or devasting affects. That is what A Murder Country does. It takes place a in the latter part of the 1800's. The main characters Josiah Fuller is on a mission to find the person/s that killed his parents. A horrific act of violence has ruined the peaceful existence that William Corvin has worked so hard to maintain and lastly there is the Rider, a man who believes himself God and believes it is his duty to kill those he feels deserves it and collect their souls.
This is a novel that is very dark and brooding a western only in the sense of the time it takes place in, each man's paths crossing in different ways that leads each one of them to face consequences for their actions and change what they believe in. This is not a happily ever after story by any means but it does make the reader think a little. Will they get their revenge? This is a historical thriller that will have the reader eagerly turning the pages. A well written first novel for this author. I especially like the cover as I am a person who definitely judges a book by it's cover. It captures the bleakness and austerity of the time. Go give this book a try!
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Jesus Daily is a 365 Day Interactive Devotional. As in any other devotional, this one starts on January 1st and goes through the end of the year so thJesus Daily is a 365 Day Interactive Devotional. As in any other devotional, this one starts on January 1st and goes through the end of the year so that it can be used for years. Each day has a scripture such as today, December 9th : "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the captives and release them from darkness..." Isaiah 61:1 The devotion for the day itself gives us an interpretation of the scripture to reflect on. Then there is a daily interaction that challenges us to interact online with other people. Today it said to "Shine the light of God's love on someone who may be struggling in darkness right now. Send them a favorite verse, e-Christmas card or an online gift card." I think in our busy lives and schedules we often tend to forget what is really important and also forget that there are people out there who do need that little extra help and love. We need to reach out more! I believe that this little book will help me to do just that, reach out to others, not necessarily for help but just to say, I am here for you. The pictures in the book are done very well and each devotion is easy to understand. Nothing complicated at all. This little book would be a perfect gift for that special someone in your life. I highly recommend it. ...more
I absolutely love this series. Reading an Anna Belfrage book is like a great cup of coffee, when you finish you are completely satisfied. This is theI absolutely love this series. Reading an Anna Belfrage book is like a great cup of coffee, when you finish you are completely satisfied. This is the seventh book in the Graham Saga with Alexander Lind, time traveler living in the seventeenth century with her husband Matthew Graham. Together they have a large family with typical family situations. Their daughter Sarah, who wants nothing to do with the baby she bore because of a violent act upon her, son Samuel who is now living with an Indian tribe, daughter Ruth who is married to a minister and then there is David, who has a sense of adventure about him and a proclivity for getting into trouble.
When Alex and Matthew receive a letter from Matt's brother Luke, who neither of them like Luke, as he was pretty vicious to Matt at one time, which you need to read about in an earlier book. He has requested their help in rescuing his son, Charlie. Charlie got in with the wrong crowd and was arrested for treason and sentenced to life as an indentured servant on a Caribbean Island. They accept the request and they are off to another adventure. An adventure fraught with danger. The Burley brothers are dead and can't harm them anymore but there are still unsavory, dangerous people out for the Graham family.
The Graham Saga is such a wonderful series, very well written, strong characters and accurate historical detail. A historical fiction, romance and suspense all in one! I highly recommend the whole series!...more
DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More is a definitive book about the uses for various kinds of nuts. I love Almond milk more than regular milk not andDIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More is a definitive book about the uses for various kinds of nuts. I love Almond milk more than regular milk not and have ofter wondered how to go about making it. The book starts with an introduction, the health benefits of nut milk and butters, what ingredients and what equipment is needed. There are tons of different recipes to try. I enjoyed learning about something that people don't generally think of when they use or eat nuts. I will definitely be trying some of the recipes. They look very easy....more
A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii is the story of the destruction of Pompeii. We have all learned about Pompeii in the history books but as far as I kA Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii is the story of the destruction of Pompeii. We have all learned about Pompeii in the history books but as far as I know, there has not been a lot of historical fiction written about Pompeii. This novel is a collaboration of six fantastic authors who tell a believable tale of the people caught in this devastating eruption of Mt.Vesuvius. Each chapter is written by a different author and each chapter has different characters but all weave the characters together seamlessly.If I didn't know better I would have thought that this book was written by one author. That is how perfect the stories blended. This is not a happily ever after tale either, some people were able to escape the ashes and fire and some didn't.
I have read most of the authors works and have loved them all. Each author has their own area of expertise when it comes to their style of writing. I have always found Roman history a fun time, when I was in high school I read all the comedies and tragedies that I could get my hands on. This novel did not disappoint me at all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a well written historical fiction story.