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Jane Austen and Food

Jane Austen and Food

Maggie Lane

Great book. Well researched and scholarly. Written in an easy to read style. Provides fresh insights into Austen’s characters as well as the life of women of her times.

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What was the significance of the pyramid of fruit which confronted Elizabeth Bennet at Pemberley? Or of the cold beef eaten by Willoughby on his journey of repentance to see Marianne?

Why is it so appropriate that the scene of Emma’s disgrace should be a picnic, and how do the different styles of housekeeping in Mansfield Park relate to the social issues of the day?

While Jane Austen does not luxuriate in cataloguing meals in the way of Victorian novelists, food in fact plays a vital part in her novels.

Her mainly domestic plots are deeply imbued with the rituals of giving and sharing meals. The attitudes of her characters to eating, to housekeeping and to hospitality are important indicators of their moral worth. This culminates in the artistic triumph of Emma, in which repeated references to food not only contribute to the portrait of her world, but provide an extended metaphor for the interdependence of a community.

In this original, lively and well-researched book, Maggie Lane not only offers a fresh perspective on the novels of Jane Austen, but illuminates a fascinating period of food history, as England stood on the brink of urbanisation, middle-class luxury, and a revolution in the role of women.

Ranging over topics from greed to gender to mealtimes and manners, and drawing on the novels, letters and Austen family papers, she also discusses Jane Austen’s own ambivalent attitude to the provision and enjoyment of food.

‘Jane Austen And Food’ is a brilliant and original study of one of England’s greatest novelists and will fascinate her many fans.

‘This book will enrich our interpretation of Jane Austen’s fiction, for Ms Lane makes us look afresh at the use of food as symbol and metaphor.’ Jane Austen Society Newsletter

Maggie Lane is the author of many books on Jane Austen including ‘Jane Austen’s Family’, ‘Jane Austen’s England’, ‘Jane Austen and Names’, ‘Understanding Austen’ and the forthcoming ‘Growing Older with Jane Austen’. She also lectures and writes for the journals of the Jane Austen Societies of the UK, US and Australia and is Consultant Editor of Regency World magazine.

Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent digital publisher.

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30-Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes: Simple Gluten-Free and Paleo Desserts for Improved Weight-Loss

30-Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes: Simple Gluten-Free and Paleo Desserts for Improved Weight-Loss

Louise Hendon

For me, I love desserts, but I don’t like to eat or bake desserts that contain sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. So when I discovered this superb and EASY TO USE cookbook, I was over the moon! Still am over the moon because these recipes call for common ingredients (that I have on hand) and are simple to prepare.

Daisy S

Delicious Paleo Desserts. Almost Instantly!

In less than 10 minutes after reading this, you could be eating the best Paleo banana bread ever! More importantly, though, you can nourish your body and feel good about eating these treats.

Sticking to a Paleo diet and giving up foods that you’ve eaten all your life is not easy. You can no longer just walk into a bakery or grocery store and buy desserts or cookies or pastries. There are no pre-packaged Paleo cake mixes. You want to stay Paleo and you want to get healthier, but you shouldn’t have to be in the kitchen for hours or else deprive yourself completely.

Don’t Give in!

Grocery stores and food companies aren’t looking out for you. They want to sell you the cheapest junk food that will taste good but make you feel terrible. I know. I’ve been there.

When I first went Paleo, I’d give in to temptation all the time. Every afternoon, I’d walk through Walgreens blindly hoping to find something gluten-free and Paleo to eat. After 20 minutes of useless searching, I’d usually end up buying some random treat that was completely non-Paleo!

I would tell myself that I would only eat one cookie, but while sitting in my office for the next couple hours, I wouldn’t stop until the entire packet was gone. It’s hardly surprising that I felt tired, grumpy, and bloated for days afterward. Giving in to temptation certainly didn’t help me lose weight, either. And worst of all, I’d end up wanting to eat even more junk!

You Have a Choice. Eat Better Desserts.

It’s taken me years to figure out how to escape that vicious cycle. I started by learning to make a variety of Paleo desserts and treats that were both delicious and made me feel better. It took me a long time, though, to figure out exactly which Paleo ingredients actually worked well as substitutes. I went through much experimentation (many desserts were outright failures – some even explodes!) and much taste-testing (always the fun part).

Most importantly, though, I perfected all of my recipes so that they’re super fast, use easy-to-find & common Paleo ingredients, are low in Paleo sugars, and still taste absolutely amazing! In fact, that’s what I have blogged about for years at AncestralChef.com, where you can find a ton of comments from happy Paleo dieters.

I’ve spent the time and effort over the years figuring everything out and perfecting these desserts, which is why I’m sure you’ll enjoy these 30-minute Paleo dessert recipes!

Convenience. Health. Yumminess. For Less.

Here’s the way I look at it. You’ll never again need to spend $3 on a brownie at the coffee shop, or $5 on a pack of cookies at the store. Instead, for instance, I’m going to show you how to make 12 amazing Paleo chocolate brownies in under 30 minutes, how to make a batch of Paleo butter cookies in less than 20 minutes, and other recipes in less than 5 minutes!.

Don’t worry if you don’t live in a big city or don’t live in the United States. I know finding Paleo ingredients can sometimes be tough, which is why I’ve done 2 things for you in this book. First, I use only the most common Paleo ingredients, and secondly, I’ve included an entire chapter on how to create your own ingredients. (I’ve also included links directly to ingredients I trust on Amazon, as well as possible substitutions if you’re unable to find the ingredient.) There’s even a metric conversion chart for those unused to the US system.

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Stop eating junk and start feeling great. Pick up a copy of 30-Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes today, and please let me know which recipe is your favorite!

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Basic Crocheting: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started (How To Basics)

Basic Crocheting: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started (How To Basics)

Sharon Hernes Silverman

I really loved this book. I’ve never been able to “get it” before, but with this book’s help, I am actually able to crochet! The instructions are excellent and don’t leave anything out. The photos are clear and the illustrations are helpful. If you’re new to crochet, this book will show you exactly how to do the patterns. It explains different types of yarn as well, so you don’t go out and buy the wrong thing. The projects are a nice variety; the apparel and accessories are fashionable and contemporary. Have fun trying it out!

New Crochet Buff

Fundamental skills and stitches, such as the chain stitch, slip stitch, and single, half double, and double crochet
Techniques include creating an integral fringe, crocheting in the round, and filet crocheting
Create a shadowbox pillow, basketweave blanket, bunny basket, child’s cap and mittens, openwork placemats, woven shoulder bag, and more

A heavily illustrated introduction to the skills you need to become a crocheter, Basic Crocheting begins with the yarn, hooks, and other tools you need to get started, and then moves on to cover the skills you need to make a wide variety of home accessories and wearables. Detailed instructions for every step of each project are supplemented with helpful photographs and illustrations.

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LinkedPhotoInescapable (The Road to Kingdom #1)

Inescapable (The Road to Kingdom #1)

Nancy Mehl

I was hooked from the beginning! “Inescapable” is a suspense filled read. The author is a talented writer and keeps the suspense and twists coming throughout the book…but there is also a love story which is nice. It was a fun book to read! I look forward to more books in this series.
* This book was free from Bethany House publishing in exchange for a review.

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Page-Turning Romantic Suspense Set Against the Backdrop of a Small Mennonite Town

Lizzie Engel is used to running away. At eighteen, she left her Mennonite hometown, her family, and her faith with plans never to return. Five years later, Lizzie finds she’ll have to run again. False accusations at her job, a stalker, and a string of anonymous threatening letters have left her with no other options. This time, however, her escape is back to Kingdom, her hometown.

As Lizzie becomes reacquainted with Kingdom, she realizes she may not have left her Mennonite roots and her faith as firmly in the past as she thought. She draws on the support of Noah Housler, an old friend, as she hides out and attempts to plan her next steps.

When it becomes painfully clear that the danger has followed Lizzie to Kingdom, suspicions and tensions run high, and she no longer knows who to trust. With her life and the lives of those she loves at risk, Lizzie will have to run one last time–to a Father whose love is inescapable.

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The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

Zondervan

This book is a part of my daily, nightly reading. It is easy reading and conforms to biblical teaching. It makes me feel good knowing that it is the last ritual I perform before going to bed. I will read it over and over again. It is like having a best friend teaching you on a daily basis. It is a beautifully written book. Also, it was a bargain at Amazon.

Beverly Smith

The Greatest Story Ever Told’ is more than just a cliche. God has gone to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about: the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters—and using the clear, accessible text of the NIV—this rendering of the Bible allows its stories, poems, and teachings to come together in a single, compelling read. The Story sweeps you into the unfolding grand narrative of the Scriptures, and like any good story, it is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption. From the foreword by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee: ‘This book tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time: the story of a true God who loves his children, who established for them a way of salvation and provided a route to eternity. Each story in these 31 chapters reveals the God of grace—the God who speaks; the God who acts; the God who listens; the God whose love for his people culminated in his sacrifice of Jesus, his only Son, to atone for the sins of humanity.’ NIV 2011. The New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible is the world’s most popular modern-English Bible—easy to understand, yet rich with the detail found in the original languages.

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Mysteries of the Glory Unveiled

Mysteries of the Glory Unveiled

David Herzog

I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL WHO HUNGER FOR MORE OF GOD. I REALLY LIKED THE BOOK BECAUSE IT SHOWS THAT THERE IS MORE TO GOD THAN THE BASICS OF FAITH. IF YOU WANNA LEARN HOW TO EXPERIENCE A MOVE OF THE SPIRIT. THEN THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU. YOU WILL BE CHANGED AS YOU LEARN NEW THINGS. IT REVEALS HIDDEN TRUTH IN THE SCRIPTURE NEVER SEEN BEFORE.

A Customer

Fifty years after the last great miracle revival, believers of every Christian denomination are experiencing a restoration. As foretold by the prophets, this rain is resulting in the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever known. What took centuries to understand and accomplish, God is doing in an instant in this present glory. Mysteries are being unveiled now to those who seek the knowledge of God’s glory. There were many healings and miracles demon­strated publicly each night…Deaf ears opened. Paralyzed people were healed. Many with incurable diseases and serious cancers were healed. Every type of miracle was seen. Hungry believers will be fed through the Mysteries of the Glory Unveiled.

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The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Sally Lloyd-Jones

I love every aspect of this Bible. The illustrations by Jago are both charming and intriguing. There are about fifty stories, a good balance. The text itself is exactly what I want my children to hear, theologically. I love this line from the very first chapter. “The Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.” AMEN.

Kristen Stewart

Experience The Jesus Storybook Bible now in this brand new digital edition — optimized for viewing on tablet and color screen devices. This updated digital edition features the engaging Jesus Storybook Bible illustrations and tap to zoom text, perfect for young readers! The multiple award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby, the Child upon whom everything would depend. From Noah to Moses to King David, every story whispers his name. Jesus is like the missing piece in a puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. Children and adults alike will be captivated by the 44 beautifully written and illustrated stories in this bestselling storybook Bible. Perfect for young readers, this eBook edition allows children to view the engaging Jesus Storybook Bible illustrations and tap to zoom text!

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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List

Leon Leyson

A great book that lets the reader have a firsthand look at the deep heartache of a Jewish family in WWII. It is detailed enough to break your heart, but not so dark as to terrify my children. I would hand it over to my middle school aged kids and read along with them. The author ends with a great testimony to hope and healing.

R. Deboer

Even in the darkest of times—especially in the darkest of times—there is room for strength and bravery. A remarkable memoir from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler’s list.

Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s List.

This, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Most notable is the lack of rancor, the lack of venom, and the abundance of dignity in Mr. Leyson’s telling. The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.

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Christmas Cookie Jar Cookbook: Over 200 old-fashioned cookie recipes and ideas for creative gift-giving. (Seasonal Cookbook Collection)

Christmas Cookie Jar Cookbook: Over 200 old-fashioned cookie recipes and ideas for creative gift-giving. (Seasonal Cookbook Collection)

Gooseberry Patch

If you love cookies for the holidays then this is the book for you. So easy to use. Pictures, tips and hints galore. You won’t regret having this one in your collection.

R. Evans

Over 200 Christmas cookie & treat recipes. Chapters include Simply Divine Drop Cookies, Clever Cut-Outs, Best-Ever Bar Cookies, Old-Fashioned Cookies and more!

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LinkedPhotoThe Slow Cooker Cookbook: 75 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes for Slow Cooked Meals

The Slow Cooker Cookbook: 75 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes for Slow Cooked Meals

Salinas Press

Great resource for any cook…I’ve always thought there weren’t many interesting `crock pot’ options, but the Slow Cooker Cookbook has completely changed my mind. Two of my favorites recipes so far are the “White Bean and Rosemary Soup” and the “Moroccan Chicken Tagine”. Delicious!

Nicola Marini

The Slow Cooker Cookbook has 75 simple recipes designed for busy people who want to use their slow cooker to make quick and hearty meals.

The Slow Cooker Cookbook is a comprehensive guide to becoming an expert with your slow cooker so you can start saving hours while you make delicious, healthy home-cooked meals! The Slow Cooker Cookbook is filled with dozen of easy, crowd-pleasing recipes for every meal and occasion, and it will inspire you to use your slow cooker on a daily basis.

Flavorful slow cooker chicken recipes like Miso Chicken, Tandoori Chicken and Curried Coconut Chicken

Slow cooker pot roast that will melt in your mouth
Easy one-pot slow cooker meals that will satisfy the whole family, like comforting Chicken Pot Pie, Classic Lasagna Bolognese, and Mexican-Style Pork
Dozens of tasty recipes to get the full value of your slow cooker–learn how to make casseroles, side dishes such as rice pilaf or cornbread stuffing, vegetables, stews…and, most importantly, desserts

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Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider, 3rd Edition

Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider, 3rd Edition

Lew Nichols, Annie Proulx

The authors do a good job of covering all of the essential bases on this topic … including apple cultivation, the selection of apple varietal blends for making various types of cider, an overview of the pressing and brewing process, an overview of common cider & sanitation problems, how to bottle, etc. I was also impressed by the reasonable level of competence demonstrated in their sections on sulfiting and pH/Acid balancing – topics that all too many amateurs (and more than a few novice pros) gloss over, or naievely (and maddeningly) avoid altogether.

Christian Krapf

Make your own cider! Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols take you step-by-step through the cidermaking process, covering everything from the various types of apple presses to how to filter, fine, rack, and store your cider. They also provide recipes for making six types of cider—still, sparkling, champagne, barrel, French, and flavored—and advise you on which apples to use to achieve particular flavor qualities. There is even a chapter on making cider vinegars and brandy and using cider in your cooking. Finally, Proulx and Nichols show you how to grow and maintain your own home apple orchard and build your own cidermaking equipment.

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Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation

Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation

Dianne Neal Matthews

I am thrilled to write this review for I simply love this devotional! As most of us, I have many devotionals. But from the moment I started to read these daily inspirations, I was hooked. I am going to start reading it again this January 1 for I receive so much from each day. I highly recommend this devotional.

Lane Jordan Burday

Devotionals are designed to bring the reader into a more intimate relationship with God. Dianne Neal Matthews knows no better way for believers to know God more intimately than to immerse themselves in his Word. To that end, her new daily devotional combines fascinating historical background information about the Bible with practical application that readers can implement in their lives each day. She guides readers on a journey through the Bible from beginning to end, highlighting major events, characters, and stories, as well as difficult issues and topics (such as the concept of theophany, God’s instructions to the Israelites to show no mercy as they entered the Promised Land, and what seems at first glance to be discrepancies between the Gospels).

Readers new to Bible study or those who long to learn more will appreciate the background information Matthews provides, as well as the way she shows how the Scriptures fit together to form a cohesive work. This is the perfect devotional for anyone who desires to go deeper into the Scriptures as they deepen their relationship with God.

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One Call Away: Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable Faith

One Call Away: Answering Life’s Challenges with Unshakable Faith

Brenda Warner

Before reading this book, I really had no idea who Brenda Warner was, yet this book grabbed me from the very first page. Brenda went from being a child who grew up poor to being married to a philandering husband, to being a single mom on food stamps and welfare, counting every penny, to being rich and married to a wonderful and godly man. Her journey was one that was I could so relate to, having gone through many hard times myself. I found it uplifting and encouraging to read of how she held onto her faith even in the darkest moments of her life.

Denise McFarland

What can you do when your well-laid plans fall apart and life takes an unexpected turn?

Brenda Warner is best known as the outspoken wife of NFL superstar and Dancing with the Stars alum Kurt Warner. But years earlier, she found herself living through any woman’s nightmare: a healthy baby tragically injured in the bathtub; a sudden end to a career she loved; betrayal and divorce; poverty; public humiliation; a deadly natural disaster that destroyed her foundation and shook her to her core. One shattering phone call at a time, Brenda Warner’s life came to resemble little of her dream.

But each time her plans fell apart, Brenda faced a choice: to collapse in the face of tragedy or press forward and survive. She chose to keep going. In the process, she’s learned that the unexpected is only one call away. Her story provides hope and encouragement for anyone facing life’s challenges and shows us that our circumstances don’t tell us who we are, nor are they a measure of God’s love. God has a plan for us, even when our plans fail. Brenda’s life is proof that sometimes the best dreams are not the ones we dream, but the ones that come true when we least expect them.

“Brenda Warner remains a soldier fi ghting for faith and life in the face of unexplainable devastation. The fortitude of this ‘marine mom’ will grab your heart. If you think Kurt Warner’s journey is moving, do not wait to read the story of Brenda.”

—Elizabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of The View and special contributor for Good Morning America, ABC News

“We have all had the phone ring and our lives changed. Brenda Warner’s moving and inspiring memoir reminds us all of the power of family, the miracles and misfortunes of life, and the foundation that faith plays in our all-too-human existences. Unflinching and fearless, she is the woman I want in my corner: safe, smart, and savvy. A heroine for us all.”

—Jamie Lee Curtis, Author/actress/mother/sister

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Experiencing God at Home

Experiencing God at Home

Richard Blackaby, Tom Blackaby

Are you yearning to raise children in the Lord? This book will offer great insights on how to experience God at hoe as it relates to your family. A must-read for all parents and for children ministers.

Trey W

Experiencing God at Home takes a fresh path back into the rich roots of Henry Blackaby’s world-renowned Experiencing God writings to connect what happens in our homes to what happens in our churches.

Here, his sons Tom and Richard Blackaby first establish the biblical case for the idea of experiencing God at home, illuminating how the clear foundation for God’s work in nations and churches around the world is his work in families.

Indeed, healthy families lead to healthy churches, and the Blackabys illustrate that through real-life stories of families that have found ways to experience God in marriage, in choosing life’s direction, in rescuing broken relationships, in forgiveness, in the salvation of loved ones, etc.

Lessons from the Bible support these moving accounts, and the book concludes with resources that will guide individuals families as well as entire churches toward practically experiencing God at home.

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Falling to Pieces: A Quilt Shop Murder (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery)

Falling to Pieces: A Quilt Shop Murder (A Shipshewana Amish Mystery)

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman is a new author to me, and one that I will be looking forward to reading again. She has a fresh voice in this genre. I enjoy reading Amish fiction and I liked the way this story came at things in a different way.

Fitzysmom

In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town’s reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer. Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.

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To Whisper Her Name (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel)

To Whisper Her Name (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel)

Tamera Alexander

This was an excellent book, if I might say so myself. Author Tamera Alexander outdid herself once again with a story line that is very engaging and has plenty going on, which I love. It was easy to fall in love with the characters at Belle Meade Plantation.

Robin Velasquez

USA Today Bestseller

“…Settled on the carriage seat, Olivia drew in a deep breath, the first in what felt like five years. She knew it was wrong, what she was feeling. Because a widow of only a week shouldn’t wish to dance a jig. But God help her, that’s precisely what she wanted to do. Not on the grave of her recently deceased husband, of course–that would be considered rude. Just off to the side would suffice.” [Excerpt from Chapter 1]

Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation. Expecting to be the Harding’s head housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman.

Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives.

As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again.

Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, the most influential thoroughbred stud farm in America’s history, To Whisper Her Name weaves the struggles of real people of the post-war South with the journeys of a man and a woman scarred by betrayal.

Join bestselling author Tamera Alexander as she welcomes readers to Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN. Visit Tamera’s Author Central page (by clicking the author name below the title at the top of this page) to view videos filmed on location at Belle Meade Plantation.

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Christmas at Holly Hill (Winds Across the Prairie)

Christmas at Holly Hill (Winds Across the Prairie)

Martha Rogers

Christmas at Holly Hill is your typical happy ending novel, but equally engaging. The main characters are likeable, although Merry’s life at Holly Hill does seem a bit implausibly too good to be true and a prairie house-fire does seem to have its tragedy glossed over. The story is riveting, even mid-story my pulse was quickening through as the events unfolded. A few minor editing errors through me off early on, thus the four stars.

Jennifer L Day

Can Clayton Barlow prove he has changed his ways in time for Christmas?

It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town’s trust.

Clayton recognizes the schoolteacher at the Prairie Grove School as his childhood friend, Merry Lee Warner, and old feelings surface. Still, he doubts that he could ever get a woman like Merry to love him.

As the townspeople prepare for Christmas, their suspicions about Clayton lead to trouble. Will the trusting heart of an unlikely new friend be enough to restore Clayton’s relationships with his neighbors and reunite him with God and Merry?

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The Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers On The Moors)

The Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers On The Moors)

Sarah Ladd

The Heiress of Winterwood was a very good read! The story completely blew me away! I believe this is Sarah E. Ladd’s debut novel, but I wouldn’t have been able to tell that by reading the book.

Melanie

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.

When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

“My kind of book! [It] grabbed my attention from the first lines and I eagerly returned to its pages.” —Julie Klassen, Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author

“If you are a fan of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre, you will love Sarah E. Ladd’s debut.” —USAToday.com

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Ready or Not (Aggie's Inheritance)

Ready or Not (Aggie’s Inheritance)

Chautona Havig

Because you will not want to put it down! Ready or Not is a beautiful and hilarious story of sacrifice. From the beginning, the characters will become like old friends. Chautona Havig does an amazing job of drawing you in to Aggie’s story. Be warned…you will want the next two books in this series For Keeps and Here We Come.

Sweetie B.

Fresh out of college, Aggie Milliken thinks she’s prepared for anything life can throw her way. Think again, Aggie!

After the abrupt loss of her sister and brother-in-law, Aggie is stunned to find herself the sole guardian of their eight lively children. If learning basic parenting skills wasn’t complicated enough, she must also battle the children’s half-crazed grandmother, survive a massive remodeling project, and navigate the waters of new friendships-alone.

She has little experience with children and none with housekeeping, and it shows. What she has going for her is grit, a double dose of determination, and the confidence that this is exactly where the Lord wants her to be. With an unlimited P-mail account and enough hymns to keep her spirits bolstered, she tackles one catastrophe after another.

It seems like nothing Aggie does is right, but ready or not, here she comes!

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For Keeps (Aggie's Inheritance)

For Keeps (Aggie’s Inheritance)

Chautona Havig

I don’t think think I’ve been taken with an author since a young woman with Janet Oke!!!! I don’t think I’ve read another author since I found her! Her characters are so well developed and loving and God filled!!! This is # 2 in a trilogy and I can’t wait to start #3! Aggie is a Proverbs 31 woman and one I wish I were more like! Her hymn-singing way of dealing with stress is awesome! The children are in my heart especially little Cari!! You will enjoy her books I know!!!!!

Carolyn McElroy

Her first six months of “motherhood” included an ant infestation, a major move, house renovation, and lessons in how to be a mom to eight lively children. Now that the house is nearly complete, her children are headed back to school, and she has a few tantrums under her hymn-singing belt, Aggie is certain life will settle down. Poor Aggie… William makes his intentions known, Luke and his mother are always there for her, and between a new kitten, a box full of puppies, and chicken pox, Aggie’s home begins to resemble the local zoo! Her children keep testing the waters, the unrealistic budgets she makes refuse to balance, and she learns that life with children means that nothing stays done and perfect for long. Add Geraldine and her histrionics to the mix and it’s no wonder she’s ready to run away from home. When a surprise letter arrives, everything could turn upside down. Relief is in sight, but can she bring herself to jump to plan B? Has this just been a practice game, or is she playing for keeps? Will her household shrink drastically, or will it expand?

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Here We Come (Aggie's Inheritance)

Here We Come (Aggie’s Inheritance)

Chautona Havig

LOVED this book! Love this entire series! With this author’s books…you feel like you are THERE!
Such a wonderful story of love and family!

J. Taylor

In the hubbub of wedding preparations, Christmas celebrations, and a house full of lively children, Aggie is feeling overwhelmed and unappreciated. Add to that two puppies who are growing faster than she can replace chewed shoes and fix dug fences, it seems like things just can’t get any worse. Then, as she should be enjoying the most exciting time of her life, she’s faced with her worst nightmare.

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Christmas Shoppe, The

Christmas Shoppe, The

Melody Carlson

The best Christmas book I have ever read. I could not put it down. I finished reading it in less than 24 hours. The message personally spoke to me and I needed it, too.
I want to read this every Christmas and I will tell all my friends about this book.

Km logan

The small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town’s quaint main street. When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn’t fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.

Once again, Melody Carlson delivers a Christmas story that will touch hearts and delight the senses. Sure to be a classic, The Christmas Shoppe is filled with the special magic the best Christmas stories share–that intangible mixture of nostalgia, joy, and a little bit of magic.

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