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             S'mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion ... By Lisa Adams




S'mores takes the classic campfire treat to an unbelievably yummy new level! Lisa Adams has set out to create recipes for s'mores that really live up to their name and leaving everyone clamoring for "some more!" S'mores shares dozens of delightful recipes that use fruits, chocolates of every variety, sauces, breads, cookies and more to embellish the classic s'more and add variety, creativity, and fun to the fire.
Delicious new takes on the classic campfire dessert.
 



OUR REVIEW

And just when you thought you've had it all, S'mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion by Lisa Adams adds a new twist on this classic campfire treat! Yep, I'm one of those people that just slaps together the graham crackers, chocolate and roasted marshmallows and presto...you have a bit of heaven in a couple of bites!  But wait...oh no, now I found some super original ideas (too bad I couldn't think of these on my own) to delight my taste buds into
action!

This book gets really creative with the ingredients always keeping the common denominator on the roasted 'mallow, in fact who needs to go camping when you can create gourmet treats at home, even making a huge batch at one time in your oven!

Beautifully illustrated, you'll be drooling over each page trying to decide which one you want to try first. I say, skip the camping and dive into these "ooey gooey" treats as soon as possible!

SOME OF MY FAVORITES:

Toasted Coconut Caramel:

2 to 3 Hershey's Caramel Kisses
1/2 graham cracker
1 Jet-Puffed Toasted coconut marshmallow
1 Samoa Girl Scout Cookie

Arrange the Kisses on the graham cracker and melt. Watch the Kisses carefully so that they just begin to melt. Roast the marshmallow. Once the chocolate has melted, remove graham cracker from the heat and top with roasted marshmallow. Finish with Somoa cookie.


Mexican Chocolate:

1 marshmallow
Cinnamon
Milk Chocolate
1/2 graham cracker
1 soft snickerdoodle

Roll the marshmallow in cinnamon, coating evenly. Arrange the chocolate on the graham cracker and melt. Roast the marshmallow. When the marshmallow is almost done, heat the cookie to soften. Once the chocolate has melted, remove graham cracker from heat and top with roasted marshmallow and cookie.


Banana Caramel:

2 to 3 Hershey's Caramel Kisses
1 graham cracker, broken in half
1 marshmallow
4 banana slices

Arrange the Kisses on the half of the graham cracker and melt. Roast the marshmallow. Once the chocolate has melted, remove graham cracker from heat and add sliced bananas, pressing them into the chocolate carefully. Add roasted marshmallow and top with remaining graham cracker.


MORE IF POSSIBLE


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NEW BOOK REVIEW



    Driver Confessional (Driver Series Book 1) ... By David L. Winters






Antonio, a law student and part-time ride-share driver, cruises the streets of Washington, D.C. for his next fare. His gentle manner and Italian good looks lead many to confess more than they intended. On a particularly dark night, a mysterious woman bares her soul and throws Antonio into a world of secrets. With his police officer brother and close circle of friends, he must solve a murder and thwart international terrorists before its too late.





OUR REVIEW

I was held captive just as the riders were captivated by the handsome, relaxed Buber driver in Drivers Confessional by David L. Winters. Each passenger usually asked the familiar question of why Antonio drove for a living, while quickly moving on to share what was going on in their own lives, since really, does a Buber driver even care or remember what they have to say?

This low-skilled job helped pay for Antonio's law school education while taking him around Washington's rich and powerful playmakers in every assortment of profession. Who knew that one of these characters was going to change his life in the most dramatic and intense way.

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A murder takes place, throwing Antonio as well as his family and friends into a quick  and escalating frenzy. This story drives fast and furious as he sorts out clues and delves into his own investigation, allowing God to help give him wisdom and protection.

If this was a piece of art, I would have to say it has clean, smooth lines, as I enjoyed Winter's use of key words to describe the characters and set the tone. I could feel the rush of driving through the streets of Washington, trying to avoid a nasty outcome if unfortunately being caught. The mystery itself was very believable especially in today's political climate and environmentally conscious world.

If you enjoy Christian Mystery at a fast pace, this is for you!


                               Amazon Review


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    Wicked Girl (THE FIRE) (Volume 1)  ... By Mcebo Michael Metfula



 

It is a fact too big to be ignored. All life will come to an end eventually. New York Blogger Elijah Turner’s life also ends abruptly. His wife and kids wail uncontrollably and hopelessly. However, God gives him a second chance – to sort his mess. He brings him back to life. But his new life takes a spine-chilling turn. He even curses the day he was brought back to life: ‘death was far better.’ ---Based on a true story---






OUR REVIEW

Wicked Girl by Mcebo Michael Metfula had a unique writing style that drove his story from person to person, day to day and hour by hour. Each chapter revealed new back stories to put together this mystery puzzle.

Linda    
New York Blogger Elijah Turner deals with the difficulty of his memory since returning from the dead. A life altering incident involving his family only increases Elijah's thoughts of his impending sanity. Has his life been what he thought it was, or did his amnesia dissolve any reality that he has delved into.

An intense read at a speeding high rate, facts and lies will come to a surprising conclusion along with twists and turns in this suspenseful mystery.


                                      Amazon Review




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                                                                       A Life to Live ... By Toni Shiloh




Mia is headed to the famed Nottingham for a month long vacation. She never imagined she’d run into her high-school sweetheart thousands of miles away from her home town. Why would God throw them back together?
Caleb always regretted the way things ended with his high-school girlfriend, Mia. After a chance encounter in the streets of Nottingham, Caleb feels God is giving him a second chance to right the wrongs he committed. Unbeknownst to him, Mia has secrets that may require his forgiveness. Will her past overshadow his wrongs?
As Mia and Caleb work through old hurts and broken hearts will they let the blessing of forgiveness redeem their relationship?



OUR REVIEW

I have to say this book cover actually called out to me. The tone of the blue background infused with rain made me wonder if this couple really had a once in a lifetime chance. A Life To Live by Toni Shiloh had already set the feeling of this romantic fiction.


Shiloh's prologue details the reason behind the title, and explains why Mia is taking a wonderfully planned out vacation, but does it really turn out how it was planned? Placing her trust in God and depending on His help in important decisions, Mia's life takes on amazing twists including secrets that have been hidden for years.
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I enjoyed the easy flow of this story having enough detail to picture the lovely Mia, her passion for purple and the lush setting of the country side of Britain. A wonderful story encompassing God's grace and forgiveness.



                                                Amazon Review


NEW BOOK REVIEW



Contemporary Psalms: A Daily Reader ... By Whitney McKendree Moore




This volume offers thanks and praise from what our LORD calls "the womb of the morning." The 365 daily readings included here provide seed for growing in personal relationship with the Divine Maker of the Universe. May our hearts reach higher and our souls dig deeper as we take root and seek to grow ever upwards toward the Son.


OUR REVIEW

Who could wait the 365 days to read these amazingly, encouraging passages! Contemporary Psalms: A Daily Reader by Whitney McKendree Moore adds her prayerful insights to some familiar and not so familiar versus of the Bible.

It's always a delight to read God's word first thing in the morning to "get us going." I read this book while our church was on a ten day fast and as God would have it, the versus and enhancements enriched my daily devotions.
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The introduction explains the title of the beautiful cover painting of this book, along with a heartfelt thanks to Veronica Benning who's amazing graphite drawings which are "sprinkled" throughout the book.

If you are looking for a daily devotional guide, or just want to read and be encouraged by God's word with some uplifting thoughts, look no further, you found it!

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Debra Sue Brice lives in Ohio with her competitive show horses and a kitchen full of desserts. Her fictional characters closely follow the real life adventures of her and her best friends. When not riding, writing or baking, Debra Sue is a first grade teacher and loves spending time with her family.


Take a peek at our Author Interview ... https://bricesmicechristianbookreviews.blogspot.com/p/debra-sue-brice.html



NEW BOOK REVIEW



                 Not All Of Me Is Dust ... By Frances Maureen Richardson





Ever since their mother died, life for the Engles has been tinged with sorrow. As young adults, their search for meaning and identity leads them to pursue different paths: Stephen joins the Jesuits, Kathleen marries a promising young attorney, and Clare enters the convent.






OUR REVIEW

Even though Frances Maureen Richardson author of Not All Of Me Is Dust credits the heart of this novel to Clare, one of the three  Engle children, I thought Stephen was the soulful center of this epic inspirational novel.

Told in more of a narrative flow, I watched this family evolve after the death of their mother. If Richardson hadn't said in the
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acknowledgements that this book grew out of an awareness, a kind of waking dream, I would have thought she was reminiscing about her past as this story was so detailed and realistic.


Life, death, love and rejection fills this story and twisted my heart with each event that took place as the children followed the path that God set before them, and as we know as Christians it's not always an easy going. Each one of them faced their own struggle.

What a delight to have Richardson incorporate snippets from well know figures of literature, as well as sprinkling bible versus throughout. I learned a lot about the Jesuit life, and the servitude of being a nun. An excellent read as the last chapter will not let you put the book down.                     


                                                                                                                  Amazon Review

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In His Eyes: A Civil War Romance ... by Stephenia H. McGee


Her heart sought shelter. Her soul found home.

Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer's widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child.


Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conq
uer.


OUR REVIEW

"My little dragon. Will we ever tame the fire on your tongue?" What an amazing romantic fire Stephenia H. McGee author of In His Eyes unravels before us. Ella Whitaker takes desperate and daring measures to insure a safe and secure life for herself and the newborn that she has saved from a life without love, but at what cost?

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McGee has uniquely  blended two lives, two stories in a very unusual and charming way. The style of writing had a wonderful crossover from character to character, building emotional bonds that continued to reveal the depth and the strength that each one possessed.

The story also presented the possibility of something a bit mysterious going on in the background with freedmen Sibby and Basil, as McGee quietly weaves events around this intense and passionate love story.

I must say, the way that God is portrayed in the Ella's life is quite fascinating, and written in an extraordinary fashion.


                         Amazon Review



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                                       World of the Innocent ... by Nadine C. Keels





Jhoi: she’s poetic. She’s guarded. And she couldn’t imagine having much to do with a guy like Marcas. Sure, Marcas is a brilliant fellow artist, admired by plenty of fans. But he’s so remarkably...strange.

Still, Marcas touches Jhoi’s soul. And through the counsel of a shrewd old neighbor, Jhoi will discover a link between intimate friendship and becoming a steward of an era.

A tale of love, enduring belief, and the meaning of innocence—based on a true story.



OUR REVIEW

World of the Innocent by Nadine C. Keels impacts us with the honest emotions of a young woman transitioning from young girl to womanhood. Jhoi (pronounced Joy) is asking us to sit and listen to her story of how she is learning to manage her newly developed femininity.

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Keels has written a lovely, blossoming romantic story between Jhoi and Marcas in a style that I found very comfortable, as if she personally was sitting next to me and sharing a part of her life. Keels gave just enough detail for me to picture what these characters looked like and how they were feeling inside along with their trust in God.

Flirting, discovering awaking feelings with the trending dialogue of young adults unsure of themselves but discovering their way was spot on. Packed with emotions, this was a heartfelt read.

                  Amazon Review




NEW BOOK REVIEW



                                  In Case You Missed It ... Sarah Darer Littman


Sammy Wallach has epic plans for the end of junior year over: Sneak out to the city to see her favorite band. Get crush-worthy Jamie Moss to ask her to prom. Rock all exams (APs and driver's).

With a few white lies, some killer flirting, and tons of practice, Sammy's got things covered. That is, until the bank her dad works for is attacked by hacktivists who manage to steal everything in the Wallach family's private cloud, including Sammy's entire digital life. Literally the whole world has access to her emails, texts, photos, and, worst of all, journal.

Life. Is. Over.

Now Sammy's best friends are furious about things she wrote, Jamie thinks she's desperate, and she can barely show her face at school. Plus, her parents know all the rules she broke. But Sammy's not the only one with secrets -- her family has a few of its own that could change everything. And while the truth might set you free, no one said it was going to be painless. Or in Sammy's case, private.



OUR REVIEW


Hoping to find a more developing upbeat flow In Case You Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman never really came about. The bickering between daughter Sammy and her mom only escalates throughout the book as dad's business is exposed to hackers then moves on to bursting into their private cloud to reveal everything that was typed on any and all devices in their home.



Linda     
I did like the idea of diversity of characters, although it felt like they were inserted into the story just as social reminders of how todays prejudice can be used against each other.

As different levels of tragedy unfolds, the story presents many problems that need to be solved within family and friends. I felt dad was never given a clear reason why he did what he did or any workable answer to solve his dilemma. In the end, nothing seemed to mesh together, only the most unimportant event was highlighted. I love Scholastic Books with their young adult themes and I did pick up on the inspirational undertone in this story, but this was a miss for me.


                                     Amazon Review


NEW BOOK REVIEW





                                    Diamond (The Greywood Files Book 1) ... By Paul Willis




“Hello?” I tried to keep the irritation out of my voice. I guess all the inconvenience was my own fault. After all, becoming a detective means signing up for everyone’s problems even if they come at midnight.

“Rory, I need your help. My diamond was stolen.”

When Detective Greywood gets a midnight case from a forgetful friend, he thinks it’s just another robbery. But when he learns his client stored the world’s eighth largest diamond in a highly secure bank vault, he knows there must be much more to the case. Only the owner himself could retrieve the diamond.

A short story containing odd friends, two eventful dinner parties, and a coffee fueled detective.



OUR REVIEW


I enjoy reading new, young authors as they often provide fresh, new material. Diamond (The Greywood Files #1) by Paul Willis  has done so. Yes, this is a super short story as it is only 19 pages long, but it's kind of a brain teaser!

Linda       
The main character reminds me of Sergeant Joe Friday from the TV show Dragnet...short and to the point. We are also treated with a bit of humor as Rory methodically puts the clues together, bridging the story from the dinner party to the actual crime.

I would love to see the author have a book with several of these types of stories, so we could enjoy the full spectrum of Rory's escapes.


                                     Amazon Review




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                                The Possibility of Now ... by Kim Culbertson




Mara James has always been a perfectionist with a plan. But despite years of overachieving at her elite school, Mara didn't plan on having a total meltdown during her calculus exam. Like a rip-up-the-test-and-get-escorted-out kind of meltdown. And she definitely didn't plan on never wanting to show her face again.
Mara knows she should go back, only she can't bring herself to do it. Because suddenly she doesn't know why she's been overachieving all these years. So Mara tells her mom she wants to go live with her estranged dad in Tahoe. Maybe in a place like Tahoe, where people go to get away from everyday life, and with a dad like Trick McHale, a ski bum avoiding real life, Mara can figure things out.
Except Tahoe is nothing like she thought it would be. There are awesome new friends and a chance to finally get to know Trick, but there are also still massive amounts of schoolwork. Can Mara find a balance between the future and the now, or will she miss out on both?

OUR REVIEW

Wow! Talk about the stress you face in school...this poor girl has reached her limit! Mara's total meltdown during her calculus exam is captured on You Tube and her life is changed forever.

The story unravels as Mara decides to take a break from her perfectionist life to visit the dad that she only has a bit of memory of due to her Mom's "let's keep it a secret" attitude. Yes, Mara's family life at home with her brothers and stepdad is great, but she feels a new change of pace and life style is needed to keep her emotions in check. Mom's not crazy about the idea, but agrees to let her go to Tahoe if certain criteria is met.

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Once there, Mara tries to figure out how to connect with her dad Trick, a laid back ski bum who lives life as easy as possible. Mara makes do with the living conditions she's given and keeping up school work since she is suppose to go back after her break at Tahoe. Friends are made, and love is in the air...but which guy is going to win her heart as we are kept guessing who is the good guy in all of this. Misunderstandings are sadly made, but eventually the truth comes out about why Trick and Mom have split up.

The ending was very satisfying, tying up loose ends, and revealing shocking truths. This author knows how to spin a Young Adult story, making it as realistic as you can get.

                                                       Amazon Review






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                                       The Lucky Hat Mine ... By J.v.L. Bell



A recipe for true love or murder? Ingredients: one Southern belle, one Colorado gold miner, a wife wanted classified, and a fainting goat. Let simmer.

What’s a Southern belle to do in 1863? Wife-wanted ads are always risky business, but Millie Virginia never imagined she’d survive the perilous trip across the Great Plains to find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the mining town of Idaho Springs, Colorado territory, without friends or means, Millie is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant. Her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancĂ©, Dominic Drouillard, unexpectedly turns up.

Dom is an ill-mannered mountain man who invades Millie’s log cabin, insists that his brother was murdered, and refuses to leave until he finds the killer. Compelled to join forces with her erstwhile brother-in-law, Millie discovers the search for Colorado gold is perilous, especially with a murderer on their trail.

The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with frontier legend and lore making for an arousing historical murder mystery.



OUR REVIEW

I never could have survived the old west days as Millie did in this tale of The Lucky Hat Mine by J.v.L. Bell. Answering an add for a mail-order bride, Millie set off across country encountering all kinds of dangers. With her flaming red hair that constantly drew all kinds of unwanted attention, she made it to her destination only to find that circumstances had changed ... she was already a widow!

The characters Millie befriends are sometimes hilarious, but most often dangerous, with bold and calculated murders happening at any given time. Most darling was Buttercup, adding a touch of fun to the story. Topping everything off, we find out how this gold mine got it's most unusual name.

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Bell's research was extensive as she blends fiction into the facts of that time period. Millie, Mary and Mr. D. have some ups and downs (to put it mildly) in their relationships as they all adjust to new living conditions. Bell had me laughing one moment, scared the next and almost making my stomach turn with the remarkable ways Millie turned wild food into the most sought after food in town.

By the time I finished the book, I learned a few new historical facts and had a new respect for the way of life back in 1800's.


                                        Amazon Review



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NEW BOOK REVIEW




                                                           Alice's Notions ... by Tamera Lynn Kraft


In this quaint mountain town, things aren't always what they seem.

World War II widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her home town to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn't know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons

Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn't know who she can trust.





OUR REVIEW

I was in for a huge surprise when I read Alice's Notions by Tamera Lynn Kraft. Expecting a sweet romance set in a quaint little town turned into a deliciously, mysterious story involving characters with diverse personalities and backgrounds.

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It takes place in 1946 as Alice, the main young character has lost her husband to the war and is trying to make it on her own with a quilting and notions shop. She is young and beautiful and it seems like men are taken with her strong and determined ways. She knows the town and the people but who would ever suspect that your neighbors and life long friends might not turn out to be who you thought they were. Just why are people acting so strange in peace time, but with the war still fresh on their minds?

Kraft pulls out all the stops in this story, events I didn't see coming, one right after another. She addresses how people of that era felt about the Germans and all the immigrants, and I loved all the references she made for that time period. She really did her research as I recognized the Akron Quaker Oats Company as it's not too far from me and that old wonderful store Woolworths. Songs and movie stars were given their due nod, and the slang she used put you right in the mood of things.

The pace picked up so fast towards the end, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. A wonderful strong main character, but still "weak at the knees" when it came to handsome men.


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