Month: May 2015

Good beach read

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I just finished reading Chance of Loving You, an anthology by bestselling authors Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, and Susan May Warren. All of these Christian novellas are similar in that the main characters must remember what’s important and rely on God. There is also a theme of food that is in each story. In fact, each story is followed by a recipe which I thought was different, but good. I have enjoyed several stories from Ms. Blackstock and one from Ms. Calvert. While those other stories were more suspenseful and action-filled, these were more of a pure romantic nature. Although it is a collection, the anthology was no longer than a regular novel. It would a great find as a beach read.

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock
Waitress Julie Sheffield finds herself working on a rainy night and thinks she’s found a great guy to talk to in her customer. That is, until he leaves her half of a sweepstakes ticket as a tip. The story is a little implausible, but a wonderful escape from reality. This warm story follows the development of romance between Blake Adcock, a down on his luck engineer and Sheffield. The question is whether greed and differing attitudes towards money will drive them apart. I’d recommend reading it to find out.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert
When Aimee Curran, hospital dietician and aspiring chef, angers a coworkers she ends up helping to care for the elderly grandmother of Lucas Marchal, a CSI photographer. Soon she finds herself attracted to the doting grandson. She thinks that her big career break will come through winning the upcoming Vegan Valentine Bake-Off, but soon discovers what’s really important in her life and finds true happiness. I loved this story the best because I could connect with these characters more than the other stories because I also looked towards my career for fulfillment and happiness only to find it in the love of family and God. I also loved that Aimee used family recipes for the contest. It was a great read.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren
Spunky grad student, Abigail Cushman, finds herself entered into the same fishing contest as her old flame, Ross Springer. Although she knows nothing about fishing, she is determined to win the contest to raise money for the Bible club she’d founded a couple of years ago. The reader wonders when or if Abigail and Ross will ever communicate their feelings to each other almost until the end. This was a fun story of a rekindling romance that I enjoyed reading.

I’d recommend this collection to anyone who is a fan of Christian romance. All of the stories are easy to read and will make great summer reads.

Read more about these great authors:
Terri Blackstock
Candace Calvert
Susan May Warren

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

First sewing project-done!

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One of my goals for the year is to learn to sew. So far, my skills encompass making aprons with my grandma as a child, replacing buttons, and helping my mom on various projects. Although I still did have to call Mom with a few questions, but I’m marking my first project down in the books. Sparkly Princess and I had the weekend to ourselves since the boys went out of town. She has been asking me to make her something, and I’ve been putting it off. I figured there was no time like the present. After looking through my patterns and Pinterest pins (and me saying no to several really advanced projects), she decided on a hospital gown for her American Girl doll (“in case she gets sick,” she said). The pattern is located at Arts and Crafts for your American Girl Doll. Sparkly Princess did a great job picking out the fabric, thread, and bias tape. She also helped me cut the straight edges. Needless to say, the gown isn’t perfect, but she loved it. I enjoyed sharing this challenge with her. At least, we’ll learn together!