Archive | August, 2013

The Inheritance

14 Aug

The Inheritance

The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander

“THE INHERITANCE, the novel that grew from a prayer God placed on my heart to pray for my family and for myself 20+ years ago.”   -Tamera Alexander 

Determined to tame her younger brother’s rebellious streak, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin’s invitation to move west, and to begin again.  But she quickly discovers that life in Copper Creek, Colorado, is far from what she expected. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert needs, instead of the older sister he resents.  But an “untimely inheritance” challenges her resolve at every turn, while also offering a second chance to restore her sense of trust–and perhaps even her heart.  
 
U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon is dedicated to bringing fugitives to justice, yet years of living on the trail have taken their toll. When his path intersects with that of McKenna, he comes face-to-face with a past he never wanted to relive–and the one woman who can help him find the future he’s been longing for.

As McKenna struggles to let go of her independence and Wyatt considers opening his heart again, they discover an inheritance beyond imagination.  But it will come at a price.

 

Goodreads in giving away 5 copies of The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander.  If you are a Goodreads member, enter today!

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/60507-the-inheritance

 

Moon Over Edisto

12 Aug

MoonOverEdisto

Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart

Synopsis:

Edisto Island was where it all came apart. Can the Bennett girls ever be whole again?

Once, they were the happiest family under the sun, crabbing and fishing and painting on beautiful Edisto Island in South Carolina’s lowcountry. Then everything went wrong, and twenty years later the Bennett family is still in pieces. Mary Ellen still struggles to understand why her picture-perfect marriage came apart. Daughter Meg keeps a death grip on her own family, controlling her relationships at a distance. And eldest daughter, Julia, left it all behind years ago, forging a whole new life as an artist and academic in Manhattan. She’s engaged to an art dealer and has no intentions of returning to Edisto. Ever.

Then an emergency forces Julia back to Edisto to care for her three young half-siblings. She grudgingly agrees to stay a week. But there’s something about Edisto that changes people. Can Julia and her fractured family somehow manage to come together again under that low-hanging Edisto moon?

The past has come knocking on Julia’s door. Can she summon the courage to answer betrayal with love?

Thoughts:

As I began reading Moon Over Edisto, I was quickly swept away to South Carolina.  Beth Webb Hart does a wonderful job capturing the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry.  The novel is different from most, in that it is written from the perspectives of the individual characters in the story.  Reading from this perspective allows you, as the reader, to more readily identify the complexity of each of the characters and better understand the thoughts and feelings of each individual.  Julia and the Bennett family must let go of the hurt that has gripped them for so long and move forward in different directions. 

Moon Over Edisto is a touching and heartwarming story of a family’s journey toward healing and forgiveness.  As you close the book, you will continue to think about the lives you have become so immersed in and envision where their journeys take them.  Moon Over Edisto is a beautifully written novel and I highly recommend it!

 

Beth Webb Hart, a South Carolina native, is a best-selling authorWith a B.A. in English Literature from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, Hart serves as an inspirational speaker and creative writing instructor at conferences, retreats, schools, libraries and churches across the country, and she is the recipient of two national teaching awards from Scholastic, Inc. and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.  She lives with her husband, composer Edward Hart, and their family in Charleston.

For more information about Beth Webb Hart and her novels, visit: www.bethwebbhart.com

She also blogs every Tuesday at www.southernbelleviewdaily.com

Wingate Week Wrap-Up

9 Aug

Food & Fun

Sisters

 

Yesterday, as part of Sisterhood #12, my mother and I reunited our copy of The Prayer Box with author, Lisa Wingate.  This special book came full circle and what a joyous reunion it was!

We had so much fun with Lisa, her mother, Sharon, and the ladies of Gourmet Gallery.  We attended an event called, Cooking the Books.  Dishes were prepared that were mentioned in The Prayer Box.  Delectable crab cakes, sausage balls, and banana beignets were served.  The food certainly wasn’t the only thing that was scrumptious!

Listening to Lisa relate stories of the book, from inception to culmination, was simply delightful!  As she read passages from The Prayer Box, she breathed life into the written words and transported us all to the Outer Banks and into the lives of the citizens of Fairhope. 

Don’t miss your chance to take this incredible journey. 
Pre-order your copy of Lisa Wingate’s, The Prayer Box, today!

 

Banana Beignets

In honor of Iola Poole and The Prayer Box, I have included Emeril’s version of Banana Beignets.  Enjoy!

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large ripe banana (about 6 ounces), sliced lengthwise in half and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the banana, flour, milk, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and whisk well to make a smooth batter.  Pour enough oil to come halfway up the sides into a large deep pot or electric deep fryer and heat over high heat to 360°F.  In batches, without crowding, drop heaping tablespoons of the batter into the hot oil (you can do 6 or 7 beignets at a time) and fry, turning them to brown evenly, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.  Sift the confectioner’s sugar through a sieve onto the beignets and serve warm.

Yield: 18 to 24 beignets

 

Wingate Week Continues

7 Aug

What An Adventure!

The Prayer Box- Britney Adams

 

I was blessed to read an advance copy of Lisa Wingate’s, The Prayer Box, which releases September 1, through a wonderful book adventure known as the Sisterhood Of The Traveling Book.  Sixteen copies of The Prayer Box were sent to Sisterhoods all over the country.  Sisterhoods were formed with 4 women, 1 woman acting as the Big Sister.  The Big Sister received the book and instructions for overseeing the book’s travels around the circle.  Each sister was told to read and comment in the margins on passages that were meaningful to them in some way.  Also, the Sisters were asked to snap a few pictures to document the journey.  After a Sister has read The Prayer Box, she then mails it to the next Sister in the circle. 

I am a proud member of Sisterhood #12.  We have a very unique sisterhood and one I am so blessed to be a part of!  Our sisterhood includes my mother, the Big Sister, my grandmother, a life-long friend of my mother’s, and me!   Three generations reading the same book, sharing our thoughts, and leaving our impressions right there on the pages!  It has been a wonderful adventure!  Tomorrow, my mother and I will take our Sisterhood’s copy of The Prayer Box back to Lisa.  The book, full of comments and creases, will finally come full circle. 

Be sure and come back Friday to read about the reunion of the book, The Prayer Box, and its author, Lisa Wingate

It’s going to be so much fun!!!!!

Wingate Week

5 Aug

Must Watch Monday!

The Prayer Box
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate, releasing September 1. 

I am so excited about the opportunity to visit with Lisa Wingate on Thursday, August 8, at a book discussion and luncheon.  In honor of this event, I have declared this Wingate Week

We are starting things off with Must Watch Monday.  The book trailer for The Prayer Box is definitely a MUST WATCH!

BEAUTIFUL!! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvuDuh8PdDs&feature=c4-overview&list=UUeRpQGXe2yAw99CfIPBFXFw.


A young woman, an old woman, the story of a lifetime.
 

When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house. 

Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper–the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything.
 

Friday Fun

2 Aug

I heart Romance

August is National Read-A-Romance Month

Do you love romance? 

If so, head on over to:  www.readaromancemonth.com