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Jul 29, 2012
Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides, #1)Out of Control by Mary Connealy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Oh boy... I wish I'd read this one first.  Wonderful story of the eldest Kincaid brother and how he comes to find himself a wife.  "Find" being the operative word.  I love Mary Connealy's ability to write humor that keeps the story light and lively without trivializing the tension.  These books are hard to put down.  If you ever enjoyed the old TV western shows, like The Big Valley, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, etc., you need to read this trilogy.  Trust me.  :)



Jul 19, 2012
In Too DeepIn Too Deep by Mary Connealy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Totally enchanting read. One of my rare 5 star reviews.  This is book #2 in the series.  I have not read book #1... but you can bet I WILL!  A wonderful combination of humor and love seasoned with enough tension to keep me awake and reading until after midnight.  I'm not a night person, so this is high praise indeed.

Ethan Kincaid may have just slipped into my favorite leading man slot.  He's not the typical leading man - which might be one of the reasons I like him so much - but he got under my heart right from the start.  A little backward and hesitant to put himself forward, he nevertheless comes through with both humor and heroism enough for any leading character.

Audra is the mother of 2, an infant and a toddler.  Widowed and facing trouble, she turns to marriage with a man she hardly knows.  Accepting her situation with fortitude to be admired, she forges onward to make a life for her family.  When danger threatens to tear them apart, love binds them stronger than ever.

I highly recommend reading book #1 first, but if you don't, you'll still enjoy this one.

Edited to add:  Trooper enjoyed it along with me!

Jul 16, 2012
The Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save HumanityThe Final Summit: A Quest to Find the One Principle That Will Save Humanity by Andy Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Intriguing tale with a "moral of the story" you won't want to miss.  Historical characters and a larger-than-life angel combine to make this a real page turner.  Loved the way Andy Andrews introduced and characterized each historical figure.  From well known figures like Winston Churchill and Abe Lincoln to much lesser known people like Eric Erickson and Joshua Chamberlain, you're inspired and awed by the history surrounding them.  As you watch and listen from the sidelines, these noble people strive to save humanity from itself.  Wonderful read!

Jul 2, 2012
History from the Hearth: A Colonial Michilimackinac CookbookHistory from the Hearth: A Colonial Michilimackinac Cookbook by Sally Eustice

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


My sweet hubby bought this book for me on our anniversary trip to Mackinaw City/Mackinac Island.  I read the whole thing on the trip home!  Fascinating glimpses into the past fill in the margins of this wonderful cookbook.  Notes from diaries from the 1700s and historical information of the fort help to bring the era to life.

Author Sally Eusice was one of the reenactors at Fort Michilimackinac (located within present day Mackinaw City).  She salts every page with interesting tidbits from times gone past while providing recipes today's families will enjoy.  Several recipes may be a bit too "gamey" for some in our modern society, but cooks are guaranteed to find something for everyone between these covers and history buffs will enjoy the read as well.