Archive for 29 September 2010

Book Review – A Memory Between Us

I was thrilled when Revell gave me the opportunity to read the second book in the Wings of Glory series, A Memory Between Us.    I loved A Distant Melody and was excited to see what was going to happen next.   This book did not disappoint.   I really love when authors have a series that can also be read on their own.   This one does that wonderfully.   There is short references to the previous book, but mostly to names and people.   She doesn’t make extensive drawbacks on the other book that make you think you’re on the outside of an inside joke or issue — I like that.

I also loved the character development of Major Jack Novak and Lt. Ruth Doherty.    Have you noticed that I always complain when characters are poorly developed?   Anyway, I really felt she did an excellent job making these characters and their struggles and their development, real and believable.   I loved how they fought for and against each other and how their friends interacted with them.   I believed it all!   None of it was too pie in the sky and she also did an expert job of making the religious tie-in very subtle and natural — very like real life.

I would greatly recommend this book to anyone who is a historical romance lover or who likes stories set in World War II.   I don’t know that I’d quite go as far as recommending it to a man, but it’s probably the closest thing that I’ve read that a man would read.   It would probably be an excellent book for those women who aren’t really into “romances.”   It’s not that this book isn’t romantic, but it’s not saccharin and phony feeling — it feels like life — but safer :).

Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

What’s on Your Nightstand? – Sept. 10

43.  Steady Days by Jamie C. Martin (2.5 stars)
44.  Amish Proverbs by Suzanne Woods Fisher (3 stars — see my review)
45.  Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad (2.5 stars — see my review)
46.  A Memory Between Us (Wings of Glory #2) by Sarah Sundin (4 stars — see my review)

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Best Ever Sloppy Joes

best ever sloppy joes

I have made Sloppy Joes numerous times AND ways.  Finally, my husband had to concede that yes, my mom’s recipe really is the best.   If you don’t eat so much meat or want to be frugal, you can use lentils to stretch it further or substitute ground turkey and it is still excellent!

You need:

· 1 tsp. mustard
· 1 c. ketchup
· ¾ c. water
· 2 tsp. brown sugar
· 1 lb. ground meat
· Hamburger buns


Brown meat in frying pan. Mix ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and water in glass mixing cup.  Add to ground meat and stir until completely coated.  Heat on medium until water is boiled away (about 25 minutes).   Serve on bread or hamburger buns.

Do you happen to have a recipe for homemade buns?  If so, leave me a link in the comments!  I would LOVE to try them!!


Fall House Tour

I had thought about just linking up to last year’s post and adding my new stuff to this one, but last year was about WAAAAY more than just decorating and I wanted to keep it short, sweet & fun.    So here is how I decorate for fall…oh and did I mention that it takes less than an hour to put it all out?

I also have these, but they won’t go up until probably after the baby is born:

I’d love to see your fall decorations!   Come join the Fall Get Together Party @ It’s a Blog Party!

Fall Into Reading Challenge 2010

Well considering all my nesting lately, I decided that I really need to participate in this challenge.  I have SOOOOOO many books to read that I have to or would like to review before the baby comes.

Books I NEED to read and review before the baby comes:

I also have several books that I’ve READ, that I would like to write reviews for:

I would also like to read (and possibly review):

Wow, I didn’t realize I had such a list!   Good thing it’s all in one place now.   The challenge runs through 12/20, but I hope to be done by November 1 :).

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