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Discover the love of books with A Simply Enchanted Life. We review a variety of books, typically family friendly though not always in the Christian Genre. Book content will be thoroughly outlined and teen friendly books will be marked with an easy to find seal of approval. In edition to books you will also find product reviews, recipes, occasional posts about my life, and information on my handmade shops.
I got this recipe from a book written by Beth Wiseman and decided to try it out.
12 Slices of bread cut into one inch cubes
8 oz cream cheese cut into one inch cubes
1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 cup milk
The Night before, place half the bread cubes into a greased 9x13 in. baking dish.
Top with cream cheese, blueberries and remaining bread.
|Beautiful eggs laid by my own hens!|
The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
'The Bridge of Peace' is Woodsmall's second book in the Ada House series and follows the story of Lena Kauffman. Lena is in her early twenties and is an Old Order Amish schoolteacher with a visible birthmark on her cheek, which she feels is the reason that she has never been courted. Taunted mercilessly as a child, she is unable to see her own beauty.
Grey Graber grew up with Lena and always admired her. However, being 7 years older, he never pursued a relationship with her. Instead he married Elsie, a beautiful Amish girl with a dark cloud over her soul. Their first child, Ivan, was born with a birth defect. This causes
Elsie to become withdrawn and depressed. The stillbirth of their second child sent her into a downward spiral of bitterness and hate. When tragedy strikes, Lena and Grey's lives seem to draw them to each other. But Lena feels as if no man could truly love her and Grey has his own issues that he must work through.
Meanwhile, storylines from the first book are being explored and developed. Cara and Ephraim are still working on their upcoming marriage and Cara's conversion to the Amish. Deborah is coming to terms with Mahlon leaving and learning how to move forward with life. Also, there are some new characters that are introduced, including Dwayne, a troubled Amish boy who has a dangerous obsession with Lena.
I'm giving the book 5 stars because the characters were so real. I loved Lena's spunk, Grey's faith in his son, Cara's blunt ways, Deborah's journey to healing. I feel as if Woodsmall captured their very soul and brought them to life. It would be hard to dislike the characters in this series!
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A Sister's Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book has a very slow start which is why I'm giving it the 3 star rating. If you can force yourself to continue reading, the story DOES get better. After finally picking up the pace, the story abruptly ended without any resolve whatsoever. I felt as if the author ran out of time after dragging on chapters worth of unforgiving attitudes from one of the characters. Suddenly, at the end that particular character pulls a 180 and decides to show forgiveness which felt completely forced and sudden.The continual need to describe the Amish words is redundant and elementary. A glossary of words at the beginning or end would have been sufficient. Perhaps for a first time reader of Amish fiction it would have been okay but as an avid reader of the genre, it threw off the feel of the characters. There were a lot of inconsistencies with characters using "mama" one second and "mamm" the next which also threw authenticity of the characters for me. All in all, it was a decent read. Not the worst but not the best either. I will probably pick up the second installment in the series just to satisfy the want to know how things turn out.
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