Cooking Up Love by Cynthia Hickey

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Cooking Up Love by Cynthia Hickey

This story touched my soul, because I love the concept of the Harvey House Girls.  I read this a week after watching Judy Garland’s movie and was pleased at how well it truly represented the Harvey House Girls.  The love story between Cook and Waitress was a unique idea and I found myself eager to see if they ever got together……  I’ll let you read to find out.

I highly suggest this book and Cynthia Hickey has written three others with Harvey Girl stories.  I’m looking forward to reading each of them.


Teresa Ives Lilly






Someone Always Loved You by Brooke Williams



OVERVIEW- His first day on the job, ambulance driver Jay has a horrible accident. The victim of the crash is thrown into a coma and Jay keeps vigil by her side. As their lives, past and present intertwine; a story of love through time unfolds. An intricate drama including adoption, love, suspense, and plenty of questions, Someone Always Loved You is a novel that keeps the mind churning and the soul alive.
REVIEW- This is one of those books…told in third person, depicting the lives of many different people at different times in their lives. I usually find this point in books very irritating, but with Someone Always Loved You, I found this the best aspect of the book. The story was at a neutral pace throughout constantly changing from scene to scene, time to time. The plot that was conceived from Brooke’s imagination is one that kept me constantly guessing. This is one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. The characters, especially, were very well thought out and described. My favorite character would have to be Evan Rodriguez, who isn’t spoken about too much in the novel, yet plays a very essential character. I don’t know how I can describe the greatness of this book, without giving anything away, but the way this story has unfolded, was something I never expected. The realization of guilt, family, friends, and love, is highly concentrated on by Williams and, in my eyes, there is nothing to criticize in her work. To pick a favorite scene from this book is very difficult for me as I loved every page of it, but the end was a perfect end to a perfect novel, and I don’t think anyone could’ve written it better. There was one character in particular that I started despising( I don’t want to name him, if you read the book you’ll know who I am talking about) but towards the final pages of the book, I started viewing things from his eyes, and It churned a lot of emotions in me. This is a marvelous read.  Make sure you don’t miss out! One of the best story’s ever to be told


Woman of Clay by Linda Caddick

Woman of Clay

Woman of Clay” is not your ordinary novel. Shana, the main character lives in the days of Jesus. As a young teen-ager, she seeks retreat at an Aunt’s house in order to escape a controlling father.

During the time there, she hears of the messiah’s travels and miracles. She’s so intrigued that she goes to great lengths to seek him out. When she comes in person with Jesus, her soul longs to understand the things he teaches.

As with any human, Shana falls short of perfection and sins. The story  caught me off guard when I found out whom she represents in the bible and the trail her life takes as she matures.

Not only does Linda Caddick paint a close to accurate picture of the times and traditions Jesus was on earth. She also captures your imagination with the portrayal of the surroundings; it’s not hard to envision yourself standing beside the characters.

“Woman of Clay” was a pleasure to read, it was intriguing, thought provoking and educational.

Review by Mary L. Ball

A Promise Made by Norma Downing

A Promise Made

I was asked to consider endorsing this book by Norma Downing. I’m choosy about what I read as I only enjoy clean inspirational fiction.

From page one I was hooked. Drew Harris made a promise to his dying friend, to take care of his daughter. Drew being a God-fearing man is obligated to see it through, despite what he may want from Emily.

Emily Wallis is a young woman bound to prove she’s capable of taking care of herself.

When things get tough Drew and Emily pull together to say Emily’s legacy. As Drew works to fulfill his promise, he finds his heart getting in the way. Can he keep the vow and do what he thinks is needed. Only when he remembers what’s important does he sort out the commitment he made and understand what he really must do.

A promise made is a delightful historical romance that takes place in the 1900’s. Faith and a desire to do God’s will make this a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys Christian Romance.

It was a privilege to endorse A promise Made, written by Norma Downing


Review by Mary L. Ball

A Train Through Time by Bess McBride

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I was so excited to get this E book, this was a story I always wanted to write myself…but Bess McBride has done a great job at it.

College teacher Ellie Standish thinks she’s on a sleek modern train heading to a conference on women’s studies in Seattle, but she awakens from a night’s doze to find herself on a bizarre historical train full of late Victorian era reenactors who refuse to come out of character. When the leader of the group—handsome, green-eyed Robert Chamberlain—finally convinces her the date is indeed 1901, a skeptical Ellie rejects any eccentric theories of time travel and presumes she is smack dab in the middle of a very interesting historical dream. She turns the directorial reins of her dream over to the smitten and willing Robert, only to realize that dreams cannot last forever. Someday, she must wake up to reality, though Ellie no longer has any idea what reality is. She only knows that Robert must play an important part in her future. But how can he…if he’s only a figment of her imagination or worse yet…a man who belongs to an era long past?


What I liked about this story was how the author showed the difference between the language we use today as compared to the Victorian Era.  It showed how we have lost that wonderful and gentle time.     How she awoke on the train and thought she was in a re-enactment  was a unique and interesting concept.

I did get this for FREE on amazon, and when I have time I would highly consider reading further books in this series