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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WWII DRAMA


WITH LOVE WHEREVER YOU ARE
By Dandi Daley Mackall
Published by Tyndale
ISBN# 1496421213
481 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Everyone knows that war romances never last . . .
After a whirlwind romance and wedding, Helen Eberhart Daley, an army nurse, and Lieutenant Frank Daley, M.D. are sent to the front lines of Europe with only letters to connect them for months at a time.

Surrounded by danger and desperately wounded patients, they soon find that only the war seems real—and their marriage more and more like a distant dream. If they make it through the war, will their marriage survive?

Based on the incredible true love story, With Love, Wherever You Are is an adult novel from beloved children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall

REVIEW: I enjoyed the fact that this is not your typical WWII love story. I also liked how this author used personal letters with blanked out sections which created an intimate feel.The reader could also see what was censored out of the letters sent to loved ones. Although this story setting is in a hospital and on the battlefield the focus is on relationships.

Each chapter was told from a different POV. The author clearly listed the name of who was speaking in the beginning so you knew who was doing the talking. I felt like this author gave me a front row seat at how families dealt with the craziness of WWII and an insightful look at many of the curve balls that time period had to throw. I was surprised to discover in the end of the book where the author tells, “The Story Behind the Story,” that the letters were actually written by the author's parents during the war. I didn’t realize that mail traveled extremely slow and someone may not receive mail for weeks. But when it finally arrived several letters could arrive at once. I saw how this added to the miscommunication and mishaps of that time period.

In the same section, the author says, “This novel is a work of fiction, based on the stories and letters between Frank and Helen”…The author goes on to state, “Even though I had letters and stories it was tricky imagining thoughts and emotions, adding the conflict and opposition that a novel needs…I kept writing and wrestling into a narrative that would touch a reader’s, heart. “

I think the author accomplished her goal. I like how the story came full circle with the author telling the reader how she came upon these letters and what her parents wanted her to do with them. The author doesn’t bog the reader down with a bunch of facts and statistics, instead, this novel provides a richer understanding of the emotions, fears, questions, and doubts those fighting during WWII had.   After reading the first chapter I was emotionally invested in the story and the characters. When I closed the book, I felt like I had hung out with friends. It didn’t feel like I read a 481-page novel. I walked away having a new insight and learned a few things I hadn’t known before. This is a win, win in my book.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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REGENCY SPIES OF LONDON SERIES


A SPY’S DEVOTION
By Melanie Dickerson
Published by Waterfall Press
Kindle ISBN#Bo14ERJOMI
322 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

REVIEW: I enjoy regency tales that have characters I instantly care about, can cheer for, and are fun. I like that this story also includes a mystery, suspense, some drama and a splash of romance. I loved this original story that grabbed my heart and attention from the start and never let it go. This gifted author places readers on the dance floor of a ballroom, having as much fun as the characters themselves. Later the author has her characters running through the streets of London on a mission for their country. If caught they could be arrested and accused of being a spy.

I liked the main character named, Julia. She is tender but strong to do what is right in the eyes of God. She could think for herself. Julia also looked out for her cousin. She made sure they both followed all of the rules of society to make sure their characters weren't tainted. Julia wanted to marry someone she loved and respected. She would not be told who to marry or be swayed by her financial situation. She was hard working, kind, thoughtful, loyal and resourceful. I liked her spunk.

Julia played the piano at parties which gave her a vantage point others didn’t have. She could keep her eyes on the man her cousin's heart was set on, Lord Nicholas Langdon. Why wouldn’t her cousin want him? He was a handsome, kind, thoughtful, aristocrat, who was courageous, and loyal to his country and the cause. He’s returned home to heal up from a gunshot injury received in battle. Julia was determined to keep her promise which was to point Lord Nicholas toward her cousin every chance she got. Little did she realize how’d she’d feel when Lord Nicholas looked into her eyes when they danced. She dismissed it as a silly feeling that would pass. Seems Lord Nicholas was fighting those silly feeling too!

This author masterfully weaves together an action adventure story in a regency time period, with characters who accidentally discover a plot of an assassination attempt on a political leader which immediately brings them into danger, unexpected espionage, and nail-biting suspense, as Julia and Nicholas lives take a few unexpected twists and turns. This fun and brilliant blend leave the reader longing for more. Good news is I don’t have to wait long to read more about these characters because they are back in book two of the series, “A Viscount’s Proposal.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from AMAZON when Ebook was listed as free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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BEAUTIFUL AMISH COOKBOOK


THE ESSENTIAL AMISH COOKBOOK
By Lovina Eicher’s Amish Kitchen
Published by Herald Press
ISBN#978-1-5138-0029-5
395 Pages

ABOUT BOOK: Taste the goodness of Amish life.
Bestselling cookbook author and food columnist Lovina Eicher brings together the best of Amish cooking in The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry. Join Eicher as she shares traditional Amish recipes along with her own kitchen tips and secrets. Growing up, Eicher learned to cook and bake at an early age alongside her mother, longtime columnist and Amish cookbook author Elizabeth Coblentz, and has put those skills to use in her own Amish kitchen as she cooks for her eight children.

The easy-to-follow, authentic recipes you'll find in The Essential Amish Cookbook are prepared every day in countless homes in Old Order Amish communities across North America. Many of the more than 100 recipes are richly illustrated with step-by-step photographs to help you learn Amish cooking just as if you were in Lovina's kitchen. From hearty main dishes to substantial sides--plus a generous sampling of scrumptious cakes, pies, cookies, and other delectable desserts--learn how to make the hearty, simple dishes that the Amish cook together and serve at home, church services, and weddings.

In a fast-food, digital world, the book's colorful photos and conversational tone provide a real taste of Amish life and invite you to slow down. Your family will come to love her Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, Rhubarb Juice, Roast Beef with Veggies, Oven Crusted Chicken, pickles, jams, and so much more. Experience the simple joys of Amish life--food, faith, and family!
Baked Oatmeal

Zucchini Muffins














REVIEW: This is more than a cookbook filled with beautiful photographs of the 100 recipes inside. It’s a book that gives readers a peek into the Amish way of life. I got to know about her family and her heart. “I learned to cook from my mother at a young age….She had a hand-cranked bread mixer, and we would turn it for her sometimes….We would have lots of fun trying to roll out a crust. Mom would sprinkle sugar on it and bake it, and then we ate it.”

Potato Pancakes












After reading the introduction I searched for something to make. I was only going to do a few recipes but they tasted so good I made more. I was encouraged by the fact that my family loved all the recipes I made.  I tried Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, muffins, Baked Oatmeal, Potato Pancakes, and Zucchini Fritters. There are a wide variety of categories: Quick Breads and Yeast Breads, Breakfast Foods, Soups and Salads, Meats and Main Dishes. Cakes and Frostings, Pies, Cookies and Bars, Desserts and Candies, Snacks and Beverages, Relishes, Pickles, James and Jellies, Amish Church Meals, and Amish Wedding Meals. 

The author's instructions are simple, the ingredients are easy to find, and there is a note from the author about the dish. The potato pancake note says, “These potato pancakes are good with a slice of cheese on top, or with bacon crumbled in them before cooking. We have these with biscuits and gravy sometimes. A tasty recipe!” I agree.

I liked that the author gave readers at look at meals that are usually associated with a church service. She shared some pictures at their church I liked. The last section is titled An Amish Wedding where the author shares how she and the community prepared for her daughter’s wedding. The chapter includes pictures and recipes of the food that was made for the event.

There’s a helpful index in the back of the book. You’ll love reading this book, making the recipes and telling your friends about the yummy garden to table meals you’ve made. I know I did.


LIKE TO MEET THE AUTHOR?
Author Tour
You can meet Lovina Eicher in person. Below is a list of confirmed book signings. More dates and locations are in the works. Updates will be posted on the Lovina's Amish Kitchen Facebook page.

May 6 – Dorothy’s Hallmark (Time TBA)
The Party Shop
3418 Lake City Hwy
Warsaw, IN 46580

May 19 – Better World Books – 6-8 p.m.
215 S Main St,
Goshen, IN 46526

May 20 – Barnes and Noble - 12 - 3 p.m.
University Park Mall
 6501 North Grape Road

Mishawaka, IN 46545

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Herald Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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POWERFUL WWII STORY TOLD THROUGH YOUTHFUL EYES

CATCHING THE WIND
By Melanie Dobson
Publisher Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4964-1728-2

ABOUT BOOK: What happened to Brigitte Berthold?

That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was thirteen, when he and ten-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than seventy years.

Now a wealthy old man, Daniel’s final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby’s tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons―and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel’s lawyer, Lucas Hough―the lure of Brigitte’s story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

REVIEW: Readers are transported back to July 1940 Moselkern, Germany and introduced to a young boy named Dietmar Roth; a young warrior in charge of knights sworn to protect a ten-year-old “pretend” princess named Brigitte Berthold. Their kingdom was an outside treehouse that had an amazing view of the forest and the back sides of their homes. From the treehouse, they could clearly see the outside world banging down the doors of their homes. They watched in horror as their parents were interrogated. Dietmar Roth grabbed Brigitte by the hand and ran. He’d seen enough to know they were in danger. With only the clothes on their backs, they ran for their lives, just as his parents had trained him to do.

Just when readers are emotionally invested in the flight of these two little ones; the author seamlessly switches to the current time, where they meet Quenby Vaughn. She’s an American journalist working in London who has a particular way in finding missing people. She has a private investment in a related WWII espionage story. This is why Mr. Knight wants to hire her. Daniel (aka Dietmar) vowed to find Brigitte. He believed Quenby would succeed when others had failed. He’d followed her career and knew her well.

This author masterfully weaves current time with past events. I liked the fact that in current time when they discovered something related to the past she would switch to the past and have that event play out first hand; so that the reader and Quenby Vaughn would find out about that situation at the same time. I liked the author's use of humor and thought provoking ideas to defuse some intense situations. Here’s an example.

Mr. Knight says this about life, “…Our lives are like the jigsaw puzzles you like to put together Quenby. All the pieces are out there, but we have to frame it before we complete the inside.”

Quenby was driven to dig for the truth.…”working on someone else’s story kept her from having to reflect on her own.” Quincy’s mission – it was about a girl lost long ago. A girl who’d never seemed to find her way home.” “Quenby knew what it was like to be left alone.”

This novel would work well for book clubs as there are 13 discussion questions and in author notes, there is valuable information that would also help create lively conversations in your group.

The author says in her notes, “the power of story has transformed my own life, and I’m incredibly grateful to Jesus Christ, the author, and finisher of faith, for enduring pain and humiliation and ultimately conquering the evil in this world, redeeming and healing because of his boundless love for his kids.”

This author seamlessly connects past and present events in this powerful, heart-rending story. It was a fascinating and beautifully written novel of two unspeakable tragedies, of love and loss and learning to love again. As I read, I kept thinking about the characters, their situation and all the other WWII stories out there. This moving story told through the eyes of children; stayed on my mind and close to my heart long after I closed the book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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GOD LOVES MOMMY AND ME REVIEWED


God Loves Mommy and Me
By Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Published by Thomas Nelson Board Book
ISBN# 13-978-0718091781
20 Pages
Age Range 2-5 Grade Level Preschool-Kindergarten

ABOUT BOOK: “God loves Mommy and me, He knows we love Him too When we pray we always say, “You’re so good, God—thank You!”

Snuggle in cozy-close with a sweet reminder of God’s love for mommies and their little ones. Celebrating loving mothers, precious children, and the God who loves them all, God Loves Mommy and Me will remind parents and little ones of how much they are loved.

REVIEW: This padded board book cover illustration first caught my eye. It peeked my interest. I had to take a look inside. The illustrations are beautiful and gave me a warm cozy feeling as I quickly fell into the sing-song rhythm of the writing.

This story is a great reminder of how much God loves us individually and how much love flows between a mother and child because he first loved them both. It’s a celebration of motherhood.

Here is a peek at the rhythm in the story, “Mommy’s hugs are special…God made her extra sweet.”

“They make me oh-so-happy from my head down to my feet.”:

The illustration shows both mother and child hugging with great big smiles on their faces. The author depicts special everyday moments children can have with their mothers, like playing in mud puddles, doing chores and just being silly. This book has a grateful message at the end. The pictures are heartwarming, charming, bright and cheerful. It was fun to read.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Bonnie Rickner Jensen is a bestselling author, who for the past 20 years has written everything from children's books to gift books to thousands of greeting cards. She's won a Retailer's Choice Award for her book, "I Love You Head to Toe", and also several Louie Awards for her work in the social expression industry. Her inspirations are her grandchildren, running, and sunshine. She writes from her picture book, toy-filled office in Cleveland, Ohio.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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GOD LOVES DADDY AND ME REVIEWED

God Loves Daddy and Me
By Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Published By:Thomas Nelson
ISBN# 10- 0718091779
20 Pages Board Book
2-5 Years Pre-Kindergarten

ABOUT BOOK: God loves Daddy and me, He listens when we pray, When we tell Him “Thank You,” it’s the best part of our day!’

Cuddle up cozy-close with an adorable reminder of God’s love for daddies and their little ones. Celebrating loving fathers, precious children, and the God who loves them all, God Loves Daddy and Me will remind parents and little ones of how much they are loved.

REVIEW: I enjoyed this delightful, cushioned board book that described how little ones can have fun with their daddy. The illustrations showed every day heart-felt moments that can be moments to celebrate like taking a walk, doing chores and silly times that make you giggle.

This author shows the special connection and love between father and child in hopes that the child can grasp a connection with their heavenly father as well. The author shows how God and their father can be a protector, fun,  loving and gentle.

Here is an example of the rhythmic style of the writing, “God loves Daddy and me in lots of special ways.”

“His love is with us when we go on big adventure days.”

The endearing picture that goes with the words just quoted is that of a father and child raccoon in a boat fishing. The pictures make you grin, are adorable and lovely throughout this story. They make your face smile wide as this author and illustrator hope the readers see the symbolism of God and how much he cares for us just like this loving father in the story cares for the child.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Bonnie Rickner Jensen is a bestselling author who for the past 20 years has written everything from children’s books to gift books to thousands of greeting cards. She is the writer behind the bestselling Really Woolly® brand, with nearly 1 million books sold and an ECPA Gold Award–winning Really Woolly Bedtime Prayers. Bonnie has won a Retailer’s Choice Award for her book I Love You Head to Toe and also several Louie Awards for her work in the social expression industry. Her favorite inspirations are her grandchildren, running, and sunshine. She lives and works from her home in Cleveland, Ohio.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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MARK BITTMAN SHARES RECIPES FROM HIS YUMMY VB6 PLAN/COOKBOOK


VB6 COOKBOOK
By Mark Bittman
Published by Clarkson Potter 2014
ISBN#978-0385-34482-1

ABOUT BOOK: Whether you call it flexitarian, part-time veganism, or vegetable-centric, the plant-based, real-food approach to eating introduced in Bittman's New York Times bestselling book VB6 has helped countless people regain their good health, control their weight, and forge a smarter, more ethical relationship with food. VB6 does away with the hard and fast rules, the calorie-counting, and the portion control of conventional diets; it's a regimen that is designed to be easy toa dopt and stick to for a lifetime.

When Bittman committed to a vegan before 6:00 pm diet, he quickly realized that everything about it became easier if he cooked his own meals at home. In The VB6 Cookbook he makes this proposition more convenient than you could imagine. Drawing on a varied and enticing pantry of vegan staples strategically punctuated with "treat" foods (including meat and other animal products), he has created a versatile repertoire of recipes that makes following his plan simple, satisfying, and sustainable.

If you've thought of trying a vegan diet but worry it's too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don't want to give up foods you love to eat, Bittman's vegan and flexitarian recipes will help you cook your way to a new, varied and quite simply better way of eating you can really commit to...for life. 

REVIEW: Change isn’t easy but when Mark Bittman’s doctor told him he had to make changes to avoid serious health issues he listened. He had to transform his diet. He knew that making drastic changes wouldn’t help him stick to it, so he took it slow. The author developed a strategy of eating he calls VB6 (vegan eating before 6pm). He lost weight, and felt better.

He started to eat more plant based foods; eat less highly processed foods and less meat. He says, “VB6 works in large part because a key aspect of the strategy is eating and enjoying delicious food – much of it in unlimited amounts…If you cook daily, or nearly so, you’ll have a far better chance of making long-lasting, positive change in your diet than if you didn’t.”

I liked how he walks readers through setting up a pantry and charts where he includes things like; What different items (in the pantry) are; How to store the item, the best ways to use it. He includes a handy 28 day menu plan.

There are 350 recipes most are vegan many include meat. The ingredients are easily found in your grocery store. He puts the serving size and how long it takes to make the dish. He lists about 3 to 5 steps in most recipes. His instructions are easy to follow and I love the variations to the recipes at the end of the page.

The recipes that I made my family were the Apple-Oat Muffins, Mushroom-nut burgers over Greens, Tropical Fruit Pudding and Rice Pudding with Slow-Roasted Fruit. They all were very flavorful and a huge hit with my gang. I can’t wait to try more!

ABOUT AUTHOR: Mark Bittman is one of the country's best-known, most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of the New York Times on food policy and cooking and is a columnist for the New York Times magazine. He is regularly featured on the Today Show in How To Cook Everything Today cooking segments. For 13 years he wrote "The Minimalist" column and now a "Minimalist" cooking show is featured on the Cooking Channel. The How to Cook Everything series is highly respected: the first edition of the flagship book How to Cook Everything won both the IACP and James Beard Awards, and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian won the 2008 IACP award. He is also the author of Food Matters, Food Matters Cookbook, Fish, and Leafy Greens.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I checked this book out of the public library.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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FRESH IDEAS FOR ORGANIC GARDENING, RECIPES AND NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS


HARVEST:
Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants
By Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis

ABOUT BOOK: A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.

Every garden--not just vegetable plots--can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn turmeric root into a natural dye and Calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.


REVIEW: The author states, “Harvest is a practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide to living with an edible landscape. In this book, you’ll find ways to make your garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often well-known garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your garden.”
I Agree!

Inside this lovely hardback book filled with beautiful pictures are a list 47 projects. They talk about food safety, organic gardening, and beneficial insects. I liked that the book is divided into seasons. I was amazed not only at the fact that you could eat these flowers but they also made tasty teas, beauty products, and other health-full useable items.

Each ingredient has a description of the plant, it’s history and how to care for it in order to get a good harvest. The book’s first vegetable is Rhubarb; the recipe is for a small-batch, quick-pickled rhubarb. They also list lilac the recipe is for Lilac Flower Cream, Bachelor’s buttons is after that the recipe is for Blooming Butter and another interesting plant is a Salad Burnet made from Early-Season Herb Salad.

I was amazed at how flowers can be more than something beautiful looking in your house; there are recipes for teas, spices to enhance the flavor of food, to edible vegetable plants to plants that are used for all natural face cream.

There is a list of project Ingredient alternatives. I found this helpful. I also liked the list of terms and techniques for me to refer to in the back. Along with a list of resources and an index for easy reference.

I haven’t started a garden yet but this looks like it could be for beginner gardeners (like me) to the more experienced ones. The plants and recipes inside these pages can put a beautiful sparkle in your yard, beauty on your table and boost of flavor in your mouth. It’s a win-win on many levels.

Disclosure of Material Connection: II checked this book out of the public library.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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