Sunday, April 27, 2014

A so-so Amish story -- Minding Molly

Minding Molly is the third of Leslie Gould's The Courtships of Lancaster County series.  As a fan of Shakespeare, Leslie is connecting each of these stories on one of his plays.  This one is based on A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Avid fans of Amish fiction (like me) will find some good elements in Minding Molly.  One of the things I enjoyed was a little different setting for the family farm than most of the other stories I've read.  Their living was made from growing and selling a variety of flowers and other plants, and the author provides a lot of good description of the different plants.  It is always fun in a series to revisit characters from earlier stories, and some old friends showed up in this book.

This was a hard book for me to get through, though, because it seemed to lack depth and flow and just got rather tedious at times.  There was was much more description of characters' conflicts and difficult attitudes than any real movement in the plot.  And some of the resolutions at the end of the story seemed to come rather abruptly and not so naturally.

All in all, this was not a bad story, just not a great one.  And I definitely will give Leslie Gould -- and even future books in this series -- another chance.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book

Molly Zook Has Everything Planned Just Right.  Or So She Thinks!

 Molly Zook's always liked being in control, so she's struggling with her mother's wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He's from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He's tall and muscular and confident--Molly has never met anyone like him and she's sure he feels the same about her.

Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly's best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place...but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead! Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?

 About the Author
Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 CBA bestseller The Amish Midwife, a 2012 Christy Award winner; ECPA bestseller Courting Cate, first in the Courtships of Lancaster County series; and Beyond the Blue, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice for Best Inspirational Novel, 2006. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She and her husband and four children live in Portland, Oregon.  Learn more about Leslie at

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A fun scavenger hunt -- A Beauty So Rare

Here's a scavenger hunt with a chance to win a copy of Tamera Alexander's awesome book, A Beauty So Rare.   Have fun and good luck!

 Join me for a Pinterest Scavenger Hunt and win 1 of 7 copies of USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexanders newest novel, A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series. 

The questions are posted below and the giveaway runs through Sunday night, April 27. The answers to the questions can be found on Tamera's Pinterest page. Not on Pinterest? Doesnt matter. You can still participate and find the answers by using this link. 

Your answers must be submitted to (numbered 1 - 6) by Sunday, April 27, midnight Central to be entered into a drawing to win one of seven copies of A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series. 

Questions for the Pinterest Scavenger Hunt

    1.     On the A Beauty So Rare board, find the pin that shares the seamstress who sewed the dress on the cover of A Beauty So Rare (featuring the heroine, Eleanor Braddock) and *click the pin* to discover what the seamstresss most challenging part of making the pink dress was. 
    2.    On the A Lasting Impression board, find the pin where Tamera shares about the desert seasons in her life––those times that helped her write about a certain relationship in her novel, A Beauty So Rare. *Click the pin* to learn what specific relationship Tamera mentions in that blog. Its the relationship between which two people?
    3.    On the My Novels board, find the pin where Tamera shares about the inspiration behind A Beauty So Rare. *Click it* and watch the video to learn the true history that ties the Belmont Mansion (the setting of A Lasting Impression and A Beauty So Rare) to the real Insane Asylum that existed in Nashville in the 19th century.
    4.    On the Recipes from my novels board, what's the recipe from A Beauty So Rare thats posted about most often on that board (doesn't necessarily have the most re-pins)? It's also a favorite of Eleanor's.
    5.    On the My Loves board, find the pin that references Easter weekend then *click it* to learn what kind of fish Tamera caught this past weekend.
    6.    On the My Novels board, find the pin for the book trailer for A Beauty So Rare, then *click it* to watch the video. What is it that Aunt Adelicia is determined to find for Eleanor?
7. BONUS: LIKE Tamera's Facebook Page for an extra chance to win.

In your email, remember to number your answers from 1 to 6, like this:
1. Answer 
2. Answer
3. Answer
4. Answer
5. Answer
6. Answer

Hope you have fun with it!

Note: Pinterest is not sponsoring this promotion nor are they formally affiliated with it. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A transparent story of love and perseverence -- The Gift of Love

In The Gift of Love Amy Clipston shares a very open, transparent look at the joys and struggles she and her family endured in a life-and-death journey toward healing for her husband.

The 200-plus pages of this book make for a very quick read.  The story is written in such a way that leaves you feeling like you've just sat down and had a long conversation with a friend.  Amy comes across as very honest about the details -- big and small -- and her feelings -- good and bad.  The story shows real people, with real problems and real questions, persevering with real faith.  Their journey is an inspiration for others to press on while waiting for God to work things out in His timing.

The Gift of Love is a touching story sure to be enjoyed by fans of Amy's Amish fiction and by anyone affected by severe illness or organ donation.

Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers program for providing this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Bestselling author Amy Clipston overcame hardship and tragedy early in her marriage, but nothing could have prepared her for the trials she would face when her husband was diagnosed with kidney disease shortly before the birth of their first son. With nearly 100,000 people needing kidney transplants, Joe was on a long list of recipients waiting for a match.

After watching her husband suffer through transplants, a rejected kidney, and interminable dialysis, Amy took the ultimate risk in the hopes of saving her husband’s life and the life of a woman she didn’t even know. Through the John Hopkins paired donor program, Amy donated her kidney so that Joe would receive one from a matching donor.

Amy’s story is one of strength, courage, and patient endurance in the face of an uncertain future. Readers will be inspired by her resilience, encouraged by her faith, and humbled by the realization that they too are ultimately helpless without the power of God.

The Gift of Love will appeal to readers who are fans of Amy’s fiction and those who are facing health challenges of their own.

About the Author:

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A story so rich -- A Beauty So Rare

In A Beauty So Rare Tamera Alexander shows again her true talent for telling a rich story, filled with vibrant characters and set in such a way that you are drawn right into the time and place of the events.  She takes real historical figures and locations and weaves them seamlessly into a beautiful work of fiction.

In this second Belmont Mansion novel (check out my review of the first book), Tamera takes us back into post-Civil War Nashville, Tennessee, to the real-life home of Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America at the time.  Eleanor Braddock is much more than Adelicia's niece.  She is a strong woman with a very open and giving heart, intent on using her talents to make the world a better place for people who could never dream of living in a world like the one at Belmont.

Eleanor, Marcus, and so many other minor characters drive this beautiful story of love, compassion, and finding your place in God's plan --whether coming from the lowest places on society's ladder or the highest pinnacle of wealth and power.  For almost 500 pages (which didn't seem that long at all), I felt like I was sharing in Eleanor's love of cooking for others, Marcus's botanical and architectural dreams, and the many ways the other characters did their own part to make the world a better place -- even against strong obstacles. 

And Eleanor's recipes that Tamera has shared through social media provide a nice bonus to a great story.  (Check out one of her recipes.)

Thanks to Bethany House and Tamera Alexander for providing a copy of this awesome book in exchange for my honest review.

(Here are a couple of links to earlier posts where I shared the book trailer and a chance to read an excerpt of A Beauty So Rare, as well as Tamera's inspiration for the story.)

About the book (from the publisher):

Eleanor Braddock—plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty—knows she will never marry. But with a dying soldier’s last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America—and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path—building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor. 
Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows’ and children’s home run contrary to Eleanor’s wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground—and a love neither of them expects.

But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.

From the USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society--and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.

About the Author
 Tamera Alexander is the USA Today bestselling author of numerous books, including A Lasting Impression, A Beauty So Rare, To Whisper Her Name, and From a Distance. Her richly drawn characters and thought-provoking plots have earned her devoted readers worldwide, as well as multiple industry awards.
These awards include two Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian fiction, two RITA awards for Best Inspirational Romance, three Gayle Wilson Awards of Excellence, two Bookseller’s Best Awards, and being listed among Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction, among others. 
After living in Colorado for seventeen years, Tamera has returned to her Southern roots. She and her husband now make their home in Nashville where they enjoy life with their two adult children who live nearby, and Jack, a precious—and precocious—silky terrier.


World War II story -- Maybelle in Stitches

Maybelle in Stitches is a quick, historical read in the Quilts of Love series.  It is set during World War II and shares some really interesting details about life during that time that were new to me -- such as the abundance of women working in the ship yards and the practice of renting rooms to help workers stay closer to their jobs and the homeowner earn some much-needed cash.  The theme of the crazy quilt and the memories attached to it was an interesting highlight of the story.

It was hard, though, for me to get through this book because it moved pretty slowly and didn't have much flow to it.  The characters fell sort of flat, and much of their actions and dialogue was pretty repetitious.  So I would call it an okay book, but definitely not near the top of my list.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read what others think about Maybelle in Stitches here.

About the book (from publisher): 
Maybelle Kazinzki can't sew. She was after all, the only girl in the seventh grade Home Economics class to sew the zipper in the neck hole of the A-Line dress they were supposed to make. But when she finds an unfinished quilt in the attic of her mother's house she gets the crazy idea to finish it---somehow, come heck or high water. She thinks it will help fill the lonely nights while her husband, Holden, is serving overseas during World War II.

Her recently departed mother's quilt is made from scraps of material Maybelle traces back to her mother's childhood, her grandmother's childhood and her own childhood. She tries to add one of Holden's stripes to it but the sewing is not going well and neither is her life. After receiving some harsh news, Maybelle's faith falters and she puts the quilt away and stops trusting God. But God is faithful---no matter what. And it'll take a group of neighborhood women armed with quilting needles to help Maybelle believe that.

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author: 
 Joyce Magnin is the author of the Bright's Pond novels, including the award-winning The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. A member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship, Joyce is a frequent workshop leader and the organizer of the StoryCrafters fiction group. She lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Learn more about Joyce at:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Eleanor's Savory Custard -- from A Beauty So Rare

Eleanor Braddock (in Tamera Alexander's A Beauty So Rare) loves cooking more than just about anything.  Her savory custard (an old name for a quiche) is one of her specialties.   

Tamera has graciously shared Eleanor's recipe with us readers.  Doesn't it look yummy?

While your savory custard is in the oven, why not enjoy a few pages of A Beauty So Rare.  I'm about halfway through the story and can definitely recommend it as a great read!

Eleanor Braddocks Savory Custard
(or Ham and Cheddar Quiche)
From the novel A Beauty So Rare
by Tamera Alexander

Most people think quiche originated in France. Not so. Its originally a German dish and people referred to them as "savory custards" in the 19th century. Which is accurate since the egg-based mixture forms a luscious-like custard as it bakes.

In my novel, A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series, the heroine, Eleanor Braddock, is "a cook with a dream." But her dreams dont quite turn out like she thinks they will. However, her savories always do!

I hope you enjoy this recipe (or "receipt" as recipes were called in the 1800s) from A Beauty So Rare. For more about A Beauty So Rare and for recipes from all my novels, visit
1 old-fashioned unbaked pie crust (recipe below)
1 large onion, diced (or sliced if you like larger pieces of onion in your savory)
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound cooked ham diced into cubes (if using bacon, use 8 slices, fried chewy, not too crisp)
8 large eggs
1-1/2 cups heavy cream or half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, or to taste (I always go heavier on the pepper, personal preference)
1 3/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Sauté onion in the butter in a skillet over medium-low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is golden brown. Set aside to cool.

Chop the ham into bite-sized pieces (or fry your bacon until chewy, then chop). Set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out pie crust and press into a deep dish pie plate. A medium-sized iron skillet works wonderfully for making a savory custard (and is what Eleanor used). The crust comes out divine. I just happened to use a pie plate this time.

Whip the eggs, cream, salt and pepper in a large bowl, then mix in the onions, ham (or bacon), and cheese. Pour the mixture into the pie crust. Cover the pie plate (or skillet) lightly with aluminum foil and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the quiche is set and the crust is golden brown. QUICK BAKING TIPS: The quiche may still seem a little loose when you first remove it from the oven, but it will firm up nicely once removed from the heat. Also, watch that lovely crust so the edges dont get overly brown. I use a silicone pie crust shield if that starts to happen. Those are a fabulous invention (but foil crimped around the edges works just as well).

Remove from the oven and allow the savory custard to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before diving in. Its so good, and just like Eleanor Braddock would make. Its also delicious left over and warmed up the next day.

Eleanor Braddocks Old-Fashioned Pie Crust
(makes two large crusts)
From the novel A Beauty So Rare
by Tamera Alexander

This is a wonderful crust that Ive been using for years. Eleanor would likely have used lard in place of Crisco (since lard was cheaper than butter in her day), and you may too, if you prefer. Yes, lard is still available on most grocery shelves, although Im pretty sure I just felt you shudder!

This pie crust "freezes beautifully " as they say in Steel Magnolias (instructions on freezing below), so even though I may need only one pie crust at the moment, I always use this recipe and make a second, and freeze it for later. Makes that next pie (or savory custard) go twice as fast!

1 ½ cups Crisco (or lard)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
5 tablespoons ice water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, using a pastry cutter (or two knives will do the job), gradually work the Crisco into the flour for 3 to 4 minutes until it resembles coarse meal. In a smaller bowl, whip the egg and then pour it into the flour/shortening mixture. Add 5 tablespoons of ice-cold water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir gently until all ingredients are blended well.

Halve the dough. Form the 2 evenly-sized balls of dough and place each into large sealable plastic bags. Using a rolling pin, slightly flatten each to about 1/2 inch thickness to make rolling easier later. Seal the bags and place them in the freezer until you need them. (If youre using the crusts immediately, its still a good idea to let them chill in the freezer for about 15- 20 minutes. Theyll be much easier to work with.)

When youre ready to roll the dough for your crust, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for 15 minutes (if its frozen). On a well-floured surface, roll the dough, starting at the center and working your way out. Sprinkle flour over the top of the dough if its too moist. If the dough starts to stick to the countertop, use a metal spatula and gently scrape it up and flip it over and continue rolling until its about ½ inch larger in diameter than your pie plate (or iron skillet).

Using a spatula, carefully lift the dough from the surface of the counter into the pie pan. (I sometimes fold my well-floured dough in half and then "unfold" it onto iron skillet. Or you can lop it over your rolling pin. That works well, too.) Gently press the dough against the sides of the pan or skillet, getting it all tucked in. Then crimp the edges in whatever way you prefer. And now, youre ready for that yummy savory custard filling above, or maybe for a fruit pie.

If you make this recipe (or if youve read A Beauty So Rare), Id love to hear from you. You can write me through my website at

How does she do it? -- Through the Deep Waters

How does she do it?  How does Kim Vogel Sawyer keep writing her best book ever?  Every time I finish a new book by her, it becomes my favorite.  My latest favorite of Kim's -- one I was privileged to read before its release date -- is Through the Deep Waters.  My initial reaction at the end of the story echoes the response of some other early readers I have seen -- Wow!

The first few chapters of the book were a little difficult to get through because of the subject matter.  However, Kim did a wonderful job of portraying a very difficult experience in a clear, vivid way, but with great sensitivity and respect for her readers.  As the story progresses, there are plenty of opportunities to cheer for, rally against, love, and despise the well-developed characters.  The themes of love, redemption, and second chances drive a fantastic narrative of imperfect humans finding their way to a perfect God and His perfect love.  And the not-so-coincidental connections between some characters' names and Biblical counterparts add a nice touch to the story.

Thanks so much to Kim and her publisher for providing a free copy of this book and the chance to be a part of her influencer team in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book (from the publisher)

A past filled with shame can be washed away with a love that conquers all.

Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.

The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her. Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?

About the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling, award-winning author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives in central Kansas where she and her retired military husband, Don, enjoy spoiling their ten granddarlings.

Learn more about Kim at her website or on Facebook.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Emotion-filled story -- What Follows After

Dan Walsh is a master story teller.  He doesn't get your attention with elaborate plots, over-the-top characters, or anything of that nature.  He just draws you in and invites you to hear a tale filled with emotion.  From the very first page of What Follows After, I felt like I was in an intimate conversation with a friend -- a friend who had a story to tell, one I very much wanted to hear.   

The characters of What Follows After seem to be real, very ordinary people, who just happen to be going through the most difficult days of their lives.  The details he provides about the Cuban Missile Crisis are just enough to provide a realistic setting to the personal crisis Scott, Gina, Colt, and Timmy are experiencing.  And throughout the story, Dan points his readers to truths about love and priorities and how God can use "what follows after" the dark days to bring about blessing and peace.

Thanks to Revell Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book (from the publisher)

In 1962, life was simple, the world made sense, and all families were happy.  And when they weren't, everyone knew you were supposed to pretend.

For the past year, Scott and Gina Harrison have been living a lie. While they show up at family get-togethers in the same car, they've actually been separated for over a year. To keep up the charade, they've even instructed their sons, Colt and Timmy, to lie--to their grandparents, their teachers, and their friends.

Colt, for one, has had enough, so he hatches a plan. He and his little brother will run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents get back together. But when things go terribly, terribly wrong, Scott and Gina must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their marriage.

In this emotional story, bestselling author Dan Walsh takes you on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life--love, truth, and family. With profound insight into the heart of a hurting child, he reminds us that a time will come to look back on hard times and smile, because we'll know that what follows after . . . is not what we expected at all.

About the Author

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion, as well as The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year (2011-2013). Dan lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit for more.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Slow-paced, somewhat dark story -- A Stillness of Chimes

The only other book I have read by Meg Moseley is Gone South, which I found to be a fun read.  (Here is a link to my review.)  So I decided to try another of her books.

A Stillness of Chimes is an interesting story with romance, mystery,  suspense.  Meg Moseley is very descriptive with her writing and does a good job of putting the reader into the setting of her story.  It is easy to feel some of the characters' pain as they deal with struggles of their present and past lives.

The story as a whole, however, was a little dark and slow paced for my preference.  Certain aspects of the plot seemed to drag a little and lead to predictable ends, while other pieces didn't quite fit together smoothly.  Not a bad story at all -- just not my favorite.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book (from publisher's website)

What if the pain of the past revealed an unknown sacrifice that changes everything?

When teacher Laura Gantt comes home to Prospect, Georgia to settle her recently-deceased mother’s household, the last thing she expects to encounter is a swirl of rumors about the father she lost to the lake twelve years ago—that he has reportedly been seen around town. Elliott Gantt’s body was never found and he was presumed dead.

Reeling from the sharp loss of a parent, Laura must now grapple with painful memories surrounding her father’s disappearance and the sense of abandonment she experienced after his death. Life-long friend and former beau Sean Halloran wants nothing more than to protect Laura from the far-fetched stories of Elliott’s resurrection and to care for her, but he has his own reasons, troubling echoes from his childhood, to put Elliott’s disappearance to rest.

Working together, Laura and Sean begin to uncover the truth, one mired in the wooded peaks and deep waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Prospect. Can they fathom how many secrets the steep hills hold? With surprising facts revealed, will Laura be able to understand the sacrificial choices made that forever changed her life? And can love and a peace with God be rekindled in her heart after so much time has passed?

About the Author

Meg Moseley is still a Californian at heart although she's lived more than half her life in other states. Holding jobs that ranged from candle-maker to administrative assistant, Meg eventually contributed human-interest pieces for a suburban edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contemporary fiction remains her real love, and she's the author of When Sparrows Fall and Gone South. She lives in Atlanta near the foothills of the Southern Appalachians with her husband.

Meg Moseley is still a Californian at heart although she's lived more than half her life in other states. Holding jobs that ranged from candle-maker to administrative assistant, Meg eventually contributed human-interest pieces for a suburban edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contemporary fiction remains her real love, and she's the author of When Sparrows Fall and Gone South. She lives in Atlanta near the foothills of the Southern Appalachians with her husband. - See more at:

Meg Moseley is still a Californian at heart although she's lived more than half her life in other states. Holding jobs that ranged from candle-maker to administrative assistant, Meg eventually contributed human-interest pieces for a suburban edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contemporary fiction remains her real love, and she's the author of When Sparrows Fall and Gone South. She lives in Atlanta near the foothills of the Southern Appalachians with her husband. - See more at:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More about A Beauty So Rare

Learn about Tamera Alexander's inspiration behind her latest novel -- A Beauty So Rare!

Check out a trailer and book excerpt in this post.