Fool’s Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery

Hi Readers! 

I am super excited to share a really fun addition to the Fool’s Gold Series by Susan Mallery! I have loved this series since the very first book.  It is a great twist on traditional book series because it focuses on the the Town of Fool’s Gold and all of it’s residents.  There are all kinds of fun twist and turns and food is always involved.  The latest release is the Fool’s Gold Cookbook.  I am pleased that Susan Mallery put together a vlog of one of her favorite recipes from the book for me to share with you today.  I am thrilled to have over 150 new recipes to try and boy are they fun!  The cookbook is broken down into seasons with different recipes for each season.  What make it even better and very unique is the exclusive Fool’s Gold love story.  I loved reading the little story as I went through the cookbook.  I am not going to tell you what it is about but I am going to say, “Go check this one out!”  I will share some more once I get the chance to try some of the recipes!  They look amazing and so diverse.   Check out the vlog from Susan Mallery!

 

 

 

Fool's Gold Coobook

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery invites you to taste the local cuisine of her beloved fictional town and share in a year’s worth of deliciously seasonal recipes. 

Fool’s Gold is known as the Land of Happy Endings, but it’s also the land of hearty appetites. Throughout the series, the residents of Fool’s Gold have found joy, comfort and good times through food. Now two local Fool’s Gold chefs will also find love through food! Join them as they flirt, fight and fall in love, one season at a time. 

You’ll also find favorite recipes from popular characters in the series, such as: 

Heidi’s Arugula, Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese. 

Liz’s Spaghetti for the Girls. 

Denise’s Summer Berry Pie.  

With chapters for summer, spring, fall and winter, you can find the perfect recipe for everything from holiday get-togethers to cozy date nights, always using the freshest ingredients. And the heartwarming love story that is woven throughout is Susan Mallery at her finest. 

The more than 150 recipes and dozens of gorgeous photographs in this book will inspire you to find perfection in the simple and the seasonal. And with all of Fool’s Gold with you in the kitchen, your every celebration will have a happy ending!

Big Sky River by Laurel Lael Miller

Big Sky RiverBig Sky River by Laurel Lael Miller

 

 

      • ISBN-13: 9780373777204
      • Publisher: Harlequin
      • Publication date: 12/18/2012
      • Format: Mass Market Paperback
      • Pages: 362
    • Source: Netgally

Synopsis:

Sheriff Boone Taylor has his job, friends, a run-down but decent ranch, two faithful dogs and a good horse. He doesn’t want romance—the widowed Montanan has loved and lost enough for a lifetime. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, Boone’s peace and quiet are in serious jeopardy.

With a marriage and a career painfully behind her, Tara Kendall is determined to start over in Parable. Reinventing herself and living a girlhood dream is worth the hard work. Sure, she might need help from her handsome, wary neighbor. But life along Big Sky River is full of surprises…like falling for a cowboy-lawman who just might start to believe in second chances.

  

My Quick Thoughts:


It is often difficult for me to review books that come from series that are well established because well since I liked the first books, I can almost guarantee that I will like the next.  That being said this will be a pretty quick take on my thoughts.  

Boone Taylor, is the Sheriff in Parable, we have gotten to know him a bit in the previous stories.  His wife died leaving him with two small boys who have been living with his sister a few hours away.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, Boone brings his boys home to stay.  He has been living in the trailer he purchased before his wife passed away and has just been making it day to day.

Just across the way, Tara Kendall, has moved into a home once owned by Boone’s family.  Tara is annoyed by the shabbiness of Boone’s trailer.  On a surprise call, her ex-husband basically tells her that he is shipping his twins off to visit while he takes the new girlfriend away without the kids.  Tara is annoyed but she loves and misses the girls.

These two unlikely groups of people with cross lives and things will never be the same.  

This was a great story.  I can actually believe that it could really happen.  That is what I like in a good solid romance. 

My Rating:

4 Penguin

A 4 penguin read

Postcards from the Dead by Laura Childs

Postcards from the Dead (Scrapbooking Series #10)Postcards from the Dead by Laura Childs

    • ISBN-13: 9780425252758
    • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
    • Publication date: 10/2/2012
    • Pages: 336
    • Series: Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #10
    • Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

New Orleans is in the throes of another fantastic Mardi Gras celebration when the party gets crashed by a murderer. Now a scrapbooking sleuth is going to have to stop the partying to catch the killer… 

There’s a parade rolling through the historic French Quarter, with gigantic floats, silver beads, and dizzying lights—and Kimber Breeze of KBEZ-TV is broadcasting live from a small balcony on the fourth floor of the Hotel Tremain, interviewing locals and capturing the spectacle down below. Her next subject will be Carmela Bertrand, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop. Carmela has never been a fan of Kimber, but she isn’t about to turn down the chance of good publicity for her shop. 

But before Carmela’s shop gets its five minutes of fame, a killer slips onto the balcony and strangles Kimber with a cord, leaving her body dangling above the parade. Carmela is horrified, but she quickly discovers the nightmare isn’t over. Because someone is now leaving strange postcards at Carmela’s shop—signed by the dead Kimber. Now Carmela and her friend Ava will have to risk their own necks to find out who’s posing as a ghost—and to expose a killer…  

My Thoughts:


Postcards from the Dead is the 10th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series.  While I have not read all of the books in this series, I have read a good chunk of they and find that of all the cozy mystery series I have read, this is by far my favorite.  I think in part this is because I scrapbook as my second hobby so I find the fact that Carmela owns Memory Mine, a scrapbooking store, to make a great setting.   There is always some project going on and it is something new and interesting that I have never heard of.  In Postcards from the Dead it is cigar purses.  What a cool project.

The book starts during Marti Gras just days before Fat Tuesday.  New Orleans is full of people, parties, parades and so much more.  Carmela has found herself at a party, that she doesn’t really want to be at, but she knows that it will be great for her business.  The local television station is interviewing local business owners.  She would rather do anything that talk to Kimber, the station star, but she knows that with the economy following Hurricane Katrina she had to take every opportunity to advertise for her business.  While talking with one of the camera men, also a friend, something goes weird.  When she goes out to the balcony, she find Kimber murdered, hanging over the balcony with a cord around her neck.  

Carmela’s boyfriend happens to be the investigator for Kimber’s murder.  He makes it very clear that Carmela should stay out of the investigation  something  that she has failed to do in the past.  Like always things start well but then things start rolling around in her mind and she finds herself looking into things even though she knows that she shouldn’t.  That’s when the postcards start arrive, all signed from the dead Kimber asking why she didn’t save her.  Next, her apartment is smoke bombed.  Someone is trying to scare Carmela into minding her own business.  The problem is it just pushes her further and her list of suspects keeps getting longer and longer. 

I love that there is the very strong story line for the murder itself but there there are many subplots as well.  There is Carmela’s business and how it fits into the community that is explored book to book.  There is Carmela’s life, her friends, ex-husband, current relationship and so much more that gets looked at and provides a story that is full of life.  Laura Childs is great at creating a world that I would want to be a part of.  The descriptions of the places, people and parties is done so well.  

It was a light enjoyable story.  One that is perfect for a cold winter night.  

My Rating:

4 Penguin

A 4 penguin read