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The Bridal Quest, by Candace Camp
After her father's death, Lady Irene Wyngate vowed she would never marry. Her alcoholic father terrorized her family while she was growing up, and Irene determined she would rather remain a spinster than to put herself at the mercy of a man, even if that meant enduring the whims and self importance of her brother's wife, Maura. Fate, and Gideon, the Earl of Radbourne, however, have something other in mind.
Gideon, who had been kidnapped as a child, survived on the streets of London never knowing his good breeding. His uncle, the Duke of Rochford, manages to find him, Gideon no longer a child, but a grown man and successful businessman. Of course, the 'ton' hesitates to accept him, as he lacks the refinement they deem appropriate, but Gideon's Aunt Odelia believes everything will be remedied once Gideon marries well. She enlists the help of successful matchmaker Lady Francesca Haughston, who allays with Gideon in his quest to woo the resistant Lady Irene, believing in the power of love to conquer the nightmare of the Lady's childhood.
Camp adds additional interest to her story by conjuring the mysterious events of Gideon's abduction amid his difficult adjustment to life as the new earl. Lady Irene is a delightful female character, not something fellow broads hear me say often. The author gives her intelligence, common sense, and a great wit, writing superior dialogue in the exchanges between well written characters. Her heroine remains constant throughout the novel in her convictions, and it was wholly appreciated by this reader. The supporting characters played integral roles in Camp's story, their personalities able to shine without stealing the spotlight. Focusing on romance rather than sex, Candace Camp creates delicious tension as Gideon and Irene interact with one another; their obvious attraction suppressed beneath heated verbal sparring and increased by watchful observations. The Bridal Quest, is the first novel by Camp this broad has read, and I will describe it as absolutely wonderful! It is sure to please a broad looking for a great romance.
Fantasy Writing, Vampires, And A Dash Of Romance...
The title of this book is somewhat deceiving as the story is told from Michael Allen's perspective. Beginning with his normal young adult life in Chicago and taking the reader through his brutal transition to vampire, this novel continues into the present day where our hero leads a solitary life. Haunted and tortured by the memories surrounding the night he was bitten, Michael maintains a lonely existence, fighting against 'The Beast' and hating the very nature of what he is.
When Michael begins hearing a strange voice and finds himself inexplicably drawn to Kiara, a local young woman with a life almost as strange as his own, a longing takes root deep inside him - a longing that could end in disaster. What Michael doesn't know is that Kiara has secrets of her own, some she doesn't even know she keeps. Together, Michael and Kiara discover the peace of self-acceptance through their unconditional acceptance of one anot…
Lately, I've seen a few news segments citing the higher cost in buying fresh produce and healthy foods compared with processed, prepared, packaged, but far from healthy products. This caught my attention. Eating for health is... well, sort of my goal. I want my family (and myself!) to be healthy, but what I want most is to enjoy my food while feeling great about it's health and nutrition benefits.
We can watch every cooking show on the cable channels, read each new cooking magazine with eager determination, and lose an hour (or two!) on Pinterest boards, but if we can't afford the grocery bill to create all those wonderful meals - it's all a wash. So...is it possible to prepare healthy meals with fresh ingredients AND stick to a budget? Broads everywhere know the answer is YOUUUU BETCHA!
One issue I struggled with was meal-plan-cohesiveness. In other words, creating my weekly meal plan around my fresh ingredients on hand to avoid waste. (Who else has cringed i…
Homemade Yogurt!Yes, that's right, homemade yogurt. This is something I've been wanting to try for a while now. I mean, I've been making my own detergent and started making my own granola, why not yogurt too? So this started me browsing through all of internet land looking for a recipe I liked.
I guess I really shouldn't say recipe, as this implies differing ingredients. The recipe for yogurt is pretty universal: milk and starter. Starter being yogurt with active cultures in it. If it has it, it will say somewhere on the container. If you do not have this you will not make yogurt, you'll only make milk that has been heated, left to sit, and cooled. Not very tasty. Now there can be additions like dry milk powder or even gelatin for extra thickening if you're using, say, skim milk.
The biggest difference really is how many ways people make it. They find what works for them. Some make it using a crockpot, their oven, a heating pad, a cooler wit…