Book Review: Hope for Tomorrow

In Book Two of the Meg Davenport Series, Hope for Tomorrow, the action picks up right where Book One, The Long Way Home, left off. If you haven’t read The Long Way Home, I encourage you to do so before reading Hope for Tomorrow. 

In Hope for Tomorrow, Meg and Jon continue their high seas adventures. New characters are introduced, the story is suspenseful, action-packed, and the romance has been kicked up a couple of notches. (Not to worry guys, the action still outweighs the romance!) Author Jonah Knight has added some historical facts, giving the book added depth.

If you’re looking for an enjoyable book to read on a lazy weekend afternoon, this is it!


Book Review: Love So Divine

If you follow my blog at all, you know that I am an avid reader and I enjoy writing reviews on the books I’ve read. I always hope that my reviews will encourage readers to go to their local bookstore or online and purchase the books that I review. If this happens, I feel that I have been successful in helping the author. 

I have read almost all, if not all, of JoAnn Durgin’s books. Every book–every series of books–have been excellent. Her characters are always ones that you fall in love with – or at least – want to bring home with you and her details and descriptions place you right in the midst of the books. You may find the encouragement you need or your faith may be increased through the scriptures she shares in her books, and when you finish the book, you are ready for the next installment.

Ms. Durgin’s latest book Love So Divine is all of the above and more. Quite frankly, it is in a class all by itself. The story line involves two people, Heather and Chase, who could not be more different if they tried. They come from different backgrounds, their “upbringing” had no similarities at all, and their careers are as different as night and day. They determine not to give into the attraction they feel for one another, but God has other plans for them.

This is another beautiful love story written by Ms. Durgin, but what makes it stand out is the amount of scriptures used and the overall evangelical message throughout the book. Ms. Durgin presents the message effortlessly as her hero, Chase, is a youth pastor and lovingly shares the gospel with the youth under his ministry, and with Heather as well. 

Not only did Ms. Durgin present the evangelical message in Love So Divine, she also encouraged readers with hope, a reminder of mercy and grace and the message of faith. When I finished reading the book, I was ready for the next installment.

This is one book you must read. So, the next Sunday afternoon when Spring has disappeared again, grab your favorite afghan, a cup of tea and sit down and read Love So Divine.  It will change your life!


A New Review on “The Long Way Home”

About eighteen months ago, I wrote a book review on The Long Way Home. the debut novel of author Judah Knight. I enjoyed reading the book and gave it a favorable rating, stating I was looking forward to reading Book Two. Here’s part of my review:

“When you read the book it will be obvious why the author chose the title, The Long Way Home. The story is about the hero and heroine taking the “long way home.” Had Mr. Knight desired a subtitle, “The Long Way Home: Adventures on the High Seas” would have captured the complete story. The hero and heroine, Jon and Meg, encountered a myriad of circumstances while on the seas. A 17th century shipwrecked Spanish galleon, the discovery of gold, worth thousands of dollars, dangers of the sea world and terrorists delayed their trip over and over. These same circumstances will keep you up reading late into the night as the suspense builds from page to page and from chapter to chapter.”

Mr. Knight has rewritten The Long Way Home and he has written Book Two, Hope For Tomorrow.  In rewriting The Long Way Home, he took part of that story and added it to Hope for Tomorrow. The result?  An excellent series!

The Long Journey Home still contains all of the excitement, suspense and just a touch of romance found in the original version. The new version is leaner and tighter – making the suspense and excitement more dramatic.

Even if you have read the original version, I highly recommend you read the new version. You will be on the edge of your seat throughout The Long Way Home and ready to dive into (pun intended) Hope for Tomorrow.



RECIPE MONDAY: African Hamburgers

First, let me say that I am sorry I’ve not posted much recently. If you were a reader in September, you may remember me posting about eliminating a lot of “stuff” so we could put our house on the market. The house sold a few weeks ago and we are scheduled to close on the 22nd of this month. PTL! We decided to move about 10 days before closing, so our moving date is this Saturday, the 13th.  Are we ready? Absolutely not! Will we be ready by Saturday? Hope so, but don’t place any bets.

Today’s recipe is an old family favorite. “Miss Dana,” the mother of my best friend, Debbie Meade Mapp, developed this recipe when we were just kids.

It is simple, quick and delicious.

“Miss” Dana’s African Hamburgers

  • 1-2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • pinch of sugar

In a large skillet, heat a small amount of cooking oil. Saute the onions until tender and translucent. Remove from pan.

Brown ground beef until done. Drain grease and pour beef back into pan. Add onions.

Here’s the fun part: Add ketchup and mustard to taste.  What my friend, Debbie, and I do, is pour a large circle of ketchup around the inside edge of the pan. Then, squeeze a circle of mustard inside the circle of ketchup and stir to mix all. Reheat beef mixture. You may want to test the mixture to see if the amount of ketchup and mustard is right for you. Once you have the right mixture, sprinkle several pinches of sugar over the mixture and stir.

Spread mayo on the rolls. Place beef mixture on top of bottom roll and place top roll. Or if you would like, make this an open face sandwich.

This is good served with a slice of cheese on the roll. Also good served with french fries or tater tots.