With a ringing phone, Jeanne Ray's charming and amusing new novel gets off to a rollicking start that never lets up. Not for a minute. On the other end of the phone is Caroline's daughter, Kay, a public defender like her father, sobbing at the improbably good news that the richest, most eligible boy in Raleigh, North Carolina, has asked her to marry him. While Caroline and Tom are trying to digest this, the other phone, the children's line, rings; it is Caroline's sister, Taffy, hysterical over her husband's decision to leave her for a woman two years younger than her daughter. Soon Taffy is wending her way up from Atlanta to seek solace in her sister's home, even though the two have been separated by more than just geography for the past forty years. With her is her little dog, Stamp, who has a penchant for biting ankles and stealing hearts. Tom and Caroline quickly realize that the wedding their future son-in-law's family is envisioning for nine-hundred-plus guests is to be their fiscal responsibility. To top it all off, the foundation of their home is in danger of collapsing and their contractor and his crew have all but moved in. It's a thundering whirlwind of emotion that finally boils down to: Who is in love with whom? and Who's going to get the next dance? Wise, funny, and impossible to put down, Step-Ball-Change is peopled with characters you feel you have known your whole life. It's the kind of book that you can't bear to see end.
A Romantic MysteryJenny Stevens is a dedicated teacher with a passion for nurturing young hearts and minds in a small town middle school. She is caring, trusting and open to the world. Too trusting, it turns out, as she is ultimately forced to leaving the teaching job she loves in order to escape an increasingly abusive boyfriend who won't respect a restraining order. Her trust shattered, she engineers a tenuous flight out of state. Charlie Watson (""CW"") is an enigma to strangers, but an open book to his few dear friends. Honest to a fault, ruggedly handsome and tough as nails on the outside, Charlie hides a deeply wounded heart. Seven years into a bitter divorce, he has made a lifestyle escaping behind endless hours as a long-haul trucker, and copious one night stands - which leave him in an empty, quiet desperation. But Fate ultimately draws these two battered souls together until try as they may, they cannot remain apart. At first they rediscover their sense of humor, and then slowly, haltingly, their trust in true human kindness. Love almost does not come to pass, but they soon realize they are truly soulmates whose 1 plus 1 ads up to much more than 2. Their journey is not easy or straight. Along the way, Charlie is forced to deal with the abusive ex-boyfriend, and makes short work of him. But the challenges do not end there. On the way to establish their new life at 'Watson Manor' fate keeps dealing them new cards. Through a series of chance events and encounters, Jenny and Charlie are led on a new life of adventure and service rescuing souls in trouble and re-uniting families before they can even think of forming their own. The deliciously complicated plot will have you alternately puzzled and perched on the edge of your seat. It is filled with good guys and bad guys (and gals) and characters who muddle in the middle. In the end Charlie and Jenny come to truly know whose side they are on - each other's.If you like a good romantic mystery, you will love and devour this book from cover to cover and be chomping at the bit for Ron Craig's sequel, Watson Manor Unfolding, soon to come!
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch: a casserole always makes a hearty, delicious all-in-one meal. So get out the oven-ready pot or pan and start cooking There's something for everyone here: the vegetarian; the meat, chicken, or seafood lover; the fan of rice and pasta. And, the recipes will redefine your idea of what a casserole is, because they're not just the same old boring stews. Need something quick for the morning rush? Try a bake of breadcrumbs, spinach, cottage cheese, parmesan, and eggs. Mix it up, stick it in the oven, slice it, and enjoy. Serve a delicious medley of roasted vegetables and pasta fit for a king: a combination of cheeses top it off. Make supper a super fiesta with South American Chicken, all wrapped up in hearts of palm. From Holy Stromboli to Banquet Mushroom and Potatoes, these meals are unforgettable. "Plus--all the casserole cooking basics you need for perfect preparation
Bring the Taste and Comfort of B & B's Home. B & B's are synonymous with comfort, charm, and relaxation. We are transformed as we gently wake to the delicate scent of warm lemon cream scones. Our bodies are revitalized after we savor the taste of crisp warm French bread and the robust flavor of butternut squash soup. Our hearts soar as we sample garden polenta pie. This book takes the best recipes that the top B & B's have to offer and delivers them to you in a healthy low-fat'manner that does not sacrifice taste. Each inn's recipe is a reflection of its local history, regional zest, and owner's genius. Explore the cooking talents from some of the best B & B's across the country and bring their flavors into your kitchen. What will You Find Inside? * 300 tried-and-true low-fat recipes ranging from savory main entrees to seductive desserts * Exchange values plus calorie, fat, and sodium analysis for each recipe * Estimated recipe prep times * Originating innkeeper's address and B & B overview