Author: Kayleigh Lawson

With a dash of mystery and romance, The Ladies of Ivy Cottage delights

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood … somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her to search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? Rachel’s friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what — or who — has captured each man’s attention? The truth might surprise them all. Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return — but where is he? As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way? Ivy Cottage review There is nothing better than a well-written village chronicle hearkening back to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford or Miss Read’s Thrush Green. When Julie Klassen announced she would be penning a series in a Regency-era English village, I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to...

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From French to sweet potato fries: My healthy fry transition that paid off

I love potatoes to what honestly is a somewhat unhealthy extent. It really doesn’t matter what they are made into. Fries, chips, wedges — I love them all. So, in a bid to try and eat a little healthier, I decided to try my hand at making sweet potato fries. I honestly never have been a big believer in replacing one food with a healthier substitute that “tastes just the same.” Generally speaking, they usually don’t taste the same — I’m looking at you, almond butter. Then came sweet potato fries, and while they don’t taste exactly like actual...

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Cowley College’s Act One Drama Club raises money Jan. 20 for spring trip

The Cowley College Act One Drama Club held a benefit concert and silent auction on Jan. 20. The fundraiser, Cowley Hits the Road, brought in close to $500 that will go toward the club’s spring trip to New York. The silent auction was held in the Earle N. Wright Community Room prior to students in the Act One Drama Club performing in a fun, family-friendly variety show, in which the students sang, danced and acted in the Robert Brown Theatre. All items in the auction were made by the Act One Drama Club. Event proceeds will help to pay...

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White delivers captivating, enthralling sequel with A Song Unheard

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With Inconvenient Beauty, Hunter ties up Hawthorne House series nicely

Kristi Ann Hunter quickly has climbed her way to the top of my “auto-buy” author list and firmly cemented her place on it with her latest release. An Inconvenient Beauty, the fourth novel in the Regency-era Hawthorne House series, was an absolute delight to read. Isabella and Griffith have a wonderful chemistry that is a delight to read. I also really enjoyed the friendship between Isabella and Frederica. There was a good message woven into the book that reminds us that our plans and God’s plans are not always one and the same. Hunter has done a wonderful job of putting in scenes for longtime readers, some of which feature characters from her previous novels. She has such a masterful way of creating characters for whom readers will root. I have heard this is the final novel in the series and it was a delightful conclusion to an excellent saga. Be sure to check out the Hawthorne House series. About Kristi Ann Hunter Kristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science, but always knew she wanted to write. She is the author of the Hawthorne House series, and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. Hunter lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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