August 22, 2016

Book Preview ~ Almost Like Being in Love

Almost Like Being in Love, by Beth K Vogt

From the author of Somebody Like You, a RITA finalist, and one of Publishers Weekly’s top ten books of 2014, comes the story of a woman who has everything for a perfect wedding—except the groom!

Winning an all-expenses paid Colorado destination wedding might seem like a dream come true for some people—but Caron Hollister and her boyfriend Alex Madison aren’t even engaged. How is she supposed to tell him she’s won their wedding and honeymoon when he hasn’t asked her to marry him? Being “perfect for one another” seems like the absolute best reason to get married. But what if their supposedly faultless relationship is merely a safe place to protect his secrets and a way to keep their families happy? After quitting her job, Caron accepts her best friend’s offer to visit Colorado. She needs to catch her breath. Who knows, maybe visiting the destination wedding site will make a future with Alex seem like a reality.

Kade Webster just landed the biggest deal of his life with his company, Webster Select Realty, participating in the Colorado Springs Tour of Homes. He never imagined he would run into the woman who broke his heart—Caron Hollister—right when his career is taking off. Seeing her again, Kade can’t help but wonder why Caron walked away from him years ago, leaving him with no explanation. When Kade learns his home stager won’t be able to help with the Tour of Homes, he vaults past all the reasons he should stay away from Caron, and offers her a temporary job helping him on the project. This time, their relationship is purely business.

Spending time with Kade has Caron questioning everything. The man intrigues her—at times infuriates her—and reminds her of what she lost. Has she been settling for what everyone expects of her? Just because others believe she and Alex are an ideal couple, does that mean they should get married? And how can Caron say “I do” to one man when she’s wondering “what if?” about another? Buy the book HERE. 

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, as well as a 2015 RITA® finalist, and three-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. She continues her destination wedding series with You Can’t Hurry Love (May 2016) and Almost Like Being in Love (June 2016). Visit Beth at

August 19, 2016

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes. 
The Vogts Sisters travel to Mountain View Arkansas this weekend for a performance at 
the Ozark Folk Center. Learn more HERE. 

August 17, 2016

DIY - Renovating an Old Farm House

This summer my mom and dad have been renovating my grandma's old farm house.

Our daughters and I have been helping, and so far, we've painted the living room and dining room, the kitchen, hallways, bathroom, and two bedrooms. We hope to finish painting the last bedroom today. 
There's a bunch more to do, but it's coming along.
I'll post more pictures when we're finished!

August 15, 2016

Book Preview ~ Together at the Table

Together at the Table, by Hillary Manton Lodge
Two Blue Doors series
Three months ago, Juliette D’Alisa’s world changed.

In a bittersweet series of events, her mother’s health took a turn for the worse. Juliette and her brother opened their restaurant together to rave reviews, but her romance with Memphis immunologist Neil McLaren ended in anger and tears.

As autumn sweeps into the Pacific Northwest, Juliette feels that she’s finally on the cusp of equilibrium. The restaurant continues to thrive, and her family is closer than ever. She and sous-chef Adrien are seeing each other, both in and out of the kitchen. Just when she thinks her world might stop spinning, a trip to the waterfront lands a familiar face into her path.

Rather than dwell on her personal life, Juliette throws herself into work and research. After reading her grandmother’s letters from war-torn Paris, she still wants to know the full story –  and she’ll travel across countries and oceans to find it.

But even Juliette can’t outrun the man who stole her heart. As she finally uncovers the truth about her family history, what will it mean for her own chances at lasting love? Buy the book HERE. 
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of A Table by the Window, Reservations for Two, Simply Sara, and the Carol Award-nominated Plain Jayne. A storyteller at heart and a University of Oregon journalism graduate, Hillary discovered the world of cuisine during her internship at Northwest Palate Magazine. In her free time she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, watching foreign films, and riding motorcycles. She lives in Portland with her husband, Danny, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Shiloh. Learn more about Hillary and her books HERE.  See her RECIPES HERE!

August 12, 2016

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes. 
Have a great weekend! 

Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie

County Fair Funnel Cakes

Featured Author, Sarah Loudin Thomas, shares a recipe for Apple Crumb Pie
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