I am SO excited to announce that author, journalist and columnist Donna Cronk will be my first featured GUEST BLOGGER on my “Blaise The Baker” blog!
Check back HERE to see her exclusive guest posting THIS Thursday October 9th, 2014!
I had the privilege to read and do a book review of my friend Donna’s book. Check it out below – and look for the delicious food pictures!
“Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast” By: Donna Cronk
“Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast” By: Donna Cronk is a novel that welcomes you with warm open arms and guides you along the life path of Samantha Jarrett. It is a story about small town Indiana and will make you question what you want out of life. It is a story of Faith and overcoming obstacles that stand in your way, all in the heart of staying true to yourself and believing in your dreams.
I found this book beautifully written (written better than most commercial fiction I have bought lately) and it really paints a beautiful picture with eloquent dialogue. The scenes are wonderfully written and really pull you in. (I finished the book in just a couple of days, in two or three quick gulps).
“Sometimes you have to move back to move forward”, is the tagline of the book and I absolutely love this line – because it is so true! Keep that tagline in mind when reading the book and you will discover more than what meets the eye.
The book not only won me over by such an interesting (and well told) storyline and great characters – but because there are a handful of recipes included! Yes – recipes! And believe me – they are delicious recipes! I made the “United County Wimpy” and “Mom’s Spice Cake” with “Brown-Sugar Icing” and both were delicious! I loved eating the food that was featured and inspired by the book… it really made the book feel “more real” to me and it really made me feel closer to the characters – almost like I was apart of the book and talking with the characters.
The “United County Wimpy” was delicious! Brought me right back to my childhood and reminded me of the community dinners and family reunions that my family and I would have in the summer months! It was a familiar (and welcome) flavor that will remain in my “recipe notes” for a long time.
“Mom’s Spice Cake” was amazingly old-fashioned in flavor and the “Brown-Sugar Icing” really took it over the top! It was warm, comforting and nostalgic. It would be a dessert (in looks and taste) that I would serve entertaining. It was delicious… (I added about 3 chopped bananas to the recipe and it made it even more amazingly moist!)
I normally don’t come across works of fiction that includes recipes (I wish more did) and I really enjoyed the recipes that Donna chose for inclusion in the book. They tie in with the story nicely and really give you a feel and a “taste” of what life is like in Freedom! I was really impressed at how the recipes tied in so nicely with the story…
If you are looking for a well written book, by a local author, about small town living, starting over, Faith, finding and following your dreams – this book is for you! I highly recommend it for those who love a great story, great recipes and characters that will not soon be forgotten. Donna is a natural writer and natural born story teller and I can not wait to see what she comes up with next!
Look for Donna’s column pieces in the “Neighbors” section for “The Courier-Times”.
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