ALONG CAME LOVE
Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Steeple Hill - Love Inspired #345, April 2006
ISBN 0-373-87363-8, 250 Pages, $4.99
Single mother Lauren Woodman returns to Vermont to renovate
her family’s historic property and open an antique
and art gallery. She longs to build a secure life for
herself and her young son, leave her past mistakes behind,
and avoid any romantic entanglements in the future. When
Lauren crashes her car into a snow bank, she is rescued
by a longhaired man she assumes is a homeless wanderer.
Wes Evans is actually an ex-missionary who considers
himself a failure for buckling under in the face of persecution
and imprisonment for his illegal missionary work in the
Middle East. He senses God has sent him to Vermont to
help Lauren and her son, but he is torn by his desire
to keep his past a secret. As their friendship deepens
to romance, Wes is forced to make difficult choices that
involve great sacrifice in order to protect Lauren and
her son. Lauren and Wes discover new dimensions of God’s
grace and forgiveness as they put their love, their faith,
and their very lives on the line for each other.
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Along Came Love Recipes
Did your mouth water when you read the
description of Aunt Tilley’s Apple Walnut Muffins? Or did you wish you
had the recipe for the chicken enchiladas she baked on Lauren’s
birthday? How about Bill’s special baked beans recipe
or those yummy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies Lauren brought
to the community potluck? I love to cook, and I thought it
would be fun to share some of the recipes from ALONG CAME
LOVE. Please feel free to pass them along!
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Tilley’s Apple Walnut Muffins
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 golden delicious apple peeled and shredded , or 1/2 cup
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour (Or you can use 1 cup of white and 1 cup of
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup peeled and chopped golden delicious apple, about
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the
oil, shredded apple, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large
mixing bowl. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Mix just until the dry ingredients are wet. Add the chopped
apple, raisins, and walnuts and fold in. Don’t over
mix. Pour into muffin tin sprayed with nonstick cooking
spray or use paper liners. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted in the center comes out clan. Cool and enjoy!
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Tilley’s Chicken Enchiladas
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Cream of Chicken OR 98% Fat Free Cream
of Chicken Soup
1 container (8 oz.) light sour cream
1/2 cup mild or medium salsa
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 - 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
10 Fajita Size Flour Tortillas, warmed
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 green onion, sliced
Mix soup, sour cream and salsa to make sauce. Mix 1 cup
sauce mixture, chicken and 1 cup of the cheese. Spread about
1/4 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll
up and place seam-side down in 3-qt. shallow baking dish.
Pour remaining sauce mixture over enchiladas and sprinkle
with remaining cheese. Cover with foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes. Top with tomato
and onion before serving.
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Bill’s Maple Baked Beans
1 1/2 pounds of dry
white navy beans
1 cup real maple syrup
4 oz. salt pork, cubed (or 3 slices of bacon cut into pieces)
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Place beans in a large saucepan, cover with cold water,
and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat
and let stand, covered for 1 hour. Drain, reserving liquid.
In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, chili sauce, chopped
onion, salt, and mustard. Place half the beans in a 1 quart
casserole dish, top with diced salt pork or bacon, then add
remaining beans. Pour maple syrup mixture over beans. Then
add 1 1/2 cups of reserved bean liquid. Cover and bake at
300 degrees about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Add more reserved liquid as needed to keep beans moist. Serves
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
(Actually, this is my mother-in-law, Shirley Turansky’s,
recipe. She has baked them for the delight of her husband,
children, and grandchildren for about fifty years.)
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats (I use old fashioned)
1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Cream together
the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add the eggs and mix
in. In a separate bowl mix together the four, soda, and salt.
Add to the first mixture and combine. Add the oats, nuts
and chocolate chips and mix. Spoon out onto cookie sheet
and bake 9 – 12
minutes until golden around the edges. Don’t over bake.
Let them stay on the pan for 2 –3 minutes before you
transfer them to a rack to cool. Makes about 6 dozen.
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Comments from reviewers and readers
I loved your book Along Came Love. There was so much
in there that has helped me as a fairly new Christian. For
one thing, I have been reading my Bible daily but found it
hard to really know how to pray. After reading your book
I began underlining some of the prayers you used and began
to "shoot up prayers" as you would say in your
book. This has truly helped me more than you could know.
But, the thing that really helped me to turn a corner in
my struggles with the past (a divorce after 23 years of marriage
and 4 painful back surgeries that have left me in pain more
pain than before they started) was the bottom of page 49
that says Nothing could change the past. He had to let it go. Take hold of today. That was the only way he could keep
those painful memories from holding him captive any longer.
Thank you for following God's leading in writing this book.
It spoke to my heart and has helped me to fully understand
WHY I had to let go.
There was so much more in your book that helped me too and
I ended up underlining page after page so that I could go
back and reread the parts that spoke directly to me. I hope
that you will continue to write and know that you have helped
a woman here in Sacramento to get past her emotional pain
by explaining WHY! Life is so much fuller these days now
that I understand.
I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story wrapped around two
individuals, both struggling with forgiveness issues in
their lives. Author Carrie Turansky has given us characters
so real, we feel like we know them personally. And they
aren't perfect—which only helps us to identify with
them even more. She takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions
with Lauren, Wes, and little Toby, on their difficult journey
to discover that the truth truly does set you free. Near
the end, I literally could not turn the pages fast enough.
Well done, Carrie Turansky! A delightful book that I would
recommend to anyone.
I just finished your book yesterday and I loved it! The story was
great and kept my attention until the very end! It was so true to life
with feelings of guilt and God's forgiveness! You are a terrific writer,
keep up the good work!
From Val Whisenand, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Author:
What a wonderful, dear story. You brought tears to my eyes
more than once—and that rarely happens.
From Judy M:
Hello new author to Love Inspired! I have been getting
Love Inspired for quite some time now. I just want
to tell you I think your new book, Along Came Love, is excellent,
possibly among the best I have read. And, yes, it touched
my heart deeply. I had forgotten I John 1:9. Thank
you, Carrie! What joy and peace flooded my heart as
I applied it again to myself. I was also impressed
with the character, Arthur Zeller, at the end of the story.
Might you consider writing a sequel to this book? I
would like to know more about Arthur Zeller. By the way,
I am 68 years old. I would also like to know about Bill and
Julia, and wonder what happened about Ryan. Did he
ever change? What a marvelous story! Thank you again.
From Barbara D:
I just finished reading Along Came Love and
really, really enjoyed it. I subscribe to the Love
Inspired books, and I hope there will be more forthcoming
with the name by: Carrie Turansky on them. When I can
get out to a bookstore or the library, I will certainly be
looking for your name. Congratulations. I know everyone loved
the book as much as I did.
I wanted to tell you that I read Along Came Love.
I couldn’t go to bed until I finished it. I loved
the characters and the story. I’m sure this will
be one of many books you write. You definitely are
gifted. Many blessings on your ministry.
That book Along Came Love is so amazing! You
are such a talented writer. I fell in love with Wes and Lauren
not to mention little ole Toby. He was so perfect. I have
a question. Do you think that will become a movie? I hope
so. I could see the pictures as I was reading, but a movie
would be better. I am 15 years old. I got your book on Friday
and finished it on Monday.
I'm on chapter 19 of your debut book, Along Came Love. What
a fantastic novel! My mom told me, "You HAVE to
red this! It's wonderful! I couldn't put it down!" She
was right, and we're wondering when your next novel is coming
out. Keep up the writing, the dear Lord has gifted you!
Just wanted to let you
know that my mom and I read your book this week, and we both
really enjoyed it. I am a psychiatrist
(currently a stay-at-home mom) and my mother is a retired English
teacher. I get the Love Inspired books from the book
club. My mom wrote her comments inside the book, "Excellent
handling!! Not "wishy-washy" like many "Christian
novels." She told me she thought you did a particularly
good job with making the little boy seem realistic. I
read the book in one sitting (should have been doing laundry,
or something, but oh well...), which is unusual for me since
there aren't many novels out there that hold my attention like
that. I liked the fact that you didn't just write a secular
novel that was just "cleaned up" for the Christian
market—your characters actually struggled with spiritual issues,
and the book was "inspirational" but still entertaining.