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A Man to Trust
Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Publisher: Love Inspired (Formerly Steeple Hill)
ISBN: 978-0-373-87730-0
March 2012, 224 pages, $5.75 paper, $3.99 eBook

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After years spent helping manage her family's Christian bookstore, it's time for Adrie Chandler to give her own dream of playing her flute with a symphony orchestra a chance. But can she really trust the beloved shop to new manager Ross Peterson? The man is too handsome, too charming. . .and too much a reminder of another dream Adrie had to let go of — marriage. Yet Ross surprises her by knowing a thing or two about making sacrifices. Suddenly, Adrie is questioning what she really wants. And whether the dreams she once thought unlikely are within reach after all.

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More about the Bayside Treasures Series

A MAN TO TRUST is the second book in the Bayside Treasure Series set in Fairhaven, the unique historical section of Bellingham, Washington. The first book in the series is SEEKING HIS LOVE (October 2010). The third will be SNOWFLAKE SWEETHEARTS (Dec. 2012). Each book includes four senior-age friends, Marian, Hannah, Irene, and Barb, known around town as the Bayside Treasures. They are life-long friends, faithful prayer warriors, avid Scrabble players, and softhearted matchmakers. I hope you'll enjoy watching as they unfold their plans to help younger friends and family members find lasting love.

In each book I include many Fairhaven businesses, events, and sites. In A Man To Trust you can look for mentions of Village Books, Katie's Cupcakes, The Village Green, The Annual Salmon Bake, The Taylor Dock and South Bay Trail, The Mt. Baker Theater, The Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Dos Padres Restaurant, Skylarks, Chuckanut Drive, and Larrabee State Park.

I enjoyed researching Fairhaven! If you travel to North West Washington I hope you will stop in and visit our friends there. Here is a link to what's happening in Fairhaven:

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A Man to Trust Recipes
I love to cook and bake and enjoy including delicious food in my books. Here are a few recipes from A MAN TO TRUST that I thought you would enjoy.

Adrie's Kenyan Chai
Our family spent a year in Kenya as missionaries. While we were there we enjoyed the local custom of chai time each day at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. This is the recipe we used to make Kenyan chai.

2 Cups milk
2 Cups water
4 Heaping Tsp. Sugar, or more to taste
4 Tsp. loose Kenyan tea leaves
Simmer together on the stove for five minutes. Strain into cups. Makes four servings. Enjoy!

Irene's Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is a delicious recipe we borrowed from The Best of the Best and More Cookbook – one of my favorites! These drop cookies taste a lot like brownies, crispy around the edge but still a little chewy in the center.

1 ¾ Cups Flour
¾ Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Butter
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Cup Sugar
½ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 egg
1/3 Cup Cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. Milk
1 Cup Walnuts, chopped
¾ Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degress. Stir together flour and baking soda. Set aside. In a barge bowl, cream together butter, vanilla, and sugars. Beat until fluffy. Beat in egg, then cocoa, then milk. Min in Flour until just blended. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet. Makes 3 dozen delicious cookies!

Adrie's Homemade Pizza
When we lived in Kenya we had to make most of our recipes from scratch. Homemade pizza took several hours since we had to make the crust and sauce ourselves. Finding cheese was also a challenge, so we were only able to have this once in a while, but when we did, it was a real treat.

4 Cups Flour
2 Tbsp. Granulated Dry Yeast
¼ Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Salt
2 Cups Warm Water (About 100 degrees)

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add warm water and stir to mix well. Cover with a towel and let it rise in a warm place like on top of the stove for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle flour on the counter or cutting board and knead the dough about 10 times. Let it rise in a covered bowl for about 20 – 30 minutes. Turn it out onto floured surface and press by hand into the desired shape. Place prepared dough on an oiled baking sheet or pizza pan and top with sauce, veggies, meats, and cheese as desired. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the crust is crispy brown around the edge. Enjoy!

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Photos of Fairhaven

Each time I write a new book one of my first steps is finding photos of my characters and the location. Here are a few that I used as I wrote A Man To Trust.

Fairhaven Street
Fairhaven street
Fairhaven street
Fairhaven street
Mt. Baker
The Mountains surrounding Fairhaven
The necklace Ross gives Adrie as an early Christmas present