Four-in-one Contemporary Romance Collection
Includes Carrie’s novella: “Tea
for Two ”
Coming September 2006, Barbour Publishing
ISBN 1-59789-353-6, 352 pages, $6.97
Four young women meet at a restaurant owner's conference—Angel from Florida,
Monica from Missouri, Haley from Oklahoma, and Allison from New Jersey—and
discover they share the same faiths, fears, hopes, and a lack of a love story
in their lives. They vow to keep in touch, pray for one another, and meet again
at next year's conference. What happens in between is a smorgasbord of changed
lives, challenged faiths, new dedications and romantic twists that turn next
year's conference reunion plans into reservations for eight.
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TEA FOR TWO by Carrie Turansky
Allison Bennett, owner of a financially strapped teashop in Princeton New Jersey,
receives a large anonymous check that saves her business. But she has no idea
who sent it. Could it be Peter Hillinger, a wealthy businessman who wants to
convince Allison he is the man for her? Or is it Tyler Lawrence, Allison’s
old boyfriend, who returns to town claiming a renewed faith and a changed life.
Allison doesn’t know whom to trust. Should she follow her head or heart,
or is there Someone else she should be following?
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A RECIPE FOR ROMANCE by Vickie McDonough
All her life, Haley Tannehill has been embarrassed by her
parents’ old-fashioned restaurant, The Cowpoke Café.
When she learns that her parents are retiring and giving
her the café, she’s stunned. Now she can remodel
and recognize her dream of managing an upscale diner. She
recruits carpenter, Scott Jantzen’s, help in remodeling.
Sparks fly between them, but when she learns his true identity,
will her recipe for romance flop?
ANGEL FOOD by Kristy Dykes
Angel Morgan is intent on her new restaurant, Rue de France,
succeeding so she can take care of her widowed mother.
Businessman Cyril Jackson III is attracted to Angel but
is concerned because she doesn't share his devotion to
God. What will it take for Angel to realize the importance
of soul food? And will Angel and Cyril ever make a perfect
JUST DESSERTS by
Once upon a time, Monica Ryan and Gil Butler’s families
were inseparable, and so were Monica and Gil. But a business
disagreement between their fathers put an end to any ideas
concerning a happily ever after. Now that Monica and Gil
have been thrown into business once again, is there forgiveness
in the air, or is one of them plotting to serve the other
their Just Desserts?
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Kiss the Bride Review
Kristy Dykes, Aisha Ford, Vickie
McDonough, Carrie Turansky, Barbour
Publishing (2006) ISBN 1597893536, Reviewed by Kelli
Glesige for Reader Views (9/06)
“Kiss the Bride” is
a compilation of four contemporary romances written by four
different authors, but all are intertwined. Four young women
become fast friends at the National Restaurateurs’ Convention in Dallas,
Texas, when the hotel elevator gets stuck. Angel, Haley, Allison and Monica
learn they have several things in common besides all attending the same convention
and being in the restaurant business. All the young women are single and
have high hopes of meeting Mr. Right in the not-too-distant future. In
varying degrees, the young women trust God and know he has a plan for each of
their lives. All the women vow to remain friends and to reunite at the
next convention. Will any of them be able to share success stories of finding
“Angel Food” and the Epilogue
is written by Kristy Dykes and tells the story of Angel
Morgan and her struggle to find patrons at her new restaurant,
the Rue de France in the small town of Nine Cloud,
Desserts” by Aisha Ford tells the story of Monica Ryan
and her family-owned business in Missouri called The Pie
Rack. A “Recipe for Romance” by
Vickie McDonald finds Haley Tannehill in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
as a hostess at her brother’s restaurant called Tannehills
and working at her parent’s
business, The Cowpoke Café. And “Tea for
Two” by Carrie
Turansky tells of Allison Bennett and her sister who are
opening Sweet Something Tea Shop in Princeton, New Jersey.
all the stories have food and a restaurant as common traits,
we find that each story shares with the reader a special
dessert that in some way has brought success for its preparer.
Each dessert is known in that particular story for its
popularity and “heavenly” taste. At the
end of each story, the recipe is included for the reader
to try at home. Being
able to prepare a dessert that we have just read so much
about makes the reader feel a greater connection to the story.
“Kiss the Bride” is refreshing,
upbeat, and clever. Four authors were able to put their
talents together and show their individuality, but they
also successfully show their ability to work together as
a team. The common thread of a special traveling apron,
purchased at the convention and then passed along to all
the women, appears in each story. The authors obviously
worked together to bond this element among the four stories.
If you like Christian romance and cooking, you should thoroughly
enjoy this compilation. I highly recommend