Undetected by Dee Henderson kept me glued to its pages

Undetecteduntil I finished it. What a book! I’ve loved all the books Dee Henderson has written from her O’Malley series to this newest series which links back to characters from other beloved books. After reading Undetected, I discovered Henderson had written another book, Unspoken, which leads me to hope there’s a new series in the works. Somehow I’d missed Unspoken, so went back to read that one right after finishing Undetected. Quite honestly, I’m hoping there are many more “Uns” to come!

Set in beautiful Bangor, Washington, on the Navy base there, “undetected” refers to the nuclear submarines of the U.S. fleet and their mission to cruise undetected through all sorts of waters. The hero of the story is Commander Mark Bishop, of the U.S.S. Nevada, a “boomer” with an exemplary record. I was fascinated by all the submarine lore as well as the running of the sub’s mission. The heroine is Gina Gray, a brilliant mathematician with a bad record of relationships who moves  from Colorado after a bad break-up to Bangor where her brother, Jeff, is stationed as C.O. of the Skywolf, a fast tactical sub.

Because I am “math-challenged” I found Gina’s talents a bit hard to believe, but found her very believable. I found myself rooting for her and wondering what she would do next. Deciding she had done a rotten job of finding a guy for herself, she asks Jeff to set her up with a “good” man. Jeff’s first choice is Bishop, but Mark takes himself out of the mix because he feels he is too old for her.

’nuff said. You’re going to have to read the book to find out the rest. I guarantee you will have a much greater appreciation for our submarine forces after you finish the book. And you’ll be hooked on Henderson’s writing if you’re not already.

I was given an advance copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers only to discover I’d purchased it previously but hadn’t read it yet. In the interest of full-disclosure, I review books for Bethany and receive review copies for my honest reviews.

I can testify The Road to Testament is a winner!

Road to TestamentEva Marie Everson is one of my fave authors – I’ve been reading her for many years. The Road to Testament, the latest in this prolific writer’s arsenal of great Southern fiction, is one you’ll enjoy. Get yourself a glass of ice-cold sweet tea, find a comfortable rocking chair, and sit back to enjoy Ashlynne’s journey from up-scale Winter Park, FL – where she is known for her work on Parks & Avenues, a posh local magazine – to Testament, NC, for six months – where she is slated to be a little fish in an even littler pond working as a reporter on the local paper.

Ashlynne thought the summons to her grandmother’s office was to announce that Constance was retiring, Ashlynne’s dad was being promoted to Editorial Director, and that she, Ashlynne Rothchild, was being promoted to Editor-in-Chief. To her shock and dismay, she found she was being “banished” to Testament, NC, a tiny town in the mountains, to work for the local paper run by friends of her grandmother – she was to learn the business and perhaps restart a magazine her grands had started years before, as well as to learn some “people” skills.

With no choice but to obey if she ever wanted her dream job, Ashlynne headed off to NC in her Jaguar filled with designer clothes and shoes to begin her sentence…

Running afoul of her new boss the first day on the job, Ashlynne cannot begin to imagine what the weeks ahead will bring her. No spoilers here. You’ll have to read the book to find out about Ashlynne, Rob, Will, Brianna, Alma – their adventures, mysteries, and even a scandal. Be sure and have plenty of sweet tea on hand – you won’t want to leave your rocking chair until you’ve finished!

I was given a copy of The Road to Testament by Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.

Eleanor Braddock’s Buttermilk Pie – A Beauty So Rare Itself

A Beauty So RareI promise – this is the LAST recipe. Thanks, Tamera Alexander for getting me re-hooked on Southern cooking. All y’all will REALLY want to get the book, A Beauty So Rare, so you’ll have ALL the recipes!

Yum! Here’s Eleanor Braddock’s delicious Buttermilk Pie “as read in” A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone Belmont Mansion novel. Are you a Buttermilk Pie fan? And no, you don’t have to love buttermilk to love this pie. You just have to love Southern scrumptiousness! Have you ever tasted a bit of heaven on earth…I mean…Buttermilk Pie?
Eleanor Braddock’s
Southern Buttermilk Pie
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs beaten well
5 ounces buttermilk
2 Tablespoons and 2 teaspoons plain flour
1 stick melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix well by hand in a medium-size bowl (oh, how I love a “one bowl” pie!), then pour the mixture into an unbaked pie shell (do not prick the pie shell with a fork beforehand). Bake pie at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes until firmly set, then get ready to savor this delicious Southern delicacy…just like Marcus did! I’ve been making this pie for over thirty years. It’s a family favorite for sure, and so easy! The custard is creamy and smooth, while the top bakes to a golden yummy crunch. Enjoy!
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