Friday, October 25, 2013

The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman (Review)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Christmas Quilt
Abingdon Press (October 15, 2013)
by
Vannetta Chapman


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word From The Author:

I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.

I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.

I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band.

My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Christmas Quilt, go HERE.

My Review:

This was a sweet Amish book set during the Christmas season. Annie and Leah are sisters in law and pregnant at the same time. Leah is having twins and is due first. Annie starts a quilt for Leah and wants to finish it before the babies are born. Life has a way of interrupting though. Annie is busy helping her husband Samuel. Leah ends up having to go in the hospital. Annie and Leah end up making the quilt together. Along the way the author explores the relationships between the family members. The conclusion was satisfying. Recommended. :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Greetings from the Flipside by Rene Gutteride and Cheryl McKay (Review)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Greetings from the Flipside
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
by
Rene Gutteridge


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rene is the author of seventeen novels. She also has extensive experience writing comedy sketches, and worked for five years as the director of drama for a church. She has a degree specializing in Screenwriting, for which she earned the Excellence in Mass Communication Award, and graduated magna cum laude.

She is married to Sean, a musician and worship leader, and has two children. They reside in Oklahoma, where Rene writes full time and enjoys instructing in college classrooms and writers conferences.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Hope Landon has been rewriting other people's greeting cards since she was six years old -- there's always a funnier caption. She's all set to chase those creative dreams with her musician fiance in New York City until he leaves Hope at the altar, deciding he must not really love this girl if he can't write a song for her. That may give her something to write about . . .

Hope disappears alone on what was supposed to be the couple's month long honeymoon. Upon returning she learns of her funeral -- everyone in her life concluded Hope must have killed herself after being jilted. Needing a fresh start more than ever, she heads for the Big Apple only to discover it's not that easy to rent a place when you've been declared dead.

Taking shelter at the YWCA, Hope soon lands a job at a Christian inspirational greeting card company as an assistant to Jake, a guy who shut down his organization's humor department. She has lost her faith in love; he needs to find something or someone that will make him laugh.

Is there anything in the cards for these two? Find out in the truly original Greetings from the Flipside by authors Rene Gutteridge (Boo) and Cheryl McKay (screenplay for The Ultimate Gift).

If you would like to read the first chapter of >Greetings from the Flipside, go HERE.

My Review:

I loved this book. It's different which is refreshing. The characters and plot are interesting and well written. Hope Landon is the main character and she is jilted at the alter in the beginning of the book. She is hit over the head with something by a girl on the street which leaves her in a coma. The book alternates between her life while she is in the coma at the hospital and her alternate life she's living in her dream. In her dream she goes on the honeymoon by herself comes back her Mom had her declared dead so she moves to New York. She gets a job at the greeting card company and meets some more interesting characters. Jake seems like such a sweet cute guy in both worlds.There is a lot of humor among the more serious moments. I love the ending. This is a great contemporary Christian book. I read it in one day. Highly Recommended. :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes (Review)





  • Series: The Daughters of Bainbridge House (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 368 pages

  • Publisher: Revell (October 15, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734688




  • Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family's country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome--what more could a girl ask for? But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French and American prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. For his part, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach, which Honore certainly is not. Amid a political climate that is far from friendly, Honore determines to help Ashmoor prove his innocence--if she can do so and stay alive.

    From the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, comes the exciting conclusion to the lush Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts her readers into high drama from the very first sentence and keeps them on their toes until the final page.

    My Review:

    I loved this book. It is the third in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series and can stand alone. Honore's character and reputation might not make as much sense without the background found in the first two though. The first two books were good and had each of her sisters as the main character. In this book Honore is at the family estate with her hired companion, a distant relation of one of her brother in laws. They get along fine but Honore still feels the snubs of her peers. Lord Ashmoor comes along and they are attracted to each other but both have reservations. His are stronger though. His father left England with scandal and it has not been solved so he is trying to salvage the family reputation. He needs a wife that is high class and above reproach. They band together to solve the mystery of the missing prisoners and his father's crime. The plot and characters were interesting and unique. The regency time period in England is one of my favorites. Highly Recommended. :)







    Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, Choices of the Heart, A Necessary Deception, and A Flight of Fancy, which won the October 2012 Clash of the Titles Award, voted on by readers. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats. Visit www.lauriealiceeakes.com

    Review copy provided by Revell/Baker in exchange for an honest review.

    Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Blog This by Cami Checketts Spotlight







    Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family?
    Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler's violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him.
    Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children, but after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha won't hide any longer.
    In a race against time, can Natasha expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?
     
     
     
    From the very first chapter, Blog This grabs your gut and your heart with surprising action and touching moments. Cami Checketts blends suspense, humor, and good clean romance into a story that will stick with you.
    Daniel Coleman, Author of Gifts and Consequences

    Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Have read all of Cami's books but Blog This is on the top of my list. Read it twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time. Just when you think you know what is going to happen you're led into a different direction. Had a hard time putting the book down and was anxious to see how it was going to end.
    Elsa Akinason
     

     

    Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She’s never been happier. Please refer to her website – http://www.camichecketts.com for more information about her books.

    Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    A Bride for Keeps
    Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
    by
    Melissa Jagears


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    A Word From The Author:

    I am a stay at home mother on a tiny little farm with a fixer-upper house. As much as I love writing and reading about homesteaders, I am so glad I’m a homesteader during an era with modern grocery stores to take up for my slack. I am an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher by trade, and I still work occasionally in that field along with being my church’s financial secretary and writing novels.

    My husband and I have been married since 2001 and have a daughter and two little boys. My husband shares my fascination with traditional living except for being more hands on. He loves blacksmithing, knife smithing, traditional archery, hunting, etc. Generally whatever a mountain man does, he does it or has or wants to attempt it. He comes in handy for research! And of course, the rest of the family gets involved. I have my own blackpowder rifle, named Calvin, that my husband made for me. And I’m pretty sure my daughter is probably one of very few her age who can instruct adults how to shoot a longbow properly. The boy digs random holes in my yard to make “cement” with dirt and water making our yard a tripping hazard. The baby does what babies do.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    A Tender Tale of Love on the Prairie Perfect for CBA Readers!

    Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won't humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again--not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She's the prettiest woman he's ever seen, and it's just not possible she's there to marry a simple homesteader like him.

    Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she's determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.

    Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?

    If you would like to read the first chapter of A Bride for Keeps, go HERE.

    A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    A Plain Disappearance
    B&H Books (September 1, 2013)
    by
    Amanda Flower


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


    Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.



    ABOUT THE BOOK

    USA Today recently hailed award-nominated author Amanda Flower for A Plain Death, calling it “the first Amish rom-com . . . bring on the next one!” As the enthusiastic reviews continue to mount, she’s back with her third Appleseed Creek mystery, A Plain Disappearance.

    It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.

    Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.

    If you would like to read the first chapter of >A Plain Disappearance, go HERE.

    My Review:

    This was a great Amish mystery book. I have read the whole series and recommend reading them in order since the characters stay the same. I enjoyed seeing Chloe and Timothy's relationship develop more. The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. It is an Amish romance mystery book but with humor in it too. It is not super dark or serious but still a good mystery. I loved the whole series and recommend them. :)

    Saturday, October 12, 2013

    Unspoken by Dee Henderson (Review)






  • Paperback: 448 pages

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211713


  • Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.

    The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She's changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.

    She's never said a word--to the cops, to her doctors, to family--about those four years.

    A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn't find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.

    Bryce Bishop doesn't know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather's estate--and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her. But nothing else is working in his favor--she's decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she's willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She's not giving him much of an opening to work with.

    Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter...

    My Review:

    Overall I liked the book. The plot moves slower than what I am used to for this genre. There is not a lot of suspense and the story lagged in spots. The first hundred pages or so deals with Bryce Bishop and Charlotte exchanging coins. The author does a good job with coin descriptions. I wish the romance was more developed between them though. The characters were interesting but could have used a little more developing. I still liked the story. This is one of my all time favorite authors. I have read all of her books. Recommended. :)





    Dee Henderson is the author of eighteen novels, including Jennifer: An O'Malley Love Story, New York Times bestseller Full Disclosure, the acclaimed O'Malley series, and the Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois.

    Learn more at www.deehenderson.com.

    Review copy provided by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Honest Heart by Kaye Dacus

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Honest Heart
    B&H Books (October 15, 2013)
    by
    Kaye Dacus


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing, Harvest House Publishers, and B&H Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

    Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and educator who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an academic advisor and English Composition instructor for Bethel University.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

    Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with her.

    Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who possesses an honest heart?

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Honest Heart, go HERE

    Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Dark Justice
    B&H Books (October 1, 2013)
    by
    Brandilyn Collins


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e . . ."® Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.

    Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.

    When she's not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers' conferences.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back.

    While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved.

    The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twentyseven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?

    Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country . . .

    If you'd like to read the first chapter of Dark Justice, HERE.

    Friday, October 4, 2013

    A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer (Review)



  • Hardcover: 192 pages

  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 24, 2013)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0310336785




  • Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.
     
    Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? And was her intended’s gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?

    My Review:

    I enjoyed reading this historical Amish novella set at Christmas time. The year is 1945. Rose's fiancé has come home from the war. As an Amish man he is not supposed to fight. He chose to be a medic on the front lines. It put Rose in a hard place back home with everyone looking at her and talking about him and her. She ends up breaking up with him. He comes home and wants to get back together because he loves her. She still loves him but has a hard time accepting everything that happened. Then she finds out she was born English and left by her parents with her Amish parents. She starts to question everything she believes in and develops more compassion for him. Jonathan decides to track down her birth family as a Christmas present to her. And to possibly prove his love or get a second chance at a life with Rose. The characters and plot were engaging. It held my attention and I could not wait to see what happened next. Recommended. :)






    Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

    In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com

    Review copy provided by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    Pretty is as Pretty Does by Debby Mayne (Review)

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Pretty is as Pretty Does (bk 1)
    Bless Her Heart (bk 2)
    Tickled Pink (bk 3)
    (Bethany House March 1, 2007)
    by
    Debby Mayne


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Debby Mayne is a best-selling author who has published more than 25 books and novellas, 400 short stories and articles, and devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor, and a copy editor and proofreader. Her novel, Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from RT Book Review, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July. She and her husband Wally have two grown daughters, and live in Palm Harbor, Florida.

    ABOUT THE BOOKS

    Priscilla Slater goes to her ten-year high school reunion with equal parts dread and eager anticipation. Even though she’s a successful owner of a chain of hair salons and no longer has the mousy brown hair, crooked teeth, and discount-store wardrobe, she still feels like the ugly duckling. But when she arrives at the reunion, Priscilla soon realizes that her old classmates aren’t exactly as she remembers them. With humor and a just a touch of sassiness, Priscilla finds herself facing her own truth—and she may be surprised at what she discovers.

    As Priscilla Slater’s 15-year class reunion approaches, she decides to attend out of curiosity… and to flaunt her latest achievement—taking her business to a national level with the possibility of a TV show. As if getting ready for the event and putting up with the pranks of her former classmates isn’t enough, Priscilla’s hometown visit is further complicated by her parents’ separation. With the once-solid sanctuary of her home broken at the foundation, there’s only one thing Priscilla’s parents can agree on: no matter what sort of accolades their daughter receives as a hair stylist, she’s not living up to her potential. Eager to escape the painful reality of her childhood home, Priscilla bolts as soon as a call from New York brings good news: her offer to purchase one of the best salons in the country is likely to come through. But returning to New York means returning to Tim, Priscilla’s best friend and business pal who has been impatiently suggesting their relationship should be more than a friendship. Despite her recent achievements, will Priscilla learn that success doesn’t always result in popularity—or love?

    Priscilla Slater shows up at her 20-year reunion as a national celebrity. Her hair salon dynasty has skyrocketed, and to top it off, she has her own line of hair products. She has become a huge success with the “Ms. Prissy Big Hair” line that lets women with the thinnest of locks get the coveted “big hair” look so popular in the South. Her classmates have finally come to terms with adulthood, but they’re handling it with the grace of a Southern woman wearing white after Labor Day. It’s just downright awkward! Asserting the maturity that her classmates have often lacked, Priscilla holds her head high. But she can’t ignore everything. When she catches her mother in the arms of her former high school principal, Priscilla can’t get out of town fast enough. Eager to get back to her more comfortable life, Priscilla runs head on into an ultimatum: Tim tells her they’re not getting any younger—as if she has to be reminded.

    If you would like to read an excerpt from Pretty is as Pretty Does (bk 1), go HERE
    JOIN THE PARTY! Now that all three books have released, let’s party! (Yes, really!) Join our online class reunion the week of October 7, 2013 on Debby Mayne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/136447929891169/ Stop by to answer questions about the books, respond to fun polls, join in fun activities to help you reminisce your high school days, and win great prizes. Tell your friends and meet us there!

    My Review:

    I loved this series. The characters are well developed and interesting. I came to care about all of them. The main two characters are Tim and Priscilla. Priscilla is a beauty shop owner and entrepreneur. Tim is a sales rep for some of the supplies they use. Tim and Priscilla have a special relationship that is never really defined until the very end of the series. I don't want to spoil it for anyone. There are other great characters too. Her family, people she went to school with , and the ones she works with at the salon.  I love how Tim is part of her class reunion since he ends up helping to be around Priscilla. There were many hilarious moments in the book along with a few serious ones. I highly recommend this series. :)