Item description for Recipes & Wooden Spoons (Tales From Grace Chapel Inn #2) by Judy Baer...
Overview While cleaning out the cluttered basement of Grace Chapel Inn, Jane Howard finds an old cookbooks brimming with her mother's recipes and handwritten notes.
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Studio: Ideals Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher IDEALS PUBLICATIONS #355
Series Tales From Grace Chapel Inn
Series Number 2
ISBN 0824947010 ISBN13 9780824947019
Availability 0 units.
More About Judy Baer
JUDY BAER is the award-winning author of nearly eighty books. As well as being a full-time writer, Judy is also a writing and life coach, a wife, a mother of two daughters, and a stepmother of three. She lives in Minnesota.
Judy Baer currently resides in the state of North Dakota.
Reviews - What do customers think about Recipes & Wooden Spoons?
Recipes & Wooden Spoons (Tales from Chapel Inn, Book 2 Jul 5, 2008
I have just recently discovered the Chapel Inn Series of books. After reading the first two books in the series I am thoroughly enjoying these stories.
I would highly recommend this series.
I call it #3 in Tales from Grace Chapel Inn Jul 2, 2008
I've read about 10 of the "Tales from Grace Chapel Inn" and like this one the best. The book focuses on the youngest sister (age 50) Jane. Because Jane is a chef there is also actual recipes in the book which adds a nice touch. If you have not read any of the series start with the first one "Back Home Again" and then the second "Going to the Chapel". If you read those 2 first it will make this one event better.
"the Lord does work in mysterious ways." Mar 3, 2008
Loved this book...and it was entertaining, and a quick fast read. I love the recipes, and have tryed several. The faith these women have grown up with(there father was the minister of Grace Chapel.) The work that the lord does, never stops me from being amazed. I do love all the books from Grace Chapel Inn. I would love to go there some day. I am there already in my thoughts. I wonder how the different people are doing today. Almost like a soap. I don't want it to end. I will get through all the books someday, but not today. Have a wonderful read. And never be surprized at the mysterious ways our Lord works.
Touching Tale Oct 24, 2007
In this second installment of the "Grace Chapel Series" we find, Jane, youngest sister at 50, battling with old demons while plotting her future. She and two older sisters own a lovely little Bed and Breakfast and Jane is the artistic one in charge of the kitchen. While cleaning one day she finds her deceased mother's cookbook stashed away. Having never known her mother(she died having Jane) the cookbook aids her in finding the matriarch she desperately needed. A connection; a commonality. She finds comfort from the recipes and words of wisdom pressed between the pages of her mother's legacy.
This novel touched me deeply and had me in tears often. However, in the end, I was enfused with hope and joy as Jane was. Lovely writing, lovely story and lovely message.
Readers who like a cozy, relaxing read and delicious recipes should enjoy this latest installment in the series Jun 5, 2007
In RECIPES & WOODEN SPOONS, Judy Baer continues the Tales from Grace Chapel Inn series begun by Melody Carlson in BACK HOME AGAIN. In this book, Jane, an artsy 50-year-old divorcée with a flair for cooking, takes center stage. She and her two aged sisters --- Alice, a practical nurse who has always been single, and Louise, a widowed musician --- have gotten their bed and breakfast off and running in their old Victorian family home. If you haven't read BACK HOME AGAIN, stop now and begin with book one --- it lays the groundwork for everything in RECIPES & WOODEN SPOONS.
When Jane, the designated innkeeper and chef, finds an old recipe book belonging to Madeleine, her mother who died at her birth, she discovers more than just recipes. She finds a window of understanding into her own personality and glimpses of the mother she never knew. Her crotchety Aunt Ethel tells her that her mother is where she gets her "foolishness," doing such things as in-line skating around the small town of Acorn Hill, Pennsylvania. And, "You've always been different from the rest of us," her sister Louise tells her. Jane hungers to know more about her mother. The ladies in her church had often assured her that she was like her mother in personality and style. But, "Who was she really? Who was Madeleine in the privacy of her own thoughts and the emotions of her heart?" Jane wonders.
Things are not all wine and roses at the upstart B&B. Louise is on the warpath about the cost of the ingredients Jane is using in her mouthwatering meals. Jane, a professional chef, is determined to serve only the best. More squabbles ensue. Were her sisters afraid of failing with the new B&B? Is Jane being overly sensitive? And can Jane let go of the guilt she feels over her mother's death when she was born? The tension doesn't rise much more than this throughout the book, making it a quiet, relaxing read with some light drama.
Meanwhile, is it romance or friendship that is blooming between Jane and Pastor Ken Thompson? Aunt Ethel tells Jane she's robbing the cradle. At 45 years old or so, Pastor Ken is a good five years younger than Jane is. And what about the handsome traveling pharmacist who comes to stay? Is he interested in Jane also? Faith helps Jane keep her sense of humor and is the axis upon which the B&B revolves. Muses Jane, "God was tapping on her shoulder every day. From now on she would pay attention and rely on His guiding hand."
There are plenty of people in Acorn Hill who need God's help --- and that of the sisters. Sylvia, the proprietor of Sylvia's Buttons, is chockfull of artistic talent, just waiting for someone to help her realize her potential. Young Josie is a cute but somewhat neglected little girl, and Joe Morales is a homeless Hispanic man looking for work. But, as Jane tells a guest whose unexpected stroke lengthens her stay, "You aren't the only one who came to Acorn Hill to heal. I came with plenty of wounds myself."
Baer spins her tale with only a few problems. Sometimes, the words Madeleine pens in the cookbook seem overly prescient. "Maybe someday one of my daughters will open this book, try a recipe or two and think of me. It's odd, but I never think of myself as an old woman baking for my grandchildren. Is it because I will never have grandchildren, or because I will never be old?" Would a woman really write this in her cookbook? But the actual recipes sprinkled throughout the novel are a treat: mouthwatering items such as Swedish pancakes, porcupine meatballs and chocolate waffles. Most involve just a few ingredients, although some, like "Madeleine's Truffles," are a little more involved preparation-wise.
It's a winning combination. Readers who like a cozy, relaxing read and delicious recipes should enjoy this latest installment in the series.