I love books — those bound pages of the written words that can take a reader on a magic carpet ride to faraway places or to distant times past. Not only do they take me to places I may never get to see in person, they also teach me about cultures and eras so different from my own, but eerily similar. I can’t imagine not being able to read.
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Love, faith and family are at the heart of Becky Wade’s latest novel, “Her One and Only,” as the youngest Porter sibling — a now 26-year-old Dru — takes center stage in the final installment of Wade’s four-part series.
Sometimes gardening books are complicated, formulaic or intimidating with lots of data and complex charts. Information overload! But in Cheryl Beesley’s new book, “Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas,” published by Texas A&M University Press, she takes a natural approach, like she’s walking you through her garden giving helpful tips. And she is on every page. The concept of combining ornamental plants with edible ones in landscaping schemes is centuries old, but Beesley’s book is the first one to focus on edible gardening and landscape designs just for Texas. And that’s a daunting task since Texas has seven of the 26 U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones.
Lisa Wingate’s latest novel, “The Sea Keeper’s Daughters,” is the final book in a trilogy that revolves around a family mystery that spans decades. Once again Wingate takes her readers on an eloquent trip through time as she travels from the 19th century to the 21st century.
In her book, “Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned that Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes,” published by Tyndale Momentum, Texas author, mom and wife, Kristen Welch, describes the day that she and her husband identified entitlement in their children.
“God and Churchill,” by Jonathan Sandys and Wallace Henley, a Tyndale Momentum publication, is a literary journey into the spiritual dimension of Sandys’ great-grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 during World War II, and again from 1951 to 1955.
By Sharon White
Murder, mayhem, mystery, on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, plot twists, love and betrayal keep your eyes riveted to the pages of “Firewall,” by DiAnn Mills, published by Tyndale House.
In a flash. That’s all it takes to fall in love with “Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith and Second Chances,” by Rachel Anne Ridge
Have you ever wondered about those majestic oak trees you see dotting the Texas landscape? In their book, “Famous Trees of Texas,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Texas A&M Forest Service, authors Gretchen Riley and Peter D. Smith take you on a journey across land and time as they give voice to some Texas’ oldest and most famous trees.
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Millers Smokehouse in Belton has become the go-to place for a hearty plate of smoked brisket, turkey, pork and sausage, not to mention all the trimmings.
For Joey and Charlie Daniel, tying the knot was more than just a metaphor for exchanging wedding vows. The couple met on Belton Lake, introduced by mutual sailing friends. Their first date was aboard a Spirit 23 sailboat.
By CATHERINE HOSMAN