With This Kiss
When Phoenix Dye returns to Nottoway, Virginia after an eleven year absence, little does he know that the bothersome triplets who live across the road from him are his children by the only woman he has ever loved.
Karina Wallace, now a restaurant owner, once believed in love, too, but all that changed after that one incredible summer spent with Phoenix. He disappeared without a trace, leaving her pregnant and alone. Now he’s back and she’s torn between telling him the truth and leaving things as they are. She feels Phoenix will only be in town for a short time. Why let the triplets fall in love with him only to be heartbroken when he leaves? But when a blackmailer approaches her, will she be forced to tell him the truth?
The triplets are at it again in WITH THIS KISS, a re-write of the second title in the Welcome to Nottoway series. They are ten and up to their usual mischief while they search for a husband for their mother. Book three, INTIMATE SECRETS, featuring Karina’s brother, Jonathan, and Gladys Jones’ daughter, Johanna, will be out soon. If you’ve already read WITH THIS KISS and wondering what happened to Jonathan’s fiancée, all will be revealed in this book.
I have two young adult daughters whose cooking skills vary widely. The oldest can maybe prepare a couple of dishes under duress. The youngest, an aspiring chef, only wants to cook when she’s experimenting with gourmet feasts for her future restaurant. My son cooks more than his girlfriend. But reality is, we have to eat daily and few people actually cook any more. When I was a child, my mother cooked practically every day. Eating out was a novelty. But today, in our fast-food nation, eating a home-cooked meal seems to be rare.
My heroine owns a restaurant. With the cooking shows and reality TV shows about food, do you think we are moving farther from cooking? I love to cook and will spend hours in the kitchen preparing meals, but I hate the clean-up afterward. Do you think that cooking shows bring more people into the kitchen? Or do you think it won’t have an effect on younger people?
Not only is mealtime for nourishment, but it is also a family gathering. Children learn proper etiquette and there is family-time conversation. It’s the one time many families can be together to discuss the events in their day. Schedules are so busy now that we rarely have time to spend in the kitchen.
Many kitchens have beautiful stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, and top of the line pots and pans that don’t get used. With our change in lifestyle, are we losing an important element in our lives? What is your impression of the focus on food and food shows? Do you ever make any of the dishes that you see on TV?
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