Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack
An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.
Praise for Baked Alaska
Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie's life wouldn't be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just "happens" and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie's character, even if she is a busybody, you can't help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. :)
~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill
Josi's Top Ten Favorite Books:
*Disclaimer: Though this is a top ten list, it is not necessarily ranked. Consider each of these books as one of my top favorites, not necessarily my #1 or # 8 pick :-)
1-So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger. I absolutely love Leif Enger's writing and even though this plot might be considered slow to some, I loved everything about this book. I especially loved the opening paragraph--I laughed out loud at his characters near-embarrassment about not being tragic enough of a writer. Great book.
2-The Strength To Endure by Tristi Pinkston. This book had limited availablity and can be very hard to find, but it is a fascinating story that follows the journey of a baby born in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. It's one I worry about loaning out for fear I won't get it back and will find difficult to replace.
3-The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This book tells the story of a woman who's cancer cells changed the world. It is hard core science, but written in a way that was easy to follow. The author used a surprisingly neutral voice which I felt helped me to make up my own mind in regard to the ethics involved.
4-In the Company of Angels by David Farland. This fictional representation is based on accounts of the Willey Martin Handcart company. It sugar coats nothing and I appreciated the truth behind these stories. Though it showed the fallibility of many people involved on the ill fated pioneer migration, I found it very faith affirming.
5-Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Suess. I was introduced to this book through a freind, Julie Wright, who has an almost spiritual connection to the story. I picked it up--though I'm not sure how I missed it before her reccomendation--and fell in love. When my daughter graduated from high-school I had family members fill the front and back cover with advise. Now that she's gone to school, I can't read it without crying.
6-These is my words by Nancy E. Turner. This book is written in journal format and was incredible in many ways. You see Sarah grow through her entries and yet it reads so smoothly and is so captivating. I was convinced it was non-fiction until I did some research. Excellently executed book.
7-Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. This is another book written in journal form. It has a medieval setting, and some fantastical elements, and I devoured it in one sitting. Very fresh and entertaining story.
8-My Not So Fairy Tale Life by Julie Wright. I love that this book shows a fresh perspective both on LDS culture and adoption. I found the main character so real and I think of this story any time I learn of an unplanned pregnancy, or the decision someone makes to adopt or put their baby up for adoption. I have two copies of this book, one I loan out, and the other I keep in my cedar chest.
9-The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This is a non-fiction book about the authors childhood and how her parents mental illnesses and addictions influenced her life. I've read other similar accounts, but I was impressed with the voice this author chose to use. She is not angry, and she is not cruel in her accounts. Rather she is sympathetic yet honest about what took place. I enjoyed that perspective and found that it helped me be more fair in my own assessments.
Author Josi S. Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.
Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.
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