Mary Jo Putney’s Not Quite A Wife

NotQuiteAWifeAnne here, interviewing Mary Jo Putney about NOT QUITE A WIFE, the latest in the wonderful "Lost Lords" series — which goes on sale tomorrow. Mary Jo, congratulations on this release. Another excellent read.  

A starred review from Library Journal described NOT QUITE A WIFE thus: "A deeply caring, capable heroine who struggles with her feelings about violence and a ruthless, protective spymaster hero with a well-honed sense of justice gradually work through their differences to find common ground in this provocative, penetrating romance. Undeniable passion wars with clashing views on right and wrong in another memorable masterpiece from one of the genre's best. Gorgeously done."  

Kirkus Reviews said: "Elegant and tender; a compelling sweep of romance and adventure with a gratifying undertone of social justice elements."  

This story is linked to the others in the series through The Westerfield Academy — the boarding school for "boys of good birth and bad behavior" that James Kirkland attended, along with his good friend, the heroine's brother.  

Kirkland, and his heroine Laurel, were in fact, very young when they met, fell madly in love, married . . . and parted, after Laurel witnessed a shocking act of violence on the part of her young husband.  The story starts ten years later when, after a long separation, a chance meeting leads to a brief, passionate encounter. . . and unexpected consequences.     

Anne:  Mary Jo, tell us about Kirkland and his heroine, Laurel.  

MJP:  James Kirkland is the enigmatic spymaster who has had roles in all the other books.  He's deeply loyal to his friends and his country, and I've portrayed him as lonely and rather haunted.  We find out why at the very beginning of the book when it turns out he married young and had been estranged for over ten years.  His emotions are deep and well controlled.  He does guilt well.  <G>  

He fell in love with Laurel for her warmth and kindness, qualities he is in desperate need of.  Music is also a deep bond that they share.  I don't have much in the way of musical talent or knowledge, but I loved the idea that it was through music that two such different people could connect and express their love for each other.  

That idea is beautifully illustrated in this youtube video of a four-handed rendition of Vivaldi's Spring from the Four Seasons.  Imagine Kirkland and Laurel playing together like that!    

Anne:  Laurel is an idealistic young woman, devoted to the good works she and her brother provide for local woman in particular. It was a time when young women of birth, principle and education increasingly grew involved with charitable works. Why do you think this was so?   Berkeley_Square2005

MJP: I think it was a consequence of the 18th century Enlightenment, also called the Age of Reason.  Hierarchy and the great chain of being got tossed in favor of logic and valuing of individuals.  There was also the influence of evangelicals like the anti-slavery reformers William Wilberforce and Hannah More.  Charitable works gave meaningful outlets to women like Laurel.  She's not the only one of my heroines to have such reformist tendencies!  I'm pretty sure that says something about me. <G>  

Nutt-Ices2A lighter bit of research was on Berkeley Square (above), where Kirkland House is located.  In real life, it was also the location of the famous Gunter's Tea Shop, which often appears in Regency romances as a place where the fashionable can nibble on deliciously flavored ice while sitting in one's carriage, chatting with one's beaux.  It's an important location in the book, and yes, that also says something about me. <G>

(Note the icecreams above are made from Georgian-era recipes by Ivan Day, and are from his Historic Food site, used with permission. Front – from left to right – bergamot water ice and punch water ice. Back – left to right – royal cream ice, chocolate cream ice, burnt filbert cream ice and parmesan cream ice.)

Anne: There's a subplot involving slavery — it's not an area often touched on in Regency-era stories? What prompted it?
  

MJP: Again, that's from my own personal outrage at the sheer, evil wrongness of slavery.  One of my historical fantasy romances, A Distant Magic, is built around the 18th Century British abolition movement.  These great social changes are one of the things that make the Georgian and Regency eras so interesting.    

Anne: I agree. Can you give us a brief taste of NOT QUITE A WIFE?    

MJP: Here's a bit when they've met up again.  Kirkland had been mugged in Bristol and was taken to the infirmary run by his estranged wife, Laurel, and her brother.  

        Keeping his voice equally businesslike, he said, “Thank you for caring for me.  Bristol is lucky to have you and Daniel and your infirmary.”  He lifted the purse of coins Rhodes had left and handed it to her.  “To help others.”            
        She accepted the purse with a nod of thanks.  “You’re already supporting most of the infirmary through the income you settled on me when we separated, but this will be put to good use.”
        “I’m sure.”  He hesitated, wanting to say something more significant. “Though it was an accident, I’m not sorry I ended up here.  It’s good to know you’re well and doing meaningful work.”            
        Her expression softened.  “I’m also glad to see you.  I had a sense of incompleteness about our…relationship.  Now it feels properly finished.”  
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t was a marriage, not a relationship. Luckily, he was good at concealing pain.  “Will you tell your brother I was here?”         
        She shrugged.  “Not unless someone on the staff mentions to Daniel that we treated a lord while he was away and he asks me about it.”            
        “That will spare his temper.”  Knowing it was time to leave, Kirkland stood, willing himself not to sway.  “If you ever need my aid, don’t hesitate to ask.”            
        “That’s unlikely to be necessary,” she said in a cool voice.              
        He suspected that her real reaction was I’ll ask for your help when there are icicles in hell, but she was too much a lady to say that.  Since he might fall over if he tried to bow, he just inclined his head.  “Goodbye, Laurel.  And thank you.”             
        He took one last, lingering look, committing to memory her grace and grave intelligence.  His wife had been a lovely girl.  Now she was a quietly beautiful woman, no longer his.            
        Never again his.               

         After James left, Laurel sank into the chair beside the examination table and locked her shaking hands in her lap.  Thank heaven he was gone, and she’d managed not to lose her composure.  It was rather shocking how deeply he still affected her. The reverse wasn’t true. He had been glad to see, but he’d left without looking back.             
        Pray God the blasted man didn’t end up in her infirmary again.    

Anne: I love that point in the novel, where the reader just knows their expectations are going to go horribly, deliciously wrong. So, what are you working on now? Who's next in the series?   

MJP:  I'm now madly immersed in Lost Lords #7, Not Always a Saint. The hero is Laurel's brother Daniel, and the heroine is a new character.  He's the saint, she's the wicked woman. <G>  

Anne: Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks so much for this interview, Mary Jo — I'm sure readers are looking forward to reading this story as much as I was. And they won't be disappointed.

MJP: Thanks, Anne.

Mary Jo is giving away a copy of NOT QUITE A WIFE to some who leaves a comment or tells us — what's your favorite ice-cream flavor? And what's the most unusual icecream you've ever had?

370 thoughts on “Mary Jo Putney’s Not Quite A Wife”

  1. Mmmmm… Ice cream! So many flavours to choose from! I think my favorite is mint chocolate chip. I’m not so sure about that Parmesan ice cream in the picture though. I think the modern palette is conditioned to sweet ice cream, not savoury ones. I wonder when that changed. (Or maybe I’m just hopelessly plebeian in my dessert tastes…I could see the Iron Chef chefs making savoury ice creams. I just don’t think I’d enjoy them!)

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  2. Mmmmm… Ice cream! So many flavours to choose from! I think my favorite is mint chocolate chip. I’m not so sure about that Parmesan ice cream in the picture though. I think the modern palette is conditioned to sweet ice cream, not savoury ones. I wonder when that changed. (Or maybe I’m just hopelessly plebeian in my dessert tastes…I could see the Iron Chef chefs making savoury ice creams. I just don’t think I’d enjoy them!)

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  3. Mmmmm… Ice cream! So many flavours to choose from! I think my favorite is mint chocolate chip. I’m not so sure about that Parmesan ice cream in the picture though. I think the modern palette is conditioned to sweet ice cream, not savoury ones. I wonder when that changed. (Or maybe I’m just hopelessly plebeian in my dessert tastes…I could see the Iron Chef chefs making savoury ice creams. I just don’t think I’d enjoy them!)

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  4. Mmmmm… Ice cream! So many flavours to choose from! I think my favorite is mint chocolate chip. I’m not so sure about that Parmesan ice cream in the picture though. I think the modern palette is conditioned to sweet ice cream, not savoury ones. I wonder when that changed. (Or maybe I’m just hopelessly plebeian in my dessert tastes…I could see the Iron Chef chefs making savoury ice creams. I just don’t think I’d enjoy them!)

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  5. Mmmmm… Ice cream! So many flavours to choose from! I think my favorite is mint chocolate chip. I’m not so sure about that Parmesan ice cream in the picture though. I think the modern palette is conditioned to sweet ice cream, not savoury ones. I wonder when that changed. (Or maybe I’m just hopelessly plebeian in my dessert tastes…I could see the Iron Chef chefs making savoury ice creams. I just don’t think I’d enjoy them!)

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  6. I always learn something new about history from Ms. Putney’s posts! I love the phrase ‘cream ice’; it makes ice cream sound so very elegant. Very much looking forward to reading this book.

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  7. I always learn something new about history from Ms. Putney’s posts! I love the phrase ‘cream ice’; it makes ice cream sound so very elegant. Very much looking forward to reading this book.

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  8. I always learn something new about history from Ms. Putney’s posts! I love the phrase ‘cream ice’; it makes ice cream sound so very elegant. Very much looking forward to reading this book.

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  9. I always learn something new about history from Ms. Putney’s posts! I love the phrase ‘cream ice’; it makes ice cream sound so very elegant. Very much looking forward to reading this book.

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  10. I always learn something new about history from Ms. Putney’s posts! I love the phrase ‘cream ice’; it makes ice cream sound so very elegant. Very much looking forward to reading this book.

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  11. Off to buy this immediately. A lonely, haunted hero who does guilt well is exactly my sort of chap.
    Ices are a bonus. (Really fancy the bergamot,though. Really classy displacement activity, trying out a reciple for that one. But no, no, it will have to wait, I have books to write . . . )

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  12. Off to buy this immediately. A lonely, haunted hero who does guilt well is exactly my sort of chap.
    Ices are a bonus. (Really fancy the bergamot,though. Really classy displacement activity, trying out a reciple for that one. But no, no, it will have to wait, I have books to write . . . )

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  13. Off to buy this immediately. A lonely, haunted hero who does guilt well is exactly my sort of chap.
    Ices are a bonus. (Really fancy the bergamot,though. Really classy displacement activity, trying out a reciple for that one. But no, no, it will have to wait, I have books to write . . . )

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  14. Off to buy this immediately. A lonely, haunted hero who does guilt well is exactly my sort of chap.
    Ices are a bonus. (Really fancy the bergamot,though. Really classy displacement activity, trying out a reciple for that one. But no, no, it will have to wait, I have books to write . . . )

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  15. Off to buy this immediately. A lonely, haunted hero who does guilt well is exactly my sort of chap.
    Ices are a bonus. (Really fancy the bergamot,though. Really classy displacement activity, trying out a reciple for that one. But no, no, it will have to wait, I have books to write . . . )

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  16. Lucky me, I own an electric ice cream maker that lets me dream up a flavor and be eating it 30 minutes later! (No freezing the bucket for 24 hours beforehand.) I’ve made and liked corn ice cream and buttermilk-grapefruit sorbet, among others, and my next project is Worcestershire sauce ice cream. (I like Worcestershire on my kettle popcorn, so why not in ice cream?) Savory ice cream is not without sugar, just has a contrasting flavor along with it.
    Ice cream out: My all-time favorite has to be Swenson’s Sticky Chewy Chocolate, but we no longer have Swenson’s in my area. So my current favorite is Gelato Spot’s Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie. Mmmmm . . .

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  17. Lucky me, I own an electric ice cream maker that lets me dream up a flavor and be eating it 30 minutes later! (No freezing the bucket for 24 hours beforehand.) I’ve made and liked corn ice cream and buttermilk-grapefruit sorbet, among others, and my next project is Worcestershire sauce ice cream. (I like Worcestershire on my kettle popcorn, so why not in ice cream?) Savory ice cream is not without sugar, just has a contrasting flavor along with it.
    Ice cream out: My all-time favorite has to be Swenson’s Sticky Chewy Chocolate, but we no longer have Swenson’s in my area. So my current favorite is Gelato Spot’s Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie. Mmmmm . . .

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  18. Lucky me, I own an electric ice cream maker that lets me dream up a flavor and be eating it 30 minutes later! (No freezing the bucket for 24 hours beforehand.) I’ve made and liked corn ice cream and buttermilk-grapefruit sorbet, among others, and my next project is Worcestershire sauce ice cream. (I like Worcestershire on my kettle popcorn, so why not in ice cream?) Savory ice cream is not without sugar, just has a contrasting flavor along with it.
    Ice cream out: My all-time favorite has to be Swenson’s Sticky Chewy Chocolate, but we no longer have Swenson’s in my area. So my current favorite is Gelato Spot’s Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie. Mmmmm . . .

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  19. Lucky me, I own an electric ice cream maker that lets me dream up a flavor and be eating it 30 minutes later! (No freezing the bucket for 24 hours beforehand.) I’ve made and liked corn ice cream and buttermilk-grapefruit sorbet, among others, and my next project is Worcestershire sauce ice cream. (I like Worcestershire on my kettle popcorn, so why not in ice cream?) Savory ice cream is not without sugar, just has a contrasting flavor along with it.
    Ice cream out: My all-time favorite has to be Swenson’s Sticky Chewy Chocolate, but we no longer have Swenson’s in my area. So my current favorite is Gelato Spot’s Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie. Mmmmm . . .

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  20. Lucky me, I own an electric ice cream maker that lets me dream up a flavor and be eating it 30 minutes later! (No freezing the bucket for 24 hours beforehand.) I’ve made and liked corn ice cream and buttermilk-grapefruit sorbet, among others, and my next project is Worcestershire sauce ice cream. (I like Worcestershire on my kettle popcorn, so why not in ice cream?) Savory ice cream is not without sugar, just has a contrasting flavor along with it.
    Ice cream out: My all-time favorite has to be Swenson’s Sticky Chewy Chocolate, but we no longer have Swenson’s in my area. So my current favorite is Gelato Spot’s Salted Caramel Fudge Brownie. Mmmmm . . .

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  21. It’s been years, but I loved home made huckleberry ice cream. But butter pecan remains my favorite.
    There’s a place in Ohio that is an outdoor walk up stand. You eat at shared picnic tables or in the car.

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  22. It’s been years, but I loved home made huckleberry ice cream. But butter pecan remains my favorite.
    There’s a place in Ohio that is an outdoor walk up stand. You eat at shared picnic tables or in the car.

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  23. It’s been years, but I loved home made huckleberry ice cream. But butter pecan remains my favorite.
    There’s a place in Ohio that is an outdoor walk up stand. You eat at shared picnic tables or in the car.

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  24. It’s been years, but I loved home made huckleberry ice cream. But butter pecan remains my favorite.
    There’s a place in Ohio that is an outdoor walk up stand. You eat at shared picnic tables or in the car.

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  25. It’s been years, but I loved home made huckleberry ice cream. But butter pecan remains my favorite.
    There’s a place in Ohio that is an outdoor walk up stand. You eat at shared picnic tables or in the car.

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  26. Hi Anne and Mary Jo, I am a traditionalist when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate is still my favourite although vanilla, hazelnut and coffee rank high too. Actually, I think my traditionalism is colour-based. I can’t eat pistachio because my brain is very, very suspicious of green foods – unless they are mint, kiwi fruit or grapes. There are probably other acceptable green foods, but icecream is not one of them!

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  27. Hi Anne and Mary Jo, I am a traditionalist when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate is still my favourite although vanilla, hazelnut and coffee rank high too. Actually, I think my traditionalism is colour-based. I can’t eat pistachio because my brain is very, very suspicious of green foods – unless they are mint, kiwi fruit or grapes. There are probably other acceptable green foods, but icecream is not one of them!

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  28. Hi Anne and Mary Jo, I am a traditionalist when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate is still my favourite although vanilla, hazelnut and coffee rank high too. Actually, I think my traditionalism is colour-based. I can’t eat pistachio because my brain is very, very suspicious of green foods – unless they are mint, kiwi fruit or grapes. There are probably other acceptable green foods, but icecream is not one of them!

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  29. Hi Anne and Mary Jo, I am a traditionalist when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate is still my favourite although vanilla, hazelnut and coffee rank high too. Actually, I think my traditionalism is colour-based. I can’t eat pistachio because my brain is very, very suspicious of green foods – unless they are mint, kiwi fruit or grapes. There are probably other acceptable green foods, but icecream is not one of them!

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  30. Hi Anne and Mary Jo, I am a traditionalist when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate is still my favourite although vanilla, hazelnut and coffee rank high too. Actually, I think my traditionalism is colour-based. I can’t eat pistachio because my brain is very, very suspicious of green foods – unless they are mint, kiwi fruit or grapes. There are probably other acceptable green foods, but icecream is not one of them!

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  31. I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I also love Mary Jo’s books and this one sounds like another winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I also love Mary Jo’s books and this one sounds like another winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I also love Mary Jo’s books and this one sounds like another winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I also love Mary Jo’s books and this one sounds like another winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I also love Mary Jo’s books and this one sounds like another winner. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  36. I never met any ice cream I could not like. All is good. I have enjoyed Anniversary Cake, watermelon sherbet and Poteet Strawberry is one of my favorites.

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  37. I never met any ice cream I could not like. All is good. I have enjoyed Anniversary Cake, watermelon sherbet and Poteet Strawberry is one of my favorites.

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  38. I never met any ice cream I could not like. All is good. I have enjoyed Anniversary Cake, watermelon sherbet and Poteet Strawberry is one of my favorites.

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  39. I never met any ice cream I could not like. All is good. I have enjoyed Anniversary Cake, watermelon sherbet and Poteet Strawberry is one of my favorites.

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  40. I never met any ice cream I could not like. All is good. I have enjoyed Anniversary Cake, watermelon sherbet and Poteet Strawberry is one of my favorites.

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  41. Vanilla is my favorite but only because I can add whatever extra to it that I want–blackberry jam is my choice recently. Most unusual flavor I’ve tasted is black walnut, an ice cream I haven’t seen again since my long ago childhood.

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  42. Vanilla is my favorite but only because I can add whatever extra to it that I want–blackberry jam is my choice recently. Most unusual flavor I’ve tasted is black walnut, an ice cream I haven’t seen again since my long ago childhood.

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  43. Vanilla is my favorite but only because I can add whatever extra to it that I want–blackberry jam is my choice recently. Most unusual flavor I’ve tasted is black walnut, an ice cream I haven’t seen again since my long ago childhood.

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  44. Vanilla is my favorite but only because I can add whatever extra to it that I want–blackberry jam is my choice recently. Most unusual flavor I’ve tasted is black walnut, an ice cream I haven’t seen again since my long ago childhood.

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  45. Vanilla is my favorite but only because I can add whatever extra to it that I want–blackberry jam is my choice recently. Most unusual flavor I’ve tasted is black walnut, an ice cream I haven’t seen again since my long ago childhood.

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  46. I like Kirkland so much I almost dislike Laurel in advance. I am for the wives who actually face personal danger, a mistress in the house, and other such affronts but have scant sympathy for those who seem to run away by being frightened by the equivalent of a mouse. I had a very good husband– though my children sometimes tell me that is because he died before I could drive him to murder me–so do not have personal experience of abuses. However, among family and friends and acquaintances, I have come across some who had good reason to leave a husband. Leaving a warrior because he acted like one, though not against one’s self doesn’t seem any more reasonable than Lady Byron leaving Byron.
    I will have to load up on 32 varieties of Ice cream to read the book . I like pistachio, moose tracks, raspberry, butter pecan– as I said 32 varieties.
    The excerpt has already engaged my emotions.

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  47. I like Kirkland so much I almost dislike Laurel in advance. I am for the wives who actually face personal danger, a mistress in the house, and other such affronts but have scant sympathy for those who seem to run away by being frightened by the equivalent of a mouse. I had a very good husband– though my children sometimes tell me that is because he died before I could drive him to murder me–so do not have personal experience of abuses. However, among family and friends and acquaintances, I have come across some who had good reason to leave a husband. Leaving a warrior because he acted like one, though not against one’s self doesn’t seem any more reasonable than Lady Byron leaving Byron.
    I will have to load up on 32 varieties of Ice cream to read the book . I like pistachio, moose tracks, raspberry, butter pecan– as I said 32 varieties.
    The excerpt has already engaged my emotions.

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  48. I like Kirkland so much I almost dislike Laurel in advance. I am for the wives who actually face personal danger, a mistress in the house, and other such affronts but have scant sympathy for those who seem to run away by being frightened by the equivalent of a mouse. I had a very good husband– though my children sometimes tell me that is because he died before I could drive him to murder me–so do not have personal experience of abuses. However, among family and friends and acquaintances, I have come across some who had good reason to leave a husband. Leaving a warrior because he acted like one, though not against one’s self doesn’t seem any more reasonable than Lady Byron leaving Byron.
    I will have to load up on 32 varieties of Ice cream to read the book . I like pistachio, moose tracks, raspberry, butter pecan– as I said 32 varieties.
    The excerpt has already engaged my emotions.

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  49. I like Kirkland so much I almost dislike Laurel in advance. I am for the wives who actually face personal danger, a mistress in the house, and other such affronts but have scant sympathy for those who seem to run away by being frightened by the equivalent of a mouse. I had a very good husband– though my children sometimes tell me that is because he died before I could drive him to murder me–so do not have personal experience of abuses. However, among family and friends and acquaintances, I have come across some who had good reason to leave a husband. Leaving a warrior because he acted like one, though not against one’s self doesn’t seem any more reasonable than Lady Byron leaving Byron.
    I will have to load up on 32 varieties of Ice cream to read the book . I like pistachio, moose tracks, raspberry, butter pecan– as I said 32 varieties.
    The excerpt has already engaged my emotions.

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  50. I like Kirkland so much I almost dislike Laurel in advance. I am for the wives who actually face personal danger, a mistress in the house, and other such affronts but have scant sympathy for those who seem to run away by being frightened by the equivalent of a mouse. I had a very good husband– though my children sometimes tell me that is because he died before I could drive him to murder me–so do not have personal experience of abuses. However, among family and friends and acquaintances, I have come across some who had good reason to leave a husband. Leaving a warrior because he acted like one, though not against one’s self doesn’t seem any more reasonable than Lady Byron leaving Byron.
    I will have to load up on 32 varieties of Ice cream to read the book . I like pistachio, moose tracks, raspberry, butter pecan– as I said 32 varieties.
    The excerpt has already engaged my emotions.

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  51. I’m very partial to a lemon sorbet. And here in South Africa, the Graham Hotel in Grahamstown used to do a deep-fried ice-cream that was a dessert staple.

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  52. I’m very partial to a lemon sorbet. And here in South Africa, the Graham Hotel in Grahamstown used to do a deep-fried ice-cream that was a dessert staple.

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  53. I’m very partial to a lemon sorbet. And here in South Africa, the Graham Hotel in Grahamstown used to do a deep-fried ice-cream that was a dessert staple.

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  54. I’m very partial to a lemon sorbet. And here in South Africa, the Graham Hotel in Grahamstown used to do a deep-fried ice-cream that was a dessert staple.

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  55. I’m very partial to a lemon sorbet. And here in South Africa, the Graham Hotel in Grahamstown used to do a deep-fried ice-cream that was a dessert staple.

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  56. I’m a pretty boring person. My favorite is still plain ole chocolate. The most unusual ice-cream I’ve eaten is nutella ice-cream. Btw hope Mary Jo is giving away an e-copy since I don’t live in the US.

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  57. I’m a pretty boring person. My favorite is still plain ole chocolate. The most unusual ice-cream I’ve eaten is nutella ice-cream. Btw hope Mary Jo is giving away an e-copy since I don’t live in the US.

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  58. I’m a pretty boring person. My favorite is still plain ole chocolate. The most unusual ice-cream I’ve eaten is nutella ice-cream. Btw hope Mary Jo is giving away an e-copy since I don’t live in the US.

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  59. I’m a pretty boring person. My favorite is still plain ole chocolate. The most unusual ice-cream I’ve eaten is nutella ice-cream. Btw hope Mary Jo is giving away an e-copy since I don’t live in the US.

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  60. I’m a pretty boring person. My favorite is still plain ole chocolate. The most unusual ice-cream I’ve eaten is nutella ice-cream. Btw hope Mary Jo is giving away an e-copy since I don’t live in the US.

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  61. My most unique ice-cream was the homemade variety we tried from Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse (1708-1770).

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  62. My most unique ice-cream was the homemade variety we tried from Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse (1708-1770).

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  63. My most unique ice-cream was the homemade variety we tried from Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse (1708-1770).

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  64. My most unique ice-cream was the homemade variety we tried from Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse (1708-1770).

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  65. My most unique ice-cream was the homemade variety we tried from Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse (1708-1770).

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  66. Wonderful interview, Mary Jo and Anne. How delicious that readers have another mouthwatering story from MJP to savor—that WAY better than ice cream . . . even Gunter’s flavorful creations! (I have to confess, I was lucky enough to get an advance nibble and it’s fabulous.)

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  67. Wonderful interview, Mary Jo and Anne. How delicious that readers have another mouthwatering story from MJP to savor—that WAY better than ice cream . . . even Gunter’s flavorful creations! (I have to confess, I was lucky enough to get an advance nibble and it’s fabulous.)

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  68. Wonderful interview, Mary Jo and Anne. How delicious that readers have another mouthwatering story from MJP to savor—that WAY better than ice cream . . . even Gunter’s flavorful creations! (I have to confess, I was lucky enough to get an advance nibble and it’s fabulous.)

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  69. Wonderful interview, Mary Jo and Anne. How delicious that readers have another mouthwatering story from MJP to savor—that WAY better than ice cream . . . even Gunter’s flavorful creations! (I have to confess, I was lucky enough to get an advance nibble and it’s fabulous.)

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  70. Wonderful interview, Mary Jo and Anne. How delicious that readers have another mouthwatering story from MJP to savor—that WAY better than ice cream . . . even Gunter’s flavorful creations! (I have to confess, I was lucky enough to get an advance nibble and it’s fabulous.)

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  71. My choice of ice cream depends on my mood – sometimes a rich chocolate, or a fresh strawberry or peach, vanilla on warm apple pie. But straight out of the container for a nice treat I’ll go with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia – it’s got chunks of dark chocolate! Most unusual ice cream I’ve had has got to be Garlic from a small local restaurant called ‘The Garlic Rose’ who specializes in using garlic – it was yummy – who knew roasted garlic could be sweet!

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  72. My choice of ice cream depends on my mood – sometimes a rich chocolate, or a fresh strawberry or peach, vanilla on warm apple pie. But straight out of the container for a nice treat I’ll go with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia – it’s got chunks of dark chocolate! Most unusual ice cream I’ve had has got to be Garlic from a small local restaurant called ‘The Garlic Rose’ who specializes in using garlic – it was yummy – who knew roasted garlic could be sweet!

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  73. My choice of ice cream depends on my mood – sometimes a rich chocolate, or a fresh strawberry or peach, vanilla on warm apple pie. But straight out of the container for a nice treat I’ll go with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia – it’s got chunks of dark chocolate! Most unusual ice cream I’ve had has got to be Garlic from a small local restaurant called ‘The Garlic Rose’ who specializes in using garlic – it was yummy – who knew roasted garlic could be sweet!

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  74. My choice of ice cream depends on my mood – sometimes a rich chocolate, or a fresh strawberry or peach, vanilla on warm apple pie. But straight out of the container for a nice treat I’ll go with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia – it’s got chunks of dark chocolate! Most unusual ice cream I’ve had has got to be Garlic from a small local restaurant called ‘The Garlic Rose’ who specializes in using garlic – it was yummy – who knew roasted garlic could be sweet!

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  75. My choice of ice cream depends on my mood – sometimes a rich chocolate, or a fresh strawberry or peach, vanilla on warm apple pie. But straight out of the container for a nice treat I’ll go with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia – it’s got chunks of dark chocolate! Most unusual ice cream I’ve had has got to be Garlic from a small local restaurant called ‘The Garlic Rose’ who specializes in using garlic – it was yummy – who knew roasted garlic could be sweet!

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  76. I loved the interview. If I had not already read (and reviewed) Not Quite a Wife, I would be staying up tonight to begin reading as soon after midnight as my copy downloaded to my Kindle. And I’m delighted that Daniel is getting his own book.
    As for favorite ice cream flavors, fresh peach is my favorite homemade flavor, Blue Bell Pralines and Cream my favorite store-bought flavor.

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  77. I loved the interview. If I had not already read (and reviewed) Not Quite a Wife, I would be staying up tonight to begin reading as soon after midnight as my copy downloaded to my Kindle. And I’m delighted that Daniel is getting his own book.
    As for favorite ice cream flavors, fresh peach is my favorite homemade flavor, Blue Bell Pralines and Cream my favorite store-bought flavor.

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  78. I loved the interview. If I had not already read (and reviewed) Not Quite a Wife, I would be staying up tonight to begin reading as soon after midnight as my copy downloaded to my Kindle. And I’m delighted that Daniel is getting his own book.
    As for favorite ice cream flavors, fresh peach is my favorite homemade flavor, Blue Bell Pralines and Cream my favorite store-bought flavor.

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  79. I loved the interview. If I had not already read (and reviewed) Not Quite a Wife, I would be staying up tonight to begin reading as soon after midnight as my copy downloaded to my Kindle. And I’m delighted that Daniel is getting his own book.
    As for favorite ice cream flavors, fresh peach is my favorite homemade flavor, Blue Bell Pralines and Cream my favorite store-bought flavor.

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  80. I loved the interview. If I had not already read (and reviewed) Not Quite a Wife, I would be staying up tonight to begin reading as soon after midnight as my copy downloaded to my Kindle. And I’m delighted that Daniel is getting his own book.
    As for favorite ice cream flavors, fresh peach is my favorite homemade flavor, Blue Bell Pralines and Cream my favorite store-bought flavor.

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  81. My favorite ice cream will always be the sort my grandmother made in an old-fashioned churn. The one I can buy today that tastes most like it is Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla – it has the taste, but not the texture. Anything other than vanilla, chocolate, or chocolate chip, I buy in pints because we’ll never finish a half gallon container.
    I really don’t go in for the exotic sorts of ice cream – but occasionally my husband sees one on television or in print ads that he wants to try. A year or so ago it was Red Velvet Cake ice cream, and right now there’s a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Hazed and Confused Core in the freezer.
    I’m looking forward to reading Not Quite a Wife. I have all of the books in this series and have enjoyed every one of them.

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  82. My favorite ice cream will always be the sort my grandmother made in an old-fashioned churn. The one I can buy today that tastes most like it is Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla – it has the taste, but not the texture. Anything other than vanilla, chocolate, or chocolate chip, I buy in pints because we’ll never finish a half gallon container.
    I really don’t go in for the exotic sorts of ice cream – but occasionally my husband sees one on television or in print ads that he wants to try. A year or so ago it was Red Velvet Cake ice cream, and right now there’s a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Hazed and Confused Core in the freezer.
    I’m looking forward to reading Not Quite a Wife. I have all of the books in this series and have enjoyed every one of them.

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  83. My favorite ice cream will always be the sort my grandmother made in an old-fashioned churn. The one I can buy today that tastes most like it is Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla – it has the taste, but not the texture. Anything other than vanilla, chocolate, or chocolate chip, I buy in pints because we’ll never finish a half gallon container.
    I really don’t go in for the exotic sorts of ice cream – but occasionally my husband sees one on television or in print ads that he wants to try. A year or so ago it was Red Velvet Cake ice cream, and right now there’s a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Hazed and Confused Core in the freezer.
    I’m looking forward to reading Not Quite a Wife. I have all of the books in this series and have enjoyed every one of them.

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  84. My favorite ice cream will always be the sort my grandmother made in an old-fashioned churn. The one I can buy today that tastes most like it is Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla – it has the taste, but not the texture. Anything other than vanilla, chocolate, or chocolate chip, I buy in pints because we’ll never finish a half gallon container.
    I really don’t go in for the exotic sorts of ice cream – but occasionally my husband sees one on television or in print ads that he wants to try. A year or so ago it was Red Velvet Cake ice cream, and right now there’s a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Hazed and Confused Core in the freezer.
    I’m looking forward to reading Not Quite a Wife. I have all of the books in this series and have enjoyed every one of them.

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  85. My favorite ice cream will always be the sort my grandmother made in an old-fashioned churn. The one I can buy today that tastes most like it is Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla – it has the taste, but not the texture. Anything other than vanilla, chocolate, or chocolate chip, I buy in pints because we’ll never finish a half gallon container.
    I really don’t go in for the exotic sorts of ice cream – but occasionally my husband sees one on television or in print ads that he wants to try. A year or so ago it was Red Velvet Cake ice cream, and right now there’s a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Hazed and Confused Core in the freezer.
    I’m looking forward to reading Not Quite a Wife. I have all of the books in this series and have enjoyed every one of them.

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  86. Sharon–
    Fried ice cream is served here in Mexican restaurant. A hard sphere is rolled in something crunchy, quickly deep fried and generally served with chocolate sauce over it. Delicious!

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  87. Sharon–
    Fried ice cream is served here in Mexican restaurant. A hard sphere is rolled in something crunchy, quickly deep fried and generally served with chocolate sauce over it. Delicious!

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  88. Sharon–
    Fried ice cream is served here in Mexican restaurant. A hard sphere is rolled in something crunchy, quickly deep fried and generally served with chocolate sauce over it. Delicious!

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  89. Sharon–
    Fried ice cream is served here in Mexican restaurant. A hard sphere is rolled in something crunchy, quickly deep fried and generally served with chocolate sauce over it. Delicious!

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  90. Sharon–
    Fried ice cream is served here in Mexican restaurant. A hard sphere is rolled in something crunchy, quickly deep fried and generally served with chocolate sauce over it. Delicious!

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  91. It sounds like you need to indulge in an ice cream hunt! Cherry Garcia should be out there somewhere, and maybe the Cherry/Lemon as well. I’ve not heard of the latter, but I can see it would be good.

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  92. It sounds like you need to indulge in an ice cream hunt! Cherry Garcia should be out there somewhere, and maybe the Cherry/Lemon as well. I’ve not heard of the latter, but I can see it would be good.

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  93. It sounds like you need to indulge in an ice cream hunt! Cherry Garcia should be out there somewhere, and maybe the Cherry/Lemon as well. I’ve not heard of the latter, but I can see it would be good.

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  94. It sounds like you need to indulge in an ice cream hunt! Cherry Garcia should be out there somewhere, and maybe the Cherry/Lemon as well. I’ve not heard of the latter, but I can see it would be good.

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  95. It sounds like you need to indulge in an ice cream hunt! Cherry Garcia should be out there somewhere, and maybe the Cherry/Lemon as well. I’ve not heard of the latter, but I can see it would be good.

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  96. Janga–
    Fresh peach! Sigh…. Fresh peach anything is good.
    I’ll have to look for your NQAW review! Daniel is giving me a hard time, but I expect we’ll be able to negotiate a settlement. *G*

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  97. Janga–
    Fresh peach! Sigh…. Fresh peach anything is good.
    I’ll have to look for your NQAW review! Daniel is giving me a hard time, but I expect we’ll be able to negotiate a settlement. *G*

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  98. Janga–
    Fresh peach! Sigh…. Fresh peach anything is good.
    I’ll have to look for your NQAW review! Daniel is giving me a hard time, but I expect we’ll be able to negotiate a settlement. *G*

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  99. Janga–
    Fresh peach! Sigh…. Fresh peach anything is good.
    I’ll have to look for your NQAW review! Daniel is giving me a hard time, but I expect we’ll be able to negotiate a settlement. *G*

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  100. Janga–
    Fresh peach! Sigh…. Fresh peach anything is good.
    I’ll have to look for your NQAW review! Daniel is giving me a hard time, but I expect we’ll be able to negotiate a settlement. *G*

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  101. I tend to agree with Nancy that Laurel’s impulsive separation from her husband doesn’t make me want to like her, but I am willing to be persuaded.
    Regarding ice cream, plain vanilla gelato is yummy.

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  102. I tend to agree with Nancy that Laurel’s impulsive separation from her husband doesn’t make me want to like her, but I am willing to be persuaded.
    Regarding ice cream, plain vanilla gelato is yummy.

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  103. I tend to agree with Nancy that Laurel’s impulsive separation from her husband doesn’t make me want to like her, but I am willing to be persuaded.
    Regarding ice cream, plain vanilla gelato is yummy.

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  104. I tend to agree with Nancy that Laurel’s impulsive separation from her husband doesn’t make me want to like her, but I am willing to be persuaded.
    Regarding ice cream, plain vanilla gelato is yummy.

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  105. I tend to agree with Nancy that Laurel’s impulsive separation from her husband doesn’t make me want to like her, but I am willing to be persuaded.
    Regarding ice cream, plain vanilla gelato is yummy.

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  106. My favorite kind is usually the one I’m eating. Grin. But I do love a good homemade ice cream. Strawberry, peach, vanilla, butter pecan, banana orange, banana Macadamia Nut…. etc. My mom loves to try all kinds of flavors.
    I had one this summer made with vanilla bean and mascarpone. That was totally delicious. I was surprised how good it was. The other unusual one I had that day was a cinnamon honey ice cream (not as good as the vanilla bean and mascarpone.) The most unusual one was a basil lime sorbet. It didn’t work for me at all!
    Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia is definitely up there as is any with cookie dough.
    I’ve got all your books that I’ve been able to find. Definitely enjoying the Lost Lord series…

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  107. My favorite kind is usually the one I’m eating. Grin. But I do love a good homemade ice cream. Strawberry, peach, vanilla, butter pecan, banana orange, banana Macadamia Nut…. etc. My mom loves to try all kinds of flavors.
    I had one this summer made with vanilla bean and mascarpone. That was totally delicious. I was surprised how good it was. The other unusual one I had that day was a cinnamon honey ice cream (not as good as the vanilla bean and mascarpone.) The most unusual one was a basil lime sorbet. It didn’t work for me at all!
    Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia is definitely up there as is any with cookie dough.
    I’ve got all your books that I’ve been able to find. Definitely enjoying the Lost Lord series…

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  108. My favorite kind is usually the one I’m eating. Grin. But I do love a good homemade ice cream. Strawberry, peach, vanilla, butter pecan, banana orange, banana Macadamia Nut…. etc. My mom loves to try all kinds of flavors.
    I had one this summer made with vanilla bean and mascarpone. That was totally delicious. I was surprised how good it was. The other unusual one I had that day was a cinnamon honey ice cream (not as good as the vanilla bean and mascarpone.) The most unusual one was a basil lime sorbet. It didn’t work for me at all!
    Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia is definitely up there as is any with cookie dough.
    I’ve got all your books that I’ve been able to find. Definitely enjoying the Lost Lord series…

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  109. My favorite kind is usually the one I’m eating. Grin. But I do love a good homemade ice cream. Strawberry, peach, vanilla, butter pecan, banana orange, banana Macadamia Nut…. etc. My mom loves to try all kinds of flavors.
    I had one this summer made with vanilla bean and mascarpone. That was totally delicious. I was surprised how good it was. The other unusual one I had that day was a cinnamon honey ice cream (not as good as the vanilla bean and mascarpone.) The most unusual one was a basil lime sorbet. It didn’t work for me at all!
    Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia is definitely up there as is any with cookie dough.
    I’ve got all your books that I’ve been able to find. Definitely enjoying the Lost Lord series…

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  110. My favorite kind is usually the one I’m eating. Grin. But I do love a good homemade ice cream. Strawberry, peach, vanilla, butter pecan, banana orange, banana Macadamia Nut…. etc. My mom loves to try all kinds of flavors.
    I had one this summer made with vanilla bean and mascarpone. That was totally delicious. I was surprised how good it was. The other unusual one I had that day was a cinnamon honey ice cream (not as good as the vanilla bean and mascarpone.) The most unusual one was a basil lime sorbet. It didn’t work for me at all!
    Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia is definitely up there as is any with cookie dough.
    I’ve got all your books that I’ve been able to find. Definitely enjoying the Lost Lord series…

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  111. Vicki–
    Cinnamon honey sounds good. I’m not visualizing what the vanilla bean and mascarpone would be like, but it sounsd like it ought to work!
    I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my books!

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  112. Vicki–
    Cinnamon honey sounds good. I’m not visualizing what the vanilla bean and mascarpone would be like, but it sounsd like it ought to work!
    I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my books!

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  113. Vicki–
    Cinnamon honey sounds good. I’m not visualizing what the vanilla bean and mascarpone would be like, but it sounsd like it ought to work!
    I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my books!

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  114. Vicki–
    Cinnamon honey sounds good. I’m not visualizing what the vanilla bean and mascarpone would be like, but it sounsd like it ought to work!
    I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my books!

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  115. Vicki–
    Cinnamon honey sounds good. I’m not visualizing what the vanilla bean and mascarpone would be like, but it sounsd like it ought to work!
    I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my books!

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  116. Two favorite ice cream flavors for me and one qualifies for the strangest as well. Sadly, both flavors are seasonal ones: First, Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan from a local ice cream chain – they have a fancier name for it, but I can’t remember it right now. Second and the candidate for strangest Blue Bell’s Spiced Pumpkin Pecan.

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  117. Two favorite ice cream flavors for me and one qualifies for the strangest as well. Sadly, both flavors are seasonal ones: First, Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan from a local ice cream chain – they have a fancier name for it, but I can’t remember it right now. Second and the candidate for strangest Blue Bell’s Spiced Pumpkin Pecan.

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  118. Two favorite ice cream flavors for me and one qualifies for the strangest as well. Sadly, both flavors are seasonal ones: First, Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan from a local ice cream chain – they have a fancier name for it, but I can’t remember it right now. Second and the candidate for strangest Blue Bell’s Spiced Pumpkin Pecan.

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  119. Two favorite ice cream flavors for me and one qualifies for the strangest as well. Sadly, both flavors are seasonal ones: First, Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan from a local ice cream chain – they have a fancier name for it, but I can’t remember it right now. Second and the candidate for strangest Blue Bell’s Spiced Pumpkin Pecan.

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  120. Two favorite ice cream flavors for me and one qualifies for the strangest as well. Sadly, both flavors are seasonal ones: First, Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan from a local ice cream chain – they have a fancier name for it, but I can’t remember it right now. Second and the candidate for strangest Blue Bell’s Spiced Pumpkin Pecan.

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  121. Glenda–
    They both sounds scrumptious. Pumpkin products are usually autumnal (though they needn’t be), but I’m not sure why the other would be. Unless Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan is for the Christmas holidays? It sounds rich enough!

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  122. Glenda–
    They both sounds scrumptious. Pumpkin products are usually autumnal (though they needn’t be), but I’m not sure why the other would be. Unless Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan is for the Christmas holidays? It sounds rich enough!

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  123. Glenda–
    They both sounds scrumptious. Pumpkin products are usually autumnal (though they needn’t be), but I’m not sure why the other would be. Unless Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan is for the Christmas holidays? It sounds rich enough!

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  124. Glenda–
    They both sounds scrumptious. Pumpkin products are usually autumnal (though they needn’t be), but I’m not sure why the other would be. Unless Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan is for the Christmas holidays? It sounds rich enough!

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  125. Glenda–
    They both sounds scrumptious. Pumpkin products are usually autumnal (though they needn’t be), but I’m not sure why the other would be. Unless Dark Chocolate Rum Pecan is for the Christmas holidays? It sounds rich enough!

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  126. Oh certainly, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt is available everywhere. The problem is that I can’t eat it! 🙁 The cherry/lemon ices isn’t available from B&J’s, it was just a favorite combo of mine, one scoop cherry and one scoop lemon. I cut out High Fructose Corn syrup out of my diet like 5 years back so I dropped sugar candy and ices entirely. I’m addicted to the stuff so I dropped it cold turkey and have managed to stay away from it.

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  127. Oh certainly, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt is available everywhere. The problem is that I can’t eat it! 🙁 The cherry/lemon ices isn’t available from B&J’s, it was just a favorite combo of mine, one scoop cherry and one scoop lemon. I cut out High Fructose Corn syrup out of my diet like 5 years back so I dropped sugar candy and ices entirely. I’m addicted to the stuff so I dropped it cold turkey and have managed to stay away from it.

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  128. Oh certainly, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt is available everywhere. The problem is that I can’t eat it! 🙁 The cherry/lemon ices isn’t available from B&J’s, it was just a favorite combo of mine, one scoop cherry and one scoop lemon. I cut out High Fructose Corn syrup out of my diet like 5 years back so I dropped sugar candy and ices entirely. I’m addicted to the stuff so I dropped it cold turkey and have managed to stay away from it.

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  129. Oh certainly, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt is available everywhere. The problem is that I can’t eat it! 🙁 The cherry/lemon ices isn’t available from B&J’s, it was just a favorite combo of mine, one scoop cherry and one scoop lemon. I cut out High Fructose Corn syrup out of my diet like 5 years back so I dropped sugar candy and ices entirely. I’m addicted to the stuff so I dropped it cold turkey and have managed to stay away from it.

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  130. Oh certainly, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt is available everywhere. The problem is that I can’t eat it! 🙁 The cherry/lemon ices isn’t available from B&J’s, it was just a favorite combo of mine, one scoop cherry and one scoop lemon. I cut out High Fructose Corn syrup out of my diet like 5 years back so I dropped sugar candy and ices entirely. I’m addicted to the stuff so I dropped it cold turkey and have managed to stay away from it.

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  131. I would love to read your book!!
    My favorite ice cream is Bluebell ice cream. It’s from Texas where I was born in raised. I eat homemade vanilla cause I love to put any thing I am drinking at the time in it. Right now, I am mixing it with sparkling ice coconut pineapple!!

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  132. I would love to read your book!!
    My favorite ice cream is Bluebell ice cream. It’s from Texas where I was born in raised. I eat homemade vanilla cause I love to put any thing I am drinking at the time in it. Right now, I am mixing it with sparkling ice coconut pineapple!!

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  133. I would love to read your book!!
    My favorite ice cream is Bluebell ice cream. It’s from Texas where I was born in raised. I eat homemade vanilla cause I love to put any thing I am drinking at the time in it. Right now, I am mixing it with sparkling ice coconut pineapple!!

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  134. I would love to read your book!!
    My favorite ice cream is Bluebell ice cream. It’s from Texas where I was born in raised. I eat homemade vanilla cause I love to put any thing I am drinking at the time in it. Right now, I am mixing it with sparkling ice coconut pineapple!!

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  135. I would love to read your book!!
    My favorite ice cream is Bluebell ice cream. It’s from Texas where I was born in raised. I eat homemade vanilla cause I love to put any thing I am drinking at the time in it. Right now, I am mixing it with sparkling ice coconut pineapple!!

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  136. Mmm, ice cream- unfortunately not on my dietary list anymore (and substitutes just aren’t the same). Favorite ice creams include Haagen Dazs coffee and a (different brand) custard ginger-cardamon. And, a really quality vanilla bean always hit the spot, ditto chocolate. I love holiday peppermint with the crushed candy bits. My mouth is watering in remembrance. And, since it’s summer- the fun of brown or white cows – where the ice cream freezes the soda at the edges. Wackiest I had was jalapeno- can say I tried it, won’t have it again.
    Sound like a great story. It’s been added to my list. Congrats on the release.

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  137. Mmm, ice cream- unfortunately not on my dietary list anymore (and substitutes just aren’t the same). Favorite ice creams include Haagen Dazs coffee and a (different brand) custard ginger-cardamon. And, a really quality vanilla bean always hit the spot, ditto chocolate. I love holiday peppermint with the crushed candy bits. My mouth is watering in remembrance. And, since it’s summer- the fun of brown or white cows – where the ice cream freezes the soda at the edges. Wackiest I had was jalapeno- can say I tried it, won’t have it again.
    Sound like a great story. It’s been added to my list. Congrats on the release.

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  138. Mmm, ice cream- unfortunately not on my dietary list anymore (and substitutes just aren’t the same). Favorite ice creams include Haagen Dazs coffee and a (different brand) custard ginger-cardamon. And, a really quality vanilla bean always hit the spot, ditto chocolate. I love holiday peppermint with the crushed candy bits. My mouth is watering in remembrance. And, since it’s summer- the fun of brown or white cows – where the ice cream freezes the soda at the edges. Wackiest I had was jalapeno- can say I tried it, won’t have it again.
    Sound like a great story. It’s been added to my list. Congrats on the release.

    Reply
  139. Mmm, ice cream- unfortunately not on my dietary list anymore (and substitutes just aren’t the same). Favorite ice creams include Haagen Dazs coffee and a (different brand) custard ginger-cardamon. And, a really quality vanilla bean always hit the spot, ditto chocolate. I love holiday peppermint with the crushed candy bits. My mouth is watering in remembrance. And, since it’s summer- the fun of brown or white cows – where the ice cream freezes the soda at the edges. Wackiest I had was jalapeno- can say I tried it, won’t have it again.
    Sound like a great story. It’s been added to my list. Congrats on the release.

    Reply
  140. Mmm, ice cream- unfortunately not on my dietary list anymore (and substitutes just aren’t the same). Favorite ice creams include Haagen Dazs coffee and a (different brand) custard ginger-cardamon. And, a really quality vanilla bean always hit the spot, ditto chocolate. I love holiday peppermint with the crushed candy bits. My mouth is watering in remembrance. And, since it’s summer- the fun of brown or white cows – where the ice cream freezes the soda at the edges. Wackiest I had was jalapeno- can say I tried it, won’t have it again.
    Sound like a great story. It’s been added to my list. Congrats on the release.

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  141. Robin–
    I’m with you on High Fructose Corn Syrup–if I see it on the ingredient list, back on the shelf it goes. But I don’t buy ice cream that often, so I hadn’t realized how widely the stuff was used in ice cream. I’d have thought that there were some brands that avoided it. Haven’t looked, though.

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  142. Robin–
    I’m with you on High Fructose Corn Syrup–if I see it on the ingredient list, back on the shelf it goes. But I don’t buy ice cream that often, so I hadn’t realized how widely the stuff was used in ice cream. I’d have thought that there were some brands that avoided it. Haven’t looked, though.

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  143. Robin–
    I’m with you on High Fructose Corn Syrup–if I see it on the ingredient list, back on the shelf it goes. But I don’t buy ice cream that often, so I hadn’t realized how widely the stuff was used in ice cream. I’d have thought that there were some brands that avoided it. Haven’t looked, though.

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  144. Robin–
    I’m with you on High Fructose Corn Syrup–if I see it on the ingredient list, back on the shelf it goes. But I don’t buy ice cream that often, so I hadn’t realized how widely the stuff was used in ice cream. I’d have thought that there were some brands that avoided it. Haven’t looked, though.

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  145. Robin–
    I’m with you on High Fructose Corn Syrup–if I see it on the ingredient list, back on the shelf it goes. But I don’t buy ice cream that often, so I hadn’t realized how widely the stuff was used in ice cream. I’d have thought that there were some brands that avoided it. Haven’t looked, though.

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  146. Thanks, Dee!
    Jalapeno–hmm, I don’t think so! But custard ginger-cardamon–oh, yeah! I eat at a Persian restaurant near here on occasion–in fact, I’m meeting friends for lunch there today!–and they make amazing Napoleon’s with their home made cardamom ice cream. I can imagine that adding ginger would be just fiiiiiiiine…..!

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  147. Thanks, Dee!
    Jalapeno–hmm, I don’t think so! But custard ginger-cardamon–oh, yeah! I eat at a Persian restaurant near here on occasion–in fact, I’m meeting friends for lunch there today!–and they make amazing Napoleon’s with their home made cardamom ice cream. I can imagine that adding ginger would be just fiiiiiiiine…..!

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  148. Thanks, Dee!
    Jalapeno–hmm, I don’t think so! But custard ginger-cardamon–oh, yeah! I eat at a Persian restaurant near here on occasion–in fact, I’m meeting friends for lunch there today!–and they make amazing Napoleon’s with their home made cardamom ice cream. I can imagine that adding ginger would be just fiiiiiiiine…..!

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  149. Thanks, Dee!
    Jalapeno–hmm, I don’t think so! But custard ginger-cardamon–oh, yeah! I eat at a Persian restaurant near here on occasion–in fact, I’m meeting friends for lunch there today!–and they make amazing Napoleon’s with their home made cardamom ice cream. I can imagine that adding ginger would be just fiiiiiiiine…..!

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  150. Thanks, Dee!
    Jalapeno–hmm, I don’t think so! But custard ginger-cardamon–oh, yeah! I eat at a Persian restaurant near here on occasion–in fact, I’m meeting friends for lunch there today!–and they make amazing Napoleon’s with their home made cardamom ice cream. I can imagine that adding ginger would be just fiiiiiiiine…..!

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  151. Hi Mary Jo – Ben & Jerry’s have four new flavors with the ice cream around a core of something else. Hazed & Confused has a chocolate fudge core, but there is one with a peanut butter fudge center you might like to try. http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/cores
    I’m still in the vanilla camp and going out to look for Not Quite a Wife today.

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  152. Hi Mary Jo – Ben & Jerry’s have four new flavors with the ice cream around a core of something else. Hazed & Confused has a chocolate fudge core, but there is one with a peanut butter fudge center you might like to try. http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/cores
    I’m still in the vanilla camp and going out to look for Not Quite a Wife today.

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  153. Hi Mary Jo – Ben & Jerry’s have four new flavors with the ice cream around a core of something else. Hazed & Confused has a chocolate fudge core, but there is one with a peanut butter fudge center you might like to try. http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/cores
    I’m still in the vanilla camp and going out to look for Not Quite a Wife today.

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  154. Hi Mary Jo – Ben & Jerry’s have four new flavors with the ice cream around a core of something else. Hazed & Confused has a chocolate fudge core, but there is one with a peanut butter fudge center you might like to try. http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/cores
    I’m still in the vanilla camp and going out to look for Not Quite a Wife today.

    Reply
  155. Hi Mary Jo – Ben & Jerry’s have four new flavors with the ice cream around a core of something else. Hazed & Confused has a chocolate fudge core, but there is one with a peanut butter fudge center you might like to try. http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/cores
    I’m still in the vanilla camp and going out to look for Not Quite a Wife today.

    Reply
  156. When we lived in PA, we used to go to a little Chinese restaurant that also had a sushi bar. If the kids were good and didn’t make too much ruckus, we’d order their ice creams….green tea mochi, red bean, and ginger. I would vacillate between the red bean and the ginger. And the sushi was great, too! I had a question about a minor character in NLAW: the mysterious Captain Gordon. I was wondering in which of the previous books he’d made an appearance (have ’em all on eBooks). Loved the story, and enjoyed seeing all the Lords and their wives make an appearance in James and Laurel’s story!

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  157. When we lived in PA, we used to go to a little Chinese restaurant that also had a sushi bar. If the kids were good and didn’t make too much ruckus, we’d order their ice creams….green tea mochi, red bean, and ginger. I would vacillate between the red bean and the ginger. And the sushi was great, too! I had a question about a minor character in NLAW: the mysterious Captain Gordon. I was wondering in which of the previous books he’d made an appearance (have ’em all on eBooks). Loved the story, and enjoyed seeing all the Lords and their wives make an appearance in James and Laurel’s story!

    Reply
  158. When we lived in PA, we used to go to a little Chinese restaurant that also had a sushi bar. If the kids were good and didn’t make too much ruckus, we’d order their ice creams….green tea mochi, red bean, and ginger. I would vacillate between the red bean and the ginger. And the sushi was great, too! I had a question about a minor character in NLAW: the mysterious Captain Gordon. I was wondering in which of the previous books he’d made an appearance (have ’em all on eBooks). Loved the story, and enjoyed seeing all the Lords and their wives make an appearance in James and Laurel’s story!

    Reply
  159. When we lived in PA, we used to go to a little Chinese restaurant that also had a sushi bar. If the kids were good and didn’t make too much ruckus, we’d order their ice creams….green tea mochi, red bean, and ginger. I would vacillate between the red bean and the ginger. And the sushi was great, too! I had a question about a minor character in NLAW: the mysterious Captain Gordon. I was wondering in which of the previous books he’d made an appearance (have ’em all on eBooks). Loved the story, and enjoyed seeing all the Lords and their wives make an appearance in James and Laurel’s story!

    Reply
  160. When we lived in PA, we used to go to a little Chinese restaurant that also had a sushi bar. If the kids were good and didn’t make too much ruckus, we’d order their ice creams….green tea mochi, red bean, and ginger. I would vacillate between the red bean and the ginger. And the sushi was great, too! I had a question about a minor character in NLAW: the mysterious Captain Gordon. I was wondering in which of the previous books he’d made an appearance (have ’em all on eBooks). Loved the story, and enjoyed seeing all the Lords and their wives make an appearance in James and Laurel’s story!

    Reply
  161. Ours was sort of an egg custard. There might have been vanilla. I was busy making a real puns cake with a pound of flour, sugar, butter and eggs with nutmeg and rosewater.

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  162. Ours was sort of an egg custard. There might have been vanilla. I was busy making a real puns cake with a pound of flour, sugar, butter and eggs with nutmeg and rosewater.

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  163. Ours was sort of an egg custard. There might have been vanilla. I was busy making a real puns cake with a pound of flour, sugar, butter and eggs with nutmeg and rosewater.

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  164. Ours was sort of an egg custard. There might have been vanilla. I was busy making a real puns cake with a pound of flour, sugar, butter and eggs with nutmeg and rosewater.

    Reply
  165. Ours was sort of an egg custard. There might have been vanilla. I was busy making a real puns cake with a pound of flour, sugar, butter and eggs with nutmeg and rosewater.

    Reply

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