The Heirloom Brides: Four Stories in One Book

I’m celebrating the release of my 11th Historical Fiction story. And all in six years. Woohoo!

Take a look at some of what makes Something Blue in The Heirloom Brides Collection extra fun.

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Something Borrowed and Rescue Animals

Kim Vogel Sawyer sittingAward-winning novelist, Kim Vogel Sawyer, is one of four authors with a novella in The Heirloom Brides Collection. She’s joined us to talk about animal rescue, part of the story premise for Something Borrowed.

BLOGGER: Kim Vogel Sawyer

In Something Borrowed, readers will meet a little four-legged creature in need of rescuing and a woman willing to reach out to the helpless pup.

The scenario might seem out of the ordinary for many people, but it’s commonplace for one young lady in my life: my youngest daughter, Kamryn.

KAMRYN celebrating rescue dog Oakley's first birthday as her boy.

From the time Kamryn was very young, she’s been a champion for helpless animals. At the tender age of six she rescued a trio of baby rabbits from a cat who had turned them into toys. Unfortunately, the poor little bunnies were so traumatized we couldn’t save them, but the loss didn’t deter her. She continued to rescue animals all through her growing up years and now, in addition to caring for a family, works as part of an organized animal rescue team that has saved dozens of animals from abuse, abandonment, and miserable existences.

Kamryn's youngest daughter, KENDALL, making sure this rescue kitty gets lots of love as they search for its forever home.

I teasingly tell people the reason I have so many pets is because my daughter is trying to save the world one animal at a time, but truthfully I’m proud of her tender heart. Jesus said whatever we do for the “least of these” we also do for Him. Animal rescue is her passion, and whenever one of the rescue kitties curls up in my lap for a snuggle, I’m grateful for Kamryn’s God-given love for His creation.

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Something New & Norwegian PepperKaker Cookie Recipe

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Hi everyone! Joanne Bischof here!

When Mona invited me to share a recipe inspired by Something New, my novella in the upcoming Heirloom Brides Collection, I instantly thought of cookies. But not just any cookies…Norwegian cookies!


Simply So Good - cookies

While the setting for Something New is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, there’s a taste of Norway as well. The hero of the story has spent the last four years traveling the seas on the ice trade. As a sailor, he’s brought home not only adventurous tales from far away lands like the Caribbean, but also a love for Norway and its people. The great question is will the heroine, his childhood friend, share his enthusiasm for the world beyond their quiet mountain hollow, or will she hold onto heartache? The heartache that his adventures left her behind.

It’s my hope that one day, she’ll be whipping up a batch of these in the kitchen to celebrate the land of Northern Lights, icy fjords, new beginnings, and young love.

The recipe is by Janet from Simply So Good and a special thanks to her for sharing her tutorial with us! If you end up making these gingerbready-y cookies this Christmas, I hope they’re a blessing to your table and your family!

Norwegian Pepperkaker ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup dark corn syrup or golden syrup

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar

1 egg

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoons cloves

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Here are Janet’s gorgeous step by step instructions!


Thanks for the recipe, Joanne! I can’t wait to try it.

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