Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday and Friday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am bringing you author, Jennings Wright, and her recipe for Key Lime Pie along with an introduction to her Christian historical romance, Undaunted Love. Please join me in welcoming Jennings and savor her recipe for Key Lime Pie as you read about her new book!
Since my book is set in the Civil War, I don’t have any recipes from that era. But much of it takes place in my native Florida, so here is my recipe for real key lime pie.
KEY LIME PIE
2 ½ c graham cracker crumbs
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c melted butter
Mix ingredients and press onto the bottom and sides of a large pie pan. Bake at 350 for 8 min.
10 egg yolks
2 cans fat free sweetened condensed milk
1 c (about) key lime juice
Whisk the eggs and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl until the yolks are blended. Add the key lime juice, adjusting for taste (key lime juice can vary, so it could take a little more or a little less). Bake at 350 for 15-18 min. Remove and cool on a rack. Cover and refrigerate if not using within 6 hours. Serve with whipped cream if desired.
Hugh Byrd, the cold, ambitious patriarch of Byrd’s Creek, is used to getting what he wants. And what he wants is the Colton’s prime land, and the destruction of the Colton family. What he doesn’t count on is his own daughter falling in love with Rafe Colton. Ripped apart by the Civil War, the young couple must find a way to keep their secret love alive. The end of the War should mean a joyous reconciliation, but when Rafe is accused of a terrible crime, he runs away, leaving Livvie behind once again. Will this finally break their bond, or will their love survive? A sweeping romance set in the South, Undaunted Love is a tale of faith, hope, patience and the redemption of God’s love.
Byrd’s Creek, SC
August 4, 1860
“Three hundred? Do I hear three hundred?” The auctioneer looked searchingly over the small crowd huddled under umbrellas. The stone steps of the small courthouse were slick, puddles settling where the masons had failed to even the surface. A dozen had braved the weather for the spectacle, but of those, only three were bidding. The rest watched, sympathetic eyes on the young man whose heritage was being sold out from under him.
A rotund man in a black suit flicked up his hand quickly, face stoic.
“Three hundred to Mr. Tunney. Do I hear three fifty? Three hundred and fifty dollars for choice farmland?” Once again he scanned the crowd, stopping briefly on each of the three who had entered the fray. A tall, middle aged man with a burgundy coat and top hat raised his eyebrows and nodded. The auctioneer nodded back.
“Three hundred fifty to Mr. Byrd. Four hundred?” Squinting as a brief shaft of sunlight broke through the clouds, he saw the disapproval in many of the faces staring back at him. Stealing at glance at young Rafe Colton, former owner of the land being auctioned, he recognized the shock, liberally laced with hatred, in the tall boy’s face.
“Four hundred? Anyone?” He gave a final scan of three men, seeing defeat in two and triumph in the last. “Sold! For three hundred and fifty dollars to Mr. Hugh Byrd.” Pausing for the customary applause, he quickly moved on when he was greeted by nothing but silence. “Mr. Byrd, if you will please go inside, there is the matter of paperwork.” The auctioneer turned on his heels and entered the building as the rain began to fall in earnest. He didn’t want to look out over those disapproving faces any longer than necessary, and he knew the buyer would follow. And why not? He’d arranged the auction himself, and rigged his winning bid.
Sixteen year old Livvie Byrd clasped her father’s arm, holding him back. “Please Daddy, don’t do this. It isn’t right!” Her brown eyes looked black in her anger, the pupils invisible.
Hugh snatched his arm away, straightening his long velvet coat and silk cravat meticulously. “Mariah Colton borrowed money she couldn’t repay, and her only asset has now been sold to satisfy those debts. It is business, child, nothing more.” He began to walk up the stairs, lowering the umbrella against the wind driven rain. Livvie followed after him.
“You’ve left them with nothing!”
Her father scoffed and kept walking. “We left them with more than we should. They have the house, and five acres. The son can farm that land.”
“Five acres of trees, and a house practically falling down around them!”
“Trees can be felled, and houses repaired.” He flung open the doors to the courthouse and put out a hand to stop her following.
“By one boy with no money?” she asked, incensed.
“Enough! How they live is no matter to me. Money was borrowed and not repaid, taxes were not paid for five years. The judge declared an auction. I have purchased the land. That is the end.” Hugh Colton slammed the door shut in his daughter’s face.
Holding her small umbrella, she stood facing the door for a long moment. Her cotton lawn skirts were wet to the knee, and Livvie finally realized that she needed to get out of the rain before she caught her death. She turned slowly, finding that the crowd had dispersed, leaving only Rafe Colton. He held no umbrella, so his blond hair was plastered to his head, his clothing soaked to the skin, boots saturated. He stared at her, loathing in his eyes. She stayed still, afraid to move, afraid to speak. She’d known Rafe her entire life, but this boy in front of her was a new creature, one born of hatred and despair. Finally Rafe stuffed his hat on his head, shoved his hands into his pockets, turned on his heel, and stalked away.
Born and raised in Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories. Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She attended graduate school at the University of West Florida, studying Psychology. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit.
Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo, Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively with her family, and her non-profit in Uganda.
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I will give away 3 autographed copies of the paperback, Undaunted Love. I’ll also give away one set of all 3 books, (since 2 aren’t romances, but they’ve got a great married couple in them, and are fun)
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