Author Mindy Obenhaus & The Perfect Steak

Mindy Obenhaus

Author Mindy Obenhaus is my guest today and she is sharing her newest Love Inspired romance Falling for the Hometown Hero and the recipe for the PERFECT STEAK. Here’s Mindy.

one of my favorite meals

No one loves a good steak more than Grace McAllen, my heroine in Falling for the Hometown Hero. Actually, steak is one of my favorite meals, too, and one of the easiest to fix. Whether it’s sirloin, New York strip, ribeye or T-bone, you can throw together an entire meal in no time at all.

There are several ways to cook steak, all simple enough, but since we’re in the midst of grilling season, we’ll focus on that.

the first step to the perfect steak

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove your steaks from the refrigerator about 20 minutes before you plan to cook them. Next, ready your grill. Whether it’s charcoal, gas or electric, make sure it’s hot before putting your steaks on.

the key to a perfect steak

Once the grill is ready, brush or rub the steaks with a little olive oil and sprinkle with your favorite seasoning. Some people prefer salt only. Others like to use something peppery, such as Montreal Steak Seasoning. Me, I make my own blend of kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder. Whatever you choose, the key is not to over season. A light sprinkle on both sides should do you just fine.

how done is done?

Now, place the steaks on the hot grill and cook until golden brown and slightly charred, roughly 4-5 minutes. Turn the meat with tongs or a spatula and continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes for medium-rare, 5-7 minutes for medium, or 8-10 minutes for medium-well.

let it rest

Once they’re cooked to your preference, transfer the cooked steaks to a platter with tongs or a spatula. If you stab the meat with a fork, you’ll lose all those wonderful juices and your steak will dry out. Oh, and be sure to let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing or serving. This, too, is crucial to a nice, juicy steak.

That’s all there is to it. Throw in a salad and some baked potatoes and dinner is served. Little muss and little fuss. And let’s face it, no one wants to be tied to the kitchen in the summer. We want to enjoy the great outdoors. Topped off with a good meal, of course. – Mindy  

FALLING HARD FOR THE HOMETOWN HERO

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The Soldier’s Second Chance 

After returning home wounded from an IED attack, former soldier Kaleb Palmer is hailed as a hero. But survivor’s guilt makes him feel like a fraud. He hopes setting up a business in Ouray, Colorado, will give him a purpose and help him forget. But his new office manager has her own plans. Grace McAllen brings light and hope wherever she goes, and she’s getting Kaleb to open up. As she helps him make Mountain View Jeep Tours a success, Kaleb realizes a happy ending is in reach, if he can convince Grace to stay in town—and his life—forever.

Thanks so much, Mindy for the recipe and letting us know about your latest!–Lyn

Website:  http://mindyobenhaus.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorMindyObenhaus

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MindyObenhaus

PS: Last week’s winner of Kimberly Rose Johnson’s book is Melissa Davison

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Author Kimberly Rose Johnson & Designed with Love

In Love and War
 Karen Rose Johnson
Author Kimberly Rose Johnson is my guest today. She is sharing about her latest novella DESIGNED WITH LOVE and is offering a giveaway of a previous work Here’s Karen:

Designed with Love is my contribution to the collection, LOVE AND WAR.

home again

After a broken engagement Jessie Morgan returns home to Silver Springs, Oregon to pursue a career as a landscaper and landscape architect, but her ex who is also from her hometown follows her, wreaking havoc on her new business and her personal life.

an opportunity

When Jessie sees an ad for a contest looking for the host of a new landscape television show she decides to enter, but she doesn’t count on her once best friend Scott Meyers and her ex entering too. However, she is not deterred.

she has grit

Jessie shows strength through her grit. When her ex says some extremely hurtful things to her, she doesn’t let his words destroy her. When everything seems to be hopeless, she doesn’t give up.  

support network

She has a wonderful support network that encourages her and reminds her to look to the Lord for healing and help. Often times people consider a person weak when they need to rely on the Lord to get them through a rough time, but in my opinion that kind of faith takes a lot of strength.

a different kind of strength

It takes courage to admit when you are not enough on your own and that you need help. Jessie has that kind of courage and that determination to see it though.

Be sure to answer the QUESTION below. I will give any one of the books in the Wildflower Island B&B Romance series in a Kindle format–winners choice. “–Kimberly

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 In Love and War
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Designed with Love
To save her fledgling landscape business, Jessie Morgan is determined to win an important design competition–even though her major competitors are ex-fiancé Brendon Jacobs and one-time best friend Scott Meyers. Tensions are high in the quaint town of Silver Springs, Oregon as neighbors and friends take sides. Will Brendon drive Jessie and Scott farther apart, or will they join forces…and find love in the process?
QUESTION: Have you ever had to ask for help? Leave a comment and win your choice of Kimberly Rose Johnson’s B & B stories.–Lyn
 PS-Winner of Debrorah Raney’s book is Margie. Congrats!

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Author Deborah Raney & Close to Home Recipe!

Deborah Raney

Author Deborah Raney is my guest today. She has a new ebook to share, CLOSE TO HOME, and is sharing a recipe and a giveaway. So don’t miss the QUESTION below. Here’s Deborah:

I’m not the world’s best cook, but I bake a pretty mean pie, cake, pudding, cookie, brownie. It’s one of the reasons I’ve always said I’d love to run a bed and breakfast someday. That is, until I researched running a B&B for the Chicory Inn Novels series. My research on innkeping was enough to convince me that—like being a writer—being an innkeeper is not as glamorous as it might seem from the outside looking in.

Still, the most fun part of running an inn—getting to bake delicious breakfasts and desserts and serve them on pretty plates with special coffees and teas—is one of the things I love to do most in my real life.

Writing a series about a couple who runs a bed and breakfast in Southeast Missouri lent itself wonderfully to sharing some of my favorite recipes with readers.

Deb Raney Recipe

My publisher had promotional recipe cards printed with some of my family’s favorite recipes on one side, and the lovely covers of the Chicory Inn Novels series on the other.

 Close to Home series books

And of course, in each book, I got to portray the fictional Whitman family gathering to share some of the very real Raney family’s favorite dishes.

This Apple Crisp recipe is at its very best when made with crisp, tart apples off the tree in our backyard. And of course, according to my husband, it simply must be served with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream.

The best part about it? It makes the whole house smell amazing! I hope you’ll try it! I guarantee you’ll enjoy!–Deborah

Close To Home

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E-Book Blurb

Bree Cordel Whitman is a Whitman by marriage, but sometimes she forgets she wasn’t born into Grant and Audrey’s family. Her late husband, Timothy Whitman, gave his life for his country on a windblown hill in Afghanistan. Bree has let the love of Tim’s family keep her ties to him strong–in the same way she keeps Tim’s memory alive for them. But it’s been almost five years, and she can’t hang onto the past forever.

Fighting the guilt she feels for wanting to love again, she can’t help her dreams about a tall, dark, and handsome man–a man who is not her Tim. How can she accept the flirtations from Drew Brooks without throwing the Whitman family back into grieving? And how can Drew compete with the ghost of a hero and the hero’s very alive family who seem to hold some spell over the woman who shares their name . . . a woman he might just love?

Thanks Deborah, I hear you about the allure of running a B&B vs. the reality. I have a friend Sherrie Hansen who runs a lovely one in northern Iowa,  Knowing her has opened my eyes too. QUESTION: Is there anything you thought you’d like to do that when you found out more, you decided it wasn’t a good fit for you? Leave a comment and be entered into a drawing for an ebook of CLOSE TO HOME!–Lyn

 

For more online:

http://www.deborahraney.com

2-https://www.facebook.com/deborah.raney

3-https://twitter.com/authordebraney

4-http://amazon.com/author/deborahraney

PS-The winner of Jean C Gordon’s August Love Inspired is Carol Smith. CONGRATS!

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Something New from Author Pat Simmons

Pat Simmons

My friend author Pat Simmons has a new book for you! What about this cover? I think it’s amazing. Does it make you want to read it?–Lyn

Jet

Blurb: To say Jesetta “Jet” Hutchens has issues is an understatement. After a tragic event, she releases a firestorm of anger with an unforgiving heart. But every hurting soul has a history, and God places handsome and single Minister Rossi Tolliver as her GPS on the road to spiritual recovery.
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HONOR Ebook on Sale 99 cents!

Honor

Honor is on sale in ebook form for 99 cents for a limited time. Hope you don’t miss this sale. And please tell your friends about it!–Lyn 

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Review

4.5 star rating
Honor’s devotion to her Quaker beliefs makes her anything but weak as she fights against slavery and for the new family she has so quickly inherited. Strong in faith and determined to do what is right no matter the law, she is a spirited testament to the strength a wife can offer her husband. The unfolding of their sweet romance is a joy to read, and their shared triumph over difficult pasts and a dangerous present is well deserved.Honor’s abolitionist stance leaves her disinherited from the home she loves and helpless to free her family’s slaves. Seeking sanctuary and work in the home of a distant relative, she instead finds a deaf man caring for his orphaned nephew as well as his dying mother. Samuel is determined to shut the world out as his inability to hear has made him an outcast. After he proposes to Honor, they journey to Ohio to make a new life for themselves. Her maid, Royale, and his nephew Eli?along with the dangers they face?make their marriage of convenience one of trust, hope and love. (Romantic Times)

From the Back Cover

“Who will you be, if not the lady of High Oaks?”
When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute, she is forced from her Maryland plantation?and the slaves she hoped to free. With no marketable skills, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to artisan Samuel Cathwell. Samuel is drawn to Honor, but he has been unwilling to open his heart to anyone since losing his hearing as a child.A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor’s genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors of frontier life with Samuel. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she secretly becomes involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together?Strong women. Brave stories.
Set against the backdrop of dramatic and pivotal moments in American history, the Quaker Brides series chronicles the lives of brave heroines fighting to uphold their principles of freedom while navigating the terrain of faith, family, and the heart.

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BTW,

Congratulations to Jennifer Bretsch who won Becky’s Porter pack giveaway! CONGRATS!–Lyn
 
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Author Jean C Gordon & One Day at a Time-

Jean C Gordon

Author Jean C Gordon is my guest today. Her heroine in The Bachelor’s Sweetheart is a unique heroine. Jean is offering a copy of her this newest book but you’ll have to wait till it’s released August 1st. Watch for the QUESTION below. Here’s Jean:

One Day at a Time

Tessa Hamilton treasures the security Schroon Lake in the Adirondack Mountains and her grandparents who live there have given her. The only child of dedicated missionaries in Africa, Tessa had an almost nomadic childhood. The contrasting serenity Schroon Lake provided, along with the unconditional love of her grandparents and her faith gave her the support she needed to overcome an alcohol addiction she developed in college. She’d tried too hard—and in all the wrong ways— fit in with other students who came from traditional backgrounds.

An Unintentional Secret

After she completed rehab, Tessa moved in with her grandmother in Schroon Lake to run the family movie theater her grandfather had left. She never intended to keep the fact that she’s a recovering alcoholic secret. It just worked that way. The new friends she made at the singles group at Hazardtown Community Church didn’t find her abstinence from alcohol strange because they don’t drink either. But she does attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in neighboring towns, rather than in Schroon Lake. And she knows her being a recovering alcoholic could affect her buddy status with Josh Donnelly, who grew up with an alcoholic father who was essentially the town drunk, and the partnership Tessa and Josh have formed to renovate the theater.

The Reckoning

When Josh’s long-missing father returns to town, now a year into recovery, Tessa knows she has to come clean with Josh and risk losing not only her best friend, but also their blossoming romance. She also believes that to have any future together, even just as the best friends they are, Josh has to hear his father’s amends. He also has to accept that she’s an alcoholic, the same as his father is, and that his father isn’t going to “ruin” her as he ruined so many things for Josh and his brothers when they were growing up. Josh has to see that she has the same potential to tempt his father’s sobriety as his father has to tempt hers and to “ruin” things Josh cares about.

This book was the hardest I’ve written and, ultimately, the most rewarding to me. I’ve experienced firsthand with my youngest brother the toll alcoholism, any addiction, takes on family and friends. The book is dedicated to his memory.”–Jean

The Bachelor's Sweetheart

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Here’s the QUESTION to be entered into a drawing for a copy of Jean’s book in August. How does a person overcome prejudice OR not let the past ruin the present?–Lyn

For more online:

www.JeanCGordon.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeancgordon.author

Twitter: @jeancgordon

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PS. Last week’s winner of a digital or audio copy of Renee Ryan’s JOURNEY’S END are Connie Saunders
 and Diana Holvik. Congrats!

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Becky Wade’s Porter Prize Pack and $100 Cash Card Giveaway

Her One and Only Becky Wade
Meet Dru Porter, former Marine, expert markswoman, and black belt—who also happens to be assigned as a bodyguard to star NFL tight end Gray Fowler. Don’t miss the final Porter family novel by Becky Wade, Her One and Only. Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, and Dru is determined to find his stalker. Every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives—and their hearts—to one another.

Join Becky in celebrating the release of Her One and Only by entering to win her Porter prize pack and $100 cash card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

 

    • A copy of Her One and Only

 

  • A $100 cash card

 

 

  • Follow Your Heart tote bag

 

 

  • 24 oz Tervis Wonder Woman Tumbler

 

 

  • The Blind Side DVD

 

 

  • Necklace with star charm

 

 

  • Porter Family navy jersey

 

 

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Enter today by clicking the icon or ENTER LINK below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 31st. The winner will be announced June 1st on the Litfuse blog.

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Author Teresa Morgan & Food for Angels

TERESA MORGAN

My guest today is author Teresa Morgan. Here’s a bit about her:

Now empty nesters, Teresa Morgan and her husband live in Washington State. They have two adult children and one granddaughter. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and is an craft addict.

Teresa shares a recipe

Food for Angels

Ingredients

1 cup butter (do not substitute)

3 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

2 boxes of vanilla wafers

1 pint whipping cream or 2 containers of Cool Whip, partially thawed

2 cups crushed, well-drained pineapple

Cream together then set aside:

1 cup butter (do not substitute)

3 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

Crush the two boxes of vanilla wafers into fine crumbs and press one half of them into the bottom of 9” x 12” pan. Spread sugar mixture over the crumbs. In a chilled bowl, whip the cream. Or, if using Cool Whip, soften and spread over sugar mixture. Next, spoon or sprinkle 2 cups of pineapple over top. Cover with remaining crumbs.

Cover pan with foil and chill for 24 hours. It’s rich, so it serves 12+

That sounds yummy. I’ll give it a try. Now here’s  Teresa’s latest book, No Greater Gift.

No Greater Gift

Blurb:

Grace Ryan works to untangle clues left by her late grandparents—clues involving a WWII conspiracy that could tear her family apart.

History professor Grace Ryan returns to her hometown expecting to help her grandmother turn her journals and memories of WWII into memoirs. She arrives to find her grandmother being loaded into an ambulance. When she begs Grace to find the truth about a decades-old crime, whispers the word treason, then slips away forever, Grace is left to separate fact from fiction. Then, an unwelcome inheritance strikes at her already fragile family bond. Though God’s voice seems silent, He sends someone to stand in the gap for her.

Erik Petersson, unjustly accused of infidelity, suffered through an unwanted divorce and the loss of his children’s love due to his former wife’s bitterness. A physicist on sabbatical, he agrees to help Grace dig through her late grandfather’s scientific papers. As he struggles to win back his children’s love, he and Grace are catapulted into a quagmire of truth and lies that could destroy any chance at a future love or happiness.

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Teresa Morgan Mountain Brook Ink

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Author Renee Ryan & a New Adventure into Fiction

 

Renee Ryan

Today my guest is author Renee Ryan who is sharing her new adventure into fiction. Renee has written for Love Inspired Hsitoricals and now is writing for the Waterfall, the Christian imprint of Amazon. Renee is offering one digital copy and one audio copy of her first Waterfall release: Journey’s End. So be sure to look for the QUESTION and leave a comment to enter the drawing. There will be 2 winners. Here’s Renee:

Thank you, Lyn, for inviting me to stop by today. I always enjoy chatting about my latest release. With that said, JOURNEY’S END is a bit of departure for me. It’s my first book with my new publisher, Amazon’s Waterfall Press. The story is set in 1901 New York City and features a strong, street-tough heroine, Caroline St. James. Caroline grew up on the dangerous East End of London. As such, she learned to do whatever necessary to survive at a very early age.

death bed revelation

When Caroline’s mother is on her death bed, she tells Caroline about her wealthy grandfather living in New York City. Richard St. James has refused her mother’s pleas for help through the years. Thus, Caroline decides the old man needs to pay for the abandonment of his only daughter. She journeys to America solely to ruin the man whose refusal to help his own flesh and blood resulted in her painful, premature death.

weakness=death

Caroline is both physically and mentally strong. Weakness of any kind equals death in her world. She is making this journey to America for one reason and one reason only—to seek justice for her tragic mother. Or so she tells herself. But when she arrives in New York City, and puts her plan into motion, she quickly discovers that what she really wants is revenge.

questions herself

This insight into her character leads her to question the woman she is, at the core. She must come to grips with her personal motives and then live with what she discovers. Is she a woman of faith, who believes the Lord when he says Vengeance is Mine? Or is she a woman who believes the end justifies the means? As her journey progresses, she learns to embrace forgiveness and ultimately leaves judgment to God. It’s not an easy journey, and she is tested throughout the story, especially by the hero, an upright man who’s never taken a misstep and stands beside her when her true motives are revealed.”–Renee

Journeys End

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Book Blurb

Having grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth-century London, Caroline St. James is used to fighting to survive.

So when her beloved mother—abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family—suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong. With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother’s suffering: Caroline’s grandfather. To settle the family score, Caroline infiltrates her grandfather’s privileged world, hoping to sabotage his business from the inside.

But as she sets her plot in motion, she meets Jackson Montgomery, a virtuous man who is struggling to recover from a family scandal of his own. As their friendship grows, and Caroline begins to piece together the motives that led her family to turn its back, she is forced to make a decision: Should she risk everything in the name of justice? Or can she look toward the future and let love and forgiveness guide her instead?

I am intrigued by the difference between revenge and justice. QUESTION: What’s the difference? Is one right and one wrong? Why or why not? Leave a comment and be entered into the drawing for either the digital or audio copy of Journey’s End.–Lyn

For More Online:

www.reneeryan.com

https://www.facebook.com/renee.ryan.31

@ReneeRyanBooks

PS- Last week’s winners are Ann H Gabhart’s cozy mystery goes to
Kathleen Friesen
and
Michelle Karl’s winner is
Carla Lake
CONGRATS!

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Author Ann H Gabhart & Her New Cozy Mystery

Ann Gabhart

My guest today has been here before sharing about her wonderful Shaker novels. Now Ann H Gabhart is writing a cozy mystery series! And you know how I love them. Ann is also offering a giveaway of her book to one commenter. So watch for the QUESTION below. Here’s Ann:

Meet Malinda and Michael Keane from Hidden Springs   

My name is Malinda Keane, and while I am not the deputy sheriff of Keane County, I am his aunt and the protector of not only him but of our town, Hidden Springs. Michael would tell you he doesn’t need my protection and I suppose he would be right. At least now. But there was a time when he did.

life-changing event

You see when he was fifteen, he was gravely injured in an automobile accident that killed his parents. For weeks, he was in a coma, and the doctors gave little hope for his recovery. He thinks he survived because I moved into his hospital room and refused to let him go without a fight. I did pray for a miracle morning and night and every waking moment in between, but I wasn’t the one who brought him back to life. That was the Lord. He still had things for Michael to do in this world and for that, I was grateful. I am grateful. Great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 helped me look each morning for new blessings from the Lord.

no coddling

Michael had a slow recovery and I was there with him every step of the way. But you can be sure I didn’t coddle him. Young people do not need to be coddled. Since I have been teaching algebra to high school students for more years than I like to admit, I know a thing or two about what makes a young person strong. It is not making his or her path continually easy. A child needs to be challenged. They need to overcome difficulties on their own. Life is not always easy. It certainly wasn’t for Michael, but each new challenge he faced and overcame made him stronger.

not my choice for his career

I’m so glad Michael is back in Hidden Springs. I can’t say I’m pleased that he decided on a career in law enforcement. I would naturally prefer he had chosen a profession that did not necessitate him carrying a gun. But he made that choice and he feels strongly about keeping the peace in Hidden Springs and Keane County.

strength and living

He claims he gets his strength of character from me, and perhaps he does. At least in part. I never married but I do have a son. Given to me through the tragedy of the death of my brother and his wife. That’s how life can be. Sorrowful things happen. Terrible events occur. People die. But then, those who are left behind pick up the pieces and go on living.

a choice

What other choice do we have? And sometimes in the process of continuing on, the Lord blesses us with joy and love and purpose. I know the Lord saved Michael for a reason, for some special purpose, and someday he will reveal that purpose to him. Until then I suppose Michael will continue to keep the peace in Hidden Springs and I will continue to pray for his safety.”–Ann

Murder Comes Mail

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Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn’t particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses—a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn’t last long as a new story takes over the headlines after photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail. Michael feels like anything but a hero when he becomes convinced the girl was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves—because the killer could be targeting one of them next.
Thanks, Ann. I look forward to reading this series. Sounds like a winner. Now for the giveaway drawing QUESTION: Has hardship or loss made you stronger? Yes or no?–Lyn
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