Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.
- Kiddie-o-meter: This tale is for grown girls and therefore features some mature themes that are best suited for older teens and adults. I hesitate to tell you what they are because I refuse to give away the mystery. Email me directly if you are itching to know.
- Adult-o-meter: I can not think of a woman I would not recommend this book to.
- "It was like she was made of cake, light and pretty and decorated on the outside - with her sweet laugh and pink streak to her hair - but it was anyone's guess what was on the inside. Emily suspected it was something dark."
- "It was one of life's great injustices, that you can move on and be accomplished and happy, but the moment you see someone from high school you immediately become the person you were then, not the person you are now."
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Reserve 1/4 cup of flour for later, and sift together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Use the reserved flour to coat the chopped peaches, then fold the floured peaches into the batter. Spread evenly into a 10 inch tube pan that has been buttered and coated with white sugar. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in 325 degree oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.