Book Shopping 📚

We are in Hilton Head SC again. We came down over Thanksgiving. It’s a quick get away to warmer weather and Bossman likes to golf here. I love the thrift shops! There quite a few and consignment shops with lots of nice, name brand stuff. St. Francis had a BOGO sale on their books! Here’s what I picked up…

Looking forward to The Gathering, it’s set in Maine!

The Gathering, set in the mountains of western Maine, continues the set of country mysteries featuring Lee Heaward and Hod Cole. The scene is Indian Pond at the foot of Indian Mountain where the Adirondack type lodge is run by A.E. Gibbons, a former art student turned frustrated innkeeper. Characters include Motorboat, a trucker and A.E.’s admirer, Enough Peabody, the yardboy whose curiosity is his downfall, Peggy the kitchen helper, Robbie, the last of the “Swampers” and a basketmaker, and Howard, a rescued pony.

Looming above the lodge, the mountain works it’s magic with the country people who join together to search for a lost boy. It is Hod Cole who finally solves the mystery. The Gathering is not only a country mystery, but a testament to people’s goodness in time of need.

Doesn’t it sound interesting?

Only found one Charles Wysocki puzzle 😩 but it is a tough one to find, Country Spyce. We only paid a dollar so if pieces are missing I won’t mind. It’s for sale on eBay without a piece guarantee for $49 plus shipping! Will he really sell it?

Picked up two new Talbot dresses and a Talbot black blazer all for just $16 too! Thrilled!

Heard a thump one day and went to investigate and there was a Red Shouldered Hawk sitting on the deck rail eating a lizard! By the time I got the camera on he had swallowed it 😩 but I was so excited! Check it out!

There are yellow-rumpled warblers everywhere here in the trees along the pond at the back of the condo. I’ve never seen them before. I’ve tried to get a pic for you, but they are very skittish and move too quickly among the trees. Click the link to see one.

Jarvis Park is a lovely place to walk here and we always go to see the water birds and alligators. Lots of activity this time of year! We saw eight alligators sunning on the banks of the pond and there were masses of anhingas!

A few other natives enjoying the sun…

Turtles warm themselves each morning right next to our deck at the condo.

Love these old oaks with moss!

Our week comes to an end and we are off home tomorrow. We’ll be back in May though. It’s starting to feel like home here!

So glad Bossman is sorted out and feeling more his old self again! I’m feeling more relaxed and myself now too. Have you been to Hilton Head before? If so do you have a favorite place to eat? We love Local Pie! Wood-fired pizza at its best! This is a lovely place to ride bikes and walk. The beaches are nice, wide, hard sand beaches perfect for riding bikes on.

I’m off to now to sit and read while Bossman is golfing. I’m reading The Battle of the Villa Fiorita by Rumer Godden. Love her books!

Later gator! Sorry, I couldn’t resist 😁

Song for Sunday


Sacrifice, a very meaningful song. The soldier that sacrificed his life so we could be free. Free to choose to worship the one true God who sacrificed His only Son for us!

He was 21 in 1944
He was hope, and he was courage on a lonely shore
Sent there by a mother, with love beyond her tears
Just a young American who chose to rise above his fears
And as I watch him struggle up that hill
Without a thought of turning back

I cannot help but wonder
What did he die for, when he died for you and me
Made the sacrifice so that we could all be free
I believe that we will the answer each to heaven
For the way we spend a priceless liberty
Look inside and ask the question
What did he die for, when he died for me

To the darkest day in AD 33
Came the mercy and compassion of eternity
Sent there by a Father with love beyond his tears
Blameless one the only son to bear the guilt of all these years
And as I watch him struggle up that hill
Without a thought of turning back

I cannot help but wonder
What did he die for, when he died for you and me
Made the sacrifice so that we could all be free
I believe that we will the answer each to heaven
For the way we spend a priceless liberty
Look inside and ask the question
What did he die for, when he died for me

Recent Reading

I haven’t been very good at doing book reports on what I’m reading! Eight books from last year and four so far this year. You can check the Books Read tab if your interested in seeing what I read and didn’t post about last year. One worth mentioning is…

The Homestead by Rosina Lippi
Each life has its place, and every variation ripples the surface of the tiny alpine village called Rosenau. Be it a mysteriously misaddressed love letter or a girl’s careless delivery of two helpless relatives into Nazi hands, the town’s balance is ever tested, and ever tender. Here is a novel spanning eighty years — years that bring factories and wars, store-bought cheese and city-trained teachers — weaving the fates of the wives, mothers, and daughters in this remote corner of Austria. To quote Rosellen Brown, “the women in this haunting book are deeply and uniquely of their place, yet they speak (often wordlessly) of women’s longings and satisfactions everywhere.”

I really liked this one. It was quite different. Written in individual chapters for each woman with each linked to their village life and each other. From 1909-1977 in Austria. Through WWI and WWII. Pretty much read this in one sitting because it was hard to put down.

I started on the Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway series last year too. Got the first two books read. I enjoyed those and will continue the series.

So far this year I’ve read these…

The Other Side of the Bay by Sean Dietrich is my favorite so far…

Small towns have a way of burying things, and small-town people have a way of keeping things that way.

With reminiscence and narration, a local sheriff must comb through his own humid world to unravel the truth behind the death of a local boy. But it’s not as easy as it seems, because no one is talking.

The Other Side of the Bay is a remarkable portrait of the unique people in the Panhandle of Florida. The story weaves itself into the tall longleaf forests, and along the crests of the uneasy bay, telling a tale of the human spirit. This is a novel of how things aren’t always as black and white as they ought to be, and how right and wrong aren’t always easy to tell apart.

It’s an evocative tale that delivers its reader to the apricot sun rises and sepulchral storm clouds of their own bittersweet memories.

I adore Sean Dietrich‘s oral storytelling and follow his blog, Facebook and Instagram. He does a radio show/podcast similar to Prairie Home Companion only his is Sean of the South, set in the south. I posted about it earlier. I got three of his books. This one is a bit of a mystery. I couldn’t put it down. Reading it was like him sitting across the room telling me a tale. Check him out, I think you’ll like him.

The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald Knox written in 1928, was one I never in a million years thought I would find! I put it on my wishlist on paperbackswap knowing it would never turn up on there and low and behold it did and I grabbed it up! Ronald Knox was a Catholic Priest and the brother of Winifred Peck. He is well known in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. My book is a 1983 Dover Book.

Urbane mystery, set in the pastoral reaches of the upper Thames, concerns the disappearance of young heir to a fortune. Insurance company investigator Miles Bredon takes on the case. Delightfully tongue-in-cheek tone, baffling clues, challenging mystery counterpointed by poetic evocation of the river and countryside. Fine novel by author of 10 celebrated “commandments” for writing detective fiction.

Slow starting and hard for me to get interested in. It is plot driven vs character, not my favorite. The plot was fairly complex and Knox’s writing was more ‘formal’ than I’m use too. I stuck with it though and ended up enjoying it. Lovely descriptions of the countryside along the Thames and witty banter between characters.

The Devil By the Sea by Nina Bawden a Virago Modern Classics #433.

“The first time the children saw the Devil, he was sitting next to them in the second row of deck chairs in the bandstand. He was biting his nails.” So begins the horrifying story of a madman loose in a small seaside town—his prey the very young and the very old. Seen through the eyes of Hilary, a precocious, highly imaginative, and lonely child, it is a chilling story about the perceptiveness of children, the blindness of parents, and the allure of strangers. As the adults carry on with their own grown-up antics, Hilary is led further and further into the twilight world of one man’s terrifyingly distorted view of normal life. But will she have the sense to resist it?

This was a chilling story! Not one likable character, but Ms. Bawden wrote them magnificently! The suspense kept me turning the pages. A very good read! Can’t wait to read more by her. Have you read any? Which would you recommend?

I’m 3/4 of the way through The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves now. The first in the Vera Stanhope Series. Cleeves is a guaranteed good read! I have to say that I much prefer the Vera of the TV series to the one of the book though. Brenda Blethyn makes her a much more likable character. I’m working my way through all 9 series on Acorn and Britbox!