Book Stores Are Dangerous

So early this week my daughter wanted to go out to eat. As we were sitting at the table enjoying our meal and chatting about this and that, she suddenly blurts out she wants to go to B&N. Oh, no, I thought. Why wouldn’t I want to go, you ask? Err…because I have a serious problem when entering book stores. I cannot leave without a few books in hand. This can be a serious problem for book lovers and this year I set a budget of zero dollars to spend on books. I really need to catch up on some reads on my shelf and Kindle that have been waiting patiently for my attention. Alas, a couple weeks or so ago, I broke the budget and bought some bargain books. Sigh. You may remember that post. If not, click here to see. I know, no will power what-so-ever. I wonder if I am cursed.

Anyhow, my daughter tells me to stay with her while she browses and NOT to look at books. How in the world can I do THAT? And can you imagine the looks I would get from people? Following my daughter around a bookstore like a puppy dog? No way. Not doing it. Yes, I ended up following her around the store. Well, I was almost successful in not picking up a book until the end. But then we walked by the bargain section and these three beauties called out to me.

My daughter and I made quit a picture, I’m sure. I was grabbing books with one hand and my daughter grabs my other hand to pull me away. She thinks I need help. She may be right but there are worse things in life to obsess over. So take a look at my new purchases. Enjoy!

Stephanie M. Hopkins

The Outcasts

It’s the 19th century on the Gulf Coast, a time of opportunity and lawlessness. After escaping the Texas brothel where she’d been a virtual prisoner, Lucinda Carter heads for Middle Bayou to meet her lover, who has a plan to make them both rich, chasing rumors of a pirate’s buried treasure.

Meanwhile Nate Cannon, a young Texas policeman with a pure heart and a strong sense of justice, is on the hunt for a ruthless killer named McGill who has claimed the lives of men, women, and even children across the frontier. Who–if anyone–will survive when their paths finally cross?

As Lucinda and Nate’s stories converge, guns are drawn, debts are paid, and Kathleen Kent delivers an unforgettable portrait of a woman who will stop at nothing to make a new life for herself.

The Fever Tree

Frances Irvine, left destitute in the wake of her father’s sudden death, has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. 1880 South Africa is a country torn apart by greed. In this remote and inhospitable land she becomes entangled with two very different men—one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals. Only when the rumor of a smallpox epidemic takes her into the dark heart of the diamond mines does she see her path to happiness.

But this is a ruthless world of avarice and exploitation, where the spoils of the rich come at a terrible human cost and powerful men will go to any lengths to keep the mines in operation. Removed from civilization and disillusioned by her isolation, Frances must choose between passion and integrity, a decision that has devastating consequences.

The Fever Tree is a compelling portrait of colonial South Africa, its raw beauty and deprivation alive in equal measure. But above all it is a love story about how—just when we need it most—fear can blind us to the truth.


At Hourglass Vintage in Madison, Wisconsin, every item in the boutique has a story to tell . . . and so do the women who are drawn there.

Yellow Samsonite suitcase with ivory, quilted lining, 1950s…

Violet Turner had always dreamed of owning a shop like Hourglass Vintage. Though she knows the personal history behind each precious item she sells, Violet refuses to acknowledge her own past. When she is faced with the possibility of losing the store, she realizes that, as much as she wants to, she cannot save it alone.

Taffeta tea length wedding gown with scooped neckline and cap sleeves, 1952…

Eighteen-year-old April Morgan is nearly five months along in an unplanned pregnancy when her hasty engagement is broken. When she returns the perfect 1950s wedding dress, she discovers unexpected possibilities and friends who won’t let her give up on her dreams.

Orange sari made from silk dupioni with gold paisley design, 1968…

Betrayed by her husband, Amithi Singh begins selling off her old clothes, remnants of her past life. After decades of housekeeping and parenting a daughter who rejects her traditional ways, she fears she has nothing more ahead for her.

An engaging story that beautifully captures the essence of women’s friendship and love, Vintage is a charming tale of possibility, of finding renewal and hope when we least expect it.


4 thoughts on “Book Stores Are Dangerous

  1. I loved “Vintage” — the author is delightful. We were very pleased that she was willing to visit our book club just a few days ago. Our book club is a fun, casual group called Books & Beer. (What can we say ??? – We live in Wisconsin.) Hope you enjoy the novel as much as we did!

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