Alison Stuart Reflects on Old Friends

AB6I’m delighted to welcome back to the lair my friend, Aussie historical romance writer Alison Stuart. Alison’s here to tell us about her latest release, the Regency mystery-romance LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR. Here’s the blurb: 

Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?

From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams, only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.

AB4Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. But, her dreams are shattered, as she is taunted from the grave, discovering not only has she been left penniless, but she is once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.

But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart?

To find out more about Alison and her books, please visit her website: www.alisonstuart.com

LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR is available from AMAZON, Barnes & Noble and all good ebook stores.

For the month of May, Alison is offering a Rafflecopter contest with the prize of an author goody bag. You can enter HERE.

Here’s Alison!

I was very sad to hear of the death this month of Mary Stewart (although to be honest, I didn’t know she was still alive so I shouldn’t have been taken aback by the announcement of her death). Anyway, it got me thinking about the authors who have most influenced me in my writing.

AB3I actually haven’t read many of Stewart’s mystery stories for which she was best known in the early part of her career. The books that grabbed me by the throat and which sit on my ‘keeper’ shelf battered and thumbed and reread are her three Merlin stories beginning with THE CRYSTAL CAVE. What set them apart for me from the hundreds and hundreds of Arthurian reinterpretations (MISTS OF AVALON is another fave), was the humanity she invested in Merlin. Instead of a mystical being in a tall pointy hat, Merlin starts out as a boy in a Romano British household and comes to his position of power and influence in a thoroughly human way. Along the way he loves, he loses, he is betrayed… It is not, as has been described in some reports, a “romance”… there’s not a happy ever after for Merlin but there is a satisfactory conclusion and when you close THE  LAST ENCHANTMENT you have the feeling of a life well lived. I had great pleasure in introducing my teenage son to these books and watching him devour them as I had done. 

AB5Like most writers, I was a voracious reader from an early age.  However my taste was for action and adventure and although I cut my teeth on Enid Blyton, it was not the namby pamby FAR AWAY TREE, I was straight into the Famous Five and the Secret Seven, the shenanigans of Mallory Towers.  Other childhood favourites included:

  • Horsey stories such as the MY FRIEND FLICKA stories by O’Hara
  • The fantasy stories of Alan Garner such as ELIDOR
  • The Laura Ingalls Wilder stories which I read and reread until I could practically repeat them and were probably the most “girly” books I read.

But my overwhelming favourites were the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff and Ronald Welch and the English Civil War stories of Barbara Softly – strong historicals written for young adults with plenty of action and adventure and a good dose of romance but not necessarily romance stories. I devoured these books and there is no doubt that they had the strongest influence on the stories I write. I think I damaged my eyesight reading EAGLE OF THE NINTH under the covers by torchlight after my light was supposed to be out.

Has anyone out there read Ronald Welch? They were boys own adventures revolving around the “Carey” family – wherever there was a war or an interesting period of history, there you would find a Carey.  Of course my favourite was FOR THE KING  – the English Civil War story.  I graduated to the stories of Jean Plaidy and Robert Neill by the time I was fifteen I had pretty much exhausted every historical book that the Parkdale Library had to offer.

My passion for all things English Civil War began with THE KING’S GENERAL by Daphne DuMaurier. On Sunday afternoons my father would read to my brother and I but he loathed reading “children’s books” so the choice of book tended to be his and he, of course, chose the books he liked which is how I came to have THE KING’S GENERAL read aloud to me when I was only eight. The love affair between Honor and Richard Grenville and the derring do of the period really struck a cord with me and inspired a life long interest in both the period and books that encompassed a strong relationship between a man and a woman within the context of a historical period.

AB1My other great love was Agatha Christie. Every year my family holidayed at a guest house in Marysville (sadly destroyed in the 2009 bushfires) and my overwhelming association with that guest house are the books of Agatha Christie which I would purchase from the one shop in the town and read either curled up in front of the fire or in one of the chairs on the wide, wooden verandah. 

On the other hand, I was a Georgette Heyer fail. I think I might have read THE BLACK MOTH and I know I read THE ROYAL ESCAPE (because it was about the English Civil War) but her regency romances held no interest for me whatsoever. However, I hasten to add, I have come to Georgette in more recent years and as an adult (and a writer) I love her books (although am I the only who find THESE OLD SHADES just a bit creepy?). While I am making my confession, I wasn’t all that fond of Jane Austen either. As for Harlequin Mills and Boon, I read my first one on the plane home from my very first Romance Writers of Australia conference (a gorgeous Marion Lennox story which I still have on my keeper shelf). To be honest I didn’t even know the first book I wrote (later published as BY THE SWORD) was a romance. I was, in short, a romance fail.

AB2So I suppose it is little wonder that my own writing cuts across all these influences – romantic action adventures with action, mystery, murder, ghosts, time travel – sometimes all in the same book.  Even with my latest story LORD SOMERTON’S HEIR, which is my first venture into the world of the Regency, the romance is bounded by a murder mystery that must be solved before the hero and heroine approach anything like a happy ever after.  I think I can quite safely describe my style of writing as cross genre!

Just recently I started trawling Ebay looking for copies of my childhood favourites. Having them back on my bookshelf with the familiar covers, is like being reunited with old friends. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOKS?

Thanks, Alison, that was fascinating. And yeah, I get you on THESE OLD SHADES, although as a pre-teen when I first read it, the age difference didn’t strike me the way it does now. Good luck with Lord Somerton. I loved GATHER THE BONES and this looks like another winner!

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  • Jane says:

    Congrats to Alison on the new release. I’ve heard that Mary Stewart is a pioneer of romantic suspenses, but I haven’t read any of her books and don’t really know where to start. My favorite childhood books include Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” S.E. Hinton’s “Outsiders” and H.G. Wells’ “Time Machine.”

    • Jane, the rooster wants to know if you read the Rooster in the Rye, that famous YA classic?

    • Jane, the Mary Stewart suspense books aren’t connected so you can start anywhere. I really liked My Brother Michael. I re-read it for a review last year and was still mightily impressed. The pace on older books tends to be a bit slower and there’s a bit more description, but I like that.

    • As my childhood was spent in Kenya, I missed out on books such as Where the Wild Things Are and as I never connected with it, my children missed out too!
      I was awarded Wells’ Invisible Man as a Yr12 present from my school… I often wondered if it was a reflection on my involvement!
      Thanks for calling past 🙂

  • Mary Chen says:

    Congrats on the new release, Alison! 🙂 Thanks for the great recommendations – I’ve long heard of Mary Stewart but have not yet read her books. Will add them to my tbr list now.

    My childhood reads consisted mostly of fairy tales. Those of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and a multitude of others. 🙂

  • Thank you, Mary. I can certainly recommend Stewart’s Merlin series.
    Fairy tales are such a universal experience aren’t they? My brother had a lovely edition of Hans Christian Anderson and They remain my favourites. The Tin Soldier was so poignant!

  • Helen says:

    Waving Hi to Alison and Anna

    Firstly I loved Lord Somerton’s Heir just about read it in one sitting but then I love all of your stories 🙂

    I loved Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven and Famous Five I was always borrowing them from the school and local library then I moved onto Agatha Christie and many more I have not read any Mary Stewart’s or holds head in shame Georgette Heyer books either although I do have most of the Heyer books and I will read them one day when I retre LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Thank you so much, Helen 🙂

      I am glad I am not the only Georgette fail. I recommend audible books… it somehow makes them more accessible!

    • Helen, so glad you enjoyed Lord Somerton. I’ve been cleaning out the house in preparation for moving later in the year and I came across all my Enid Blytons. LOVED those books!

  • Caren Crane says:

    Alison, so great to have you back! I readily admit I have never read Georgette Heyer. I cut my teeth on Barbara Cartland, so there you go! 🙂

    As a young girl, I loved to read this series of biographies for children. I read ALL the ones about women and, reluctantly, some about the more interesting-sounding men. I really just wanted more stories about famous and intelligent women, like Louisa May Alcott and Marie Curie and Annie Oakley!

    I adored THE CRYSTAL CAVE. It was so very different from everything else I had read at the time. I gobbled up the whole series! I was very big into Arthurian legend, but skipped The Mists Of Avalon. Why? I have no idea. I was a teenager!

    I spent lots of time with science fiction and fantasy books, then, with regular forays into romances (both contemporary and historical). I still read all manner of books. I do love a good thriller, especially a dark, sick psychological one! 😀

    • Caren, I used to love those biographies too. Some of them were fab – I remember one of the Bronte sisters that was majorly great.

    • Hi Caren and thank you for the warm welcome.

      You have a very wide taste in books! I have never got into sci fi and my fantasy world was very much restricted to that of Alan Garner – and he could be so scarey! Did you ever read the books of John Wyndham (The Day of the Triffids)?

      Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) is quite a different take on the Arthurian legend as it looks at the story from the women’s perspective. It is still on release (and available on Kindle) if you like Arthurian stories.

      • Alison, have to say Mists of Avalon left me pretty cold. Someone gave it to me when it came out and I took it on my first big overseas trip and only ever got halfway through it. We had all our luggage stolen in Spain and that was something I didn’t actually mind losing. 🙂

  • Shannon says:

    I don’t really remember my grade school reading. By the 6th or 7th grade I was reading adult novels. My junior high school English teacher had us read Gone With the Wind, a story with enough action to keep the boys interested and a romance for the girls.

    At the library, I glommed on to a range of authors. I loved Mary Stewart, both the suspense stories and the Arthurian trilogy. Mills and Boon as well as Barbara Cartland and the Signet Regency romances. Victoria Holt, Catherine Gaskin, and Mary Constain Haycraft were other favorites. It’s strange to read them now, they have a lot more description. I’m sure I read Georgette Heyer, but I just don’t remember them, and I haven’t gone back for a re-read. So many books on my TBR. The .99 and 1.99 and box sets just make me go click.

    • Shannon, I’m a bit like you – I missed a lot of childhood books because I started reading adult books so young. I never read the Narnia books, for example, although I bought my niece the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and read it then (with her permission!). Like you and Caren, I read a LOT of Barbara Cartland in my early teens. Used to love those and they taught me a lot of history. And Catherine Gaskin was a huge presence in our house – Mum was a fan, especially of Sara Dane her book set in Australia’s convict past. I loved that you always learned something from a CG, whether it was the sherry industry in Spain or crystal in Waterford in Ireland.

    • Hi Shannon… you have reminded me of a flaming row I had with my Grade 6 teacher. If you read all the books in the class library you were allowed to go to the senior school library. I devoured every single book except a series of books called “The Billabong Books” – my Aussie friends will recognise this much beloved series about Norah and set in outback Australia – I think it was written in the 30s. I thought they were as boring as… and a stand off ensued with my teacher who refused to allow me access to the library until I read them. This little Capricorn dug her hoofs in and to this day I still haven’t read the Billabong books (and neither did I get access to the senior school library!). My mother in law has the full set and I shudder every time I pass the bookshelf.
      Amazon’s little “one click” button is a trap isn’t it! If I had every book on my TBR pile (including several by the estimable Ms. Campbell!) sitting by my bed I wouldn’t be able to get into bed. I am such a slow reader these days… three pages and I’m asleep.

      • Shannon says:

        Sigh. TBR pile. Large very, very large. And growing.

        Anna C. is not on it. I’ve read everything of hers.

        • Shannon says:

          Oh, and I meant to add that I have the perfect commute–40 minutes door to door on the bus. I read and s/he drives in the traffic. Almost 1.5 hours a day for reading.

        • Shannon, can I tell you how much I LOVE that I”m no on your TBR pile! I’m giving away a few ARCs of What a Duke Dares over the next few months here – you’ll have to swing by and try and win something new to read! 🙂

      • Oh, I inherited Billabong books from an older cousin. Could never get into them either. I think I was a diehard Anglophile even back then! Still don’t much like Aussie history.

  • sandyg265 says:

    Two of my favorites were Smokey by Will James and Kazan by Oliver Curwood, both of which I still have. I also enjoyed The Tom Swift books.

    • Sandy, do you know I’ve never heard of any of those! I’ll have to go and check them out.

    • Hi Sandy… I haven’t heard of them either. My reading was dictated by English tastes and even when we moved to Australia I never saw books like the Nancy Drew books.
      Anna, do you remember when “Noddy” was banned for being racially discriminatory against Gollywogs… or was that in Kenya? I’m getting old and forgetful!

      • Alison, he was banned here too. But I’m of an age where I lived before PC!

      • Having said that, I discovered Enid Blyton when I was of an age to read ‘chapter’ books – do kids still call non-picture books that? So I missed out on Noddy. I remember my little brother having a few of the Noddy books.

  • I loved the Rosemary Suttcliffe books too. I remember reading the Lucy Fitch Perkins Twins series from the school library. I bought a lot of puffin books from these mail order sheets at the school too. I read Famous Five and Trixie Belden Mysteries. I still have most of them. I can’t get rid of a book to save my life. Into my teens I read Asimov, McCaffrey and all the SciFi greats and discovered Heyer and Mills & Boon at the same time at 14. Incidentally I’ve discovered audio books of Heyer which means I can enjoy them all over again when I’m doing long trips.

    • Fiona, I’m downsizing quite drastically when I move so something had to give – gave 25 cartons of books to Lifeline on Monday. Feels kinda cathartic. I discovered Rosemary Sutcliffe as an adult. The old Brisbane library in the City Hall had the Flowers of Adonis and The Rider on the White Horse and I cried my eyes out over both of them.

      • I’m glad I didn’t know this or I would have been on your doorstep begging for first pickings…I suppose they will all turn up at the big Lifeline bookfair…*ponders*

        • Fiona, I wondered whether it was worth asking my (semi) local friends if they wanted to come and cherry pick the books – but you know what it’s like when you’ve got the bit between your teeth. And I’m such a sloth, I need to move when the energy is there. I suspect they’ll be at the Caboolture Lifeline book fest rather than the Brisbane one. But who knows? There’s some GREAT stuff there. I used to keep books because I’d enjoyed them but this time I kept them because there was a possibility I might re-read them – very different and much more stringent criterion.

    • Hi Fiona… I have to confess to ‘reading’ Georgette Heyer via Audio books. I am a huge fan of audible – and I do a lot of my reading in the car. I’m not sure who the narrator is but she brings the books to life delightfully.
      Anna… Rider of the White Horse is my all time Sutcliff favourite and I have been in love with Sir Thomas Fairfax since I was 14. I have my original paperback copy (battered and annotated) – its in the photo of my collection with the wonderful Shirley Hughes illustration. I have also recently hunted down the original hard back in its plain grey cover. I hugged it when it arrived!

  • Hey Alison! Welcome back to the blog, and can I say how I’m so glad you’ve got only one L in your first name? I’ve told my oldest for years that was the female spelling of the name. 🙂

    The new book sounds absoloutely delicious. Just clicked on the cover and ordered my copy!

    So, favorite childhood authors? I adored the Betsy-Tacy-Tib books by Maud Hart Lovelace. I quickly progressed to Dame Barbra Cartland, Grace Livingston Hill and Phyllis Whitney. Yes, my love of romances started at about age 11!! Wonder why I write them, huh?

    • Suz, I started romances young too. My mum gave me my first Mills and Boon (Harlequin) when I was eight to shut me up! She found the perfect solution!

    • Thank you for the warm welcome, Suzanne. I love the folk on this blog 🙂
      My name is consistently spelled with two “L’s and it just looks wrong to me! It is my first name although I use my maiden surname to write with… and discovered another Alison Stuart which prompted me to think I should have used the two “L” spelling for my pen name. Too confusing?
      Oh my gosh- you were a romance tragic from a very early age. I have to confess <> the only one I have heard of is good old Dame Barbara (and… more confessions… I have never read one of hers!). A friend of mine was once her tenant and had some interesting stories to tell…
      Huge thank you for the support and I hope you enjoy Isabel and Sebastian’s journey.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Welcome, Alison!

    Oh, childhood favorites. Having begged my mother to let me order regularly from the Scholastic book club two come to mind: A Lantern in Her Hand. It chronicled a young woman traveling west to the new frontier, marrying a man and raising a family on the prairie. I did find a copy on ebay several years ago. The other was Out of the Strong. Set in ROME of all places, it told the story of a young Roman who falls in love but is forced apart from his love. The do find their HEA and of being as I got it out of the Catholic elementary library, found Christianity too 😀 Good luck with your book

    • JT, I fondly remember the Scholastic books. We had a whole library of them at primary school that we had to read as part of our classwork. There was even a Georgette Heyer in the set – Black Sheep!

    • Hi Joan… I think those tales of the early pioneers and the hardship of their lives is what drew me to the Ingalls Wilder stories. Oh my gosh I can’t tell you how many times I reread those stories. They fuelled my imagination in a way few others did. This was, of course, long before the magic was destroyed by the TV series, which I refused to watch.
      Rosemary Sutcliff’s wonderful Eagle of the Ninth (set in Roman Britain) is one I cheerfully re read when I feel like a “comfort” read. Of course I am a sucker for a wounded hero and this book had everything romance, bromance, action, adventure AND a wounded hero!

  • catslady says:

    I have many of my original books from Mary Stewart to Daphne du Maurier. Loved those gothics. Then Kathleen Woodiwiss really hooked me and Julie Garwood. I always thought I would reread them and I should but then there are so many new ones out there…

    • Catslady, Kathleen Woodiwiss was an early discovery for me – I’ve got a feeling I was 13 or 14. The Wolf and the Dove was my first one – I read it and loved it so much I turned straight around and read it all over again. I read all of hers mutliple times, especially Shanna which I just loved.

    • Hi Catslady (I am sitting here with my cat, Oliver Kat on my knee,purring away and trying to stop me typing).
      I went on a Du Maurier binge at university and read the lot but The King’s General still holds my heart.
      I’ve had Kathleen Woodiwiss recommended to me so many times so I really must hunt her out! Sadly, as I said to one of the other commenters, I’m an abysmally slow reader these days and there are, as you say, so many great new authors and books to find!

  • Alison, welcome back, and congrats on your new release! It sounds great.

    I loved The Famous Five though there were only a few books available in our library. A friend steered me to that Mary Stewart series in college, and I sucked in right in like air. A happy ending for Merlin just wouldn’t fit the legend.

    Another friend introduced me to Rosemary Sutcliff. Her Sword at Sunset is a favorite on my Arthurian shelf.

    The dh is a big fan of Alan Garner.

    What I probably read more than anything else growing up, though, were the Nancy Drew books and the little, orange biographies of famous Americans. They were a series, heavily fictionalized, I now realize, but I did learn a fair bit of valid history from them.

    • Nancy, I read Nancy Drew too and Trixie Belden. In fact, I just put up a picture of a couple of my hardcover Trixie Beldens on Facebook. I’m finding all sorts of buried treasure as I clean out the house. My all-time favorite author as a kid was Enid Blyton, though. She taught me that reading could be as addictive as chocolate. Another favorite – I’m not sure whether they were big in America – was Lorna Hill who wrote books set in the Sadlers Wells Ballet company. They were funny and touching and romantic. A Dream of Sadlers Wells and Veronica at the Wells spring to mind. I must have read both of those 100 times in my late primary school.

    • Thanks for the lovely welcome, Nancy.
      Sadly the American children’s detective stories were just not part of my growing up, although I did dig out some Nancy Drew to read to my sons when they were young. It was Famous Five and Secret Seven all the way with me. Enid Blyton was so prolific. I only recently discovered she had several other child detective series – The Five Find Outers and the Barney Mysteries for example!
      On the subject of little series books, Anna, do you remember the Ladybird series of books? They were on every subject under the sun but they had a big history series – I remember I had “Warwick the King Maker” and when I was watching the White Queen recently memories of the illustrations in that book came flooding back!

      • Alison, the Barney books were my intro to Enid Blyton and as a result they retained a special place in my heart forever.

        I DO remember Ladybird books. Lots of bios. I remember Cromwell and Beethoven in particular, goodness knows why!

  • Becke says:

    Alison,
    Congratulations on the new release.

    Early childhood was Zane Gray, anything horsey-Margarite Mitchell, Farley, and Landon. My sister read Nancy Drew, but I didn’t care for them, probably because I had to have an animal in my book.
    b

    • Becke, did you ever read the Silver Brumby books? I found a set of those when I went through my collections and they definitely survived the cull. Like you, I loved animal books. What surprised me was quite how many pony books I had when I sorted through the boxes!

    • Hi Becke…thank you for the warm words 🙂
      Oh animal books… I adored the stories of Paul Gallico (probably best known for the Snow Goose). He wrote lovely stories about cats (Thomasina) and his stories really tore the heart strings!
      Like most young girls I went through a “horsey” stage and read anything with a horse in it. The Silver Brumby stories are quite uniquely Australian. There is a horse with a starring role in most of my own books now I think about it and in fact Isabel and Sebastian bond over a foaling. Some things never change!

  • I read many of the Enid Blyton books when I was a girl. Then again I started reading Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters and Georgette Heyer when I was nine so I never stood a chance. Historical romance as been my first love ever since! Of course I was horse mad as well. I read Black Beauty and still have the copy my parents gave me in 1967! I read the Chincoteague horse books and I remember reading Smokey as well. Then I read all of Farley’s Black Stallion books. I was also a huge fan of Dickens.

    • Louisa, just checked my Black Beauty and it was a Christmas present in 1967. Wondering if it’s the same edition – just put it up on FB and tagged you.

    • Hi Louisa
      Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is still top of my list. I bought a copy from Haworth village at the age of 11 – on a cold autumn day long before it became a tourist mecca. I can still remember lying on the camp bed at my grandparents reading it by torchlight under the covers. My FIRST romance. I went on to read all the Bronte sisters but never warmed to Wuthering Heights!

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    The earliest I remember are Dr. Seuss. Especially Green Eggs and Ham. LOL From there I loved all the Little House books and the Chronicles of Narnia. Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman is the first ‘romance’ I remember reading.

    • Marcy, my first Doctor Seuss was The Cat in the Hat. It was funny – it was sitting on top of one of the charity boxes that went on Monday and the guys picking up the load were so thrilled to see it. They had fond memories of it too!

    • Hi March… “I do not like Green Eggs and Ham, I do not like them Sam I am…” I actually found Seuss a little weird but those rhymes stay with you forever don’t they.
      How could I forget the Narnia books. Oh my… I read them all and reread and still read them!

  • Susanne Bellamy says:

    Hi Alison and Anna!
    Almost all of your reading list featured in my childhood too, Alison, although I discovered Georgette Heyer early on. One of my favourites is “Devil’s Cub”–I loved that the heroine actively worked to defend her honour and her sister.
    I love your cross genre writing too; why be bound by what has gone before? I’ve just finished LSH and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the best with it!

  • Hi Susanne! Thank you for your kind words and for dropping into our chat about childhood books.
    I have read Devil’s Cub and it took me a while to warm to the hero (but as I mentioned I was a little scarred by These Old Shades!). I think of all the Heyer’s I’ve read so far (which isn’t that many), I like The Talisman Ring best.

    • Susanne Bellamy says:

      He was probably the first alpha I enjoyed and I felt that he’d met his match in Mary Challenor. Perhaps it was her character that most caught my attention at the time. It was many years ago! I really need to re-read some of GH; I inherited my sister’s collection.

      • I really like the audible versions, Susanne. I get caught in the lilt of GH’s language. It’s almost as if they were meant to be read aloud.

  • Well, what a fun day we’ve had in the lair. Thanks to all the Banditas and Bandita Buddies who swung by to say hello. Alison, thanks for being such a great guest. And we wish you every success with Lord Somerton’s Heir!

    • Thank you so much for having me as your guest, Anna and thank you to everyone who left a comment. So many wonderful memories. I think it shows how important books were in our formative years. I hope everyone who commented left an entry in the Rafflecopter!

  • flchen1 says:

    I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, Little House on the Prairie–it was a treat to read it with my kids a few years ago!

    • It all began with Little House in the Big Woods didn’t it? And then went all the way through till the girls married. It must have been a hard life but it was so beautifully written. I hope your kids enjoyed it flchen!