I hadn’t intended going into the library but after going for a walk along the esplanade where we ended up having our skin blasted by very sharp snowflakes, the library in the high street was calling to us as a place to get warm and dry – for a wee while anyway.
I ended up borrowing Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M.C. Beaton. I had wanted to read all of these books in order but that would mean requesting them all one by one so I’m just going to get them as I can, so long as they aren’t too recent. This one was published in 1999. Doesn’t that number look weird and so old-fashioned, I’m obviously getting used to the 20 numbers!
I also picked up The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller. This has a sticker on it saying that it’s by the author of The Senator’s Wife which apparently was a Richard and Judy bestseller! That’s the sort of thing which usually puts me right off a book but I think that Peggy Ann read this one recently and enjoyed it so I’ll give it a go as I’m trying to read some more up to date fiction now and again.
I stopped looking then as I had thawed out a bit and was ready to brave the weather in the street, and at least I’ve done a bit towards keeping the library numbers up.
As if that wasn’t enough, when we got back home I started having a wander around Project Gutenberg and came across the name Isabel Anderson in their lists. Such a Scottish sounding name – I thought, so I had to have a look and see what I could find out about her and her writing. It turns out that Anderson was her married name, she was previously Isabel Weld Perkins from Boston and at one point she was apparently the wealthiest woman in the world. The upshot is that I downloaded her book The Spell of Japan as I thought it might be interesting and the original cover looked lovely, she also wrote one called The Spell of the Hawaii Islands and the Philippines and one about Belgium as well as one fiction book.
You can see her books here if you’re interested.
That should keep me busy for a while!