A Receipt From A Bookstore Buys Happiness – Part 1


Imagine my pleasure when I found a paperback copy of Edward Marston’s, The Stationmaster’s Farewell. 9th in Railway Detective Series, with a 50% off sticker. Fifty or more women, wandering around in the new location of Quail Ridge Books at North Hills in Raleigh, NC, walked right past this gem, which was mine to claim. I discovered this series when doing research for my other blog, Mainstreetrockymount.com (The railroad is an important part of the Rocky Mount story.) Edward Marston, born and brought up in South Wales is a highly successful writer, who has written this series that features Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Victor Lemming. Here is a link to a previous post that will give you more information about the series. You will love the setting in the 1850’s, the good writing and always a good mystery.

51xlrajhsxlAnn Patchett wrote a book called Run, which is on my ‘all time favorite’ book list. The morning of the event at Quail Ridge, the staff was setting out stacks of her new book, Commonwealth. I have 49 pages  left and stayed up until after 2:30AM last night. Need I say more. One of the two book clubs I belong to has an unwritten rule that, if possible, we wait to read things in paperback to save money. Of course, we all use the public library and often download a book on our e-readers. Another rule is that someone in the club must have read the book before we consider it. As an only child, I often advocate breaking the rules so I am delighted my second book club picked for our October selection a hardback that no one has read, Commonwealth. I’m giving nothing away except this line from the jacket. …a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. Spanning five decades, the novel explores how a chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Here is a link I hope you will reference. A Writers Writer – Ann Patchett



Did you read Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand? With a fabulous book jacket, how could I resist Helen Simonsson’s new book, The Summer Before the War.  East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer…..



About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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2 Responses to A Receipt From A Bookstore Buys Happiness – Part 1

  1. levelyn03 says:

    I can’t wait to read Ann Patchett’s new one. Thank you for sharing.

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