Wednesday, November 1, 2006

The Ladies of Garrison Gardens

I spent quite a few hours last weekend reading this book.

The Ladies of Garrison Gardens is the second in a series of light southern mystery reads by Louise Schaffer.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I was disappointed with the ending. It was too evident that the ending left an opening for the next book in the series.

True to my suspicion, the author's web site states that her third novel was just accepted by the publisher and will be out in the fall of 2007. I wish it was not so far away. By that time I will have forgotten all about this series!

In the meantime, I need to go back to the library and get novel #1, called The Three Miss Margarets. Evidently the three Miss Margarets have a secret which is revealed in book #1. I need to find out what that secret was.

If anyone else has read this book, do you know what happened to Grady, Peggy Garrison's son? He was mentioned once and then nothing. He must have died, otherwise he would have inherited the estate. I probably should have read the other novel first. On second thought, don't tell me what happened to him. It may spoil my reading of the first novel.

It may interest some of you that the author, Louise Shaffer, played Rae Woodard on "Ryan's Hope" from 1977 to 1984. Since I was never home during weekdays, I had never heard of Miss Shaffer.

I also got one of Celestine Sibley's books. My library did not have any of her books so I ordered one through the Interlibrary loan program. This book came to me all the way from Alabama and it only took 4 days.

Are you all familiar with the Interlibrary loan program?

Basically if you want a book that your library does not have, they will get it from another library for you. At my library there is no cost. I love to use it because I feel like my tax dollars are directly benefiting me (for a change).

So far I have only skimmed through The Celestine Sibley Sampler, which is a collection of her finest works. I am finding it enjoyable and looking forward to the weekend when I can lie under my quilt-in-progress and read for a few hours.

Interesting that most of you are thinking around the 100 mark for the cookie cutters. I was thinking more in the 200 range, but that's just a guess. I really have never counted them, but I will this weekend.


  1. My favourite pastime for as long as I can remember was reading...I was forever at the Library and they knew me by my first name! I spent tons of money on books too and everyone thought a book grew at the end of my fingers because I always had a book with me! lol About 6 years ago, I suddenly lost all interest in reading and haven't read a book since! I don't know what happened, I just couldn't concentrate any more on reading. I hope to someday be able to get back into it because I know I'm missing out on some lovely books out there, like the ones you're reading!!

  2. I use to watch Ryan's Hope when I could as my grandmom watched that and All My Children faithfully. (I can't stand soaps now). I sure know who Louise is.
    I knew that the county library system will check the other library's in the area for books. I didn't know some actually went out of state.
    I don't go to the library too often as my mom is a big reader and I get books from her and from book sales. Can you guess how many paperbacks I have? Never mind, I'd have to count them.

  3. Have you read the 'Elm Creek Quilts' novels be Jennifer Chiaverini? You might enjoy them...I

  4. Sharon, I've read every single one of them. In fact I did a post about them last spring, I think.

    Dianne, I'm guessing 247 paperbacks. (grin)

    Pea, Did it happen about the same time as when you got a computer? I used to go to the library weekly until I got one. The computer takes away all your reading time. I hope your love of reading returns!

  5. I am a big fan of the library and of Interlibrary Loan, including out-of-system Interlibrary loan (which the librarians write as OOS ILL). Ever since our small town library became computerized, we have used one library card for all of our books, so it is all on one account that I can access online, so I know exactly how many books are due this week. So I can go "Pea" one better: not only do the librarians know my name (and the names of the four youngest children who go regularly), but they have the barcode on my library card memorized! As a matter of fact, when they switched over to this system, they deliberately chose a barcode sticker that had a number that was easy to memorize. Books may be checked out for 3 weeks, but we go once a week on Wednesdays, (though we usually hold on to the books for the full 3 weeks) and each child is allowed to check out as many books as their age. I tell you this to explain how it is that we have 67 items currently checked out on that one card . . .

  6. Wow, Kathy. And I used to think I took out a lot of books...I can say I have never had 67 out at one time!

  7. Zoey, Libraries and Interlibrary Loan -- any book in the world at your fingertips all for a few measly tax dollars. Some things do work the way they should!

    I haven't read the series you mentioned but it sounds delightful. I can't go to sleep without reading in bed, so I prefer books that aren't too heavy. Doesn't hurt as bad when I doze off and they slam me in the face.

  8. I'm interested in the books you mentioned by Louise Schaffer...just happened across your blogsite while I'm looking for daily recaps of "Ryan's Hope". I know I saw them in great detail not more than a month ago...the episodes I read were maybe 2-3 weeks ahead of the episodes I'm watching on Soapnet. I've tried unsuccessfully since then to find that site again. Could you possibly help me...or maybe someone who is reading this blog could? I would appreciate it so much!


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