Summer vacation and my mind always goes back to…libraries and their summer reading programmes.
One summer vacation when I was ten, we went to stay with my great aunt in St Paul, MN. It was a several days journey from the San Francisco Bay Area. We camped at various national parks, including Yellowstone and Dinosaur National Monument. Back in the seventies, you did not have to wear a seatbelt so I was the one in the way back of the station wagon, lying on mattresses and reading one of the three books that my parents had given me for the journey. I must have read them a dozen times.
When we arrived at my great aunt’s house, to my profound joy, there was a library at the corner which I could walk to. For the first time, I was allowed to get books out and could go back day after day to get more. Because two of my aunt’s friends were retired children’s librarians, I was introduced to the delights of Robert Lawson as well as scaring myself silly on Lois Duncan and Edgar Eager Half Magic. By the end of the two weeks, my obsession with reading quickly had become a lifelong habit!
Later that summer, the children’s librarian at my local library had a wonderful idea of doing a reading hour combined with handicrafts. For example, I knew how to knit so the idea was that I could listen to her reading a book while I knit. If I encountered problems knitting, she’d help out. Several other people did drawing and one boy carved a wooden horse (from what I can recall). The librarian read The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston which she called one of the most perfect books ever.
The Children of Green Knowe lived long in my memory, particularly its garden where the children played. And I longed to go.
Then when my children were on their summer holidays one year, we went down to the Cambridge Folk Festival (I moved to the UK permanently when I married in 1988). I happened to notice that the garden at the Manor at Hemmingford Grey ( http://www.greenknowe.co.uk/gallery1.html) was open and only a slight detour. This is the garden and house where Lucy M Boston lived and which she used as inspiration for her series of children’s books. So I made sure that we visited and then that they read the book. Because what is summer without reading?
Did anyone else love visiting the library during their summer vacations when they were growing?
Conveniently Wed to the Viking
July 1, 2020
Historical ~ Viking ~ Runaway Bride ~ Friends to Lovers
Strangers on the run
Now they must wed!
Sandulf, youngest of the famed Sigurdsson brothers, is on the trail of the assassin who murdered his family. On his way, he meets Scottish runaway Lady Ceanna, a prickly, wary woman trying to escape a forced marriage. Her beauty and courage make Sandulf realize there may be more at stake than his revenge… As the threat of her family follows them, there’s only one way to keep her safe--marriage!
Sons of Sigurd
Driven by revenge, redeemed by love
Book 1 — Stolen by the Viking by Michelle Willingham
Book 2 — Falling for Her Viking Captive by Harper St. George
Book 3 — Conveniently Wed to the Viking by Michelle Styles
Book 4 — Redeeming Her Viking Warrior by Jenni Fletcher
Book 5 — Tempted by Her Viking Enemy by Terri Brisbin
“Perfection! Michelle has this massive gift with words which transport the reader to another time.”
--Chicks, Rogues and Scandals on A Deal with Her Rebel Viking
“Five Stars! Ms. Styles is becoming my go-to author for Viking stories. It was extremely well written, the story comes to life, rich in detail. Highly recommend!”
--Rose is Reading on A Deal with Her Rebel Viking
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Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance in a wide range of time periods including Viking, Regency, early Victorian, and the Roman world. Born and raised near San Francisco, California, Michelle currently lives a few miles south of Hadrian's Wall with her husband, three children and menagerie of pets. An avid reader, she became hooked on historical romance when she discovered Georgette Heyer, Anya Seton and Victoria Holt in her school's library. Her website can be found at www.michellestyles.co.u