Friday, April 2, 2010
I discovered the books of Stephanie Grace Whitson in the mid-90's. Stephanie lives in Nebraska (and so did we at that time) and many of her stories take place on the wide-open Nebraska prairie in the late 1800's. Her first triology - the Prairie Winds Series (shown above) - was phenomenal. I devoured them as fast as I could and passed them on to my friends who, in turn, gobbled them up and passed them on, and naturally they never returned. (It's possible that I never owned all three to start with - maybe one of the other gals purchased one for all of us to share? My memory isn't what it used to be.) The point being - I have never re-read them.
I have since read other books by Mrs. Whitson, and they have been enjoyable stories, but in my mind they never measured up to that first series. I am currently reading her newest, Sixteen Brides, which is shaping up to be a good read, but it got me to thinking about the Prarie Winds series again. Were they really that good or was it just the time in my life? Am I remembering the stories correctly? So, I'm on a quest.
They are no longer in print, but I did find used copies on BarnesandNoble.com for $1.99 each - plus $11 shipping. Yes, I realize the total is still less than an average hardback, but somehow the shipping fee irks me, so before I do that I thought I would put the word out to the blogger universe. Does anyone out there have this set that they would like to swap? I have other Whitson titles and other Christian authors I'm willing to part with in exchange.
There are some books that can't be read enough times. I have a well-worn copy of "...And Ladies of the Club" by Helen Hooven Santmeyer; Dickins' A Christmas Carol comes down from the shelf each Christmas; and I've been through the "Cat Who..." series by Lilian Jackson Braun countless times (especially the early ones). I also have the Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel that I was in love with at one point that I have high hopes of re-reading someday. What books from your past would you love to re-read if you could track them down? What titles do you keep on your shelf to come back to again and again?