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Peas, Beans & Corn by Jennifer Wixson

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 After reading Jennifer Wixson’s first novel, Hens & Chickens, I was anxious to get started on her second novel, Peas, Beans & Corn. These are two of Wixson’s four novels called The Sovereign Series.

Rustica is one of our favorite restaurants.

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Rockland
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          Rockland is a major destination these days, but we were still surprised when Rustica restaurant was packed on a cold winter’s Thursday night. I guess delicious and creative Italian dishes draw patrons every night of the week.

          At a nearby table, a couple was celebrating their 25th anniversary, while we enjoyed a delicious dinner with our daughter Rebekah and son-in-law Patrick. This has been on our favorites list for years, and we love the creativity of chef/owner John Shaw.

Angela Ferrari’s Children’s Books Are Enchanting and Extraordinary

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 Shortly after Angela Ferrari’s three children’s books arrived, Linda grabbed them and sat down in her kitchen rocking chair and dived into the first book, An Extraordinary Book!

I was sitting next to her, in my own rocking chair, when she dug my nose out of the newspaper to read the first book to me. Well, it turned out to be: perform the first book.

Jen Wixson captures rural Maine in her novels

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 When Linda and I met Jennifer Wixson and her husband Stan at the Islandport Press Christmas party, I recognized her name right away, even though I have not read her popular novels.

So of course, we gathered all four of her novels, which she called The Sovereign Series. From the very first page of the first novel, Hens and Chickens, I was hooked. Jen is a very good writer and not only is the story compelling but I liked the way she works in lots of important messages from the values of rural Maine to her faith.

The story is set in a rural Maine town called Sovereign. Two women leave corporate America and move to Maine to raise chickens and sell organic eggs. There’s lots more to this story, including romance, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.

I will say that Jen’s characters are memorable, and actually describe some of my friends in my own rural town of Mount Vernon.

How Maine Changed the World

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           Maine may be a small state but we have an amazing history of contributions to our country and world. Nancy Griffin’s new book, How Maine Changed the World, presents an intriguing history of 50 Mainers who did just that.

          From Fly Rod Crosby to Samantha Smith, and Leon Leonwood Bean to Joshua Chamberlain, you will recognize some of these great Mainers and their accomplishments. But many of the 50 were unknown to me.

How Maine Changed the World

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           Maine may be a small state but we have an amazing history of contributions to our country and world. Nancy Griffin’s new book, How Maine Changed the World, presents an intriguing history of 50 Mainers who did just that.

          From Fly Rod Crosby to Samantha Smith, and Leon Leonwood Bean to Joshua Chamberlain, you will recognize some of these great Mainers and their accomplishments. But many of the 50 were unknown to me.

Do Seals Ever Burp or Fart?

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Well, yes they do! They also have a lot of fun, judging from the wonderful illustrations by Marjorie Leggitt in Fran Hodgkins new book, Do Seals Ever…?

Published by DownEast Books and designated a juvenile nonfiction book, I can tell you that adults will be just as entertained as kids by this book.

I’ve been through the book a half dozen times already, and will pass it on to my grandsons at Christmas (please don’t tell them).

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