Friday, January 3, 2014

Special Sourcebooks Giveaway - D.E. Stevenson's THE TWO MRS. ABBOTTS (Miss Buncle Series)

Let's get the weekend party started with Seven Degrees of Separation:

1.  On this day in 1912, the Scout Association received a Royal Charter to incorporate throughout the British Commonwealth.

2.  My son, an Eagle Scout, is hiking Sugarloaf Mountain today to train for a high adventure camp this summer at Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico (link).

Sugarloaf Mountain
Release to Public Domain (link)

3.  Sugarloaf Mountain, in Frederick County, is listed on the National Natural Landmarks (link).  The summit of Sugarloaf Mountain served as an observation point for the Union Army during the Civil War.

4.  The National Natural Landmarks encompasses all fifty states, including seven sites in Hawaii.   Yes, all things come back to Hawaii.

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Stevenson at a Royal Luau
Public Domain (link)

5.  In 1889, Hawaii welcomed Scotland's own Robert Lewis Stevenson.   He hobnobbed with the Royal Family, including Princess Victoria Kaʻiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn (her father was Scottish).  Yes, all things come back to Scotland.

6.  Robert Lewis Stevenson's cousin, David Alan Stevenson, was a lighthouse engineer.  Hawaii boasts a handful of historic lighthouses.

Diamond Head Lighthouse 

7.  David Alan Stevenson was the father of Dorothy Emily Peploe.  Under her penname D.E. Stevenson, she wrote more than 40 lighthearted romantic novels.    

On January 7, Sourcebooks Landmark will release a reprint edition of THE TWO MRS. ABBOTTS, Book 3 in the Miss Buncle Series (link):

Nothing Goes Unnoticed in the Small Town of Wandlebury!

Much as changed in Wandlebury since Barbara Buncle (now Barbara Abbott) first moved to the charming English village. But as the mistress of her own home with two small children to look after, Barbara finds that she has distressingly little time to keep up with the goings-on of her friends and neighbors.

Luckily, Barbara's niece, Jerry Abbott, is more than willing to keep tabs on the news in Wandlebury. And with juicy tidbits of gossip about everything from inconvenient romantic entanglements to German spies hiding in the woods, there is plenty to keep the two Mrs. Abbotts busy in this humorous account of life in World War II England.

D.E. Stevenson delivers another well-crafted gem with The Two Mrs. Abbotts, the third and final book of the beloved Miss Buncle series.

WWII pillbox on Oahu's North Shore

Sourcebooks Landmark is giving away a print copy of THE TWO MRS. ABBOTTS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Check out the list of National Natural Landmarks in each US state (at this link).   Have you visited any in your state?  Do you have a favorite?   For Canadian readers, feel free to share your favorite national landmark from the Great White North.

2.  Sourcebooks' giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Thursday, January 9, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll contact the winner directly and post the winner's name on Sunday, January 12.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. I found it interesting that PA had 27 and the only other states with more were Indiana and California. I've been to a couple and a few more I think lol.

  2. I live in Norther California and there are so many natural landmarks. I live near wetlands, dunes and the redwood forest.

  3. I have not visited the USA or Canada. One day hopefully.

  4. I have visited Ricketts Glen State Park in my home state of Pennsylvania. You hike this lovely trail that goes by these amazing waterfalls.

  5. From our Girl Scout camp, we always hiked to the Hanging Rock in Wabash County of Indiana. But that was way before it was officially designated one! Indiana has 29... Our next door neighbors were all Boy Scouts, so Philmont was always a topic of discussion!

  6. When I was younger we used to party at Busse Woods. Was there a few years ago for a picnic.

  7. I checked the states I've lived in and the states I've visited and found I haven't visited any of the places listed in the National Natural Landmarks - how embarrassing!

  8. I'm the same as Karen, I haven't been to any of the places listed. I had no idea that Florida had so many Natural Landmarks.

  9. I am from Canada. But I don't really have a favorite landmark.... there is Niagara falls and my kids live that.

  10. I've been to quite a few in my state. Torrey Pines State Reserve is in my county and it is a beautiful place to hike.

  11. In Stoney Creek, Ontario we have a landmark where the war of 1812 was fought, it is a very lovely park.

  12. I have visited some in Connecticut but not all. I shall have to remedy that.

  13. I've driven along the Hudson River in New York, so I've seen the Palisades Sill..........

  14. I live in Florida and have been to Silver Springs.
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