This is a weekly feature being hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. We are to share the
|The Reindeer Keeper |
Barbara Briggs Ward
Abbey knew some paid her father what they could; not in money but rather in gifts of food or labor. The most amazing gift came from a most unlikely source. Abbey remembered the name when a lawyer phoned one February afternoon. She recalled the old man had been buried without fanfare. From his obit she learned he had no children or siblings. He'd been a recluse living somewhere off County Route 12. On a single sheet of lined paper, notarized and witnessed and in perfect penmanship, this stranger bequeathed all his worldly possessions to Abbey's father. This included a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, more than one hundred and twenty acres of woodland and meadows, and a cluster of outbuildings, including a barn set off by itself in a backfield.
My review of this book will be up later today at my Christmas blog. Be sure to stop by and check it out. =O)