Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Bend in the Road...

I can't remember the last time I actually finished reading a book, other than a manual, or a text book. So when I started this new journey of of healing, of wanting to be a happier me, I knew I had to add Bob's book store to my list of resources.

Bob owns
Always Buying Books
in Joplin, Missouri.  

Bob is a quiet man who loves his friends and family, his community and his country. Bob is my friend and a Vietnam Veteran. He also knows just about everything about books.

I stopped in his store recently and asked him to recommend a book for me. 

Knowing me pretty well, he recommended the Author Nicholas Sparks and led me to a display of his books.  I picked "A Bend in the Road". Bob also told me that Nicholas Sparks was a great storyteller.  He was right.

A Bend in the Road is a book about a man who lost his wife and is raising his young son by himself. He is heartbroken and left with many unknowns about how the love of his life died.  The story takes on extra meaning when you find out he is a county sheriff who can't solve the mystery that has left him so broken. I won't say anymore about the plot, except to tell you it has a happy ending.  My kind of book.

It took me only a week 

to finish this book.  

Foremost, I made time to read, time to be quiet, to focus. Thehubs even bought me a special chair, helped find a place and moved furniture so that I would have a quiet corner all to myself, away from noise and distractions.

Quiet time,
a time to slow my brain,
focus on one thing and relax.
It was so easy, yet took me so long
to find.

So if you have any questions about books, new books, old books, rare books, vintage books, or any book at all, ask Bob. You can find Bob on Facebook at "Always Buying Books" in Joplin, Missouri. Or you can call Bob at 417-781-1720, email him at or check out his website at

You might even get to meet his Brother Bill.

A book is a gift you can open again and again.  Garrison Keillor

This review is my opinion, not endorsed by anyone.


  1. I love Nicolas Sparks and have read this book. I am an avid reader and read about 3 books per week. I started reading before I turned 10 years old and for Christmas and birthdays I always had a list of books I wanted and my mother took me to the library every two weeks and we loaded up on books. then the book mobile came and wow was that nice. now I download in my kindle from the library and from Amazon.. Bob's books looks like a really nice book store

    1. Oh Sandy I remember the book mobile coming to our small town. 3 books a week? I wish I could do that! I have tried to download books from amazon onto my ipad, I go through the process and then the book is not there??? But I really do like holding a book in my hand, then passing it on to someone else. PS: I love the large type hardback books!

  2. knowing what you need is so important jackie. knowing that your husband is so kind and supportive should motivate you as well. what a sweet spot you have created together!!

    1. Thank you Debbie! So glad you came by, you are always a bright light in my day!


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