‘Tis the Season: Happy Landings and a New Quiz

‘Tis the season

Happy Landings Goes to the Printer

Welcome back from Thanksgiving week! I am happy to report that Happy Landings: Emilie Loring’s Life, Writing, and Wisdom has gone to the printer. It’s going to be a pretty book: sky-blue jacket wrapped around a flag-blue hardcover with silver lettering. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.

Now, I will turn my attention to book reviews, the book’s debut in March, and summer travel to sign books and meet some of you in person. If you want your local library, independent bookstore, or bookclub to receive an information sheet, drop me a quick line at contact@pattibender.com and I’ll see that they get a copy. Want to see it? Here you go:

The Kindness of Others

My mother has come to live with me awhile. She will be 96 in January, and as I get her settled, and we get into a routine together, I so appreciate the thoughtfulness of Peggy in Illinois. She wrote four sets of questions from which I have chosen another set for you. Thank you, Peggy!

Once again, the questions appear first, and the answers are in a yellow-shaded section below. Good luck!

Quiz #2: Emilie Loring’s Plots and Settings

Choose the answer that matches each description.

1. A real estate agency was the front for a jewelry theft ring. 
     a. We Ride the Gale
     b. Hilltops Clear
     c. Love With Honor
     d. There Is Always Love

2. Family silver was stolen bit by bit and hidden in the adjoining house.
     a. Today Is Yours
     b. With Banners
     c. Bright Skies
     d. Where Beauty Dwells

3. When their workers went on strike, the family business owners counter-protested.
     a. The Shadow of Suspicion
     b. Today Is Yours
     c. Look to the Stars
     d. Uncharted Seas

4. A spy impersonated engineer Mark Croston in order to sabotage military aircraft. 
     a. What Then Is Love
     b. I Take This Man
     c. Beckoning Trails
     d. When Hearts Are Light Again

5. Penelope Sherrod married Donald Garth, loving this old beau who turned out to be a traitor.
     a. Jerry Slade
     b. Dick Wentworth
     c. Harvey Brook
     d. Bill Blair

6. The heroine attended a masked ball in which two books?
     a. Hilltops Clear
     b. With Banners
     c. Gay Courage
     d. To Love and To Honor

7. A remote engineering camp up north was the site of a murder.
     a. Across the Years
     b. Where Beauty Dwells
     c. Give Me One Summer
     d. Lighted Windows

8. The false claimant to Nicholas Hoyt's inheritance was referred to as the
     a. Foreigner
     b. Fraud
     c. Faux Heir
     d. Peerless Pretender

9. A wealthy old woman sought to bribe Rev. Christopher Wynne while a rigid parishioner judged him harshly.
     a. Keepers of the Faith
     b. It's a Great World
     c. Swift Water
     d. The Trail of Conflict

10. As ad firms competed for business in As Long as I Live, Joan Crofton prepared an ad campaign for
     a. Nogi's Diner
     b. Sobelli Cosmetics
     c. Straight as a Crow Flies Bus Line
     d. Clifton Works

11. Beth Gilbert's father was murdered by bad guys who wanted the formula he invented.
     a. Hilltops Clear
     b. Give Me One Summer
     c. Where Beauty Dwells
     d. My Dearest Love

12. The Vernon sisters and the Lovells had a property line dispute.
     a. Hilltops Clear
     b. Give Me One Summer
     c. Where Beauty Dwells
     d. My Dearest Love

13. The key to a mystery was hidden in a slide rule.
     a. How Can the Heart Forget
     b. A Candle in Her Heart
     c. Beckoning Trails
     d. High of Heart

14. Kay Chesney and Drex Hamilton were married here, at gunpoint.
     a. Shore Acres
     b. Casa Fresco
     c. Hotel Moana
     d. Hacienda Loco

15. Wendy Adair and Vance Tyler first met ____.
     a. on a plane
     b. at a party
     c. at the Mayflower
     d. on a train

16. The "Whistling Lieutenant" was a veteran of which war?
     a. Korean War
     b. World War I
     c. Spanish American War
     d. World War II

17. Prudence Schuyler raised chickens on Prosperity Farm.
     a. Forsaking All Others
     b. Follow Your Heart
     c. Hilltops Clear
     d. Forever and a Day

18. Our heroine and her adopted family traveled to England.
     a. High of Heart
     b. Throw Wide the Door
     c. Trail of Conflict
     d. A Certain Crossroad

19. Mark the Magnificent lived in the other half of a house belonging to his late aunt, ___.
     a. Sally Shaw
     b. Contessa de Fanfani
     c. Mary Amanda Dane
     d. Princess Georgia Sobelli

20. These Emilie Loring books took place during World War II, except ____.
     a. When Hearts are Light Again
     b. Today Is Yours
     c. Beyond the Sound of Guns
     d. Rainbow at Dusk

Answers

1. A real estate agency was the front for a jewelry theft ring
     d. There Is Always Love

2. Family silver was stolen bit by bit and hidden in the adjoining house.
     b. With Banners

3. When their workers went on strike, the family business owners counter-protested
     b. Today Is Yours
    
4. A spy impersonated engineer Mark Croston in order to sabotage military aircraft 
    d. When Hearts Are Light Again

5. Penelope Sherrod married Donald Garth, loving this old beau who turned out to be a traitor.
     b. Dick Wentworth

6. The heroine attended a masked ball in which two books?
     c. Gay Courage
     d. To Love and To Honor

7. A remote engineering camp up north was the site of a murder.
     d. Lighted Windows

8. The false claimant to Nicholas Hoyt's inheritance was referred to as the
     d. Peerless Pretender

9. A wealthy old woman sought to bribe Rev. Christopher Wynne while a rigid parishioner judged him harshly.
     c. Swift Water

10. As ad firms competed for business in As Long as I Live, Joan Crofton prepared an ad campaign for
     c. Straight as a Crow Flies Bus Line

11. Beth Gilbert's father was murdered by bad guys who wanted the formula he invented
     d. My Dearest Love

12. The Vernon sisters and the Lovells had a property line dispute.
     c. Where Beauty Dwells

13. The key to a mystery was hidden in a slide rule.
     a. How Can the Heart Forget
 
14. Kay Chesney and Drex Hamilton were married here, at gunpoint.
     b. Casa Fresco

15. Wendy Adair and Vance Tyler first met
     d. on a train

16. The "Whistling Lieutenant" was a veteran of which war?
     b. World War I

17. Prudence Schuyler raised chickens on Prosperity Farm.
     c. Hilltops Clear

18. Our heroine and her adopted family traveled to England.
     a. High of Heart

19. Mark the Magnificent lived in the other half of a house belonging to his late aunt, ___.
     c. Mary Amanda Dane

20. These Emilie Loring books took place during World War II, except ____.
     b. Today Is Yours

On to December! Happy Landings!


17 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season: Happy Landings and a New Quiz

  1. Patti so exiting. Hamilton Wenham library definitely need a copy for all the North Shore Lorings to read. Let me know what your plans are, I love to see you as always.

    Love Tuulikki

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    1. Thanks, Tuulikki. I’ll contact the Hamilton Wenham library. Good call–I bet the North Shore Lorings will want to see it.
      I will definitely let you know as my 2023 plans develop. I’m beginning the slow process of deciding where to have signings, where to give talks, etc. I always love our time together and will look for another opportunity. Love Patti

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  2. Aloha! I hope you are having a happy week. I’m excited for your progress to the printer. How exciting for you! I would be happy to give you the library contact information and my local bookstore. The library is the Siuslaw Public Library. The bookstore is Books and Bears. I’ll call them tomorrow for contact information. The research librarian has ordered books from all over the States for me these past few years. It’s been exciting to see different areas but unfortunately, many have been taken out of circulation and are getting harder to locate. So he tries very hard to locate what he can, so I think he will be interested in your new ok. Maybe it will encourage him to put more of Emilies books on the shelves. I am having some lovely days with my husband this week. He has been funny and happy. I am enjoying every moment I can. He’s feeling better and is tactfully reminding me of things I said I was going to do, but he sees that I have forgotten or overlooked. So he thinks. Ha! He’s aware of what I do each day and gives me a good joke or story to make me laugh and not get annoyed. Truly funny things. Our daughter came for a short visit to check up on us, interesting concept. She was confused at our living style now. We are no longer so ‘driven’ to get things done, but take our time as we make sure of more important quality of life moments now. I didn’t realize though that I have begun to speak very loudly due to his hearing loss and negligence to wear his hearing aids. She kept telling me I didn’t have to shout. Funny, by the end of the first day, she was shouting too. She didn’t get it. But I had a big smile on my face and she gave up. We enjoy having adventures but they are quieter ones now and that is good too. I took him for a four hour drive, with a Louis L’Amour CD playing in the truck. He really enjoyed the story and watching the falling leaves with all their beautiful colors. I tell you this experience as I hope you enjoy your precious moments with your Mother. I can see you having a monthly Tea and Emilie book chat. Have fun, aloha Pam

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    1. Thank you for the library and bookstore referrals and for your encouragement about caregiving. Your positive outlook would make Emilie proud! We’re having a good time here, and Mom is slowly making her way through my advance review copy of Happy Landings. I think she is glad for all of the pictures! 🙂

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  3. Thank you again, so fun to re-visit beloved characters. I first read Emilie as a young teen, my grandparents lived in a town larger than ours and there was a store there called “Cornet” that sold Bantam books. When we went to visit, Mom would let me buy an Emilie book. Mom had read Emilie and Grace Livingston Hill when she was in high school in the late 1940’s. She says that the books were kept in a locked room and students would choose which book they wanted from a list. Mom said she knew Hill and Loring would always be a good story to read. I cannot imagine choosing a book by only the title and author, no synopsis or details about the genre. Anyway… back to my story. I remember reading “Gay Courage” and loving the story of the heroine leaving the masked ball with the pirate but was completely confused when the police officer heard her scream in her nightmare. I remember thinking, “she’s in a car, how could he hear her?” Then one day, I looked at the copyright date and figured out the car wasn’t like our cars now, probably no top, no windows. Of course the passing motorcycle cop heard her scream. It really helps to check dates and figure out the likely types of cars, planes, and other things Emilie wrote about.
    Another thought. Do you have any idea where ‘west’ Emilie was thinking of for the setting of the ranch in “Trail of Conflict”. I live in Arizona and have often wondered if she was thinking northwest or southwest or if she just had an imaginary place in mind. Most of her later books have specific locations described.

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    1. Greetings to a fellow Arizonan! I was born and raised in Tempe. My dad taught at ASU, and although I haven’t lived there for years, it’s still “home.” I always drive by my old house when I’m there.

      I, too, love the period details in Emilie’s novels. If you haven’t tried reading them in publication order yet, that underscores the changes from decade to decade. My favorite is the reference in Here Comes the Sun! to putting up the curtains in the roadster.

      The Trail of Conflict is set in southern Wyoming. You’ll learn more about that in Happy Landings. She really studied the area and subscribed to a Wyoming newspaper to pick up details.

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      1. Thank you Patti for the reply. Long ago, I organized my collection by the number assigned when Bantam published them in the 1970’s, then realized that was not the best way to do it. I took a Sharpie, checked the copyright date and wrote the copyright date on each book and that’s how they are organized on the shelf now. Talking about curtains in cars, the scene when Prue is on her way to the farm in “Hilltops Clear” made a lot more sense and I was able to picture it better in my head when I looked up cars of that period and looked at the curtains they used before glass windows in cars. We’ve come so far in only 100 years it’s amazing.

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  4. Yes, 4 should be d. Whoops! Thanks for posting these! I hope every one enjoys and that all goes well with you and your mom.

    This is Peggy in IL…My wordpress account is opened…

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