Hi. Winnie Griggs here. Today I’m celebrating the release of my newest book, The Bride Next Door. And in honor of that I thought I’d share with you one of those fun little rabbit trails I often head down when I’m doing my research. (And I’ll be doing a giveaway as well – more about that later!)
Daisy Johnson, the heroine of The Bride Next Door, is the travel-weary daughter of an itinerant peddler. Her biggest dream is to settle down in one place and open a restaurant. When she unexpectedly obtains ownership of an abandoned building in Turnabout, Texas, she figures she’s half way there. Her goal then becomes to earn enough money to purchase a state of the art stove. She undertakes to do that by working as a cook for the hero Everett Fulton.
But I digress. One of the things I needed to research for this book was what sorts of stoves would have been available in this time period (1895). As I looked at picture upon picture, I discovered something surprising (to me at least) some of the photos I was looking at were not actual stoves, but what were called salesmen samples. They were toy sized models of various kinds of stoves and ranges that traveling salesmen could carry with them to show the prospective buyer what the full sized appliance would look like. They varied in size – the smallest one I saw was 2.5”x3.25”x4” and the largest was 5.25:x7.5”x8.75”. It’s amazing to me how ornate and detailed these miniatures were and I thought I’d share a few of them with you.
Aren’t these nifty! In some cases I had to double check the caption or article to make sure I was looking at a salesmen’s sample and not the real thing. I think my favorite is the pretty blue one in the center. What about you – is there one you particularly like? And have you ever seen one of these outside of a picture?
Oh, and if you’re interested in what kind of stove my heroine had her heart set on, you can find it on my Pinterest board for this book, which is at this link: http://pinterest.com/wdgriggs/book-the-bride-next-door-06-13/
And now, the giveaway!!
In honor of the release of The Bride Next Door this month, I’d like to give a copy to one of today’s commenters. So leave a comment before midnight CST and I’ll throw your name in the hat for the drawing!
After years of wandering, Daisy Johnson hopes to settle in Turnabout, Texas, open a restaurant, perhaps find a husband. Of course, she’d envisioned a man who actually likes her. Not someone who offers a marriage of convenience to avoid scandal.
Turnabout is just a temporary stop for newspaper reporter Everett Fulton. Thanks to one pesky connecting door and a local gossip, he’s suddenly married, but his dreams of leaving haven’t changed. What Daisy wants – home, family, tenderness – he can’t provide. Yet big-city plans are starting to pale beside small-town warmth…
(If you’re interested in reading an excerpt or purchasing a copy, click on the bookcover at the left)