On the weekends I've started checking the local thrift store, garage sales, and the like for books. I admit that I have an addiction and the cheaper I can get my fix the better. Besides the new books that I come across for much cheaper than the chain bookstores I also find some wonderful old books for less than what you expect.
I came across a copy of Jenny Essenden by Anthony Pryde from 1921 in beautiful condition. It doesn't have its dust jacket mores the pity but is lovely just the same.
I don't know what it is about, only that it is A Romance of the Other Woman, from the title page. Chapter One opens with:
'Mark Sturt had not long returned from an expedition to the Southern Andes, and since he was in a contempative turn of mind it amused him to stand behind a curtain in the recess of the balcony window and watch the dance going on to the tune of Offenbach's ingenuous Barcarolle.'
It's a wonderful opening and I'm looking forward to reading it. If you've read it or have heard of the author please tell me all you can, I would love to learn more.