Let's face it, a good book is one of life's best pleasures and comforts. Whether it is non-fiction, well researched historical fiction, or very well written fiction. New, classic, or ancient (Beowulf is one of my all time favorites). Long, epic, or short. A good, favorite book can be like a good friend. And, I think I have found another. I just finished, "A Season of Purpose," by Greg Geiger. Many of you may know him as "Cordwainer," or "the capgun kid," on this, and some of the other forums. The book is excellent, from beginning to end. Great story line and plot development, well thought out, and in some cases researched, characters, and obviously interesting subject matter. We get an intricate tale of the lives of a Connecticut cordwainer starting before his marriage, through opening his shop and taking an apprentice, through his business activities involving major political players in New England at the time, and his involvement in the French & Indian war, both during campaign and in between; his wife and family; his apprentice and his life's development and future family; his close friend (the father of the apprentice) and some of that family; a local Christian Indian friend and his non-christian wife. Unlike many books on similar subject matter, this does not just deal with the war and the battles. It is more about people's lives and the intricate web of how they effect eachother and how the events of the times effect all aspects of their lives. I don't want to say too much more as I don't want to give anything away. Winter is coming. Come February I'll have nothing to hunt, I don't go ice fishing, there will be weather that says "stay home, eat soup, drink warm (or warming) drinks, and read." I'm betting I'll be reading this again. If your state doesn't have a February hunting season, and your winter weather sucks like here, or worse, I'll recomend adding this to your reading list.