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Lakewood: Reggie and Anita’s Camelot, a Gift from God is a nonfiction memoir and collection of poetry and photographs by Reginald Hill. Daniel and Annabel Hinson, Hill’s grandparents, left him the woods, fields and lake known collectively as Lakewood. His grandfather had actually built the seven-acre lake and the 400-hundred-foot-long dam that circumscribes its southern boundaries. He had done so in the early 1940s, when wartime rationing meant gasoline was scarce. Hinson had used mule and man-power to make his lake a reality. The author and his wife built their house on the lake 37 years ago, and their lives were immeasurably enriched by their proximity to nature and God’s creations. Hill includes an extensive collection of photographs taken in Lakewood, nature essays and inspirational poems.
Reginald Hill’s nonfiction memoir, Lakewood: Reggie and Anita’s Camelot, a Gift from God, celebrates the unspoiled beauty that is Lakewood. I loved his wildlife and nature photography. Lakewood Diamonds, a moving poem about the sparkles of sunlight on the water, is accompanied by a marvelous photograph on Hill’s lake as seen through the trees, one that adroitly captures one of my favorite effects. He also includes a number of wildlife photographs that are excellent. Throughout his work, Hill’s sense of wonder and gratitude for Lakewood shines through most beautifully. I particularly enjoyed his nature essays, especially Lakewood’s Changing Face and his nostalgic salute to old friends, The Three Clowns. Lakewood: Reggie and Anita’s Camelot, a Gift from God is most highly recommended. A marvelous offering!