Small Town with a Big Heart

0 comments Posted on May 28, 2014

Linda Whiteby Linda J. White

When I start tripping over my own multi-tasking feet, I head for Chincoteague Island, off the coast of Virginia. As I traverse the causeway that connects the island to the mainland, my cares and worries fall behind.

Time was when Chincoteague was a waterman’s paradise. It still is. But today, families, bird watchers, pony lovers, beach-goers and all who simply enjoy a restful retreat find their way into its welcoming arms. My grandparents retired to the island in 1961, and it was there I learned to catch minnows, bait a hook, clean flounder, and cook crabs. Long stretches of unspoiled beach, nickering ponies (remember “Misty of Chincoteague”?), and friendly island folk captured my heart.

SundialNow a writer, I wanted to paint Chincoteague on the pages of a book and so Seeds of Evidence was born. Thanks to Jonathan and Jane Richstein and their independent bookstore, Sundial Books, the story is resonating with island residents and visitors alike.

At Sundial Books, people browse, chat, listen to music, and connect with each other. The store stocks everything from the latest bestsellers to eclectic magazines, music, and art and jewelry from local artisans; and the Richsteins are unfailingly gracious hosts. No wonder it’s a popular gathering spot!

Seeds of EvidenceWhat draws me back to the island after all these years? Chincoteague has retained a sense of place. It’s a small town with a big heart, welcoming weary travelers like me. If you need a refreshing Mid-Atlantic beach retreat, try Chincoteague. I’ll see you there!

Linda J. White writes FBI thrillers from her home near the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Seeds of Evidence is set in Chincoteague. Words of Conviction is her latest release. Both are from Abingdon Press. You can connect with her through her website,


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