Editor’s Note: This week we welcome guest blogger, Helen Irving. Helen lives in Seagrove Beach in South Walton’s Scenic 30A.

As we all know, fall is a wonderful time to take a Gulf Coast Vacation to the Beaches of 30A.

Before you pack your beach bag be sure to stop in at either Sundog Books in Seaside or The Hidden Lantern Book Store and Gallery at Rosemary Beach and pick up the book Dear Prudence.

Signed by the author, this memoir chronicles the fascinating history of her life growing up with her sister Mia Farrow. From boarding school in London to India with Maharishi, Prudence recounts with vibrant and rich descriptions their journeys and her personal quest for deep transcendence through meditation. Her dedication inspired John Lennon to pen the lovely song that is now the title of her memoir: “Dear Prudence.”

Those of us who grew up in the ‘60s will especially appreciate the honest and candor coverage of a time filled with protests against the War in Vietnam, heavy drug use, assassinations and our shocking awareness of the discrimination that existed in the South. Even though her book covers some tragic historical events, it is alive with wit and filled with intimate details of her childhood, growing up in Hollywood and trips abroad.

Fall is the perfect time to rent one of the Scenic 30A Cottages, pack your book/beach bag and go reading on the white sands of the Emerald Coast.

— Helen Irving