One would not expect a place as untamed as the Wild Horse Desert to have a strong literary influence. Perhaps that’s why there is only one independent bookstore between Corpus Christi and Hebbronville. On Kleberg Avenue in downtown Kingsville, that one indie bookstore, The Novel Blend, is succeeding at creating a community for Kleberg County residents, young and old, to read, relax and enjoy fellowship in a place that embodies the joviality and warmth of its owners, Tom and Jill DiFrancesca.
“We started tossing around ideas for a new business and we knew we wanted to do it downtown because we’ve always loved downtown. And every time we went to Half Priced Books in Corpus, I’d spend the ride home thinking, ‘Why isn’t there a little bookstore in Kingsville?’” Tom said.