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This week we talk about authors who do such a great job with the settings of their books that they've inspired you to travel somewhere.
The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White
A summer stay in Scilly turns dangerous as Libby and Oliver work together to solve the mystery of his sister's disappearance, when they find ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love. Note: I called this Sicily on the podcast. This is Scilly (pronounced Silly). My deepest apologies to Roseanna.
Hope between the Pages by Pepper Basham
Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future.
Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund
The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy. That's exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton always believed about her father's quest, until she tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising. A valiant knight comes to Marian's rescue and offers her protection. When the time comes to leave, will she want to?
Paint and Nectar by Ashley Clark
In 1929, a spark forms between talented watercolorist Eliza and William, a charming young man who has been hired to forge her popular paintings. In present-day Charleston, Lucy Legare inherited an old house from a mysterious benefactor, along with all its secrets. But as Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, garden, and silver, she becomes more determined to preserve the historic Charleston property.
Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick
German immigrant and farm wife Hulda Klager possesses a burning desire to create something beautiful. What begins as a hobby to create an easy-peeling apple for her pies becomes Hulda’s driving purpose: plant hybridization. In a time of practicality, can one person’s simple gifts of beauty make a difference?
St. Simon's Trilogy by Eugenia Price
The gripping story unfolds as Gould follows his dream to the raw settlement of Bangor on the Penobscot River, to St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia, to lawless Spanish East Florida, and back—at last and finally—to St. Simons. Along the way, he encounters hardship, peril, failure, and success, and the unwavering love of Janie Harris.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Since her parents' deaths, the eleven-year-old feisty redhead Anne Shirley has bounced around from orphanages to foster homes until she is sent by mistake to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert at Green Gables.The Cuthberts were expecting to adopt a boy, but before they can send her back, Anne wins their hearts with her wit, spontaneity and imagination.
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.
September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully. But a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf may open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life.