Doesn’t the saying go "it’s all about location"? Well, of course it is! When I read a novel, the people in the book are not the only characters in the book. For me, the setting becomes a character also. It is an integral part of the story, whether it’s a stark, cold fortress in the Highlands or the foggy, mystical moors of Scotland or even the sculptured gardens of London – the setting draws me into the story almost as much as the people themselves. I absolutely love it when an author can bring the land to life. And as much as I enjoy books set in England, Scotland and Ireland, I am overwhelmingly thrilled when I come across a book where some or most of it is set in another country.
A few weeks ago I read Gaelen Foley’s Her Only Desire, a portion of which is set in India. Ms. Foley took me on a mental journey of India where the smells and sights were brought to life by ink and paper. I can still see the bright colors of dress and smell the spices in my mind.
A few of my favorite books with an exotic location are Mary Jo Putney’s The China Bride and Katherine Kingsley’s Lilies on the Lake. I felt both books were wonderful in describing the countries of China and Egypt. I thoroughly enjoy seeing a hero or heroine come back to England and try to fit their exotic experiences into the rigid life of the Ton.
So my question to you is… do you enjoy exotic locales? And if so, do you have any recommendations?