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    Location, Location, Location… By Buffie
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  • Published: May 8th, 2007

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?

4 Responses to “Location, Location, Location… By Buffie”

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  1. KeiraSoleore
    on May 8th, 2007
    @ 2:23 am

    Buffie–excellent topic. The landscape the story is set in is vitally important to my enjoyment of the story. Like you mentioned, the setting becomes a character, and it informs and shapes every character in the story.

    In the hands of an excellent writer, even the ordinary can seem exotic. However, I do love traveling vicariously with the characters to a place I haven’t been before.

    And one of those places is Venice in Amanda McCabe’s new Harlequin Historical “A Notorious Woman” being released on August 1.

  2. Marisa
    on May 8th, 2007
    @ 6:10 am

    I love reading about exotic locations – especially if they are sunny and warm. If I can’t go there – the next best thing is reading about them and imagining myself there.

  3. Maria Lokken
    on May 8th, 2007
    @ 7:26 am

    Yup! I love to travel in my mind – a good book takes me to ALL the places I’ve never been. One day, I’m just going to drop everything and fly to Scotland.

  4. Sheila
    on May 8th, 2007
    @ 11:03 am

    I love exotic locales too.

    You might try Nicole Jordan’s Paradise Series.

    Johanna Lindsey’s Secret Fire goes from London to Russia, back in the time of the Tsars and Captive Bride goes from London to Cairo. Both of these are old school and bit more the “bodice ripper” type but I loved both of them.

    When I think of more and get back to you.

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