So it’s not surprising that three of my favorite authors write books that fall into this category.
Mary Kay Andrews
I first discovered Mary Kay Andrews when I was getting ready to take a trip to Savannah, Georgia. I was looking for books set in Savannah to read while I was traveling and I discovered Savannah Blues. I’ve been reading Mary Kay Andrews novels ever since.
Mary Kay is former journalist turned Atlanta-based author. Mary Kay Andrews is a pen name; her real name is Kathy Trocheck and she writes under that name as well (a series of books about Callahan Garrity, an ex Atlanta cop turned housecleaner). The novels she writes as Mary Kay Andrews are light, fun, and have strong, sassy female main characters.
Her newest book, Ladies Night, is being released on June 4 and the main character is a lifestyle blogger. I can’t wait to get my hands on it, for obvious reasons.
Elin Hilderbrand is a writer who lives on the island of Nantucket and sets her novels there as well.
I remember that the first Elin Hilderbrand book I picked up was on a Friday afternoon, in a Walmart, on the way to Lake of the Ozarks. But I couldn’t tell you which of her books it was, because I loved it so much I read a bunch of others in quick succession.
I chose her book, The Island, as my book club pick last year and every one of our members loved it, almost without exception. And Nantucket is on my list of places to travel to, entirely because of Elin’s books.
Her next book, A Beautiful Day, comes out on June 25, and I’ve got it pre-ordered from Amazon. I’ll have to finish Ladies Night quickly so I can read this one right away too.
Years and years ago, Tom and I rented a little Irish movie called Circle of Friends. It was charming, as you’d expect a little Irish movie to be, and full of great characters. It may have been the first movie I ever saw with Colin Firth.
I discovered that the movie was based on a book by Maeve Binchey, so I sought that book out and read it. It was the first of many, many Maeve Binchey novels to come for me.
Maeve was an Irish writer whose books were all set there. She died last year, and I just finished her last book, A Week in Winter, which almost read like a series of short stories, although all around a single location: a refurbished inn in the west of Ireland.
I’ve loved every Maeve Binchey book I’ve ever read because her characters and settings are so richly drawn. I know if I’m ever in the mood for something sweet and charming with memorable characters that I will find it in a Maeve Binchey book.
Have you read any of these authors? Do you have a favorite book set in a memorable place?
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