by Bronwyn Jameson
I love to travel. And because I cannot travel often enough, to enough fabulous places for my liking, I like to read about other people travelling...or simply living (and falling in love) in fabulous places which I then want to visit. I dream about travel, and I plan travel adventures more often than I actually get to travel.
Hence, my inbox and social media feeds feature travel newsletters and magazines and read-me-and-dream articles. This recent headline in my newsfeed was perfect clickbait for me: Best Cities For Book Lovers . Hands up if you would have clicked as well?
To save you clicking, I can tell you that the list includes:
- San Francisco, inspired by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
- London for Dickens and Thackeray’s Vanity Fair (amongst others)
- Paris for Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (which did inspire my Paris visit)
- St Petersburg: War and Peace, Crime and Punishment.
And here is my list (not all cities, I cheated!) based on some of my favourite romance novels and authors:
Bath: on my first visit to England I *had to* visit Bath and the Pump Room because of Georgette Heyer and many other Regencies. I pictured myself at an assembly with my dance card and reticule, expectations high. Happy sigh.
London: one of my favourite London days was losing myself in the posh streets and squares of Mayfair and Belgravia, scoping out the fancy digs and imagining the streets populated with landaus and phaetons and curricles instead of European cars and nannies pushing posh prams.
Paris: I defy anyone to read Laura Florand’s deliciously decadent “chocolate” series and not want to scour the city and iles for the confectionary shops and restaurants from this series.
Provence: any Harlequin set in the south of France would capture my attention but there is one particular beauty by Susan Napier – Public Scandal, Private Mistress – which fires my dreams of a stay in a hilltop town within driving distance of the coast (with a handsome man in a sports car to squire me around, since we’re dreaming!)
Puget Sound: not inspired by any one book but by many I’ve read over the years, by Jayne Anne Krentz in particular, set around the islands in the sound.
Seattle: purely for Rachel Gibson’s ice hockey books. I mean, I will run into one of these hot guys just strolling around the city, right?
Chicago: in the same vein I could say this is all about Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Chicago Stars football series but it’s as much about Julie James’ FBI/Attorney series (same general reasoning as Seattle, okay?)
Coronado: all because of Suzanne Brockmann’s SEAL team books.
Which place would you add to my list, inspired by which book(s)?