Lately, I’ve been reading books that are set in exotic locales. Well, at least to me they’re exotic. I admire authors who paint pictures with words that make me, the reader, feel as if I’m right there in the middle of things. Here are a few of my favorites.
Elin Hilderbrand sets her novels on Nantucket Island. I recently read Here’s to Us, and now I’m desperate to get on a ferry and visit. She makes Nantucket sound like a summer paradise. Also, I probably gained twenty pounds just reading her book! She’s one of those authors who makes her readers’ mouths water when she describes food.
My next favorite is Cormac McCarthy. All the Pretty Horses didn’t exactly make me want to ride off into the Texas sunset, but I did feel like I was right there alongside John Grady Cole as he traveled from Texas and into Mexico.
Finally, I’m heading to Alaska for The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This one is amazing because it not only draws you into the Alaskan wilderness, it also brings you back to the year 1920. Imagine living in such extreme conditions without benefit of cellphone, electricity, or indoor plumbing! In winter and summer, Alaska is fascinating. I highly recommend this addicting fantasy novel.